Best War Movies of 1952


The Sound Barrier

6.8/10 IMDB

Fictionalized story of British aerospace engineers solving the problem of supersonic flight.

Starring: Ralph Richardson, Ann Todd, Nigel Patrick, John Justin, Dinah Sheridan, Joseph Tomelty, Denholm Elliott, Jack Allen, Ralph Michael, Leslie Phillips ..
Directed by: David Lean
Release date: 1952-10-10

Springfield Rifle

6.6/10 IMDB

Major Lex Kearney, dishonourably discharged from the army for cowardice in battle, volunteers to go undercover to try to prevent raids against shipments of horses desperately needed for the Union war effort. Falling in with the gang of jayhawkers and Confederate soldiers who have been conducting the raids, he gradually gains their trust and is put in a position where he can discover who has been giving them secret information revealing the routes of the horse shipments.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Phyllis Thaxter, David Brian, Paul Kelly, Philip Carey, Lon Chaney Jr., James Millican, Guinn "Big Boy" Williams, Alan Hale Jr., Martin Milner ..
Directed by: André de Toth
Release date: 1952-10-22

Angels One Five

6.5/10 IMDB

The year is 1940 and Pilot Officer T.B. Baird arrives straight out of flight school to join a front line RAF squadron at the height of the Battle of Britain. After an unfortunate start and a drumming down from his commanding officer, Baird must balance the struggle to impress his Group Captain, regain his pride, fit in with his fellow pilots, and survive one of the most intense air battles in history.

Starring: Jack Hawkins, Michael Denison, John Gregson, Cyril Raymond, Veronica Hurst, Harold Goodwin, Geoffrey Keen, Philip Stainton, Vida Hope, Amy Veness ..
Directed by: George More O'Ferrall
Release date: 1952-03-19

The Snows of Kilimanjaro

6.1/10 IMDB

Writer Harry Street reflects on his life as he lies dying from an infection while on safari in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward, Ava Gardner, Hildegard Knef, Leo G. Carroll, Torin Thatcher, Ava Norring, Helene Stanley, Marcel Dalio, Vicente Gómez ..
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1952-10-08
Best War Movies of 1952 : Horizons West

Horizons West

6.2/10 IMDB

Brothers Dan and Neil Hammond return to Texas after the Civil War. Ambitious Dan turns to rustling and then shady land deals to build an empire. Being held for a murder, he is rescued from a lynch mob by Neil, who is now the Marshal, but there is eventually a falling out between the brothers, good triumphing over evil.

Starring: Robert Ryan, Julie Adams, Rock Hudson, Judith Braun, John McIntire, Raymond Burr, James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Frances Bavier, Tom Powers ..
Directed by: Budd Boetticher
Release date: 1952-10-11
Best War Movies of 1952 : So Little Time

So Little Time

6.9/10 IMDB

During World War II, German soldiers occupy the home of a beautiful Belgian girl and her mother.

Starring: Maria Schell, Marius Goring, Lucie Mannheim, Gabrielle Dorziat, Barbara Mullen, John Bailey, David Hurst, Stanley Van Beers, Oscar Quitak, Andrée Melly ..
Directed by: Compton Bennett
Release date: 1952-04-18

What Price Glory

6.1/10 IMDB

Two military men, Captain Flagg and Sergeant Quirt, who are rivals to begin with, grow more at odds with each other when Quirt is made Flagg's top sergeant. And when a local beauty comes between them, their rivalry escalates even further. But when they discover that the woman has marriage in mind, they now compete to try to avoid marching down the aisle - that is, until they are called upon to march into battle.

Starring: James Cagney, Dan Dailey, Corinne Calvet, Robert Wagner, William Demarest, Henri Letondal, Craig Hill, Marisa Pavan, Max Showalter, James Gleason ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1952-08-22
Best War Movies of 1952 : Retreat, Hell!

Retreat, Hell!

6.4/10 IMDB

During the Korean War, a U.S. Marine battalion must fight its way out of a frozen mountain pass despite diminishing supplies, freezing temperatures and constant attacks by overwhelming numbers of Chinese soldiers.

Starring: Frank Lovejoy, Richard Carlson, Anita Louise, Russ Tamblyn, Nedrick Young, Lamont Johnson, Robert Ellis, Paul Smith, Peter Ortiz, Dorothy Patrick ..
Directed by: Joseph H. Lewis
Release date: 1952-02-17
Best War Movies of 1952 : Eight Iron Men

Eight Iron Men

6.5/10 IMDB

During the World War II in Italy, Sergeant Joe Mooney is leading his small squad on the front-lines but is ordered to avoid rescuing a soldier trapped in no man's land.

