Best War Movies of 1979

1.

Apocalypse Now

6.9
8.5/10 IMDB

At the height of the Vietnam war, Captain Benjamin Willard is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially, "does not exist, nor will it ever exist." His goal is to locate - and eliminate - a mysterious Green Beret Colonel named Walter Kurtz, who has been leading his personal army on illegal guerrilla missions into enemy territory.

Starring: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest, Sam Bottoms, Laurence Fishburne, Albert Hall, Harrison Ford, Dennis Hopper, G. D. Spradlin ..
Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
Release date: 1979-08-15
2.

Hair

5.4
7.5/10 IMDB

Upon receiving his draft notice and leaving his family ranch in Oklahoma, Claude heads to New York and befriends a tribe of long-haired hippies on his way to boot camp.

Starring: John Savage, Treat Williams, Annie Golden, Beverly D'Angelo, Dorsey Wright, Don Dacus, Richard Bright, Nicholas Ray, Charlotte Rae, Miles Chapin ..
Directed by: Miloš Forman
Release date: 1979-03-14
3.

1941

4.3
5.8/10 IMDB

In the days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, panic grips California, where a military officer leads a mob chasing a Japanese sub.

Starring: Dan Aykroyd, Ned Beatty, John Belushi, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Christopher Lee, Tim Matheson, Robert Stack, Treat Williams, John Candy ..
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 1979-12-14
4.

All Quiet on the Western Front

4.2
7.1/10 IMDB

At the start of World War I, Paul Baumer is a young German patriot, eager to fight. Indoctrinated with propaganda at school, he and his friends eagerly sign up for the army soon after graduation. But when the horrors of war soon become too much to bear, and as his friends die or become gravely wounded, Paul questions the sanity of fighting over a few hundreds yards of war-torn countryside.

Starring: Richard Thomas, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, Ian Holm, Patricia Neal, David Bradley, Paul Mark Elliott, Dominic Jephcott, Michael Sheard, Ewan Stewart ..
Directed by: Delbert Mann
Release date: 1979-11-14
5.

Zulu Dawn

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

In 1879, the British suffer a great loss at the Battle of Isandlwana due to incompetent leadership.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Denholm Elliott, Bob Hoskins, Peter O'Toole, John Mills, Nigel Davenport, Simon Ward, Phil Daniels, Peter Vaughan, Ronald Lacey ..
Directed by: Douglas Hickox
Release date: 1979-05-14
6.

The Odd Angry Shot

3.3
6.6/10 IMDB

A group of Australian SAS regiment soldiers are deployed to Vietnam around 1967/8 and encounter the realities of war, from the numbing boredom of camp life and long range patrols, raids and ambushes where nothing happens, to the the terror of enduring mortar barrages from an unseen enemy. Men die and are crippled in combat by firefights and booby traps, soldiers kill and capture the enemy, gather intelligence and retake ground only to cede it again whilst battling against the bureaucracy and obstinacy of the conventional military hierarchy. In the end they return to civilization, forever changed by their experiences but glad to return to the life they once knew.

Starring: Graham Kennedy, John Hargreaves, John Jarratt, Bryan Brown, Sharon Higgins ..
Directed by: Tom Jeffrey
Release date: 1979-03-01
7.

The Passage

3.3
6.0/10 IMDB

During WW 2, a Basque shepherd is approached by the underground, who wants him to lead a scientist and his family across the Pyrenees. While being pursued by a sadistic German.

Starring: Anthony Quinn, James Mason, Malcolm McDowell, Patricia Neal, Kay Lenz, Paul Clemens, Christopher Lee, Michael Lonsdale, Robert Rhys, Marcel Bozzuffi ..
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Release date: 1979-03-09
8.

Hanover Street

3.3
6.0/10 IMDB

Margaret is a nurse in England during WW2, and married to a secret agent. Things get complicated when she falls for David, an American pilot.

