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.


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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


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3Schindler's List
Great deal I see no one writeen for the Schindlers's list I think it's the lack of understanding but I am sure the creater of the list knows the importance of the movie.
"For the movie, just see it you'll get to know the meaning of the humanity"


4Black Hawk Down
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.
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!
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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

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
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7The Last Samurai

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!
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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
The graphics are great and great acting from David wenham


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


Greatest movie that I ever seen...

The Contenders

11Paths of Glory

12Black Book


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!

14All 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!

15The Bridge on the River Kwai

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

17The 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.

18The Deer Hunter

19Das Boot

20The Hurt Locker

Very Tense and at some times sad and it tottaly disserved to win Best Picture

21The Great Escape

Master cast and crew plus the first motorcycle chase

22The 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
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24Enemy 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

25Pearl Harbor


27Inglourious Basterds

Unbelievable film... Quentin is a genius

Funny and has great action/war scenes but not so much to the point it's just uninteresting

"It seems all rotten eggs are in 1 basket... So our objective... BLOW UP THE BASKET

28Come and See

29Hotel Rwanda


31Red Cliff (2008)

32Grave of the Fireflies

33Apocalypse Now Redux

34Lawrence of Arabia

Wonderful scenery and excellent acting.
Lawrence wrote the book on guerrilla warfare.
Well portrayed.

35A Bridge Too Far


37The 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.


41Men Behind the Sun

42Tora! Tora! Tora!

43We 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

44Act of Valor




48A Few Good Men


50The Wild Geese


52Flags of Our Fathers

53Rigas sargi

54First Blood


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


58Top Gun

59The Pacific

60Letters From Iwo Jima


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

62The Dirty Dozen

Lee Marvin and Charles Bronson kicking nazi butt? C'mon.


63Kelly's Heroes


65War Horse

66Cold Mountain

67The Big Red One

68Waterloo (1970)

69Kingdom of Heaven


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



73Hell and Back Again

74The Human Condition

75Journey From the Fall

76Pretty 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.

77Dr. Strangelove (Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb)
Gentlemen, there's no fighting here, this is the War Room!

78Zero Dark Thirty

79Dances With Wolves

80Fetih 1453
I think, this is a great movie, but it has some mistakes.

81Lone Survivor

82Platoon Leader

83Hamburger Hill

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