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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.

For earlier conflicts, see the List of films based on war books — 1775–1898.

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Spanish–American War

1898

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Stars and Stripes Forever 1952 Henry Koster USA Marching Along John Philip Sousa 19?? Memoir - - -
2 The Private History of a Campaign That Failed ♠ * 1981 Peter H. Hunt USA &
West Germany
"The Private History of a Campaign That Failed" "Mark Twain" 1885 Story/Memoir - - -
2 "The War Prayer" "Mark Twain" 1916 (posthumous) Story - - -
  • ♠ This adaptation combines a story of the US Civil War with a later story of the Spanish-American War.[1]
  • * TV movie.
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Cuban War of Independence

1895–1898

Bulletin ... Film currently in development: The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Martin Scorsese

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Sampson-Schley Controversy 1901 Edwin S. Porter USA History of the Navy (uncredited) E.S. Maclay (uncredited) 1901? Non-fiction - - -
2 A Message to Garcia 1916 Richard Ridgely USA A Message to Garcia Elbert Hubbard 1899 Essay - - -
3 A Message to Garcia 1936 George Marshall USA A Message to Garcia Elbert Hubbard 1899 Essay - - -
4 Yellow Jack 1938 George B. Seitz USA Yellow Jack Sidney Howard &
Paul de Kruif
1934 Play - - -
4 Microbe Hunters (uncredited) Paul de Kruif (uncredited) 1926 Non-fiction - - -
5 The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt 2011 Martin Scorsese USA The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt [2][3] Edmund Morris 1979 Non-fiction - - -
  • ♠ For the details of the bitter controversy between admirals, see Winfield Scott Schley.
  • ♣ Hubbard was killed when the RMS Lusitania was torpedoed by a U-boat in 1915.
  • ♦ The story of Walter Reed fighting yellow fever.

Philippine Insurrection

1899–1913

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Real Glory 1939 Henry Hathaway USA The Real Glory Charles L. Clifford 1937 Novel - - -

Boxer Rebellion

1899–1901

Thousand Days War

1899–1902

Classics never filmed

# Source
work
Author Date Type Country
1 One Hundred Years of Solitude [4][5] Gabriel García Márquez [6] 1967 Novel Colombia

Second Boer War

1899–1902

Operations

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Young Winston 1972 Richard Attenborough UK My Early Life: A Roving Commission Winston Churchill [7] 1930 Memoir - - -
1 London to Ladysmith via Pretoria (uncredited) Winston Churchill [7] 1900 Memoir - - -
1 Ian Hamilton's March (uncredited) Winston Churchill [7] 1900 Memoir - - -
2 'Breaker' Morant 1980 Bruce Beresford Australia 'Breaker' Morant Kenneth G. Ross 1978 Play - - -

Military justice and Courts-martial

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 'Breaker' Morant 1980 Bruce Beresford Australia 'Breaker' Morant Kenneth G. Ross 1978 Play - - -

Military hospitals

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Little Princess 1939 Walter Lang USA A Little Princess Frances Hodgson Burnett 1905 Novel - - -

Atrocities

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 'Breaker' Morant 1980 Bruce Beresford Australia 'Breaker' Morant Kenneth G. Ross 1978 Play - - -

Home front

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp 1943 Michael Powell &
Emeric Pressburger
UK ? David Low 193? Cartoons - - -

Frequently filmed: A Little Princess

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Little Princess 1939 Walter Lang USA A Little Princess Frances Hodgson Burnett 1905 Novel - - -

Classics never filmed

# Source
work
Author Date Type Country
1 The General "C. S. Forester" 1936 Novel UK
2 The Boer War Diary of Sol T. Plaatje Sol Plaatje 1900/
1973
Diary Orange Free State,
South Africa

Ilinden Uprising

August 1903

US interventions in Latin America

1903–1934

Russo-Japanese War

1904–1905

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Breath of the Gods 1920 Rollin S. Sturgeon USA The Breath of the Gods Sidney McCall 191? Novel - - -
2 Mount Hakkoda
八甲田山
1977 Shiro Moritani Japan Death March on Mount Hakkōda
八甲田山死の彷徨
"Jirō Nitta" 197? Novel - - -

Frequently filmed: La Bataille

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Thunder in the East 1934 Nicolas Farkas & Viktor Tourjansky France & UK La Bataille Claude Farrère [8] 1909 Novel - - -

Russian Revolution of 1905

1905

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Mother 1926 Vsevolod Pudovkin USSR The Mother (Мать) "Maxim Gorky" 1907 Novel - - -

Mexican Revolution

1910–1920

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Patria 1917 Leopold & Theodore Wharton, Jacques Jaccard USA The Last of the Fighting Channings Louis Joseph Vance 191? Novel - - -
2 Viva Villa! 1934 Jack Conway USA Viva Villa! Edgecumb Pinchon & O.B. Stade 192? Non-fiction - - -
3 El compadre Mendoza 1934 Juan Bustillo Oro & Fernando de Fuentes Mexico "El compadre Mendoza" Mauricio Magdaleno 193? Story - - -
4 ¡Vámonos con Pancho Villa! 1936 Fernando de Fuentes Mexico ¡Vámonos con Pancho Villa! Rafael F. Muñoz 193? Novel - - -
5 Los de abajo 1940 Chano Urueta Mexico The Underdogs Mariano Azuela 1915 Novel - - -
6 Las mujeres de mi general 1951 Ismael Rodríguez Mexico "La soldadera" Joselito Rodríguez & Celestino Gorostiza 19?? Story - - -
7 Viva Zapata! 1952 Elia Kazan USA Zapata the Unconquerable Edgecumb Pinchon 192? Non-fiction - - -
8 La escondida 1956 Roberto Gavaldón Mexico La escondida Miguel N. Lira 1948 Novel - - -
9 Reed, México insurgente [9] 1973 Paul Leduc Mexico Insurgent Mexico John Reed 1914 Non-fiction/
Memoir
- - -
10 Los de abajo 1978 Servando González Mexico The Underdogs Mariano Azuela 1915 Novel - - -
11 Krasnye kolokola, film pervyy - Meksika v ogne 1982 Sergei Bondarchuk Italy, USSR, Mexico Insurgent Mexico John Reed 1914 Non-fiction/
Memoir
- - -
12 Old Gringo 1989 Luis Puenzo USA Gringo Viejo Carlos Fuentes [10] 1985 Novel - - -
n The Fighter 1952 Herbert Kline USA "The Mexican" Jack London 1911 Story - - -
  • Red Bells, Part 1 - Mexico on Fire (Campanas rojas, México en llamas) is the first of Bondarchuk's films based on the books of John Reed.

Pancho Villa Expedition

1916–1917

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 They Came to Cordura 1959 Robert Rossen USA They Came to Cordura Glendon Swarthout 1958 Novel - - -

Classics never filmed

# Source
work
Author Date Type Country
1 The General from the Jungle "B. Traven" 1940 Novel Germany (probable), Mexico

Italo-Turkish War

1911–1912

Libyan resistance to Italian occupation

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Lo squadrone bianco [11] 1936 Augusto Genina Fascist Italy L'Escadron blanc Joseph Peyré 193? Novel - - -

First Balkan War

1912–1913

Classics never filmed

# Source
work
Author Date Type Country
1 The Bridge on the Drina
Дрини ћуприја
Ivo Andrić [12] 1945 Novel Yugoslavia

Second Balkan War

1913

Classics never filmed

# Source
work
Author Date Type Country
1 The Bridge on the Drina
Дрини ћуприја
Ivo Andrić [12] 1945 Novel Yugoslavia

World War I

1914–1918

Politics and Diplomacy 

Central Powers

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 My Four Years in Germany 1918 William Nigh USA My Four Years in Germany James W. Gerard 1917 Non-fiction - - -
2 Beware!
aka Germany on Trial
1919 William Nigh USA "Beware!" James W. Gerard 1919? Story? - - -
  • ♠ The former US ambassador to the Kaiser's Germany.
  • ♦ The sequel to My Four Years in Germany.

