Best War Movies

Incendies

Incendies

Incendies
IMDb: 8.3
130 min

A mother\'s last wishes send twins Jeanne and Simon on a journey to Middle East in search of their tangled roots. Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad\'s acclaimed play, Incendies tells the powerful and moving tale of two young adults\' voyage to the core of deep-rooted hatred, never-ending wars and enduring love.

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Inglourious Basterads

Inglourious Basterads

Inglourious Basterads
IMDb: 8.3
153 min

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as \"The Basterds\" are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis. The Basterds, lead by Lt. Aldo Raine soon cross paths with a French-Jewish teenage girl who runs a movie theater in Paris which is targeted by the soldiers.

Hotel Rwanda

Hotel Rwanda

Hotel Rwanda
IMDb: 8.1
121 min

Inspired by true events, this film takes place in Rwanda in the 1990s when more than a million Tutsis were killed in a genocide that went mostly unnoticed by the rest of the world. Hotel owner Paul Rusesabagina houses over a thousand refuges in his hotel in attempt to save their lives.

Downfall

Downfall

Downfall
IMDb: 8.2
156 min

In April of 1945, Germany stands at the brink of defeat with the Russian Army closing in from the east and the Allied Expeditionary Force attacking from the west. In Berlin, capital of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler proclaims that Germany will still achieve victory and orders his generals and advisers to fight to the last man. When the end finally does come, and Hitler lies dead by his own hand, what is left of his military must find a way to end the killing that is the Battle of Berlin, and lay down their arms in surrender.

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Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War

Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War

Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War
IMDb: 8.1
149

When two brothers are forced to fight in the Korean War, the elder decides to take the riskiest missions if it will help shield the younger from battle.

The Pianist

The Pianist

The Pianist
IMDb: 8.5
150 min

The true story of pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman\'s experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he stays behind, works for a while as a laborer, and eventually goes into hiding in the ruins of the war-torn city.

Devils on the Doorstep

Devils on the Doorstep

Devils on the Doorstep
IMDb: 8.2
139

During the Japanese occupation of China, two prisoners are dumped in a peasant's home in a small town. The owner is bullied into keeping the prisoners until the next New Year, at which time they will be collected. The village leaders convene to interrogate the prisoners. The townspeople then struggle to accommodate the prisoners. One is a bellicose Japanese nationalist, the other a nervous translator. Will the townspeople manage to keep the prisoners until the New Year?

Genre: Best War, Drama, War
Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan
IMDb: 8.6
169 min

As U.S. troops storm the beaches of Normandy, three brothers lie dead on the battlefield, with a fourth trapped behind enemy lines. Ranger captain John Miller and seven men are tasked with penetrating German-held territory and bringing the boy home.

Life Is Beautiful

Life Is Beautiful

Life Is Beautiful
IMDb: 8.6
116 min

A touching story of an Italian book seller of Jewish ancestry who lives in his own little fairy tale. His creative and happy life would come to an abrupt halt when his entire family is deported to a concentration camp during World War II. While locked up he tries to convince his son that the whole thing is just a game.

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Braveheart

Braveheart

Braveheart
IMDb: 8.3
177 min

Enraged at the slaughter of Murron, his new bride and childhood love, Scottish warrior William Wallace slays a platoon of the local English lord\'s soldiers. This leads the village to revolt and, eventually, the entire country to rise up against English rule.

To Live

To Live

To Live
IMDb: 8.3
133 min

Fugui and Jiazhen endure tumultuous events in China as their personal fortunes move from wealthy landownership to peasantry.

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Schindler’s List

Schindler’s List

Schindler’s List
IMDb: 8.9
195 min

The true story of how businessman Oskar Schindler saved over a thousand Jewish lives from the Nazis while they worked as slaves in his factory during World War II.

Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies
IMDb: 8.5
89 min

In the final months of World War II, 14-year-old Seita and his sister Setsuko are orphaned when their mother is killed during an air raid in Kobe, Japan. After a falling out with their aunt, they move into an abandoned bomb shelter. With no surviving relatives and their emergency rations depleted, Seita and Setsuko struggle to survive.

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Goodbye Children

Goodbye Children

Goodbye Children
IMDb: 8.0
105

Au revoir les enfants tells a heartbreaking story of friendship and devastating loss concerning two boys living in Nazi-occupied France. At a provincial Catholic boarding school, the precocious youths enjoy true camaraderie—until a secret is revealed. Based on events from writer-director Malle’s own childhood, the film is a subtle, precisely observed tale of courage, cowardice, and tragic awakening.

