Historical Films 1970-1989 - 100 Years of Movie Posters - 65

A Chronology of Posters for Historical Films 1970-1989.

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Waterloo (1970)
Waterloo (1970)
Waterloo (1970)
Waterloo (1970)


Waterloo (1970) Directed by Sergei Bondarchuk. 132mins.

Rod Steiger - Napoleon Bonaparte
Christopher Plummer - Duke of Wellington

Also starring Orson Welles , Jack Hawkins, Virginia McKenna andDan O'Herlihy.

Nominated for 3 British Academy Awards winning 2 - Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design.

One of the most expensive films of the 1970s. 16,000 Russian soldiers were used for the massive battle scenes which take up half the film.

IMDB rating 7.1

Cromwell (1970)
Cromwell (1970)


Cromwell (1970) Directed by Ken Hughes. 139mins.

Richard Harris - Oliver Cromwell
Alec Guinness - King Charles I

Also starring Robert Morley, Dorothy Tutin, Frank Finlay and Timothy Dalton.

Nominated for 2 Oscars winning 1 - Best Costume Design.

The film was originally 180mins long but was chopped down to 139mins.

IMDB rating 6.7

Julius Caesar (1970)
Julius Caesar (1970)


Julius Caesar (1970) Directed by Stuart Burge. 117mins.

Charlton Heston - Marc Antony
John Gielgud - Julius Caesar

Also starring Jason Robards, Richard Johnson, Robert Vaughn, Richard Chamberlain, Diana Rigg and Christopher Lee.

Based on the play by William Shakespeare.

Filmed in the UK and Spain.

IMDB rating 6.1

Kidnapped (1971)
Kidnapped (1971)

Kidnapped (1971) Directed by Delbert Mann. 107mins.

Michael Caine - Alan Breck

Also starring Lawrence Douglas, Vivien Heilbron, Trevor Howard, Jack Hawkins and Donald Pleasence.

Based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, first published in 1886.

Filmed in Scotland.

IMDB rating 6.0

Macbeth (1971) Spanish poster
Macbeth (1971) Spanish poster


Macbeth (1971) Directed by Roman Polanski. 140mins.

Jon Finch - Macbeth

Also starring Francesca Annis, Martin Shaw, Terence Bayler and John Stride.

Based on the play by William Shakespeare.

Produced by Playboy Productions, Hugh Hefner was one of the producers.

Rated 'R' for bloody violence and some nudity.

IMDB rating 7.5

Mary, Queen of Scots (1971)
Mary, Queen of Scots (1971)


Mary, Queen of Scots (1971) Directed by Charles Jarrott. 128mins.

Vanessa Redgrave - Mary Queen of Scots
Glenda Jackson - Queen Elizabeth

Also starring Patrick McGoohan, Timothy Dalton, Nigel Davenport and Trevor Howard.

Nominated for 5 Oscars - Best Actress (Redgrave), Best Music (John Barry), Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design and Best Sound.

IMDB rating 7.3

Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)
Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)

Nicholas and Alexandra (1971) Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner. 189mins.

Michael Jayston - Tsar Nicholas II
Janet Suzman - Empress Alexandra

Also starring Laurence Olivier, Jack Hawkins, Harry Andrews, Michael Redgrave and Tom Baker as Grigori Rasputin.

Based on the book "Nicholas and Alexandra: An Intimate Account of the Last of the Romanovs and the Fall of Imperial Russia" by Robert Massie.

Nominated for 6 Oscars including Best Picture, winning 2 - Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design.

IMDB rating 7.1

Antony and Cleopatra (1972) French poster
Antony and Cleopatra (1972) French poster

Antony and Cleopatra (1972) Directed by Charlton Heston. 138mins (160mins)

Charlton Heston - Marc Antony
Hildegard Neil - Cleopatra

Also starring Eric Porter, John Castle, Freddie Jones and Julian Glover.

Based on the play by William Shakespeare.

Charlton Heston had also played Marc Antony in Julius Caesar (1970).

Diana Rigg was considered for the role of Cleopatra.

IMDB rating 6.0

Treasure Island (1972)
Treasure Island (1972)



Treasure Island (1972) Directed by John Hough. 94mins.