Entente Powers

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Paris 1919 : Un traité pour la paix * 2009 Paul Cowan Canada & France Peacemakers: The Paris Peace Conference of 1919 and Its Attempt to End War [13][14]
aka Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World [15]
Margaret MacMillan 2001 Non-fiction - - -
  • * TV movie.

Belligerents

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Guns of August δ 1964 Nathan Kroll USA The Guns of August Barbara Tuchman 1962 Non-fiction - - -
  • δ Documentary.

Land operations – Western Front

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Better 'ole; or, The Romance of Old Bill 1919 George Pearson UK The Better 'Ole Bruce Bairnsfather 1917 Play - - -
1 Fragments from France Bruce Bairnsfather 1914 Comic strip - - -
2 The Big Parade [16] 1925 King Vidor USA The Big Parade Joseph Farnham 192? Play - - -
3 The Better 'Ole 1926 Charles Reisner USA The Better 'Ole Bruce Bairnsfather 1917 Play - - -
3 Fragments from France Bruce Bairnsfather 1914 Comic strip - - -
4 Journey's End 1930 James Whale UK Journey's End R. C. Sherriff 1928 Play - - -
5 All Quiet on the Western Front [17] 1930 Lewis Milestone USA All Quiet on the Western Front ♠♠ [18] Erich Maria Remarque 1929 Novel All Quiet on the Western Front * 1979 UK & USA
6 Westfront 1918 1930 Georg Wilhelm Pabst Germany Vier von der Infanterie Ernst Johannsen 192? Novel - - -
7 Wooden Crosses 1932 Raymond Bernard France Les Croix de bois Roland Dorgelès 1919 Novel/Memoir - - -
8 Peace on Earth ♦ α 1939 Hugh Harman USA Gospel of Luke Luke the Evangelist before 100 Scripture - - -
10 This is the Army 1943 Michael Curtiz USA This is the Army Irving Berlin 1942 Musical - - -
10 Yip Yip Yaphank Irving Berlin 1918 Musical - - -
11 Thomas l'imposteur 1964 Georges Franju France Thomas the Impostor Jean Cocteau 1923 Novel - - -
12 Oh! What a Lovely War 1969 Richard Attenborough UK Oh, What a Lovely War! [19][20] Joan Littlewood 1963 Musical - - -
12 Oh, What a Lovely War! Charles Chilton 196? Play - - -
12 The Donkeys (uncredited) Alan Clark (uncredited) 1961 Non-fiction - - -
12 The Good Soldier Schweik ♥♥ (uncredited) Jaroslav Hašek (uncredited) 1923 Novel - - -
13 Give 'em Hell, Harry! ♦♦ 1975 Steve Binder & Peter H. Hunt USA Give 'em Hell, Harry! Samuel Gallu 197? Play - - -
14 My Mother's Castle ♣♣ 1990 Yves Robert France Le Château de ma mère & Le Temps des secrets Marcel Pagnol 1957 & 1959 Novels/Memoirs - - -
15 Truman ♦♦ ** 1995 Frank Pierson USA Truman [21] David McCullough 1992 Non-fiction - - -
17 The Great War † ** 2007 Brian McKenna Canada ? Talbot Papineau 1914–1917 Letters - - -
17 "In Flanders Fields" Lt. Col. John McCrae 1915 Poem - - -
17 Peter Ibbetson George du Maurier 1891 Novel - - -
n Over the Top ♠♠♠ 1918 Wilfrid North USA Over the Top Arthur Guy Empey 1917 Novel/Memoir - - -
n Once an Eagle ♦♦♦ ** 1976 Richard Michaels & E.W. Swackhamer USA Once an Eagle Anton Myrer 1968 Novel - - -
n Roots: The Next Generations ** 1979 John Erman
et al.
USA Roots: The Saga of an American Family [22][23] Alex Haley 1976 Non-fiction (purported) [24]/
Novel
(admitted)
- - -
  • ♠♠♠ Empey starred in the film version of his own book, making him a First War equivalent of Audie Murphy.
  • ♠ Bairnsfather was the producer/director/writer of the ambitious Canadian Great War film, Carry on, Sergeant! (1928).
  • ♠♠ Remarque's novel is the anti-war German classic. The pro-war German classic is Storm of Steel (In Stahlgewittern) by Ernst Jünger.
  • ♦ A post-apocalyptic cartoon about anthropomorphic squirrels, which happens to include realistic Western Front combat scenes.[25]
  • ♦♦ The films about Pres. Truman cover his infantry experience in World War I but his command decisions in World War II (and Korea).
    Truman was a genuine War President, unlike that unmissed farce of more recent memory.
  • ♦♦♦ The wide-ranging miniseries covers World War I, the interwar years, the Sino-Japanese War, and World War II (Pacific theatre).
    The novel also includes a fictionalized Vietnam War.[26]
  • ♥ Cf. Capt. Dale Dye's line of dialogue, "It's a lovely fucking war", in Platoon.
  • ♥♥ See main section on The Good Soldier Schweik.
  • ♣ The film includes a sequence of trench warfare.
  • ♣♣ Sequel to My Father's Glory. In a brief but memorable scene, a main character lies dead on the Western Front.
  • † Dramatized documentary, featuring descendants of Canadian (and Newfoundland) veterans, covers Ypres, the Somme, Vimy Ridge.
  • ** TV miniseries.
  • α Animated film.

Frequently filmed: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Debout les morts! [27] 1916 André Heuzé, Léonce Perret, Henri Pouctal France Los cuatro jinetes del apocalipsis Vicente Blasco Ibáñez 1916 Novel - - -
2 The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse [28] 1921 Rex Ingram USA Los cuatro jinetes del apocalipsis Vicente Blasco Ibáñez 1916 Novel - - -
3 The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse 1962 Vincente Minnelli USA Los cuatro jinetes del apocalipsis Vicente Blasco Ibáñez 1916 Novel - - -
  • ♠ The 1962 version updates the story to World War II, in France under Nazi occupation.

Frequently filmed: Kœnigsmark

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Koenigsmark [29]
aka The Secret Spring
1923 Léonce Perret France Kœnigsmark [30] Pierre Benoit 1918 Novel - - -
2 Königsmark
aka Crimson Dynasty
1935 Maurice Tourneur France Kœnigsmark Pierre Benoit 1918 Novel - - -
3 Koenigsmark 1953 Solange Térac France & Italy Kœnigsmark Pierre Benoit 1918 Novel - - -

Battle of Loos

25 September – 14 October 1915

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 My Boy Jack * 2007 Brian Kirk UK My Boy Jack David Haig 1997 Play - - -
1 "My Boy Jack" Rudyard Kipling [31] 1915 Poem - - -
  • * TV movie.

Battle of Verdun

21 February – 18 December 1916

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Erziehung vor Verdun. Der große Krieg der weißen Männer ** 1973 Egon Günther East Germany Education Before Verdun [32][18]
Erziehung vor Verdun (uncredited)
Arnold Zweig [33] (uncredited) 1935 Novel - - -
  • ** TV miniseries.

