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The Best PG-13 War Movies 

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List of PG-13 war movies, ranked from best to worst with movie trailers when available. Looking for a war movie to stream right now? Check out these best action movies on Amazon Prime and Netflix Instant lists and these best drama films on Amazon Prime and Netflix Instant lists to see what's currently streaming for your enjoyment.

This list takes the best PG-13 war movies and pits them against each other to see once and for all what the greatest PG-13 War movie of all time is. This list of popular PG-13 war movies includes information like who directed the film, when it was released and which actors starred in the movie. If you think the top PG-13 War movie isn't as high as it should be then be sure to vote it up so it can take its rightful place among the other great PG-13 War films on this list.

If you're trying to find a specific PG-13 war film you can search this list and filter to find what you're looking for.Examples of movies on this list: Forrest Gump, Iron Man and many more. If you're trying to find out "What are the best PG-13 war movies?" and "What are the most famous PG-13 war movies?" then this list is the perfect resource for you.

Use this list if you're looking for some new war movies that are rated PG-13. Between Netflix, Hulu and other services, there are thousands of great war movies rated PG-13, so get out there and start watching. Don't forget to share the list with your friends to see how their votes stack up against yours.

Among those that have directed a War PG-13 movie are Angelina Jolie and Kevin Costner.

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Tom Hanks, Sally Field, Robin Wright

Released: 1994

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Emily Watson

Released: 2011

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Charlie Sheen, Patrick Swayze, Lea Thompson

Released: 1984

Directed by: John Milius

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Released: 2014

Directed by: Angelina Jolie

Unbroken is a 2014 American biographical drama film, produced and directed by Angelina Jolie, and based on the 2010 non-fiction book by Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken: A WWII Story of Survival, ...more

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Asa Butterfield, Jack Scanlon, Vera Farmiga

Released: 2008

Directed by: Mark Herman

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Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

Released: 1990

Directed by: Kevin Costner

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Matthew McConaughey, Jon Bon Jovi, Bill Paxton

Released: 2000

Directed by: Jonathan Mostow

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Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Izzard

Released: 2008

Directed by: Bryan Singer

Valkyrie is a 2008 American-German historical thriller film set in Nazi Germany during WWII. The film depicts the 20 July plot in 1944 by German army officers to take down Adolf Hitler and to ...more

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John Lithgow, Sean Astin, Harry Connick

Released: 1990

Directed by: Michael Caton-Jones

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Roberto Benigni, Horst Buchholz, Richard Sammel

Released: 1997

Directed by: Roberto Benigni

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Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Joseph Morgan

Released: 2003

Directed by: Peter Weir

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is a 2003 epic historical drama film co-written and directed by Peter Weir, starring Russell Crowe as Jack Aubrey, with Paul Bettany as Stephen ...more

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Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck

Released: 2001

Directed by: Michael Bay

Pearl Harbor is a 2001 American war film with romance and action elements directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and written by Randall Wallace. It features an ensemble cast, ...more

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field

Released: 2012

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Owen Wilson, Gene Hackman, Gabriel Macht

Released: 2001

Directed by: John Moore

Behind Enemy Lines is a 2001 action film directed by John Moore in his directorial debut, and starring Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman. The film tells the story of Lieutenant Chris Burnett, an ...more

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Larry Bagby, Kirby Heyborne, Corbin Allred

Released: 2003

Directed by: Ryan Little

Saints and Soldiers is a 2003 religious-themed war drama film directed by Ryan Little and starring Corbin Allred, Alexander Niver, Kirby Heyborne, Lawrence Bagby, and Peter Asle Holden. It is ...more
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Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis

Released: 1960

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

Spartacus is a 1960 American epic historical drama film directed by Stanley Kubrick. The screenplay by Dalton Trumbo was based on the novel Spartacus by Howard Fast. It was inspired by the life ...more

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James Franco, Jean Reno, Philip Winchester

Released: 2006

Directed by: Tony Bill

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Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges

Released: 2008

Directed by: Jon Favreau filmography

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Miley Cyrus, Ewan McGregor, Marion Cotillard

Released: 2003

Directed by: Tim Burton

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Emily Deschanel, Billy Bob Thornton, Dennis Quaid

Released: 2004

Directed by: John Lee Hancock

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Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, James Earl Jones

Released: 1994

Directed by: Phillip Noyce

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John Lithgow, Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne

Released: 1995

Directed by: Robert Markowitz

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Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Shaffer Smith

Released: 2011

Directed by: Jonathan Liebesman

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Daniela Ruah, Bryan Cranston, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Released: 2012

Directed by: Anthony Hemingway

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Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Alec Guinness

Released: 1965

Directed by: David Lean

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