Best War Movies of 1991


Hot Shots!

6.7/10 IMDB

The gang that created Airplane and The Naked Gun sets its sights on Top Gun in this often hilarious spoof starring Charlie Sheen, who previously only inspired laughs with his personal life. He plays Topper Harley, a fighter pilot with an ax to grind: clearing the family name. He gets involved in a relationship with Valerie Golino, a woman with an unusually talented stomach. But his mission is to avenge his father. Lloyd Bridges, late in his career, revealed an aptitude for this kind of silliness, here as a commander who is both incredibly dim and delightfully accident prone. Directed by Jim Abrahams, the film makes fun of a variety of other films as well, from Dances with Wolves to The Fabulous Baker Boys. It was so successful that they all returned in the sequel, Hot Shots! Part Deux.

Starring: Charlie Sheen, Cary Elwes, Valeria Golino, Lloyd Bridges, Kevin Dunn, Jon Cryer, William O'Leary, Kristy Swanson, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Bill Irwin ..
Directed by: Jim Abrahams
Release date: 1991-07-31


7.3/10 IMDB

In the fall of 1963, Eddie Birdlace is an 18-year-old Marine Corps volunteer who is about to ship out with three of his buddies for a tour of duty in Vietnam. Planning a massive blowout for their last night in San Francisco, Eddie, his buddies, and a number of other Marines set up a contest they call a "dogfight."

Starring: River Phoenix, Lili Taylor, Richard Panebianco, Anthony Clark, Mitchell Whitfield, Holly Near, Elizabeth Daily, Sue Morales, Christina Mastin, Christopher Shaw ..
Directed by: Nancy Savoca
Release date: 1991-09-13

The Inner Circle

6.9/10 IMDB

Life changes for a Moscow worker when he's made Stalin's personal film projectionist but cannot tell his bride.

Starring: Tom Hulce, Bob Hoskins, Lolita Davidovich, Aleksandr Zbruev, Feodor Chaliapin Jr., Irina Kupchenko, Aleksandr Filippenko, Bess Meyer, Vladimir Timofeev, Mariya Baranova ..
Directed by: Andrei Konchalovsky
Release date: 1991-12-25
Best War Movies of 1991 : Ironclads


6.1/10 IMDB

Ironclads is a 1991 made-for-television movie produced by Ted Turner's TNT company about the events behind the creation of the CSS Virginia from the remains of the USS Merrimack and the battle between the Virginia and the USS Monitor in the Battle of Hampton Roads, March 8, 1862-March 9, 1862.

Starring: Virginia Madsen, Alex Hyde-White, Reed Diamond, Philip Casnoff, E.G. Marshall, Fritz Weaver, Leon B. Stevens, Michal Sinnott ..
Directed by: Delbert Mann
Release date: 1991-03-11

Heil Hitler! Confessions of a Hitler Youth

7.7/10 IMDB

This short-form documentary focuses on the true story of Alfons Heck, who as an impressionable 10-year-old boy became a high-ranking member of the Hitler youth movement during World War II. The story is told in his own words. This film originally aired as part of the "America Undercover" series on HBO.

Starring: Alfons Heck ..
Directed by: Arthur Holch
Release date: 1991-06-03

Flight of the Intruder

5.8/10 IMDB

U.S. Navy pilot Lt. Jake Grafton and his bombardier buddy, Lt. Cmdr. Virgil Cole, are two soldiers embedded in the Vietnam War growing frustrated by the military's constraints on their missions. Despite the best efforts of their commanding officer, Cmdr. Frank Camparelli, to re-engage them, this disillusioned pair decide to take the war effort into their own hands with an explosive battle plan that could well get them court-martialed.

Starring: Danny Glover, Willem Dafoe, Brad Johnson, Rosanna Arquette, Tom Sizemore, J. Kenneth Campbell, Jared Chandler, Dann Florek, Madison Mason, Ving Rhames ..
Directed by: John Milius
Release date: 1991-01-18
Best War Movies of 1991 : The Perfect Tribute

The Perfect Tribute

6.4/10 IMDB

A boy risks life and limb to travel across the war-torn southern states of America during the height of hostilities in the Civil War, hoping to visit his wounded brother in a field hospital on the other side of the country. His accidental meeting with Abraham Lincoln helps the disheartened president understand just how important the Gettysburg Address really is.

Starring: Jason Robards, Lukas Haas, Campbell Scott, Katherine Helmond, Ed Flanders, José Ferrer, Daniel Davis, Richard Jenkins, Laurie Kennedy, Dakin Matthews ..
Directed by: Jack Bender
Release date: 1991-04-21

Never Forget

6.8/10 IMDB

Mr. Mermelstein (Leonard Nimoy) and Mrs. Mermelstein (Blythe Danner) a true-life California couple, thrown into the spotlight of judicial history in the 1980s. He is a Hungarian-born Jew, sole-survivor of his family's extermination at Auschwitz, and she is a Southern Baptist from Tennessee. Their four children are good kids, typical Americans, with just enough orneriness to irritate each other, but enough love and class to pull together when it counts. When challenged by a hate group to prove that Jews were actually gassed at Auschwitz, Mel Mermelstein rises to the occasion with the support of his wife and children, in spite of the dangers to himself, his business, and his family. William John Cox (Dabney Coleman) provides legal help (pro bono) as a lawyer, originally a Roman Catholic from Texas.

Starring: Leonard Nimoy, Dabney Coleman, Blythe Danner, Paul Hampton, Jason Presson, Juliet Sorci ..
Directed by: Joseph Sargent
Release date: 1991-04-08
Best War Movies of 1991 : Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis

Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis

6.3/10 IMDB

True story of the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, its crew's struggle to survive the sharks and exposure, and the captain's scape-goat court-martial.

