1950s war movies list
1950s war movies list

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1950s war movies

In early 1950s war movies were made in two main trends - in United States the dominating motif was still the triupmh over Axis durign the war (like Operation Pacific, Halls of Montezuma, Beachhead). In other countries the process of closure has begun and often war movies were rather describing the cruelty of war rather than the adventures (like Canal, Fires on the Plain, Yesterday’s Enemy). When the Korean War broke out it became the second main theme after stories from World War 2 (like Pork Chop Hill, A Hill in Korea). Also the first signs of Cold War were visible in cinema (f.e. Jet Pilot, On the Beach), but still as warning to politics that the way they chose may end in total annihilation of human race.


They Were Not Divided 1950 war movie

They Were Not Divided (1950)

British tankmen join the operations in Europe after the Normandy landing.

The African Queen 1951 war movie

The African Queen (1951)

The unlike duo of drunkard and sister of catholic missionary are palnning to sink a German ship that terrorizes the area.

Operation Pacific 1951 war movie

Operation Pacific (1951)

Captain of submarine is given the task to find the way to solve the problem of dud torpedoes.

The Tanks Are Coming 1951 war movie

The Tanks Are Coming (1951)

American tankmen face the superior German tanks after landing in Normandy and has to find the way to fight them.

Decision Before Dawn 1951 war movie

Decision Before Dawn (1951)

German prisoners of war agree to work for American intelligence at the end of World War 2, but their reasons are completely different.

Stalag 17 1953 war movie

Stalag 17 (1953)

In prisoners of war camp the Americans try to figure out which one of them is passing informations to Germans.

Take the High Ground! 1953 war movie

Take the High Ground! (1953)

Two drill sergeants take over group of new recruits, but they have completely different views on how to turn them into fighting unit within 16 weeks.

Seven Samurai 1954 war movie

Seven Samurai (1954)

Desperate villagers hire seven samurai to protect them from the bandits.

The Caine Mutiny 1954 war movie

The Caine Mutiny (1954)

The new captain on minesweeper USS Caine is obsessed with discipline up to the point when crew begins to doubt his mental stability.

Beachhead 1954 war movie

Beachhead (1954)

Small unit of US Marines is sent to Bougainville Island, where they will try to find out if planned landing is safe.

Men of the Fighting Lady 1954 war movie

Men of the Fighting Lady (1954)

Pilots of USS Oriskany aircraft carrier repeat attacks on the same target - a strategic railroad junction - but each time they are asked to take more risk.

Sitting Bull 1954 war movie

Sitting Bull (1954)

When Indians close to revolting against US government Major Parrish does what he can to avoid the bloodshed. But he has to hurry since both sides are keen to start the war.

The Sea Chase 1955 war movie

The Sea Chase (1955)

On the verge of World War 2 captain of German merchant ship tries to get back to homeland.

Mister Roberts 1955 war movie

Mister Roberts (1955)

First officer on a merchant ship hopes to join the crew on a warship before the war ends.

The Dam Busters 1955 war movie

The Dam Busters (1955)

True story of inventor of bouncing bombs that let the British paralyze German industry in the Ruhr valley.

A Hill in Korea 1956 war movie

A Hill in Korea (1956)

Small unit of British soldiers is surrounded on the hilltop during the Korean War. Trapped by Chinese forces they have no other option than fight to the last.

The Battle of the River Plate 1956 war movie

The Battle of the River Plate (1956)

True story of battle between British cruisers and German pocket battleship that led to diplomatic dispute.

Away All Boats 1956 war movie

Away All Boats (1956)

The life on board of amphibious attack transport ship during the Pacific campaign.

Alexander the Great 1956 war movie

Alexander the Great (1956)

Story of Alexander the Great and his campaing to Asia - from the first battle to the ruling of almost whole world known to anscient geography.

Canal 1957 war movie

Canal (1957)

During Warsaw Uprising the insurgents are forced to enter the labirynth of sewer system in order to survive.

Sharks and Little Fish 1957 war movie

Sharks and Little Fish (1957)

Young cadets join the pride of German navy, the submarines, to get the chance to be the attacking side for once.

Paths of Glory 1957 war movie

Paths of Glory (1957)

After failed attack the French general demands the random soldiers to be killed as an example what happens to the cowards.

Men in War 1957 war movie

Men in War (1957)

Platoon of American soldiers moves through the terrain filled with Koreans.

Jet Pilot 1957 war movie

Jet Pilot (1957)

When Soviet pilot defecting to United States is intercepted over Alaska Colonel Shannon didn’t realize he will have to face enemy so deadly - a beautiful woman.

The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957 war movie

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

British prisoners arrive to the construction site of bridge that will help the Japanese transport their troops to Burma. Their slave work will help enemy, but at the same time the sabotage will mean death.

The Enemy Below 1957 war movie

The Enemy Below (1957)

American destroyer detects the German U-Boot. Each of the ships has experienced captain that knows all the tricks - the battle of the wits begins.

The Eagle 1958 war movie

The Eagle (1958)

Based on true events surrounding the escape of Polish submarine ORP Orzel to England after Poland was invaded.

Run Silent Run Deep 1958 war movie

Run Silent Run Deep (1958)

American submarine commander takes up the mission to sink the Japanese destroyer that guards the Bungo Straits.

Torpedo Run 1958 war movie

Torpedo Run (1958)

The submarine commander mourning after his family wants to take revenge by sinking the new Japanese aircraft carrier.

U-47 Lt. Commander Prien 1958 war movie

U-47 Lt. Commander Prien (1958)

Based on true ride of German U-Boat that sneaked into biggest port of Royal Navy.

The Inn of the Sixth Happiness 1958 war movie

The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958)

Englishwoman travels half of the world to become a missionary in China soon before the country is invaded by Japan.

No Time for Sergeants 1958 war movie

No Time for Sergeants (1958)

Naive and well-meaning hillbilly Will Stockdale is drafted into air force and his simple nature gets him in trouble times and times again.

Battle of the Coral Sea 1959 war movie

Battle of the Coral Sea (1959)

American submarine is sent on a patrol mission to spot Japanese fleet heading for Coral Sea.

Fires on the Plain 1959 war movie

Fires on the Plain (1959)

Japanese army at the end of the war - lacking discipline and desperate on surviving.

Lotna 1959 war movie

Lotna (1959)

Polish cavalry unit receives beautiful horse called Lotna, but soon they are conviced that the horse brings them bad luck.

Yesterday’s Enemy 1959 war movie

Yesterday’s Enemy (1959)

British captain has to make a difficult decision when his unit is lost in the middle of Burma jungle.

Pork Chop Hill 1959 war movie

Pork Chop Hill (1959)

American attack on the fortified hill on the North Korea border is only beginning of the long and blood battle for the spot of no importance.

Assassination 1959 war movie

Assassination (1959)

Polish underground prepares for assassination of General Franz Kutschera, known as "butcher of Warsaw".

On the Beach 1959 war movie

On the Beach (1959)

After nuclear war Australia is one of the last places on Earth where radiation is still bearable. Navy sends a submarine to northern hemisphere to check if there are any survivors.

Hannibal 1959 war movie

Hannibal (1959)

Carthaginian commander Hannibal plans attack on Rome from side they did not expected - he is about to cross the Alps with his whole army.

The Horse Soldiers 1959 war movie

The Horse Soldiers (1959)

During the American Civil War Union cavalry unit is sent deep behind enemy lines to attack the strategic railroad station in Newton Town, but they have to find the way to keep their mission a secret.