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

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

7.6/10 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

5.5/10 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

6.8/10 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

5.8/10 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 : Tiger Joe

Tiger Joe

5.3/10 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
Best War Movies of 1982 : Monsignor


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, Tomás Milián, Robert Prosky, Joe Pantoliano, Milena Vukoti? ..
Directed by: Frank Perry
Release date: 1982-10-22

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