Top Classic War Stories movies on DVD and Blu-ray

Rent Casablanca on DVD Casablanca
Synopsis
In this Oscar-winning classic, American expat Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) plays host to gamblers, thieves and refugees at his Moroccan nightclub during World War II ... but he never expected Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) - the woman who broke his heart -- to walk through that door. Ilsa hopes that with Rick's help, she and her fugitive husband (Paul Henreid) can escape to America. But the spark that brought the lovers together still burns brightly.
Cast
Cast
Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, S.Z. Sakall, Madeleine LeBeau, Dooley Wilson
Director
Director
Michael Curtiz
Genres
Genres
Classics, Romance Classics, Classic Dramas, Romantic Dramas, Classic War Stories, Tearjerkers
Rent Lawrence of Arabia on DVD Lawrence of Arabia
Synopsis
This Oscar-winning epic tells the true story of T.E. Lawrence, who helped unite warring Arab tribes to strike back against the Turks in World War I. This lush, timeless classic underscores the clash between cultures that changed the tide of war.
Cast
Cast
Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Omar Sharif, José Ferrer, Anthony Quayle, Claude Rains, Arthur Kennedy, Donald Wolfit, I.S. Johar, Gamil Ratib, Michel Ray, John Dimech, Zia Mohyeddin
Director
Director
David Lean
Genres
Genres
Classics, Epics, Classic Dramas, Action Classics, Classic War Stories, Biographies, United Kingdom
Rent Full Metal Jacket on DVD Full Metal Jacket
Synopsis
Vietnam-era Marine recruits endure the grueling ordeal of basic training and later face the unrelenting Viet Cong during the 1968 Tet Offensive in this grim Stanley Kubrick drama based on a novel by Gustav Hasford.
Cast
Cast
Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey, Dorian Harewood, Arliss Howard, Kevyn Major Howard, Ed O'Ross, John Terry, Kieron Jecchinis, Kirk Taylor, Tim Colceri, Jon Stafford, Bruce Boa, Ian Tyler
Director
Director
Stanley Kubrick
Genres
Genres
Drama, Military & War Dramas, Military & War Action, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Dramas Based on the Book, Period Pieces, Classic War Stories
Rent The Bridge on the River Kwai on DVD The Bridge on the River Kwai
Synopsis
Director David Lean's sweeping epic -- best known for a whistling work theme that became legendary -- is set in a World War II Japanese prison camp, where British prisoners are forced to build a railway bridge as a morale-building exercise.
Cast
Cast
William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa, James Donald, Geoffrey Horne, André Morell , Peter Williams, John Boxer, Percy Herbert
Director
Director
David Lean
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Classic War Stories, Action Classics, Military & War Action, Military & War Dramas, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Dramas Based on the Book, United Kingdom
Rent Das Boot: Director's Cut on DVD Das Boot: Director's Cut
Synopsis
Nominated for six Oscars, this edge-of-your-seat dramatic triumph follows the trials of a German U-boat crew during World War II. Upon its restored re-release in 1997, an hour was added to the original film, which further augmented its impact. It also played as a six-hour German miniseries. In all its forms, the realistic and gripping battle scenes and palpable human struggle make Das Boot a critical hit.
Cast
Cast
Jürgen Prochnow, Klaus Wennemann, Herbert Gronemeyer, Hubertus Bengsch, Martin Semmelrogge, Bernd Tauber, Erwin Leder, Martin May, Heinz Hoenig, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Claude-Oliver Rudolph, Jan Fedder, Ralf Richter, Joachim Bernhard, Oliver Stritzel
Director
Director
Wolfgang Petersen
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic War Stories, Action Classics, Classic Dramas, Military & War Action, Military & War Dramas, Foreign Action & Adventure, Foreign Classics, Foreign Dramas, Foreign Classic Dramas, German Language, Germany
Rent The Great Escape on DVD The Great Escape
Synopsis
Based on a true story, this tension-filled epic adventure centers on an audacious plan by Allied officers who've escaped their Nazi captors time and again to stage a massive breakout, this time from an ostensibly escape-proof German prison camp.
Cast
Cast
Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, James Donald, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence, James Coburn, Hannes Messemer, David McCallum, Gordon Jackson
Director
Director
John Sturges
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic War Stories, Military & War Dramas, Classic Dramas, Military & War Action, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Dramas Based on Real Life, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent From Here to Eternity on DVD From Here to Eternity
Synopsis
This gripping adaptation of James Jones's novel about Army life in Hawaii in the idyllic days just before Dec. 7, 1941, follows the stories of three soldiers and the women who love them.
Cast
Cast
Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed, Frank Sinatra, Philip Ober, Mickey Shaughnessy, Harry Bellaver, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Warden, Claude Akins, Willis Bouchey, John L. Cason, James Jones, George Reeves, Joseph Sargent, Robert J. Wilke, Jean Willes, Carleton Young
Director
Director
Fred Zinnemann
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Romance Classics, Classic War Stories, Romantic Dramas, Military & War Dramas, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Tearjerkers, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent Where Eagles Dare on DVD Where Eagles Dare
Synopsis
World War II is raging, and a captured American general is being held hostage in Schloss Adler, a Bavarian citadel that's nearly impossible to breach. It's up to a group of skilled Allied soldiers to liberate the general before it's too late. But can they pull off the dangerous mission? This 1968 classic pairs the enigmatic Richard Burton with the iconic Clint Eastwood in a tale of wartime bravery and treachery.
Cast
Cast
Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood, Mary Ure, Patrick Wymark, Michael Hordern, Donald Houston, Peter Barkworth, William Squire, Robert Beatty, Brook Williams, Neil McCarthy
Director
Director
Brian G. Hutton
Genres
Genres
Classics, Action Classics, Classic War Stories, Military & War Action, Foreign Regions
Rent The Best Years of Our Lives on DVD The Best Years of Our Lives
Synopsis
Winning seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, this classic drama follows three World War II veterans -- Homer, Al and Fred, as they return to small-town America and try to come to terms with their experiences.
Cast
Cast
Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo, Cathy O'Donnell, Hoagy Carmichael, Harold Russell, Gladys George, Roman Bohnen, Ray Collins, Steve Cochran
Director
Director
William Wyler
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic War Stories, Classic Dramas, Military & War Dramas, Romantic Dramas, Romance Classics
Rent The Longest Day on DVD The Longest Day
Synopsis
This Oscar-winning war epic chronicles World War II's harrowing D-Day invasion. Shot on the beaches of Normandy, France, the ambitious film attempts to cover the historic day from all perspectives, focussing on both sides of the conflict.
Cast
Cast
John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum, Rod Steiger, Peter Lawford, Robert Ryan, Sean Connery, Jeffrey Hunter, Mel Ferrer, Richard Dawson, Steve Forrest
Director
Director
Bernhard Wicki, Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton
Genres
Genres
Classics, Action Classics, Classic War Stories, Military & War Dramas
Rent To Have and Have Not on DVD To Have and Have Not
Synopsis
Dynamic duo William Faulkner and Jules Furthman scripted this Howard Hawks classic starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall (who, rumor has it, fell in love on the set) that's supposedly based on an Ernest Hemingway tome. Bogie is Harry Morgan, a charter boat owner who falls for Bacall's seductive petty thief, Marie Browning. Can't-miss scenes include the now-legendary "You know how to whistle, don't you?" exchange between Bogie and Bacall.
Cast
Cast
Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Walter Brennan, Dolores Moran, Hoagy Carmichael, Sheldon Leonard, Walter Szurovy, Marcel Dalio, Walter Sande, Dan Seymour
Director
Director
Howard Hawks
Genres
Genres
Classics, Romance Classics, Classic Dramas, Classic War Stories, Romantic Dramas
Rent Barry Lyndon on DVD Barry Lyndon
Synopsis
Based on William Makepeace Thackeray's novel, this gorgeously painted tale yields a slow-moving portrait of a young Irishman (Ryan O'Neal) who moves up the social ladder through soldiering, spying and a marriage to a wealthy countess (Marisa Berenson). Although this Stanley Kubrick-directed film was a box office flop, it was eventually recognized as a masterpiece, winning four Academy Awards (including Best Cinematography).
