Best War Movies of 1949


Twelve O'Clock High

7.7/10 IMDB

In the early days of daylight bombing raids over Germany, General Frank Savage must take command of a 'hard luck' bomber group. Much of the story deals with his struggle to whip his group into a disciplined fighting unit in spite of heavy losses, and withering attacks by German fighters over their targets.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Hugh Marlowe, Gary Merrill, Millard Mitchell, Dean Jagger, Robert Arthur, Paul Stewart, John Kellogg, Robert Patten, Lee MacGregor ..
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1949-12-21


7.4/10 IMDB

The film concentrates on the camaraderie and the divisions between the troops as they ready for the big offensive. Told in a taut narrative, the men of the 101st, led by Van Johnson, wait out the winter in the Ardennes forest to confront the German army in what would be the last major offensive of World War II. The men are demoralized and trapped, with no hope of support from the Allies.

Starring: Van Johnson, John Hodiak, Ricardo Montalban, George Murphy, Marshall Thompson, Jerome Courtland, Don Taylor, Bruce Cowling, Douglas Fowley, Leon Ames ..
Directed by: William A. Wellman
Release date: 1949-11-09

I Was a Male War Bride

7.0/10 IMDB

Captain Henri Rochard is a French officer assigned to work with Lieut. Catherine Gates. Through a wacky series of misadventures, they fall in love and marry. When the war ends, Capt. Rochard tries to return to America with the other female war brides. Zany gender-confusing antics follow.

Starring: Cary Grant, Ann Sheridan, Marion Marshall, Randy Stuart, Bill Neff, William Self, Russ Conway, Gene Garrick ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1949-08-26

The Hasty Heart

7.3/10 IMDB

It's 1945, Burma, the day the war is over! For many this means they've survived and will be going home. But not for everyone. A Scottish soldier, Corporal Lachlan "Lachie" MacLachlan is the victim of a wound to the lower back on this day. He's moved to a M.A.S.H. unit and undergoes surgery. As time goes by he begins to recover and watches, in dismay as soldiers pack up and head for home. The doctors have told him he needs to remain "for observation".

Starring: Ronald Reagan, Patricia Neal, Richard Todd, Anthony Nicholls, Howard Marion-Crawford, Ralph Michael, John Sherman, Alfie Bass, Orlando Martins ..
Directed by: Vincent Sherman
Release date: 1949-09-13
Best War Movies of 1949 : The Small Back Room

The Small Back Room

7.2/10 IMDB

At the height of World War II, the Germans begin dropping a new type of booby-trapped bomb on England. Sammy Rice, a highly-skilled but haunted bomb-disposal officer, must overcome his personal demons to defeat this new threat.

Starring: David Farrar, Kathleen Byron, Jack Hawkins, Leslie Banks, Michael Gough, Cyril Cusack, Milton Rosmer, Walter Fitzgerald, Emrys Jones, Michael Goodliffe ..
Directed by: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Release date: 1949-02-21

Task Force

6.6/10 IMDB

After learning the finer points of carrier aviation in the 1920s, career officer Jonathan Scott and his pals spend the next two decades promoting the superiority of naval air power. But military and political "red tape" continually frustrate their efforts, prompting Scott to even consider leaving the Navy for a more lucrative civilian job. Then the world enters a second World War and Scott finally gets the opportunity to prove to Washington the valuable role aircraft carriers could play in winning the conflict. But what will it cost him and his comrades personally?

Starring: Gary Cooper, Jane Wyatt, Wayne Morris, Walter Brennan, Julie London, Jack Holt, Stanley Ridges, John Ridgely, Richard Rober, Art Baker ..
Directed by: Delmer Daves
Release date: 1949-08-30
Best War Movies of 1949 : Sword in the Desert

Sword in the Desert

6.6/10 IMDB

First American film about the conflict between Jewish nationalists and the British in the creation of the state of Israel.

Starring: Dana Andrews, Märta Torén, Stephen McNally, Jeff Chandler, Joe Turkel, Philip Friend, Hugh French, Liam Redmond, Lowell Gilmore, Stanley Logan ..
Directed by: George Sherman
Release date: 1949-08-24
Best War Movies of 1949 : Home of the Brave

Home of the Brave

7.0/10 IMDB

A sensitive, educated black man's World War II-time problems. This is essentially the duplicate of his peace-time problems which are pointed up in a flashback of his life, and primarily of his war-time adventures with four white soldiers on a dangerous reconnaissance mission on a Japanese-held island.

