Best History Movies of 1988


Eight Men Out

7.2/10 IMDB

The great Chicago White Sox team of 1919 is the saddest team to ever win a pennent. The team is bitter at their penny pincher owner, Charles Comiskey, and at their own teammates. Gamblers take advantage of this opportunity to offer some players $ to throw the series (Most of the players didn't get as much as promised.) But Buck Weaver and the great Shoeless Joe Jackson turn back at the last minute to try and play their best. The Sox actually almost come back from a 3-1 deficit. 2 years later, the truth breaks out and the Sox are sued on multiple accounts. They are found innocent by the jury but baseball commissioner Landis has other plans. The eight players are suspended for life, and Buck Weaver, for the rest of his life, tries to clear his name.

Starring: John Cusack, Christopher Lloyd, Charlie Sheen, D. B. Sweeney, Clifton James, Michael Lerner, John Mahoney, David Strathairn, Michael Rooker, Don Harvey ..
Directed by: John Sayles
Release date: 1988-09-02

Gorillas in the Mist

7.0/10 IMDB

The story of Dian Fossey, a scientist who came to Africa to study the vanishing mountain gorillas, and later fought to protect them.

Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Bryan Brown, Julie Harris, John Omirah Miluwi, Iain Cuthbertson, Constantin Alexandrov, Waigwa Wachira, Iain Glen, David Lansbury, Maggie O'Neill ..
Directed by: Michael Apted
Release date: 1988-09-23
Best History Movies of 1988 : Blackadder's Christmas Carol

Blackadder's Christmas Carol

8.0/10 IMDB

Pleasant Ebenezer Blackadder is turned into a cruel and witty miser after seeing visions of his ancestors and descendants.

Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Miranda Richardson, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Robbie Coltrane, Miriam Margolyes, Jim Broadbent, Patsy Byrne, Denis Lill ..
Directed by: Richard Boden
Release date: 1988-12-23
Best History Movies of 1988 : Stealing Heaven

Stealing Heaven

6.6/10 IMDB

Abelard, a famous teacher of philosophy at the cathedral school of Notre Dame, falls in love with one of his students, Héloïse d'Argenteuil. A sixteen-year old girl raised in a convent, Héloïse has an intellectual curiosity and rebels against the status of women in 12th century Europe. When others begin to suspect their relationship, Heloise's uncle Fulbert and the bishop of Paris work together to put a stop to it. Héloïse becomes pregnant with Abelard's child, and they are married in secret. Abelard struggles for acting against the will of God, yet is unable to escape his love for Heloise.

Starring: Derek de Lint, Kim Thompson, Denholm Elliott, Bernard Hepton, Rachel Kempson, Angela Pleasence, Kenneth Cranham ..
Directed by: Clive Donner
Release date: 1988-05-20

To Kill a Priest

6.1/10 IMDB

A young priest speaks out against the Communist regime in Poland and is killed for it.

Starring: Christopher Lambert, Ed Harris, Joss Ackland, Tim Roth, Timothy Spall, Pete Postlethwaite, Cherie Lunghi, Joanne Whalley, David Suchet, Charlie Condou ..
Directed by: Agnieszka Holland
Release date: 1988-01-01
Best History Movies of 1988 : Chouans!


6.1/10 IMDB

L'histoire d'une famille noble et éclairée, celle du comte Savinien de Kerfadec, lors des grandes révoltes chouannes dans les campagnes vendeenne et bretonne. L'histoire de ses enfants, dechirés entre le souffle de l'esprit révolutionnaire et la resistance épique des blancs a la montée de l'opportuniste bourgeoisie.

Starring: Philippe Noiret, Lambert Wilson, Roger Dumas, Sophie Marceau, Stéphane Freiss, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Charlotte de Turckheim, Michael Gempart ..
Directed by: Philippe de Broca
Release date: 1988-03-23

El Dorado

6.4/10 IMDB

The story of an expedition down the Orinoco and Amazon rivers in 1560 by Spanish soldiers searching for the fabled city of gold, El Dorado.

Starring: Omero Antonutti, Lambert Wilson, Eusebio Poncela, Inés Sastre ..
Directed by: Carlos Saura
Release date: 1988-04-20
Best History Movies of 1988 : Ivan the Terrible, Part III

Ivan the Terrible, Part III

7.5/10 IMDB

The third part of Eisenstein's Ivan the Terrible Trilogy.

Starring: Nikolai Cherkasov, Oleg Zhakov ..
Directed by: Sergei M. Eisenstein
Release date: 1988-01-01
Best History Movies of 1988 : Crane


6.8/10 IMDB

Based on the folk tales "Repayment from a crane". One snowy night a beautiful woman named Tsuru (Crane) visits poor peasant Taiju sand says she will become his wife...

Starring: Sayuri Yoshinaga, Hideki Noda, Takuzô Kawatani, Kirin Kiki, Bunta Sugawara, Kyôko Kishida, Kôji Ishizaka, Michiyo Yokoyama, Fujio Tokita ..
Directed by: Kon Ichikawa
Release date: 1988-05-21
Best History Movies of 1988 : Shadow of the Ripper

Shadow of the Ripper

6.8/10 IMDB

Jack the Ripper was a prince, a pauper, a mason, a madman... A host of more and more bizarre theories have surrounded the unexplained killings in Whitechapel since they hit the headlines in 1888. This film dispels the grisly fiction, revealing for the first time the true contents of the police and Home Office files on the case, drawing on the expertise of historians and of those who have encountered today's killers - on the street or behind bars.

Starring: Christopher Frayling, Martin Fido, William Waddell, Judith Walkowitz ..
Directed by: John Triffitt
Release date: 1988-09-07

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