Best History Movies of 1981

1.

Gallipoli

5.3
7.4/10 IMDB

As World War I rages, brave and youthful Australians Archy and Frank—both agile runners—become friends and enlist in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps together. They later find themselves part of the Dardanelles Campaign on the Gallipoli peninsula, a brutal eight-month conflict which pit the British and their allies against the Ottoman Empire and left over 500,000 men dead.

Starring: Mel Gibson, Mark Lee, Bill Kerr, Gerda Nicolson, Harold Hopkins, Bill Hunter, Charles Lathalu Yunipingu, Heath Harris, Ron Graham, Robert Grubb ..
Directed by: Peter Weir
Release date: 1981-08-13
2.

Reds

5.3
7.3/10 IMDB

An account of the revolutionary years of the legendary American journalist John Reed (1887-1920), who shared his adventurous professional life with his radical commitment to the socialist revolution in Russia, his dream of spreading its principles among the members of the American working class, and his troubled romantic relationship with the writer Louise Bryant (1885-1936).

Starring: Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Edward Herrmann, Jack Nicholson, Jerzy Kosi?ski, Paul Sorvino, Maureen Stapleton, Nicolas Coster, M. Emmet Walsh, Ian Wolfe ..
Directed by: Warren Beatty
Release date: 1981-12-25
3.

Chariots of Fire

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

In the class-obsessed and religiously divided UK of the early 1920s, two determined young runners train for the 1924 Paris Olympics. Eric Liddell, a devout Christian born to Scottish missionaries in China, sees running as part of his worship of God's glory and refuses to train or compete on the Sabbath. Harold Abrahams overcomes anti-Semitism and class bias, but neglects his beloved sweetheart in his single-minded quest.

Starring: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Cheryl Campbell, Alice Krige, Nigel Havers, Ian Holm, Nicholas Farrell, Daniel Gerroll, John Gielgud, Lindsay Anderson ..
Directed by: Hugh Hudson
Release date: 1981-05-15
Best History Movies of 1981 : Masada
4.

Masada

4.1
7.8/10 IMDB

After the destruction of the Second Temple, 900 Jewish zealots hold out against a 5000 man Roman legion on the mountaintop fortress of Masada.

Release date: 1981-04-05
5.

American Pop

3.9
7.3/10 IMDB

The history of American popular music runs parallel with the history of a Russian Jewish immigrant family, with each male descendant possessing different musical abilities.

Starring: Ron Thompson, Lisa Jane Persky, Jeffrey Lippa, Frank De Kova, Roz Kelly, Mews Small, Elsa Raven, Vincent Schiavelli, Richard Moll, Lynda Wiesmeier ..
Directed by: Ralph Bakshi
Release date: 1981-02-13
6.

Rise and Fall of Idi Amin

3.0
6.1/10 IMDB

The chronicle of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin and his tyranic rule from 1971 to his overthrow in 1979.

Starring: Joseph Olita, Thomas Baptiste, Leonard Trolley, Geoffrey Keen, Louis Mahoney, André Maranne, Denis Hills, Tony Sibbald, Norbert Okare, Ka Vundla ..
Directed by: Sharad Patel
Release date: 1981-07-16
Best History Movies of 1981 : Iancu Jianu, Tax Collector
7.

Iancu Jianu, Tax Collector

2.9
7.2/10 IMDB

The movie details the struggle of Iancu Jianu as he's torn between joining the struggle of the poor peasants from which he came from and being on the other side of the law working for the rich.

Starring: Adrian Pintea, Mihai Mereu??, Stela Furcovici, M?rioara Sterian, Radu Beligan, Emanoil Petru?, Ion Marinescu, George Constantin, Mihai P?l?descu, Jean Constantin ..
Directed by: Dinu Cocea
Release date: 1981-02-09
Best History Movies of 1981 : Kent State
8.

Kent State

2.9
7.3/10 IMDB

Fine television chronicle of the events of May 1970 at Kent State University in Ohio that led to the killing of four students by the National Guard.

Starring: Jane Fleiss, Charley Lang, Talia Balsam, Keith Gordon, Jeff McCracken, Mark Chamberlin, Ann Gillespie, Roxanne Hart ..
Directed by: James Goldstone
Release date: 1981-02-08
9.

Antony & Cleopatra

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

Octavius Caesar (later renamed Augustus Caesar, son of the murdered Julius Caesar), Marc Antony, and Lepidus form the triumvirate, the three rulers of the Roman Empire. Antony, though married to Fulvia, spends his time in Egypt, living a life of decadence and conducting an affair with Queen Cleopatra. In Antony's absence, Caesar and Lepidus worry about Pompey's increasing strength.

Starring: Colin Blakely, Jane Lapotaire, Ian Charleson, Esmond Knight, George Innes, Jonathan Adams, John Paul, Darien Angadi, Janet Key, Howard Goorney ..
Directed by: Jonathan Miller
Release date: 1981-05-08
10.

The Bushido Blade

2.6
5.3/10 IMDB

A steel samurai blade that was to be given to the American ambassador by the Emperor of Japan is stolen. American sailors and Japanese samurai are sent to find it.

Starring: Richard Boone, Toshir? Mifune, Mike Starr, Timothy Patrick Murphy, Sonny Chiba, James Earl Jones, Frank Converse, Laura Gemser, Mako Iwamatsu, Tetsur? Tamba ..
Directed by: Tsugunobu Kotani
Release date: 1981-11-20

Also check Best history movies of 1982.

Check out our top containing the Best History Movies of 1981 - PickTheMovie.com. This top was obtained with our unique algorithm ordered by our unique ranking system.

tmdb