Starring: Bonar Colleano, Lee Marvin, Arthur Franz, Richard Kiley, Nick Dennis, James Griffith, Dickie Moore, Mary Castle, George Cooper, Barney Phillips ..
Directed by: Edward Dmytryk
Release date: 1952-12-01
Best War Movies of 1952 : The Four Poster

The Four Poster

6.5/10 IMDB

In turn-of-the-century New York, the marriage of John and Abby Edwards unfolds over the years.

Starring: Rex Harrison, Lilli Palmer ..
Directed by: Irving Reis
Release date: 1952-10-08

One Minute to Zero

5.8/10 IMDB

An idealistic United Nations official learns the harrowing truth about war when she falls in love with an American officer charged with the evacuation of civilians. As hostilities escalate, the officer and his small detachment are left to hold the line until allied forces can be brought into action.

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Ann Blyth, William Talman, Charles McGraw, Margaret Sheridan, Richard Egan, Eduard Franz, Robert Osterloh, Robert Gist, Alvin Greenman ..
Directed by: Tay Garnett
Release date: 1952-09-19

Gift Horse

6.3/10 IMDB

Compton Bennett's war drama The Gift Horse follows the fortunes of ageing destroyer The Ballantrae and her crew from the time they come together in 1940 until the climactic raid on occupied St Nazaire in 1942. Trevor Howard plays Lt Cmdr Hugh Alginon Fraser, the newly appointed captain, back in service after having left the navy following a court martial.

Starring: Richard Attenborough, James Donald, Sonny Tufts, Trevor Howard, Bernard Lee, Dora Bryan, Hugh Williams, Robin Bailey, Meredith Edwards, John Forrest ..
Directed by: Compton Bennett
Release date: 1952-06-01

The Red Ball Express

6.3/10 IMDB

August 1944: proceeding with the invasion of France, Patton's Third Army has advanced so far toward Paris that it cannot be supplied. To keep up the momentum, Allied HQ establishes an elite military truck route.

Starring: Jeff Chandler, Alex Nicol, Charles Drake, Judith Braun, Sidney Poitier, Jacqueline Duval, Hugh O'Brian, Robert Davis, Bubber Johnson, Frank Chase ..
Directed by: Budd Boetticher
Release date: 1952-05-29
Best War Movies of 1952 : Stronghold


6.0/10 IMDB

In 1850s Mexico, the beautiful owner of a silver mine is kidnapped by a bandit leader, who needs money to finance his revolt against the Emperor Maximilian.

Starring: Veronica Lake, Zachary Scott, Arturo de Córdova, Rita Macedo, Alfonso Bedoya, Yadira Jiménez, Fanny Schiller, Carlos Múzquiz, Irén Ágay, Felipe de Alba ..
Directed by: Steve Sekely
Release date: 1952-02-15
Best War Movies of 1952 : Thunderbirds


5.8/10 IMDB

An Oklahoma National Guard unit, comprised mainly of Native Americans, is called up for duty at the start of World War II.

Starring: John Derek, John Drew Barrymore, Mona Freeman, Gene Evans, Eileen Christy, Ward Bond, Barton MacLane, Wally Cassell, Ben Cooper, Scott Elliott ..
Directed by: John H. Auer
Release date: 1952-11-20

Thunder in the East

6.3/10 IMDB

During India's first years of independence from Britain, Steve Gibbs lands his armaments loaded plane in Ghandahar province hoping to get rich. Pacifist Prime Minister Singh hopes to reach an agreement with guerilla leader Khan, the maharajah is a fool, and the British residents are living in the past. Steve's love interest is Joan Willoughby, the blind daughter of a parson.

Starring: Deborah Kerr, Alan Ladd, Charles Boyer, Corinne Calvet, Cecil Kellaway, John Williams, John Abbott, Marc Cavell, Philip Bourneuf, Charles Lung ..
Directed by: Charles Vidor
Release date: 1952-12-04
Best War Movies of 1952 : Operation Secret

Operation Secret

6.2/10 IMDB

After assisting the French Underground during WWII, an American Officer is later accused of murder and subversive activities by former colleagues. Based on the actual exploits of Lieutenant Colonel Peter Ortiz.

