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.
Directed by: Edward ZwickGlory is a 1989 American drama film directed by Edward Zwick and starring Matthew Broderick,... more
Directed by: Norman JewisonA Soldier's Story is a 1984 American drama film directed by Norman Jewison, based upon Charles... more
Directed by: Denzel WashingtonAntwone Fisher is a 2002 American biographical drama film directed by and starring Denzel... more
Directed by: Anthony HemingwayRed Tails is a 2012 American film directed by Anthony Hemingway in his feature film... more
Directed by: Robert MarkowitzThe Tuskegee Airmen is a 1995 HBO television movie based on the exploits of an actual... more
Directed by: Stanley KubrickFull Metal Jacket is a 1987 film directed and produced by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay by... more
Directed by: George Tillman, Jr.Men of Honor is a 2000 drama film, starring Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr. The film was... more
Directed by: Spike LeeMiracle at St. Anna is a 2008 AmericanItalian epic film set primarily in Italy during... more
Directed by: Mark RobsonHome of the Brave is a 1949 film based on a 1946 play by Arthur Laurents. It was directed by... more
Directed by: Kathryn BigelowThe Hurt Locker is a 2009 American film about a three-man Explosive Ordnance Disposal team... more
Directed by: Tony ScottCrimson Tide is a 1995 American submarine film directed by Tony Scott. On a U.S. nuclear... more
Directed by: Edward ZwickCourage Under Fire is a 1996 film directed by Edward Zwick, and starring Denzel Washington,... more
Directed by: Charles HaidBuffalo Soldiers is a 1997 TNT television film starring Danny Glover, Mykelti Williamson, Tom... more
Black BrigadeStephen Boyd, Robert Hooks
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Directed by: Jonathan DemmeThe Manchurian Candidate is a 2004 American thriller film directed by Jonathan Demme. The... more
Directed by: John IrvinHamburger Hill is a 1987 American film about the actual assault of the U.S. Army's 3rd... more
Directed by: Julius AveryOverlord is a 2018 American horror film directed by Julius Avery. In 1944, two American... more