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: 1962-12-10
2.

The Longest Day

5.6
7.8/10 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

3.7
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.

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
5.

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
6.

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
7.

Black Fox: The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler

2.8
6.8/10 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
8.

War Hunt

2.7
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 ..
Directed by: Denis Sanders
Release date: 1962-05-01
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9.

The Pigeon That Took Rome

2.6
6.1/10 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
10.

Hitler

2.4
5.8/10 IMDB

The private life of Hitler revealed for the first time!

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

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