Best War Movies of 1962

1.

Lawrence of Arabia

6.7
8.3/10 IMDB

The story of British officer T.E. Lawrence's mission to aid the Arab tribes in their revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. Lawrence becomes a flamboyant, messianic figure in the cause of Arab unity but his psychological instability threatens to undermine his achievements.

Starring: Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, José Ferrer, Anthony Quayle, Claude Rains, Arthur Kennedy, Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Donald Wolfit ..
Directed by: David Lean
Release date: 1962-12-11
2.

The Longest Day

5.6
7.7/10 IMDB

The retelling of June 6, 1944, from the perspectives of the Germans, US, British, Canadians, and the Free French. Marshall Erwin Rommel, touring the defenses being established as part of the Reich's Atlantic Wall, notes to his officers that when the Allied invasion comes they must be stopped on the beach. "For the Allies as well as the Germans, it will be the longest day"

Starring: Eddie Albert, Paul Anka, Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, Richard Beymer, Hans Christian Blech, Bourvil, Richard Burton, Wolfgang Büttner, Red Buttons ..
Directed by: Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki
Release date: 1962-09-25
3.

The Counterfeit Traitor

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

Blacklisted in modern day WW2, a Swedish oil trader opts to assist British Allies, by means of infiltrating and surveying Nazi Germany.

Starring: William Holden, Lilli Palmer, Hugh Griffith, Carl Raddatz, Ernst Schröder, Charles Regnier, Ingrid van Bergen, Helo Gutschwager, Wolfgang Preiss, Werner Peters ..
Directed by: George Seaton
Release date: 1962-04-17
4.

The Password Is Courage

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

Based on a true story, this film follows Sergeant-Major Charles Coward (Dirk Bogarde), a brave British soldier captured by German forces during World War II. When he's thrown into a prisoner of war camp, he immediately plans his escape. Masquerading as a wounded German soldier, he makes it as far as the medical tent, where the deceived enemy forces award him the Iron Cross. Though he is ultimately discovered, he goes on to courageously pursue his freedom with a whimsical and undying audacity.

Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Maria Perschy, Alfred Lynch, Nigel Stock, Reginald Beckwith, Richard Marner, Ed Devereaux, Lewis Fiander, George Mikell, Richard Carpenter ..
Directed by: Andrew L. Stone
Release date: 1962-06-01
5.

Hell Is for Heroes

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

World War II drama where the action centers around a single maneuver by a squad of GIs in retaliation against the force of the German Siegfried line. Reese joins a group of weary GIs unexpectedly ordered back into the line when on their way to a rest area. While most of the men withdraw from their positions facing a German pillbox at the far side of a mine-field, half a dozen men are left to protect a wide front. By various ruses, they manage to convince the Germans that a large force is still holding the position. Then Reese leads two of the men in an unauthorized and unsuccessful attack on the pillbox, in which the other two are killed; and when the main platoon returns, he is threatened with court-martial. Rather that face the disgrace, and in an attempt to show he was right, he makes a one-man attack on the pillbox.

Starring: Steve McQueen, Bobby Darin, Fess Parker, Harry Guardino, James Coburn, Mike Kellin, Joseph Hoover, Bill Mullikin, L. Q. Jones, Michele Montau ..
Directed by: Don Siegel
Release date: 1962-06-26
6.

Taras Bulba

3.6
6.3/10 IMDB

Ukraine, 16th century. While the Poles dominate the Cossack steppes, Andrei, son of Taras Bulba, a Cossack leader, must choose between his love for his family and his folk and his passion for a Polish woman.

Starring: Tony Curtis, Yul Brynner, Sam Wanamaker, Brad Dexter, Perry Lopez, Christine Kaufmann, Guy Rolfe, George Macready, Ilka Windish, Vladimir Sokoloff ..
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Release date: 1962-11-21
7.

The War Lover

3.5
6.6/10 IMDB

Buzz Rickson is a dare-devil World War II bomber pilot with a death wish. Failing at everything not involving flying, Rickson lives for the most dangerous missions. His crew lives with this aspect of his personality only because they know he always brings them back alive.

Starring: Steve McQueen, Robert Wagner, Shirley Anne Field, Gary Cockrell, Michael Crawford, Burt Kwouk ..
Directed by: Philip Leacock
Release date: 1962-10-25
8.

Merrill's Marauders

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

Brigadier General Frank D. Merrill leads the 3,000 American volunteers of his 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional), aka "Merrill's Marauders", behind Japanese lines across Burma to Myitkyina, pushing beyond their limits and fighting pitched battles at every strong-point.

Starring: Jeff Chandler, Ty Hardin, Peter Brown, Andrew Duggan, Will Hutchins, Claude Akins, Luz Valdez, John Hoyt, Charlie Briggs, Chuck Roberson ..
Directed by: Samuel Fuller
Release date: 1962-03-16
Best War Movies of 1962 : The Horizontal Lieutenant
9.

The Horizontal Lieutenant

3.0
6.0/10 IMDB

Director Richard Thorpe's 1962 military comedy stars Jim Hutton, Paula Prentiss, Miyoshi Umeki, Jim Backus, Jack Carter, Marty Ingels, Charles McGraw and Argentina Brunetti.

Starring: Jim Hutton, Paula Prentiss, Jack Carter, Jim Backus, Charles McGraw, Miyoshi Umeki, Marty Ingels, Lloyd Kino, Addison Myers, Argentina Brunetti ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1962-04-18
Best War Movies of 1962 : Sinfonia of Going East
10.

