Best War Movies of 1960



7.9/10 IMDB

The rebellious Thracian Spartacus, born and raised a slave, is sold to Gladiator trainer Batiatus. After weeks of being trained to kill for the arena, Spartacus turns on his owners and leads the other slaves in rebellion. As the rebels move from town to town, their numbers swell as escaped slaves join their ranks. Under the leadership of Spartacus, they make their way to southern Italy, where they will cross the sea and return to their homes.

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov, John Gavin, Nina Foch, John Ireland, Herbert Lom, John Dall ..
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Mann
Release date: 1960-10-13


6.7/10 IMDB

Based on Leon Uris' novel, this historical epic provides a dramatic backstory to the creation of the state of Israel in 1948, in the aftermath of World War II. Ari Ben Canaan, a passionate member of the Jewish paramilitary group Haganah, attempts to transport 600 Jewish refugees on a dangerous voyage from Cyprus to Palestine on a ship named the Exodus. He faces obstruction from British forces, who will not grant the ship passage to its destination.

Starring: Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint, Lee J. Cobb, Ralph Richardson, Peter Lawford, Sal Mineo, John Derek, Hugh Griffith, Gregory Ratoff, Felix Aylmer ..
Directed by: Otto Preminger
Release date: 1960-12-15

Hell to Eternity

6.9/10 IMDB

Based on the story about Guy Gabaldon, a Los Angeles Hispanic boy raised in the 1930s by a Japanese-American foster family. After Pearl Harbor, his foster family is interned at the Manzanar camp for Japanese Americans, while he enlists in the Marines, where his ability to speak Japanese becomes a vital asset. During the Battle of Saipan, he convinces 800 Japanese to surrender after their general commits suicide.

Starring: Jeffrey Hunter, David Janssen, Sessue Hayakawa, Vic Damone, George Takei, Reiko Sato, Patricia Owens, Richard Eyer, John Larch, Bill Williams ..
Directed by: Phil Karlson
Release date: 1960-08-01

The Gallant Hours

7.1/10 IMDB

A semi-documentary dramatization of five weeks in the life of Vice Admiral William F. "Bull" Halsey, Jr., from his assignment to command the U.S. naval operations in the South Pacific to the Allied victory at Guadalcanal.

Starring: James Cagney, Dennis Weaver, Ward Costello, Vaughn Taylor, Richard Jaeckel, Les Tremayne, Walter Sande, Karl Swenson, Richard Carlyle, Carl Benton Reid ..
Directed by: Robert Montgomery
Release date: 1960-06-13

Sink the Bismarck!

7.1/10 IMDB

The story of the breakout of the German battleship Bismarck—accompanied by the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen—during the early days of World War II. The Bismarck and her sister ship, Tirpitz, were the most powerful battleships in the European theater of World War II. The British Navy must find and destroy Bismarck before it can escape into the convoy lanes to inflict severe damage on the cargo shipping which was the lifeblood of the British Isles. With eight 15 inch guns, it was capable of destroying every ship in a convoy while remaining beyond the range of all Royal Navy warships.

Starring: Kenneth More, Dana Wynter, Carl Möhner, Laurence Naismith, Geoffrey Keen, Karl Stepanek, Michael Hordern, Maurice Denham, Michael Goodliffe, Esmond Knight ..
Directed by: Lewis Gilbert
Release date: 1960-02-11
Best War Movies of 1960 : The Wackiest Ship in the Army

The Wackiest Ship in the Army

6.3/10 IMDB

Lieutenant Rip Crandall is hoodwinked into taking command of the "Wackiest Ship in the Navy" – a real garbage scow with a crew of misfits who don't know a jib from a jigger. What none of them knows, including Crandall, is that this ship has a very important top-secret mission to complete in waters patrolled by the Japanese fleet. Their mission will save hundreds of allied lives – if only they can get there in one piece.

Starring: Jack Lemmon, Ricky Nelson, John Lund, Chips Rafferty, Tom Tully, Joby Baker, Warren Berlinger, Patricia Driscoll, Mike Kellin, Richard Anderson ..
Directed by: Richard Murphy
Release date: 1960-12-29
Best War Movies of 1960 : Kamikaze


7.1/10 IMDB

A documentary about the kamikaze, the brave pilots who gave their lives for their beloved country.

Starring: Duncan Elliott, Jim Stephens ..
Directed by: Perry Wolff
Release date: 1960-07-02
Best War Movies of 1960 : Conspiracy of Hearts

Conspiracy of Hearts

7.1/10 IMDB

In wartime Italy nuns in a convent regularly smuggle Jewish children out of a nearby internment camp. The Italian army officer in charge suspects what may be going on but deliberately turns a blind eye. When the Germans take over the camp security the nuns' activities become far more dangerous.

