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The Best New War Movies of the Last Few Years  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite war films that were released on or after January, 1 2015.

Modern war movies benefit from high-tech special effects and groundbreaking advancements in both cinematography and editing. They look and feel more realistic than ever before. That has the effect of giving the viewer an intense experience. Watching the crop of current war movies gives you some semblance of what it must be like to be in combat. Thankfully, you can do this from the safety of a theater seat or the couch in your living room. 

There have sadly been many wars to draw from. Recent war movies have centered, like dozens before them, around WWI, WWII, the Civil War, and the Vietnam War. Others have been about more contemporary wars or military conflicts. 13 Hours, for example, is about Benghazi, while Thank You For Your Service looks at the effects of the war in Iraq. In some cases, the films depict life on the battlefield. A couple of them examine the impact of war once the soldier comes home. Those examples offer intensity of an entirely different sort.

Vote for your favorites on this list of new war movies. If there's one you really like that isn't represented, please add it to the list. Don't forget to check back to see how other users rank your pick. 

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The Man Who Killed Hitler and ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New War Movies of the Last Few Years
Sam Elliott, Aidan Turner, Caitlin FitzGerald
The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot is a 2018 adventure drama film directed by Robert D. Krzykowski. A legendary American war veteran (Sam Elliott) is recruited to hunt a mythical
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Hacksaw Ridge is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New War Movies of the Last Few Years
Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey
Hacksaw Ridge is a 2016 biographical war film about the World War II experiences of Desmond Doss, an American pacificist combat medic who was a Seventh-day Adventist Christian, refusing to carry ...more
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The Eight Hundred is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New War Movies of the Last Few Years
Yi Zhang, Chen Yao, Haoming Yu
The Eight Hundred is a 2019 Chinese war film directed by Hu Guan. In 1937, eight hundred Chinese soldiers fight under siege from a warehouse in the middle of the Shanghai battlefield, completely ...more
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Girls of the Sun is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New War Movies of the Last Few Years
Golshifteh Farahani, Emmanuelle Bercot, Zübeyde Bulut
Girls of the Sun is a 2018 French drama film directed by Eva Husson. A Kurdish female battalion prepares to take back their town from extremists.
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Their Finest is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New War Movies of the Last Few Years
Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy
Their Finest is a 2016 British war comedy-drama film directed by Lone Scherfig, based on the 2009 novel by Lissa Evans. A former secretary (Gemma Arterton), newly appointed as a scriptwriter for ...more
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Indivisible is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New War Movies of the Last Few Years
Sarah Drew, Justin Bruening, Eddie Kaulukukui
Indivisible is a 2018 American Christian drama film directed by David G. Evans. An Army chaplain (Justin Bruening) struggles to balance his faith and the Iraq War.
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Thank You for Your Service is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New War Movies of the Last Few Years
Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Beulah Koale
Thank You for Your Service is a 2017 American biographical war drama film directed by Jason Hall. A group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq struggles to integrate back into family and ...more
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Dunkirk is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New War Movies of the Last Few Years
Fionn Whitehead, Kenneth Branagh, James D'Arcy
Dunkirk is a 2017 British-American epic action thriller written, co-produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. During the early stages of WWII, Allied soldiers from Britain, Belgium, Canada, ...more
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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New War Movies of the Last Few Years
John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber, James Badge Dale
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (a.k.a. 13 Hours) is a 2016 American biographical thriller war film directed and produced by Michael Bay. In 2012, Benghazi, Libya Jack Silva is newly ...more
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12 Strong is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New War Movies of the Last Few Years
Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña
12 Strong (also known as 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers) is a 2018 American war drama film directed by Nicolai Fuglsig. Following the September 11 attacks, Task ...more
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Darkest Hour is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New War Movies of the Last Few Years
Gary Oldman, Ben Mendelsohn, John Hurt
