Best History Movies of 1985

1.

Out of Africa

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

Out of Africa tells the story of the life of Danish author Karen Blixen, who at the beginning of the 20th century moved to Africa to build a new life for herself. The film is based on the autobiographical novel by Karen Blixen from 1937.

Starring: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Michael Kitchen, Malick Bowens, Joseph Thiaka, Stephen Kinyanjui, Michael Gough, Suzanna Hamilton, Rachel Kempson ..
Directed by: Sydney Pollack
Release date: 1985-12-20
Best History Movies of 1985 : The Shooting Party
2.

The Shooting Party

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

1913, shortly before the outbreak of WWI. A group of aristocrats gathers at the estate of Sir Randolph Nettleby for a weekend shoot. As the terminal decrepitude of a dying class is reflected in the social interactions and hypocrisy of its members, only world weary Sir Randolph seems to realise that the sun is setting.

Starring: James Mason, Edward Fox, Dorothy Tutin, John Gielgud, Gordon Jackson, Cheryl Campbell, Robert Hardy, Aharon Ipalé, Joris Stuyck, Rebecca Saire ..
Directed by: Alan Bridges
Release date: 1985-02-01
Best History Movies of 1985 : Eleni
3.

Eleni

3.5
7.0/10 IMDB

Nick is a writer in New York when he gets posted to a bureau in Greece. He has waited 30 years for this. He wants to know why his mother was killed in the civil war years earlier. In a parallel plot line we see Nick as a young boy and his family as they struggle to survive in the occupied Greek hillside. The plot lines converge as Nick's investigations bring him closer to the answers.

Starring: Kate Nelligan, John Malkovich, Linda Hunt, Oliver Cotton, Ronald Pickup, Rosalie Crutchley, Glenne Headly, Dimitra Arliss, Steve Plytas ..
Directed by: Peter Yates
Release date: 1985-11-01
Best History Movies of 1985 : Mussolini: The Untold Story
4.

Mussolini: The Untold Story

3.3
7.2/10 IMDB

George C. Scott, Lee Grant, Virginia Madsen, Raul Julia, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Gabriel Byrne star in this Emmy-nominated program about the rise and fall of Italy's fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. Recounting his life with his wife, children and mistress, this biography (based on the recollections of Mussolini's eldest son, Vittorio) chronicles Il Duce's tyranny as he plunges Italy into the dark days of World War II.

Release date: 1985-11-24
Best History Movies of 1985 : The Ribald Tales of Canterbury
5.

The Ribald Tales of Canterbury

3.1
6.4/10 IMDB

On their way to Canterbury, a group of noblemen and women play a game to see who can tell the best erotic story.

Starring: Colleen Brennan, Hyapatia Lee, Beverly Bliss, Cheri Janvier, Debra Lynn, Josephine Carrington, Buffy Davis, Patti Petite, Stevie Taylor, Howard Darkley ..
Directed by: Bud Lee
Release date: 1985-01-01
Best History Movies of 1985 : The Statue of Liberty
6.

The Statue of Liberty

3.0
7.3/10 IMDB

For more than 100 years, the Statue of Liberty has been a symbol of hope and refuge for generations of immigrants. In this lyrical, compelling and provocative portrait of the statue, Ken Burns explores both the history of America’s premier symbol and the meaning of liberty itself. Featuring rare archival photographs, paintings and drawings, readings from actual diaries, letters and newspapers of the day, the fascinating story of this universally admired monument is told. In interviews with Americans from all walks of life, including former New York governor Mario Cuomo, the late congresswoman Barbara Jordan and the late writers James Baldwin and Jerzy Kosinski, The Statue of Liberty examines the nature of liberty and the significance of the statue to American life. Nominated for both the Academy Award ® and the Emmy Award ®, The Statue of Liberty received the prestigious CINE Golden Eagle, the Christopher Award and the Blue Ribbon at the American Film Festival.

Starring: David McCullough, Jeremy Irons, Paul Roebling, Arthur Miller, Derek Jacobi, James Baldwin, Mario Cuomo, Miloš Forman, Jerzy Kosi?ski, Barbara Jordan ..
Directed by: Ken Burns
Release date: 1985-10-26
7.

Revolution

3.0
5.3/10 IMDB

New York trapper Tom Dobb becomes an unwilling participant in the American Revolution after his son Ned is drafted into the Army by the villainous Sergeant Major Peasy. Tom attempts to find his son, and eventually becomes convinced that he must take a stand and fight for the freedom of the Colonies, alongside the aristocratic rebel Daisy McConnahay. As Tom undergoes his change of heart, the events of the war unfold in large-scale grandeur.

Starring: Al Pacino, Donald Sutherland, Nastassja Kinski, Joan Plowright, Dave King, Dexter Fletcher, Sid Owen, Richard O'Brien, John Wells, Steven Berkoff ..
Directed by: Hugh Hudson
Release date: 1985-12-25
Best History Movies of 1985 : Pope John Paul II
8.

Pope John Paul II

3.0
6.3/10 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: 1985-05-16
Best History Movies of 1985 : Robbery Under Arms
9.

Robbery Under Arms

2.9
6.5/10 IMDB

Fourth adaptation and first made for television of the classic Australian bushranger novel "Robbery Under Arms" by Rolf Boldrewood. Made by the South Australian Film Corporation during the mini-series boom of the 1980s and lensed in the Flinders Ranges, it stars Sam Neill as the infamous Captain Starlight.

Starring: Sam Neill, Steven Vidler, Christopher Cummins, Liz Newman, Jane Menelaus, Andy Anderson, Deborah Coulls, Susie Lindeman, Elaine Cusick, Ed Devereaux ..
Directed by: Donald Crombie, Ken Hannam
Release date: 1985-03-28
10.

Cyrano de Bergerac

2.9
7.9/10 IMDB

As incomparable in swordplay and wordplay as he is, the gallant soldier, philosopher, and poet Cyrano de Bergerac is as timid as a schoolboy before the fair Roxanne. Derek Jacobi delivers an electrifying award-winning portrayal of Rostand's legendary log-nosed swordsman in this highly acclaimed production from the world's premier theatre troupe, The Royal Shakespeare Company. The bold Cyrano boasts he can defeat a hundred men in a swordfight, but because of his grotesque nose lacks the confidence to court the woman he loves. Yet so entranced with Roxanne is Cyrano that he uses the eloquence of his poetry to woo her for a rival.

Starring: Derek Jacobi, John Carlisle, John Bowe, Pete Postlethwaite, Tom Mannion, Sinéad Cusack, Jimmy Gardner, Richard Clifford, Robert Clare, Philip Dennis ..
Directed by: Michael A. Simpson, Terry Hands
Release date: 1985-07-26

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