Best War Movies of 1965

1.

Doctor Zhivago

5.6
7.9/10 IMDB

The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist's wife and experiences hardship during World War I and then the October Revolution.

Starring: Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin, Rod Steiger, Alec Guinness, Siobhán McKenna, Ralph Richardson, Gérard Tichy, Noel Willman, Jack MacGowran ..
Directed by: David Lean
Release date: 1965-12-22
2.

The Hill

5.5
7.9/10 IMDB

North Africa, World War II. British soldiers on the brink of collapse push beyond endurance to struggle up a brutal incline. It's not a military objective. It's The Hill, a manmade instrument of torture, a tower of sand seared by a white-hot sun. And the troops' tormentors are not the enemy, but their own comrades-at-arms.

Starring: Sean Connery, Harry Andrews, Ian Bannen, Alfred Lynch, Ossie Davis, Roy Kinnear, Jack Watson, Ian Hendry, Michael Redgrave, Norman Bird ..
Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Release date: 1965-06-17
3.

Von Ryan's Express

5.1
7.1/10 IMDB

Von Ryan's Express stars Frank Sinatra as a POW colonel who leads a daring escape from WWII Italy by taking over a freight train, but he has to win over the British soldiers he finds himself commanding.

Starring: Frank Sinatra, Trevor Howard, Raffaella Carrà, Brad Dexter, Sergio Fantoni, John Leyton, Edward Mulhare, Wolfgang Preiss, James Brolin, John van Dreelen ..
Directed by: Mark Robson
Release date: 1965-06-23
4.

Battle of the Bulge

5.0
6.8/10 IMDB

In the winter of 1944, the Allied Armies stand ready to invade Germany at the coming of a New Year. To prevent it, Hitler orders an all-out offensive to re-take French territory and capture the major port city of Antwerp.

Starring: Henry Fonda, Robert Shaw, Robert Ryan, Dana Andrews, George Montgomery, Ty Hardin, Pier Angeli, Barbara Werle, Charles Bronson, Hans Christian Blech ..
Directed by: Ken Annakin
Release date: 1965-12-16
5.

Shenandoah

4.4
7.3/10 IMDB

Charlie Anderson, a farmer in Shenandoah, Virginia, finds himself and his family in the middle of the Civil War he wants nothing to do with. When his youngest boy is taken prisoner by the North, the Civil War is forced upon him.

Starring: James Stewart, Doug McClure, Glenn Corbett, Patrick Wayne, Rosemary Forsyth, Phillip Alford, Katharine Ross, Jim McMullan, Tim McIntire, Gene Jackson ..
Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglen
Release date: 1965-06-03
6.

Major Dundee

4.3
6.7/10 IMDB

During the last winter of the Civil War, cavalry officer Amos Dundee leads a contentious troop of Army regulars, Confederate prisoners and scouts on an expedition into Mexico to destroy a band of Apaches who have been raiding U.S. bases in Texas.

Starring: Charlton Heston, Richard Harris, Jim Hutton, James Coburn, Michael Anderson Jr., Senta Berger, Mario Adorf, Brock Peters, Warren Oates, Ben Johnson ..
Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
Release date: 1965-04-07
7.

The Heroes of Telemark

4.2
6.5/10 IMDB

Set in German-occupied Norway, resistance fighter Knut Straud enlists the reluctant physicist Rolf Pedersen in an effort to destroy the German heavy water production plant in rural Telemark.

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Richard Harris, Ulla Jacobsson, Michael Redgrave, David Weston, Sebastian Breaks, John Golightly, Alan Howard, Patrick Jordan, William Marlowe ..
Directed by: Anthony Mann
Release date: 1965-11-22
8.

King Rat

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

When Singapore surrendered to the Japanese in 1942, the Allied POWs, mostly British but including a few Americans, were incarcerated in Changi prison. Among the American prisoners is Cpl. King, a wheeler-dealer who has managed to establish a pretty good life for himself in the camp. King soon forms a friendship with an upper-class British officer who is fascinated with King's enthusiastic approach to life.

