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The Best 70s War Movies 

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One of the greatest decades for the genre, here is our ranked list of the best 70s war movies. There are epic battle films (Tora! Tora! Tora!, Midway) and riveting biographies (Patton, MacArthur), but the 70s also began to show a raising of the anti-war voice.
 

Among the top 70s war movies are the instant classics Apocalypse Now, M*A*S*H, Catch-22, and The Deer Hunter, all films which focus on the horror of war. You’ll also find the effecting drama Coming Home which focuses on the challenge of re-entering society after being at war. 
 

Enjoy this list of great war movies from the '70s, vote up your favorites, and feel free to add any of your favorites that might be missing.

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George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees

Released: 1970

Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner

Patton is a 1970 American epic biographical film about U.S. General George S. Patton during WWII. It stars George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Michael Bates and Karl Michael Vogler. It was directed by ...more

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#4 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #74 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Marlon Brando, Harrison Ford, Robert Duvall

Released: 1979

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Apocalypse Now is a 1979 American epic adventure war film set during the Vietnam War. Produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, and Robert Duvall. ...more

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The Behind The Scenes Madness Of 'Apocalypse Now' Was Even More Hellish Than You Thought #20 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Rankedlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins, Robert Redford

Released: 1977

Directed by: Richard Attenborough

A Bridge Too Far is a 1977 epic film based on the 1974 book of the same name by Cornelius Ryan, adapted by William Goldman. It was produced by Joseph E. Levine and Richard P. Levine and directed ...more

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#12 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #1,125 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #220 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made

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Jason Robards Jr., Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten

Released: 1970

Directed by: Richard Fleischer, Toshio Masuda, Kinji Fukasaku

Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Tora! Tora! Tora! is a 1970 American–Japanese film directed by Richard Fleischer and stars an ensemble cast, including Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten, Sō Yamamura, E. G. Marshall, James Whitmore ...more

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#19 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #599 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken

Released: 1978

Directed by: Michael Cimino

The Deer Hunter is a 1978 American epic drama film co-written and directed by Michael Cimino about a trio of Russian American steelworkers and their service in Vietnam. The film stars Robert De ...more

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Unbelievable Stories From Behind The Scenes Of 'The Deer Hunter' #40 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Rankedlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould

Released: 1970

Directed by: Robert Altman

MASH is a 1970 American satirical black comedy film directed by Robert Altman and written by Ring Lardner, Jr., based on Richard Hooker's novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors. The ...more

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Dramatic Stories From Behind The Scenes Of ‘M.A.S.H.’ #47 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Rankedlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Fred Zinnemann, Lew Ayres, ZaSu Pitts

Released: 1930

Directed by: Lewis Milestone

All Quiet on the Western Front is a 1930 American epic film based on the Erich Maria Remarque novel of the same name. It was directed by Lewis Milestone, and stars Louis Wolheim, Lew Ayres, John ...more

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#11 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #215 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Tom Selleck, Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda

Released: 1976

Directed by: Jack Smight

Midway, released in the United Kingdom as Battle of Midway and in the US on video as The Battle of Midway, is a 1976 Technicolor film directed by Jack Smight and produced by Walter Mirisch from ...more

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#30 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #295 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Made #10 of 222 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time

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Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland, Don Rickles

Released: 1970

Directed by: Brian G. Hutton

Kelly's Heroes is a 1970 comedy film directed by Brian G. Hutton, about a group of WWII soldiers who go AWOL to rob a bank behind enemy lines. The film stars Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Don ...more

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#28 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #724 of 729 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #21 of 222 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time

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James Coburn, David Warner, Senta Berger

Released: 1977

Directed by: Sam Peckinpah

Cross of Iron is a British-German 1977 film directed by Sam Peckinpah, featuring James Coburn, Maximilian Schell, James Mason and David Warner. The film is set on the Eastern Front in World War ...more

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#74 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #69 of 222 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time #337 of 591 The Best '70s Movies

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Harrison Ford, Barbara Bach, Robert Shaw

Released: 1978

Directed by: Guy Hamilton

Force 10 from Navarone is a 1978 British produced film loosely based on Alistair MacLean's 1968 novel of the same name. It is a sequel to the 1961 film, The Guns of Navarone. The parts of ...more

