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 Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel

3.5
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
5.

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 ..
Directed by: Samuel Fuller
Release date: 1951-11-21
6.

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
7.

Operation Pacific

3.3
6.7/10 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
Best War Movies of 1951 : Halls of Montezuma
8.

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
9.

Flying Leathernecks

3.3
6.4/10 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 : The Frogmen
10.

The Frogmen

3.2
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 ..
Directed by: Lloyd Bacon
Release date: 1951-01-25

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