THE BEST HISTORICAL AND WAR FILMS

by 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 »

Director: Dimis Dadiras | Stars: Kostas Prekas, Vera Krouska, Hristos Politis, Grigoris Vafias

Votes: 95

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.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: David Niven, Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, Anthony Quayle

Votes: 42,509 | Gross: $28.90M

3. Patton (1970)

GP | 172 min | Biography, Drama, War

91 Metascore

The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, George S. Patton.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Stephen Young, Michael Strong

Votes: 88,914 | Gross: $61.70M

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.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Sean Connery, Ryan O'Neal, Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier

Votes: 47,872 | Gross: $50.80M

5. The Great Escape (1963)

Not Rated | 172 min | Adventure, Drama, History

87 Metascore

Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson

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.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Michael Caine, Trevor Howard, Harry Andrews, Curd Jürgens

Votes: 19,324

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 »

Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: George C. Scott, Richard Dysart, Murray Hamilton, Ed Lauter

Votes: 786

8. The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951)

Approved | 88 min | Biography, Drama, War

The story of the final years of the respected World War II German general, Erwin Rommel.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: James Mason, Cedric Hardwicke, Jessica Tandy, Luther Adler

Votes: 5,209

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.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Richard Burton, James Mason, Robert Newton, Robert Douglas

Votes: 4,297

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 »

Director: Ilias Mahairas | Stars: Marlen Papoulia, Lavrentis Dianellos, Kostas Fyssoun, Thanos Martinos

Votes: 14

11. Where Eagles Dare (1968)

PG | 158 min | Action, Adventure, War

63 Metascore

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.

Director: Brian G. Hutton | Stars: Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood, Mary Ure, Patrick Wymark

Votes: 48,050

12. Valkyrie (2008)

PG-13 | 121 min | Drama, History, Thriller

56 Metascore

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.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy, Carice van Houten, Kenneth Branagh

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 »

Director: Dimis Dadiras | Stars: Lakis Komninos, Betty Arvaniti, Miranda Kounelaki, Nikos Dadinopoulos

Votes: 42

14. The Eagle Has Landed (1976)

PG | 123 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

61 Metascore

A German plot to kidnap Sir Winston Churchill unfolds at the height of World War II.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland, Robert Duvall, Jenny Agutter

Votes: 17,464

15. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Approved | 228 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

100 Metascore

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.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins

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.

Stars: Peter Stormare, Friedrich von Thun, Peter O'Toole, Zoe Telford

Votes: 19,926

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.

Director: Joseph Vilsmaier | Stars: Dominique Horwitz, Thomas Kretschmann, Jochen Nickel, Sebastian Rudolph

Votes: 28,528 | Gross: $0.08M

18. Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)

Approved | 100 min | Action, Drama, Romance

A dramatization of the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: John Wayne, John Agar, Adele Mara, Forrest Tucker

Votes: 8,777

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 »

Director: Kostas Karagiannis | Stars: Giannis Voglis, Xenia Kalogeropoulou, Petros Fyssoun, Lakis Komninos

Votes: 83

20. Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

G | 144 min | Action, Drama, History

46 Metascore

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.

Directors: Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku, Toshio Masuda | Stars: Martin Balsam, Sô Yamamura, Jason Robards, Joseph Cotten

Votes: 29,625 | Gross: $29.55M

21. Black Hawk Down (2001)

R | 144 min | Drama, History, War

74 Metascore

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.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, Eric Bana

Votes: 343,709 | Gross: $108.64M

22. Apocalypse Now (1979)

R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, War

94 Metascore

A U.S. Army officer serving in Vietnam is tasked with assassinating a renegade Special Forces Colonel who sees himself as a god.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest

Votes: 558,027 | Gross: $83.47M

23. Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)

R | 141 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

89 Metascore

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.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Ryo Kase

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.

Director: Giannis Hristodoulou | Stars: Faidon Georgitsis, Ketty Papanika, Kostas Karagiorgis, Thanasis Mylonas

Votes: 12

25. Downfall (2004)

R | 156 min | Biography, Drama, History

82 Metascore

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.

