The Helmet of Steel (The Korean War in films)

by osloj | created - 14 Apr 2017 | updated - 14 Apr 2017 | Public

The Korean War (1950 – 1953).

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1. Pork Chop Hill (1959)

Approved | 97 min | Action, Drama, War

During the Korean War peace talks, U.S. troops fight to retake a hill from the Communist Chinese forces.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Gregory Peck, Harry Guardino, Rip Torn, George Peppard

Votes: 4,037 | Gross: $4.02M

2. War Hunt (1962)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama, War

Dispatched to the front lines during the Korean War, an idealistic American soldier discovers the horrors of combat and comes at odds with a psychopathic member of his platoon.

Director: Denis Sanders | Stars: John Saxon, Charles Aidman, Sydney Pollack, Tommy Matsuda

Votes: 753

3. Battle Hymn (1957)

Approved | 108 min | Biography, Drama, History

A remorseful bomber pilot-turned-minister rejoins for the Korean War.

Director: Douglas Sirk | Stars: Rock Hudson, Martha Hyer, Dan Duryea, Don DeFore

Votes: 951

4. Retreat, Hell! (1952)

Approved | 95 min | Drama, War

The saga of a battalion of U.S. Marines during the Korean War, starting with their training, landing at Inchon in 1950, advance into North Korea and their subsequent retreat back to the 38th parallel.

Director: Joseph H. Lewis | Stars: Frank Lovejoy, Richard Carlson, Anita Louise, Russ Tamblyn

Votes: 366

5. The Steel Helmet (1951)

Approved | 85 min | Action, Drama, War

A ragtag group of American stragglers battles against superior Communist troops in an abandoned Buddhist temple during the Korean War.

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Gene Evans, Robert Hutton, Steve Brodie, James Edwards

Votes: 3,510

6. The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954)

Approved | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

Set during the Korean War, a Navy fighter pilot must come to terms with with his own ambivalence towards the war and the fear of having to bomb a set of highly defended bridges. The ending of this grim war drama is all tension.

Director: Mark Robson | Stars: William Holden, Grace Kelly, Fredric March, Mickey Rooney

Votes: 5,024

7. Men in War (1957)

Approved | 102 min | Action, Drama, War

During the Korean War, a battle-worn lieutenant and his platoon are behind enemy lines, and have orders to march to Hill 465 for possible relief.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Robert Ryan, Aldo Ray, Robert Keith, Phillip Pine

Votes: 2,299

8. Fixed Bayonets! (1951)

Not Rated | 92 min | Action, Drama, War

The story of a platoon during the Korean War. One by one Corporal Denno's superiors are killed until it comes to the point where he must try to take command responsibility.

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Richard Basehart, Gene Evans, Michael O'Shea, Richard Hylton

Votes: 1,625

9. Battle Ground 625 (2005)

Not Rated | 133 min | Comedy, Drama, War

Soldiers from both sides of the Korean divide live among villagers who know nothing of the war.

Director: Kwang-Hyun Park | Stars: Jae-yeong Jeong, Ha-kyun Shin, Hye-jeong Kang, Ha-ryong Lim

Votes: 6,351

10. MASH (1970)

R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, War

80 Metascore

The staff of a Korean War field hospital use humor and high jinks to keep their sanity in the face of the horror of war.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt, Sally Kellerman

Votes: 65,313 | Gross: $81.60M

11. M*A*S*H (1972–1983)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy, Drama, War

The staff of an Army hospital in the Korean War find that laughter is the best way to deal with their situation.

Stars: Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swit, Jamie Farr

Votes: 48,413

12. Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004)

R | 140 min | Action, Drama, War

64 Metascore

When two brothers are forced to fight in the Korean War, the elder decides to take the riskiest missions if it will help shield the younger from battle.

Director: Je-kyu Kang | Stars: Dong-Gun Jang, Won Bin, Eun-ju Lee, Hyeong-jin Kong

Votes: 36,662 | Gross: $1.11M

13. 71: Into the Fire (2010)

Not Rated | 120 min | Action, Drama, War

The story of student-soldiers trying to protect a middle school during the early days of the Korean War.

Director: John H. Lee | Stars: Seung-Won Cha, Sang-Woo Kwon, Seung-Hyun Choi, Seung-woo Kim

Votes: 4,864

14. The Front Line (2011)

Not Rated | 133 min | Action, Drama, History

59 Metascore

A drama centered on the Korean War's final battle that will determine the border between north and south.

Director: Hun Jang | Stars: Ha-kyun Shin, Soo Go, Seung-su Ryu, Chang-Seok Ko

Votes: 5,591 | Gross: $0.01M

15. Spring in My Hometown (1998)

120 min | Drama, War

A story of two 13-year-old boys in a small country village during the last days of the Korean War. Sungmin's father gets a job at US army camp through his daughter's American boyfriend, and... See full summary »

Director: Kwang-Mo Lee | Stars: In Lee, Sung-Ki Ahn, Yoo-Jung Bae, Wok-suk Song

Votes: 158

16. Battle Circus (1953)

Approved | 90 min | Drama, Romance, War

Set in Korea and made during the war, this is the love story of a hard-bitten Army surgeon, and a new nurse ready to save the world.

