List of book-based war films (1945–2000 wars)

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A list of films that are based on war books.

Contents


Chinese Civil War[edit]

1945–1950

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Left Hand of God 1955 Edward Dmytryk US The Left Hand of God William E. Barrett 1951[1] Novel
Yangtse Incident: The Story of H.M.S. Amethyst 1957 Michael Anderson UK Yangtse Incident: The Story of H.M.S. Amethyst, April 20, 1949, to July 31, 1949 Lawrence Earl 1950[2] Non-fiction
Satan Never Sleeps 1962 Leo McCarey US Satan Never Sleeps Pearl S. Buck 1962 Novel
Farewell My Concubine 1993 Chen Kaige China Farewell My Concubine Lilian Lee 1993 Novel
Assembly 2007 Feng Xiaogang China Guan Si
官司
Yang Jingyuan[3] 199? Novel

Greek Civil War[edit]

1946–1949

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Eleni 1985 Peter Yates US Eleni Nicholas Gage 1983[1] Non-fiction

First Indochina War[edit]

1946–1954

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Quiet American 1958 Joseph L. Mankiewicz US The Quiet American[4] Graham Greene 1955 Novel
The 317th Platoon 1965 Pierre Schoendoerffer France La 317e Section Pierre Schoendoerffer 1963 Novel
The Quiet American 2002 Phillip Noyce US The Quiet American[4] Graham Greene 1955 Novel

Cold War[edit]

1947–1989
This section deals with the confrontational elements of the Cold War, including mutual suspicion and espionage.
Actual combat operations, such as proxy wars supported by the two sides, are handled in their own sections.

Iron Curtain[edit]

Confrontation[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Third Man 1949 Carol Reed UK The Third Man Graham Greene 1950 Novella
The Red Danube 1949 George Sidney US Vespers in Vienna Bruce Marshall 1947 Novel
Assignment: Paris 1952 Robert Parrish & Phil Karlson (uncredited) US "Trial of Terror" Paul Gallico & Pauline Gallico 195? Story
Seven Days in May 1964 John Frankenheimer US Seven Days in May Fletcher Knebel & Charles W. Bailey II 1962 Novel
The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming 1966 Norman Jewison US The Off-Islanders Nathaniel Benchley 1961 Novel
The Shoes of the Fisherman 1968 Michael Anderson US The Shoes of the Fisherman Morris West 1963 Novel
Ice Station Zebra 1968 John Sturges US Ice Station Zebra Alistair MacLean 1963 Novel
Gorky Park 1983 Michael Apted US Gorky Park Martin Cruz Smith 1981 Novel
Atomic Station
Atómstöðin
1984 Þorsteinn Jónsson Iceland The Atom Station
Atómstöðin
Halldór Laxness[5] 1948 Novel
Orion's Belt
Orions belte
1985 Ola Solum &
Tristan Cole (English version)
Norway & UK Orion's Belt Jon Michelet 1977 Novel
Buffalo Soldiers 2001 Gregor Jordan US Buffalo Soldiers Robert O'Connor 1993 Novel
Karol: A Man Who Became Pope * 2005 Giacomo Battiato Poland, Italy, France, Germany, Canada Stories of Karol: The Unknown Life of Pope John Paul II Gian Franco Svidercoschi 2001 Non-fiction
Karol: The Pope, The Man * 2006 Giacomo Battiato Poland, Italy, France, Germany, Canada Stories of Karol: The Unknown Life of Pope John Paul II Gian Franco Svidercoschi 2001 Non-fiction
The Good German 2006 Steven Soderbergh US The Good German Joseph Kanon 2001 Novel
  • ♠ The film is set in Vienna during the Allied occupation of Austria.
  • * television film.

Secret missions[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Action of the Tiger 1957 Terence Young US Action of the Tiger James Wellard 195? Novel
Francis Gary Powers: The True Story of the U-2 Spy Incident 1976 Delbert Mann US Operation Overflight Francis Gary Powers &
Curt Gentry
1971 Memoir
Firefox 1982 Clint Eastwood US Firefox Craig Thomas 1977 Novel
Smuggler's Ransom 2008 Daniel Noa & Brandon Rice Canada To Die and Live: Smuggler's Ransom Steve Losee 200? Story?
  • ♠ A US agent must rescue a born-again Bible smuggler from the Romanians.

Espionage[edit]

Bulletin ... upcoming film: L'Affaire Farewell by Christian Carion[edit]
Bulletin ... film currently in development: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy[edit]
Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Iron Curtain 1948 William Wellman US This Was My Choice[6] Igor Gouzenko 1948 Memoir
I Was a Communist for the FBI 1951 Gordon Douglas US Saturday Evening Post series Matt Cvetic 194? Stories
5 Steps to Danger 1957 Henry S. Kesler US The Steel Mirror Donald Hamilton 1948 Novel
From Russia with Love 1963 Terence Young UK From Russia, with Love Ian Fleming 1957 Novel
Hot Enough for June 1964 Ralph Thomas UK The Night of Wenceslas Lionel Davidson 1960 Novel
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold 1965 Martin Ritt UK The Spy Who Came in from the Cold[7] "John le Carré" 1963 Novel
The Ipcress File 1965 Sidney J. Furie UK The IPCRESS File Len Deighton 1962 Novel
The Deadly Affair 1966 Sidney Lumet UK Call for the Dead "John le Carré" 1961 Novel
The Looking Glass War 1969 Frank Pierson UK The Looking Glass War "John le Carré" 1965 Novel
Topaz 1969 Alfred Hitchcock US Topaz Leon Uris 1967 Novel
The Kremlin Letter 1970 John Huston US The Kremlin Letter Noel Behn 196? Novel
Hopscotch 1980 Ronald Neame US Hopscotch Brian Garfield 1975 Novel
TASS Is Authorized to Declare... *
ТАСС уполномочен заявить...
1984 Vladimir Fokin USSR ТАСС уполномочен заявить... "Yulian Semyonov" 1979 Novel
The Falcon and the Snowman 1985 John Schlesinger UK & US The Falcon and the Snowman: A True Story of Friendship and Espionage Robert Lindsey 1979 Non-fiction
The Whistle Blower 1986 Simon Langton UK The Whistle Blower John Hale 1984[2] Novel
No Way Out 1987 Roger Donaldson US The Big Clock Kenneth Fearing 1946 Novel
Scandal[8] 1989 Michael Caton-Jones UK Scandal (uncredited) Christine Keeler (uncredited) 1989 Memoir
The Russia House 1990 Fred Schepisi US The Russia House "John le Carré" 1989 Novel
The Waiting Time * 1999 Stuart Orme UK The Waiting Time Gerald Seymour 1998 Novel
A Different Loyalty 2004 Marek Kanievska Canada, UK, US Kim Philby: The Spy I Loved (uncredited) Eleanor Brewer Philby (uncredited) 1967 Memoir
The Company ♠ * 2007 Mikael Salomon US The Company: A Novel of the CIA Robert Littell 2002 Novel
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy 2011 Tomas Alfredson UK Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy "John Le Carré" 1974 Novel
A Perfect Spy ** 1987 Peter Smith UK A Perfect Spy "John le Carré" 1986 Novel
  • ♠ The story of the CIA, from postwar Berlin, through the Hungarian Revolution and the Bay of Pigs, to Gorbachev and Yeltsin.
  • * television film.
  • ** TV miniseries.
The Thirty-Nine Steps[edit]

The famous 1935 Alfred Hitchcock version is set during the interwar years.

