Best War Movies of 1982


First Blood

7.7/10 IMDB

When former Green Beret John Rambo is harassed by local law enforcement and arrested for vagrancy, the Vietnam vet snaps, runs for the hills and rat-a-tat-tats his way into the action-movie hall of fame. Hounded by a relentless sheriff, Rambo employs heavy-handed guerilla tactics to shake the cops off his tail.

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Brian Dennehy, Bill McKinney, Jack Starrett, Michael Talbott, Chris Mulkey, John McLiam, Alf Humphreys, David Caruso ..
Directed by: Ted Kotcheff
Release date: 1982-10-22

Sophie's Choice

7.5/10 IMDB

Stingo, a young writer, moves to Brooklyn in 1947 to begin work on his first novel. As he becomes friendly with Sophie and her lover Nathan, he learns that she is a Holocaust survivor. Flashbacks reveal her harrowing story, from pre-war prosperity to Auschwitz. In the present, Sophie and Nathan's relationship increasingly unravels as Stingo grows closer to Sophie and Nathan's fragile mental state becomes ever more apparent.

Starring: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Peter MacNicol, Rita Karin, Stephen D. Newman, Greta Turken, Josh Mostel, Marcell Rosenblatt, Moishe Rosenfeld, Robin Bartlett ..
Directed by: Alan J. Pakula
Release date: 1982-12-08

The Year of Living Dangerously

7.1/10 IMDB

Australian journalist Guy Hamilton travels to Indonesia to cover civil strife in 1965. There—on the eve of an attempted coup—he befriends a Chinese Australian photographer with a deep connection to and vast knowledge of the Indonesian people, and also falls in love with a British national.

Starring: Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hunt, Michael Murphy, Bill Kerr, Noel Ferrier, Bembol Roco, Paul Sonkkila, Domingo Landicho, Kuh Ledesma ..
Directed by: Peter Weir
Release date: 1982-12-17
Best War Movies of 1982 : The Blue and the Gray

The Blue and the Gray

7.5/10 IMDB

This movie is also in existance as a 3 part miniseries. America just before and during the Civil War, as seen through the eyes of an artist correspondent. The plot revolves around the families of two sisters; Maggie Geyser and Evelyn Hale. The Geysers are farmers who reside near Charlottesville, Virginia, and the Hales own a small newspaper in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The Geysers are generally indifferent to the issue of slavery, but are sympathetic to the Southern cause. The lone exception in the family is son John, an artistic young man who becomes sympathetic to the plight of Southern slaves and free Negroes. The Hales are pro-Union and anti-slavery, but, like many Northerners at the time, they hope for a peaceful solution to the nation's problems.

Release date: 1982-06-16

Attack Force Z

5.4/10 IMDB

Tim Burstall directs then-up-and-comers Mel Gibson and Sam Neill in this action-packed Cannes Film Festival selection about the grim realities of World War II, a gritty drama based on actual events. Sent to rescue survivors from the site of a plane crash in the South Pacific, Capt. P.G. Kelly (Gibson) and his elite squad of Australian commandos must keep tabs on a defecting Japanese official who could hold the secret to peace.

Starring: John Phillip Law, Mel Gibson, Sam Neill, Chris Haywood, Sylvia Chang, John Waters, Ko Chun-Hsiung, John Waters, Val Champion, Yi Yuan ..
Directed by: Tim Burstall
Release date: 1982-06-01
Best War Movies of 1982 : Inside the Third Reich

Inside the Third Reich

7.3/10 IMDB

A dramatization of the life of Albert Speer, Hitler's young architect and onetime confidant, and his meteoric rise into the Nazi hierarchy. Based upon Speer's own monograph of the same title.

Starring: Rutger Hauer, John Gielgud, Maria Schell, Blythe Danner, Trevor Howard, Derek Jacobi, Viveca Lindfors, Randy Quaid, Stephen Collins, Ian Holm ..
Directed by: Marvin J. Chomsky
Release date: 1982-05-09
Best War Movies of 1982 : Don't Cry, It's Only Thunder

Don't Cry, It's Only Thunder

6.6/10 IMDB

During the Vietnam War, Brian Anderson, a young Army medic, is stationed in Saigon. Initially apathetic and self-serving, he eventually has his heart won over by the children at a nearby orphanage where he does volunteer work. At first, a doctor named Katherine Cross has to persuade him to help the children. But soon, Brian willingly puts his career and safety on the line to provide the orphans with the food and medical supplies they need.

