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.

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
3.

Hamburger Hill

4.9
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
4.

Escape from Sobibor

4.5
7.4/10 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
5.

Hope and Glory

4.5
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 Rowan, 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
Best War Movies of 1987 : Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam
6.

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
7.

Heartbeat

3.6
7.0/10 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
8.

Red Scorpion

3.5
5.2/10 IMDB

A Russian KGB agent is sent to Africa to kill an anti-Communist black revolutionary. However, he has a change of heart when he sees how the Russians and their Cuban allies are killing and repressing the locals, so he switches sides and helps the rebels.

Starring: Dolph Lundgren, M. Emmet Walsh, Al White, T. P. McKenna, Carmen Argenziano, Alex Colon, Brion James, Greg Latter, Ruben Nthodi, Vusi Dibakwane ..
Directed by: Joseph Zito
Release date: 1987-05-07
9.

The Lighthorsemen

3.5
6.9/10 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 ..
Directed by: Simon Wincer
Release date: 1987-09-10
Best War Movies of 1987 : The Misfit Brigade
10.

The Misfit Brigade

3.2
5.8/10 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

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