Sinfonia of Going East

2.8
7.1/10 IMDB

“It’s a story, adapted from the homonymous drama, that the new Forth Army struggles with the branch of Jiangsu-Shandong-Anhui of Kuomindang for Anti-Japanese, solidification and against surrender, abruption during the way going east.It reflects the complicate situation during the Anti-Japanese War andthe victory of the Anti-Japanese unibus policies of the CCP Center and Chairman Mao.” From the English Red Movie blurb

Starring: Yan Li, Chunmian Yu, Zhang Zhongying, Xian Zhang, Budong Wen ..
Directed by: Chun Hua, Fan Su
Release date: 1962-01-01
11.

War Hunt

2.8
6.3/10 IMDB

Recruits head to the front lines towards the close of the Korean War. The interaction between two of the soldiers...an idealistic newcomer and a psychotic who goes on one-man patrols slitting enemy throats under cover of night...and the orphan boy who comes between them is examined. The Cease-Fire brings the three to a final resolution.

Starring: Robert Redford, John Saxon, Sydney Pollack, Tom Skerritt, Gavin MacLeod, Charles Aidman, Tommy Matsuda, Anthony Ray, Francis Ford Coppola, William Challee ..
Directed by: Denis Sanders
Release date: 1962-05-01
Best War Movies of 1962 : Black Fox: The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler
12.

Black Fox: The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler

2.8
6.9/10 IMDB

The rise and fall of Nazi Germany in part through the use of classical allegory.

Starring: Marlene Dietrich, Adolf Hitler ..
Directed by: Louis Clyde Stoumen
Release date: 1962-01-01
Best War Movies of 1962 : The Pigeon That Took Rome
13.

The Pigeon That Took Rome

2.6
6.0/10 IMDB

An American Infantry officer assigned to a cloak-and-dagger role in Rome uses homing pigeons for outside contact, with humorous results.

Starring: Charlton Heston, Elsa Martinelli, Harry Guardino, Salvatore Baccaloni, Marietto Angeletti, Gabriella Pallotta, Brian Donlevy, Arthur Shields, Rudolph Anders, Vadim Wolkowsky ..
Directed by: Melville Shavelson
Release date: 1962-06-19
14.

Hitler

2.4
5.7/10 IMDB

Richard Basehart stars as one of the most influential and one of the most reviled men in history in this probing psychological study of a man who nearly gained dominance over the entire western world--at the cost of millions of lives--Hitler.

Starring: Richard Basehart, Cordula Trantow, Maria Emo, Martin Kosleck, John Banner, Martin Brandt, John Wengraf, William Sargent, Narda Onyx, Gregory Gaye ..
Directed by: Stuart Heisler
Release date: 1962-03-21
Best War Movies of 1962 : The Road to the Wall
15.

The Road to the Wall

2.4
6.0/10 IMDB

A brief summary on Comumunism, its origins with Marx, passing through two world wars which leads all the way to the Berlin Wall. Oscar nominated documentary narrated by James Cagney.

Starring: James Cagney ..
Directed by: Don Makiewicz
Release date: 1962-01-01
Best War Movies of 1962 : Lost Battalion
16.

Lost Battalion

1.6
4.3/10 IMDB

In the Philippines during World War II, a girl is rescued from bandits by a guerrilla fighter.

Starring: Rosi Acosta, Arsenio Alonso, Bruce Baxter, Joe Dennis, Diane Jergens, Johnny Monteiro, Leopoldo Salcedo ..
Directed by: Eddie Romero
Release date: 1962-05-17
Best War Movies of 1962 : The Valiant
17.

The Valiant

1.6
6.7/10 IMDB

Having placed mines on the hull of a British warship whilst it is safe in harbour during the second World War , the two man crew of an Italian miniature submarine are captured and held prisoner whist the crew try and discover the nature of their mission!

Starring: John Mills, Ettore Manni, Roberto Risso, Robert Shaw, Liam Redmond ..
Directed by: Roy Ward Baker
Release date: 1962-06-13
Best War Movies of 1962 : Ultimatum alla vita
18.

Ultimatum alla vita

1.4
6.2/10 IMDB

Women held in prison by the Nazi's in Italy during WW2.

Starring: Franca Bettoia, Cristina Gaïoni, Valeria Moriconi, Didi Perego, Tina Gloriani, Claudio Gora, Anthony Steffen, Fabrizio Capucci ..
Directed by: Renato Polselli
Release date: 1962-01-11
19.

The Hole In The Ground

1.4
6.2/10 IMDB

Made at the height of 'cold war' paranoia, this drama-documentary shows the work of the UK Warning and Monitoring Organisation, who's duties included the issuing of public warnings of any nuclear missile strike and the subsequent fallout.

Starring: Russell Napier ..
Directed by: David Cobham
Release date: 1962-07-29
Best War Movies of 1962 : The Nun and the Sergeant
20.

The Nun and the Sergeant

1.2
5.1/10 IMDB

A weary sergeant in Korea commands military prisoners on a dangerous mission and is joined by a nun and a group of schoolgirls in enemy territory.

Starring: Robert Webber, Anna Sten, Leo Gordon, Hari Rhodes, Robert Easton, Dale Ishimoto, Frank Gerstle, Ken Miller ..
Directed by: Franklin Adreon
Release date: 1962-01-01
21.

Chickamauga

0.0
7.9/10 IMDB

Chickamauga (1962) is another of Robert Enrico’s three short films based on the Civil War stories of Ambrose Bierce. The withdrawal of hope at the end of An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge may seem bleak but that story is positively cheerful beside the horrors of Chickamauga in which a small deaf boy wanders from home to find a new playground in the aftermath of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War.

Starring: Pierre Boffety ..
Directed by: Robert Enrico
Release date: 1962-01-01

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