Best War Movies of 1954

1.

The Caine Mutiny

5.4
7.7/10 IMDB

When a US Naval captain shows signs of mental instability that jeopardize his ship, the first officer relieves him of command and faces court martial for mutiny.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Van Johnson, Fred MacMurray, Robert Francis, José Ferrer, E.G. Marshall, Tom Tully, May Wynn, Katherine Warren, Lee Marvin ..
Directed by: Edward Dmytryk
Release date: 1954-06-23
Best War Movies of 1954 : The Purple Plain
2.

The Purple Plain

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

A RAF airfield in Burma in 1945, during World War II. Canadian bomber pilot Bill Forrester is a bitter man who lives haunted by a tragic past. He has became a reckless warrior, and is feared by his comrades, who consider him a madman. Dr. Harris, the squadron physician, is determined to help him heal his tormented soul.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Win Min Than, Brenda De Banzie, Bernard Lee, Maurice Denham, Lyndon Brook, Anthony Bushell, Josephine Griffin, Ram Gopal, Dorothy Alison ..
Directed by: Robert Parrish
Release date: 1954-09-14
3.

The Bridges at Toko-Ri

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

A naval aviator is assigned to bomb a group of heavily defended bridges during the Korean War.

Starring: William Holden, Grace Kelly, Fredric March, Mickey Rooney, Robert Strauss, Charles McGraw, Keiko Awaji, Earl Holliman, Richard Shannon, Willis Bouchey ..
Directed by: Mark Robson
Release date: 1954-12-01
4.

Hell and High Water

3.2
6.1/10 IMDB

A privately-financed scientist and his colleagues hire an ex-Navy officer to conduct an Alaskan submarine expedition in order to prevent a Red Chinese anti-American plot that may lead to World War III. Mixes deviously plotted schoolboy fiction with submarine spectacle and cold war heroics.

Starring: Richard Widmark, Bella Darvi, Victor Francen, Cameron Mitchell, Gene Evans, David Wayne, Stephen Bekassy, Richard Loo, Henry Kulky, Ray Stevens ..
Directed by: Samuel Fuller
Release date: 1954-02-06
5.

Betrayed

3.2
6.1/10 IMDB

Screen superstars Clark Gable ("Gone With The Wind," "It Happened One Night") and sultry bombshell Lana Turner ("Peyton Place," "The Postman Always Rings Twice") team-up in this intriguing WWII drama. Suspected of being a Nazi spy, Dutch-resistance member Turner is given a last chance mission to redeem herself. Gable is an American colonel who falls in love with her. Co-starring Victor Mature ("My Darling Clementine") and Oscar-nominee Louis Calhern ("The Asphalt Jungle").

Starring: Clark Gable, Lana Turner, Victor Mature, Louis Calhern, O.E. Hasse, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Ian Carmichael, Niall MacGinnis, Nora Swinburne, Roland Culver ..
Directed by: Gottfried Reinhardt
Release date: 1954-09-07
6.

Beachhead

3.1
5.7/10 IMDB

On a Japanese-occupied island during World War II, only two soldiers remain alive after a mission attempt goes horribly wrong. Trapped on the island, they must escort a scientist and his daughter to the other side of the island where their ship awaits. They must battle nature, hard terrain, and advancing Japanese troops.

Starring: Tony Curtis, Frank Lovejoy, Mary Murphy, Eduard Franz, Skip Homeier, John Doucette, Alan Wells ..
Directed by: Stuart Heisler
Release date: 1954-02-05
Best War Movies of 1954 : The Sea Shall Not Have Them
7.

The Sea Shall Not Have Them

2.9
6.3/10 IMDB

During autumn of 1944, an RAF Hudson carrying a VIP passenger in possession of highly secret information is shot down and ditches in the North Sea. Fighting the elements and trying to keep up morale, the occupants of the aircraft's dinghy talk about their lives awaiting the rescue they hope will come. The film's title reflects the motto of the RAF's Air Sea Rescue Service, one of whose high speed launches battles against its own mechanical problems, enemy action, time and the weather to locate and rescue the downed crew and the vital secret papers they carry.

Starring: Michael Redgrave, Dirk Bogarde, Jack Watling, Bonar Colleano, Anthony Steel, Nigel Patrick, James Kenney, Sydney Tafler, Griffith Jones, Guy Middleton ..
Directed by: Lewis Gilbert
Release date: 1954-06-01
8.

A Time Out of War

2.9
6.6/10 IMDB

Two Union soldiers maintaining a position on a riverbank negotiate a one-hour truce with the Confederate soldier manning the opposite bank. During the hour, they gain respect for one another as they trade tobacco, enjoy some fishing and make an unsettling discovery.

