Great Unknown War Movies

These are some war movies i have seen till now and that are not really known to a wide public or long forgotten and are a must see if you like war movies. They are not really rated from #1 being the best and the last number being the worst, it all depends on your own taste in movies and directors.
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1.
Soldier of Orange (1977)
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During WW2, Dutch students join the resistance movement against the German occupation of the Netherlands. (155 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
“ (Soldier Of Orange)
A movie that is really well known in my country (Netherlands), a excellent real life story at how the Dutch handled the war. (The Dutch Resistance had the best organized resistance movement of whole Europe.) ” - Necramonium
 
2.
Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004)
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A drama about the fate of brothers forced to fight in the Korean War. (140 mins.)
Director: Je-gyu Kang
“ English title: The Brotherhood Of War.
This great movie is about the story between two brothers who fought on the South Korean army in the Korean War in 1950... It has some great action scenes and does not disappoint on the story as well. ” - Necramonium
 
3.
Theirs Is the Glory (1946 Documentary)
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A re-enactment of the Battle of Arnhem during the Second World War which was later lavishly remade as A Bridge Too Far. (82 mins.)
Director: B.D. Hurst
“ This is shot in the ruins of Arnhem and around a year after Operation Market Garden, with the original soldiers who fought there and the citizens who helped out during this campaign, including the "Angel Of Arnhem", Kate Ter Horst.

Can be found on Netflix (UK and/or US version). ” - Necramonium
 
4.
Come and See (1985)
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After finding an old rifle, a young boy joins the Soviet resistance movement against ruthless German forces and experiences the horrors of World War II. (142 mins.)
Director: E. Klimov
“ (Come and See)
A really powerful movie to watch, based on real situations, mainly the cleansing by Germany of 628 villages in white Russia to suppress the partisan movement. Contains very disturbing scenes of what happened during the destruction of those villages. ” - Necramonium
 
5.
The Pianist (2002)
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A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II. (150 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
“ You might know this one, but its not very known in the 'war' genre, it's the role where Adrien Brody got well known as the Polish (and Jewish) pianist Szpilman who struggles to survive during the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto. Brody won a Oscar for his portrayal of Szpilman. ” - Necramonium
 
6.
Stalingrad (1993)
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The story follows a group of German soldiers, from their Italian R&R in the summer of 1942 to the frozen steppes of Soviet Russia and ending with the battle for Stalingrad. (134 mins.)
“ A good movie that realistically portrayed what terrible conditions the German and Russian soldiers had to go through in the winter during the Battle for Stalingrad. ” - Necramonium
 
7.
Uprising (2001 TV Movie)
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Jews rise up in the Warsaw Ghetto against the Nazis in 1943. (177 mins.)
Director: Jon Avnet
“ A realistic portrayal about one of the biggest uprisings of the Jewish people in the ghetto of Warsaw with a big Hollywood cast. ” - Necramonium
 
8.
Generation War (2013 Mini-Series)
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Five friends go out to war and promise each other to be back for Christmas. (270 mins.)
“ A German mini series showing for once not soldiers, but mostly German citizens during WW2, Two join the military, another becomes a nurse, one a famous singer and another becomes a partisan.

Can be found on Netflix. ” - Necramonium
 
9.
Saints and Soldiers (2003)
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Four American soldiers and one Brit fighting in Europe during World War II struggle to return to Allied territory after being separated from U.S. forces during the historic Malmedy Massacre. (90 mins.)
Director: Ryan Little
“ A great movie based on a real story (The Malmedy Massacre where the German army executed 84 US prisoners of war.) They had a low budget but still managed to make a good movie out of it.

Available on US Netflix! ” - Necramonium
 
10.
Days of Glory (2006)
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During WWII, four North African men enlist in the French army to liberate that country from Nazi oppression, and to fight French discrimination. (128 mins.)
“ (Days Of Glory)

A great movie from the side of a Allied country in WWII that you normally will not see in a war movie... With Jamel Debbouze who you probably know as Numérobis in the movie Asterix At The Olympic Games. ” - Necramonium
 
11.
When Trumpets Fade (1998 TV Movie)
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A private in the latter days of WWII on the German front struggles between his will to survive and what his superiors perceive as a battlefield instinct. (95 mins.)
Director: John Irvin
“ One of the first big WWII HBO TV movies, it showed what a single soldier had to do to survive in war... ” - Necramonium
 
