Best War Movies of 1985


Rambo: First Blood Part II

6.5/10 IMDB

John Rambo is released from prison by the government for a top-secret covert mission to the last place on Earth he'd want to return - the jungles of Vietnam.

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Charles Napier, Steven Berkoff, Julia Nickson, George Cheung, Andy Wood, William Ghent, Vojislav Govedarica, Dana Lee ..
Directed by: George P. Cosmatos
Release date: 1985-05-21

Missing in Action 2: The Beginning

5.3/10 IMDB

Prequel to the first Missing In Action, set in the early 1980s it shows the capture of Colonel Braddock during the Vietnam war in the 1970s, and his captivity with other American POWs in a brutal prison camp, and his plans to escape.

Starring: Chuck Norris, Soon-Tek Oh, Steven Williams, Bennett Ohta, Cosie Costa, Joe Michael Terry, John Wesley, David Chung, Professor Toru Tanaka, John Otrin ..
Directed by: Lance Hool
Release date: 1985-03-01
Best War Movies of 1985 : Eleni


6.9/10 IMDB

Nick is a writer in New York when he gets posted to a bureau in Greece. He has waited 30 years for this. He wants to know why his mother was killed in the civil war years earlier. In a parallel plot line we see Nick as a young boy and his family as they struggle to survive in the occupied Greek hillside. The plot lines converge as Nick's investigations bring him closer to the answers.

Starring: Kate Nelligan, John Malkovich, Linda Hunt, Oliver Cotton, Ronald Pickup, Rosalie Crutchley, Glenne Headly, Dimitra Arliss, Steve Plytas ..
Directed by: Peter Yates
Release date: 1985-11-01
Best War Movies of 1985 : The Mission

The Mission

7.7/10 IMDB

A courageous young World War II gunner and aspiring cartoonist, trapped in the belly gun of a B-17 aircraft with the landing gear destroyed, has only his imagination as a force that might be able to save him.

Starring: Kevin Costner, Casey Siemaszko, Kiefer Sutherland, J.J. Cohen, John Philbin ..
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 1985-11-03
Best War Movies of 1985 : Code Name: Emerald

Code Name: Emerald

5.9/10 IMDB

In preparation for Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Nazi occupied territory, the 'overlords' were the few Allied agents who knew the details of the operation. When one them is captured by the Germans, a double agent must infiltrate occupied Paris, with the help of a high level German officer and the French resistance.

Starring: Ed Harris, Max von Sydow, Horst Buchholz, Helmut Berger, Cyrielle Clair, Eric Stoltz, Patrick Stewart, Graham Crowden, George Mikell, Gabriel Barylli ..
Directed by: Jonathan Sanger
Release date: 1985-09-07
Best War Movies of 1985 : Charlie Grant's War

Charlie Grant's War

6.9/10 IMDB

A Canadian artist turned diamond merchant in Vienna, Austria risks his life to smuggle Jews out of the Third Reich.

Starring: R. H. Thomson, Anthony Bekenn, John Friesen, Jan Rubeš, Heinar Piller, Joan Orenstein, Peter Dvorsky, Belinda Metz, David Bolt, Peter Boretski ..
Directed by: Martin Lavut
Release date: 1985-01-27


5.3/10 IMDB

New York trapper Tom Dobb becomes an unwilling participant in the American Revolution after his son Ned is drafted into the Army by the villainous Sergeant Major Peasy. Tom attempts to find his son, and eventually becomes convinced that he must take a stand and fight for the freedom of the Colonies, alongside the aristocratic rebel Daisy McConnahay. As Tom undergoes his change of heart, the events of the war unfold in large-scale grandeur.

Starring: Al Pacino, Donald Sutherland, Nastassja Kinski, Joan Plowright, Dave King, Dexter Fletcher, Sid Owen, Richard O'Brien, John Wells, Steven Berkoff ..
Directed by: Hugh Hudson
Release date: 1985-12-25

The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission

5.0/10 IMDB

Major Reisman is "volunteered" to lead another mission using convicted army soldiers, sentenced to either death or long prison terms. This time their mission is to kill a Nazi general who plans to assassinate Hitler.