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#185 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #78 of 222 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time #229 of 591 The Best '70s Movies

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Orson Welles, Christopher Plummer, Rod Steiger

Released: 1970

Directed by: Sergei Bondarchuk

Waterloo is a 1970 Soviet-Italian film directed by Sergei Bondarchuk and produced by Dino De Laurentiis. It depicts the story of the preliminary events and the Battle of Waterloo, and is famous ...more

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#123 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #521 of 591 The Best '70s Movies #85 of 305 The Best Military Movies Ever Made

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Robert Duvall, Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland

Released: 1976

Directed by: John Sturges

The Eagle Has Landed is a 1976 British film directed by John Sturges and starring Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland and Robert Duvall. Based on the novel The Eagle Has Landed by Jack Higgins, the ...more

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#62 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #756 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #55 of 222 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time

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R. Lee Ermey, Michael Lembeck, Andrew Stevens

Released: 1978

Directed by: Sidney J. Furie

The Boys in Company C, directed by Sidney J. Furie, starring Stan Shaw, Andrew Stevens, Craig Wasson, Santos Morales and Michael Lembeck, is a 1978 film about United States Marines in the ...more

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#262 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #562 of 710 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars #82 of 305 The Best Military Movies Ever Made

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Peter O'Toole, Bob Hoskins, Burt Lancaster

Released: 1979

Directed by: Douglas Hickox

Zulu Dawn is a 1979 film about the historical Battle of Isandlwana between British and Zulu forces in 1879 in South Africa. The screenplay was by Cy Endfield, from his book, and Anthony Story. ...more

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#140 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #661 of 729 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked #390 of 591 The Best '70s Movies

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Gregory Peck, Russell Johnson, Ed Flanders

Released: 1977

Directed by: Joseph Sargent

MacArthur is a 1977 American biographical war film directed by Joseph Sargent and starring Gregory Peck in the eponymous role as American General of the Army Douglas MacArthur.
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Richard Burton, John Colicos, Wolfgang Preiss

Released: 1971

Directed by: Henry Hathaway

Raid on Rommel is an American B movie from 1971, directed by Henry Hathaway and set in North Africa during the Second World War. It stars Richard Burton as a British commando attempting to ...more
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Martin Sheen, Orson Welles, Jon Voight

Released: 1970

Directed by: Mike Nichols

Catch-22 is a 1970 film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Joseph Heller. In creating a black comedy revolving around the "lunatic characters" of Heller's satirical novel set ...more

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#144 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #167 of 367 The Best Movies Based On Books #90 of 222 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time

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Ryan O'Neal, Leonard Rossiter, Hardy Krüger

Released: 1975

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Barry Lyndon is a 1975 British-American period drama film written, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, based on the 1844 novel The Luck of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray. It ...more

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#104 of 591 The Best '70s Movies #370 of 599 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Nicholas Ball, John Franklyn-Robbins, Stella Tanner

Released: 1978

Directed by: Stuart Cooper

Overlord is a 1975 black-and-white film written and directed by Stuart Cooper. Set around the D-Day invasion, Overlord is a war film about a young soldier's meditations on being part of the war ...more

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#239 of 375 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #199 of 222 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time

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Timothy Bottoms, Joss Ackland, Anthony Andrews

Released: 1975

Directed by: Lewis Gilbert

Operation Daybreak is a 1975 Second World War film based on the true story of Operation Anthropoid, the assassination of SS General Reinhard Heydrich in Prague. Starring Anthony Andrews, Timothy ...more
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Peter O'Toole, Philippe Noiret, Siân Phillips

Released: 1971

Directed by: Peter Yates

Murphy's War is a 1971 war film starring Peter O'Toole. It was directed by Peter Yates and, while it has much in common with The African Queen, it is based on a novel by Max Catto. The ...more
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Christopher Lee, Sybil Danning, Trevor Howard

Released: 1976

Directed by: Jürgen Goslar

Albino is a 1976 German thriller directed by Jürgen Goslar and starring Christopher Lee, James Faulkner and Sybil Danning filmed on location during the Rhodesian Bush War. The film is based ...more