Choice War Films

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1.
The Big Parade (1925)
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A young American soldier witnesses the horrors of the Great War. (151 mins.)
Director: King Vidor
 
2.
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
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A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I. (136 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
 
3.
Hell's Angels (1930)
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Brothers Monte and Ray leave Oxford to join the Royal Flying Corps. Ray loves Helen; Helen enjoys an affair with Monte; before they leave on their mission over Germany they find her in still another man's arms. (127 mins.)
Director: Howard Hughes
“ Great airforce film. Amazing camerawork and special effects for its day. Some of the dog fight scenes are they better than films made decades later! A true lost gem! ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
4.
The Lost Patrol (1934)
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A dozen British soldiers, lost in a Mesopotamian desert during world war I, are menaced by unseen Arab enemies. (73 mins.)
Director: John Ford
“ For its day, a good dramatic war story about a lost group of Americans and Brits holed up in a desert oasis, hunted by Arab Snipers. Worth watching one time to listen to the wonderful score alone. One can appreciate what it is to enjoy a film that is really more of a high quality, musically enhanced, play than a movie. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
5.
The Road to Glory (1936)
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The story of trench life during World War I through the lives of a French regiment. As men are killed and replaced jaunty Lt. Denet becomes more and more somber. His rival for the affection of nurse Monique is Capt. La Roche. (103 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
6.
Alexander Nevsky (1938)
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The story of how a great Russian prince led a ragtag army to battle an invading force of Teutonic Knights. (112 mins.)
 
7.
Gunga Din (1939)
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In 19th century India, three British soldiers and a native waterbearer must stop a secret mass revival of the murderous Thuggee cult before it can rampage across the land. (117 mins.)
Director: George Stevens
 
8.
Sergeant York (1941)
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A hillbilly sharpshooter drafted in WW1 despite his claim to be a pacifist, who ends up becoming a war hero. (134 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
“ Frankly even more "Churchy" than I expected, but a very good film, that tells a wounderful story of courage in the heat of battle and is referenced in so many other war films that any fan of war movies must watch it at least once This film deals with the struggle between knowing killing is wrong, but needing to survive a war and win it for your freedom. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
9.
Wake Island (1942)
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December, 1941. With no hope of relief or re-supply, a small band of United States Marines try to keep the Japanese Navy from capturing their island base. (87 mins.)
Director: John Farrow
“ Made less than a year after it happened, this film covers the Japanese assult on Wake Island (Wake Atoll), an Island between Midway and Guam, that was attacked the same day as Pearl Harbor. Marines and Civilians band together to defend the atoll but are greatly outgunned and outmanned. Very good special effects for its age. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
10.
One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942)
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When Nazi anti-aircraft fire damages a British bomber, its crew bails out and seeks help from the Dutch underground. (102 mins.)
 
11.
Air Force (1943)
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The crew of an Air Force bomber arrives in Pearl Harbor in the aftermath of the Japanese attack and is sent on to Manila to help with the defense of the Philippines. (124 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
12.
Bataan (1943)
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Japan has just invaded the Phillipines and the US Army attempts a desperate defence. Thirteen men are... (114 mins.)
Director: Tay Garnett
“ Thirteen GIs, thrown together from various units, band together to carry out a mission to prevent Japaneese forces from rebuilding a bridge deep in the jungle on the island of Bataan. Heroic wartime tale of the men who were left to continue the war after the Japanese landing in the Phillipines left them outnumbered and alone to save themselves. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
13.
Corregidor (1943)
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A doctor and his staff in a hospital on the Philippine island of Corregidor shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor try to treat the sick, injured and wounded as American and Filipino troops desperately try to beat back a ferocious Japanese attack. (73 mins.)
Director: William Nigh
“ A tale of star crossed doctors and nurses during the Japanese air raids of the Philippines. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
14.
Destination Tokyo (1943)
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In order to provide information for the first air raid over Tokyo, a U.S. submarine sneaks into Tokyo Bay and places a spy team ashore. (135 mins.)
Director: Delmer Daves
“ Grant is supurb as the cool Navy Sub Captain leading a silent team of men through underwater minefields and gates to enter into Japanese waters. Once ashore the men must gather intel for the coming Aeial Raid. I'd see this film as a double featuer with Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo so you can get both the Naval and Airforce sides of the battle! As a bonus, I think Das Boot fans will like the submariners' life protrayed here as well. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
15.
Destroyer (1943)
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A new World War 2 battleship fails its fighting trials so it is assigned to mail runs , but the crew ends up having to engage Japanese planes and a submarine, anyway. (99 mins.)
“ A shipbuilder named Boley reenlists in the Navy when given the opportunity to serve aboard the ship he has helped build, the John Paul Jones II. However the Navy has changed since his last tour aboard the John Paul Jones I and he must learn to adapt to the new Navy. Given the role of FIrst Mate, Boley tried to instill in his men a sence of old fashion Naval pride and tradition. A cute film , if a war film can be called "cute." ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
16.
Edge of Darkness (1943)
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After two years under German rule, a small Norwegian fishing village rises up and revolts against the occupying Nazis. (119 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
 
