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The Best New War Movies Of The Last Few Years

Updated January 7, 2021 3.1k votes 524 voters 5.3k views54 items

List RulesVote up your favorite war films that were released on or after January, 1 2017.

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. 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. Check back here for recent war movies as they are added to the list.

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    1917

    George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman

    Released2019

    Directed bySam Mendes

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    Dunkirk

    Fionn Whitehead, Kenneth Branagh

    Released2017

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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  • Midway3
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    Midway

    Woody Harrelson, Luke Evans

    Released2019

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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  • Darkest Hour4
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    Darkest Hour

    Gary Oldman, Ben Mendelsohn

    Released2017

    Directed byJoe Wright

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  • The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot5
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    Released2019

    Directed byRobert D. Krzykowski

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  • They Shall Not Grow Old6
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    They Shall Not Grow Old

    Thomas Adlam, William Argent

    Released2018

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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    Greyhound

    Tom Hanks, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo

    Released2020

    Directed byAaron Schneider

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    12 Strong

    Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon

    Released2018

    Directed byNicolai Fuglsig

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  • The Last Full Measure9
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    The Last Full Measure

    Christopher Plummer, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released2020

    Directed byTodd Robinson

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  • 7 Days in Entebbe10
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    7 Days in Entebbe

    Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl

    Released2018

    Directed byJosé Padilha

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  • Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan11
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    Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan

    Travis Fimmel, Luke Bracey

    Released2019

    Directed byKriv Stenders

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    Extraction

    Chris Hemsworth, David Harbour

    Released2020

    Directed bySam Hargrave

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  • The Outpost13
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    The Outpost

    Orlando Bloom, Scott Eastwood

    Released2020

    Directed byRod Lurie

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    The King

    Timothée Chalamet, Joel Edgerton

    Released2019

    Directed byDavid Michôd

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    Tolkien

    Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins

    Released2019

    Directed byDome Karukoski

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  • Outlaw King16
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    Outlaw King

    Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson

    Released2018

    Directed byDavid Mackenzie

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  • Hunter Killer17
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    Hunter Killer

    Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman

    Released2018

    Directed byDonovan Marsh

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  • War Machine18
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    War Machine

    Brad Pitt, Anthony Michael Hall

    Released2017

    Directed byDavid Michôd

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  • The Great Battle19
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    The Great Battle

    Jo In-sung, Nam Joo-hyuk

    Released2018

    Directed byKim Kwang-sik

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    Triple Frontier

    Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac

    Released2019

    Directed byJ. C. Chandor

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    Resistance

    Jesse Eisenberg, Ed Harris

    Released2020

    Directed byJonathan Jakubowicz

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    Mulan

    Liu Yifei, Donnie Yen

    Released2020

    Directed byNiki Caro

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  • Robert the Bruce23
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    Robert the Bruce

    Angus Macfadyen, Jared Harris

    Released2020

    Directed byRichard Gray

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  • The Battle: Roar to Victory24
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    The Battle: Roar to Victory

    Yoo Hae-jin, Jo Woo-jin

    Released2019

    Directed byWon Shin-yun

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  • Mission of Honor25
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    Mission of Honor

    Iwan Rheon, Milo Gibson

    Released2019

    Directed byDavid Blair

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