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1950s War Movies

Public list by WPS with 145 movies or TV shows/series

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Paths of Glory(1957)

NR
| 1h 28min | Drama, War
4.2/5 (with 849 votes)

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

The Cranes Are Flying(1957)

1h 37min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
4.1/5 (with 89 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.

Ugetsu(1953)

1h 36min | Fantasy, Drama, Mystery
4.1/5 (with 146 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 Caine Mutiny(1954)

NR
| 2h 4min | War
3.6/5 (with 90 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.

The Enemy Below(1957)

NR
| 1h 37min | War
3.5/5 (with 45 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 Young Lions(1958)

2h 47min | Action, Drama, War
3.4/5 (with 35 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 Pride and the Passion(1957)

3.0/5 (with 13 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.

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.

Fear and Desire(1953)

1h 2min | Drama, War
2.8/5 (with 141 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

Attack(1956)

Approved
| 1h 47min | Action, Drama, War
3.4/5 (with 30 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.

The Dam Busters(1955)

NR
| 2h 4min | Drama, Action, History, Thriller, War
3.5/5 (with 39 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'.

Run Silent, Run Deep(1958)

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

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The Unknown Soldier(1955)

3h 1min | Drama, War
3.8/5 (with 19 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 Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel(1951)

1h 28min | Action, Drama, History, War
3.3/5 (with 23 votes)

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

Pork Chop Hill(1959)

1h 38min | Drama, History, War
3.1/5 (with 19 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.

Gift Horse(1952)

1h 35min | Adventure, War, Drama
3.2/5 (with 3 votes)

Compton Bennett's war drama The Gift Horse follows the fortunes of ageing destroyer The Ballantrae and her crew from the time they come together in 1940 until the climactic raid on occupied St Nazaire in 1942. Trevor Howard plays Lt Cmdr Hugh Alginon Fraser, the newly appointed captain, back in service after having left the navy following a court martial.

Operation Pacific(1951)

1h 51min | Drama, Action, War
2.9/5 (with 13 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.

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.

Ice Cold in Alex(1958)

PG
| 2h 5min | Adventure, Drama, War
3.7/5 (with 19 votes)

A group of army personnel and nurses attempt a dangerous and arduous trek across the deserts of North Africa during the second world war. The leader of the team dreams of his ice cold beer when he reaches Alexandria.

Anatahan(1953)

1h 32min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 9 votes)

Twelve Japanese seamen are stranded on an abandoned and forgotten island called Anatahan for seven tense years of internal strife.

Fate of a Man(1959)

1h 43min | Drama, War
4.0/5 (with 16 votes)

The story of a man (Andrey Sokolov) whose life was ruthlessly crippled by World War II. His wife and daughters were killed during the bombing of his village, he spent some time as a prisoner, and his only son was killed in action only a few days before the victory...

The Colditz Story(1955)

1h 34min | War
3.4/5 (with 12 votes)

Allied prisoners of various nationalities pool their resources to plan numerous escapes from an "escape-proof" German P.O.W. camp housed in a Medieval castle.

Sea of Sand(1958)

1h 37min | Drama, War
3.3/5 (with 5 votes)

A small British army team is sent deep behind enemy lines to destroy a German petrol dump as part of the preparation for a major attack in the North African campaign. Sea of Sand was distributed in the US in a shortened version, Desert Patrol.

Angels One Five(1952)

1h 38min | Drama, War
2.9/5 (with 10 votes)

The year is 1940, 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.

Flying Leathernecks(1951)

NR
| 1h 42min | Action, Drama, War
3.0/5 (with 11 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 Desert Rats(1953)

1h 28min | Action, Adventure, Drama, War
3.1/5 (with 22 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.

Three Came Home(1950)

NR
| 1h 46min | War, Drama
3.6/5 (with 6 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 Man Who Never Was(1956)

1h 43min | Thriller, War, Drama, History
3.5/5 (with 23 votes)

The true story of a British effort to trick the Germans into weakening Sicily's defenses before the 1943 attack. A dead soldier is dressed as a British officer and outfitted with faked papers showing that the Allies were intending to invade occupied Greece. His body is put into the sea where it will ultimately drift ashore and the papers be passed along to German Intelligence.

The Purple Plain(1954)

1h 38min | Drama, Adventure, War
3.0/5 (with 14 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.

Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier(1955)

3.2/5 (with 21 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.

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