Best War Movies of 1964

1.

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

6.8
8.4/10 IMDB

After the insane General Jack D. Ripper initiates a nuclear strike on the Soviet Union, a war room full of politicians, generals and a Russian diplomat all frantically try to stop the nuclear strike.

Starring: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens, Peter Bull, James Earl Jones, Tracy Reed, Jack Creley, Frank Berry ..
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Release date: 1964-01-29
2.

Fail Safe

5.6
8.0/10 IMDB

Because of a technical defect an American bomber team mistakenly orders the destruction of Moscow. The President of the United States has but little time to prevent an atomic catastrophe from occurring.

Starring: Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Fritz Weaver, Larry Hagman, Frank Overton, Edward Binns, Dan O'Herlihy, William Hansen, Russell Hardie, Janet Ward ..
Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Release date: 1964-10-07
3.

The Train

5.6
7.8/10 IMDB

As the Allied forces approach Paris in August 1944, German Colonel Von Waldheim is desperate to take all of France's greatest paintings to Germany. He manages to secure a train to transport the valuable art works even as the chaos of retreat descends upon them. The French resistance however wants to stop them from stealing their national treasures but have received orders from London that they are not to be destroyed. The station master, Labiche, is tasked with scheduling the train and making it all happen smoothly but he is also part of a dwindling group of resistance fighters tasked with preventing the theft. He and others stage an elaborate ruse to keep the train from ever leaving French territory.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Paul Scofield, Jeanne Moreau, Suzanne Flon, Michel Simon, Wolfgang Preiss, Albert Rémy, Charles Millot, Richard Münch, Jean-Pierre Zola ..
Directed by: John Frankenheimer
Release date: 1964-09-24
4.

Zulu

5.5
7.7/10 IMDB

In 1879, during the Anglo-Zulu War, man-of-the-people Lt. Chard and snooty Lt. Bromhead are in charge of defending the isolated and vastly outnumbered Natal outpost of Rorke's Drift from tribal hordes.

Starring: Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, Ulla Jacobsson, James Booth, Michael Caine, Nigel Green, Paul Daneman, Patrick Magee, Glynn Edwards, Neil McCarthy ..
Directed by: Cy Endfield
Release date: 1964-01-22
5.

The Fall of the Roman Empire

4.3
6.7/10 IMDB

In the year 180 AD Germanic tribes are about to invade the Roman empire from the north. In the midst of this crisis ailing emperor Marcus Aurelius has to make a decission about his successor between his son Commodus, who is obsessed by power, and the loyal general Gaius Livius.

Starring: Sophia Loren, Stephen Boyd, Alec Guinness, Christopher Plummer, Anthony Quayle, John Ireland, Omar Sharif, Mel Ferrer, Eric Porter, Finlay Currie ..
Directed by: Anthony Mann
Release date: 1964-03-24
Best War Movies of 1964 : Culloden
6.

Culloden

4.0
7.8/10 IMDB

Culloden, Scottish Highlands, April 16th, 1746. It was one of the most mishandled and brutal battles ever fought in Great Britain. Its aftermath was tragic. The men responsible for such a disaster must be exposed. The men, women and children who suffered because of it must be remembered.

Starring: Olivier Espitalier-Noel, George McBean, Robert Oates, Tony Cosgrove, Don Fairservice, Patrick Watkins, Peter Watkins ..
Directed by: Peter Watkins
Release date: 1964-12-15
Best War Movies of 1964 : King and Country
7.

King and Country

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

During World War I, Army Private Arthur James Hamp is accused of desertion during battle. The officer assigned to defend him at his court-martial, Captain Hargreaves, finds out there is more to the case than meets the eye.

Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Tom Courtenay, Leo McKern, Peter Copley, Barry Foster, Barry Justice, James Villiers, Jeremy Spenser ..
Directed by: Joseph Losey
Release date: 1964-09-05
8.

36 Hours

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

Germans kidnap an American major and try to convince him that World War II is over, so that they can get details about the Allied invasion of Europe out of him.

Starring: James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Taylor, Werner Peters, John Banner, Celia Lovsky, Russell Thorson, Alan Napier, Oscar Beregi Jr., Ed Gilbert ..
Directed by: George Seaton
Release date: 1964-11-26
9.

Guns at Batasi

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

An anachronistic martinet RSM on a remote Colonial African army caught in a local coup d'etat must use his experience to defend those in his care.

Starring: Richard Attenborough, Jack Hawkins, Flora Robson, John Leyton, Mia Farrow, Percy Herbert, David Lodge, Graham Stark, Bernard Horsfall, John Meillon ..
Directed by: John Guillermin
Release date: 1964-10-30
10.

The Americanization of Emily

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

American sailor Charlie Madison falls for a pretty Englishwoman while trying to avoid a senseless and dangerous D-Day mission concocted by a deranged admiral.

Starring: James Garner, Julie Andrews, Melvyn Douglas, James Coburn, Joyce Grenfell, Edward Binns, Liz Fraser, Keenan Wynn, William Windom, Alan Sues ..
Directed by: Arthur Hiller
Release date: 1964-10-27
11.

