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1970s War Drama Movies

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Apocalypse Now(1979)

2h 27min | Drama, War
4.2/5 (with 3,227 votes)

At the height of the Vietnam war, Captain Benjamin Willard is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially, "does not exist, nor will it ever exist." His goal is to locate - and eliminate - a mysterious Green Beret Colonel named Walter Kurtz, who has been leading his personal army on illegal guerrilla missions into enemy territory.

The Deer Hunter(1978)

R
| 3h 4min | Drama, War
4.0/5 (with 1,454 votes)

A group of working-class friends decide to enlist in the Army during the Vietnam War and finds it to be hellish chaos -- not the noble venture they imagined. Before they left, Steven married his pregnant girlfriend -- and Michael and Nick were in love with the same woman. But all three are different men upon their return.

Salon Kitty(1976)

2h 10min | Drama, War
2.8/5 (with 41 votes)

Kitty runs a brothel in Nazi Germany where the soldiers come to "relax". Recording devices have been installed in each room by a power hungry army official who plans to use the information to blackmail Hitler and gain power himself. A girl named Margherita discovers the little ploy and with Kitty's help plans to take on the dangerous task of exposing the conspiracy.

Barry Lyndon(1975)

PG
| 3h 5min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
4.0/5 (with 1,065 votes)

An Irish rogue uses his cunning and wit to work his way up the social classes of 18th century England, transforming himself from the humble Redmond Barry into the noble Barry Lyndon.

The Tin Drum(1979)

R
| 2h 42min | Drama, History, War
3.5/5 (with 156 votes)

Oskar is born in Germany in 1924 with an advanced intellect. Repulsed by the hypocrisy of adults and the irresponsibility of society, he refuses to grow older after his third birthday.

The Message(1976)

PG
| 2h 58min | Adventure, Drama, Action, History
3.7/5 (with 124 votes)

Handsomely-mounted historical epic concerns the birth of the Islamic faith and the story of the prophet Mohammed.

Coming Home(1978)

R
| 2h 7min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
3.6/5 (with 66 votes)

The wife of a Marine serving in Vietnam, Sally Hyde decides to volunteer at a local veterans hospital to occupy her time. There she meets Luke Martin, a frustrated wheelchair-bound vet who has become disillusioned with the war. Sally and Luke develop a friendship that soon turns into a romance.

Waterloo(1970)

2h 8min | History, Action, Drama, War
3.6/5 (with 60 votes)

After defeating France and imprisoning Napoleon on Elba, ending two decades of war, Europe is shocked to find Napoleon has escaped and has caused the French Army to defect from the King back to him. The best of the British generals, the Duke of Wellington, beat Napolean's best generals in Spain and Portugal, but now must beat Napoleon himself with an Anglo Allied army.

All Quiet on the Western Front(1979)

NR
| 2h 30min | War, Drama, TV Movie
3.2/5 (with 54 votes)

At the start of World War I, Paul Baumer is a young German patriot, eager to fight. Indoctrinated with propaganda at school, he and his friends eagerly sign up for the army soon after graduation. But when the horrors of war soon become too much to bear, and as his friends die or become gravely wounded, Paul questions the sanity of fighting over a few hundreds yards of war-torn countryside.

Cross of Iron(1977)

R
| 2h 12min | Drama, Action, History, War
3.5/5 (with 134 votes)

It is 1943, and the German army—ravaged and demoralised—is hastily retreating from the Russian front. In the midst of the madness, conflict brews between the aristocratic yet ultimately pusillanimous Captain Stransky and the courageous Corporal Steiner. Stransky is the only man who believes that the Third Reich is still vastly superior to the Russian army. However, within his pompous persona lies a quivering coward who longs for the Iron Cross so that he can return to Berlin a hero. Steiner, on the other hand is cynical, defiantly non-conformist and more concerned with the safety of his own men rather than the horde of military decorations offered to him by his superiors.

The Dawns Here Are Quiet(1972)

PG-13
| 3h 8min | Drama, History, War
3.5/5 (with 51 votes)

In a remote village in Karelia, Sergeant Vaskov commands an anti-aircraft unit that protects a rail depot. While his men are transferred to the front line, he is reprimanded for their unruly behavior. He retorts that he wants replacements that aren't drunks or womanizers. In response, he is assigned a unit made up entirely of young women, fresh from training.

Only Old Men Are Going to Battle(1973)

G
| 1h 32min | War, Drama, Comedy
4.0/5 (with 39 votes)

Alexey Titarenko is very talented pilot and brave leader of "Singing group". He also must look after some new cadets and fight together with them against German Luftwaffe planes. Close to Alexey always are his friends, they are all from different parts of the country, but they all became real brothers.

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Lacombe, Lucien(1974)

2h 18min | Drama, War, Romance / Love
3.5/5 (with 44 votes)

In Louis Malle's lauded drama, Lucien Lacombe is a young man living in rural France during World War II who seeks to join the French Resistance. When he is rejected due to his youth, the resentful Lucien allies himself with the Nazis and joins the Gallic arm of their Gestapo. Lucien grows to enjoy the power that comes with his position, but his life is complicated when he falls for France Horn, a beautiful young Jewish woman.

The Ascent(1977)

1h 51min | Drama, War
4.0/5 (with 62 votes)

Two Soviet partisans leave their starving band to get supplies from a nearby farm. The Germans have reached the farm first, so the pair must go on a journey deep into occupied territory, a voyage that will also take them deep into their souls.

