Film The Best 60s War Movies  

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

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Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton, Michael Hordern Where Eagles Dare is a 1968 WWII 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. Alistair ...more

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

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

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Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson The Dirty Dozen is a 1967 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 Ernest ...more

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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. The film stars Peter O'Toole in the ...more

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Michael Caine, Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins Zulu is a 1964 epic film depicting the Battle of Rorke's Drift between the British Army and the Zulus in January 1879. It depicts 150 British soldiers who successfully held off a force of 4,000 ...more

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Steve McQueen, Candice Bergen, Richard Attenborough The Sand Pebbles is a 1966 American period 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 USS ...more

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

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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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John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Henry Fonda In Harm's Way is a 1965 American epic 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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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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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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John Wayne, George Takei, Vera Miles The Green Berets is a 1968 American 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 Moore, ...more

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The Alamo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 60s War Movies
RobLein added 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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Burt Lancaster, Jeanne Moreau, Paul Scofield The Train is a 1964 black-and-white 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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Frank Sinatra, James Brolin, Trevor Howard Von Ryan's Express is a 1965 WWII 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 hijacking a ...more

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Robert Vaughn, George Segal, Ben Gazzara The Bridge at Remagen is a 1969 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 the ...more

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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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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 WWI, and is ...more

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Khartoum is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 60s War Movies
RobLein added 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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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 fears of a nuclear ...more

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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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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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The Heroes of Telemark is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 60s War Movies
RobLein added 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.