List of book-based war films (future wars)

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A list of films that are based on war books. If a book has been turned into both a film and a TV series (or TV film), then the TV series is included.

This is a fictional history page. The films and books are real. The history is not.

For other conflicts, see the List of films based on war books — fantasy.

Contents

Prehistory[edit]

Fire War[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Quest for Fire 1981 Jean-Jacques Annaud Canada & France La Guerre du feu "J.-H. Rosny" 1911 Novel - - -

Days of future past[edit]

[1]

Wars of Barsoom[edit]

1865

Bulletin ... film currently in production: John Carter of Mars by Andrew Stanton[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Princess of Mars 2009 Mark Atkins USA Under the Moons of Mars
aka A Princess of Mars
Edgar Rice Burroughs 1912 Novel - - -
2 John Carter of Mars 2012 Andrew Stanton USA Under the Moons of Mars
aka A Princess of Mars
Edgar Rice Burroughs 1912 Novel - - -

War of the Worlds[edit]

(War of the Martians against the Victorians)
1890s

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The War of the Worlds 1953 Byron Haskin USA The War of the Worlds [2] H.G. Wells 1897 Novel - - -
  • ♠ The setting has been changed from Queen Victoria's London to Pres. Eisenhower's California but it is still conservative.

First Occupation of the USA[edit]

Homeground American pacifism made foreign invasion inevitable.

Invasion by Emanon[edit]

1915

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Battle Cry of Peace 1915 J. Stuart Blackton & Wilfrid North USA Defenseless America Hudson Maxim 1916 Non-fiction - - -
  • ♠ Also known as A Call to Arms Against War, An American Home, The Battle Cry of War.[3]
  • † Maxim appears in the film. His book apparently was published after the film's release.

Rebellion of the Loyal Legion[edit]

1916

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Fall of a Nation 1916 Rev. Thomas F. Dixon Jr. USA The Fall of a Nation Rev. Thomas F. Dixon Jr. 1916 Novel - - -
  • ♠ The Loyal Legion of American Women led the uprising against the Emperor of the USA.[4]

Martian Proletarian Revolution[edit]

c. 1920

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Aelita: Queen of Mars Аэлита 1924 Yakov Protazanov USSR Aelita Alexei Tolstoy 1923 Novel - - -

Metropolis Rebellion[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Metropolis 1927 Fritz Lang Germany Metropolis Thea von Harbou 1926 Novel - - -

Freedonia–Sylvania War[edit]

1933

Collision of the Earth with Bronson Alpha[edit]

1933
Since this incident resulted in the destruction of the Earth, it is possible that it is legend[citation needed] and not fact.
Some[weasel words] academics[who?] continue to disagree.

Global Civil War[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 When Worlds Collide 1951 Rudolph Maté USA When Worlds Collide Philip Wylie &
Edwin Balmer
1933 Novel - - -

Wars of Oceania against Eurasia and Eastasia[edit]

1940s

Frequently filmed: Nineteen Eighty-Four[edit]

Bulletin ... film currently in development: 1984 by director unknown[edit]
# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 1984 1956 Michael Anderson UK Nineteen Eighty-Four [2] George Orwell 1949 Novel - - -

Second World War[edit]

1940–1966

Rebellion of 2036[edit]

2036

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Things to Come 1936 William Cameron Menzies UK The Shape of Things to Come H.G. Wells 1933 Novel - - -

Advent of World Peace[edit]

1968
World peace arrived in 1968 when the Star Child destroyed all of the world's nuclear weapons.

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 2001: A Space Odyssey[5] 1968 Stanley Kubrick UK 2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke 1968 Novel - - -
  • ♠ In history, world peace arrived in 1968.
    Director Kubrick chose, for artistic reasons, not to include the obvious happy ending in his docudrama about the event.
    But this perceived slight[citation needed] led to a lack of co-operation by the Star Child[citation needed] in the making of his own story.

Second Occupation of the USA[edit]

1982

Occupying force[edit]

 Soviet Union

Resistance[edit]

Alaska Alaska National Guard

Third Occupation of the USA[edit]

1984

Occupying force[edit]

 Soviet Union,  Cuba,  Nicaragua

Resistance[edit]

Colorado Colorado high school students, commanded by Jed Eckert

Fourth Occupation of the USA[edit]

1987

Occupying force[edit]

 Soviet Union, United Nations United Nations

Resistance[edit]

United States Second American Revolution, initiated by the Nebraska Heartland Defense Force, based in Omaha

Fifth Occupation of the USA[edit]

2005

Occupying force[edit]

United Nations UN (Global Community), led by the Antichrist

Resistance[edit]

United States Tribulation Force

Reign of Fire[edit]

2008–2020

This is the present day.