Battle of the Somme

1 July – 13 November 1916

Bulletin ... Film currently in development: Birdsong by Rupert Wyatt

Battle of Passchendaele

31 July – 6 November 1917

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Hedd Wyn 1992 Paul Turner UK "Yr Arwr" "Hedd Wyn" 1917 Poem - - -

Battle of Argonne Forest

26 September – 11 November 1918

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Sergeant York [34] 1941 Howard Hawks USA ? Alvin York 1940 Diary - - -

Land operations – Eastern Front 

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Forest of the Hanged 1964 Liviu Ciulei Romania Pădurea spânzuraţilor Liviu Rebreanu 1922 Novel - - -
2 His Majesty's Deserters 1986 Janusz Majewski Poland C.K. Dezerterzy Kazimierz Sejda 1985? Novel - - -
n Hangmen, Women and Soldiers
Henker, Frauen und Soldaten
1935 Johannes Meyer Nazi Germany Ein Mannsbild namens Prack Fritz Reck-Malleczewen 1935 Novel - - -
  • ♠ The film concerns a Transylvanian Romanian officer serving in the Austro-Hungarian Army on the Romanian front.[35]

Frequently filmed: The Good Soldier Schweik

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Dobrý voják Švejk 1926 Karel Lamač Czechoslovakia Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka za světové války [18] Jaroslav Hašek 1923 Novel - - -
2 Švejk na frontě 1926 Karel Lamač Czechoslovakia Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka za světové války Jaroslav Hašek 1923 Novel - - -
3 Švejk v ruském zajetí 1926 Svatopluk Innemann Czechoslovakia Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka za světové války, IV. tome Jaroslav Hašek 1923 Novel - - -
4 Švejk v civilu 1927 Gustav Machatý Czechoslovakia, Austria Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka za světové války, IV. tome Jaroslav Hašek 1923 Novel - - -
5 Dobrý voják Švejk 1931 Martin Frič Czechoslovakia Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka za světové války Jaroslav Hašek 1923 Novel - - -
6 Schweik's New Adventures 1943 Carl Lamac UK Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka za světové války Jaroslav Hašek 1923 Novel - - -
7 Dobrý voják Švejk 1955 Jiří Trnka Czechoslovakia Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka za světové války Jaroslav Hašek 1923 Novel - - -
8 Dobrý voják Švejk 1957 Karel Steklý Czechoslovakia Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka za světové války Jaroslav Hašek 1923 Novel - - -
9 Poslušně hlásím ze jsem opet zde 1958 Karel Steklý Czechoslovakia Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka za světové války Jaroslav Hašek 1923 Novel - - -
10 Die Abenteuer des braven Soldaten Schwejk ♦ * 1958 ? West Germany Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka za světové války Jaroslav Hašek 1923 Novel - - -
11 Der brave Soldat Schwejk 1960 Axel von Ambesser West Germany Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka za světové války Jaroslav Hašek 1923 Novel - - -
12 Schwejks Flegeljahre 1963 Wolfgang Liebeneiner Austria Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka za světové války Jaroslav Hašek 1923 Novel - - -
13 De avonturen van de brave soldaat Schwejk * 1968 Anton Peters Belgium Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka za světové války Jaroslav Hašek 1923 Novel - - -
14 Die Abenteuer des braven Soldaten Schwejk * 1972 Wolfgang Liebeneiner West Germany Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka za světové války Jaroslav Hašek 1923 Novel - - -
15 Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka * 1986 Stanislav Látal Czechoslovakia Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka za světové války Jaroslav Hašek 1923 Novel - - -
  • ♠ The story is updated to World War II. The narration is provided by Jan Masaryk, the Foreign Minister of Czechoslovakia.
  • ♦ Updated to World War II.
  • * TV movie.

Land operations – Italian and Serbian Fronts

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Marš na Drinu
Марш на Дрину
1964 Živorad 'Žika' Mitrović Yugoslavia "Na Drinu"
"На Дрину"
Stanislav Binički 1914? Song - - -
2 Uomini contro 1970 Francesco Rosi Italy & Yugoslavia Un anno sull'altipiano Emilio Lussu 1938 Novel - - -
3 Die Standarte aka Battle Flag ♠♠ 1977 Ottokar Runze West Germany, Austria, Spain Die Standarte Alexander Lernet-Holenia 1934 Novel - - -
4 Capitaine Conan 1996 Bertrand Tavernier France Capitaine Conan [36] "Roger Vercel" 1934 Novel - - -

Land operations – Dardanelles Front

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Tell England 1931 Anthony Asquith & Geoffrey Barkas UK Tell England: A Study In A Generation Ernest Raymond 1922 Novel - - -
2 The Lions of Gallipoli
Çanakkale Aslanları
1964 Turgut Demirdağ & Nusret Eraslan Turkey Çanakkale Aslanları (?) Fahri Celal Göktulga 196? Story - - -
3 Gallipoli 1981 Peter Weir Australia Tell England: A Study In A Generation [38] (uncredited) Ernest Raymond (uncredited) 1922 Novel - - -
3 The Broken Years: Australian Soldiers in the Great War [39] (uncredited) Bill Gammage ♠ (uncredited) 1974 Non-fiction - - -
3 Official History of Australia in the War of 1914–1918 [39] Volumes I & II (uncredited) C.E.W. Bean (uncredited) 1921 & 1924 Non-fiction - - -
4 All the King's Men 1999 Julian Jarrold UK & USA All the King's Men: The Vanished Battalion Nigel McCrery 199? Non-fiction - - -
  • ♠ Gammage was credited as an advisor, not as an author.

Land operations – Levantine and Mesopotamian Fronts

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Drum ♠ ♦ 1924 Sinclair Hill UK "The Drum" F. Britten Austin 192? Story - - -
2 Lost Patrol 1929 Walter Summers UK Patrol Philip MacDonald 1927 Novel - - -
3 The Lost Patrol 1934 John Ford USA Patrol Philip MacDonald 1927 Novel - - -
4 The Last Outpost 1935 Charles Barton & Louis J. Gasnier USA "The Drum" F. Britten Austin 192? Story - - -
5 Lawrence of Arabia [40] 1962 David Lean UK Seven Pillars of Wisdom [41] (uncredited) T.E. Lawrence (uncredited) 1922 Memoir - - -
6 A Dangerous Man * 1990 Christopher Menaul UK Seven Pillars of Wisdom (uncredited) T.E. Lawrence (uncredited) 1922 Memoir - - -
  • ♠ British officers save a Kurdish village from attack.
  • ♦ The film's long title is Thrilling Stories from the Strand Magazine: #1 - The Drum.
  • ♣ The British Army on the Mesopotamian front against the Turks.
  • * TV movie.

Air operations 

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Eagle and the Hawk 1933 Stuart Walker USA "Death in the Morning" John Monk Saunders 192? Story - - -
2 Lafayette Escadrille 1958 William A. Wellman USA Go, Get 'em! The True Adventures of an American Aviator of the Lafayette Flying Corps (uncredited) William A. Wellman (uncredited) 1918 Memoir - - -
3 The Blue Max 1966 John Guillermin UK The Blue Max Jack D. Hunter 1964 Novel - - -
4 Aces High 1976 Jack Gold UK Journey's End
(uncredited) (unconfirmed)
R. C. Sherriff (uncredited)(unconfirmed) 1928 Play - - -
4 Sagittarius Rising
(uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Cecil Lewis (uncredited)(unconfirmed) 1936 Memoir - - -
5 Billy Bishop Goes to War 1982 ? Canada & UK Billy Bishop Goes to War John Gray &
Eric Peterson
1978 Musical - - -

Naval operations 

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 No Man's Land 1918 Will S. Davis USA No Man's Land Louis Joseph Vance 1910 Novel - - -
2 Hell Below 1933 Jack Conway USA Pigboats Edward Ellsberg 1931 Novel - - -
3 Brown on Resolution 1935 Walter Forde UK Brown on Resolution "C. S. Forester" 1929 Novel - - -
4 Veille d'armes 1935 Marcel L'Herbier France La Veillée d'armes Claude Farrère [8]
& Lucien Nepoty
1917 Play ? - - -
5 The Spy in Black 1939 Michael Powell UK The Spy in Black J. Storer Clouston 1917 Novel - - -
6 The African Queen [42] 1952 John Huston UK & USA The African Queen "C.S. Forester" 1935 Novel - - -
7 Shout at the Devil 1976 Peter R. Hunt UK Shout at the Devil Wilbur Smith 1968 Novel - - -
8 Moonzund
Моонзунд
1987 Aleksandr Muratov USSR Moonzund Valentin Pikul 1975 Novel - - -
  • ♠ A USN submarine based in Italy confronts Austro-Hungary in the Adriatic in 1918.
  • ♦ The story is set in Tanganyika and Zanzibar.