Orson Welles - Long John Silver

Also starring Kim Burfield, Lionel Stander, Walter Slezak and Angel del Pozo.

Based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson, first published in 1883.

IMDB rating 6.0

The Three Musketeers (1973)
The Three Musketeers (1973)

The Three Musketeers (1973) Directed by Richard Lester. 105mins.

D'Artagnan - Michael York
Athos - Oliver Reed
Porthos - Frank Finlay
Aramis - Richard Chamberlain

Also starring Faye Dunaway, Raquel Welch, Christopher Lee and Charlton Heston.

Also known as The Three Musketeers: The Queen's Diamonds.

Based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas, first published in 1844.

Nominated for 5 British Academy Awards - Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Constume Design, Best Film Editing and Best Music Score.

IMDB rating 7.3

The Four Musketeers (1974)
The Four Musketeers (1974)

The Four Musketeers (1974) Directed by Richard Lester. 108mins.

D'Artagnan - Michael York
Athos - Oliver Reed
Aramis - Richard Chamberlain
Porthos - Frank Finlay

Also starring Faye Dunaway, Christopher Lee, Raquel Welch and Charlton Heston.

Also known as The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge.

The actors took the producers to court demanding an increase in pay after discovering The Three Musketeers was going to be cut in half and released as 'two' movies.

Oscar Nomination for Best Costume Design.

IMDB rating 6.9

Moses the Lawgiver (1974)
Moses the Lawgiver (1974)



Moses the Lawgiver (1974) Directed by Gianfranco De Bosio. 141mins (360mins)

Burt Lancaster - Moses

Also starring Anthony Quayle, Ingrid Thulin, Irene Papas and Aharon Ipale.

Originally a 6 part TV mini-series, it was edited down to 141mins and released theatrically in 1976.

IMDB rating 6.1

Barry Lyndon (1975) Japanese poster
Barry Lyndon (1975) Japanese poster

Barry Lyndon (1975) Directed by Stanley Kubrick. 184mins.

Ryan O'Neal - Barry Lyndon / Redmond Barry

Also starring Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee, Hardy Krüger and Steven Berkoff.

Based on the novel 'The Luck of Barry Lyndon' by William Makepeace Thackeray, first published in 1844.

Nominated for 7 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay, winning 4 - Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design and Best Music (Leonard Rosenman).

IMDB rating 8.1

The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
The Man Who Would Be King (1975)


The Man Who Would Be King (1975) Directed by John Huston.

Sean Connery - Daniel Dravot
Michael Caine - Peachy Carnehan

Also starring Christopher Plummer, Saeed Jaffrey and Shakira Caine.

Based on the novella by Rudyard Kipling, first published in 1888.

Nominated for 4 Oscars - Best Screenplay, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design and Best Film Editing.

John Huston had first planned to film this story back in the 1950s with Clark Gable and Humphrey Bogart.

IMDB rating 7.9

The Wind and the Lion (1975)
The Wind and the Lion (1975)

The Wind and the Lion (1975) Directed by John Milius. 119mins.

Sean Connery - Mulai Ahmed er Raisuli

Also starring Candice Bergen, John Huston, Geoffrey Lewis and Brian Keith as Theodore Roosevelt.

Based loosely on a real life incident which took place in 1904.

Oscar Nominations for Best Music (Jerry Goldsmith) and Best Sound.

IMDB rating 6.9

Robin and Marian (1976)
Robin and Marian (1976)



Robin and Marian (1976) Directed by Richard Lester. 106mins.

Sean Connery - Robin Hood
Audrey Hepburn - Maid Marian

Also starring Robert Shaw, Richard Harris, Nicol Williamson and Denholm Elliott.

Sean Connery at 45 was the oldest actor to play Robin Hood at the time. He would cameo as Richard the Lionheart in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991).

IMDB rating 6.6

Swashbuckler (1976)
Swashbuckler (1976)




Swashbuckler (1976) UK title The Scarlet Buccaneer. Directed by James Goldstone. 101mins.

Robert Shaw - Ned Lynch

Also starring James Earl Jones, Peter Boyle, Genevieve Bujold, Beau Bridges and Geoffrey Holder.

