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

5.5
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.

The Cruel Sea

3.8
7.5/10 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
4.

Above and Beyond

3.6
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
5.

The Desert Rats

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

Richard Burton plays a Scottish Army officer put in charge of a disparate band of ANZAC troops on the perimeter of Tobruk with the German Army doing their best to dislodge them

Starring: Richard Burton, James Mason, Robert Newton, Robert Douglas, Chips Rafferty, Charles Tingwell, Torin Thatcher ..
Directed by: Robert Wise
Release date: 1953-05-20
6.

Fear and Desire

3.4
5.5/10 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
7.

Battle Circus

3.4
6.0/10 IMDB

A young Army nurse, Lt Ruth McGara (June Allyson), newly assigned to the 66th MASH during the Korean War, attracts the sexual attention of the unit's commander Dr. (MAJ) Jed Webbe (Humphrey Bogart). 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.

Sabre Jet

3.3
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 : Albert R.N.
9.

Albert R.N.

3.0
6.8/10 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
10.

The Juggler

2.9
6.6/10 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

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