Starring: Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Ken Wahl, Larry Wilcox, Sonny Landham, Richard Jaeckel, Wolf Kahler, Gavan O'Herlihy, Ricco Ross, Stephen Hattersley ..
Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglen
Release date: 1985-02-04

The Key to Rebecca

6.4/10 IMDB

From master storyteller and best-selling author, Ken Follett, comes the exotic spy-thriller based on true events. North Africa, Summer of 1942 — master spy, Alex Wolff is on a mission to send General Erwin Rommel's advancing army the secrets that would unlock the doors to Cairo... and the ultimate Nazi triumph in the war. Wolff's pursuer, Major Vandarn, engages the seductive charm of Elene Fontana to lure him into range for what is to be a startling and explosive confrontation.

Starring: Cliff Robertson, David Soul, Season Hubley, Lina Raymond, Anthony Quayle, David Hemmings, Robert Culp, Robert Swales, Charlie Condou ..
Directed by: David Hemmings
Release date: 1985-04-29
Best War Movies of 1985 : Tenko Reunion

Tenko Reunion

8.2/10 IMDB

In 1950, five years after their release from internment, the women return to Singapore for a reunion, unaware of the intrigue that is to involve them in treachery and murder.

Starring: Ann Bell, Stephanie Cole, Veronica Roberts ..
Directed by: Michael Owen Morris
Release date: 1985-12-26

Zone Troopers

5.2/10 IMDB

American soldiers, led by The Sarge, are stuck behind Nazi enemy lines. As they make their way across the Italian countryside, they come across an alien spaceship that has crash-landed in the woods. The alien pilot is dead, but one of the ship's passengers is on the loose. As the GIs hunt down the alien by splitting into smaller groups, they're not only tracked by the Nazis, but also a whole host of other aliens come to save their stranded party.

Starring: Tim Thomerson, Timothy Van Patten, Art LaFleur, Biff Manard, William Paulson, Peter Boom, Max Turilli, Eugene Brell, John Leamer, Bruce McGuire ..
Directed by: Danny Bilson
Release date: 1985-10-01
Best War Movies of 1985 : Mussolini and I

Mussolini and I

6.3/10 IMDB

A compelling drama/documentary chronicling the life and death of Il Duce himself, from his days as a terrorist to his alliance with Hitler to the betrayal of his son-in-law and untimely demise.

Starring: Susan Sarandon, Anthony Hopkins, Bob Hoskins, Annie Girardot, Barbara De Rossi, Dietlinde Turban, Vittorio Mezzogiorno, Fabio Testi, Massimo Dapporto, Gian-Polo Vetturini ..
Directed by: Alberto Negrin
Release date: 1985-04-14
Best War Movies of 1985 : The Dunera Boys

The Dunera Boys

6.3/10 IMDB

At the start of WWII the British Government decided to arrest all Germans in the UK no matter how long they had been there. Among those arrested were many Jewish refugees and many who were fully assimilated. This film records the story of a group who were sent to a POW camp in Australia aboard the Dunera.

Starring: Bob Hoskins, Joe Spano, John Meillon, Warren Mitchell, Mary-Anne Fahey, Joseph Fürst, Simon Chilvers, Steven Vidler, Moshe Kedem, Paul Mason ..
Directed by: Ben Lewin
Release date: 1985-10-03
Best War Movies of 1985 : Hitler's SS : Portrait In Evil

Hitler's SS : Portrait In Evil

6.5/10 IMDB

The two-part TV movie Hitler's SS: Portrait in Evil crystallizes that evil by concentrating on two Berlin brothers. In 1931, Helmut Hoffman (Bill Nighy) a brilliant student and self-styled opportunist, joins Hitler's SS. At the same time, his younger brother Karl (John Shea), a top athlete and idealist, becomes a chauffeur for the "S.A." (storm troopers).

Starring: John Shea, Bill Nighy, Lucy Gutteridge, David Warner, Warren Clarke, Michael Elphick, Stratford Johns, Robert Urquhart, José Ferrer, Carroll Baker ..
Directed by: Jim Goddard
Release date: 1985-02-17
Best War Movies of 1985 : Boomtown


6.1/10 IMDB

The Android Sisters sing about the alarming increase in U.S. defense spending during the cold war and its effect on various aspects of the domestic economy.

Starring: Ruth Maleczech, Valeria Vasilevski ..
Directed by: Bill Plympton
Release date: 1985-01-01


5.8/10 IMDB

The fighting between the Sandinista government in Nicaragua and the Contra rebels backed by U.S. money and expertise is the focus of this pro-Sandinista film by Haskell Wexler. On a secret mission to help the U.S. Special Forces train Contra rebels in the jungles of Nicaragua, American soldier Eddie Guerrero begins to question the morality of the task at hand and consider how his actions may influence the fate of a nation.

