WWII: Spaghetti Action

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1. The Dirty Dozen (1967)

Not Rated | 150 min | Action, Adventure, War

73 Metascore

During World War II, a rebellious U.S. Army Major is assigned a dozen convicted murderers to train and lead them into a mass assassination mission of German officers.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, John Cassavetes

Votes: 64,219 | Gross: $45.30M

2. Heroes in Hell (1974)

83 min | Drama, War

In World War II, guerrillas kidnap a German general.

Director: Joe D'Amato | Stars: Lars Bloch, George Manes, Rosemarie Lindt, Luciano Rossi

Votes: 128

3. Commandos (1968)

PG | 98 min | Action, Drama, War

During WW2, an Italian-American commando outfit, disguised as an Italian Army unit, is parachuted behind Axis lines in North Africa.

Director: Armando Crispino | Stars: Lee Van Cleef, Jack Kelly, Giampiero Albertini, Marino Masé

Votes: 599

4. Five for Hell (1969)

95 min | Action, Adventure, War

U.S. Lieutenant Glenn Hoffmann and a team of commandos go behind enemy lines to steal Nazi documents from a safe inside a well-guarded German HQ villa in Italy.

Director: Gianfranco Parolini | Stars: Gianni Garko, Margaret Lee, Klaus Kinski, Aldo Canti

Votes: 506

5. Carter's Army (1970 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 70 min | Drama, War

A racist officer is put in charge of a squad of black troops charged with taking an important bridge from the Germans.

Director: George McCowan | Stars: Stephen Boyd, Robert Hooks, Susan Oliver, Roosevelt Grier

Votes: 436

6. Force 10 from Navarone (1978)

PG | 118 min | Action, Drama, War

42 Metascore

During World War II, several oddly assorted military experts are teamed in a mission to raid and destroy a bridge vital to enemy strategy.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Harrison Ford, Robert Shaw, Edward Fox, Franco Nero

Votes: 15,972

7. Age of Heroes (2011)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The true story of the formation of Ian Fleming's 30 Commando unit, a precursor for the elite forces in the U.K.

Director: Adrian Vitoria | Stars: Sean Bean, Danny Dyer, Aksel Hennie, Izabella Miko

Votes: 9,276

8. Never So Few (1959)

Approved | 125 min | Drama, War

During WW2, the American OSS mounts covert operations with the native Kachin against the Japanese army in the jungles of Burma.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Gina Lollobrigida, Peter Lawford, Steve McQueen

Votes: 2,735

9. The War Devils (1969)

PG | 99 min | War, Drama

A German Captain and American Captain help each other survive the North African desert during WWII. They meet again a year later during combat operations in France.

Director: Bitto Albertini | Stars: Guy Madison, Venantino Venantini, Anthony Steel, Pascale Petit

Votes: 123

10. Seven Into Hell (1968)

96 min | Drama, War

The mission: search out and destroy a radio station in Normandy before the D-Day invasion. The volunteer commandos, misfits from the American army do not care how its done and will run over anyone who gets in their way.

Director: León Klimovsky | Stars: Michael Rennie, Bob Sullivan, Guido Lollobrigida, Aldo Sambrell

Votes: 47

11. Attack at Dawn (1970)

PG | 90 min | Drama, War

Israeli POW's who escape from a notorious Arab prison return for a dramatic rescue of their comrades.

Director: Menahem Golan | Stars: Rick Jason, Peter Brown, Yehoram Gaon, Joseph Shiloach

Votes: 110

12. La battaglia del deserto (1969)

87 min | Action, Drama, War

A small group of British and German soldiers is trapped in the desert and has to try to work together in order to survive back to their own lines.