Genre: Best War, Drama, War
Full Metal Jacket

Full Metal Jacket

Full Metal Jacket
IMDb: 8.3
116 min

A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the U.S.-Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.

Genre: Best War
Platoon

Platoon

Platoon
IMDb: 8.1
120 min

As a young and naive recruit in Vietnam, Chris Taylor faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.

Come and See

Come and See

Come and See
IMDb: 8.3
142 min

The invasion of a village in Byelorussia by German forces sends young Florya into the forest to join the weary Resistance fighters, against his family\'s wishes. There he meets a girl, Glasha, who accompanies him back to his village. On returning home, Florya finds his family and fellow peasants massacred. His continued survival amidst the brutal debris of war becomes increasingly nightmarish, a battle between despair and hope.

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Genre: Best War
Ran

Ran

Ran
IMDb: 8.2
162 min

In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how their new-found power will corrupt them.

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Barefoot Gen

Barefoot Gen

Barefoot Gen
IMDb: 8.0
83

A powerful statement against war, Barefoot Gen is a story about the effect of the atomic bomb on a boy's life and the lives of the Japanese people. Based on the acclaimed manga by Nakazawa Keiji, the author of Barefoot Gen, who was 6 years old at the time of the Hiroshima bombing, and is one of the survivors of the destruction. The bomb was responsible for the death of his father, his sister, and his brother. At the age of 6 he and his mother dug their remains out of the ruins of their home. In 1963 Nakazawa moved to Tokyo to become a manga artist, but returned to Hiroshima in 1966 to attend his mothers funeral. It was then that he learned of the true impact of the radiation from the bomb.

The Boat

The Boat

The Boat
IMDb: 8.3
150 min

A German submarine hunts allied ships during the Second World War, but it soon becomes the hunted. The crew tries to survive below the surface, while stretching both the boat and themselves to their limits.

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Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now
IMDb: 8.4
147 min

At the height of the Vietnam war, Captain Benjamin Willard is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially, \"does not exist, nor will it ever exist.\" His goal is to locate - and eliminate - a mysterious Green Beret Colonel named Walter Kurtz, who has been leading his personal army on illegal guerrilla missions into enemy territory.

The Deer Hunter

The Deer Hunter

The Deer Hunter
IMDb: 8.1
183 min

A group of working-class friends decides to enlist in the Army during the Vietnam War and finds it to be hellish chaos -- not the noble venture they imagined. Before they left, Steven married his pregnant girlfriend -- and Michael and Nick were in love with the same woman. But all three are different men upon their return.

The Ascent

The Ascent

The Ascent
IMDb: 8.3
111

Two Soviet partisans leave their starving band to get supplies from a nearby farm. The Germans have reached the farm first, so the pair must go on a journey deep into occupied territory, a voyage that will also take them deep into their souls.

Genre: Best War, Drama, War
Army of Shadows

Army of Shadows

Army of Shadows
IMDb: 8.2
147 min

Betrayed by an informant, Philippe Gerbier finds himself trapped in a torturous Nazi prison camp. Though Gerbier escapes to rejoin the Resistance in occupied Marseilles, France, and exacts his revenge on the informant, he must continue a quiet, seemingly endless battle against the Nazis in an atmosphere of tension, paranoia and distrust.

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Genre: Best War, Drama, War
Andrei Rublev

Andrei Rublev

Andrei Rublev
IMDb: 8.1
183

An expansive Russian drama, this film focuses on the life of revered religious icon painter Andrei Rublev. Drifting from place to place in a tumultuous era, the peace-seeking monk eventually gains a reputation for his art. But after Rublev witnesses a brutal battle and unintentionally becomes involved, he takes a vow of silence and spends time away from his work. As he begins to ease his troubled soul, he takes steps towards becoming a painter once again.

The Battle of Algiers

The Battle of Algiers

The Battle of Algiers
IMDb: 8.1
121 min

Tracing the struggle of the Algerian Front de Liberation Nationale to gain freedom from French colonial rule as seen through the eyes of Ali from his start as a petty thief to his rise to prominence in the organisation and capture by the French in 1957. The film traces the rebels\' struggle and the increasingly extreme measures taken by the French government to quell the revolt.