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The 39 Steps 1959 Ralph Thomas UK The Thirty-Nine Steps John Buchan 1915 Novel

Defection[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Never Let Me Go 1953 Delmer Daves UK Came the Dawn "Roger Bax" 1949 Novel
Skyjacked 1972 John Guillermin US Hijacked "David Harper" 197? Novel
The Girl from Petrovka 1974 Robert Ellis Miller US The Girl from Petrovka George Feifer 197? Novel
Judgment in Berlin 1988 Leo Penn West Germany & US Judgment in Berlin Herbert Jay Stern 1984 Memoir
The Contract * 1988 Ian Toynton UK The Contract Gerald Seymour 1980 Novel
I Am David 2003 Paul Feig US I Am David Anne Holm 1963 Novel
  • * television film.
Mariel Boatlift[edit]

(analogous to the Berlin Airlift)
1980

Bulletin ... film currently in production: Memorias del desarrollo[edit]
Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Scarface 1983 Brian De Palma US Scarface (uncredited) Armitage Trail (uncredited) 1930[1] Novel
Memorias del desarrollo 2009 Miguel Coyula Cuba & US Memories of Overdevelopment
Memorias del desarrollo
Edmundo Desnoes 2008? Novel

Détente[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Russian Roulette 1975 Lou Lombardo Canada & UK Kosygin Is Coming Tom Ardies 1974 Novel

"Bamboo Curtain"[edit]

Confrontation[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Blood Alley 1955 William A. Wellman US Blood Alley Albert Sidney Fleischman 195? Novel
On Dangerous Ground * 1996 Lawrence Gordon Clark Canada, UK On Dangerous Ground "Jack Higgins" 1994 Novel
  • * television film.

Secret missions[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Soldier of Fortune 1955 Edward Dmytryk US Soldier of Fortune Ernest K. Gann 1954 Novel

Espionage[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Stopover Tokyo 1957 Richard L. Breen US Rendezvous in Tokyo
aka Right You Are, Mr. Moto
John P. Marquand 1956 Novel

Defection[edit]

Bulletin ... film now in release: Mao's Last Dancer by Bruce Beresford[edit]
Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Mao's Last Dancer 2009 Bruce Beresford Australia Mao's Last Dancer Li Cunxin 2003 Autobiography

McCarthy hearings[edit]

1954

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Citizen Cohn * 1992 Frank Pierson US Citizen Cohn Nicholas von Hoffman 1988 Non-fiction
  • * television film.

Cuban Missile Crisis[edit]

October 1962

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Memories of Underdevelopment
Memorias del subdesarrollo
1968 Tomás Gutiérrez Alea Cuba Inconsolable Memories
Memorias del subdesarrollo
Edmundo Desnoes 1962 Novel
The Missiles of October * 1974 Anthony Page US Thirteen Days Robert F. Kennedy 1969 Memoir
Robert Kennedy & His Times * 1985 Marvin J. Chomsky US Robert Kennedy and His Times[9] Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. 1978 Non-fiction
Thirteen Days 2000 Roger Donaldson US The Kennedy Tapes - Inside the White House During the Cuban Missile Crisis Ernest May & Philip Zelikow 1997 Non-fiction
  • * television film.

Mutually assured destruction[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Bombers B-52 1957 Gordon Douglas US Bombers B-52 (?) Sam Rolfe 195? Novel
Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! 1958 Leo McCarey US Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! Max Shulman 195? Novel
The Inside Man
Slagskämpen
1984 Tom Clegg Sweden & UK The Fighter
Slagskämpen
Harry Kullman 1980 Novel
The Hunt for Red October 1990 John McTiernan US The Hunt for Red October Tom Clancy 1984 Novel
Hostile Waters * 1997 David Drury France, Germany, UK, US Hostile Waters (uncredited) Capt. Peter Huchthausen ♠, Igor Kurdin, R. Alan White (uncredited) 1997 Non-fiction
K-19: The Widowmaker 2002 Kathryn Bigelow UK, Germany, US, Canada K-19: The Widowmaker — The Secret Story of the Soviet Nuclear Submarine (uncredited) Capt. Peter Huchthausen (uncredited) 2002 Non-fiction
72 Metres
72 метра
2004 Vladimir Khotinenko Russia ? Aleksandr Pokrovsky 199? Novels
  • ♠ Huchthausen is credited as a researcher, not as an author.
  • * television film.

Doomsday scenario[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Fail-Safe 1964 Sidney Lumet US Fail-Safe Eugene Burdick & Harvey Wheeler 1962 Novel
Dr. Strangelove[10] 1964 Stanley Kubrick UK & US Red Alert Peter Bryant 1958 Novel
The Bedford Incident 1965 James B. Harris US The Bedford Incident Mark Rascovich 1963 Novel
Twilight's Last Gleaming 1977 Robert Aldrich US Viper Three Walter Wager 1971 Novel
The Fifth Missile * 1986 Larry Peerce Italy & US The Gold Crew Frank M. Robinson & Thomas N. Scortia 1980 Novel
By Dawn's Early Light * 1990 Jack Sholder US Trinity's Child William Prochnau 1983 Novel
  • * television film.

What if ...[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Damned 1963 Joseph Losey UK The Children of Light H.L. Lawrence 196? Novel
Archangel * 2005 Jon Jones UK Archangel Robert Harris 1998 Novel
Watchmen 2009 Zack Snyder US Watchmen Alan Moore 1986–
1987
Graphic novel
The Iron Giant α 1999 Brad Bird US The Iron Man Ted Hughes 1968 Novel
  • * television film.
  • α Animated film.

Grand Fenwick-American War[edit]

The fictional defeat of the US by the bowmen of the Duchy of Grand Fenwick.

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Mouse That Roared 1959 Jack Arnold UK The Day New York Was Invaded aka
The Mouse That Roared
Leonard Wibberley 1955 Novel
The Mouse on the Moon 1963 Richard Lester UK The Mouse on the Moon Leonard Wibberley 1962 Novel

Partition of India[edit]

1947

Bulletin ... film currently in development: Midnight's Children by Deepa Mehta[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Bhowani Junction 1956 George Cukor US & UK Bhowani Junction John Masters 1952 Novel
Dharmputra 1961 Yash Chopra India Dharmputra Acharya Chatursen Shastri 195? Novel
The Jewel in the Crown ** 1984 Jim O'Brien &
Christopher Morahan
UK Raj Quartet Paul Scott 1966–1975 Tetralogy
Tamas ** 1987 Govind Nihalani India Tamas[11] Bhisham Sahni 1974 Novel
Train to Pakistan 1998 Pamela Rooks UK & India Train to Pakistan Khushwant Singh 1956 Novel
Earth
अर्थ
1998 Deepa Mehta India & Canada Ice Candy Man Bapsi Sidhwa 1988 Novel
Pinjar: Beyond Boundaries ...[12]
पिंजर
2003 Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi India & Pakistan Pinjar Amrita Pritam 1970 Novel
Midnight's Children 2011 Deepa Mehta Canada? Midnight's Children[13][14][15] Salman Rushdie 1981 Novel
  • ♠ The opening credits include the title (پنجر) in Urdu.[16]
  • ** TV miniseries.