Starring: Barry Atwater, Robert Sherry, Corey Allen ..
Directed by: Denis Sanders
Release date: 1954-01-01
Best War Movies of 1954 : The Raid
9.

The Raid

2.9
6.9/10 IMDB

A group of confederate prisoners escape to Canada and plan to rob the banks and set fire to the small town of Saint Albans in Vermont. To get the lie of the land, their leader spends a few days in the town and finds he is getting drawn into its life and especially into that of an attractive widow and her son.

Starring: Van Heflin, Anne Bancroft, Richard Boone, Lee Marvin, Tommy Rettig, Peter Graves, Douglas Spencer, Paul Cavanagh, Douglas Spencer, Will Wright ..
Directed by: Hugo Fregonese
Release date: 1954-08-04
Best War Movies of 1954 : Carrington V.C.
10.

Carrington V.C.

2.9
7.0/10 IMDB

Major Charles Carrington (David Niven), is arrested for taking £125 from the base safe, he also face two other charges that could finish his distinguished service career. He decides to act on his own defence at his court martial hearing, his argument being that he is owed a lot of money from the army for his various postings that have cost him out of his own pocket. To further complicate the proceedings, Carrington alleges he told his superior, the very disliked Colonel Henniker, that he was taking the money from the safe. A mans career, his marriage, and quite a few reputations, all hang in the balance.

Starring: David Niven, Margaret Leighton, Noelle Middleton, Allan Cuthbertson, Victor Maddern, Raymond Francis, Geoffrey Keen, Newton Blick, Mark Dignam, Robert Bishop ..
Directed by: Anthony Asquith
Release date: 1954-12-09
11.

The Bamboo Prison

2.7
6.1/10 IMDB

A communist POW sides with his North Korean guards against his fellow prisoners.

Starring: Brian Keith, Robert Francis, E.G. Marshall, Jack Kelly, Keye Luke, Dianne Foster, Jerome Courtland, Earle Hyman, Richard Loo, Murray Matheson ..
Directed by: Lewis Seiler
Release date: 1954-06-15
12.

Men of the Fighting Lady

2.7
6.3/10 IMDB

A writer visits an aircraft carrier during the Korean war to learn more about it and the way it's run. He also gets to find out more about the Navy and Marine aviators themselves, their internal and external conflicts and dangers of their job.

Starring: Van Johnson, Walter Pidgeon, Louis Calhern, Dewey Martin, Keenan Wynn, Frank Lovejoy, Robert Horton, Bert Freed, Lewis Martin, George Cooper ..
Directed by: Andrew Marton
Release date: 1954-05-07
Best War Movies of 1954 : The Strike
13.

The Strike

2.6
6.0/10 IMDB

Major Gaylord grapples with a vexing command in the Korean War. Aired by Studio One in Hollywood, sponsored by Westinghouse.

Starring: James Daly, Roy Roberts, Bert Freed, Frank Marth, William Andrews, Bob Boucher, George Brenlin, Bill Butler, Cy Chermak, Wyatt Cooper ..
Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner
Release date: 1954-06-07
Best War Movies of 1954 : The Siege at Red River
14.

The Siege at Red River

2.5
5.8/10 IMDB

Cavalry Captain Farraday attempts to prevent the delivery of Gatling Guns into the hands of hostile Indians.

Starring: Van Johnson, Joanne Dru, Richard Boone, Milburn Stone, Jeff Morrow, Craig Hill, Robert Burton, Pilar Del Rey, John Cliff, Ferris Taylor ..
Directed by: Rudolph Maté
Release date: 1954-05-01
15.

War Arrow

2.5
5.9/10 IMDB

A thrilling Cavalry-versus-Indians adventure starring Jeff Chandler as an Army official recruiting Seminole allies, against his superior's wishes, to stop a planned Kiowa attack.

Starring: Maureen O'Hara, Jeff Chandler, John McIntire, Suzan Ball, Dennis Weaver, Jay Silverheels, Noah Beery Jr., Charles Drake, Henry Brandon, Henry Brandon ..
Directed by: George Sherman
Release date: 1954-01-06
16.

Taza, Son of Cochise

2.4
5.6/10 IMDB

Three years after the end of the Apache wars, peacemaking chief Cochise dies. His elder son Taza shares his ideas, but brother Naiche yearns for war...and for Taza's betrothed, Oona. Naiche loses no time in starting trouble which, thanks to a bigoted cavalry officer, ends with the proud Chiricahua Apaches on a reservation, where they are soon joined by the captured renegade Geronimo, who is all it takes to light the firecracker's fuse...