Apocalyptic[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 On the Beach 1959 Stanley Kramer USA On the Beach Nevil Shute 1957 Novel On the Beach 2000 Australia
2 Panic in Year Zero! 1962 Ray Milland USA "Lot" &
"Lot's Daughter"
(uncredited)
Ward Moore (uncredited) 1953–1954 Stories - - -
3 Testament 1983 Lynne Littman USA "The Last Testament" Carol Amen 198? Story - - -
4 When the Wind Blows 1986 Jimmy Murakami UK When the Wind Blows Raymond Briggs 1982 Graphic novel - - -

Post-apocalyptic[edit]

Bulletin ... film ready for release: The Road by John Hillcoat[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Last Man on Earth 1924 John G. Blystone USA The Last Man (uncredited) Mary Shelley (uncredited) 1826 Novel - - -
2 A Boy and His Dog 1974 L.Q. Jones USA A Boy and His Dog [6] Harlan Ellison 1969/1976 Novella - - -
3 The Handmaid's Tale 1990 Volker Schlöndorff USA & Germany The Handmaid's Tale [7][8] Margaret Atwood 1985 Novel - - -
4 The Postman 1997 Kevin Costner USA The Postman
[9][10]
David Brin 1985 Novel - - -
5 Woundings aka Brand New World 1998 Roberta Hanley UK Woundings Jeff Noon 1986 Play - - -
6 Children of Men 2006 Alfonso Cuarón UK The Children of Men P.D. James 1992 Novel - - -
7 The Road 2009 John Hillcoat USA The Road [11][12] Cormac McCarthy 2006 Novel - - -
n Malevil
Malevil
1981 Christian de Chalonge France Malevil [13]
Malevil
Robert Merle [14] 1972 Novel - - -

Frequently filmed: I Am Legend[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Last Man on Earth 1964 Ubaldo Ragona &
Sidney Salkow
USA & Italy I Am Legend Richard Matheson 1954 Novel - - -
2 Soy leyenda 1967 Mario Gómez Martín Spain I Am Legend Richard Matheson 1954 Novel - - -
3 The Omega Man 1971 Boris Sagal USA I Am Legend Richard Matheson 1954 Novel - - -

Ape Revolt[edit]

Frequently filmed: La Planète des singes[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Planet of the Apes [15] 1968 Franklin J. Schaffner USA La Planète des singes Pierre Boulle 1963 Novel - - -
2 Conquest of the Planet of the Apes 1972 J. Lee Thompson USA La Planète des singes (characters) Pierre Boulle 1963 Novel - - -
  • ♠ The film where the Ape Revolt actually occurs.

Campaigns of the American Forces / Fuerzas Americanas[edit]

War of the Six Cities[edit]

Moscow Incident[edit]

Saudi Campaign[edit]

Battle of the Argentine Moons[edit]

2036 (Year 40)

Battle of Tannhäuser Gate[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Blade Runner[16] 1982 Ridley Scott USA Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Philip K. Dick 1968 Novel - - -
  • ♠ The battle is mentioned in Blade Runner.

Bolivian Coup[edit]

2015

Battle of Shanghai[edit]

2012

Montana Insurrection[edit]

Shoulder of Orion[edit]

[17]

Nibian Moon Campaign[edit]

Antares Maelstrom War[edit]

Perdition's Flames War[edit]

Battle of Arcadia 234[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Soldier 1998 Paul W.S. Anderson USA Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?[citation needed] (uncredited) Philip K. Dick (uncredited) 1968 Novel - - -

Drac War[edit]

c. 2080

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Enemy Mine 1985 Wolfgang Petersen USA Enemy Mine [18][19] Barry B. Longyear 1979 Novella - - -

Wars of the Colonial Marines[edit]

Nostromo Incident[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Alien [20] 1979 Ridley Scott USA The Voyage of the Space Beagle
[citation needed] (uncredited)
A.E. van Vogt (uncredited) 1950 Novel - - -

Battle of Planetoid LV-426[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Aliens 1986 James Cameron USA Starship Troopers [21]
[citation needed] (uncredited)
Robert A. Heinlein (uncredited) 1959 Novel - - -

Bug War[edit]

(War of Terrans and Skinnies against Arachnids)

Battle of Klendathu[edit]

