Best War Movies


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Saving Private Ryan
Best war and WWII movie ever. First war movie to have a REALISTIC boot camp for the actors. Ed Burns said he thought about quitting after day two. lol.

Troy ahead of Full Metal Jacket and Return of the King? Really?
Shouldn't there be a war in the movie if it's on this list? IE - Top Gun and A Few Good Men.

Pearl Harbor at #12? Really? Did anyone else find the movie laughable and really just a teenage love story stuck in a bad war film?
Overloaded with factual and historical inaccuracies. - I love the scene when a diving Japanese Zero which could dive at over 400 MPH, dropped a bomb and the bomb slowed down in mid air and dropped straight down. How does something that is traveling through the air at 400 MPH suddenely go straight down? Way to think it through Michael Bay!


Fasten you seatbelts! The opening scene is the most intense thing ever. It puts you square in the middle of the action and doesn't allow you to escape the horror of what was WW2.


Steven Spielberg's historical tale of honor, courage, heroism, dignity and hope. Truly the best of it's kind.


[Newest]Yes, best movie I've ever seen. Made me cry. So accurate and amazing. If you haven't seen it, I strongly suggest that you do.

2Apocalypse Now
Because this is very real with the funny crazy of real combat. The extended version is even better. 300 is just a CGI/bluescreen... not a MOVIE... this is one of the best movies EVER.


A great story about the Vietnam War, not about the action but the traumatizing effects it has on Americans


This is the greatest war movie, long, interesting, great storyline


3Black Hawk Down
It is certainly one of the few great movies on this list! It ranks among such films as Saving Private Ryan and Troy when it comes to action!
A great movie. In fact one of the few movies of the 2000's which was actually ahead of it's time
wonderful movie. gives you the experience as if you were present there.
[Newest]Movie shows how soldiers care for each other in war.

4Schindler's List
Great movie. Very strong and visual.
This one and Platoon are simply the best ever
Better than Saving Private Ryan... The Best

Great movie

I'm Just Voting for this because I have not seen full metal Jacket or Apocalypse now.
Should I watch them?
This was awesome, by the way great soundtrack
I love platoon I have 3 different copies I love you platoon
[Newest]After Schindler, the greatest

6Full Metal Jacket
A great and traumatising movie which gives a look at the brutal base training at the beginning and the combat in Vietnam
Boy's Listen Up, This one Sure Got Under Rated, Should be way up there
It is filled with entertainment. From the 40 minute training at the beginning to the scenes of Vietnam
When he explodes the booby trap I had told my wife it was coming. Saw too many taken by such things, if it looks strange or out of place you run!

7The Last Samurai
Great movie! Love the final battle, so epic!

The finest acting yet! This movie is excellent and long. This is the best movie I have seen in my life and will go down as a legend!
BraD Pitt is a acting king and this movie is one of his perfect examples!
The most fantastic and diverse movie of all time! Brad Pitt plays a brilliant role and this movie is so much better than 300!
It is one of the best movie I have ever seen.

300 is really one of the greatest action movies ever made, it's the setting wich I have liked all my life, the struggle of that tiny army against the gargantuan forces of xerxes, in this movie is all very well made, the direction is very good and the visual style is simply awesome.
In my opinion, it should be 300 1, and Saving Private Ryan 2, the rest of the list I don't care about. The battle scenes are intense, and the actors really pulled it off, One of the greatest movies ever, Watch it before you vote for saving private ryan
i like this one cause through out the whole movie u c half naked guys w great chests ;) :p


[Newest]I think this type of movies is best movies in the world.. I like 300 very much

10Band of Brothers
not exactly a movie... but still absolutely incredible


Greatest movie that I ever seen...

The Contenders

11The Patriot
A great story about a man trying to hold onto his family when his country needs him the most I thought it was one of his best movies
Best american revolution movie ever. No doubt about it. Who ever doesn't like it can bug off. Thanks bye.
My favorite movie ever! So well made and accurate. Mel Gibson is just amazing andtough as nails.

Such a great state of freedom and courage! The revenge scene is awesome and Mel Gibson is best actor of all times!
Mel Gibson movies are always good!

13Paths of Glory

14The Bridge on the River Kwai

15All Quiet on the Western Front
Sometimes classics are the best... It is an extremely realistic and sophisticated look at the human psyce and fear in warfare. I wrote a research paper on it and got an A!

16Behind Enemy Lines
Who would of thought Owen Wilson would of played an awesome role in one of the best war movies.

Awesome film. Bizarre plot but really cool.


Awesome awesome awesome awsoem... But not as awesome as saving pvt ryan or barney stinson

17Black Book
Absolute masterpiece! Paul Verhoevn is genius

It is the top rated movie. It should be in the top ten.. I ever seen this kind of movie in my life. It went down as a legend for me.. Action of the hero is really outstanding..

