Best History Movies of 1985


Mussolini: The Untold Story

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 : Mussolini and I

Mussolini and I

6.3/10 IMDB

A compelling drama/documentary chronicling the life and death of Il Duce himself, from his days as a terrorist to his alliance with Hitler to the betrayal of his son-in-law and untimely demise.

Starring: Susan Sarandon, Anthony Hopkins, Bob Hoskins, Annie Girardot, Barbara De Rossi, Dietlinde Turban, Vittorio Mezzogiorno, Fabio Testi, Massimo Dapporto, Gian-Polo Vetturini ..
Directed by: Alberto Negrin
Release date: 1985-04-14
Best History Movies of 1985 : Three Sovereigns for Sarah

Three Sovereigns for Sarah

7.5/10 IMDB

Nineteen people were hanged and one man pressed to death, while hundreds went to jail during the "witch hysteria" of 1692. THREE SOVEREIGNS FOR SARAH offers an accurate portrayal of the Salem witch trials, with real characters and original transcripts woven into the dialogue. The film is a powerful, moving story about three loving sisters accused of witchcraft.

Starring: Vanessa Redgrave, Kim Hunter, Will Lyman, Buffy Baldauf, Les Barden ..
Directed by: Philip Leacock
Release date: 1985-05-01

Honour, Profit & Pleasure

6.6/10 IMDB

British biopic of composer George Frideric Handel

Starring: Hugh Grant, Simon Callow ..
Directed by: Anna Ambrose
Release date: 1985-06-01

Robbery Under Arms

6.6/10 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 ..
Directed by: Donald Crombie, Ken Hannam
Release date: 1985-03-28
Best History Movies of 1985 : The Dunera Boys

The Dunera Boys

0.0/10 IMDB

At the start of WWII the British Government decided to arrest all Germans in the UK no matter how long they had been there. Among those arrested were many Jewish refugees and many who were fully assimilated. This film records the story of a group who were sent to a POW camp in Australia aboard the Dunera.

Starring: Bob Hoskins, Joe Spano, John Meillon, Warren Mitchell, Mary-Anne Fahey, Joseph Fürst, Simon Chilvers, Steven Vidler, Moshe Kedem, Paul Mason ..
Directed by: Ben Lewin
Release date: 1985-10-03


4.8/10 IMDB

Diane is a sophisticated trainee on the New York Stock Exchange who is suddenly kidnapped and held captive in a North African desert hideaway by Selim, an Arab mogul.

Starring: Nastassja Kinski, Ben Kingsley, Zohra Sehgal, Dennis Goldson, Michel Robin, Juliette Simpson, Rosanne Katon ..
Directed by: Arthur Joffé
Release date: 1985-11-20

Broken Rainbow

6.9/10 IMDB

Documentary chronicling the government relocation of 10,000 Navajo Indians in Arizona.

Directed by: Maria Florio, Victoria Mudd
Release date: 1985-05-05

Out of Africa

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 : Six Short Films of Les Blank (1960-1985)

Six Short Films of Les Blank (1960-1985)

0.0/10 IMDB

Anthology of six short films, including: Dizzy Gillespie Chicken Real Cigarette Blues God Respects Us When We Work, But Loves Us When We Dance Running Around Like A Chicken With Its Head Cut Off The Sun’s Gonna Shine

Starring: Sonny Rhodes, Dizzy Gillespie, Lightnin' Hopkins, Les Blank, Gail Blank, Pieter van Deusen ..
Directed by: Les Blank
Release date: 1985-01-01

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