Best War Movies of 1951

1.

The Steel Helmet

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

A ragtag group of American stragglers battles against superior Communist troops in an abandoned Buddhist temple during the Korean War.

Starring: Gene Evans, Robert Hutton, Steve Brodie, James Edwards, Richard Loo, Sid Melton, Richard Monahan, William Chun, Harold Fong, Neyle Morrow ..
Directed by: Samuel Fuller
Release date: 1951-01-24
2.

Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N.

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

A naval adventure, based on the novels by C.S. Forester, about the heroic, 19th-century British seafarer. The story sails with his ship, the Lydia, through battles with Spain and then France won with wit rather than might.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Virginia Mayo, Robert Beatty, James Robertson Justice, Terence Morgan, James Kenney, Denis O'Dea, Stanley Baker, Alan Tilvern, Alec Mango ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1951-04-10
3.

Decision Before Dawn

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

WWII is entering its last phase: Germany is in ruins, but does not yield. The US army lacks crucial knowledge about the German units operating on the opposite side of the Rhine, and decides to send two German prisoners to gather information. The scheme is risky: the Gestapo retains a terribly efficient network to identify and capture spies and deserters. Moreover, it is not clear that "Tiger", who does not mind any dirty work as long as the price is right, and war-weary "Happy", who might be easily betrayed by his feelings, are dependable agents. After Tiger and another American agent are successfully infiltrated, Happy is parachuted in Bavaria. His duty: find out the whereabouts of a powerful German armored unit moving towards the western front.

Starring: Richard Basehart, Gary Merrill, Oskar Werner, Hildegard Knef, Dominique Blanchar, O.E. Hasse, Wilfried Seyferth, Hans Christian Blech, Helene Thimig, George Tyne ..
Directed by: Anatole Litvak
Release date: 1951-12-21
4.

The Red Badge of Courage

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

Truncated adaptation of Stephen Crane's novel about a Civil War Union soldier who stuggles to find the courage to fight in the heat of battle.

Starring: Audie Murphy, Bill Mauldin, Douglas Dick, Robert Easton, Arthur Hunnicutt, Royal Dano, John Dierkes, Tim Durant, Andy Devine, William Phipps ..
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1951-09-27
5.

The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

The life and career of Erwin Rommel and his involvement in the plot to assassinate Hitler.

Starring: James Mason, Cedric Hardwicke, Jessica Tandy, Luther Adler, Everett Sloane, Leo G. Carroll, George Macready, Richard Boone, Eduard Franz, Desmond Young ..
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1951-10-16
6.

Fixed Bayonets!

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

The story of a platoon during the Korean War. One by one, Corporal Denno's superiors are killed until it comes to the point where he must try to take command responsibility.

Starring: Richard Basehart, Gene Evans, Michael O'Shea, Richard Hylton, Craig Hill, Skip Homeier, James Dean, Joe Turkel, Howard Banks, Paul Burke ..
Directed by: Samuel Fuller
Release date: 1951-11-21
7.

Operation Pacific

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

During WWII, Duke E. Gifford is second in command of the USS Thunderfish, a submarine which is firing off torpedoes that either explode too early or never explode at all. It's a dilemma that he'll eventually take up personally. Even more personal is his quest to win back his ex-wife, a nurse; but he'll have to win her back from a navy flier who also happens to be his commander's little brother.

Starring: John Wayne, Patricia Neal, Ward Bond, Scott Forbes, Philip Carey, Paul Picerni, William Campbell, Kathryn Givney, Martin Milner, Sam Edwards ..
Directed by: George Waggner
Release date: 1951-01-27
8.

Go for Broke!

3.3
6.7/10 IMDB

A tribute to the U.S. 442nd Regimental Combat Team, formed in 1943 by Presidential permission with Japanese-American volunteers. We follow the training of a platoon under the rueful command of Lt. Mike Grayson who shares common prejudices of the time. The 442nd serve in Italy, then France, distinguishing themselves in skirmishes and battles; gradually and naturally, Grayson's prejudices evaporate with dawning realization that his men are better soldiers than he is.

Starring: Van Johnson, Lane Nakano, George Miki, Akira Fukunaga, Ken K. Okamoto, Henry Oyasato, Harry Hamada, Henry Nakamura ..
Directed by: Robert Pirosh
Release date: 1951-05-04
Best War Movies of 1951 : Halls of Montezuma
9.

Halls of Montezuma

3.3
6.6/10 IMDB

Richard Widmark leads an all star cast of marine leathernecks including Jack Palance, Robert Wagner, Karl Malden, Richard Boone and Jack Webb into battle on a heavily fortified island. This action-packed story follows the squad as they pick their way through enemy-infested jungles on a time sensitive mission to find the source of the enemy rockets. As the mission progresses, the squad and leader overcome many challenges as they are transformed into an effective and efficient fighting unit.

