Best War Movies of 1961


Judgment at Nuremberg

8.3/10 IMDB

In 1947, four German judges who served on the bench during the Nazi regime face a military tribunal to answer charges of crimes against humanity. Chief Justice Haywood hears evidence and testimony not only from lead defendant Ernst Janning and his defense attorney Hans Rolfe, but also from the widow of a Nazi general, an idealistic U.S. Army captain and reluctant witness Irene Wallner.

Starring: Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Marlene Dietrich, Maximilian Schell, Judy Garland, Montgomery Clift, Edward Binns, Werner Klemperer, Torben Meyer ..
Directed by: Stanley Kramer
Release date: 1961-12-18

The Guns of Navarone

7.5/10 IMDB

A team of allied saboteurs are assigned an impossible mission: infiltrate an impregnable Nazi-held island and destroy the two enormous long-range field guns that prevent the rescue of 2,000 trapped British soldiers.

Starring: Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn, Stanley Baker, Anthony Quayle, James Darren, Irene Papas, Gia Scala, James Robertson Justice, Richard Harris ..
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Release date: 1961-04-27

El Cid

7.2/10 IMDB

Epic film of the legendary Spanish hero, Rodrigo Diaz ("El Cid" to his followers), who, without compromising his strict sense of honour, still succeeds in taking the initiative and driving the Moors from Spain.

Starring: Charlton Heston, Sophia Loren, Raf Vallone, Geneviève Page, John Fraser, Gary Raymond, Ralph Truman, Andrew Cruickshank, Douglas Wilmer, Frank Thring ..
Directed by: Anthony Mann
Release date: 1961-10-24

Bridge to the Sun

7.1/10 IMDB

Tells the true story of Gwen Terasaki, who falls in love with, then marries a Japanese diplomat. When war breaks out they find animosity and trouble from both sides.

Starring: Carroll Baker, James Shigeta, James Yagi, Tetsur? Tamba, Hiroshi Tomono, Yoshiko Hiromura, Sean Garrison, Ruth Masters, Nori Elisabeth Hermann, Emi Florence Hirsch ..
Directed by: Etienne Périer
Release date: 1961-10-17
Best War Movies of 1961 : Square of Violence

Square of Violence

7.6/10 IMDB

Set in Italy, the story takes place in this very country, during WW2, where German occupation army ruled everything, just before the allied forces came, in 1944. Crawford plays here a doctor whose son has been shot by the Germans. Of course he has no more taste in life. He continues his work as a German officers' physician. One day, he throws a bomb just in the middle of German troops. Many soldiers and officers are killed. Some time later, the lead officer of the Nazis troops suspects the doctor to be the responsible of the explosion. He lets him know that he himself knows...

Starring: Broderick Crawford, Valentina Cortese, Bibi Andersson, Branko Pleša, Anita Björk, Bert Sotlar, Dragomir Felba, Viktor Star?i?, Nikola Simi?, Hermina Pipini? ..
Directed by: Leonardo Bercovici
Release date: 1961-01-01
Best War Movies of 1961 : The Long and the Short and the Tall

The Long and the Short and the Tall

6.7/10 IMDB

Based on a play by Willis Hall. A troop of British soldiers are out in the jungle to record jungle noises and troop noises in the jungle so that the recordings can be played back by other troops to divert the enemy to their whereabouts. As they progress to what they think is closer to the base camp they find themselves farther and farther from radio range until the only channel they can get clearly is that of a Japanese broadcast. They now realize they are probably only 10 to 15 miles from a Japanese camp! The tension is added to by rowdy and openly admitted "non-hero" Private Bamforth who has nothing good to say about anyone and especially Corporal Johnstone (who holds an equal dislike for Bamforth). When a Japanese soldier is taken as their prisoner, the true colours of each man comes to the surface

Starring: Laurence Harvey, Richard Todd, Richard Harris, David McCallum, Ronald Fraser, John Meillon, John Rees, Kenji Takaki ..
Directed by: Leslie Norman
Release date: 1961-02-28
Best War Movies of 1961 : The Best of Enemies

The Best of Enemies

6.7/10 IMDB

During World War II, a plane full of RAF fighter crashes in the Ethiopian desert and they are met upon by an enemy Italian patrol that allows them to go free. But, when the Brits are given orders to attack the Italians, lots of problems ensue.

Starring: David Niven, Alberto Sordi, Michael Wilding, Harry Andrews, Noel Harrison, Amedeo Nazzari, Aldo Giuffrè, David Opatoshu, Tiberio Mitri, Alessandro Ninchi ..
Directed by: Guy Hamilton
Release date: 1961-10-26
Best War Movies of 1961 : On the Double

On the Double

6.4/10 IMDB

American GI Ernie Williams, admittedly weak-kneed, has an uncanny resemblance to British Colonel MacKenzie. Williams, also a master of imitation and disguise, is asked to impersonate the Colonel, ostensibly to allow the Colonel to make a secret trip East. What Williams is not told is that the Colonel has recently been a target of assassins. After the Colonel's plane goes down, the plan changes and Williams maintains the disguise to confuse the Nazis about D-Day.

