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Last updated June 07, 2023

Twelve O'Clock High Poster

Twelve O'Clock High

1949 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

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.
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Tora! Tora! Tora!

1970 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

Named for the Japanese phrase that signals the start of an attack, Tora! Tora! Tora! tells both the American and Japanese versions of the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor that catapulted the United States into World War II.
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The Sand Pebbles

1966 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

Navy engineer Jake Holman (Steve McQueen) finds himself surrounded by conflict when, during the Chinese revolution of the 1920s, he's assigned to an American gunboat in the Yangtze River. His cynical and antagonistic personality has ensured his status as a loner, and the political situation creates more questions than answers. This epic and romantic drama from The Sound of Music director Robert Wise earned multiple Oscar nominations.
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1964 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

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.
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Von Ryan's Express

1965 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

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.
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I Was a Male War Bride

1949 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Capt. Rochard is a French officer who marries an American female lieutenant, Catherine. All is blissful until Rochard tries to accompany his wife back to the States. Now, Rochard must impersonate a woman in order to join his new bride.
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War and Peace

1956 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

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.
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Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing

1955 | NR | 3.5 out of 5 Stars

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.
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1965 | NR | 3.5 out of 5 Stars

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.
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Night Train to Munich

1940 | NR | 3.5 out of 5 Stars

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.
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1972 | NR | 3.5 out of 5 Stars

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.
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A Farewell to Arms

1932 | NR | 3.2 out of 5 Stars

While serving in the Italian ambulance corps during World War I, adventurous American Lt. Frederick Henry begins a passionate romance with English nurse Catherine Barkley. But the tumult of war and a jealous rival conspire to separate the lovers.
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The Birth of a Nation

1915 | NR | 2.9 out of 5 Stars

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.
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