Best History Movies of 1987

1.

The Untouchables

6.4
7.9/10 IMDB

Young Treasury Agent Elliot Ness arrives in Chicago and is determined to take down Al Capone, but it's not going to be easy because Capone has the police in his pocket. Ness meets Jimmy Malone, a veteran patrolman and probably the most honorable one on the force. He asks Malone to help him get Capone, but Malone warns him that if he goes after Capone, he is going to war.

Starring: Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Charles Martin Smith, Andy García, Robert De Niro, Richard Bradford, Jack Kehoe, Brad Sullivan, Billy Drago, Patricia Clarkson ..
Directed by: Brian De Palma
Release date: 1987-06-03
2.

The Last Emperor

5.6
7.7/10 IMDB

A dramatic history of Pu Yi, the last of the Emperors of China, from his lofty birth and brief reign in the Forbidden City, the object of worship by half a billion people; through his abdication, his decline and dissolute lifestyle; his exploitation by the invading Japanese, and finally to his obscure existence as just another peasant worker in the People's Republic.

Starring: John Lone, Peter O'Toole, Joan Chen, Vivian Wu, Dennis Dun, Ruocheng Ying, Victor Wong, Maggie Han, Ric Young, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa ..
Directed by: Bernardo Bertolucci
Release date: 1987-05-27
3.

Cry Freedom

5.3
7.4/10 IMDB

A dramatic story, based on actual events, about the friendship between two men struggling against apartheid in South Africa in the 1970s. Donald Woods is a white liberal journalist in South Africa who begins to follow the activities of Stephen Biko, a courageous and outspoken black anti-apartheid activist.

Starring: Denzel Washington, Kevin Kline, Penelope Wilton, Kate Hardie, John Matshikiza, Zakes Mokae, John Thaw, Kevin McNally, Josette Simon, Juanita Waterman ..
Directed by: Richard Attenborough
Release date: 1987-11-05
4.

Hope and Glory

4.5
7.3/10 IMDB

Director John Boorman drew from his own childhood experiences for this coming-of-age tale about a boy growing up in and around London during World War II. For young Billy Rowan, the nightly bombings provide a frightening show, but they include opportunities to rummage through the rubble with friends in the mornings. As Billy plays, his family struggles to remain intact as they suffer through the anguish and losses of wartime.

Starring: Sebastian Rice-Edwards, Geraldine Muir, Sarah Miles, David Hayman, Sammi Davis, Derrick O'Connor, Susan Wooldridge, Jean-Marc Barr, Ian Bannen, Annie Leon ..
Directed by: John Boorman
Release date: 1987-08-01
Best History Movies of 1987 : The Other Israel
5.

The Other Israel

3.8
7.8/10 IMDB

Compiled after 15 months filming and editing, this fast-moving, professional video documentary will give you a unique education on the inner teachings of Judaism and the Talmud. Through the television camera "The Other Israel" takes you where few Christian scholars have gone before.

Starring: Theodore Winston Pike ..
Directed by: Elizabeth Alynn Pike
Release date: 1987-01-01
Best History Movies of 1987 : A Month in the Country
6.

A Month in the Country

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

Set in the early 1920s, the film follows Tom Birkin, who has been employed to carry out restoration work on a Medieval mural discovered in a church in the small rural community of Oxgodby, Yorkshire. The escape to the idyllic countryside is cathartic for Birkin, haunted by his experiences in World War I. Birkin soon fits into the slow-paced life of the remote village, and over the course of the summer uncovering the painting begins to lose his trauma-induced stammer and tics.

Starring: Colin Firth, Kenneth Branagh, Natasha Richardson, Patrick Malahide, Jim Carter, Richard Vernon, Tony Haygarth, Tim Barker, Eileen O'Brien, Vicki Arundale ..
Directed by: Pat O'Connor
Release date: 1987-01-01
7.

Gardens of Stone

3.5
6.4/10 IMDB

A sergeant must deal with his desires to save the lives of young soldiers being sent to Vietnam. Continuously denied the chance to teach the soldiers about his experiences, he settles for trying to help the son of an old army buddy.

Starring: James Caan, Anjelica Huston, James Earl Jones, D. B. Sweeney, Dean Stockwell, Mary Stuart Masterson, Dick Anthony Williams, Lonette McKee, Sam Bottoms, Elias Koteas ..
Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
Release date: 1987-05-05
8.

The Lighthorsemen

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

Palestine, 1917. The British advance has been stopped by the Turkish line running from Gaza to Beersheba. The latest attack on Gaza has failed. The attacking forces included a regiment of Australian mounted infantry, the Light Horse... Lighthorseman Frank is wounded in a skirmish with Bedouin. He is replaced by a young soldier, Dave, who proves to be a crack shot, but reluctant to fire at the enemy. Dave proves himself during a German biplane attack. Recuperating in hospital, he meets a sympathetic nurse, Anne... The regiment is called upon for a bold flanking attack on Beersheba. But how do you convince the Turks the main attack will come at Gaza? And how do you attack across a desert without water?

Starring: Peter Phelps, Nick Waters, Shane Briant, Gary Sweet, Bill Kerr, John Larking, John Haywood, Di O'Connor ..
Directed by: Simon Wincer
Release date: 1987-09-10
9.

The Hero's Journey: The World of Joseph Campbell

3.3
8.2/10 IMDB

One of the greatest storytellers of our time, and arguably the greatest mythologist, Joseph Campbell spent most of his long, rich career explaining how ancient myths like the Hero’s Journey are relevant to modern life. In understanding the importance of myth as a vital, vibrant source of "mankind’s one great story," Campbell inspired others to embark on a quest for the meaning of myth in their own lives. This biographical portrait, filmed shortly before his death in 1987, follows Campbell’s personal quest—a pathless journey of questioning, discovery, and ultimately of delight and joy in a life to which he said, "Yes."

Starring: Joseph Campbell ..
Directed by: Janelle Balnicke
Release date: 1987-03-22
Best History Movies of 1987 : Uncle Tom's Cabin
10.

Uncle Tom's Cabin

3.1
6.2/10 IMDB

The life of an aging black slave, Tom, and the people he interacts with.

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Avery Brooks, Kate Burton, Bruce Dern, Paula Kelly, Phylicia Rash?d, Edward Woodward, George Coe, Frank Converse, Albert Hall ..
Directed by: Stan Lathan
Release date: 1987-06-14

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