Starring: Jeff Corey, James Edwards, Lloyd Bridges, Douglas Dick, Frank Lovejoy, Steve Brodie, Cliff Clark ..
Directed by: Mark Robson
Release date: 1949-05-12
Best War Movies of 1949 : Landfall


6.7/10 IMDB

A British coastal command pilot is charged with neglect when it is thought that he has sunk a British submarine rather than a German U-boat. Unable to live with his actions, he volunteers for a deadly mission. His girlfriend meanwhile tries to prove that he is innocent.

Starring: Michael Denison, Patricia Plunkett, Kathleen Harrison, Maurice Denham, Sebastian Shaw, Denis O'Dea, Laurence Harvey, David Tomlinson, Joan Dowling, Joss Ackland ..
Directed by: Ken Annakin
Release date: 1949-09-30

The Red Danube

6.4/10 IMDB

A Russian ballerina in Vienna tries to flee KGB agents and defect.

Starring: Walter Pidgeon, Ethel Barrymore, Peter Lawford, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh, Louis Calhern, Francis L. Sullivan, Melville Cooper, Robert Coote, Alan Napier ..
Directed by: George Sidney
Release date: 1949-10-14
Best War Movies of 1949 : The Lost People

The Lost People

6.3/10 IMDB

Set in a German theatre after the Second World War, two British soldiers are holding a disparate and hostile band of refugees in this theatre, prior to returning them to their homelands. The soldiers have difficulty dealing with the rivalries between Serb and Croat, resistance fighter and collaborator, Pole and Russian, etc. The threat of plague briefly unites them, but eventually even this wears off and the refugees unite in their hostility to the British.

Starring: Dennis Price, Mai Zetterling, Richard Attenborough, Siobhán McKenna, Maxwell Reed, William Hartnell, Gerard Heinz, Zena Marshall, Olaf Pooley, Harcourt Williams ..
Directed by: Muriel Box, Bernard Knowles
Release date: 1949-08-22
Best War Movies of 1949 : Bless 'em all

Bless 'em all

5.1/10 IMDB

AWOL for more than half a century, but now back on parade, this cheery army comedy is a showcase for variety star Hal Monty and a young Max Bygraves. Missing in action for many years, this raucous comedy of army life, which looks back on the latter days of WWII, is a slam-bang showcase for the boisterous variety antics of comedian Hal Monty, seen here in his heyday performing rough and ready slapstick sketches aplenty. He’s accompanied by regular foil Les Ritchie, as his uptight sergeant, and comical crooner Max Bygraves, in his screen debut.

Starring: Hal Monty, Max Bygraves ..
Directed by: Robert Jordan Hill
Release date: 1949-07-11
Best War Movies of 1949 : Private Angelo

Private Angelo

7.6/10 IMDB

Angelo has been drafted into the Italian Army in World War II. He does not like people shooting at him, so he tries all sorts of tricks to avoid being caught up in the action. However, events always seem to lead him back to the fighting.

Starring: Godfrey Tearle, Maria Denis, Peter Ustinov, Marjorie Rhodes, James Robertson Justice, Moyna MacGill, Robin Bailey, Harry Locke, Bill Shine, John Harvey ..
Directed by: Peter Ustinov, Michael Anderson
Release date: 1949-07-06

The Sickle or the Cross

5.9/10 IMDB

Reverend John Burnside, American missionary in the Far East, prepares to return home after twenty years to take up the fight against Communism. The Reds imprison him and send in his place a spy who is his double, but who is instructed to come out for Communism. The spy is accepted in Burnside's home town, and he reports to local Communist headquarters, where James John, prominent local businessman but in reality a Red agent, has instructions to assist him in all details of his mission. He does a series of personal appearances and radio interviews and talk shows, using an anti-Communist approach.

Starring: Kent Taylor, Gloria Holden, Gene Lockhart, Emmett Vogan, David Bruce, Kathleen Lockhart, Margaret Kerry, Arthur Stone, Dudley Dickerson, Adeline De Walt Reynolds ..
Directed by: Frank R. Strayer
Release date: 1949-07-01

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