Best History Movies of 1988

1.

Mississippi Burning

6.3
7.8/10 IMDB

Two FBI agents investigating the murder of civil rights workers during the 60s seek to breach the conspiracy of silence in a small Southern town where segregation divides black and white. The younger agent trained in FBI school runs up against the small town ways of his partner, a former sheriff.

Starring: Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand, Brad Dourif, R. Lee Ermey, Gailard Sartain, Stephen Tobolowsky, Michael Rooker, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Badja Djola ..
Directed by: Alan Parker
Release date: 1988-12-08
2.

Eight Men Out

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

A dramatization of the Black Sox scandal when the underpaid Chicago White Sox accepted bribes to deliberately lose the 1919 World Series.

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
3.

Gorillas in the Mist

5.0
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
4.

Blackadder's Christmas Carol

4.8
7.9/10 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
5.

The Steamie

3.5
8.5/10 IMDB

Tony Roper wrote 'The Steamie' for Glasgow's Mayfest in 1987. Return to Hogmany 1957 when a fiesty group of Glasgow women; Mrs Culfeathers, Dolly, Doreen and the irrepressible Magrit, all meet at The Steamie to do the traditional family wash before the New Year. The Steamie is a hilarious cameo of Glasgow's social history where the washing was always easier to do when the Women shared their laugher and sorrow and a scandalous supply of gossip. This is the definitive version of the most popular play of the last 20 years with the all star cast of Dorothy Paul as Magrit, Eileen McCallum as Dolly, Kate Murphy as Doreen, Sheila McDonald as Mrs Culfeathers and a very young Peter Mullan as Andy, the whisky loving handy man.

Starring: Eileen McCallum, Dorothy Paul, Katy Murphy, Sheila Donald, Peter Mullan, Irene Sunters, Caroline Paterson, Myra McFadyen, Lillian Welsh, Faye Milligan ..
Directed by: Haldane Duncan
Release date: 1988-12-31
Best History Movies of 1988 : Blackadder's Christmas Carol
6.

Blackadder's Christmas Carol

3.3
7.9/10 IMDB

After a genial spirit shows the benevolent Ebenezer Blackadder visions of his unscrupulous ancestors, he resolves to mend his generous ways.

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
7.

To Kill a Priest

3.2
6.1/10 IMDB

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

Starring: Christophe 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 : The Creation - Greatest Adventure Stories from the Bible
8.

The Creation - Greatest Adventure Stories from the Bible

3.2
7.1/10 IMDB

The three protagonists listen to a storyteller recount the creation as well as the Fall. At the same time, they learn their own lessons in honesty after tricking a gardener into giving them fruit for free.

Starring: Darleen Carr, Terry McGovern, Rob Paulsen, Tim Curry, Marc Singer, Stephanie Zimbalist, Les Tremayne, Terence McGovern ..
Directed by: Don Lusk
Release date: 1988-07-05
Best History Movies of 1988 : The Four Minute Mile
9.

The Four Minute Mile

3.1
7.3/10 IMDB

A dramatization of the race to the four-minute mile.

Starring: Richard Huw, Nique Needles, Adrian Rawlins, John Philbin, Michael York, Lewis Fitz-Gerald, Tracy Mann, Adrian Dunbar, Richard Wilson, Mark Pennell ..
Release date: 1988-11-09
Best History Movies of 1988 : Stealing Heaven
10.

Stealing Heaven

2.8
6.4/10 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 Thomson, Denholm Elliott, Bernard Hepton, Rachel Kempson, Angela Pleasence, Kenneth Cranham ..
Directed by: Clive Donner
Release date: 1988-05-20
Best History Movies of 1988 : Roots: The Gift
11.

Roots: The Gift

2.8
6.7/10 IMDB

On Christmas Eve 1770, a young African warrior, who three years prior had been captured and sold into slavery in America, leads a desperate group of runaway slaves as they attempt to reach freedom in the North.

Starring: LeVar Burton, Louis Gossett Jr., Jerry Hardin, Kate Mulgrew, Shaun Cassidy, Avery Brooks, Michael Learned, John McMartin, Brandy Brown, Maria Bryant ..
Directed by: Kevin Hooks
Release date: 1988-12-11
Best History Movies of 1988 : Alamo: The Price of Freedom
12.

Alamo: The Price of Freedom

2.7
6.7/10 IMDB

In 1836, a small band of soldiers sacrifice their lives in hopeless combat against a massive army in order to prevent a tyrant from smashing the new Republic of Texas.

Starring: Casey Biggs, Enrique Sandino, Merrill Connally, Derek Caballero, Don Swayze, Martin Cuellar, Steve Sandor, Steve Abolt, Robert Wade Baker, Michael T. Boyd ..
Directed by: Kieth Merrill
Release date: 1988-03-06
Best History Movies of 1988 : Testimony
13.

Testimony

2.7
7.1/10 IMDB

The story of the great Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) and his life and career during the rule of Stalin.

Starring: Ben Kingsley, Sherry Baines, Magdalen Asquith, Mark Asquith, Terence Rigby, Ronald Pickup, John Shrapnel, Robert Reynolds, Vernon Dobtcheff ..
Directed by: Tony Palmer
Release date: 1988-11-01
Best History Movies of 1988 : The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank
14.

The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank

2.7
6.8/10 IMDB

During the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam, Otto Frank decides to hide his family, who are Jewish, after his daughter Margot is called to appear for transport to a Nazi labour camp. Miep Gies, Otto Frank's office assistant hides them in the attic above the office. The film tells the true story of Gies' struggle to keep the family hidden and safe, as the Nazis turn Amsterdam upside-down. Based upon Gies' memoirs and Anne Frank's famous diary.