Cast
Cast
Marisa Berenson, Diana Koerner, Hardy Kruger, Patrick Magee, Ryan O'Neal, Leon Vitali
Director
Director
Stanley Kubrick
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Classic War Stories, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, Foreign Regions
Rent The Dirty Dozen on DVD The Dirty Dozen
Synopsis
In this Academy Award-winning World War II action flick from director Robert Aldrich (The Longest Yard), a U.S. Army major (Lee Marvin) is handed a near-impossible assignment: Turn a group of conscripted convicts into a crack fighting unit and then send them on a mission to destroy a villa filled with Nazi brass. The "volunteers" include Archer J. Maggott (Telly Savalas), Victor Franko (John Cassavetes) and Vernon L. Pinkley (Donald Sutherland).
Cast
Cast
Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, Jim Brown, John Cassavetes, Richard Jaeckel, George Kennedy, Ralph Meeker, Robert Ryan, Donald Sutherland, Telly Savalas, Clint Walker, Robert Webber
Director
Director
Robert Aldrich
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic War Stories, Military & War Action
Rent All Quiet on the Western Front on DVD All Quiet on the Western Front
Synopsis
Teenage German soldiers pass from idealism to despair in this poignant, Oscar-winning depiction of survival on the front lines, adapted from an anti-war novel by Erich Maria Remarque and banned in a number of countries during wartime. Awarded Best Picture in 1930, the film has lost little of its original impact, with brutal imagery and a peaceful message that also earned director Lewis Milestone an Academy Award for Best Director.
Cast
Cast
Louis Wolheim, Lew Ayres , John Wray, Arnold Lucy, Ben Alexander, Scott Kolk, Owen Davis Jr., Walter Rogers, William Bakewell, Slim Summerville
Director
Director
Lewis Milestone
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic War Stories, Classic Dramas, Military & War Dramas, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent War and Peace on DVD War and Peace
Synopsis
With great attention to detail and historical accuracy, personal stories, love affairs and philosophies are woven throughout this massive, intricate tapestry of Russia during Napoleon's invasion at the turn of the 19th century. A decade of preparation and two years of filming went into the making of this engaging version of Leo Tolstoy's 20th-century masterpiece, an epic drama starring Audrey Hepburn and Henry Fonda.
Cast
Cast
Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Mel Ferrer, Vittorio Gassman, Herbert Lom, Oskar Homolka, Anita Ekberg, Helmut Dantine, Tullio Carminati, Barry Jones, Milly Vitale, Wilfrid Lawson, John Mills, Lea Seidl
Director
Director
King Vidor
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Romance Classics, Epics, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Military & War Dramas, Classic War Stories, Dramas Based on the Book, Period Pieces
Rent Exodus on DVD Exodus
Synopsis
Find a comfy seat for this epic (nearly 4-hour) tale about the founding of Israel. Directed by Otto Preminger and starring Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint, Lee J. Cobb and Sal Mineo, Exodus is based on the Leon Uris novel of the same name. Israeli resistance fighter Newman attempts to bring 600 European Jews from British-blockaded Cyprus into newly partitioned Palestine after World War II.
Cast
Cast
Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint, Ralph Richardson, Peter Lawford, Lee J. Cobb, Sal Mineo, John Derek, Hugh Griffith, Gregory Ratoff, Felix Aylmer, David Opatoshu, Jill Haworth, Alexandra Stewart
Director
Director
Otto Preminger
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic War Stories, Classic Dramas, Military & War Dramas, Action Classics, Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, Epics, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Bestsellers
Rent Mister Roberts on DVD Mister Roberts
Synopsis
A hilarious and heartfelt military comedy-drama co-directed by John Ford and Mervyn LeRoy, Mister Roberts stars Henry Fonda as an officer who's yearning for battle but is stuck in the backwaters of World War II on a noncommissioned Navy ship run by the bullying Capt. Morton (James Cagney). Jack Lemmon enjoys a star-making turn as the freewheeling Ensign Pulver, and William Powell stars as the ship's doctor in his last screen role.
Cast
Cast
Henry Fonda, James Cagney, William Powell, Jack Lemmon, Betsy Palmer, Ward Bond, Philip Carey, Patrick Wayne
Director
Director
John Ford, Mervyn LeRoy
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic War Stories, Classic Comedies, Family Comedies
Rent Battle of Britain on DVD Battle of Britain
Synopsis
This star-studded epic re-creates the 1940 air battle that took place in the skies over England. Surprised and outgunned, Britain's R.A.F. used determination and guile to fend off a ferocious Nazi Luftwaffe attack in the early days of World War II.
Cast
Cast
Harry Andrews, Trevor Howard, Michael Caine, Curd Jürgens, Ralph Richardson, Ian McShane, Laurence Olivier, Kenneth More, Michael Redgrave, Nigel Patrick, Christopher Plummer, Robert Shaw, Patrick Wymark, Susannah York, Michael Bates, James Cosmo, Robert Flemyng, Barry Foster, Edward Fox, W.G. Foxley
Director
Director
Guy Hamilton
Genres
Genres
Drama, Classic Dramas, Dramas Based on the Book, 20th Century Period Pieces, Military & War Dramas, Military & War Action, Classic War Stories, Action Classics, United Kingdom
Rent The Guns of Navarone on DVD The Guns of Navarone
Synopsis
The Germans will annihilate thousands of British soldiers trapped in Greece unless help arrives quickly. But the dreaded guns of Navarone will destroy any rescue ship that comes within their mighty reach. Can a commando team of Allied soldiers and Greek partisans (including Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn and David Niven) succeed in doing the impossible? Classics fans will love the must-see bonus features.
Cast
Cast
Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn, Stanley Baker, Carl Foreman
Director
Director
J. Lee Thompson
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic War Stories, Military & War Action
Rent Paths of Glory on DVD Paths of Glory
Synopsis
Col. Dax leads a weary regiment of French army soldiers during World War I. When French generals order the regiment to carry out what amounts to a suicide mission against German fire, some of the men refuse and are tried on charges of cowardice.
Cast
Cast
Kirk Douglas, Adolphe Menjou, Wayne Morris, George Macready, Ralph Meeker, Richard Anderson
Director
Director
Stanley Kubrick
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Classic War Stories, Military & War Dramas
Rent Kelly's Heroes on DVD Kelly's Heroes
Synopsis
It's The Dirty Dozen lusting after gold instead of fighting for clemency. Pvt. Kelly (Clint Eastwood) extracts some interesting intelligence from a captured German colonel: the location of $16 million in gold bullion. Problem is, it's behind German lines in occupied France. Kelly and crew (Telly Savalas, Don Rickles, and Donald Sutherland) decide to risk everything for a life of luxury -- and may defeat the Germans in the process.
Cast
Cast
Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Don Rickles, Carroll O'Connor, Donald Sutherland, Gavin MacLeod, Harry Dean Stanton
Director
Director
Brian Hutton
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic War Stories, Action Classics, Military & War Action
Rent Sergeant York on DVD Sergeant York
Synopsis
In a career-defining performance that earned him his first Academy Award, Gary Cooper stars as Alvin York, a poor Appalachian pacifist drafted into World War I. Placed in an impossible position, York single-handedly captures an entire enemy platoon and becomes a national hero. This World War II-era Hollywood classic based on the real-life war hero received 11 Academy Award nominations, including one for director Howard Hawks.
Cast
Cast
Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie, George Tobias, Stanley Ridges, Noah Beery Jr., Dickie Moore
Director
Director
Howard Hawks
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic War Stories, Action Classics, Classic Dramas, Biographies
Rent Twelve O'Clock High on DVD Twelve O'Clock High
Synopsis
Hard-as-nails World War II Gen. Frank Savage (Gregory Peck) must turn a discouraged group of American bomber pilots into heroes. Along the way, the once-alienated general comes to view the men as family. No longer a heartless commander, Savage -- with the aid of his loyal adjutant Maj. Harvey Stovall (Dean Jagger) -- learns how difficult true leadership really is. Director Henry King's Oscar-winning war drama boasts actual air combat footage.
