Best War Movies of 1981


Lion of the Desert

8.2/10 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


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


6.7/10 IMDB

Military cadets take extreme measures to ensure the future of their academy when its existence is threatened by local condo developers.

Starring: George C. Scott, Timothy Hutton, Ronny Cox, Sean Penn, Tom Cruise, Brendan Ward, Evan Handler, John P. Navin, Jr., Billy Van Zandt, Giancarlo Esposito ..
Directed by: Harold Becker
Release date: 1981-12-20

Escape to Victory

6.6/10 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 Thorensen ..
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1981-06-17
Best War Movies of 1981 : Masada


7.8/10 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
Best War Movies of 1981 : Rise and Fall of Idi Amin

Rise and Fall of Idi Amin

6.0/10 IMDB

The chronicle of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin and his tyranic rule from 1971 to his overthrow in 1979.

Starring: Joseph Olita, Thomas Baptiste, Leonard Trolley, Geoffrey Keen, Louis Mahoney, André Maranne, Denis Hills, Tony Sibbald, Norbert Okare, Ka Vundla ..
Directed by: Sharad Patel
Release date: 1981-07-16
Best War Movies of 1981 : Fly Away Home

Fly Away Home

5.5/10 IMDB

Ambitious pilot to a prospective series revolving around a combat cameraman in Vietnam. Carl Danton is in Saigon on assignment at the start of the 1968 Tet offensive with a cynical boss in the local bureau chief. His love interest is a Vietnamese doctor whose brother happens to be a leader in the Viet Cong and whose influential parents are involved in high-level corruption.

Starring: Bruce Boxleitner, Tiana Alexandra, Michael Beck, Randy Brooks, Brian Dennehy, Lynne Moody, Louis Giambalvo, Michael Fairman, Ki?u Chinh, Laura Johnson ..
Directed by: Paul Krasny
Release date: 1981-09-18
Best War Movies of 1981 : A Town Like Alice

A Town Like Alice

8.3/10 IMDB

Set against the brutal chaos of World War II, a love story begins that will take two lovers through a living nightmare of captivity, across three continents and two decades. From the steamy jungles of Malaya to the dusty and desolate outback of Australia. Based on Nevil Shute's international bestselling novel A TOWN LIKE ALICE follows the lives of Jean Paget and Joe Harman. Meeting in Malaya - she an attractive young English captive and he a cheerful Australian POW tortured for a simple act of kindness. Separated first by their captors then by the distance of passing years, the two are finally reunited in the rugged outback of Australia-to face a challenge every bit as demanding as their wartime trials.

Release date: 1981-10-04

A War Story

8.1/10 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 : South Pacific 1942

South Pacific 1942

7.6/10 IMDB

Follows the crew of a Canadian submarine in World War Two and their fight against the Japanese Imperial Navy.

Starring: Gary Vermeir, Maher Boutros, Terry-David Després, Lynette Louise, Alan MacGillivray, Bill Papps, Jeff Pustil, Richard Rebiere, Dug Rotstein, Lorne Ryan ..
Directed by: Paul Donovan
Release date: 1981-03-01

The Private History of a Campaign That Failed

7.3/10 IMDB

Mark Twain tale of cowardly Confederate soldiers.

Starring: Joseph Adams ..
Directed by: Peter H. Hunt
Release date: 1981-04-06
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

Royal Vacation

4.8/10 IMDB

Informative but not dramatically charged, this fictional documentary looks at an incident in 1976 when a group of dissidents were forcibly exiled to an island hotel in order to keep them silenced during the visit of King Carlos of Spain to France. This pseudo-documentary features a Canadian filmmaker who is looking into the group of dissidents. He interviews them to get the story of what happened recorded for posterity. Among the group was another man of Spanish ancestry who suddenly arrived on the island but managed to find a way out. His future exploits are brought into question since there are certain terrorist connotations to his character.

Starring: Agnès Château, Didier Sauvegrain, Emilio Sánchez-Ortiz, Francesco Curto, Yves Albert, Bruno Madinier ..
Directed by: Gabriel Auer
Release date: 1981-01-21
Best War Movies of 1981 : P.Q. 17

P.Q. 17

0.0/10 IMDB

"That order to scatter was as good as a death sentence to those merchant ships. And there isn't one officer or rating who doesn't agree with me." A British Allied convoy designated for the Soviet Union comes under attack from German forces during World War II.

Starring: Richard Briers, Paul Copley, Philip Bloomfield, Tony Caunter, Simon Heywood, Norman McDonald, Osmund Bullock, Frederick Treves, Rowena Cooper, John Horsley ..
Directed by: Frank Cox
Release date: 1981-12-15
Best War Movies of 1981 : Red Flag: The Ultimate Game

Red Flag: The Ultimate Game

5.4/10 IMDB

Two fighter pilots, Phil Clark and Jay Rivers, who flew together in Vietnam are assigned to the elite Air Force Fighter Weapons School (known as "Red Flag") at Nellis AFB, Nevada, about a decade after the war. Brash, self-confident Clark is an instructor, while quieter, family man Rivers is the student. At first, the two men resume their friendship. But as the student starts to show the master a thing or two, tensions develop. Can their relationship survive the stresses of one of the military's top schools?

Starring: Barry Bostwick, William Devane, Linden Chiles, Joan Van Ark, Fred McCarren, Debra Feuer, George Coe, Linden Chiles, Arlen Dean Snyder, William Devane ..
Directed by: Don Taylor
Release date: 1981-10-03

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