Best War Movies of 1969

1.

Battle of Britain

4.9
6.9/10 IMDB

In 1940, the Royal Air Force fights a desperate battle against the might of the Luftwaffe for control of the skies over Britain, thus preventing the Nazi invasion of Britain.

Starring: Harry Andrews, Michael Caine, Trevor Howard, Curd Jürgens, Ian McShane, Laurence Olivier, Christopher Plummer, Kenneth More, Nigel Patrick, Michael Redgrave ..
Directed by: Guy Hamilton
Release date: 1969-09-15
2.

The Bridge at Remagen

4.1
6.7/10 IMDB

In March of 1945, as the War in Europe is coming to a close, fighting erupts between German and American troops at the last remaining bridgehead across the Rhine.

Starring: George Segal, Ben Gazzara, Robert Vaughn, Bradford Dillman, Peter van Eyck, Matt Clark, Tom Heaton, Bo Hopkins, E.G. Marshall, Hans Christian Blech ..
Directed by: John Guillermin
Release date: 1969-06-25
Best War Movies of 1969 : In the Year of the Pig
3.

In the Year of the Pig

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

Both sober and sobering, producer-director Emile de Antonio’s In the Year of the Pig is a powerful and, no doubt for many, controversial documentary about the Vietnam War.

Starring: David Halberstam, Harry S. Ashmore, Daniel Berrigan ..
Directed by: Emile de Antonio
Release date: 1969-02-26
4.

The Secret of Santa Vittoria

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

During World War II, Italian villagers hide their wine from the German army.

Starring: Anthony Quinn, Anna Magnani, Giancarlo Giannini, Virna Lisi, Hardy Krüger, Wolfgang Jansen, Peter Kuiper, Sergio Franchi, Renato Rascel, Patrizia Valturri ..
Directed by: Stanley Kramer
Release date: 1969-01-01
5.

Oh! What a Lovely War

3.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Satire about the First World War based on a stage musical of the same name, portraying the "Game of War" and focusing mainly on the members of one family (last name Smith) who go off to war. Much of the action in the movie revolves around the words of the marching songs of the soldiers, and many scenes portray some of the more famous (and infamous) incidents of the war, including the assassination of Duke Ferdinand, the Christmas meeting between British and German soldiers in no-mans-land, and the wiping out by their own side of a force of Irish soldiers newly arrived at the front, after successfully capturing a ridge that had been contested for some time.

Starring: Laurence Olivier, Vanessa Redgrave, Maggie Smith, John Mills, Corin Redgrave, Maurice Roëves, Ian Holm, Juliet Mills, Michael Bates, Edward Fox ..
Directed by: Richard Attenborough
Release date: 1969-03-10
6.

Hannibal Brooks

3.5
6.6/10 IMDB

A POW in World War II is put to work in a Munich zoo, looking after an Asian elephant. The zoo is bombed by the Americans and the director of the zoo decides it is not safe for his Asian elephant Lucy to remain there. So he sends Brooks to safety with Lucy. They escape and go on the run in order to get to Switzerland.

Starring: Oliver Reed, Michael J. Pollard, Wolfgang Preiss, Karin Baal, Helmuth Lohner, Peter Carsten, Ralf Wolter, Jürgen Draeger, Ernst Fritz Fürbringer ..
Directed by: Michael Winner
Release date: 1969-01-18
7.

Play Dirty

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

During World War II in North Africa, a group of British commandos disguised as Italian soldiers must travel behind enemy lines and destroy a vital Nazi oil depot.

Starring: Michael Caine, Nigel Davenport, Nigel Green, Harry Andrews, Daniel Pilon, Patrick Jordan, Bernard Archard, Aly Ben Ayed, Enrique Ávila, Mohamed Kouka ..
Directed by: André de Toth
Release date: 1969-01-02
8.

Castle Keep

3.2
6.1/10 IMDB

During the Battle of the Bulge, an anachronistic count shelters a ragtag squad of Americans in his isolated castle hoping they will defend it against the advancing Germans.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Peter Falk, Bruce Dern, Patrick O'Neal, Astrid Heeren, Scott Wilson, Tony Bill, Al Freeman Jr., James Patterson ..
Directed by: Sydney Pollack
Release date: 1969-07-23
9.

100 Rifles

3.1
6.0/10 IMDB

When half-breed Indian Yaqui Joe robs an Arizona bank, he is pursued by dogged lawman Lyedecker. Fleeing to Mexico, Joe is imprisoned by General Verdugo, who is waging a war against the Yaqui Indians. When Lyedecker attempts to intervene, he is thrown into prison as well. Working together, the two escape and take refuge in the hills, where Lyedecker meets beautiful Yaqui freedom fighter Sarita and begins to question his allegiances.

Starring: Jim Brown, Raquel Welch, Burt Reynolds, Fernando Lamas, Dan O'Herlihy, Eric Braeden, Aldo Sambrell, Soledad Miranda, Alberto Dalbés, Charly Bravo ..
Directed by: Tom Gries
Release date: 1969-03-26
10.

