Best War Movies of 1955


Mister Roberts

7.6/10 IMDB

Mr. Roberts is as an officer who's yearning for battle but is stuck in the backwaters of World War II on a non-commissioned Navy ship run by the bullying Captain Morton.

Starring: Henry Fonda, James Cagney, William Powell, Jack Lemmon, Betsy Palmer, Ward Bond, Philip Carey, Nick Adams, Perry Lopez, Ken Curtis ..
Directed by: John Ford, Mervyn LeRoy, Joshua Logan
Release date: 1955-07-10

The Dam Busters

7.4/10 IMDB

The story of the conception of a new British weapon for smashing the German dams in the Ruhr industrial complex and the execution of the raid by 617 Squadron 'The Dam Busters'.

Starring: Richard Todd, Michael Redgrave, Robert Shaw, Nigel Stock, Derek Farr, Colin Tapley, Basil Sydney, Ursula Jeans, Charles Carson, George Baker ..
Directed by: Michael Anderson
Release date: 1955-05-16
Best War Movies of 1955 : To Hell and Back

To Hell and Back

7.1/10 IMDB

The true WWII story of Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier in U.S. history. Based on the autobiography of Audie Murphy who stars as himself in the film.

Starring: Audie Murphy, Marshall Thompson, Charles Drake, Gregg Palmer, David Janssen, Denver Pyle, Jack Kelly, Paul Picerni, Paul Langton, Brett Halsey ..
Directed by: Jesse Hibbs
Release date: 1955-09-22
Best War Movies of 1955 : The Colditz Story

The Colditz Story

6.9/10 IMDB

Allied prisoners of various nationalities pool their resources to plan numerous escapes from an "escape-proof" German P.O.W. camp housed in a Medieval castle.

Starring: John Mills, Eric Portman, Frederick Valk, Denis Shaw, Lionel Jeffries, Christopher Rhodes, Richard Wattis, Ian Carmichael, Bryan Forbes, Theodore Bikel ..
Directed by: Guy Hamilton
Release date: 1955-01-25
Best War Movies of 1955 : The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell

The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell

6.8/10 IMDB

A dramatization of the American general and his court martial for publically complaining about High Command's dismissal and neglect of the aerial fighting forces.

Starring: Gary Cooper, Charles Bickford, Ralph Bellamy, Rod Steiger, Elizabeth Montgomery, Fred Clark, James Daly, Jack Lord, Peter Graves, Darren McGavin ..
Directed by: Otto Preminger
Release date: 1955-12-31

The Sea Chase

6.4/10 IMDB

As the Second World War breaks out, German freighter captain Karl Ehrlich is about to leave Sydney, Australia with his vessel, the Ergenstrasse. Ehrlich, an anti-Nazi but proud German, hopes to outrun or out-maneuver the British warship pursuing him. Aboard his vessel is Elsa Keller, a woman Ehrlich has been ordered to return to Germany safely along with whatever secrets she carries. When Ehrlich's fiercely Nazi chief officer Kirchner commits an atrocity, the British pursuit becomes deadly.

Starring: John Wayne, Lana Turner, David Farrar, James Arness, Tab Hunter, Lyle Bettger, Paul Fix, Claude Akins, John Qualen, Alan Hale Jr. ..
Directed by: John Farrow
Release date: 1955-06-04
Best War Movies of 1955 : The Cockleshell Heroes

The Cockleshell Heroes

6.5/10 IMDB

During WW2, German ships are "safely" docked upriver at Bordeaux, but the British send a team of kayakers to attack them.

Starring: Trevor Howard, José Ferrer, Anthony Newley, Victor Maddern, Percy Herbert, David Lodge, Peter Arne, Graham Stewart, John Fabian, John Van Eyssen ..
Directed by: José Ferrer
Release date: 1955-11-16

Above Us the Waves

6.6/10 IMDB

In World War II, the greatest threat to the British navy is the German battleship Tirpitz. While anchored in a Norwegian fjord, it is impossible to attack by conventional means, so a plan is hatched for a special commando unit to attack it, using midget submarines to plant underwater explosives.