Starring: Lilli Palmer, Sylvia Syms, Yvonne Mitchell, Albert Lieven, Peter Arne, Nora Swinburne, Michael Goodliffe, Ronald Lewis ..
Directed by: Ralph Thomas
Release date: 1960-04-07
Best War Movies of 1960 : All the Young Men

All the Young Men

6.2/10 IMDB

During the Korean War, the lieutenant in charge of a Marine rifle platoon is killed in battle. Before he dies, he places the platoon's sergeant, who's black, in charge. The sergeant figures on having trouble with two men in his platoon: a private who has much more combat experience than he does, and a racist Southerner who doesn't like blacks in the first place and has no intention of taking orders from one.

Starring: Alan Ladd, Sidney Poitier, Glenn Corbett, James Darren, Lee Kinsolving, Richard Davalos, Joseph Gallison, Paul Baxley, Ana María Lynch, Paul Richards ..
Directed by: Hall Bartlett
Release date: 1960-08-26
Best War Movies of 1960 : During One Night

During One Night

6.2/10 IMDB

Story of a young U.S. Army officer, stationed in England during World War II, who is suddenly conscious of a desire to "prove" himself sexually.

Starring: Don Borisenko, Susan Hampshire, Sean Sullivan, Joy Webster, Graydon Gould, Tom Busby, Alan Gibson, Barbara Ogilvie, Jackie Collins, Michael Golden ..
Directed by: Sidney J. Furie
Release date: 1960-12-01
Best War Movies of 1960 : Five Branded Women

Five Branded Women

6.6/10 IMDB

Five Yugoslav women who consorted with the German occupiers are publicly humiliated and banished by the Yugoslav partisans but they take up arms to fend for themselves.

Starring: Silvana Mangano, Jeanne Moreau, Vera Miles, Barbara Bel Geddes, Carla Gravina, Van Heflin, Richard Basehart, Harry Guardino, Alex Nicol, Steve Forrest ..
Directed by: Martin Ritt
Release date: 1960-03-15

Light Up the Sky!

6.3/10 IMDB

Lewis Gilbert's classic comedy drama portrays the antics of a British Army Searchlight Squad during World War II. Lieutenant Ogleby (Ian Carmichael) has his work cut out to keep his "legionnaires" at their post and not rampaging through the local countryside. The McGaffey brothers (Benny Hill and Tommy Steele) create havoc with their light-fingers and light-loving with the local girls, whilst Smithy (Johnny Briggs) pines for his sweetheart.

Starring: Ian Carmichael, Tommy Steele, Benny Hill, Sydney Tafler, Johnny Briggs, Victor Maddern, Dick Emery, Harry Locke, Sheila Hancock, Cardew Robinson ..
Directed by: Lewis Gilbert
Release date: 1960-07-05
Best War Movies of 1960 : The Mountain Road

The Mountain Road

6.2/10 IMDB

In 1944, in eastern part of China, U.S.Army Major Baldwin and his volunteer team of demolition engineers are left behind the retreating Chinese forces. Their task is to slow down the Japanese advance into eastern China by blowing up bridges, roads, airfields and munitions dumps. They start by blowing up an American airfield and ammo dump. They receive the order to destroy a vital bridge over a mountain pass.The team uses a few army trucks to move around. At the bridge, they encounter a Nationalist Chinese Army unit in charge of guarding the bridge. Thanks to an American soldier who speaks some Chinese, Major Baldwin requests the permission, from the Chinese commander, to blow up the bridge.The Chinese colonel agrees but asks the American Major to do him a favor by also destroying a munitions dump located at some distance away.He also requests that Madame Sue-Mei Hung, the widow of a Chinese colonel, be transported by the American demolition team to the nearest major town.

Starring: James Stewart, Lisa Lu, Glenn Corbett, Harry Morgan, Frank Silvera, James Best, Rudy Bond, Mike Kellin, Frank Maxwell, Eddie Firestone ..
Directed by: Daniel Mann
Release date: 1960-06-15
Best War Movies of 1960 : Circle of Deception

Circle of Deception

6.7/10 IMDB

Unbeknownst to him, a soldier is sent on a doomed mission because of the high likelihood of him divulging secrets if captured and tortured.

Starring: Bradford Dillman, Suzy Parker, Harry Andrews, Robert Stephens, John Welsh, Paul Rogers ..
Directed by: Jack Lee
Release date: 1960-11-01

The Angel Wore Red

5.8/10 IMDB

A clergyman travels to Spain to join the Loyalist side during the Spanish Civil War and finds himself attracted to a beautiful entertainer.

Starring: Ava Gardner, Dirk Bogarde, Joseph Cotten, Vittorio De Sica, Aldo Fabrizi, Arnoldo Foà, Finlay Currie, Franco Castellani, Nino Castelnuovo, Renato Terra ..
Directed by: Nunnally Johnson
Release date: 1960-04-14
Best War Movies of 1960 : The Enemy General

The Enemy General

5.5/10 IMDB

OSS agent, working with the French underground, ambushes Nazi convoy with high-ranking general, who escapes. Later they take him from a Nazi prison and smuggle him to England.

