Films by Release Date

This site allows users to access the collection of films organized by release date. The collection includes selected movies, TV productions and documentaries on the themes of gender, military and war in the periods covered by the Oxford Handbook for Gender and War since 1600 edited by Karen Hagemann (General Editor), Stefan Dudink and Sonya Rose (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2018). Including films released between the 1920s and the present, the focus is on the wars of the twentieth century, because most movies relevant for the theme of gender, military and war focus on a conflict of this period. The filmography includes productions in English, French and German or films with English subtitles.


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Director(s): Fuglsig, Nicolai
Release Date: 2018
Abstract:

In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, a unit of the U.S. Special Forces and CIA paramilitary officers travel to Afghanistan to topple the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. The Americans align with a local warlord on their march, by horseback, toward Mazar-i-Sharif. The film portrays the success of their classified mission but does not engage in its aftermath - the War in Afghanistan, the longest running...

Director(s): Nolan, Christopher
Release Date: 2017
Abstract:

This tense drama weaves together three narratives critical to the successful evacuation of Dunkirk in the early days of World War II. After the German military controlled the sea, land, and air off of northern France, over 300,000 British await ships to carry them home. A small band of soldiers board numerous ships soon destroyed by the Luftwaffe, Royal Air Force pilots try to protect...

Director(s): Jolie, Angelina
Release Date: 2017
Abstract:

Based on the memoir by Loung Ung, this film explores the impact of the Cambodian genocide on children after the Cambodian Civil War and during the Cambodian-Vietnamese War. Ung's family flees Phnom Penh after the Americans evacuate and the Khmer Rouge takes power. She becomes an orphaned refugee and later child soldier, unwittingly inflicting violence on other children by planting land mines...

Director(s): Coimbra, Fernando
Release Date: 2017
Abstract:

A young American soldier finds a new purpose during the Iraq War. Pvt. Matt Ocre, who enlisted in the U.S. Army before 9/11 as a way to pay for college, becomes disillusioned with war. He is tasked with repairing and defending a water pump station in a small village, which insurgents have targeted as a tool of war.

Director(s): Dibb, Saul
Release Date: 2017
Abstract:

This latest version of the 1928 R. C. Sherriff play focuses on the men in the trenches during World War I. In 1918 in France, a group of war-weary British soldiers await a German attack. The officers and enlisted men try to maintain a semblance of humanity and normality in their interactions with each other, but their impending death and emotional scars upset the balance. 

Director(s): Iannucci, Armando
Release Date: 2017
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Abstract:

Based on the French graphic novel by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin, this black comedy exposes the machinations for power after the death of Joseph Stalin. After the Soviet Premier requests a recording of a classical concert, pianist Maria Yudina secretly poisons through a note sent with it. Soviet politicians and military officials, including the reform-minded Khrushchev, immediately begin...

Director(s): Green, Misha
Release Date: 2016
Abstract:

Underground centers on a group of slaves planning a daring 600-mile escape from a Georgia plantation in the years before the American Civil War. Along the way, they are aided by a secret abolitionist couple running a station on the Underground Railroad as they attempt to evade the people charged with bringing them back, dead or alive.

Director(s): Louhimies, Aku
Release Date: 2016
Abstract:

This televised miniseries explores the emergence of Irish nationalism during World War I. Friendships and relationships disintegrate as war disrupts society. In 1916 Irish rebels lead an insurrection, known as Easter Rising, the most successful rebellion since the late 18th century. The fallout crushes the rebels but ignites the larger battle for independence. 

Director(s): Ross, Gary
Release Date: 2016
Abstract:

A disillusioned Confederate soldier rebels against his new nation and the reconstructed South during and after the American Civil War. Newt Knight leads the enslaved and other former soldiers in an armed insurrection against the Confederacy, leading to the creation of the Free State of Jones within Mississippi. Knight and his family continue their fight against corruption and racial inequality...

Director(s): Feng, Xiao
Release Date: 2016
Abstract:

Citizens of Chongqing, capital of General Chiang Kai-shek's provisional government, withstood intense Japanese bombing campaigns from 1938 to 1943 during the Second Sino-Japanese War. With help from American allies, local volunteers learned how to fly fighter planes to defend their city.  

Director(s): Serra, Koldo
Release Date: 2016
Abstract:

This film explores the impact of censorship and repression during the Spanish Civil War. An American reporter and local censor fight to lift restrictions on the press that suppress the impact of the war on civilians as well as Basque resistance. When Germans bomb the city of Guernica on behalf of Franco, exposing war crimes becomes a vital weapon in the war against fascism.

Director(s): Ozon, François
Release Date: 2016
Abstract:

A meditation on the personal consequences of nationalism and war, a French veteran of World War I seeks forgiveness from a German family. Adrien visits Frantz's family and fiancée pretending to be an old friend from school. Anna discovers Adrien's secret, but she seeks him out in Paris. There, she gains the strength to recover from her loss and gain independence.

Director(s): Smyth, Richie
Release Date: 2016
Abstract:

An Irish infantry company operating under the United Nations attempts to keep the peace following the outbreak of the Congolese Civil War, which threatened to escalate the Cold War. Sent to the mineral rich state of Katanga, which had seceded from the new republic, the Irish soldiers discover that their job is not to protect citizens but to bring the state back under the central government's...

Director(s): Gibson, Mel
Release Date: 2016
Abstract:

This internationally acclaimed film presents the true story of a conscientious objector who won the Medal of Honor for his service during the Battle of Okinawa in World War II. Desmond Doss volunteers for the U.S. Army with aspirations of being a medic. He objects to killing and refuses to hold or fire a weapon for religious reasons, which elicits hostility and a court martial at basic...

Director(s): Portman, Natalie
Release Date: 2015
Abstract:

Based on the memoirs of Amos Oz, this film explores the last years of British-mandated Palestine and the creation of Israel from the perspective of a child. His family begins to fall apart after the Arab-Israeli War when his father enlists and his mother falls into a deep depression. 

Director(s): Serreau, Coline
Release Date: 2015
Abstract:

By examining the life of Pierre Brossolette, this film explores the dense networks of resistance in France during World War II. Through his contacts as a journalist and politician, Brossolette worked within the Resistance and Free France to combat Nazi occupation.

Director(s): Odoul, Damien
Release Date: 2015
Abstract:

Loosely based on the memoir by Gabriel Chevallier, this film follows a young French man on the Western Front during World War II. Through his letters to his girlfriend, Gabriel reveals the horrors of war and his struggle to find his humanity. 

Director(s): Burns, Chad
Release Date: 2015
Abstract:

On the eve of the American Revolution, an ex-mercenary comes out of hiding to join the Patriot cause for independence. 

Director(s): Håfström, Mikael
Release Date: 2015
Abstract:

An American journalist in Shanghai unravels a murder mystery during World War II. Paul Soames travels to China to meet his old friend, only to find him dead. Solving his murder ensnares military officials, ambassadors, businessmen, and other elites in his investigation.

Director(s): Kent, James
Release Date: 2015
Abstract:

Based on the memoir of the same name by Vera Brittain, this film offers an anti-war message based on the horrors and loss of World War I. Vera, an upper middle class British woman, joins the Voluntary Aid Detachment as a nurse after her brother and their childhood friends go to the Front. After her friends die, she moves to work behind the lines. There, she meets her brother, who asks her to...

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