1970s Historical Movies

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| 2h 12min | Action, Drama, History, War
3.3/5 (with 84 votes)

This war drama depicts the U.S. and Japanese forces in the naval Battle of Midway, which became a turning point for Americans during World War II.

Pretty Baby(1978)

| 1h 50min | Drama
3.3/5 (with 62 votes)

Hattie, a New Orleans hooker, meets a photographer named Bellocq at her brothel one night and, after he photographs her, he befriends her 12-year-old daughter, Violet. When Violet is brought on as a working girl by her mother's madam and Hattie skips town to get married, Violet quickly loses her innocence and focuses on reuniting with Bellocq. But a life with Bellocq is compromised for Violet after her mother returns to town.

The First Great Train Robbery(1978)

| 1h 50min | Thriller, Adventure, Drama, Crime
3.4/5 (with 92 votes)

In Victorian England, a master criminal makes elaborate plans to steal a shipment of gold from a moving train.


2h 8min | History, Action, Drama, War
3.6/5 (with 43 votes)

After defeating France and imprisoning Napoleon on Elba, ending two decades of war, Europe is shocked to find Napoleon has escaped and has caused the French Army to defect from the King back to him. The best of the British generals, the Duke of Wellington, beat Napolean's best generals in Spain and Portugal, but now must beat Napoleon himself with an Anglo Allied army.

The Four Musketeers(1974)

| 1h 48min | Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama
3.2/5 (with 51 votes)

The Four Musketeers defend the queen and her dressmaker from Cardinal Richelieu and Milady de Winter.

The Beguiled(1971)

| 1h 45min | Drama, Thriller, War
3.6/5 (with 124 votes)

Offbeat Civil War drama in which a wounded Yankee soldier, after finding refuge in an isolated girls' school in the South towards the end of the war, becomes the object of the young women's sexual fantasies. The soldier manipulates the situation for his own gratification, but when he refuses to completely comply with the girls' wishes, they make it very difficult for him to leave.

Death on the Nile(1978)

2h 20min | Mystery
3.5/5 (with 189 votes)

As Hercule Poirot enjoys a luxurious cruise down the Nile, a newlywed heiress is found murdered on board. Can Poirot identify the killer before the ship reaches the end of its journey?


| 1h 51min | Western
3.4/5 (with 50 votes)

Cattle baron John Chisum joins forces with Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett to fight the Lincoln County land war.


| 2h 21min | War, Drama
3.5/5 (with 82 votes)

Scotland, 11th century. Driven by the twisted prophecy of three witches and the ruthless ambition of his wife, warlord Macbeth, bold and brave, but also weak and hesitant, betrays his good king and his brothers in arms and sinks into the bloody mud of a path with no return, sown with crime and suspicion.


3.2/5 (with 21 votes)

A slave owner in the 1840s trains one of his slaves to be a bare-knuckle fighter.

Zulu Dawn(1979)

| 1h 57min | Adventure, Drama, History, War
3.0/5 (with 31 votes)

In 1879, the British suffer a great loss at the Battle of Isandlwana due to incompetent leadership.

The Last Hard Men(1976)

| 1h 38min | Western
3.2/5 (with 12 votes)

In the early 20th century, some convicts while on a road gang escape and one of the convicts is Zach Provo, a half Indian, who was sent to prison during the latter part of the 19th century. He escapes with 6 others to exact vengeance on Sam Burgade the lawman who not only captured him but was also responsible for the death of Provo's wife, at least in Provo's mind. Part of his plan is to kidnap Burgade's daughter, which prompts him to strap on his guns and go after him on horseback. Can Burgade who has been retired for sometime still have what it takes to track Provo down?

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Murder by Decree(1979)

2h 4min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
3.2/5 (with 31 votes)

Sherlock Holmes is drawn into the case of Jack the Ripper who is killing prostitutes in London's East End. Assisted by Dr. Watson, and using information provided by a renowned psychic, Robert Lees, Holmes finds that the murders may have its roots in a Royal indiscretion and that a cover-up is being managed by politicians at the highest level, all of whom happen to be Masons.

Ryan's Daughter(1970)

3h 26min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.7/5 (with 37 votes)

An Irish lass is branded a traitor when she falls for a British soldier.

The Prince and the Pauper(1977)

1h 53min | Drama, Adventure
3.1/5 (with 10 votes)

Tom Canty is a poor English boy who bears a remarkable resemblance to Edward, Prince of Wales and son of King Henry VIII. The two boys meet and decide to play a joke on the court by dressing in each other's clothes, but the plan goes awry when they are separated and each must live the other's life.

The Thirty Nine Steps(1978)

1h 42min | Mystery
3.6/5 (with 10 votes)

The year is 1914 and Richard Hannay, Mining Engineer who is visiting Britain for a short time before returning to South Africa, is shocked when one of his neighbours, Colonel Scudder, bursts into his rooms one night and tells him a story that Prussian 'sleeper' agents are planning to pre-start World War I by murdering a visiting foreign minister. However, Scudder is murdered and Hannay is framed for the death by the 'sleepers'. Fleeing to Scotland Hannay attempts to clear his name and to stop the agents with the aid of Alex Mackenzie but not only is he is chased by Chief Supt Lomas for Scudder's death but by the agents who are headed by Appleton who has managed to hide himself in a high-placed position in the British Government...