17.
Guadalcanal Diary (1943)
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The story of a large U.S. Marines invasion task force bound for Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands in 1942. (93 mins.)
Director: Lewis Seiler
“ Made less than 2 years after the Battle of Guadalcanal took place, this film makes no real attempt to humanize the Japanese enemy. This is perhaps best displayed as marching music accompanies a slaughter of retreating Japanese. Anyway, once you get past that, it remains a good film to watch, well made, not overdone and a pioneer for its day! ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
18.
Sahara (1943)
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Sergeant Joe Gunn and his tank crew pick up five British soldiers, a Frenchman and a Sudanese man with... (97 mins.)
Director: Zoltan Korda
“ A US tank roams the desert in search of water, following a battle gone wrong. Along the way, they pick up other straggler soliders from nearly everyside of the war. Great story and device used to tell "one man's" view of Tobruk amd El Alamein. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
19.
Days of Glory (1944)
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A heroic guerilla group fights back against impossible odds during the 1941 Nazi invasion of Russia. (86 mins.)
“ Peck in an early film, leads a group of Russian Partisans against Nazi invaders in Russia. Admist the fighting he falls in love with a beautiful Russian dancer holed up with his underground unit of misfits. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
20.
The Purple Heart (1944)
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This is the story of the crew of a downed bomber, captured after a run over Tokyo, early in the war... (99 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
 
21.
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
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In the wake of Pearl Harbor, a young lieutenant leaves his expectant wife to volunteer for a secret bombing mission which will take the war to the Japanese homeland. (138 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
“ Based on the true story of the crack team of pilots who trained for a bombing raid on Tokyo in response to the Pearl Harbor attack by the Japanese. Great Airforce and Navy movie. Great performance by Van Johnson. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
22.
Objective, Burma! (1945)
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A platoon of special ops are tasked to parachute into the remote Burmese jungle and destroy a strategic Japanese radar station, but getting out isn't as easy. (142 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
“ After completing a top secret mission, a group of elite paratroopers misses its pick up and is forced to cross 200 miles of Japanese filled jungle to get back home. Fantastic acting and gripping story in this highly underrated film! ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
23.
Story of G.I. Joe (1945)
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The story of men at war and that of the esteemed Pulitzer prize winning war correspondent Ernie Pyle... (108 mins.)
 
24.
The True Glory (1945 Documentary)
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A documentary account of the allied invasion of Europe during World War II compiled from the footage shot by nearly 1400 cameramen... (87 mins.)
Director: Garson Kanin
 
