Best War Movies of 1987

1.

Full Metal Jacket

6.7
8.3/10 IMDB

A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the U.S.-Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.

Starring: Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey, Dorian Harewood, Arliss Howard, Kevyn Major Howard, Ed O'Ross, John Terry, Bruce Boa ..
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Release date: 1987-06-26
2.

Empire of the Sun

6.2
7.7/10 IMDB

Jamie Graham, a privileged English boy, is living in Shanghai when the Japanese invade and force all foreigners into prison camps. Jamie is captured with an American sailor, who looks out for him while they are in the camp together. Even though he is separated from his parents and in a hostile environment, Jamie maintains his dignity and youthful spirits, providing a beacon of hope for the others held captive with him.

Starring: Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson, Nigel Havers, Ben Stiller, Joe Pantoliano, Leslie Phillips, Masat? Ibu, Emily Richard, Rupert Frazer ..
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 1987-12-09
3.

Good Morning, Vietnam

6.0
7.3/10 IMDB

Radio funny man Adrian Cronauer is sent to Vietnam to bring a little comedy back into the lives of the soldiers. After setting up shop, Cronauer delights the G.I.s but shocks his superior officer, Sergeant Major Dickerson, with his irreverent take on the war. While Dickerson attempts to censor Cronauer's broadcasts, Cronauer pursues a relationship with a Vietnamese girl named Trinh, who shows him the horrors of war first-hand.

Starring: Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, Tung Thanh Tran, Chintara Sukapatana, Bruno Kirby, Robert Wuhl, J. T. Walsh, Noble Willingham, Richard Edson, Juney Smith ..
Directed by: Barry Levinson
Release date: 1987-12-23
4.

Hope and Glory

5.1
7.3/10 IMDB

Director John Boorman drew from his own childhood experiences for this coming-of-age tale about a boy growing up in and around London during World War II. For young Billy, the nightly bombings provide a frightening show, but they include opportunities to rummage through the rubble with friends in the mornings. As Billy plays, his family struggles to remain intact as they suffer through the anguish and losses of wartime.

Starring: Sebastian Rice-Edwards, Geraldine Muir, Sarah Miles, David Hayman, Sammi Davis, Derrick O'Connor, Susan Wooldridge, Jean-Marc Barr, Ian Bannen, Annie Leon ..
Directed by: John Boorman
Release date: 1987-08-01
5.

Hamburger Hill

4.8
6.7/10 IMDB

The men of Bravo Company are facing a battle that's all uphill… up Hamburger Hill. Fourteen war-weary soldiers are battling for a mud-covered mound of earth so named because it chews up soldiers like chopped meat. They are fighting for their country, their fellow soldiers and their lives. War is hell, but this is worse. Hamburger Hill tells it the way it was, the way it really was. It's a raw, gritty and totally unrelenting dramatic depiction of one of the fiercest battles of America's bloodiest war. This happened. Hamburger Hill - war at its worst, men at their best.

Starring: Anthony Barrile, Michael Boatman, Don Cheadle, Michael Dolan, Dylan McDermott, Don James, Steven Weber, Courtney B. Vance, Michael A. Nickles, Harry O'Reilly ..
Directed by: John Irvin
Release date: 1987-08-07
6.

Escape from Sobibor

4.5
7.3/10 IMDB

The true story of WWII's notorious Sobibor Nazi death camp, where a courageous inmate orchestrates and leads the escape of over 300 prisoners.

Starring: Alan Arkin, Joanna Pacula, Rutger Hauer, Hartmut Becker, Jack Shepherd, Kurt Raab, Ullrich Haupt, Emil Wolk, Simon Gregor, Linal Haft ..
Directed by: Jack Gold
Release date: 1987-04-12
Best War Movies of 1987 : Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam
7.

Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam

4.0
7.9/10 IMDB

Real-life letters written by American soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines during the Vietnam War to their families and friends back home. Archive footage of the war and news coverage thereof augment the first-person "narrative" by men and women who were in the war, some of whom did not survive it.

Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Tom Berenger, J. Kenneth Campbell, Richard Chaves, Josh Cruze, Willem Dafoe, Robert De Niro, Brian Dennehy, Kevin Dillon, Matt Dillon ..
Directed by: Bill Couturié
Release date: 1987-10-01
Best War Movies of 1987 : Heartbeat
8.

Heartbeat

3.6
6.5/10 IMDB

A surrealistic journey into the experiences and reflections of a documentary filmmaker as he evaluates the people and places that have made up his life. Alternatively, a 65 minute feature made up of songs from Don Johnson's record of the same name.

Starring: Don Johnson, Paul Shaffer, Giancarlo Esposito, Lori Singer, Sandahl Bergman, David Carradine, Willie Nelson, Luis Guzmán, Dweezil Zappa, Angela Alvarado ..
Directed by: John Nicolella
Release date: 1987-05-10
Best War Movies of 1987 : Vietnam
9.

Vietnam

3.5
7.7/10 IMDB

The trials and tribulations of the Goddard family after the entry of Australia into the Vietnam War.

Starring: Barry Otto, Nicole Kidman, Nicholas Eadie, Veronica Lang, John Polson, Grace Parr, Pauline Chan, Mark Lee, Warren Coleman, Jim Holt ..
Directed by: John Duigan, Chris Noonan
Release date: 1987-02-23
10.

The Hanoi Hilton

3.5
6.0/10 IMDB

Lionel Chetwynd's film documents the horrific struggles that faced American POWs held in the North Vietnamese prison Hoa Lo -- more infamously known as the Hanoi Hilton -- between 1964 and 1975. Williamson (Michael Moriarty) leads a group of American servicemen who are prisoners at the detention camp. He assumes command after Cathcart (Lawrence Pressman) is dragged off to be tortured.

Starring: Michael Moriarty, John Edwin Shaw, Ken Wright, Paul Le Mat, Lawrence Pressman, Stephen Davies, David Soul, Doug Savant, Jeffrey Jones, John Vargas ..
Directed by: Lionel Chetwynd
Release date: 1987-03-27
11.

The Lighthorsemen

3.4
6.8/10 IMDB

Palestine, 1917. The British advance has been stopped by the Turkish line running from Gaza to Beersheba. The latest attack on Gaza has failed. The attacking forces included a regiment of Australian mounted infantry, the Light Horse... Lighthorseman Frank is wounded in a skirmish with Bedouin. He is replaced by a young soldier, Dave, who proves to be a crack shot, but reluctant to fire at the enemy. Dave proves himself during a German biplane attack. Recuperating in hospital, he meets a sympathetic nurse, Anne... The regiment is called upon for a bold flanking attack on Beersheba. But how do you convince the Turks the main attack will come at Gaza? And how do you attack across a desert without water?

Starring: Peter Phelps, Nick Waters, Shane Briant, Gary Sweet, Bill Kerr, John Larking, John Haywood, Di O'Connor, Grant Piro, Tony Bonner ..
Directed by: Simon Wincer
Release date: 1987-09-10
Best War Movies of 1987 : The Falklands War: The Untold Story
12.

The Falklands War: The Untold Story

3.2
7.9/10 IMDB

Five years after the war in the Falklands between Britain and Argentina, many facts were still wrapped in red tape. Many of the key figures had remained silent. No-one had been to Argentina to tell the other side of the story. For the majority of the British people, the war was another glorious chapter in their history. With flags waving and bands playing, British troops had sailed away to repel the invaders. Patriotic emotions were stirred as they returned victorious. Government MPs tried to get the film banned, but Yorkshire TV's telephones were jammed with messages of support from wives and mothers of those who died in the conflict. Called 'the documentary to end all documentaries about the Falklands War' in the British press, it was also described as 'more poem than polemic - a hymn against war'.