Resistance movements 

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Le héros de la Marne
La Famille Lefrançois
1938 André Hugon France La Famille Lefrançois (?) Paul Achard 193? Novel - - -
2 Guerrilla Brigade
Всадники
1939 Igor Savchenko
Игорь Савченко
USSR Vsadniki Yuri Yanovsky 193? Novel - - -
  • ♠ Within a French farm family, each member finds his own way to resist German occupation.[43]
  • ♦ Peasants employ scythes, shotguns and clubs against the German Army in the Ukrainian forest.[44]

Military intelligence and Espionage 

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Case of Colonel Redl 1931 Karl Anton Germany & Czechoslovakia Der Fall des Generalstabschefs Redl Egon Erwin Kisch 1924 Non-fiction - - -
2 Secret Agent 1936 Alfred Hitchcock UK Ashenden; or, The British Agent W. Somerset Maugham 1928 Novel Ashenden 1991 UK
3 Secret Document: Vienna
Fusillé à l'aube
1950 André Haguet France Fusillé à l'aube "Maurice Dekobra" 1931 Novel - - -
4 Colonel Redl 1985 István Szabó Hungary & Austria A Patriot for Me [45] John Osborne 1965 Play - - -

Frequently filmed: The Thirty-Nine Steps

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

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Thirty Nine Steps 1978 Don Sharp UK The Thirty-Nine Steps John Buchan 1915 Novel - - -
2 The 39 Steps * 2008 James Hawes UK The Thirty-Nine Steps John Buchan 1915 Novel - - -
  • * TV movie.

Frequently filmed: The Great Impersonation

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Great Impersonation 1921 George Melford USA The Great Impersonation E. Phillips Oppenheim 1920 Novel - - -
2 The Great Impersonation 1935 Alan Crosland USA The Great Impersonation E. Phillips Oppenheim 1920 Novel - - -
3 The Great Impersonation 1942 John Rawlins USA The Great Impersonation E. Phillips Oppenheim 1920 Novel - - -
  • ♠ The 1942 film updates the setting to the Second World War.

Military hospitals 

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 A Farewell to Arms 1932 Frank Borzage USA A Farewell to Arms [18] Ernest Hemingway [46] 1929 Novel - - -
2 A Farewell to Arms 1957 Charles Vidor USA A Farewell to Arms [18] Ernest Hemingway [46] 1929 Novel - - -
3 Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man 1962 Martin Ritt USA Nick Adams stories Ernest Hemingway [46] 1920s Stories - - -
4 Johnny Got His Gun 1971 Dalton Trumbo USA Johnny Got His Gun Dalton Trumbo 1939 Novel - - -
5 Testament of Youth 1979 ? UK Testament of Youth Vera Brittain 1933 Memoir - - -
6 The Return of the Soldier 1982 Alan Bridges UK The Return of the Soldier Rebecca West 1918 Novel - - -
7 In Love and War 1996 Richard Attenborough USA Hemingway in Love and War: the Lost Diary of Agnes von Kurowsky, Her Letters and Correspondence of Ernest Hemingway Henry S. Villard & James Nagel (editors) 1989 [47]¤ Diary - - -
8 Regeneration 1997 Gillies MacKinnon UK & Canada Regeneration [48] Pat Barker 1991 Novel - - -
9 The Officers' Ward 2001 François Dupeyron France The Officers' Ward [49] Marc Dugain 1998 Novel - - -

Military justice and Courts-martial 

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Paths of Glory [16] 1957 Stanley Kubrick UK & USA Paths of Glory Humphrey Cobb 1935 Novel - - -
2 King & Country 1964 Joseph Losey UK Return to the Wood (uncredited) & Hamp J.L. Hodson & John Wilson 196? & 196? Novel & Play - - -
3 Roots: The Next Generations ** 1979 John Erman
et al.
USA Roots: The Saga of an American Family [22] Alex Haley 1976 Non-fiction (purported) [24]/
Novel
(admitted)
- - -
4 The Wars 1983 Robin Phillips Canada The Wars [50] Timothy Findley 1977 Novel - - -
5 Le Pantalon ♠ * 1997 Yves Boisset France Le Pantalon Alain Scoff 1982 Non-fiction - - -
6 A Very Long Engagement 2004 Jean-Pierre Jeunet France & USA Un long dimanche de fiançailles [51][18] "Sébastien Japrisot" 1991 Novel - - -
  • ♠ The film is based on the case of French soldier Lucien Bersot who was not issued trousers because the quartermaster was out of stock. Freezing in the trenches, he demanded proper clothing. When he was offered trousers from a corpse, he declined. He was executed in January 1915 for refusing to obey.
  • ** TV miniseries.
  • * TV movie.

Involuntary confinement 

POWs 

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Case of Sergeant Grischa 1930 Herbert Brenon USA The Case of Sergeant Grischa [32][18]
Der Streit um den Sergeanten Grischa
Arnold Zweig [33] 1927 Novel - - -
2 The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp 1943 Michael Powell &
Emeric Pressburger
UK ? David Low 193? Cartoons - - -
3 Der Streit um den Sergeanten Grischa * 1968 Helmut Schiemann East Germany The Case of Sergeant Grischa [32][18]
Der Streit um den Sergeanten Grischa
Arnold Zweig [33] 1927 Novel - - -
4 Die Frau und der Fremde 1985 Rainer Simon East Germany Karl und Anna Leonhard Frank 1927 Novella - - -
  • ♠ This film's section on World War One involves German POWs in a British camp.
  • * TV movie.

Atrocities 

Adolf Hitler disapprovingly mentions the Armenian Genocide, and the world's complacency about it, in his manifesto Mein Kampf.[52]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Ravished Armenia aka Armenia Crucified 1919 Oscar Apfel USA Ravished Armenia; the Story of Aurora Mardiganian ... Aurora Mardiganian & Henry Leyford Gates 1918? Non-fiction - - -
2 40 Days of Musa Dagh 1982 Sarky Mouradian USA Die vierzig Tage des Musa Dagh Franz Werfel 1933 Novel - - -
3 Ararat 2002 Atom Egoyan Canada An American Physician in Turkey: A Narrative of Adventures in Peace and War Clarence Douglas Ussher 1917 Non-fiction - - -
n Life Triumphs
Նահապետ
1977 Henrik Malyan USSR
(Armenian SSR)
? from Spitak Girquh Hrachya Kochar 1965 Novel - - -
  • ♠ The US Ambassador to the Turkish Sultan, Henry Morgenthau, played himself.

Refugees 

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Austeria
Austeria
1983 Jerzy Kawalerowicz Poland Austeria Julian Stryjkowski 1966 Novel - - -
n Life Triumphs
Նահապետ
1977 Henrik Malyan USSR
(Armenian SSR)
? from Spitak Girquh Hrachya Kochar 1965 Novel - - -
n Mayrig 1991 Henri Verneuil France Mayrig Henri Verneuil 198? Novel - - -

Occupation 

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

Home front 

Bulletin ... upcoming film: The White Ribbon by Michael Haneke

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Seven Days' Leave 1930 Richard Wallace USA The Old Lady Shows Her Medals J.M. Barrie 19?? Play - - -
2 Waterloo Bridge 1931 James Whale USA Waterloo Bridge Robert E. Sherwood 192? Play - - -
3 Waterloo Bridge 1940 Mervyn LeRoy USA Waterloo Bridge Robert E. Sherwood 192? Play - - -
4 Mountain of Diamonds * 1991 Jeannot Szwarc Italy, France, Germany The Burning Shore Wilbur Smith 1985 Novel - - -
5 Hedd Wyn 1992 Paul Turner UK "Yr Arwr" "Hedd Wyn" 1917 Poem - - -
6 Carrington 1995 Christopher Hampton UK & France Lytton Strachey: The New Biography Michael Holroyd 1994 Biography - - -
  • ♠ An elderly woman "adopts" a soldier son.[53]
  • * TV movie.