25.
A Walk in the Sun (1945)
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During WWII, a platoon of American soldiers trudge through the Italian countryside in search of a bridge they have been ordered to blow up, encountering danger and destruction along the way. (117 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
“ The infantry unit walks and walks until it reaches its target, a lowly farmhouse in southern Italy. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
26.
Command Decision (1948)
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Army generals struggle with the decision to prioritize bombing the German factories producing new jet fighters over the extremely high casualties the mission will cost. (112 mins.)
Director: Sam Wood
“ Mounting losses force Airforce command to question the judgement of a Briagader General. Airforce movie that deals with the burden of command where every decision made means men will be killed. Is there a lesser of two evils? Is the mission worth it? ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
27.
Battleground (1949)
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A squad of the 101st Airborne Division copes with being trapped in the besieged city of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. (118 mins.)
“ This movie is so ahead of its time it looks exactly like how war movies are still shot today. Any fan of Band of Brothers, Saving Private Ryan etc should pay respects and watch this film! ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
28.
Breakthrough (1950)
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An American infantry unit, from its pre-invasion training to combat in Europe. (91 mins.)
Director: Lewis Seiler
“ US Infantry make their way across France, fighting and mingling with the local French women! Well done realistic urban combat experiences. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
29.
Twelve O'Clock High (1949)
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A hard-as-nails general takes over a bomber unit suffering from low morale and whips them into fighting shape. (132 mins.)
Director: Henry King
“ PTSD or "shell shocked" as expressed in this film, is explored, as to how it effects men and their ability to cope in situations of high stress. An early airforce movie with a fantastic ending battle! ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
30.
Halls of Montezuma (1951)
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A company of Marines races against the clock to find a Japanese rocket base. (113 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
“ Tasked with eliminating the Japanese rocket defense, a unit of 7 Marines must spearhead the American beach landing. These men must succeed in order to save the lives of the men soon to land. Classic war tale of heroism but with great insite into both American and Japanese military psyche as one seeks to escape death and the other welcomes it. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
31.
Fixed Bayonets! (1951)
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The story of a platoon during the Korean War. One by one Corporal Denno's superiors are killed until it comes to the point where he must try to take command responsibility. (92 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
“ A carfully selected group of men are chosen to cover the retreat of their division during the Korean War. As sargents are killed one by one, a corporal finds himself the next in line to lead, and begins to doubt his abilities to command his peers under such intense fire. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
32.
The Frogmen (1951)
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The new commander of a Navy Underwater Demolition Team--nicknamed "Frogmen"--must earn the respect of the men in his unit, who are still grieving over the death of their former commander and resentful of the new one. (96 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Bacon
“ Interesting war film about the true first tip of the sword - the frogmen (forerunner unit to the Navy Seals) who do underwater recon of beach heads before the Marine and Paratroopers landings to report mines and obstacles. The story follows a new commander of a seasoned unit as he tries to win the respect of his men. Very good effort for its day at filming action underwater. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
33.
Go for Broke! (1951)
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The story of Japanese-American soldiers who fought in Europe during World War II. (92 mins.)
Director: Robert Pirosh
“ The tale of the 422nd, an Army Brigade made up of Japanese-Americans, as they fight accross Italy and France, but the fight is just as much about gaining acceptance as Americans as it is about fighting for America. Some soldiers had family killed at Pearl Harbor, others had family in determent camps, fascinating story. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
34.
The Red Badge of Courage (1951)
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Truncated adaptation of Stephen Crane's novel about a Civil War Union soldier who stuggles to find the courage to fight in the heat of battle. (69 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
35.
The Steel Helmet (1951)
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A ragtag group of American stragglers battles against superior Communist troops in an abandoned Buddhist temple during the Korean War. (85 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
“ Under the watchful eye of a large golden Budda, US Infantry hold a Temple against North Koren forces. In the downtime the troops discuss race relations in America with a North Korean Major they have captured. The Major is confused how Black and Japanese Americans fight for a country that doesn't consider them as equals. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
36.
The Tanks Are Coming (1951)
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An American tank crew fights its way into Germany in World War II. (90 mins.)
Director: Lewis Seiler
“ A tale of a tank crew and their highly capable, no nosense commander as their division seeks to break through the Siegfried Line and invade Germany. Good blend of stock photoage and filmed tank scenes gives a real sence of tank warefare. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
37.
Retreat, Hell! (1952)
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During the Korean War, a U.S. Marine battalion must fight its way out of a frozen mountain pass despite diminishing supplies... (95 mins.)
Director: Joseph H. Lewis
 
