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The Best 60s War Movies

Updated December 16, 2019 3.9k votes 342 voters 10.7k views46 items

List RulesVote 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 Longest Day
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    The Longest Day

    Sean Connery, John Wayne

    Released1962

    Directed byDarryl F. Zanuck, Ken Annakin, Bernhard Wicki, Andrew Marton, Gerd Oswald

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    The Great Escape
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    30

    The Great Escape

    Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough

    Released1963

    Directed byJohn Sturges

    The Great Escape is a 1963 American WWII epic film based on an escape by British and... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Where Eagles Dare
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    30

    Where Eagles Dare

    Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton

    Released1968

    Directed byBrian G. Hutton

    Where Eagles Dare is a 1968 WWII action film starring Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood and Mary... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    The Dirty Dozen
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    29

    The Dirty Dozen

    Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland

    Released1967

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    The Dirty Dozen is a 1967 film directed by Robert Aldrich, released by MGM, and starring Lee... more on Wikipedia
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    In Harm's Way
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    26

    In Harm's Way

    John Wayne, Kirk Douglas

    Released1965

    Directed byOtto Preminger

    In Harm's Way is a 1965 American epic film produced and directed by Otto Preminger and... more on Wikipedia
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    Battle of the Bulge
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    31

    Battle of the Bulge

    Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson

    Released1965

    Directed byKen Annakin

    Battle of the Bulge is an American widescreen epic film produced in Spain that was released in... more on Wikipedia

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    The Guns of Navarone
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    33

    The Guns of Navarone

    Gregory Peck, David Niven

    Released1961

    Directed byJ. Lee Thompson, Alexander Mackendrick

    The Guns of Navarone is a 1961 British-American action/adventure film directed by J. Lee... more on Wikipedia
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    Battle of Britain
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    24

    Battle of Britain

    Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier

    Released1969

    Directed byGuy Hamilton

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  • 9
    The Blue Max
    83
    24

    The Blue Max

    Ursula Andress, George Peppard

    Released1966

    Directed byJohn Guillermin

    The Blue Max is a 1966 British war film in DeLuxe Color and filmed in CinemaScope, about a... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Von Ryan's Express
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    30

    Von Ryan's Express

    Frank Sinatra, James Brolin

    Released1965

    Directed byMark Robson

    Von Ryan's Express is a 1965 WWII adventure film about a group of Allied prisoners who after... more on Wikipedia
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    Sink the Bismarck!
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    28

    Sink the Bismarck!

    Kenneth More, Dana Wynter

    Released1960

    Directed byLewis Gilbert

    Sink the Bismarck! is a 1960 black-and-white CinemaScope British war film based on the book... more on Wikipedia

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    The Bridge at Remagen
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    27

    The Bridge at Remagen

    Robert Vaughn, George Segal

    Released1969

    Directed byJohn Guillermin

    The Bridge at Remagen is a 1969 film starring George Segal, Ben Gazzara and Robert Vaughn. It... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    The Sand Pebbles
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    29

    The Sand Pebbles

    Steve McQueen, Candice Bergen

    Released1966

    Directed byRobert Wise

    The Sand Pebbles is a 1966 American period film directed by Robert Wise. It tells the story of... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    The Alamo
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    The Alamo

    John Wayne, Richard Widmark

    Released1960

    Directed byJohn Wayne

    The Alamo is a 1960 American historical epic film about the 1836 Battle of the Alamo produced... more on Wikipedia
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    PT 109
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    PT 109

    Robert Blake, Cliff Robertson

    Released1963

    Directed byLeslie H. Martinson

    PT 109 is a 1963 biographical war film which depicts the actions of John F. Kennedy as an... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Zulu
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    34

    Zulu

    Michael Caine, Stanley Baker

    Released1964

    Directed byCy Endfield

    Zulu is a 1964 epic film depicting the Battle of Rorke's Drift between the British Army and... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    The Green Berets
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    The Green Berets

    John Wayne, George Takei

    Released1968

    Directed byMervyn LeRoy, John Wayne, Ray Kellogg

    The Green Berets is a 1968 American film set in Vietnam, featuring John Wayne, George Takei,... more on Wikipedia

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    Tobruk
    60
    28

    Tobruk

    Rock Hudson, George Peppard

    Released1967

    Directed byArthur Hiller

    Tobruk is a 1967 American war film starring Rock Hudson and George Peppard and directed by... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Spartacus
    63
    32

    Spartacus

    Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier

    Released1960

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

    Spartacus is a 1960 American epic historical drama film directed by Stanley Kubrick. The... more on Wikipedia

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    633 Squadron
    54
    25

    633 Squadron

    Cliff Robertson, Harry Andrews

    Released1964

    Directed byWalter Grauman

    633 Squadron is a 1964 British film, which depicts the exploits of a fictional Second World... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    Released1964

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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  • 22
    Lawrence of Arabia
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    44

    Lawrence of Arabia

    Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole

    Released1962

    Directed byDavid Lean

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  • 23
    The Heroes of Telemark
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    33

    The Heroes of Telemark

    Kirk Douglas, Richard Harris

    Released1965

    Directed byAnthony Mann

    The Heroes of Telemark is a 1965 war film directed by Anthony Mann based on the true story of... more on Wikipedia
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    The Train
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    The Train

    Burt Lancaster, Jeanne Moreau

    Released1964

    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer, Arthur Penn

    The Train is a 1964 black-and-white film directed by John Frankenheimer from a story and... more on Wikipedia
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    The Manchurian Candidate
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    The Manchurian Candidate

    Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury

    Released1962

    Directed byJohn Frankenheimer

    The Manchurian Candidate is a 1962 American Cold War suspense thriller directed by John... more on Wikipedia

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