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 television series (or television film), then the television 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.

Prehistory[edit]

Fire War[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Television 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]

Wars of Barsoom[edit]

1865

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Television Date Country
1 Princess of Mars 2009 Mark Atkins US Under the Moons of Mars
aka A Princess of Mars
Edgar Rice Burroughs 1912 Novel - - -
2 John Carter of Mars 2012 Andrew Stanton US Under the Moons of Mars
aka A Princess of Mars
Edgar Rice Burroughs 1912 Novel - - -
  • ♠ John Carter is an American Civil War veteran who employs his sabre skills on Mars.

War of the Worlds[edit]

(War of the Martians against the Victorians)
1890s

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Television Date Country
1 The War of the Worlds 1953 Byron Haskin US The War of the Worlds [1] 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.

Rebellion of the Loyal Legion[edit]

1916

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Television Date Country
1 The Fall of a Nation 1916 Rev. Thomas F. Dixon Jr. US 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 US.[2]

Martian Proletarian Revolution[edit]

c. 1920

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


Collision of the Earth with Bronson Alpha[edit]

1933

Global Civil War[edit]

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

Wars of Oceania against Eurasia and Eastasia[edit]

1940s

Frequently filmed: Nineteen Eighty-Four[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Television Date Country
1 1984 1956 Michael Anderson UK Nineteen Eighty-Four [1] George Orwell 1949 Novel - - -

Second World War[edit]

1940–1966

Rebellion of 2036[edit]

2036

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Television 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 Television Date Country
1 2001: A Space Odyssey [3] 1968 Stanley Kubrick UK 2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke 1968 Novel - - -

Apocalyptic[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Television Date Country
1 On the Beach 1959 Stanley Kramer US On the Beach Nevil Shute 1957 Novel On the Beach 2000 Australia
2 Panic in Year Zero! 1962 Ray Milland US "Lot" &
"Lot's Daughter"
(uncredited)
Ward Moore (uncredited) 1953–1954 Stories - - -
3 Testament 1983 Lynne Littman US "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]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Television Date Country
1 The Last Man on Earth 1924 John G. Blystone US The Last Man (uncredited) Mary Shelley (uncredited) 1826 Novel - - -
2 A Boy and His Dog 1974 L.Q. Jones US A Boy and His Dog [4] Harlan Ellison 1969/1976 Novella - - -
3 The Handmaid's Tale 1990 Volker Schlöndorff US & Germany The Handmaid's Tale [5][6] Margaret Atwood 1985 Novel - - -
4 The Postman 1997 Kevin Costner US The Postman
[7][8]
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 US The Road [9][10] Cormac McCarthy 2006 Novel - - -
n Malevil
Malevil
1981 Christian de Chalonge France Malevil [11]
Malevil
Robert Merle [12] 1972 Novel - - -
  • ♠ A comedy, beginning in the Ozarks, inspired by Shelley's novel with roots in the Greek War of Independence.

Frequently filmed: I Am Legend[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Television Date Country
1 The Last Man on Earth 1964 Ubaldo Ragona &
Sidney Salkow
US & 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 US 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 Television Date Country
1 Planet of the Apes [13] 1968 Franklin J. Schaffner US La Planète des singes Pierre Boulle 1963 Novel - - -
2 Conquest of the Planet of the Apes 1972 J. Lee Thompson US 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]

Battle of Tannhäuser Gate[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Television Date Country
1 Blade Runner[14] 1982 Ridley Scott US Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Philip K. Dick 1968 Novel - - -
  • ♠ The battle is mentioned in Blade Runner.

Battle of Arcadia 234[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Television Date Country
1 Soldier 1998 Paul W.S. Anderson US 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 Television Date Country
1 Enemy Mine 1985 Wolfgang Petersen US Enemy Mine [15][16] Barry B. Longyear 1979 Novella - - -

Wars of the Colonial Marines[edit]

Nostromo Incident[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Television Date Country
1 Alien [17] 1979 Ridley Scott US 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 Television Date Country
1 Aliens 1986 James Cameron US Starship Troopers [18]
[citation needed] (uncredited)
Robert A. Heinlein (uncredited) 1959 Novel - - -

Bug War[edit]

(War of Terrans and Skinnies against Arachnids)

Battle of Planet P[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Television Date Country
1 Uchū no senshi
aka Starship Troopers
1987 Tetsuro Amino Japan Starship Troopers [18] Robert A. Heinlein 1959 Novel - - -
2 Starship Troopers 1997 Paul Verhoeven US Starship Troopers [18] Robert A. Heinlein 1959 Novel - - -

Second Bug War[edit]

Battle of Planet OM-1[edit]

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Television Date Country
1 Starship Troopers 3: Marauder 2008 Ed Neumeier US Starship Troopers [18] (characters) Robert A. Heinlein 1959 Novel - - -

Exterminator Rebellion[edit]

2293

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Television 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.

Outsider War[edit]

Stardate 3045.6

# Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Television Date Country
1 Arena from Star Trek 1967 Joseph Pevney US "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]

Fremen Jihad[edit]

Battle of Arrakeen[edit]

Film Date Director Country Source
work
Author Date Type Television Date Country
Dune 1984 David Lynch US Dune [19][20] Frank Herbert 1965 Novel - - -
Dune
Extended Version
1989 "Alan Smithee" US Dune [19][20] Frank Herbert 1965 Novel - - -

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 Television Date Country
1 Return of the Jedi 1983 Richard Marquand US 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 Television Date Country
1 Nightfall 1988 Paul Mayersberg US Nightfall Isaac Asimov 1941 Story - - -

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

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Listed in the 100 livres du siècle, from a poll organized by FNAC and Le Monde in 1999.
  2. Source: IMDb plot summary by Jim Beaver.
  3. Inducted into the US National Film Registry in 1991.
  4. Recipient of the Nebula Award for Best Novella in 1969.
  5. Recipient of the Governor General's Award in 1985.
  6. Recipient of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 1986.
  7. Recipient of the John W. Campbell Memorial Award in 1986.
  8. Recipient of the Locus Award in 1986.
  9. Recipient of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 2006.
  10. Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in 2007.
  11. Recipient of the John W. Campbell Memorial Award in 1974 (tie with Rendezvous with Rama).
  12. Merle was awarded the Grand Prix Jean-Giono in 2003.
  13. Inducted into the US National Film Registry in 2001.
  14. Inducted into the US National Film Registry in 1993.
  15. Recipient of the Hugo Award for Best Novella in 1980.
  16. Recipient of the Nebula Award for Best Novella in 1980.
  17. Inducted into the US National Film Registry in 2002.
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 Recipient of the Hugo Award in 1960.
  19. 19.0 19.1 Recipient of the Nebula Award in 1965.
  20. 20.0 20.1 Recipient of the Hugo Award in 1966.

Bibliography[edit]

See also[edit]

  • List of films based on war books — fantasy
  • List of films based on war books
  • List of films based on war books — pre-1775
  • List of films based on war books — 1775–1898
  • List of films based on war books — 1898–1926
  • List of films based on war books — 1927–1945
  • List of films based on war books — post-1945
  • List of films based on war books — peace
  • Assassinations in fiction


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