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The Best Black War Movies

Updated July 13, 2020 298 votes 52 voters 4.7k views17 items

List RulesVote 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
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    Glory

    Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington

    Released1989

    Directed byEdward Zwick

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    A Soldier's Story
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    A Soldier's Story

    Denzel Washington, Patti LaBelle

    Released1984

    Directed byNorman Jewison

    A Soldier's Story is a 1984 American drama film directed by Norman Jewison, based upon Charles... more on Wikipedia
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    The Tuskegee Airmen
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    The Tuskegee Airmen

    John Lithgow, Cuba Gooding Jr.

    Released1995

    Directed byRobert Markowitz

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    Red Tails
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    Red Tails

    Daniela Ruah, Bryan Cranston

    Released2012

    Directed byAnthony Hemingway

    Red Tails is a 2012 American film directed by Anthony Hemingway in his feature film... more on Wikipedia
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    Men of Honor
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    Men of Honor

    Charlize Theron, Robert De Niro

    Released2000

    Directed byGeorge Tillman, Jr.

    Men of Honor is a 2000 drama film, starring Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr. The film was... more on Wikipedia
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    Crimson Tide
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    Crimson Tide

    Denzel Washington, Viggo Mortensen

    Released1995

    Directed byTony Scott

    Crimson Tide is a 1995 American submarine film directed by Tony Scott. On a U.S. nuclear... more on Wikipedia
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    Courage Under Fire
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    Courage Under Fire

    Meg Ryan, Matt Damon

    Released1996

    Directed byEdward Zwick

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    Buffalo Soldiers
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    Buffalo Soldiers

    Danny Glover, Clifton Powell

    Released1997

    Directed byCharles Haid

    Buffalo Soldiers is a 1997 TNT television film starring Danny Glover, Mykelti Williamson, Tom... more on Wikipedia
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    Home of the Brave
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    Home of the Brave

    Lloyd Bridges, Jeff Corey

    Released1949

    Directed byMark Robson

    Home of the Brave is a 1949 film based on a 1946 play by Arthur Laurents. It was directed by... more on Wikipedia
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    The Hurt Locker
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    The Hurt Locker

    Evangeline Lilly, Ralph Fiennes

    Released2008

    Directed byKathryn Bigelow

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    Miracle at St. Anna
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    Miracle at St. Anna

    Kerry Washington, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    Released2008

    Directed bySpike Lee

    Miracle at St. Anna is a 2008 American–Italian epic film set primarily in Italy during... more on Wikipedia
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    Black Brigade
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    Black Brigade

    Stephen Boyd, Robert Hooks

    Released1970

    Directed byGeorge McCowan

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    Full Metal Jacket
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    Full Metal Jacket

    Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey

    Released1987

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

    Full Metal Jacket is a 1987 film directed and produced by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay by... more on Wikipedia
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    Antwone Fisher
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    Antwone Fisher

    Denzel Washington, Viola Davis

    Released2002

    Directed byDenzel Washington

    Antwone Fisher is a 2002 American biographical drama film directed by and starring Denzel... more on Wikipedia
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    The Manchurian Candidate
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    The Manchurian Candidate

    Meryl Streep, Liev Schreiber

    Released2004

    Directed byJonathan Demme

    The Manchurian Candidate is a 2004 American thriller film directed by Jonathan Demme. The... more on Wikipedia
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    Hamburger Hill
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    Hamburger Hill

    Don Cheadle, Dylan McDermott

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn Irvin

    Hamburger Hill is a 1987 American film about the actual assault of the U.S. Army's 3rd... more on Wikipedia
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    Overlord
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    Overlord

    Wyatt Russell, Jacob Anderson

    Released2018

    Directed byJulius Avery

    Overlord is a 2018 American horror film directed by Julius Avery. In 1944, two American... more on Wikipedia