Cast
Cast
Gregory Peck, Hugh Marlowe, Gary Merrill, Millard Mitchell, Dean Jagger, Robert Arthur, Paul Stewart, John Kellogg, Robert Patten, Lee MacGregor, Sam Edwards, Roger Anderson
Director
Director
Henry King
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic War Stories, Action Classics, Military & War Action
Rent Stalag 17 on DVD Stalag 17
Synopsis
For the Allied prisoners of Stalag 17, every escape attempt ends the same way: disaster. Cynical Sgt. Sefton (William Holden, in his Oscar-winning role) thinks they're all fools for trying -- but soon his hectoring starts raising suspicions that there's a German spy among them. Could that spy be him? Director Billy Wilder effortlessly mixes broad comedy and high-tension drama in this World War II classic.
Cast
Cast
William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger, Robert Strauss, Harvey Lembeck, Richard Erdman, Peter Graves, Neville Brand, Sig Ruman, William Pierson, Gil Stratton
Director
Director
Billy Wilder
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic War Stories
Rent The Train on DVD The Train
Synopsis
During World War II, a French train engineer (Burt Lancaster) attempts to stop a Nazi-led train from leaving France with valuable works of art stolen from a museum. Lancaster performs all of his own stunts in this action-filled drama from influential from director John Frankenheimer (Birdman of Alcatraz, The Manchurian Candidate). Franklin Coen and Frank Davis received Oscar nominations for the film's original screenplay.
Cast
Cast
Burt Lancaster, Paul Scofield, Jeanne Moreau, Suzanne Flon, Michel Simon, Wolfgang Preiss, Albert Rémy, Charles Millot, Richard Münch, Jacques Marin
Director
Director
John Frankenheimer
Genres
Genres
Action & Adventure, Action Classics, Classic War Stories, Military & War Action
Rent The Caine Mutiny on DVD The Caine Mutiny
Synopsis
Captain Queeg: madman or misunderstood taskmaster? That's the dilemma facing the first officer (Van Johnson) of the U.S.S. Caine when its stern new captain (Humphrey Bogart) drives the crew to the brink of mutiny. Part sea-going adventure, part courtroom drama, The Caine Mutiny is a tale that manages to be both thrilling and thought-provoking. Bogart shines in one of his last roles.
Cast
Cast
Humphrey Bogart, Fred MacMurray, Van Johnson, José Ferrer, Robert Francis, Tom Tully, E.G. Marshall, Arthur Franz, Lee Marvin, Warner Anderson, Claude Akins, Jerry Paris, Steve Brodie
Director
Director
Edward Dmytryk
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic War Stories, Classic Dramas
Rent Zulu on DVD Zulu
Synopsis
Based on a real-life battle, this action epic follows a group of British soldiers stationed in South Africa who must defend their tiny outpost against an attack by an overwhelming force of Zulu warriors.
Cast
Cast
Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, Ulla Jacobsson, James Booth, Michael Caine, Nigel Green, Ivor Emmanuel, Paul Daneman, Glynn Edwards, Neil McCarthy, David Kernan, Gary Bond, Peter Gill, Tom Gerrard, Patrick Magee
Director
Director
Cy Endfield
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Classic War Stories, Action Classics, Epics, Dramas Based on Real Life, United Kingdom
Rent The Man Who Never Was on DVD The Man Who Never Was
Synopsis
Based on a true espionage story, this World War II drama follows an operation to fool the Nazis into believing that British forces plan to land in Greece. An officer plants papers on a dead man and arranges for the body to be found by the Germans.
Cast
Cast
Clifton Webb, Gloria Grahame, Robert Flemyng, Josephine Griffin, Stephen Boyd, Laurence Naismith, Geoffrey Keen, Moultrie Kelsall, Cyril Cusack, André Morell , Michael Hordern
Director
Director
Ronald Neame
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Classic Thrillers, Classic War Stories, Espionage Thrillers, Dramas Based on Real Life, United Kingdom
Rent Operation Petticoat on DVD Operation Petticoat
Synopsis
Cary Grant, captain of the <i>Sea Tiger</i> submarine, faces a multitude of hurdles to World War II battle -- severe damage to his vessel, countless supply problems and a conniving supply officer (Tony Curtis) whose combat inexperience is apparent. The plot dives deeper when five Army nurses board the all-male ship and further rock the boat in this lively comedy, which was nominated for a Best Screenplay Oscar. Dina Merrill co-stars.
Cast
Cast
Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Joan O'Brien, Dina Merrill, Gene Evans, Dick Sargent, Marion Ross, Arthur O'Connell, Gavin MacLeod, Virginia Gregg
Director
Director
Blake Edwards
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Comedies, Action Comedies, Classic War Stories
Rent Friendly Persuasion on DVD Friendly Persuasion
Synopsis
Jess and Eliza Birdwell (Gary Cooper and Dorothy McGuire) are devoted Quaker parents in Indiana during the height of the Civil War. The Birdwells' religion opposes violence, but as Confederate forces march closer -- looting and burning as they go -- the community prepares a defense. However, the family's nonviolent stance is tested when their son, Josh (Anthony Perkins), decides he wants to fight for the North.
Cast
Cast
Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire, Anthony Perkins, Richard Eyer
Director
Director
William Wyler
Genres
Genres
Classics, Family Classics, Epics, Classic War Stories
Rent Battle of the Bulge on DVD Battle of the Bulge
Synopsis
In December 1944, Nazi forces launch a well-planned counteroffensive against Allied troops in Belgium. The brilliant strategist behind the attack is German Col. Hessler (Robert Shaw), whose campaign may be thwarted by American intelligence officer Lt. Col. Kiley (Henry Fonda). Robert Ryan, Telly Savalas and Charles Bronson co-star in this gripping retelling of one of the crucial battles of World War II.
Cast
Cast
Henry Fonda, Robert Shaw, Robert Ryan, Dana Andrews, George Montgomery, Ty Hardin, Pier Angeli, Barbara Werle, Charles Bronson, Hans Christian Blech, Werner Peters, James MacArthur, Telly Savalas
Director
Director
Ken Annakin
Genres
Genres
Classics, Action Classics, Classic War Stories, Classic Dramas, Military & War Action, Military & War Dramas
Rent Slaughterhouse-Five on DVD Slaughterhouse-Five
Synopsis
Kurt Vonnegut's multilayered novel makes it to the big screen as a haunting elegy involving Billie Pilgrim, who survives the horrific firebombing of Dresden during World War II and subsequently lives out simultaneous lives in the past and present.
Cast
Cast
Michael Sacks, Ron Leibman, Eugene Roche, Sharon Gans, Valerie Perrine, Holly Near, Perry King, Kevin Conway, Sorrell Booke, John Dehner, Roberts Blossom
Director
Director
George Roy Hill
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Classic Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Classic War Stories, Sci-Fi Dramas, Military & War Dramas, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent Night Train to Munich on DVD Night Train to Munich
Synopsis
Germans invading Czechoslovakia on the eve of World War II capture top scientist Axel Bomasch and his beautiful daughter, Anna. But there's hope in the form of dashing British agent Gus Bennett, who poses as a German officer to effect a rescue.
Cast
Cast
James Harcourt, Paul Henreid, Margaret Lockwood, Roland Culver, Eliot Makeham, Rex Harrison, Naunton Wayne, Wyndham Goldie, Felix Aylmer, Raymond Huntley, Basil Radford
Director
Director
Carol Reed
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Thrillers, Classic War Stories, Espionage Thrillers, United Kingdom
Rent Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison on DVD Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison
Synopsis
Hiding from the Japanese on an island on the Pacific Ocean, a Marine (Robert Mitchum) and an Irish nun (Deborah Kerr) search for food, shelter and help while trying to avoid the burgeoning attraction that exists between them. Director John Huston elicits amazing performances for a movie that eventually earned two Academy Award nominations.
Cast
Cast
Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum
Director
Director
John Huston
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic War Stories, Classic Dramas, Romance Classics, Romantic Dramas, Action Classics, Military & War Dramas
Rent The Birth of a Nation on DVD The Birth of a Nation
Synopsis
The fates of two families intertwine in this controversial silent drama, a period saga that recounts the genesis of the U.S. Civil War, the destruction it wrought upon the populace and the ascent of the Ku Klux Klan in the war's aftermath.
