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20 Films to Show Your Kids to Get Them into War Movies

Updated 1 Oct 2019 366 votes 123 voters 8.6k views20 items

List RulesVote up the classic films appropriate for kids and teens that will teach them to love and respect war movies.

As classic cinematic masterpieces - like Saving Private Ryan and Apocalypse Now - are war movies, you probably want to introduce your kids to the genre so they can one day appreciate great films. Unfortunately, the aforementioned movies, and many others depicting war, are not really child appropriate. War movies can be tricky seeing as they depict conflicts in an accurate, frightening, and gory fashion. Fortunately, there are plenty of classic war movies kids can watch. The below films are a great middle of the road option to get kids into war films. 

These war movies for tweens, teens, and younger children aren't without violence and other questionable material, so use your discretion based on your kid's age and overall maturity. Films like Red Dawn come with a PG-13 rating, and therefore may not be great for very young children. However, the foreign film Life is Beautiful has a whimsical enough feel and avoids gratuitous violence, so it could be a great war movie for beginners. 

Browse this list of war movies below and vote up the best movies to introduce kids to the genre. Then, check out our list of the best ww1 movies.

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