Film The Best 60s War Movies  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite war films that were released in the 1960s.

What you’ll see on this list of the best 60s war movies are big stories with big stars. War movies from the 1960s were all about action packed battles and the glory of war, but there were also films that discussed the morality of war, and whether nuclear weapons are really ethical to use.

Among the top 60s war movies, you’ll find In Harm’s Way starring John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Patricia Neal and Henry Fonda; Battle of Britain with Micheal Caine, Laurence Olivier, Christopher Plummer and Ralph Richardson; and The Longest Day featuring John Wayne, Richard Burton, Sean Connery, and Red Buttons. Not quite as epic but just as interesting are The Manchurian Candidate and Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

Enjoy this list of great war movies from the 60s, and don't forget to vote up your favorites or add any classics that might be missing.

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The Great Escape Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner The Great Escape is a 1963 American World War II epic film based on an escape by British and Commonwealth prisoners of war from a German POW camp during World War II, starring Steve McQueen, ...more

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The Dirty Dozen Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson The Dirty Dozen is a 1967 war film directed by Robert Aldrich, released by MGM, and starring Lee Marvin. The picture was filmed in England and features an ensemble supporting cast including ...more

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The Guns of Navarone Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn The Guns of Navarone is a 1961 British-American action/adventure war film directed by J. Lee Thompson. The screenplay by producer Carl Foreman was based on Alistair MacLean's 1957 novel The Guns ...more

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The Longest Day Sean Connery, John Wayne, Richard Burton Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Longest Day is a 1962 war film based on the 1959 history book The Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan, about D-Day, the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944, during World War II. The film was ...more

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Battle of the Bulge Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Robert Shaw Battle of the Bulge is an American widescreen epic war film produced in Spain that was released in 1965. It was directed by Ken Annakin. It starred Henry Fonda, Robert Shaw, Telly Savalas, ...more

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Lawrence of Arabia Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Lawrence of Arabia is a 1962 British epic adventure drama film based on the life of T. E. Lawrence. It was directed by David Lean and produced by Sam Spiegel through his British company, Horizon ...more

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Where Eagles Dare Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton, Michael Hordern Where Eagles Dare is a 1968 World War II action film starring Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood and Mary Ure. It was directed by Brian G. Hutton and shot on location in Austria and Bavaria. ...more

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Zulu Michael Caine, Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins Zulu is a 1964 epic war film depicting the Battle of Rorke's Drift between the British Army and the Zulus in January 1879, during the Anglo-Zulu War. It depicts 150 British soldiers, many of ...more

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In Harm's Way John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Henry Fonda In Harm's Way is a 1965 American epic war film produced and directed by Otto Preminger and starring John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Patricia Neal, Tom Tryon, Paula Prentiss, Stanley Holloway, Burgess ...more

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The Manchurian Candidate Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh The Manchurian Candidate is a 1962 American Cold War suspense thriller directed by John Frankenheimer that stars Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey and Janet Leigh and co-stars Angela Lansbury, ...more

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The Green Berets John Wayne, George Takei, Vera Miles The Green Berets is a 1968 American war film set in Vietnam, featuring John Wayne, George Takei, David Janssen, Jim Hutton and Aldo Ray, nominally based on the eponymous 1965 book by Robin ...more

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The Alamo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 60s War Movies
RobLein added The Alamo John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Frankie Avalon The Alamo is a 1960 American historical epic film about the 1836 Battle of the Alamo produced and directed by John Wayne and starring Wayne as Davy Crockett. The picture also stars Richard ...more

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Battle of Britain Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier, Christopher Plummer Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Battle of Britain is a1969 action film directed by Guy Hamilton.

