Best History Movies of 1983

1.

The Right Stuff

5.6
7.8/10 IMDB

A chronicle of the original Mercury astronauts in the formation of America's space program: Alan Shepherd, the first American in space; Gus Grissom, the benighted astronaut for whom nothing works out as planned; John Glenn, the straight-arrow 'boy scout' of the bunch who was the first American to orbit the earth; and the remaining pilots: Deke Slayton, Scott Carpenter and Wally Schirra.

Starring: Fred Ward, Dennis Quaid, Ed Harris, Scott Glenn, Sam Shepard, Barbara Hershey, Lance Henriksen, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Shearer, Jeff Goldblum ..
Directed by: Philip Kaufman
Release date: 1983-10-20
Best History Movies of 1983 : The Scarlet and the Black
2.

The Scarlet and the Black

3.9
7.6/10 IMDB

Fr. Hugh O'Flaherty is a Vatican official in 1943-45 who has been hiding downed pilots, escaped prisoners of war, and Italian resistance families. His diplomatic status in a Catholic country prevents Colonel Kappler from openly arresting him, but O'Flaherty's activities become so large that the Nazi's decide to assassinate him the next time he leaves the Vatican. O'Flaherty continues his work in a variety of disguises. Based on a true story. Written by John Vogel

Starring: Gregory Peck, Christopher Plummer, Kenneth Colley, Barbara Bouchet, Olga Karlatos, John Gielgud, Raf Vallone, Walter Gotell, Julian Holloway, Michael Byrne ..
Directed by: Jerry London
Release date: 1983-02-02
3.

High Road to China

3.3
6.1/10 IMDB

A biplane pilot is saddled with a spoiled industrialist's daughter on a search for her missing father through Asia that eventually involves them in a struggle against a Chinese warlord.

Starring: Tom Selleck, Bess Armstrong, Wilford Brimley, Jack Weston, Robert Morley, Cassandra Gava, Brian Blessed, Michael Sheard, Lynda La Plante, Timothy Carlton ..
Directed by: Brian G. Hutton
Release date: 1983-03-18
Best History Movies of 1983 : Henry VI Part 3
4.

Henry VI Part 3

3.2
8.1/10 IMDB

The life of King Henry the Sixth, in three parts.

Starring: Peter Benson, Michael Byrne, Ron Cook, Julia Foster, Bernard Hill, Brian Protheroe, Mark Wing-Davey, John Benfield, Gerald Blackmore, Antony Brown ..
Directed by: Jane Howell
Release date: 1983-01-16
Best History Movies of 1983 : Henry VI Part 2
5.

Henry VI Part 2

3.2
7.7/10 IMDB

The life of King Henry the Sixth, in three parts.

Starring: Peter Benson, David Burke, Michael Byrne, Ron Cook, Julia Foster, Bernard Hill, Trevor Peacock, Mark Wing-Davey, John Benfield, Antony Brown ..
Directed by: Jane Howell
Release date: 1983-01-09
Best History Movies of 1983 : Henry VI Part 1
6.

Henry VI Part 1

3.1
7.4/10 IMDB

The life of King Henry the Sixth, in three parts.

Starring: Peter Benson, Brenda Blethyn, John Benfield, Michael Byrne, Ron Cook, Bernard Hill, Trevor Peacock, Mark Wing-Davey, Antony Brown, David Burke ..
Directed by: Jane Howell
Release date: 1983-01-02
7.

Seeing Red: Stories of American Communists

3.1
7.5/10 IMDB

Documentary about the US Communist Party and the people involved in it.

Starring: Oscar Hunter, Rose Podmaka, Sylvia Woods, Howard 'Stretch' Johnson, Bill Bailey ..
Directed by: Julia Reichert, Jim Klein
Release date: 1983-10-04
Best History Movies of 1983 : The Tragedy of Richard III
8.

The Tragedy of Richard III

3.0
8.1/10 IMDB

Richard Duke of Gloucester, youngest brother of King Edward IV, will stop at nothing to get the crown. He first convinces the ailing King that the Duke of Clarence, his elder brother, is a threat to the lives of Edward's two young sons. Edward has him imprisoned in the Tower of London; killers in Richard's pay then drown Clarence in a barrel of wine. When news of Clarence's death reaches the King, the subsequent grief and remorse bring about his death. Richard is made Lord Protector, with power to rule England while his nephew (now King Edward V) is still a minor. Before the young king's coronation he has his two nephews conveyed to the Tower, ostensibly for their safekeeping. Richard's accomplice, the Duke of Buckingham, then declares the two boys illegitimate and offers Richard the crown, which after a show of reticence he accepts. After Richard's coronation, he and Buckingham have a falling-out over whether or not to assassinate the two children.

Starring: Ron Cook, Peter Benson, Michael Byrne, Julia Foster, Bernard Hill, Zoƫ Wanamaker, Mark Wing-Davey, Brian Protheroe, Antony Brown, David Burke ..
Directed by: Jane Howell
Release date: 1983-01-23
Best History Movies of 1983 : The Spectre of Marxism
9.

The Spectre of Marxism

2.7
7.4/10 IMDB

The impact of Marx on the 20th century has been all-pervasive and world-wide. This program looks at the man, at the roots of his philosophy, at the causes and explanations of his philosophical development, and at its most direct outcome: the failed Soviet Union.

Directed by: Alan Horrox
Release date: 1983-10-15
10.

Dempsey

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

Nominated for two primetime Emmy Awards in 1984, this made-for-TV movie follows the true story of American boxer Jack Dempsey, who became a media sensation in the 1920s as the world heavyweight champion. Based upon the book by Jack Dempsey and Barbara Piatelli Dempsey.

Starring: Treat Williams, Sam Waterston, Sally Kellerman, Victoria Tennant, Peter Mark Richman, Robert Harper, Jack O'Leary ..
Directed by: Gus Trikonis
Release date: 1983-09-28

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