5 Best Korean War Movies

Friday, January 21 by David Gaines

Most cinema buffs overlook the 5 best Korean War movies. Hollywood caters toward World War II and Vietnam, which gives justice to the surname "Forgotten War." In the midst of the Cold War, two opposing factions sought a political division between North and South Korea. Over a three-year period, the proxy war continued to wreak havoc on the Korean Peninsula before ending in a firmly held "stalemate." No outright victory was ever claimed. Both opposing regions launch small-scale attacks 57 years after the armistice. Modern-day Korean War movies stem primarily from Korea itself. Hollywood's glory days detailing the Korean War originates from the 1950's.

  1. "Pork Chop Hill" (1959): The U.S. Army's 7th Division embarks on a mission to seize and oversee a remote landmark before the armistice agreement took effect. "Pork Chop Hill" depicts the military sense of duty for troops trying to make sense of the enforced situation.
  2. "The Steel Helmet" (1951): American troops elude death every second during the progression of war. "The Steel Helmet" portrays the life and death scenario of a GI that escapes from a mass execution as a bullet deflects off his steel helmet.
  3. "I Want You" (1951): The mere mention of a military draft garners an encroachment of hostile Americans. "I Want You" magnifies the military draft horrors on a small town in rural America.
  4. "The Bridges at Toko-Ri" (1954): "The Bridges at Toko-Ri" showcases brilliant combat aircraft operations in mid-flight. USS Oriskany and USS Keersarge became the spotlight for onboard scenes.
  5. "Men in War" (1957): "Men in War" captures realistic battle scenes with high-end explosives and dissociated enemy snipers. A World War II novel influenced the film with a brilliant adaptation centered on the atrocities of the Korean War.