Best War Movies of 1966


The Sand Pebbles

7.6/10 IMDB

Engineer Jake Holman arrives aboard the gunboat USS San Pablo, assigned to patrol a tributary of the Yangtze in the middle of exploited and revolution-torn 1926 China. His iconoclasm and cynical nature soon clash with the 'rice-bowl' system which runs the ship and the uneasy symbiosis between Chinese and foreigner on the river. Hostility towards the gunboat's presence reaches a climax when the boat must crash through a river-boom and rescue missionaries upriver at China Light Mission.

Starring: Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, Richard Crenna, Candice Bergen, Mako, Larry Gates, Charles Robinson, Simon Oakland, Ford Rainey, Joe Turkel ..
Directed by: Robert Wise
Release date: 1966-12-20
Best War Movies of 1966 : The War Game

The War Game

8.0/10 IMDB

A docudrama depicting a hypothetical nuclear attack on Britain. After backing the film's development, the BBC refused to air it, publicly stating "the effect of the film has been judged by the BBC to be too horrifying for the medium of broadcasting." It debuted in theaters in 1966 and went on to great acclaim, but remained unseen on British television until 1985.

Starring: Michael Aspel, Kathy Staff, Peter Watkins, Peter Graham ..
Directed by: Peter Watkins
Release date: 1966-04-13

The Blue Max

7.1/10 IMDB

A young pilot in the German air force of 1918, disliked as lower-class and unchivalrous, tries ambitiously to earn the medal offered for 20 kills.

Starring: George Peppard, James Mason, Ursula Andress, Jeremy Kemp, Karl Michael Vogler, Anton Diffring, Harry Townes, Peter Woodthorpe, Derek Newark, Derren Nesbitt ..
Directed by: John Guillermin
Release date: 1966-06-21

It Happened Here

6.7/10 IMDB

It is the Second World War. The Nazis have invaded Britain. There is a split between the resistance and those who prefer to collaborate with the invaders for a quiet life. The protagonist, a nurse, is caught in the middle.

Starring: Pauline Murray, Sebastian Shaw, Bart Allison, Reginald Marsh, Pauline Murray, Frank Bennett, Miles Halliwell, Peter Dyneley, Derek Milburn, Nicolette Bernard ..
Directed by: Kevin Brownlow, Andrew Mollo
Release date: 1966-05-01

The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!

7.0/10 IMDB

When a Soviet submarine gets stuck on a sandbar off the coast of a New England island, its commander orders his second-in-command, Lieutenant Rozanov, to get them moving again before there is an international incident. Rozanov seeks assistance from the island locals, including the police chief and a vacationing television writer, while trying to allay their fears of a Communist invasion by claiming he and his crew are Norwegian sailors.

Starring: Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint, Alan Arkin, Brian Keith, Paul Ford, Theodore Bikel, Jonathan Winters, Tessie O'Shea, John Phillip Law, Ben Blue ..
Directed by: Norman Jewison
Release date: 1966-05-25


6.8/10 IMDB

English General Charles George Gordon is appointed military governor of Anglo-Egyptian Sudan by the Prime Minister. Ordered to evacuate Egyptians from the Sudan, Gordon stays on to protect the people of Khartoum, who are under threat of being conquered by a Muslim army.

Starring: Charlton Heston, Laurence Olivier, Richard Johnson, Ralph Richardson, Alexander Knox, Johnny Sekka, Nigel Green, Michael Hordern, Peter Arne, Hugh Williams ..
Directed by: Basil Dearden, Eliot Elisofon
Release date: 1966-06-09

What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?

6.6/10 IMDB

A by-the-book Captain is ordered to capture a strategic village in Italy. The Italian soldiers are willing to surrender, if they can have a festival first. The lieutenant convinces the Captain this is the only way. Because of aerial reconnaissance, they must look like they are fighting. To sort this out an intelligence officer is sent in. Meanwhile the festival gets complicated with the Mayors daughter.

