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.

The Top Ten Best 20th Century War Movies

1 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 - MatrixGuy

Beautifully written, amazing acting abilites, a true masterpeice. I cried my eyes out. Was a touching film.

2 Apocalypse 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 - roblist

The most definitive war movie of all time. It is a classic, and to have Pearl Harbor on this list is obviously a disgrace!

It is the greatest war movie ever made - papaimahato8

3 Lawrence of Arabia
4 Platoon

" Brilliant movie. "

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

5 Come and See

This movie shows what war is and not some American propaganda that makes Russians or any other enemy looking like idiots.

This movie exposes the true horrors of war and atrocious war crimes the Nazi Pigs committed.

6 Black Hawk Down

A brilliant war movie. It might not deserve number 1, but bravo.

One of my favorite war movie of all time! So amazing...

Brilliantly made... One of my favorite war movie...

7 Full Metal Jacket
8 The Deer Hunter
9 Downfall

Realistic and emotional! Bruno Ganz gives a fantastic Performance as Hitler!

This is a good movie - bobbythebrony

10 The Bridge on the River Kwai

The Contenders

11 Threads

It's scary what nuclear war does.

12 We Were Soldiers

Great movie and emtional! I saved this mvi for 2nd time watchng.

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.

13 The 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!

14 The Great Dictator
15 A Bridge Too Far
16 Paths of Glory
17 From Here to Eternity
18 Pearl 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.

This a very dramatic movie and it's base on true story and my grandfather was there when bombing of pearl harbor and this is the beginning of world war 2

No it is when America entered the war. The actual war started in 1939. - 2storm

19 All Quiet on the Western Front
20 Patton

Brilliantly written and acted --should be in top 3

21 Das Boot
22 Tears of the Sun
23 The Dogs of War
24 The 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

25 Three Kings
26 Stalingrad
27 Ivan's Childhood
28 Hamburger Hill

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

29 Stalag 13
30 The 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. -

31 Empire of the Sun

Good movie!

32 Guns of Navarone
33 The Great Raid
34 Gallipoli
35 Sands of Iwo Jima
36 The Big Red One

"The best WWII movie. Raw, poetic and humanist".

37 The 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. -

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38 Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
39 Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War
40 Tora! Tora! Tora!
41 Battle of the Bulge
42 84 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... -

43 Stalag 17

Best POW movie ever made

44 Von Ryan's Express
45 Where Eagles Dare
46 Pretty Village, Pretty Flame
47 Midway
48 Letters From Iwo Jima
49 MacArthur
50 The Frogmen
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