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Movies: Best War Movies

War film is a film genre concerned with warfare, typically about naval, air, or land battles, with combat scenes central to the drama. It has been strongly associated with the 20th century. The fateful nature of battle scenes means that war films often end with them. Themes explored include combat, survival and escape, camaraderie between soldiers, sacrifice, the futility and inhumanity of battle, the effects of war on society, and the moral and human issues raised by war. War films are often categorized by their milieu, such as the Korean War; the most popular subject is the Second World War. The stories told may be fiction, historical drama, or biographical. Critics have noted similarities between the Western and the war film. Nations such as China, Indonesia, Japan, and Russia have their own traditions of war film, centred on their own revolutionary wars but taking varied forms, from action and historical drama to wartime romance. Subgenres, not necessarily distinct, include anti-war, comedy, animated, propaganda, and documentary. There are similarly subgenres of the war film in specific theatres such as the western desert (North Africa), the Pacific in the Second World War, or Vietnam; and films set in specific domains of war, such as the infantry, the air, at sea, in subm... [Wikipedia]

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Inglourious Basterds(2009)

R
| 2h 33min | Drama, Action, Thriller, War
4.0/5 (with 4,303 votes)

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as "The Basterds" are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis. The Basterds, lead by Lt. Aldo Raine soon cross paths with a French-Jewish teenage girl who runs a movie theater in Paris which is targeted by the soldiers.

Directed by Quentin Tarantino, Eli Roth - With Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Eli Roth, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger, Daniel Brühl, ...

The Imitation Game(2014)

PG-13
| 1h 53min | History, Drama, Thriller, War
4.0/5 (with 3,824 votes)

Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain's top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II.

Directed by Morten Tyldum - With Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Charles Dance, Mark Strong, Allen Leech, ...

Saving Private Ryan(1998)

R
| 2h 49min | Drama, History, War
4.0/5 (with 3,198 votes)

As U.S. troops storm the beaches of Normandy, three brothers lie dead on the battlefield, with a fourth trapped behind enemy lines. Ranger captain John Miller and seven men are tasked with penetrating German-held territory and bringing the boy home.

Directed by Steven Spielberg - With Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Edward Burns, Tom Sizemore, Jeremy Davies, Adam Goldberg, ...

300(2006)

R
| 1h 57min | Action, Adventure, War
3.5/5 (with 3,133 votes)

Based on Frank Miller's graphic novel, "300" is very loosely based the 480 B.C. Battle of Thermopylae, where the King of Sparta led his army against the advancing Persians; the battle is said to have inspired all of Greece to band together against the Persians, and helped usher in the world's first democracy.

Directed by Zack Snyder - With Gerard Butler, Dominic West, Rodrigo Santoro, Andrew Pleavin, Andrew Tiernan, David Francis, ...

Dunkirk(2017)

PG-13
| 1h 47min | Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War
3.7/5 (with 2,976 votes)

The story of the miraculous evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, Britain, Canada and France, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk between May 26th and June 4th 1940 during World War II.

Directed by Christopher Nolan - With Kenneth Branagh, Harry Styles, Fionn Whitehead, Jack Lowden, Aneurin Barnard, James D'Arcy, ...

American Sniper(2014)

R
| 2h 13min | War, Action
3.7/5 (with 2,906 votes)

U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle takes his sole mission—protect his comrades—to heart and becomes one of the most lethal snipers in American history. His pinpoint accuracy not only saves countless lives but also makes him a prime target of insurgents. Despite grave danger and his struggle to be a good husband and father to his family back in the States, Kyle serves four tours of duty in Iraq. However, when he finally returns home, he finds that he cannot leave the war behind.

Directed by Clint Eastwood - With Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Jake McDorman, Kyle Gallner, Max Charles, ...

Schindler's List(1993)

R
| 3h 15min | Drama, History, War
4.2/5 (with 2,858 votes)

The true story of how businessman Oskar Schindler saved over a thousand Jewish lives from the Nazis while they worked as slaves in his factory during World War II.

Directed by Steven Spielberg - With Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall, Embeth Davidtz, Jonathan Sagall, ...

Fury(2014)

R
| 2h 15min | War, Drama, Action
3.7/5 (with 2,538 votes)

Last months of World War II in April 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theater, a battle-hardened U.S. Army sergeant in the 2nd Armored Division named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank called "Fury" and its five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

Directed by David Ayer - With Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaacs, ...

Hacksaw Ridge(2016)

R
| 2h 20min | Drama, History, War
4.0/5 (with 2,389 votes)

WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Directed by Mel Gibson - With Andrew Garfield, Vince Vaughn, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Hugo Weaving, Ryan Corr, ...

