Best War Movies of 1953

1.

Stalag 17

5.6
8.0/10 IMDB

It's a dreary Christmas 1944 for the American POWs in Stalag 17 and the men in Barracks 4, all sergeants, have to deal with a grave problem—there seems to be a security leak.

Starring: William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger, Robert Strauss, Harvey Lembeck, Richard Erdman, Peter Graves, Neville Brand, Sig Ruman, Michael Moore ..
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Release date: 1953-05-29
2.

From Here to Eternity

5.4
7.6/10 IMDB

In 1941 Hawaii, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit's team, while his captain's wife and second in command are falling in love.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed, Frank Sinatra, Philip Ober, Mickey Shaughnessy, Harry Bellaver, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Warden ..
Directed by: Fred Zinnemann
Release date: 1953-08-28
3.

Fear and Desire

3.9
5.4/10 IMDB

After their airplane crashes behind enemy lines, four soldiers must survive and try to find a way back to their battalion. However, when they come across a local peasant girl the horrors of war quickly become apparent.

Starring: Frank Silvera, Kenneth Harp, Paul Mazursky, Stephen Coit, Virginia Leith, David Allen, Stephen Coit ..
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Release date: 1953-04-01
4.

The Cruel Sea

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

At the start of World War II, Cmdr. Ericson is assigned to convoy escort HMS Compass Rose with inexperienced officers and men just out of training. The winter seas make life miserable enough, but the men must also harden themselves to rescuing survivors of U-Boat attacks, while seldom able to strike back. Traumatic events afloat and ashore create a warm bond between the skipper and his first officer

Starring: Jack Hawkins, Donald Sinden, Denholm Elliott, Stanley Baker, Virginia McKenna, John Stratton, John Warner, Bruce Seton, Liam Redmond, Moira Lister ..
Directed by: Charles Frend
Release date: 1953-02-24
5.

Above and Beyond

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

The story of Colonel Paul Tibbets, the pilot that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Although unaware of the full potential of this new weapon, he knows that it can do tremendously more damage than any other weapon used before, and that the death toll resulting from it will be huge. He is reluctant to be the person who will end so many lives, but as time goes on, the pressure upon him only increase.

Starring: Robert Taylor, Eleanor Parker, James Whitmore, Larry Keating, Larry Gates, Marilyn Erskine, Stephen Dunne, Robert Burton, Hayden Rorke, Lawrence Dobkin ..
Directed by: Melvin Frank, Norman Panama
Release date: 1953-01-02
6.

The Desert Rats

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

In North Africa, German Field Marshal Rommel and his troops have successfully fended off British forces, and now intend to take Tobruk, an important port city. A ramshackle group of Australian reinforcements sent to combat the Germans is put under the command of British Captain MacRoberts. The unruly Aussies immediately clash with MacRoberts, a gruff, strict disciplinarian, however this unorthodox team must band together to protect Tobruk from the German forces.

Starring: Richard Burton, James Mason, Robert Newton, Robert Douglas, Chips Rafferty, Charles Tingwell, Torin Thatcher, Chips Rafferty, Charles Tingwell, Charles Davis ..
Directed by: Robert Wise
Release date: 1953-05-20
7.

Battle Circus

3.4
5.9/10 IMDB

A young Army nurse, Lt Ruth McGara, newly assigned to the 66th MASH during the Korean War, attracts the sexual attention of the unit's commander Dr. (MAJ) Jed Webbe. Webbe, who has a drinking problem, at first wants a "no strings" relationship. McGara is warned by the other nurses of Webbe's womanizing ways. Despite these initial handicaps, their love flourishes against a background of war, enemy attacks, death and injury. The relationship deepens and uplifts both characters.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, June Allyson, Keenan Wynn, Robert Keith, William Campbell, Perry Sheehan, Patricia Tiernan, Adele Longmire, Jonathan Cott, Ann Morrison ..
Directed by: Richard Brooks
Release date: 1953-03-06
8.

China Venture

3.3
5.4/10 IMDB

American soldiers undertake a mission to capture a Japanese admiral who has survived an air crash in China during WWII.

Starring: Edmond O'Brien, Barry Sullivan, Jocelyn Brando, Leo Gordon, Lee Strasberg, Richard Loo, Dayton Lummis, Leon Askin, Dabbs Greer, Alvy Moore ..
Directed by: Don Siegel
Release date: 1953-09-07
Best War Movies of 1953 : Malta Story
9.

