Best War Movies


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The Top Ten

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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3Black 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

5Schindler'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"


I think as a Jew it would actually make my dead great grandmother who escaped aushwitz and moved to. Italy so that she would not remember the disappearance of her family who died in aushwitz I cry and smile as this is one of the reason why isreal is a country

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


Greatest movie that I 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


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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.

12Paths of Glory

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!

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!

16Black Book
Absolute masterpiece! Paul Verhoevn is genius

17Behind 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


19The 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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20Das Boot

21The Great Escape

Master cast and crew plus the first motorcycle chase

22The Deer Hunter

23The Hurt Locker
Very Tense and at some times sad and it tottaly disserved to win Best Picture

24Inglourious 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

25Pearl Harbor

26Enemy 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

27We Were Soldiers
So compeling brings me to tears everytime


Wheeler Johnson of Sumter S..C. We Were Soldiers was the best of war movies on May 26/14 because it's shown all race of people, and the action and acting were outstanding. I AM 73, I was in the Military.
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.
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29Come and See

30Lone Survivor


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


33Hotel Rwanda

34Grave of the Fireflies

35Apocalypse Now Redux

36The Thin Red Line
Really underrated, should be top ten

37Red Cliff (2008)

38Tears of the Sun

39Lawrence of Arabia

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


41A Bridge Too Far


43The 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.

44Act of Valor


46Men Behind the Sun

47Tora! Tora! Tora!





52A Few Good Men



55Flags of Our Fathers

56Top Gun

57Rigas sargi

58The Wild Geese

59First Blood

60Kingdom of Heaven


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


64The Pacific

65Letters From Iwo Jima

66The Dirty Dozen

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



68War Horse

69Kelly's Heroes

70The Big Red One

71Waterloo (1970)


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


74Hell and Back Again

75The Human Condition

76Journey From the Fall

77Pretty 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.

78Dr. Strangelove (Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb)
Gentlemen, there's no fighting here, this is the War Room!

79Zero Dark Thirty

80Dances With Wolves

81Fetih 1453
I think, this is a great movie, but it has some mistakes.

82Platoon Leader

83Hamburger Hill


85Cold Mountain



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