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1950s War Drama Movies

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The Bridge on the River Kwai(1957)

PG
| 2h 41min | Drama, History, War
3.9/5 (with 706 votes)

The classic story of English POWs in Burma forced to build a bridge to aid the war effort of their Japanese captors. British and American intelligence officers conspire to blow up the structure, but Col. Nicholson , the commander who supervised the bridge's construction, has acquired a sense of pride in his creation and tries to foil their plans.

From Here to Eternity(1953)

NR
| 1h 58min | Romance / Love, Drama, War
3.7/5 (with 213 votes)

In 1941 Hawaii, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit's team, while his captain's wife and second in command are falling in love.

Ashes and Diamonds(1958)

1h 43min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
3.8/5 (with 68 votes)

It's May 1945, and Nazi Germany has just surrendered. The war is over, but not in Poland. As the German soldiers vacate, the remaining Russian forces and Polish resistance fighters must work out the hierarchies of power in "liberated" Communist Poland. A Polish assassin is given orders to kill a Russian soldier whom he, days before, was fighting alongside, and this moral conflict makes him question the goals for which he has been fighting.

Forbidden Games(1952)

1h 27min | Drama, History
4.0/5 (with 99 votes)

Orphaned after a Nazi air raid, Paulette, a young Parisian girl, runs into Michel, an older peasant boy, and the two quickly become close. Together, they try to make sense of the chaotic and crumbling world around them, attempting to cope with death as they create a burial ground for Paulette's deceased pet dog. Eventually, however, Paulette's stay with Michel's family is threatened by the harsh realities of wartime.

War and Peace(1956)

PG
| 3h 28min | Drama, War, Romance / Love
3.3/5 (with 80 votes)

Napoleon's tumultuous relations with Russia including his disastrous 1812 invasion serve as the backdrop for the tangled personal lives of two aristocratic families.

Alexander the Great(1956)

PG
| 2h 16min | Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
2.9/5 (with 27 votes)

He was a fierce military commander who led huge armies into battle without a single defeat; a magnificent warrior who many believed was part god - this was Alexander the Great (Richard Burton), the legendary Greek hero hailed by his countrymen as "The King of Kings". Born in 356 B.C. into a turbulent world of political unrest, educated by Aristotle (Barry Jones) and chosen to lead his people in the grand tradition of his powerful father (Fredric March), this glamorous world conqueror rose above all conflict to unite the continents of Europe and Asia to become one of the most celebrated rulers of all time! Written, produced and directed by Oscar - winner Robert Rossen and featuring the extraordinary Claire Bloom and a remarkable cast of thousands, this stunning portrait of one of history's most fascinating figures is colossal entertainment and an amazing spectacle.

A Man Escaped(1956)

1h 41min | Thriller, Drama, War
4.0/5 (with 153 votes)

A captured French Resistance fighter during World War II engineers a daunting escape from prison.

Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison(1957)

1h 48min | Adventure, Drama, War
3.5/5 (with 42 votes)

In 1944, in South Pacific, the castaway Marine Corporal Allison drifts in a raft to the Tuasiva Island, where he meets Sister Angela. She tells him that she is the only person in the island and was left behind by the runaway boat to Fiji Island while seeking the local priest. Stranded in the island, but with water, fish and fruits, their paradisiacal life ends when the Japanese arrive to build a base, forcing Allison and the nun to hide in a cave. The crude marine provides the necessary supply for their survival and falls in love for the nun.

Fires on the Plain(1959)

1h 48min | Drama, War
3.9/5 (with 32 votes)

In the closing days of WWII remnants of the Japanese army in Leyte are abandoned by their command and face certain starvation.

The Bridge(1959)

1h 43min | Drama, History, War
3.7/5 (with 51 votes)

A group of German boys are ordered to protect a small bridge in their home village during the waning months of the second world war. Truckloads of defeated, cynical Wehrmacht soldiers flee the approaching American troops, but the boys, full of enthusiasm for the "blood and honor" Nazi ideology, stay to defend the useless bridge.

Ballad of a Soldier(1959)

1h 29min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
4.1/5 (with 59 votes)

During World War II, earnest young Russian soldier Alyosha Skvortsov is rewarded with a short leave of absence for performing a heroic deed on the battlefield. Feeling homesick, he decides to visit his mother. Due to his kindhearted nature, however, Alyosha is repeatedly sidetracked by his efforts to help those he encounters, including a lovely girl named Shura. In his tour of a country devastated by war, he struggles to keep hope alive.

A Time to Love and a Time to Die(1958)

2h 12min | Drama, War, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 24 votes)

A German soldier home on leave falls in love with a girl, then returns to World War II.

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Kanal(1957)

1h 36min | War, Drama
3.9/5 (with 32 votes)

During the last few days of the Warsaw Uprising following World War II, a modest group of Resistance members remains. The band must take refuge in the sewers under the orders of leader Zadra, but it's only a matter of time before they will have to emerge. However, when they try, they are met only with intense hostility from the Nazis. Despite their attempts stay resolute through immense mental strain, it becomes increasingly apparent that they may be doomed.

Friendly Persuasion(1956)

NR
| 2h 17min | Drama, Western, War
3.3/5 (with 38 votes)

The story of a family of Quakers in Indiana in 1862. Their religious sect is strongly opposed to violence and war. It's not easy for them to meet the rules of their religion in everyday life but when Southern troops pass the area they are in real trouble. Should they fight, despite their peaceful attitude?