Starring: John Mills, John Gregson, Donald Sinden, James Robertson Justice, Michael Medwin, Theodore Bikel, James Kenney, William Russell, O.E. Hasse, Lee Patterson ..
Directed by: Ralph Thomas
Release date: 1955-03-29

Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing

6.4/10 IMDB

A widowed doctor of both Chinese and European descent falls in love with a married American correspondent in Hong Kong during China's Communist revolution.

Starring: William Holden, Jennifer Jones, Torin Thatcher, Isobel Elsom, Murray Matheson, Virginia Gregg, Richard Loo, Soo Yong, Philip Ahn, Jorja Curtright ..
Directed by: Henry King
Release date: 1955-08-18

Battle Cry

6.4/10 IMDB

The dramatic story of US marines in training, in combat and in love during World War II. The story centres on a major who guides the raw recruits from their training to combat. Based on the novel by Leon Uris.

Starring: Van Heflin, Aldo Ray, Mona Freeman, James Whitmore, Nancy Olson, Raymond Massey, Tab Hunter, Anne Francis, Dorothy Malone, Fess Parker ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1955-02-02
Best War Movies of 1955 : Three Stripes in the Sun

Three Stripes in the Sun

6.5/10 IMDB

A racist sergeant stationed in post-war Japan finds himself softening towards the children and falling for a local woman.

Starring: Aldo Ray, Philip Carey, Dick York, Chuck Connors, Camille Janclaire, Heihachirô Ôkawa, Tatsuo Sait?, Mitsuko Kimura, Chiyaki, Takeshi Kamikubo ..
Directed by: Richard Murphy
Release date: 1955-11-23
Best War Movies of 1955 : Good Will To Men

Good Will To Men

7.0/10 IMDB

A group of young mice is in the ruins of a church, practicing singing for an upcoming service. After singing an adulterated version of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," the mice wonder about the last line, "Good will to men." One of them asks the choirmaster, an old mouse, "What are men?" The old mouse explains that they all killed each other off by building bigger and more destructive weapons, first guns, then missiles, then bombs.

Starring: Daws Butler ..
Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera
Release date: 1955-12-23

The McConnell Story

6.3/10 IMDB

Joe McConnell was sure that he was meant to be a pilot, but was stuck as a restless army private. It seemed that his ambition was blocked at every step.

Starring: Alan Ladd, June Allyson, James Whitmore, Frank Faylen, Willis Bouchey, Sarah Selby, Robert Ellis, Gregory Walcott, Frank Ferguson, Cindy Carol ..
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1955-09-29

The Scarlet Coat

6.3/10 IMDB

An American officer goes undercover to unmask a Revolutionary War traitor.

Starring: Cornel Wilde, Michael Wilding, George Sanders, Anne Francis, Robert Douglas, John McIntire, Rhys Williams, John Dehner, Bobby Driscoll ..
Directed by: John Sturges
Release date: 1955-07-29
Best War Movies of 1955 : The Last Command

The Last Command

6.3/10 IMDB

During the Texas War of Independence of 1836 American frontiersman and pioneer Jim Bowie pleads for caution with the rebellious Texicans. They don't heed his advice since he's a Mexican citizen, married to the daughter of the Mexican vice-governor of the province and a friend to General Santa Anna since the days they had fought together for Mexico's independence. After serving as president for 22 years, Santa Anna has become too powerful and arrogant. He rules Mexico with an iron fist and he would not allow Texas to self-govern. Bowie sides with the Texans in their bid for independence and urges a cautious strategy, given Santa Anna's power and cunning. Despite the disagreement between the Texicans and Bowie regarding the right strategy they ask Bowie to lead them in a last-ditch stand, at Alamo, against General Santa Anna's numerically superior forces.

Starring: Sterling Hayden, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Richard Carlson, Arthur Hunnicutt, Ernest Borgnine, J. Carrol Naish, Ben Cooper, John Russell, Virginia Grey, Jim Davis ..
Directed by: Frank Lloyd
Release date: 1955-08-03
Best War Movies of 1955 : The Battle of Gettysburg

The Battle of Gettysburg

6.6/10 IMDB

This film was shot entirely at the Gettysburg National Military Park, where the decisive battle of the American Civil War was fought. Leslie Nielsen narrates the story while contemporary songs and the sounds of battle are heard in the background. The sites of the various engagements, the statues of the leaders of the Northern and Southern troops, and the battlefield cemetery are featured. President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is read at the end.