Inaccurate the legions would never have broken phalanx when the Gaul's charged it was an entertaining remake of "The Fall of The Roman Empire
It is the top rated movie. It should be in top ten.. It is one of the legend movie.. Hero's action really mindbllwing.. I ever seen this kind of movie in my life...

19We Were Soldiers
So compeling brings me to tears everytime


Having served in the army for over 20 years, and having a pretty good understanding of military life. I think this movie hits a home run for it's realism.
Another Mel Gibson masterpiece

20Inglourious Basterds
Funny and has great action/war scenes but not so much to the point it's just uninteresting
Unbelievable film... Quentin is a genius
"It seems all rotten eggs are in 1 basket... So our objective... BLOW UP THE BASKET

21Das Boot

22The Great Escape
Master cast and crew plus the first motorcycle chase

23Pearl Harbor

24The Deer Hunter

25The Hurt Locker
Very Tense and at some times sad and it tottaly disserved to win Best Picture


27Enemy at the Gates
This is just EPIC, how many movies have you seen about Snipers pitting their live like a game of cat and mouse?
Ridiculous Snipin Action, Jude Law's best movie

28The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King
" this movie is the best ever, this is supposed to be in in first place.. The background score, the dialogues, acting,. It deserves to be in the first position"
THIS is a movie. The effects used to create massive amounts of violence that defined the movie were ahead of their time.
WOW I'm suprised this wasn't even in the list in the first place its the best war movie ever
[Newest]This has everything a war movie needs. Really guys... EIGHTH PLACE? Show some respect for the BEST MOVIE EVER! "!

29Come and See

30Lawrence of Arabia
Wonderful scenery and excellent acting.
Lawrence wrote the book on guerrilla warfare.
Well portrayed.
All time favorite our leaders should read Lawrence's seven pillars.

31A Few Good Men

32Lone Survivor
I watched this last night on blue ray. I was MACVSOG. This was a tear jerker. For all of you wannabe soldiers, this was the sh*t! No cavalry coming over the hill, just you and your brothers dying on some mountain in the middle of nowhere! Is it worth it Hell yes!

33Tears of the Sun

Tie with Saving Private Ryan, this movie is easy top ten and one of my all time favorites. Have shown it to years worth of American History classes and have yet to have even 1 kid not love the movie and find it inspiring.
This is my fav movie period, it is highly detailed, plus it won a lot of awards


36Grave of the Fireflies

37Apocalypse Now Redux
Redux more like reduh!

38The Thin Red Line
Really underrated, should be top ten

39The Longest Day
Best War movie of all time. A long list of the some of the greatest actors of the of all time. True to the events of D Day. Shows both sides the the English channel on an historic day.

40Red Cliff (2008)

41The Pianist

42Dr. Strangelove (Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb)
Gentlemen, there's no fighting here, this is the War Room!



45A Bridge Too Far
A good example of the fog of war

46City of Life and Death

47Act of Valor


49Hotel Rwanda

50Pan's Labyrinth

51Tora! Tora! Tora!



54Zero Dark Thirty


56Men Behind the Sun




60Gone With the Wind

61Flags of Our Fathers

Fantastic film. Great performances from Michael Caine and Stanley Baker. Nigel Green as Colour Sergeant Bourne were superb

63Top Gun

64Rigas sargi

65First Blood

66Kingdom of Heaven


68Letters From Iwo Jima


70The Pacific

71The Dirty Dozen
Lee Marvin and Charles Bronson kicking nazi butt? C'mon.



73War Horse

74Force 10 from Navarone


76The Wild Geese

77The Big Red One

78Waterloo (1970)

79Dances With Wolves

80The Dictator

This movie made Mathew mchounaghey big in my opinion and was one of his only good movies


83Hell and Back Again

84Kelly's Heroes

85The Human Condition

86Journey From the Fall

87Pretty Village, Pretty Flame
An excellent war film about the Bosnian War. Think of it almost as Serbia's version of 'Full Metal Jacket'.

A truly remarkable film about the horrors of civil war.

88Fetih 1453
I think, this is a great movie, but it has some mistakes.

89Platoon Leader

90Hamburger Hill

One of the greatest films of the twentieth century. But this is not a war film.

92Rough Riders
John Milius directs Tom Beringer as t Roosevelt even though made for T.V. it belongs in the top ten.

93Cross of Iron

94March or Die

95Empire of the Sun

96The Guns of Navarone

97Die Hard

98The Train

99In Harm's Way
One of John Wayne's best films...

100The Tuskegee Airmen
To honor our black brothers in arms...

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