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel | Stars: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Ulrich Matthes, Juliane Köhler

Votes: 309,743 | Gross: $5.51M

26. MacArthur (1977)

PG | 130 min | Biography, Drama, History

Biopic of General Douglas MacArthur covering his war exploits during WW2 and the Korean War.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Gregory Peck, Dan O'Herlihy, Ed Flanders, Ivan Bonar

Votes: 4,048

27. Midway (1976)

PG | 132 min | Action, Drama, History

48 Metascore

A dramatization of the battle that was widely heralded as a turning point of the Pacific Theatre of World War II.

Director: Jack Smight | Stars: Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn, Glenn Ford

Votes: 16,134

28. The Longest Day (1962)

G | 178 min | Action, Drama, History

75 Metascore

The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view.

Directors: Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki, Gerd Oswald, Darryl F. Zanuck | Stars: John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Richard Burton, Henry Fonda

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 »

Director: George Zervoulakos | Stars: Kostas Kazakos, Giannis Fertis, Aimilia Ypsilanti, Pavlos Liaros

Votes: 71

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.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: John Gregson, Anthony Quayle, Peter Finch, Ian Hunter

Votes: 3,545

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.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: Paul Muni, Anna Lee, Lillian Gish, Cedric Hardwicke

Votes: 606 | Gross: $1.30M

32. The Heroes of Telemark (1965)

Approved | 131 min | Action, Drama, History

Norwegian resistance tries to stop German efforts to produce an atomic bomb component during World War II.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Richard Harris, Ulla Jacobsson, Michael Redgrave

Votes: 5,963

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 »

Director: Vasilis Georgiadis | Stars: Hristos Politis, Stephanos Stratigos, Giorgos Tzortzis, Giota Soimoiri

Votes: 92

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.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Errol Flynn, James Brown, William Prince, George Tobias

Votes: 4,122

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.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Timothy Bottoms, Martin Shaw, Joss Ackland, Nicola Pagett

Votes: 1,635

36. The 300 Spartans (1962)

Approved | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, History

A small Army of Greeks spearheaded by three hundred Spartans do battle with the whole invading Persian Army.

Director: Rudolph Maté | Stars: Richard Egan, Ralph Richardson, Diane Baker, Barry Coe

Votes: 6,295

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.

Director: Robert Rossen | Stars: Richard Burton, Fredric March, Claire Bloom, Barry Jones

Votes: 3,105

38. Spartacus (1960)

PG-13 | 197 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

87 Metascore

The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman Republic.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton

Votes: 114,871 | Gross: $30.00M

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.

Director: Erricos Andreou | Stars: Dimitris Papamichael, Alekos Alexandrakis, Angelos Antonopoulos, Katia Dandoulaki

Votes: 572

40. The Battle of El Alamein (1969)

PG | 96 min | Action, Drama, History

World war two drama about the 1942 North Africa battle at El Alamein between the Allies and the Axis forces.

Director: Giorgio Ferroni | Stars: Frederick Stafford, George Hilton, Michael Rennie, Marco Guglielmi

Votes: 530

41. El Cid (1961)

Approved | 182 min | Biography, Drama, History

79 Metascore

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.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Charlton Heston, Sophia Loren, Raf Vallone, Geneviève Page

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.

Director: Marino Girolami | Stars: Gordon Mitchell, Jacques Bergerac, Cristina Gaioni, Ennio Girolami

Votes: 203

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.

Director: Dimitris Doukas | Stars: Manos Katrakis, Anna Iasonidou, Daphne Skoura, Ilia Livykou

Votes: 16

44. Twelve O'Clock High (1949)

Not Rated | 132 min | Drama, War

A hard-as-nails general takes over a bomber unit suffering from low morale and whips them into fighting shape.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Gregory Peck, Hugh Marlowe, Gary Merrill, Millard Mitchell

Votes: 11,557

45. Sink the Bismarck ! (1960)

Approved | 97 min | Action, Drama, History

The World War II story of the British Navy's effort to defeat Nazi Germany's most powerful warship.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Kenneth More, Dana Wynter, Carl Möhner, Laurence Naismith

Votes: 6,398 | Gross: $6.54M

46. Das Boot (1981)

R | 149 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth and sheer terror.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch

Votes: 213,861 | Gross: $11.49M

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.

Director: Charlton Heston | Stars: Charlton Heston, Hildegard Neil, Eric Porter, John Castle

Votes: 697

48. Braveheart (1995)

R | 178 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.3