1980s war movies list
1980s war movies list

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1980s war movies

In 1980s, just like in previous decade, not many mainstream war movies were produced. The creators were often looking for more entertaining themes than typical war movie - they reached for supernatural elements (f.e. The Final Countdown), fiction based on World War 2 (f.e. Eye of the Needle, Attack Force Z). The Cold War that finally became slightly more bearable again was used to make war movies, but this time instead of warning the politicians and the public they were more of the adventure style stories (like Red Dawn or Top Gun). Ten years after Vietnam War American cinema finally decided to tell the true stories about the conflict with such productions as Platoon. In 1980s also the German cinema came up with two important war movies dealing with their part in the war - Das Boot and Die Wannseekonferenz.


The Final Countdown 1980 war movie

The Final Countdown (1980)

American aircraft carrier moves back in time and is in position to stop the Pearl Harbor attack.

The Dogs of War 1980 war movie

The Dogs of War (1980)

Mercenary Jamie Shannon is hired to prepare coup díetat in African country ruled by the ruthless dictator.

The Sea Wolves 1980 war movie

The Sea Wolves (1980)

During World War II veterans of previous wars join the special operation that will save life of many Allied soldiers.

Das Boot 1981 war movie

Das Boot (1981)

The life on board of U-Boot during the patrol of U-96 on Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea is far from what Nazi propaganda tries to tell German nation.

Victory 1981 war movie

Victory (1981)

During World War 2 Germans organize the propaganda football match against team formed of Allied players that are captives in the prisoners of war camps in France.

Eye of the Needle 1981 war movie

Eye of the Needle (1981)

German spy discovers the secret of Allies preparations for D-Day and is desperate to pass the information to Berlin in time.

Southern Comfort 1981 war movie

Southern Comfort (1981)

During exercise platoon of National Guard clash with Cajun people and has to fight for the survival.

Attack Force Z 1982 war movie

Attack Force Z (1982)

Small Australian commandos unit lands on a Pacific island on a mission to find survivors from plane crash.

Boldyn 1982 war movie

Boldyn (1982)

Legendary partisans leader has to keep his unit together, but he has problem with keeping his own mind together.

First Blood 1982 war movie

First Blood (1982)

Vietnam War veteran John Rambo arrives to small town of Hope, Washington to find his comrade. Mistreated by local sheriff he flees into the woods, but itís those who pursuit him should be affraid.

Barbed Wire 1983 war movie

Barbed Wire (1983)

Three volunteers that are about to embark on risky mission recall their past presenting what lead them to the point there are in right now.

Uncommon Valor 1983 war movie

Uncommon Valor (1983)

Colonel Jason Rhodes, tired of waiting for his son to be released from POW camp in Vietnam, sets up a team of veterans to storm into the camp and release him.

Red Dawn 1984 war movie

Red Dawn (1984)

Cuban and Russian forces land in small town in Colorado. While the national defence collapses the group of teenagers turn into partisans to fight the occupants and save their families.

Extortion of a Gray Day 1984 war movie

Extortion of a Gray Day (1984)

Young poet Tolek Gonczar joins the Polish resistance. His first big operation is the ambush for German train transporting the troops for eastern front.

Day Four 1984 war movie

Day Four (1984)

Young Polish poet Krzysztof Kamil Baczynski is among the insurgents during Warsaw Uprising in 1944, but his life has ended on the fourth day of the fight.

Spies Like Us 1985 war movie

Spies Like Us (1985)

Two incompetent agents are sent on secret mission near Soviet Union borders, but their natural incompetence suddenly changes the character of the mission.

Revolution 1985 war movie

Revolution (1985)

Fur traper, who tries to keep away from politics, gets dragged into the American Revolution. To save his son he joins the army and follows the troops that are about to face the British.

Rambo: First Blood Part II 1985 war movie

Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)

Veteran commandos John Rambo is given the chance to be pardoned for his actions if he will take up a risky mission in jungles of Southeast Asia.

Platoon 1986 war movie

Platoon (1986)

Young recruit sent to Vietnam learns that the war isnít the idealistic battle of good and evil - it is battle between evil and evil.

K & K deserters 1986 war movie

K & K deserters (1986)

During World War I five soldiers desert from Austro-Hungarian army penal unit and try to get home.

Top Gun 1986 war movie

Top Gun (1986)

Best American figher pilots compete for the honors and a woman.

The Golden Train 1986 war movie

The Golden Train (1986)

During German invasion in 1939 Polish government try to evacuate the gold reserves to Great Britain via Romania, which would be hard enough even without constant attacks from German saboteurs.

The Misfit Brigade 1987 war movie

The Misfit Brigade (1987)

Soldiers from penal unit are sent to a suicidal mission on the Eastern Front.

Empire of the Sun 1987 war movie

Empire of the Sun (1987)

Teenage boy has to find a way to survive in internment camp when he is separated from his parents during the evacuation from Shanghai.

Full Metal Jacket 1987 war movie

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Brutal training of US Marines is just a small step towards the thing that are awaiting them in Vietnam.

Eastern Condors 1987 war movie

Eastern Condors (1987)

Colonel Lam is given special mission behind enemy lines - his target is bunker in Vietnam filled with rockets left by the US Army after evacuation in 1975.

Bat 21 1988 war movie

Bat 21 (1988)

When valuable electronic warfare officer is shot down over enemy area US Air Force is determined to rescue him.

The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission 1988 war movie

The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission (1988)

Again 12 prisoners sentenced to death penalty are chosen to take part in suicidal mission behind enemy lines. Another sequel to classic Dirty Dozen.

Rambo III 1988 war movie

Rambo III (1988)

John Rambo sets for Soviet military base in Afghanistan, where his mentor Colonel Trautman is kept prisoner. Again on his own he has to face whole enemy unit.

The Beast of War 1988 war movie

The Beast of War (1988)

During War in Afghanistan damaged Soviet tank T-55 retreats after attack on the village. Chased by the mujahideen fighters the crew gets lost in the narrow gorges and they suddenly become prey for the Afghans.

Blackadder Goes Forth 1989 war movie

Blackadder Goes Forth (1989)

Captain Blackadder in trenches somewhere in France will do anything to avoid another push through no man

The Officer Factory 1989 war movie

The Officer Factory (1989)

Oberleutnant Krafft is sent to officer school to pursue investigation in suspicious death of one of the instructors.