80's WWII Movies

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1. The Big Red One (1980)

R | 113 min | Drama, War

77 Metascore

A hardened sergeant and the four core members of his infantry unit try to survive World War II as they move from battle to battle throughout Europe.

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Lee Marvin, Mark Hamill, Robert Carradine, Bobby Di Cicco

Votes: 17,855

4. The Birthday (1980)

96 min | Drama, History, Romance

The four sequences in the film cover four days in a life of young Warsaw lad in September 1938, 1939, 1943 and 1944. In the first sequence Jurek decides not to study in the Sorbonne but ... See full summary »

Directors: Ewa Petelska, Czeslaw Petelski | Stars: Piotr Lysak, Andrzej Lapicki, Jolanta Grusznic, Gabriela Kownacka

Votes: 23

5. The Diary of Anne Frank (1980 TV Movie)

109 min | Biography, Drama

During World War II, a teenage Jewish girl named Anne Frank (Melissa Gilbert) and her family are forced into hiding in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands.

Director: Boris Sagal | Stars: Maximilian Schell, Joan Plowright, James Coco, Doris Roberts

Votes: 534

7. Dzien Wisly (1980)

70 min | Drama, History, War

Set in a suburb of Warsaw in September of 1944, as the Germans were withdrawing after leaving the city of ruins after the Warsaw uprising and the Russians were preparing to cross the river.

Director: Tadeusz Kijanski | Stars: Ewa Borowik, Marek Dabrowski, Edmund Fetting, Zygmunt Fok

AKA: Vistula Day

8. Enola Gay: The Men, the Mission, the Atomic Bomb (1980 TV Movie)

156 min | Adventure, Drama, History

The decision to drop the atom bomb, the secrecy surrounding the mission, and the men who flew it.

Director: David Lowell Rich | Stars: Billy Crystal, Kim Darby, Patrick Duffy, Gary Frank

Votes: 257

12. Mersedes ukhodit ot pogoni (1980)

79 min | Action, Drama, War

During World War II, a squad of Soviet soldiers use the luxurious Mercedes belonged to Nazi officers for breakout behind enemy lines.

Director: Yuri Lyashenko | Stars: German Yushko, Mikhail Golubovich, Anatoliy Rudakov, Igor Livanov

Votes: 50

14. Ot Buga do Visly (1981)

132 min | War

The picture narrates about the last raid of the Ukrainian guerrilla division of Kovpak on Vershigora's management to the back of the enemy in 1943 - 1944, its exit to frontier of the USSR ... See full summary »

Director: Timofei Levchuk | Stars: Mihai Volontir, Les Serdyuk, Igor Bezgin, Aleksandr Denisov

Votes: 17

15. Playing for Time (1980 TV Movie)

150 min | Drama, Music

Female prisoners in a Nazi concentration camp (Auschwitz) are spared from death in return for performing music for their captors.

Directors: Daniel Mann, Joseph Sargent | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Alexander, Maud Adams, Christine Baranski

Votes: 2,019

16. The Sea Wolves (1980)

PG | 120 min | Action, History, War

During World War II, the British must attack a German ship, but it's safe in neutral Goa. As a result, they send civilians: former soldiers who are about sixty years old.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: Gregory Peck, Roger Moore, David Niven, Trevor Howard

Votes: 3,654

17. The Secret War of Jackie's Girls (1980 TV Movie)

100 min | Action, Drama

During WW2, 6. female helicopter pilots are recruited for a secret mission in England. They will bring spies, refugees and weapons back and forth from the behind enemy lines.

Director: Gordon Hessler | Stars: Lee Purcell, Ann Dusenberry, Tracy Brooks Swope, Dee Wallace

Votes: 54

18. Starshina (1980)

87 min | Drama, War

After lying in the hospital and bidding farewell to the front-line service, Sergeant Katsuba goes to a small provincial town to teach young cadets a military wisdom. However, the ... See full summary »

Director: Nikolay Koshelev | Stars: Vladimir Gostyukhin, Natalya Sayko, Ivan Bortnik, Anatoliy Vasilev

Votes: 34

19. Who's Singin' Over There? (1980)

86 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

It's April 5, 1941, somewhere in Serbia. A group of people go on a bus to Belgrade, on a journey that will change their lives forever.