Battle of Planet P[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Uchū no senshi
aka Starship Troopers
1987 Tetsuro Amino Japan Starship Troopers [21] Robert A. Heinlein 1959 Novel - - -
2 Starship Troopers 1997 Paul Verhoeven USA Starship Troopers [21] Robert A. Heinlein 1959 Novel - - -

Second Bug War[edit]

Battle of Planet OM-1[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Starship Troopers 3: Marauder 2008 Ed Neumeier USA Starship Troopers [21] (characters) Robert A. Heinlein 1959 Novel - - -

Exterminator Rebellion[edit]

2293

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Zardoz 1974 John Boorman UK The Wonderful Wizard of Oz L. Frank Baum 1900 Novel - - -
  • ♠ The revolt against the Eternals, who are anti-penis, by the Brutals, who are (presumably) pro-penis. Eternals worship the Baum.

Forever War[edit]

(United Nations against the Taurans) [22][23][24]

Bulletin ... film currently in development: The Forever War by Ridley Scott[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country

Psychlo Occupation of Earth[edit]

c. AD 2000

Revolt of the Man-animals[edit]

AD 3000

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country

Outsider War[edit]

Stardate 3045.6

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Arena from Star Trek 1967 Joseph Pevney USA "Arena" Fredric Brown 1944 Story - - -
  • ♠ Brown's Outsider, being impossible to portray with 1960s special effects, became the reptilian Gorn.

War of the Old Empire against House Atreides[edit]

Invasion of Arrakis[edit]

Fremen Jihad[edit]

Battle of Arrakeen[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Dune 1984 David Lynch USA Dune [25][26] Frank Herbert 1965 Novel - - -
2 Dune
Extended Version
1989 "Alan Smithee" USA Dune [25][26] Frank Herbert 1965 Novel - - -

Clone Wars[edit]

22 BBY – 19 BBY

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country

War of the Rebel Alliance against the Empire[edit]

Battle of the Moon of Endor[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Return of the Jedi 1983 Richard Marquand USA Earthman's Burden ♠ (uncredited) Gordon R. Dickson &
Poul Anderson (uncredited)
1957 Stories - - -
1 Little Fuzzy ♠ (uncredited) H. Beam Piper (uncredited) 1962 Novel - - -
  • ♠ Hokas and especially Little Fuzzies, both well-known within science fiction, are considered to have inspired the Ewoks.[citation needed]

Periodic Civil War of Lagash[edit]

Every 2049 years, civilization on Lagash collapses.

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Nightfall 1988 Paul Mayersberg USA Nightfall Isaac Asimov 1941 Story - - -

For other conflicts, see the List of films based on war books — fantasy.

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The title of this section bears no relation to any Moody Blues album from 1967 or otherwise.
  2. ^ a b Listed in the 100 livres du siècle, from a poll organized by FNAC[[{{subst:DATE}}|{{subst:DATE}}]] [disambiguation needed] and Le Monde in 1999.
  3. ^ Source: controversial IMDb review by F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre, 2003.
  4. ^ Source: IMDb plot summary by Jim Beaver.
  5. ^ Inducted into the US National Film Registry in 1991.
  6. ^ Recipient of the Nebula Award for Best Novella in 1969.
  7. ^ Recipient of the Governor General's Award in 1985.
  8. ^ Recipient of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 1986.
  9. ^ Recipient of the John W. Campbell Memorial Award in 1986.
  10. ^ Recipient of the Locus Award in 1986.
  11. ^ Recipient of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 2006.
  12. ^ Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in 2007.
  13. ^ Recipient of the John W. Campbell Memorial Award in 1974 (tie with Rendezvous with Rama).
  14. ^ Merle was awarded the Grand Prix Jean-Giono in 2003.
  15. ^ Inducted into the US National Film Registry in 2001.
  16. ^ Inducted into the US National Film Registry in 1993.
  17. ^ Sharp view of 'Orion's shoulder' BBC News, Wednesday, 29 July 2009
  18. ^ Recipient of the Hugo Award for Best Novella in 1980.
  19. ^ Recipient of the Nebula Award for Best Novella in 1980.
  20. ^ Inducted into the US National Film Registry in 2002.
  21. ^ a b c d Recipient of the Hugo Award in 1960.
  22. ^ Recipient of the Nebula Award in 1975.
  23. ^ Recipient of the Hugo Award in 1976.
  24. ^ Recipient of the Locus Award in 1976.
  25. ^ a b Recipient of the Nebula Award in 1965.
  26. ^ a b Recipient of the Hugo Award in 1966.

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See also[edit]


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