Royal Indian Navy Mutiny[edit]

February 1946

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Bhowani Junction Δ 1956 George Cukor US & UK Bhowani Junction John Masters 1952 Novel
  • Δ It is not clear to what extent this conflict is covered by the film or by the source novel.[17]

1948 Arab–Israeli War[edit]

1948–1949

Bulletin ... upcoming film: Miral by Julian Schnabel[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Hill 24 Doesn't Answer
Giv'a 24 Eina Ona
1955 Thorold Dickinson Israel ? Zvi Kolitz 195? Story
Exodus 1960 Otto Preminger US Exodus Leon Uris 1958 Novel
Cast a Giant Shadow 1966 Melville Shavelson US Cast a Giant Shadow: The Story of Mickey Marcus Who Died to Save Jerusalem Ted Berkman 1962[1] Non-fiction
Bab el shams 2004 Yousry Nasrallah France, Egypt, Belgium, Denmark, Morocco The Gate of the Sun Elias Khoury 1998 Novel
O Jerusalem 2006 Élie Chouraqui Belgium O Jerusalem! Larry Collins & Dominique Lapierre 1972 Non-fiction
Miral 2010 Julian Schnabel UK, Israel, France Miral Rula Jebreal 199? Novel

Malayan Emergency[edit]

1948–1960

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Windom's Way 1957 Ronald Neame UK Windom's Way James Ramsey Ullman 195? Novel
The 7th Dawn 1964 Lewis Gilbert UK The Durian Tree Michael Keon 1960 Novel
The Virgin Soldiers 1969 John Dexter UK The Virgin Soldiers Leslie Thomas 1966 Novel
Stand Up, Virgin Soldiers 1977 Norman Cohen UK Stand Up, Virgin Soldiers Leslie Thomas 1975 Novel
  • ♠ Thomas wrote a third, intermediate novel in his series, Onward Virgin Soldiers (1971).

Korean War[edit]

1950–1953

Politics [edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Harry S. Truman: Plain Speaking * 1976 Daniel Petrie US Plain Speaking: An Oral Biography of Harry S. Truman[18] Merle Miller 1974 Memoir/
Non-fiction

Land operations [edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Fixed Bayonets! 1951 Samuel Fuller US Immortal Sergeant John Brophy 194? Novel
Hold Back the Night 1956 Allan Dwan US Hold Back the Night "Pat Frank" 1952 Novel
Men in War 1957 Anthony Mann US Day Without End Van Van Praag 195? Novel
Pork Chop Hill 1959 Lewis Milestone US Pork Chop Hill: The American Fighting Man in Action, Korea, Spring, 1953 S.L.A. Marshall 1956 Non-fiction
Assembly
集結號
2007 Feng Xiaogang China Guan Si
官司
Yang Jingyuan[3] 199? Novel
  • ♠ The novel is in fact credited, but its relationship to the film is said to be coincidental, with its creditation being merely legal in nature.[19]

Air operations [edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Bridges at Toko-Ri 1955 Mark Robson US The Bridges at Toko-Ri James Michener 1953 Novel
The Hunters 1958 Dick Powell US The Hunters James Salter 1956 Novel

Military bases [edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Code Breakers * 2005 Rod Holcomb US A Return to Glory: the Untold Story of Honor, Dishonor, and Triumph at the United States Military Academy, 1950-53 Bill McWilliams 2000[1] Non-fiction
  • * television film.

Military hospitals [edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Great Impostor 1961 Robert Mulligan US The Great Impostor Robert Crichton 1959 Non-fiction
MASH[20] 1970 Robert Altman US M*A*S*H "Richard Hooker" 1953 Novel
  • ♠ The hospital is aboard an RCN destroyer, the HMCS Cayuga.
  • ♦ In the film version, the implicit target of the satire is the Vietnam War, rather than the Korean War.

Involuntary confinement [edit]

POWs [edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Manchurian Candidate[21] 1962 John Frankenheimer US The Manchurian Candidate Richard Condon 1959 Novel
The Hook 1963 George Seaton US L'Hameçon "Vahé Katcha" 195? Novel
  • ♠ US soldiers are under orders to murder a North Korean POW.
Koje Island Uprisings[edit]
Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Joint Security Area 2000 Park Chan-wook South Korea DMZ
DMZ
Park Sang-yeon 1997 Novel

Refugees [edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Battle Hymn 1957 Douglas Sirk US Battle Hymn Col. Dean E. Hess 1956 Memoir

Home front [edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Last Picture Show[22] 1971 Peter Bogdanovich US The Last Picture Show Larry McMurtry 1966 Novel
Though None Go with Me * 2006 Armand Mastroianni US Though None Go with Me Jerry B. Jenkins 199? Novel
  • * television film.

DMZ[edit]

1953–ongoing

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Joint Security Area 2000 Park Chan-wook South Korea DMZ
DMZ
Park Sang-yeon 1997 Novel

Egyptian Revolution of 1952[edit]

1952

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Abdulla the Great 1955 Gregory Ratoff UK & Egypt My Kingdom for a Woman Ismet Regeila 195? Novel
Ayam El-Sadat 2001 Mohamed Khan Egypt In Search of Identity: An Autobiography Anwar Sadat[23] 1978 Autobiography

Mau Mau Uprising[edit]

1952–1960

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Simba 1955 Brian Desmond Hurst UK Simba Anthony Perry 195? Novel
Something of Value 1957 Richard Brooks US Something of Value Robert Ruark 1955 Novel
Guns at Batasi 1964 John Guillermin UK The Siege of Battersea Robert Holles 1962 Novel
  • ♠ Officially, this film does not take place in Kenya, but in a fictional emerging East African country where there is a rebellion against a British garrison. Both Uganda and Tanganyika enjoyed smooth transitions during this period.

Cuban Revolution[edit]

1953–1959

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Gun Runners 1958 Don Siegel US To Have and Have Not Ernest Hemingway[24] 1937 Novel
Our Man in Havana 1959 Carol Reed UK Our Man in Havana Graham Greene 1958 Novel
Memories of Underdevelopment
Memorias del subdesarrollo
1968 Tomás Gutiérrez Alea Cuba Inconsolable Memories
Memorias del subdesarrollo
Edmundo Desnoes 1962 Novel
Che Part 1 2008 Steven Soderbergh US Episodes of the Cuban Revolutionary War
Pasajes de la guerra revolucionaria
Ernesto "Che" Guevara 1963 Diary
Che Guevara
aka Che
2008 Josh Evans US Don Quixote ♦ (uncredited) Miguel de Cervantes (uncredited) 1615 Novel
  • ♠ Anderson is credited as chief consultant, not as author.
  • ♦ Guevara recommends Don Quixote to a campesino.

Attack on El Uvero[edit]

28 May 1957

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Che Guevara
aka Che
2008 Josh Evans US Don Quixote (uncredited) Miguel de Cervantes (uncredited) 1615 Novel

Battle of Santa Clara[edit]

28 December 1958 – 1 January 1959

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Che Part 1 2008 Steven Soderbergh US Episodes of the Cuban Revolutionary War
Pasajes de la guerra revolucionaria
Ernesto "Che" Guevara 1963 Diary

Bay of Pigs Invasion[edit]

1961

Bulletin ... film currently in development: Fire Bay by Randall Fried[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Company * 2007 Mikael Salomon US The Company: A Novel of the CIA Robert Littell 2002 Novel
  • * television film.