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, June Allyson, Keenan Wynn, Robert Keith

Votes: 1,310

17. Marines, Let's Go (1961)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, War

Four privates romp their way through occupied Japan while on leave, finding a little romance and some laughs. After it's over they head to the front lines of the Korean War where brutality and death are constant.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Tom Tryon, David Hedison, Tom Reese, Linda Hutchings

Votes: 140

18. Field of Honor (1986)

R | 93 min | Drama, War

Korea 1951: After a Chinese attack Dutch mercenary sergeant De Koning is left alone by his army. While trying to survive, he meets a woman who is attempting to save her little brother. The image of the boy in shock changes him.

Directors: Dae-hie Kim, Hans Scheepmaker | Stars: Everett McGill, Ron Brandsteder, Bart Römer, Anis de Jong

Votes: 120

19. Piagol (1955)

110 min | Drama, War

A group of communist guerillas encounter jealousy and rivalry among themselves because of the presence of the female compatriot while one of their members plots to desert their band

Director: Kang-cheon Lee | Stars: Kyeong-hie No, Ye-chun Lee, Jin Kyu Kim, Jang-kang Heo

Votes: 53

20. Marine Battleground (1963)

88 min | Drama, War

A division of marines survive a battle with the Chinese army but find themselves stranded without contact on the wrong side of the front.

Director: Man-hui Lee | Stars: Jock Mahoney, Pat Yi, Youngson Chon, Dong-hwi Jang

Votes: 95

21. Hell in Korea (1956)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, History, War

During the Korean War retreat in 1951, a small British recon group is surrounded by Chinese troops and holds out in a lonely temple atop a hill.

Director: Julian Amyes | Stars: Stephen Boyd, Ronald Lewis, George Baker, Harry Andrews

Votes: 458

22. One Minute to Zero (1952)

Approved | 105 min | Drama, War

During the early days of the Korean War, U.S. Army colonel Steve Janowski is one of the military advisers training the South Korean army and he's tasked with evacuating American civilians from the war zone.

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Ann Blyth, William Talman, Charles McGraw

Votes: 532

23. Cease Fire! (1953)

Approved | 75 min | Documentary, War

A real military action during the last year of the Korean War is re-enacted on the spot with real soldiers.

Director: Owen Crump | Stars: Roy Thompson Jr., Henry Goszkowski, Richard Karl Elliott, Albert Bernard Cook

Votes: 97

25. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

PG-13 | 126 min | Drama, Thriller

94 Metascore

A former prisoner of war is brainwashed as an unwitting assassin for an international Communist conspiracy.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 69,237

26. Sayonara (1957)

Not Rated | 147 min | Drama, Romance

A US Air Force major in Kobe confronts his own opposition to marriages between American servicemen and Japanese women when he falls for a beautiful performer.

Director: Joshua Logan | Stars: Marlon Brando, Ricardo Montalban, Patricia Owens, James Garner

Votes: 5,714 | Gross: $26.30M

27. 5inui haebyeong (1961)

118 min | War

A brigade of 5 marines are sent on a dangerous mission to capture an enemy stronghold during the Korean War

Director: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Mun-lyong Choi, Yeong-gyun Shin, Hae Hwang, Gyu-seok Kwak

Votes: 12

28. In Love and War (2011)

135 min | War

Seol-Hee's South Korean village is forced to serve the occupying North Korean regiment during the Korean War. The story focuses on the complex relationship between Seol-Hee and the North Korean Lieutenant, Kim Jeong-woong.

Director: Geon-yong Park | Stars: Hee-Bong Byun, No-min Jeon, Ryeowon Jung, Bo-yeon Kim

Votes: 107

29. The Hunters (1958)

Approved | 108 min | Action, Drama, Romance

In 1952, during the Korean War, two American pilots become bitter enemies over the same woman but must shelf their personal feud when confronted by deadly Chinese MIG fighter jets in battle.

Director: Dick Powell | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Robert Wagner, Richard Egan, May Britt

Votes: 1,264

30. Take the High Ground! (1953)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, War

In 1953, at Fort Bliss, Texas, two former Korean War combat veterans work as drill sergeants and fall in-love with the same woman.

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Richard Widmark, Karl Malden, Elaine Stewart, Carleton Carpenter

Votes: 803

31. Submarine Command (1951)

Approved | 87 min | Drama, War

Submarine commander Ken White reminisces about his wartime years aboard submarine USS Tiger Shark and struggles with feelings of personal guilt.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: William Holden, Nancy Olson, William Bendix, Don Taylor

Votes: 439

32. All the Young Men (1960)

Approved | 87 min | Action, Drama, War

During the Korean War, a platoon leader dies, leaving his inexperienced black Sergeant in charge of his squad of belligerent and racist white men.