Frequently filmed: A Little Princess

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 A Little Princess 1995 Alfonso Cuarón USA A Little Princess Frances Hodgson Burnett 1905 Novel - - -

Twice filmed: Les Thibault

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Les Thibault * 1972 Alain Boudet & André Michel France Les Thibault : Le Cahier gris [54] (unconfirmed) Roger Martin du Gard [55] 1920 Novel/
Roman fleuve
- - -
1 Les Thibault : Le Pénitencier Roger Martin du Gard [55] 1922 Novel - - -
1 Les Thibault : La Mort du père Roger Martin du Gard [55] 1929 Novel - - -
1 Les Thibault : l'Été 1914 Roger Martin du Gard [55] 1936 Novel - - -
1 Les Thibault : Épilogue Roger Martin du Gard [55] 1937 Novel - - -
2 Les Thibault * 2003 Jean-Daniel Verhaeghe France Les Thibault : Le Cahier gris [56] Roger Martin du Gard [55] 1920 Novel/
Roman fleuve
- - -
2 Les Thibault : Le Pénitencier Roger Martin du Gard [55] 1922 Novel - - -
2 Les Thibault : La Belle Saison Roger Martin du Gard [55] 1923 Novel - - -
2 Les Thibault : La Consultation Roger Martin du Gard [55] 1928 Novel - - -
2 Les Thibault : La Sorellina Roger Martin du Gard [55] 1928 Novel - - -
2 Les Thibault : La Mort du père Roger Martin du Gard [55] 1929 Novel - - -
2 Les Thibault : l'Été 1914 Roger Martin du Gard [55] 1936 Novel - - -
2 Les Thibault : Épilogue Roger Martin du Gard [55] 1937 Novel - - -
  • * TV miniseries.

Enlistment

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Two Soldiers 2003 Aaron Schneider USA Two Soldiers William Faulkner [57] 1942 Story - - -

Protest

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 War Brides 1916 Herbert Brenon USA War Brides Marion Craig Wentworth 19?? Play - - -
  • ♠ Women refuse to bear children for war until they have the right to vote.[58] (See Lysistrata under Peloponnesian War.)

Neutral powers

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Füsilier Wipf. Aus der schweizerischen Grenzbesetzung 1914/1918 1938 Leopold Lindtberg & Hermann Haller Switzerland Füsilier Wipf. Eine Geschichte aus dem schweizerischen Grenzdienst Robert Faesi [59] 1917 Novel - - -
  • ♠ A hairdresser is called up for the border patrol of the Swiss Army. The story continues on to 1938.

Demobilization 

Bulletin ... upcoming release: The Garden of Eden by John Irvin

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Bolshevism on Trial 1919 Harley Knoles USA Comrades Rev. Thomas F. Dixon Jr. 1909 Novel - - -
2 The Road Back 1937 James Whale USA The Road Back Erich Maria Remarque 1931 Novel - - -
3 Three Comrades 1938 Frank Borzage USA Three Comrades Erich Maria Remarque 1937 Novel - - -
4 The Razor's Edge 1984 John Byrum USA The Razor's Edge W. Somerset Maugham 1944 Novel - - -
5 My Name is Bill W. 1989 Daniel Petrie USA My First 40 Years. An Autobiography by the Cofounder of Alcoholics Anonymous "Bill W."
(Bill Wilson)
19?? Memoir - - -
6 The Garden of Eden 2008 John Irvin UK The Garden of Eden Ernest Hemingway [46] 1986 (posthumous) Novel - - -
  • ♠ A father sets up a commune on a Florida island for his soldier son.
  • ♦ An ambitious US Army veteran with a drinking problem creates Alcoholics Anonymous.

Frequently filmed: Victoria and Her Hussar

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

Memorial 

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 What Have We Learned, Charlie Brown? ♠ α 1983 Bill Melendez USA "In Flanders Fields" Lt. Col. John McCrae 1915 Poem - - -
2 Life and Nothing But
La vie et rien d'autre
1989 Bertrand Tavernier France ? [60] (uncredited) Didier Daeninckx (uncredited) 198? Book - - -
2 Journey Into Fear [60] (uncredited) Eric Ambler (uncredited) 1940 Novel - - -
  • ♠ The Peanuts gang visit the surviving trenches in  France.
  • α Animated film.

Unclassified

Films with insufficient detail at the IMDb to be immediately classifiable.
(But if someone can locate the source ...)

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Brother Officers 1915 Harold M. Shaw UK Brother Officers Leo Trevor 191? Play - - -
2 Der Marquis von Bolibar 1922 Friedrich Porges Austria The Marquis of Bolibar Leo Perutz 1920 Novel - - -
3 Mumsie 1927 Herbert Wilcox UK Mumsie (?) Edward Knoblock 192? Play - - -
4 Bolibar 1928 Walter Summers UK The Marquis of Bolibar Leo Perutz 1920 Novel - - -
n The War of Wars; Or, The Franco-German Invasion 1914 Will S. Davis USA The Conquerors Paul M. Potter 191? Play - - -
n The Test of Womanhood 1917 Director unknown USA The Conquerors Paul M. Potter 191? Play - - -
n Junge Frau von 1914 * 1970 Egon Günther East Germany Young Woman of 1914 [32] [tr.[61]]
Junge Frau von 1914
Arnold Zweig [33] 1931 Novel - - -
  • * TV movie.

Classics never filmed

Certain books are so elemental within their subject area
that it can be surprising to learn that there is no film adaptation.

# Source
work
Author Date Type Country Category
1 Under Fire: The Story of a Squad
Le Feu [37][18]
Henri Barbusse 1916 Novel France Western front
2 Civilisation [62] Georges Duhamel 1918 Novel France Western front
3 Three Soldiers [18] John Dos Passos 1920 Novel USA
4 Simon Called Peter[18] Robert Keable 1921 Novel/
Memoir
UK Military hospitals
(affair of priest and nurse)
5 The Enormous Room e e cummings 1922 Novel/
Memoir
USA Internment
6 Life in the Tomb [18]
Η ζωή εν τάφω
Stratis Myrivilis 1923–1924 Novel Greece Macedonian front
7 Storm of Steel Ernst Jünger 1920/
1924/
1934/
1961
Novel Germany Western front
8 The Spanish Farm Trilogy [63] R. H. Mottram 1924–1926 Novels UK Western front
9 Parade's End[18] Ford Madox Ford 1924–1928 Tetralogy UK Western front
10 Soldat Suhren [64] Georg von der Vring 1927 Novel Germany Military base,
Eastern front
11 Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man [65][66][18] Siegfried Sassoon 1928 Novel/
Memoir
UK Prelude
12 Good-Bye to All That Robert Graves 1929 Memoir UK Western front
13 Return of the Brute [18] Liam O'Flaherty 1929 Novel Irish Free State Western front
14 The Middle Parts of Fortune
aka Her Privates We [18]
Anonymous
(Frederic Manning)
1929/
1930
Novel/
Memoir
Australia, UK Western front
15 Memoirs of an Infantry Officer [18] Siegfried Sassoon 1930 Memoir UK Western front
16 1919 John Dos Passos 1932 Novel USA
17 Journey to the End of the Night
[67][68][18]
Louis-Ferdinand Céline 1932 Novel France Western front,
Demobilization
18 Winged Victory [18] V. M. Yeates 1934 Novel UK Air operations
19 The General "C. S. Forester" 1936 Novel UK Western front
20 Barometer Rising Hugh MacLennan [69] 1941 Novel Canada Home front
(Halifax Explosion of 1917)
21 The Bridge on the Drina
Дрини ћуприја
Ivo Andrić [12] 1945 Novel Yugoslavia Serbian front
22 La Main coupée "Blaise Cendrars" 1918/
1946
Memoir Switzerland,
France
Western front
23 The Zimmermann Telegram Barbara W. Tuchman 1958 Non-fiction USA Politics and Diplomacy
(Zimmermann Telegram)
24 The First Day on the Somme Martin Middlebrook 1971 Non-fiction UK Western front
25 August 1914 [18] Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn [70] 1971/
1984
Novel USSR Eastern front
(Battle of Tannenberg)
26 An Ice-Cream War [71] William Boyd 1982 Novel UK East African campaign
27 November 1916 [18] Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn [70] 1985 Novel USSR Home front
28 Lesia's Dream [72] Laura Langston 2003 Novel Canada Home front
(Ukrainian-Canadian internment)
29 A Long Long Way Sebastian Barry 2005 Novel Ireland Western front,
Easter Rising
  • ♠ Duhamel's first novel Vie des martyrs (1917) was also well-regarded in its day.
  • ♣ Mottram provided the introduction for the English-language edition of Jünger's novel.
  • ♦ Three of four novels were produced for Theatre 625, a BBC programme, in 1964, but may no longer survive.[73]
  • ♥ The scandalous bestseller's sequel, Recompense, was filmed in 1925.

