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Drama - Navy M - Z

The Man Without a Country


Director: Delbert Mann
Screenplay: Sidney Carroll
Source: Edward Everett Hale (story)
Cast: Cliff Robertson, Beau Bridges, Peter Strauss

78 minutes - 1973


Lt. Philip Nolan is banished from U.S. Made for TV






Les Maudits

Spéva Films (France)

Director: René Clément
Screenplay: René Clément ; Jacques Rémy
Source: Victor Alexandrov ; Jacques Companéez (story)
Other Titles: The Damned
Cast: Marcel Dalio, Henri Vidal, Florence Marly

105 minutes - 1947


The Third Reich is living its last days, and a group of Nazis and sympathizers board a submarine that will take them to South America, where they hope to find refuge






Men of the Fighting Lady

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (USA)

Director: Andrew Marton
Screenplay: Art Cohn
Source: James A. Michener ; Harry A. Burns (story)
Cast: Van Johnson, Walter Pidgeon, Louis Calhern

79 minutes - 1954


A famous writer visits an aircraft carrier during the Korean war to learn more about it and the way it's run







Universal (USA)

Director: Jack Smight
Screenplay: Donald Sanford
Cast: Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn

132 minutes - 1976


Leading up to battle







Lionsgate (USA)

Director: Roland Emmerich
Screenplay: Wes Tooke
Cast: Luke Evans, Patrick Wilson, Ed Skrein

138 minutes - 2019


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






Operation Disaster

J. Arthur Rank (UK)

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Screenplay: William Fairchild
Source: Kenneth Woollard (play)
Other Titles: Morning Departure
Cast: John Mills, Richard Attenborough, Nigel Patrick, Peter Hammond

102 minutes - 1950


The crew of a submarine is trapped on the sea floor when it sinks. How can they be rescued before they run out of air?






Master and Commander: the Far Side of the World

Universal (USA)

Director: Peter Weir
Screenplay: Peter Weir ; John Collee
Source: Patrick O'Brian (novels)
Cast: Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Billy Boyd

138 minutes - 2003


During the Napoleonic Wars, a brash British captain pushes his ship and crew to their limits in pursuit of a formidable French war vessel around South America






Mutiny on The Bounty

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (USA)

Director: Frank Lloyd
Screenplay: Talbot Jennings ; Jules Furthman ; Carey Wilson
Source: Charles Nordhoff & James Norman Hall (book)
Cast: Charles Laughton, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone

132 minutes - 1935


Famous mutiny






Mutiny on The Bounty

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (USA)

Director: Lewis Milestone
Screenplay: Charles Lederer
Source: Charles Nordhoff & James Norman Hall (book)
Cast: Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard, Richard Harris

178 minutes - 1962


Famous mutiny






Operation Pacific

Warner Bros (USA)

Director: George Waggner
Screenplay: George Waggner
Cast: John Wayne, Ward Bond, Patrica Neal

111 minutes - 1951


During WWII, a submarine's second in command inherits the problem of torpedoes that don't explode. When on shore, he is eager to win back his ex-wife






Pearl Harbor

Touchstone (USA)

Director: Michael Bay
Screenplay: Randall Wallace
Cast: Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale, Josh Hartnett

183 minutes - 2001


3 hours over Hawaii & 30 seconds over Tokyo






The Philadelphia Experiment

New World (USA)

Director: Stewart Raffill
Screenplay: Michael Janover ; William Gray
Source: Wallace C. Bennett ; Don Jakoby (story)
Cast: Michael Paré, Nancy Allen, Eric Christmas

102 minutes - 1994


A United States Navy destroyer escort participates in a Navy "invisibility" experiment that inadvertently sends two sailors forty years into the future







Warner Bros (USA)

Director: Leslie H. Martinson
Screenplay: Richard L. Breen
Source: Robert J. Donovan (book)
Cast: Cliff Robertson, Robert Culp, Ty Hardin

140 minutes - 1963


During WW2, Lieut. John F. Kennedy takes command of PT 109 to fight the Japanese in the Solomon Islands