Starring: Richard Widmark, Jack Palance, Reginald Gardiner, Robert Wagner, Karl Malden, Richard Hylton, Richard Boone, Skip Homeier, Don Hicks, Jack Webb ..
Directed by: Lewis Milestone
Release date: 1951-01-04
Best War Movies of 1951 : The Frogmen
10.

The Frogmen

3.3
6.5/10 IMDB

The new commander of a Navy Underwater Demolition Team--nicknamed "Frogmen"--must earn the respect of the men in his unit, who are still grieving over the death of their former commander and resentful of the new one.

Starring: Richard Widmark, Robert Wagner, Dana Andrews, Gary Merrill, Jeffrey Hunter, Warren Stevens, Harvey Lembeck, Robert Rockwell, Henry Slate ..
Directed by: Lloyd Bacon
Release date: 1951-01-25
11.

Flying Leathernecks

3.2
6.3/10 IMDB

Major Daniel Kirby takes command of a squadron of Marine fliers just before they are about to go into combat. While the men are well meaning, he finds them undisciplined and prone to always finding excuses to do what is easy rather than what is necessary. The root of the problem is the second in command, Capt. Carl 'Griff' Griffin. Griff is the best flier in the group but Kirby finds him a poor commander who is not prepared to the difficult decision that all commanders have to make - to put men in harm's way knowing that they may be killed.

Starring: John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Don Taylor, Janis Carter, Jay C. Flippen, William Harrigan, James Bell, Barry Kelley, Maurice Jara, Adam Williams ..
Directed by: Nicholas Ray
Release date: 1951-08-28
Best War Movies of 1951 : Bright Victory
12.

Bright Victory

3.0
7.3/10 IMDB

A soldier blinded in war returns home and attempts to adjust to civilian life.

Starring: Arthur Kennedy, Peggy Dow, Julie Adams, James Edwards, Will Geer, Jim Backus, Rock Hudson, Nana Bryant, Minor Watson, Marjorie Crossland ..
Directed by: Mark Robson
Release date: 1951-07-31
13.

The Magic Face

3.0
7.0/10 IMDB

Actor becomes Hitler's valet, murders him, takes his place and ruins Nazi Germany's war efforts.

Starring: Luther Adler, Patricia Knight, William L. Shirer, Jaspar von Oertzen, Ilka Windish, Heinz Moog, Peter Preses, Manfred Inger, Charles Koenig, Anton Mitterwurzer ..
Directed by: Frank Tuttle
Release date: 1951-08-13
14.

The Tanks Are Coming

3.0
6.2/10 IMDB

An American tank crew fights its way into Germany in World War II.

Starring: Steve Cochran, Philip Carey, Mari Aldon, Paul Picerni, Harry Bellaver, Robert Horton, Roy Roberts, James Dobson ..
Directed by: Lewis Seiler
Release date: 1951-10-31
Best War Movies of 1951 : Fighting Coast Guard
15.

Fighting Coast Guard

2.9
6.6/10 IMDB

Story of how the Coast Guard trained to help win World War II.

Starring: Brian Donlevy, Forrest Tucker, Ella Raines, John Russell, Richard Jaeckel, William Murphy, Martin Milner, Steve Brodie, Hugh O'Brian, Tom Powers ..
Directed by: Joseph Kane
Release date: 1951-05-31
Best War Movies of 1951 : Sealed Cargo
16.

Sealed Cargo

2.8
6.7/10 IMDB

A Newfoundland fishingboat comes to the aid of a wrecked Danish sailing ship and tows it to a small village, but eventually the captain of the fishingboat realises that it's a U-boat supply ship in disguise, loaded with torpedoes. So, together with his crew and a group of villagers he sets about a plan to blow the ship as well as any U-boats that approach it. Based on the novel "The Gaunt Woman" by Edmund Gilligan.

Starring: Dana Andrews, Carla Balenda, Claude Rains, Philip Dorn, Onslow Stevens, Skip Homeier, Eric Feldary, J. M. Kerrigan, Arthur Shields, Morgan Farley ..
Directed by: Alfred L. Werker
Release date: 1951-05-19
17.

Force of Arms

2.8
6.5/10 IMDB

During the winter of 1943, the German army halted the American advance in the mountains of Italy; back-and-forth combat decimates Joe Peterson's platoon. On leave in Naples, Joe meets WAC lieutenant Eleanor MacKay; initially cool, she begins to melt during a bombing raid. Their romance develops despite Joe's periodic returns to the front. But whether he'll come back in the end becomes more than doubtful...

