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Hi All,

I'm looking for recommendations for WWII movies of 1950-1970 production vintage.

Colour or black and white.

Any suggestions?
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Battleground (1949) -- A gritty and authentic (by Hollywood standards) look at the Battle of the Bulge.
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The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) -- The greatest movie about WWII ever filmed. Tells the story of three men returning home in 1945. A brilliant tour-de-force and a timeless classic.
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Any specific types - ie are you looking for strictly historical, or are more "fictional" movies OK with you?

My favorite is Kelly's Heroes(1970). Definitely not historical or realistic, but fun to watch. Another favorite that is a little more realism based, but still fictional is The Guns of Navarone(1961). On the lighter side, Mister Roberts(1955) is always a treat to watch.
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Battlground is good, if not a little cheesy in parts.

Hard to pass on Patton.

(Chairman kicks back, puts his feet up, Subscribes to thread and looks forward to reading the coming replies)
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Five of my favorites:

- Battle of Britain - 1969 (I'm a sucker for Spitfires)
- The Bridge on the River Kwai - 1957
- Tora Tora Tora - 1970 (so much much much better than "Pearl Harbour" from 2001)
- The Caine Mutiny - 1954
- Casablanca - 1942 (ok not a war movie in the strict sense and not in the time range that you asked)
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Hi Damo,

Not a recommendation but a classic: The Longest day (1962).
A recommendation but not a jewel: A Bridge Too Far (1977).

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My top five WW2 movies from 1950-1970:

Tora, Tora, Tora (1970)
The Longest Day (1962)
In Harm's Way (1965)
The Guns of Navarone (1961)
Patton (1970)

I could just sit on the couch all day long and watch these back to back!
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Catch-22 and Midway.
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dogzard wrote:
Any specific types - ie are you looking for strictly historical, or are more "fictional" movies OK with you?

My favorite is Kelly's Heroes(1970). Definitely not historical or realistic, but fun to watch. Another favorite that is a little more realism based, but still fictional is The Guns of Navarone(1961). On the lighter side, Mister Roberts(1955) is always a treat to watch.


Kelly's Heroes thumbsup is my favorite because the vehicles are representative for the US and Germans forces, versus using all American vehicles with US stars and German crosses on them.

2nd the motion on Mister Roberts.

A little older that you are looking for:
Sahara (1943) with Humprey Bogart is excellent
12 O'clock High (1947) Gregory Peck

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Two of my favorites are The Longest Day and Patton.

One that I did not like is The Thin Red Line. (Pretty weird, and it literally put me to sleep a couple times.)
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How about a couple prison break movies?

The Great Escape (1963). Classic! Steve McQueen plays Pitchcar and Charles Bronson plays Dungeon Lords below the camp!
Von Ryan's Express (1965). Old Blue Eyes plays Age of Steam on his way to Switzerland.
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M*A*S*H*. The movie is a little "nastier" than the series, but it's quite good.

Paths of Glory by Stanley Kubrick.

Oh, and that guy on my avatar: Lawrence of Arabia.



Good films, wrong war(s).
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'Longest Day'...turned me on to military history as a young laddie...higlights include the fabulous long sequence involving the attack of the French commandos on the casino...the actor portraying hysterical German fighter pilot 'Pips' Priller...young(ish) Sean Connery as a footslogger...the actor (whose name escapes me at the moment but he died recently) playing the commander of the British glider guys capturing that bridge over the Orne having taken part in the real action during the war...there are many more but you get the general idea..
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Gotta put in a plug for "The Devil's Brigade." It almost made me want to be Canadian whistle.
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Gotta put in a plug for "The Devil's Brigade." It almost made me want to be Canadian whistle.


Forgot about this movie, another excellent choice!
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I recommend Play Dirty starring Michael Caine. Set in North Africa, Caine plays an inexperienced British officer put in nominal charge of group of commandos whose mission will be to destroy a German oil Depot. Gritty and cynical.
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Have you all been replaced by Pod People?

