Face-Off: The Battle of Midway Movies

by urbanemovies | created - 1 month ago | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

The Battle of Midway was a World War II naval battle that took place between 4 June 1942 and 7 June 1942. The battle occurred six months after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor turning the tide for Allied forces in the Pacific Theater. To date, the most notable depictions of the decisive battle are a pair of international blockbusters, a U.S. Navy war documentary directed by American film director, John Ford and a jointly aired BBC/PBS TV documentary.

Interestingly, Commander John Ford was one of the most senior naval officers on Midway Atoll during the attack. He earned a military commendation for his forward observer reports of enemy positions, enemy numbers, and engagements that helped guide the Naval Air Station's use of its defending forces. Likewise, Ford's handheld camera battle footage from an exposed position would earn him both, a Purple Heart for his shrapnel woulds and the first ever Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

In a battle royale competition, which Battle of Midway movie bests the others as your favorite?

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1. Midway (1976)

PG | 132 min | Action, Drama, History

48 Metascore

A dramatization of the battle that was widely heralded as a turning point of the Pacific Theatre of World War II.

Director: Jack Smight | Stars: Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn, Glenn Ford

Votes: 16,568

Midway (1976) | Theatrical Movie aka 'The Battle of Midway' (alternate title)

Director: Jack Smight | Stars: Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn, Glenn Ford

2. Midway (2019)

PG-13 | 138 min | Action, Drama, History

47 Metascore

The story of the Battle of Midway, told by the leaders and the sailors who fought it.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Luke Evans

Votes: 15,596

Midway (2019) | Theatrical Movie aka 'The Battle of Midway' (alternate title)

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Woody Harrelson

3. The Battle of Midway (1942)

TV-PG | 18 min | Documentary, Short, War

The Japanese attack on Midway in June 1942, filmed as it happened.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, Logan Ramsey, James Roosevelt

Votes: 1,555

The Battle of Midway (1942) | Documentary Short (filmed during the actual battle)

Director: John Ford | Stars: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, Logan Ramsey, James Roosevelt

4. Battlefield (1995– )
Episode: The Battle of Midway

Documentary, History, War

A documentary look at the WWII battle of midway. The events leading up to the battle, the national and war leaders involved, and the critical events that lead to the outcome.

Directors: Andy Aitken, Dave Flitton, Justin McCarthy | Star: Tim Pigott-Smith

Another Midway Theatrical Movie, TV Movie, Short Film or Documentary Not Listed

(featured representative "The Battle of Midway" (1994), a BBC/PBS TV Documentary)



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