Behold a Pale Horse

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

Manuel Artiguez, a famous bandit during the Spanish civil war, has lived in French exile for 20 years. When his mother is dying he considers visiting her secretly in his Spanish home town. But his biggest enemy, the Spanish police officer Vinolas, prepared a trap at the hospital as a chance to finally catch Artiguez.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, Omar Sharif, Raymond Pellegrin, Paolo Stoppa, Mildred Dunnock, Daniela Rocca, Christian Marquand, Marietto Angeletti, Perrette Pradier ..
Directed by: Fred Zinnemann
Release date: 1964-08-14
12.

633 Squadron

3.3
6.3/10 IMDB

When Norwegian resistance leader Lieutenant Erik Bergman reports the location of a German V-2 rocket fuel plant, the Royal Air Force's 633 Squadron is assigned the mission to destroy it. The plant is in a seemingly-impregnable location beneath an overhanging cliff at the end of a long, narrow fjord lined with anti-aircraft guns. The only way to destroy the plant is by collapsing the cliff on top of it.

Starring: Cliff Robertson, George Chakiris, Maria Perschy, Harry Andrews, Donald Houston, Michael Goodliffe, John Meillon, John Bonney, Angus Lennie, Scot Finch ..
Directed by: Walter Grauman
Release date: 1964-04-06
13.

Ensign Pulver

3.2
5.9/10 IMDB

1945, on an old cargo ship somewhere deep in the Pacific ocean: Captain Morton strives to become commander, so he demands the maximum quality of work from his crew, without granting them any freedom or favors - ignoring that they're thousand of miles away from the front. In one word: he drives his crew crazy. They are near mutiny, but no-one dares to do the first step. Until Ensign Pulver plays a prank on the captain that triggers fatal consequences...

Starring: Robert Walker Jr., Burl Ives, Walter Matthau, Larry Hagman, Jack Nicholson, Tommy Sands, Millie Perkins, Kay Medford, Peter Marshall, James Farentino ..
Directed by: Joshua Logan
Release date: 1964-07-31
Best War Movies of 1964 : The Finest Hours
14.

The Finest Hours

3.1
7.3/10 IMDB

A biography of Winston Churchill, shown through re-creations and actual film footage and told by Orson Welles.

Starring: George Baker, Faith Brook, David Healy, Orson Welles, George Westbury, Patrick Wymark ..
Directed by: Peter Bayliss, Peter Baylis
Release date: 1964-09-29
15.

The Secret Invasion

3.1
5.9/10 IMDB

During World War II, convicts are recruited by the Allies for an extremely hazardous mission.

Starring: Stewart Granger, Raf Vallone, Mickey Rooney, Edd Byrnes, Henry Silva, William Campbell, Peter Coe, Špela Rozin, Helmo Kindermann, Enzo Fiermonte ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1964-09-16
Best War Movies of 1964 : The Brig
16.

The Brig

2.9
7.1/10 IMDB

An ultra-realistic depiction of life in a Marine Corps brig (or jail) at a camp in Japan in 1957. Marine prisoners are awakened and put through work details for the course of a single day, submitting in the course of it to extremely harsh and shocking physical and mental degradation and abuse.

Starring: Warren Finnerty, Jim Anderson, Henry Howard, Tom Lilard, James Tiroff, Steven Ben Israel, Gene Lipton, Rufus Collins, Michael Elias, William Shari ..
Directed by: Jonas Mekas
Release date: 1964-09-20
17.

The 7th Dawn

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

Political and personal intrigues surround a group of characters in Malaya, after the close of the Second World War.

Starring: William Holden, Susannah York, Capucine, Tetsur? Tamba, Michael Goodliffe, Allan Cuthbertson, Sydney Tafler, Maurice Denham, Beulah Quo ..
Directed by: Lewis Gilbert
Release date: 1964-09-02
Best War Movies of 1964 : Man in the Middle
18.

Man in the Middle

2.8
6.7/10 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: 1964-01-27
Best War Movies of 1964 : The Thin Red Line
19.

The Thin Red Line

2.7
6.7/10 IMDB

Set during the Allied invasion of the island of Guadalcanal in the Pacific theater during WWII, this film is based on the novel by James Jones. Keir Dullea is Private Doll, who dreads the invasion and steals a pistol to help him protect himself. Sergeant Welsh (Jack Warden), a caustic, battle-scarred veteran, hates Doll, whom he considers a coward. In battle, Doll kills a Japanese soldier and is filled with remorse, which further angers the sergeant. The next day, an emboldened Doll wipes out an entire enemy machine gun post and begins to feel as sadistic as Welsh. The two must work together to clear away some mines, but as they do, their platoon is surprised by a Japanese raid.

Starring: Keir Dullea, Jack Warden, James Philbrook, Bob Kanter, Ray Daley, Merlyn Yordan, Kieron Moore, Jim Gillen ..
Directed by: Andrew Marton
Release date: 1964-05-02
20.

Back Door to Hell

2.5
5.2/10 IMDB

During WWII, a three-man commando team places its trust in the hands of a band of Filipino resistors, as they try to knock out a Japenese communication center.