Starring: Mary Steenburgen, Paul Scofield, Victor Spinetti, Tom Wilkinson, Lisa Jacobs, Huub Stapel, Eleanor Bron ..
Directed by: John Erman
Release date: 1988-04-17
Best History Movies of 1988 : Gullah Tales
15.

Gullah Tales

2.6
6.3/10 IMDB

Gullah Tales is a 1988 short film directed by Gary Moss. It follows a an elder woman on a slave plantation in 1830 and tells the story of John Hayes and his literal fight to obtain his freedom. The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film.

Directed by: Gary Moss
Release date: 1988-01-01
Best History Movies of 1988 : American Expose: Who Murdered JFK?
16.

American Expose: Who Murdered JFK?

1.8
8.5/10 IMDB

Investigative reporter Jack Anderson hosts a two-hour investigation of the Kennedy Assassination featuring interviews with experts, eyewitnesses, government officials and authors. Includes dramatic recreations of key events.

Starring: Jack Anderson, Fidel Castro, Jimmy Hoffa, E. Howard Hunt, John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Lee Harvey Oswald, Frank Sinatra, John Tower ..
Directed by: Malcom Barbour, John Langley
Release date: 1988-11-02
Best History Movies of 1988 : Ivan the Terrible, Part III
17.

Ivan the Terrible, Part III

1.8
7.4/10 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
18.

La croisade des enfants

1.6
6.7/10 IMDB

TV movie about the children crusade of the Middle Ages.

Starring: Simon Duprez, Marie Fugain, Cédric Dumond, Thierry Magnier, Hervé Rey, Arnaud Lienard, Jean-Claude Drouot, Jean-Pierre Bisson, Pierre-Loup Rajot, Yves Beneyton ..
Directed by: Serge Moati
Release date: 1988-04-07
Best History Movies of 1988 : The Alien Years
19.

The Alien Years

1.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Initially set during the late 19th century when the privileged Elizabeth Patterson elopes with German immigrant Stefan Mueller. The pair start their own vineyard but later world war one threatens to tear apart their lives.

Starring: Victoria Longley, Christoph Waltz, Jane Harders, Kim Krejus, Tom Jennings, Nick Tate, John Hargreaves, Jonathan Sweet, John Allen, Alfred Bell ..
Directed by: Donald Crombie
Release date: 1988-04-19
Best History Movies of 1988 : Shadow of the Ripper
20.

Shadow of the Ripper

1.6
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
21.

A Friendship in Vienna

1.5
6.7/10 IMDB

Inge Dournenvald and Lise Mueller are best friends in pre-WW2 Austria, despite the fact that Inge is Jewish and Lise is the daughter of a Nazi sympathizer. When they are forbidden to see each other, they meet secretly. After the Germans invade Austria in 1938, Inge and her family escape to America with the help of Lise

Starring: Jane Alexander, Edward Asner, Stephen Macht, Jenny Lewis, Kamie Harper, Luisa Bradshaw-White, Natasha Bell, Helen Bourne, Jeremy Cagan, Magdi Darvas ..
Directed by: Arthur Allan Seidelman
Release date: 1988-08-27
Best History Movies of 1988 : Grapefruit
22.

Grapefruit

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

With an all-female cast, featuring Suzie Bright as John Lennon, Cecilia Dougherty's Grapefruit plays with the romanticized history of the iconic Fab Four, gently mocking John and Yoko’s banal squabbles and obsessive rituals of self-display. Based obliquely on Yoko Ono’s book, the piece works on many levels to reposition this mythic tale of the Beatles by casting '80s women in mod drag—effectively mapping the lesbian sub-culture onto heterosexual mass culture. Discounting the importance of reproducing facts and historical accuracy, Dougherty gives an incisive reading of the creation of pop culture icons: it doesn’t matter who plays John Lennon because ultimately John Lennon is not a person anymore. As a star, he is a projection of our society’s collective needs and desires.

Starring: Jill Garellick, Azian Nurudin, Shelley Cook, Susie Bright, Kate Aragon, Didi Dunphy, Rick Groel ..
Directed by: Cecilia Dougherty
Release date: 1988-02-01
23.

Christmas in Colonial Williamsburg

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Share in the joyful sights and sounds of Christmas in Colonial Williamsburg. The extensive preparations, elaborate decorations, festive foods and music of the holiday are presented ending with the spectacular fireworks of Williamsburg's Grand Illumination.

Release date: 1988-12-01
Best History Movies of 1988 : The Luddites
24.

The Luddites

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

In 1812 there were violent disturbances in Yorkshire when new machines were introduced into the wool industry. This film is an interpretation of those events made in the style of a documentary.

Starring: Steven Alvey, Ray Armstrong, Dicken Ashworth, David Becalick, Jim Bywater, David Fleeshman, Peter Greeves, Anthony Milner, Stephen Frost, Henry Moxon ..
Directed by: Richard Broad
Release date: 1988-06-23
25.

Cincinnati: Great, Near Great and Not So Great Moments in Cincinnati History

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

A fascinating, fun-filled trip with segments on the 1884 courthouse riots, the 1937 Ohio River flood, Tony Trabert, Ezzard Charles, the Reds, the Bengals, the Stingers, the Royals, Coney Island's Shooting Star, and the Island Queen steamboat. Relive the Beatles' Cincinnati visits and discover the Cincinnati connection to Charles Manson, Annie Oakley, Jim Thorpe, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.

Starring: Al Schottelkotte ..
Release date: 1988-01-01

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