Film The Best 70s War Movies  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite war films that were released in the 1970s.

One of the greatest decades for the genre, here is our ranked list of the best 70s war movies. There are epic battle films (Tora! Tora! Tora!, Midway) and riveting biographies (Patton, MacArthur), but the 70s also began to show a raising of the anti-war voice.
 

Among the top 70s war movies are the instant classics Apocalypse Now, M*A*S*H, Catch-22, and The Deer Hunter, all films which focus on the horror of war. You’ll also find the effecting drama Coming Home which focuses on the challenge of re-entering society after being at war. 
 

Enjoy this list of great war movies from the '70s, vote up your favorites, and feel free to add any of your favorites that might be missing.

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Apocalypse Now Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Apocalypse Now is a 1979 American epic adventure war film set during the Vietnam War. Produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, and Robert Duvall. ...more

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The Deer Hunter Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken The Deer Hunter is a 1978 American epic war drama film co-written and directed by Michael Cimino about a trio of Russian American steelworkers and their service in the Vietnam War. The film ...more

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Patton George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees Patton is a 1970 American epic biographical war film about U.S. General George S. Patton during World War II. It stars George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Michael Bates and Karl Michael Vogler. It was ...more

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Tora! Tora! Tora! Jason Robards Jr., Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Tora! Tora! Tora! is a 1970 American–Japanese war film that dramatizes the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The film was directed by Richard Fleischer and stars an ensemble cast, including ...more

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Kelly's Heroes Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland, Don Rickles Kelly's Heroes is a 1970 war comedy film directed by Brian G. Hutton, about a group of World War II soldiers who go AWOL to rob a bank behind enemy lines. The film stars Clint Eastwood, Telly ...more

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A Bridge Too Far Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins, Robert Redford A Bridge Too Far is a 1977 epic war film based on the 1974 book of the same name by Cornelius Ryan, adapted by William Goldman. It was produced by Joseph E. Levine and Richard P. Levine and ...more

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MASH Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould MASH is a 1970 American satirical black comedy film directed by Robert Altman and written by Ring Lardner, Jr., based on Richard Hooker's novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors. The ...more

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All Quiet on the Western Front Fred Zinnemann, Lew Ayres, ZaSu Pitts All Quiet on the Western Front is a 1930 American epic war film based on the Erich Maria Remarque novel of the same name. It was directed by Lewis Milestone, and stars Louis Wolheim, Lew Ayres, ...more

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Cross of Iron James Coburn, David Warner, Senta Berger Cross of Iron is a British-German 1977 war film directed by Sam Peckinpah, featuring James Coburn, Maximilian Schell, James Mason and David Warner. The film is set on the Eastern Front in World ...more

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Midway Tom Selleck, Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda Midway, released in the United Kingdom as Battle of Midway and in the US on video as The Battle of Midway, is a 1976 Technicolor war film directed by Jack Smight and produced by Walter Mirisch ...more

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Waterloo Orson Welles, Christopher Plummer, Rod Steiger Waterloo is a 1970 Soviet-Italian film directed by Sergei Bondarchuk and produced by Dino De Laurentiis. It depicts the story of the preliminary events and the Battle of Waterloo, and is famous ...more

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Force 10 from Navarone Harrison Ford, Barbara Bach, Robert Shaw Force 10 from Navarone is a 1978 British produced war film loosely based on Alistair MacLean's 1968 novel of the same name. It is a sequel to the 1961 film, The Guns of Navarone. The parts of ...more

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Catch-22 Martin Sheen, Orson Welles, Jon Voight Catch-22 is a 1970 film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Joseph Heller. In creating a black comedy revolving around the "lunatic characters" of Heller's satirical anti-war ...more

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Raid on Rommel Richard Burton, John Colicos, Wolfgang Preiss Raid on Rommel is an American B movie from 1971, directed by Henry Hathaway and set in North Africa during the Second World War. It stars Richard Burton as a British commando attempting to ...more

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MacArthur Gregory Peck, Russell Johnson, Ed Flanders MacArthur is a 1977 American biographical war film directed by Joseph Sargent and starring Gregory Peck in the eponymous role as American General of the Army Douglas MacArthur.

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Albino Christopher Lee, Sybil Danning, Trevor Howard Albino is a 1976 German thriller directed by Jürgen Goslar and starring Christopher Lee, James Faulkner and Sybil Danning filmed on location during the Rhodesian Bush War. The film is based ...more

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The Boys in Company C R. Lee Ermey, Michael Lembeck, Andrew Stevens The Boys in Company C, directed by Sidney J. Furie, starring Stan Shaw, Andrew Stevens, Craig Wasson, Santos Morales and Michael Lembeck, is a 1978 film about United States Marines in the ...more

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Coming Home Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Bruce Dern Coming Home is a 1978 drama film directed by Hal Ashby and starring Jane Fonda, Jon Voight and Bruce Dern. The screenplay by Waldo Salt and Robert C. Jones was from a story by Nancy Dowd. The ...more

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Corbari

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Countdown at Kusini

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Go Tell the Spartans Burt Lancaster, Marc Singer, Dolph Sweet Go Tell the Spartans is a 1978 American war film directed by Ted Post, starring Burt Lancaster, and based on Daniel Ford's 1967 novel Incident at Muc Wa, about U.S. Army military advisors during ...more