38.
What Price Glory (1952)
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The wartime romantic misadventures of Captain Flagg, commander of a company of US Marines in 1918 France. (111 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
39.
The Desert Rats (1953)
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Richard Burton plays a Scottish Army officer put in charge of a disparate band of ANZAC troops on the perimeter of Tobruk with the German Army doing their best to dislodge them. (88 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
“ Film about the rag-tag band of Aussie and Scottish soldiers who held out against Rommel months longer than expected to in the Libyan city of Tobruk. Interesting film about the trials of combat leadership. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
40.
From Here to Eternity (1953)
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In Hawaii in 1941, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit's team, while his captain's wife and second-in-command are falling in love. (118 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
“ Peacetime can be more cruel than war. Soldiers try to find love to escape the grind of the army in Hawaii on the eve of Pearl Harbor. Fans of An Officer and a Gentleman and Peal Harbor, will really enjoy this film. Classic! ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
41.
Raiders in the Sky (1953)
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War drama about the dangerous and stressful work of Lancaster bomber British crews during WW2. (96 mins.)
Director: Philip Leacock
“ AKA Appointment in London ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
42.
The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954)
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Set during the Korean War, a Navy fighter pilot must come to terms with with his own ambivalence towards the war and the fear of having to bomb a set of highly defended bridges. The ending of this grim war drama is all tension. (102 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
“ Good airforce (Navy pilot?) movie that shows us that bravery is really doing the things you are most scared to do. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
43.
They Who Dare (1954)
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In Greece during the war a small group of British commandoes and patriots land on an island with orders... (107 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
“ Ten British Commandos aided by Greek Resistance Fighters seek out accross Greece to bomb German airforce bases and escape back out to sea. But nothing ever goes to plan... ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
44.
The Dam Busters (1955)
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The story of how the British attacked German dams in WWII by using an ingenious technique to drop bombs where they would be most effective. (124 mins.)
“ Interesting film about the line connecting science, technology and war. War Manufactures scramble to create a new bomb capable of destroying Nazi Dams which supply Nazi factories with water and hydro-power. The airforce barely believes it is possible, but determined scientists and pilots find increasingly creative ways to work around problems eventually leading to one of the most unique bombing raids of WWII. Great acting and compelling story line move this film along. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
45.
To Hell and Back (1955)
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The true WWII story of Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier in U.S. history. Based on the autobiography of Audie Murphy who stars as himself in the film. (106 mins.)
Director: Jesse Hibbs
“ Murphy tells his own tale of heroism. From his time as a 12 year old orphan tasked with taking care of his 4 brothers and sisters and the family farm to his days as a young 17 year old private to his eventual climb to Platoon Commander - earned through consistant acts of selfless bravery. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
46.
Attack (1956)
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In 1945, an American Infantry company sets up an artillery observation post but tensions between captain Cooney and lieutenant Costa run high. (107 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
“ When I saw City Slickers for the first time I had no context for how bad ass Jack Palance is (was). A Lutentient who has had to witness the deaths of too many of his men as a result of his unstable Captain's failed strategies vows to correct the situation. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
47.
The Burmese Harp (1956)
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In the War's closing days, when a conscience-driven Japanese soldier fails to get his countrymen to surrender to overwhelming force, he adopts the lifestyle of a Buddhist monk. (116 mins.)
Director: Kon Ichikawa
 
48.
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
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After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it. (161 mins.)
Director: David Lean
“ British POWs forced into Japanese labor camps are tasked with building a rail road bridge over the Kwai River. Initally seeking to sabotage the bridge, their commanding officer deciedes instead to build a bridge to last 500 years and remain a source of pride for his men. Little does he know another British officer has been ordered to blow up his bridge... ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
49.
The Enemy Below (1957)
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During World War II, an American destroyer meets a German U-Boat. Both captains are experts, and so begins a deadly game of cat-and-mouse. (98 mins.)
Director: Dick Powell
“ Two ships' fates, one German, one American, become entangled after they cross paths deep out into the ocean begining a most dangerous game of cat and mouse. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
50.
Kanal (1957)
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In 1944, during the Warsaw uprising against the Nazis, Polish Lieutenant Zadra and his resistance fighters use Warsaw's sewer system to escape the German encirclement. (91 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
“ A Polish film made for Poles that depicts the last day of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in a somewhat dismal, hopeless, light. This is likely because the film was made under the tight restrictions of the Soviet Union, who was weary of movies involving Polish uprisings, even if they were about fighting against the Nazis. Regardless, the film is as gripping as Das Boot and a sure influence for later movies such as The Pianist and Uprising. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
51.
Men in War (1957)
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During the Korean War, a battle-worn lieutenant and his platoon are behind enemy lines, and have orders to march to Hill 465 for possible relief. (102 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
“ A small group of survivors works through enemy territory to reach their HQ, along the way they meet a Sargent, a catatonic Colonel and their Jeep, who reluctantly join the fight. The 3 desplay heroics and are interesting characters who leave much for the viewer to consider along after the film. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
52.
The One That Got Away (1957)
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A cocky German flight officer is shot down over England and makes numerous attempts to escape to fight again. (106 mins.)
Director: Roy Baker
“ True story of a downed German Pilot who is taken as a POW to England from where he is trying to escape. I hate to give anything more away by writing it here, so take my word for it, this is a great fun film of a remarkable story that makes James Bond look like an amature! ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
53.
Paths of Glory (1957)
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After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them. (88 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ The blame for failure always goes down the chain of command, in the army or any workplace. Paths of Glory is a great war and courtroom drama, a sure influence on later projects such as A Few Good Men and JAG. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
54.
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
“ 200 years later and The War of 1812 is still the least understood American War. In this film we see, US General Andrew Jackson tasked with holding the newly acquired, port city of New Orleans. To this end, Jackson seeks a partnership with Jean Lafite, a French pirate who controls the island of Barataria, a small but strategic piece of land that guards the back door to the Mississippi Delta, and with it the Mississippi River - the major North American trade route of its day. But Jackson's men are uneasy with their new ally and attack Barataria killing many of their new ally's forces. Lefiet seeks out Jackson for revenge but instead, ends up trading vital gun powder for the lives of his remaining men. These men, mostly pirates, would shortly thereafter join Lefiet and Jackson in fighting the British. This battle would become immortalized in the anthem, The Star Spangled Banner. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
55.
Dunkirk (1958)
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A dramatization of the British Expeditionary Force's 1940 retreat to the beaches of France and the extraordinary seaborne evacuation that saved it from utter destruction by Nazi Germany. (134 mins.)
Director: Leslie Norman
“ A film form a variety of perspectives about the failed attempt of British forces to make a lasting foothold on the shores of France as German forces slowly encircle and push the Brits back across the English Channel. This is the WWII battle that shocked Britian into full scale war mode, much as Pearl Harbor did to the USA. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
56.
Darby's Rangers (1958)
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The lives, loves, and battles of fictional characters in the Army's First Ranger Battalion during WWII. (121 mins.)
 