12.
Memphis Belle (1990)
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In 1943, the crew of a B-17 based in UK prepares for its 25th and last bombing mission over Germany before returning home to the USA. (107 mins.)
“ Probably the only movie ever made about a single World War II bomber. Really has some great fight scenes. One of the roles that made Sean Astin (Lord Of The Ring) more known to the big public after his hit role in The Goonies. ” - Necramonium
 
13.
9th Company (2005)
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Young Soviet Army recruits are stuck in the bloody war in Afghanistan, that was started by politicians. (139 mins.)
“ Brutal action scenes during the Russian Afghanistan invasion where the unit being followed had to endure hell to keep their position. ” - Necramonium
 
14.
71: Into the Fire (2010)
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The story of student-soldiers trying to protect a middle school during the early days of the Korean War. (120 mins.)
Director: John H. Lee
“ A movie in the Korean war, that follows the true story about under gunned South Korean students unexperienced in war who managed to hold out in a girls school for 11 hours during the Battle of P'ohang-dong against the relentless North Korean army. Great movie that reminded me of the old 60's Hollywood war movies. ” - Necramonium
 
15.
Fateless (2005)
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14-year-old György's life is torn apart in World War II Hungary as he is sent to a concentration camp where he is forced to become a man, and learns to find happiness in the midst of hatred, and what it really means to be Jewish. (140 mins.)
Director: Lajos Koltai
“ The story of a Jewish boy who ends up in a concentration camp, it's shows what horrors they had to go through to survive. ” - Necramonium
 
16.
Casualties of War (1989)
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During the Vietnam War, a soldier finds himself the outsider of his own squad when they unnecessarily kidnap a female villager. (113 mins.)
Director: Brian DePalma
“ A movie from Michael J Fox that got a bit lost in his repertoire of movies, here he takes on a much more serious role than we were used too. The movie does not concentrate on huge battles in the jungle, but mainly around one squad and their internal struggle after they kidnap and rape a young Vietnamese girl. ” - Necramonium
 
17.
The Beast of War (1988)
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A Soviet tank and its warring crew become separated from their patrol and lost in an Afghan valley with a group of vengeance-seeking rebels on their tracks. (111 mins.)
Director: Kevin Reynolds
“ A movie taking place when the Russians invaded Afghanistan, we follow a tank and its Russian crew that lose the rest of their platoon. Contains some brutal scenes... ” - Necramonium
 
18.
The Winter War (1989)
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Set during World War 2. After Nazi Germany invaded Poland in September 1939, Russia attacked Finland in November 1939... (199 mins.)
Director: Pekka Parikka
“ A hard gritty war movie that for once is not a Hollywood title but a European one. It follows a squad of Finnish soldiers in the forgotten Winter War from 1939-1940 where the Russians invaded Finland three months after the outbreak of WW2. ” - Necramonium
 
19.
The Counterfeiters (2007)
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The story of the Operation Bernhard, the largest counterfeiting operation in history, carried out by Germany during WWII. (98 mins.)
“ A great movie based on a real secret German counterfeit mission. Main role is by Karl Markovics, who you might know from the 90's German TV show Inspector Rex/Kommissar Rex. ” - Necramonium
 
20.
Sahara (1995 TV Movie)
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This is a great Remake of Last of the Comanches. (106 mins.)
“ A 1995 remake with Jim Belushi based on the original 1943 movie with Humphrey Bogart and Bruce Bennett, if you love big waves of enemies storming a defensive position, this is your movie!

Can be found on Netflix! ” - Necramonium
 
21.
The Iron Triangle (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Based on the diary of an unknown Viet Cong soldier, this film provides a sympathetic look at a Viet... (91 mins.)
Director: Eric Weston
“ A long forgotten movie about a American soldier in the Vietnam War, this is actually based on the captured diary of a Viet Cong soldier, who took a US officer under his wing after said officer appeared to spare his life. ” - Necramonium
 
22.
The Lost Battalion (2001 TV Movie)
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Fact-based war drama about an American battalion of over 500 men which gets trapped behind enemy lines in the Argonne Forest in October 1918 France during the closing weeks of World War I. (92 mins.)
Director: Russell Mulcahy
“ A more hollywoodesque movie about a fierce battle that took place in WW1, movies about this war are rare and this one did not disappoint. ” - Necramonium
 
23.
Jakob the Liar (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In 1944 Poland, a Jewish shop keeper named Jakob is summoned to ghetto headquarters after being caught out near curfew... (120 mins.)
Director: Peter Kassovitz
“ A movie with Robin Williams as the Jewish "Jakob The Liar". "A rather uplifting and slightly humorous film about how the Jewish people survived during this war in the ghetto's and how a simple thing as a radio can keep people's spirit high." ” - Necramonium
 
