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1950s War Movies

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The Caine Mutiny(1954)

NR
| 2h 4min | War
3.6/5 (with 102 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.

Paths of Glory(1957)

NR
| 1h 28min | Drama, War
4.2/5 (with 939 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 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.

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'.

Attack(1956)

Approved
| 1h 47min | Action, Drama, War
3.4/5 (with 31 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.

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 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 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.

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 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 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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

The Red Badge of Courage(1951)

NR
| 1h 9min | Drama, War
3.2/5 (with 19 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.

Decision Before Dawn(1951)

1h 59min | War, Action, Thriller
3.3/5 (with 14 votes)

WWII is entering its last phase: Germany is in ruins, but does not yield. The US army lacks crucial knowledge about the German units operating on the opposite side of the Rhine, and decides to send two German prisoners to gather information. The scheme is risky: the Gestapo retains a terribly efficient network to identify and capture spies and deserters. Moreover, it is not clear that "Tiger", who does not mind any dirty work as long as the price is right, and war-weary "Happy", who might be easily betrayed by his feelings, are dependable agents. After Tiger and another American agent are successfully infiltrated, Happy is parachuted in Bavaria. His duty: find out the whereabouts of a powerful German armored unit moving towards the western front.

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.

The Man Who Never Was(1956)

1h 43min | Thriller, War, Drama, History
3.5/5 (with 25 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 Colditz Story(1955)

1h 34min | War, Drama
3.4/5 (with 14 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.

Odette(1950)

2h 4min | War, Drama, History
3.2/5 (with 4 votes)

The film is based on the true story of Special Operations Executive French-born agent Odette Sansom, who was captured by the Germans in 1943, condemned to death and sent to Ravensbrück concentration camp to be executed. However, against all odds she survived the war and testified against the prison guards at the Hamburg Ravensbrück Trials. She was awarded the George Cross in 1946; the first woman ever to receive the award, and the only woman who has been awarded it while still alive. (From Wikipedia, licensed under CC-BY-SA)

Pork Chop Hill(1959)

1h 38min | Drama, History, War
3.1/5 (with 21 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.

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.

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.

I Was Monty's Double(1958)

1h 41min | War, History, Drama
3.6/5 (with 5 votes)

The incredible but true story of how an impersonator was recruited to impersonate General Montgomery to mislead the German's about his intentions before the North Africa campaign.

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
3.0/5 (with 12 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 Rack(1956)

NR
| 1h 40min | Drama, War
3.2/5 (with 5 votes)

Captain Edward Hall returns to the USA after two years in a prison camp in the korean war. In the camp he was brainwashed and helped the Chinese convince the other prisoners that they were fighting an unjust war. When he comes back he is charged for collaboration with the enemy. Where does loyalty end in a prison camp, when the camp is a living hell?

The Cockleshell Heroes(1955)

1h 37min | War
3.1/5 (with 11 votes)

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

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