Cast
Cast
Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall, Miriam Cooper, Mary Alden, Ralph Lewis, George Siegmann, Walter Long, Robert Harron, Elmer Clifton, Josephine Cromwell
Director
Director
D.W. Griffith
Genres
Genres
Classics, Silent Films, Classic Dramas, Classic War Stories, Epics
Rent Shenandoah on DVD Shenandoah
Synopsis
A four-hankie weeper and one of the best melodramas to come out of Hollywood during the 1960s, Shenandoah concerns a pacifist Virginia farmer (Jimmy Stewart) who tries to keep his family out of harm's way during the Civil War. But when Stewart's youngest son is mistakenly imprisoned by Union soldiers, he must make some hard choices about where he stands in the bloody conflict. Doug McClure, Glenn Corbett, Patrick Wayne and Katharine Ross co-star.
Cast
Cast
James Stewart, Doug McClure, Glenn Corbett, Patrick Wayne, Rosemary Forsyth, Phillip Alford, Katharine Ross, Charles Robinson, Jim McMullan, Tim McIntire, Paul Fix, Denver Pyle, George Kennedy, James Best
Director
Director
Andrew V. McLaglen
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Westerns, Classic War Stories, Tearjerkers, Westerns
Rent They Were Expendable on DVD They Were Expendable
Synopsis
During the bleak days following Pearl Harbor, Navy lieutenants John Brickley (Robert Montgomery) and Rusty Ryan (John Wayne) persuade the brass to let them send untried plywood boats against the Japanese fleet. The odds are against them, but what do heroes care about odds? One of director John Ford's pet projects, this war drama is based on the true story of the development of patrol torpedo boats.
Cast
Cast
Robert Montgomery, John Wayne, Donna Reed, Jack Holt, Ward Bond, Marshall Thompson, Paul Langton, Leon Ames, Donald Curtis, Cameron Mitchell, Jeff York, Murray Alper
Director
Director
John Ford, Robert Montgomery
Genres
Genres
Classics, Action Classics, Military & War Action, Classic War Stories
Rent Operation Pacific on DVD Operation Pacific
Synopsis
Lt. Cmdr. Duke E. Gifford (John Wayne) still carries a torch for his ex-wife, Navy nurse Mary (Patricia Neal), but his efforts to win her over take a backseat to malfunctions with his submarine, the USS <i>Thunderfish</i>, whose torpedoes are failing to fire. Further complicating matters is Mary's relationship with a Navy pilot (Philip Carey) who happens to be the brother of the submarine's commander (Ward Bond).
Cast
Cast
John Wayne, Patricia Neal, Ward Bond, Scott Forbes, Philip Carey, Paul Picerni, William Campbell, Kathryn Givney, Martin Milner, Cliff Clark
Director
Director
George Waggner
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic War Stories, Classic Dramas, Military & War Dramas, Military & War Action, Action Classics
Rent To Hell and Back on DVD To Hell and Back
Synopsis
Before he starred in a series of B-grade Westerns, Audie Murphy was the most decorated war hero in American history. This is the true story of his combat exploits (from North Africa to Germany) in World War II, where he won every medal the United States could bestow, including the Congressional Medal of Honor. Charles Drake, David Janssen and Marshall Thompson co-star, with a foreword by General of the Army Omar Bradley.
Cast
Cast
Audie Murphy, Marshall Thompson, Charles Drake, Jack Kelly, Gregg Palmer, Paul Picerni, David Janssen, Richard Castle, Bruce Cowling
Director
Director
Jesse Hibbs
Genres
Genres
Drama, Classic War Stories, Classic Dramas, Military & War Dramas
Rent The Enemy Below on DVD The Enemy Below
Synopsis
Two captains with extraordinary abilities each command a vessel during World War II's Battle of the Atlantic. Only problem is, they're commanding two vessels on opposite sides of the battlefield: the USS Haynes and a German U-boat. Who will prevail?
Cast
Cast
Robert Mitchum, Curd Jürgens, David Hedison, Theodore Bikel, Russell Collins, Kurt Kreuger, Frank Albertson, Biff Elliot
Director
Director
Dick Powell
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic War Stories, Military & War Dramas, Action Classics
Rent In Harm's Way on DVD In Harm's Way
Synopsis
This World War II epic focuses on the effect the Pearl Harbor attack had on military lives. After a failed counterstrike on the Japanese, Capt. Torrey gets shore duty, finds love with a nurse, reconciles with his son and is finally sent back to sea.
Cast
Cast
John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Patricia Neal, Tom Tryon, Paula Prentiss, Brandon de Wilde, Jill Haworth, Dana Andrews, Burgess Meredith, Franchot Tone, Patrick O'Neal, Slim Pickens, George Kennedy, Larry Hagman, Henry Fonda
Director
Director
Otto Preminger
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic War Stories, Classic Dramas, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent Sink the Bismarck on DVD Sink the Bismarck
Synopsis
Kenneth More, Dana Wynter and Carl Mohner star in this 1960 drama about the heroic efforts of the British Royal Intelligence to stop the Bismarck, a German battleship launched in 1941 to cut off supplies to Great Britain and invade the country. Director Lewis Gilbert combines actual war footage and a roller-coaster plot to deliver an unforgettable document of world history.
Cast
Cast
Kenneth More, Dana Wynter, Carl Möhner, Laurence Naismith, Geoffrey Keen, Karel Stepanek, Michael Hordern, Maurice Denham, Michael Goodliffe, Esmond Knight
Director
Director
Lewis Gilbert
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic War Stories, Action Classics, Classic Dramas, United Kingdom, Foreign Regions
Rent The 300 Spartans on DVD The 300 Spartans
Synopsis
A tiny cadre of Greek warriors from Sparta defend a mountain pass at Thermopylae against the overwhelming invasion of a vicious Persian Army. Led by King Leonidis, the Spartans' army consisted primarily of a security force that guarded the palace.
Cast
Cast
Richard Egan, Ralph Richardson, Diane Baker, Barry Coe, David Farrar, Donald Houston, Anna Synodinou, Kieron Moore, John Crawford, Robert Brown, Laurence Naismith
Director
Director
Rudolph Maté
Genres
Genres
Action & Adventure, Classic War Stories, Action Classics, Epics
Rent The Diary of Anne Frank on DVD The Diary of Anne Frank
Synopsis
As the "Green Police" search for Jews on the streets of Amsterdam, a young girl named Anne (Millie Perkins), her parents Otto and Edith (Joseph Schildkraut and Gusti Huber) and another family retreat for two years to the small attic of shop owners Kraler and Miep (Douglas Spencer and Dody Heath). Despite being confined to a small area and having no contact with the outside world, the families go on with their lives to the best of their ability.
Cast
Cast
Millie Perkins, Joseph Schildkraut, Shelley Winters, Richard Beymer, Gusti Huber, Lou Jacobi, Diane Baker, Douglas Spencer, Dodie Heath, Ed Wynn
Director
Director
George Stevens
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Classic War Stories, Dramas Based on Real Life, Dramas Based on Bestsellers, Dramas Based on the Book, Tearjerkers
Rent Hell's Angels on DVD Hell's Angels
Synopsis
Siblings Roy and Monte Rutledge (James Hall and Ben Lyon) shirk Oxford's academic demands and join the Royal Air Force Academy during World War I in this drama directed by Howard Hughes. Though they're brothers, their personalities are like night and day -- which may make the difference in their ability to survive. Co-star Jean Harlow is ahead of her time playing a woman who's comfortable with her budding sexuality.
Cast
Cast
Ben Lyon, James Hall, Jean Harlow, John Darrow, Lucien Prival, Frank Clark, Roy Wilson, Douglas Gilmore
Director
Director
Howard Hughes
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Classic War Stories, Military & War Dramas, Military & War Action
Rent Sahara on DVD Sahara
Synopsis
Tank commander Sgt. Joe Gunn (Humphrey Bogart) and his U.S. crew pick up five British soldiers, a Frenchman and a Sudanese man with an Italian prisoner and cross the Libyan Desert in this World War II-set film directed by Zoltan Korda. Heading to rejoin the American command after the fall of Tobruk in North Africa, the group becomes a microcosm of the Allied forces as they work together to defeat a much larger German unit.
