THE BEST HISTORICAL AND WAR FILMSby vlasis82 | created - 13 Mar 2012 | updated - 1 day ago | Public
The best historical and war films from the time of ancient Greece to the present day.
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1. Ohi (1969)
165 min | Action, History, War
In 1940, during the outbreak of Greek-Italian war, Dimitris Nicolaou goes to fight as lieutenant in Greek-Albanian border. After their victory over Italians by epic battles, Dimitris is ... See full summary »
2. The Guns of Navarone (1961)
TV-PG | 158 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A British team is sent to cross occupied Greek territory and destroy the massive German gun emplacement that commands a key sea channel.
Votes: 42,509 | Gross: $28.90M
4. A Bridge Too Far (1977)
PG | 175 min | Drama, History, War
Operation Market Garden, September 1944: The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines.
Votes: 47,872 | Gross: $50.80M
5. The Great Escape (1963)
Not Rated | 172 min | Adventure, Drama, History
Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.
Votes: 207,695 | Gross: $12.10M
6. Battle of Britain (1969)
G | 132 min | Action, Drama, History
In 1940, the British Royal Air Force fights a desperate battle to prevent the Luftwaffe from gaining air superiority over the English Channel as a prelude to a possible Axis invasion of the U.K.
7. The Last Days of Patton (1986 TV Movie)
TV-PG | 146 min | Biography, Drama
Following the close of World War II, General George S. Patton is seriously injured in a car accident and not expected to survive. "The Last Days of Patton" tells the story of these last few... See full summary »
9. The Desert Rats (1953)
Approved | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Richard Burton plays a Scottish Army officer put in charge of a disparate band of ANZAC troops on the perimeter of Tobruk with the German Army doing their best to dislodge them.
10. Gorgopotamos (1968)
135 min | Adventure, War
In 1942, the allied headquarters in Cairo send to Greece British and Greek officers to organize the bombing of the bridge Gorgopotamos to prevent the transfer of military hardware to North ... See full summary »
11. Where Eagles Dare (1968)
PG | 158 min | Action, Adventure, War
Allied Agents stage a daring raid on a castle where the Nazis are holding American Brigadier General George Carnaby (Robert Beatty) prisoner, but that's not all that's really going on.
12. Valkyrie (2008)
PG-13 | 121 min | Drama, History, Thriller
A dramatization of the July 20, 1944 assassination and political coup plot by desperate renegade German Army officers against Adolf Hitler during World War II.
Votes: 216,065 | Gross: $83.08M
13. The Dawn of Victory (1971)
91 min | Drama, Adventure, Action
In 1943, a commando team wants to try to destroy the largest airport of the Germans in Crete. The leader of the commando, Nikitas is Cretan, but Lefteris, who is the leader of the ... See full summary »
15. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Approved | 228 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.
Votes: 246,801 | Gross: $44.82M
16. Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003)
130 min | Biography, Drama, History
A unique slant, profiling the life of Adolf Hitler as a child and his rise through the ranks of the National Socialist German Workers' Party prior to World War II.
17. Stalingrad (1993)
Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, War
The story follows a group of German soldiers, from their Italian R&R in the summer of 1942 to the frozen steppes of Soviet Russia and ending with the battle for Stalingrad.
Votes: 28,528 | Gross: $0.08M
19. Oi Gennaioi Tou Vorra (1970)
157 min | Adventure, Drama, War
In April 1941 Germans invade in Greece, and despite previous assurances, allowed Bulgarian troops and guerrillas to enter into Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. Progressively, Bulgarians ... See full summary »
20. Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
G | 144 min | Action, Drama, History
In 1941, following months of economic embargo, Japan prepares to open its war against the United States with a preventive strike on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor.
Votes: 29,625 | Gross: $29.55M
21. Black Hawk Down (2001)
R | 144 min | Drama, History, War
160 elite U.S. soldiers drop into Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord and find themselves in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily-armed Somalis.