Starring: Philip Tibenham ..
Directed by: Peter Kosminsky
Release date: 1987-01-01
13.

Mission Terminate

3.1
4.7/10 IMDB

The plot concerns a unit of US marines operating in the Vietnam war during 1970, with the movie opening on a raid in a village. After massacring the villagers, the marines steal the villages gold, much to the objection of their Vietnamese translator and guide, (Bruce Le). Skip forward past the credits sequence; it's now 15 years later, and members of the unit are getting murdered one by one. This leads to the former head of the group, now a high ranking military officer, announcing that the only person who is up to the job of finding out the identity of the killer is an Aussie, Major Brad Cooper (Richard Norton).

Starring: Richard Norton, Huang Kin-Lung, George E. Mahlberg, Rex Cutter, Dick Wei ..
Directed by: Anthony Maharaj
Release date: 1987-01-01
Best War Movies of 1987 : The Misfit Brigade
14.

The Misfit Brigade

3.1
5.7/10 IMDB

War story of the 27th Panzers, Hitler's heavy-duty combat regiment composed of prisoners.

Starring: Bruce Davison, David Patrick Kelly, D.W. Moffett, Jay O. Sanders, Keith Szarabajka, Oliver Reed, David Carradine, Branko Vidakovi?, Slavko Štimac, Boris Komneni? ..
Directed by: Gordon Hessler
Release date: 1987-07-02
15.

The Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission

2.7
5.2/10 IMDB

Learning of a Nazi plot to attack Washington, D.C. with a deadly nerve gas, Major Wright leads twelve convicts on a suicide mission deep into occupied France to destroy the secret factory where the poison is made.

Starring: Telly Savalas, Ernest Borgnine, Vince Edwards, Bo Svenson, Vincent Van Patten, James Van Patten, Randall 'Tex' Cobb, Gary Graham, Wolf Kahler, Thom Mathews ..
Directed by: Lee H. Katzin
Release date: 1987-03-01
16.

Wartime

2.4
5.2/10 IMDB

While on a seemingly routine delivery run for the Brigadier, Benton finds himself close to his childhood home, where ghosts from his past have never rested easily… Trapped in a nightmare world where past and present are one, will he be lost forever or can he fight his way back to reality, where he is desperately needed?

Starring: John Levene, Michael Wisher, Mary Greenhalgh, Peter Greenhalgh, Steven Stanley, Peter Noad, Paul Flanagan II, Nicholas Briggs, Nicholas Courtney ..
Directed by: Keith Barnfather
Release date: 1987-01-01
17.

Inglorious Bastards 2: Hell's Heroes

2.2
4.1/10 IMDB

Disgruntled Sgt. Darkin has to protect a senator who's visiting a Vietnam village. Senator gets assassinated by the Vietcong, and Darkin gets arrested for AWOL. When the Vietcong attacks the base, he and others escape. Now what?

Starring: Miles O'Keeffe, Fred Williamson, Scott Green, Gabriele Gori, Mike Malin, Daniel Alvarado, Chuck Connors ..
Directed by: Stelvio Massi
Release date: 1987-05-15
18.

Apocalypse Mercenaries

2.1
4.7/10 IMDB

An elite group of five mercenaries, each with highly specialised skills, who are hired to take out a German Command Center situated deep within a lime stone cavern system. Along the way to this objective, our intrepid soldiers of fortune also undertake various sub missions including blowing up an arms supply train and a German airfield.

Starring: Vassili Karis, Bruno Bilotta, Maurice Poli, Brigitte Christensen ..
Directed by: Leandro Lucchetti
Release date: 1987-08-14
Best War Movies of 1987 : Deadline
19.

Deadline

2.1
5.4/10 IMDB

An American journalist is set up and fed false information after the Lebanon war.

Starring: Christopher Walken, Hywel Bennett, Marita Marschall ..
Directed by: Nathaniel Gutman
Release date: 1987-07-02
Best War Movies of 1987 : Hitman the Cobra
20.

