The 19th Century on the Screen

The big events of the ninetinth century, and a few movies that serve as time capsules. Mostly feature films with a few TV movies to fill in the gaps.
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1.
John Adams (2008 Mini-Series)
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The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years. (71 mins.)
“ Spans quite a few years into the 1800's ” - joe_538
 
2.
Amazing Grace (2006)
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The idealist William Wilberforce maneuvers his way through Parliament, endeavoring to end the British transatlantic slave trade. (118 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
“ Early 1800's ” - joe_538
 
3.
The Far Horizons (1955)
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United States has just acquired Louisiana from France. An expedition led by Lewis and Clark is sent... (108 mins.)
Director: Rudolph Maté
“ 1804 (Don't let the kids base their homework off this) ” - joe_538
 
4.
Tripoli (1950)
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In 1805, the United States battles the pirates of Tripoli as the Marines fight to raise the American flag (95 mins.)
Director: Will Price
“ 1805 ” - joe_538
 
5.
To the Ends of the Earth (2005 Mini-Series)
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In 1812, young British aristocrat Edmund Talbot travels by ship to Australia, and learns more about himself and about life than he had ever bargained for. (267 mins.)
“ 1812 ” - joe_538
 
6.
The Buccaneer (1958)
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During the War of 1812 against the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland: General Andrew Jackson... (119 mins.)
Director: Anthony Quinn
“ 1814 ” - joe_538
 
7.
Waterloo (1970)
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Facing the decline of everything he has worked to obtain, conqueror Napoleon Bonaparte and his army confront the British at the Battle of Waterloo. (134 mins.)
“ 1815 ” - joe_538
 
8.
Rowing with the Wind (1988)
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The film is situated in the time when Mary Shelley wrote her novel "Frankenstein". It describes the relationship between Lord Byron... (126 mins.)
Director: Gonzalo Suárez
“ 1816 ” - joe_538
 
9.
Hawaii (1966)
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An American missionary and his wife travel to the exotic island kingdom of Hawaii, intent on converting the natives. But the clash between the two cultures is too great and instead of understanding there comes tragedy. (189 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
“ 1820's - 1830's ” - joe_538
 
10.
Immortal Beloved (1994)
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The life and death of the legendary Ludwig van Beethoven. Beside all the work he is known for, the composer... (121 mins.)
Director: Bernard Rose
“ - 1824 ” - joe_538
 
11.
The Deceivers (1988)
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Fact-based account of a secret society of murderers, and of the man who exposed them in British India 1825. (102 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Meyer
“ 1825 ” - joe_538
 
12.
The Darwin Adventure (1972)
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(91 mins.)
Director: Jack Couffer
“ 1831 ” - joe_538
 
13.
The Alamo (2004)
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Based on the 1836 standoff between a group of Texan and Tejano men, led by Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, and Mexican dictator Santa Anna's forces at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. (137 mins.)
“ 1836 ” - joe_538
 
14.
Amistad (1997)
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About a 1839 mutiny aboard a slave ship that is traveling towards the northeastern coast of America. Much of the story involves a court-room drama about the free man who led the revolt. (155 mins.)
“ 1839 ” - joe_538
 
15.
The Opium War (1997)
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Historical Drama starting in 1839 in Guangzhou where British merchants dealing with opium are to be... (153 mins.)
Director: Jin Xie
“ 1839 ” - joe_538
 
16.
Victoria the Great (1937)
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The story of Queen Victoria from her coronation, focused on her meeting and marriage to Prince Albert and the way they established shared responsibilities until his death. (112 mins.)
Director: Herbert Wilcox
“ 1840's - 1850's ” - joe_538
 
17.
The Oregon Trail (1959)
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In 1846, a reporter for the New York Herald joins a wagon train bound for the Oregon Territory. He hopes... (86 mins.)
Director: Gene Fowler Jr.
“ 1846 ” - joe_538
 
18.
The Donner Party (2009)
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Based on the real events of The Donner Party tragedy. The Donner Party was a group of California-bound... (95 mins.)
“ 1846 ” - joe_538
 
19.
Brigham Young (1940)
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In 1844, after the assassination of Mormon leader Joseph Smith by an angry mob in Illinois, the Mormons choose Brigham Young as their new leader and follow him to a new promised land in Utah. (114 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
“ 1847 ” - joe_538
 