Malta Story

3.3
6.5/10 IMDB

In 1942 Britain was clinging to the island of Malta since it was critical to keeping Allied supply lines open. The Axis also wanted it for their own supply lines. Plenty of realistic reenactments and archival combat footage as the British are beseiged and try to fight off the Luftwaffe. Against this background, a RAF reconnaissance photographer's romance with a local girl is endangered as he tries to plot enemy movements.

Starring: Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Muriel Pavlow, Anthony Steel, Renée Asherson, Flora Robson, Hugh Burden, Nigel Stock, Stuart Burge, Rosalie Crutchley ..
Directed by: Brian Desmond Hurst
Release date: 1953-06-01
Best War Movies of 1953 : Take the High Ground!
10.

Take the High Ground!

3.2
6.0/10 IMDB

Sgt. Thorne Ryan, who once fought bravely in Korea, now serves as a hard-nosed drill instructor to new Army recruits at Fort Bliss, Texas. But is he really the man he is often described as? His fellow instructor, and friend helps him to face the ghosts of his past experiences in Korea. One night in a bar across the border in Juarez, Mexico, Sgt. Ryan meets a lady who begins to turn his life around. Will this be enough to help him deal with the past? Or will he continue to be so hard on his troops?

Starring: Richard Widmark, Karl Malden, Elaine Stewart, Carleton Carpenter, Russ Tamblyn, Jerome Courtland, Steve Forrest, Robert Arthur, Maurice Jara, William Hairston ..
Directed by: Richard Brooks
Release date: 1953-10-30
11.

Albert R.N.

3.0
6.7/10 IMDB

The British inmates of a POW camp think they have an informer among them after several escape attempts fail. One of the prisoners constructs a dummy which they christen "Albert" and use at roll call in order to foil the German guards.

Starring: Anthony Steel, Jack Warner, Robert Beatty, Anton Diffring, William Sylvester, Eddie Byrne, Guy Middleton, Paul Carpenter, Michael Balfour, Moultrie Kelsall ..
Directed by: Lewis Gilbert
Release date: 1953-11-23
Best War Movies of 1953 : The Juggler
12.

The Juggler

2.9
6.5/10 IMDB

A Holocaust survivor moves to Israel and experiences difficulty adjusting to life.

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Paul Stewart, Milly Vitale, Joseph Walsh, Alf Kjellin, Charles Lane, Beverly Washburn, John Banner, Oskar Karlweis, Marlene Aames ..
Directed by: Edward Dmytryk
Release date: 1953-05-11
Best War Movies of 1953 : Appointment in London
13.

Appointment in London

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

Wing-commander Tim Mason leads a squadron of Lancaster bombers on almost nightly raids from England. Having flown eighty-seven missions he will shortly be retiring from flying, but the strain is showing. He tries to make sure his men concentrate only on their job and so keeps women away from the base, but then he himself meets naval officer Eve Canyon.

Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Dinah Sheridan, Ian Hunter, Bryan Forbes, Walter Fitzgerald, Bill Kerr, William Sylvester, Anne Leon, Charles Victor, Richard Wattis ..
Directed by: Philip Leacock
Release date: 1953-02-17
Best War Movies of 1953 : Sailor of the King
14.

Sailor of the King

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

A British naval officer has a brief affair with a woman in England and never knows that she bears him a son. 20 years later the boy is on a ship under his command when he is tracking a German Raider. When the boy is captured after his ship is sunk, he finds a way to slow the German's progress while a lethal hunt for him goes on.

Starring: Jeffrey Hunter, Michael Rennie, Wendy Hiller, Bernard Lee, Victor Maddern, John Horsley, Patrick Barr, Robin Bailey, James Drake ..
Directed by: Roy Boulting
Release date: 1953-06-11
Best War Movies of 1953 : Sabre Jet
15.

Sabre Jet

2.8
5.3/10 IMDB

The story of jet pilots flying over Korea by day, from their Itazuke Air Base in Japan, and of their wives, on station with them, who have dinner ready when they return. Jane Carter (Coleen Gray), a reporter for a large newspaper syndicate arrives... she's also the estranged wife of the assistant squadron commander, Colonel Gil Manton (Robert Stack.) At first, she goes at her assignment of getting a story on the pilots wives with the same ruthlessness and persistence that broke up her marriage - but a mirror isn't needed to peek around the corner to where this one is headed.

Starring: Robert Stack, Coleen Gray, Richard Arlen, Julie Bishop, Leon Ames, Kathleen Crowley, Amanda Blake, Lucille Knoch, Jerry Paris, Jan Shepard ..
Directed by: Louis King
Release date: 1953-09-04
Best War Movies of 1953 : The Red Beret
16.