Cross of Iron
Where Eagles Dare
Das Boot
The Dirty Dozen


You can also look for The Big Red One, but the other films suggested so far are better.
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"The Cruel Sea" (1953). My Dad (who served with the RN "on loan" from the RCN) always said this was one of his favourites. He said that it captured (for him) a sense of what he went through during the war. Just FYI, he was serving on the HMS Bonaventure (my avatar) in 1941 whe she was torpeoded and sunk by the Italian sub Ambra on his birthday (March 31st). He also was in PQ 18 aboard the HMS Gleaner so I think he knew something about it. He also liked "In Which We Serve" (1942).
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Atraxrobustus wrote:
the fabulous long sequence involving the attack of the French commandos on the casino


The Ouistreham segment is perhaps my favorite part of the entire film.

Atraxrobustus wrote:
the actor portraying hysterical German fighter pilot 'Pips' Priller


An over-the-top performance.

Atraxrobustus wrote:
young(ish) Sean Connery as a footslogger


His next role was in Dr. No. Also, the German sergeant with the coffee cans? Gert Frobe, the future Auric Goldfinger!

Atraxrobustus wrote:
the actor (whose name escapes me at the moment but he died recently) playing the commander of the British glider guys capturing that bridge over the Orne having taken part in the real action during the war


That was Richard Todd

Atraxrobustus wrote:
there are many more but you get the general idea..


Fantastic scenes featuring focuses on characters played by Red Buttons, Sal Mineo, Richard Burton, Henry Fonda, Jeffrey Hunter, and more.
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If you want film footage of battles and things blowing up, most of these films will fit that bill.

But if you want to gain knowledge on the war itself, do away with all of them and get the Thames Television documentary series, The World At War. Almost 40 years after its production, it's still the definitive World War II documentary series.
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Stop! Now I'll be up all night watching The Longest Day!


J.L.Robert wrote:
Atraxrobustus wrote:
the fabulous long sequence involving the attack of the French commandos on the casino


The Ouistreham segment is perhaps my favorite part of the entire film.

Atraxrobustus wrote:
the actor portraying hysterical German fighter pilot 'Pips' Priller


An over-the-top performance.

Atraxrobustus wrote:
young(ish) Sean Connery as a footslogger


His next role was in Dr. No. Also, the German sergeant with the coffee cans? Gert Frobe, the future Auric Goldfinger!

Atraxrobustus wrote:
the actor (whose name escapes me at the moment but he died recently) playing the commander of the British glider guys capturing that bridge over the Orne having taken part in the real action during the war


That was Richard Todd

Atraxrobustus wrote:
there are many more but you get the general idea..


Fantastic scenes featuring focuses on characters played by Red Buttons, Sal Mineo, Richard Burton, Henry Fonda, Jeffrey Hunter, and more.
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I tend toward the odd or less talked about topics (movie-wise) so here are a few that I like:

Hell is for Heroes (1962 - US): Steve McQueen, Western front
Battleground (1949 - US): Battle of the Bulge
Die Brucke (1959 - Germany): German youths, defense in western Germany
The Train (1964 - US): Burt Lancaster, French Resistance after D-Day
Is Paris Burning (1966 - US/France): Liberation of Paris
Dunkirk (1958 - UK): Roll up to and evacuation from Dunkirk
Mosquito Squadron (1969 - UK): RAF
Sink the Bismarck (1960 - UK): RN, North Atlantic

If you expand your window to the 1980s you could pick up:
Das Boot (1981 - Germany): U-Boat warfare
Come and See (1985 - Soviet Union): German occupied Soviet Union (Ukraine)
Winter War (1989 - Finland?): Battles between Finnish and Soviet troops

Its should be obvious I watch too many movies when I should be playing games


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I just picked up the Longest day at Walmart for $5
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1945's A Walk in the Sun is a good one.
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