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What are the best war movies?

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Colin Williams

No one wants to see war! Well, at least not in real life. But you've got to admit it, movies that depict war are among those ones that often stun us with amazing visuals. Well, these films also have those scenes that make us emotionally crumble. One thing is for sure, nobody can ever glorify war and the damage it inflicts. But at least. there are great war movies that aren't all about tanks, close combat, and tons of bloodshed. As violent as these films are, they would surely leave every viewer a great cinematic experience and a few life lessons to take in. Just like our friend Colin Williams, you might want to catch some of these great war films we're talking about right on this list!

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  1. 1Saving Private Ryan

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    Saving Private Ryan has often been called one of the best war movies of all-time. And why not? It has all the elements you need in a war drama film and more. The brilliant performances of Matt Damon and Tom Hanks are just some of the best parts of this family-oriented war classic which you wouldn't want to miss!

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  1. 2The Hurt Locker

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    In a genre not often populated by women, filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow does an exceptional job with 'The Hurt Locker'. The Academy Award-winning director takes us to Iraq and shows how emotionally gripping yet violent a war film should look like. Add in the performances of Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie and you'll be treated to one great war movie.

  2. 3Schindler's List

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    Well, even in war, you will find the good in humanity. This is what holocaust movie Schindler's List will show you. Watch this Spielberg film and see how one man puts his life at risk in order to save thousands of Jews during World War I.

  1. 4The Thin Red Line

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    Boasting a star-studded cast of Sean Penn, Adrien Brody, Jim Caviezel, George Clooney, and more, The Thin Red Line is a war movie that's surely worth your time. It's a story about soldiers in the midst of WWII encounters against Japanese forces. If you're moved by life and death movie situations, this film just might move you the most.

  2. 5Letters From Iwo Jima

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    Letters From Iwo Jima is a Japanese-language war movie that combines the magic of Clint Eastwood as director and Steven Spielberg as producer. So, what's even left to say? If you want to see one of the best modern depictions of war, you should check this movie out!

  3. 6Dunkirk

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    Well, this movie deserves your attention not just because it has Harry Styles, but it's actually based on a very important historical event. Dunkirk is a film that reenacts the evacuation of trapped Allied troops in the beaches of Dunkirk, France.

  4. 7Black Hawk Down

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    In one of the most gripping military stories depicted on film, Josh Hartnett and Ewan McGregor delivers performances to remember. Black Hawk Down will make you feel what a troop of American soldiers felt as they were trapped and ambushed in the dangerous streets of Mogadishu, Somalia.

  5. 8Patton

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    Patton is already a classic and has even won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. That's more of a reason for you to watch it even if it's from way back 1970. It tells the story of U.S. General George S. Patton and his World War II accolades. 

  6. 9We Were Soldiers

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    We Were Soldiers is a war film based on the accounts of Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore, who was played by Mel Gibson. Here, you'll surely feel the struggle felt by him and his troops during the first major battle between the United States and North Vietnamese forces.

  7. 10Waltz With Bashir

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    Animation as a tool to depict war? Well, that's exactly how Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman narrates the collective experiences of people caught up in the 1982 Israel-Lebanon war. Waltz With Bashir also won the Best Foreign Language Film recognition in the 2008 Golden Globe Awards. Better check it out for an alternative war movie experience!

  8. 11Enemy at the Gates

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    If you're looking for a war movie that has great writing and a little hint of romance, you should watch Enemy at the Gates. The 2001 film tells the compelling true-to-life story of a Russian sharpshooter during the Battle of Stalingrad in the winter of 1942 and 1943.

  9. 12Braveheart

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    In this film, Mel Gibson will show everyone that he can fight a war while wearing tons of face paint and a kilt. Braveheart is a drama movie that portrays the bravery of Scottish warriors as they fight for independence against English rule.

  10. 13Inglourious Basterds

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    As expected from a Tarantino film, Inglourious Basterds features a lot of gore and bloodshed. But, it's also an epic revisionist story from World War II. So, if you want to see a funny take on history and war, this film is all you'll need.

  11. 14The Tin Drum

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    The Tin Drum is a German war film that you need to watch even if it has a tragic plot. Well, it won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1980 after all. Plus, the effects of war in people's lives are in full display throughout the movie. As long as you have tissues, you're good to see it!