Cast
Cast
Humphrey Bogart, Bruce Bennett, J. Carrol Naish, Lloyd Bridges, Rex Ingram, Dan Duryea
Director
Director
Zoltan Korda
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic War Stories
Rent The Green Berets on DVD The Green Berets
Synopsis
Gung-ho Col. Mike Kirby (John Wayne) is leading his Green Berets on a mission to kidnap an enemy general during the Vietnam War. When a skeptical reporter accompanies them, the colonel and his team outline their reasons for participating in the war. Wayne codirected this action-packed, hawkish film, which was surprisingly successful at the box office. The macho cast includes David Janssen and Aldo Ray.
Cast
Cast
John Wayne, David Janssen, Jim Hutton, Bruce Cabot, Patrick Wayne, Luke Askew, Aldo Ray, Jack Soo, George Takei, Irene Tsu
Director
Director
John Wayne, Ray Kellogg
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic War Stories, Military & War Dramas, Classic Dramas
Rent The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel on DVD The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel
Synopsis
This classic World War II drama chronicles the life of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel (nicknamed the Desert Fox), focusing on his military career in North Africa, his connection to a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler and his lonely demise.
Cast
Cast
James Mason, Cedric Hardwicke, Jessica Tandy, Luther Adler, Everett Sloane, Leo G. Carroll, George Macready, Richard Boone, Eduard Franz
Director
Director
Henry Hathaway
Genres
Genres
Drama, Classic War Stories, Biographies, Classic Dramas, Military & War Dramas
Rent Battleground on DVD Battleground
Synopsis
Director William Wellman dedicated this taut war film to "the battered bastards of Bastogne." The film tells the story of a U.S. Army division that's overrun by the Germans during the early hours of the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. James Whitmore, who shines as a grizzled sergeant, leads a great cast (James Arness, Van Johnson, Ricardo Montalban and John Hodiak). The movie won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
Cast
Cast
Van Johnson, John Hodiak, Ricardo Montalban, George Murphy, Marshall Thompson, Jerome Courtland, Don Taylor, Bruce Cowling, James Whitmore, Douglas Fowley, Leon Ames, James Arness
Director
Director
William A. Wellman
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic War Stories, Action Classics, Military & War Action, Military & War Dramas
Rent The Bridge at Remagen on DVD The Bridge at Remagen
Synopsis
At the close of World War II, the Germans are in retreat -- and just one bridge over the Rhine River stands between them and the Allies. If the Nazis destroy it, they'll prevent an American unit from advancing, but they'll also trap more than 50,000 of their own soldiers on the wrong side. Based on actual events, the film pits a strong-willed American lieutenant (George Segal) against an equally committed German major (Robert Vaughn).
Cast
Cast
George Segal, Robert Vaughn, E.G. Marshall, Ben Gazzara
Director
Director
John Guillermin
Genres
Genres
Action & Adventure, Classic War Stories, Military & War Action
Rent Run Silent, Run Deep on DVD Run Silent, Run Deep
Synopsis
Film legend Clark Gable plays single-minded Cmdr. Richardson, who lost his submarine during an overzealous pursuit and has sworn to take revenge against the Japanese destroyer that sunk his ship. But on the skipper's new vessel, the executive officer (Burt Lancaster) believes Richardson's obsession is putting the crew's lives in danger, leading to talk of mutiny in this taut World War II thriller also starring Jack Warden.
Cast
Cast
Burt Lancaster, Jack Warden, Don Rickles, Clark Gable, Brad Dexter, Nick Cravat
Director
Director
Robert Wise
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic War Stories, Classic Thrillers
Rent Von Ryan's Express on DVD Von Ryan's Express
Synopsis
At the height of World War II, a group of Allied POWs escapes an Italian prison with the help of an idealistic American leader (Frank Sinatra), whose style clashes with that of his second in command (Trevor Howard). Just a few steps from freedom, the men are captured again -- this time by German troops. A series of twists and turns drives them to commandeer the very train that's transporting them to certain death.
Cast
Cast
Frank Sinatra, Trevor Howard, Raffaella Carra, Brad Dexter, Sergio Fantoni, James Brolin
Director
Director
Mark Robson
Genres
Genres
Classics, Action Classics, Classic War Stories, Military & War Action, 20th Century Period Pieces, Period Pieces
Rent The Leopard (English version) on DVD The Leopard (English version)
Synopsis
In this war drama set in 1860s Sicily, Prince Don Fabrizio Salina (Burt Lancaster) attempts to hold onto the glory he once knew, while his nephew, Tancredi Falconeri (Alain Delon), has joined opposition forces and is being heralded as a war hero. As Falconeri begins to fall for Angelica (Claudia Cardinale), the daughter of the town's new mayor, Don Calogero Sedara (Paolo Stoppa), Salina must learn to accept his changing political status.
Cast
Cast
Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon, Paolo Stoppa, Rina Morelli, Romolo Valli, Mario Girotti, Lucilla Morlacchi, Giuliano Gemma, Pierre Clémenti, Ida Galli
Director
Director
Luchino Visconti
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Italy, Classic War Stories, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book, Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature, Foreign Regions
Rent Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing on DVD Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing
Synopsis
Tragedy is in the offing when widowed Eurasian doctor Han Suyin falls for dashing American war correspondent Mark Elliot. Despite insurmountable obstacles, Han and Mark's love deepens till he's sent to cover the "police action" in Korea.
Cast
Cast
William Holden, Jennifer Jones, Torin Thatcher, Isobel Elsom, Murray Matheson, Virginia Gregg, Richard Loo, Soo Yong, Philip Ahn, Jorja Curtright, Donna Martell
Director
Director
Henry King
Genres
Genres
Classics, Romance Classics, Classic Dramas, Classic War Stories, Romantic Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, Military & War Dramas, Tearjerkers
Rent Air Force on DVD Air Force
Synopsis
Hop in the cockpit and brace yourself for aerial adventure with this rousing Howard Hawks-directed World War II drama. En route to Hawaii, the crew of a B-17 "flying fortress" witnesses the Pearl Harbor attack from above. Reassigned to Manila, the crew (which includes John Garfield, Arthur Kennedy and Harry Carey) then sees plenty of action in several savage battles in the Pacific. The movie won an Oscar for its editing.
Cast
Cast
John Ridgely, John Garfield, Harry Carey Sr., Gig Young, Arthur Kennedy, Charles Drake, George Tobias, Ward Wood, Ray Montgomery, James Brown, Stanley Ridges, Willard Robertson
Director
Director
Howard Hawks
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic War Stories, Action Classics, Military & War Action, Classic Dramas, Military & War Dramas
Rent The Blue Max on DVD The Blue Max
Synopsis
Bruno Stachel (George Peppard), a poor German soldier, rises through the ranks of the distinguished air force in spite of the prejudice hurled against him by the much more affluent aristocrats in the military. His aeronautical prowess soon captures the attention of a general's wife (Ursula Andress) and may even earn him the prestigious "Blue Max" medal. James Mason co-stars.
Cast
Cast
George Peppard, Ursula Andress, James Mason, Jeremy Kemp, Karl Michael Vogler, Anton Diffring, Harry Towb, Peter Woodthorpe, Derek Newark, Derren Nesbitt, Loni Von Friedl, Carl Schell
Director
Director
John Guillermin
Genres
Genres
Drama, Classic War Stories, United Kingdom, Foreign Regions
Rent Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo on DVD Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
Synopsis
Disheartened by the attack on Pearl Harbor and a string of defeats, America badly needs a victory in the early days of World War II. To the rescue comes Air Force Col. Jimmy Doolittle, who devises a daring plan for a raid on the Japanese capital.
Cast
Cast
Van Johnson, Robert Walker, Don DeFore, Stephen McNally, John R. Reilly, Robert Mitchum, Scott McKay, Spencer Tracy, Phyllis Thaxter
Director
Director
Mervyn LeRoy
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic War Stories, Classic Dramas
Rent In Which We Serve on DVD In Which We Serve
Synopsis
<b></b>This engrossing tale about the sinking of British destroyer HMS <i>Torrin</i> during the Battle of Crete is based on the true-life story of the HMS <i>Kelly</i>, a destroyer under the command of Lord Louis Mountbatten that sank in the Mediterranean. Three survivors (Noel Coward, Bernard Miles and John Mills) on a raft recount their lives aboard the sunken vessel. The movie marks Coward's first and only time as a film director (David Lean co-directed).
