Best History Movies of 1983

1.

The Right Stuff

5.6
7.8/10

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
Directed by: Philip Kaufman
Release date: 1983-10-20
2.

The Scarlet and the Black

3.9
7.6/10
The Scarlet and the Black
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
Directed by: Jerry London
Release date: 1983-02-02
3.

High Road to China

3.3
6.1/10

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
Directed by: Brian G. Hutton
Release date: 1983-03-18
4.

The Spectre of Marxism

2.7
7.5/10
The Spectre of Marxism
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
5.

Ascendancy

2.4
6.2/10
Ascendancy
Ascendancy is a 1983 British film. It tells the story of a woman who is a member of the British landowning 'Ascendancy' in Ireland during World War I. Gradually, she learns about the Irish independence movement, and becomes involved with it.
Starring: Ian Charleson, Julie Covington, John Phillips, Susan Engel, Philip Locke
Directed by: Edward Bennett
Release date: 1983-01-01
6.

The Tragedy of Richard III

1.8
8.2/10
The Tragedy of Richard III
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
Directed by: Jane Howell
Release date: 1983-01-23
7.

Henry VI Part 1

1.7
7.4/10
Henry VI Part 1
The life of King Henry the Sixth, in three parts.
Starring: Peter Benson, Brenda Blethyn, John Benfield, Michael Byrne, Ron Cook
Directed by: Jane Howell
Release date: 1983-01-02
8.

Henry VI Part 2

0.0
7.8/10
Henry VI Part 2
The life of King Henry the Sixth, in three parts.
Starring: Peter Benson, David Burke, Michael Byrne, Ron Cook, Julia Foster
Directed by: Jane Howell
Release date: 1983-01-09
9.

Henry VI Part 3

0.0
8.2/10
Henry VI Part 3
The life of King Henry the Sixth, in three parts.
Starring: Peter Benson, Michael Byrne, Ron Cook, Julia Foster, Bernard Hill
Directed by: Jane Howell
Release date: 1983-01-16

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