Best War Movies of 1959


The Nun's Story

7.5/10 IMDB

After leaving a wealthy Belgian family to become a nun, Sister Luke struggles with her devotion to her vows during crisis, disappointment, and World War II.

Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch, Edith Evans, Peggy Ashcroft, Dean Jagger, Mildred Dunnock, Beatrice Straight, Patricia Collinge, Rosalie Crutchley, Ruth White ..
Directed by: Fred Zinnemann
Release date: 1959-06-18

The Horse Soldiers

7.1/10 IMDB

A Union Cavalry outfit is sent behind confederate lines in strength to destroy a rail supply center. Along with them is sent a doctor who causes instant antipathy between him and the commander. The secret plan for the mission is overheard by a southern belle who must be taken along to assure her silence.

Starring: John Wayne, William Holden, Constance Towers, Judson Pratt, Hoot Gibson, Ken Curtis, Willis Bouchey, Bing Russell, O. Z. Whitehead, Hank Worden ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1959-06-11

Yesterday's Enemy

7.1/10 IMDB

Set during the Burma Campaign of World War 2, this is the story of courage and endurance of the soldiers struggling at close quarters against the enemy. The film examines the moral dilemmas ordinary men face during war, when the definitions of acceptable military action and insupportable brutality become blurred and distorted

Starring: Stanley Baker, Leo McKern, Guy Rolfe, Gordon Jackson, David Oxley, Richard Pasco, Bryan Forbes, Wolfe Morris, Philip Ahn, David Lodge ..
Directed by: Val Guest
Release date: 1959-09-10

The Journey

6.8/10 IMDB

A Communist officer falls hard for a married woman trying to escape from Hungary.

Starring: Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Jason Robards, Robert Morley, Anne Jackson, Ron Howard, Flip Mark, Kurt Kasznar, David Kossoff, Gérard Oury ..
Directed by: Anatole Litvak
Release date: 1959-02-11

The Devil's Disciple

7.0/10 IMDB

In a small New England town during the American War of Independence, Dick Dudgeon, a revolutionary American Puritan, is mistaken for local minister Rev. Anthony Anderson and arrested by the British. Dick discovers himself incapable of accusing another human to suffer and continues to masquerade as the reverend.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Janette Scott, Eva Le Gallienne, Harry Andrews, Basil Sydney, George Rose, Neil McCallum, Mervyn Johns ..
Directed by: Guy Hamilton
Release date: 1959-08-20

Pork Chop Hill

7.1/10 IMDB

Korean War, April 1953. Lieutenant Clemons, leader of the King company of the United States Infantry, is ordered to recapture Pork Chop Hill, occupied by a powerful Chinese Army force, while, just seventy miles away, at nearby the village of Panmunjom, a tense cease-fire conference is celebrated.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Harry Guardino, Rip Torn, George Peppard, James Edwards, Bob Steele, Carl Benton Reid, Woody Strode, George Shibata, Norman Fell ..
Directed by: Lewis Milestone
Release date: 1959-05-29

Ten Seconds to Hell

6.5/10 IMDB

Two rivals (Jeff Chandler, Jack Palance) from a German bomb squad are left to deactivate duds in postwar Berlin.

Starring: Jack Palance, Jeff Chandler, Martine Carol, Robert Cornthwaite, Dave Willock, Wesley Addy, James Goodwin, Virginia Baker, Richard Wattis, Nancy Lee ..
Directed by: Robert Aldrich
Release date: 1959-06-16

Up Periscope

6.4/10 IMDB

Lieutenant Braden discovers that Sally, the woman he's been falling in love with, has actually been checking out his qualifications to be a U.S. Navy frogman. He must put his personal life behind him after being assigned to be smuggled into a Japanese-held island via submarine to photograph radio codes.

Starring: James Garner, Edmond O'Brien, Andra Martin, Alan Hale Jr., Edd Byrnes, Clifford Kawada, Carleton Carpenter, Richard Bakalyan, William Leslie, Frank Gifford ..
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1959-03-04

John Paul Jones

6.3/10 IMDB

The career of Revolutionary War naval hero John Paul Jones, from his youth in Scotland through his service to Catherine the Great of Russia.

Starring: Robert Stack, Marisa Pavan, Charles Coburn, Erin O'Brien, Bette Davis, Macdonald Carey, Jean-Pierre Aumont, David Farrar, Peter Cushing, Susana Canales ..
Directed by: John Farrow
Release date: 1959-06-16

Never So Few

5.9/10 IMDB

A U.S. military troop takes command of a band of Burmese guerillas during World War II.

