Best History Movies of 1980

1.

Raging Bull

6.6
8.2/10 IMDB

The life of boxer Jake LaMotta, whose violence and temper that led him to the top in the ring destroyed his life outside of it.

Starring: Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Cathy Moriarty, Frank Vincent, Nicholas Colasanto, Theresa Saldana, Mario Gallo, John Turturro, Joseph Bono, Frank Adonis ..
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Release date: 1980-11-14
2.

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
3.

The Long Riders

5.0
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: 1980-05-16
4.

Breaker Morant

4.7
7.9/10 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: 1980-06-11
5.

Where the Buffalo Roam

4.7
6.6/10 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
6.

Invasion

4.0
9.0/10 IMDB

Docu-drama surrounding the events leading to the Soviet Union's invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968.

Starring: Julian Glover, Paul Chapman, Paul Hardwick, John Woodnutt, Ray McAnally, Ewan Hooper, Jeffrey Segal, Hugh Morton, Alan Tilvern, Anthony Langdon ..
Directed by: Leslie Woodhead
Release date: 1980-08-19
Best History Movies of 1980 : Shogun
7.

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
8.

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
Best History Movies of 1980 : Shogun
9.

Shogun

3.8
7.9/10 IMDB

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

Starring: Orson Welles, Richard Chamberlain, Toshir? Mifune, Yoko Shimada, Frankie Sakai, Alan Badel ..
Directed by: Jerry London
Release date: 1980-09-15
Best History Movies of 1980 : On Company Business
10.

On Company Business

3.0
8.3/10 IMDB

A controversial three part critical documentary on the history of the CIA.

Starring: Philip Agee, William Colby, Harry S. Truman, George C. Marshall, Fidel Castro, John F. Kennedy, Richard Helms, Salvador Allende, Henry Kissinger, Richard Nixon ..
Directed by: Allan Francovich
Release date: 1980-04-14

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