Cast
Cast
Noel Coward, John Mills, Bernard Miles, Celia Johnson, Daniel Massey, Joyce Carey, Kay Walsh, Michael Wilding
Director
Director
Noel Coward, David Lean
Genres
Genres
Drama, Classic War Stories, Classic Dramas, Dramas Based on Real Life, United Kingdom, Foreign Regions
Rent Flying Leathernecks on DVD Flying Leathernecks
Synopsis
They've gotta hate you to love you! John Wayne is a Marine fighter-pilot officer who earns the enmity of his men via his obsession with downing Japanese flyboys in World War II. Actual combat footage is interspersed in the film, which also follows Wayne's comrades as they fight their personal demons. Co-stars Robert Ryan, James Bell and Jay C. Flippen. Directed by Nicholas Ray.
Cast
Cast
John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Don Taylor, Janis Carter, Jay C. Flippen, William Harrigan, James Bell, Barry Kelley, Maurice Jara, Adam Williams, James Dobson, Carleton Young, Michael St. Angel, Brett King, Gordon Gebert, Milburn Stone
Director
Director
Nicholas Ray
Genres
Genres
Classics, Action Classics, Classic War Stories, Classic Dramas, Military & War Action, Military & War Dramas
Rent The Bedford Incident on DVD The Bedford Incident
Synopsis
At the peak of Cold War tensions, a U.S. naval ship discovers a Soviet submarine in the North Atlantic and scrutinizes its every move. As the ship's commander, Capt. Findlander (Richard Widmark), pushes forward, relations between crew members become strained, and a battle of wits ensues. Sidney Poitier plays an unforturnate reporter who interviews the captain but gets more of a story than he wanted as the drama builds to an edgy climax.
Cast
Cast
Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier, James MacArthur, Martin Balsam, Wally Cox, Eric Portman, Michael Kane, Colin Maitland
Director
Director
James B. Harris
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic War Stories, Classic Thrillers, Classic Dramas, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent Morituri on DVD Morituri
Synopsis
A perilous game of cat and mouse ensues when a German defector -- employed by the British -- poses as a Nazi officer to gain entry onto a freighter to disarm explosives on the vessel, which is carrying a valuable load of crude rubber.
Cast
Cast
Marlon Brando, Yul Brynner, Janet Margolin, Trevor Howard, Martin Benrath, Wally Cox, Max Haufler, Rainer Penkert
Director
Director
Bernhard Wicki
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic War Stories, Classic Dramas, Military & War Dramas, Military & War Action, Espionage Thrillers, 20th Century Period Pieces, Dramas Based on Classic Literature, Period Pieces, Dramas Based on the Book
Rent A Man Escaped on DVD A Man Escaped
Synopsis
Director Robert Bresson -- via a deceptively successful minimalist approach -- brings high drama to this true tale of a French prisoner (Francois Leterrier) and his single-minded determination to escape from a Nazi prison cell in occupied France during World War II. Using amateur actors and little dialogue or music, Bresson sharply focuses only on the desperate bid for freedom. Bresson was awarded the Best Director award at Cannes for the film.
Cast
Cast
Francois Leterrier, Charles Le Clainche, Maurice Beerblock, Roland Monod, Jacques Ertaud, Jean Paul Delhumeau, Roger Treherne, Jean Philippe Delamarre
Director
Director
Robert Bresson
Genres
Genres
Classics, Foreign, Classic War Stories, Foreign Classic Dramas, Foreign Classics, Foreign Dramas, French Language, France
Rent Operation Crossbow on DVD Operation Crossbow
Synopsis
As the story goes, three American soldiers (Tom Courtenay, Jeremy Kemp and George Peppard) are ordered to parachute into Germany and destroy a critical Nazi base, a delicate mission that puts the operatives' lives at stake in this big-budget World War II flick. After bombing in its initial release, the film was renamed The Great Spy Mission -- mostly because execs worried that "crossbow" connoted "Robin Hood." Sophia Loren co-stars.
Cast
Cast
Sophia Loren, George Peppard, Trevor Howard, John Mills, Richard Johnson, Tom Courtenay, Jeremy Kemp, Anthony Quayle, Lilli Palmer, Paul Henreid
Director
Director
Michael Anderson
Genres
Genres
Action & Adventure, Classic War Stories, Military & War Action, Action Classics, Espionage Action
Rent The Fall of the Roman Empire: Deluxe on DVD The Fall of the Roman Empire: Deluxe
Synopsis
Director Anthony Mann's Academy Award-nominated, epic drama brings to life the glory, grandeur and greed of the crumbling Roman civilization amid a love story for the ages. Faithful Roman soldier Livius (Stephen Boyd) follows the principles of aging Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Alec Guinness), hoping to create a peaceful republic. But Livius' dreams and plans appear to be dashed when the corrupt Commodus (Christopher Plummer) ascends the throne.
Cast
Cast
Sophia Loren, Stephen Boyd, Alec Guinness, James Mason, Christopher Plummer, Anthony Quayle, John Ireland, Omar Sharif, Mel Ferrer, Eric Porter, Finlay Currie, Andrew Keir, Douglas Wilmer
Director
Director
Anthony Mann
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Military & War Dramas, Epics, Classic War Stories, Period Pieces, Pre-20th Century Period Pieces
Rent Back to Bataan on DVD Back to Bataan
Synopsis
After the fall of the Philippines to the Japanese in the early months of World War II, Col. Joe Madden (John Wayne) volunteers to stay behind and organize the Filipino resistance in preparation for Gen. MacArthur's return. Anthony Quinn plays a young Filipino who tries to live up to his father's reputation as a quasi-folk hero in this patriotic flag-waver filmed during World War II.
Cast
Cast
John Wayne, Anthony Quinn, Beulah Bondi, Fely Franquelli, Richard Loo, Lawrence Tierney, Philip Ahn, "Ducky" Louie, Leonard Strong, Paul Fix, Abner Biberman, Vladimir Sokoloff, Alex Havier, John Miljan, Harold Fong, Benson Fong
Director
Director
Edward Dmytryk
Genres
Genres
Classics, Action Classics, Classic Dramas, Classic War Stories, Military & War Dramas, Military & War Action
Rent The Night of the Generals on DVD The Night of the Generals
Synopsis
It's 1942 in Warsaw, and tenacious Wehrmacht Intelligence Maj. Grau (Omar Sharif) is led to Paris as he attempts to pinpoint who of three generals is responsible for killing and then slicing up a hooker. Among the suspects is Nazi Gen. Tanz (Peter O'Toole), a known sadist. Anatole Litvak directs this grand-scale World War II film based on Hans Helmut Kirs's novel. Donald Pleasence and Charles Gray co-star.
Cast
Cast
Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif, Tom Courtenay, Donald Pleasence, Joanna Pettet, Philippe Noiret, Charles Gray, Coral Browne, John Gregson, Christopher Plummer
Director
Director
Anatole Litvak
Genres
Genres
Classics, Military & War Action, Military & War Dramas, Classic Dramas, Classic War Stories
Rent Guadalcanal Diary on DVD Guadalcanal Diary
Synopsis
Richard Tregaskis' factual book of South Pacific war stories makes a strikingly realistic transition to the silver screen. Following the U.S. Marines as they set about taking over the island of Guadalcanal and its airfield, the movie shows the obstacles the leathernecks must overcome, including terrible weather and rough terrain. Anthony Quinn stars as a Mexican soldier, and William Bendix plays a tough-talking combatant from Brooklyn.
