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1. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

PG | 95 min | Comedy

8.4
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97 Metascore

An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a War Room full of politicians and generals frantically tries to stop.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 417,430 | Gross: $0.28M

2. Battle of Britain (1969)

G | 132 min | Action, Drama, History

7.0
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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: 19,165

3. Fail-Safe (1964)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Thriller

8.0
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75 Metascore

American planes are sent to deliver a nuclear attack on Moscow, but it's a mistake due to an electrical malfunction. Can all-out war be averted?

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Fritz Weaver, Dan O'Herlihy

Votes: 17,692

4. By Dawn's Early Light (1990 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

7.1
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The crew of a nuclear bomber attack the Soviet Union while the President of the United States tries desperately to regain control of his military after his helicopter crashes during a ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Sholder | Stars: Powers Boothe, Rebecca De Mornay, James Earl Jones, Martin Landau

Votes: 2,507

5. La Grande Vadrouille (1966)

G | 132 min | Adventure, Comedy, War

8.0
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Several ordinary Frenchmen, helping British pilots avoid Nazi captivity, goes on an epic voyage through the occupied country to the Swiss border.

Director: Gérard Oury | Stars: Bourvil, Louis de Funès, Claudio Brook, Andréa Parisy

Votes: 14,214

6. London Can Take It! (1940)

Approved | 9 min | Documentary, War, Short

7.1
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A tribute to the courage and resiliency of Britons during the darkest days of the London Blitz.

Directors: Humphrey Jennings, Harry Watt | Stars: Quentin Reynolds, King George VI, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother

Votes: 522

7. Star Fox 64 (1997 Video Game)

K-A | Action, Adventure, Comedy

8.5
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Mad scientist Andross arises as the emperor of Venom and declares war on the entire Lylat System, starting with Corneria. General Pepper sends in the Star Fox team to protect the key planets of the Lylat System and stop Dr. Andross.

Director: Takao Shimizu | Stars: Daisuke Gôri, Kyôko Tongû, Tomohisa Asô, Hisao Egawa

Votes: 1,339

8. Francis Gary Powers: The True Story of the U-2 Spy Incident (1976 TV Movie)

120 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.0
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The story of Francis Gary Powers, a U-2 pilot for the C.I.A., who was shot down in his spy plane over Russia, captured, and imprisoned.

Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: Lee Majors, Noah Beery Jr., Nehemiah Persoff, Brooke Bundy

Votes: 102

9. Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt (1965)

164 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.4
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Two 17-year-olds, Werner Holt and Gilbert Wolzow, are pulled out of school and into Hitler's army. Gilbert becomes a fanatical soldier, but at the front Werner begins to understand the ... See full summary »

Director: Joachim Kunert | Stars: Klaus-Peter Thiele, Manfred Karge, Arno Wyzniewski, Günter Junghans

Votes: 296

10. Secret Flight (1946)

72 min | Drama, War

6.7
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During World War II, on the eve of the Battle of Britain, British scientists develop the first radar systems to be employed against the German Luftwaffe.

Director: Peter Ustinov | Stars: Ralph Richardson, Raymond Huntley, John Laurie, Ernest Jay

Votes: 106

11. On the Brink: Doomsday (1997 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary, War

6.8
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The A-Bomb, the H-Bomb, Cold War, Kennedy, Khrushchev, Yeltsin, Reagan...Who said that the world was a safe place?

Director: Gary Parker | Stars: Ed Green, Peter Roman, R. Cargill Hall, Vassily Reshetnikov

Votes: 19

12. Luftwaffenhelfer (1980 TV Movie)

89 min | Drama, War

9.4
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Director: Volker Vogeler | Stars: Till Topf, René Schell, Christoph Eichhorn, Marco Kröger

Votes: 9

13. Churchill's Island (1941)

TV-PG | 21 min | Documentary, War, Short

6.5
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The people of Britain resist the German air force and navy with help from North America.

Director: Stuart Legg | Stars: Lorne Greene, Gérard Arthur, Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler

Votes: 129

14. Meidän poikamme ilmassa - me maassa (1934)

121 min | Drama

4.5
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Director: Erkki Karu | Stars: Joel Rinne, Kaarlo Angerkoski, Fritz-Hugo Backman, Martta Kontula

Votes: 26

15. Shchit otechestva (2007)

81 min | Action

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Director: Denis Skvortsov | Stars: Aleksey Senchilo, Anatoliy Kot, Veronika Plyashkevich, Tatyana Kalikh

16. Home Defense (1943)

Approved | 7 min | Family, Animation, Short

6.6
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Donald is manning a listening post and falls asleep; he blows trumpet calls in his sleep and wakes his nephews. For their revenge, they send up a model airplane filled with gingerbread men ... See full summary »

Director: Jack King | Star: Clarence Nash

Votes: 418

17. Vizhu tsel (1978 TV Movie)

129 min | Drama, War

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Director: Suren Shakhbazyan | Stars: Nikolay Olyalin, Yuri Kritenko, Givi Tokhadze, Sergey Kolesnikov

18. Power of Decision (1958)

55 min | Documentary

6.5
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This documentary shows the early ideas about how nuclear war between the USA and the USSR could look like. It is made purely from the US side and takes place mostly in the US military ... See full summary »

Votes: 10

19. The Gap (1937)

38 min | Documentary, Short

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This dramatized documentary short film explains "the gap," the areas of British air-raid defense which are unattended due to shortages of manpower. Airmen and gunnery soldiers are told that... See full summary »

Director: Donald Carter | Stars: G.H. Mulcaster, Patric Curwen, Carleton Hobbs, Jack Vyvyan

20. Rocky and His Friends (1959–1963)
Episode: Burgled Bullwinkle or The Moose Nappers/A Crown for Bullwinkle or Monarch Moose (1960)

TV-G | 23 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

8.8
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Rocky and Bullwinkle "Greenpernt Oogle" Part 3, Fractured Fairy Tales "The Enchanted Frog", Dudley Do-Right of the Mounties "Lure of the Footlights", Rocky and Bullwinkle "Greenpernt Oogle" Part 4.

Stars: Edward Everett Horton, June Foray, Paul Frees, William Conrad

Votes: 12

21. Longines Chronoscope (1951–1955)
Episode: Episode dated 17 February 1954 (1954)

History, News

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Lesueur and Crawford interview Col. Bernt Balkin, arctic explorer and U.S. Air Force officer. Topics include aviation challenges at the South Pole, the importance of the North Pole region ... See full summary »

Stars: Bernt Balkin, Kenneth Crawford, Larry LeSueur

22. Longines Chronoscope (1951–1955)
Episode: Episode dated 7 December 1953 (1953)

History, News

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LeSueur and Gil Robb Wilson, editor and publisher of Flying magazine, interview General Harold R. Harris, president of Northwest-Orient Airlines. Topics include the future of commercial ... See full summary »

Star: Larry LeSueur

23. Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963–1965)
Episode: The Kamchatka Incident (1964)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.8
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A military air transport plane on a 15 hour flight from Tokyo to Seattle, Washington has engine and compass problems during a hurricane and wanders into Soviet air space. An emergency ... See full summary »

Director: Ron Winston | Stars: John Forsythe, Roger Perry, Leslie Parrish, Malachi Throne

Votes: 15

24. The Secret War (1977–1978)
Episode: To See for a Hundred Miles (1977)

Documentary, History, War

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The development of radar and its role in World War II air warfare.



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