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1950s War Movies

Public list by WPS with 148 movies or TV shows/series

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Paths of Glory(1957)

NR
| 1h 28min | Drama, War
4.2/5 (with 782 votes)

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

Ugetsu(1953)

1h 36min | Fantasy, Drama, Mystery
4.1/5 (with 131 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.

The Cranes Are Flying(1957)

1h 37min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
4.1/5 (with 80 votes)

Veronika and Boris come together in Moscow shortly before World War II. Walking along the river, they watch cranes fly overhead, and promise to rendezvous before Boris leaves to fight. Boris misses the meeting and is off to the front lines, while Veronika waits patiently, sending letters faithfully. After her house is bombed, Veronika moves in with Boris' family, into the company of a cousin with his own intentions.

The Enemy Below(1957)

NR
| 1h 37min | War
3.6/5 (with 39 votes)

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

Fear and Desire(1953)

1h 2min | Drama, War
2.8/5 (with 126 votes)

After their airplane crashes behind enemy lines, four soldiers must survive and try to find a way back to their battalion. However, when they come across a local peasant girl the horrors of war quickly become apparent.

Directed by Stanley Kubrick - With Frank Silvera, Paul Mazursky, Virginia Leith, David Allen, Dave Allen

The Caine Mutiny(1954)

NR
| 2h 4min | War
3.7/5 (with 84 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.

Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison(1957)

1h 48min | Adventure, Drama, War
3.5/5 (with 28 votes)

In 1944, in South Pacific, the castaway Marine Corporal Allison drifts in a raft to the Tuasiva Island, where he meets Sister Angela. She tells him that she is the only person in the island and was left behind by the runaway boat to Fiji Island while seeking the local priest. Stranded in the island, but with water, fish and fruits, their paradisiacal life ends when the Japanese arrive to build a base, forcing Allison and the nun to hide in a cave. The crude marine provides the necessary supply for their survival and falls in love for the nun.

The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel(1951)

1h 28min | Action, Drama, History, War
3.3/5 (with 21 votes)

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

Operation Pacific(1951)

1h 51min | Drama, Action, War
2.8/5 (with 12 votes)

During WWII, Duke E. Gifford is second in command of the USS Thunderfish, a submarine which is firing off torpedoes that either explode too early or never explode at all. It's a dilemma that he'll eventually take up personally. Even more personal is his quest to win back his ex-wife, a nurse; but he'll have to win her back from a navy flier who also happens to be his commander's little brother.

The Desert Rats(1953)

1h 28min | Action, Adventure, Drama, War
3.2/5 (with 19 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.

Run Silent, Run Deep(1958)

1h 33min | Drama, War
3.6/5 (with 30 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.

Away All Boats(1956)

NR
| 1h 54min | War
2.7/5 (with 5 votes)

The story of USS 'Belinda', a U.S. naval ship, and its crew during the battle of the Pacific 1943-1945, as it prepares for action and landing troops on enemy beachheads.

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Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier(1955)

3.2/5 (with 19 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.

The Dam Busters(1955)

NR
| 2h 4min | Drama, Action, History, Thriller, War
3.6/5 (with 36 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'.

The Cruel Sea(1953)

NR
| 2h 6min | Drama, History, War
3.5/5 (with 16 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.

Above Us the Waves(1955)

1h 39min | War
3.1/5 (with 8 votes)

In World War II, the greatest threat to the British navy is the German battleship Tirpitz. While anchored in a Norwegian fjord, it is impossible to attack by conventional means, so a plan is hatched for a special commando unit to attack it, using midget submarines to plant underwater explosives.

Friendly Persuasion(1956)

2h 17min | Drama, Western, War
3.3/5 (with 26 votes)

The story of a family of Quakers in Indiana in 1862. Their religious sect is strongly opposed to violence and war. It's not easy for them to meet the rules of their religion in everyday life but when Southern troops pass the area they are in real trouble. Should they fight, despite their peaceful attitude?

Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N.(1951)

1h 57min | War, Action, Adventure, Drama
3.4/5 (with 29 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 Young Lions(1958)

2h 47min | Action, Drama, War
3.4/5 (with 32 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.

Up Periscope(1959)

2.9/5 (with 9 votes)

Lieutenant Braden discovers that Sally, the woman he's been falling in love with, has actually been checking out his qualifications to be a U.S. Navy frogman. He must put his personal life behind him after being assigned to be smuggled into a Japanese-held island via submarine to photograph radio codes.

Bitter Victory(1957)

1h 42min | Drama, War
3.1/5 (with 10 votes)

During the second world war, two British officers, Brand and Leith, who have never seen combat are assigned a vital mission. Their relationship and the operation are complicated by the arrival of Brand's wife, who had a tryst with Leith years earlier.

The Purple Plain(1954)

1h 38min | Drama, Adventure, War
3.0/5 (with 13 votes)

A RAF airfield in Burma in 1945, during World War II. Canadian bomber pilot Bill Forrester is a bitter man who lives haunted by a tragic past. He has became a reckless warrior, and is feared by his comrades, who consider him a madman. Dr. Harris, the squadron physician, is determined to help him heal his tormented soul.

The Battle of the River Plate(1956)

G
| 1h 59min | Drama, War, Action, Adventure, History
3.0/5 (with 8 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.

Three Came Home(1950)

NR
| 1h 46min | War, Drama
3.7/5 (with 4 votes)

Borneo, 1941, during World War II. When the Japanese occupy the island, American writer Agnes Newton Keith is separated from her husband and imprisoned with her son in a prison camp run by the enigmatic Colonel Suga….

The Cockleshell Heroes(1955)

1h 37min | War
3.0/5 (with 10 votes)

During WW2, German ships are "safely" docked upriver at Bordeaux, but the British send a team of kayakers to attack them.

Operation Amsterdam(1959)

1h 44min | Drama, History, War
3.1/5 (with 4 votes)

Operation Amsterdam is a 1959 adventure film, directed by Michael McCarthy, and featuring Peter Finch, Eva Bartok, and Tony Britton. It is based on a true story as described in the book Adventure in Diamonds, by David E Walker. The action of the story covers a few days in May 1940 when the Germans invaded Holland.

The Red Beret(1953)

1h 28min | War, Drama
3.4/5 (with 3 votes)

Steve MacKendrick (Alan Ladd) resigns from the US Army after causing the needless death of a fellow officer. Wanting to serve in the war, he enlists as a Canadian in the British 1st Parachute Brigade. He proves himself exceptionally skilled for a recruit, arousing the suspicion of his commanding officer who starts an investigation. He redeems himself during combat. The film was titled "Paratrooper" in the US.

Never So Few(1959)

2h 5min | Action, Drama, War
3.0/5 (with 16 votes)

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

The Red Badge of Courage(1951)

NR
| 1h 9min | Drama, War
3.3/5 (with 17 votes)

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.

To Hell and Back(1955)

3.2/5 (with 16 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.

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