Starring: Danny Kaye, Dana Wynter, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Margaret Rutherford, Diana Dors, Allan Cuthbertson, Jesse White, Gregory Walcott, Terence de Marney, Rex Evans ..
Directed by: Melville Shavelson
Release date: 1961-05-19
Best War Movies of 1961 : The Outsider

The Outsider

7.3/10 IMDB

Ira Hayes, a young Pima Indian, enlists in the Marine Corps. At boot camp, he is shunned and mocked by everyone, aside from a Marine named Sorenson, who he befriends. They happen to be two of the six marines captured in the famous photograph of Marines raising the U.S. flag on Suribachi during the battle of Iwo Jima, but Sorenson is killed soon after. Although he is hailed as a hero, Ira's life begins to spiral out of control after the war.

Starring: Tony Curtis, James Franciscus, Gregory Walcott, Bruce Bennett, Vivian Nathan, Jeffrey Silver ..
Directed by: Delbert Mann
Release date: 1961-12-27

Sun, Moon and Star: Part 2

6.8/10 IMDB

Part 1 ended with Jianbai and Su Yanan among the students fleeing the invading Japanese. Part 2 follows the efforts of all four characters to participate in the war effort. Su Yanan joins the army and fights. Jianbai enlists to be near her. A-Lan becomes a nurse at a battlefront hospital and Qiuming entertains the troops. (Grace Chang, Cathay's leading musical star at the time, performs some rousing patriotic numbers in these scenes.) Jianbai is reunited with Su in the battlefield, but...

Starring: Grace Chang, Hsieh Chih, Liu En-Jia, Xiaonong Ma, Ching Tien, Su Feng ..
Directed by: Evan Yang
Release date: 1961-12-30
Best War Movies of 1961 : The Shelter

The Shelter

8.6/10 IMDB

Starring: Larry Gates, Jack Albertson, Sandy Kenyon, Peggy Stewart, Michael Burns, Joseph Bernard ..
Directed by: Lamont Johnson
Release date: 1961-09-29
Best War Movies of 1961 : Munro


6.8/10 IMDB

A four-year-old boy is drafted into the army.

Starring: Howard Morris, Seth Deitch, Jules Feiffer, Marie Deitch ..
Directed by: Gene Deitch
Release date: 1961-11-09
Best War Movies of 1961 : The Forgotten Faces

The Forgotten Faces

6.7/10 IMDB

“The Forgotten Faces (1961), a film reconstruction of the Hungarian revolution of 1956, won Watkins another amateur Oscar, and to this day, the film is praised in England as "one of the most memorable amateur films ever made".

Starring: Frank Hickey, Michael Roy, John Newing, Stan Mercer, Irene Mallaid ..
Directed by: Peter Watkins
Release date: 1961-01-01
Best War Movies of 1961 : Very Important Person

Very Important Person

6.7/10 IMDB

Comedy set in World War Two, starring James Robertson-Justice and Leslie Phillips. Sir Ernest Pease (Robertson-Justice) is a self-important scientist who is sent undercover on a bombing mission to monitor the effectiveness of his latest invention, a new-fangled radar. When the plane is attacked, he parachutes to safety - only to be sent to a POW camp, where he takes on the alias of Lieutenant Farrow. There, the somewhat happy-go-lucky bunch of Brits suspect their acerbic new fellow prisoner of being a spy, and all sorts of culture clashes and misunderstandings ensue.

Starring: James Robertson Justice, Leslie Phillips, Stanley Baxter, Eric Sykes, John Le Mesurier, Richard Wattis, Colin Gordon, Norman Bird, Jeremy Lloyd, John Ringham ..
Directed by: Ken Annakin
Release date: 1961-04-24
Best War Movies of 1961 : The Last Time I Saw Archie

The Last Time I Saw Archie

5.8/10 IMDB

Two Air Force friends have fun during their enlistment.

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Jack Webb, Martha Hyer, France Nuyen, Louis Nye, Joe Flynn, Del Moore, Jimmy Lydon, Richard Arlen, Don Knotts ..
Directed by: Jack Webb
Release date: 1961-05-27
Best War Movies of 1961 : War Is Hell

War Is Hell

5.5/10 IMDB

During the Korean War, a glory-hunting sergeant leads his platoon on a mission against the enemy--not telling them that a cease-fire has just been declared--so that he can win medals. Trouble arises when some members of platoon begin to suspect that something is fishy.