  12. 15The Outpost

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    Based on a non-fiction book, The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor by Jake Tapper, The Outpost 2020 film recounts the story of U.S. soldiers as they defend themselves against over 400 Taliban fighters. This film also covers one of the bloodiest engagements of the American soldiers during the Afghan War. Starring Scott Eastwood, Caleb Landry Jones, and Orlando Bloom, this impressive movie has been ranking first in many streaming platforms today!

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    May 8, 2018
    "A very good movie about The Battle of Stalingrad, during WWII. While it is not correct in every detail, it is based on true events. This movie is based on the service of an infantry soldier that goes on to serve as a Sniper during The Battle of Stalingrad. As a sniper, he had a great many confirmed kills of enemy Officers that served to increase the morale of the Russian troops, and the Russian people. The Snipers were so good at what they did, that it served to hurt the morale of the German troops, and their supporters back home as well. This long battle helped turn the tide of the war against the German forces invading Russia. Be advised that this is a war movie, and as such, there is death and destruction(albeit simulated) that some viewers may find offensive. Don't say that I didn't warn you. If you are a history buff, use your favorite search engine(or your local library) to look up more information about this battle and/or other battles that took place during this terrible war that took the lives of many millions of people on numerous battle fronts across Europe and Africa."
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    Enemy at the Gates
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    Anonymous
    April 26, 2018
    "Dunkirk is one of the best, and most riveting action historical films in the past several years. It is also the newest film from acclaimed director Christopher Nolan, so this should appeal to a larger audience than just the typical historical drama crowd. This is one the whole family will enjoy, and another hit film from Nolan."
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    Dunkirk
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    Anonymous
    May 2, 2018
    "This DVD version of the movie Saving Private Ryan is a special edition DVD release. Saving Private Ryan was directed by Steven Spielberg and features possible the most realistic Normandy landing ever filmed. The movie tells the story of the rescue of a Private and the great lengths required in order to complete that mission."
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    Anonymous
    April 30, 2018
    "Letters From Iwo Jima is one of my all time favorite war movies. It's definitely my favorite Clint Eastwood directed movie. The way the movie captures both the desperation and humanity of the Japanese soldiers is incredibly nuanced for a war film, a must view if you're at all interested in WWII."
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    Letters From Iwo Jima
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    Anonymous
    May 7, 2018
    "When I was growing up alongside my sister, my mother wanted me to watch this, but kept my younger sister out of the room. I asked her why and she said she was too young to appreciate this film. I have never forgotten this movie, and I never will."
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    Schindler's List
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    Anonymous
    April 29, 2018
    "To many the story of Patton is nothing new the movies brings him to life and you understand he wasnt just this hard core solider but much more and you really understand what the time was like during that terrible time in our history"
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    Patton
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    Anonymous
    December 18, 2018
    "I remember encountering the story of vietnam war in one of my college subjects before. I never loved history subjects but when I was able to watch this movie. What a powerful and moving war film. Col Moore has my respect."
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    We Were Soldiers
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    Anonymous
    July 9, 2018
    "This movie has 4.5/5 stars on amazon and a 7.7/10 on IMDB. In many of the reviews, reviewers state that this is indeed a war movie and the ratings indicate that it is indeed considered a good film."
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    Black Hawk Down
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    Anonymous
    December 18, 2018
    "Intense emotion. I think is one of the best, if not the best, epic war movie of all time. The character of Lonshacks should be nominated for oscars! Brilliant direction and cinematography also."
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    Braveheart
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    Anonymous
    December 18, 2018
    "It always gives me chills to watch a documentary military and war film. To get this straight, this is an animated film and it just redefines the whole genre of biography film."
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    Waltz With Bashir
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    Anonymous
    December 18, 2018
    "Classic war movie! Okay, this is kind of old but the story doesn't get old at all, If you wanna know the struggles of a young man amidst world war II, this is a watch film"
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    The Tin Drum
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RankAnswersTypeVotesPrice
1Saving Private RyanMovies 17 Paid
2The Hurt LockerMovies 16 Paid
3Schindler's ListMovies 8 Paid
4The Thin Red LineMovies 6 Paid
5Letters From Iwo JimaMovies 5 Paid
6DunkirkMovies 5 Paid
7Black Hawk DownMovies 4 Paid
8PattonMovies 4 Paid
9We Were SoldiersMovies 3 Paid
10Waltz With BashirMovies 3 Paid
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