Starring: Leslie Nielsen, Frank Ferguson ..
Directed by: Herman Hoffman
Release date: 1955-12-01
Best War Movies of 1955 : The Eternal Sea

The Eternal Sea

6.2/10 IMDB

Biography of Admiral John Hoskins' efforts to retain active command despite WW2 injury.

Starring: Sterling Hayden, Alexis Smith, Ben Cooper, Dean Jagger, Virginia Grey, Hayden Rorke, Douglas Kennedy, Louis Jean Heydt, Richard Crane, Morris Ankrum ..
Directed by: John H. Auer
Release date: 1955-04-19

The Dark Avenger

5.8/10 IMDB

Edward, Prince of Wales, son and heir to his father King Edward III of England, leads an English army to the French province of Aquitaine to protect the inhabitant from the ravages of the French. After defeating the French in battle, the defeated French plot to kill the prince. Failing in this, they kidnap his lady, the lovely Lady Joan Holland. Of course Prince Edward has to ride to the rescue, adopting numerous guises to save his paramour, which ultimately end in him leading his men into one final climactic battle against the French. (Also known as "The Warriors" and "The Black Prince").

Starring: Errol Flynn, Joanne Dru, Peter Finch, Michael Hordern, Christopher Lee, Yvonne Furneaux, Patrick Holt, Moultrie Kelsall, Robert Urquhart, Noel Willman ..
Directed by: Henry Levin
Release date: 1955-04-15
Best War Movies of 1955 : A Prize of Gold

A Prize of Gold

6.0/10 IMDB

A U.S. sergeant, a British sergeant and a British pilot hijack gold for a German refugee's war orphans.

Starring: Richard Widmark, Mai Zetterling, Nigel Patrick, George Cole, Donald Wolfit, Robert Ayres, Eric Pohlmann, Joseph Tomelty, Andrew Ray, Karl Stepanek ..
Directed by: Mark Robson
Release date: 1955-10-14
Best War Movies of 1955 : The Treasure of Pancho Villa

The Treasure of Pancho Villa

5.6/10 IMDB

In 1915, an American adventurer joins the supporters of Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa.

Starring: Rory Calhoun, Shelley Winters, Gilbert Roland, Joseph Calleia, Fanny Schiller, Carlos Múzquiz, Tony Carbajal, Pasquel Pena, Lita Baron, Rodd Redwing ..
Directed by: George Sherman
Release date: 1955-10-19
Best War Movies of 1955 : Jump Into Hell

Jump Into Hell

5.6/10 IMDB

Arriving in IndoChina by parachute, Captain Guy Bertrand and his comrades make a courageous stand against the Communist forces. Jump into Hell is one of the first films to deal with the ongoing conflict in Vietnam or, as it was still known in 1955, French IndoChina.

Starring: Jacques Sernas, Kurt Kasznar, Arnold Moss, Peter van Eyck, Marcel Dalio, Norman Dupont, Lawrence Dobkin, Patricia Blair, Lisa Montell, Victor Sen Yung ..
Directed by: David Butler
Release date: 1955-09-16
Best War Movies of 1955 : Battle Taxi

Battle Taxi

5.3/10 IMDB

In the Korean war, the commander of an Air Rescue helicopter team must show a hot-shot former jet pilot how important helicopter rescue work is and turn him into a team player.

Starring: Sterling Hayden, Arthur Franz, Marshall Thompson, Leo Needham, Jay Barney, John Dennis, Michael Colgan, Andy Andrews, Dale Hutchinson ..
Directed by: Herbert L. Strock
Release date: 1955-01-03
Best War Movies of 1955 : Seminole Uprising

Seminole Uprising

5.2/10 IMDB

An angry Seminole chief wages war after his tribe is relocated from Florida to the American West.

Starring: George Montgomery, Karin Booth, Steven Ritch, William Fawcett, Ed Hinton, John Pickard, James Maloney, Rory Mallinson ..
Directed by: Earl Bellamy
Release date: 1955-05-01
Best War Movies of 1955 : Target Zero

Target Zero

5.7/10 IMDB

International soldiers fight to ignore their differences while holding a hill during the Korean War.

