Prisoner of war films

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  1. The Deer Hunter

    The Deer Hunter (1978)


    The Deer Hunter is a 1978 American epic war drama film co-written and directed by Michael Cimino about a trio of Russian American steelworkers and their service in the Vietnam War. The film stars Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Savage, John Cazale (in his final role), Meryl Streep, and George Dzundza. The story takes place in Clairton, a small working class town on the Monongahela River south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and then in Vietnam and in Saigon, during the Vietnam War.

  2. Escape from Sobibor

    Escape from Sobibor (1987)


    Escape from Sobibor is a 1987 British made-for-TV film which aired on CBS. It deals with the extermination camp at Sobibor, the site of the most successful uprising by Jewish prisoners of German extermination camps (there were two other uprisings, at Auschwitz and Treblinka). The film was directed by Jack Gold.

  3. Rescue Dawn

    Rescue Dawn (2006)


    Rescue Dawn is a 2006 American war drama film made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Gibraltar Films and Thema Production and directed by Werner Herzog, based on an adapted screenplay written from his 1997 documentary film Little Dieter Needs to Fly. The film stars Christian Bale, and is based on the true story of German-American pilot Dieter Dengler, who was shot down and captured by villagers sympathetic to the Pathet Lao during an American military campaign in the Vietnam War. Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies, Pat Healy, and Toby Huss also have principal roles. The film project, which had initially come together during 2004, began shooting in Thailand in August 2005.

  4. The Rack

    The Rack (1956)


    The Rack is a 1956 American war drama film, based on a play written by Rod Serling for television. It was directed by Arnold Laven and starred Paul Newman, Wendell Corey, Lee Marvin and Walter Pidgeon. After two years in a North Korean prison camp, an American officer returns home, only to be charged with collaboration by his own side. He is forced to defend his actions in court.

  5. Bravo Two Zero

    Bravo Two Zero (1999)


    Bravo Two Zero is a 1999 two hour television miniseries (broadcast in two parts between 3 and 4 January in the UK), based on the book of the same name by Andy McNab. The film covers real life events – from the perspective of Andy McNab, patrol commander of Bravo Two Zero, a British SAS patrol, tasked to find Iraqi Scud missile launchers during the Gulf War in 1991. The names of the patrol members killed were changed.

  6. Prisoner of War

    Prisoner of War (1954)


    Prisoner of War is a 1954 American war drama film directed by Andrew Marton and starring Ronald Reagan, Steve Forrest, Dewey Martin and Oskar Homolka.

  7. 36 Hours

    36 Hours (1965)


    36 Hours is a 1965 American suspense film, based on the short story "Beware of the Dog" by Roald Dahl. The picture stars James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, and Rod Taylor and was directed by George Seaton. On 2 June 1944, a German army doctor tries to obtain vital information from an American military intelligence officer by convincing him that it is 1950 and World War II is long over.

  8. The Hanoi Hilton

    The Hanoi Hilton (1987)


    The Hanoi Hilton is a 1987 Vietnam War film which focuses on the experiences of American prisoners of war who were held in the infamous Hoa Lo Prison in Hanoi during the 1960s and 1970s and the story is told from their perspectives. It was directed by Lionel Chetwynd, and stars Michael Moriarty, Ken Wright, and Paul Le Mat.

  9. The Road to Guantanamo

    The Road to Guantanamo (2006)


    The Road to Guantánamo, alternatively The Road to Guantanamo, is a British 2006 docudrama film directed by Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross about the incarceration of three British citizens (the 'Tipton Three'), who were captured in 2001 in Afghanistan and detained by the United States there and for more than two years at the detainment camp in Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. It premiered at the Berlinale on 14 February 2006, and was first shown in the UK on Channel 4 on 9 March 2006.

  10. Limbo

    Limbo (1972)


    Limbo is a 1972 film drama directed by Mark Robson. It stars Kate Jackson, Kathleen Nolan and Katherine Justice.

  11. Tears of April

    Tears of April (2008)


    Tears of April (Finnish: Käsky) is a 2008 Finnish war drama film directed by Aku Louhimies. Based on the novel Käsky by Leena Lander, the film is set in the final stages of the Finnish Civil War. The fictional character Emil Hallenberg is loosely based on the actual Erik Grotenfelt, a poet turned judge and executioner.

  12. Time Limit

    Time Limit (1957)


    Time Limit is a 1957 legal drama film directed by Karl Malden, his only directing credit. In his autobiography, Malden stated that he "preferred being a good actor to being a fairly good director." Richard Widmark co-produced the film and stars. It is based on the Broadway play of the same name, written by Henry Denker and Ralph Berkey.

  13. Prisoner of the Mountains

    Prisoner of the Mountains (1996)


    Prisoner of the Mountains (Russian: Кавказский пленник, Kavkazskiy plennik), also known as Prisoner of the Caucasus, is a 1996 Russian war drama film directed by Sergei Bodrov and written by Bodrov, Arif Aliyev and Boris Giller. The film is based on the Caucasian War-era short story "The Prisoner in the Caucasus" by the classic Russian writer Leo Tolstoy.

  14. Figures in a Landscape

    Figures in a Landscape (1970)


    Figures in a Landscape is a 1970 British film directed by Joseph Losey and written by star Robert Shaw. It is based on the 1968 novel of the same name by Barry England.

  15. The Great Escape II: The Untold Story

    The Great Escape II: The Untold Story (1988)


    The Great Escape II: The Untold Story (1988) was a highly-fictionalized, 178 minute, made-for-TV sequel to the 1963 movie The Great Escape. It starred Christopher Reeve as John Dodge and Donald Pleasence (who had appeared as an escapee in the original), this time as an SS villain.

  16. Return with Honor

    Return with Honor (1998)


    Return with Honor is a 1999 documentary film about American prisoners of war in the Vietnam War. Among those profiled is Senator John McCain. It is narrated by Tom Hanks.

  17. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

    Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)


    Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (Japanese: Senjo no Meri Kurisumasu Battlefield Merry Christmas), also known as Furyo in many European editions) is a 1983 film directed by Nagisa Oshima, produced by Jeremy Thomas and starring Jack Thompson, David Bowie, Tom Conti, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Yuya Uchida, and Takeshi Kitano.

  18. You Don't Like the Truth: 4 Days Inside Guantanamo

    You Don't Like the Truth: 4 Days Inside Guantanamo (2010)


    You Don't Like The Truth: Four Days Inside Guantanamo is an award-winning 2010 documentary. The film focuses on the recorded interrogations of Canadian child soldier Omar Khadr, by Canadian intelligence personnel that took place over four days from February 13–16, 2003 while he was held at Guantanamo. It presents these with observations by his lawyers and former cell mates from the Bagram Theater Internment Facility and Guantanamo Bay detention camps.

  19. Captive

    Captive (2008)


    Captive (2008) - the Russian-Bulgarian film by Alexei Uchitel on the novel by Vladimir Makanin Caucasian captive. The working title of the film was also Caucasian captive.

  20. Voyna okonchena. Zabudte...

    Voyna okonchena. Zabudte... (1998)


    Voina okonchena. Zabudte ... - Russian drama with elements of documentary that unfolds against the backdrop of the First Chechen War.

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