Breaking the Sound Barrier (1952) David Lean, Ralph Richardson, Ann Todd, Nigel Patrick, Drama, Romance, War
Tony successful fighter pilot during World War II marries into the family of a wealthy oil magnate who also designs airplanes. The movie traces the company’s attempt to break the sound barrier, as well as tensions between father and daughter. Lots of footage of early 50s jet aviation in Great Britain as well as shots of the Comet airliner, world’s first jet passenger plane.
She Devils of the Ss / Eine Armee Gretchen (1973) Erwin C. Dietrich, Elisabeth Felchner, Karin Heske, Renate Kasché, Comedy, Thriller, War, Erotic
In the last days of WW2, women are volunteering from all over Germany to serve in the front lines by having sex with the brave Nazi soldiers. But when they start having sex with each other, things get complicated. Especially with the increasing danger from the revengeful Soviet army
Westfront 1918: Vier von der Infanterie / Westfront 1918 (1930) Georg Wilhelm Pabst, Fritz Kampers, Gustav Diessl, Hans-Joachim Möbis, Drama, Romance, War
A group of German infantrymen of the First World War live out their lives in the trenches of France. They find brief entertainment and relief in a village behind the lines, but primarily terror fills their lives as the attacks on and from the French army ebb and flow. One of the men, Karl, goes home on leave only to discover the degradation forced on his family by wartime poverty. He returns to the lines in time to face an enormous attack by French tanks.
Tuntematon sotilas / The Unknown Soldier (1955) Edvin Laine, Kosti Klemelä, Heikki Savolainen, Reino Tolvanen, Drama, War
It is the summer of 1941. An eastern-Finnish machine gun company receives an order to turn in their surplus equipment. The company is transferred to the front lines. The next morning the soldiers wake to the sound of guns – the war has begun. The Finnish troops attack and quickly move across the border. The young, nervous rookies of the company get their baptism of fire, and the men become familiar with death and the hardships of war. Under strength and badly equipped they fight a superior enemy. The lists of heroes and of the dead seem endless. Edvin Laine’s epic interpretation of Väinö Linna’s war novel “Tuntematon Sotilas” is an entire chapter in the book of Finnish movie history.
The House of Rothschild (1934) Alfred L. Werker, George Arliss, Boris Karloff, Loretta Young, Biography, Drama, History, War
The story of the rise of the Rothschild financial empire founded by Mayer Rothschild and continued by his five sons. From humble beginnings the business grows and helps to finance the war against Napoleon, but it’s not always easy, especially because of the prejudices against Jews.
Names Engraved in Marble / Nimed marmortahvlil (2002) Elmo Nüganen, Priit Võigemast, Indrek Sammul, Hele Kõre, Drama, Romance, War
Two brothers choose the opposite sides in a civil war of a small country. November 1918 the army of Soviet Union conquers cities of Narva and Petseri cities despite of their peaceful announcements. Government of Estonia declares general mobilization. Ahas, son from a poor family, in his inner struggles, joins the troop of his classmates and heads for the front. Through battles and adventures Ahas and his companions grow up, but destiny has some bitter surprises to offer.
Kampen om tungtvannet / Operation Swallow: The Battle for Heavy Water (1948) Jean Dréville, Titus Vibe-Müller, Jens A. Poulsson, Johannes Eckhoff, Arne Kjelstrup, Action, Drama, War
A reconstruction of the two last sabotage actions against the Norsk Hydro Heavy Water (Deuterium, D2O) plant at Vemork, Rjukan, in 1943-44. After the first two allied attempt of stopping the production by British soldiers and American bombings, allied trained young local patriots became successful saboteurs. First by undermining the factory, and later after a rebuild, the sinking of the heavily guarded ferry trying to transport the heavy water to Germany, on Lake Tinnsjo.
L’avventuriero / The Rover (1967) Terence Young, Anthony Quinn, Rosanna Schiaffino, Rita Hayworth, War, Drama
August 1944: proceeding with the invasion of France, Patton’s Third Army has advanced so far toward Paris that it cannot be supplied. To keep up the momentum, Allied HQ establishes an elite military truck route. One (racially integrated) platoon of this Red Ball Express encounters private enmities, bypassed enemy pockets, minefields, and increasingly perilous missions, leavened by a touch of comedy.