Director: Mino Loy | Stars: Robert Hossein, George Hilton, Frank Wolff, Rik Battaglia

Votes: 64

13. Dirty Heroes (1967)

G | 105 min | Drama, War

Holland. Spring 1945. Two armies face each other in the final confrontation of World War II. On the one hand are the powerful forces of the Allies, on the other, all that remains of the ... See full summary »

Director: Alberto De Martino | Stars: Frederick Stafford, Daniela Bianchi, John Ireland, Curd Jürgens

Votes: 165

Забавный спагетти-вестерн на фоне событий Второй Мировой, в котором группа сбежавших военнопленных, выходцев из чикагской мафии, грабит немецкий золотой запас. Кино очень уж жанровое, но в своей нише работающее здорово — история необычная, в ролях четыре актера из Бондианы, есть интересный экшн и занятные персонажи, саундтрек от Ennio Morricone.

14. Eagles Over London (1969)

PG | 100 min | Drama, War

In World war 2, a German undercover unit infiltrates British lines during the evacuation of Dunkirk, 1939. The film revolves around their successes and failures in disrupting R.A.F. operations during the Battle of Britain.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari | Stars: Frederick Stafford, Van Johnson, Francisco Rabal, Evelyn Stewart

Votes: 440

Отменнейший образец спагетти-экшна о Второй Мировой от мастера жанра Энцо Кастеллари ("Бесславные ублюдки" '78го — это его хит). Группа немецких шпионов попадает в Лондон с тем чтобы уничтожить радарные станции перед массированным авианалетом. Непрекращающийся экшн с первых же минут радует десятком различных боевых сцен, крутейшей работой декоратора (одна радарная станция чего стоит) и интересным подходом к комбинированным съемкам (модели вместо корявого наложения фона).

15. The Eagle Has Landed (1976)

PG | 123 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

61 Metascore

A German plot to kidnap Sir Winston Churchill unfolds at the height of World War II.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland, Robert Duvall, Jenny Agutter

Votes: 18,150

Занятная фантазия на тему "немецкий спецназ похищает Черчиля". Неплохое начало с удачным раскрытием главных героев, но ближе к середине все как-то закисает — во многом из-за более чем слабых сопутствующих персонажей, да и картинка выглядит как телефильм (от этого страдали продолжения "Грязной дюжины"). Обидно видеть такой результат от режиссера великого "Великого побега". Вступительные титры, кстати, отсылают к "Where Eagles Dare" с Иствудом и Бартоном.

16. Battle of the Commandos (1969)

Not Rated | 94 min | Action, War

Irish Colonel Charlie McPhearson has just had his platoon of twenty-eight slaughtered by German troops. Angered at his superiors for this suicide mission, he takes convicts on his next, ... See full summary »

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Jack Palance, Thomas Hunter, Robert Hundar, Wolfgang Preiss

Votes: 200

17. Desert Commandos (1967)

PG | 96 min | Drama, War

German commandos are dropped behind enemy lines in the Sahara Desert tasked with getting to Casablanca in an assassination attempt on allied leaders.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Ken Clark, Horst Frank, Jeanne Valérie, Carlo Hintermann

Votes: 302

18. The Biggest Battle (1978)

PG | 90 min | War, Drama

How World War II affected the lives of a German family and an American family, both of whom had sons and fathers fighting in the war.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: Helmut Berger, Samantha Eggar, Giuliano Gemma, John Huston

Votes: 415

19. The Devil's Brigade (1968)

Approved | 130 min | Action, Drama, War

A US Army Colonel is tasked with forming an elite commando-style unit from crack Canadian troops and the dregs of the US Army.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: William Holden, Cliff Robertson, Vince Edwards, Andrew Prine

Votes: 4,730

"Младший брат" #dirtydozen, созданный на волне успеха фильма про тренировку отряда коммандос. Из отборных канадских и отбросных американские солдат создают один из первых отрядов спецназа, который лег в основу сегодняшних войск. Возможно, персонажи раскрыты не так здорово как в оригинале, зато они не совсем картонные и по духу получился отличный buddy movie с внутрикомандными дружбой, соревнованиями и конфликтами. Финальная боевая сцена совсем не в кассу, но в остальном все очень хорошо.

