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1980s War Movies

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Rambo III(1988)

R
| 1h 42min | Action, Adventure, Thriller, War
3.1/5 (with 1,102 votes)

Combat has taken its toll on Rambo, but he's finally begun to find inner peace in a monastery. When Rambo's friend and mentor Col. Trautman asks for his help on a top secret mission to Afghanistan, Rambo declines but must reconsider when Trautman is captured.

The Transformers: The Movie(1986)

3.6/5 (with 174 votes)

The Autobots must stop a colossal planet-consuming robot who goes after the Autobot Matrix of Leadership. At the same time, they must defend themselves against an all-out attack from the Decepticons.

Directed by Nelson Shin, Margaret Nichols

Das Boot(1981)

R
| 2h 30min | Drama, History, War
4.1/5 (with 740 votes)

A German submarine hunts allied ships during the Second World War, but it soon becomes the hunted. The crew tries to survive below the surface, while stretching both the boat and themselves to their limits.

Born on the Fourth of July(1989)

R
| 2h 25min | Drama, War
3.5/5 (with 592 votes)

The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.

Heartbreak Ridge(1986)

R
| 2h 10min | War, Action, Comedy, Drama
3.4/5 (with 330 votes)

A hard-nosed, hard-living Marine gunnery sergeant clashes with his superiors and his ex-wife as he takes command of a spoiled recon platoon with a bad attitude.

Empire of the Sun(1987)

2h 33min | Drama, History, War
3.8/5 (with 662 votes)

Jamie Graham, a privileged English boy, is living in Shanghai when the Japanese invade and force all foreigners into prison camps. Jamie is captured with an American sailor, who looks out for him while they are in the camp together. Even though he is separated from his parents and in a hostile environment, Jamie maintains his dignity and youthful spirits, providing a beacon of hope for the others held captive with him.

Red Dawn(1984)

PG-13
| 1h 54min | Action, Thriller, War, Drama
3.2/5 (with 259 votes)

It is the dawn of World War III. In mid-western America, a group of teenagers band together to defend their town—and their country—from invading Soviet forces.

Braddock: Missing in Action III(1988)

R
| 1h 41min | Action, War
2.9/5 (with 83 votes)

When Colonel James Braddock is told that his Asian wife and 12-year-old son are still alive in Communist Vietnam, he mounts a one-man assault to free them. Armed with the latest high-tech firepower, Braddock fights his way into the heart of the country and ends up battling his way out with several dozen abused Amerasian children in tow! Struggling to keep them alive while outmaneuvering a sadistic Vietnamese officer, Braddock ignites the jungle in a blazing cross-country race for freedom.

Stripes(1981)

R
| 1h 46min | Action, Comedy
3.3/5 (with 305 votes)

John Winger, an indolent sad sack in his 30s, impulsively joins the U.S. Army after losing his job, his girlfriend and his apartment.

Missing in Action 2: The Beginning(1985)

R
| 1h 40min | Action, War
3.0/5 (with 90 votes)

Prequel to the first Missing In Action, set in the early 1980s it shows the capture of Colonel Braddock during the Vietnam war in the 1970s, and his captivity with other American POWs in a brutal prison camp, and his plans to escape.

Directed by Lance Hool - With Chuck Norris, Soon-Tek Oh, Steven Williams, John Wesley

Kagemusha(1980)

PG
| 3h | Action, Drama, History, War
3.9/5 (with 210 votes)

Akira Kurosawa's lauded feudal epic presents the tale of a petty thief who is recruited to impersonate Shingen, an aging warlord, in order to avoid attacks by competing clans. When Shingen dies, his generals reluctantly agree to have the impostor take over as the powerful ruler. He soon begins to appreciate life as Shingen, but his commitment to the role is tested when he must lead his troops into battle against the forces of a rival warlord.

Escape from Sobibor(1987)

2h 23min | Drama, Thriller, TV Movie, War
3.7/5 (with 66 votes)

The true story of WWII's notorious Sobibor Nazi death camp, where a courageous inmate orchestrates and leads the escape of over 300 prisoners.

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The Beast of War(1988)

R
| 1h 51min | War, Drama
3.6/5 (with 46 votes)

During the war in Afghanistan a Soviet tank crew commanded by a tyrannical officer find themselves lost and in a struggle against a band of Mujahadeen guerrillas in the mountains.

When the Wind Blows(1986)

1h 21min | Animation, Drama, War
3.7/5 (with 82 votes)

With the help of government-issued pamphlets, an elderly British couple build a shelter and prepare for an impending nuclear attack, unaware that times and the nature of war have changed from their romantic memories of World War II.

The Day After(1983)

3.4/5 (with 119 votes)

In the mid-1980s, the U.S. is poised on the brink of nuclear war. This shadow looms over the residents of a small town in Kansas as they continue their daily lives. Dr. Russell Oakes maintains his busy schedule at the hospital, Denise Dahlberg prepares for her upcoming wedding, and Stephen Klein is deep in his graduate studies. When the unthinkable happens and the bombs come down, the town's residents are thrust into the horrors of nuclear winter.

Bat*21(1988)

R
| 1h 45min | Action, War
3.2/5 (with 58 votes)

Lt. Col. Iceal "Ham" Hambleton is a weapons countermeasures expert and when his aircraft is shot over enemy territory the Air Force very much wants to get him back. Hambleton knows the area he's in is going to be carpet-bombed but a temporary shortage of helicopters causes a delay. Working with an Air Force reconnaissance pilot, Capt. Bartholomew Clark, he maps out an escape route.

Directed by Peter Markle - With Gene Hackman, Danny Glover, Jerry Reed, Erich Anderson, Alan King, Robert Zajonc, ...