20.
The Great Moment (1944)
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The biography of Dr. W. T. Morgan, a 19th century Boston dentist, during his quest to have anesthesia, in the form of ether, accepted by the public and the medical and dental establishment. (83 mins.)
Director: Preston Sturges
“ 1848 ” - joe_538
 
21.
Sutter's Gold (1936)
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Story of the gold strike on an immigrant's property that started the 1849 California Gold Rush. (94 mins.)
Director: James Cruze
“ 1848 ” - joe_538
 
22.
Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
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A mountain man who wishes to live the life of a hermit becomes the unwilling object of a long vendetta by Indians, and proves to be a match for their warriors in one-on-one combat on the early frontier. (108 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
“ Late 1840's ” - joe_538
 
23.
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)
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A chronicle of events that led to the British involvement in the Crimean War against Russia and which... (139 mins.)
Director: Tony Richardson
“ 1854 ” - joe_538
 
24.
The Great Train Robbery (1979)
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In Victorian England, a master criminal makes elaborate plans to steal a shipment of gold from a moving train. (110 mins.)
“ 1855 ” - joe_538
 
25.
The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936)
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The biography of the pioneering French microbiologist who helped revolutionize agriculture and medicine. (86 mins.)
“ 1857 ” - joe_538
 
26.
The Rising: Ballad of Mangal Pandey (2005)
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Based on the life and times of Mangal Pandey, 1857: The Rising is a film about the leader of the 1857 mutiny and his fight against the British rule. (150 mins.)
Director: Ketan Mehta
“ 1857 ” - joe_538
 
27.
September Dawn (2007)
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A love story set during a tense encounter between a wagon train of settlers and a renegade Mormon group. (111 mins.)
“ September 1857 (Mountain Meadows Massacre) ” - joe_538
 
28.
The Barbarian and the Geisha (1958)
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Townsend Harris is sent by President Pierce to Japan to serve as the first U.S. Consul-General to that country... (105 mins.)
Director: John Huston
“ 1858 ” - joe_538
 
29.
Seven Angry Men (1955)
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Rise, fall and execution of John Brown, fanatic abolitionist. (90 mins.)
“ - 1859 ” - joe_538
 
30.
Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940)
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Humble Abraham Lincoln gains the respect of his Illinois neighbors, growing in stature and respect until he is elected President in 1860 and departs for Washington. (110 mins.)
Director: John Cromwell
“ 1830's - 1860 ” - joe_538
 
31.
Pony Express (1953)
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Buffalo Bill and Wild Bill Hickock work to establish the Pony Express and fight Indians and California Separatists who seek to destroy it. (101 mins.)
Director: Jerry Hopper
“ 1860 (Inaccurate depiction of Buffalo Bill & Wild Bill Hickok) ” - joe_538
 
32.
Ironclads (1991 TV Movie)
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A naval battle between two large ships: the "Monitor" and the "Merrimack". (94 mins.)
Director: Delbert Mann
“ March 8 - 9, 1862 ” - joe_538
 
33.
Gettysburg (1993)
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In 1863, the Northern and Southern forces fight at Gettysburg in the decisive battle of the American Civil War. (271 mins.)
“ July 1 - 4, 1863 ” - joe_538
 
34.
Gangs of New York (2002)
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In 1863, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer. (167 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ 1863 ” - joe_538
 
35.
Hatfields & McCoys (2012 Mini-Series)
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Dramatization of the bitter blood feud between the two families on the West Virginia/Kentucky border in the years after the Civil War. (290 mins.)
“ 1963 - 1891. (Length of the feud) ” - joe_538
 
36.
Lincoln (2012)
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As the Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves. (150 mins.)
“ January - June 1865 ” - joe_538
 
37.
The Conspirator (2010)
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Mary Surratt is the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. As the whole nation turns against her, she is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer to uncover the truth and save her life. (122 mins.)
Director: Robert Redford
“ 1865 ” - joe_538
 
38.
Tennessee Johnson (1942)
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A chronicle of the life of Andrew Johnson from his first arrival in Tennessee to his time as President of the United States. (103 mins.)
“ 1865 ” - joe_538
 
39.
Molokai (1999)
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The true story of the 19th century priest who volunteered to go to the island of Molokai, to console and care for the lepers. (109 mins.)
Director: Paul Cox
“ 1865. (Father Damien arrrives in Hawaii and serves for the next twenty years) ” - joe_538
 