Starring: George Segal, James Fox, Tom Courtenay, Patrick O'Neal, James Donald, John Mills, Denholm Elliott, Leonard Rossiter, Joe Turkel, Todd Armstrong ..
Directed by: Bryan Forbes
Release date: 1965-10-27
9.

The Bedford Incident

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

During a routine patrol, a reporter is given permission to interview a hardened cold-war warrior and captain of the American destroyer USS Bedford. The reporter gets more than he bargained for when the Bedford discovers a Soviet sub and the captain begins a relentless pursuit, pushing his crew to breaking point.

Starring: Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier, Eric Portman, James MacArthur, Martin Balsam, Wally Cox, Michael Kane, Colin Maitland, Paul Tamarin, Frank Lieberman ..
Directed by: James B. Harris
Release date: 1965-10-11
10.

In Harm's Way

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

A naval officer reprimanded after Pearl Harbor is later promoted to rear admiral and gets a second chance to prove himself against the Japanese.

Starring: John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Patricia Neal, Tom Tryon, Paula Prentiss, Brandon De Wilde, Jill Haworth, Dana Andrews, Burgess Meredith, Carroll O'Connor ..
Directed by: Otto Preminger
Release date: 1965-04-05
11.

Morituri

3.7
7.0/10 IMDB

A German living in India during World War II is blackmailed by the English to impersonate an SS officer on board a cargo ship leaving Japan for Germany carrying a large supply of rubber for tyres. His mission is to disable the scuttling charges so the captain cannot sink the ship if they are stopped by English warships.

Starring: Marlon Brando, Yul Brynner, Janet Margolin, Trevor Howard, Martin Benrath, Hans Christian Blech, Wally Cox, Max Haufler, Rainer Penkert, William Redfield ..
Directed by: Bernhard Wicki
Release date: 1965-08-24
12.

Ship of Fools

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Passengers on a ship traveling from Mexico to Europe in the 1930s represent society at large in that era. The crew is German, including the ship's Dr. Schumann, who falls in love with one of the passengers, La Condesa. A young American woman, Jenny, is traveling with the man she loves, David. Jenny is fascinated and puzzled by just who some of the other passengers are.

Starring: Vivien Leigh, Simone Signoret, José Ferrer, Lee Marvin, Oskar Werner, Elizabeth Ashley, George Segal, José Greco, Lilia Skala, Michael Dunn ..
Directed by: Stanley Kramer
Release date: 1965-07-29
Best War Movies of 1965 : Up from the Beach
13.

Up from the Beach

3.6
6.6/10 IMDB

After the D-Day landings in June 1944, a US squadron liberates a small village in Normandy from German occupation.

Starring: Cliff Robertson, Red Buttons, Irina Demick, Marius Goring, James Robertson Justice, Slim Pickens, Françoise Rosay, Broderick Crawford, Georges Chamarat ..
Directed by: Robert Parrish
Release date: 1965-05-25
14.

Operation Crossbow

3.5
6.6/10 IMDB

Allied agents infiltrate the Nazi rocket complex at Peenemunde in order to obtain their secrets and sabotage the plant.The film alternates between German developments of the V-1 missile and V-2 rocket (with a German cast speaking their own language) and discovery by British Intelligence of the weapon.

Starring: Sophia Loren, George Peppard, Trevor Howard, John Mills, Richard Johnson, Tom Courtenay, Jeremy Kemp, Anthony Quayle, Lilli Palmer, Paul Henreid ..
Directed by: Michael Anderson
Release date: 1965-04-01
Best War Movies of 1965 : Red Crag
15.

Red Crag

3.5
6.6/10 IMDB

A taut wartime thriller, Red Crag: Life in Eternal Flame anticipates the paranoia and violence of the imminent Cultural Revolution while harking back to the aesthetic splendour of the Golden Age Shanghai cinema of the late 1940s. (This opulence is largely due to the work of cinematographer Zhu Jinming, the master visual stylist of Shangrao Concentration Camp and other key "Seventeen Years" films.) The film concerns a hard-boiled woman working in the Chongqing Communist underground during World War II, whose commitment to the guerrilla cause is only intensified after she witnesses her husband's head mounted on the city walls by the Nationalist forces.