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The War Game

The War Game

The War Game
IMDb: 8.0
48

A docudrama depicting a hypothetical nuclear attack on Britain.

The Shop on Main Street

The Shop on Main Street

The Shop on Main Street
IMDb: 8.2
128

In a small town in Nazi-occupied Slovakia during World War II, decent but timid carpenter Tono is named "Aryan comptroller" of a button store owned by an old Jewish widow, Rozalie. Since the post comes with a salary and standing in the town's corrupt hierarchy, Tono wrestles with greed and guilt as he and Rozalie gradually befriend each other. When the authorities order all Jews in town to be rounded up, Tono faces a moral dilemma unlike any he's known before.

Genre: Best War, Drama, War
The Great Escape

The Great Escape

The Great Escape
IMDb: 8.2
173 min

The Nazis, exasperated at the number of escapes from their prison camps by a relatively small number of Allied prisoners, relocates them to a high-security \'escape-proof\' camp to sit out the remainder of the war. Undaunted, the prisoners plan one of the most ambitious escape attempts of World War II. Based on a true story.

Lawrence Of Arabia

Lawrence Of Arabia

Lawrence Of Arabia
IMDb: 8.3
216 min

The story of British officer T.E. Lawrence\'s mission to aid the Arab tribes in their revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. Lawrence becomes a flamboyant, messianic figure in the cause of Arab unity but his psychological instability threatens to undermine his achievements.

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Ivan’s Childhood

Ivan’s Childhood

Ivan’s Childhood
IMDb: 8.1
95 min

Poetic journey through the shards and shadows of one boy’s war-ravaged youth.

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Genre: Best War
Ballad of a Soldier

Ballad of a Soldier

Ballad of a Soldier
IMDb: 8.2
89

During World War II, earnest young Russian soldier Alyosha Skvortsov is rewarded with a short leave of absence for performing a heroic deed on the battlefield. Feeling homesick, he decides to visit his mother. Due to his kindhearted nature, however, Alyosha is repeatedly sidetracked by his efforts to help those he encounters, including a lovely girl named Shura. In his tour of a country devastated by war, he struggles to keep hope alive.

Fires on the Plain

Fires on the Plain

Fires on the Plain
IMDb: 8.0
108

In the closing days of WWII remnants of the Japanese army in Leyte are abandoned by their command and face certain starvation.

Genre: Best War, Drama, War
The Great War

The Great War

The Great War
IMDb: 8.2
137

Italy, 1916. Oreste Jacovacci and Giovanni Busacca are called, as all the Italian youths, to serve the army in the WWI. They both try in every way to avoid serving the army.

The Human Condition I: No Greater Love

The Human Condition I: No Greater Love

The Human Condition I: No Greater Love
IMDb: 8.5
206

A Japanese pacifist and socialist, unable to face the dire consequences of conscientious objection, is transformed by his attempts to compromise with the demands of war-time Japan.

The Bridge on the River Kwai

The Bridge on the River Kwai

The Bridge on the River Kwai
IMDb: 8.1
161 min

The classic story of English POWs in Burma forced to build a bridge to aid the war effort of their Japanese captors. British and American intelligence officers conspire to blow up the structure, but Col. Nicholson , the commander who supervised the bridge\'s construction, has acquired a sense of pride in his creation and tries to foil their plans.

Paths of Glory

Paths of Glory

Paths of Glory
IMDb: 8.4
88 min

During World War I, commanding officer General Broulard orders his subordinate, General Mireau, to attack a German trench position, offering a promotion as an incentive. Though the mission is foolhardy to the point of suicide, Mireau commands his own subordinate, Colonel Dax, to plan the attack. When it ends in disaster, General Mireau demands the court-martial of three random soldiers in order to save face.

The Cranes Are Flying

The Cranes Are Flying

The Cranes Are Flying
IMDb: 8.3
97

Veronika and Boris come together in Moscow shortly before World War II. Walking along the river, they watch cranes fly overhead, and promise to rendezvous before Boris leaves to fight. Boris misses the meeting and is off to the front lines, while Veronika waits patiently, sending letters faithfully. After her house is bombed, Veronika moves in with Boris' family, into the company of a cousin with his own intentions.