Starring: Frank Sinatra, Gina Lollobrigida, Charles Bronson, Steve McQueen, Peter Lawford, Paul Henreid, Brian Donlevy, Kipp Hamilton, Dean Jones, Robert Bray ..
Directed by: John Sturges
Release date: 1959-12-07
Best War Movies of 1959 : Danger Within

Danger Within

6.8/10 IMDB

Drama set in an Italian prisoner of war camp during World War 2, where a group of British soldiers find their plans for escape thwarted by a mysterious traitor in their midst.

Starring: Richard Todd, Bernard Lee, Michael Wilding, Peter Arne, Richard Attenborough, Michael Caine, Andrew Faulds, Donald Houston, William Franklyn, Vincent Ball ..
Directed by: Don Chaffey
Release date: 1959-02-17
Best War Movies of 1959 : The Diary of an Unknown Soldier

The Diary of an Unknown Soldier

6.7/10 IMDB

A short story narrated by an unknown British soldier who reveals his hopes, fears, and disillusionment while heading into battle against the German army.

Starring: Brian Robertson, Peter Watkins ..
Directed by: Peter Watkins
Release date: 1959-01-02


6.7/10 IMDB

A young American serviceman stationed in Germany after the fall of the Third Reich, jeopardises his future after falling in love with a German woman.

Starring: James Best, Susan Cummings, Tom Pittman, Paul Dubov, Harold Daye, Dick Kallman, Stuart Randall, Steven Geray, Anna Hope, Robert Boon ..
Directed by: Samuel Fuller
Release date: 1959-03-25
Best War Movies of 1959 : The Night We Dropped a Clanger

The Night We Dropped a Clanger

5.7/10 IMDB

The movie takes place during WWII. A dashing British RAF Officer is earmarked for a secret mission behind enemy lines in occupied France, but wishing to distract the enemy, enlists a person to double for him and thereby draw attention to North Africa . An unlikely airman is found and tutored in the ways of an English officer.

Starring: Brian Rix, Cecil Parker, Leslie Phillips, William Hartnell, Leo Franklyn, Liz Fraser, John Welsh, Toby Perkins, Sarah Branch, Charles Cameron ..
Directed by: Darcy Conyers
Release date: 1959-10-10
Best War Movies of 1959 : Don't Panic Chaps!

Don't Panic Chaps!

5.6/10 IMDB

During World War II, four British soldiers are commissioned to set up an observation post on a seemingly deserted island in the Mediterranean. However, while surveying the island, the Brits come across four German soldiers holed up in a monastery. The Brits and the Germans agree to a truce, sharing the monastery together until either the British or German troops arrive. But when a shipwrecked Slavic girl ends up on the island, a battle over her erupts amongst the men.

Starring: Dennis Price, George Cole, Thorley Walters, Harry Fowler, Nadja Regin, Nicholas Phipps, Percy Herbert, George Murcell, Gertan Klauber, Terence Alexander ..
Directed by: George Pollock
Release date: 1959-01-01
Best War Movies of 1959 : Desert Mice

Desert Mice

5.4/10 IMDB

A World War II farce that follows the antics of an ENSA (Entertainment National Service Association) group. Fresh from the music halls, they bumble their way from army camp to camp.

Starring: Alfred Marks, Sid James, Dora Bryan, Irene Handl, Dick Bentley, Reginald Beckwith, Liz Fraser, Kenneth Fortescue, Patricia Bredin, Joan Benham ..
Directed by: Michael Relph
Release date: 1959-01-05

Operation Amsterdam

6.4/10 IMDB

When Germany invades Holland in 1940, a British intelligence officer and two Dutch diamond merchants go to Amsterdam to persuade the Dutch diamond merchants to evacuate their diamond supplies to England.

Starring: Peter Finch, Eva Bartok, Tony Britton, Alexander Knox, Malcolm Keen, Christopher Rhodes, Alfred Burke, Carl Jaffe, Melvyn Hayes, Oscar Quitak ..
Directed by: Michael McCarthy
Release date: 1959-01-01

Battle of the Coral Sea

5.5/10 IMDB

A US submarine and its crew are captured by the Japanese on the eve of a major WWII battle.

Starring: Cliff Robertson, Gia Scala, Teru Shimada, Patricia Cutts, Gene Blakely, Rian Garrick, L. Q. Jones, Robin Hughes, Gordon Jones, Tom Laughlin ..
Directed by: Paul Wendkos
Release date: 1959-11-01


6.8/10 IMDB

Directed by cult British director John Krish, the film was sponsored by the Army Kinematograph Corporation. This tightly plotted drama shows British POWs enduring brainwashing and torture during the Korean War, thereby revealing what a soldier could expect if he was ever captured by enemy forces.

Starring: Wilfrid Brambell, Ray Brooks, Alan Dobie, Mark Eden, Anthony Farrar-Hockley, Gerald Flood, Bernard Fox, Paddy Joyce, Brian Murray ..
Directed by: John Krish
Release date: 1959-01-01
Best War Movies of 1959 : Timbuktu


5.7/10 IMDB

An American wheeler-dealer woos a colonel's wife amid danger at a French Foreign Legion fort.