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Sink the Bismarck! Kenneth More, Dana Wynter, Michael Hordern Sink the Bismarck! is a 1960 black-and-white CinemaScope British war film based on the book Last Nine Days of the Bismarck by C. S. Forester. It stars Kenneth More and Dana Wynter and was ...more

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The Sand Pebbles Steve McQueen, Candice Bergen, Richard Attenborough The Sand Pebbles is a 1966 American period war film directed by Robert Wise. It tells the story of an independent, rebellious U.S. Navy Machinist's Mate, First Class aboard the fictional gunboat ...more

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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb James Earl Jones, Peter Sellers, George C. Scott Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, more commonly known as Dr. Strangelove, is a 1964 political satire black comedy film that satirizes the cold war fears of a ...more

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Spartacus Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis Spartacus is a 1960 American epic historical drama film directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay by Dalton Trumbo was based on the novel Spartacus by Howard Fast. It was inspired by the life ...more

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Doctor Zhivago Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Alec Guinness Doctor Zhivago is a British-American 1965 epic drama–romance film directed by David Lean, starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie. It is set in Russia between the years prior to World War I and ...more

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The Bridge at Remagen Robert Vaughn, George Segal, Ben Gazzara The Bridge at Remagen is a 1969 war film starring George Segal, Ben Gazzara and Robert Vaughn. It was directed by John Guillermin and was shot on location in Czechoslovakia. The film is based on ...more

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The Charge of the Light Brigade Vanessa Redgrave, John Gielgud, Natasha Richardson The Charge of the Light Brigade is a 1968 British war film made by Woodfall Film Productions and distributed by United Artists, depicting parts of the Crimean War and the eponymous charge. It ...more

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Khartoum is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 60s War Movies
RobLein added Khartoum Charlton Heston, Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson Khartoum is a 1966 film written by Robert Ardrey and directed by Basil Dearden. It stars Charlton Heston as British Gen. Charles "Chinese" Gordon and Laurence Olivier as the Mahdi and ...more

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633 Squadron Cliff Robertson, Harry Andrews, George Chakiris 633 Squadron is a 1964 British film, which depicts the exploits of a fictional Second World War British fighter-bomber squadron and stars Cliff Robertson, George Chakiris and Maria Perschy. The ...more

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Tobruk Rock Hudson, George Peppard, Norman Rossington Tobruk is a 1967 American war film starring Rock Hudson and George Peppard and directed by Arthur Hiller. The film was written by Leo Gordon and released through Universal Pictures. Set in North ...more

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The Heroes of Telemark is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 60s War Movies
RobLein added The Heroes of Telemark Kirk Douglas, Richard Harris, Michael Redgrave The Heroes of Telemark is a 1965 war film directed by Anthony Mann based on the true story of the Norwegian heavy water sabotage during World War II. It was filmed on location in Norway.

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Von Ryan's Express Frank Sinatra, James Brolin, Trevor Howard Von Ryan's Express is a 1965 World War II war adventure film about a group of Allied prisoners who after Italy's armistice with the Allies in September 1943, conduct a daring mass escape by ...more

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The Train Burt Lancaster, Jeanne Moreau, Paul Scofield The Train is a 1964 black-and-white war film directed by John Frankenheimer from a story and screenplay by Franklin Coen and Frank Davis, based on the non-fiction book Le front de l'art by Rose ...more

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Major Dundee is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best 60s War Movies
RobLein added Major Dundee Charlton Heston, Richard Harris, James Coburn Major Dundee is a 1965 Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Charlton Heston, Richard Harris, Jim Hutton, and James Coburn. Written by Harry Julian Fink, the film is about a Union ...more

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Exodus Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint, Lee J. Cobb Exodus is a 1960 epic war film made by Alpha and Carlyle Productions and distributed by United Artists. Produced and directed by Otto Preminger, the film was based on the 1958 novel Exodus, by ...more

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The Hurt Locker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best 60s War Movies
samgadoodle added The Hurt Locker Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Renner The Hurt Locker is a 2008 American war film about a three-man Explosive Ordnance Disposal team during the Iraq War. The film was produced and directed by Kathryn Bigelow and the screenplay was ...more