24.
The Great Raid (2005)
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Taking place towards the end of WWII, 500 American Soldiers have been entrapped in a camp for 3 years. Beginning to give up hope they will ever be rescued, a group of Rangers goes on a dangerous mission to try and save them. (132 mins.)
Director: John Dahl
“ A movie that has fallen under the radar the last few years, with James Franco as Captain Prince who led this daring attack on a POW camp in WWII in the Philippines. ” - Necramonium
 
25.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Set during WWII, a story seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a German concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences. (94 mins.)
Director: Mark Herman
“ A good movie that shows that children in a war zone just don't understand what was happening around them...

Can be found on Netflix (UK or US version). ” - Necramonium
 
26.
Fortress of War (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A war drama set during the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, in which Soviet troops held on to a border stronghold for nine days. (138 mins.)
Director: Aleksandr Kott
“ This shows the battle for the Brest Fortress, one of the places where the Germans hit first when invading Russia, this fortress is known for the Russian soldiers defending it till the last man. ” - Necramonium
 
27.
No Man's Land (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Bosnia and Herzegovina during 1993 at the time of the heaviest fighting between the two warring sides. Two soldiers from opposing sides in the conflict, Nino and Ciki, become trapped in no man's land, whilst a third soldier becomes a living booby trap. (98 mins.)
Director: Danis Tanovic
“ Something different, two soldiers from Bosnia and Herzegovina become trapped in the no man's land in the war that is tearing down their countries. ” - Necramonium
 
28.
The Bridge at Remagen (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
As the Allied armies close in, the Germans decide to blow up the last Rhine bridge, trapping their own men on the wrong side. But will it happen? (115 mins.)
Director: John Guillermin
“ A mostly forgotten WWII movie amidst the rest of the war movies that was released in the 60's and 70's... It showed some great effects, including real buildings being blown up that were already set for demolition but it really adds to the movie!! ” - Necramonium
 
29.
Oba: The Last Samurai (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
During the end of World War 2, a group of Japanese soldiers fight on after US forces capture most of the island. They refuse to surrender and continue to resist after the Emperor surrenders. (128 mins.)
“ A movie that could be hard to find as it's really not well known at all outside Japan, it follows a group of Japanese soldiers who refuse to surrender after Japan surrendered in 1945. ” - Necramonium
 
30.
Stalingrad (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A band of Russian soldiers fight to hold a strategic building in their devastated city against a ruthless German army, and in the process become deeply connected to two Russian women who have been living there. (131 mins.)
“ Not the best of movies depicting the battle for Stalingrad, but has some great looking CGI, some entertaining battles and sets, just set your mind to zero and watch!

Can be found on Netflix. ” - Necramonium
 
31.
Defiance (2008)
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Jewish brothers in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe escape into the Belarussian forests, where they join Russian resistance fighters and endeavor to build a village in order to protect themselves and about 1,000 Jewish non-combatants. (137 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
“ A Daniel Graig movie, that is where most people will recognize this one from, but it shows how some Jewish people stood up instead of backed down. Based on a real story!

Can be found on Netflix (UK or US version). ” - Necramonium
 
32.
Kokoda (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A bitter battle is fought between Australian and Japanese soldiers along the Kokoda trail in New Guinea during World War II. (92 mins.)
“ Movies showcasing the British or Australian soldiers in World War 2 in the Pacific are pretty rare, but they dared to make one showcasing the terrible conditions these men had to go through in the jungles of New Guinea. ” - Necramonium
 
33.
Platoon Leader (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A young officer, just out of West Point is sent to Vietnam, where the men don't respect him until he gets wounded and returns to be a wiser soldier and a better commander (97 mins.)
Director: Aaron Norris
“ Riding on the fame of Oliver Stone's Platoon from 1986 is Platoon Leader, Michael Dudikoff plays a fresh officer arriving at a US base in the center of heavy Vietcong and North Vietnamese movement, even though the acting is not that great, they still managed to showcase the horrific stuff soldiers experienced during the Vietnam War outside their camp but also inside their camp.

Can be found on Netflix (US version). ” - Necramonium
 
34.
Our World War (2014 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
During World War I, British troops face the horrors of the Battle of Mons in 1914, internal strife in 1916 and innovative tank warfare in 1918.
“ A great mini series (On Netflix) from eye witness accounts from the British side in WW1.