March or Die(1977)

| 1h 47min | Drama, Adventure, War
2.8/5 (with 21 votes)

Just after World War I, Major Foster is incorporating new recruits into his French Foreign Legion platoon when he is sent to his former remote outpost located in the French Morocco to protect an archaeological excavation from El Krim, a Rifian leader who intends to unite all local tribes to fight the colonial government….

Brother Sun, Sister Moon(1972)

2h 15min | War, Drama, History
3.3/5 (with 34 votes)

This is a dramatization of events in the life of St. Francis of Assisi from before his conversion experience through his audience with the pope, including his friendship with St. Clare.

Black Snake(1973)

| 1h 22min | Adventure
2.7/5 (with 6 votes)

A man searches for his brother on an island where a vicious woman keeps slaves on a plantation.

Nicholas and Alexandra(1971)

| 3h 9min | Romance / Love, Drama, War, History
3.6/5 (with 18 votes)

Tsar Nicholas II, the inept last monarch of Russia, insensitive to the needs of his people, is overthrown and exiled to Siberia with his family.


3h 58min | Drama, History
3.7/5 (with 34 votes)

Historical evocation of Ludwig, king of Bavaria, from his crowning in 1864 until his death in 1886, as a romantic hero. Fan of Richard Wagner, betrayed by him, in love with his cousin Elisabeth of Austria, abandonned by her, tormented by his homosexuality, he will little by little slip towards madness.

The Seven-Per-Cent Solution(1976)

| 1h 53min | Thriller, Mystery
3.3/5 (with 25 votes)

Concerned about his friend's cocaine use, Dr. Watson tricks Sherlock Holmes into travelling to Vienna, where Holmes enters the care of Sigmund Freud. Freud attemts to solve the mysteries of Holmes' subconscious, while Holmes devotes himself to solving a mystery involving the kidnapping of Lola Deveraux.

Savage Messiah(1972)

| 1h 43min | Drama
3.3/5 (with 8 votes)

The film fictionalizes the real relationship between French sculptor Henri Gaudier and Polish writer Sophie Brzeska, twenty years his senior, who came to Paris, she says, for its “creative atmosphere.”.

Young Winston(1972)

| 2h 29min | Action, Adventure, Drama, War
3.0/5 (with 15 votes)

This historical drama is an account of the early life of British politician Winston Churchill, including his childhood years, his time as a war correspondent in Africa, and culminating with his first election to Parliament.

Mary, Queen of Scots(1971)

2h 8min | Drama, History
3.5/5 (with 15 votes)

Mary Stuart, who was named Queen of Scotland when she was only six days old, is the last Roman Catholic ruler of Scotland. She is imprisoned at the age of 23 by her cousin Elizabeth Tudor, the English Queen and her arch adversary. Nineteen years later the life of Mary is to be ended on the scaffold and with her execution the last threat to Elizabeth's throne has been removed. The two Queens with their contrasting personalities make a dramatic counterpoint to history.

The Railway Children(1970)

3.4/5 (with 24 votes)

The Waterbury family are completely happy until mysterious men take their father away and they have to move up to Yorkshire without him. The three open-hearted children soon make many friends including their Old Gentleman whom they regularly wave to on his morning train journey. Bobbie, the eldest girl, makes contact with him to try and get help for the problems they are facing. Meanwhile the children find themselves involved in several unexpected dramas on the railway.

Let Joy Reign Supreme(1975)

1h 54min | War, History, Drama
3.0/5 (with 15 votes)

France, 1719. Louis 14th died four years ago, Philippe d'Orleans is the regent. He is a liberal and a libertine. His right-hand man, Dubois, an atheistic and cupid priest, as libertine as Philippe, tries to take advantage of a little rebellion lead by a Breton squire (Pontallec) and of the famine to become archbishop... Description of the life of the court in this period of transition where the French Revolution smoulders.

The Hunting Party(1971)

| 1h 51min | Action, Drama, Western
3.2/5 (with 13 votes)

A ruthless rancher, and his gang, use extremely long range rifles to kill the men who kidnapped his wife.

The Deluge(1974)

5h 15min | History, Adventure, War
3.7/5 (with 16 votes)

A dashing warrior fights for the heart of a young gentlewoman as war rages across 17th century Poland in an adaptation of the second part of Henryk Sienkiewicz's historical trilogy of warfare, romance, and derring-do.

Julius Caesar(1970)

| 1h 57min | War, Drama, History
2.8/5 (with 8 votes)

All-star cast glamorizes this lavish 1970 remake of the classic William Shakespeare play, which portrays the assassination of Julius Caesar on the Ides of March, and the resulting war between the faction led by the assassins and the faction led by Mark Anthony.

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