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

Saving 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


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2Black Hawk Down
A brilliant war movie. It might not deserve number 1, but bravo.

3Full Metal Jacket

4Pearl 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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5Apocalypse 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


It is the greatest war movie ever made


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

7We 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.

8The 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

10All Quiet on the Western Front

The Contenders

11The Deer Hunter

12Tears of the Sun

13The Dogs of War

14The 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

15Three Kings


17Hamburger Hill

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

18The 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.

19Stalag 13


21Guns of Navarone

22The Great Raid


24Come and See

25Sands of Iwo Jima

26Empire of the Sun

27The Bridge on the River Kwai

28The 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

29Paths of Glory

30Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

31Das Boot

32Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War

33The Big Red One

34Battle of the Bulge

3584 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...

36Stalag 17
Best POW movie ever made

37Von Ryan's Express

38Where Eagles Dare

39Pretty Village, Pretty Flame


41Tora! Tora! Tora!

42Letters From Iwo Jima


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Updated Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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