Starring: Jimmie Rodgers, Jack Nicholson, John Hackett, Annabelle Huggins, Conrad Maga, Johnny Monteiro, Joe Sison, Henry Duval, Ben Perez, Vic Uematsu ..
Directed by: Monte Hellman
Release date: 1964-12-19
21.

Advance to the Rear

2.4
5.9/10 IMDB

As punishment for their incompetence in battle, disgraced Union soldier Capt. Jared Heath and his apathetic commanding officer, Col. Claude Brackenbury, are reassigned away from the front lines. The hapless Heath and Brackenbury must now lead a ragtag group on a classified mission to protect a transport for the U.S. Treasury. Complicating matters is Martha Lou Williams, a Confederate agent posing as a lady of the evening.

Starring: Glenn Ford, Stella Stevens, Melvyn Douglas, Jim Backus, Joan Blondell, Andrew Prine, Jesse Pearson, Alan Hale Jr., James Griffith, Whit Bissell ..
Directed by: George Marshall
Release date: 1964-06-10
Best War Movies of 1964 : The Walls of Hell
22.

The Walls of Hell

2.1
5.2/10 IMDB

In the final days of the battle of Manila during World War II, fanatical Japanese naval forces barricade themselves inside the walls of Intramuros, the ancient Spanish walled city of Manila. In a suicidal last stand, the Japanese hold many thousand Filipinos captive within the fortress, despite the incessant bombardment of United States artillery. An American war correspondent, Murray, arrives at the front line where a guerrilla unit led by American Lieutenant Sorenson makes contact with a young Filipino fighter, Nardo, who has escaped the fortress through a sewer passage. Nardo proposes a plan to rescue the prisoners through the tunnel.

Starring: Jock Mahoney, Fernando Poe Jr., Michael Parsons, Cecilia Lopez, Oscar Roncal, Paul Edwards Jr., Ely Ramos Jr., Fred Galang, Vance Skarstedt, Claude Wilson ..
Directed by: Gerardo de Leon, Eddie Romero
Release date: 1964-03-07
Best War Movies of 1964 : Iron Angel
23.

Iron Angel

2.1
3.5/10 IMDB

A seasoned Sargent with a sorry unit, led by an angry 1st Lt., to take out an enemy hold for a convoy to proceed. After their success the Sarge and the crew meet up with another Lieutenant - Female nurse.

Starring: Jim Davis, Don Barry, Margo Woode, L. Q. Jones, Tris Coffin, R. Wayland Williams, Dave Barker, Joe Jenckes ..
Directed by: Ken Kennedy
Release date: 1964-02-01
Best War Movies of 1964 : Seven Against the Sun
24.

Seven Against the Sun

1.3
5.7/10 IMDB

In February of 1941, South African troops are in action against the Italian forces on the northern frontier of Kenya. An Italian invasion, aimed at pushing the Allied Forces out of Central and East Africa, is imminent. The South African Command realizes it has no forces at its disposal capable of stopping the Italian objective, so they resort to a grand bluff...

Starring: Gert Van den Bergh, John Hayter, Brian O'Shaughnessy, Patrick Mynhardt, James White, Morne Coetzer, Elizabeth Meyer, Willie Van Rensburg, Arthur Swemmer ..
Directed by: David Millin
Release date: 1964-09-24
Best War Movies of 1964 : Face in the Rain
25.

Face in the Rain

1.2
5.3/10 IMDB

An American spy hides in an apartment. But the woman who lives there is herself the mistress of a German Officer.

Starring: Marina Berti, Rory Calhoun, Massimo Giuliani, Niall MacGinnis, Danny Ryals ..
Directed by: Irvin Kershner
Release date: 1964-12-31
Best War Movies of 1964 : The Secret of Blood Island
26.

The Secret of Blood Island

1.2
5.0/10 IMDB

Based on the true story of a British secret agent, shot down over Malaya near to a Allied POW forced labour camp. There she is hidden, disguised as a youthful prisoner, until her escape can be effected. The costs of keeping her identity secret fall on all the POW's as the Japanese embark on a policy of ruthless terror to extract her and the focus shifts to the conflicts of the group' s collective concerns against the necessities of personal survival.

Starring: Jack Hedley, Barbara Shelley, Patrick Wymark, Bill Owen, Michael Ripper, Charles Tingwell, Lee Montague, Peter Welch, Glyn Houston, Edwin Richfield ..
Directed by: Quentin Lawrence
Release date: 1964-12-01
Best War Movies of 1964 : Fields of Sacrifice
27.

Fields of Sacrifice

0.0
7.8/10 IMDB

This 1964 documentary returns to the battlefields where over 100,000 Canadian soldiers lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars. The film also visits cemeteries where servicemen are buried. Filmed from Hong Kong to Sicily, this documentary is designed to show Canadians places they have reason to know but may not be able to visit. Produced for the Canadian Department of Veteran Affairs by the renowned documentary filmmaker Donald Brittain. (NFB)

Starring: Douglas Rain ..
Directed by: Donald Brittain
Release date: 1964-01-02

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