Pan's Labyrinth(2006)

R
| 1h 58min | Fantasy, Drama, War
3.8/5 (with 2,128 votes)

Living with her tyrannical stepfather in a new home with her pregnant mother, 10-year-old Ofelia feels alone until she explores a decaying labyrinth guarded by a mysterious faun who claims to know her destiny. If she wishes to return to her real father, Ofelia must complete three terrifying tasks.

Directed by Guillermo del Toro - With Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Doug Jones, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú, Álex Angulo, ...

Braveheart(1995)

R
| 2h 57min | Action, Drama, History, War
3.9/5 (with 2,088 votes)

Enraged at the slaughter of Murron, his new bride and childhood love, Scottish warrior William Wallace slays a platoon of the local English lord's soldiers. This leads the village to revolt and, eventually, the entire country to rise up against English rule.

Directed by Mel Gibson - With Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson, Patrick McGoohan, Angus Macfadyen, James Cosmo, ...

Troy(2004)

R
| 2h 43min | Adventure, Drama, War
3.5/5 (with 1,922 votes)

In year 1250 B.C. during the late Bronze age, two emerging nations begin to clash. Paris, the Trojan prince, convinces Helen, Queen of Sparta, to leave her husband Menelaus, and sail with him back to Troy. After Menelaus finds out that his wife was taken by the Trojans, he asks his brother Agamemnom to help him get her back. Agamemnon sees this as an opportunity for power. So they set off with 1,000 ships holding 50,000 Greeks to Troy. With the help of Achilles, the Greeks are able to fight the never before defeated Trojans.

Directed by Wolfgang Petersen - With Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Diane Kruger, Peter O'Toole, Rose Byrne, ...

War for the Planet of the Apes(2017)

PG-13
| 2h 20min | Drama, Science Fiction, War
3.5/5 (with 1,826 votes)

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.

Directed by Matt Reeves - With Andy Serkis, Judy Greer, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Karin Konoval, Terry Notary, ...

Full Metal Jacket(1987)

R
| 1h 56min | Drama, War
4.0/5 (with 1,784 votes)

A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the U.S.-Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.

Directed by Stanley Kubrick - With Adam Baldwin, Matthew Modine, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey, Arliss Howard, Dorian Harewood, ...

300: Rise of an Empire(2014)

R
| 1h 42min | Action, War
3.0/5 (with 1,504 votes)

Based on Frank Miller's latest graphic novel Xerxes and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster "300," this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield--on the sea--as Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. "300: Rise of an Empire" pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemesia, the vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

Directed by Noam Murro - With Sullivan Stapleton, Hans Matheson, Lena Headey, Rodrigo Santoro, Andrew Pleavin, Andrew Tiernan, ...

Dracula Untold(2014)

PG-13
| 1h 32min | Horror, Action, Drama, Fantasy, War
3.1/5 (with 1,488 votes)

Vlad Tepes is a great hero, but when he learns the Sultan is preparing for battle and needs to form an army of 1,000 boys, including Vlad's son, he vows to find a way to protect his family. Vlad turns to dark forces in order to get the power to destroy his enemies and agrees to go from hero to monster as he's turned into the mythological vampire Dracula.

Directed by Gary Shore - With Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Samantha Barks, Art Parkinson, Charles Dance, ...

Apocalypse Now(1979)

R
| 2h 27min | Drama, War
4.1/5 (with 1,404 votes)

At the height of the Vietnam war, Captain Benjamin Willard is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially, "does not exist, nor will it ever exist." His goal is to locate - and eliminate - a mysterious Green Beret Colonel named Walter Kurtz, who has been leading his personal army on illegal guerrilla missions into enemy territory.

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola - With Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest, Albert Hall, Dennis Hopper, Francis Ford Coppola, ...

The Pianist(2002)

R
| 2h 30min | Drama, War
4.1/5 (with 1,329 votes)

The true story of pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he stays behind, works for a while as a laborer, and eventually goes into hiding in the ruins of the war-torn city.

Directed by Roman Polanski - With Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Emilia Fox, Udo Kroschwald, Maureen Lipman, ...

The Last Samurai(2003)

R
| 2h 34min | Drama, Action, War, History
3.7/5 (with 1,274 votes)

Nathan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare, which finds him learning to respect the samurai and the honorable principles that rule them. Pressed to destroy the samurai's way of life in the name of modernization and open trade, Algren decides to become an ultimate warrior himself and to fight for their right to exist.

Directed by Edward Zwick - With Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Shin Koyamada, Tony Goldwyn, Masato Harada, Hiroyuki Sanada, ...