Director: Slobodan Sijan | Stars: Pavle Vuisic, Dragan Nikolic, Danilo 'Bata' Stojkovic, Aleksandar Bercek

Votes: 13,063

20. Wyrok smierci (1980)

105 min | Action, Drama, War

A spy thriller set in 1943 when the Polish Resistance was killing SS- officers and collaborators in Lublin and Zamosc. Polish hitman romances with "officer's lady" while he is setting up ... See full summary »

Director: Witold Orzechowski | Stars: Jerzy Bonczak, Piotr Dejmek, Stanislaw Igar, Jerzy Kryszak

Votes: 16

AKA: The Death Sentence

21. Zielone lata (1980)

102 min | Drama, Family, War

Set in 1939 tells a story of friendship among three 10-year olds, living in town of Sosnowiec: a Polish and Jewish boys and a German girl. The Jewish boy's parents are killed and he is ... See full summary »

Director: Stanislaw Jedryka | Stars: Tomasz Jarosinski, Jacek Bryniarski, Agnieszka Konopczynska, Malgorzata Pritulak

Votes: 9

AKA: Salad Days

22. Allons z'enfants (1981)

118 min | War, Drama

This is a coming of age drama adapted from the 1952 Yves Gibeau novel of the same title. A young anti-militarist is forcibly sent to military school by his father. He's a bookish pacifist ... See full summary »

Director: Yves Boisset | Stars: Lucas Belvaux, Jean Carmet, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Jean-François Stévenin

Votes: 118

AKA: Let's Go Children

23. Assassination Attempt (1981)

150 min | Action, Drama, Crime

Alain Delon and Claude Jade stars in this Soviet movie: Documents reveal in 1980 that the Germans planned to kill the Big Three in Teheran in 1943.

Directors: Aleksandr Alov, Vladimir Naumov | Stars: Natalya Belokhvostikova, Curd Jürgens, Igor Kostolevskiy, Claude Jade

Votes: 1,059

24. The Bunker (1981 TV Movie)

150 min | Drama, History, War

Dramatization depicting the events surrounding Adolf Hitler's (Sir Anthony Hopkins') last weeks in and around his underground bunker in Berlin before and during the battle for the city.

Director: George Schaefer | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Richard Jordan, Cliff Gorman, James Naughton

Votes: 1,724

25. Das Boot (1981)

R | 149 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth and sheer terror.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch

Votes: 219,053 | Gross: $11.49M

26. Das Boot ist voll (1981)

PG | 101 min | Drama, War

During World War II, Switzerland severely limited refugees: "Our boat is full." A train from Germany halts briefly in an isolated corner of Switzerland. Six people jump off seeking asylum: ... See full summary »

Director: Markus Imhoof | Stars: Tina Engel, Hans Diehl, Martin Walz, Curt Bois

Votes: 461

AKA: The Boat is Full

27. Der Bockerer (1981)

104 min | Drama, History

A politically naive Viennese butcher (Bockerer) manages to survive the Nazi occupation of Austria and the second world war.

Director: Franz Antel | Stars: Karl Merkatz, Alfred Böhm, Hans Holt, Marte Harell

Votes: 829

28. Eye of the Needle (1981)

R | 112 min | Romance, Thriller, War

61 Metascore

A ruthless German spy, trying to get out of Britain with vital information about D-Day, must spend time with a young woman and her crippled husband.

Director: Richard Marquand | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Kate Nelligan, Stephen MacKenna, Philip Martin Brown

Votes: 8,918 | Gross: $17.58M

29. Fact (1981)

91 min | Drama, War

This film only evokes one day, the last day of a Lithuanian village of which all the inhabitants have been massacred, shot and burnt by Nazi executioners Saturday, June 3td. 1944. But the ... See full summary »

Director: Almantas Grikevicius | Stars: Regimantas Adomaitis, Donatas Banionis, Juozas Budraitis, Uldis Dumpis

Votes: 69

30. The Girl with the Red Hair (1981)

PG | 110 min | Drama, War

The story of Hannie Schaft, Dutch Resistance, told in flashback as they try to bring collaborators and criminals to justice in 1945.

