Best War Movies of 1989



7.8/10 IMDB

Robert Gould Shaw leads the US Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates.

Starring: Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, Morgan Freeman, Jihmi Kennedy, Andre Braugher, John Finn, Donovan Leitch, JD Cullum, Bob Gunton ..
Directed by: Edward Zwick
Release date: 1989-12-15

Born on the Fourth of July

7.2/10 IMDB

The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Raymond J. Barry, Caroline Kava, Holly Marie Combs, Kyra Sedgwick, Tom Berenger, Rob Camilletti, Stephen Baldwin, Mark Moses, Vivica A. Fox ..
Directed by: Oliver Stone
Release date: 1989-12-20

Henry V

7.5/10 IMDB

Gritty adaption of William Shakespeare's play about the English King's bloody conquest of France.

Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jacobi, Brian Blessed, James Larkin, Paul Scofield, Emma Thompson, Judi Dench, Simon Shepherd, James Simmons, Charles Kay ..
Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
Release date: 1989-10-05

Casualties of War

7.1/10 IMDB

During the Vietnam War, a soldier finds himself the outsider of his own squad when they unnecessarily kidnap a female villager.

Starring: Michael J. Fox, Sean Penn, Don Harvey, John C. Reilly, John Leguizamo, Ving Rhames, Thuy Thu Le, Erik King, Jack Gwaltney, Dan Martin ..
Directed by: Brian De Palma
Release date: 1989-08-18
Best War Movies of 1989 : The World at War: The Making of the Series

The World at War: The Making of the Series

7.4/10 IMDB

The making of 'The World At War'. Each film in the 26 episode series had to be an essay on an aspect of the war, because the length and separate aspects of the war was far too much to cover in detail. Jeremy Isaacs talks about the production process and the aims of the project. The intention of the crew that were involved with the various skills in making 'The World at War' had no desire to use film from British, German, French, Polish, Russian, Japanese, or the Americans because of their specific means of showing the winning side of a specific action. Rather, an effort was made to interview people who were not part of the establishment, but rather the common people or assistants and secretaries of historical persons. Film was researched for those films from cameras where there was no special subject, but those that would allow the viewer to make their own decisions about what they had just seen and heard.

Starring: Adolf Hitler, Jeremy Isaacs, Albert Speer ..
Release date: 1989-01-01

Triumph of the Spirit

6.8/10 IMDB

Fact based story about a former Greek Olympic boxer who was taken as a prisoner during World war II and placed in the Auschwitz prison camp. There he was permitted to survive as long as he fought for the amusement of his captors. His father and brother were also held as insurance that he would continue to fight.

Starring: Willem Dafoe, Edward James Olmos, Robert Loggia, Hartmut Becker, Wendy Gazelle, Kelly Wolf, Costas Mandylor, Kario Salem, Edward ?entara, Burkhard Heyl ..
Directed by: Robert M. Young
Release date: 1989-12-08
Best War Movies of 1989 : Metallica - 2 of One

Metallica - 2 of One

8.4/10 IMDB

2 of One is a video album by American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released on June 6, 1989, through Elektra Entertainment and features two versions of the group's first music video, "One", from their fourth studio album "...And Justice for All". The music video One was directed by Bill Pope and Michael Salomon and was filmed in Los Angeles, California. It features clips from Dalton Trumbo's anti-war film Johnny Got His Gun (1971). All parts of 2 of One are also included on the DVD "The Videos 1989–2004", released in 2006.

Directed by: Bill Pope, Dalton Trumbo, Michael Salomon
Release date: 1989-01-20

84C MoPic

6.8/10 IMDB

An Army cameraman is embedded with a reconnaissance patrol and charts their mission across territory controlled by the North Vietnamese.

Starring: Jonathan Emerson, Nicholas Cascone, Jason Tomlins, Christopher Burgard, Glenn Morshower, Sonny Carl Davis, Byron Thames, Richard Brooks ..
Directed by: Patrick Sheane Duncan
Release date: 1989-03-22
Best War Movies of 1989 : Bugs and Daffy: The Wartime Cartoons

Bugs and Daffy: The Wartime Cartoons

8.5/10 IMDB

Leonard Maltin introduces us to and takes us back to a theatre showing Wartime cartoon shorts and explains how Bugs and Daffy and the gang, through a collection/sampling of 11 cartoon shorts which served the war effort.

