Films about the Age of Second World War

This collection provides information on selected movies, TV productions and documentaries on the themes of gender, military and war in the period covered by the Oxford Handbook.

The most important wars for this period include:

  • Cold War (1946–91)
  • Arab-Israeli Conflicts (1947ff)
  • War of Indonesian Independence (1945–49)
  • Korean War (1950–53)
  • African Wars for Independence (1952ff)
  • Algerian War (1954–62)
  • Indochina Wars (1946–79)

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Director(s): Alexandre Arcady
Year of Publication: 2012
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Algeria under French colonization, in the 1930s. Younes is 9 years old when he is put in the care of his uncle, a pharmacist in the city of Oran. Rebaptized Jonas, he grows up among the kids of Rio Salado and becomes their friend. In the gang,...

Director(s): Claude Bernard-Aubert
Year of Publication: 1980
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Story of the final days of the first Indochina War based on the director's experience as a photojournalist covering the French Army in Vietnam. A 13-man commando unit parachutes into North Vietnam to rescue a Red Cross nurse being held by the...

Director(s): Hanks, Tom
Year of Publication: 2007
Major Wars:
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This film which was inspired by the incredible true story of Congressman Charlie Wilson who is decipted by Tom Hanks shows how the bravery of one man can protect an entire nation when the officials of the United States are unconcerned about...

Director(s): Nichols, Mike
Year of Publication: 2007
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Director Mike Nichols' last film explores the Cold War origins of the U.S. War in Afghanistan. In the early 1980s Rep. Charlie Wilson of Texas pushes funding for a covert CIA operation to support the Afghan mujahideen. His passion for defeating...

Director(s): Fuller, Samuel
Year of Publication: 1957
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French Foreign Legion mercenaries and a smuggler band together on a mission during the First Indochina War. Lucky Legs secures her son's passage to America in exchange for helping mercenaries, American veterans of the Korean War, find an arms...

Director(s): Lakhdar-Hamina, Mohammed
Year of Publication: 1975
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Winner of the Palm D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, this film shows how fighting against authoritarianism and fascism in World War II influenced the Algerian War of Independence. A young peasant migrates from his drought-stricken village, only...

Director(s): Ashby, Hal
Year of Publication: 1978
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Sally Bender is the wife of a Captain in the United States Marine Corps. He is sent over to serve in the Vietnam conflict, leaving Sally alone. With nothing else to do, she decides to volunteer at a local veteran's hospital, where she meets Luke...

Director(s): Scott, Tony
Year of Publication: 1995
Major Wars:
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After the Cold War, a breakaway Russian republic with nuclear warheads becomes a possible worldwide threat. U.S. submarine Capt. Frank Ramsey (Gene Hackman) signs on a relatively green but highly recommended Lt. Cmdr. Ron Hunter (Denzel...

Director(s): Scott, Tony
Year of Publication: 1995
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Dueling interpretations of the post-Cold War world clash aboard the U.S. Navy nuclear submarine the U.S.S. Alabama. Disagreement between a battle-hardened commanding officer and academically trained XO over truncated radio messages leads...

Director(s): Attenborough, Richard
Year of Publication: 1987
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An epic drama set in late 1970s apartheid South Africa, this film based on real events follows journalist Donald Woods as he is forced to flee the country after attempting to investigate the suspicious death in police custody of his friend, the...

Director(s): Riklis, Eran
Year of Publication: 1992
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Set during the First Lebanon War, Palestinians take an Israeli soldier hostage. The incident unfolds during the 1982 World Cup, which the men watch together. Their love of soccer, and particularly that of the Italian team, shows how their...

Director(s): Wajda, Andrzej
Year of Publication: 1983
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In another masterpiece work, director Andrzej Wajda uses the Frech Revolution to criticize state repression of Poland's Solidarity movement. Revolutionary leader Georges Danton returns to Paris after Robespierre establishes the Reign of Terror to...

Director(s): Kawasaki, Kikuo
Year of Publication: 2011
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In Jerusalem, friendship develops between a Jewish 9-year-old American coin collector and the abused 9-year-old Arab street urchin trying to extort money from him. [IMBd]

Director(s): Gomes, Flora
Year of Publication: 1988
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This film explores the struggles of one woman during and after the Guinea Bissau War of Independence, a small nation under Portuguese colonial rule for 500 years. Diminga travels to the front lines with food and supplies for her husband. The...

Director(s): Robin, Marie-Monique
Year of Publication: 2003
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Through interviews with military and intelligence officials, extant footage, and film clips, this documentary uncovers the French military's decisive role in the development of counter-insurgency techniques during the Cold War. After fighting...

Director(s): Huberty, Martin
Year of Publication: 2002
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A young idealistic British man joins the French Foreign Legion to fight in the Algerian War. Their bonds, forged in brutal training, are tested when France declares Algeria independent. Different loyalties tear the group apart.

Director(s): Schoendoerffer, Pierre
Year of Publication: 1992
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Director Pierre Schoendoerffer drew on his personal experience as an army cameraman to document an American reporter during the Siege of Dien Bien Phu, the climatic battle of the First Indochina War. Howard Simpson gains a deeper understanding ot...

Director(s): Suleiman, Elia
Year of Publication: 2002
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In this nearly silent black comedy, director Elia Suleiman imagines the fantastical and absurd as a response to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Two lovers who live in different sectors of Israeli-occupied Palestine meet at a checkpoint,...

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