Directed By: William A. Wellman
Starring: Van Johnson, Ricardo Montalban, Marshall Thompson, and James Whitmore
In a time where men were men and soldiers were soldiers, this gem of the World War 2 era reminds us that nothing is ever as clear cut as it seems. Blending a sentiment towards the violence of war that would not become prevalent in cinema for decades to come, with a comical heroic initiative of the time, Battleground an engrossing, and refreshingly honest War film.
Directed By:Rachid Bouchared
Starring: Jamel Debbouze, Samy Naceri, Roschdy Zem, and Sami Bouajila
It is easy to generalize World War 2 to containing solely men of Europe and Japan, and the Asian isles. However, with that comes the forgotten sacrifices made by so many whose war it was not to fight, but were called to arms all the same. Such is the tale of the men of North Africa, and Days of Glory serves in their honor.
Directed By: Henry King
Starring: Gregory Peck, Hugh Marlowe, and Gary Merrill
Just how far can men be pushed before they reach the edge of their wits? Especially when they spend their days trapped in the confinement of a bomber with bullets and explosions surrounding them on all sides. Such is the dilemma facing young General Frank Savage (Peck). Put in charge of a platoon of pilots without the discipline to know up from down, he must save not only the sanctity of the air battalion, but hearts and minds of all the men who fight within it.
Directed By: Elem Klimov
Starring: Aleksei Kravchenko, Olga Mironova
There is nothing beautiful about war. Better put, there is nothing beautiful about the souls that find themselves trapped in a sea of bloodshed. Thus Klimov's examination of the atrocities experienced by those surrounded on all sides by war, is as prevalent now as it ever was then. Lacking hope, Come and See is part psychological war epic, part horror film, all overlapping in a single shot as iconic as any war which came before, or after it.
Directed By: Jesse Hibbs
Starring: Audie Murphy, Marshall Thompson, and Charles Drake
It might seem self serving to some to have an actor play himself in the story of his own life. But when you add to that the sheer innocence of look that Audie Murphy carried through every role, it is easy to forget he remains one of the most decorated soldiers of all time. Thus To Hell and Back remains a powerful and engrossing look at the consequences of being a hero. The loss of always being a survivor. And the solemn heart that traverses through the memory of each soldier who lived to see another day.