War movies usually portray a good side and a bad side, but real war is more complicated. All participants have justifications for their involvement, most of which aren't “just” at all. Very few wars have been considered “just,” and even those are debatable.
Realistic war films explore the perspectives of both sides, telling the fundamental truth about war: that everyone suffers. Here are 12 moments from war movies that made us feel really bad for the “enemy.”
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In 'Jojo Rabbit,' Captain Klenzendorf Pulls One Final Virtuous Act When He Knows He's Done ForPhoto: Fox Searchlight Pictures
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In 'Empire of the Sun,' Jamie's Kamikaze Pilot Friend Gets Shot While Sharing His SnackPhoto: Warner Bros.
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In ‘Saving Private Ryan,’ Allies Fail To Understand Two Czech Soldiers Surrendering With Their Hands Up - And Kill ThemPhoto: DreamWorks Pictures
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In ‘Platoon,’ Sgt. Barnes Executes A Villager’s Wife While Interrogating Him About Aiding The NVAPhoto: Orion Pictures
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In 'The Pianist,' The Nazi Who Saves Szpilman Perishes In A Soviet POW CampPhoto: Pathé Distribution
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In ‘Full Metal Jacket,’ A Sniper Is Revealed To Be A Teenage Girl - Who Begs For The Marines To Finish Her OffPhoto: Warner Bros.