The Red Beret

2.8
5.9/10 IMDB

Steve MacKendrick resigns from the US Army after causing the needless death of a fellow officer. Wanting to serve in the war, he enlists as a Canadian in the British 1st Parachute Brigade. He proves himself exceptionally skilled for a recruit, arousing the suspicion of his commanding officer who starts an investigation. He redeems himself during combat. The film was titled "Paratrooper" in the US.

Starring: Alan Ladd, Leo Genn, Susan Stephen, Harry Andrews, Donald Houston, Anthony Bushell, Patric Doonan, Stanley Baker, Lana Morris, Tim Turner ..
Directed by: Terence Young
Release date: 1953-08-11
17.

Destination Gobi

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

A group of US Navy weathermen taking measurements in the Gobi desert in World War II are forced to seek the help of Mongol nomads to regain their ship while under attack from the Japanese.

Starring: Richard Widmark, Don Taylor, Max Showalter, Murvyn Vye, Darryl Hickman, Martin Milner, Ross Bagdasarian, Judy Dan, Rodolfo Acosta, Russell Collins ..
Directed by: Robert Wise
Release date: 1953-03-20
18.

Cease Fire!

2.6
6.0/10 IMDB

A sometimes uncomfortable marriage between fact and fiction, this film is part documentary and part drama, mixing actual war footage with reenactments in which real veterans of the Korean War portray members of a platoon sent out on a reconnaissance mission near the end of the conflict. Though peace is imminent, violence unexpectedly erupts. A day that begins with the calm and mundane is transformed into a heated battle that typifies the cruel and unpredictable nature of war.

Directed by: Owen Crump
Release date: 1953-11-24
Best War Movies of 1953 : The Glory Brigade
19.

The Glory Brigade

2.6
5.9/10 IMDB

During the Korean War Lt. Sam Pryor volunteers his platoon to escort Greek troops to perform a reconnaissance mission behind Communist lines. Due to his Greek heritage Pryor is initially proud to accompany the Greek contingent but his feelings change to scorn and mistrust when what he believes is cowardice shown by the Greek soldiers and their leaders results in the near annihiliation of his own platoon. An uneasy alliance is maintained between the US and Greek troops as the enemy's true objective is learned.

Starring: Victor Mature, Alexander Scourby, Lee Marvin, Richard Egan, Nick Dennis, Roy Roberts, Alvy Moore, Russell Evans, Henry Kulky, Gregg Martell ..
Directed by: Robert D. Webb
Release date: 1953-05-20
20.

Thunder Over the Plains

2.5
6.4/10 IMDB

Set in 1869, after the Civil War, Texas had not yet been readmitted to the Union and carpetbaggers, hiding behind the legal protection of the Union Army of occupation, had taken over the state. Federal Captain Porter, a Texan, has to carry out orders against his own people. He brings in the rebel leader Ben Westman whom he knows is innocent of a murder that he is accused of. In trying to prove his innocence, Porter himself becomes a wanted man.

Starring: Randolph Scott, Lex Barker, Phyllis Kirk, Charles McGraw, Henry Hull, Elisha Cook Jr., Fess Parker, Hugh Sanders, Lane Chandler, James Brown ..
Directed by: André de Toth
Release date: 1953-10-27
Best War Movies of 1953 : Desert Legion
21.

Desert Legion

2.5
5.5/10 IMDB

A commander in the Foreign Legion romances a mysterious and exotic princess.

Starring: Alan Ladd, Richard Conte, Arlene Dahl, Akim Tamiroff, Leon Askin, Anthony Caruso, Oscar Beregi Sr., Peter Coe, John George, George J. Lewis ..
Directed by: Joseph Pevney
Release date: 1953-05-08
22.

South Sea Woman

2.5
6.2/10 IMDB

Marine Sergeant James O'Hearn is being tried at the San Diego Marine base for desertion, theft, scandalous conduct and destruction of property in time of war. He refuses to testify or plead guilty or not guilty to the charges. Showgirl Ginger Martin takes the stand against his protest. She testifies O'Hearn won't talk because he is protecting the name of his pal, Marine Private Davey White. Ginger tells how she, broke and stranded, met the two marines in Shanghai two weeks before Pearl Harbor.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Virginia Mayo, Chuck Connors, Arthur Shields, Barry Kelley, Leon Askin, Veola Vonn, Bob Sweeney, Hayden Rorke, Raymond Greenleaf ..
Directed by: Arthur Lubin
Release date: 1953-06-27
Best War Movies of 1953 : Flight Nurse
23.