What if … 

# 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 - - -
2 The Fall of a Nation 1916 Rev. Thomas F. Dixon Jr. USA Fall of a Nation Rev. Thomas F. Dixon Jr. 1916 Novel - - -
3 Patria 1917 Leopold & Theodore Wharton, Jacques Jaccard USA The Last of the Fighting Channings Louis Joseph Vance 191? Novel - - -
4 Bílá nemocSkeleton on Horseback 1937 Hugo Haas Czechoslovakia The White Disease Karel Čapek 1937 Play - - -
5 The Land That Time Forgot ♠♠ 1975 Kevin Connor USA The Land That Time Forgot Edgar Rice Burroughs 1918 Novel - - -
6 The Land That Time Forgot 2009 C. Thomas Howell USA The Land That Time Forgot Edgar Rice Burroughs 1918 Novel - - -
  • ♣ Also known as A Call to Arms Against War, An American Home, The Battle Cry of War.
    Pacifist America is conquered by a foreign dictator.[74]
  • ◊ The book apparently was published after the film's release. Maxim, the author, appears in the film. His brother invented the Maxim gun.
  • ♠ The sequel to D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation, in which pacifist America is conquered from Europe.[75]
  • ♥ Japan and Mexico plot to invade the USA.
  • ♦ A pandemic resembling leprosy strikes the world during a war, much as the Spanish flu did in 1918.
    Čapek is best known, in English, for coining the word "robot" in his play R.U.R.
  • ♠♠ A German U-boat copes with dinosaurs of unstated nationality.

Invasion literature

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Riddle of the Sands 1979 Tony Maylam UK The Riddle of the Sands: A Record of Secret Service Erskine Childers 1903 Novel - - -
2 Das Rätsel der Sandbank * 1987 Rainer Boldt West Germany The Riddle of the Sands: A Record of Secret Service Erskine Childers 1903 Novel - - -
  • * TV movie.

Easter Rebellion

1916

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Plough and the Stars 1936 John Ford USA The Plough and the Stars Seán O'Casey 1926 Play - - -

Yaqui-Mexican War

1916–1927 [76]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 100 Rifles 1969 Tom Gries USA 100 Rifles Robert MacLeod 196? Novel - - -

Russian Revolution

1917

February Revolution

March 1917

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Nicholas and Alexandra 1971 Franklin J. Schaffner UK Nicholas and Alexandra: An Intimate Account of the Last of the Romanovs and the Fall of Imperial Russia Robert K. Massie 1967 Non-fiction - - -

October Revolution

November 1917

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Scarlet Dawn 1932 William Dieterle USA Revolt Mary C. McCall Jr. 192? Novel - - -
2 Lyubov Yarovaya
Любовь Яровая
1953 Yan Frid USSR Lyubov Yarovaya Konstantin Trenyov 1926 Play - - -
3 Animal Farm α 1954 John Halas & Joy Batchelor UK Animal Farm: A Fairy Story "George Orwell" 1945 Novel - - -
4 An Unusual Summer
Первые радости
1956 Vladimir Basov Vladimir Basov USSR Pervye radosti Konstantin Fedin 192? Novel - - -
5 Doctor Zhivago 1965 David Lean USA Doctor Zhivago Boris Pasternak [77] 1957 Novel Doctor Zhivago 2002 UK
6 Lyubov Yarovaya
Любовь Яровая
1970 Vladimir Fetin USSR Lyubov Yarovaya Konstantin Trenyov 1926 Play - - -
7 Nicholas and Alexandra 1971 Franklin J. Schaffner UK Nicholas and Alexandra: An Intimate Account of the Last of the Romanovs and the Fall of Imperial Russia Robert K. Massie 1967 Non-fiction - - -
8 Dauriya Даурия 1971 Viktor Tregubovich USSR Dauriya Konstantin Sedykh 1942–1948 Novel - - -
9 No Ordinary Summer *
Первые радости
1977 Grigori Nikulin USSR Pervye radosti Konstantin Fedin 192? Novel - - -
  • ♠ Orwell's clever retelling, in anthropomorphic terms, of the events of the October Revolution, and Stalin's triumph over Trotsky.
  • * TV movie.
  • α Animated film.

Frequently filmed: Ten Days that Shook the World

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 October 1928 Sergei Eisenstein & Grigori Aleksandrov USSR Ten Days that Shook the World John Reed 1919 Non-fiction/
Memoir
- - -
2 Reds 1981 Warren Beatty USA Ten Days that Shook the World (uncredited) John Reed (uncredited) 1919 Non-fiction/
Memoir
- - -
3 Krasnye kolokola, film vtoroy - Ya videl rozhdenie novogo mira 1983 Sergei Bondarchuk Italy, USSR, Mexico Ten Days that Shook the World John Reed 1919 Non-fiction/
Memoir
- - -

Frequently filmed: And Quiet Flows the Don

The novel begins with the Great War, continues through the Revolution, then on into the Civil War.

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Tikhiy Don
Тихий Дон
1930 Ivan Pravov & Olga Preobrazhenskaya USSR And Quiet Flows the Don [78][18]¤ Mikhail Sholokhov [79] 1928/1934 Novel - - -
2 And Quiet Flows the Don
Тихий Дон
1957–1958 Sergei Gerasimov USSR And Quiet Flows the Don Mikhail Sholokhov 1928/1934 Novel - - -
3 Quiet Flows the Don 2006 Sergei Bondarchuk Russia, UK, Italy And Quiet Flows the Don Mikhail Sholokhov 1928/1934 Novel Тихий Дон 2006 Russia, UK, Italy
  • ♠ Bondarchuk produced a 3-hour English film from a 6-hour Russian miniseries.

Russian Civil War

1917–1921

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Storm Over Asia
Потомок Чингисхана
1928 Vsevolod Pudovkin USSR "Potomok Chingis-khana" Ivan Novokshonov 192? Story - - -
2 Chapaev
Чапаев
1934 Georgi Vasilyev &
Sergei Vasilyev
USSR Chapaev Dmitri Furmanov 192? Novel/Memoir - - -
3 Unforgettable 1919
Незабываемый 1919-й
1952 Mikheil Chiaureli USSR Nezabyvaemyy god 1919 Vsevolod Vishnevsky 1949 Play - - -
4 An Unusual Summer
Необыкновенное лето
1957 Vladimir Basov USSR Neobyknovennoye leto Konstantin Fedin 192? Novel - - -
5 The Colt
Жеребёнок
1959 Vladimir Fetin USSR "Zherebyonok" Mikhail Sholokhov [79] 192? Story - - -
6 Commissar
Комиссар
1967 Aleksandr Askoldov USSR "In the Town of Berdichev" Vasily Grossman 1934 Story - - -
7 The Flight
Бег
1970 Aleksandr Alov & Vladimir Naumov USSR Flight Mikhail Bulgakov 1928 Play - - -
7 The White Guard Mikhail Bulgakov 1924 Novel - - -
7 Black Sea
Чёрное море
Mikhail Bulgakov 192? Play - - -
8 Dni Turbinykh
Дни Турбиных
1976 Vladimir Basov USSR The Days of the Turbins Mikhail Bulgakov 1926 Play - - -
8 The White Guard Mikhail Bulgakov 1924 Novel - - -
9 No Ordinary Summer *
Необыкновенное лето
1979 Grigori Nikulin USSR Neobyknovennoye leto Konstantin Fedin 192? Novel - - -
10 Corto Maltese: La Cour secrète des Arcanes 2002 Pascal Morelli France, Italy, Luxembourg Corto Maltese en Sibérie
Corte Sconta detta Arcana
Hugo Pratt 1974–1975 Bande dessinée - - -
n Coup de Grâce
Der Fangschuß
1976 Volker Schlöndorff France & West Germany Coup de Grâce Marguerite Yourcenar 1939 Novel - - -
  • * TV movie.