57.
Ice Cold in Alex (1958)
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During WW2 in North Africa, a medical field unit must cross the desert in their ambulance in order to reach the British lines in Alexandria. (130 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
 
58.
Run Silent Run Deep (1958)
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A U.S. sub commander, obsessed with sinking a certain Japanese ship, butts heads with his first officer and crew. (93 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
 
59.
Torpedo Run (1958)
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A submarine commander is forced to blow up a Japanese ship with prisoners. (98 mins.)
Director: Joseph Pevney
“ A US Sub finds itself in the perfect position to intersect their number one target, the Shinaru, a fictitious ship, based on an actual carrier called Shinano which was the biggest carrier the Japanese navy ever commissioned, led the attack in Pearl Harbor, faught during the Battle of the Coral Sea, and was actually sunk by the U.S. submarine Cavalla (SS-244) on 19 June 1944, during the Battle of the Philippine Sea. However, in this film we find the Shinaru making a return voyage to Tokyo Harbor guarded by a pair of destroyers, one of which is ferrying all 1400 US Prisioners of War, including Lt. Cmdr.Barney Doyle's wife and daughter. Doyle must choose whether or not to risk the lives of the prisioners to attack the Shinarua. Although probably overshadowed by Run Silent Run Deep, this film is still a great submarine film carried by a great storyline and great performances. I'd love to see this one remade! ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
60.
Battle of the Coral Sea (1959)
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In 1942 submarine commander Jeff Conway secretly photographs Japanese aircraft carriers in the Coral Sea but his submarine is damaged and he's forced to surrender. (86 mins.)
Director: Paul Wendkos
 
61.
Hannibal (1959)
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During the Second Punic War in 218 BC, Carthaginian general Hannibal attacks the Roman Republic by crossing the Pyrenees and the Alps with his vast army. (100 mins.)
 
62.
John Paul Jones (1959)
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The career of Revolutionary War naval hero from his youth in Scotland through his service to Catherine the Great of Russia. (126 mins.)
Director: John Farrow
 
63.
Pork Chop Hill (1959)
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During the Korean War peace talks, U.S. troops fight to retake a hill from the Communist Chinese forces. (97 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
“ The war is over save a battle for a hill with no strategic value but tremendous political value. This is a tough film that doesn't disappoint! ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
64.
Stalingrad: Dogs, Do You Want to Live Forever? (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In the winter of 1943, against the background of battle scenes, a young German Lieutenant who increasingly distrusts the inhuman Nazi ideology struggles with the concept of war. (93 mins.)
Director: Frank Wisbar
 
65.
Yesterday's Enemy (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In WW2, during the Japanese invasion of Burma, the lost remnant of a British Army Brigade HQ, led by the ruthless captain Alan Langford, escapes through the jungle toward the British lines. (95 mins.)
Director: Val Guest
“ A film that starts with a bang and doesn't let up in intensity. British Troops, a preist and a war correspondent try to make their way out of the Burma Jungle but get holed up in a village held by Japanese Intelligence. The Japanese are protrayed as equals to the British in their dealings with POWs and this take makes for a very interesting critique of this little known part of the war and the character of the men who faught it. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
66.
Sink the Bismarck! (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The World War II story of the British Navy's effort to defeat Nazi Germany's most powerful warship. (97 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
“ Gripping tale of war on the high seas as the British Navy seeks to destroy the pirzed German warship, the Bismark. The tale told from the prespective of Naval Intelligence is gripping and very interesting. Keeps you excited until the end! ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
67.
13 Fighting Men (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
A Union Captain and his troops guard a load of gold from a group of Confederates at the end of the war (69 mins.)
Director: Harry Gerstad
 