Starring: Baynes Barron, Bobby Byles, Wally Campo, Tony Russel, Michael Bell, Burt Topper, Judy Dan, Audie Murphy ..
Directed by: Burt Topper
Release date: 1961-09-26
Best War Movies of 1961 : The Queen's Guards

The Queen's Guards

5.8/10 IMDB

Captains John Fellows and Henry Wynne-Walton finish their Army training at Sandhurst Military Academy and are sent to the Middle-East. John is to lead a parachute battalion while Henry is put in charge of a platoon of armoured cars of the Household Cavalry. John is constantly being told by his father, an ex-Guards officer that he is not as good as his brother who was killed during the war.

Starring: Daniel Massey, Robert Stephens, Raymond Massey, Ursula Jeans, Frank Lawton, Judith Stott, Ian Hunter, Anthony Bushell, Jess Conrad, Elizabeth Shepherd ..
Directed by: Michael Powell
Release date: 1961-10-17
Best War Movies of 1961 : The Steel Claw

The Steel Claw

4.7/10 IMDB

A Marine stationed in the Philippines loses a hand in an accident and is discharged from the Corps. When the Japanese invade the Philippines, he is called back into service to rescue a general held by Filipino guerrillas behind Japanese lines. Attaching a steel prosthetic in place of his missing hand, he and his men set out on the mission, which turns out to be not quite what he was told it was.

Starring: George Montgomery, Charito Luna, Mario Barri, Paul Sorensen ..
Directed by: George Montgomery
Release date: 1961-09-20
Best War Movies of 1961 : Battle at Bloody Beach

Battle at Bloody Beach

5.4/10 IMDB

This is only the second Audie Murphy movie set in WWII after his autobiographical "To Hell and Back." Here Murphy steps out of his usual kid-Western role to play a civilian working for the Navy helping supply guerilla insurgents in the Philippines. His sole motive is not politics nor bravery, but to find his bride from whom he was separated during the Japanese invasion two years before

Starring: Audie Murphy, Gary Crosby, Dolores Michaels, Alejandro Rey, Lillian Bronson, Barry Atwater, Ivan Dixon, Marjorie Stapp, Kevin Brodie ..
Directed by: Herbert Coleman
Release date: 1961-06-20
Best War Movies of 1961 : Dondi


3.5/10 IMDB

World War II GIs adopt an Italian war orphan.

Starring: David Janssen, Patti Page, Walter Winchell, Mickey Shaughnessy, Robert Strauss, Arnold Stang, Louis Quinn, Gale Gordon, Dick Patterson, David Kory ..
Directed by: Albert Zugsmith
Release date: 1961-03-26
Best War Movies of 1961 : Freedom?


8.6/10 IMDB

Documents the period 1919-1922 in Ireland's history, covering the war of independence against the British and the civil war that followed using archive footage from the time, including original newsreel footage.

Starring: Liam Budhlaeir, Aindreas O'Gallchoir, Padraig O'Raghallaigh ..
Directed by: George Morrison
Release date: 1961-10-20
Best War Movies of 1961 : The Smashing of the Reich

The Smashing of the Reich

7.0/10 IMDB

A documentary about the capacity of organized destruction of the Nazi war machine

Starring: Adolf Hitler, Jim Stephens ..
Directed by: Perry Wolff
Release date: 1961-07-02
Best War Movies of 1961 : Then There Were Three

Then There Were Three

5.4/10 IMDB

When an American attack on the German-held town of San Corrado results in the Germans being forced out of the town, they don't have time to take along a top Italian partisan leader they have captured and imprisoned. Fearing that the Americans will turn the man loose to organize more partisan attacks on their forces, the Germans send one of their top agents to infiltrate the town, posing as an American soldier cut off from his unit, and assign him to re-capture the partisan leader and bring him back for interrogation--or, if that's not possible, to kill him.

Starring: Barry Cahill, Frank Latimore, Alex Nicol, Fredrick R. Clark ..
Directed by: Alex Nicol
Release date: 1961-11-15
Best War Movies of 1961 : Armored Command

Armored Command

5.1/10 IMDB

An American army unit is trapped in a small town during a German counterattack and discovers that a spy in the town is providing the Germans with information about them.

Starring: Howard Keel, Tina Louise, Burt Reynolds, Warner Anderson, Earl Holliman, Carleton Young, James Dobson, Marty Ingels, Clem Harvey, Maurice Marsac ..
Directed by: Byron Haskin
Release date: 1961-07-09

The Human Condition

0.0/10 IMDB

A pacifist's values are challenged in war-time Japan.

Starring: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama ..
Directed by: Masaki Kobayashi
Release date: 1961-01-28

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