film The Best 80s War Movies  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite war films that were released in the 1980s.

War is hell. And it doesn’t matter if you love it or hate it. On this of the best 80s war movies you’ll find films that glorify war and films that show the horror it and films that do both. Did the 1980s produce the greatest war movies of all time? It's very well possible.

Born on the Fourth of July, Full Metal Jacket and Platoon all show the horrors of war, in this case each deals with the highly unpopular Vietnam War. On the other end of the spectrum, this list of top war movies from the 80s includes the rousing, gung-ho films Missing in Action, Red Dawn and Uncommon Valor. And don’t miss Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun which shows World War II from a unique angle.

Enjoy this list of great war movies from the '80s, vote up your favorites, and feel free to add any of your favorites that might be missing.

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Full Metal Jacket Stanley Kubrick, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

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Platoon Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe

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Glory Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Heartbreak Ridge Clint Eastwood, Mario Van Peebles, Marsha Mason

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Good Morning, Vietnam Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, J. T. Walsh

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Red Dawn Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson

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Casualties of War Sean Penn, Michael J. Fox, John C. Reilly

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First Blood Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, David Caruso - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Stripes Bill Murray, John Candy, Dennis Quaid

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Empire of the Sun Christian Bale, Ben Stiller, John Malkovich

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Uncommon Valor Gene Hackman, Patrick Swayze, Michael Dudikoff - Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Das Boot Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Uwe Ochsenknecht

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The Final Countdown Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen, Katharine Ross

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Gallipoli Mel Gibson, Bill Hunter, Robert Grubb

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Rambo: First Blood Part II Sylvester Stallone, Charles Napier, Richard Crenna

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Hamburger Hill Don Cheadle, Dylan McDermott, Courtney B. Vance

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The Big Red One Mark Hamill, Lee Marvin, Robert Carradine

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The Killing Fields John Malkovich, Craig T. Nelson, Sam Waterston

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Ran Tatsuya Nakadai, Susumu Terajima, Jinpachi Nezu

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The Year of Living Dangerously Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hunt

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Kagemusha Tatsuya Nakadai, Kenichi Hagiwara, Kaori Momoi

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Missing in Action Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, M. Emmet Walsh

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84C MoPic Glenn Morshower, Nicholas Cascone

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Grave of the Fireflies Yoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yamaguchi, Ayano Shiraishi

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The Hanoi Hilton Jeffrey Jones, David Soul, Michael Moriarty

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Platoon Leader Michael Dudikoff, William Smith, Michael DeLorenzo