Politics

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Stalin's Wife ♠ **
Жена Сталина
2006 Oleg Massarygin &
Mira Todorovskaya
Russia The Only One
Единственная [80]
Olga Trifonova
Ольга Трифонова
199? Novel - - -
  • ♠ The film is about Stalin's second marriage and the eventual suicide of his wife Nadezhda Alliluyeva, following a public spat with her husband.
  • ** TV miniseries.

Operations

Frequently filmed: And Quiet Flows the Don

(See above)

Frequently filmed: Pogodin Trilogy

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Man with the Gun
Человек с ружьём
1938 Sergei Yutkevich USSR Chelovek s ruzhyom Nikolai Pogodin 1937 Play - - -
2 ?
Кремлевские куранты
1970 Viktor Georgiev USSR Kremlevskiye kuranti Nikolai Pogodin 1940/1942 Play - - -
3 ?
Третья Патетическая
197?  ? USSR Tretya Patyeticheskaya Nikolai Pogodin 1958 Play - - -

Classics never filmed

# Source
work
Author Date Type Country
1 The Rout Alexander Fadeyev 1927 Novel USSR

What if ...

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Aelita: Queen of MarsАэлита 1924 Yakov Protazanov USSR Aelita Alexei Tolstoy 1923 Novel - - -
  • ♠ Soviet adventurers succeed to spreading revolution to the proletarian masses of Mars.

Finnish Civil War

1918

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Nuorena nukkunut 1937 Teuvo Tulio Finland The Maid Silja Frans Eemil Sillanpää [81] 1931 Novel - - -
2 Silja – nuorena nukkunut
Silja – nuorena nukkunut
1956 Jack Witikka Finland The Maid Silja Frans Eemil Sillanpää [81] 1931 Novel - - -

Classics never filmed

# Source
work
Author Date Type Country
1 Meek Heritage Frans Eemil Sillanpää [81] 1919 Novel Russian Empire,
Finland

Estonian War of Independence

1918–1920

Latvian War of Independence

1918–1920

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Coup de Grâce
Der Fangschuß
1976 Volker Schlöndorff France &
West Germany
Coup de Grâce Marguerite Yourcenar 1939 Novel - - -

Lithuanian Wars of Independence

1918–1920

Tambov Rebellion

1919–1921

Polish–Soviet War

1919–1921

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

Classics never filmed

# Source
work
Author Date Type Country
1 Red Cavalry [18] Isaac Babel 1926 Stories USSR

Polish–Lithuanian War

1920

Kronstadt Rebellion

1921

Hungarian Revolution of 1919

1919

Hungarian-Romanian War

Silesian Uprisings

1919–1921

Anglo-Irish War

1919–1921

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Informer 1929 Arthur Robison UK The Informer [82] Liam O'Flaherty 1925 Novel - - -
2 The Informer 1935 John Ford USA The Informer [82] Liam O'Flaherty 1925 Novel - - -
3 Shake Hands with the Devil 1959 Michael Anderson Ireland & USA Shake Hands with the Devil Rearden Conner 19?? Novel - - -
4 The Dawning 1988 Robert Knights UK The Old Jest [83] Jennifer Johnston 1979 Novel - - -
5 Troubles * 1988 Christopher Morahan UK Troubles [84] J.G. Farrell 1970 Novel - - -
6 The Treaty * 1991 Jonathan Lewis Ireland Peace By Ordeal: An Account from First-Hand Sources of the Negotiation and Signature of the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921
(uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Lord Longford (uncredited) (unconfirmed) 1935 Non-fiction - - -
  • * TV movie.

Irish Civil War

1922–1923

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 Juno and the Paycock 1930 Alfred Hitchcock UK Juno and the Paycock [85] Sean O'Casey 1924 Play - - -
2 The Last September 1999 Deborah Warner UK The Last September Elizabeth Bowen 1929 Novel - - -

Classics never filmed

# Source
work
Author Date Type Country
1 "The Sniper" Liam O'Flaherty 1923 Story Ireland,
Irish Free State

Greco-Turkish War

1919–1922

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 1922 1978 Nikos Koundouros Greece To noumero 31328
Το νούμερο 31328
Ilias Venezis 1931 Novel - - -

Classics never filmed

# Source
work
Author Date Type Country
1 "On the Quai at Smyrna" Ernest Hemingway [46] 1930 Story USA

Chanak Crisis

1922

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The King Chronicle ♠ * 1988 Donald Brittain Canada Diaries William Lyon Mackenzie King 19?? Diaries
(unpublished)
- - -
1 A Very Double Life: The Private World of Mackenzie King (uncredited) C.P. Stacey (uncredited) 1976 Non-fiction - - -
  • The King Chronicle, Part 1 — Mackenzie King and the Unseen Hand.
  • * TV miniseries.

Rif War

1920–1926

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 La Bandera 1935 Julien Duvivier France La Bandera "Pierre Mac Orlan" 1931 Novel - - -
2 Renegades 1930 Victor Fleming USA Le Renégat André Armandy 192? Novel - - -

Frequently filmed: The Desert Song

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Desert Song 1929 Roy Del Ruth USA The Desert Song Oscar Hammerstein II (book) &
Otto Harbach (lyrics)
1926 Musical - - -

Beer Hall Putsch

8–9 November 1923

Paulist Revolution

1924

Cristero War

1926–1929

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type TV Date Country
1 The Fugitive 1947 John Ford USA The Power and the Glory[86] Graham Greene 1940 Novel - - -
2 The Power and the Glory ♥ * 1961 Marc Daniels USA The Power and the Glory Graham Greene 1940 Novel - - -
  • ♠ The novel does not take place precisely during the Cristero War, but during a later anti-Catholic period of the Maximato.
  • ♦ The 1947 film is set in an unnamed Latin American country, rather than Mexico.
  • ♥ The 1961 film restores the location to Mexico.[87]
  • * TV movie.


For later conflicts, see the List of films based on war books — 1927–1945.