Guatemalan coup of 1954[edit]

1954

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Che Guevara
aka Che
2008 Josh Evans US Don Quixote (uncredited) Miguel de Cervantes (uncredited) 1615 Novel
  • ♠ Guevara discusses his participation in Guatemala, before he fled to Mexico where he met Cuban revolutionaries.

Algerian War[edit]

1954–1962[25]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Lost Command 1966 Mark Robson US[26] Les centurions "Jean Lartéguy" 1960 Novel
Le Crabe-tambour 1977 Pierre Schoendoerffer France Le Crabe-tambour[27] Pierre Schoendoerffer 1976 Novel
Là-bas... mon pays 2000 Alexandre Arcady France Grande vacance : roman René Bonnell 1997[28]¤ Novel
Mon colonel[29] 2006 Laurent Herbiet France & Belgium Mon colonel : roman Francis Zamponi 1999[28] Novel

Atrocities[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
La Question
La Question
1977 Laurent Heynemann France La Question
La Question
Henri Alleg 1958 Memoir

Home front[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Wild Reeds
Les Roseaux sauvages
1994 André Téchiné France "The Oak and the Reed"
"Le Chêne et le Roseau"
Jean de La Fontaine 1668 Fable

Cyprus Emergency[edit]

1955–1959

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The High Bright Sun 1964 Ralph Thomas UK The High Bright Sun Ian Stuart Black 1962 Novel

Poznań June[edit]

1956

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Karol: A Man Who Became Pope * 2005 Giacomo Battiato Poland, Italy, France, Germany, Canada Stories of Karol: The Unknown Life of Pope John Paul II Gian Franco Svidercoschi 2001 Non-fiction

Hungarian Revolution[edit]

1956

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Secret Ways 1961 Phil Karlson & Richard Widmark (uncredited) US The Last Frontier Alistair MacLean 1959 Novel
The Company * 2007 Mikael Salomon US The Company: A Novel of the CIA Robert Littell 2002 Novel
  • * television film.

Vietnam War[edit]

1957–1975
(See also the First Indochina War)

Politics  [edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Ugly American 1963 George Englund US The Ugly American William Lederer & Eugene Burdick 1958 Novel
Blind Ambition * 1979 George Schaefer US Blind Ambition: The White House Years John Dean with Taylor Branch 1976 Memoir
Kissinger and Nixon * 1995 Daniel Petrie Canada Kissinger: A Biography Walter Isaacson 1992 Non-fiction
A Bright Shining Lie * 1998 Terry George US A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam
[30][31]
Neil Sheehan 1988 Non-fiction
  • ♠ The film is set in the fictional Southeast Asian country of Sarkhan, rather than Vietnam per se.
    Sarkhan, a US ally, is invaded by Communist North Sarkhan.
  • * television film.

Land operations[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Green Berets 1968 John Wayne US The Green Berets Robin Moore 1965 Novel
The Deer Hunter[20] 1978 Michael Cimino US Three Comrades (uncredited) Erich Maria Remarque (uncredited) 1937 Novel
Go Tell the Spartans 1978 Ted Post US Incident at Muc Wa Daniel Ford 1967 Novel
Apocalypse Now[32] 1979 Francis Ford Coppola US “Inspired by”
Heart of Darkness
Joseph Conrad 1902 Novella
The Odd
Angry Shot
1979 Tom Jeffrey Australia The Odd Angry Shot William Nagle 1975[33]¤ Novel
Platoon Leader 1988 Aaron Norris US Platoon Leader James R. McDonough 1985 Novel/Memoir
White Badge 1992 Chung Ji-young South Korea White Badge: a novel of Korea
하얀전쟁
Ahn Junghyo
(An Chŏng-hyo)
1983 Novel
A Soldier's Sweetheart 1998 Thomas Michael Donnelly US "Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong" from The Things They Carried[34] [4] Tim O'Brien 1990 Story
  • ♠ A South Korean sergeant deals with his memories by writing a novel about the guys in his unit.[35]

Battle of Ia Drang[edit]

14–18 November 1965

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
We Were Soldiers 2002 Randall Wallace US We Were Soldiers Once... And Young[36] Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore & Joseph L. Galloway 1992 Non-fiction

Battle of Long Tan[edit]

18 August 1966

Bulletin ... film currently in development: Long Tan by Bruce Beresford[edit]

Battle of Hué[edit]

1968

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Full Metal Jacket 1987 Stanley Kubrick US The Short-Timers[4] Gustav Hasford 1980 Novel

Air operations[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Bat*21 1988 Peter Markle US BAT-21 William Charles Anderson 1980 Non-fiction
Air America 1990 Roger Spottiswoode US Air America: The Story of the CIA's Secret Airline Christopher Robbins 1978 Non-fiction
Flight of the Intruder 1991 John Milius US Flight of the Intruder Stephen Coonts 1986 Novel

Military bases[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Full Metal Jacket 1987 Stanley Kubrick US The Short-Timers Gustav Hasford 1980 Novel

Involuntary confinement[edit]

POWs[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
When Hell was in Session * 1979 Paul Krasny US When Hell was in Session Rear Adm. Jeremiah A. Denton, Jr. with Ed. Brandt 1976[1] Memoir
Some Kind of Hero 1982 Michael Pressman US Some Kind of Hero: a novel James Kirkwood 1975[1] Novel
Faith of My Fathers * 2005 Peter Markle US Faith of My Fathers John McCain
with Mark Salter
1999 Autobiography
Rescue Dawn 2007 Werner Herzog US Escape from Laos[37] (uncredited) Dieter Dengler (uncredited) 1979 Memoir
  • * television film.

Atrocities[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Casualties of War 1989 Brian De Palma US Casualties of War Daniel Lang 1969 Novel
In the Lake of the Woods * 1996 Carl Schenkel US In the Lake of the Woods[38] Tim O'Brien 1994 Novel
  • * television film.

Refugees and Boat people[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Turtle Beach 1992 Stephen Wallace Australia Turtle Beach Blanche d'Alpuget 1981 Novel

Home front[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Bamboo Incident
Hoa-Binh
1970 Raoul Coutard France La Colonne de cendres Françoise Lorrain 1954[28] Novel
Friendly Fire 1979 David Greene US Friendly Fire C.D. Bryan 1976 Non-fiction
Taking Woodstock 2009 Ang Lee US Taking Woodstock: A True Story of a Riot, a Concert, and a Life Elliot Tiber & Tom Monte 2007 Memoir
  • ♠ Information on this film is scanty, but it appears to be about the effect of war on Vietnamese children.[39]
    The novel's publication date implies that it actually concerned the First Indochina War.