Stalag 17

Stalag 17

Stalag 17
IMDb: 8.0
120 min

It\'s a dreary Christmas 1944 for the American POWs in Stalag 17. For the men in Barracks 4, all sergeants, have to deal with a grave problem - there seems to be a security leak. The Germans always seem to be forewarned about escapes and in the most recent attempt the two men, Manfredi and Johnson, walked straight into a trap and were killed. For some in Barracks 4, especially the loud-mouthed Duke, the leaker is obvious: J.J. Sefton, a wheeler-dealer who doesn\'t hesitate to trade with the guards and who has acquired goods and privileges that no other prisoner seems to have. Sefton denies giving the Germans any information and makes it quite clear that he has no intention of ever trying to escape. He plans to ride out the war in what little comfort he can arrange, but it doesn\'t extend to spying for the Germans.

The Best Years of Our Lives

The Best Years of Our Lives

The Best Years of Our Lives
IMDb: 8.0
172

It's the hope that sustains the spirit of every GI: the dream of the day when he will finally return home. For three WWII veterans, the day has arrived. But for each man, the dream is about to become a nightmare. Captain Fred Derry is returning to a loveless marriage; Sergeant Al Stephenson is a stranger to a family that's grown up without him; and young sailor Homer Parrish is tormented by the loss of his hands. Can these three men find the courage to rebuild their world? Or are the best years of their lives a thing of the past?

Stairway to Heaven

Stairway to Heaven

Stairway to Heaven
IMDb: 8.1
104 min

When a young airman miraculously survives bailing out of his aeroplane without a parachute, he falls in love with an American radio operator. But the officials in the other world realise their mistake, and despatch an angel to collect him.

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Rome, Open City

Rome, Open City

Rome, Open City
IMDb: 8.0
103

ROME, OPEN CITY is a landmark in film history. Filmed in secrecy during the Nazi occupation of Italy, the film shows a realistic portrayal of the underground resistance in Italy in 1945. The film has strong impacting imagery with its mix of fiction and reality that strengthened Italian Neo-realism and the film industry.

To Be or Not to Be

To Be or Not to Be

To Be or Not to Be
IMDb: 8.2
99 min

During the Nazi occupation of Poland, an acting troupe becomes embroiled in a Polish soldier\'s efforts to track down a German spy.

The Great Dictator

The Great Dictator

The Great Dictator
IMDb: 8.4
125 min

Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel\'s regime.

Gone with the Wind

Gone with the Wind

Gone with the Wind
IMDb: 8.1
238 min

The spoiled daughter of a well-to-do plantation owner is forced to use every means at her disposal to claw her way out of poverty, following Maj. Gen. William Sherman\'s destructive \"March to the Sea,” during the American Civil War.

Grand Illusion

Grand Illusion

Grand Illusion
IMDb: 8.1
114

A group of French soldiers, including the patrician Captain de Boeldieu and the working-class Lieutenant Maréchal, grapple with their own class differences after being captured and held in a World War I German prison camp. When the men are transferred to a high-security fortress, they must concoct a plan to escape beneath the watchful eye of aristocratic German officer von Rauffenstein, who has formed an unexpected bond with de Boeldieu.

All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front
IMDb: 8.0
133 min

A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I. Together with several other young German soldiers, he experiences the horrors of war, such evil of which he had not conceived of when signing up to fight. They eventually become sad, tormented, and confused of their purpose.

The General

The General

The General
IMDb: 8.1
79 min

During America’s Civil War Union spies steal engineer Johnnie Gray\'s beloved locomotive The General - his lady love, Annabelle Lee, aboard an attached boxcar - and he single-handedly must do all in his power to both get The General back and to rescue Annabelle. Released throughout most of the world in 1927, this Silent comedy-action film flopped when originally released, but now is regarded as one of the great American motion pictures. The story is based on actual historic events.

Battleship Potemkin

Battleship Potemkin

Battleship Potemkin
IMDb: 8.0
75

A dramatized account of a great Russian naval mutiny and a resultant public demonstration, showing support, which brought on a police massacre. The film had an incredible impact on the development of cinema and is a masterful example of montage editing.

The Big Parade

The Big Parade

The Big Parade
IMDb: 7.9
151 min

The story of an idle rich boy who joins the US Army\'s Rainbow Division and is sent to France to fight in World War I, becomes friends with two working class men, experiences the horrors of trench warfare, and finds love with a French girl.