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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 Hitle... 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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Dunkirk is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Hacksaw Ridge is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New War Movies of the Last Few Years
Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey
Hacksaw Ridge is a 2016 American biographical war film directed by Mel Gibson, based on the 2004 documentary The Conscientious Objector. WWII American combat medic and Christian pacifist Desmond ...more
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They Shall Not Grow Old ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New War Movies of the Last Few Years
They Shall Not Grow Old is a 2018 British documentary film directed by Peter Jackson. The film was created using original footage of World War I from the Imperial War Museums' archives, most of ...more
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Midway is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New War Movies of the Last Few Years
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Woody Harrelson, Luke Evans, Mandy Moore
Midway is a 2019 American historical action drama film directed by Roland Emmerich. The story of the battle of Midway, told by the leaders and the soldiers who fought it.
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Darkest Hour is listed (or ranked) 6 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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13 Hours: The Secret Sol... is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Bridge of Spies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New War Movies of the Last Few Years
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Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan
Bridge of Spies is a 2015 historical drama legal thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg. Lawyer James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks) is entrusted with negotiating the release of U.S. Air Force pilot ...more
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12 Strong is listed (or ranked) 9 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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War Machine is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New War Movies of the Last Few Years
Brad Pitt, Anthony Michael Hall, Anthony Hayes
War Machine is a 2017 American satirical war film directed by David Michôd, based on the nonfiction book The Operators by Michael Hastings. An idiosyncratic general (Brad Pitt) confronts ...more
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Land of Mine is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Mission of Honor is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Overlord is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Free State of Jones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New War Movies of the Last Few Years
Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali
Free State of Jones is a 2016 American film inspired by the life of Newton Knight and his armed revolt against the Confederacy in Jones County, Mississippi, throughout the American Civil War. ...more
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Hunter Killer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New War Movies of the Last Few Years
Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Common
Hunter Killer is a 2018 American action thriller film directed by Donovan Marsh, based on the novel Firing Point by Don Keith & George Wallace. An untested American submarine captain (Gerard ...more
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War Dogs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New War Movies of the Last Few Years
Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Ana de Armas
War Dogs is a 2016 American comedy drama film directed by Todd Phillips, based on a Rolling Stone article by Guy Lawson. The film follows two arms dealers, Efraim Diveroli (Jonah Hill) and David ...more
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Beasts of No Nation is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New War Movies of the Last Few Years
Idris Elba, Abraham Attah, Ama K. Abebrese
Beasts of No Nation is a 2015 American drama film directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. Recruited by a malicious Commandant (Idris Elba), a child soldier (Abraham Attah) is trained to fight in a West ...more
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Hyena Road is listed (or ranked) 18 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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USS Indianapolis: Men of... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New War Movies of the Last Few Years
Nicolas Cage, Tom Sizemore, Thomas Jane
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage is a 2016 American war film directed by Mario Van Peebles. During World War II, an American navy ship is sunk by a Japanese submarine leaving 300 crewmen ...more
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A War is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New War Movies of the Last Few Years
Pilou Asbæk, Søren Malling
A War is a 2015 Danish war drama film directed by Tobias Lindholm. It tells the story of a Danish military company in Afghanistan that is fighting the Taliban while trying to protect the ...more
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The Zookeeper's Wife is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New War Movies of the Last Few Years
The Zookeeper's Wife is a 2017 war drama film directed by Niki Caro and written by Angela Workman, based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Diane Ackerman, recounting the rescue of Jews ...more
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The Wall is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New War Movies of the Last Few Years
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena, Laith Nakli
The Wall is a 2017 American war film directed by Doug Liman and written by Dwain Worrell, about two American soldiers trapped by an Iraqi sniper.
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Anthropoid is listed (or ranked) 23 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.
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Sand Castle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New War Movies of the Last Few Years
Nicholas Hoult, Henry Cavill, Logan Marshall-Green
Sand Castle is an American war drama film directed by Fernando Coimbra. The film centers on Matt Ocre, a young rifleman in the United States Army, who is tasked with restoring water to a village ...more
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Mine is listed (or ranked) 25 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