Starring: Robert Beltran, Annette Charles, Américo González, Michael Goodwin ..
Directed by: Haskell Wexler
Release date: 1985-02-28

American Commandos

3.7/10 IMDB

A group of Vietnam vets are sent to Southeast Asia to destroy drug-smuggling operations in the Golden Triangle. When they get there, they find that many of the drug gangs are run by other Vietnam vets.

Starring: Christopher Mitchum, John Phillip Law, Franco Guerrero, Robert Marius, Kristine Erlandson, David Brass, Willie Williams, Karen Lopez, Ken Metcalfe, David Light ..
Directed by: Bobby A. Suarez
Release date: 1985-11-11

The Ambassador

5.4/10 IMDB

An American ambassador to Israel tries to bring peace to the Middle East conflict through unconventional methods, but his efforts are hampered at every turn and his personal life threatened.

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Ellen Burstyn, Rock Hudson, Fabio Testi, Donald Pleasence, Michal Bat-Adam, Chelli Goldenberg, Ori Levy, Uri Gavriel, Zachi Noy ..
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Release date: 1985-01-11
Best War Movies of 1985 : An Indecent Obsession

An Indecent Obsession

6.2/10 IMDB

Sister Honour Langtree (Wendy Hughes), is in charge of a military hospital for psychiatric patients. She however transgresses boundaries by developing a sexual attraction for a new patient.

Starring: Wendy Hughes, Gary Sweet, Richard Moir, Jonathan Hyde, Bruno Lawrence, Mark Little, Tony Sheldon, Bill Hunter, Julia Blake, Caroline Gillmer ..
Directed by: Lex Marinos
Release date: 1985-05-23
Best War Movies of 1985 : Ninja Project Daredevils

Ninja Project Daredevils

3.9/10 IMDB

A secret mission with the code name Project Daredevil is planned by the notorious Black Ninja Gang.

Starring: Chris Peterson, Daniel Wells, Richard Young, Mick Jones, Kelly Kruze, Henry Band, Nancy Nelson, Rio Smith ..
Directed by: Godfrey Ho, Bruce Lambert
Release date: 1985-01-01

Displaced Person

7.8/10 IMDB

Displaced Person is a 1985 Emmy award winning drama based on a short story by Kurt Vonnegut. It was directed by Alan Bridges and adapted by Fred Barron from a story in the Welcome to the Monkey House collection.

Starring: Stan Shaw, Rosemary Leach, Ricco Ross, Neville Aurelius, David Bartlett, Jerome Flynn, Joseph Mydell ..
Directed by: Alan Bridges
Release date: 1985-05-06
Best War Movies of 1985 : Jungle Heat

Jungle Heat

4.2/10 IMDB

Towards the end of the Vietnam war, the US is running low on drivers for their supplies so they bring in a new lot of recruits and have to train them to survive in the dangers of wartorn Vietnam. The recruits are trained briefly by an American officer but are quickly handed off to their South Vietnamese officers and are made to go out into the dangers of Vietnam without getting the protection they need by the Americans who are more concerned with withdrawing their own troops instead of protecting the South Vietnamese

Starring: Sam J. Jones, Christopher Doyle, Dorian Tan Tao-Liang, Craig Scott Galper, Chin Han, Lenny Bryce, Robert M. Delahunt, Lilia Nguyen ..
Directed by: Jobic Wong
Release date: 1985-05-25
Best War Movies of 1985 : 92 Grosvenor Street

92 Grosvenor Street

5.6/10 IMDB

Professor-turned-spy Col. Calvin Turner and his associate, workaholic Lt. Shelley Flynn, plan a daring rescue behind enemy lines in World War II German-occupied Norway of a brilliant scientist who may or may not be aiding the Germans.

Starring: Hal Holbrook, Ray Sharkey, Maryam d'Abo, David McCallum, Stephen Shellen ..
Directed by: Sheldon Larry
Release date: 1985-12-29

Flash Back

0.0/10 IMDB

Life flashes before a soldier's eyes in his moment of death

Starring: Mario Santini ..
Directed by: Pascal Aubier
Release date: 1985-03-30

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