Best War Movies of 1963

1.

The Great Escape

6.6
8.2/10 IMDB

The Nazis, exasperated at the number of escapes from their prison camps by a relatively small number of Allied prisoners, relocate them to a high-security 'escape-proof' camp to sit out the remainder of the war. Undaunted, the prisoners plan one of the most ambitious escape attempts of World War II. Based on a true story.

Starring: James Garner, Donald Pleasence, Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Donald, David McCallum, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Angus Lennie, Gordon Jackson ..
Directed by: John Sturges
Release date: 1963-06-20
Best War Movies of 1963 : The Victors
2.

The Victors

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

Intercutting dramatic vignettes with newsreel footage, the story follows the characters from an infantry squad as they make their way from Sicily to Germany during the end of World War II.

Starring: George Peppard, Romy Schneider, Jeanne Moreau, George Hamilton, Peter Fonda, Eli Wallach, Albert Finney, Vince Edwards, Melina Mercouri, Maurice Ronet ..
Directed by: Carl Foreman
Release date: 1963-11-22
3.

Captain Newman, M.D.

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

In 1944, Capt. Josiah J. Newman is the doctor in charge of Ward 7, the neuropsychiatric ward, at an Army Air Corps hospital in Arizona. The hospital is under-resourced and Newman scrounges what he needs with the help of his inventive staff, especially Cpl. Jake Leibowitz. The military in general is only just coming to accept psychiatric disorders as legitimate and Newman generally has 6 weeks to cure them or send them on to another facility. There are many patients in the ward and his latest include Colonel Norville Bliss who has dissociated from his past; Capt. Paul Winston who is nearly catatonic after spending 13 months hiding in a cellar behind enemy lines; and 20 year-old Cpl. Jim Tompkins who is severely traumatized after his aircraft was shot down. Others come and go, including Italian prisoners of war, but Newman and team all realize that their success means the men will return to their units.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Tony Curtis, Angie Dickinson, Eddie Albert, James Gregory, Bethel Leslie, Robert Duvall, Jane Withers, Dick Sargent, Larry Storch ..
Directed by: David Miller
Release date: 1963-12-25
4.

The Cardinal

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

A young Catholic priest from Boston confronts bigotry, Nazism, and his own personal conflicts as he rises to the office of cardinal.

Starring: Tom Tryon, Romy Schneider, John Huston, Carol Lynley, Dorothy Gish, Maggie McNamara, Bill Hayes, Cameron Prud'Homme, John Saxon, Loring Smith ..
Directed by: Otto Preminger
Release date: 1963-12-12
5.

PT 109

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

Dramatization of President John F. Kennedy's war time experiences during which he captained a PT boat, took it to battle and had it sunk by a Japanese destroyer. He and the survivors had to make their way to an island, find food and shelter and signal the Navy for rescue.

Starring: Cliff Robertson, Ty Hardin, James Gregory, Robert Culp, Grant Williams, Lew Gallo, Errol John, Michael Pate, Robert Blake, William Douglas ..
Directed by: Leslie H. Martinson
Release date: 1963-06-19
6.

In the Midst of Life

3.2
7.5/10 IMDB

This Civil War anthology adapts three Ambrose Bierce stories "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," "Chickamauga" and "The Mockingbird."

Starring: Roger Jacquet, Anne Cornaly, Stéphane Fey, Pierre Boffety, Frédérique Ruchaud, François Frankiel, Eric Frankiel ..
Directed by: Robert Enrico
Release date: 1963-10-08
Best War Movies of 1963 : Miss Tu Hau
7.

Miss Tu Hau

3.0
6.9/10 IMDB

Considered a masterpiece of Vietnamese cinema, Pham Ky Nam’s enduring classic, MS. TU HAU, is a product of the countries fledgling film industry which took rise during the war years. MS. TU HAU tells the story, as the narrator explains, of a “simple but exciting life of a genuine South woman.” Not so simple really, but exciting nonetheless. Tu Hau is a common woman from a fishing village whose husband has gone away to fight in the revolution. She takes care of her young daughter as well as her aging father-in-law. Soon, her peaceful village is attacked. From there a series of tragic events would befall Tu Hau. Each one would challenge her will. She survives so she can continue to raise her child. As a midwife, she puts aside her own grief to assist in a neighbor’s childbirth. Eventually her hardships drive her to join the resistance and ultimately makes the difficult sacrifice of leaving her child behind so she can help lead the front.