Demobilization[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Who'll Stop the Rain 1978 Karel Reisz US Dog Soldiers[40] Robert Stone 1974 Novel
Americana 1983 David Carradine US The Perfect Round Henry Norton Robinson 1945[1] Novel
Heaven & Earth 1993 Oliver Stone US When Heaven and Earth Changed Places: A Vietnamese Woman's Journey from War to Peace Le Ly Hayslip & Jay Wurts 1989 Memoir

Casualties physical and mental[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Deer Hunter[20] 1978 Michael Cimino US Three Comrades (uncredited) Erich Maria Remarque (uncredited) 1937 Novel
Coming Home 1978 Hal Ashby US Coming Home George Davis 1972[1] Novel
Birdy 1984 Alan Parker US Birdy[41] William Wharton 1978 Novel
Born on the Fourth of July 1989 Oliver Stone US Born on the Fourth of July Ron Kovic 1976 Memoir
White Badge 1992 Chung Ji-young South Korea White Badge: a novel of Korea
하얀전쟁
Ahn Junghyo
(An Chŏng-hyo)
1983 Novel
Skins 2002 Chris Eyre US Skins Adrian C. Louis 1995 Novel

Memorial[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Gardens Of Stone 1987 Francis Ford Coppola US Gardens Of Stone Nicholas Proffitt 1983 Novel
In Country 1989 Norman Jewison US In Country[4] Bobbie Ann Mason 1985 Novel

What if ...[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Watchmen 2009 Zack Snyder US Watchmen Alan Moore 1986–
1987
Comic

Cambodian Civil War[edit]

1967–1975

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Killing Fields 1984 Roland Joffé UK The Death and Life of Dith Pran Sydney Schanberg 1980 Non-fiction
Nixon 1995 Oliver Stone US The Final Days Bob Woodward &
Carl Bernstein
1976 Non-fiction
  • ♠ Cambodia is covered, in addition to Vietnam.

Congo Crisis[edit]

1960–1966 (including the Katangan Secession and the Simba Rebellion)

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Dark of the Sun 1968 Jack Cardiff US Train From Katanga
aka The Dark of the Sun
Wilbur Smith 1965 Novel
  • ♠ The film was unofficially remade as Tears of the Sun, set in a fictitious Nigerian Civil War.

Quiet Revolution[edit]

1960–1970?

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Duplessis * 1977 Mark Blandford Canada Duplessis Conrad Black 1973/1977 Non-fiction
  • * television film.

Abortive Bolivian revolution[edit]

1966–1967

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Che Part 2 2008 Steven Soderbergh US Bolivian Diary
Diario del Che en Bolivia
Ernesto "Che" Guevara 1968/
1994
Diary
Che Guevara
aka Che
2008 Josh Evans US Don Quixote ♦ (uncredited) Miguel de Cervantes (uncredited) 1615 Novel
  • ♠ Anderson is credited as chief consultant, not as author.
  • ♦ Guevara recommends Don Quixote to a campesino.

Rhodesian Bush War[edit]

1966–1980

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Albino aka
Whispering Death
1976 Jürgen Goslar West Germany The Whispering Death Daniel Carney 1969 Novel
A Game for Vultures 1979 James Fargo UK A Game for Vultures (?) Michael Hartmann 197? Novel

The Troubles[edit]

1966–1998

Bulletin ... Film currently in production: The Special Relationship by Richard Loncraine[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Cal 1984 Pat O'Connor UK & Ireland Cal Bernard MacLaverty 1983 Novel
Harry's Game * 1982 Lawrence Gordon Clark UK Harry's Game Gerald Seymour 1975 Novel
The Glory Boys * 1984 Michael Ferguson UK The Glory Boys Gerald Seymour 1976 Novel
The Railway Station Man 1992 Michael Whyte UK The Railway Station Man Jennifer Johnston 1985 Novel
In the Name of the Father 1993 Jim Sheridan Ireland & UK Proved Innocent Gerry Conlon 199? Memoir
The Informant * 1997 Jim McBride Ireland & US Field of Blood Gerald Seymour 1985 Novel
Bloody Sunday * 2002 Paul Greengrass UK & Ireland Eyewitness Bloody Sunday – The Truth (uncredited) Don Mullan[42] (uncredited) 1997 Memoir/
Non-fiction
Fifty Dead Men Walking 2008 Kari Skogland UK & Canada Fifty Dead Men Walking Martin McGartland 1997 Memoir
The Rising of the Moon 2002 Deborah Baxtrom US Diary Bobby Sands 1981 Diary
  • * television film.

Six Day War[edit]

1967

Atrocities[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Murder in Television House * 2001 Ram Loevy Israel "Ido and Einam" from Thus Far S. Y. Agnon[43] 197? Story
  • * television film.

Biafran War[edit]

1967–1970

Bulletin ... film currently in development: Half of a Yellow Sun by director unknown[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Dogs of War Δ 1981 John Irvin UK & US The Dogs of War Frederick Forsyth 1974 Novel
  • Δ The film changes the setting of the opening to non-specific Central America from non-specific Africa.
  • ♠ The novel's team of mercenaries depart from an African civil war but it goes unnamed. Forsyth had been a war correspondent in Biafra.

Prague Spring[edit]

1968

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Unbearable Lightness of Being 1988 Philip Kaufman US The Unbearable Lightness of Being[44] Milan Kundera 1984 Novel

Bangladesh Liberation War[edit]

1971

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Aguner Poroshmoni 1995 Humayun Ahmed Bangladesh The Touchstone of Fire
Aguner Poroshmoni
Humayun Ahmed 198? Novel
Shyamol Chhaya 2004 Humayun Ahmed Bangladesh The Green Shade
Shyamol Chhaya
Humayun Ahmed 1973 Novel

Indo-Pakistani War of 1971[edit]

1971

Battle of Longewala[edit]

4–5 December 1971

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Border 1997 J. P. Dutta India Diary J. P. Dutta 1971 Diaries

October War[edit]

1973

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Kippur 2000 Amos Gitai Israel One-Dimensional Man (uncredited) Herbert Marcuse ♠ (uncredited) 1964 Non-fiction
Ayam El-Sadat 2001 Mohamed Khan Egypt In Search of Identity: An Autobiography Anwar Sadat[23] 1978 Autobiography
  • ♠ Two Israeli reservists discuss Marcuse (as well as used cars) as they drive, looking for the war.

Invasion of East Timor[edit]

1975

Bulletin ... upcoming film: Balibo by Robert Connolly[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Balibo 2009 Robert Connolly Australia Cover-Up: The inside story of the Balibo Five Jill Jolliffe 2001 Non-fiction

Lebanese Civil War[edit]

1975–1982

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Circle of Deceit/Die Fälschung 1981 Volker Schlöndorff France & West Germany The Deception
Die Fälschung
Nicolas Born 1979 Novel
Karol: The Pope, The Man * 2006 Giacomo Battiato Poland, Italy, France, Germany, Canada Stories of Karol: The Unknown Life of Pope John Paul II Gian Franco Svidercoschi 2001 Non-fiction
  • * television film.

Entebbe Raid[edit]

1976

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Rise and Fall of Idi Amin 1981 Sharad Patel UK The White Pumpkin Denis Hills 1976 Non-fiction
The Last King of Scotland 2006 Kevin Macdonald UK The Last King of Scotland
[45][46][47][48]
Giles Foden 1998 Novel

Dirty War[edit]

1976–1983

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Jacobo Timerman: Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number * 1983 Linda Yellen US Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number[49][50] Jacobo Timerman 1981 Memoir
Funny Dirty Little War 1983 Héctor Olivera Argentina No habrá más penas ni olvido Osvaldo Soriano 1979 Novel
Night of the Pencils 1986 Héctor Olivera Argentina La noche de los lápices María Seoane & Héctor Ruiz Núñez 198? Non-fiction
Verónico Cruz
La deuda interna
1988 Miguel Pereira Argentina & UK Costumbres, Poemas y Regionalismos[51] Fortunato Ramos 198? Memoir[52]
Imagining Argentina 2003 Christopher Hampton Spain, UK, US Imagining Argentina Lawrence Thornton 1987 Novel
Chronicle of an Escape
Crónica de una fuga
2006 Israel Adrián Caetano Argentina Pase libre: la fuga de la Mansión Seré Claudio Tamburrini 200? Novel/
Memoir
  • * television film.

