Best War Movies of 1980


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: 1980-05-28

The Final Countdown

6.7/10 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

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

The Sea Wolves

6.3/10 IMDB

This true story follows the exploits of a top secret British military mission to destroy Nazi radio ships in a neutral harbor during WWII. The daring plan is led by British Intelligence officers Col. Lewis Pugh (Gregory Peck) and Capt. Gavin Stewart (Roger Moore). Since the ships are in neutral territory the British Military command, while encouraging the scheme, must deny any knowledge of it if it fails. Pugh and Stewart enlist the aid of retired officer Col. Bill Grice (David Niven) and some of his former soldiers. On the pretext of being on a fishing expedition, these seemingly drunken old men in civilian clothing must board and destroy 3 Nazi ships, whose radio transmissions have resulted in Nazi submarines sinking allied ships. While Stewart arranges a diversion on shore, Pugh and Grice carry out the dangerous raid on and destruction of the Nazi ships.

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

7.3/10 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

The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter

7.0/10 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 : The Last Reunion

The Last Reunion

4.9/10 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 : Enola Gay: The Men, the Mission, the Atomic Bomb

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

6.4/10 IMDB

Well-intentioned history lesson; the decision to drop the atom bomb, the secrecy surrounding the mission, and the men who flew it.

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
Best War Movies of 1980 : Aguila


7.9/10 IMDB

Daniel Aguila's son recounts memories of the Philippines as he searches for his father.

Starring: Fernando Poe Jr., Amalia Fuentes, Christopher de Leon, Elizabeth Oropesa, Jay Ilagan, Charo Santos-Concio, Chanda Romero, Daria Ramirez, Celia Rodriguez, Eddie Garcia ..
Directed by: Eddie Romero
Release date: 1980-02-14
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

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