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]Watch it all by yourself and try not to cry. It really is awesome.

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.

4Full Metal Jacket
A great and traumatising movie which gives a look at the brutal base training at the beginning and the combat in Vietnam
It is filled with entertainment. From the 40 minute training at the beginning to the scenes of Vietnam
Boy's Listen Up, This one Sure Got Under Rated, Should be way up there
[Newest]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!

5Schindler's List
Better than Saving Private Ryan... The Best
Great movie. Very strong and visual.
This one and Platoon are simply the best ever

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

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]This movie is a disgrace. I bet the directors try to make it as bloody and violent as possible. Shouldn't be here.

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!
[Newest]It is one of the best movie I have ever seen.

9Band of Brothers
not exactly a movie... but still absolutely incredible


Band of Brothers isn't a movie, but it is a work of art. Fantastic. I watched it 4 times.
Personal Favorite of mine. Very Personal actually, you have no idea.

10The Last Samurai
Great movie! Love the final battle, so epic!

The Contenders

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!

12The 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.

13The Bridge on the River Kwai

14Inglourious Basterds
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
Unbelievable film... Quentin is a genius

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!

16Paths of Glory

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...

18The 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! "!

19Enemy 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

The new generation needs to watch this movie, then they'll understand, and yes it's better than American Sniper.

21We Were Soldiers
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.
So compeling brings me to tears everytime


Another Mel Gibson masterpiece

22Behind 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

23Pearl Harbor

24The Hurt Locker
Very Tense and at some times sad and it tottaly disserved to win Best Picture

25Das Boot

26The Deer Hunter

27Come and See


29The Great Escape
Master cast and crew plus the first motorcycle chase

30Dr. Strangelove (Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb)
Gentlemen, there's no fighting here, this is the War Room!

31A Few Good Men

32Lone Survivor

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

37Lawrence 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.

38The Pianist

39Apocalypse Now Redux
Redux more like reduh!

40The Thin Red Line
Really underrated, should be top ten

41The 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.


43Red Cliff (2008)

44Tora! Tora! Tora!

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




49Pan's Labyrinth



52Black Book
Absolute masterpiece! Paul Verhoevn is genius

53The Human Condition I: No Greater Love

54Zero Dark Thirty

55Act of Valor
Great movie, Shows the diversity that the seal teams have!
Only war movie that active duty navy seals starred in it
Amazing movie. makes you appreciate the troops


56City of Life and Death




60Green Zone

61Die Hard



64Kingdom of Heaven

65Flags of Our Fathers

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

67Top Gun

68Rigas sargi

69First Blood

70Gone With the Wind

71Sink the Bismarck

72Letters From Iwo Jima

73The Pacific

74The Dirty Dozen
Lee Marvin and Charles Bronson kicking nazi butt? C'mon.



76War Horse

77Force 10 from Navarone


79The Big Red One

80Waterloo (1970)

81Dances With Wolves

82The Dictator

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



86The Wild Geese

87Hell and Back Again

88Kelly's Heroes

89The Human Condition

90Journey From the Fall

91Pretty 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.

92Fetih 1453
I think, this is a great movie, but it has some mistakes.

93Platoon Leader

94Hamburger Hill

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

96Rough Riders
John Milius directs Tom Beringer as t Roosevelt even though made for T.V. it belongs in the top ten.

97Cross of Iron

98March or Die

99Empire of the Sun

100The Guns of Navarone

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