Starring: Leonard Maltin ..
Directed by: Donald R. Beck
Release date: 1989-03-07

Farewell to the King

6.3/10 IMDB

An American soldier who escapes the execution of his comrades by Japanese soldiers in Borneo during WWII becomes the leader of a personal empire among the headhunters in this war story told in the style of Joseph Conrad and Rudyard Kipling. The American is reluctant to rejoin the fight against the Japanese on the urging of a British commando team but conducts a war of vengeance when the Japanese attack his adopted people.

Starring: Nigel Havers, Frank McRae, Gerry Lopez, Nick Nolte, Marilyn Tokuda, Choy Chang Wing, Aki Aleong, Marius Weyers, William Wise, Wayne Pygram ..
Directed by: John Milius
Release date: 1989-03-03

Fat Man and Little Boy

6.5/10 IMDB

Assigned to oversee the development of the atomic bomb, Gen. Leslie Groves is a stern military man determined to have the project go according to plan. He selects J. Robert Oppenheimer as the key scientist on the top-secret operation, but the two men clash fiercely on a number of issues. Despite their frequent conflicts, Groves and Oppenheimer ultimately push ahead with two bomb designs — the bigger "Fat Man" and the more streamlined "Little Boy."

Starring: Paul Newman, Dwight Schultz, Bonnie Bedelia, John Cusack, Laura Dern, Ron Frazier, John C. McGinley, Natasha Richardson, Ron Vawter, Michael Brockman ..
Directed by: Roland Joffé
Release date: 1989-10-20

Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story

7.7/10 IMDB

A biographical portrayal of Simon Wiesenthal, famous Nazi Hunter. From his imprisonment in a Nazi Concentration Camp, the film follows his liberation and his rise to become one of the leading Nazi hunters in the world, bringing such criminals to justice as Adolf Eichmann and Klaus Barbee. (Written by Anthony Hughes)

Starring: Ben Kingsley, Craig T. Nelson, David Threlfall, Paul Freeman, Jack Shepherd, Anton Lesser, Christopher Rozycki, Renée Soutendijk, Louisa Millwood-Haigh ..
Directed by: Brian Gibson
Release date: 1989-04-22
Best War Movies of 1989 : Bomber Harris

Bomber Harris

6.9/10 IMDB

Biography of Arthur Harris (aka "Bomber Harris") of RAF Bomber Command, during WW2 - in particular his strategy of heavy bomber "Millenium Raids" on German cities.

Starring: John Thaw, Robert Hardy, Frederick Treves, Bernard Kay, Sophie Thompson, Phil Brown, David Healy, John Nettleton, David Quilter, William Kerwin ..
Directed by: Michael Darlow
Release date: 1989-09-03

Eye of the Eagle 3

5.4/10 IMDB

Vietnam, 1968. Army Headquarters has written off Captain Fahey's men as Missing In Action after they were fighting deep over enemy lines. Cut off from their platoon, they must fight their way back, or die! A true story of bravery and courage set amidst the chaos of war, and witness the gripping conclusion to the bloodiest day in American war history

Starring: Steve Kanaly, Carl Franklin, Frederick Bailey, Marilyn Bautista, Ramon D'Salva, Frederick Bailey, John Vargas, Peter Nelson, Ken Wright ..
Directed by: Cirio H. Santiago
Release date: 1989-12-01

The Siege of Firebase Gloria

6.8/10 IMDB

A Marine patrol stops at Firebase Gloria at the start of the Tet Offensive during the Vietnam war. With the firebase attacked, the patrol remains to help defend it. The Marines barely hold off the VC (Viet Cong), but in the end, hold the base.

Starring: Wings Hauser, R. Lee Ermey, Robert Arevalo, Mark Neely, Gary Hershberger, Clyde Jones, Margi Gerard, Richard Kuhlman, John Calvin, Albert Popwell ..
Directed by: Brian Trenchard-Smith
Release date: 1989-01-27

War Requiem

6.6/10 IMDB

A film with no spoken dialogue, just follows the music and lyrics of Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem, which include WWI soldier poet Wilfred Owen's poems reflecting the war's horrors. It shows the story of an Englishman soldier (Wilfred Owen) and a nurse (his bride) during World War I. It also includes actual footage of contemporary wars (WWII, Vietnam, Angola, etc.)

