War Movies: Infamous Battle Stories in Film

The stories of great battles throughout history have been re-communicated this way through cinema and moviemaking for the last hundred plus years, because of the clarity of understanding and empathy good cinematic story telling brings to the public.

This week, MovieZoot.com is proud to feature four War films that tell specific stories of specific battles throughout the last 2000 years as we present 1964’s epic film Zulu and The Battle of Rorke’s Drift in Africa in 1879; 2010’s Centurion and the story of the Roman Crusades in 117 A.D; 1957’s The D.I. and the Ribbon Creek Incident on Parris Island in 1956; and 1985’s Hitler’s SS: Portrait of Evil telling of the rise of the Third Reich and Nazi Germany.

Load the fireplace, grab some beer and snacks, sit back and get caught up in some intriguing classic war stories – just like you used to do during the holidays with your Dad and Grandpa. And be amazed at the depth and breadth – and the lengths – of historical cultural clashes.


Zulu is the epic 1964 Cy Endfield War/Drama starring Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, Mangolsuthu Butherelezi and Michael Caine telling the story of the 1879 battle when over 3,000 Zulu warriors came very close to defeating the British forces in the Battle of Rorke’s Drift. Future South African political leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi plays Zulu King Cetshwayo kaMpande, his own great grandfather in real life. Richard Burton narrated the opening and closing to the film.


Centurion is the 2010 Neil Marshall action drama starring Michael Fassbender, Andreas Wisnewski, Dave Legeno and Exelle Carolyn telling the story of 1st century Roman crusades into the Scottish Highlands where over 3,000 men perished.

The D.I.

The D.I. is the 1957 Jack Webb war drama where Webb directed and starred in (along with Don Dubbins and Jackie Loughery) this retelling of the story of The Ribbon Creek incident on Parris Island the night of April 8, 1956 exploring brutality in bootcamp training and military exercises.

Hitler’s SS: Portrait of Evil

Hitler’s SS: Portrait of Evil is the 1985 Jim Goddard war drama starring John Shea, Bill Nighy, Lucy Gutteridge and Davit Warner along with Caroll Baker, Jose Ferrer and Tony Randall telling the story of the very different experiences of two German brothers witnessing the rise to power of the Third Reich and the Nazi Party.