Mosquito Squadron

3.0
5.7/10 IMDB

While a WW2, RAF squadron leader mourns the death of a comrade, he receives a bombing mission against a secret Nazi V-2 rocket testing facility in France.

Starring: David McCallum, Suzanne Neve, Charles Gray, David Buck, David Dundas, Dinsdale Landen, Nicky Henson, Bryan Marshall, Michael Anthony, Peggy Thorpe-Bates ..
Directed by: Boris Sagal
Release date: 1969-01-18
Best War Movies of 1969 : Alfred the Great
11.

Alfred the Great

2.9
6.2/10 IMDB

While Old England is being ransacked by roving Danes in the 9th century, Alfred is planning to join the priesthood. But observing the rape of his land, he puts away his religious vows to take up arms against the invaders, leading the English Christians to fight for their country. Alfred soundly defeats the Danes and becomes a hero. But now, although Alfred still longs for the priesthood, he is torn between his passion for God and his lust for blood.

Starring: David Hemmings, Michael York, Prunella Ransome, Colin Blakely, Ian McKellen, Peter Vaughan, Alan Dobie, Julian Glover, Vivien Merchant ..
Directed by: Clive Donner
Release date: 1969-10-08
Best War Movies of 1969 : The Fall
12.

The Fall

2.9
7.0/10 IMDB

"The Fall" depicts certain scenes in New York City between October 1967 and March 1968, shot by the independent filmmaker, Peter Whitehead. It is a very personal documentary, and Whitehead appears in a large number of scenes, and we hear his lengthy ruminations on the state of the United States and the war in Vietnam.

Starring: Peter Whitehead, Alberta Tiburzi, Paul Auster, H. Rap Brown, Stokely Carmichael, Ossie Davis, Allen Ginsberg, Tom Hayden, Robert Lowell, Angelo Mannsraven ..
Directed by: Peter Whitehead
Release date: 1969-01-15
13.

The Virgin Soldiers

2.7
6.1/10 IMDB

The core of the plot is the romantic triangle formed by the protagonist, a conscripted soldier named Private Brigg; a worldly professional soldier named Sergeant Driscoll, and Phillipa Raskin, the daughter of the Regimental Sergeant Major. The location is a British army base in Singapore during the Malayan Emergency.

Starring: Hywel Bennett, Lynn Redgrave, Nigel Davenport, Jack Shepherd, Nigel Patrick, Rachel Kempson, Michael Gwynn, Tsai Chin, Christopher Timothy, Don Hawkins ..
Directed by: John Dexter
Release date: 1969-10-14
14.

A Walk with Love and Death

2.6
6.4/10 IMDB

Attempting to evade the turmoil of France's Hundred Years' War, Parisian student Heron of Foix decides to journey to the sea. En route, he meets the pretty aristocrat Lady Claudia, and the couple begin a romance amid the intense conflict. As the struggle between peasants and noblemen rages on, Heron and Claudia take shelter at a monastery -- but even their newfound love can't completely keep the horrors of war at bay.

Starring: Anjelica Huston, Assi Dayan, Anthony Higgins, John Hallam, Robert Lang, Guy Deghy, Michael Gough, George Murcell, Eileen Murphy, Anthony Nicholls ..
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1969-10-05
Best War Movies of 1969 : The Thousand Plane Raid
15.

The Thousand Plane Raid

2.5
5.6/10 IMDB

In 1943, Colonel Greg Brandon, stationed at an United States Army Air Forces 8th Air Force, 103rd Bomb Group base in England, repeatedly attempts to persuade superiors that massive daylight bombing will hasten the end of World War II. In spite of the mission's extreme difficulty, his plan is finally put into effect against a German aircraft factory. During preparation for the raid, Brandon alienates his men by insisting that normal bombing operations continue. His disdain for cautious Lieutenant Archer and brash RAF Wing Commander Trafton Howard further antagonizes his associates, including his girl friend, WAC Lieutenant Gabrielle Ames. When his bomber crashes the morning of the mission, Brandon boards a bomber manned by Archer and Howard. During the effective air raid, he is impressed by Archer's courage and Howard's judgment.

Starring: Christopher George, Laraine Stephens, J.D. Cannon, Gary Marshall, Michael Evans, Gavin MacLeod, Ben Murphy, Bo Hopkins, Tim McIntire, Barry Atwater ..
Directed by: Boris Sagal
Release date: 1969-07-15
16.

Submarine X-1

2.4
5.3/10 IMDB

After losing a submarine and fifty crew in a battle with a German ship during WWII, a Royal Navy officer gets a second chance in a daring raid with midget subs.

Starring: James Caan, David Sumner, Norman Bowler, Paul Young, Brian Grellis, William Dysart, John Kelland, Kenneth Farrington, Keith Alexander, Carl Rigg ..
Directed by: William A. Graham
Release date: 1969-06-23
Best War Movies of 1969 : The Battle of El Alamein
17.