Based on a story by Paul Wheeler and filmed in Mexico.

IMDB rating 5.9

The Man in the Iron Mask (1977) Spanish poster
The Man in the Iron Mask (1977) Spanish poster


The Man in the Iron Mask (1977) Directed by Mike Newell. 100mins.

Richard Chamberlain - Phillipe / Louis IV

Also starring Patrick McGoohan, Louis Jourdan, Jenny Agutter, Ian Holm and Ralph Richardson.

TV Movie based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas, first published in 1847.

Nominated for 2 Emmy Awards, Best Writing and Best Costume Design

IMDB rating 6.6

The Prince and the Pauper (1977)
The Prince and the Pauper (1977)



The Prince and the Pauper (1977) aka Crossed Swords. Directed by Richard Fleischer. 121mins.

Starring Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, Ernest Borgnine, George C. Scott, Rex Harrison and Mark Lester as Prince Edward / Tom Canty.

Based on the novel by Mark Twain, first published in 1881.

IMDB rating 6.1

The Duellists (1977) French poster
The Duellists (1977) French poster


The Duellists (1977) Directed by Ridley Scott. 100mins.

Starring Keith Carradine, Harvey Keitel, Albert Finney, Edward Fox and Cristina Raines.

Based on the short story 'The Duel' by Joseph Conrad.

Ridley Scott's directing debut.

Nominated for 2 British Academy Awards - Best Cinematography and Costume Design.

IMDB rating 7.4

Jesus of Nazareth (1977)
Jesus of Nazareth (1977)



Jesus of Nazareth (1977) Directed by Franco Zeffirelli. 382mins.

Robert Powell - Jesus

Also starring Anne Bancroft, Ernest Borgnine, Claudia Cardinale, Olivia Hussey as Mary, mother of Jesus, James Earl Jones, James Mason, Ian McShane as Judas Iscariot, Laurence Olivier, Donald Pleasence, Christopher Plummer, Anthony Quinn, Ralph Richardson, Rod Steiger as Pontius Pilate, Peter Ustinov and Michael York as John the Baptist.

One of the most critically acclaimed TV mini-series of all time and one of the most star-studded.

Al Pacino and Dustin Hoffman were considered for the role of Jesus.

Nominated for 6 British Academy Awards including Best Actor (Robert Powell)

IMDB rating 8.5

Caligula (1979)
Caligula (1979)


Caligula (1979) Directed by Tinto Brass. 156mins.

Malcolm McDowell - Caligula

Also starring Teresa Ann Savoy, John Gielgud, Peter O'Toole, John Steiner and Helen Mirren.

Controversial historical drama produced by Bob Guccione publisher of Penthouse Magazine, in post-production Guccione had scenes of explicit sex inserted into the film. Writer Gore Vidal was appalled and had his name removed from the title of the film which was to have been promoted as Gore Vidal's Caligula.

IMDB rating 5.0

Zulu Dawn (1979)
Zulu Dawn (1979)

Zulu Dawn (1979) Directed by Douglas Hickox. 115mins.

Starring Burt Lancaster, Peter O'Toole, Simon Ward, John Mills, Denholm Elliott, Nigel Davenport and Bob Hoskins.

Prequel to Zulu (1964) chronicling the events leading to the massacre of over 1,300 British soldiers by 20,000 Zulu warriors at the Battle of Isandlwana in 1879.

IMDB rating 6.5

Kagemusha (1980) Japanese poster
Kagemusha (1980) Japanese poster


Kagemusha (1980) Directed by Akira Kurosawa. 180mins.

Tatsuya Nakadai - Shingen Takeda / Kagemusha

Also starring Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ken'ichi Hagiwara, Jinpachi Nezu and Hideji Ôtaki.

George Lucas and Francis Coppola were two of the producers.

Oscar Nominations for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Art Direction.

British Academy Award Wins for Best Director and Best Costume Design.

IMDB rating 7.9

Excalibur (1981)
Excalibur (1981)

Excalibur (1981) Directed by John Boorman. 140mins.