Starring: Victor Mature, Yvonne De Carlo, George Dolenz, John Dehner, Marcia Henderson, Robert Clarke, James Foxx, Paul Wexler ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1959-11-22

The Angry Hills

5.8/10 IMDB

Nazis chase a U.S. newsman (Robert Mitchum) paid to smuggle names of Greek resistance leaders to London.

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Stanley Baker, Elisabeth Müller, Gia Scala, Theodore Bikel, Sebastian Cabot, Peter Illing, Marius Goring, Leslie Phillips, Donald Wolfit ..
Directed by: Robert Aldrich
Release date: 1959-07-29
Best War Movies of 1959 : The Last Blitzkrieg

The Last Blitzkrieg

5.8/10 IMDB

The fanatical son of a Nazi General leads a squad of German commandos, disguised as American Troops, behind the lines in order to sabotage the Allied Forces.

Starring: Van Johnson, Kerwin Mathews, Dick York, Larry Storch, Lise Bourdin, Han Bentz van den Berg, Leon Askin, Robert Boon, Ton van Duinhoven, Gijsbert Tersteeg ..
Directed by: Arthur Dreifuss
Release date: 1959-01-30
Best War Movies of 1959 : Paratroop Command

Paratroop Command

5.3/10 IMDB

Charlie becomes a paratrooper, but, while serving in North Africa, he mistakenly kills one of his fellow U.S. soldiers, who is masquerading as a Nazi in order to wipe out a nest of the enemy. Shunned by his fellow soldiers, including his childhood friend Ace, Charlie is forced to prove himself when it is left up to him to transport a generator across an open road in full view of Nazi attackers.

Starring: Richard Bakalyan, Ken Lynch, Jack Hogan, Jimmy Murphy, Jeff Morris, James Beck, Carolyn Hughes, Patricia Huston, Paul Busch, Sydney Lassick ..
Directed by: William Witney
Release date: 1959-02-01
Best War Movies of 1959 : Operation Bullshine

Operation Bullshine

5.6/10 IMDB

During World War II, a Royal Artillery officer is assigned to an anti-aircraft battery that is filled with female soldiers of the Auxiliary Territorial Service. His wife who has enlisted is mistakenly posted to the battery in violation of regulations of husbands and wives serving together in the same formation. She becomes jealous of what she perceives as him paying too much attention to the other Auxiliary Territorial Service women.

Starring: Donald Sinden, Barbara Murray, Carole Lesley, Ronald Shiner, Naunton Wayne, Dora Bryan, John Cairney, Marianne Stone, Joan Rice, Fabia Drake ..
Directed by: Gilbert Gunn
Release date: 1959-06-30

Five Gates to Hell

5.7/10 IMDB

A group of nurses, doctors and nuns are taken hostage in Vietnam and sent up river to a castle hideout so they can cure an ailing war general.

Starring: Dolores Michaels, Patricia Owens, Neville Brand, Ken Scott, Nobu McCarthy, Benson Fong, Nancy Kulp, John Morley, Shirley Knight, Irish McCalla ..
Directed by: James Clavell
Release date: 1959-09-23
Best War Movies of 1959 : Tank Commandos

Tank Commandos

4.4/10 IMDB

A demolition squad searches for how the Germans are getting tanks across a river. An Italian boy leads them to a bridge under the surface of the water.

Starring: Robert Barron, Donato Farretta, Maggie Lawrence, Wally Campo, Leo V. Matranga, Jack B. Sowards, Anthony Rich ..
Directed by: Burt Topper
Release date: 1959-03-01
Best War Movies of 1959 : Frontier Rangers

Frontier Rangers

4.9/10 IMDB

A pastiche of three episodes from the 1958 TV series Northwest Passage, stitched together as a feature and released theatrically in Europe.

Starring: Keith Larsen, Buddy Ebsen, Don Burnett, Lisa Gaye, Philip Tonge, Larry Chance, Angie Dickinson, Lisa Davis, Claude Akins ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1959-01-01
Best War Movies of 1959 : For Whom the Bell Tolls: Part 1

For Whom the Bell Tolls: Part 1

7.6/10 IMDB

During the Spanish Civil War, an American allied with the Republicans finds romance during a desperate mission to blow up a strategically important bridge.

Starring: Jason Robards, Herbert Berghof, Joseph Bernard, Nicholas Colasanto, Steven Hill, Marc Lawrence, Nehemiah Persoff, Sydney Pollack, Maria Schell, Milton Selzer ..
Directed by: John Frankenheimer
Release date: 1959-03-12
Best War Movies of 1959 : Operation Dames

Operation Dames

4.0/10 IMDB

During the Korean War, a troupe of traveling USO entertainers find themselves behind enemy lines with a squad of American soldiers. Together they try to find their way back to their own lines while trying to avoid capture, but the North Koreans discover their presence and set out after them.

