Best War Movies

Napoleon Napoleon
Napoleon
IMDb: N/A
158

An epic that details the checkered rise and fall of French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and his relentless journey to power through the prism of his addictive, volatile relationship with his wife, Josephine.

Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant
Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant
IMDb: N/A
123

After an ambush, Afghan interpreter Ahmed goes to Herculean lengths to save US Army Sergeant John Kinley’s life. When Kinley learns that Ahmed and his family were not given safe passage to America as promised, he must repay his debt by returning to the war zone to retrieve them before the Taliban hunts them down.

Sisu Sisu
Sisu
IMDb: 6.9
91

Deep in the wilderness of Lapland, Aatami Korpi is searching for gold but after he stumbles upon Nazi patrol, a breathtaking and gold-hungry chase through the destroyed and mined Lapland wilderness begins.

All Quiet on the Western Front All Quiet on the Western Front
All Quiet on the Western Front
IMDb: 7.8
147

Paul Baumer and his friends Albert and Muller, egged on by romantic dreams of heroism, voluntarily enlist in the German army. Full of excitement and patriotic fervour, the boys enthusiastically…

1917 1917
1917
IMDb: 8.3
119

At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield and Blake are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake’s own brother among them.

Unknown Battle Unknown Battle
Unknown Battle
IMDb: 6.1
113

During WW2, in 1942 and 1943, a series of not-so-well known yet bloody battles occurred near the town of Rzhev. Those battles received the name of ‘Rzhev Meat Grinder’. The…

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Rzhev Rzhev
Rzhev
IMDb: 6.1
113

During WW2, in 1942 and 1943, a series of not-so-well known yet bloody battles occurred near the town of Rzhev. Those battles received the name of ‘Rzhev Meat Grinder’. The…

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Little Boy Little Boy
Little Boy
IMDb: 7.3
106

An eight-year-old boy is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so he can bring his father home. The story reveals the indescribable love a father…

Incendies Incendies
Incendies
IMDb: 8.3
131

A mother’s last wishes send twins Jeanne and Simon on a journey to Middle East in search of their tangled roots. Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad’s acclaimed play, Incendies tells the powerful and moving tale of two young adults’ voyage to the core of deep-rooted hatred, never-ending wars and enduring love.

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Inglourious Basterads Inglourious Basterads
Inglourious Basterads
IMDb: 8.4
153

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as ”The Basterds” are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally…

The Hurt Locker The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
IMDb: 7.5
131

Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
IMDb: 7.7
94

When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel’s fate as a Jewish prisoner or the role his own Nazi father plays in his imprisonment, Bruno embarks on a dangerous journey inside the camp’s walls.

Hotel Rwanda Hotel Rwanda
Hotel Rwanda
IMDb: 8.1
121

Inspired by true events, this film takes place in Rwanda in the 1990s when more than a million Tutsis were killed in a genocide that went mostly unnoticed by the…

Downfall Downfall
Downfall
IMDb: 8.2
155

In April of 1945, Germany stands at the brink of defeat with the Russian Army closing in from the east and the Allied Expeditionary Force attacking from the west. In…

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Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War
Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War
IMDb: 8
148

When two brothers are forced to fight in the Korean War, the elder decides to take the riskiest missions if it will help shield the younger from battle.

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The Pianist The Pianist
The Pianist
IMDb: 8.5
150

The true story of pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman’s experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he stays behind, works for a while as a laborer, and eventually goes into hiding in the ruins of the war-torn city.

Black Hawk Down Black Hawk Down
Black Hawk Down
IMDb: 7.7
145

When U.S. Rangers and an elite Delta Force team attempt to kidnap two underlings of a Somali warlord, their Black Hawk helicopters are shot down, and the Americans suffer heavy…

Pearl Harbor Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor
IMDb: 6.2
183

The lifelong friendship between Rafe McCawley and Danny Walker is put to the ultimate test when the two ace fighter pilots become entangled in a love triangle with beautiful Naval…

Devils on the Doorstep Devils on the Doorstep
Devils on the Doorstep
IMDb: 8.2
139

During the Japanese occupation of China, two prisoners are dumped in a peasant’s home in a small town. The owner is bullied into keeping the prisoners until the next New…

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The Thin Red Line The Thin Red Line
The Thin Red Line
IMDb: 7.6
171

Based on the graphic novel by James Jones, The Thin Red Line tells the story of a group of men, an Army Rifle company called C-for-Charlie, who change, suffer, and…

Saving Private Ryan Saving Private Ryan
Saving Private Ryan
IMDb: 8.6
169

As U.S. troops storm the beaches of Normandy, three brothers lie dead on the battlefield, with a fourth trapped behind enemy lines. Ranger captain John Miller and seven men are…

Life Is Beautiful Life Is Beautiful
Life Is Beautiful
IMDb: 8.6
116

A touching story of an Italian book seller of Jewish ancestry who lives in his own little fairy tale. His creative and happy life would come to an abrupt halt…

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Braveheart Braveheart
Braveheart
IMDb: 8.3
177

Enraged at the slaughter of Murron, his new bride and childhood love, Scottish warrior William Wallace slays a platoon of the local English lord’s soldiers. This leads the village to…

To Live To Live
To Live
IMDb: 8.3
133

Fugui and Jiazhen endure tumultuous events in China as their personal fortunes move from wealthy landownership to peasantry.

