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The Best Black War Movies

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Vote up your favorite war movies that feature African American soldiers.

The cinema has told several different stories featuring Black soldiers fighting in wars, dating all the way back to Home of the Brave in 1949. Some of these Black war films are composed of a mostly Black cast, while others feature a Black soldier as a prominent character. Here is a look at the greatest Black war movies ever. Which one will make it to the top of the list? That's for you to decide with your votes.

The 1989 American Civil War drama Glory told the true story of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, which was the first all African-American military unit. The movie made a star out of Denzel Washington, who took home a Best Supporting Actor Oscar. The film won a total of three Academy Awards. But Glory is not the only outstanding movie on this list of Black war films.

What are the greatest Black war films ever made? That’s up for you to decide. Vote up or down on this comprehensive list and check back for new Black war movies as they come out.

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  • Glory
    1
    Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman
    • Released: 1989
    • Directed by: Edward Zwick
  • Crimson Tide
    2
    Denzel Washington, Gene Hackman, George Dzundza
    • Released: 1995
    • Directed by: Tony Scott
  • A Soldier's Story
    3
    Howard E. Rollins, Adolph Caesar, Denzel Washington
    • Released: 1984
    • Directed by: Norman Jewison
  • Courage Under Fire
    4
    Denzel Washington, Meg Ryan, Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Released: 1996
    • Directed by: Edward Zwick
  • Men of Honor
    5
    Robert De Niro, Cuba Gooding, Charlize Theron
    • Released: 2000
    • Directed by: George Tillman
  • The Tuskegee Airmen
    6
    Laurence Fishburne, Allen Payne, Malcolm-Jamal Warner
    • Released: 1995
    • Directed by: Robert Markowitz
  • Full Metal Jacket
    7
    Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D'Onofrio
    • Released: 1987
    • Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
  • Miracle at St. Anna
    8
    Derek Luke, Michael Ealy, Laz Alonso
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: Spike Lee
  • Antwone Fisher
    9
    Derek Luke, Joy Bryant, Denzel Washington
    • Released: 2002
    • Directed by: Denzel Washington
  • Buffalo Soldiers
    10
    Danny Glover, Clifton Powell, Bob Gunton
    • Released: 1997
    • Directed by: Charles Haid
  • The Manchurian Candidate
    11
    Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, Liev Schreiber
    • Released: 2004
    • Directed by: Jonathan Demme
  • Red Tails
    12
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    Cuba Gooding, Terrence Howard, Nate Parker
    • Released: 2012
    • Directed by: Anthony Hemingway
  • Black Brigade
    13
    Stephen Boyd, Robert Hooks, Susan Oliver
    • Released: 1970
    • Directed by: George McCowan
  • Hamburger Hill
    14
    Anthony Barrile, Michael Boatman, Don Cheadle
    • Released: 1987
    • Directed by: John Irvin
  • The Hurt Locker
    15
    Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow
  • Home of the Brave
    16
    Douglas Dick, Steve Brodie, Jeff Corey
    • Released: 1949
    • Directed by: Mark Robson
  • Overlord
    17
    Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Pilou Asbæk
    • Released: 2018
    • Directed by: Julius Avery