Pearl Harbor(2001)

PG-13
| 3h 3min | History, Romance / Love, War
3.3/5 (with 1,216 votes)

The lifelong friendship between Rafe McCawley and Danny Walker is put to the ultimate test when the two ace fighter pilots become entangled in a love triangle with beautiful Naval nurse Evelyn Johnson. But the rivalry between the friends-turned-foes is immediately put on hold when they find themselves at the center of Japan's devastating attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

Directed by Michael Bay - With Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale, Cuba Gooding Jr., Tom Sizemore, Jon Voight, ...

The Hurt Locker(2008)

R
| 2h 11min | Drama, Thriller, War
3.6/5 (with 1,180 votes)

Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb.

Directed by Kathryn Bigelow - With Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Christian Camargo, Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes, ...

Black Hawk Down(2001)

R
| 2h 24min | Action, History, War
3.6/5 (with 1,149 votes)

When U.S. Rangers and an elite Delta Force team attempt to kidnap two underlings of a Somali warlord, their Black Hawk helicopters are shot down, and the Americans suffer heavy casualties, facing intense fighting from the militia on the ground.

Directed by Ridley Scott - With Josh Hartnett, Eric Bana, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, William Fichtner, Sam Shepard, ...

Top Gun(1986)

PG
| 1h 50min | Action, Romance / Love, War
3.4/5 (with 1,137 votes)

For Lieutenant Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell and his friend and Co-Pilot Nick 'Goose' Bradshaw being accepted into an elite training school for fighter pilots is a dream come true. A tragedy, as well as personal demons, threaten Pete's dreams of becoming an Ace pilot.

Directed by Tony Scott - With Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerritt, Michael Ironside, ...

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas(2008)

PG-13
| 1h 34min | War, Drama
3.9/5 (with 1,115 votes)

When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a Jewish prisoner or the role his own Nazi father plays in his imprisonment, Bruno embarks on a dangerous journey inside the camp's walls.

Directed by Mark Herman, David Heyman - With Asa Butterfield, Jack Scanlon, David Thewlis, Vera Farmiga, Rupert Friend, Amber Beattie, ...

First Blood(1982)

R
| 1h 33min | Action, Adventure, Thriller, War
3.6/5 (with 1,000 votes)

When former Green Beret John Rambo is harassed by local law enforcement and arrested for vagrancy, the Vietnam vet snaps, runs for the hills and rat-a-tat-tats his way into the action-movie hall of fame. Hounded by a relentless sheriff, Rambo employs heavy-handed guerilla tactics to shake the cops off his tail.

Directed by Ted Kotcheff - With Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Brian Dennehy, Bill McKinney, David Caruso, Jack Starrett, ...

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb(1964)

PG
| 1h 35min | Drama, Comedy, War
4.1/5 (with 982 votes)

After the insane General Jack D. Ripper initiates a nuclear strike on the Soviet Union, a war room full of politicians, generals and a Russian diplomat all frantically try to stop the nuclear strike...

Directed by Stanley Kubrick - With Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens, James Earl Jones, ...

Allied(2016)

3.3/5 (with 980 votes)

In 1942, an intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war.

Directed by Robert Zemeckis - With Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Lizzy Caplan, Matthew Goode, Jared Harris, Camille Cottin, ...

Lone Survivor(2013)

R
| 2h 1min | Action, Drama, Thriller, War
3.7/5 (with 933 votes)

Based on the failed June 28, 2005 mission "Operation Red Wing." Four members of SEAL Team 10, were tasked with the mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader, Ahmad Shah. Only one member of the team survived.

Directed by Peter Berg - With Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Eric Bana, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Alexander Ludwig, ...

The Monuments Men(2014)

PG-13
| 1h 58min | War, Drama, History, Action
2.9/5 (with 913 votes)

Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on seven over-the-hill, out-of-shape museum directors, artists, architects, curators, and art historians who went to the front lines of WWII to rescue the world’s artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their rightful owners. With the art hidden behind enemy lines, how could these guys hope to succeed?

Directed by George Clooney - With Matt Damon, George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, ...

Dear John(2010)

PG-13
| 1h 55min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
3.3/5 (with 886 votes)

Sergeant John Tyree is home on a 2 week leave from Germany. He meets Savannah after he dives into the ocean to retrieve Savannah's purse that had fallen off the pier. John falls in love with Savannah who is a student on spring break helping build a house for Habitat for Humanity. A romance occurs and Savannah falls deeply in love with John. She promises to write John overseas until he returns.

Directed by Lasse Hallström - With Amanda Seyfried, Channing Tatum, Henry Thomas, Richard Jenkins, Scott Porter, D.J. Cotrona, ...