Top 10 Best War Movies

The top movies depicting elements of real wars throughout human history, ranging from antiquity to modern conflicts. War brings out the worst and the best of humanity. These movies work to capture one or both or these extremes.

The Top Ten

1 Saving Private Ryan Saving Private Ryan Product Image

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!

I watched it the other week and it is now my 3rd favourite film. It is realistic, emotional and you tend to reflect back on how great it is.

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.

2 Apocalypse Now Apocalypse Now Product Image

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

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

3 Full Metal Jacket Full Metal Jacket Product Image

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

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!

4 Platoon Platoon Product Image

This movie seemed as real as it could get. Great actors all over the place and it picked apart the politics behind the war.

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

5 Black Hawk Down Black Hawk Down Product Image

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.

6 Schindler's List Schindler's List Product Image

Better than Saving Private Ryan... The Best

This isn't even a war movie

Great movie. Very strong and visual.

This one and Platoon are simply the best ever

7 Braveheart Braveheart Product Image

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!

Greatest movie ever!

8 All Quiet on the Western Front All Quiet on the Western Front Product Image

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!

9 Troy Troy Product Image

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!

The writers for this movie sucked. And if you think pitt acted well, you need help.

10 Inglourious Basterds Inglourious Basterds Product Image

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

The Contenders

11 300 300 Product Image

Remember,most WW2 war movies are full of lies a jewish propaganda.

Watch "The Greatest Story Never Told".

Believe me,i used to hate nazis and believed in the holocaust before I watched that.

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

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

12 The Bridge on the River Kwai The Bridge on the River Kwai Product Image

So good

13 Gladiator Gladiator Product Image

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..

This movie is a masterpiece. 300 sucks!

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!

14 The Hurt Locker The Hurt Locker Product Image

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

15 The Thin Red Line The Thin Red Line Product Image

Really underrated, should be top ten

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

16 The Deer Hunter The Deer Hunter Product Image

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

Underrated. Very good movie!

17 Dunkirk Dunkirk Product Image

Best WW2 movie in my opinion. A number of actors were good-looking and I loved the soundtrack and cinematography. This movie is about heroism and about persevering on even when circumstances seem to be against you. This movie isn't only about WW2, but it has a good lesson as well.

An amazing movie why is it at 71?

SPR is better, but this needs to be MUCH higher than 79th

The best.

18 Lawrence of Arabia Lawrence of Arabia Product Image

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 The Last Samurai The Last Samurai Product Image

Great movie! Love the final battle, so epic!

20 Hacksaw Ridge Hacksaw Ridge Product Image

This is one of the best I've ever seen it deserves WAY more recognition.

This should be a lot higher up! Mel Gibson is such a great director.

Should be in the top five

Needs to be way higher up

21 Come and See Come and See Product Image
22 Paths of Glory Paths of Glory Product Image

Stanley Kubrick movie, need I say more

23 The Patriot The Patriot Product Image

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.

Great movie.

24 The Great Escape The Great Escape Product Image

Master cast and crew plus the first motorcycle chase

25 Gone With the Wind Gone With the Wind Product Image

It showed how bad the war between the states was, the confederates should always be rememberd in history they went out with a fight.

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