Best War Movies

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The Top Ten

1 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! - corebare32

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. - ClubberLang

Steven Spielberg's historical tale of honor, courage, heroism, dignity and hope. Truly the best of it's kind. - aeromaxx777

This film makes apocalypse now seem like a u rated movie with its realism.

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2 Apocalypse 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. - jaxworld

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

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

Following the words of Coppola himself, Apocalypse Now is not a film about Nam. It is the Vietnam War.

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3 Full 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

YOU'RE SO UGLY YOU CAN BE A MODERN ART MASTERPIECE

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4 Schindler's List

Better than Saving Private Ryan... The Best

Great movie. Very strong and visual.

This one and Platoon are simply the best ever

This isn't even a war movie

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5 Platoon

This movie is better than saving private Ryan, simply because it doesn't glorify war, there are no "heros" in wars, only soldiers, it also show the trial and tribulation of a squad and their decent into madness.

The best in my opinion.. Charlie Sheen at his best.. Followed closely by Saving Private Ryan (Omaha Beach scene is the BEST scene of any war movie)

This was awesome, by the way great soundtrack

Great film.

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6 Black 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.

My favorite movie ever. I really connected with the characters and what the soldier says at the end of the movie really touched me. I love this movie.

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7 Braveheart

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

I am Scottish and I loved the movie only complaint is the historical accuracy

Mel Gibson movies are always good!

Mel Gibson!

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8 Inglourious 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

9 Band of Brothers

not exactly a movie... but still absolutely incredible - whufc

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.

I remember staying up every night watching this series - VenomxShocker

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10 All 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!

The Contenders

11 300

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 - ladylonghorn

The fight seen are too realistic

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12 The Bridge on the River Kwai

So good - DatRabidSlushie

13 The Deer Hunter

Whack! Deniro and Walken at they're best. This movie is so deep and moving no way its not top 10.

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14 Patton

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

15 Gladiator

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

A great flick!

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...

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17 The Hurt Locker

I legitimately started crying seeing that this is at #27. This is the best war movie of all time!

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

18 Lawrence of Arabia

All time favorite our leaders should read Lawrence's seven pillars.

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

19 Paths of Glory
20 The Thin Red Line

Really underrated, should be top ten

This movie is like the Saving Private Ryan of Pacific Theater.

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