Best 20th Century War Movies

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!
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2Come and See

3Lawrence 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!

6Saving 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




8Full Metal Jacket

9The Great Dictator

10Paths of Glory

The Contenders

11We 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.

12The 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

14All Quiet on the Western Front

15Ivan's Childhood

16The Deer Hunter

17Tears of the Sun

18The Dogs of War

19The 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

20Three Kings


22Hamburger Hill
It's non-stop action and based on real events.

23The Thin Red Line
Soon to be a cult-classic with one of the eeriest, most thought-provoking war-lover warrior performances on record given by Nick Nolte. This movie darn near made Adrien Brody's career. It left the taste of what Guadacanal must have been like.

24Stalag 13

25Black Hawk Down
A brilliant war movie. It might not deserve number 1, but bravo.

26The Bridge on the River Kwai

27Guns of Navarone

28The Great Raid


30Sands of Iwo Jima

31Empire of the Sun

32The Bridge at Remagen
George Segal's at his best, plus Robert Vaughn [Man from UNCLE] as the German officer who agonizes over Hitler's suicidal orders toward war's end. Great action sequences give credence to the folly and horrible futility that is war.

Please you'd send fully this movie to my email if you don't mind because it is the movie I like the best and I want to save and keep then I often watch this movie.
Best regard
Win Naing

33Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

34Das Boot

35Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War

36The Big Red One

37Battle of the Bulge

3884 Charlie Mopic
Underrated cult-classic still gives one the feel of being a grunt humping the boonies out in the rice paddies of Vietnam, Republic of...

39Stalag 17
Best POW movie ever made

40Von Ryan's Express

41Where Eagles Dare

42Pretty Village, Pretty Flame


44Tora! Tora! Tora!

45Letters From Iwo Jima


47Pearl Harbor
It should be in the top ten because it had everything all rolled up into one, love, romance, action, comedy.. You name it it had it and of course the history factor... Come on it's a true war story...
Absolutely amazing. I went into this movie expecting something to just pass the time. And I ended up watching a masterpiece. Absolutely brilliant movie. Loved every minute of it.
Great Movie. Shows what was happening at that time of war. Makes you feel the pain and sadness like if you were there at the war. This such a absolutely lovely movie you will enjoy this. You will love it.

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