20. The Heroes of Telemark (1965)

Approved | 131 min | Action, Drama, History

Norwegian resistance tries to stop German efforts to produce an atomic bomb component during World War II.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Richard Harris, Ulla Jacobsson, Michael Redgrave

Votes: 6,204

Вполне неплохой боевик про отряд бойцов норвежского сопротивления, уничтожающий немецкий завод по производству тяжелой воды. Основан на реальных событиях и все это достаточно впечатляюще — восемь человек уничтожили заводские установки без единой потери. Куча лыжных погонь, взрывов и шпионского экшна в духе "Коммандос".

21. Kelly's Heroes (1970)

GP | 144 min | Adventure, Comedy, War

50 Metascore

A group of U.S. soldiers sneaks across enemy lines to get their hands on a secret stash of Nazi treasure.

Director: Brian G. Hutton | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Don Rickles, Carroll O'Connor

Votes: 43,227 | Gross: $1.38M

A-W-E-S-O-M-E! Крутейший приключенческий фильм в декорациях Второй Мировой, в котором Иствуд и его команда ищет золото в немецком тылу — "Три короля" с Клуни списаны отсюда. У режиссера Брайана Хаттона снова странноватое начало, но фильм быстро раскачивается в угарнейшую историю с золотым актерским составом и кучей крутейших батальных сцен. Пересматривать можно бесконечно — золотая классика, после которой антивоенные фильмы стали нудными.

22. The Final Countdown (1980)

PG | 103 min | Action, Sci-Fi

51 Metascore

A modern aircraft carrier is thrown back in time to 1941 near Hawaii, just hours before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Director: Don Taylor | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Katharine Ross, James Farentino

Votes: 20,201 | Gross: $16.65M

23. Raid on Rommel (1971)

GP | 99 min | Drama, War

In 1942 Libya, a German-speaking British Intelligence officer uses former British POWs, some dressed in German uniforms, to fulfill a secret sabotage mission inside German-captured Tobruk.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Richard Burton, John Colicos, Clinton Greyn, Wolfgang Preiss

Votes: 1,961

24. Where Eagles Dare (1968)

PG | 158 min | Action, Adventure, War

63 Metascore

Allied Agents stage a daring raid on a castle where the Nazis are holding American Brigadier General George Carnaby (Robert Beatty) prisoner, but that's not all that's really going on.

Director: Brian G. Hutton | Stars: Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood, Mary Ure, Patrick Wymark

Votes: 49,435

Отменнейший экшн про Вторую Мировую, в котором Клинт Иствуд и Ричард Бартон вычисляют двойных и тройных агентов, разносят к чертям немецкий замок в горах и устраивают дюжину сочных потасовок и перестрелок. Начинается фильм не особо выразительно, но быстро раскачивается в сплошную непредсказуемую цепочку событий. Автор оригинальной книги и сценария Алистер Маклин ответственен еще за несколько военных хитов 60х.

25. Contro 4 bandiere (1979)

PG | 100 min | Drama, War

In 1939, at a Paris café, six friends of various nationalities vow to meet again at the same spot after the end of WW2.

Director: Umberto Lenzi | Stars: George Peppard, George Hamilton, Horst Buchholz, Anny Duperey

Votes: 358

26. War Fever (1969)

98 min | War, Drama

An inexperienced American lieutenant and two American prisoners are the only force standing between advancing German troops and an Italian town that was "freed" by the trio.

Director: Tonino Ricci | Stars: Klaus Kinski, George Hilton, Ray Saunders, Betsy Bell

Votes: 201

27. Operation Crossbow (1965)

PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Drama, War

Allied agents attempt to infiltrate the Nazis' rocket research site.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Sophia Loren, George Peppard, Trevor Howard, John Mills

Votes: 4,021

Шикарнейший шпионский триллер про Вторую Мировую, здорово рассказывающий об истории поиска и уничтожения британцами немецких ракет V1 и V2. Сюжет эталонно хорош для такой истории — мастерская работа с тонким саспенсом и бесконечными неожиданными поворотами, особенно удачное переплетение событий с обеих сторон, круто сыгранные отдельные эпизоды. Второй раз, возможно, будет не так интересно смотреть, но первый очень и очень радует.