Second Shaba War[edit]

1978

Battle of Kolwezi[edit]

18 May 1978

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Military Coup in Kolwezi
La légion saute sur Kolwezi
1980 Raoul Coutard France La Légion saute sur Kolwezi : Opération Léopard Capitaine
Pierre Sergent
1978 Non-fiction

Uganda-Tanzania War[edit]

1978–1979

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Rise and Fall of Idi Amin 1981 Sharad Patel UK The White Pumpkin (uncredited) Denis Hills ♠ (uncredited) 1976 Non-fiction
The Last King of Scotland Δ 2006 Kevin Macdonald UK The Last King of Scotland
[45][46][47][48]
Giles Foden 1998 Novel
  • ♠ Author Hills appears in the film as himself.
  • Δ The war is a feature of the novel, not the film.

Nicaraguan Revolution[edit]

1978–1979

Nicaraguan Civil War[edit]

1979–1990

Politics and Diplomacy[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Karol: The Pope, The Man ** 2006 Giacomo Battiato Poland, Italy, France, Germany, Canada Stories of Karol: The Unknown Life of Pope John Paul II Gian Franco Svidercoschi 2001 Non-fiction
  • ** TV miniseries.
Iran–Contra affair[edit]
Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Guts and Glory: The Rise and Fall of Oliver North * 1989 Mike Robe US Guts and Glory: The Rise and Fall of Oliver North (?) Ben Bradlee Jr. 198? Non-fiction
  • * television film.

Soviet-Afghan War[edit]

1978–1989

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Charlie Wilson's War 2007 Mike Nichols US Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History George Crile 2003 Non-fiction
The Kite Runner 2007 Marc Forster US The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini 2003 Novel

Iranian Revolution[edit]

1979

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Persepolis α 2007 Vincent Paronnaud &
Marjane Satrapi
France & US Persepolis Marjane Satrapi 2000–2003 Memoir/
Graphic novel
House of Saddam ** 2008 Alex Holmes &
Jim O'Hanlon
UK & US Saddam Hussein: The Politics of Revenge[53] (uncredited) Said Aburish 1999 Non-fiction
  • ♠ Abu Rish [sic] is credited as script consultant, rather than author.
  • ** TV miniseries.
  • α Animated film.

Canadian caper[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Escape from Iran: The Canadian Caper * 1981 Lamont Johnson Canada & US The Canadian Caper (uncredited) Jean Pelletier ♠ & Claude Adams
(both uncredited)
1981[54]¤ Non-fiction/
Memoir
  • ♠ Journalist Pelletier broke the story for La Presse and appears in the film as a character.[55]
  • * television film.

Gwangju Uprising[edit]

May 1980

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
White Badge 1992 Chung Ji-young South Korea White Badge: a novel of Korea Ahn Junghyo
(An Chŏng-hyo)
1989[1] Novel

Iran–Iraq War[edit]

1980–1988

Politics and Diplomacy[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
House of Saddam ** 2008 Alex Holmes &
Jim O'Hanlon
UK & US Saddam Hussein: The Politics of Revenge[53] (uncredited) Said Aburish 1999 Non-fiction
  • ♠ Abu Rish [sic] is credited as script consultant, rather than author.
  • ** TV miniseries.

Iran–Contra affair[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Guts and Glory: The Rise and Fall of Oliver North * 1989 Mike Robe US Guts and Glory: The Rise and Fall of Oliver North (?) Ben Bradlee Jr. 198? Non-fiction
  • * television film.

Home front[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Persepolis α 2007 Vincent Paronnaud &
Marjane Satrapi
France & US Persepolis Marjane Satrapi 2000–2003 Memoir/
Graphic novel
  • α Animated film.

Salvadoran Civil War[edit]

1980–1992

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Salvador 1986 Oliver Stone US The Flower of the Dragon: the Breakdown of the U.S. Army in Vietnam[56][57] (uncredited) Richard Boyle (uncredited) 1972[1]¤ Non-fiction
Karol: The Pope, The Man * 2006 Giacomo Battiato Poland, Italy, France, Germany, Canada Stories of Karol: The Unknown Life of Pope John Paul II Gian Franco Svidercoschi 2001 Non-fiction
  • * television film.

Falklands War[edit]

1982

Land operations[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Resurrected 1989 Paul Greengrass UK Summer Soldier Philip Williams & M. S. Power 1990 Memoir
Blessed by Fire
Iluminados por el fuego
2005 Tristán Bauer Argentina Iluminados por el fuego: confesiones de un soldado que combatió en Malvinas Edgardo Esteban with Gustavo Romero Borri 1993[1] Non-fiction
  • ♠ The book was reprinted in 1999 as Malvinas, diario del regreso: iluminados por el fuego.

Battle of Mount Tumbledown[edit]

13–14 June 1982

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Tumbledown * 1988 Richard Eyre UK When the Fighting Is Over: A Personal Story of the Battle for Tumbledown Mountain and Its Aftermath John Lawrence & Robert Lawrence 198? Memoir
  • * television film.

Naval operations[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Verónico Cruz
La deuda interna
1988 Miguel Pereira Argentina & UK Costumbres, Poemas y Regionalismos[51] Fortunato Ramos 198? Memoir[52]

Casualties physical and mental[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Tumbledown * 1988 Richard Eyre UK When the Fighting Is Over: A Personal Story of the Battle for Tumbledown Mountain and Its Aftermath John Lawrence & Robert Lawrence 198? Memoir
Blessed by Fire
Iluminados por el fuego
2005 Tristán Bauer Argentina Iluminados por el fuego: confesiones de un soldado que combatió en Malvinas Edgardo Esteban with Gustavo Romero Borri 1993[1] Non-fiction
  • * television film.

Memorial[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Blessed by Fire
Iluminados por el fuego
2005 Tristán Bauer Argentina Iluminados por el fuego: confesiones de un soldado que combatió en Malvinas Edgardo Esteban with Gustavo Romero Borri 1993[1] Non-fiction

Invasion of Lebanon[edit]

1982–1985

Bulletin ... upcoming release: Lebanon by Samuel Maoz[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Beaufort
בופור
2007 Joseph Cedar Israel Beaufort Ron Leshem 2005 Novel
Waltz with Bashir † α 2008 Ari Folman Israel Waltz with Bashir: A Lebanon War Story Ari Folman &
David Polonsky
2009 Memoir/
Graphic novel
  • ◊ The graphic novel was published after the release of the film.
  • † Dramatized documentary.
  • α Animated film.

Sabra and Shatila Massacre[edit]

16 September 1982

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Waltz with Bashir 2008 Ari Folman Israel Waltz with Bashir: A Lebanon War Story Ari Folman &
David Polonsky
2009 Memoir/
Graphic novel

Lord's Resistance Army Insurgency[edit]

1987–2009

Bulletin ... film currently in development: Machine Gun Preacher by Marc Forster[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Karol: The Pope, The Man * 2006 Giacomo Battiato Poland, Italy, France, Germany, Canada Stories of Karol: The Unknown Life of Pope John Paul II Gian Franco Svidercoschi 2001 Non-fiction
Machine Gun Preacher 2012 Marc Forster US Another Man's War: The True Story of One Man's Battle to Save Children in the Sudan Sam Childers 2009 Memoir
  • * television film.