The Battle of El Alamein

2.4
5.4/10 IMDB

June 1942. As Rommel swept toward the Nile, the fall of Egypt and the capture of the Suez Canal seemed inevitable. Italian and German advance units raced toward Alexandria. Mussolini had given explicit orders: The Italians must arrive first!

Starring: Frederick Stafford, Enrico Maria Salerno, George Hilton, Robert Hossein, Michael Rennie, Giuseppe Castellano, Salvatore Borgese, Nello Pazzafini, Riccardo Pizzuti, Gérard Herter ..
Directed by: Giorgio Ferroni
Release date: 1969-01-01
Best War Movies of 1969 : Wake Me When the War Is Over
18.

Wake Me When the War Is Over

2.3
5.3/10 IMDB

During the latter days of WWII an American Lieutenant accidentally falls out of an airplane into German territory. He is taken in by a Baroness who becomes smitten with him and doesn't want him to leave, so she doesn't tell him that the war has ended...for five years!

Starring: Ken Berry, Eva Gabor, Werner Klemperer, Danielle De Metz, Hans Conried, Jim Backus, Alan Hewitt, Woodrow Parfrey, Parley Baer, William Wintersole ..
Directed by: Gene Nelson
Release date: 1969-10-14
19.

The Battle of the Damned

2.0
4.5/10 IMDB

A small band of misfit American commandos are assigned to head across the North African desert to blow up a huge German fuel depot.

Starring: Dale Cummings, Maurice Poli, Herb Andress, Fabio Testi, Luciano Catenacci, Ferruccio Viotti, Giacomo Rossi Stuart, Gérard Herter, Madiha Kamel ..
Directed by: Roberto Bianchi Montero
Release date: 1969-04-17
20.

Love Camp 7

1.8
3.9/10 IMDB

Two female Army agents go undercover at a Nazi prison camp to get information from a scientist being held there.

Starring: Bob Cresse, Maria Lease, Kathy Williams, John Alderman, Bruce Kimball, David F. Friedman, Rodger Steel, Rod Wilmoth, Patricia Roddy, John Riazzi ..
Directed by: Lee Frost
Release date: 1969-10-04
Best War Movies of 1969 : The Cut-Throats
21.

The Cut-Throats

1.7
4.2/10 IMDB

Captain Kohler recruits an outfit of five American soldiers besides himself (dubbed "The Cut-Throats,") to attack a German stronghold to capture battle plans... although his real motive is to steal a cache of jewels that is Nazi plunder. After the enemy soldiers are gunned down, the beautiful women in the compound treat The Dirty Half-Dozen to a stage show and, later, themselves.

Starring: Jay Scott, E.J. Walsh, William Guhl, Janice Douglas, Marland Proctor, John Keith, Michael Pataki, Uschi Digard, Sandy Carey, Inga Maria ..
Directed by: John Hayes
Release date: 1969-01-01
Best War Movies of 1969 : The Extraordinary Seaman
22.

The Extraordinary Seaman

1.4
3.4/10 IMDB

Marooned sailors discover a World War II ship haunted by its late captain.

Starring: David Niven, Faye Dunaway, Alan Alda, Mickey Rooney, Jack Carter, Juano Hernández, Manu Tupou, Barry Kelley, Leonard O. Smith, Richard Guizon ..
Directed by: John Frankenheimer
Release date: 1969-05-14
Best War Movies of 1969 : Explosion
23.

Explosion

1.2
5.2/10 IMDB

During the height of the Vietnam war, a hippie and a draft dodger get together and hatch a plan to flee to Canada. They steal a car and head towards Vancouver, but the trip doesn't go as smoothly as they planned, and before long they're being chased by the police, accused of murdering several police officers.

Starring: Don Stroud, Gordon Thomson, Michèle Chicoine, Cec Linder, Robin Ward, Richard Conte, Ted Stidder, Murray Matheson, Ann Sears, Sherry Mitchell ..
Directed by: Jules Bricken
Release date: 1969-12-05
Best War Movies of 1969 : Sampung Labuyo
24.

Sampung Labuyo

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Directed by Cesar Gallardo. With Dolphy, Dolphy Jr., Liza Lorena, Victor Wood.

Starring: Dolphy, Dolphy Jr., Victor Wood, Liza Lorena, Rolly Quizon ..
Directed by: Cesar Gallardo
Release date: 1969-07-20
Best War Movies of 1969 : The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
25.

The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Watch the Blackhorse squadron move their massive vehicles from the road into the trees. Part of "The Big Picture" series.

Release date: 1969-01-01
26.

Good Times, Bad Times

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Combat footage and old photographs from extant BBC documentary footage from the First and Second World Wars is intercut with contemporary footage of First World War veterans recalling their experiences at Royal Canadian Legion halls, memorial day commemorations and veterans' hospitals.

Starring: John Granik ..
Directed by: Donald Shebib
Release date: 1969-05-04

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