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

3.9
7.0/10 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
7.0/10 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

3.6
6.8/10 IMDB

A young Catholic priest from Boston confronts bigotry, Naziism, 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.

In the Midst of Life

3.2
7.6/10 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 : Man in the Middle
6.

Man in the Middle

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

In a remote jungle outpost in the Far Eastern theater of World War II, a hotheaded American soldier murders an allied British sergeant in cold blood. Stalwart American Lt. Colonel Barney Adams (Mitchum) is dispatched to defend him in the ensuing court martial. But when Lt. Adams starts encountering roadblocks in his search for evidence, and his key witnesses start disappearing one after another, he soon realizes he's merely a pawn in a mysterious conspiracy that could extend to the highest levels of military power.

Starring: Robert Mitchum, France Nuyen, Barry Sullivan, Trevor Howard, Keenan Wynn, Sam Wanamaker, Alexander Knox, Gary Cockrell, Robert Nichols, Michael Goodliffe ..
Directed by: Guy Hamilton
Release date: 1963-10-01
7.

The Hook

2.5
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 : Operation Bikini
8.

Operation Bikini

0.0
3.8/10 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
9.

PT 109

0.0
6.5/10 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

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