The Best War Movies Ever Films

The Best War Movies Ever

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Best movies about war, battles and military conflicts. These films recreate some of the most significant events in world history from a variety of perspectives and with a variety of purposes and intentions. Some war films attempt to recreate as realistically as possible the events that they depict, either from an omniscient perspective permitted by historical study or from the point of view of the soldiers and civilians involved in the conflict itself. Ridley Scott's "Black Hawk Down," for example, was both praised in its time and heavily criticized for bringing a "you are there" sense of realism - and little outside or cultural perspective - to a recreation of the Battle of Mogadishu.

Other films use war as a backdrop to look at larger issues - such as man's inhumanity to man or the crippling impact of post-traumatic stress - or just as a meditation on war itself. Finally, films like "Glory" and "Band of Brothers" examine the personal drama of a few individuals, and mine it for larger insights about the meaning of war and the impact that violence has on individual human lives.

Finally, some war films - particularly those made during the classic Hollywood era - are simply adventure films with war providing a compelling setting and situation. "The Great Escape," for example, remains a classic not because of its grand ideas about the nature of war, but because it is a ceaselessly entertaining spectacle.

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List Criteria: Movies about war and soldiers, or that use a war as a primary setting.

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    Saving Private Ryan

    1998 More
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    1995 More
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    1957 More
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    Full Metal Jacket

    1987 More
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    Platoon

    1986 More
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    Apocalypse Now

    1979 More
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    Schindler's List

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    Patton

    1970 More
    81
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    Black Hawk Down

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    Sands of Iwo Jima

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    1970 More
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    1989 More
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    The Great Escape

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    The Deer Hunter

    1978 More
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    The Guns of Navarone

    1961 More
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    The Longest Day

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    Gettysburg

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    Das Boot

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    1976 More
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    A Bridge Too Far

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    2000 More
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    1980 More
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    The Dirty Dozen

    1967 More
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    Inglourious Basterds

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    Where Eagles Dare

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    Gods and Generals

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    All Quiet on the Western Front

    1930 More
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    The Pianist

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    1987 More
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    The Thin Red Line

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    1970 More
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    Kelly's Heroes

    1970 More
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    U-571

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    Sink the Bismarck!

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    Run Silent, Run Deep

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    1965 More
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    Seven Samurai

    1954 More
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    Battleground

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    Stalingrad

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    Battle of Britain

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    The English Patient

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