Flight Nurse

2.5
5.3/10 IMDB

In this war drama, set during the Korean War, an Air Force nurse gets involved in a love triangle on the front lines.

Starring: Joan Leslie, Forrest Tucker, Arthur Franz, Jeff Donnell, Ben Cooper, James Holden, Kristine Miller, Maria Palmer, Dick Simmons, Thomas Browne Henry ..
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Release date: 1953-11-15
Best War Movies of 1953 : War Paint
24.

War Paint

2.4
5.7/10 IMDB

An Indian and his beautiful sister attempt to destroy a cavalry patrol trying to deliver a peace treaty to their chief.

Starring: Robert Stack, Joan Taylor, Charles McGraw, Keith Larsen, Peter Graves, Robert J. Wilke, John Doucette, Walter Reed, Douglas Kennedy, Charles Nolte ..
Directed by: Lesley Selander
Release date: 1953-08-28
Best War Movies of 1953 : Fort Algiers
25.

Fort Algiers

2.4
5.4/10 IMDB

Yvonne De Carlo is a French agent who is sent to spy on evil Arab potentate Raymond Burr.

Starring: Yvonne De Carlo, Raymond Burr, Carlos Thompson, Leif Erickson, Anthony Caruso, John Dehner, Henry Corden ..
Directed by: Lesley Selander
Release date: 1953-08-30
Best War Movies of 1953 : Sky Commando
26.

Sky Commando

2.3
5.5/10 IMDB

Colonel Ed Wyatt is regarded by pilots under his command as being a ruthless disciplinarian. His co-pilot, Lt. Hobson Lee, and Jo McWethy, a war correspondent assigned to the squadron become more friendly than meets Wyatt's approval. When Wyatt's plane is forced down behind enemy lines, he orders his crew to proceed to the American lines with the vital film they have shot, while he remains behind to hold off the enemy.

Starring: Dan Duryea, Frances Gifford, Mike Connors, Michael Fox, William Bryant, Freeman Morse, Dick Paxton, Selmer Jackson, Dick Lerner, Morris Ankrum ..
Directed by: Fred F. Sears
Release date: 1953-08-21
Best War Movies of 1953 : Fighter Attack
27.

Fighter Attack

2.2
5.2/10 IMDB

World War II film set in German occupied Italy. A US fighter pilot is shot down in enemy territory during a raid against a German supply depot. He receives from Italian partisans in laying the groundwork for a new attack by his squadron.

Starring: Sterling Hayden, J. Carrol Naish, Joy Page, Kenneth Tobey, Arthur Caruso, Frank De Kova ..
Directed by: Lesley Selander
Release date: 1953-11-29
Best War Movies of 1953 : Combat Squad
28.

Combat Squad

2.1
4.4/10 IMDB

A tough sergeant helps a raw recruit find courage under fire during the Korean War.

Starring: John Ireland, Lon McCallister, Hal March, George E. Stone, Norman Leavitt, Myron Healey, Don Haggerty, Tris Coffin, David Holt, Dick Fortune ..
Directed by: Cy Roth
Release date: 1953-10-01
Best War Movies of 1953 : Mission Over Korea
29.

Mission Over Korea

1.9
5.5/10 IMDB

A rookie pilot in the Korean War wants to avenge his brother's death.

Starring: John Hodiak, Maureen O'Sullivan, John Derek, Audrey Totter, Harvey Lembeck, Richard Erdman, Todd Karns, William Chun, Dabbs Greer ..
Directed by: Fred F. Sears
Release date: 1953-08-01
Best War Movies of 1953 : Torpedo Alley
30.

Torpedo Alley

1.4
5.9/10 IMDB

After carrier pilot Lt Bingham is rescued at sea by a submarine when he crashes, he applies for submarine duty. During training he competes with Commander Heywood for the affection of Navy nurse Lt Susan Peabody. Heywood gets a new sub command at the outbreak of the Korean war and Bingham is assigned to his sub.

Starring: Mark Stevens, Dorothy Malone, Bill Williams ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1953-12-25
Best War Movies of 1953 : El Alaméin
31.

El Alaméin

1.3
5.6/10 IMDB

A small group of men and a tank stave off a German attack in a Bedouin desert during World War II.

Starring: Scott Brady, Edward Ashley, Robin Hughes, Rita Moreno, Michael Pate, Peter Brocco, Peter Mamakos, Ray Page, Benny Rubin, Henry Rowland ..
Directed by: Fred F. Sears
Release date: 1953-12-03
32.

A Motion Picture History Of The Korean War

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Post-war South Korea with the history of the communist advance across the 38th parallel.

Release date: 1953-01-01

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