Cast
Cast
Anthony Quinn, Lloyd Nolan, Preston Foster, Richard Conte, Richard Jaeckel, William Bendix
Director
Director
Lewis Seiler
Genres
Genres
Classics, Military & War Action, Classic War Stories, Action Classics
Rent The Fighting Sullivans on DVD The Fighting Sullivans
Synopsis
Lloyd Bacon's Oscar-nominated film dramatizes the real-life tragedy of the Sullivan boys, five brothers from Iowa who all served -- and perished -- aboard the <i>USS Juneau</i> when the ship sank at Guadalcanal in 1942. (The film Saving Private Ryan was inspired, in part, by the Sullivans' story.) Released in the waning days of World War II, this heartbreaking drama stars Edward Ryan, John Alvin, George Offerman Jr., John Campbell and James Cardwell.
Cast
Cast
Anne Baxter, Thomas Mitchell, Selena Royle, Edward Ryan, Trudy Marshall, John Campbell, James Cardwell, John Alvin, George Offerman, Roy Roberts, Ward Bond
Director
Director
Lloyd Bacon
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Classic War Stories, Dramas Based on Real Life
Rent Destination Tokyo on DVD Destination Tokyo
Synopsis
Helmed by Delmer Daves, this suspenseful World War II adventure centers on an American submarine crew -- led by Capt. Cassidy (Cary Grant) -- sent to infiltrate enemy waters to gather intelligence for the first Allied bombing of Tokyo. Featuring a crackling, Oscar-nominated script and a first-rate performance by Grant, the film also stars John Garfield, Dane Clark and John Forsythe (in his big-screen debut).
Cast
Cast
Cary Grant, John Garfield, Alan Hale, John Ridgely, Dane Clark, Warner Anderson, William Prince, John Forsythe
Director
Director
Delmer Daves
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic War Stories, Classic Dramas, Military & War Dramas
Rent A Matter of Life and Death on DVD A Matter of Life and Death
Synopsis
Royal Air Force pilot Peter Carter (David Niven) is forced to jump out of his plane without a parachute only to wake up alive and unharmed due to a heavenly mishap. He must then stand before God (Abraham Sofaer) to plead his case for a second chance at life. Kim Hunter co-stars as June, an American operator with whom Peter has fallen in love, in this British romantic fantasy by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.
Cast
Cast
David Niven, Kim Hunter, Abraham Sofaer, Richard Attenborough, Marius Goring, Raymond Massey, Roger Livesey, Robert Coote, Kathleen Byron, Robert Atkins, Betty Potter
Director
Director
Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Romance Classics, Classic War Stories, Military & War Dramas
Rent Green for Danger on DVD Green for Danger
Synopsis
Wounded by a Nazi bomber, a postman dies on the operating table in rural England. But was his death accidental or murder? Enter Inspector Cockrill (Alastair Sim), an irrepressibly cheerful Scotland Yard sleuth with a penchant for annoying suspects into revealing hidden motives. An unconventional whodunit from the brilliant team of Sidney Gilliat and Frank Launder, this wartime classic also stars Trevor Howard as one of the suspected doctors.
Cast
Cast
Rosamund John, Trevor Howard, Judy Campbell, Leo Genn, Alastair Sim, Sally Gray, Megs Jenkins
Director
Director
Sidney Gilliat
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Classic War Stories, Classic Thrillers, Mystery
Rent The Charge of the Light Brigade on DVD The Charge of the Light Brigade
Synopsis
This satirical account of England in the 1800s details one of the most famous errors in military history, when the poor judgment calls and rash planning of inept British commanders nearly annihilated an entire brigade in its cavalry attack against Russia during the Crimean War. John Gielgud stars as Lord Raglan, along with Vanessa Redgrave as Clarissa Morris, in an engrossing story highlighting the division between Victorian social classes.
Cast
Cast
Vanessa Redgrave, Trevor Howard, John Gielgud, Jill Bennett, Harry Andrews, David Hemmings, David Walker
Director
Director
Tony Richardson
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic War Stories, Epics, Action Classics, Military & War Dramas
Rent Hell Is for Heroes on DVD Hell Is for Heroes
Synopsis
When a weary infantry squad is sent back into battle against a massive German force, unruly ace soldier Reese (Steve McQueen, in strong antihero form) devises a ruse to trick the Nazis into thinking the tiny Allied platoon is a much larger battalion. Renowned action director Don Siegel (Dirty Harry) helms the tense, well-acted war film, which also stars Bobby Darin, Bob Newhart and James Coburn as the flamethrower-wielding Henshaw.
Cast
Cast
Steve McQueen, Bobby Darin, Fess Parker, Harry Guardino, James Coburn, Bob Newhart, Nick Adams, Stephen Ferry, Mike Kellin, Joseph Hoover, Bill Mullikin, L.Q. Jones, Michele Montau
Director
Director
Don Siegel
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic War Stories, Military & War Action
Rent Watch on the Rhine on DVD Watch on the Rhine
Synopsis
As World War II looms, undercover anti-fascism organizer Kurt Muller (Paul Lukas, in an Oscar-winning turn) moves his wife, Sara (Bette Davis), and family from Europe to America, where Kurt is blackmailed by a Nazi sympathizer and driven to take drastic measures. Based on Lillian Hellman's play and adapted for the screen by her lover, author Dashiell Hammett (<i>The Maltese Falcon</i>), this classic spy drama earned multiple Oscar nominations.
Cast
Cast
Bette Davis, Paul Lukas, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Lucile Watson, Beulah Bondi, George Coulouris, Donald Woods, Henry Daniell, Eric Roberts
Director
Director
Herman Shumlin
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic War Stories, Classic Dramas, Espionage Thrillers
Rent 13 Rue Madeleine on DVD 13 Rue Madeleine
Synopsis
After one of his men is murdered by a German enemy within the ranks, intelligence agent turned O.S.S. instructor Robert Sharkey (James Cagney) travels to occupied France to track down the mole and complete a risky mission in this World War II espionage thriller. Helmed by Henry Hathaway and told in semi-documentary style, the film features an outstanding cast that includes Richard Conte, Walter Abel and Sam Jaffe.
Cast
Cast
James Cagney, Anabela, Richard Conte, Frank Latimore, Walter Abel, Melville Cooper, Sam Jaffe, Marcel Rousseau, Dick Gordon, E.G. Marshall, Karl Malden, Blanche Yurka, Peter von Zerneck, Alfred Linder
Director
Director
Henry Hathaway
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Thrillers, Espionage Thrillers, Classic War Stories
Rent The War Lover on DVD The War Lover
Synopsis
World War II pilot Buzz Rickson (Steve McQueen) and his co-pilot, Bo Bolland (Robert Wagner) are polar opposites: Buzz faces the enemy with ease but doesn't know how to fit into non-combat life, while Bo longs for war to end so he can settle down with his girlfriend (Shirley Anne Field). Can the two men survive the fighting -- and each other? The film is based on a novel by John Hersey, who also wrote the screenplay.
Cast
Cast
Steve McQueen, Robert Wagner, Shirley Anne Field, Gary Cockrell, Michael Crawford, Al Waxman
Director
Director
Philip Leacock
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic War Stories, Romantic Dramas, Classic Dramas, Romance Classics, United Kingdom, Foreign Regions
Rent Raintree County on DVD Raintree County
Synopsis
In this star-studded Civil War epic, spoiled Southern belle Susanna Drake (Elizabeth Taylor) lures pacifist abolitionist John Shawnessy (Montgomery Clift) away from his high school sweetheart (Eva Marie Saint) and into an unhappy marriage. Frustrated, John leaves home to fight for the Union army. During filming, Clift had a well-publicized car accident that damaged his face, which accounts for his strongly shifting appearance throughout the movie.
Cast
Cast
Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Eva Marie Saint, Nigel Patrick, Lee Marvin, Rod Taylor, Agnes Moorehead, Walter Abel, DeForest Kelley
Director
Director
Edward Dmytryk
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Classic War Stories, Romance Classics, Dramas Based on the Book, Dramas Based on Classic Literature
Rent The Hunters on DVD The Hunters
Synopsis
Self-contained Major Cleve Saville (Robert Mitchum) and immensely cocky Lt. Ed Pell (Robert Wagner) are two pilots with styles as different as night and day. As the Korean War rages just beyond the horizon, romance beckons, giving the soldiers more than they can handle. Suddenly, downing enemy planes seems easy! Former Warner Brothers contract star Dick Powell directs.
