Best War Movies of 1980


Breaker Morant

7.8/10 IMDB

During the Boer War, three Australian lieutenants are on trial for shooting Boer prisoners. Though they acted under orders, they are being used as scapegoats by the General Staff, who hopes to distance themselves from the irregular practices of the war. The trial does not progress as smoothly as expected by the General Staff, as the defence puts up a strong fight in the courtroom.

Starring: Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson, Bryan Brown, John Waters, Terence Donovan, Vincent Ball, Ray Meagher, Chris Haywood, Russell Kiefel, Lewis Fitz-Gerald ..
Directed by: Bruce Beresford
Release date: 1980-06-11
Best War Movies of 1980 : The Big Red One

The Big Red One

7.1/10 IMDB

A veteran sergeant of World War I leads a squad in World War II, always in the company of the survivor Pvt. Griff, the writer Pvt. Zab, the Sicilian Pvt. Vinci and Pvt. Johnson, in Vichy French Africa, Sicily, D-Day at Omaha Beach, Belgium and France, and ending in a concentration camp in Czechoslovakia where they face the true horror of war.

Starring: Lee Marvin, Mark Hamill, Robert Carradine, Bobby Di Cicco, Kelly Ward, Stéphane Audran, Siegfried Rauch, Serge Marquand, Alain Doutey, Maurice Marsac ..
Directed by: Samuel Fuller
Release date: 1980-01-22

The Final Countdown

6.6/10 IMDB

During routine manoeuvres near Hawaii in 1980, the aircraft-carrier USS Nimitz is caught in a strange vortex-like storm, throwing the ship back in time to 1941—mere hours before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Katharine Ross, James Farentino, Ron O'Neal, Charles Durning, Victor Mohica, James Coleman, Soon-Tek Oh, Alvin Ing ..
Directed by: Don Taylor
Release date: 1980-01-31

The Sea Wolves

6.3/10 IMDB

A German spy is passing on information about the location of Allied ships in the neutral harbor of Goa, India, with catastrophic results. Unable to undertake a full military operation in the Portuguese stronghold, English intelligence brings out of retirement a crew of geriatric ex-soldiers, veterans from World War I, using their age as cover. These old soldiers are asked to take to the seas and pull off an unlikely undercover mission.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Roger Moore, David Niven, Trevor Howard, Barbara Kellerman, Patrick Macnee, Kenneth Griffith, Patrick Allen, Wolf Kahler, Robert Hoffmann ..
Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglen
Release date: 1980-07-03
Best War Movies of 1980 : Friendly Fire

Friendly Fire

7.2/10 IMDB

In March 1970, a U.S. Army officer arrived at the Iowa farm of Peg and Gene Mullen and informed them that their son Michael had been killed in Vietnam by "friendly fire." Their determined attempts to learn more about the circumstances of their son's death are the subject of this true account film.

Starring: Carol Burnett, Ned Beatty, Dennis Erdman, Sherry Hursey, Timothy Hutton, Fanny Spiess, Steve Bonino, Henry Brown, Cosie Costa, Hilly Hicks ..
Directed by: David Greene
Release date: 1980-11-09
Best War Movies of 1980 : The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game

7.7/10 IMDB

Second World War drama - A young woman decides against working in a munitions factory, and lands a post with the signals corps attempting to crack the Enigma code.

Starring: Harriet Walter, Bernard Gallagher, Gillian Martell, Lorna Yabsley, Nicholas Le Prevost, Patricia Routledge, Brenda Blethyn, Simon Chandler, Danny Webb ..
Directed by: Richard Eyre
Release date: 1980-04-24
Best War Movies of 1980 : The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter

The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter

7.2/10 IMDB

Documentary about women's experiences of labour, in factories, mines and dockyards, in the USA during the second World War and how it affected their work and career aspirations once they were encouraged to give up such employment in peacetime.

Directed by: Connie Field
Release date: 1980-09-27
Best War Movies of 1980 : War of the Shaolin Temple

War of the Shaolin Temple

6.3/10 IMDB

Set during the Sung Dynasty, patriotic monks of the Shaolin Temple fight against foreign invasion.

