Best History Movies of 1984



8.4/10 IMDB

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is a remarkably talented young Viennese composer who unwittingly finds a fierce rival in the disciplined and determined Antonio Salieri. Resenting Mozart for both his hedonistic lifestyle and his undeniable talent, the highly religious Salieri is gradually consumed by his jealousy and becomes obsessed with Mozart's downfall, leading to a devious scheme that has dire consequences for both men.

Starring: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Roy Dotrice, Simon Callow, Christine Ebersole, Jeffrey Jones, Barbara Bryne, Cynthia Nixon, Douglas Seale ..
Directed by: Miloš Forman
Release date: 1984-09-19

The Killing Fields

7.8/10 IMDB

The real-life story of a friendship between two journalists, an American and a Cambodian, during the bloody Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia in 1975, which led to the death of 2-3 million Cambodians during the next four years, until Pol Pot's regime was toppled by the intervening Vietnamese in 1979.

Starring: Sam Waterston, Haing S. Ngor, Craig T. Nelson, John Malkovich, Athol Fugard, Julian Sands, Spalding Gray, Bill Paterson, Graham Kennedy, Katherine Krapum Chey ..
Directed by: Roland Joffé
Release date: 1984-11-23


7.2/10 IMDB

Two young men are seriously affected by the Vietnam war. One of them has always been obsessed with birds - but now believes he really is a bird, and has been sent to a mental hospital. Can his friend help him pull through?

Starring: Matthew Modine, Nicolas Cage, John Harkins, Sandy Baron, Karen Young, Bruno Kirby, Nancy Fish, George Buck, Dolores Sage, Pat Ryan ..
Directed by: Alan Parker
Release date: 1984-12-14

A Passage to India

7.3/10 IMDB

Set during the period of growing influence of the Indian independence movement in the British Raj, the story begins with the arrival in India of a British woman, Miss Adela Quested, who is joining her fiancé, a city magistrate named Ronny Heaslop. She and Ronny's mother, Mrs. Moore, befriend an Indian doctor, Aziz H. Ahmed.

Starring: Judy Davis, Victor Banerjee, Peggy Ashcroft, James Fox, Alec Guinness, Nigel Havers, Michael Culver, Richard Wilson, Antonia Pemberton, Michael Culver ..
Directed by: David Lean
Release date: 1984-12-14

The Bounty

7.0/10 IMDB

The familiar story of Lieutenant Bligh, whose cruelty leads to a mutiny on his ship. This version follows both the efforts of Fletcher Christian to get his men beyond the reach of British retribution, and the epic voyage of Lieutenant Bligh to get his loyalists safely to East Timor in a tiny lifeboat.

Starring: Mel Gibson, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Edward Fox, Daniel Day-Lewis, Bernard Hill, Phil Davis, Liam Neeson, Wi Kuki Kaa, Tevaite Vernette ..
Directed by: Roger Donaldson
Release date: 1984-05-04
Best History Movies of 1984 : The Jesse Owens Story

The Jesse Owens Story

7.1/10 IMDB

The Jesse Owens Story is a biographical film about the black athlete Jesse Owens. Dorian Harewood plays the Olympic gold-winning athlete. The drama won a 1985 Primetime Emmy Award and was nominated for two more.

Starring: Dorian Harewood, Dan Ammerman, Tom Bosley, Georg Stanford Brown, LeVar Burton, Ronny Cox, Norman Fell, George Kennedy, Vic Tayback, Barry Corbin ..
Directed by: Richard Irving
Release date: 1984-07-09
Best History Movies of 1984 : The Tragedy of Coriolanus

The Tragedy of Coriolanus

7.4/10 IMDB

BBC rendition of Shakespeare's Coriolanus

Starring: Alan Howard, Patrick Godfrey, Irene Worth, Mike Gwilym, Heather Canning, Joss Ackland, Paul Jesson, Ray Roberts, Leon Lissek, Jon Rumney ..
Directed by: Elijah Moshinsky
Release date: 1984-03-26
Best History Movies of 1984 : Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II

6.8/10 IMDB

Bio-drama tracing the life and career of Polish cardinal Karol Wojtyla from his days as a young activist in Poland to his rise and installation in 1978 as Pope of the Catholic world.

Starring: Albert Finney, Patrick Stewart, Brian Cox, Nigel Hawthorne, John McEnery, Ronald Pickup, Michael Crompton, Robert Austin ..
Directed by: Herbert Wise
Release date: 1984-04-22

Before Stonewall

7.5/10 IMDB

New York City's Stonewall Inn is regarded by many as the site of gay and lesbian liberation since it was at this bar that drag queens fought back against police June 27-28, 1969. This documentary uses extensive archival film, movie clips and personal recollections to construct an audiovisual history of the gay community before the Stonewall riots.

Starring: Rita Mae Brown, Red Jordan Arobateau, Ann Bannon, Lisa Ben, Gladys Bentley, Allen Ginsberg, Martin Duberman ..
Directed by: Greta Schiller, Robert Rosenberg
Release date: 1984-09-15
Best History Movies of 1984 : Love Leads the Way: A True Story

Love Leads the Way: A True Story

7.5/10 IMDB

Based on the true story of Morris Frank and the first U.S. Seeing Eye Dog, Buddy.

