Best War Movies of 1945

1.

To Have and Have Not

5.6
7.8/10 IMDB

A Martinique charter boat skipper gets mixed up with the underground French resistance operatives during WWII.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan, Lauren Bacall, Dolores Moran, Hoagy Carmichael, Sheldon Leonard, Marcel Dalio, Walter Sande, Dan Seymour, Eugene Borden ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1945-01-20
2.

Anchors Aweigh

4.3
7.1/10 IMDB

Two sailors, Joe and Clarence have four days shore leave in spend their shore leave trying to get a girl for Clarence. Clarence has his eye on a girl with musical aspirations, and before Joe can stop him, promises to get her an audition with José Iturbi. But the trouble really starts when Joe realizes he's falling for his buddy's girl.

Starring: Frank Sinatra, Kathryn Grayson, Gene Kelly, José Iturbi, Dean Stockwell, Pamela Britton, Rags Ragland, Billy Gilbert, Henry O'Neill, Carlos Ramírez ..
Directed by: George Sidney
Release date: 1945-08-13
3.

Objective, Burma!

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

A group of men parachute into Japanese-occupied Burma with a dangerous and important mission: to locate and blow up a radar station. They accomplish this well enough, but when they try to rendezvous at an old air-strip to be taken back to their base, they find Japanese waiting for them, and they must make a long, difficult walk back through enemy-occupied jungle.

Starring: Errol Flynn, James Brown, William Prince, George Tobias, Henry Hull, Warner Anderson, John Alvin, Mark Stevens, Richard Erdman, Erville Alderson ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1945-02-17
4.

They Were Expendable

3.6
7.2/10 IMDB

Shortly after Pearl Harbor, a squadron of PT-boat crews in the Philippines must battle the Navy brass between skirmishes with the Japanese. The title says it all about the Navy's attitude towards the PT-boats and their crews.

Starring: Robert Montgomery, John Wayne, Donna Reed, Jack Holt, Ward Bond, Marshall Thompson, Paul Langton, Leon Ames, Arthur Walsh, Donald Curtis ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1945-12-07
Best War Movies of 1945 : Ernie Pyle's Story of G.I. Joe
5.

Ernie Pyle's Story of G.I. Joe

3.6
7.2/10 IMDB

War correspondent Ernie Pyle joins Company C, 18th Infantry as this American army unit fights its way across North Africa in World War II. He comes to know the soldiers and finds much human interest material for his readers back in the States.

Starring: Burgess Meredith, Robert Mitchum, Freddie Steele, Wally Cassell, Jimmy Lloyd, John R. Reilly, Dorothy Coonan Wellman, William Murphy, William Benedict, Bob Hope ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1945-07-13
6.

Pride of the Marines

3.5
7.3/10 IMDB

Marine hero Al Schmid is blinded in battle and returns home to be rehabilitated. He readjusts to his civilian life with the help of his soon to be wife.

Starring: John Garfield, Eleanor Parker, Dane Clark, John Ridgely, Rosemary DeCamp, Ann Doran, Ann E. Todd, Warren Douglas, Don McGuire, Tom D'Andrea ..
Directed by: Delmer Daves
Release date: 1945-08-24
Best War Movies of 1945 : The Way to the Stars
7.

The Way to the Stars

3.5
7.3/10 IMDB

Life on a British bomber base, and the surrounding towns, from the opening days of the Battle of Britain, to the arrival of the Americans, who join in the bomber offensive. The film centres around Pilot Officer Peter Penrose, fresh out of a training unit, who joins the squadron, and quickly discovers about life during war time. He falls for Iris, a young girl who lives at the local hotel, but he becomes disillusioned about marriage, when the squadron commander dies in a raid, and leaves his wife, the hotel manageress, with a young son to bring up. As the war progresses, Penross comes to terms that he has survived, while others have been killed.

Starring: Michael Redgrave, John Mills, Rosamund Greenwood, Douglass Montgomery, Renée Asherson, Stanley Holloway, Basil Radford, Felix Aylmer, Bonar Colleano, Joyce Carey ..
Directed by: Anthony Asquith
Release date: 1945-06-16
8.

Back to Bataan

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

An Army colonel leads a guerrilla campaign against the Japanese in the Philippines.

Starring: John Wayne, Beulah Bondi, Anthony Quinn, Fely Franquelli, Richard Loo, Philip Ahn, Alex Havier, 'Ducky' Louie, Lawrence Tierney, Leonard Strong ..
Directed by: Edward Dmytryk
Release date: 1945-05-30
Best War Movies of 1945 : San Pietro
9.

San Pietro

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

This documentary movie is about the battle of San Pietro, a small village in Italy. Over 1,100 US soldiers were killed while trying to take this location, that blocked the way for the Allied forces from the Germans.

Starring: Mark W. Clark, John Huston ..
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1945-05-03
Best War Movies of 1945 : A Walk in the Sun
10.

A Walk in the Sun

3.4
7.0/10 IMDB

In the 1943 invasion of Italy, one American platoon lands, digs in, then makes its way inland to attempt to take a fortified farmhouse, as tension and casualties mount. Unusually realistic picture of war as long quiet stretches of talk, punctuated by sharp, random bursts of violent action whose relevance to the big picture is often unknown to the soldiers.

Starring: Dana Andrews, Lloyd Bridges, Richard Conte, Richard Benedict, George Tyne, John Ireland, Sterling Holloway, Norman Lloyd, Herbert Rudley, Huntz Hall ..
Directed by: Lewis Milestone
Release date: 1945-12-25

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