68.
The Guns of Navarone (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A British team is sent to cross occupied Greek territory and destroy the massive German gun emplacement that commands a key sea channel. (158 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
“ Secret mission to take out anti-warship guns before an allied invasion. A team must complete its mission despite the setbacks and overwhelming odds against them, or the larger entire operation and the war could be lost. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
69.
Then There Were Three (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
US Army personnel patrolling through Italy during World War 2, are being killed off by an unknown German agent posing as a fellow soldier. (82 mins.)
Director: Alex Nicol
 
70.
Hell Is for Heroes (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Small squad must hold off German attack. (90 mins.)
Director: Donald Siegel
“ Out-manned and out-gunned, American forces must out-smart the ememy through a series of tricks to convince the enemy that their numbers are greater than they actual are, but when the Nazis realize the actual strength they are facing is actually less than 10 men, the Germans send an all out assult...a film filled with bravery and creativity. Of note, this is Bob Newhart's introduction to the big screen! ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
71.
The Longest Day (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view. (178 mins.)
“ Strong candidate for Best War Film ever, this film remains a masterpiece. HIghlights include a long uncut shot of allied troops taking a casino manned by German Big Guns and scenes from Omaha Beach... ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
72.
Merrill's Marauders (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
During WW2, a 3000-strong American unit, known as Merrill's Marauders, battles the Japanese forces in Burma. (98 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
“ A group of volunteer American GIs lands on Burma to aid the British against the Japanese during WWII. What was thought to be a small, easy operation tuns into perhaps the toughest fighting of the whole war. 3000 men crisscross over 500 miles of Burmese jungle, but how many will ever leave the island? Best viewed along with the films: Yesterday's Emeny (1959) and Objective, Burma! (1945). ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
73.
The 300 Spartans (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A small army of Greeks spearheaded by 300 Spartans do battle with the whole invading Persian army. (114 mins.)
Director: Rudolph Maté
“ Like the more recent film 300, this film depicts the Battle of Thermopylae. When released in 1962, critics saw this movie as commentary on the Cold War referring to the independent Greek states as "the only stronghold of freedom remaining in the then known world", holding out against the Persian "slave empire." ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
74.
War Hunt (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Recruits head to the front lines towards the close of the Korean War. The interaction between two of the soldiers... (83 mins.)
Director: Denis Sanders
“ The "other" great war film of 1962. Robert Redford stars in his first film and is amazing. While not a large scale film, War Hunt never seems small even though it is low budget. This one features a classic father figure seeking theme and must have influenced Star Wars, (there is even a character named Endore...). I can't really describe what is so appealing about this film but it just seems like it was shot right, cast right, written right...kind of a great coming together of talent.The film is not overdone, it is not underdone, it is however, Underrated! ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
75.
55 Days at Peking (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
During the 1900 Boxer Rebellion against foreigners in China, U.S. Marine Major Matt Lewis, aided by British Consul Sir Arthur Robertson, devises a strategy to keep the rebels at bay until an international military relief force arrives. (154 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
“ Set during the Boxer Rebellion in Peking, China in 1900, an enclave of foreign ministries, is under attack. Led by England (in loose partnership with the USA), the countries make the difficult choice to band together and hold out against all odds against the thousands amassed outside their gates. The notion of militarily banding together, pre-WWI, WWII, NATO, etc., is an entirely new and difficult idea for these isolationist leaders to cope with in 1900. Expecting each of their own relief forces to arrive within 10 days, the international hodgepodge of soldiers, dignataries, diplomats, royalty, missionaries, orphans and civilians struggle to hold on as long as necessary, forming a new international community along the way, as their numbers and supplies dwindle. A film I enjoyed mostly for its coverage of a historical event I regrettably, knew very little about. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
76.
The Great Escape (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Allied P.O.W.s plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II. (172 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
 
