Best History Movies of 1991



8.0/10 IMDB

Follows the investigation into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy led by New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison.

Starring: Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon, Michael Rooker, Jack Lemmon, Laurie Metcalf, Sissy Spacek, Joe Pesci, John Candy ..
Directed by: Oliver Stone
Release date: 1991-12-20

The Doors

7.2/10 IMDB

The story of the famous and influential 1960s rock band and its lead singer and composer, Jim Morrison.

Starring: Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan, Kyle MacLachlan, Frank Whaley, Kevin Dillon, Michael Wincott, Michael Madsen, Josh Evans, Costas Mandylor, Dennis Burkley ..
Directed by: Oliver Stone
Release date: 1991-03-01
Best History Movies of 1991 : The Writing in the Sand

The Writing in the Sand

8.2/10 IMDB

A richly lyrical documentary celebration of the vibrant beach life in the North East of England, constructed entirely out of Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen's black & white photographs.

Directed by: Amber Collective
Release date: 1991-04-16

Black Robe

7.1/10 IMDB

Missionary Father LaForgue travels to the New World in hopes of converting Algonquin Indians to Catholicism. Accepted, though warily, by the Indians, LaForgue travels with the Indians using his strict Catholic rules and ideals to try and impose his religion.

Starring: Lothaire Bluteau, Aden Young, Sandrine Holt, August Schellenberg, Tantoo Cardinal, Billy Two Rivers, Lawrence Bayne, Harrison Liu, Wesley Côté, Frank Wilson ..
Directed by: Bruce Beresford
Release date: 1991-09-05

Edward II

6.8/10 IMDB

England, 14th century. King Edward II falls in love with Piers Gaveston, a young man of humble origins, whom he honors with favors and titles of nobility. The cold and jealous Queen Isabella conspires with the evil Mortimer to get rid of Gaveston, overthrow her husband and take power…

Starring: Steven Waddington, Andrew Tiernan, Tilda Swinton, Nigel Terry, John Lynch, Dudley Sutton, Jerome Flynn, Jody Graber, Annie Lennox, Kevin Collins ..
Directed by: Derek Jarman
Release date: 1991-09-03
Best History Movies of 1991 : The Josephine Baker Story

The Josephine Baker Story

7.1/10 IMDB

Biography of the African-American who became a major performer in the Paris cabarets of the 1920s and 1930s. The film follows her life beginning as a struggling performer in 1917 St. Louis, her frustrations leading to her move to France, and follows to her death in 1975. Written by John Sacksteder

Starring: Lynn Whitfield, Rubén Blades, David Dukes, Louis Gossett Jr., Craig T. Nelson, Kene Holliday, Vivian Bonnell, Debbie Javor, Kene Holiday, Mayah McCoy ..
Directed by: Brian Gibson
Release date: 1991-03-16

The Inner Circle

6.9/10 IMDB

Life changes for a Moscow worker when he's made Stalin's personal film projectionist but cannot tell his bride.

Starring: Tom Hulce, Bob Hoskins, Lolita Davidovich, Aleksandr Zbruev, Feodor Chaliapin Jr., Irina Kupchenko, Aleksandr Filippenko, Bess Meyer, Vladimir Timofeev, Mariya Baranova ..
Directed by: Andrei Konchalovsky
Release date: 1991-12-25
Best History Movies of 1991 : Ironclads


6.1/10 IMDB

Ironclads is a 1991 made-for-television movie produced by Ted Turner's TNT company about the events behind the creation of the CSS Virginia from the remains of the USS Merrimack and the battle between the Virginia and the USS Monitor in the Battle of Hampton Roads, March 8, 1862-March 9, 1862.

Starring: Virginia Madsen, Alex Hyde-White, Reed Diamond, Philip Casnoff, E.G. Marshall, Fritz Weaver, Leon B. Stevens, Michal Sinnott ..
Directed by: Delbert Mann
Release date: 1991-03-11
Best History Movies of 1991 : Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio

Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio

7.6/10 IMDB

For 50 years radio dominated the airwaves and the American consciousness as the first “mass medium.” In Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio, Ken Burns examines the lives of three extraordinary men who shared the primary responsibility for this invention and its early success, and whose genius, friendship, rivalry and enmity interacted in tragic ways. This is the story of Lee de Forest, a clergyman’s flamboyant son, who invented the audion tube; Edwin Howard Armstrong, a brilliant, withdrawn inventor who pioneered FM technology; and David Sarnoff, a hard-driving Russian immigrant who created the most powerful communications company on earth.

Starring: Jason Robards ..
Directed by: Ken Burns
Release date: 1991-10-01

Prisoner of Honor

6.6/10 IMDB

France, 1897. Colonel Georges Picquart challenges the French government when he discovers the obscure political maneuvers that led to the imprisonment of the Jewish Captain Alfred Dreyfus after being convicted of espionage in 1894.

Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Oliver Reed, Peter Firth, Jeremy Kemp, Brian Blessed, Peter Vaughan, Kenneth Colley, Catherine Neilson, Lindsay Anderson ..
Directed by: Ken Russell
Release date: 1991-11-02

Heil Hitler! Confessions of a Hitler Youth

7.7/10 IMDB

This short-form documentary focuses on the true story of Alfons Heck, who as an impressionable 10-year-old boy became a high-ranking member of the Hitler youth movement during World War II. The story is told in his own words. This film originally aired as part of the "America Undercover" series on HBO.

Starring: Alfons Heck ..
Directed by: Arthur Holch
Release date: 1991-06-03

One Against the Wind

6.9/10 IMDB

Mary Linden works for the French Red Cross in Occupied France during World War II and helps allied soldiers who have been shot down to escape to the unoccupied side. Her activities are complicated by her high profile and her daughter's love affair with a German officer. Based on the true story.

Starring: Judy Davis, Sam Neill, Anthony Higgins, Christien Anholt, Kate Beckinsale, Denholm Elliott, Frank Middlemass, David Ryall, Peter Cellier, Mark Wing-Davey ..
Directed by: Larry Elikann
Release date: 1991-12-01
Best History Movies of 1991 : Coney Island

Coney Island

8.1/10 IMDB

Before there was Disneyland, there was Coney Island. By the turn of the century, this tiny piece of New York real estate was internationally famous. On summer Sundays, three great pleasure domes--Steeplechase, Luna Park and Dreamland--competed for the patronage of a half-million people. By day it was the world's most amazing amusement park, by night, an electric "Eden".

Starring: Philip Bosco, Al Lewis, Vincent Gardenia, Eli Wallach, Elliot Willensky ..
Directed by: Ric Burns
Release date: 1991-02-04

Chernobyl: The Final Warning

6.2/10 IMDB

True story about the tragic nuclear power plant accident in Chernobyl.

Starring: Jon Voight, Jason Robards, Sammi Davis, Annette Crosbie, Ian McDiarmid, Vincent Riotta, Steven Hartley, Jim Ishida, Alex Norton, Debora Weston ..
Directed by: Anthony Page
Release date: 1991-04-22
Best History Movies of 1991 : Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire

Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire

7.3/10 IMDB

Actress Sally Field looks at the dramatic life and successful career of the superb actress Barbara Stanwyck (1907-90), a Hollywood legend.

Starring: Sally Field, Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Blondell, Richard Chamberlain, Gary Cooper, Henry Fonda, Clark Gable, Van Heflin, William Holden, Burt Lancaster ..
Directed by: Richard Schickel
Release date: 1991-07-15
Best History Movies of 1991 : Young Catherine

Young Catherine

7.4/10 IMDB

A German princess is chosen to marry the heir to the Russian Throne, but faces plots and intrigues against her.

Release date: 1991-01-01
Best History Movies of 1991 : Echoes That Remain

Echoes That Remain

6.6/10 IMDB

Echoes That Remain combines hundreds of rare archival photos and previously unseen film footage with live action sequences shot on location at the sites of former Jewish communities in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland and Romania. The film's production team spent over a year of research in archives around the world collecting film footage and photographs to help dramatize the folk stories, parables, and anecdotes. Playing an important role in the film are a series of evocative images from the famed photo biographer of Eastern European shtetl life, the late Roman Vishniac.

Starring: Martin Landau, Miriam Margolyes ..
Directed by: Arnold Schwartzman
Release date: 1991-06-01
Best History Movies of 1991 : We Were Marked with a Big A

We Were Marked with a Big A

7.9/10 IMDB

This deeply moving film reminds the world of the forgotten history of gay survivors of Nazi Germany. As many as 15,000 gay men were sent to concentration camps, targeted by the Nazis as subversives. In this powerful documentary, three gay survivors share their stories. The "A" (which stood for "Arschficker"/"Assfucker") refers to a symbol (which pre-dated the pink triangle) that gay prisoners were forced to wear.

Starring: Kurt von Ruffin, Friedrich-Paul Von Groszheim ..
Directed by: Elke Jeanrond, Joseph Weishaupt
Release date: 1991-01-01
Best History Movies of 1991 : Purple Triangles

Purple Triangles

8.5/10 IMDB

A documentary released on DVD alongside the related documentary "Faithful Under Trials—Jehovah's Witnesses in the Soviet Union"

Release date: 1991-01-01
Best History Movies of 1991 : Darrow


6.2/10 IMDB

The life and career of Clarence Darrow, the noted American lawyer and civil libertarian.

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Calista Flockhart, Erin Cressida Wilson, Chris Cooper, Donal Logue, John Christopher Jones, Danton Stone, Matthew Faber, Victor Slezak, Paul Guilfoyle ..
Directed by: John David Coles
Release date: 1991-06-08
Best History Movies of 1991 : Becoming Colette

Becoming Colette

5.4/10 IMDB

French writer recalls her start as the country wife of a Paris publisher who called her erotic work his own.