Darkest Hour is a 2017 British war drama film directed by Joe Wright. Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) faces a crucial moment against Adolf Hitler's army in the beginning of the Second World
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Shadow is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New War Movies of the Last Few Years
Deng Chao, Sun Li, Zheng Kai
Shadow is a 2018 Chinese period film directed by Zhang Yimou. In a kingdom ruled by a young and unpredictable king (Zheng Kai), a military commander (Deng Chao) has a secret weapon: a “shadow,” ...more
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Battle Scars is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New War Movies of the Last Few Years
Zane Holtz, Heather McComb, Fairuza Balk
Battle Scars is a 2015 American war drama film directed by Danny Buday.
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Mission of Honor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New War Movies of the Last Few Years
Iwan Rheon, Milo Gibson, Stefanie Martini
Mission of Honor (a.k.a Hurricane) is a 2019 British and Polish drama film directed by David Blair. A group of brave pilots who fight in the skies over England in WW2, not just to keep Great ...more
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The Aftermath is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New War Movies of the Last Few Years
Alexander Skarsgård, Keira Knightley, Jason Clarke
The Aftermath is a 2019 British-German-American drama film directed by James Kent, based on the novel by Rhidian Brook. Post World War II, a British colonel (Jason Clarke) and his wife (Keira ...more
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Overlord is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New War Movies of the Last Few Years
Wyatt Russell, Jacob Anderson, Iain De Caestecker
Overlord is a 2018 American horror film directed by Julius Avery. In 1944, two American paratroopers are going down over Normandy in the midst of the D-Day invasion, and they soon discover that ...more
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God of War is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New War Movies of the Last Few Years
Vincent Zhao, Sammo Hung, Yasuaki Kurata
Set in 1557, it is about two Chinese generals' efforts to defeat a group of Japanese Samurai warriors who, pretending to be pirates, terrorized and took control of coastline villages in China.
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First They Killed My Father is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New War Movies of the Last Few Years
Sreymoch Sareum, Kompheak Phoeung, Socheata Sveng
First They Killed My Father is a 2017 American biographical historical thriller film directed by Angelina Jolie and written by Jolie and Cambodian-born American human-rights activist and ...more
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Mine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New War Movies of the Last Few Years
Armie Hammer, Annabelle Wallis, Tom Cullen
Mine is a 2016 psychological thriller film directed by Fabio Guaglione and Fabio Resinaro. After a failed assassination attempt, a soldier (Armie Hammer) finds himself stranded in the desert, ...more
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Son of Saul is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New War Movies of the Last Few Years
Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár, Urs Rechn
Son of Saul (Hungarian: Saul fia) is a 2015 Hungarian drama film directed by László Nemes and co-written by Nemes and Clara Royer. It is set in the Auschwitz concentration camp ...more
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A Private War is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New War Movies of the Last Few Years
Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan, Stanley Tucci
A Private War is a 2018 American biographical drama film directed by Matthew Heineman, based on the 2012 Vanity Fair article "Marie Colvin’s Private War" by Marie Brenner. One of the ...more
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Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New War Movies of the Last Few Years
Logan Lerman, Helena Bonham Carter, Gérard Depardieu
Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero is a 2018 computer-animated biographical family film directed by Richard Lanni. The true story of the most decorated dog in American military history, Sgt. Stubby, ...more
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Land of Mine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New War Movies of the Last Few Years
Roland Møller, Louis Hofmann, Joel Basman

Land of Mine (Danish: Under sandet, lit. 'Under the Sand') is a 2015 Danish-German historical drama war film directed by Martin Zandvliet. It was shown in the Platform section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. It was selected and nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 89th Academy Awards.

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Hyena Road is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New War Movies of the Last Few Years
Rossif Sutherland, Paul Gross, Allan Hawco
Hyena Road is a 2015 Canadian war drama film written, directed by and starring Paul Gross. In Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Canadian Army troops are encountering resistance from insurgents as ...more
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Anthropoid is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New War Movies of the Last Few Years
Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy, Charlotte Le Bon
Anthropoid is a 2016 epic war film directed by Sean Ellis.