Starring: Timothy Bottoms, Ernest Borgnine, Susan Dey, Glynnis O'Connor, Richard Speight Jr., Arthur Hill, Patricia Neal, Eva Marie Saint, Bill Ewin, Ralph Bellamy ..
Directed by: Delbert Mann
Release date: 1984-10-07
Best History Movies of 1984 : The Life and Death of King John

The Life and Death of King John

7.1/10 IMDB

The reign of England's King John is threatened by Philip of France who demands that John's nephew Arthur be placed on the throne. Pragmatic and decisive, King John moves to plactate the French, but there are others who seek disputre his authority.

Starring: Leonard Rossiter, Mary Morris, John Thaw, George Costigan, Phyllida Law, Gorden Kaye, Claire Bloom, William Whymper, Robert Brown, John Castle ..
Directed by: David Giles
Release date: 1984-11-24

Solomon Northup's Odyssey

7.3/10 IMDB

This is based on a true story. Solomon Northrop is a black man in the mid 19th century before slavery was abolished. He's a born freeman who works as a carpenter and is also a part time musician. One day he is approached by some men who want him to play for them. However, that is not their intention; they have kidnapped him and sold him into slavery. Now he has to endure the hardships that he has been spared because of his status as a freeman. And his family who don't know what happened to him is searching for him but where do they go? And Solomon also wishes to let them know where he is so that they could get him but unfortunately no one believes his story or is willing to help him.

Starring: Avery Brooks, Mason Adams, Kent Broadhurst, Joe Seneca, Art Evans, Lee Bryant, Janet League, Michael Tolan, Rhetta Greene, Tony Dreyspool ..
Directed by: Gordon Parks
Release date: 1984-12-11
Best History Movies of 1984 : Strikebound


6.8/10 IMDB

Via the New York Times: "...reconstructs the true story of a coal miners' strike in the small town of Korumburra in the mid-30's... based on the real-life story of two remarkable characters, Wattie Doig, a miner who became a militant Communist activist, and his wife, Agnes, who progressed from staunch Presbyterianism to membership in the Salvation Army and, finally, to labor organization."

Starring: Chris Haywood, Carol Burns, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Rob Steele, Nik Forster, John Howard ..
Directed by: Richard Lowenstein
Release date: 1984-09-20

The Blood of Others

5.3/10 IMDB

In the German-occupied Paris, Helene is torn between the love for her boyfriend Jean, working for the resistance and the German administrator Bergmann, who will do anything to gain her affection.

Starring: Jodie Foster, Michael Ontkean, Sam Neill, Lambert Wilson, Stéphane Audran, Alexandra Stewart, Roger Miremont, Marie Bunel, John Vernon, Christine Laurent ..
Directed by: Claude Chabrol
Release date: 1984-05-02
Best History Movies of 1984 : The Mystic Warrior

The Mystic Warrior

7.0/10 IMDB

Saga about a proud band of Sioux Indians, and the efforts of one brave to save his people from destruction through the use of mysterious powers handed down by ancestors.

Starring: Robert Beltran, Devon Ericson, Rion Hunter, Victoria Racimo, Nick Ramus, James Remar, Ned Romero, Ron Soble, Will Sampson, Apollonia Kotero ..
Directed by: Richard T. Heffron
Release date: 1984-05-20
Best History Movies of 1984 : The Biko Inquest

The Biko Inquest

8.4/10 IMDB

Based on the official transcripts of the investigation that followed after the very suspicious notorious death in prison of one of the most important leading men of the South African anti-apartheid movement, Steven Biko.

Starring: Michael Aldridge, Nigel Davenport, Mark Dignam, Albert Finney, Stafford Gordon, Michael Gough, Edward Hardwicke, Paul Jerricho, Richard Johnson, John Standing ..
Directed by: Albert Finney, Graham Evans
Release date: 1984-11-01
Best History Movies of 1984 : Piaf


8.2/10 IMDB

Piaf is a play by Pam Gems that focuses on the life and career of French chanteuse Edith Piaf. This biographical drama with music portrays the singer in as a self-destructive, promiscuous alcoholic and junkie who, in one controversial scene, urinates in public.

Starring: Jane Lapotaire, David Leary, Robert Christian, Peter Friedman, Judith Ivey, Patti LuPone, Jean Smart ..
Directed by: Howard Davies
Release date: 1984-06-10


8.2/10 IMDB

The story of Amy Johnson who disappeared while piloting a RAF Wellington Bomber

Starring: Harriet Walter, Stephanie Cole, Clive Francis, George A. Cooper, Robert Pugh, Patrick Troughton, John Grillo, Roger Hammond, Denys Hawthorne ..
Directed by: Nat Crosby
Release date: 1984-01-02
Best History Movies of 1984 : Anne Devlin

Anne Devlin

7.6/10 IMDB

The story of Anne Devlin, who was caught up in the revolt of the Irish under Robert Emmett in 1803, told exclusively from the woman's point of view.

