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The Best 2000s War Movies

Updated September 23, 2019 2.2k votes 428 voters 13.9k views43 items

List RulesVote up your favorite war films that were released between 2000-2010.

What are the best '00s war movies? The decade has examples from ancient history (300, Troy) as well as depictions of more contemporary conflicts (Jarhead, Hurt Locker). The top combat films of the 2000s include some modern classics from brilliant directors, such as Quentin Tarantino, Kathryn Bigelow, Michael Bay, and many more. 

There are many great '00s war movies to consider. Flags of our Fathers tells the story of the battle of Iwo Jima from the American perspective, while Letters from Iwo Jima tells the story from the Japanese side. Clint Eastwood directed both films, offering unique perspectives from both sides that fought. Also of interest among the top ’00s war movies is The Pianist, set during WWII, The Patriot, which takes place during the Revolution), and Tigerland, set in Vietnam. 

Vote up the best war movies from the '00s, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 

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    We Were Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 2000s War Movies
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    We Were Soldiers

    Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson

    Released2002

    Directed byRandall Wallace

    We Were Soldiers is a 2002 film that dramatizes the Battle of Ia Drang on November 14, 1965.... more on Wikipedia
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    The Patriot is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 2000s War Movies
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    The Patriot

    Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger

    Released2000

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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    Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 2000s War Movies
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    Gladiator

    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2000

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Gladiator is a 2000 American-British epic historical drama film directed by Ridley Scott,... more on Wikipedia

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    The Last Samurai is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 2000s War Movies
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    The Last Samurai

    Tom Cruise, Billy Connolly

    Released2003

    Directed byEdward Zwick

    The Last Samurai is a 2003 American epic film directed and co-produced by Edward Zwick, who... more on Wikipedia
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    Master and Commander: The Far  is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 2000s War Movies

    Released2003

    Directed byPeter Weir

    Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is a 2003 epic historical drama film... more on Wikipedia
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    Enemy at the Gates is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 2000s War Movies
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    Enemy at the Gates

    Rachel Weisz, Jude Law

    Released2001

    Directed byJean-Jacques Annaud

    Enemy at the Gates is a 2001 film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. The film's title is taken... more on Wikipedia
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    Letters from Iwo Jima is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 2000s War Movies
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    Letters from Iwo Jima

    Ken Watanabe, Ryan Kelley

    Released2006

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Letters from Iwo Jima is a 2006 Japanese-American film directed and co-produced by Clint... more on Wikipedia
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    Valkyrie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 2000s War Movies
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    Valkyrie

    Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh

    Released2008

    Directed byBryan Singer

    Valkyrie is a 2008 American-German historical thriller film set in Nazi Germany during WWII.... more on Wikipedia
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    Troy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 2000s War Movies
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    Troy

    Brad Pitt, Eric Bana

    Released2004

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

    Troy is a 2004 epic period war film directed by Wolfgang Petersen, loosely based on Homer's... more on Wikipedia

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    Flags of Our Fathers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 2000s War Movies
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    Flags of Our Fathers

    Paul Walker, Ryan Phillippe

    Released2006

    Directed byClint Eastwood

    Flags of Our Fathers is a 2006 American film directed, co-produced and scored by Clint... more on Wikipedia
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    300 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 2000s War Movies
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    300

    Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender

    Released2006

    Directed byZack Snyder

    300 is a 2006 American fantasy war film based on the 1998 comic series of the same name by... more on Wikipedia
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    Behind Enemy Lines is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 2000s War Movies
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    Behind Enemy Lines

    Owen Wilson, Gene Hackman

    Released2001

    Directed byJohn Moore

    Behind Enemy Lines is a 2001 action film directed by John Moore in his directorial debut, and... more on Wikipedia

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    The Hurt Locker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 2000s War Movies
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    The Hurt Locker

    Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes

    Released2008

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

    The Hurt Locker is a 2008 American film about a three-man Explosive Ordnance Disposal team... more on Wikipedia
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    U-571 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 2000s War Movies
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    U-571

    Matthew McConaughey, Jon Bon Jovi

    Released2000

    Directed byJonathan Mostow

    U-571 is a 2000 film directed by Jonathan Mostow, and starring Matthew McConaughey, Bill... more on Wikipedia
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    Downfall is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 2000s War Movies
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    Downfall

    Alexandra Lara, Bruno Ganz

    Released2004

    Directed byOliver Hirschbiegel

    Downfall is a 2004 German film directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, depicting the final ten days... more on Wikipedia

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    Windtalkers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 2000s War Movies
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    Windtalkers

    Nicolas Cage, Mark Ruffalo

    Released2002

    Directed byJohn Woo

    Windtalkers is a 2002 American film directed and produced by John Woo, and starring Nicolas... more on Wikipedia

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    Jarhead is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 2000s War Movies
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    Jarhead

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx

    Released2005

    Directed bySam Mendes

    Jarhead is a 2005 biographical drama film based on U.S. Marine Anthony Swofford's 2003 memoir... more on Wikipedia

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    Atonement is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 2000s War Movies
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    Atonement

    Keira Knightley, Benedict Cumberbatch

    Released2007

    Directed byJoe Wright

    Atonement is a 2007 British romantic drama film directed by Joe Wright and based on Ian... more on Wikipedia

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    The Pianist is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 2000s War Movies
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    The Pianist

    Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann

    Released2002

    Directed byRoman Polanski

    The Pianist is a 2002 historical drama film co-produced and directed by Roman Polanski,... more on Wikipedia
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    Hotel Rwanda is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 2000s War Movies
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    Hotel Rwanda

    Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2004

    Directed byTerry George

    Hotel Rwanda is a 2004 American historical drama film directed by Terry George. It was adapted... more on Wikipedia

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Fel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 2000s War Movies

    Released2001

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 epic fantasy film directed by... more on Wikipedia
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    Pearl Harbor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 2000s War Movies
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    Pearl Harbor

    Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner

    Released2001

    Directed byMichael Bay

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Ret is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 2000s War Movies
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    Released2003

    Directed byPeter Jackson

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is a 2003 epic fantasy drama film directed by... more on Wikipedia

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    Rules of Engagement is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 2000s War Movies
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    Rules of Engagement

    Samuel L. Jackson, Tommy Lee Jones

    Released2000

    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

    Rules of Engagement is a 2000 American drama film directed by William Friedkin and starring... more on Wikipedia
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    No Man's Land is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 2000s War Movies
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    No Man's Land

    Simon Callow, Rene Bitorajac

    Released2001

    Directed byDanis Tanović

    No Man's Land is a 2001 war drama that is set in the midst of the Bosnian war. The film is a... more on Wikipedia
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