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Schindler’s List Schindler’s List
Schindler’s List
IMDb: 9
195

The true story of how businessman Oskar Schindler saved over a thousand Jewish lives from the Nazis while they worked as slaves in his factory during World War II.

Schindler’s List Schindler’s List
Schindler’s List
IMDb: 9
195

The true story of how businessman Oskar Schindler saved over a thousand Jewish lives from the Nazis while they worked as slaves in his factory during World War II.

Born on the Fourth of July Born on the Fourth of July
Born on the Fourth of July
IMDb: 7.2
145

The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.

Grave of the Fireflies Grave of the Fireflies
Grave of the Fireflies
IMDb: 8.5
89

In the final months of World War II, 14-year-old Seita and his sister Setsuko are orphaned when their mother is killed during an air raid in Kobe, Japan. After a…

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Goodbye Children Goodbye Children
Goodbye Children
IMDb: 8
105

Au revoir les enfants tells a heartbreaking story of friendship and devastating loss concerning two boys living in Nazi-occupied France. At a provincial Catholic boarding school, the precocious youths enjoy…

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Genre: Best War, Drama, War
Full Metal Jacket Full Metal Jacket
Full Metal Jacket
IMDb: 8.3
117

A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the U.S.-Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.

Platoon Platoon
Platoon
IMDb: 8.1
120

As a young and naive recruit in Vietnam, Chris Taylor faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.

Come and See Come and See
Come and See
IMDb: 8.4
142

The invasion of a village in Byelorussia by German forces sends young Florya into the forest to join the weary Resistance fighters, against his family’s wishes. There he meets a…

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Ran Ran
Ran
IMDb: 8.2
160

In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how their new-found power will corrupt them.

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Barefoot Gen Barefoot Gen
Barefoot Gen
IMDb: 8
83

A powerful statement against war, Barefoot Gen is a story about the effect of the atomic bomb on a boy’s life and the lives of the Japanese people. Based on…

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The Boat The Boat
The Boat
IMDb: 8.4
150

A German submarine hunts allied ships during the Second World War, but it soon becomes the hunted. The crew tries to survive below the surface, while stretching both the boat…

Apocalypse Now Apocalypse Now
Apocalypse Now
IMDb: 8.4
147

At the height of the Vietnam war, Captain Benjamin Willard is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially, ”does not exist, nor will it ever exist.” His goal is to locate – and eliminate – a mysterious Green Beret Colonel named Walter Kurtz, who has been leading his personal army on illegal guerrilla missions into enemy territory.

The Deer Hunter The Deer Hunter
The Deer Hunter
IMDb: 8.1
183

A group of working-class friends decides to enlist in the Army during the Vietnam War and finds it to be hellish chaos — not the noble venture they imagined. Before…

The Ascent The Ascent
The Ascent
IMDb: 8.2
111

Two Soviet partisans leave their starving band to get supplies from a nearby farm. The Germans have reached the farm first, so the pair must go on a journey deep…

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Genre: Best War, Drama, War
Army of Shadows Army of Shadows
Army of Shadows
IMDb: 8.1
145

Betrayed by an informant, Philippe Gerbier finds himself trapped in a torturous Nazi prison camp. Though Gerbier escapes to rejoin the Resistance in occupied Marseilles, France, and exacts his revenge…

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Andrei Rublev Andrei Rublev
Andrei Rublev
IMDb: 8.1
183

An expansive Russian drama, this film focuses on the life of revered religious icon painter Andrei Rublev. Drifting from place to place in a tumultuous era, the peace-seeking monk eventually…

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The Battle of Algiers The Battle of Algiers
The Battle of Algiers
IMDb: 8.1
121

Tracing the struggle of the Algerian Front de Liberation Nationale to gain freedom from French colonial rule as seen through the eyes of Ali from his start as a petty…

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The War Game The War Game
The War Game
IMDb: 8
48

A docudrama depicting a hypothetical nuclear attack on Britain.

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The Shop on Main Street The Shop on Main Street
The Shop on Main Street
IMDb: 8.2
128

In a small town in Nazi-occupied Slovakia during World War II, decent but timid carpenter Tono is named “Aryan comptroller” of a button store owned by an old Jewish widow,…

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Genre: Best War, Drama, War
The Great Escape The Great Escape
The Great Escape
IMDb: 8.2
173

The Nazis, exasperated at the number of escapes from their prison camps by a relatively small number of Allied prisoners, relocate them to a high-security ‘escape-proof’ camp to sit out…

Lawrence Of Arabia Lawrence Of Arabia
Lawrence Of Arabia
IMDb: 8.3
228

The story of British officer T.E. Lawrence’s mission to aid the Arab tribes in their revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. Lawrence becomes a flamboyant, messianic…