Nigel Terry - King Arthur

Also starring Helen Mirren, Nicol Williamson as Merlin, Nicholas Clay, Cherie Lunghi, Gabriel Byrne, Liam Neeson and Patrick Stewart.

Based on the Arthurian romance 'Le Morte D'Arthur' by Thomas Mallory, first published in 1485.

Boorman had originally intended to make a film of The Lord of the Rings, than decided to make Excalibur instead.

Young Mordred was played by John Boorman's son Charley Boorman.

Oscar Nomination for Best Cinematography.

IMDB rating 7.4

The Bounty (1984)
The Bounty (1984)

The Bounty (1984) Directed by Roger Donaldson. 132mins.

Mel Gibson - Fletcher Christian
Anthony Hopkins - William Bligh

Also starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Liam Neeson, Bernard Hill, Edward Fox and Laurence Olivier.

Based on the book 'Captain Bligh and Mr. Christian' by Richard Hough, first published in 1972.

The full sized replica of HMS Bounty cost $4m to construct.

The Bounty cost $25m to produce and has grossed $8.6m in the US.

IMDB rating 6.9

Amadeus (1984)
Amadeus (1984)


Amadeus (1984) Directed by Milos Forman. 160mins (180mins)

F. Murray Abraham - Antonio Salieri
Tom Hulce - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Also starring Elizabeth Berridge, Simon Callow, Roy Dotrice and Jeffrey Jones as Emperor Joseph II.

Nominated for 11 Oscars winning 8 including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actor (F. Murray Abraham)

Mark Hamill and Kenneth Branagh were considered for the role of Mozart.

IMDB rating 8.4

Ran (1985) German poster
Ran (1985) German poster


Ran (1985) Directed by Akira Kurosawa. 162mins.

Tatsuya Nakadai - Lord Hidetora Ichimonji

Also starring Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu and Daisuke Ryu.

Loosely based on William Shakespeare's King Lear.

Nominated for 4 Oscars including Best Director, winning 1 - Best Costume Design.

British Academy Award Winner - Best Foreign Language Film.

IMDB rating 8.3

Flesh + Blood (1985)
Flesh + Blood (1985)

Flesh + Blood (1985) Directed by Paul Verhoeven. 126mins.

Starring Rutger Hauer, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Burlinson, Susan Tyrrell, Ronald Lacey and Brion James.

Dutch director Paul Verhoeven's first English-language film, he followed this with his first Hollywood film Robocop (1987).

Set in Italy in the year 1501. The movie was originally to be titled The Mercenaries.

IMDB rating 6.7

King David (1985)
King David (1985)



King David (1985) Directed by Bruce Beresford. 114mins.

Richard Gere - King David

Also starring Edward Woodward, Alice Krige, Cherie Lunghi, Hurd Hatfield and John Castle.

Razzie Nomination for Worst Actor (Richard Gere)

King David cost $21m to make and has grossed $5.1m in the US.

IMDB rating 4.9

Revolution (1985)
Revolution (1985)


Revolution (1985) Directed by Hugh Hudson. 126mins

Al Pacino - Tom Dobb

Also starring Donald Sutherland, Nastassja Kinski, Joan Plowright, Steven Berkoff and Dexter Fletcher.

Nominated for 4 Razzie Awards - Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Actor (Pacino) and Worst Music (John Corigliano).

IMDB rating 4.9

The Mission (1986)
The Mission (1986)

The Mission (1986) Directed by Roland Joffe. 125mins.

Robert De Niro - Rodrigo Mendoza
Jeremy Irons - Father Gabriel

Also starring Ray McAnally, Aidan Quinn, Cherie Lunghi and Liam Neeson.

Nominated for 7 Oscars winning 1 - Best Cinematography.

Nominated for 11 British Academy Awards winning 3 - Best Supporting Actor (Ray McAnally), Best Music (Ennio Morricone) and Best Editing.

IMDB rating 7.4

The Name of the Rose (1986) French poster
The Name of the Rose (1986) French poster

The Name of the Rose (1986) Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. 130mins.

Sean Connery - William of Baskerville

Also starring Christian Slater, Michael Lonsdale, Valentina Vargas, Ron Perlman and F. Murray Abraham.

