Best History Movies of 1980

1.

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 : The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter
2.

The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter

2.6
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 : Enola Gay: The Men, the Mission, the Atomic Bomb
3.

Enola Gay: The Men, the Mission, the Atomic Bomb

2.5
6.4/10 IMDB

Well-intentioned history lesson; the decision to drop the atom bomb, the secrecy surrounding the mission, and the men who flew it.

Starring: Patrick Duffy, Billy Crystal, Kim Darby, Gary Frank, Gregory Harrison, Stephen Macht, Walter Olkewicz, Robert Pine, James Shigeta, Robert Walden ..
Directed by: David Lowell Rich
Release date: 1980-11-23
Best History Movies of 1980 : On Company Business
4.

On Company Business

1.8
8.2/10 IMDB

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

Directed by: Allan Francovich
Release date: 1980-04-14
Best History Movies of 1980 : Gung Ho - Rewi Alley of China
5.

Gung Ho - Rewi Alley of China

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Expat Kiwi Rewi Alley became one of the best known foreigners in 20th Century China and advocate for the Communist Revolution. When China was under siege from Japan in the late 1930s, Alley instigated an industrial co-op movement he termed ‘gung ho' (work together). Its success led to the phrase entering the global idiom. For this documentary a Geoff Steven-led crew travelled 15,000km in China in 1979, filming Alley as he gave his account of an engrossing, complex life story. Co-writer Geoff Chapple later wrote a biography of Alley.

Starring: Rewi Alley ..
Directed by: Geoff Steven
Release date: 1980-07-01
Best History Movies of 1980 : Gideon's Trumpet
6.

Gideon's Trumpet

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

True story of Clarence Gideon's fight to be appointed counsel at the expense of the state. This landmark case led to the Supreme Court's decision which extended this right to all criminal defendants.

Starring: Henry Fonda, José Ferrer, John Houseman, Fay Wray, Sam Jaffe, Dean Jagger, Sam Jaffe ..
Directed by: Robert L. Collins
Release date: 1980-04-30
7.

A Tale of Two Cities

0.0
6.5/10 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
Best History Movies of 1980 : Attica
8.

Attica

0.0
6.5/10 IMDB

A behind the scenes look of the 1971 prisoners revolt at the Attica prison.

Starring: Henry Darrow, Charles Durning, Morgan Freeman, David Harris, George Grizzard, Roger E. Mosley, Arlen Dean Snyder, Glynn Turman, Anthony Zerbe, Andrew Duncan ..
Directed by: Marvin J. Chomsky
Release date: 1980-03-01
9.

The Long Riders

0.0
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: 1980-05-12
10.

The Elephant Man

0.0
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

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