Starring: Eve Meyer, Chuck Henderson, Don Devlin ..
Directed by: Louis Clyde Stoumen
Release date: 1959-03-01
Best War Movies of 1959 : A Stranger in My Arms

A Stranger in My Arms

6.1/10 IMDB

An Air Force pilot finds romance with his war buddy's widow.

Starring: June Allyson, Jeff Chandler, Sandra Dee, Mary Astor, Charles Coburn, Peter Graves, Conrad Nagel, Hayden Rorke, Reita Green, Bartlett Robinson ..
Directed by: Helmut Käutner
Release date: 1959-03-03
Best War Movies of 1959 : Dogface


7.0/10 IMDB

This unaired pilot for a series Fuller pitched to CBS about a U.S. infantry troop fighting its way through Nazi-held North Africa offers a fascinating new angle on Fuller’s relationship with the average foot soldier and moral complexity of war.

Starring: Luke Anthony, Neyle Morrow ..
Directed by: Samuel Fuller
Release date: 1959-01-01
Best War Movies of 1959 : Surrender - Hell!

Surrender - Hell!

5.8/10 IMDB

Director John Barnwell's 1959 WWII drama stars Keith Andes as an American soldier in the Philippines who trains a village of headhunters to fight the Japanese. Also in the cast are Susan Cabot and Paraluman.

Starring: Keith Andes, Susan Cabot, Paraluman, Nestor de Villa ..
Directed by: John Barnwell
Release date: 1959-07-26
Best War Movies of 1959 : Cuban Rebel Girls

Cuban Rebel Girls

3.3/10 IMDB

Errol Flynn, playing himself as a war correspondent, reports the dangerous goings-on of a band of Cuban rebels- Two of which are misguided teenage girls from America. The film was shot with Castro's cooperation while he was still fighting Batista's forces.

Starring: Errol Flynn, Beverly Aadland, John McKay, Jackie Jackler, Marie Edmund, Ben Ostrowsky, Tod Scott Brody, Fidel Castro, Allen Baron ..
Directed by: Barry Mahon
Release date: 1959-12-25
Best War Movies of 1959 : Battle Flame

Battle Flame

5.4/10 IMDB

The trials and tribulations of a platoon of U.S. Marines, led by 1st Lt. Frank Davis, during the Korean War.

Starring: Scott Brady, Elaine Edwards, Robert Blake, Wayne Heffley, Gordon Jones, Ken Miller, Arthur Walsh, Richard Harrison, Gary Kent, Peggy Moffitt ..
Directed by: R.G. Springsteen
Release date: 1959-07-26
Best War Movies of 1959 : Blood and Steel

Blood and Steel

4.0/10 IMDB

Native girl helps US Seabees free her villagers from Japanese troops.

Starring: John Lupton, Ziva Rodann, Brett Halsey, Brett Halsey, John Brinkley, Allen Jung, Clarence Lung, Bill Saito, James Hong ..
Directed by: Bernard L. Kowalski
Release date: 1959-12-04
Best War Movies of 1959 : Judgment Night

Judgment Night

0.0/10 IMDB

In 1942, a man (Nehemiah Persoff) from Germany does not remember how he boarded a British ship heading for New York, but he does have a feeling the ship will be sunk.

Starring: Rod Serling, Nehemiah Persoff, Deirdre Owens, Patrick Macnee, Ben Wright, Leslie Bradley, Kendrick Huxham, Hugh Sanders, Richard Peel, Donald Journeaux ..
Directed by: John Brahm
Release date: 1959-12-04
Best War Movies of 1959 : For Whom the Bell Tolls: Part 2

For Whom the Bell Tolls: Part 2

0.0/10 IMDB

The Second and final part of CBS studio's production of For Whom the Bell Tolls. The completion of the mission has tragic consequences.

Starring: Joseph Bernard, Nicholas Colasanto, Steven Hill, Marc Lawrence, Nehemiah Persoff, Sydney Pollack, Jason Robards, Maria Schell, Milton Selzer, Vladimir Sokoloff ..
Directed by: John Frankenheimer
Release date: 1959-03-19
Best War Movies of 1959 : The Last Blitzkrieg

The Last Blitzkrieg

0.0/10 IMDB

The fanatical son of a Nazi General leads a squad of German commandos, disguised as American Troops, behind the lines in order to sabotage the Allied Forces. Stars Van Johnson, Kerwin Matthews, Dick York and Larry Storch.

Starring: Van Johnson, Kerwin Mathews, Dick York, Larry Storch, Lise Bourdin, Leon Askin, Brett Halsey ..
Release date: 1959-01-30

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