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
1 Saving Private Ryan Saving Private Ryan Product Image

This one was tough because "Black Hawk Down", "Tears of the Sun", and "We Were Soldiers" were all classic war movies done very realistically.

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.

Best war movie out there, no other war movie can't even compare it to saveing private ryan.

2 Apocalypse Now Apocalypse Now Product Image

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

A great movie which is very long and emotional! Stunningly brilliant and full of Drama!

The film just seems so real.

3 Lawrence of Arabia Lawrence of Arabia Product Image
4 Platoon Platoon Product Image

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

" Brilliant movie. "

5 Come and See Come and See Product Image

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 Black Hawk Down Product Image

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 Full Metal Jacket Product Image
8 The Deer Hunter The Deer Hunter Product Image
9 Downfall Downfall Product Image

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

This is a good movie

10 The Bridge on the River Kwai The Bridge on the River Kwai Product Image
The Contenders
11 Threads Threads Product Image

It's scary what nuclear war does.

12 We Were Soldiers We Were Soldiers Product Image

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 Great Escape Product Image

The cast and the movie was one of the best POW type movies ever. I could watch it over and over. What strength!

14 A Bridge Too Far A Bridge Too Far Product Image
15 The Great Dictator The Great Dictator Product Image
16 Paths of Glory Paths of Glory Product Image

Great anti-war film showing some absurd things people will do in positions of authority

17 From Here to Eternity From Here to Eternity Product Image
18 Pearl Harbor Pearl Harbor Product Image

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.

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.

The movie is so good Ben Affleck Josh Hartnett and Kate beckinsale where very god in this movie. I just love the movie

19 All Quiet on the Western Front All Quiet on the Western Front Product Image
20 Patton Patton Product Image
21 Das Boot Das Boot Product Image
22 Tears of the Sun Tears of the Sun Product Image
23 The Longest Day The Longest Day Product Image

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

24 The Dogs of War The Dogs of War Product Image
25 Three Kings Three Kings Product Image
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