28. Back Door to Hell (1964)

Approved | 75 min | War, Drama

During World War II, a three man commando team places its trust in the hands of a band of Filipino resistants, as they try to knock out a Japanese communication center.

Director: Monte Hellman | Stars: Jimmie Rodgers, Jack Nicholson, John Hackett, Annabelle Huggins

Votes: 699

29. The Dirty Dozen: The Fatal Mission (1988 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Adventure, War

A team of renegade soldiers in World War II tries to stop the creation of the Fourth Reich in the Middle East.

Director: Lee H. Katzin | Stars: Telly Savalas, Ernest Borgnine, Hunt Block, Matthew Burton

Votes: 986

30. The Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission (1987 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 90 min | Action, War

During WW2, American General Worden orders Major Wright to pick 12 condemned soldiers from the brig and parachute into occupied France where they must destroy a Nazi nerve gas facility and extricate the foreign scientists working there.

Director: Lee H. Katzin | Stars: Telly Savalas, Ernest Borgnine, Vince Edwards, Bo Svenson

Votes: 894

В третьей части снимается Бо Свенсон, который был также в итальянском римейке "The Inglorious Bastards" и тарантиновском "Inglourious Basterds".

31. The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission (1985 TV Movie)

95 min | Action, War

During WW2, American General Worden orders Major Reisman to pick 12 soldiers from the military prison for the dangerous mission of killing a Nazi General.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Ken Wahl, Larry Wilcox

Votes: 2,071

Не лучшее продолжение классики, многое взявшее из спародировавшей ее же первую часть итальянской версии ("Inglorious Bastards").

32. The Inglorious Bastards (1978)

R | 99 min | Action, Adventure, War

In 1944 France, a group of escaped American military prisoners en route to Switzerland volunteers to steal a Nazi V2 rocket warhead for the Allies.

Director: Enzo G. Castellari | Stars: Bo Svenson, Peter Hooten, Fred Williamson, Michael Pergolani

Votes: 8,632

Итальянская версия "Грязной дюжины", название из которой (Inglorious Bastards) взято для нового тарантиновского фильма (но не сюжет). Еще одна веселая история на тему осужденных солдат, ну и итальянские римейки всегда смешные.

33. Inglourious Basterds (2009)

R | 153 min | Adventure, Drama, War

69 Metascore

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Mélanie Laurent

Votes: 1,194,691 | Gross: $120.54M

34. Play Dirty (1969)

R | 118 min | Adventure, Drama, War

During World War II in North Africa, a group of British commandos disguised in Italian soldiers must travel behind enemy lines and destroy a vital Nazi oil depot.

Director: André De Toth | Stars: Michael Caine, Nigel Davenport, Nigel Green, Harry Andrews

Votes: 2,888

35. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

Steve Rogers, a rejected military soldier, transforms into Captain America after taking a dose of a "Super-Soldier serum". But being Captain America comes at a price as he attempts to take down a war monger and a terrorist organization.

Director: Joe Johnston | Stars: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Samuel L. Jackson, Hayley Atwell

Votes: 705,958 | Gross: $176.65M

36. Hornets' Nest (1970)

R | 110 min | Action, Drama, War

In 1944, during a sabotage mission, the sole surviving U.S. paratrooper is saved by a group of Italian orphans who later aid him in blowing-up a vital enemy dam.

Directors: Phil Karlson, Franco Cirino | Stars: Rock Hudson, Sylva Koscina, Sergio Fantoni, Giacomo Rossi Stuart

Votes: 784

37. Escape to Athena (1979)

PG | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A World War II adventure, involving a group of Allied P.O.W.s, Nazis, black market priceless art treasures, Greek resistance, a Greek monastery, and a secret German rocket base.

Director: George P. Cosmatos | Stars: Roger Moore, Telly Savalas, David Niven, Stefanie Powers

Votes: 4,151



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