Best War Movies of 1956

1.

War and Peace

4.3
6.8/10 IMDB

Napoleon's tumultuous relations with Russia including his disastrous 1812 invasion serve as the backdrop for the tangled personal lives of two aristocratic families.

Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Mel Ferrer, Vittorio Gassman, Herbert Lom, Oskar Homolka, Anita Ekberg, Barry Jones, May Britt, Jeremy Brett ..
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1956-08-21
2.

The Man Who Never Was

3.9
7.4/10 IMDB

The true story of a British effort to trick the Germans into weakening Sicily's defenses before the 1943 attack. A dead soldier is dressed as a British officer and outfitted with faked papers showing that the Allies were intending to invade occupied Greece. His body is put into the sea where it will ultimately drift ashore and the papers be passed along to German Intelligence.

Starring: Clifton Webb, Gloria Grahame, Robert Flemyng, Josephine Griffin, Stephen Boyd, Lawrence Naismith, Geoffrey Keen, Cyril Cusack, André Morell, Michael Hordern ..
Directed by: Ronald Neame
Release date: 1956-03-15
3.

Friendly Persuasion

3.9
7.4/10 IMDB

The story of a family of Quakers in Indiana in 1862. Their religious sect is strongly opposed to violence and war. It's not easy for them to meet the rules of their religion in everyday life but when Southern troops pass the area they are in real trouble. Should they fight, despite their peaceful attitude?

Starring: Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire, Anthony Perkins, Richard Eyer, Robert Middleton, Phyllis Love, Peter Mark Richman, Walter Catlett, Richard Hale, Joel Fluellen ..
Directed by: William Wyler
Release date: 1956-11-25
4.

Helen of Troy

3.4
6.2/10 IMDB

Prince Paris of Troy, shipwrecked on a mission to the king of Sparta, meets and falls for Queen Helen before he knows who she is. Rudely received by the royal Greeks, he must flee...but fate and their mutual passions lead him to take Helen along. This gives the Greeks just the excuse they need for much-desired war.

Starring: Rossana Podestà, Cedric Hardwicke, Jacques Sernas, Stanley Baker, Niall MacGinnis, Nora Swinburne, Robert Douglas, Torin Thatcher, Harry Andrews, Janette Scott ..
Directed by: Robert Wise
Release date: 1956-01-26
5.

Between Heaven and Hell

3.3
6.6/10 IMDB

Sam Gifford remembers : In prewar years he was an arrogant southern cotton plantation owner, married to the daughter of a colonel. At the beginning of the war he was mobilized with his National Guard unit as a sergeant. Came the day when, revolted by the cowardice of his lieutenant, who had fired at his own men, he hit him. Downgraded, he was sent to a disciplinary battalion. Sam now discovers his new detachment, his new commanding officer, just another cowardly brute, Captain Waco Grimes. While in combat, Sam will gradually become closer to the privates, working-class people he used to despise. He will become another man, a better man.

Starring: Robert Wagner, Terry Moore, Broderick Crawford, Buddy Ebsen, Robert Keith, Brad Dexter, Mark Damon, Ken Clark, Harvey Lembeck, Skip Homeier ..
Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Release date: 1956-10-11
6.

D-Day the Sixth of June

3.2
6.0/10 IMDB

En route to Normandy, an American and a British officer reminisce in flashback about their romances with the same woman.

Starring: Robert Taylor, Richard Todd, Dana Wynter, Edmond O'Brien, John Williams, Jerry Paris, Robert Gist, Richard Wyler, Alex Finlayson, Ross Elliott ..
Directed by: Henry Koster
Release date: 1956-05-29
7.

Alexander the Great

3.0
5.8/10 IMDB

He was a fierce military commander who led huge armies into battle without a single defeat; a magnificent warrior who many believed was part god - this was Alexander the Great (Richard Burton), the legendary Greek hero hailed by his countrymen as "The King of Kings". Born in 356 B.C. into a turbulent world of political unrest, educated by Aristotle (Barry Jones) and chosen to lead his people in the grand tradition of his powerful father (Fredric March), this glamorous world conqueror rose above all conflict to unite the continents of Europe and Asia to become one of the most celebrated rulers of all time! Written, produced and directed by Oscar - winner Robert Rossen and featuring the extraordinary Claire Bloom and a remarkable cast of thousands, this stunning portrait of one of history's most fascinating figures is colossal entertainment and an amazing spectacle.

Starring: Richard Burton, Fredric March, Claire Bloom, Barry Jones, Harry Andrews, Stanley Baker, Niall MacGinnis, Peter Cushing, Michael Hordern, Danielle Darrieux ..
Directed by: Robert Rossen
Release date: 1956-03-28
Best War Movies of 1956 : Toward the Unknown
8.

Toward the Unknown

2.9
6.5/10 IMDB

The story of a US Air Force major who was captured during the Korean War, and cracked signing a confession. After his release he ultimately arrives at Edwards Air Force base and works for his old buddy, now base commander. And runs into an old love forming the romantic triangle sub plot. But the main story line is the testing of high speed aircraft and the two main characters restoring their trust in each other. The aviation story line centers on the testing of the testing of the Gilbert XF-120 fighter, which suffers structural problems. And who will test the rocket powered X-2, designed to fly to the edge of space.

Starring: William Holden, Lloyd Nolan, Virginia Leith, Charles McGraw, Murray Hamilton, Paul Fix, James Garner, L.Q. Jones, Karen Steele ..
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1956-09-27
Best War Movies of 1956 : A Hill in Korea
9.

A Hill in Korea

2.8
6.2/10 IMDB

Based on real events, A Hill in Korea charts the fortunes of a small group of British soldiers serving in the Korean War. Out on a routine patrol, the soldiers find that Chinese troop movements have cut them off from their own lines. They try to fight their way back to safety but with the enemy surrounding them on all sides, the prospects look bleak. Facing almost insurmountable odds, they decide to stand a fight.

Starring: George Baker, Harry Andrews, Stanley Baker, Michael Medwin, Stephen Boyd, Victor Maddern, Harry Landis, Robert Brown, Barry Lowe, Robert Shaw ..
Directed by: Julian Amyes
Release date: 1956-09-18
Best War Movies of 1956 : Battle Stations
10.

Battle Stations

2.8
5.9/10 IMDB

The crew of a U.S. Navy ship in World War II goes into battle against the Japanese fleet.

Starring: John Lund, William Bendix, Keefe Brasselle, Richard Boone, William Leslie, John Craven, Jimmy Lydon, Claude Akins ..
Directed by: Lewis Seiler
Release date: 1956-02-01

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