40.
Anna and the King (1999)
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The story of the romance between the King of Siam and widowed British schoolteacher, Anna Leonowens, during the 1860s. (148 mins.)
Director: Andy Tennant
“ 1860's ” - joe_538
 
41.
Union Pacific (1939)
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In 1862, Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads compete westward across the wilderness toward California. (135 mins.)
“ 1869 ” - joe_538
 
42.
“ 1869 ” - joe_538
 
43.
The Brothers Karamazov (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Ryevsk, Russia, 1870. Tensions abound in the Karamazov family. Fyodor is a wealthy libertine who holds his purse strings tightly... (145 mins.)
Director: Richard Brooks
“ 1870 ” - joe_538
 
44.
In Old Chicago (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The O'Leary brothers -- honest Jack and roguish Dion -- become powerful figures, and eventually rivals, in Chicago on the eve of its Great Fire. (95 mins.)
Director: Henry King
“ 1871 ” - joe_538
 
45.
Ludwig (1973)
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Historical evocation of Ludwig, king of Bavaria, from his crowning in 1864 until his death in 1886, as a romantic hero... (235 mins.)
“ 1870's ” - joe_538
 
46.
Custer of the West (1967)
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George Armstrong Custer's love of the heroic traditions of the Calvary and his distaste with the coming of industrialization leads him to his destiny at the Little Big Horn. (140 mins.)
Director: Robert Siodmak
“ 1876. Neither this or They Died with Their Boots On are terribly accurate. ” - joe_538
 
47.
The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Alexander Graham Bell falls in love with deaf girl Mabel Hubbard while teaching the deaf and trying to invent means for telegraphing the human voice... (98 mins.)
Director: Irving Cummings
“ 1876 ” - joe_538
 
48.
The Molly Maguires (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Life is rough in the coal mines of 1876 Pennsylvania. A secret group of Irish immigrant miners, known as the Molly Maguires... (124 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
“ 1876 ” - joe_538
 
49.
The Last Samurai (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An American military advisor embraces the Samurai culture he was hired to destroy after he is captured in battle. (154 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
“ 1877 ” - joe_538
 
50.
Zulu Dawn (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A dramatization of the Battle of Isandlwana, where the British Army met its match against the Zulu nation. (117 mins.)
Director: Douglas Hickox
“ January 22, 1879 ” - joe_538
 
51.
Zulu (1964)
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Outnumbered British soldiers do battle with Zulu warriors at Rorke's Drift. (138 mins.)
Director: Cy Endfield
“ January 23, 1879 ” - joe_538
 
52.
Edison, the Man (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
82 year old inventor and entrepreneur Thomas Alva Edison is honored in 1929 and he reflects back on his sixty year career of scientific achievement. (107 mins.)
Director: Clarence Brown
“ 1879. (Invention of the electric light) ” - joe_538
 
53.
Ned Kelly (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An innocent man becomes one of the most wanted criminals the world has ever known. (110 mins.)
Director: Gregor Jordan
“ - 1880 ” - joe_538
 
54.
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)
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An aging Pat Garrett is hired as a lawman on behalf of a group of wealthy New Mexico cattle barons--his sole purpose being to bring down his old friend Billy the Kid. (122 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
“ 1881 (Takes liberties with the facts, if anyone knows an accurate Billy the Kid movie, I'd like to hear it) ” - joe_538
 
55.
Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker (1994 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The story of Johnson Whittaker, one of the first African-American cadets admitted to West Point. Tied down and beaten by his fellow cadets... (98 mins.)
Director: Harry Moses
“ 1881 ” - joe_538
 
56.
Tombstone (1993)
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A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating. (130 mins.)
“ October 26, 1881 (Gunfight at OK Corral) ” - joe_538
 
57.
The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James (1986 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
This movie looks at the last years (not days, as implied in the title) of famous outlaws, Frank and Jesse James... (120 mins.)
“ 1882 ” - joe_538
 
58.
Krakatoa: East of Java (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
In 1883, ship captain Hanson plans a shipwreck salvage mission in The Dutch East Indies to retrieve a cargo of pearls but an unexpected volcano eruption and a state-ordered transport of convicts upset his plans. (131 mins.)
“ 1883 ” - joe_538
 
59.
Mrs Brown (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Queen Victoria is deeply depressed after the death of her husband, disappearing from public. Her servant Brown... (105 mins.)
Director: John Madden
“ 1861 - 1883 ” - joe_538
 
