Best War Movies of 1979

1.

Apocalypse Now

6.8
8.4/10 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
7.6/10 IMDB

"Hair" is a 1979 musical war comedy-drama film adaptation of the 1968 Broadway musical "Hair: An American Tribal Love-Rock Musical" about a Vietnam War draftee, Claude, who meets and befriends a tribe of long-haired hippies on his way to the army induction center. Claude heads to New York upon receiving his draft notice, leaving the family ranch in Oklahoma. He arrives in New York where he is rapidly indoctrinated into the youth subculture before reporting in for 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
Best War Movies of 1979 : All Quiet on the Western Front
3.

All Quiet on the Western Front

3.6
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
4.

The Odd Angry Shot

3.4
6.7/10 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 ..
Directed by: Tom Jeffrey
Release date: 1979-03-01
5.

Zulu Dawn

3.4
6.7/10 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.

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: 1979-11-29
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.

Escape to Athena

3.0
5.7/10 IMDB

During the World War II, the prisoners of a German camp in a greek island are trying to escape. They don't want only their freedom, but they also seek for an ineffable treasure hidden in a monastery at the top 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: 1979-06-06
Best War Movies of 1979 : Cuba
9.

Cuba

3.0
5.7/10 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
10.

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

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