Best War Movies of 1949

1.

Twelve O'Clock High

4.7
7.7/10 IMDB

In this story of 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
2.

Battleground

3.8
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
3.

Sands of Iwo Jima

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

The relationship between Sergeant Stryker and a group of rebellious recruits is made difficult by the Sergeant's tough training tactics. At Tarawa, the leathernecks have a chance to see Stryker in action, and begin to appreciate him.

Starring: John Wayne, John Agar, Adele Mara, Forrest Tucker, Wally Cassell, James Brown, Richard Webb, Arthur Franz, Julie Bishop, James Holden ..
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Release date: 1949-12-14
4.

I Was a Male War Bride

3.7
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
Best War Movies of 1949 : The Small Back Room
5.

The Small Back Room

3.7
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
6.

The Hasty Heart

3.6
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
7.

Task Force

3.1
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
8.

Home of the Brave

2.9
6.9/10 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
9.

Landfall

2.8
6.8/10 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
10.

The Red Danube

2.7
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

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