77.
The Victors (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Intelligent, sprawling saga of a squad of American soldiers, following them through Europe during World War II. (175 mins.)
Director: Carl Foreman
“ Lost gem of a movie that is hard to find, that has an important take on war and reminds us that when we, the public, push for war, we should consider what we are really getting into, hell. Not so much a "war" battle type movie a war "soldier type" movie. This film is set during the war and deals with the affects on mankind, soldier and civilian, after repeated exposure to wars' violence, stress, excessive drinking and lonliness. It stares at the numbness. This has been called an anti-war movie, but I'm not so sure I agree, to me its more of an honest look at how wars affects people, soldiers and civilians, how they change their personal moral codes to surivive the hell they are in, how mob violence, peer pressure and the silent majority allow good people to let bad things happen to each other. In the end war is shown to be a simple waste of effort as so often happens, enemies become friends and friends become enemies. In this film we see the change from Americans and Russians banding together to fight Germans in WWII to Americans and Germans banding together to fight Russians in the Cold War a few years later. Was the sacrifice worth it with the hindsight of the cold war? ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
78.
Back Door to Hell (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
During WWII, a three-man commando team places its trust in the hands of a band of Filipino resistants, as they try to knock out a Japanese communication center. (75 mins.)
Director: Monte Hellman
“ 3 men land on a beach to gather early intelligence before a larger landing. Most notable is the performance of a very young Jack Nicholson. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
79.
633 Squadron (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
An RAF squadron is assigned to knock out a German rocket fuel factory in Norway. The factory supplies fuel for the Nazi effort to launch rockets on England during D-Day. (102 mins.)
“ Great Airforce movie that must have been an influence for many later films from Top Gun to even Star Wars (yes, Star Wars and the destruction of the death star...). Compelling, well executed arial action. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
80.
Zulu (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Outnumbered British soldiers do battle with Zulu warriors at Rorke's Drift. (138 mins.)
Director: Cy Endfield
 
81.
Battle of the Bulge (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A dramatization of Nazi Germany's final Western Front counterattack of World War II. (167 mins.)
Director: Ken Annakin
“ Epic film, told from both German and American perspectives about one of history's greatest tank battles. American tanks, inferior to the Germans, must outsmart the enemy to avoid having their forces divided. This is the greater battle that set the stage for Bastogne. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
82.
The Bedford Incident (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An American destroyer captain is determined to confront a Soviet submarine caught violating territorial waters. Perhaps too determined. (102 mins.)
Director: James B. Harris
“ Supurb acting by the films 4 key roles: the Captain, the Doctor, the Journalist and the former Nazi, turned NATO ally Commander drive this suspenseful Cold War Navy film. This is Moby Dick set in war, fantastic! ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
83.
In Harm's Way (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A naval officer reprimanded after Pearl Harbor is later promoted to rear admiral and gets a second chance to prove himself against the Japanese. (165 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
“ JAG fans will get a kick out of characters named Harm and Mac, and war film fans will love the graphic portrayal of the Naval War in the Pacific, told from various captains' perspectives. Love storys interweave and complete an all star cast of characters, as in the film, From Here to Eternity. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
84.
The Heroes of Telemark (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Norwegian resistance tries to stop German efforts to produce an atomic bomb component during World War II. (131 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
85.
The Hill (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In a North African military prison during World War II, five new prisoners struggle to survive in the face of brutal punishment and sadistic guards. (123 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ Relentless struggle of prisoners as they try to maintain human diginity in a British military prison. Great cast and look into the role a man's fear of punishment plays in discliplining of the army. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
86.
Von Ryan's Express (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An American POW leads a group of mainly British prisoners to escape from the Germans in WWII. (117 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
“ After misjudging the morality of the enemy, an American Airman leads a mostly British camp of POWs on a daring escape attempt. Can the prisioners outrun the chasing Germans? ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
87.
The Battle of Algiers (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government. (121 mins.)
 
88.
Cast a Giant Shadow (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
An American Army officer is recruited by Jews in Palestine to help them form an army. The surrounding... (146 mins.)
 