Pursuit of the Graf Spee

J. Arthur Rank (UK)

Director: Michael Powell ; Emeric Pressburger
Screenplay: Michael Powell ; Emeric Pressburger
Other Titles: The Battle of the River Plate
Cast: John Gregson, Anthony Quayle, Peter Finch

119 minutes - 1956


In the first major naval battle of World War II, the British Navy must find and destroy a powerful German warship






Run Silent, Run Deep

United Artists (USA)

Director: Robert Wise
Screenplay: John Gay
Source: Edward L. Beach (novel)
Cast: Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, Jack Warden

93 minutes - 1958


A U.S. sub commander, obsessed with sinking a certain Japanese ship, butts heads with his first officer and crew






Sailor of the King

20th Century Fox (USA)

Director: Roy Boulting
Screenplay: Valentine Davies
Source: C. S. Forester (novel)
Cast: Jeffrey Hunter, Michael Rennie, Wendy Hiller

83 minutes - 1953


A Canadian prisoner on a battle damaged German raider, plans to delay the raider's at-sea repairs until a British naval task-force can destroy it






The Sand Pebbles

20th Century Fox (USA)

Director: Robert Wise
Screenplay: Robert Anderson
Source: Richard McKenna (novel)
Cast: Steve McQueen, Richard Attenbourgh, Richard Crenna

182 minutes - 1966


In 1926, a U.S. Naval engineer gets assigned to a gunboat on a rescue mission in war-torn China






The Sea Shall Not Have Them

United Artists (USA)

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Screenplay: Lewis Gilbert
Source: John Harris (novel)
Cast: Michael Redgrave, Dirk Bogarde, Anthony Steel

91 minutes - 1954


Picking Up Donwed British Bomber Crew WWII






The Sea Wolves

Paramount (USA)

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
Screenplay: Reginald Rose
Source: James Leasor (book: Boarding Party: The Last Action of the Calcutta Light Horse)
Cast: Gregory Peck, Roger Moore, David Niven, Trevor Howard

120 minutes - 1980


During World War II, the British must attack a German merchant ship, but it's safe in neutral Goa. As a result, they send civilians, The Calcutta Light Horse: former soldiers who are about sixty years old






The Silent Enemy

Universal (USA)

Director: William Fairchild
Screenplay: William Fairchild
Source: Marshall Pugh (novel)
Cast: Laurence Harvey, Dawn Addams, Michael Craig

112 minutes - 1958


In the Mediterranean in 1941 the Italians start using underwater chariots to mine the undersides of allied ships






Sink the Bismark!

20th Century Fox (USA)

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Screenplay: Edmund H. North
Source: C. S. Forester (novel)
Cast: Kenneth More, Dana Wynter, Carl Möhner

97 minutes - 1960


The World War II story of the British Navy's effort to defeat Nazi Germany's most powerful warship






Submarine Command

Paramount (USA)

Director: John Farrow
Screenplay: Jonathan Latimer
Cast: William Holden, Nancy Olson, William Bendix, Don Taylor

87 minutes - 1951


Submarine commander is forced to suddenly submerge, leaving his captain and another crew member to die outside the sub. He seeks redemption






Submarine D-1

Warner Bros (USA)

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Screenplay: Frank Wead ; Warren Duff ; Lawrence Kimble
Source: Frank Wead (story)
Cast: Pat O'Brien, George Brent, Wayne Morris

100 minutes - 1937


Recuitment film - USS Pensacola is struck during a last dive drill, there is an attempt to rescue. The USS Dolphin (D-1) and her crew depart from Connecticut to San Diego via the Panama Canal. They come into troubles






Submarine Patrol

20th Century Fox (USA)

Director: John Ford
Screenplay: Rian James ; James Ware ; Jack Yellen
Source: Ray Millholland (book: Splinter Fleet of the Otranto Barrage)
Cast: Richard Greene, Nancy Kelly, Preston Foster