Director: Hall Bartlett | Stars: Alan Ladd, Sidney Poitier, James Darren, Glenn Corbett

Votes: 474

33. A Little Pond (2009)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, War

During the Korean War, small mountain village is evacuated as retreating American GIs approach.

Director: Sang-woo Lee | Stars: Seong-kun Mun, Roe-ha Kim, Hye-jin Jeon, Myeong-cheol Shin

Votes: 195

34. Korean War in Color (2001 Video)

Documentary

Color footage includes: The Inchon Invasion The rise and fall of Seoul The Naktong river campaign Winter at the Choisin reservoir The 1st Marine Division in action Flame throwers in action ... See full summary »

Votes: 61

35. Silmido (2003)

Not Rated | 135 min | Action, Drama

Based on a true story of 1968 Korean Republic Army plan to assassinate North Korean president Kim Il-Sung. 31 criminals and death row inmates are recruited into secret training on the ... See full summary »

Director: Woo-Suk Kang | Stars: Sung-Ki Ahn, Kyung-gu Sol, Joon-ho Huh, Jae-yeong Jeong

Votes: 3,963

36. Northern Limit Line (2015)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, War

The movies follows the incident known as the second battle of Yeonpyeong which happened in 2002.

Director: Hak-sun Kim | Stars: Mu-Yeol Kim, Goo Jin, Hyun-Woo Lee, Chang-Hyeon Han

Votes: 924 | Gross: $0.32M

37. The Nun and the Sergeant (1962)

Not Rated | 74 min | Drama, War

A weary sergeant in Korea commands military prisoners on a dangerous mission and is joined by a nun and a group of schoolgirls in enemy territory.

Director: Franklin Adreon | Stars: Robert Webber, Anna Sten, Leo Gordon, Hari Rhodes

Votes: 68

38. Red Scarf (1964)

100 min | Drama, History, War

During the Korean War, pilots of the 10th Fighter Wing of the South Korean Air Force fly their majestic Saber jets in daily dangerous missions against Communist North Korean targets.

Director: Sang-ok Shin | Stars: Eun-hie Choi, Yeong-gyun Shin, Mu-ryong Choi, Eun-jin Han

Votes: 18

39. Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955)

Approved | 102 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

A widowed doctor of both Chinese and European descent falls in love with a married American correspondent in Hong Kong during China's Communist revolution.

Directors: Henry King, Otto Lang | Stars: William Holden, Jennifer Jones, Torin Thatcher, Isobel Elsom

Votes: 4,219

40. Korea Patrol (1951)

59 min | Drama, War

When North Korean troops invade South Korea in 1951, an American officer attached to a South Korean army unit leads a mixed American-South Korean patrol to blow up an important bridge in order to delay the North Korean advance.

Director: Max Nosseck | Stars: Richard Emory, Sung Li, Benson Fong, Al Eben

Votes: 12

41. The Admiral (2014)

Not Rated | 128 min | Action, Drama, History

Admiral Yi Sun-sin faces a tough challenge when he is forced to defend his nation with just 13 battleships against 300 Japanese enemy ships in the Battle of Myeongryang.

Director: Han-min Kim | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Seung-ryong Ryu, Jin-woong Cho, Myung-gon Kim

Votes: 9,476 | Gross: $2.59M

42. Joint Security Area (2000)

Not Rated | 110 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

58 Metascore

After a shooting incident at the North/South Korean border/DMZ leaves 2 North Korean soldiers dead, a neutral Swiss/Swedish team investigates, what actually happened.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Yeong-ae Lee, Byung-hun Lee, Kang-ho Song, Tae-woo Kim

Votes: 24,683

43. Silver Stallion (1991)

123 min | Drama, War

After landing operations, U.N. soldiers enter a village and violate Jeon-Rae. The villagers ostracize her but Jeon-Rae and her son Man-sik, struggle on in poverty. A U.S. military base is ... See full summary »

Director: Kil-soo Chang | Stars: Hye-suk Lee, Bo-yeon Kim, Mu-song Jeon, Chang-min Son

Votes: 18

44. The Hook (1963)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, War

In the final days of the Korean War, an enemy airman is captured by three American soldiers who cannot bring themselves to follow the order to execute their prisoner.

Director: George Seaton | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Robert Walker Jr., Nick Adams, Pancho Magalona

Votes: 535

45. Hold Back the Night (1956)

80 min | Drama, War

A Marine officer tells his squad the story behind a bottle of liquor that he always keeps with him but never drinks from.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: John Payne, Mona Freeman, Peter Graves, Chuck Connors

Votes: 110