60.
Life with Father (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A financier from New York rules his numerous family, consisting of his wife and his four sons, with the meticulousity of a bookkeeper. (118 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ 1883 ” - joe_538
 
61.
The Elephant Man (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity. (124 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ 1884 ” - joe_538
 
62.
Khartoum (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In the Sudan, in 1884-85, Egyptian forces led by a British general defend Khartoum against an invading Muslim army led by a religious fanatic, the Mahdi. (134 mins.)
“ Late 1884 - Early 1885 ” - joe_538
 
63.
Lust for Life (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The life of brilliant but tortured artist Vincent van Gogh. (122 mins.)
“ 1880's ” - joe_538
 
64.
The Four Feathers (2002)
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A British officer resigns his post just before battle and subsequently receives four white feathers from his friends and fiancee as symbols of what they believe to be his cowardice. (132 mins.)
Director: Shekhar Kapur
“ 1885 ” - joe_538
 
65.
Geronimo: An American Legend (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The story of the Apache chief and his armed resistance to the US Government's subjugation of his people. (115 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
“ 1886 ” - joe_538
 
66.
The Miracle Worker (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The story of Anne Sullivan's struggle to teach the blind and deaf Helen Keller how to communicate. (106 mins.)
Director: Arthur Penn
“ 1887 - 1888 ” - joe_538
 
67.
Jack the Ripper (1988 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A Scotland Yard police inspector, battling the booze, investigates the Jack the Ripper murders and discovers a conspiracy that leads all the way up to the queen. (190 mins.)
“ 1888 ” - joe_538
 
68.
The Johnstown Flood (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
Johnstown Flood tells a true story of heartbreak, heroism and the courage to survive. On a stormy day in May of 1889... (60 mins.)
Director: Irving Cummings
“ 1889 ” - joe_538
 
69.
So Long at the Fair (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A young woman visits Paris with her brother only to discover the following morning he has gone missing and the hotel staff have no recollection of his presence. (86 mins.)
“ 1889 ” - joe_538
 
70.
Princess Kaiulani (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
The true story of a Hawaiian princess' attempts to maintain the independence of the island against the threat of American colonization. (97 mins.)
Director: Marc Forby
“ 1890's ” - joe_538
 
71.
Will Penny (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Aging cowboy Will Penny gets a line camp job on a large cattle spread and finds his isolated cabin is already occupied by a husbandless woman and her young son. (108 mins.)
Director: Tom Gries
“ Early 1890's ” - joe_538
 
72.
Gentleman Jim (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
As bareknuckled boxing enters the modern era, brash extrovert Jim Corbett uses new rules and dazzlingly innovative footwork to rise to the top of the top of the boxing world. (104 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
“ 1892 (Match with John L. Sullivan, and the beginning of modern boxing) ” - joe_538
 
73.
Shangani Patrol (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The nerve-jangling true tale of a battalion of volunteer soldiers facing the might of King Lobengula's army in Rhodesia in 1893. (94 mins.)
Director: David Millin
“ 1893 ” - joe_538
 
74.
Prisoner of Honor (1991 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
"Prisoner of Honor" documents the French Dreyfus Affair that saw a French Captain sent to Devils' Island... (88 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell
“ 1894 ” - joe_538
 
75.
Madame Curie (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Despite himself, accomplished physicist and avowed bachelor Pierre Curie falls for brilliant student Marie, and together they embark on the discovery of radium. (124 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
“ 1895. (Discovery of Radium) ” - joe_538
 
76.
The First Olympics: Athens 1896 (1984 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
This movie describes the founding of the modern Olympics and concentrates on the creation of the American... (237 mins.)
“ 1896 ” - joe_538
 
77.
Rough Riders (1997 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Undersecretary of the Navy Theodore Roosevelt resigns to form a volunteer militia unit called "The Rough Riders" to fight in the Spanish American War. (240 mins.)
Director: John Milius
“ 1898 ” - joe_538
 
78.
The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A bridge engineer and an experienced old hunter begin a hunt for two lions after they start attacking local construction workers. (110 mins.)
Director: Stephen Hopkins
“ 1898 ” - joe_538
 
79.
Yellow Jack (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
In the fever-stricken areas of Cuba a brave band of scientists, doctors and U. S. Marines fight a losing battle against the deadly plague of 'Yello Jack,' until the great heroic risk taken by an Irish sergeant brings victory. (83 mins.)
Director: George B. Seitz
“ 1899 ” - joe_538