89.
The Great Promenade (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A RAF Bomber is shot down over Paris by the Germans. Its crew (Terry Thomas as a flight captain) land there by parachute... (132 mins.)
Director: Gérard Oury
 
90.
The Sand Pebbles (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Engineer Jake Holman arrives aboard the gunboat U.S.S. San Pablo, assigned to patrol a tributary of... (182 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
“ A loner career Naval engineer man finds himself in Shanghi, China aboard a small US vessel in 1926 where he is shock to find that his and every job aboard the ship has been outsourced to locals as a means to keep the peace. When the Revolution begins the ship is ordered to protect American missonaries. Great story of duty, love, history and adventure. Interesting film to revisit in context of today's relationship with China. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
91.
Beach Red (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
As a US marine unit fight against the defenders of a Japanese held island, both sides are haunted by their own thoughts and memories. (105 mins.)
Director: Cornel Wilde
 
92.
The Dirty Dozen (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
During World War II, a rebellious U.S. Army Major is assigned a dozen convicted murderers to train and lead them into a mass assassination mission of German officers. (150 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
 
93.
Tobruk (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A Canadian POW major is rescued by a special British military unit made up of Germans to help lead an attack on a major Nazi fuel depot in Tobruk, Libya. (107 mins.)
Director: Arthur Hiller
“ This film presents a very different angle on the Battle of Tobruk than the earlier film, The Desert Rats. I would watch this film first since historically it occured first. This film focuses on the daring raid of a British Commando Team aided by German-Jewish volunteer soldiers and an Canadian Major against on a Nazi fuel dump outside Tobruk Along the trek accross the desert they encounter many enemy forces of both Greman and Italian designation and other obsticles, including uncovering a spy in their midst, which all serve as a background to the men's discussions of the British Occupation of Palestine and the desire of the Jewish soldiers for a homeland there creating conflict between the leaders of each group. Good action and better acting, move this solid film along. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
94.
Anzio (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
One of WWIIs bloodiest battles as the Allies smash through the German lines which have enclosed the Anzio beachhead. Four months and 30,000 casualties before the Allies finally march to Rome. (117 mins.)
“ A few good scenes, including a creative method of crossing a mine field, make this otherwise average war film worth watching. The Allied Invasion of Italy is well represented in this film and is compelling enough. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
95.
Commandos (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Sgt. Sullivan puts together a group of Italian-Americans into disguise as Italian soldiers in order... (112 mins.)
 
96.
The Devil's Brigade (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An American colonel who has never been in combat is assigned to create a special forces unit from Canadian Army troops and a ragtag group of U.S. Army misfits. (130 mins.)
“ Lt. Col. Fredrick is called upon by Army Top Brass to find a new way of breaking through the German lines in Norway. Fredrick recommends the creation of a new elite "special force" trained heavily in snow covered mountain combat. The brass agree and make Fredrick, an officer with no combat experience, its head. He accepts the task and brings Canadian troops fresh off the loss at Dunkirk together with outcast American troops, many of whom joined the new unit as an alternative to prison to form the first ever special force. The squad however, evokes no confidence from Command HQ and the Norway mission is called off but the unit before being totally disbanded, is allowed one chance to prove themselves in Italy. Great historical war film about the development of specialized infantry units in the US and Canadian armies. ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
97.
Battle of Britain (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In 1940, the British Royal Air Force fights a desperate battle to prevent the Luftwaffe from gaining air superiority over the English Channel as a prelude to a possible Axis invasion of the UK. (132 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
“ Large scale arial fight sceens and gripping tales of heroism fill this top notch airforce film! Great view of the arial battle over London from the views of the pilots, command, civilians, children and especially unique, female airforce intel officers, who play heavily in this film. Fantastic film and easily top 10 airforce film! ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
98.
The Battle of El Alamein (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
June 1942 El Alamein: Rommel swept towards the River Nile. The fall Egypt and the all important Suez Canal seems inevitable... (96 mins.)
 
99.
The Bridge at Remagen (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
As the Allied armies close in, the Nazis decide to blow up the last Rhine bridge, trapping their own men on the wrong side. But will it happen? (115 mins.)
Director: John Guillermin
“ Largely underrated war film about the race between the Americans and Germans to blow up the last bridge crossing the Rhine. The bridge itself is the main setting for most of the film and provides a great backdrop for a compeling battle near the end of WWII. If you're a fan of Saving Private Ryan (and I assume if you're reading this list you are) you will find many scenes from that film are lifted straight from this classic! ” - benbaum-280-362993
 
100.
Castle Keep (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
During the Battle of the Bulge, an anachronistic count shelters a ragtag squad of Americans in his isolated castle hoping they will defend it against the advancing Germans. (105 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
“ Eight wounded shell shocked soldiers take refuge in a castle in Belgium. There they begin a crazy 60s psyadelic take on WWII involving wonton women, booze, a volkswagon beetle, a romantic, a baker, a countess, a band of AWOL Born Again Christians....to odd to even begin to explain. Certainly not for everyone but so different it becomes appealing and has a great effect of showing war as a social defect. ” - benbaum-280-362993