Starring: Stacy Keach, Richard Thomas, Steve Landesberg, Don Harvey, Robert Cicchini, David Caruso, Bob Gunton, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Jeffrey Nordling, Tim Guinee ..
Directed by: Robert Iscove
Release date: 1991-09-29

Indio 2 - The Revolt

5.5/10 IMDB

A corporation building a highway through the rainforest hires a gang of mercenaries to get rid of the local Indians, who don't want the highway built through their lands. The mercenaries resort to murder, massacres and enslavement to rid the company of its Indian problem. Sgt. Irons, a former Marine NCO, helps to unite the jungle tribes and leads them in their fight to protect their homes and their families.

Starring: Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Frank Cuervo, Dirk Galuba, Maurizio Fardo, Jacqueline Carol, Charles Napier, Tetchie Agbayani, David Brass, Kenneth Peerless, Andrew Camposano ..
Directed by: Antonio Margheriti
Release date: 1991-04-17


4.8/10 IMDB

Santos attempts to lead a people's revolt in Colombia to overthrow the Presidente. When his revolt fails and he is killed, his sister Christina goes to New York to find McBain, a lieutenant Santos rescued during the Vietnam War. McBain agrees to help, recruits his old war buddies, raises some cash by killing a few drug dealers, then leads an attack to topple the Colombian government.

Starring: Christopher Walken, Michael Ironside, Michael Joseph DeSare, Chick Vennera, Steve James, Thomas G. Waites, Jay Patterson, María Conchita Alonso, Joel Torre, Big Boy Gomez ..
Directed by: James Glickenhaus
Release date: 1991-09-20
Best War Movies of 1991 : Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

7.7/10 IMDB

True story (based on the book by Eleanor Coerr) about a Japanese girl named Sadako Sasaki, who was two years old when the atom bomb fell on her city of Hiroshima. Like so many other survivors of that horrific day, she subsequently developed leukemia. To keep herself occupied during her illness, she begins the monumental task of folding a thousand origami cranes--in the hopes that it will save her life.

Starring: Liv Ullmann ..
Directed by: George Levinson
Release date: 1991-03-29
Best War Movies of 1991 : A Woman at War

A Woman at War

6.1/10 IMDB

Helene Moskiewicz, a young Jewish woman living in pre-World War II Belgium, is forced to suffer through German occupation by watching her parents arrested and her life destroyed. To fight back, Regine joins the underground resistance movement and strikes the Nazis from joining the infamous Gestapo.

Starring: Martha Plimpton, Eric Stoltz, Jack Shepherd ..
Directed by: Edward Bennett
Release date: 1991-08-10
Best War Movies of 1991 : The Great Indian Wars 1840-1890

The Great Indian Wars 1840-1890

5.7/10 IMDB

Documentation of the encroachment of European settlers upon Native American lands and the violent reaction of the Indians in their struggle to survive.

Starring: Jack Hanrahan, Sitting Bull, Geronimo, Lloyd Bridges, Iron Eyes Cody ..
Release date: 1991-03-19
Best War Movies of 1991 : Fist of Glory

Fist of Glory

5.1/10 IMDB

Vietnam. The last days of the war. A crack squad of Army special forces commandos led by Johnny Reynolds undertakes an unauthorized combat mission behind enemy lines with disasterous results.

Starring: Dale Cook, Cris Aguilar, Joseph Al, Dave Allen ..
Directed by: Joe Mari Avellana
Release date: 1991-06-13
Best War Movies of 1991 : The Tornado Story

The Tornado Story

0.0/10 IMDB

The Tornado was designed to meet the needs of Britain's Royal Air Force, Germany's Luftwaffe and Marineflieger and Italy's Aeronautica Militare Italiano. No aircraft before or since has packed such striking power into such a compact package. The initial production model was used by all the original customers and Saudi Arabia. In late 1990, Tornados formed the spearhead of UN striking power in the Gulf, ready to hack it 'for real' at a moment's notice. Tornado IDS can hurtle down steep-sided valleys carrying an 8,000 lb bomb load without using any of the pylons on its pivoting swing wings. It is the fastest aircraft in the world at treetop height, at 800 knots, and has been cleared to carry more types of stores than any other warplane. The Tornado ECR - electronic combat and recon - version is packed with advanced avionics for finding and defeating hostile defence systems.

Directed by: Jonathan Moore
Release date: 1991-06-01
Best War Movies of 1991 : The Gestapo: Hitler's Secret Police

The Gestapo: Hitler's Secret Police

0.0/10 IMDB

The rise and fall of Nazi Germany's terrifying secret police force from 1933 through 1945.

Starring: Patrick Allen, Adolf Hitler, Reinhard Heydrich ..
Directed by: Michael Campbell
Release date: 1991-12-31
Best War Movies of 1991 : Operation Welcome Home

Operation Welcome Home

0.0/10 IMDB

An original documentary, this film contains previously classified footage provided by the Defense Department. Included is an exclusive on-camera "host" appearance by General Colin Powell, actual archival and pictorial footage, interviews, narrative with celebrities and key military personnel and the returning home after Desert Storm.

Starring: Colin Powell ..
Directed by: Robert Kline
Release date: 1991-05-23
Best War Movies of 1991 : The Gestapo: Hitler's secret police

The Gestapo: Hitler's secret police

0.0/10 IMDB

The rise and fall of Nazi Germany's terrifying secret police force from 1933 through 1945.

Starring: Patrick Allen, Adolf Hitler, Reinhard Heydrich ..
Directed by: Michael Campbell
Release date: 1991-12-31

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