Starring: William Holden, Nancy Olson, Frank Lovejoy, Gene Evans, Katherine Warren, Dick Wesson, Paul Picerni, Ron Hagerthy, Ross Ford, Amelia Cova ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1951-08-13
Best War Movies of 1951 : I Was an American Spy
18.

I Was an American Spy

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

An American nightclub singer in 1940's Singapore becomes a spy for America in an effort to get back at the invading Japanese army. Based on a true story.

Starring: Ann Dvorak, Gene Evans, Douglas Kennedy, Richard Loo, Leon Lontoc, Chabing, Philip Ahn, Marya Marco, Nadine Ashdown, Lisa Ferraday ..
Directed by: Lesley Selander
Release date: 1951-04-14
Best War Movies of 1951 : Submarine Command
19.

Submarine Command

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

Submarine commander Ken White is forced to suddenly submerge, leaving his captain and another crew member to die outside the sub during WW II. Subsequent years of meaningless navy ground assignments and the animosity of a former sailor, leave White (now a captain) feeling guilty and empty. His life spirals downward and his wife is about to leave him. Suddenly, he is forced into a dangerous rescue situation at the start of the Koren War.... reassigned to the same submarine where all of his problems began.

Starring: William Holden, Nancy Olson, William Bendix, Don Taylor, Arthur Franz, Darryl Hickman, Peggy Webber, Moroni Olsen, Jack Gregson, Jack Kelly ..
Directed by: John Farrow
Release date: 1951-11-01
Best War Movies of 1951 : You're in the Navy Now
20.

You're in the Navy Now

2.3
6.3/10 IMDB

When Lt. John Harkness is assigned as the new skipper of a submarine chaser equipped with an experimental steam engine, he hopes that the U.S.S. Teakettle's veterans will afford him enough help to accomplish the ship's goals. Unfortunately, he finds the crew and its officers share his novice status or only have experience in diesel engines.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Jane Greer, Millard Mitchell, Eddie Albert, John McIntire, Ray Collins, Charles Bronson, Jack Webb, Richard Erdman, Harvey Lembeck ..
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1951-02-23
Best War Movies of 1951 : This Is Korea!
21.

This Is Korea!

2.3
6.4/10 IMDB

John Ford's documentary about the early battles of the Korean War, shot in color.

Starring: Irving Pichel, John Ireland ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1951-08-10
Best War Movies of 1951 : Up Front
22.

Up Front

1.7
7.3/10 IMDB

Military comedy set during WWII, inspired by Bill Mauldin's popular newspaper cartoons of soldiers "Willie" and "Joe".

Starring: David Wayne, Tom Ewell, Jeffrey Lynn, Richard Egan, Marina Berti, Vaughn Taylor, Paul Harvey, John Doucette, Lucille Barkley, Maurice Cavell ..
Directed by: Alexander Hall
Release date: 1951-03-05
Best War Movies of 1951 : The Wild Blue Yonder
23.

The Wild Blue Yonder

1.4
6.3/10 IMDB

Wendell Corey and Forrest Tucker star as a pair of World War II Army Air Corps officers. In between their battles over the affections of a beautiful nurse, Corey and Tucker prepare to fly a bombing mission in the South Pacific. Before boarding their B29 Superfortress, Tucker appears to be chickening out, but he's steadfastly at his cockpit post at takeoff time.

Starring: Wendell Corey, Vera Ralston, Forrest Tucker, Phil Harris, Walter Brennan, William Ching, Ruth Donnelly, Harry Carey, Jr., Penny Edwards, Wally Cassell ..
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Release date: 1951-12-05
Best War Movies of 1951 : Target Unknown
24.

Target Unknown

1.4
5.8/10 IMDB

World War II drama about members of an American bomber squadron who are captured and held prisoners by the German army.

Starring: Mark Stevens, Alex Nicol, Gig Young, Don Taylor, Robert Douglas, Joyce Holden, Suzanne Dalbert, James Best, Richard Carlyle, Steven Geray ..
Directed by: George Sherman
Release date: 1951-02-08
25.

A Yank in Korea

1.2
5.0/10 IMDB

A tough sergeant has to teach a hotshot young soldier how to be a team player.

Starring: Lon McCallister, William Phillips, Brett King, Larry Stewart, William Tannen, Tommy Farrell, Norman Wayne, Rusty Wescoatt, William Haade ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1951-02-14
Best War Movies of 1951 : Soldiers Three
26.

Soldiers Three

0.0
6.0/10 IMDB

Kiplingesque tale of British forces in 19th-century India.

Starring: Stewart Granger, Walter Pidgeon, David Niven, Robert Newton, Cyril Cusack, Greta Gynt, Frank Allenby, Robert Coote, Dan O'Herlihy, Michael Ansara ..
Directed by: Tay Garnett
Release date: 1951-04-01

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