Starring: Nathaniel Parker, Tilda Swinton, Laurence Olivier, Patricia Hayes, Rohan McCullough, Nigel Terry, Owen Teale, Sean Bean, Alex Jennings, Claire Davenport ..
Directed by: Derek Jarman
Release date: 1989-01-06
Best War Movies of 1989 : Surname Viêt Given Name Nam

Surname Viêt Given Name Nam

6.5/10 IMDB

The film evolves around questions of identity, popular memory and culture. While focusing on aspects of Vietnamese reality as seen through the lives and history of women resistance in Vietnam and in the U.S, it raises questions on the politics of interviewing and documenting.

Starring: Tran Thi Hein, Ngo Kim Nhuy, Khien Lai, Tran Tai Bich Yen, Lan Trinh, Sue Whitfield ..
Directed by: Tr?nh T. Minh-hà
Release date: 1989-04-01


6.9/10 IMDB

Attorney Henry Strauss grew up in Germany, but left the country with his Jewish family during the rise of the Third Reich. Still wondering about what happened to his boyhood friend Konradin Von Lohenburg, Strauss travels back to Germany for the first time since he was a young man, bringing up some painful memories.

Starring: Jason Robards, Christien Anholt, Samuel West, Françoise Fabian, Maureen Kerwin, Dorothea Alexander, Frank Baker, Tim Barker, Imke Barnstedt, Gideon Boulting ..
Directed by: Jerry Schatzberg
Release date: 1989-05-17


6.2/10 IMDB

A Falklands War soldier missing, believed dead, turns up claiming amnesia.

Starring: Tom Bell, Rita Tushingham, David Thewlis, Rudi Davies, Michael Pollitt, Christopher Fulford, Ewan Stewart, David Lonsdale, Peter Gunn, William Hoyland ..
Directed by: Paul Greengrass
Release date: 1989-03-12
Best War Movies of 1989 : The Iron Triangle

The Iron Triangle

5.8/10 IMDB

Based on the diary of an unknown Viet Cong soldier, this film provides a sympathetic look at a Viet Cong soldier who protected a captured American soldier whom he believed did not kill him when the American had the opportunity. Written by John Sacksteder

Starring: Beau Bridges, Haing S. Ngor, Liem Whatley, Johnny Hallyday, Jim Ishida, Ping Wu, Jack Ong, Arsenio 'Sonny' Trinidad, Iilana B'tiste, Bobby McGee ..
Directed by: Eric Weston
Release date: 1989-01-24

Eye of the Eagle 2: Inside the Enemy

4.9/10 IMDB

When soldier Anthony Glenn discovers that Mai is missing, he sets out to rescue her from the corrupt Major Sorenson pitting soldier against soldier in a bloody game of honor.

Starring: Todd Field, Tracy Westmoreland, Shirley Tesoro, Carl Franklin, Andy Wood, Ken Jacobson ..
Directed by: Carl Franklin
Release date: 1989-06-20
Best War Movies of 1989 : War Story

War Story

6.5/10 IMDB

This claymation short film uses a real interview for dialogue. Bill Perry relates stories about his youth, his tilted house, and adventures during WWII in Bristol, England during the blitz.

Starring: Bill Perry, Peter Lawrence ..
Directed by: Peter Lord
Release date: 1989-01-01
Best War Movies of 1989 : Countdown to War

Countdown to War

6.7/10 IMDB

Based on a play, the story details the dramatic negotiations between UK, France, Poland, Nazi-Germany and USSR from the day Czechoslovakia fell, until Britain's declaration of war on Germany caused by Hitler's invasion of Poland.

Starring: Ian McKellen, Michael Aldridge, Tony Britton, John Woodvine, Peter Vaughan, Michael Culver, Anthony Bate, Lee Montague, Jonathan Coy, Ronnie Stevens ..
Directed by: Patrick Lau
Release date: 1989-04-07
Best War Movies of 1989 : Jungle Assault

Jungle Assault

5.2/10 IMDB

Two Vietnam vets with nothing to lose are called back into the bloodiest action of their lives. Their assignment: locate and destroy a terrorist base and bring back a General's daughter alive.