Starring: Rock Hudson, Barbara Rush, Gregg Palmer, Rex Reason, Morris Ankrum, Eugene Iglesias, Richard H. Cutting, Ian MacDonald, Jeff Chandler, Robert Burton ..
Directed by: Douglas Sirk
Release date: 1954-02-18
Best War Movies of 1954 : Dragonfly Squadron
17.

Dragonfly Squadron

2.4
5.3/10 IMDB

A Korean War film with a secondary plot of the training of South Korean pilots, to fly fighters in air defense, by American Air Force instructors,led by Major Brady, a famed and skilled-but-grounded pilot, assigned to the Kongku base.

Starring: John Hodiak, Barbara Britton, Bruce Bennett, Jess Barker, Gerald Mohr, Chuck Connors, James Hong ..
Directed by: Lesley Selander
Release date: 1954-03-21
Best War Movies of 1954 : Sign of the Pagan
18.

Sign of the Pagan

2.4
6.0/10 IMDB

Roman centurion Marcian is captured by Attila the Hun en route to Constantinople, but escapes. On arrival, he finds the eastern Roman emperor Theodosius plotting with Attila to look the other way while the latter marches against Rome. But Marcian gains the favor of Pulcheria, lovely sister of Theodosius, who favors a united Empire.

Starring: Jeff Chandler, Jack Palance, Ludmilla Tchérina, Rita Gam, Jeff Morrow, George Dolenz, Eduard Franz, Allison Hayes, Alexander Scourby, Howard Petrie ..
Directed by: Douglas Sirk
Release date: 1954-11-24
Best War Movies of 1954 : They Who Dare
19.

They Who Dare

2.4
5.5/10 IMDB

In Greece during the war a small group of British commandoes and patriots land on an island with orders to attack two airfields from which the Luftwaffe is threatening allied forces in Egypt. The island is crawling with troops, and even moving by night the men soon run into trouble.

Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Denholm Elliott, Eric Pohlmann, Akim Tamiroff, Harold Siddons, William Russell, Sam Kydd, Gérard Oury, David Peel, Michael Mellinger ..
Directed by: Lewis Milestone
Release date: 1954-02-02
Best War Movies of 1954 : Silent Raiders
20.

Silent Raiders

2.4
5.8/10 IMDB

Allied commandos try to knock out Nazi communications on the French coast.

Starring: Richard Bartlett, Earle Lyon, Jeanette Bordeaux, Earl Hansen, Robert Knapp, Dean Fredericks, Frank Stanlow, Carl Swanstrom, Alexander J. Wells ..
Directed by: Richard Bartlett
Release date: 1954-09-17
21.

Seagulls Over Sorrento

2.4
5.5/10 IMDB

A Navy lieutenant is borrowed by the British to supervise torpedo experiments after one of their scientists is killed.

Starring: Gene Kelly, John Justin, Bernard Lee, Sid James, Patric Doonan, Ray Jackson, Fredd Wayne, Patrick Barr, David Orr, Jeff Richards ..
Directed by: John Boulting, Roy Boulting
Release date: 1954-07-13
Best War Movies of 1954 : Bengal Brigade
22.

Bengal Brigade

2.3
5.6/10 IMDB

Year 1856, British India. Capt. Jeffrey Claybourne is severely punished after disobeying an order. Feeling unworthy of his fiancée Vivian Morrow, the daughter of his superior officer, Claybourne leaves the army until he could regain his reputation. When the Rajah Karam launches an attack on the British forces in India, Claybourne finds a chance at redemption.

Starring: Rock Hudson, Arlene Dahl, Ursula Thiess, Torin Thatcher, Arnold Moss, Dan O'Herlihy, Harold Gordon, Michael Ansara, Leonard Strong, Shepard Menken ..
Directed by: László Benedek
Release date: 1954-11-06
23.

Prisoner of War

2.0
5.0/10 IMDB

American soldiers, captured by North Korean's, are periodically brainwashed into giving up their capitalist ways to join the communist movement.

Starring: Ronald Reagan, Steve Forrest, Dewey Martin, Robert Horton, Paul Stewart, Oskar Homolka, Harry Morgan, Leonard Strong, Stephen Bekassy, Darryl Hickman ..
Directed by: Andrew Marton
Release date: 1954-05-04
Best War Movies of 1954 : Trader Tom of the China Seas
24.

Trader Tom of the China Seas

1.3
5.6/10 IMDB

In this 12 Chapter serial the UN enlists trader Tom Rogers and Vivian Wells, to lead the effort to prevent the natives from starting a revolution in Burmatra and its neighbors.

Starring: Harry Lauter, Aline Towne, Lyle Talbot, Robert Shayne, Robert Shayne, Richard Reeves, Tom Steele, John Crawford, Dale Van Sickel, Victor Sen Yung ..
Directed by: Franklin Adreon
Release date: 1954-01-06

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