Starring: Harrison Ford, Lesley-Anne Down, Christopher Plummer, Alec McCowen, Max Wall, Patsy Kensit, Shane Rimmer, Sherrie Hewson, Cindy O'Callaghan, Di Trevis ..
Directed by: Peter Hyams
Release date: 1979-05-18
9.

Yanks

3.3
6.4/10 IMDB

During WWII, the United States set up army bases in Great Britain as part of the war effort. Against their proper sensibilities, many of the Brits don't much like the brash Yanks, especially when it comes to the G.I.s making advances on the lonely British girls. One relationship that develops is between married John, an Army Captain, and the aristocratic Helen, whose naval husband is away at war. Helen loves her husband, but Helen and John are looking for some comfort during the difficult times.

Starring: Richard Gere, Lisa Eichhorn, Vanessa Redgrave, William Devane, Chick Vennera, Wendy Morgan, Martin Smith, Derek Thompson, Joan Hickson, Arlen Dean Snyder ..
Directed by: John Schlesinger
Release date: 1979-09-01
Best War Movies of 1979 : The War at Home
10.

The War at Home

3.2
7.7/10 IMDB

Documentary film about the anti-war movement in the Madison, Wisconsin area during the time of the Vietnam War. It combines archival footage and interviews with participants that explore the events of the period on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus.

Starring: Spiro Agnew, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Hubert H. Humphrey, Lyndon B. Johnson, Gerald Ford, John F. Kennedy, Ted Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Henry Kissinger, Robert McNamara ..
Directed by: Barry Alexander Brown, Glenn Silber
Release date: 1979-12-01
11.

Escape to Athena

3.0
5.6/10 IMDB

During the World War II, the prisoners of a German camp in a Greek island are trying to escape. They not only want their freedom, but also seek an ineffable treasure hidden in a monastery at the summit of the island's mountain.

Starring: Roger Moore, Telly Savalas, David Niven, Stefanie Powers, Claudia Cardinale, Richard Roundtree, Sonny Bono, Elliott Gould, Anthony Valentine, Siegfried Rauch ..
Directed by: George P. Cosmatos
Release date: 1979-05-21
Best War Movies of 1979 : Cuba
12.

Cuba

3.0
5.6/10 IMDB

A British mercenary arrives in pre-Revolution Cuba to help train the corrupt General Batista's army against Castro's guerrillas while he also romances a former lover now married to an unscrupulous plantation owner.

Starring: Sean Connery, Brooke Adams, Jack Weston, Héctor Elizondo, Chris Sarandon, Martin Balsam, Denholm Elliott, Danny De La Paz, Lonette McKee, Alejandro Rey ..
Directed by: Richard Lester
Release date: 1979-12-21
Best War Movies of 1979 : Henry V
13.

Henry V

2.9
7.5/10 IMDB

The life of King Henry the Fifth.

Starring: John Abineri, Robert Ashby, Trevor Baxter, Jocelyne Boisseau, David Gwillim, Julian Glover, Garrick Hagon, Alec McCowen, Anna Quayle, Martin Smith ..
Directed by: David Giles
Release date: 1979-12-23
14.

More American Graffiti

2.9
5.3/10 IMDB

College graduates deal with Vietnam and other issues of the late '60s.

Starring: Candy Clark, Bo Hopkins, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Mackenzie Phillips, Charles Martin Smith, Richard Bradford, Rosanna Arquette, Anna Bjorn, Scott Glenn ..
Directed by: Bill L. Norton
Release date: 1979-08-03
Best War Movies of 1979 : Breakthrough
15.

Breakthrough

2.9
5.0/10 IMDB

Starting in late May 1944, during the German retreat on the Eastern Front, Captain Stransky (Helmut Griem) orders Sergeant Steiner (Richard Burton) to blow up a railway tunnel to prevent Russian forces from using it. Steiner's platoon fails in its mission by coming up against a Russian tank. Steiner then takes a furlough to Paris just as the Allies launch their invasion of Normandy.

