Best War Movies of 1933

1.

Duck Soup

5.4
7.8/10 IMDB

Rufus T. Firefly is named president/dictator of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania over the love of wealthy Mrs. Teasdale.

Starring: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx, Margaret Dumont, Raquel Torres, Louis Calhern, Edmund Breese, Leonid Kinskey, Charles Middleton ..
Directed by: Leo McCarey
Release date: 1933-11-12
Best War Movies of 1933 : The Eagle and the Hawk
2.

The Eagle and the Hawk

3.5
7.1/10 IMDB

The pilots of a Royal Air Force squadron in World War I face not only physical but mental dangers in their struggle to survive while fighting the enemy.

Starring: Fredric March, Cary Grant, Jack Oakie, Carole Lombard, Guy Standing, Forrester Harvey, Kenneth Howell, Leyland Hodgson, Virginia Hammond, Douglas Scott ..
Directed by: Stuart Walker, Mitchell Leisen
Release date: 1933-05-06
Best War Movies of 1933 : Today We Live
3.

Today We Live

3.3
5.9/10 IMDB

Two lovers are living together and are not married; they had made a promise as children to get married when they grew up, but they "didn't wait."

Starring: Joan Crawford, Gary Cooper, Robert Young, Franchot Tone, Roscoe Karns, Louise Closser Hale, Rollo Lloyd, Hilda Vaughn, Ernie Alexander, Glen Cavender ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks, Richard Rosson
Release date: 1933-03-03
4.

Cavalcade

3.2
5.9/10 IMDB

A cavalcade of English life from New Year's Eve 1899 until 1933 seen through the eyes of well-to-do Londoners Jane and Robert Marryot. Amongst events touching their family are the Boer War, the death of Queen Victoria, the sinking of the Titanic and the Great War.

Starring: Diana Wynyard, Clive Brook, Una O'Connor, Herbert Mundin, Beryl Mercer, Irene Browne, Tempe Pigott, Merle Tottenham, Frank Lawton, Ursula Jeans ..
Directed by: Frank Lloyd
Release date: 1933-02-08
Best War Movies of 1933 : On Secret Service
5.

On Secret Service

3.0
6.3/10 IMDB

Greta Nissen stars as an Italian noblewoman living a dangerous double life as a spy. A remake of the celebrated German thriller Spione am Werk. Co-starring noted German actor Karl Ludwig Diehl and American matinee idol Don Alvarado. The film takes place in Vienna, 1912. When an Austrian staff officer is implicated by association with a known Italian spy he goes on the run. Three years later - as the Great War gets into full swing - he returns and begs the Austrian Secret Service to allow him to clear his name from suspicion.

Starring: Greta Nissen, Karl Ludwig Diehl, Don Alvarado, Lester Matthews, Esme Percy, C.M. Hallard, Austin Trevor, Cecil Ramage, Wallace Geoffrey ..
Directed by: Arthur B. Woods
Release date: 1933-12-15
Best War Movies of 1933 : Pilgrimage
6.

Pilgrimage

2.9
7.3/10 IMDB

A mother from Arkansas is very possessive of her grown son. To prevent him from getting married she has him drafted into WW I.

Starring: Henrietta Crosman, Heather Angel, Norman Foster, Lucille La Verne, Maurice Murphy, Marian Nixon, Jay Ward, Robert Warwick, Louise Carter, Betty Blythe ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1933-07-12
Best War Movies of 1933 : Hell Below
7.

Hell Below

2.9
6.6/10 IMDB

On leave in Italy, Lt. Tommy Knowlton falls in love with Jean Standish, who's not only married, but is the daughter of his submarine's commander. Friction between the two officers becomes intolerable once at sea and after Commander Toler is forced to abandon Tommy's best friend topside while the sub dives to escape enemy planes, Tommy is no longer able to contain his anger.

Starring: Robert Montgomery, Walter Huston, Madge Evans, Jimmy Durante, Eugene Pallette, Robert Young, Edwin Styles, John Lee Mahin, David Newell, Sterling Holloway ..
Directed by: Jack Conway
Release date: 1933-06-08
8.

Captured!