Starring: James Coburn, Dick Shawn, Sergio Fantoni, Giovanna Ralli, Aldo Ray, Harry Morgan, Carroll O'Connor, Leon Askin, Thomas Hunter ..
Directed by: Blake Edwards
Release date: 1966-01-01

Cast a Giant Shadow

6.3/10 IMDB

An American Army officer is recruited by the yet to exist Israel to help them form an army. He is disturbed by this sudden appeal to his jewish roots. Each of Israel's Arab neighbors has vowed to invade the poorly prepared country as soon as partition is granted. He is made commander of the Israeli forces just before the war begins.

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas, John Wayne, Senta Berger, Angie Dickinson, James Donald, Stathis Giallelis, Luther Adler, Frank Sinatra, Yul Brynner ..
Directed by: Melville Shavelson
Release date: 1966-03-30


7.6/10 IMDB

Window shopping children watch as toy soldiers come to life and fight a war with all its unvarnished ferocity and horror.

Directed by: Grant Munro
Release date: 1966-01-01

Alvarez Kelly

6.3/10 IMDB

In 1864, during the American Civil War, Mexican cattleman Alvarez Kelly supplies the Union with cattle until unexpected circumstances force him to change his customers.

Starring: William Holden, Richard Widmark, Janice Rule, Patrick O'Neal, Victoria Shaw, Roger C. Carmel, Richard Rust, Arthur Franz, Don Barry, Harry Carey, Jr. ..
Directed by: Edward Dmytryk
Release date: 1966-10-06

Triple Cross

6.3/10 IMDB

A safecracker turns double agent during WWII.

Starring: Christopher Plummer, Gert Fröbe, Claudine Auger, Romy Schneider, Trevor Howard, Yul Brynner, Harry Meyen, Jess Hahn, Howard Vernon, Gordon Jackson ..
Directed by: Terence Young
Release date: 1966-12-09

Lost Command

6.3/10 IMDB

After being freed from a Vietnamese war prison, French Lt. Col. Pierre Raspeguy is sent to help quell resistance forces in Algeria. With the help of the Capt. Esclavier, who has grown weary of war, and Capt. Boisfeuras, who lives for it, Raspeguy attempts to convert a rugged band of soldiers into a formidable fighting unit, with the promise of marrying a beautiful countess if he's made a general.

Starring: Anthony Quinn, Alain Delon, George Segal, Michèle Morgan, Maurice Ronet, Claudia Cardinale, Grégoire Aslan, Jean Servais, Maurice Sarfati, Jean-Claude Bercq ..
Directed by: Mark Robson
Release date: 1966-05-01
Best War Movies of 1966 : Beau Geste

Beau Geste

6.0/10 IMDB

In 1906, two American brothers join the French Foreign Legion and, led by a sadistic Sergeant-Major, they defend a fort against Berber and Tuareg attack.

Starring: Guy Stockwell, Doug McClure, Leslie Nielsen, Telly Savalas, David Mauro, Robert Wolders, Leo Gordon, Michael Constantine, Malachi Throne, Joe De Santis ..
Directed by: Douglas Heyes
Release date: 1966-09-07
Best War Movies of 1966 : I Deal In Danger

I Deal In Danger

5.7/10 IMDB

Compilation of the show Blue Light.

Starring: Robert Goulet, Christine Carère, Horst Frank, Werner Peters, Margit Saad, Christiane Schmidtmer, Eva Pflug, Donald Harron, Dieter Eppler, Peter Capell ..
Directed by: Walter Grauman
Release date: 1966-12-01
Best War Movies of 1966 : Once Before I Die

Once Before I Die

3.8/10 IMDB

Stranded behind enemy lines when the Japanese attack the Philippines in late 1941, Lt. Bailey must lead a group of soldiers and their families (including Bailey's curvaceous fiancée Alex) to safety and the streets of Manila. During the perilous trek Alex befriends a virginal young soldier whose only desire is to have sex once before he dies.