Starring: Mathilda May, Virginia Madsen, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Paul Rhys, John van Dreelen, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Jockel Tschiersch, Eva Probst, Cécile Bois, Franck Demules ..
Directed by: Danny Huston
Release date: 1991-10-17
Best History Movies of 1991 : Young Catherine

Young Catherine

7.4/10 IMDB

A German princess is chosen to marry the heir to the Russian Throne, but faces plots and intrigues against her.

Starring: Julia Ormond, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Plummer, Franco Nero, Marthe Keller, Maximilian Schell, Mark Frankel, Reece Dinsdale, Laurie Holden ..
Directed by: Michael Anderson
Release date: 1991-02-17
Best History Movies of 1991 : The Gestapo: Hitler's Secret Police

The Gestapo: Hitler's Secret Police

0.0/10 IMDB

The rise and fall of Nazi Germany's terrifying secret police force from 1933 through 1945.

Starring: Patrick Allen, Adolf Hitler, Reinhard Heydrich ..
Directed by: Michael Campbell
Release date: 1991-12-31
Best History Movies of 1991 : Praise House

Praise House

6.4/10 IMDB

“Draw or Die” is the divine imperative received by the painter, Hannah, who is being nurtured by her Grandmother, but controlled by her pragmatic mother. When her Granny spirit shouts this command to Hannah, she closes a celebration of personal visions in a dance piece that is close to visionary in itself.

Starring: Laurie Carlos, Viola Sheely, Terri Cousar, Grisha Coleman, Christina Jones, Christine King, Amy Pivar, Deborah Thomas, Junior "Gabu" Wedderburn, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar ..
Directed by: Julie Dash
Release date: 1991-01-01
Best History Movies of 1991 : Operation Welcome Home

Operation Welcome Home

0.0/10 IMDB

An original documentary, this film contains previously classified footage provided by the Defense Department. Included is an exclusive on-camera "host" appearance by General Colin Powell, actual archival and pictorial footage, interviews, narrative with celebrities and key military personnel and the returning home after Desert Storm.

Starring: Colin Powell ..
Directed by: Robert Kline
Release date: 1991-05-23

Separate But Equal

7.5/10 IMDB

A dramatization of the American court case that destroyed the legal validity of racial segregation. One of the most pivotal moments in 20th century American history is bracingly dramatized in Separate but Equal. In telling the detailed story of the Supreme Court's 1953 decision to abolish racial segregation in schools, this superb 1991 TV movie covers a broad spectrum of issues, never taking its "eyes off the prize" while its first-rate cast conveys the importance of the Supreme Court's ultimately unanimous decision.

Starring: Sidney Poitier, Burt Lancaster, Richard Kiley, Cleavon Little, Gloria Foster, John McMartin ..
Directed by: George Stevens Jr.
Release date: 1991-04-07
Best History Movies of 1991 : When It Was a Game

When It Was a Game

0.0/10 IMDB

As seen through the eyes of true baseball enthusiasts, this award-winning documentary tells the story of America's favorite pastime from the Depression to the 1950s, using footage shot from the movie cameras of fans and players. From the first color filming of a baseball game to the 1938 World Series and through the careers of legends such as Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle, the film thoroughly explores the history of baseball in America.

Release date: 1991-01-01
Best History Movies of 1991 : American Experience: LBJ

American Experience: LBJ

0.0/10 IMDB

Lyndon Johnson exploited his mastery of the legislative process to shepherd a collection of progressive programs, rivaling those of FDR's New Deal, through Congress with astounding success. However, visions of a Great Society were swallowed up in the quagmire of Vietnam: the unpopular and costly war eroded his political base and left him an exile within his own White House.

Starring: David McCullough, Lyndon B. Johnson, Lady Bird Johnson ..
Directed by: David Grubin
Release date: 1991-09-30
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0.0/10 IMDB

Soviet horror movie based on the play by the writer Vyacheslav Adamchik Raisa Gromyko. The film takes place in the XVI century.

Starring: Aleksandra Yakovleva, Donatas Banionis, Boris Nevzorov, Igor Volkov, Donatas Banionis, Lyudmila Shevel, Gediminas Storpirštis, Aleksandra Yakovleva-Aasmyae, Lev Perfilov, Aleksandr Barinov ..
Directed by: Boris Shadurskiy
Release date: 1991-01-17
Best History Movies of 1991 : The Gestapo: Hitler's secret police

The Gestapo: Hitler's secret police

0.0/10 IMDB

The rise and fall of Nazi Germany's terrifying secret police force from 1933 through 1945.

Starring: Patrick Allen, Adolf Hitler, Reinhard Heydrich ..
Directed by: Michael Campbell
Release date: 1991-12-31

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