Starring: Cornel Wilde, Steve Cochran, Phyllis Thaxter, Karl Malden, Paul Picerni, Lester Matthews, Dan O'Herlihy, Jay Novello, Wilton Graff, Dan Riss ..
Directed by: Lewis Seiler
Release date: 1952-11-05
Best War Movies of 1952 : Battles of Chief Pontiac

Battles of Chief Pontiac

5.6/10 IMDB

In pre-Revolutionary America, the efforts of a Colonial officer trying to broker a peace deal between Indian chief Pontiac and British and American settlers are threatened by the commander of a Hessian mercenary unit who embarks on a campaign of extermination against the Indians.

Starring: Lex Barker, Helen Westcott, Lon Chaney Jr., Berry Kroeger, Roy Roberts, Larry Chance, Katherine Warren, Ramsay Hill, Guy Teague, James Fairfax ..
Directed by: Felix E. Feist
Release date: 1952-12-08
Best War Movies of 1952 : Saturday Island

Saturday Island

6.1/10 IMDB

When their hospital ship sinks in the South Pacific during World War II, military nurse Elizabeth Smythe (Linda Darnell) and Marine Michael Dugan (Tab Hunter) find themselves stranded — and soon enough, falling in love — on an idyllic tropical island. But when British pilot William Peck (Donald Gray) crash-lands on their cozy little atoll, Dugan suddenly discovers he has a rival in love.

Starring: Linda Darnell, Tab Hunter, Donald Gray, John Laurie, Sheila Chong, Russell Waters, Hilda Fenemore, Brenda Hogan, Diana Decker, Peggy Hassard ..
Directed by: Stuart Heisler
Release date: 1952-03-20

Operation Ivy

5.9/10 IMDB

A short produced by the US government about the development of the hydrogen bomb leading up to its testing and explosion over Bikini Atoll.

Starring: Reed Hadley ..
Release date: 1952-01-01

Battle Zone

5.2/10 IMDB

Two Marine Corps combat photographers compete for the love of a Red Cross nurse during the Korean War. During a secret mission behind the North Korean lines their rivalry reaches a boiling point.

Starring: John Hodiak, Stephen McNally, Linda Christian, Martin Milner, Jack Larson, Dave Willock, Richard Emory, Charles Bronson, Alvy Moore ..
Directed by: Lesley Selander
Release date: 1952-10-26
Best War Movies of 1952 : Okinawa


5.2/10 IMDB

On the eve of their return to the states, the crew of the U.S.S. Blake is unpleasantly surprised when their new captain, Lt. Commander Hale, announces that they've been reassigned to the upcoming invasion of Okinawa. With the news turning the crew against him, Hale must rise to the occasion to keep his men inline.

Starring: Pat O’Brien, Cameron Mitchell, Richard Denning, Rhys Williams, James Dobson, Richard Benedict, Rudy Robles ..
Directed by: Leigh Jason
Release date: 1952-02-28
Best War Movies of 1952 : Flat Top

Flat Top

5.9/10 IMDB

A rock hard commander trains Navy Carrier Pilots during the Second World War

Starring: Sterling Hayden, Richard Carlson, William Phipps, John Bromfield, Keith Larsen, William Schallert, Phyllis Coates, Dave Willock, Walter Coy, Todd Karns ..
Directed by: Lesley Selander
Release date: 1952-10-26
Best War Movies of 1952 : Untamed Women

Untamed Women

3.6/10 IMDB

During World War II, an American bomber pilot is rescued after drifting at sea aboard a raft. After being administered truth serum, he tells the doctor a story of how he and the three survivors of his plane crash washed up on an island that was inhabited by a tribe of beautiful primitive cave-women, dinosaurs and a group of savage cavemen who are bent on abducting the women for breeding purposes.

Starring: Mikel Conrad, Doris Merrick, Richard Monahan, Mark Lowell, Morgan Jones, Midge Ware, Judy Brubaker, Carol Brewster, Autumn Russell, Lyle Talbot ..
Directed by: W. Merle Connell
Release date: 1952-09-12
Best War Movies of 1952 : Mr. Walkie Talkie

Mr. Walkie Talkie

5.7/10 IMDB

Military comedy about two sergeant buddies constantly getting into trouble.

Starring: William Tracy, Joe Sawyer, Margia Dean, Robert Shayne, Alan Hale Jr., Russell Hicks, Frank Jenks, Dorothy Neumann, Kay Medford, Wong Artarne ..
Directed by: Fred Guiol
Release date: 1952-11-28

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