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The Best New War Movies Of The Last Few Years

Updated February 23, 2021 3.6k votes 562 voters 5.8k views55 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

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    Dunkirk

    Fionn Whitehead, Kenneth Branagh

    Released2017

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  • Darkest Hour3
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    Darkest Hour

    Gary Oldman, Ben Mendelsohn

    Released2017

    Directed byJoe Wright

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  • Midway4
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    Midway

    Woody Harrelson, Luke Evans

    Released2019

    Directed byRoland Emmerich

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    They Shall Not Grow Old

    Thomas Adlam, William Argent

    Released2018

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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  • The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot6
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    Released2019

    Directed byRobert D. Krzykowski

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    Greyhound

    Tom Hanks, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo

    Released2020

    Directed byAaron Schneider

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    The King

    Timothée Chalamet, Joel Edgerton

    Released2019

    Directed byDavid Michôd

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    Extraction

    Chris Hemsworth, David Harbour

    Released2020

    Directed bySam Hargrave

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    The Last Full Measure

    Christopher Plummer, Samuel L. Jackson

    Released2020

    Directed byTodd Robinson

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    12 Strong

    Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon

    Released2018

    Directed byNicolai Fuglsig

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    7 Days in Entebbe

    Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl

    Released2018

    Directed byJosé Padilha

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    The Outpost

    Orlando Bloom, Scott Eastwood

    Released2020

    Directed byRod Lurie

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  • Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan14
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    Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan

    Travis Fimmel, Luke Bracey

    Released2019

    Directed byKriv Stenders

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  • Tolkien15
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    Tolkien

    Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins

    Released2019

    Directed byDome Karukoski

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  • Resistance16
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    Resistance

    Jesse Eisenberg, Ed Harris

    Released2020

    Directed byJonathan Jakubowicz

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    Outlaw King

    Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson

    Released2018

    Directed byDavid Mackenzie

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    Operation Finale

    Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley

    Released2018

    Directed byChris Weitz

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  • A Hidden Life19
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    A Hidden Life

    August Diehl, Valerie Pachner

    Released2019

    Directed byTerrence Malick

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    Ghosts of War

    Brenton Thwaites, Theo Rossi

    Released2020

    Directed byEric Bress

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  • War Machine21
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    War Machine

    Brad Pitt, Anthony Michael Hall

    Released2017

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    Robert the Bruce

    Angus Macfadyen, Jared Harris

    Released2020

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    Hunter Killer

    Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman

    Released2018

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    Mission of Honor

    Iwan Rheon, Milo Gibson

    Released2019

    Directed byDavid Blair

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    The 12th Man

    Jonathan Rhys Meyers

    Released2018

    Directed byHarald Zwart

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