Starring: Ursula Andress, John Derek, Richard Jaeckel, Ron Ely, Rod Lauren, Vance Skarstedt ..
Directed by: John Derek
Release date: 1966-12-01
Best War Movies of 1966 : Good Times, Wonderful Times

Good Times, Wonderful Times

7.0/10 IMDB

Lionel Rogosin's plea for humanity and against war and fascism. For two years, Rogosin traveled to twelve countries to collect footage of war atrocities from their archives. He interspersed these harrowing images with scenes of a London cocktail party's mundane chatter. Good Times, Wonderful Times was released in 1964 at the height of the Vietnam War, and became one of the great anti-war films of the era.

Directed by: Lionel Rogosin
Release date: 1966-07-18

Ambush Bay

5.4/10 IMDB

A Marine unit on a Japanese-held island in the Philippines tries to hook up with local Filipino guerrillas.

Starring: Hugh O'Brian, Mickey Rooney, James Mitchum, Greg Amsterdam, Peter Masterson, Tisa Chang, Harry Lauter, Bruno Punzalan, Buff Fernandez, Joaquin Fajardo ..
Directed by: Ron Winston
Release date: 1966-05-10
Best War Movies of 1966 : Judith


5.6/10 IMDB

A Jewish woman is recruited to help track down a German commander who was her former husband.

Starring: Sophia Loren, Peter Finch, Jack Hawkins, Hans Verner, Frank Wolff, Shraga Friedman, André Morell, Zaharira Harifai, Arnoldo Foà, Joseph Gross ..
Directed by: Daniel Mann
Release date: 1966-01-20
Best War Movies of 1966 : To the Shores of Hell

To the Shores of Hell

5.0/10 IMDB

A Marine officer leads a rescue mission through the Vietnamese jungle to rescue his brother, a doctor who has been taken prisoner by the Viet Cong.

Starring: Marshall Thompson, Richard Arlen, Robert Dornan, Dick O'Neill, Richard Jordahl, Kiva Lawrence, Freeman Lusk ..
Directed by: Will Zens
Release date: 1966-03-15
Best War Movies of 1966 : The Cruel Dawn

The Cruel Dawn

0.0/10 IMDB

1946. Western Ukraine in the flame of struggle of Ukrainian Insurgent Army and the occupying Soviet army. Brave rebels strike Soviets unexpectedly and get into the very nest of red officers.

Starring: Mykola Nosovenko, Vira Borisenko, Ivan Krasny, Mykhailo Senyk ..
Directed by: Ivan Krasny
Release date: 1966-01-01

There is a Way

0.0/10 IMDB

A US Air Force produced film that follows a group of F-105 pilots as they pass their hundredth mission during the Vietnam War.

Directed by: Robert F. Engel
Release date: 1966-08-15
Best War Movies of 1966 : The 14 Fists of  McCluskey

The 14 Fists of McCluskey

0.0/10 IMDB

In 1943, a group of hardened criminals is pardoned on the condition it accepts a mission to free a captive general from the clutches of the Nazis.

Starring: Rick Dalton, Van Johnson, Rod Taylor, Sal Mineo ..
Directed by: Paul Wendkos
Release date: 1966-09-15
Best War Movies of 1966 : Fire Bulls

Fire Bulls

0.0/10 IMDB

The Warring States Period was a time of regional conflict as warlords sought to annex their neighbors and consolidate power across China. Set amidst this backdrop, "Fire Bulls" is an epic tale of the survival of a people and the heroism of one man. As the Yen army gathers on the outskirts of Chi seeking to gobble up its neighbor, the people of Chi are faced with the fall of the capital.

Starring: Ko Hsiang-Ting, Tang Pao-Yun, Su Wei, Fu Pi Hui, Tsung Yu, Wang Fei, Ku Chun ..
Directed by: Lee Hsing, Pai Ching-jui, Li Chia
Release date: 1966-10-21
Best War Movies of 1966 : Manuela


0.0/10 IMDB

A young girl joins the guerrilla

Starring: Adela Legrá, Adolfo Llauradó ..
Directed by: Humberto Solás
Release date: 1966-06-30

Warship Eagle

0.0/10 IMDB

Documentary about HMS Eagle from 1966. This aircraft-carrier was sailing from Mombasa to Singapore under the command of Captain John Roxburgh. Join the crew through their trails and tribulations

Starring: Ludovic Kennedy ..
Release date: 1966-01-01

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