Starring: Richard Burton, Rod Steiger, Helmut Griem, Klaus Löwitsch, Michael Parks, Werner Pochath, Robert Mitchum, Véronique Vendell, Horst Janson, Joachim Hansen ..
Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglen
Release date: 1979-03-01
Best War Movies of 1979 : Punk Can Take It
16.

Punk Can Take It

2.8
6.6/10 IMDB

Julien Temple's wartime documentary parody "Punk Can Take It" (1979) - a theatrically released promo for the UK Subs, complete with narration by BBC voice-over veteran John Snagge - paints a glorious picture of England in a punk rock "identity crisis". Punk morale was higher than ever before. Punks were fused together not by fear, but by a surging spirit of revenge, immortality, and the courage never to submit or yield. This proved that punk won't go away and that punks themselves are becoming younger and nastier everyday. They have no time for the precarious thrills of nostalgia nor for its trivial rules.

Starring: Julia Binstead, Edward Tudor-Pole, Helen Wellington-Lloyd, UK Subs, John Snagge ..
Directed by: Julien Temple
Release date: 1979-12-30
Best War Movies of 1979 : Search and Destroy
17.

Search and Destroy

2.7
5.7/10 IMDB

The hunter becomes the prey as a Vietnam veteran (Perry King) tries to ferret out the real culprit after being tagged as the prime suspect in the murders of his former Army pals.

Starring: Perry King, Don Stroud, Tisa Farrow, George Kennedy, Tony Sheer, Phil Aikin, Rummy Bishop, Daniel Buccos, Rob Garrison, John Kerr ..
Directed by: William Fruet
Release date: 1979-07-05
18.

From Hell to Victory

2.5
5.2/10 IMDB

From Hell To Victory follows the relationship of six friends throughout the Second World War. They meet in a cafe in Paris on 24th August 1939 and agree to meet there on the same day every year. The war however takes them on their own individual path's and keeping their friendship throughout proves complicated.

Starring: George Peppard, George Hamilton, Horst Buchholz, Anny Duperey, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Capucine, Sam Wanamaker, Ray Lovelock, Georges Claisse, May Heatherly ..
Directed by: Umberto Lenzi
Release date: 1979-03-15
Best War Movies of 1979 : Pacific Inferno
19.

Pacific Inferno

1.7
3.5/10 IMDB

After the fall of the Philippines in World War II, the Japanese discover that Gen. MacArthur ordered millions of dollars in silver dumped in Manila Bay in order that it not fall into enemy hands. Among the prisoners the Japanese have taken are two American U.S. Navy deep-sea divers, whom they then force to dive in search of the sunken treasure.

Starring: Jim Brown, Richard Jaeckel, Rik Van Nutter, Dick Adair, Timothy Brown, Jimmy Shaw, Dindo Fernando, Pedro Faustino, Tad Horino, Vic Silayan ..
Directed by: Rolf Bayer
Release date: 1979-07-27
Best War Movies of 1979 : First Strike
20.

First Strike

1.5
6.6/10 IMDB

Dramatization of a devastating nuclear strike against the United States by the Soviet Union, followed by interviews with analysts and military figures. Produced by the United States Air Force.

Directed by: Fleming B. Fuller
Release date: 1979-01-01
Best War Movies of 1979 : Sto koni do stu brzegów
21.

Sto koni do stu brzegów

1.2
5.1/10 IMDB

World War II. Lieutenant Bogdan Mayer is tasked with delivering a sample of valuable metal alloy from Warsaw to London.

Starring: Lech Adamowski, Henryk Bista, Joanna Bogacka, Barbara Brylska, Krystyna Chmielewska, Stanis?aw Gawlik, Teodor Gendera, Halina Golanko, Jerzy Karaszkiewicz, Wojciech Kostecki ..
Directed by: Zbigniew Ku?mi?ski
Release date: 1979-06-18

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