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Best Classic War Movies
In this hub we will share some of our favorite classic war movies. Wars such as any great conflict cause sorrows, pain, suffering, destruction, but sometimes glory and achievement. These movies give us a clue on what war is all about, albeit in Hollywood style. Nevertheless, they give us examples on how ordinary men (or women) that were placed in extra-ordinary circumstances perform, find inner courage despite insurmountable odds, display cunning and teamwork to complete the mission. We love heroes and most war movies have heroes.
This list is by all means not complete as there are several great ones and probably more to come or be made. You can give us comments or use the voting module.
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) Rating: PG
Starring: Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins, Director: David Lean
You will either love or hate the characters in this movie. An epic movie set in a World War II Japanese prison camp. The Allied soldiers were forced to work to build a bridge for the Japanese war effort. A test of wills, courage, and conviction. What do you do if you were the senior Allied officer in-charge? What about if you were one of the senior officers? What advice will you give to the leader? Will you build the bridge? Will you have the soldiers sabotage it?
The Bridge on the River Kwai
The Guns of Navarone (1961) Rating: NR
Starring: Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn, Director: J. Lee Thompson, Alexander Mackendrick
A group of Allied commandos and Greek partisans decided to take on an impossible mission to destroy and silence the mighty "Guns of Navarone", a gun emplacement so well-guarded and highly fortified. The Guns of Navarone wreak havoc and destruction to any ship sent out to rescue thousands of British soldiers stranded in Greece. Will the team succeed in finally silencing the Guns of Navarone? Watch this classic war action-thriller....
The Guns of Navarone
The Guns of Navarone Trailer
The Great Escape (1963) Rating: NR
Starring: Steve McQueen, James Garner,Charles Bronson, Director: John Sturges
This movie needs no introduction. A truly magnificent classic movie based on a true story of group-escape attempts from one of Germany's toughest POW camps. This movie shows the persistence, perseverance, cunning, and test of wills of the men imprisoned in the POW camp. How did they work together to finally escape?
The Great Escape
The Great Escape (1963) Trailer
Von Ryan's Express (1965) Rating: NR
Starring: Frank Sinatra, Trevor Howard, Director: Mark Robson
This is a superb action-thriller classic movie set in an Italian prison camp at the height of World War II. They found the means to escape and when they were so close to freedom, something happened. Watch and find out how the brave men finally broke free. This is one our favorite war movies.
The Dirty Dozen (1967) Rating: NR
Starring: Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Telly Savalas, Director: Andrew V. McLaglen, Robert Aldrich
What do you do when you are handed a suicide mission and no highly qualified volunteers? Lee Marvin, a US Army major, was given just that and ordered to turn a group of convicts into a commando force whose mission is to destroy a villa filled with Nazi high ranking officers. Will they succeed? Who will survive and complete the mission? How will these convicts perform? Can you trust them?
The Dirty Dozen
Dirty Dozen (1967)
Where Eagles Dare (1969) Rating: PG
Starring: Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood Director: Brian G. Hutton
This is one of our favorite WWII classic. A group of hand-picked Allied soldiers goes on a mission against insurmountable odds to free an American general captured and held hostage by the Germans. But wait, there's a traitor in the group...Will they find out in time to complete the mission and prevent the rest of them from being killed captured?
Where Eagles Dare - 1968 - Trailer
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970), Rating: G
Starring: Martin Balsam, SÃ´ Yamamura, Director: Kinji Fukasaku, Richard Fleischer
This is arguably one of the best war movies ever made. The movie depicts the war on both the Japanese and American perspectives. It shows the strategies and costly mistakes both sides made leading to the historic attack on Pearl Harbor, thereby plunging the U.S. into war against Japan. Why did the Japanese decide to attack when they know they will awaken the "sleeping giant?"
Tora! Tora! Tora! Trailer Video
Kelly's Heroes (1970) Rating: PG
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Director: Brian G. Hutton
If you like "The Dirty Dozen", you'll like Kelly's Heroes. Private Kelly (Clint Eastwood) leads a group of American soldiers on a mission to steal gold bullions behind enemy lines in German-occupied France. Will they succeed and hand the Germans a devastating blow, to help the war effort after all?
Kelly's Heroes Trailer
Midway (1976) Rating: NR
Starring: Charlton Heston, Robert Mitchum, Henry Fonda, Director: Jack Smight, Laurent Bouzereau
A truly impressive and gigantic naval battle between the American and Japanese forces during World War II. History revealed this battle became the turning point of the war in the Pacific that broke the Japanese imperial forces. Watch and find out how the American forces prevailed, despite some losses.
Force 10 From Navarone (1978) Rating: PG
Starring: Robert Shaw, Harrison Ford, Director: Guy Hamilton
This movie is a follow on to "The Guns of Navarone". A World War II action-thriller where a group of commandos goes on a mission to destroy a bridge crucial to the Germans. Will they succeed in spite of little resources? Do they have the cunning and courage to complete the mission?