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1960s War Drama Movies

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Lawrence of Arabia(1962)

PG
| 3h 47min | War, History, Adventure, Drama
4.0/5 (with 996 votes)

The story of British officer T.E. Lawrence's mission to aid the Arab tribes in their revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. Lawrence becomes a flamboyant, messianic figure in the cause of Arab unity but his psychological instability threatens to undermine his achievements.

The Great Escape(1963)

NR
| 2h 53min | Adventure, Drama, History, Thriller, War
4.0/5 (with 859 votes)

The Nazis, exasperated at the number of escapes from their prison camps by a relatively small number of Allied prisoners, relocate them to a high-security 'escape-proof' camp to sit out the remainder of the war. Undaunted, the prisoners plan one of the most ambitious escape attempts of World War II. Based on a true story.

The Fall of the Roman Empire(1964)

NR
| 3h 8min | Drama, History, War
3.2/5 (with 54 votes)

Drawn from the same events that later inspired Gladiator, the film charts the power-hungry greed and father-son betrayal that led to Rome's collapse at the bloody hands of the Barbarians.

Doctor Zhivago(1965)

PG-13
| 3h 20min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
3.8/5 (with 352 votes)

The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist's wife and experiences hardship during World War I and then the October Revolution.

The Battle of Algiers(1966)

2h 1min | Drama, War, History
4.0/5 (with 225 votes)

Tracing the struggle of the Algerian Front de Liberation Nationale to gain freedom from French colonial rule as seen through the eyes of Ali from his start as a petty thief to his rise to prominence in the organisation and capture by the French in 1957. The film traces the rebels' struggle and the increasingly extreme measures taken by the French government to quell the revolt.

The Sand Pebbles(1966)

PG-13
| 3h 2min | Adventure, War
3.6/5 (with 76 votes)

Engineer Jake Holman arrives aboard the gunboat USS San Pablo, assigned to patrol a tributary of the Yangtze in the middle of exploited and revolution-torn 1926 China. His iconoclasm and cynical nature soon clash with the 'rice-bowl' system which runs the ship and the uneasy symbiosis between Chinese and foreigner on the river. Hostility towards the gunboat's presence reaches a climax when the boat must crash through a river-boom and rescue missionaries upriver at China Light Mission.

Exodus(1960)

3h 28min | History, War, Action
3.4/5 (with 55 votes)

The theme is the founding of the state of Israel. The action begins on a ship filled with Jewish immigrants bound for Israel who are being off loaded on Cyprus. An Intelligence officer succeeds in getting them back on board their ship only to have the harbor blocked by the British with whom they must negotiate. The second part deals with declaring independence and the resulting warring.

Army of Shadows(1969)

2h 25min | War, Drama, Thriller
4.0/5 (with 187 votes)

Betrayed by an informant, Philippe Gerbier finds himself trapped in a torturous Nazi prison camp. Though Gerbier escapes to rejoin the Resistance in occupied Marseilles, France, and exacts his revenge on the informant, he must continue a quiet, seemingly endless battle against the Nazis in an atmosphere of tension, paranoia and distrust.

Khartoum(1966)

2h 14min | History, War, Adventure
3.2/5 (with 30 votes)

English General Charles George Gordon is appointed military governor of Anglo-Egyptian Sudan by the Prime Minister. Ordered to evacuate Egyptians from the Sudan, Gordon stays on to protect the people of Khartoum, who are under threat of being conquered by a Muslim army.

Ivan's Childhood(1962)

1h 35min | Drama, War
4.0/5 (with 197 votes)

In WW2, twelve year old Soviet orphan Ivan Bondarev works for the Soviet army as a scout behind the German lines and strikes a friendship with three sympathetic Soviet officers.

Two Women(1960)

1h 40min | Drama, War
4.0/5 (with 171 votes)

Widowed shopkeeper Cesira and her 13-year-old daughter Rosetta flee from the allied bombs in Rome during the second World War; they travel to the remote village where Cesira was born. During their journey and in the village and onward, the mother does everything she can to protect Rosetta. Meanwhile, a sensitive young intellectual, Michele, falls in love with Cesira.

Burn!(1969)

2h 9min | Drama, War
3.5/5 (with 32 votes)

The professional mercenary Sir William Walker instigates a slave revolt on the Caribbean island of Queimada in order to help improve the British sugar trade. Years later he is sent again to deal with the same rebels that he built up because they have seized too much power that now threatens British sugar interests.

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Shame(1968)

1h 43min | War, Drama
3.8/5 (with 63 votes)

In the midst of a civil war, former violinists Jan and Eva Rosenberg, who have a tempestuous marriage, run a farm on a rural island. In spite of their best efforts to escape their homeland, the war impinges on every aspect of their lives.

Weekend at Dunkirk(1964)

1h 59min | Drama, War
3.5/5 (with 38 votes)

In June 1940, during the Dunkirk evacuation of Allied troops to England, French sergeant Julien Maillat and his men debate whether to evacuate to Britain or stay and fight the German troops that are closing-in from all directions.