Starring: Richard Conte, Peggie Castle, Charles Bronson, Chuck Connors, L.Q. Jones, Strother Martin, Aaron Spelling, Joby Baker, Richard Wyler, John Alderson ..
Directed by: Harmon Jones
Release date: 1955-11-15
Best War Movies of 1955 : Hell's Horizon

Hell's Horizon

5.3/10 IMDB

The pilot, co-pilot, and crew of a bomber try to hit a Korean bridge in bad weather.

Starring: John Ireland, Marla English, Bill Williams, Hugh Beaumont, Larry Pennell, Chet Baker, William Schallert, Jerry Paris, Paul Levitt, Wray Davis ..
Directed by: Tom Gries
Release date: 1955-12-31
Best War Movies of 1955 : Air Strike

Air Strike

4.7/10 IMDB

Tasked with training a group of untested new recruits, a no-nonsense Navy commander faces a host of challenges as he attempts to transform the greenhorns into a squadron of crackerjack jet pilots. Don Haggerty co-stars as the unit's second-in-command who clashes bitterly with the cocky young upstart of the team after the lad shows off with some reckless aerial acrobatics.

Starring: Richard Denning, Don Haggerty, James Courtney, William Hudson, Stanley Clements, Billy Halop, Gloria Jean, John Kirby, Alan Wells ..
Directed by: Cy Roth
Release date: 1955-05-06
Best War Movies of 1955 : Yellowneck


4.5/10 IMDB

A disgraced Confederate Colonel who has deserted his command flees to the Everglades where he encounters a disparate group of four other Southern deserters. Together they struggle to find their way out of the swamp and resolve their own personal demons under the eyes of hostile Seminoles as they battle to survive the elements and each other.

Starring: Lin McCarthy, Stephen Courtleigh, Berry Kroeger, Harold Gordon, Bill Mason, Al Tamez, Jose Billie, Roy Nash Osceola ..
Directed by: R. John Hugh
Release date: 1955-05-22
Best War Movies of 1955 : The Master Plan

The Master Plan

6.1/10 IMDB

Following WW II, a U.S. army officer stationed in West Germany is assigned with keeping classified information away from the Communists. Unfortunately, Red spies know that he suffers from sudden black-outs and use this to hypnotise him, and make it appear that he is a traitor.

Starring: Norman Wooland, Tilda Thamar, Wayne Morris, Mary Mackenzie, Arnold Bell, Marjorie Stewart, Laurie Main, Frederick Schrecker, Richard Marner, Alan Tilvern ..
Directed by: Cy Endfield
Release date: 1955-09-08

Day is Done

6.0/10 IMDB

During the 1951 rout of the American army in Korea, a battle-hardened sergeant tries to reinvigorate his men with a bugle picked up by the side of the road.

Starring: Rory Calhoun, Bobby Driscoll, Richard Crane, Douglas Dick, Michael Emmet, Jim Goodwin, Robert Arthur, Wright King, Ron Gans, Bill White Jr. ..
Directed by: Frank Borzage
Release date: 1955-10-12
Best War Movies of 1955 : The Last Reunion

The Last Reunion

0.0/10 IMDB

While holding their annual reunion, the former members of a Royal Air Force bomber crew begin to sense the supernatural presence of their old squadron commander, the only member of the group not to return from their last mission of the war.

Starring: Eric Portman, Michael Gough, Joan Marion, Noel Howlett, Basil Appleby, Duncan McIntyre, Alfred Burke ..
Directed by: Leonard Brett
Release date: 1955-07-20
Best War Movies of 1955 : Dearest Enemy

Dearest Enemy

0.0/10 IMDB

This live TV adaptation of the Broadway musical "Dearest Enemy" from 1925 is based on an American Revolutionary War incident in September 1776 when Mary Lindley Murray, under orders from General George Washington, detained General William Howe and his British troops by serving them cake, wine and conversation in her Kips Bay, Manhattan home long enough for some 4,000 American soldiers, fleeing their loss in the Battle of Brooklyn, to reassemble in Washington Heights and join reinforcements to make a successful counterattack.

Starring: Anne Jeffreys, Robert Sterling, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Cyril Ritchard, Donald Burr, Donn Driver, Leila Martin, Wynne Miller, Elaine Spaulding, Greta Gray ..
Directed by: Max Liebman
Release date: 1955-11-26

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