Based on the novel by Italian author Umberto Eco, first published in 1980.

Set in a monastery in Northern Italy in 1307.

Won 2 British Academy Awards - Best Actor (Sean Connery) and Best Makeup.

IMDB rating 7.8

The Return of the Musketeers (1989)
The Return of the Musketeers (1989)

The Return of the Musketeers (1989) Directed by Richard Lester. 102mins.

D'Artagnan - Michael York
Athos - Oliver Reed
Porthos - Frank Finlay
Aramis - Richard Chamberlain

Also starring C. Thomas Howell, Kim Cattrall, Geraldine Chaplin and Christopher Lee.

Second sequel to Richard Lester's The Three Musketeers (1973).

The production was marred by the death of actor Roy Kinnear (Planchet) who fell off his horse and broke his pelvis, he was taken to hospital and died of a heart attack the next day. His scenes were finished by a double.

IMDB rating 5.7

Henry V (1989)
Henry V (1989)

Henry V (1989) Directed by Kenneth Branagh. 137mins.

Kenneth Branagh - King Henry V

Also starring Derek Jacobi, Brian Blessed, Ian Holm, Robert Stephens, Robbie Coltrane and Christian Bale.

Based on the play by William Shakespeare.

The directing debut of 28 year old Kenneth Branagh.

Nominated for 3 Oscars including Best Director and Best Actor (Branagh), winning for Best Costume Design.

Nominated for 6 British Academy Awards winning for Best Director.

IMDB rating 7.7

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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Seen all of these. Kagemsha was my favorite. But I saw is with a lot of great friends as part of a great night.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Akira Kurosawa deserves his own poster hub. I will get round to him eventually. Thanks for commenting Mhatter99, always appreciated.


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I always enjoy your posters and amazed at how you put this all together. I feel like I want to take them off this hub and hang them up. Thanks for the hard work and sharing these amazing pieces of film history.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks Carol, your comment is very much appreciated. One day I'm going to count how many posters I've 'hang up' and displayed in these hubs. Hundreds for sure.


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UnnamedHarald 4 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Lots of great movies here-- but I don't recall Treasure Island with Orson Welles. Oh, the emoting and melodrama I must have missed. And, if I remember right, some of the battle scenes in Waterloo were actually taken from the Russian mega-film War and Piece, which absolutely used Soviet troops as extras.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

It was the same director Sergei Bondarchuk so it is possible though this was a different battle hundreds of miles away from Borodino.

The difficulty I had here was choosing which films to include in the War hub and which to include in the Historical hub. Waterloo is of course a war movie, it contains almost an hour of battle sequences but the events were 200 years ago so I've decided to include it here. Zulu Dawn too. The War hub will be primarily of the past 100 years but I will cheat and include the American Civil War in there too. :)

Thanks for commenting David.


Cogerson 4 years ago

Random thoughts while reading and viewing your hub....(1) The fact that Waterloo lost so much money ....is the reason there is not a Stanley Kubrick Napoleon movie out there as the producers pulled the money out when Waterloo crashed (2) Sir Michael Caine says the only project he never got paid for was...Kidnapped (3) I lost track was that three or four Chuck Heston movies in the hub (4) The Man Who Would Be King is one of my favorites (5) Barry Lyndon is the movie Kubrick made after the financing fell through for his Napoleon movie (6) Excalibur is another one of my personal favorites (7) Ran is a classic...have seen it many times and it gets better every single time (8) Flesh + Blood is a movie that never seems to get much credit...but I was glad to see it listed (9) Name of the Rose is a movie that I can never seem to finish....a very slow paced movie.

I enjoyed this hub....so I voted it up and awesome and across the board.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks Bruce, appreciate the comment and trivia. The Name of the Rose is worth finishing, I enjoyed the mystery aspect and the creepy labyrinthine interior of the monastery.

Flesh + Blood I watched many times on video back in the 80's, I was a big Verhoeven fan. A shame he has disappeared back to Europe.

Highest rated on the page is Jesus of Nazareth followed by Amadeus and Ran.

Lowest rated is King David and Revolution.

Thanks for posting.

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