Hell in the Pacific(1968)

G
| 1h 43min | Drama, War
3.5/5 (with 53 votes)

During World War II, a shot-down American pilot and a marooned Japanese navy captain find themselves stranded on the same small uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean. Following war logic, each time the crafty Japanese devises something useful, he guards it to deny its use to the Yank, who then steals it, its proceeds or the idea and/or ruins it. Yet each gets his chance to kill and/or capture the other, but neither pushes this to the end. After a while of this pointless pestering, they end up joining forces to build and man a raft...

Behold a Pale Horse(1964)

1h 58min | Drama, War
2.9/5 (with 11 votes)

Manuel Artiguez, a famous bandit during the Spanish civil war, has lived in French exile for 20 years. When his mother is dying he considers visiting her secretly in his Spanish home town. But his biggest enemy, the Spanish police officer Vinolas, prepared a trap at the hospital as a chance to finally catch Artiguez.

The Counterfeit Traitor(1962)

2h 20min | War, Thriller, Drama
3.4/5 (with 9 votes)

Blacklisted in modern day WW2, a Swedish oil trader opts to assist British Allies, by means of infiltrating and surveying Nazi Germany.

The Shop on Main Street(1965)

2h 8min | Drama, War
4.0/5 (with 32 votes)

In a small town in Nazi-occupied Slovakia during World War II, decent but timid carpenter Tono is named "Aryan comptroller" of a button store owned by an old Jewish widow, Rozalie. Since the post comes with a salary and standing in the town's corrupt hierarchy, Tono wrestles with greed and guilt as he and Rozalie gradually befriend each other. When the authorities order all Jews in town to be rounded up, Tono faces a moral dilemma unlike any he's known before.

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse(1962)

2h 33min | Drama
3.0/5 (with 14 votes)

Karl from Germany and Marcelo from France emigrated to Argentina and became brothers-in-law. Karl soon returned to Germany to serve in the army. Marcelo and his children Julio and Chichi became Argentinean citizens but later returned to Paris. Karl became a general with a son (Heinrich) in the SS and in WWII he got a high job within the occupation administration in France.

War and Peace(1966)

3.8/5 (with 28 votes)

A seven-hour epic adaptation of the novel by Leo Tolstoy. The love story of young Countess Natasha Rostova and Count Pierre Bezukhov is interwoven with the Great Patriotic War of 1812 against Napoleon's invading army.

Guns at Batasi(1964)

1h 43min | Action, Drama, War
3.5/5 (with 8 votes)

An anachronistic martinet RSM on a remote Colonial African army caught in a local coup d'etat must use his experience to defend those in his care.

Saladin the Victorious(1963)

3h 6min | Adventure, Drama, War
3.6/5 (with 5 votes)

Saladin, the first sultan of Egypt and Syria, leads the Muslim military campaign against the invading Christians from Europe during the Third Crusade.

The War Lover(1962)

NR
| 1h 45min | Drama, War, Adventure
3.3/5 (with 10 votes)

Buzz Rickson is a dare-devil World War II bomber pilot with a death wish. Failing at everything not involving flying, Rickson lives for the most dangerous missions. His crew lives with this aspect of his personality only because they know he always brings them back alive.

The 25th Hour(1967)

2h 1min | Drama, War
3.9/5 (with 15 votes)

A Romanian peasant fights to get back to his family after he's imprisoned by the Nazis.The picture is based on real events. It includes Hungary's government in collaboration with the Nazis, the encroachment of Romania by Stalin's troopers, and other happenings.

Battle of Blood Island(1960)

1h 4min | Drama, War
2.6/5 (with 2 votes)

Two American GIs are the only survivors of a unit wiped out in a battle with Japanese troops on an isolated island. The two, who don't like each other, find try to put aside their differences in order to evade the Japanese and survive.

Directed by Joel Rapp - With Roger Corman

The 7th Dawn(1964)

2h 3min | Action
3.0/5 (with 5 votes)

Political and personal intrigues surround a group of characters in Malaya, after the close of the Second World War.

Cry of Battle(1963)

1h 39min | Adventure, Action, War, Drama
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

During World War II, the spoiled son of a wealthy businessman finds himself involved in the guerrilla movement fighting against the Japanese, and finds romance and adventure.

The Round-Up(1966)

1h 27min | Drama, History, War
3.7/5 (with 16 votes)

Set in a detention camp in Hungary in 1869 at a time of guerilla campaigns against the ruling Austrians.

Seven Women from Hell(1961)

1h 28min | Drama, War
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Seven women from different backgrounds, nationality, age, class, and marital status find themselves in New Guinea, February 1942 - when the Japanese army takes over unexpectedly, and sends them into a war camp in the jungle.

Sergeant Ryker(1968)

1h 25min | Drama, War

During the Korean War Sergeant Paul Ryker is accused of defecting to Communist China and then returning to his unit as a spy.He's court-martialed and sentenced to death but his attorney believes Ryker's innocent and asks for a new trial.

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