Can be found on Netflix (UK version). ” - Necramonium
 
35.
Beneath Hill 60 (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In 1916, the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company is tunneling beneath German fortifications and bunkers to detonate massive explosive charges. (122 mins.)
“ A great movie about a story long forgotten, many don't know that mines were dug to blow up trenches in WW1. This is the story about Hill 60, it was the biggest explosion seen to mankind until than.

Can be found on Netflix (UK version). ” - Necramonium
 
36.
Glory (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Robert Gould Shaw leads the U.S. Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates. (122 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
“ A forgotten but great movie with great (future) Hollywood stars about the real story of the first all-black volunteer company during the US Civil War, really one of Matthew Broderick's best movie roles.

Can be found on Netflix (UK and/or US version). ” - Necramonium
 
37.
The Siege of Firebase Gloria (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A tough sergeant and his sidekick roll into a demoralized firebase and proceed to rebuild morale and fortifications in advance of the climactic battle with the VietCong. (99 mins.)
“ A long forgotten movie starring R. Lee Ermey as the lead role, you will mainly know him as Gny. Sgt. Hartman from Full Metal Jacket. The acting is wooden, the action is not accurate at all and i don't think they even had a military advisor at all on set. But if you want to see hundreds of VC running to a US firebase in the middle of a Vietnam jungle, this movie is for you! The only thing that sets this movie apart from other Vietnam war movies is that the Vietcong are not portrayed as evil monsters.

Can be found on Netflix (UK or US version). ” - Necramonium
 
38.
The Flowers of War (2011)
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A Westerner finds refuge with a group of women in a church during Japan's rape of Nanking in 1937. Posing as a priest, he attempts to lead the women to safety. (146 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
“ A relative unknown Christian Bale movie about a fictive story taking place during the Nanking Massacre/Rape of Nanking in 1937/38. Has some interesting battle scenes. ” - Necramonium
 
39.
Katyn (2007)
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An examination of the Soviet slaughter of thousands of Polish officers and citizens in the Katyn forest in 1940. (122 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
“ A drama were it's subject is the Katyn Massacre in Poland, where, to this day its still not sure if it was committed by the Russians or the Germans. ” - Necramonium
 
40.
A Midnight Clear (1992)
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This WW2 psychological drama plays out at Christmas. US GIs hold an isolated cabin in the Ardennes against a handful of Germans cut off from their main force. Combat-weary and short of rations, both sides are determined to survive. (108 mins.)
Director: Keith Gordon
“ a forgotten ww2 movie with than upcoming movie star Ethan Hawke. Presented mostly as a anti-war movie. ” - Necramonium
 
41.
The Siege of Jadotville (2016)
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Irish Commandant Pat Quinlan leads a stand off with troops against French and Belgian Mercenaries in the Congo during the early 1960s. (108 mins.)
Director: Richie Smyth
“ Excellent movie about a long forgotten battle of the forgotten Irish A Company who were ordered to hold Jadotville and did so until they were out of ammunition, food and water without a single fatal casualty!

Can be found on Netflix. ” - Necramonium
 
42.
Go Tell the Spartans (1978)
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During the early 1960s, U.S. military advisers in South Vietnam discover the same challenges that plagued the French army in Indochina ten years prior. (114 mins.)
Director: Ted Post
“ A very entertaining movie about a forgotten battle in a war that the US is trying to forget. ” - Necramonium
 
43.
Naked Among Wolves (2015 TV Movie)
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Taking place at the Concentration camp Buchenwald at the end of March 1945, prisoner Hans Pippig discovers... (105 mins.)
“ A great movie based on the real story of a young Jewish boy who got smuggled inside one of Nazi Germany's deathcamps.

Available on Netflix. ” - Necramonium
 
44.
Run Silent Run Deep (1958)
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A U.S. sub commander, obsessed with sinking a certain Japanese ship, butts heads with his first officer and crew. (93 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
“ Movies concentrating around a single submarine are rare. What i like the most was the use of miniature submarines and ships! ” - Necramonium
 
45.
Rescue Dawn (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A U.S. fighter pilot's epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War. (120 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
“ Another Christian Bale movie fallen into obscurity, a great movie about a WW2 US pilot who had to survive after being captured by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. ” - Necramonium
 
46.
1898. Los últimos de Filipinas (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The Spanish troops in the Philippines Have to fight for their lives as they are forgot by the Spanish Empire (105 mins.)
Director: Salvador Calvo
“ A solid movie from an era long forgotten. ” - Necramonium