Starring: Dennis Christopher, Susan Saint James, Roger Aaron Brown, Robert Englund, James Whitmore Jr., Lisa Lu, Shere Thu Thuy, Travis Swords, Mai Thi Lien, Truong Minh Hai ..
Directed by: Peter Werner
Release date: 1982-05-03
Best War Movies of 1982 : How Sleep the Brave

How Sleep the Brave

5.7/10 IMDB

A squad of young fresh American soldiers are sent to Vietnam. Immediately upon their arrival, they are sent on a very hazardous mission into the jungle losing a couple of them on the way. As soon as they return to camp they have no time to rest and are sent out again on a long jaunt to destroy a V.C. village. After destroying the village they embark on the journey back to camp

Starring: Lawrence Day, Luis Manuel, Thomas M. Pollard, Christopher Muncke ..
Directed by: Lindsay Shonteff
Release date: 1982-07-16
Best War Movies of 1982 : The Highest Honour

The Highest Honour

6.4/10 IMDB

After a highly successful raid on Singapore Harbour, soldiers of Z Special Unit lead a new expedition in Singapore, with disastrous results.

Starring: John Howard, Steve Bisley, Michael Aitkens, Tony Bonner, John Ley, Harold Hopkins, Gary Waddell, Tim Elston, Neil Redfern, Michael Harrs ..
Directed by: Peter Maxwell, Seiji Maruyama
Release date: 1982-05-15
Best War Movies of 1982 : Sarah: The Seventh Match

Sarah: The Seventh Match

6.1/10 IMDB

This moving film tells the story of Sarah, a little girl who is orphaned by the war. She hides out in the forest and tries to end the war by sabotaging a railway bridge that is used by munitions trains. Slowly and painfully, throughout a freezing winter, she prises bricks from the supporting columns. In a sudden Spring thaw an ice floe crashes into the weakened column of the bridge and it plunges into the river. Sadly, she realizes that the end of the bridge does not mean the end of the war and she rejoins the creatures of the wild, disappearing into the forest forever.

Starring: Mia Farrow, Joan Bruce, John Faasen, Ron Haddrick, Shane Porteous ..
Directed by: Yoram Gross
Release date: 1982-08-01
Best War Movies of 1982 : Tiger Joe

Tiger Joe

5.2/10 IMDB

On one of his last trips before retirement, a plane of an illegal gunrunner in Vietnam is shot down where he hooks up Annie Belle, a humanitarian rebel.

Starring: David Warbeck, Tony King, Luciano Pigozzi, Annie Belle, Giancarlo Badessi, Rene Abadeza ..
Directed by: Antonio Margheriti
Release date: 1982-08-12


5.1/10 IMDB

The vows of an ambitious young American priest are tested during World War II. Not only does Father John Flaherty get involved with the black market to raise money for the Vatican, he also falls in love with a young French nun.

Starring: Christopher Reeve, Geneviève Bujold, Fernando Rey, Jason Miller, Adolfo Celi, Leonardo Cimino, Tomas Milian, Robert Prosky, Joe Pantoliano, Milena Vukoti? ..
Directed by: Frank Perry
Release date: 1982-10-22
Best War Movies of 1982 : Blonde Goddess

Blonde Goddess

6.0/10 IMDB

The erotic, macho dreams of Elmo Smathers, shy comic book artist, transport him first to a lush South American forest, where he meets a tribe of lusty warriors, and ultimately their beautiful pagan queen, The Blonde Goddess. Next, Elmo's fantasies take him to France during WW1 where he defeats the Black Baron in a thrilling sky duel. Both men live to share the insatiable ladies of the Chateau. The Blonde Goddess appears, as she does at the climax of each fantasy, luring him to place of endless lust. Jack Hammer, Private Eye, is Elmo's next reverie. Hammer's current case involves intimate associations with the sexy sirens of the 1940's. Thrusting into the future, Elmo battles the galactic overlord, Megazon, for the safety of the universe and the flesh of the five succulent otherworldly beauties.

Starring: Jacqueline Lorians, Loni Sanders, Misty Regan, Barbara Peckinpaugh, Tamara West, Heather Young, Jane Kelton, Nicole Scent, David Messa, Ken Yontz ..
Directed by: Bill Milling
Release date: 1982-05-05
Best War Movies of 1982 : Inchon


2.8/10 IMDB

A noisy and absurd re-telling of the great 1950 invasion of Inchon during the Korean War which was masterminded by General Douglas MacArthur.