95 minutes - 1938


A naval officer is demoted for negligence and put in command of a run-down submarine chaser and with a motley crew






Submarine Seahawk

American International (USA)

Director: Spencer G. Bennet
Screenplay: Lou Rusoff ; Orville H. Hampton
Cast: John Bentley, Brett Halsey, Wayne Heffley

83 minutes - 1958


For his first command in the Pacific war a by-the-book officer is ordered to take his submarine on a reconnaissance mission to locate a fleet of Japanese fighting ships of which the Allies have lost track






Submarine X-1

United Artists (USA)

Director: William Graham
Screenplay: Donald Sanford ; Guy Elmes
Source: John C. Champion ; Edmund H. North (story)
Cast: James Caan, David Sumner, Norman Bowler

85 minutes - 1968


During World War II, the British Royal Navy used experimental midget submarines to raid German warships in Norway






The Sullivans

20th Century Fox (USA)

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Screenplay: Edward Doherty ; Mary C. McCall, jr. ; Jules Schermer
Other Titles: The Fighting Sullivans
Cast: Anne Baxter, Thomas Mitchell, Selena Royle

112 minutes - 1944


Death of 5 brothers in WWII






Task Force

Warner Bros (USA)

Director: Delmer Daves
Screenplay: Delmer Daves
Cast: Gary Cooper, Jane Wyatt, Wayne Morris

116 minutes - 1949


WWII Aircraft Carrier ops






They Were Expendible

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (USA)

Director: John Ford
Screenplay: Frank Weadr
Source: William L. White (book)
Cast: Robert Montgomery, John Wayne, Carol Reed

135 minutes - 1945


The PT boat unit Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron Three defends the Philippines from Japanese invasion during World War II






Tora! Tora! Tora!

20th Century Fox (USA)

Director: Richard Fleischer ; Kinji Fukasaku ; Toshio Masuda
Screenplay: Larry Forrester ; Hideo Oguni ; Ryuzo Kikushima
Source: Gordon W. Prange ; Ladislas Farago (book)
Cast: Martin Balsam, Sô Yamamura, Jason Robards

144 minutes - 1970


Pearl Harbor runup. A Japanese-American co-production






Torpedo Run

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (USA)

Director: Joseph Pevney
Screenplay: Richard Sale ; William Wister Haines
Other Titles: Hell Below
Cast: Glenn Ford, Ernest Borgnine, Dean Jones

98 minutes - 1948


A submarine commander is forced to blow up a Japanese ship with prisoners







Universal (USA)

Director: Jonathan Mostow
Screenplay: Jonathan Mostow ; Sam Montgomery ; David Ayer
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Harvey Keitel

116 minutes - 2000


WWII mission to capture German enigma






Under Siege

Warner Bros (USA)

Director: Andrew Davis
Screenplay: J. F. Lawton
Cast: Steven Seagal, Gary Busey, Tommy Lee Jones

103 minutes - 1992


Navy Cook vs. Terrorists






Under Ten Flags

Dino de Laurentiis (Italy)

Director: Duilio Coletti
Screenplay: Vittoriano Petrilli ; Duilio Coletti ; Ulrich Mohr
Source: Bernhard Rogge (diaries)
Cast: Van Heflin, Charles Laughton, Mylène Demongeot

92 minutes - 1960


German raider, using various disguises, forces British ship to surrender. Story told from German point of view






Up Periscope

Warner Bros (USA)

Director: Douglas Gordon
Screenplay: Richard H. Landau
Source: Robb White (novel)
Cast: James Garner, Edmond O'Brien, Andra Martin

112 minutes - 1959


Navy Lieutenant from the underwater demolition team is sent to a Japanese island to photograph secret radio codes






We Dive at Dawn

Gainsborough (UK)

Director: Anthony Asquith
Screenplay: J. B. Williams ; Val Valentine
Cast: John Mills, Louis Bradfield, Ronald Millar

98 minutes - 1943


All leave is cancelled so that a British submarine can be sent after a new German warship. They chase it so far that they have no fuel to get home






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