Starring: Giang Tra, Phuong Tran, Du Ba, Tri Minh, Van Cua Nguyen, Mai Chau, Minh Dáng Nguyen, Yen Ngà Ngô, Thanh Kim, Huy Tu ..
Directed by: Ky Nam Pham
Release date: 1963-09-08
Best War Movies of 1963 : The Quick and the Dead
8.

The Quick and the Dead

2.7
5.9/10 IMDB

Pretty intense war-action drama about a small group of soldiers who capture a German observation post, but in turn are captured themselves. They soon escape and--with the aid of two women--try to fight their way to safety.

Starring: Victor French, Majel Barrett, Louis Massad, Sandy Donigan, James Almanzar, Larry D. Mann, Jon Cedar, Joseph Locastro, William Kirschner, Frank D'Agostino ..
Directed by: Robert Totten
Release date: 1963-01-01
9.

The Hook

2.7
6.5/10 IMDB

Three soldiers in Korea go through inner torment when they're ordered to execute an enemy soldier.

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Robert Walker Jr., Nick Adams, Pancho Magalona, Nehemiah Persoff, John Bleifer, Mark Miller, John Alderson, Anders Andelius, Frank Richards ..
Directed by: George Seaton
Release date: 1963-02-15
Best War Movies of 1963 : The Young and the Brave
10.

The Young and the Brave

2.5
5.3/10 IMDB

A drama of the Korean War. Four American Army POWs escape behind enemy lines and try to make their way back to their units in the South. Along the way they are aided by a young Korean boy and his adopted dog, a US trained German Shepherd named Lobo.

Starring: Rory Calhoun, William Bendix, Richard Jaeckel, Richard Arlen, John Agar, Manuel Padilla Jr., Robert Ivers, Flame ..
Directed by: Francis D. Lyon
Release date: 1963-08-01
Best War Movies of 1963 : Cry of Battle
11.

Cry of Battle

2.3
5.7/10 IMDB

During World War II, the spoiled son of a wealthy businessman finds himself involved in the guerrilla movement fighting against the Japanese, and finds romance and adventure.

Starring: Van Heflin, Rita Moreno, James MacArthur, Leopoldo Salcedo, Sidney Clute, Marilou Muñoz, Oscar Roncal, Liza Moreno ..
Directed by: Irving Lerner
Release date: 1963-10-09
Best War Movies of 1963 : The Raiders of Leyte Gulf
12.

The Raiders of Leyte Gulf

1.6
4.1/10 IMDB

An American intelligence agent is captured by the Japanese in the Philippines.

Starring: Leopoldo Salcedo, Michael Parsons, Oscar Keesee ..
Directed by: Eddie Romero
Release date: 1963-08-16
Best War Movies of 1963 : Operation Bikini
13.

Operation Bikini

1.5
3.7/10 IMDB

The film takes place aboard an American submarine in the Pacific during World War II. The sub's commander is ordered to stop and pick up an underwater demolition team led by Lt. Hayes, whose mission is to locate and destroy a US submarine sunken in a lagoon off Bikini Atoll before the Japanese are able to raise it and capture the advanced radar system on board.

Starring: Tab Hunter, Frankie Avalon, Scott Brady, Jim Backus, Gary Crosby, Michael Dante, David Landfield, Jody McCrea, Aki Aleong, Marc Cavell ..
Directed by: Anthony Carras
Release date: 1963-03-26
Best War Movies of 1963 : The Bay of St. Michel
14.

The Bay of St. Michel

1.4
6.2/10 IMDB

A trio of World War 2 vets band together to search for a lost Nazi fortune.

Starring: Keenan Wynn, Mai Zetterling, Ronald Howard, Rona Anderson, Trader Faulkner ..
Directed by: John Ainsworth
Release date: 1963-03-01
Best War Movies of 1963 : In Praise of Pip
15.

In Praise of Pip

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

A bookie receives news that his son Pip has been seriously wounded in combat. He soon gets the chance to not only see his son one last time, but also to save him.

Starring: Jack Klugman, Connie Gilchrist, Bobby Diamond, Bill Mumy, Ross Elliott, Gerald Gordon, Russell Horton, S. John Launer, Kreg Martin, Stuart Nisbet ..
Directed by: Joseph M. Newman
Release date: 1963-09-27

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