Red Sorghum(1987)

1h 31min | Drama, War
3.5/5 (with 55 votes)

An old leper who owned a remote sorghum winery dies. Jiu'er, the wife bought by the leper, and her lover, identified only as "my Grandpa" by the narrator, take over the winery and set up an idealized quasi-matriarchal community headed by Jiu'er. When the Japanese invaders subject the area to their rule and cut down the sorghum to make way for a road, the community rises up and resists as the sorghum grows anew.

Directed by Zhang Yimou - With Gong Li, Jiang Wen

The Sea Wolves(1980)

PG
| 2h | War, Action, Thriller
3.0/5 (with 28 votes)

This true story follows the exploits of a top secret British military mission to destroy Nazi radio ships in a neutral harbor during WWII. The daring plan is led by British Intelligence officers Col. Lewis Pugh (Gregory Peck) and Capt. Gavin Stewart (Roger Moore). Since the ships are in neutral territory the British Military command, while encouraging the scheme, must deny any knowledge of it if it fails. Pugh and Stewart enlist the aid of retired officer Col. Bill Grice (David Niven) and some of his former soldiers. On the pretext of being on a fishing expedition, these seemingly drunken old men in civilian clothing must board and destroy 3 Nazi ships, whose radio transmissions have resulted in Nazi submarines sinking allied ships. While Stewart arranges a diversion on shore, Pugh and Grice carry out the dangerous raid on and destruction of the Nazi ships.

Eastern Condors(1987)

1h 37min | Action, War
3.7/5 (with 17 votes)

A motley group of Chinese prisoners held in the US is sent on a covert mission with the promise of a pardon: to go deep into Vietnam and destroy a secret depot of missiles that the US left behind during the pull-out.

Lion of the Desert(1981)

PG
| 2h 53min | Action, History, War
3.6/5 (with 52 votes)

This movie tells the story of Omar Mukhtar, an Arab Muslim rebel who fought against the Italian conquest of Libya in WWII. It gives western viewers a glimpse into this little-known region and chapter of history, and exposes the savage means by which the conquering army attempted to subdue the natives.

The Bunker(1981)

2h 30min | War, Drama, TV Movie
3.1/5 (with 18 votes)

Dramatization depicting the events surrounding Adolf Hitler's last weeks in and around his underground bunker in Berlin before and during the battle for the city.

Off Limits(1988)

R
| 1h 42min | Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
2.9/5 (with 18 votes)

McGriff and Albaby are probably doing the worst law enforcement job in the world - they are plain clothes U.S. military policemen on duty in war-time Saigon. However, their job becomes even harder when they start investigating the serial killings of local prostitutes. Their prime suspect is high ranking U.S. Army officer which brings their lives in danger.

The Keep(1983)

R
| 1h 36min | Horror
2.9/5 (with 73 votes)

Nazis take over an ancient fortress that contains a mysterious entity that wreaks havoc and death upon them.

Farewell to the King(1989)

PG-13
| 1h 57min | War, Adventure
3.0/5 (with 24 votes)

An American soldier who escapes the execution of his comrades by Japanese soldiers in Borneo during WWII becomes the leader of a personal empire among the headhunters in this war story told in the style of Joseph Conrad and Rudyard Kipling. The American is reluctant to rejoin the fight against the Japanese on the urging of a British commando team but conducts a war of vengeance when the Japanese attack his adopted people.

The Winter War(1989)

3h 9min | Drama, War
3.6/5 (with 24 votes)

Russia attacked Finland in late November 1939. This film tells the story of a Finnish platoon of reservists from the municipality of Kauhava in the province of Pohjanmaa/Ostrobothnia who leave their homes and go to war. The film focuses on the farmer brothers Martti and Paavo Hakala.

The Lighthorsemen(1987)

PG
| 2h 11min | War, Drama, History
3.0/5 (with 11 votes)

Palestine, 1917. The British advance has been stopped by the Turkish line running from Gaza to Beersheba. The latest attack on Gaza has failed. The attacking forces included a regiment of Australian mounted infantry, the Light Horse... Lighthorseman Frank is wounded in a skirmish with Bedouin. He is replaced by a young soldier, Dave, who proves to be a crack shot, but reluctant to fire at the enemy. Dave proves himself during a German biplane attack. Recuperating in hospital, he meets a sympathetic nurse, Anne... The regiment is called upon for a bold flanking attack on Beersheba. But how do you convince the Turks the main attack will come at Gaza? And how do you attack across a desert without water?

Platoon Leader(1988)

R
| 1h 37min | Drama, War
2.9/5 (with 15 votes)

West Point graduate lieutenant Jeff Knight meets cynicism when taking command of sergeant Michael McNamara's tour veterans platoon in a Vietnamese trench camp. Unlike his predecessor, who hid till the end of his tour, Jeff takes charge, experiences the manual doesn't allow coping with all realities and gets wounded. He returns, now fully respect by men and superiors. Besides the Vietcong, the platoon wrestles with the inscrutable villagers, which the G.I.'s officially protect, but also fear as some collaborate with them, other covertly with the Cong, either way subject to bloody reprisals.

The Siege of Firebase Gloria(1989)

R
| 1h 37min | Action, War
2.7/5 (with 17 votes)

A Marine patrol stops at Firebase Gloria at the start of the Tet Offensive during the Vietnam war. With the firebase attacked, the patrol remains to help defend it. The Marines barely hold off the VC (Viet Cong), but in the end, hold the base.

Troma's War(1988)

R
| 1h 45min | Comedy, Action, Adventure
2.5/5 (with 17 votes)

A small group of typical Tromaville citizens find themselves in the path of a terrorist army controlled by the power elite...

The Scarlet and the Black(1983)

2h 23min | Drama, History, TV Movie, War
3.2/5 (with 14 votes)

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