Best History Movies of 1980

1.

The Elephant Man

6.6
8.1/10 IMDB

A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man being mistreated by his "owner" as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of great intelligence and sensitivity. Based on the true story of Joseph Merrick (called John Merrick in the film), a severely deformed man in 19th century London.

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Freddie Jones, Michael Elphick, John Standing, Phoebe Nicholls, Kenny Baker ..
Directed by: David Lynch
Release date: 1980-10-02
2.

Breaker Morant

4.7
7.8/10 IMDB

During the Boer War, three Australian lieutenants are on trial for shooting Boer prisoners. Though they acted under orders, they are being used as scapegoats by the General Staff, who hopes to distance themselves from the irregular practices of the war. The trial does not progress as smoothly as expected by the General Staff, as the defence puts up a strong fight in the courtroom.

Starring: Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson, Bryan Brown, John Waters, Terence Donovan, Vincent Ball, Ray Meagher, Chris Haywood, Russell Kiefel, Lewis Fitz-Gerald ..
Directed by: Bruce Beresford
Release date: 1980-05-15
3.

The Long Riders

4.4
7.0/10 IMDB

The origins, exploits and the ultimate fate of the James gang is told in a sympathetic portrayal of the bank robbers made up of brothers who begin their legendary bank raids because of revenge.

Starring: David Carradine, Keith Carradine, Robert Carradine, James Keach, Stacy Keach, Dennis Quaid, Randy Quaid, Kevin Brophy, Harry Carey, Jr., Christopher Guest ..
Directed by: Walter Hill
Release date: 1980-05-12
4.

Where the Buffalo Roam

4.2
6.7/10 IMDB

Semi-biographical film based on the experiences of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.

Starring: Bill Murray, Peter Boyle, Bruno Kirby, René Auberjonois, R.G. Armstrong, Danny Goldman, Rafael Campos, DeWayne Jessie, Mark Metcalf, Joseph Ragno ..
Directed by: Art Linson
Release date: 1980-04-25
Best History Movies of 1980 : Shogun
5.

Shogun

3.9
8.1/10 IMDB

An English navigator becomes both pawn and player in the deadly political games in feudal Japan.

Release date: 1980-09-15
Best History Movies of 1980 : Playing for Time
6.

Playing for Time

3.9
7.4/10 IMDB

When a Jewish songstress is plucked from the stage and sent to Auschwitz, she and other musicians find themselves assigned to a terrible task—using their talents to soothe fellow prisoners who are sentenced to die in the gas chambers.

Starring: Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Alexander, Maud Adams, Christine Baranski, Robin Bartlett, Marisa Berenson, Anna Levine, Verna Bloom, Donna Haley, Lenore Harris ..
Directed by: Daniel Mann, Joseph Sargent
Release date: 1980-09-30
7.

The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter

2.9
7.0/10 IMDB

Documentary about women's experiences of labour, in factories, mines and dockyards, in the USA during the second World War and how it affected their work and career aspirations once they were encouraged to give up such employment in peacetime.

Directed by: Connie Field
Release date: 1980-09-27
Best History Movies of 1980 : The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd
8.

The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd

2.8
7.1/10 IMDB

This is the story of the doctor whose farm John Wilkes Booth went to after assassinating Abraham Lincoln

Starring: Dennis Weaver, Susan Sullivan, Richard Dysart, Nigel Davenport, Arthur Hill, Mary Nell Santacroce, Luke Halpin, Lawrence Montaigne, Michael McGuire, Larry Larson ..
Directed by: Paul Wendkos
Release date: 1980-03-24
9.

D.O.A.

2.7
7.4/10 IMDB

Documentary chronicaling the rise and fall of the punk movement with rare interview footage of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen. Also concert and news footage.

Starring: John Lydon, Sid Vicious, Nancy Spungen, Stiv Bators, Billy Idol, Joe Strummer, Steve Jones, Paul Cook, Glen Matlock, Topper Headon ..
Directed by: Lech Kowalski
Release date: 1980-09-12
Best History Movies of 1980 : A Tale of Two Cities
10.

A Tale of Two Cities

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

Dissolute barrister Sydney Carton becomes enchanted and then hopelessly in love with the beautiful Lucie Manette. But Lucie loves and marries Charles Darnay, and remains oblivious to Carton's undimmed devotion to her. When Darnay is ensnared in the deadly web of the French Revolution and condemned to die by the guillotine, Sydney Carton concocts a dangerous plot to free the husband of the woman he loves.

Starring: Chris Sarandon, Peter Cushing, Alice Krige, Kenneth More, Barry Morse, Flora Robson, Billie Whitelaw, Nigel Hawthorne, David Suchet, Robert Urquhart ..
Directed by: Jim Goddard
Release date: 1980-12-02

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