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): Wise, Robert
Release Date: 1951
Abstract:

Unlike other Cold War science-fiction films of the early 1950s that that engaged in fearmongering, The Day the Earth Stood Still offered a message of peace. An alien spacecraft lands in Washington, D.C., and Klaatu informs the President's secretary that he must meet with all the world's leaders. Taken prisoner, Klaatu escapes to spend time with humans. In his last message to...

Director(s): Douglas, Gordon
Release Date: 1951
Abstract:

A classic example of Cold War hysteria in early 1950s America. An FBI agent spends nine years pretending to be a member of the Communist Party. His story warned Americans about the threat of communist subversion. 

Director(s): Morse, Terry
Release Date: 1951
Abstract:

An example of Cold War B-movies, Unknown World follows an American scientist obsessed with an approaching nuclear winter. His quest leads him to dig into the Earth's core, discovering a habitable underground environment that comes with high costs. 

Director(s): Nyby, Christian
Release Date: 1951
Abstract:

This classic B-horror movie epitomizes the fear and paranoia of Cold War America. A group of soldiers and scientists from the U.S. Air Force in the Artic discover a body inside an unknown flying object. After bringing it back to their remote base, they must defend themselves against the unknown. 

Director(s): Hathaway, Henry
Release Date: 1951
Abstract:

The story of the final years of the respected World War II German general, Erwin Rommel. [IMBd]

Director(s): Gordon, Michael
Release Date: 1950
Abstract:

The tragic story of wordsmith and swordsman Cyrano de Bergerac, a French aristocrat turned soldier during the Franco-Spanish War. Cyrano falls in love with his cousin Roxanne, but he supports her when she declares her love for Christian. Sent off to war with him, Cyrano writes love letters for Christian to Roxanne.

Director(s): Wellman, William
Release Date: 1950
Abstract:

Widely regarded as one of the best World War II film released after the conflict, Battleground explores the horror and the humanity of war during the Battle of the Bulge. A company in the 327th Glider Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army faces hunger, exhaustion, and confusion. The winter conditions of thick fog, frigid cold, and snow exacerbate their deteriorating...

Director(s): Seaton, George
Release Date: 1950
Abstract:

This 1950 drama examines two Air Force pilots and their experiences during the Berlin Airlift, serving as a documentary of post-World War II Berlin and one of the first films of the Cold War. One veteran finds it hard to see Germans in an empathetic light, while the other one's relationship with a local woman allows him to see the harsh conditions of America's former enemy. 

Director(s): Baker, Roy
Release Date: 1950
Abstract:

A British scientist and an American journalist join efforts to expose the development of biological warfare in an Eastern European country during the Cold War. The scientist is a woman, which was unusual to see in western popular culture at the time.

Director(s): Hawks, Howard
Release Date: 1949
Abstract:

A classic Hollywood screwball comedy that highlights the gender-bending experience of World War II. A French officer must disguise himself as a woman to earn passage to the United States under the War Brides Act.

Director(s): King, Henry
Release Date: 1949
Abstract:

Twelve O'Clock High shows the danger of air warfare during World War II. In early 1942, the 918th Bomb Group of U.S. Air Force runs daylight raids over Nazi Germany and occupied France, suffering heavy losses. Harvey Stovall takes command, raising morale and instilling discipline to reduce the group's high casualty rate. 

Director(s): Dwan, Allan
Release Date: 1949
Abstract:

A group of young Marines go from training to battle under the leadership of Sergeant Stryker during World War II. Sands of Iwo Jima was one of the first Hollywood films to present the war through realism. The dramatization of the iconic and important Pacific Theater battle is interspersed with newsreel footage, and technical advice from and participation of the U.S. Marine Corp also...

Director(s): Melville, Jean-Pierre
Release Date: 1949
Abstract:

This film explores how silence operated as a form of resistance in occupied France during World War II. An uncle and niece must host a German officer in their home. Werner von Ebrennac speaks of his love for France, its peoples, and its culture only to be greeted with silence. Over the months, von Ebrennac questions Germany's plans for war. 

Director(s): Clouzot, Henri-Georges
Release Date: 1949
Abstract:

This film noir reveals the decadence and decay of France following its liberation in World War II. Robert, a resistance fighter, falls in love with Manon, a suspected Nazi collaborator, in the final days of occupied France. Her amoral character and desire for the good life corrupt him, leading him to a life of crime and murder. Their flight from Paris leads to more tragedy, pitted against the...

Director(s): Risi, Dino
Release Date: 1949
Abstract:

Before he became one of the masters of Commedia all'italiana, director Dino Risi took on the origins of the First Italian War of Independence with the Five Days in Milan incident. This short film, produced during the Italian centennial, shows how different social classes, including intellectuals, peasants, children, and women, fought against the Austrian Empire to liberate the city. 

Director(s): Ling, Zifeng
Release Date: 1949
Abstract:

In this propaganda film based on real-life events, eight young women join a volunteer army to fight against the Japanese in the Second Sino-Japanese War. In 1938, they created a rear-guard campaign that allowed the Chinese army to escape from battle. Rather than surrender to the Japanese, the women enter the river and drown. 

Director(s): Sidney, George
Release Date: 1949
Abstract:

As an example of Hollywood's anti-communism in the early Cold War, this film combines the classic tropes of the defector and the damsel-in-distress to warn about the dangers of the Soviet Union. Shortly after the end of World War II, British agents in Vienna must help repatriate displaced Soviet citizens. One falls in love with a ballerina, who seeks asylum in a convent.

Director(s): Stevenson, Robert
Release Date: 1949
Abstract:

Produced at the start of the Cold War and in the wake of the Hollywood Ten, this film exposes the roots of American communism in the labor movement and its deadly manifestations. The leader of the local cell of communists in San Francisco blackmail Brad Collins, who was a former member of the Communist Party USA during the Great Depression. The film offers a black-and-white morality tale: All...

Director(s): Springsteen, R. G
Release Date: 1949
Abstract:

In this Cold War B-movie, styled as a film noir, a disgruntled veteran becomes aware of the dangers of communism. Bill Jones joins the Communist Party USA after a real estate scam, but he soon realizes his mistake. After witnessing party leaders murder a member for disagreeing with them, Jones and his new girlfriend escape communism's clutches. 

Director(s): Reed, Carol
Release Date: 1949
Abstract:

Hailed as one of the best films of all time, The Third Man explores post-World War II Vienna in a stylish film-noir style. An American writer arrives in the Allied-occupied city to find his childhood friend dead. His investigation uncovers dark secrets about Vienna's  black market. 

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