Starring: Chen Kin Cheung, Chan Kian Ching, Chan Kian Ho, Chen Cha Hoi, Mark Lung, Wu Chi-Chin, Chiang Sheng, Alan Chui Chung-San, Chen Kin-Cheong ..
Directed by: Da Chiao Lin
Release date: 1980-09-14

Enola Gay: The Men, the Mission, the Atomic Bomb

6.3/10 IMDB

The story of Col. Paul Tibbets and his crew who flew the Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, bringing World War II to a close.

Starring: Patrick Duffy, Billy Crystal, Kim Darby, Gary Frank, Gregory Harrison, Stephen Macht, Walter Olkewicz, Robert Pine, James Shigeta, Robert Walden ..
Directed by: David Lowell Rich
Release date: 1980-11-23

The Last Reunion

4.6/10 IMDB

Several members of a platoon of American soldiers not only kill a Japanese general, but also rape and murder the man's wife. The couple's son, Kimon, witnesses these ghastly events and vows revenge. Thirty-three years later the platoon get back together in Manila for a reunion. The adult Kimon also shows up to pick off the platoon members who are responsible for butchering his parents.

Starring: Leo Fong, Laird Stuart, Philip Baker Hall, Cameron Mitchell, Butz Aquino, Stack Pierce, Mariwin Roberts, Chanda Romero, Joe Mari Avellana, Hal Bokar ..
Directed by: Jay Wertz
Release date: 1980-01-01
Best War Movies of 1980 : The Secret War of Jackie's Girls

The Secret War of Jackie's Girls

5.7/10 IMDB

This prospective pilot to a series tells the improbable story of five American female pilots recruited into the British RAF, before the USA joined the war, to fly a new top-secret aircraft -- the helicopter.

Starring: Lee Purcell, Ann Dusenberry, Tracy Brooks Swope, Dee Wallace, Caroline Smith, John Reilly, Sheila MacRae, Mariette Hartley, Ben Murphy, Marilyn Chris ..
Directed by: Gordon Hessler
Release date: 1980-11-29
Best War Movies of 1980 : The Death Sentence

The Death Sentence

6.9/10 IMDB

A spy thriller set in 1943 when the Polish Resistance was killing SS- officers and collaborators in Lublin and Zamosc. Polish hitman romances with "officer's lady" while he is setting up her boyfriend for his sentence of death. In the end, he loses out to a collaborator living next door.

Starring: Jerzy Kryszak, Leon Niemczyk, Wojciech Wysocki, S?awomira ?ozi?ska ..
Directed by: Witold Orzechowski
Release date: 1980-09-08
Best War Movies of 1980 : The Memory of Eva Ryker

The Memory of Eva Ryker

6.6/10 IMDB

A young woman has spent her life tormented by the death of her mother, who was on a ship torpedoed during World War II. When her father hires an investigator to look into the circumstances of the mother's death 30 years prior, it triggers a new rash of emotional turmoil for the young woman and uncovers a heinous crime.

Starring: Natalie Wood, Ralph Bellamy, Robert Foxworth, Roddy McDowall, Bradford Dillman, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Peter Graves, Mel Ferrer, Morgan Fairchild, Robert Hogan ..
Directed by: Walter Grauman
Release date: 1980-05-05
Best War Movies of 1980 : Face to Face

Face to Face

0.0/10 IMDB

Using a smudge-and-click pastel animation technique, traces the history of a life from cradle to grave.

Directed by: Sheila Graber
Release date: 1980-01-01

Worlds Apart

0.0/10 IMDB

After fighting the Arab armies, Assaf, an Israeli soldier, falls in love with an American living in the Arab district of Jerusalem. One day, he believes he recognizes a wanted terrorist.

Starring: Amos Kollek, Shelby Livingston, Joe Cortese, Yossi Yadin, Shraga Harpaz, Leah Koenig, Yossi Pollak ..
Directed by: Barbara Noble
Release date: 1980-10-17

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