Director: Ben Verbong | Stars: Renée Soutendijk, Peter Tuinman, Loes Luca, Johan Leysen

Votes: 721

31. The Imperial Navy (1981)

145 min | Drama, War

A lavish retelling of the true story of the final voyage and ultimate destruction and sinking of the battleship Yamato, Japan's greatest flagship during the Second World War.

Director: Shûe Matsubayashi | Stars: Susumu Fujita, Hiroshi Hasegawa, Akihiko Hirata, Tôru Ibuki

Votes: 34

32. The Skin (1981)

Not Rated | 131 min | Drama, War

After the Allies liberate Naples in 1943, the life for the locals is not much easier, especially for women. Many sacrifice their dignity and morale to survive.

Director: Liliana Cavani | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Ken Marshall, Alexandra King, Carlo Giuffrè

Votes: 749

33. Lili Marleen (1981)

R | 120 min | Drama, Music, Romance

In 1938, a German singer falls in love with a Jewish composer in Zurich, who helps Jews flee Nazi Germany. She wants to help but is forced back to Germany. Her song "Lili Marleen" becomes a hit with soldiers and the Nazi top.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder | Stars: Hanna Schygulla, Giancarlo Giannini, Mel Ferrer, Karl-Heinz von Hassel

Votes: 3,410

34. Little Alexander (1981)

98 min | Drama, War

A realistic portrayal of the early days in the Russian occupation of Berlin.

Director: Vladimir Fokin | Stars: Boris Tokarev, Yuriy Nazarov, Mikhail Kokshenov, Olaf Schneider

Votes: 82

35. Ozhidanie polkovnika Shalygina (1981)

87 min | War

Summer 1944, Belorussia. Group of Soviet soldiers have to bring back their scout through the front line behind German lines.

Director: Timur Zoloyev | Stars: Boris Galkin, Viktor Plyut, Sergey Kachanov, Aleksey Zolotnitskiy

Votes: 36

37. A Town Like Alice (1981)

301 min | Drama, Romance, War

Set against the brutal chaos of World War II, a love story begins that will take two lovers through a living nightmare of captivity, across three continents and two decades. From the steamy... See full summary »

Stars: Helen Morse, Bryan Brown, Gordon Jackson, Dorothy Alison

Votes: 831

38. V nebe 'Nochnye vedmy' (1981)

80 min | War

This war film tells about the feat of Soviet women-pilots, who during the WWII, mostly at night, bombed the positions of German-fascist troops and enemy communications. The Germans were ... See full summary »

Director: Yevgeniya Zhigulenko | Stars: Valentina Grushina, Yana Drouz, Dmitri Zamulin, Nina Menshikova

Votes: 76

39. Victory (1981)

PG | 116 min | Drama, Sport, War

57 Metascore

As allied P.O.W.s prepare for a soccer game against the German National Team to be played in Nazi-occupied Paris, the French Resistance and British officers are making plans for the team's escape.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Michael Caine, Sylvester Stallone, Pelé, Bobby Moore

Votes: 25,987 | Gross: $10.85M

42. Attack Force Z (1981)

Not Rated | 84 min | Action, Drama, History

A group of Australian commandos launch a secret mission against Japanese forces in World War II.

Director: Tim Burstall | Stars: John Phillip Law, Mel Gibson, Sam Neill, Chris Haywood

Votes: 2,050

43. Blood and Honor: Youth Under Hitler (1982– )

300 min | Drama

Follows a German boys involvement in the Hitler Youth during the pre WWII years.

Stars: Marlies Engel, Rolf Becker, Gila von Weitershausen, Karlheinz Lemken

Votes: 108

Mini-Series

44. Boldyn (1982)

119 min | Biography, Drama, History

A psychological movie set in the times of Second World War in occupied Poland. Partisans, commanded by autocratic General Boldyn who becomes unbearable during inactivity, start to submit false reports on sudden moves of German troops.

Directors: Ewa Petelska, Czeslaw Petelski | Stars: Wirgiliusz Gryn, Tomasz Stockinger, Tomasz Zaliwski, Henryk Talar

Votes: 11