Hitman the Cobra

2.1
2.7/10 IMDB

Philippe (Richard Harrison) kills Roger (who sold information to the Japanese). Mike (Mike Abbott), Roger's brother, wants revenge and sends Bob, Blackie (Nathan Mutanda Chukueke) to find Philip.

Starring: Richard Harrison, Mike Abbott ..
Directed by: Godfrey Ho
Release date: 1987-10-03
Best War Movies of 1987 : Movie in Action
21.

Movie in Action

1.9
7.1/10 IMDB

A movie crew is shooting in Thailand when some military guys kidnap the female star. The crew decide to fight back to get the movie star while shooting their movie.

Starring: Bo Svenson, Jim Gaines, Robert Mason, David Brass ..
Directed by: Teddy Chiu
Release date: 1987-01-01
Best War Movies of 1987 : Nancy Wake
22.

Nancy Wake

1.7
7.7/10 IMDB

The 'White Mouse' was at one point top of the Gestapo's Most wanted list in France. A saboteur who went on to lead 7,000 resistance members and rescued over 200 Allied airmen, the 'White Mouse' was also a woman. The New Zealand born Australian; Nancy Wake.

Starring: Noni Hazlehurst, John Waters, Alan Andrews, Randall Berger, Richard Boué, Shane Briant ..
Directed by: Pino Amenta
Release date: 1987-11-04
23.

Hell on the Battleground

1.6
4.0/10 IMDB

Vietnam: The battle-tested Seargents Casey and Lance have to accompany a young Lieutenant and a group of newly arrived teenage soldiers on a practice trip in the jungle. But the trip turns bloody serious when they are discovered by Russian scouts and have half a company follows hot on their heels.

Starring: William Smith, Fritz Matthews, Ted Prior, Chet Hood, Johnnie Johnson III, David James Campbell, Sean Holton, Alyson Davis, Ingrid Vold, Jack Vogel ..
Directed by: David A. Prior
Release date: 1987-04-01
24.

Moy Boevoy Rashchyot

1.4
6.0/10 IMDB

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Starring: Valeri Smirnov, Natalya Yegorova, Valeriy Priyomykhov, Lev Borisov, Lyudmila Polyakova, Vladimir Matyukhin, Aleksandr Lipov, Sergei Losev, Lyudmila Ksenofontova, Ramis Ibragimov ..
Directed by: Mikhail Nikitin
Release date: 1987-06-06
Best War Movies of 1987 : Brothers in Blood
25.

Brothers in Blood

1.2
4.4/10 IMDB

War is Hell... especially NAM. A group of battle weary soldiers in Vietnam are trapped behind enemy lines. There is no way back. No help on the way. It's only a matter of time and these guys intend to "Die Fighting". Bo Svenson and Peter Hooten together again (Inglorious Bastards) join the Late, great Werner Porchat (as a part-time drag queen commando) in this explosive Italian commando film.

Starring: Bo Svenson, Martin Balsam, Peter Hooten, Werner Pochath, Pietro Torrisi ..
Directed by: Tonino Valerii
Release date: 1987-05-12
Best War Movies of 1987 : Silent Heroes
26.

Silent Heroes

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

One soldier's fight for survival in Britain's war for the Falkland Islands. A true story.

Starring: Martin Aylott, Robert Wilford, Bob Flag ..
Directed by: Richard Driscoll
Release date: 1987-01-01
27.

Prisoners of Propaganda

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

In 1943, the Imperial Japanese Secret Service made a film called Calling Australia! to show the "exemplary conditions" under which prisoners of war were kept, and to "soften up" the Australian public for the anticipated occupation of their country by Japanese forces. Prisoners of Propaganda tells why the film was made, and how it came to be forgotten.

Starring: Alistair Duncan ..
Directed by: Graham Shirley
Release date: 1987-12-01

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