Cast
Cast
Robert Mitchum, Richard Egan, May Britt, Lee Philips, John Gabriel, Stacy Harris, Victor Sen Yung, John Doucette, Jay Jostyn, Robert Reed, Robert Wagner
Director
Director
Dick Powell
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic War Stories, Classic Dramas, Military & War Dramas, Period Pieces, 20th Century Period Pieces
Rent The Wings of Eagles on DVD The Wings of Eagles
Synopsis
Oscar-winning director John Ford helms this high-flying biopic of World War I-era Cmdr. Frank "Spig" Wead (John Wayne), a pilot who became a screenwriter when a serious injury grounded his career. In one interesting twist, the real-life Wead was actually a good friend of Ford's and wrote the script for his WWII picture They Were Expendable (1945). In another, Ward Bond co-stars as a filmmaker who is based on the real-life Ford.
Cast
Cast
Maureen O'Hara, John Wayne, Sig Ruman, Edmund Lowe, Dan Dailey, Ward Bond, Kenneth Tobey
Director
Director
John Ford
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic War Stories, Biographies, Action Classics, Military & War Dramas
Rent 49th Parallel on DVD 49th Parallel
Synopsis
The great Laurence Olivier leads an impressive cast in this wartime thriller about a Nazi U-boat crew stranded in Canada during World War II. Led by the fanatical Lt. Hirth (Eric Portman), the crew finds refuge in a small rural community while planning an escape across the border of the still neutral United States. An early work from British director Michael Powell, the film was seen as a propaganda piece urging America to join the Allied effort.
Cast
Cast
Eric Portman, Laurence Olivier, Leslie Howard, Richard Epcar, Raymond Lovell, Niall MacGinnis, Peter Moore, John Chandos, Basil Appleby, Finlay Currie, Ley On, Anton Walbrook, Glynis Johns, Charles Victor, Frederick Piper, Raymond Massey
Director
Director
Michael Powell
Genres
Genres
Classics, Military & War Dramas, Classic Dramas, Classic War Stories, United Kingdom, Foreign Regions
Rent The Damned on DVD The Damned
Synopsis
Helmed by legendary director Luchino Visconti, The Damned is an allegorical film that parallels the rise and fall of Hitler's Third Reich. The Essenbeck family runs the German steel industry and attempts to gain favor (and maintain its lucrative contracts) by appeasing the Nazis. But infighting occurs as the elder Essenbeck's children battle for control of the company. Stars Dirk Bogarde, Helmut Berger, Helmut Griem and Ingrid Thulin.
Cast
Cast
Dirk Bogarde, Ingrid Thulin, Helmut Griem, Helmut Berger, Renaud Verley, Umberto Orsini, Reinhard Kolldehoff, Albrecht Schoenhals, Florinda Bolkan, Nora Ricci, Charlotte Rampling, Irina Wanka, Karin Mittendorf, Valentina Ricci, Wolfgang Hillinger
Director
Director
Luchino Visconti
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Political Dramas, Classic War Stories
Rent Jet Pilot on DVD Jet Pilot
Synopsis
John Wayne stars as U.S. Air Force aviator Jim Shannon, who's tasked with escorting a Soviet pilot (Janet Leigh) claiming -- at the height of the Cold War -- that she wants to defect. After falling in love with and wedding the fetching flyer, Shannon learns from his superiors that she's a spy on a mission to extract military secrets. To save his new wife from prison and deportation, Shannon devises a risky plan in this 1957 drama.
Cast
Cast
John Wayne, Janet Leigh, Jay C. Flippen, Paul Fix, Richard Rober, Roland Winters, Hans Conried, Ivan Triesault
Director
Director
Josef Von Sternberg
Genres
Genres
Classics, Action Classics, Classic Dramas, Classic War Stories
Rent The Hill on DVD The Hill
Synopsis
At a British World War II military stockade in North Africa, abusive officers force prisoners to endure grueling punishment. But after one of the men dies as a result of the brutal treatment, another inmate (Sean Connery) is determined to seek justice. Sidney Lumet directs this taut drama, which won Best Screenplay at Cannes and received a BAFTA for Best Cinematography. Ossie Davis, Harry Andrews and Ian Bannen co-star.
Cast
Cast
Sean Connery, Harry Andrews, Ian Bannen, Alfred Lynch, Ossie Davis, Roy Kinnear, Jack Watson, Ian Hendry, Michael Redgrave, Norman Bird, Neil McCarthy, Howard Goorney, Tony Caunter
Director
Director
Sidney Lumet
Genres
Genres
Drama, Military & War Dramas, Classic Dramas, Classic War Stories
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Synopsis
The first feature film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture, Wings tells the story of two men in love with the same woman. Their rivalry grows into a wary friendship once they become fellow fighter pilots in World War I.
Cast
Cast
Clara Bow, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Richard Arlen, Jobyna Ralston, El Brendel, Richard Tucker, Gary Cooper, Gunboat Smith, Henry B. Walthall
Director
Director
William A. Wellman
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic War Stories, Romance Classics, Classic Dramas, Action Classics, Silent Films
Rent Johnny Got His Gun on DVD Johnny Got His Gun
Synopsis
Based on the novel by Dalton Trumbo, this disturbing antiwar film chronicles the tragic fate of a World War I soldier (Timothy Bottoms) who survives a mortar shell only to have lost his arms, legs, ears, eyes, nose and mouth. Initially, he doesn't know whether he's dead, alive or dreaming. And though he can't hear, see or speak, he learns how to communicate his most fervent wish: to be taken on tour as evidence of the horrors of war.
Cast
Cast
Timothy Bottoms, Kathy Fields, Marsha A. Hunt, Jason Robards, Donald Sutherland, Diane Varsi, Mike Lee, Kerry MacLane
Director
Director
Dalton Trumbo
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic War Stories, Military & War Dramas, Classic Dramas, Dramas Based on the Book, Dramas Based on Classic Literature
Rent The Last of the Mohicans on DVD The Last of the Mohicans
Synopsis
This silent film version of James Fenimore Cooper's adventure novel packs a wallop. During the 18th century wars between the French and English, Huron Indian Magua sides with the French, while Mohicans Uncas and Chingachgook remain loyal to the Brits. The action gets intense during the Fort Henry bloodbath, but the movie's dramatic climax comes when the commander's daughter threatens to jump from a cliff rather than fall into Magua's clutches.
Cast
Cast
Wallace Beery, Barbara Bedford, Lillian Hall-Davies, Henry Woodward, George Hackathorne, Nelson McDowell
Director
Director
Maurice Tourneur, Clarence Brown
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic War Stories, Action & Adventure, Silent Films
Rent The Dawn Patrol on DVD The Dawn Patrol
Synopsis
Errol Flynn and David Niven co-star as beleaguered British fighter pilots coming to grips with the realities of combat in this soaring wartime drama -- a remake of the 1930 classic starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr. -- directed by Edmund Goulding. Facing enemy fire, open-air cockpits and ballooning casualties, the flyers look to their stern squadron commander (Basil Rathbone) for leadership and support.
Cast
Cast
Errol Flynn, Basil Rathbone, David Niven, Donald Crisp, Melville Cooper, Barry Fitzgerald, Carl Esmond, Peter Willes, Morton Lowry, Michael Brooke Jr, James Burke, Stuart Hall, Herbert Evans, Leo Nomis, Sidney Bracey
Director
Director
Edmund Goulding
Genres
Genres
Classics, Action Classics, Military & War Action, Classic Dramas, Classic War Stories
Rent They Died with Their Boots On on DVD They Died with Their Boots On
Synopsis
This account of Gen. George Custer takes liberties, but there isn't a more dashing on-screen Custer than Errol Flynn. The film follows Custer from his West Point days to his death as he defies orders during the Civil War and battles the Sioux nation.
Cast
Cast
Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Arthur Kennedy, Charley Grapewin, Gene Lockhart, Anthony Quinn, Stanley Ridges, John Litel, Walter Hampden, Sydney Greenstreet, Regis Toomey, Hattie McDaniel, George P. Huntley Jr., Frank Wilcox, Joseph Sawyer, Minor Watson
Director
Director
Raoul Walsh
Genres
Genres
Classics, Classic Dramas, Classic War Stories
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