The Raid(1954)

1h 23min | War, Western
3.2/5 (with 10 votes)

A group of confederate prisoners escape to Canada and plan to rob the banks and set fire to the small town of Saint Albans in Vermont. To get the lie of the land, their leader spends a few days in the town and finds he is getting drawn into its life and especially into that of an attractive widow and her son.

The Wings of Eagles(1957)

NR
| 1h 50min | Drama, War
3.2/5 (with 18 votes)

The story of Frank W. "Spig" Wead - a Navy-flyer turned screenwriter.

General Della Rovere(1959)

2h 12min | War, Drama
3.7/5 (with 41 votes)

The Gestapo forces con man Victorio Bardone (Vittorio De Sica) to impersonate a dead partisan general in order to extract information from his fellow inmates.

The Burmese Harp(1956)

1h 56min | Drama, Music, War
4.0/5 (with 46 votes)

In the War's closing days, when a conscience-driven Japanese soldier fails to get his countrymen to surrender to overwhelming force, he adopts the lifestyle of a Buddhist monk.

Dunkirk(1958)

2h 14min | Drama, War
3.4/5 (with 20 votes)

A British Corporal in France finds himself responsible for the lives of his men when their officer is killed. He has to get them back to Britain somehow. Meanwhile, British civilians are being dragged into the war with Operation Dynamo, the scheme to get the French and British forces back from the Dunkirk beaches. Some come forward to help, others were less willing.

The Bridges at Toko-Ri(1954)

3.0/5 (with 21 votes)

A naval aviator is assigned to bomb a group of heavily defended bridges during the Korean War.

Bright Victory(1951)

1h 37min | Drama, War
3.4/5 (with 4 votes)

A soldier blinded in war returns home and attempts to adjust to civilian life. Director Mark Robson's 1951 drama stars Arthur Kennedy (Academy Award nomination, Best Actor, for his performance), Peggy Dow, James Edwards, Will Geer, Nana Bryant, Julie Adams, Jim Backus, Richard Egan and Murray Hamilton.

Battle Cry(1955)

NR
| 2h 29min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
2.9/5 (with 8 votes)

The dramatic story of US marines in training, in combat and in love during World War II. The story centres on a major who guides the raw recruits from their training to combat. Based on the novel by Leon Uris.

One Minute to Zero(1952)

NR
| 1h 45min | War, Drama
3.1/5 (with 5 votes)

Using refugees as human shields, North Korean troops advance on Col. Steve Jankowski and his dug-in troops. Hoping to turn the throng back, Jankowski orders his gunners to fire warning shots short of the advance. Again and again the cannons roar, aiming closer each time. The approach continues: Jankowski must make an agonizing decision. Robert Mitchum portrays Jankowski, a leader of U.S. forces that are part of the United Nations Coalition pushing back against the invasion south of the 38th Parallel. Tay Garnett (Bataan, The Cross of Lorraine) directs, effectively integrating documentary footage of the conflict. Ann Blyth plays a UN official drawn to Jankowski. And it wouldn't be a war flick without a tough top kick -- a role Charles McGraw fits perfectly.

Yangtse Incident: The Story of H.M.S. Amethyst(1957)

1h 53min | War
3.6/5 (with 5 votes)

While sailing lawfully up the Yangste in 1949, the British warship Amethyst found its return to the open sea blocked by Communist Chinese shore batteries that unexpectedly opened fire. In charge, Lietenant Commander Kerans was not however prepared for his crew and his ship to remain as a hostage for the Chinese to use as an international pawn.

Anatahan(1953)

1h 32min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 13 votes)

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

The Big Lift(1950)

NR
| 2h | War, Action, Adventure, Drama
3.4/5 (with 10 votes)

The Berlin Air Lift from the point of view of two NCOs.

Carve Her Name With Pride(1958)

1h 59min | Drama, War
2.8/5 (with 9 votes)

London, England, during World War II. After living a tragic life experience, young Violette Szabo joins the Special Operations Executive and crosses the German enemy lines as a secret agent to aid a French Resistance group.

The End of the Affair(1955)

1h 45min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.2/5 (with 7 votes)

A civil servant's wife (Deborah Kerr) in wartime London vows to leave her injured lover (Van Johnson) if he recovers.

The Black Tent(1956)

3.0/5 (with 3 votes)

The Black Tent is a 1956 British war film directed by Brian Desmond Hurst and starring Donald Sinden, Anthony Steel, Anna Maria Sandri, André Morell and Donald Pleasence. It is set in North Africa, during the Second World War and was filmed on location in Libya.During the British retreat through Libya, a British officer takes shelter with a group of Arab Bedouin. He marries the chief's daughter. Sometime later his younger brother, who had believed him to be dead, is informed that he may be alive in Libya - prompting him to set out and search for him.

Betrayed(1954)

1h 48min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
2.9/5 (with 5 votes)

Screen superstars Clark Gable ("Gone With The Wind," "It Happened One Night") and sultry bombshell Lana Turner ("Peyton Place," "The Postman Always Rings Twice") team-up in this intriguing WWII drama. Suspected of being a Nazi spy, Dutch-resistance member Turner is given a last chance mission to redeem herself. Gable is an American colonel who falls in love with her. Co-starring Victor Mature ("My Darling Clementine") and Oscar-nominee Louis Calhern ("The Asphalt Jungle").

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