References

Notes

  1. ^ Source: IMDb review by "Theo Winthrop", 2005.
  2. ^ Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in 1980.
  3. ^ Recipient of the National Book Award in 1980.
  4. ^ Recipient of the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger in 1969.
  5. ^ Recipient of the Rómulo Gallegos Prize in 1972.
  6. ^ García Márquez was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982.
  7. ^ a b c Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953.
  8. ^ a b Farrère interceded in the assassination of French President Doumer by a Russian exile in 1932, and was twice wounded.
    French Wikipédia: « Le 6 mai 1932, s’interposant entre le président Doumer et son assassin Paul Gorgulov, il est blessé de deux balles dans le bras. »
  9. ^ Recipient of the Ariel Award for Best Picture (Ariel de Mejor Película) in 1991.
  10. ^ Fuentes was awarded the Cervantes Prize in 1987.
  11. ^ Recipient of the highly coveted Mussolini Cup for Best Italian Film of 1936 at the Venice Film Festival.
  12. ^ a b c Andrić was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1961.
  13. ^ Recipient of the Duff Cooper Prize in 2001.
  14. ^ Recipient of the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2002.
  15. ^ Recipient of the Governor General's Award in 2003.
  16. ^ a b Inducted into the US National Film Registry in 1992.
  17. ^ Inducted into the US National Film Registry in 1990.
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w Recommended by Sebastian Faulks. Source: Faulks and Hensgen (q.v.).
  19. ^ Recipient of the Evening Standard Award for Best Musical in 1963.
  20. ^ Nominated for the Tony Award in 1965.
  21. ^ Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in 1993.
  22. ^ a b Recipient of a Pulitzer Prize Special Award in 1977.
  23. ^ Other works mentioned in the miniseries are the poem "'Hope' is the thing with feathers", by Emily Dickinson, and the song "Abdul Abulbul Amir", by Percy French.
  24. ^ a b For the controversies assailing Roots, see Alex Haley.
  25. ^ Source: IMDb reviews by "Varlaam", 1998, and "Cartune Revue", 2008. Varlaam's is the original IMDb review of Harman's film.
  26. ^ Source: Once-An-Eagle.com
  27. ^ The French title Debout les morts! could be translated roughly as Get Up, Dead Guys! or perhaps as The dead! Arise!
  28. ^ Inducted into the US National Film Registry in 1995.
  29. ^ The main character, Aurore, was inspired by Countess Maria Aurora of Königsmarck.
    A 1920 German film, Die Abenteuer der Marquise von Königsmarck (The Adventures of the Marchioness of Königsmarck), appears to be about this historical figure.
  30. ^ « [Le livre] a été choisi en 1953 pour devenir le premier ouvrage de la collection du Livre de Poche. » (French Wikipédia)
    Koenigsmark was the very first novel to appear under the well-known French paperback imprint, the Livre de Poche, ahead of Night Flight by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, which is much better known in English.
    As some people may recall, Saint-Exupéry is the favourite author of fictional news reporter Les Nessman:[citation needed]
    Herb Tarlek: So, who's your favorite author, Les?
    Les Nessman [wildly enthusiastic]: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry!!
    Herb Tarlek [now confused]: <pause> Yeah. He's good.
  31. ^ Kipling was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1907.
  32. ^ a b c d This novel forms part of Zweig's novel cycle Der große Krieg der weißen Männer, in English, The Great War of the White Men.
    Source: German Wikipedia, article on Arnold Zweig.
    1927 erschien Zweigs bekanntestes Werk, der Roman Der Streit um den Sergeanten Grischa. [...] Der Roman gehört zu dem Zyklus Der große Krieg der weißen Männer über den Ersten Weltkrieg, dessen weitere Teile Junge Frau von 1914 (1931), Erziehung vor Verdun (1935), Einsetzung eines Königs (1937), Die Feuerpause (1954) und Die Zeit ist reif (1957) sind.
  33. ^ a b c d Zweig was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize in 1958, for his antiwar novels.
  34. ^ Inducted into the US National Film Registry in 2008.
  35. ^ Source: IMDb review by "Jurma", 2006.
  36. ^ Recipient of the Prix Goncourt in 1934.
  37. ^ a b Recipient of the Prix Goncourt in 1916.
  38. ^ Source: IMDb, but further corroboration is lacking. Turkish Wikipedia then repeats this claim. Retrieved 2009-9-10.
  39. ^ a b Source: Responses to War 1997, David M. Hart, Department of History, University of Adelaide. Retrieved 2009-9-10.
  40. ^ Inducted into the US National Film Registry in 1991.
  41. ^ Recommended by John Keegan. Source: Keegan (q.v.).:71
  42. ^ Inducted into the US National Film Registry in 1994.
  43. ^ Source: IMDb plot summary by Les Adams.
  44. ^ Source: IMDb plot summary by Les Adams.
  45. ^ Recipient of the Evening Standard Award for Best Play in 1965.
  46. ^ a b c d e Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954.
  47. ^ Publication details for this title have been confirmed by the catalogue of the US Library of Congress.
    Source: Library of Congress Online Catalog.
  48. ^ Barker's sequel, The Ghost Road, was the recipient of the Booker Prize in 1995.
  49. ^ Recipient of the Prix des Deux Magots in 1999.
  50. ^ Recipient of the Governor General's Award in 1977.
  51. ^ Recipient of the Prix Interallié in 1991.
  52. ^ Hitler reasons that if the world can so easily ignore a slaughter of Christians by Moslems, then who will oppose his policies? No one, Hitler believes.
  53. ^ Source: IMDb review by F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre, 2004. This is the original, and only, IMDb review of the film. A great deal of the information on this series of pages, in general, derives from MacIntyre's detailed reviews.
  54. ^ Source: IMDb review by "D.B. Dumonteil", 2003.
  55. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Martin du Gard was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1937.
  56. ^ Source: IMDb review by "D.B. Dumonteil", 2006.
  57. ^ Faulkner was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1949.
  58. ^ Source: IMDb review by "Wesconnorsehny", 2009.
  59. ^ Faesi was awarded the Gottfried-Keller-Preis in 1943.
  60. ^ a b Source: a March 2001 interview of Bertrand Tavernier (and Philippe Noiret) by journalist Michel Boujut, available on the DVD. These two books are mentioned as ones which provided some story ideas for the screenplay. The unnamed book by Daeninckx was one the preface of which alerted Tavernier to the issue of Great War casualties.
  61. ^ This title has been translated by "Varlaam", the page editor, in lieu of an official, formal translation.
  62. ^ Recipient of the Prix Goncourt in 1918.
  63. ^ Recipient of the Hawthornden Prize in 1924.
  64. ^ German Wikipedia makes a false claim for the significance of this novel — Der Roman behandelt die Erlebnisse eines Soldaten im Ersten Weltkrieg und gilt als erster deutscher Kriegsroman, noch vor Im Westen nichts Neues von Erich Maria Remarque. — but describes the book like so, Der Stil des Romans ist eher lyrisch und ironisch. Retrieved 2009-9-14.
  65. ^ Recipient of the Hawthornden Prize in 1928.
  66. ^ Recipient of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1928.
  67. ^ Recipient of the Prix Renaudot in 1932.
  68. ^ Listed in the 100 livres du siècle, from a poll organized by FNAC and Le Monde in 1999.
  69. ^ MacLennan was awarded the Lorne Pierce Medal in 1952.
  70. ^ a b Solzhenitsyn was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970.
  71. ^ Recipient of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in 1982.
  72. ^ Recipient of the Kobzar Literary Award in 2006.
  73. ^ Source: IMDb.
  74. ^ Source: controversial IMDb review by F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre, 2003.
  75. ^ Source: IMDb plot summary by Jim Beaver.
  76. ^ Source: A Short History of the Yaqui Indians, Edith te Wechel, and Yaqui: A Short History, Edith te Wechel.
  77. ^ Pasternak was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1958, under controversial circumstances.
  78. ^ Recipient of the Stalin Prize in 1941, following the publication of the final part.
  79. ^ a b Sholokhov was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1965.
  80. ^ Source: ср DVD opening credits and OZON.ru - Книги | Единственная. Жена Сталина | Ольга Трифонова (Russian).
    This film's listing at the IMDb currently (as of December 2009) does not credit the novel.
  81. ^ a b c Sillanpää was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1939.
  82. ^ a b Recipient of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1925.
  83. ^ Recipient of the Whitbread Book Award in 1979.
  84. ^ Recipient of the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize in 1971.
  85. ^ Recipient of the Hawthornden Prize in 1925.
  86. ^ Recipient of the Hawthornden Prize in 1941.
  87. ^ Source: IMDb review by F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre, 2003.

Bibliography

  • Clarke, James. Virgin Film: War Films, Virgin Books, London, 2006.
  • Faulks, Sebastian and Jörg Hensgen. The Vintage Book of War Stories, Vintage, London, 1999.
  • Keegan, John. The Battle for History: Re-fighting World War Two (Barbara Frum lecture series), Vintage Canada, Toronto, 1995.
    Republished by Vintage Books, New York, 1996.
  • 100 Greatest War Movies, special issue of Military History Magazine, Weider History Group, Leesburg, Virginia, 2007.

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