Best War Movies of 1957


Paths of Glory

8.4/10 IMDB

A commanding officer defends three scapegoats on trial for a failed offensive that occurred within the French Army in 1916.

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou, George Macready, Wayne Morris, Richard Anderson, Joe Turkel, Timothy Carey, Christiane Kubrick, Jerry Hausner ..
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Release date: 1957-10-25

The Bridge on the River Kwai

8.2/10 IMDB

The classic story of English POWs in Burma forced to build a bridge to aid the war effort of their Japanese captors. British and American intelligence officers conspire to blow up the structure, but Col. Nicholson , the commander who supervised the bridge's construction, has acquired a sense of pride in his creation and tries to foil their plans.

Starring: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa, James Donald, Geoffrey Horne, André Morell, Peter Williams, John Boxer, Percy Herbert ..
Directed by: David Lean
Release date: 1957-10-11

The Enemy Below

7.4/10 IMDB

The crew of the American destroyer escort, the USS Haynes, detects a German U-Boat—resulting in a prolonged, deadly battle of wits.

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Curd Jürgens, David Hedison, Theodore Bikel, Russell Collins, Kurt Kreuger, Frank Albertson, Biff Elliot, Michael McHale, Clint Eastwood ..
Directed by: Dick Powell
Release date: 1957-12-25

Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison

7.3/10 IMDB

A Roman Catholic nun and a hard-bitten US Marine are stranded together on a Japanese-occupied island in the South Pacific during World War II. Under constant threat of discovery by a ruthless enemy, they hide in a cave and forage for food together. Their forced companionship and the struggle for survival forge a powerful emotional bond between them.

Starring: Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum ..
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1957-03-13
Best War Movies of 1957 : Time Limit

Time Limit

7.3/10 IMDB

Military investigator Colonel Edwards is assigned a case involving Major Cargill, a Korean War POW who is accused of treason. Although Cargill admits his guilt and Edwards' superiors are impatiently pushing Edwards to move this case to court martial, Edwards becomes convinced of Cargill's innocence.

Starring: Richard Widmark, Richard Basehart, Dolores Michaels, June Lockhart, Martin Balsam, Rip Torn, Karl Malden, Carl Benton Reid, Khigh Dhiegh, Yale Wexler ..
Directed by: Karl Malden
Release date: 1957-10-23
Best War Movies of 1957 : Men in War

Men in War

7.2/10 IMDB

In Korea, on 6 September 1950, Lieutenant Benson's platoon finds itself isolated in enemy-held territory after a retreat. Soon they are joined by Sergeant Montana, whose overriding concern is caring for his catatonic colonel. Benson and Montana can't stand each other, but together they must get the survivors to Hill 465, where they hope the division is waiting. It's a long, harrowing march, fraught with all the dangers the elusive enemy can summon.

Starring: Robert Ryan, Aldo Ray, Robert Keith, Phillip Pine, Nehemiah Persoff, Vic Morrow, James Edwards, L.Q. Jones, Scott Marlowe, Adam Kennedy ..
Directed by: Anthony Mann
Release date: 1957-06-07
Best War Movies of 1957 : The One That Got Away

The One That Got Away

7.1/10 IMDB

Based on the true story of Oberleutnant Franz von Werra, the only german prisoner of war captured in Britain to escape back to Germany during the Second World War.

Starring: Hardy Krüger, Colin Gordon, Michael Goodliffe, Terence Alexander, Jack Gwillim, Andrew Faulds, Julian Somers, Alec McCowen, Harry Lockart, Robert Crewdson ..
Directed by: Roy Ward Baker
Release date: 1957-11-22

Until They Sail

6.5/10 IMDB

Four sisters in New Zealand fall for four U.S. soldiers en route to the Pacific theater in WWII.

Starring: Jean Simmons, Joan Fontaine, Paul Newman, Piper Laurie, Sandra Dee, Charles Drake, Wally Cassell, Alan Napier, Ralph Votrian, John Wilder ..
Directed by: Robert Wise
Release date: 1957-10-08

Operation Mad Ball

6.5/10 IMDB

In this wacky military spoof, Lemmon plays a terminally bored Army private waging a war of wits as he tries to throw a party under the nose of his obnoxious commanding officer.

Starring: Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs, Mickey Rooney, Dick York, James Darren, Kathryn Grant, Arthur O'Connell, Roger Smith, William Leslie, Sheridan Comerate ..
Directed by: Richard Quine
Release date: 1957-01-01

The Wings of Eagles

6.6/10 IMDB

The story of Frank W. "Spig" Wead - a Navy-flyer turned screenwriter.

