Top 10 Best War Movies

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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

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

The first 20 minutes of the film are some of the most realistic depictions of war but the rest of the movie is alright but not great

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

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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

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!

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4 Platoon

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

I was going to pick Gone with the wind but... MY DAD LOVES THIS

Sgt elias is so cool his death scene is the best ever!

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.

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5 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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6 Schindler's List

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

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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!

Greatest movie ever!

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8 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!

9 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

10 Troy

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.

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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.

This is my favorite movie! But how come my second favorite war movie ( the last of the Mohicans ) didn't even make the list?

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.

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12 The Bridge on the River Kwai

So good - DatRabidSlushie

13 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..

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!

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14 The Deer Hunter

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! - Strobo

15 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.

16 The Last Samurai

Great movie! Love the final battle, so epic!

17 Come and See
18 Paths of Glory

Stanley Kubrick movie, need I say more

19 The Thin Red Line

Really underrated, should be top ten

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

20 The Patriot

Great movie. - CRK10

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.

Love this movie. some moments are actually very emotional. I like it.

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21 Hacksaw Ridge

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

Definitely underrated. should be higher on the list.

Wow best war film behind spr

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

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22 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

23 The Great Escape

Master cast and crew plus the first motorcycle chase -

24 Gone With the Wind

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

25 Enemy at the Gates

This movie has a bit of everything we love about movies!

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 -

26 Patton

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

27 Dunkirk

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.

28 Casablanca

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

29 Lone Survivor

I recently started reading the book this movie is based off of and...wow! These men that serve are incredibly honorable. Their self-discipline, duty, and willingness to sacrifice themselves for a greater good is awe-inspiring. In particular, the Navy SEALs are the cream of the crop: almost superhuman.

Good movie. - NovaSupreme

This movie is 'D' best!

I watched this last night on blue ray. I was MACVSOG. This was a tear jerker. For all of you wannabe soldiers, this was the sh*t! No cavalry coming over the hill, just you and your brothers dying on some mountain in the middle of nowhere! Is it worth it Hell yes!

30 Glory

Best Movie about the American Civil Liberties War the ending is so sad.

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

31 The Pianist
32 The Human Condition III: a Soldier’s Prayer
33 Dr. Strangelove (Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb)

"Survival kit contents check. In them you'll find:

- One forty-five caliber automatic
- Two boxes of ammunition
- Four days' concentrated emergency rations
- One drug issue containing antibiotics, morphine,
vitamin pills, pep pills, sleeping pills, tranquilizer pills
- One miniature combination Russian phrase book and Bible
- One hundred dollars in rubles
- One hundred dollars in gold
- Nine packs of chewing gum
- One issue of prophylactics
- Three lipsticks
- Three pair of nylon stockings.

Shoot, a fella' could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff."

"Mein Fürher, I can walk! " *world ends in nuclear war*
I love this movie. - Stalin

Gentlemen, there's no fighting here, this is the War Room!

34 Grave of the Fireflies

Great movie

35 Das Boot

A shame that it's placed under "The Patriot".

36 A Bridge Too Far

Also a go to Veteran's day movie. Classic raining paratroopers - and long list of stars. Deserves higher even though there are a lot of damn good movies here.

Top 10 material. My Remembrance day go to for years.

A good example of the fog of war

37 Apocalypse Now Redux

Redux more like reduh!

38 Tora! Tora! Tora!

A well-made film that is both thrilling and informative. - DamnFineCupOfCoffee

39 Behind 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. - PotBellyPup

Awesome awesome awesome awsoem... But not as awesome as saving pvt ryan or barney stinson

40 Ran
41 Pearl Harbor

This movie is just a more unrealistic movie.All it is is basically a love story with a couple of explosions.

Crap

42 The Human Condition I: No Greater Love
43 We 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 - Aziel

Another Mel Gibson masterpiece -

So realistic, amazing action and a nice ending.

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44 Black Book

Absolute masterpiece! Paul Verhoevn is genius

45 The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity
46 Midway
47 Gettysburg
48 Pan's Labyrinth
49 Der Untergang (Downfall)

Agruably the best war movie about Hitler.

50 Spartacus

This was about T&A, not war. Awful

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