Starring: Bríd Brennan, Bosco Hogan, Des McAleer, Gillian Hackett, David Kelly, Ian McElhinney, Chris O'Neill, Pat Leavy, Marie Conmee, John Cowley ..
Directed by: Pat Murphy
Release date: 1984-10-01
Best History Movies of 1984 : The Cost of Treachery

The Cost of Treachery

7.5/10 IMDB

In 1949, at the height of the Cold War, the British and American Governments decided to fight back at the growing Soviet Empire with a secret plan, the Albanian Subversion, in which the CIA and MI6 attempted to overthrow the Albanian government and to weaken the Soviet Union and the role of double agent Kim Philby.

Starring: Ian Holm ..
Directed by: Adam Curtis
Release date: 1984-10-30
Best History Movies of 1984 : Alex Colville: The Splendour of Order

Alex Colville: The Splendour of Order

7.4/10 IMDB

A view of the life and works of the late Alex Colville, the celebrated Canadian painter. Shows the influence on his life and works of his experience as an artist during World War II, and of his relationship with his wife, Rhoda. Friends and critics speak of the construction and sense of menace in his work, and Colville comments on his sense of order, goodness, and contingency.

Starring: Alex Colville, Lyn Jackson ..
Directed by: Don Hutchison
Release date: 1984-01-01

Every Picture Tells a Story

7.4/10 IMDB

James Scott's biopic of his father William Scott, his childhood and his origins as a painter.

Starring: Phyllis Logan, Alex Norton, Leonard O'Malley, John Docherty, Mark Airlie, Willie Joss, Natasha Richardson, Jack McQuoid, Jennifer Black, Jim Boyle ..
Directed by: James Scott
Release date: 1984-12-01
Best History Movies of 1984 : Silver City

Silver City

6.4/10 IMDB

After World War II, 4,000 Polish families came to Australia. They were Jews, Fascists, anti-Communists, and others dispossessed. In a large hostel, where even married men and women were housed in separate barracks, the adults lived for two years while they worked off the government's payment of their passage. Even though he is married to Anna and has a son, Julian falls in love with Nina and she with him. As they and others face the new situations and prejudices that await immigrants and as they take on aspects of Australian culture, old-country values reassert themselves. Julian decides what to do about love and family, and Nina must find a way to move on.

Starring: Gosia Dobrowolska, Ivar Kants, Anna Maria Monticelli, Steve Bisley, Debra Lawrance, Tim McKenzie ..
Directed by: Sophia Turkiewicz
Release date: 1984-09-27

Siege of Yorktown

0.0/10 IMDB

In this video, visit Yorktown, Virginia, scene of the culminating battle of the American Revolution. Relive the dramatic events leading to the capture of General Lord Cornwallis and the British defeat in the autumn of 1781. As the narrator relates the historical significance, strategy, and tactics of this intense siege, regiments in period costume re-enact scenes of the battle between the British Army, and the combined American and French forces led by General George Washington.

Release date: 1984-01-01


0.0/10 IMDB

An Animated Retelling of the Miracle of Chanukah

Starring: Judd Hirsch, Paul Michael Glaser, Leonard Nimoy ..
Directed by: Yehuda Wurtzel
Release date: 1984-12-16
Best History Movies of 1984 : Nehru


4.7/10 IMDB

Divided into three parts — The Awakening, The Struggle, and Freedom — this is a biographical film on Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of independent India. Relying on Nehru's writings and speeches, the film traces the evolution of Nehru from his birth through his life. It also deals with the effect of history on Nehru and in turn his impact on the world.

Starring: Saeed Jaffrey, Indira Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Abul Kalam Azad, Subhash Chandra Bose, Mahatma Gandhi, Vallabhbhai Patel ..
Directed by: Shyam Benegal, Yuri Aldokhin
Release date: 1984-11-14
Best History Movies of 1984 : Witness to Revolution: The Story of Anna Louise Strong

Witness to Revolution: The Story of Anna Louise Strong

0.0/10 IMDB

The daughter of a Nebraska minister, Anna Louise Strong earned a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Chicago. But it was in the Pacific Northwest, where she witnessed the 1916 Everett massacre and chronicled the 1919 Seattle General Strike, that her political vision took shape. In Moscow she helped found the first English language newspaper, in Spain her many visits resulted in her book, Spain in Arms; and in China she interviewed Mao in a Yan'an cave in 1946. She is buried in Beijing in a special cemetery for martyrs of the revolution.

Directed by: Lucy Ostrander
Release date: 1984-11-01
Best History Movies of 1984 : Time Fighters

Time Fighters

7.4/10 IMDB

Time Fighters is the first film cut from Tatsunoko's Time Bokan by Jim Terry's Kidpix Productions. It is mostly made up of early episodes of the show, including the premiere. The film saw release in America on VHS in the 1980s alongside its sequel Time Fighters in the Land of Fantasy.

Release date: 1984-01-01

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