The Old Gun(1975)

1h 43min | Drama, History
3.8/5 (with 77 votes)

In Montauban in 1944, Julien Dandieu in a surgeon in the local hospital. Frightened by the German army entering Montauban, he asks his friend Francois to drive his wife and his daughter in the back country village where Julien has an old castle. One week later, Julien decided to meet then for the week end, but the Germans are already occupying the village.

Soldier of Orange(1977)

R
| 2h 28min | Drama, Thriller, War
3.6/5 (with 49 votes)

The lives of Erik Lanshof and five of his closest friends take different paths when the German army invades the Netherlands in 1940: fight and resistance, fear and resignation, collaboration and high treason.

The Desert of the Tartars(1976)

2h 20min | History
3.3/5 (with 29 votes)

Lieutenant Giovanni Drogo is assigned to the old Bastiani border fortress where he expects an imminent attack by nomadic fearsome Tartars.

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis(1970)

R
| 1h 35min | Drama, War
3.5/5 (with 93 votes)

In late 1930s Ferrara, Italy, the Finzi-Continis are a leading family: wealthy, aristocratic, and urbane; they are also Jewish. Their adult children, Micol and Alberto, gather a diverse circle of friends for tennis and parties at their villa with its lovely grounds, and try to keep the rest of the world at bay. But tensions between them all grow as anti-Semitism rises in Fascist Italy, and even the Finzi-Continis will have to confront the Holocaust.

The Last Valley(1971)

2h 8min | Action, History
3.3/5 (with 16 votes)

People in a small German village in the last valley to remain untouched by the devastating Thirty Years' War try to exist in peace with a group of soldiers occupying the valley.

Overlord(1975)

NR
| 1h 23min | Drama, History, War
3.5/5 (with 26 votes)

During World War II, a young man is called up and, with an increasing sense of foreboding, undertakes his army training ready for D-day, June 6th, 1944.

Directed by Stuart Cooper

The Passage(1979)

R
| 1h 39min | Action, Drama, War
3.2/5 (with 14 votes)

During WW 2, a Basque shepherd is approached by the underground, who wants him to lead a scientist and his family across the Pyrenees. While being pursued by a sadistic German.

They Fought for Their Motherland(1975)

2h 17min | War, History
3.6/5 (with 17 votes)

In July 1942, in the Second World War, the rearguard of the Russian army protects the bridgehead of the Don River against the German army while the retreating Russian troops cross the bridge. While they move back to the Russian territory through the countryside, the soldiers show their companionship, sentiments, fears and heroism to defend their motherland.

Yanks(1979)

R
| 2h 18min | Romance / Love, Drama, War
2.9/5 (with 19 votes)

During WWII, the United States set up army bases in Great Britain as part of the war effort. Against their proper sensibilities, many of the Brits don't much like the brash Yanks, especially when it comes to the G.I.s making advances on the lonely British girls. One relationship that develops is between married John, an Army Captain, and the aristocratic Helen, whose naval husband is away at war. Helen loves her husband, but Helen and John are looking for some comfort during the difficult times.

Many Wars Ago(1970)

1h 41min | Drama, War
3.7/5 (with 50 votes)

Time after time, soldiers of the Italian Army are forced to leave their mountain trenches in attempts to storm an enemy fortress, always with the same disastrous results. As casualties mount, indignation spreads among the rank and file. Disturbed by his superiors' decisions, Lieutenant Sassu is led to question the purpose of war and reconsider where his real duties lie.

Officers(1971)

1h 36min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
3.7/5 (with 18 votes)

Two friends are army officers, and the turbulent times throw them from the Civil War in the early 20s to the Soviet conflict in Finland, from China to the Urals.

Massacre in Rome(1973)

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

In the Nazi occupied city of Rome, an assault on an SS brigade draws retaliation from the military governship. "Massacre in Rome" is the true story of how this partisan attack led to the mass execution of Italian nationals under the orders of SS-Lieutenant Colonel Kappler.

Special Section(1975)

1h 58min | Drama, War, History, Mystery
3.5/5 (with 8 votes)

In occupied France during the WWII, a German officer is murdered. The collaborationist Vichy government decides to pin the murder on six petty criminals. Loyal judges are called in to convict them as quickly as possible.

Go Tell the Spartans(1978)

1h 54min | War
3.2/5 (with 22 votes)

Go Tell the Spartans is a 1978 American war film based on Daniel Ford's 1967 novel "Incident at Muc Wa." It tells the story about U.S. Army military advisers during the early part of the Vietnam War. Led my Major Asa Barker, these advisers and their South Vietnamese counterparts defend the village of Muc Wa against multiple attacks by Viet-Cong guerrillas.

Trial on the Road(1986)

1h 36min | War, Drama
3.7/5 (with 17 votes)

A Russian POW joins the partisan guerrillas and proves his loyalty fighting the Nazis. Filmed in 1971, but "shelved" until 1986.

Carter's Army(1970)

R
| 1h 10min | War, TV Movie
2.3/5 (with 4 votes)

A racist officer is put in charge of an all-black squad of troops charged with the mission of blowing up an important hydro-dam in Nazi Germany. Their failure would delay the Allies' advance into Germany, thus prolonging the war. These African-Americans have little military training, but Captain Beau Carter has no choice. He leads the rag-tag and they turn out to be heroic.

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