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The Best 60s War Movies

Updated December 16, 2019 4.6k votes 360 voters 11.5k 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

    Sean Connery, John Wayne
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    The Longest Day is a 1962 film based on the 1959 history book The Longest Day by Cornelius...  more

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    The Great Escape

    Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough
    The Great Escape is a 1963 American WWII epic film based on an escape by British and...  more

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    Where Eagles Dare

    Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton
    Where Eagles Dare is a 1968 WWII action film starring Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood and Mary...  more

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    The Dirty Dozen

    Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland
    The Dirty Dozen is a 1967 film directed by Robert Aldrich, released by MGM, and starring Lee...  more

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    633 Squadron

    Cliff Robertson, Harry Andrews
    633 Squadron is a 1964 British film, which depicts the exploits of a fictional Second World...  more

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    In Harm's Way

    John Wayne, Kirk Douglas
    In Harm's Way is a 1965 American epic film produced and directed by Otto Preminger and...  more

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    The Guns of Navarone

    Gregory Peck, David Niven
    The Guns of Navarone is a 1961 British-American action/adventure film directed by J. Lee...  more

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    Battle of the Bulge

    Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson
    Battle of the Bulge is an American widescreen epic film produced in Spain that was released in...  more

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    Battle of Britain

    Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier
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    Battle of Britain is a 1969 British action film directed by Guy Hamilton. In 1940, the British...  more

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    The Blue Max

    Ursula Andress, George Peppard
    The Blue Max is a 1966 British war film in DeLuxe Color and filmed in CinemaScope, about a...  more
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    Von Ryan's Express

    Frank Sinatra, James Brolin
    Von Ryan's Express is a 1965 WWII adventure film about a group of Allied prisoners who after...  more

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    The Sand Pebbles

    Steve McQueen, Candice Bergen
    The Sand Pebbles is a 1966 American period film directed by Robert Wise. It tells the story of...  more
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    Sink the Bismarck!

    Kenneth More, Dana Wynter
    Sink the Bismarck! is a 1960 black-and-white CinemaScope British war film based on the book...  more

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    The Bridge at Remagen

    Robert Vaughn, George Segal
    The Bridge at Remagen is a 1969 film starring George Segal, Ben Gazzara and Robert Vaughn. It...  more
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    The Charge of the Light Brigade

    Vanessa Redgrave, John Gielgud
    The Charge of the Light Brigade is a 1968 British war film made by Woodfall Film Productions...  more

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    PT 109

    Robert Blake, Cliff Robertson
    PT 109 is a 1963 biographical war film which depicts the actions of John F. Kennedy as an...  more
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    Major Dundee

    Charlton Heston, Richard Harris
    Major Dundee is a 1965 Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Charlton Heston,...  more

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    The Green Berets

    John Wayne, George Takei
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    Spartacus

    Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier
    Spartacus is a 1960 American epic historical drama film directed by Stanley Kubrick. The...  more

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    Zulu

    Michael Caine, Stanley Baker
    Zulu is a 1964 epic film depicting the Battle of Rorke's Drift between the British Army and...  more

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    The Alamo

    John Wayne, Richard Widmark
    The Alamo is a 1960 American historical epic film about the 1836 Battle of the Alamo produced...  more

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    The Manchurian Candidate

    Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury
    The Manchurian Candidate is a 1962 American Cold War suspense thriller directed by John...  more

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    War and Peace

    Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda
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    The Hurt Locker

    Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes
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