Best War Movies of 1971


Johnny Got His Gun

7.9/10 IMDB

Joe, a young American soldier, is hit by a mortar shell on the last day of World War I. He lies in a hospital bed in a fate worse than death - a quadruple amputee who has lost his arms, legs, eyes, ears, mouth and nose. Unbeknown to his doctors, he remains conscious and able to think, thereby reliving his life through strange dreams and memories and unable to distinguish whether he is awake or dreaming. He remains frustrated by his situation, until one day when Joe discovers a unique way to communicate with his caregivers.

Starring: Timothy Bottoms, Kathy Fields, Marsha Hunt, Jason Robards, Donald Sutherland, Charles McGraw, Sandy Brown Wyeth, Don Barry, Peter Brocco, Kendell Clarke ..
Directed by: Dalton Trumbo
Release date: 1971-08-04


7.4/10 IMDB

Scotland, 11th century. Driven by the twisted prophecy of three witches and the ruthless ambition of his wife, warlord Macbeth, bold and brave, but also weak and hesitant, betrays his good king and his brothers in arms and sinks into the bloody mud of a path with no return, sown with crime and suspicion.

Starring: Jon Finch, Francesca Annis, Martin Shaw, Terence Bayler, John Stride, Nicholas Selby, Stephan Chase, Paul Shelley, Keith Chegwin, Mark Dightam ..
Directed by: Roman Polanski
Release date: 1971-12-20

Nicholas and Alexandra

7.2/10 IMDB

Tsar Nicholas II, the inept last monarch of Russia, insensitive to the needs of his people, is overthrown and exiled to Siberia with his family.

Starring: Michael Jayston, Janet Suzman, Roderic Noble, Ania Marson, Lynne Frederick, Candance Glendenning, Harry Andrews, Irene Worth, Tom Baker, Jack Hawkins ..
Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner
Release date: 1971-11-29

The Last Valley

7.2/10 IMDB

People in a small German village in the last valley to remain untouched by the devastating Thirty Years' War try to exist in peace with a group of soldiers occupying the valley.

Starring: Michael Caine, Omar Sharif, Florinda Bolkan, Nigel Davenport, Per Oscarsson, Madeleine Hinde, Yorgo Voyagis, Miguel Alejandro, Christian Roberts, Brian Blessed ..
Directed by: James Clavell
Release date: 1971-01-28
Best War Movies of 1971 : Zeppelin


6.2/10 IMDB

The outbreak of World War I places Scots officer Geoffrey Richter-Douglas in an uncomfortable position. Although his allegiance is to Britain, his mother was from an aristocratic Bavarian family, and he spent his summers in Germany as a child. When Geoffrey is approached by a German spy who offers him a chance to defect, he reports the incident to his superiors, but instead of arresting the spy they suggest that he accept her offer--and become an Allied agent. In Germany, among old friends, Geoffrey discovers that loyalty is more complicated than he expected, especially when he finds himself aboard the maiden voyage of a powerful new prototype Zeppelin, headed for Scotland on a secret mission that could decide the outcome of the war.

Starring: Michael York, Elke Sommer, Peter Carsten, Anton Diffring, Marius Goring, Andrew Keir, Andrew Keir, Rupert Davies, Alexandra Stewart, William Marlowe ..
Directed by: Etienne Périer
Release date: 1971-10-06

Interviews with My Lai Veterans

7.6/10 IMDB

Interviews with five former American soldiers who were present at the March 16, 1968 attack on the village of My Lai during the Vietnam War; they discuss the orders that were issued leading up to the attack, their expectations of what they would find there, and the subsequent massacre of the inhabitants and destruction of the village, as well as possible motivations for the killings and rapes which took place.

Starring: Richard Hammer ..
Directed by: Joseph Strick
Release date: 1971-02-25
Best War Movies of 1971 : Raid on Rommel

Raid on Rommel

5.6/10 IMDB

Captain Foster plans on raiding German-occupied Tobruk with hand- picked commandos, but a mixup leaves him with a medical unit led by a Quaker conscientious objector. Despite all odds they succeed with their mission. On the way they pick up and drug the mistress of an Italian general, blow up the entire fuel supply for the Afrika Korps, and swap philatelic gossip with Field Marshal Erwin Rommel.

Starring: Richard Burton, John Colicos, Wolfgang Preiss, Clinton Greyn, Danielle De Metz, Karl-Otto Alberty, Christopher Cary, John Orchard, Brook Williams, Greg Mullavey ..
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1971-02-12
Best War Movies of 1971 : The Reluctant Heroes

The Reluctant Heroes

7.1/10 IMDB

An army tale about an egghead ninety-day-wonder who relies on ancient tactics he remembers from the history books to save his beleaguered squad on an important mission in Korea.

Starring: Ken Berry, Jim Hutton, Trini López, Don Marshall, Ralph Meeker, Cameron Mitchell, Warren Oates, Richard Young, Michael St. George, Soon-Tek Oh ..
Directed by: Robert Day
Release date: 1971-11-23
Best War Movies of 1971 : Santos Vega

Santos Vega

6.3/10 IMDB

The 1971 Film about the mysterious Argentine hero Santos Vega, popularized by the writers Bartolomé Miter, Hilario Ascasubi and Eduardo Gutiérrez.

Starring: José Larralde, Ana María Picchio, Walter Vidarte, Juan Carlos Galván, Carlos Carella, Néstor Paternostro, Romualdo Quiroga, Chela Jordán ..
Directed by: Carlos Borcosque Jr.
Release date: 1971-07-22
Best War Movies of 1971 : Vietnam! Vietnam!

Vietnam! Vietnam!

5.7/10 IMDB

Inspired by a series of articles by Thomas Duggan Goss. Part One - Vietnam:The People and the War - The Vietnamese in their normal daily routine. Their lives when having been affected by insurgents. Wives of prisoners of war in Vietnam talking about their incessant activities on behalf of their husband's plights. (36:28) and Part Two - Vietnam:The Debate Students, Wounded U.S. Soldiers, Demonstrators, and a number of elected officials, foreign dignitaries, and lawyers air their personal and/or political feelings about the Vietnam War in the 1960's and in the early 1970's.

Starring: Charlton Heston ..
Directed by: Sherman Beck
Release date: 1971-09-01

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