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Zulu Dawn Peter O'Toole, Bob Hoskins, Burt Lancaster Zulu Dawn is a 1979 war film about the historical Battle of Isandlwana between British and Zulu forces in 1879 in South Africa. The screenplay was by Cy Endfield, from his book, and Anthony ...more

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Overlord Nicholas Ball, John Franklyn-Robbins, Stella Tanner Overlord is a 1975 black-and-white film written and directed by Stuart Cooper. Set around the D-Day invasion, Overlord is a war film about a young soldier's meditations on being part of the war ...more

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Barry Lyndon Ryan O'Neal, Leonard Rossiter, Hardy Krüger Barry Lyndon is a 1975 British-American period drama film written, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on the 1844 novel The Luck of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray. It ...more

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Hell Boats James Franciscus, Elizabeth Shepherd, Ronald Allen Hell Boats is a 1970 war film directed by Paul Wendkos.

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Von Richthofen and Brown Stephen McHattie, Corin Redgrave, John Phillip Law Von Richthofen and Brown, also known as The Red Baron, is a 1971 war film directed by Roger Corman, and starring John Phillip Law and Don Stroud as the title characters. Although names of real ...more

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Julius Caesar Charlton Heston, Christopher Lee, Diana Rigg Julius Caesar is a 1970 British independent film adaptation of William Shakespeare's play, directed by Stuart Burge from a screenplay by Robert Furnival. The film stars Charlton Heston, Jason ...more

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Operation Daybreak Timothy Bottoms, Joss Ackland, Anthony Andrews Operation Daybreak is a 1975 Second World War film based on the true story of Operation Anthropoid, the assassination of SS General Reinhard Heydrich in Prague. Starring Anthony Andrews, Timothy ...more

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The Inglorious Bastards Fred Williamson, Bo Svenson, Ian Bannen The Inglorious Bastards is a 1978 Italian Action/war film directed by Enzo G. Castellari, written by Sandro Continenza, Sergio Grieco, Franco Marotta, Romano Migliorini, and Laura Toscano, and ...more

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Coup de Grâce Margarethe von Trotta, Mathieu Carrière, Matthias Habich Coup de Grâce is a 1976 West German film directed by Volker Schlöndorff. It was adapted from the novel by the same name by the French author Marguerite Yourcenar. The title comes from ...more

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The Eagle Has Landed Robert Duvall, Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland The Eagle Has Landed is a 1976 British film directed by John Sturges and starring Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland and Robert Duvall. Based on the novel The Eagle Has Landed by Jack Higgins, the ...more

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Murphy's War Peter O'Toole, Philippe Noiret, Siân Phillips Murphy's War is a 1971 war film starring Peter O'Toole. It was directed by Peter Yates and, while it has much in common with The African Queen, it is based on a novel by Max Catto. The ...more

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The Tin Drum Charles Aznavour, Mario Adorf, Daniel Olbrychski The Tin Drum is a 1979 film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Günter Grass. It was directed and co-written by Volker Schlöndorff. Stylistically, it is a surrealistic black ...more

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Ora Egaro Jon Ora Egaro Jon was a film directed by Chashi Nazrul Islam. The movie was based on Bangladesh Liberation War. Leading character of this movie Khasru and director himself was member of Mukti ...more

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The Execution of Private Slovik Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen, Gary Busey The Execution of Private Slovik is a nonfiction book by William Bradford Huie, published in 1954, and an American made-for-television movie that aired on NBC on March 13, 1974. The film was ...more

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Charge of the Model T's Arte Johnson, Louis Nye, Herb Edelman Charge of the Model T's is a 1977 American comedy spy film directed by Jim McCullough Sr. with the screenplay by Jim McCullough Jr. based upon the novel of the same name by Lee Somerville. ...more

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Game for Vultures Joan Collins, Richard Harris, Denholm Elliott Game for Vultures is a 1979 British thriller film starring Richard Harris, Joan Collins and Richard Roundtree. It was directed by James Fargo and based on a novel by Michael Hartmann set during ...more

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Figures in a Landscape Malcolm McDowell, Robert Shaw, Roger Lloyd-Pack Figures in a Landscape is a 1970 British film directed by Joseph Losey and written by star Robert Shaw. It is based on the 1968 novel of the same name by Barry England.

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The McKenzie Break Brian Keith, Ian Hendry, Jack Watson The McKenzie Break is a 1970 British war drama film directed by Lamont Johnson, starring Brian Keith as Jack Connor, an intelligence officer investigating recent disturbances at a German ...more

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Young Winston Anthony Hopkins, Jane Seymour, Anne Bancroft Young Winston is a 1972 British film based on the early years of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. The film was based on the book My Early Life: A Roving Commission by Winston Churchill. ...more

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Yanks Richard Gere, Vanessa Redgrave, Rachel Roberts Yanks is a 1979 period drama film set during World War II in Northern England. The film was directed by John Schlesinger and starred Richard Gere, Vanessa Redgrave, William Devane, Lisa Eichhorn ...more

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Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS George Buck Flower, Richard Kennedy, Dyanne Thorne Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS is a 1975 American Nazi exploitation film produced in the USA. The film was directed by Don Edmonds, produced by David F. Friedman and written by Jonah Royston.

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From Hell to Victory George Peppard, George Hamilton, Capucine From Hell to Victory is a European Macaroni-War film directed in 1979 by Umberto Lenzi. The movie was a co-production between Italy, France and Spain. Some internationally distributed versions ...more

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