Best History Movies of 1981

1.

Lion of the Desert

5.7
8.3/10 IMDB

This movie tells the story of Omar Mukhtar, an Arab Muslim rebel who fought against the Italian conquest of Libya in WWII. It gives western viewers a glimpse into this little-known region and chapter of history, and exposes the savage means by which the conquering army attempted to subdue the natives.

Starring: Anthony Quinn, Rod Steiger, Oliver Reed, Irene Papas, Raf Vallone, John Gielgud, Andrew Keir, Gastone Moschin, Stefano Patrizi, Adolfo Lastretti ..
Directed by: Moustapha Akkad
Release date: 1981-04-17
2.

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
3.

Reds

5.3
7.3/10 IMDB

An account of the revolutionary years of the legendary American journalist John Reed, 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.

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
4.

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
5.

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
6.

American Pop

3.9
7.2/10 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
7.

The Marva Collins Story

3.3
7.8/10 IMDB

Cicely Tyson was Emmy-nominated as Outstanding Actress for her portrait of a Chicago schoolteacher whose remarkable achievements with black children labelled "unteachable" were spotlighted in a 1979 "60 Minutes" segment about how she became disillusioned with the traditional school system and decided to work outside of it, transforming her students into young scholars through her unique teaching style.

Starring: Cicely Tyson, Morgan Freeman, Rodrick F. Wimberly, Mashaune Hardy, Brett Bouldin, Samuel Muhammad Jr., Dianne Kirksey, Steven Williams, Frankie Hill, Charlie Brown ..
Directed by: Peter Levin
Release date: 1981-12-01
8.

Zorro, The Gay Blade

3.3
6.2/10 IMDB

George Hamilton stars in a dueling dual role as twin sons of the legendary Zorro. Soon after the dashing Don Diego Vega inherits his father's famous sword and costume, a broken ankle prevents the masked avenger from fulfilling his heroic duties. When his flamboyantly fashion-conscious brother assumes the secret identity to continue an ongoing fight for justice, the results are nothing short of hilarious!

Starring: George Hamilton, Lauren Hutton, Brenda Vaccaro, Ron Leibman, Donovan Scott, James Booth, Helen Burns, Clive Revill, Carolyn Seymour, Eduardo Noriega ..
Directed by: Peter Medak
Release date: 1981-07-17
Best History Movies of 1981 : Brooklyn Bridge
9.

Brooklyn Bridge

3.2
7.5/10 IMDB

Today it's a symbol of strength and vitality. 135 years ago, it was a source of controversy. This documentary examines the great problems and ingenious solutions that marked the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. From conception to construction, it traces the bridge's transformation from a spectacular feat of heroic engineering to an honored symbol in American culture.

Starring: David McCullough, Paul Roebling, Julie Harris, Arthur Miller ..
Directed by: Ken Burns
Release date: 1981-11-08
Best History Movies of 1981 : Iancu Jianu, Tax Collector
10.

Iancu Jianu, Tax Collector

2.9
7.3/10 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

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