Starring: John Wayne, Dan Dailey, Maureen O'Hara, Ward Bond, Ken Curtis, Edmund Lowe, Kenneth Tobey, James Todd, Barry Kelley, Sig Ruman ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1957-01-31

Bitter Victory

6.7/10 IMDB

During the second world war, two British officers, Brand and Leith, who have never seen combat are assigned a vital mission. Their relationship and the operation are complicated by the arrival of Brand's wife, who had a tryst with Leith years earlier.

Starring: Richard Burton, Curd Jürgens, Ruth Roman, Christopher Lee, Raymond Pellegrin, Anthony Bushell, Alfred Burke, Ramón de Larrocha, Ronan O'Casey, Fred Matter ..
Directed by: Nicholas Ray
Release date: 1957-08-28

Battle Hymn

6.3/10 IMDB

Battle Hymn was inspired by the true story of American minister Dean Hess, played here with rare sensitivity by Rock Hudson. A bomber pilot during World War II, Hess inadvertently releases a bomb which destroys a German orphanage. Tortured by guilt, Hess relocates in Korea after the war to offer his services as a missionary. Combining the best elements of Christianity and Eastern spiritualism, Hess establishes a large home for orphans. The preacher's efforts are threatened when the Korean "police action" breaks out in 1950.

Starring: Rock Hudson, Anna Kashfi, Dan Duryea, Don DeFore, Martha Hyer, Jock Mahoney, Alan Hale Jr., James Edwards, Carl Benton Reid, Richard Loo ..
Directed by: Douglas Sirk
Release date: 1957-02-14
Best War Movies of 1957 : Ill Met by Moonlight

Ill Met by Moonlight

6.5/10 IMDB

Led by British officers, partisans on Crete plan to kidnap the island's German commander and smuggle him to Cairo to embarrass the occupiers.

Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Marius Goring, David Oxley, Dimitri Andreas, Cyril Cusack, Laurence Payne, Wolfe Morris, Michael Gough, John Cairney, Paul Stassino ..
Directed by: Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell
Release date: 1957-01-31

The Guns of Fort Petticoat

6.2/10 IMDB

Opposing his commanding officer's decision to attack a group of innocent Indians and wipe them out, Lt. Frank Hewitt leaves his post and heads home to Texas. He knows that the attack will send all of the tribes on the warpath and he wants to forewarn everyone. He gets a chilly reception back home however. With most of the men away having enlisted in the Confederate army Frank, a Union officer, is seen by the local women as a traitor. He convinces them of the danger that lies ahead and trains them to repel the attack that will eventually come.

Starring: Audie Murphy, Kathryn Grant, Patricia Tiernan, Ray Teal, Jeanette Nolan, James Griffith, Hope Emerson, Jeff Donnell, Sean McClory, Nestor Paiva ..
Directed by: George Marshall
Release date: 1957-04-01

A Farewell to Arms

5.8/10 IMDB

An English nurse and an American soldier on the Italian front during World War I fall in love, but the horrors surrounding them test their romance to the limit.

Starring: Rock Hudson, Jennifer Jones, Vittorio De Sica, Luigi Barzini, Georges Brehat, Oskar Homolka, Mercedes McCambridge, Elaine Stritch, Kurt Kasznar, Victor Francen ..
Directed by: Charles Vidor
Release date: 1957-12-14

Something of Value

6.5/10 IMDB

As Kenya's Mau Mau uprising tears the country apart, former childhood friends Kimani (Sidney Poitier), a native, and Peter (Rock Hudson), a British colonist, find themselves on opposite sides of the struggle in this provocative drama. Though each is devoted to his cause, both wish for a more moderate path -- but their hopes for a peaceful resolution are thwarted by rage, colonial arrogance and escalating violence on both sides.

Starring: Rock Hudson, Dana Wynter, Sidney Poitier, Juano Hernández, William Marshall, Robert Beatty, Walter Fitzgerald, Michael Pate, Ivan Dixon, Ken Renard ..
Directed by: Richard Brooks
Release date: 1957-05-08
Best War Movies of 1957 : Yangtse Incident: The Story of H.M.S. Amethyst

Yangtse Incident: The Story of H.M.S. Amethyst

6.8/10 IMDB

While sailing lawfully up the Yangste in 1949, the British warship Amethyst found its return to the open sea blocked by Communist Chinese shore batteries that unexpectedly opened fire. In charge, Lietenant Commander Kerans was not however prepared for his crew and his ship to remain as a hostage for the Chinese to use as an international pawn.

Starring: Richard Todd, William Hartnell, Akim Tamiroff, Donald Houston, Keye Luke, Sophie Stewart, Robert Urquhart, Richard Leech, Barry Foster, Thomas Heathcote ..
Directed by: Michael Anderson
Release date: 1957-04-01

Kiss Them for Me

5.6/10 IMDB

Three navy war heroes are booked on a morale-building "vacation" in San Francisco. Once they manage to elude their ulcerated public relations officer, the trio throw a wild party with plenty of pretty girls.

