Best 20th Century War Movies

July 30, 2015 - The best war movies depicting action that took place in the 1900?s. Includes movies about WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam and other engagements. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

Apocalypse Now
A great movie which is very long and emotional! Stunningly brilliant and full of Drama!
If you only know what FFC sacrificed for this movie


The most definitive war movie of all time. It is a classic, and to have Pearl Harbor on this list is obviously a disgrace!
[Newest]Nice movies ever in my life

2Come and See

3Saving Private Ryan
Great, inspiring, realistic characters. Spielberg captures the European battlefield amazingly with fantastic performances from the likes of tom hanks. Moving and action packed from start to finish. definitely deserves its position at top. However I feel the thin red line deserves a higher position. Also a very moving film which illustrates how man has changed our natural world with war.
A good story without a political agenda that illustrates the dilemma faced by good men confronted by evil wearing the mask of humanity.
Another masterpiece from Steven Spielberg



4Lawrence of Arabia

A great movie with excellent story line and plenty of gore. Not better than SPR but certainly tops full metal jacket
" Brilliant movie. "

Realistic and emotional! Bruno Ganz gives a fantastic Performance as Hitler!
This is a good movie


7Full Metal Jacket


9The Great Dictator

10Paths of Glory

The Contenders

11Black Hawk Down
A brilliant war movie. It might not deserve number 1, but bravo.

12We Were Soldiers
Based on a real battle, and considered by the UPI reporter who covered it to be 80% accurate, and who co-wrote the book with the 1st Cav officer who led the troops who said it was 60% accurate. It had its schmaltzy moments and corny dialog, but the war scenes and facts mentioned were right. The guy who narrated the opening scenes involving the French in 1954 mispronounced the place, "Ia Drang Valley" like the two letters imply in English, but it's actually pronounced like "Ya". The narrator of "Vietnam in HD" gets it right.
Great movie and emtional! I saved this mvi for 2nd time watchng.

13The Great Escape
The cast and the movie was one of the best POW type movies ever. I could watch it over and over. What strength!

Brilliantly written and acted --should be in top 3

15All Quiet on the Western Front

16The Deer Hunter

17Ivan's Childhood

18Tears of the Sun

19The Dogs of War

20The Longest Day
Great story about a great day. I've watched this in theaters, on tape and now DVD. Best war movie ever on recounting a great event. Excellent book also.
Great great war movie

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Updated Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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