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Ivan’s Childhood Ivan’s Childhood
Ivan’s Childhood
IMDb: 8
95

During World War II, 12-year old Ivan works as a spy on the eastern front. The small Ivan can cross the German lines unnoticed to collect information. Three Soviet officers…

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Genre: Best War, Drama, War
Ballad of a Soldier Ballad of a Soldier
Ballad of a Soldier
IMDb: 8.2
89

During World War II, earnest young Russian soldier Alyosha Skvortsov is rewarded with a short leave of absence for performing a heroic deed on the battlefield. Feeling homesick, he decides…

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Fires on the Plain Fires on the Plain
Fires on the Plain
IMDb: 8
105

In the closing days of WWII remnants of the Japanese army in Leyte are abandoned by their command and face certain starvation.

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Genre: Best War, Drama, War
The Great War The Great War
The Great War
IMDb: 8.1
130

Italy, 1916. Oreste Jacovacci and Giovanni Busacca are called, as all the Italian youths, to serve the army in the WWI. They both try in every way to avoid serving…

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The Human Condition I: No Greater Love The Human Condition I: No Greater Love
The Human Condition I: No Greater Love
IMDb: 8.5
206

A Japanese pacifist and socialist, unable to face the dire consequences of conscientious objection, is transformed by his attempts to compromise with the demands of war-time Japan.

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The Bridge on the River Kwai The Bridge on the River Kwai
The Bridge on the River Kwai
IMDb: 8.1
161

The classic story of English POWs in Burma forced to build a bridge to aid the war effort of their Japanese captors. British and American intelligence officers conspire to blow…

The Cranes Are Flying The Cranes Are Flying
The Cranes Are Flying
IMDb: 8.3
97

Veronika and Boris come together in Moscow shortly before World War II. Walking along the river, they watch cranes fly overhead, and promise to rendezvous before Boris leaves to fight. Boris misses the meeting and is off to the front lines, while Veronika waits patiently, sending letters faithfully. After her house is bombed, Veronika moves in with Boris’ family, into the company of a cousin with his own intentions.

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Paths of Glory Paths of Glory
Paths of Glory
IMDb: 8.4
88

A commanding officer defends three scapegoats on trial for a failed offensive that occurred within the French Army in 1916.

Stalag 17 Stalag 17
Stalag 17
IMDb: 8
120

It’s a dreary Christmas 1944 for the American POWs in Stalag 17 and the men in Barracks 4, all sergeants, have to deal with a grave problem—there seems to be…

The Best Years of Our Lives The Best Years of Our Lives
The Best Years of Our Lives
IMDb: 8.1
171

It’s the hope that sustains the spirit of every GI: the dream of the day when he will finally return home. For three WWII veterans, the day has arrived. But…

Stairway to Heaven Stairway to Heaven
Stairway to Heaven
IMDb: 8
104

When a young airman miraculously survives bailing out of his aeroplane without a parachute, he falls in love with an American radio operator. But the officials in the other world…

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Rome, Open City Rome, Open City
Rome, Open City
IMDb: 8
103

ROME, OPEN CITY is a landmark in film history. Filmed in secrecy during the Nazi occupation of Italy, the film shows a realistic portrayal of the underground resistance in Italy in 1945. The film has strong impacting imagery with its mix of fiction and reality that strengthened Italian Neo-realism and the film industry.

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To Be or Not to Be To Be or Not to Be
To Be or Not to Be
IMDb: 8.2
99

During the Nazi occupation of Poland, an acting troupe becomes embroiled in a Polish soldier’s efforts to track down a German spy.

The Great Dictator The Great Dictator
The Great Dictator
IMDb: 8.4
125

Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel’s regime.

Gone with the Wind Gone with the Wind
Gone with the Wind
IMDb: 8.2
233

The spoiled daughter of a well-to-do plantation owner is forced to use every means at her disposal to claw her way out of poverty, following Maj. Gen. William Sherman’s destructive…

Grand Illusion Grand Illusion
Grand Illusion
IMDb: 8.1
114

A group of French soldiers, including the patrician Captain de Boeldieu and the working-class Lieutenant Maréchal, grapple with their own class differences after being captured and held in a World…

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All Quiet on the Western Front All Quiet on the Western Front
All Quiet on the Western Front
IMDb: 8.1
134

A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I. Together with several other young German soldiers, he experiences the horrors of war, such evil of…

The General The General
The General
IMDb: 8.1
79

During America’s Civil War, Union spies steal engineer Johnnie Gray’s beloved locomotive, ‘The General’—with Johnnie’s lady love aboard an attached boxcar—and he single-handedly must do all in his power to…

Battleship Potemkin Battleship Potemkin
Battleship Potemkin
IMDb: 7.9
75

A dramatized account of a great Russian naval mutiny and a resultant public demonstration, showing support, which brought on a police massacre. The film had an incredible impact on the…

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The Big Parade The Big Parade
The Big Parade
IMDb: 7.9
151

The story of an idle rich boy who joins the US Army’s Rainbow Division and is sent to France to fight in World War I, becomes friends with two working…