Invasion of Panama[edit]

1989–1990

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Full Fathom Five 1990 Carl Franklin Peru & US Full Fathom Five Bart Davis 198? Novel

Collapse of the Soviet Union[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Man Who Knew Too Little 1997 Jon Amiel US Watch That Man Robert Farrar 199? Novel (unpublished)[58]

Soviet coup of 1991[edit]

1991

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Company * 2007 Mikael Salomon US The Company: A Novel of the CIA Robert Littell 2002 Novel
  • * television film.

Gulf War[edit]

1991

Politics[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Karol: The Pope, The Man ** 2006 Giacomo Battiato Poland, Italy, France, Germany, Canada Stories of Karol: The Unknown Life of Pope John Paul II Gian Franco Svidercoschi 2001 Non-fiction
House of Saddam ** 2008 Alex Holmes &
Jim O'Hanlon
UK & US Saddam Hussein: The Politics of Revenge[53] (uncredited) Said Aburish 1999 Non-fiction
  • ♠ Abu Rish [sic] is credited as script consultant, rather than author.
  • ** TV miniseries.

Operations[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Courage Under Fire 1996 Edward Zwick US "In a Grove" (uncredited) Ryūnosuke Akutagawa (uncredited) 1922 Story
The One That Got Away * 1996 Paul Greengrass UK The One That Got Away "Chris Ryan", M.M. 1995? Memoir
Bravo Two Zero * 1999 Tom Clegg UK Bravo Two Zero "Andy McNab" 1993 Memoir
Live from Baghdad * 2002 Mick Jackson US Live from Baghdad Robert Wiener 200? Memoir
Jarhead 2005 Sam Mendes US Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles Anthony Swofford 2003 Memoir

Casualties physical and mental[edit]

Home front[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
The Law of Enclosures 1999 John Greyson Canada The Law of Enclosures Dale Peck 1996 Novel
Towelhead 2007 Alan Ball US Towelhead Alicia Erian 2005 Novel
  • ♠ The film is set in the industrial city of Sarnia, Ontario in order to have an oil industry parallel with the war.[59]

Demobilization[edit]

Yugoslav Wars[edit]

1991–2001

Bulletin ... film currently in development: The Filthy War by John Irvin[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Harrison's Flowers 2000 Elie Chouraqui France Le diable a l'avantage Isabel Ellsen 199? Novel
Dezerter Дезертер 2000 Živojin Pavlović Yugoslavia "The Eternal Husband" Fyodor Dostoyevsky 18?? Story

Bosnian War[edit]

1992–1995

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Territorio Comanche 1997 Gerardo Herrero Spain, France, Germany, Argentina Territorio Comanche Arturo Perez-Reverte 1994 Novel/
Memoir
  • * television film.

Politics[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Karol: The Pope, The Man * 2006 Giacomo Battiato Poland, Italy, France, Germany, Canada Stories of Karol: The Unknown Life of Pope John Paul II Gian Franco Svidercoschi 2001 Non-fiction

Siege of Sarajevo[edit]

1992–1996

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Welcome To Sarajevo 1997 Michael Winterbottom US & UK Natasha's Story Michael Nicholson 1993 Novel
Shot Through the Heart * 1998 David Attwood Canada, US, UK, Hungary "Anti-Sniper" John Falk 1995 Article
  • * television film.

Demobilization[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
That Beautiful Somewhere 2006 Robert Budreau Canada Loon A.W. Plumstead 200? Novel
  • ♠ The detective leading an investigation is a Canadian veteran of Bosnia.

Justice and Retribution[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Avenger * 2006 Robert Markowitz US Avenger Frederick Forsyth 2003 Novel
The Hunting Party 2007 Richard Shepard US, Croatia, Bosnia "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" Scott Anderson 2000 Article
  • * television film.

Director:Robert Markowitz Writers (WGA):Alan Sharp (teleplay) Frederick Forsyth (novel)

Somalian Civil War[edit]

1991–present

Battle of Mogadishu[edit]

1993

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Black Hawk Down 2001 Ridley Scott US Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War Mark Bowden 1999 Non-fiction

Rwandan Genocide[edit]

1994

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
A Sunday in Kigali 2006 Robert Favreau Canada A Sunday at the pool in Kigali Gil Courtemanche 2000 Novel
Shake Hands with the Devil 2007 Roger Spottiswoode Canada Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda[60] Roméo Dallaire 2003 Non-fiction

First Chechen War[edit]

1994–1996

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Prisoner of the Mountains 1996 Sergei Bodrov Russia "The Prisoner of the Caucasus" Leo Tolstoy 18?? Story
Purgatory Chistilishche ♠ * 1998 Alexander Nevzorov Russia "Psalm 137"[61] Book of Psalms Псалтирь  ? Scripture
Proof of Life 2000 Taylor Hackford US "Adventures in the Ransom Trade" William Prochnau 199? Article
  • ♠ A grisly[62] Russian film, deemed "ultra-nationalist exploitation".[63]
  • * television film.

1998 Chadian Civil War[edit]

1998–2002

Justice and Retribution[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Daratt 2006 Mahamat Saleh Haroun France, Belgium, Chad, Austria La clemenza di Tito Metastasio 1791 Libretto

What if ...[edit]

20th century

Coups[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Seven Days in May 1964 John Frankenheimer US Seven Days in May Fletcher Knebel &
Charles W. Bailey II
1962 Novel
The Dogs of War 1981 John Irvin UK & US The Dogs of War Frederick Forsyth 1974 Novel
A Very British Coup ** 1988 Mick Jackson UK A Very British Coup Chris Mullin 1982 Novel
The Enemy Within * 1994 Jonathan Darby US Seven Days in May Fletcher Knebel &
Charles W. Bailey II
1962 Novel
  • ♠ The film concerns a coup in the fictional African country of 'Zangaro', but the novel's basis was a genuine plot against the government of Equatorial Guinea.
  • * television film.
  • ** TV miniseries.

Wars[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Far North 2007 Asif Kapadia UK & France "True North" from Telling Tales Sara Maitland 1983 Story

War in the abstract[edit]

20th century

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type
Neighbours α 1952 Norman McLaren Canada Synoptic Gospels Evangelists before 100 Scripture
The Desert of the Tartars
Il deserto dei Tartari
1976 Valerio Zurlini Italy, France,
West Germany
The Tartar Steppe
Il deserto dei Tartari[15] [4]¤
Dino Buzzati 1940 Novel
Notre musique 2004 Jean-Luc Godard Switzerland & France ? Fedor Dostoievski[64]  ? Texte

For future conflicts which have yet to occur, see the List of films based on war books — future.