Starring: Van Johnson, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Dany Carrel, John van Dreelen, Françoise Prévost, Hubert Noël, Jacques Marin, Gérard Landry, Edward Fleming, Paul Bonifas ..
Directed by: George Sherman
Release date: 1960-10-18
Best War Movies of 1960 : A Terrible Beauty

A Terrible Beauty

6.0/10 IMDB

In 1941, the IRA plans a campaign to coincide with the planned German invasion of England. Dermott O'Neil finds it easy to get into the IRA, but can he get out?

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Richard Harris, Anne Heywood, Dan O'Herlihy, Cyril Cusack, Niall MacGinnis, Marianne Benet, Christopher Rhodes, Harry Brogan, Eileen Crowe ..
Directed by: Tay Garnett
Release date: 1960-06-17
Best War Movies of 1960 : Foxhole in Cairo

Foxhole in Cairo

5.7/10 IMDB

A German spy in Cairo must report back to Rommel with information on British positions.

Starring: James Robertson Justice, Adrian Hoven, Niall MacGinnis, Peter van Eyck, Robert Urquhart, Robert Urquhart, Fenella Fielding, Gloria Mestre, Albert Lieven, John Westbrook ..
Directed by: John Llewellyn Moxey
Release date: 1960-03-09
Best War Movies of 1960 : Battle of Blood Island

Battle of Blood Island

4.8/10 IMDB

Two American GIs are the only survivors of a unit wiped out in a battle with Japanese troops on an isolated island. The two, who don't like each other, find try to put aside their differences in order to evade the Japanese and survive.

Starring: Ron Gans, Richard Devon, Roger Corman ..
Directed by: Joel Rapp
Release date: 1960-04-08

Ski Troop Attack

4.0/10 IMDB

An American patrol has to cross behind enemy lines by skis in order to blow up an important railroad bridge. The task is made harder by conflicts between the platoon's veteran sergeant and its inexperienced lieutenant and by constant attacks by pursuing German troops.

Starring: Frank Wolff, Wally Campo, Richard Sinatra, Michael Forest, Sheila Noonan, Roger Corman ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1960-04-08

Identity Unknown

5.7/10 IMDB

Two reporters, a youth and a girl, find romance during interviews with relatives and friends of passengers in an ill-fated airliner.

Starring: Richard Wyler, Pauline Yates, Valentine Dyall, Nyree Dawn Porter, Vincent Ball, Patricia Plunkett, Beatrice Varley, Kenneth Edwards, John Gabriel ..
Directed by: Frank Marshall
Release date: 1960-06-01
Best War Movies of 1960 : 13 Fighting Men

13 Fighting Men

4.9/10 IMDB

A group of Union Army soldiers is charged with protecting a box of gold and getting it to its rightful place within the government coffers.

Starring: Grant Williams, Brad Dexter, Carole Mathews, Robert Dix, Richard Garland, Richard Crane, Rex Holman, Stephen Ferry, I. Stanford Jolley, Ted Knight ..
Directed by: Harry Gerstad
Release date: 1960-03-31
Best War Movies of 1960 : The Memento

The Memento

0.0/10 IMDB

The commander of the People's Army of Vietnam Li with his detachment on the way to the front comes to a village completely devastated by the invaders. He stays in the house of a young woman Tu, who has two small children. Tu's husband did not return from the front, missing, and Lee, feeling sorry for the girl, presented her with the dress he bought, which he bought for his mother. Soon, Commander Li is heroically killed in action. He dreamed of a bright day of victory, but did not wait for it ... The war ended, and one of his front-line comrades Shau returns to that village again ...

Starring: Tri Minh, Nga Phi, Tin Trung, Hoa Phuong, Van Tuyet, Chi Do, Ai Chi ..
Directed by: Ky Nam Pham, Hong Nghi Nguyen
Release date: 1960-07-07
Best War Movies of 1960 : King Nine Will Not Return

King Nine Will Not Return

0.0/10 IMDB

Starring: Robert Cummings, Gene Lyons, Paul Lambert, Jenna McMahon ..
Directed by: Buzz Kulik
Release date: 1960-09-30
Best War Movies of 1960 : The Last Flight

The Last Flight

0.0/10 IMDB

A World War I flying ace flies through a mysterious cloud - and lands at a modern U.S. air base in the year 1959.

Starring: Kenneth Haigh, Simon Scott, Alexander Scourby, Robert Warwick, Harry Raybould, Jerry Catron, Jack Perkins, Paul Baxley ..
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Release date: 1960-02-05
Best War Movies of 1960 : The Purple Testament

The Purple Testament

0.0/10 IMDB

Lt. Fitzgerald has found his own special wartime hell. Looking into the faces of his men prior to battle, he has the disquieting ability to see who is about to die.

Starring: William Reynolds, Dick York, Barney Phillips, Warren Oates, Paul Mazursky, Ron Masak, William Phipps, S. John Launer, Marc Cavell ..
Directed by: Richard L. Bare
Release date: 1960-02-12

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