Starring: William Smith, William Zipp, Ted Prior, Maria Rosado, David Marriott, Darwyn Swalve, Jeanie Moore, John Cianetti, Deke Anderson, Chet Hood ..
Directed by: David A. Prior
Release date: 1989-10-18
Best War Movies of 1989 : Return from the River Kwai

Return from the River Kwai

4.9/10 IMDB

A group of war prisoners has spilt blood, sweat and tears to construct a bridge over the river Kwai in Thailand. Just when the bridge is ready, an American bomber arrives and destroys it. Camp commander Tanaka wants to set an example and orders that some of the prisoners must be executed. Just in time major Harada arrives with orders that the healthiest prisoners must be transported to Japan by train and boat. A treacherous journey since the allied forces keep a close eye on railroads and practically own the seas.

Starring: Edward Fox, George Takei, Chris Penn, Denholm Elliott, Timothy Bottoms, Nick Tate, Richard Graham, Paul Holme, Tatsuya Nakadai, Ronnie Lazaro ..
Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglen
Release date: 1989-04-07
Best War Movies of 1989 : Esmeralda Bay

Esmeralda Bay

3.6/10 IMDB

A priest secretly leads rebels in their struggle against the corrupt military dictatorship of the Central American country of Puerto Santo.

Starring: Robert Forster, George Kennedy, Fernando Rey, Ramon Estevez, Silvia Tortosa, Craig Hill, Brett Halsey, Teri Vallee, Daniel Grimm, Lina Romay ..
Directed by: Jesús Franco
Release date: 1989-05-18

Nam Angels

4.9/10 IMDB

Lt. Vance Calhoun takes on a dangerous rescue mission of American P.O.W.s in the treacherous Darloc Valley in Vietnam. His only chance to escape is with the help of five young, fearless soldiers on motorcycles.

Starring: Brad Johnson, Vernon Wells, Kevin Duffis, Rick Dean, Mark Venturini, Ken Metcalfe, Romy Diaz, Jeff Griffith, Frederick Bailey ..
Directed by: Cirio H. Santiago
Release date: 1989-07-07
Best War Movies of 1989 : The Last Warrior

The Last Warrior

5.2/10 IMDB

Stranded on a deserted Pacific island during the Second World War an American and Japanese soldier battle it out in this exciting war-time drama.

Starring: Gary Graham, Maria Holvoe, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa ..
Directed by: Martin Wragge
Release date: 1989-10-20
Best War Movies of 1989 : Casablanca Express

Casablanca Express

4.1/10 IMDB

It is 1942 and the conflict between the U.S. and Germany is getting heated, U.S. Intelligence soon discovers that the Natzis are planning to capture Winston Churchill. In order to protect him they send commando Al Cooper to guard Churchill who is going by train to Casablanca where he will meet with Roosevelt and Stalin.

Starring: Jason Connery, Francesco Quinn, Donald Pleasence, Glenn Ford, Luisa Maneri, Jinny Steffan, Jean Sorel, Manfred Lehmann, Horst Schön, David Brandon ..
Directed by: Sergio Martino
Release date: 1989-12-22

Not Another Mistake

4.3/10 IMDB

This movie is a cheap Rambo/Missing in Action 2 ripoff.

Starring: Richard Norton, Michael Meyer, Wren T. Brown, Donald Paul Pemrick, Eric Hahn, Stephen Young, Franco Guerrero, Paul Holmes ..
Directed by: Anthony Maharaj
Release date: 1989-01-01
Best War Movies of 1989 : Vietnam War Story: The Last Days

Vietnam War Story: The Last Days

6.4/10 IMDB

Starring: Steve Antin, Will Gotay, California Xuan Tran, Tom Wright ..
Directed by: David Burton Morris, Sandy Smolan
Release date: 1989-01-01

Dunkirk: The Battle for France

6.6/10 IMDB

The heroic rescue of the stranded British expeditionary force from the beaches of Nothern France is now the stuff of legend. How was it that a catastrophic defeat was turned into one of British history's great victories?