See also[edit]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Publication details for this title have been confirmed by the catalogue of the US Library of Congress.
    Source: Library of Congress Online Catalog.
  2. ^ a b British Library Integrated Catalogue.
  3. ^ a b DVD opening credits.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Recommended by Sebastian Faulks. Source: Faulks and Hensgen (q.v.).
  5. ^ Laxness was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1955.
  6. ^ Gouzenko's second book, a novel entitled The Fall of a Titan, was the recipient of the Governor General's Award in 1954.
  7. ^ Recipient of the Edgar Award in 1965.
  8. ^ The film was later spoofed as The Man Who Knew Too Little, with Joanne Whalley-Kilmer playing a similar role in both films.
  9. ^ Recipient of the National Book Award in 1979.
  10. ^ Inducted into the US National Film Registry in 1989.
  11. ^ Recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1975.
  12. ^ The film is dedicated to the late Indira Gandhi, amongst others.
  13. ^ Recipient of the Booker Prize in 1981.
  14. ^ Recipient of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1981.
  15. ^ a b Listed in the 100 livres du siècle, from a poll organized by FNAC and Le Monde in 1999.
  16. ^ The film also credits the poetry of both Amrita Pritam and Zehra Nigah (of Pakistan); it is unclear whether this poetry is original or source material.
  17. ^ Source: Wikipedia article on Bhowani Junction.
  18. ^ Miller's biography is now controversial due to allegations of falsification.
  19. ^ Source: Wikipedia, main article.
  20. ^ a b c Inducted into the US National Film Registry in 1996.
  21. ^ Inducted into the US National Film Registry in 1994.
  22. ^ Inducted into the US National Film Registry in 1998.
  23. ^ a b Sadat was awarded the Nobel Prize in Peace in 1978, jointly with Menachem Begin.
  24. ^ Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954.
  25. ^ According to French Wikipédia, this war in France is still referred to as "the Events of Algeria": dans les textes législatifs notamment, l'expression officielle continue d'être « événements d'Alger » ou « événements d'Algérie ».
  26. ^ The film was shot in Spain.
  27. ^ Recipient of the Grand Prix de l'Académie française in 1976.
  28. ^ a b c Publication details for this title have been confirmed by the catalogue of the French Bibliothèque nationale.
    Source: Catalogue collectif de France.
  29. ^ Costa-Gavras produced the film and wrote the screen story.
  30. ^ Recipient of the National Book Award in 1988.
  31. ^ Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in 1989.
  32. ^ Inducted into the US National Film Registry in 2000.
  33. ^ Publication details for this title have been confirmed by the catalogue of the National Library of Australia.
    Source: Catalogue Home.
  34. ^ Recipient of the Prix du Meilleur livre étranger in 1993.
  35. ^ Incidents include a short-arm inspection, interrogation (drowning) of civilian suspects, tunnel ratting, a brothel scene, an altercation with US GIs, a war crime, and a VC night assault.
  36. ^ The 2008 sequel is entitled, We Are Soldiers Still: A Journey Back to the Battlefields of Vietnam.
  37. ^ "The film is vaguely based on the book, Escape From Laos written by Dieter Dengler."
    Source: Rescue Dawn the Truth.
  38. ^ Recipient of the Cooper Prize in 1995.
  39. ^ The film's Italian title is Sciuscià nel Vietnam (Shoeshine in Vietnam) with an implicit reference to De Sica's 1946 neo-realist classic Shoeshine, a film about children.
    According to French Wikipédia, the film concerns « l'état d'innocence ou [sic] se trouvaient les enfants confrontés à cette guerre ininterrompue que décrit Coutard [the film's director]. Comme ils n'ont aucune notion autre que la guerre quotidienne et banale, ils s'y retrouvent bien naturellement pour vivre une existence que peu d'humains pourraient supporter en continu. » (But then, that's the resilience of children, isn't it?) See Boorman's Hope and Glory for a close World War II equivalent.
  40. ^ Recipient of the National Book Award in 1975.
  41. ^ Recipient of the National Book Award for First Novel in 1980.
  42. ^ Mullan is credited as co-producer and actor, not as an author.
  43. ^ Agnon was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1966.
  44. ^ Recipient of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 1984.
  45. ^ a b Recipient of the Whitbread Award for First Novel in 1998.
  46. ^ a b Recipient of a Somerset Maugham Award in 1999.
  47. ^ a b Recipient of a Betty Trask Award in 1999.
  48. ^ a b Recipient of the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize in 1999.
  49. ^ Recipient of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 1981.
  50. ^ Recipient of the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award in 1981.
  51. ^ a b Costumbres, Poemas y Regionalismos por Fortunato Ramos.
    (En sus textos se basó la pelicula [sic] La Deuda Interna)
    Humahuaca - Jujuy - 1988
    Tercera edicion [sic]
    La base del largometraje "La deuda interna", de Miguel Ángel Pereyra [sic], es parte de la vida de un alumno de Santa Ana, Veronico [sic] Cruz; relato vivencial escrito por este maestro rural.
    Source: Costumbres, Poemas y Regionalismos por Fortunato Ramos
  52. ^ a b English Wikipedia claims the unnamed source book is non-fiction. Spanish Wikipedia claims it is a novela.
  53. ^ a b c "The actor[Yigal Naor read various books to prepare for his performance, in particular “Saddam Hussein: The Politics of Revenge” by Palestinian author Said Aburish. During a joint interview with Naor on the BBC World Service, Aburish said [...] that Naor has captured the swagger, gestures and nuances of Saddam."
    Source: House of Saddam’ brings Saddam’s complexities to the small screen, Susannah Tarbush, Saudi Gazette. Retrieved 2010-06-24 (12 Rajab 1431 AH).
  54. ^ Publication details for this title have been confirmed by the catalogue of Library and Archives Canada.
    Source: Library Search.
  55. ^ Source: TV captures heroic Iran escape, Mike Boone, Montreal Gazette, 16 May 1981.
  56. ^ Source: Lavington (q.v.), p. 63–64.
  57. ^ Foreword by Paul N. McCloskey.
  58. ^ Source: DVD commentary.
  59. ^ Source: The Free Library: John Greyson's The law of enclosures
  60. ^ Recipient of the Governor General's Award in 2004.
  61. ^ The Eastern Orthodox numbering of the psalms differs from the Protestant numbering, so the psalm is listed in the Russian opening credits as Psalm 136, rather than Psalm 137.
    The passage used is as follows:
    7 Remember, O LORD, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.
    8 O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.
    9 Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.
  62. ^ In Grozny, Arabs and Chechens cut the head off a terrified Russian soldier as black American mercenaries stand and laugh. The corpse continues to kick as the head receives a light roasting over the fire. Later, an Arab attaches the severed head to an RPG and shoots it into the Russian lines.
    Baltic women snipers target the crotch of a screaming Russian soldier.
    Black Americans laugh heartily as an Arab urinates on Russian corpses while performing a little dance.
    A Russian male sniper gains the upper hand when he takes out the groins of the Baltic women.
    The fact that a surviving Russian tank crewman has only one limb remaining makes it more difficult for the Chechens to crucify him. The blood-drooling Russian Christ survives long enough to see victory.
    Many urban warfare scenes involving tanks and infantry are effective.
    The Chechen commander smokes Sobranie Cocktail cigarettes.
  63. ^ Source: IMDb review by "Over Nine Thousand", 2008.
  64. ^ These authors are credited without specifying the precise nature of the texte in question.
    The film also contains "quotations" which may be the work of the screenwriter (Godard),
    e.g. « Le rêve d’un individu est d’être deux. Le rêve de l’Etat est d’être seul. »

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The Cinema of North Korea

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