10 Best Korean War Films

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1. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

PG-13 | 126 min | Drama, Thriller

8.0
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94 Metascore

A former prisoner of war is brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 65,013

2. MASH (1970)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, War

7.6
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80 Metascore

The staff of a Korean War field hospital use humor and high jinks to keep their sanity in the face of the horror of war.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt, Sally Kellerman

Votes: 60,184 | Gross: $81.60M

3. Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004)

R | 140 min | Action, Drama, War

8.1
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64 Metascore

When two brothers are forced to fight in the Korean War, the elder decides to take the riskiest missions if it will help shield the younger from battle.

Director: Je-kyu Kang | Stars: Dong-gun Jang, Bin Won, Eun-ju Lee, Hyeong-jin Kong

Votes: 34,235 | Gross: $1.11M

4. The Steel Helmet (1951)

Approved | 85 min | Action, Drama, War

7.5
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A ragtag group of American stragglers battles against superior Communist troops in an abandoned Buddhist temple during the Korean War.

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Gene Evans, Robert Hutton, Steve Brodie, James Edwards

Votes: 3,008

5. Pork Chop Hill (1959)

Approved | 97 min | War, Drama, Action

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During the Korean War peace talks, U.S. troops fight to retake a hill from the Communist Chinese forces.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Gregory Peck, Harry Guardino, Rip Torn, George Peppard

Votes: 3,595 | Gross: $4.02M

6. Fixed Bayonets! (1951)

Approved | 92 min | Action, Drama, War

7.0
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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.

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Richard Basehart, Gene Evans, Michael O'Shea, Richard Hylton

Votes: 1,373

7. Men in War (1957)

Approved | 102 min | Drama, War

7.3
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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.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Robert Ryan, Aldo Ray, Robert Keith, Phillip Pine

Votes: 1,925

8. Pohwasogeuro (2010)

120 min | Action, Drama, War

7.4
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The story of student-soldiers trying to protect a middle school during the early days of the Korean War.

Director: John H. Lee | Stars: Seung-won Cha, Sang-Woo Kwon, Seung-hyun Choi, Seung-woo Kim

Votes: 4,330

9. Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955)

Unrated | 102 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.6
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A widowed doctor of both Chinese and European descent falls in love with a married American correspondent in Hong Kong during China's Communist revolution.

Directors: Henry King, Otto Lang | Stars: William Holden, Jennifer Jones, Torin Thatcher, Isobel Elsom

Votes: 3,754

10. Battle Hymn (1957)

Approved | 108 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.4
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A remorseful bomber pilot-turned-minister rejoins for the Korean War.

Director: Douglas Sirk | Stars: Rock Hudson, Anna Kashfi, Dan Duryea, Don DeFore

Votes: 826