Starring: Cary Grant, Jayne Mansfield, Leif Erickson, Suzy Parker, Ray Walston, Larry Blyden, Werner Klemperer, Nathaniel Frey, Jack Mullaney, Harry Carey, Jr. ..
Directed by: Stanley Donen
Release date: 1957-12-10
Best War Movies of 1957 : Seven Thunders

Seven Thunders

6.3/10 IMDB

Escaping British prisoners of war hide out in German occupied France.

Starring: Stephen Boyd, James Robertson Justice, Tony Wright, Anna Gaylor, Kathleen Harrison, Eugene Deckers, Rosalie Crutchley, June Cowell, Katherine Kath, Anton Diffring ..
Directed by: Hugo Fregonese
Release date: 1957-09-04
Best War Movies of 1957 : China Gate

China Gate

6.2/10 IMDB

Near the end of the French phase of the Vietnam War, a group of mercenaries are recruited to travel through enemy territory to the Chinese border.

Starring: Gene Barry, Angie Dickinson, Nat King Cole, Paul Dubov, Lee Van Cleef, George Givot, Gerald Milton, Neyle Morrow, Marcel Dalio, Maurice Marsac ..
Directed by: Samuel Fuller
Release date: 1957-05-22
Best War Movies of 1957 : The Betrayal

The Betrayal

6.0/10 IMDB

Fourteen years after he was blinded in a WWII concentration camp, a Canadian perfume executive travels to London on business and recognizes the voice of the traitor who betrayed him and his fellow prisoners to the Germans.

Starring: Philip Friend, Diana Decker, Philip Saville, Peter Burton, Harold Lang, Ballard Berkeley, Peter Bathurst ..
Directed by: Ernest Morris
Release date: 1957-01-01
Best War Movies of 1957 : Revolt at Fort Laramie

Revolt at Fort Laramie

5.6/10 IMDB

At the breaking of the Civil War the garrison of Fort Laramie splits between the sympathezers of the two different factions, but when the fort is attacked by the Sioux, they unite their forces to fight them.

Starring: John Dehner, Gregg Palmer, Frances Helm, Don Gordon, Robert Keys, William Phillips, Robert Knapp, Eddie Little Sky, Harry Dean Stanton, William Phillips ..
Directed by: Lesley Selander
Release date: 1957-03-01
Best War Movies of 1957 : High Flight

High Flight

5.6/10 IMDB

The Commanding Officer of an RAF Training School must deal with a difficult cadet, but the cadet reminds the C.O. of himself when young.

Starring: Ray Milland, Bernard Lee, Kenneth Haigh, Kenneth Fortescue, Sean Kelly, Helen Cherry, Anthony Newley, Leslie Phillips, John Le Mesurier, Richard Wattis ..
Directed by: John Gilling
Release date: 1957-09-17

Hellcats of the Navy

5.5/10 IMDB

Future "first couple" Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis made their only joint film appearance in Hellcats of the Navy. Ronnie plays Casey Abbott, commander of a WW2 submarine, while Nancy portrays navy nurse Helen Blair, Abbott's off-and-on girlfriend. During a delicate mission in which his sub is ordered to retrieve a revolutionary new Japanese mine, Abbott is forced to leave frogman Wes Barton (Harry Lauter) behind to save the rest of his crew. But Abbott's second-in-command Don Landon (Eduard Franz) is convincing that Abbott's sacrifice of Barton was due to the fact that the dead man had been amorously pursuing Helen.

Starring: Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan, Arthur Franz, Robert Arthur, William Leslie, William Phillips, Harry Lauter, Michael Garth, Joe Turkel, Don Keefer ..
Directed by: Nathan H. Juran
Release date: 1957-05-01

Don't Go Near the Water

6.1/10 IMDB

Madison Avenue-trained Navy men handle public relations on a South Pacific island during World War II.

Starring: Glenn Ford, Gia Scala, Earl Holliman, Anne Francis, Keenan Wynn, Fred Clark, Eva Gabor, Russ Tamblyn, Jeff Richards, Mickey Shaughnessy ..
Directed by: Charles Walters
Release date: 1957-11-14
Best War Movies of 1957 : Count Five and Die

Count Five and Die

6.5/10 IMDB

Dutch patriots, a U.S. officer and a British spy fool the Nazis with a fake Soho film company.

Starring: Jeffrey Hunter, Annemarie Düringer, Nigel Patrick, David Kossoff, Rolf Lefebvre, Larry Burns, Anthony Ostrer, Claude Kingston, Robert Raglan, Peter Prouse ..
Directed by: Victor Vicas
Release date: 1957-12-23
Best War Movies of 1957 : Mayerling


6.0/10 IMDB

Mayerling is the name of a notorious Austrian village linked to a romantic tragedy. At a royal hunting lodge there, in 1889, Crown Prince Rudolf--desperate over his father's command to put away his teenage mistress, the Baroness Marie Vetsera--shot her to death and killed himself. The misfortune may indeed have been a murder-suicide, but perhaps it was a political assassination, or even the result of a lunatic family vendetta: scholarship is still catching up with the facts.

Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Mel Ferrer, Raymond Massey, Basil Sydney, Diana Wynyard, Judith Evelyn, Isobel Elsom, Nehemiah Persoff, Lorne Greene, David Opatoshu ..
Directed by: Anatole Litvak, Kirk Browning
Release date: 1957-02-04

Sea Wife

5.7/10 IMDB

In 1942, a cargo ship jammed with British evacuees from Singapore is sunk by a Japanese sub. A small lifeboat carries a beautiful woman, an army officer, a bigoted administrator, and a black seaman. Only the seaman knows the woman is a nun. The men reveal their true selves under the hardships of survival. Told in a too-long flashback frame.

Starring: Richard Burton, Joan Collins, Basil Sydney, Cy Grant, Ronald Squire, Harold Goodwin, Roddy Hughes, Gibb McLaughlin, Lloyd Lamble, Ronald Adam ..
Directed by: Bob McNaught
Release date: 1957-10-16
Best War Movies of 1957 : The Deerslayer

The Deerslayer

5.4/10 IMDB

After The Deerslayer, a white man reared by the Mohicans, and his blood brother Chingachgook, a Mohican chief, save trader Harry Marsh from the hostile Huron Indians, they learn that the Hurons will attack Old Tom Hutter and his two daughters, Hetty and Judith, who live on a floating raft fort on the river.

Starring: Lex Barker, Rita Moreno, Forrest Tucker, Cathy O'Donnell, Jay C. Flippen, Carlos Rivas, Joseph Vitale, John Halloran, Addison Richards, Carol Henry ..
Directed by: Kurt Neumann
Release date: 1957-09-10
Best War Movies of 1957 : Ride a Violent Mile

Ride a Violent Mile

5.0/10 IMDB

A cowboy stampedes a Rebel plot with a Union spy posing as a dance-hall girl.

Starring: John Agar, Penny Edwards, John Pickard, Bing Russell, Richard Shannon, Charles H. Gray, Sheb Wooley, Rush Williams, Richard Gilden, Rocky Shahan ..
Directed by: Charles Marquis Warren
Release date: 1957-11-24
Best War Movies of 1957 : Under Fire

Under Fire

6.5/10 IMDB

An Army lawyer defends a World War II hero and his men accused of desertion.

Starring: Rex Reason, Harry Morgan, Steve Brodie, Peter Walker, Robert Levin, Jon Locke, Gregory LaFayette, Karl Lukas, William Allyn, Frank Gerstle ..
Directed by: James B. Clark
Release date: 1957-09-23

The Growler Story

0.0/10 IMDB

True story of Lt.Cdr. Howard W.Gilmore who was awarded the Medal of Honor for sacrificing himself to save his submarine, February 1943.

Starring: Ken Curtis, Ward Bond ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1957-01-01
Best War Movies of 1957 : The Growler Story

The Growler Story

0.0/10 IMDB

True story of Lt.Cdr. Howard W.Gilmore who was awarded the Medal of Honor for sacrificing himself to save his submarine, February 1943.

Starring: Ward Bond, Ken Curtis, Dan Dailey ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1957-01-01
Best War Movies of 1957 : Armored Attack!

Armored Attack!

0.0/10 IMDB

A Ukrainian village must suddenly contend with the Nazi invasion of June 1941. Re-edited version of The North Star (1943), to remove positive references to Soviet Union and include narration about the Hungarian Uprising of 1956.

Starring: Dana Andrews, Anne Baxter, Walter Huston, Erich von Stroheim, Walter Brennan, Farley Granger, Ann Harding, Jane Withers, Dean Jagger ..
Directed by: Lewis Milestone
Release date: 1957-01-01
Best War Movies of 1957 : Wolfe and Montcalm

Wolfe and Montcalm

0.0/10 IMDB

Two generals prepare for battle at the Plains of Abraham.

Starring: William Needles, Basil Fitzgibbon, Norman Ettlinger, Ivor Barry, Alan Mills ..
Directed by: Allan Wargon
Release date: 1957-01-01
Best War Movies of 1957 : The Dark Side of the Earth

The Dark Side of the Earth

0.0/10 IMDB

A drama set in 1956, during the unsuccessful Hungarian uprising against the Russians.

Starring: Van Heflin, Earl Holliman, Kim Hunter, Dean Jagger, Jerry Paris, Ian Wolfe ..
Directed by: Arthur Penn
Release date: 1957-09-19

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