Starring: Ran-ran Li, Lan Yu, Ping Zhang, Zhao Dan ..
Directed by: Choui Khoua
Release date: 1965-01-01
16.

The War Lord

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

A knight in the service of a duke goes to a coastal village where an earlier attempt to build a defensive castle has failed. He begins to rebuild the duke's authority in the face of the barbarians at the border and is making progress until he falls in love with one of the local women.

Starring: Charlton Heston, Rosemary Forsyth, Richard Boone, Maurice Evans, Guy Stockwell, Niall MacGinnis, James Farentino, Henry Wilcoxon, Woodrow Parfrey, Allen Jaffe ..
Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner
Release date: 1965-11-17
17.

None But the Brave

3.4
6.4/10 IMDB

American and Japanese soldiers, stranded on a tiny Pacific island during World War II, must make a temporary truce and cooperate to survive various tribulations. Told through the eyes of the American and Japanese unit commanders, who must deal with an atmosphere of growing distrust and tension between their men.

Starring: Tatsuya Mihashi, Takeshi Kat?, Homare Suguro, Kenji Sahara, Masahiko Tanimura, Tôru Ibuki, Ryucho Shunputei, Hisao Dazai, Susumu Kurobe, Takashi Inagaki ..
Directed by: Frank Sinatra
Release date: 1965-02-24
Best War Movies of 1965 : Situation Hopeless -- But Not Serious
18.

Situation Hopeless -- But Not Serious

2.9
5.9/10 IMDB

A lonely German clerk captures two American flyers and keeps them as prisoners in his basement long after WWII has ended. Director Gottfried Reinhardt's 1965 comedy stars Alec Guinness, Robert Redford and Michael Connors.

Starring: Alec Guinness, Mike Connors, Paul Dahlke, Frank Wolff, Robert Redford, Mady Rahl, Anita Höfer, Elisabeth von Molo ..
Directed by: Gottfried Reinhardt
Release date: 1965-10-13
Best War Movies of 1965 : The Ravagers
19.

The Ravagers

2.5
5.0/10 IMDB

Cruel captors of the war in the pacific.

Starring: John Saxon, Fernando Poe Jr., Vic Diaz, Bronwyn FitzSimons, Robert Arevalo ..
Directed by: Eddie Romero
Release date: 1965-01-08
20.

A Look Back at Crossbow

1.6
6.8/10 IMDB

A promotional short for Operation Crossbow (1965) giving historical background for the film's plot using archival footage of Robert Goddard's rocket experiments in the 1930s. Nazi Germany bought his patents to start their rocket program.

Starring: Herschel Bernardi ..
Release date: 1965-01-01
Best War Movies of 1965 : The Naked Brigade
21.

The Naked Brigade

1.3
5.7/10 IMDB

A British girl is trapped on the island of Crete when the Germans invade it.

Starring: Shirley Eaton, Ken Scott, Mairi Hronopoulou, John Holland, Sonia Zoidou, Kostas Baladimas, Gikas Biniaris, Christoforos Himaras ..
Directed by: Maury Dexter
Release date: 1965-04-01
Best War Movies of 1965 : One Step to Hell
22.

One Step to Hell

1.3
5.6/10 IMDB

A British colonial policeman in Africa, circa 1900, pursues a band of escaped killers across territory so wild, it lies just "one step to hell."

Starring: Ty Hardin, Pier Angeli, Rossano Brazzi, George Sanders, Luciano Pigozzi, Helga Liné, Dale Cummings, George Rigaud, Julio Peña, Pamela Tudor ..
Directed by: Sandy Howard, Nino Scolaro
Release date: 1965-01-29
Best War Movies of 1965 : Viet Flakes
23.

Viet Flakes

0.0
6.1/10 IMDB

Viet Flakes was composed from an obsessive collection of Vietnam atrocity images, compiled over five years, from foreign magazines and newspapers. Schneemann uses the 8mm camera to “travel” within the photographs, producing a volatile animation.

Directed by: Carolee Schneemann
Release date: 1965-01-01

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