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1950s War Movies

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Paths of Glory(1957)

NR
| 1h 28min | Drama, War
4.2/5 (with 952 votes)

A commanding officer defends three scapegoats on trial for a failed offensive that occurred within the French Army in 1916.

The Caine Mutiny(1954)

NR
| 2h 4min | War
3.6/5 (with 105 votes)

When a US Naval captain shows signs of mental instability that jeopardizes the ship, the first officer relieves him of command and faces court martial for mutiny.

Ugetsu(1953)

1h 36min | Fantasy, Drama, Mystery
4.1/5 (with 158 votes)

In 16th century Japan, peasants Genjuro and Tobei sell their earthenware pots to a group of soldiers in a nearby village, in defiance of a local sage's warning against seeking to profit from warfare. Genjuro's pursuit of both riches and the mysterious Lady Wakasa, as well as Tobei's desire to become a samurai, run the risk of destroying both themselves and their wives, Miyagi and Ohama.

Run Silent, Run Deep(1958)

1h 33min | Drama, War
3.6/5 (with 38 votes)

The captain of a submarine sunk by the Japanese during WWII is finally given a chance to skipper another sub after a year of working a desk job. His singleminded determination for revenge against the destroyer that sunk his previous vessel puts his new crew in unneccessary danger.

The Young Lions(1958)

2h 47min | Action, Drama, War
3.4/5 (with 39 votes)

The Young Lions follows the lives of three soldiers: one German and two Americans, paralleling their experiences in World War II until they meet up at the end for a confrontation.

The Enemy Below(1957)

NR
| 1h 37min | War
3.6/5 (with 54 votes)

The crew of the American destroyer escort, the USS Haynes, detects a German U-Boat—resulting in a prolonged, deadly battle of wits.

The Dam Busters(1955)

NR
| 2h 4min | Drama, Action, History, Thriller, War
3.5/5 (with 43 votes)

The story of the conception of a new British weapon for smashing the German dams in the Ruhr industrial complex and the execution of the raid by 617 Squadron 'The Dam Busters'.

Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier(1955)

3.3/5 (with 24 votes)

Legends (and myths) from the life of famed American frontiersman Davy Crockett are depicted in this feature film edited from television episodes. Crockett and his friend George Russel fight in the Creek Indian War. Then Crockett is elected to Congress and brings his rough-hewn ways to the House of Representatives. Finally, Crockett and Russell journey to Texas and the last stand at the Alamo.

Halls of Montezuma(1951)

1h 53min | Adventure, Drama, Action, War
2.9/5 (with 9 votes)

Richard Widmark leads an all star cast of marine leathernecks including Jack Palance, Robert Wagner, Karl Malden, Richard Boone and Jack Webb into battle on a heavily fortified island. This action-packed story follows the squad as they pick their way through enemy-infested jungles on a time sensitive mission to find the source of the enemy rockets. As the mission progresses, the squad and leader overcome many challenges as they are transformed into an effective and efficient fighting unit.

Angels One Five(1952)

1h 38min | Drama, War
2.9/5 (with 12 votes)

The year is 1940 and Pilot Officer T.B. Baird arrives straight out of flight school to join a front line RAF squadron at the height of the Battle of Britain. After an unfortunate start and a drumming down from his commanding officer, Baird must balance the struggle to impress his Group Captain, regain his pride, fit in with his fellow pilots, and survive one of the most intense air battles in history.

Pork Chop Hill(1959)

1h 38min | Drama, History, War
3.1/5 (with 22 votes)

Korean War, April 1953. Lieutenant Clemons, leader of the King company of the United States Infantry, is ordered to recapture Pork Chop Hill, occupied by a powerful Chinese Army force, while, just seventy miles away, at nearby the village of Panmunjom, a tense cease-fire conference is celebrated.

Attack(1956)

Approved
| 1h 47min | Action, Drama, War
3.4/5 (with 32 votes)

At the end of World War II, a National Guard infantry company must set up artillery observation posts in a strategic area. Lt. Costa (Jack Palance) knows that Capt. Cooney (Eddie Albert) is in command only because of the "connections" he made stateside. Costa has serious doubts concerning Cooney's ability to lead, and when Cooney sends Costa and his men out on a dangerous mission -- and refuses to reenforce them -- all hell breaks loose.

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The Desert Rats(1953)

1h 28min | Action, Adventure, Drama, War
3.1/5 (with 25 votes)

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.

The Battle of the River Plate(1956)

G
| 1h 59min | Drama, War, Action, Adventure, History
3.1/5 (with 15 votes)

In the opening years of World War II the Royal Navy was fighting a desperate battle to keep the Atlantic convoy routes open and the British Isles supplied. Of great danger were the numerous surface/commerce raiders that had slipped out of German waters just before war was declared. Supplied by axis cargo ships or tankers, they primarily attacked and sank merchant shipping, and they could and did strike anywhere and everywhere. This is the story of one such ship – the 'Admiral Graf Spee' – and how 3 lightly armed Royal Navy cruisers with mere 6 and 8 inch guns boldly took on this powerful 'pocket battleship' armed with 11 inch guns.

The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel(1951)

1h 28min | Action, Drama, History, War
3.4/5 (with 29 votes)

The life and career of Erwin Rommel and his involvement in the plot to assassinate Hitler.

Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N.(1951)

1h 57min | War, Action, Adventure, Drama
3.4/5 (with 33 votes)

A naval adventure, based on the novels by C.S. Forester, about the heroic, 19th-century British seafarer. The story sails with his ship, the Lydia, through battles with Spain and then France won with wit rather than might.

The Unknown Soldier(1955)

3h 1min | Drama, War
3.8/5 (with 20 votes)

It is the summer of 1941. An eastern-Finnish machine gun company receives an order to turn in their surplus equipment. The company is transferred to the front lines. The next morning the soldiers wake to the sound of guns - the war has begun. The Finnish troops attack and quickly move across the border. The young, nervous rookies of the company get their baptism of fire, and the men become familiar with death and the hardships of war. Under strength and badly equipped they fight a superior enemy. The lists of heroes and of the dead seem endless. Edvin Laine's epic interpretation of Väinö Linna's war novel "Tuntematon Sotilas" is an entire chapter in the book of Finnish movie history.

The Pride and the Passion(1957)

3.0/5 (with 14 votes)

During the Napoleonic Wars, when the French have occupied Spain, some Spanish guerrilla soldiers are going to move a big cannon across Spain in order to help the British defeat the French. A British officer is there to accompany the Spanish and along the way, he falls in love with the leader's girl.

Battle Zone(1952)

1h 21min | War
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Two Marine Corps combat photographers compete for the love of a Red Cross nurse during the Korean War. During a secret mission behind the North Korean lines their rivalry reaches a boiling point.

They Who Dare(1954)

1h 47min | War
2.8/5 (with 5 votes)

In Greece during the war a small group of British commandoes and patriots land on an island with orders to attack two airfields from which the Luftwaffe is threatening allied forces in Egypt. The island is crawling with troops, and even moving by night the men soon run into trouble.

The Steel Helmet(1951)

1h 25min | Action, Drama, War
3.5/5 (with 25 votes)

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

The Cruel Sea(1953)

NR
| 2h 6min | Drama, History, War
3.5/5 (with 19 votes)

At the start of World War II, Cmdr. Ericson is assigned to convoy escort HMS Compass Rose with inexperienced officers and men just out of training. The winter seas make life miserable enough, but the men must also harden themselves to rescuing survivors of U-Boat attacks, while seldom able to strike back. Traumatic events afloat and ashore create a warm bond between the skipper and his first officer.

Never So Few(1959)

2h 5min | War
2.9/5 (with 20 votes)

A U.S. military troop takes command of a band of Burmese guerillas during World War II.

Ill Met by Moonlight(1957)

NR
| 1h 44min | Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
3.1/5 (with 10 votes)

Led by British officers, partisans on Crete plan to kidnap the island's German commander and smuggle him to Cairo to embarrass the occupiers.

To Hell and Back(1955)

3.2/5 (with 17 votes)

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.

Reach for the Sky(1956)

2h 15min | History, Drama
3.1/5 (with 9 votes)

The true story of airman Douglas Bader who overcame the loss of both legs in a 1931 flying accident to become a successful fighter pilot and wing leader during World War II.

Flying Leathernecks(1951)

NR
| 1h 42min | Action, Drama, War
3.1/5 (with 13 votes)

Major Daniel Kirby takes command of a squadron of Marine fliers just before they are about to go into combat. While the men are well meaning, he finds them undisciplined and prone to always finding excuses to do what is easy rather than what is necessary. The root of the problem is the second in command, Capt. Carl 'Griff' Griffin. Griff is the best flier in the group but Kirby finds him a poor commander who is not prepared to the difficult decision that all commanders have to make - to put men in harm's way knowing that they may be killed.

The One That Got Away(1957)

1h 51min | Drama, History, War
3.5/5 (with 13 votes)

Based on the true story of Oberleutnant Franz von Werra, the only german prisoner of war captured in Britain to escape back to Germany during the Second World War.

Men in War(1957)

1h 42min | Action, Drama, War
3.5/5 (with 17 votes)

In Korea, on 6 September 1950, Lieutenant Benson's platoon finds itself isolated in enemy-held territory after a retreat. Soon they are joined by Sergeant Montana, whose overriding concern is caring for his catatonic colonel. Benson and Montana can't stand each other, but together they must get the survivors to Hill 465, where they hope the division is waiting. It's a long, harrowing march, fraught with all the dangers the elusive enemy can summon.

Directed by Anthony Mann - With Robert Ryan, Aldo Ray, Robert Keith, Nehemiah Persoff, Vic Morrow, Adam Kennedy, ...

The Sea Shall Not Have Them(1954)

1h 31min | Drama, War
3.5/5 (with 4 votes)

During autumn of 1944, an RAF Hudson carrying a VIP passenger in possession of highly secret information is shot down and ditches in the North Sea. Fighting the elements and trying to keep up morale, the occupants of the aircraft's dinghy talk about their lives awaiting the rescue they hope will come. The film's title reflects the motto of the RAF's Air Sea Rescue Service, one of whose high speed launches battles against its own mechanical problems, enemy action, time and the weather to locate and rescue the downed crew and the vital secret papers they carry.

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