Starring: Laurence Olivier, Jacqueline Bisset, Ben Gazzara, Toshiro Mifune, Richard Roundtree, David Janssen, Nam Koong-won, Gabriele Ferzetti, Rex Reed, Sabine Sun ..
Directed by: Terence Young
Release date: 1982-05-04
Best War Movies of 1982 : The Wall

The Wall

7.0/10 IMDB

A dramatic re-enactment of the Warsaw Ghetto Jewish uprising in April 1943 were 650 armed members of the Jewish Fighting Organization of Poland held off a 3,000 strong Nazi force in which only a handful of Jews survived. Tom Conti plays Dolek Berson, a Jewish smuggler who joins the resistance movement and is aided on the Aryan side of the wall by a former teacher named Regina Kowalski played by Rachel Roberts in her final role.

Starring: Tom Conti, Lisa Eichhorn, Gerald Hiken, Rachel Roberts, Philip Sterling, Eli Wallach, Laurent Aidenbaum, Rosanna Arquette, Roberts Blossom, James Cromwell ..
Directed by: Robert Markowitz
Release date: 1982-02-16
Best War Movies of 1982 : How Many Miles to Babylon?

How Many Miles to Babylon?

6.7/10 IMDB

Wealthy Alexander Moore and working-class Jerry Crowe are childhood friends and in 1914 find themselves in the same Army unit - Alex as an officer and Jerry as a private. They still remain close, however, until Jerry is court-martialed for desertion, and Alex is put in charge of the firing squad.

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Christopher Fairbank, Siân Phillips, Alan MacNaughtan, Barry Foster, David Gwillim, Patrick Hannaway, Kevin Moore, Frank Williams, Philip Fox ..
Directed by: Moira Armstrong
Release date: 1982-01-01
Best War Movies of 1982 : Friend or Foe

Friend or Foe

6.6/10 IMDB

Two evacuated children in wartime rural England find two German airmen hiding out in the woods. An adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's 1977 novel from writer/director John Krish .

Starring: John Bardon, Stacey Tendeter, John Holmes, Mark Luxford, Edward Burnham, Valerie Lush, Jennifer Piercey, Jasper Jacob, Robin Hayter, Ann Mitchell ..
Directed by: John Krish
Release date: 1982-04-01
Best War Movies of 1982 : Invaders Of The Lost Gold

Invaders Of The Lost Gold

3.2/10 IMDB

Japanese soldiers battle a tribe of cannibals while protecting a gold shipment.

Starring: Stuart Whitman, Edmund Purdom, Woody Strode, Harold Sakata, Laura Gemser, Mike Cohen, Junix Inocian, Glynis Barber, David De Martyn, Protacio Dee ..
Directed by: Alan Birkinshaw
Release date: 1982-09-20

Forty Days of Musa Dagh

5.3/10 IMDB

Armenian guerrilla troops fight against the Turkish forces on the mountain of Musa Dagh.

Starring: Kabir Bedi, Sid Haig, David Opatoshu, Michael Constantine, John Hoyt, Maurice Sherbanee, Guy Stockwell, ronnie carol, Manuel Kichian, Peter Haskell ..
Directed by: Sarky Mouradian
Release date: 1982-01-01
Best War Movies of 1982 : Angkor: Cambodia Express

Angkor: Cambodia Express

5.2/10 IMDB

In a tale of drama and adventure, young journalist Andy Cameron (Robert Walker) has to get into Cambodia (it is assumed this is during the genocidal reign of Pol Pot). Cameron has to smuggle out his girlfriend Mieng (Nit Alisa) before she is killed (along with the other two million Cambodians), but he cannot manage this alone. He enlists the aid of an American Vietnam vet and the help of a few Khmer men. Eventually, Cameron makes his way into Cambodia where he encounters many dangers, some human and some inhuman.

Starring: Robert Walker Jr., Woody Strode, Christopher George, Nancy Kwan, Lui Leung Wai, Sorapong Chatree ..
Directed by: Lek Kitaparaporn
Release date: 1982-01-01
Best War Movies of 1982 : Aliens


0.0/10 IMDB

In June 1940 Italy entered the war alongside Germany. With Britain threatened by a German invasion, thousands of ordinary Italians living in the UK were arrested and thrown into internment camps.

Starring: Charles Kearney, John Langford, Nicholas Sherry, David Graham, James MacDonald, George Pravda, Stevan Rimkus, Louis Sheldon, Kenneth Owens, Alastair Cording ..
Directed by: David Maloney
Release date: 1982-11-30

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