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The Battle of Algiers Jean Martin, Saadi Yacef, Gene Wesson The Battle of Algiers is a 1966 war film based on occurrences during the Algerian War against the French government in North Africa, the most prominent being the titular Battle of Algiers. An ...more

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PT 109 Robert Blake, Cliff Robertson, Robert Culp PT 109 is a 1963 biographical war film which depicts the actions of John F. Kennedy as an officer of the United States Navy in command of Motor Torpedo Boat PT-109 during the Pacific War of ...more

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The Blue Max Ursula Andress, George Peppard, Peter Woodthorpe The Blue Max is a 1966 British war film in DeLuxe Color and filmed in CinemaScope, about a German fighter pilot on the Western Front during World War I. It was directed by John Guillermin, stars ...more

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The Hill Sean Connery, Ossie Davis, Michael Redgrave The Hill is a 1965 film directed by Sidney Lumet, set in a British army prison in North Africa in the Second World War. It stars Sean Connery, Harry Andrews, Ian Bannen, Ossie Davis, Ian Hendry, ...more

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Lost Command Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon, Anthony Quinn Lost Command is a Pathécolor 1966 war film in Panavision directed and produced by Mark Robson. The screenplay was written by Nelson Gidding, based on the 1960 novel The Centurions by Jean ...more

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El Cid Sophia Loren, Charlton Heston, Herbert Lom El Cid is a 1961 historical epic film, a romanticized story of the life of the Christian Castilian knight Don Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, called "El Cid", who, in the 11th century, ...more

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Chimes at Midnight Orson Welles, John Gielgud, Jeanne Moreau Chimes at Midnight, is a 1966 English language Spanish-Swiss co-produced film directed by and starring Orson Welles. The film's plot centers on William Shakespeare's recurring character Sir John ...more

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McHale's Navy Tim Curry, Debra Messing, Ernest Borgnine McHale's Navy is a 1997 military comedy film starring Tom Arnold. The movie is based on the 1962-1966 television series of the same name. Ernest Borgnine was the only member of the original ...more

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Army of Shadows Simone Signoret, Lino Ventura, Jean-Pierre Cassel Army of Shadows is a 1969 French film directed by Jean-Pierre Melville. It is a film adaptation of Joseph Kessel's 1943 book of the same name, which blends Kessel's own experiences as a member ...more

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Closely Watched Trains Jiří Menzel, Vlastimil Brodský, Vladimír Valenta Closely Watched Trains is a 1966 Czechoslovak film directed by Jiří Menzel, and one of the best-known products of the Czechoslovak New Wave. It was released in the United Kingdom as ...more

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The Shop on Main Street Ida Kamińska, Jozef Kroner, František Zvarík The Shop on Main Street is a 1965 Czechoslovak film about the Aryanization programme during World War II in the Slovak State. The film was written by Ladislav Grosman and directed by Ján ...more

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Two Women Sophia Loren, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Raf Vallone Two Women is a 1960 Italian film directed by Vittorio De Sica. It tells the story of a woman trying to protect her young daughter from the horrors of war. The film stars Sophia Loren, Jean-Paul ...more

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War and Peace Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Anita Ekberg War and Peace is the first English-language film version of the novel War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. It is an American/Italian production, directed by King Vidor and produced by Dino De ...more

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The War Game is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best 60s War Movies
The War Game (remove) Michael Aspel The War Game is a 1965 television drama-documentary film depicting a nuclear war. Written, directed, and produced by Peter Watkins for the BBC's The Wednesday Play anthology series, it caused ...more

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The Carabineers Barbet Schroeder, Marino Masé, Jean-Louis Comolli The Carabineers was the fifth narrative feature film by French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard.

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Ivan's Childhood Andrei Konchalovsky, Nikolai Burlyayev, Yevgeni Zharikov Ivan's Childhood, sometimes released as My Name Is Ivan in the US, is a 1962 Soviet film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. It is based on the 1957 short story Ivan by Vladimir Bogomolov, with the ...more