Directed by: Michael Campbell
Release date: 1989-01-01

Girls of the Third Reich

4.9/10 IMDB

American soldiers get it on with the nazis.

Starring: Athena Star, Duschca, Fantasia Jones, Jade Nichols, Maria Rosenthal, Mindy Rae, Pam Cox, Damien Wolf, Francois Papillon, Jeff Scott ..
Directed by: Joseph De Ruyter
Release date: 1989-01-01
Best War Movies of 1989 : Breaking Point

Breaking Point

5.4/10 IMDB

With D-Day less than 72 hours off, top US intelligence officer Jefferson Pike (Corbin Bernsen), is captured by the enemy. Pike, one of handful of officers who know where the allies will strike, is a professional who the Nazis know will never succumb to torture. They hatch a diabolical plan to deceive him into thinking that the war is over and he's recuperating from memory loss in a US hospital in Germany. His doctor (John Glover) and nurse (Joanna Pacula) head an elite Nazi psychological team that attempt to convince Pike into revealing the top secret. But as time slips away, Pike's captors decide he must reach his BREAKING POINT... or die.

Starring: Corbin Bernsen, Joanna Pacula, John Glover, David Marshall Grant, Lawrence Pressman, Ken Jenkins, Dennis Creaghan, Joris Stuyck, Michael Tulin, Kathryn Miller ..
Directed by: Peter Markle
Release date: 1989-08-18

Heroes Stand Alone

4.6/10 IMDB

Chad Everett and his crack team of commandoes are sent into enemy territory in South America to recover the black box from a crashed Air Force cargo plane. They are sabotaged every step of the way, and one by one the ruthlessness of their guerilla tactics takes its toll on the commando men.

Starring: Chad Everett, Bradford Dillman, Wayne Grace, Rick Dean, Michael Chieffo, Timothy Wead ..
Directed by: Mark Griffiths
Release date: 1989-01-01
Best War Movies of 1989 : Afgan: The Soviet Experience

Afgan: The Soviet Experience

0.0/10 IMDB

During the 1980s, Russia fought a disastrous war in Afghanistan. Shot by a Western crew, the 40 minute film includes footage of combat missions with the Spetsnaz elite units, helicopter gunship pilots from a Kabul-based Air Assault Unit flying missions, the patrolling of the Salang mountain pass and the military hospital in Kabul. Soviet General Lev Serebrov referred to the making of the film as "An experiment in glasnost".

Directed by: Jeff B. Harmon
Release date: 1989-10-09
Best War Movies of 1989 : Death in Focus

Death in Focus

0.0/10 IMDB

Death in all it's faces and stages. From the horrors of Buchenwald to the devastation of Hiroshima. From the political assassinations of the second half of the 20th century to the bloody feeding frenzy of the pythons of Burma. Burned on to the screen like napalm victims of Vietnam. Followed by "Death in Focus" part 2.

Starring: Ne Win, Paul W. Tibbets Jr., Adolf Hitler, Karl-Otto Koch, Hermann Pister, Reinhard Heydrich, Adolf Eichmann, Leslie Richard Groves Jr., Louis Fieser, Robert Patterson ..
Directed by: Elvis Boorman
Release date: 1989-01-02
Best War Movies of 1989 : Mission Dynamo

Mission Dynamo

3.0/10 IMDB

The Vietnam war and terrorists led by Torosky battle it out with South Vietnamese forces assisted by the American Army. For squad leader Merlin and PFC Bill, the war has become so meaningless that they don't care anymore. Seeing their friends die, they decide to desert and soon discover that there is no sanctuary in the jungle. It's only a matter of time before Torosky catches up with them.

Starring: Mike Abbott, Wayne Archer ..
Directed by: Godfrey Ho
Release date: 1989-01-01
Best War Movies of 1989 : Freytág testvérek

Freytág testvérek

0.0/10 IMDB

Starring: György Dörner, Blaskó Péter, Barbara Hegyi, Erzsi Máthé, Imre Sinkovits, Szilágyi Tibor, Zoltán Varga, Hédi Temessy ..
Release date: 1989-01-01

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