Votes: 343,709 | Gross: $108.64M
22. Apocalypse Now (1979)
R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, War
A U.S. Army officer serving in Vietnam is tasked with assassinating a renegade Special Forces Colonel who sees himself as a god.
Votes: 558,027 | Gross: $83.47M
23. Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
R | 141 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.
Votes: 147,380 | Gross: $13.76M
24. To frourio ton athanaton (1971)
90 min | Adventure, Biography, History
It is the narrative of the true history of the abduction of a German, General Heinrich Kreipe from British commandos and Greek resistance in Crete during the Second World War. It was one of the greatest achievement in this war.
25. Downfall (2004)
R | 156 min | Biography, Drama, History
Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, tells of the Nazi dictator's final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII.
Votes: 309,743 | Gross: $5.51M
28. The Longest Day (1962)
G | 178 min | Action, Drama, History
The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view.
Votes: 49,620 | Gross: $39.10M
29. SS Papanikolis (1971)
91 min | Adventure, Drama, History
The true story of the underwater action "Papanikolis" during the Greek-Italian war 1940-41. The submarine "Papanikolis", with Commander Miltos Iatridis and the second mate Vasilis ... See full summary »
30. Pursuit of the Graf Spee (1956)
Not Rated | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
In the first major naval battle of World War II, the British Navy must find and destroy a powerful German warship.
31. Commandos Strike at Dawn (1942)
Approved | 98 min | Drama, History, War
A gentle widower, enraged at Nazi atrocities against his peaceful Norwegian fishing village, escapes to Britain and returns leading a commando force against the oppressors.
Votes: 606 | Gross: $1.30M
33. Hell in the Aegean (1970)
86 min | Action, Drama, History
In May 1941, after the fall of the mainland of Greece just before the Germans entered Athens, a bold cadet, Nikiforos Kallergis leaves with his classmates from the cadet school. They ... See full summary »
34. Objective, Burma! (1945)
Approved | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A platoon of special ops are tasked to parachute into the remote Burmese jungle and destroy a strategic Japanese radar station, but getting out isn't as easy.
35. Operation: Daybreak (1975)
PG | 118 min | Drama, History, War
In 1942, Britain sends a group of British-trained Czech commandos to Prague to assassinate SS-General Reinhard Heydrich, head of the Nazi security services.
37. Alexander the Great (1956)
Not Rated | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History
The life and military conquests of Alexander III of Macedon (July 20/21, 356 - June 10/11, 323 B.C.), commonly known as Alexander the Great.
39. I megali stigmi tou '21: Papaflessas (1971)
130 min | Adventure, Biography, History
Under the Ottomans' reign of terror in early-1820s Greece, Papaflessas played a key role in the nation's uprising to gain its independence, until his heroic fall against the tyrants' brutal multitudes, on May 20, 1825.
41. El Cid (1961)
Approved | 182 min | Biography, Drama, History
The fabled Spanish hero Rodrigo Diaz de Bivar (a.k.a. El Cid) (Charlton Heston) overcomes a family vendetta and court intrigue to defend Christian Spain against the Moors.
Votes: 11,880 | Gross: $26.62M
42. Fury of Achilles (1962)
118 min | Adventure, Drama, History
In the tenth year of the Trojan War, tensions between Achilles and Agamemnon divide the Greek camp while giving hope to the Trojans.
43. I exodos tou Mesolongiou (1966)
85 min | Drama, History, War
The siege of the Turks against the Greeks and the heroic exit from Messolonghi. This film shows the heroism and sacrifice of the Greeks for their homeland and their freedom.
47. Antony and Cleopatra (1972)
Not Rated | 160 min | Drama, History
After the murder of her lover Caesar, Egypt's queen Cleopatra needs a new ally. She seduces his probable successor Mark Antony. This develops into real love and slowly leads to a war with the other possible successor: Octavius.
48. Braveheart (1995)
R | 178 min | Biography, Drama, History