2.8
6.5/10 IMDB

While waiting out World War I in a German POW camp, Captain Fred Allison discovers that his oldest and dearest friend Digby has also been captured and put into the same camp with him. Fred longs for news of his wife, Monica, but Digby speaks little of her. Digby knows a secret about Monica, a secret he must keep from his friend, and it wears at his conscience so much that he attempts a reckless escape.

Starring: Leslie Howard, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Paul Lukas, Margaret Lindsay, Robert Barrat, Arthur Hohl, John Bleifer, William LeMaire, J. Carrol Naish, Philip Faversham ..
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1933-08-19
Best War Movies of 1933 : After Tonight
9.

After Tonight

2.8
6.1/10 IMDB

A Russian spy falls for an Austrian captain in this WW1 romance.

Starring: Constance Bennett, Gilbert Roland, Edward Ellis, Lucien Prival, Ben Hendricks Jr., Leonid Snegoff, John Wray, Mischa Auer, Evelyn Carter Carrington, Sam Godfrey ..
Directed by: George Archainbaud
Release date: 1933-11-10
Best War Movies of 1933 : Ace of Aces
10.

Ace of Aces

2.8
6.3/10 IMDB

A sculptor who doesn't want to have any part of World War I is shamed by his girlfriend into joining the army. He becomes a fighter pilot, and undergoes a complete personality change.

Starring: Richard Dix, Elizabeth Allan, Ralph Bellamy, Theodore Newton, Nella Walker, Anderson Lawler, Frank Conroy, Joe Sawyer, Arthur Jarrett, Claude Gillingwater Jr. ..
Directed by: J. Walter Ruben
Release date: 1933-10-20
Best War Movies of 1933 : Men Must Fight
11.

Men Must Fight

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

Prophetic tale of a mother in 1940 trying to keep her son out of war.

Starring: Diana Wynyard, Lewis Stone, Phillips Holmes, May Robson, Ruth Selwyn, Robert Young, Robert Greig, Hedda Hopper, Don Dillaway, Mary Carlisle ..
Directed by: Edgar Selwyn
Release date: 1933-02-17
Best War Movies of 1933 : Ever in My Heart
12.

Ever in My Heart

2.6
6.7/10 IMDB

World War I brings tribulations to an American woman married to a German.

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Otto Kruger, Ralph Bellamy, Ruth Donnelly, Laura Hope Crews, Frank Albertson, Ronnie Cosby, Clara Blandick, Willard Robertson, Nella Walker ..
Directed by: Archie Mayo
Release date: 1933-10-28
Best War Movies of 1933 : Storm at Daybreak
13.

Storm at Daybreak

2.6
5.8/10 IMDB

Sarajevo June 28, 1914. Dushan, the Serbian mayor of a Hungarian town, has come to see the parade of Archduke Ferdinand. While there he runs into Geza, an old friend in the Hungarian Army and invites him to come to his house and visit him and his new wife.

Starring: Kay Francis, Nils Asther, Walter Huston, Phillips Holmes, Eugene Pallette, C. Henry Gordon, Louise Closser Hale, Jean Parker, Oscar Apfel, Mischa Auer ..
Directed by: Richard Boleslawski
Release date: 1933-06-14
14.

Forgotten Men

1.5
6.8/10 IMDB

Producer Samuel Cummins, along with five participants in World War I, discuss the key events of the war as illustrated by an assemblage of battlefield and other documentary footage. This film is not the same as, but seems likely to have either inspired or been inspired by, Norman Lee's British production of the same title (q.v.), apparently released the following year.

Starring: Samuel Cummins ..
Directed by: Bud Pollard
Release date: 1933-02-13
Best War Movies of 1933 : Private Jones
15.

Private Jones

1.1
5.2/10 IMDB

After America enters World War I, young William "Bill" Jones tries to avoid military service by telling the draft board that he is the sole supporter of his family and is employed by businessman Roger Winthrop, his sister Helen's boss.

Starring: Lee Tracy, Gloria Stuart, Donald Cook, Emma Dunn, Shirley Grey, Frank McHugh, Russell Gleason, Walter Catlett, Berton Churchill, Gene O'Brien ..
Directed by: Russell Mack, William Wyler
Release date: 1933-03-25

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