Best War Movies of 1981


Escape to Victory

6.7/10 IMDB

A group of POWs in a German prison camp during World War II play the German National Soccer Team in this powerful film depicting the role of prisoners during wartime.

Starring: Michael Caine, Sylvester Stallone, Max von Sydow, Pelé, Carole Laure, Bobby Moore, Osvaldo Ardiles, Paul Van Himst, Kazimierz Deyna, Hallvar Thoresen ..
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1981-06-17
Best War Movies of 1981 : Masada


7.9/10 IMDB

After the destruction of the Second Temple, 900 Jewish zealots hold out against a 5000 man Roman legion on the mountaintop fortress of Masada.

Release date: 1981-04-05

The Bunker

6.9/10 IMDB

Dramatization depicting the events surrounding Adolf Hitler's last weeks in and around his underground bunker in Berlin before and during the battle for the city.

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Richard Jordan, Cliff Gorman, James Naughton, Martin Jarvis, Michael Kitchen, Andrew Ray, Piper Laurie, Susan Blakely, Michael Lonsdale ..
Directed by: George Schaefer
Release date: 1981-04-15

A War Story

8.2/10 IMDB

A Canadian doctor interned at a Japanese POW Camp during WWII must tend to his fellow British prisoners who are being worked to death in a mine.

Starring: Donald Sutherland, David Edney, Frank C. Turner ..
Directed by: Anne Wheeler
Release date: 1981-11-08
Best War Movies of 1981 : Charlotte


7.1/10 IMDB

In 1939, Charlotte Salomon leaves Berlin to seek refuge at her grandparents' villa in the south of France. A little later, war breaks out, and Charlotte must, besides forgetting all she left behind, deal with her grandmother's depression, and her mother's suicide. To fight despair, Charlotte starts to paint, producing over one thousand images. "Is my life real, or is it theater?" This is the title she gives her body of work, which highlights her former life in Berlin. She finds herself though her art, but in 1943 is deported to Germany and Auschwitz.

Starring: Birgit Doll, Elisabeth Trissenaar, Brigitte Horney, Max Croiset, Peter Capell, Derek Jacobi, Peter Faber, Maria Machado, Shireen Strooker, Patricia Hodge ..
Directed by: Frans Weisz
Release date: 1981-02-26
Best War Movies of 1981 : Fly Away Home

Fly Away Home

5.6/10 IMDB

An American photojournalist is sent to Saigon to cover the Vietnam War.

Starring: Bruce Boxleitner, Tiana Alexandra, Michael Beck, Randy Brooks ..
Directed by: Paul Krasny
Release date: 1981-09-18


7.4/10 IMDB

As World War I rages, brave and youthful Australians Archy and Frank—both agile runners—become friends and enlist in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps together. They later find themselves part of the Dardanelles Campaign on the Gallipoli peninsula, a brutal eight-month conflict which pit the British and their allies against the Ottoman Empire and left over 500,000 men dead.

Starring: Mel Gibson, Mark Lee, Bill Kerr, Gerda Nicolson, Harold Hopkins, Bill Hunter, Charles Lathalu Yunipingu, Heath Harris, Ron Graham, Robert Grubb ..
Directed by: Peter Weir
Release date: 1981-08-13
Best War Movies of 1981 : Lion of the Desert

Lion of the Desert

8.4/10 IMDB

This movie tells the story of Omar Mukhtar, an Arab Muslim rebel who fought against the Italian conquest of Libya in WWII. It gives western viewers a glimpse into this little-known region and chapter of history, and exposes the savage means by which the conquering army attempted to subdue the natives.

Starring: Anthony Quinn, Rod Steiger, Oliver Reed, Irene Papas, Raf Vallone, John Gielgud, Andrew Keir, Gastone Moschin, Stefano Patrizi, Adolfo Lastretti ..
Directed by: Moustapha Akkad
Release date: 1981-04-17

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