War Movies I Can't Get Enough of

This is a list of war movies that I watch frequently and just can't wait to see them again.
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Saving Private Ryan (1998)
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Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action. (169 mins.)
“ Inspired by the Sullivan brothers, this movie follows a group of soldiers led by Tom Hanks who are searching for Private Ryan who has lost his 3 brothers in battle during WW II in order to send private Ryan home, in return they get to go home too. ” - kenneth-baran
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
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A dramatization of the Japanese attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor and the series of American blunders that allowed it to happen. (144 mins.)
“ Filmed a lot like a documentary, this movie tells the story of Pearl Harbor from the perspective of both the American's and the Japanese. ” - kenneth-baran
The Longest Day (1962)
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The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view. (178 mins.)
“ Much like Tora! Tora! Tora! This movie, using an ensemble cast, tells the story of the Normandy invasion (June 6, 1944) using both the Allied perspective as well as that of the Germans. ” - kenneth-baran
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
“ This movie tells the true story of the most successful rescue mission in the history of the US armed services. A group of 511 men are held in a prison camp after surviving the death march while stationed in The Phillipines at the beginning of WW II. Now, the US is landing on the islands and the Japanese are killing off the remaining prisoners rather than leave them to be saved by their fellow men. This movie covers the week long trek across enemy lines to save these prisoners before the Japanese can kill them. ” - kenneth-baran
Flyboys (2006)
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The adventures of the Lafayette Escadrille, young Americans who volunteered for the French military before the U.S. entered World War I, and became the country's first fighter pilots. (140 mins.)
Director: Tony Bill
“ An excellent movie showing the early days of air combat in the skies over Europe during WW I. Several US pilots arrive in France and train to become combat pilots at a time when that was a newly coined term. Shocking to realize that these pilots are given a handgun to use in the event their plane becomes disabled while in flight so as not to suffer throught the trauma of falling to your death. ” - kenneth-baran
The Deer Hunter (1978)
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An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania. (183 mins.)
Director: Michael Cimino
“ This is one of those movies that just hits you in the gut, I recall watching it with my dad when it was aired on TV for the first time and how haunting it was. Tells the story of several buddies who wind up fighting in Vietnam and how the horrors of war they saw and survived impacts them when they return to the world. ” - kenneth-baran
Mister Roberts (1955)
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Comedy-drama about life on a not particularly important ship of the US Navy during WW2. (123 mins.)
“ A light hearted movie based on the play of the same name, this tells the story of Mr Roberts, played by Henry Fonda, working on a supply ship who is really wanting to see some battle before the war ends. ” - kenneth-baran
U-571 (2000)
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A German submarine is boarded by disguised American submariners trying to capture their Enigma cipher machine. (116 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Mostow
“ This movie tells the story of the capture of an enigma machine from a German U-boat and what the crew has to do to survive when their US sub is sunk by another U-boat coming to bring repair parts to the captured vessel. ” - kenneth-baran
The Great Escape (1963)
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Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II. (172 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
“ Tells the story of a group of prisoners of war and their attempt to escape from a German prisoner of war camp. Has some basis in reality using the distraction of the escape to assist with the Normandy invasion. Steve McQueen gets to chase himself, see the trivia section here on IMDB. ” - kenneth-baran
In Harm's Way (1965)
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A naval officer reprimanded after Pearl Harbor is later promoted to rear admiral and gets a second chance to prove himself against the Japanese. (165 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
“ I am a huge John Wayne fan so any movie in which he is the star is on my must see list. This movie starts with the attack on Pearl Harbor and ends with the American's successfully turning back a Japanese warship, the Yamata and setting up an operation that assures the US can bring needed war supplies to the front line. ” - kenneth-baran
Operation Pacific (1951)
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During WWII, a submarine's second in command inherits the problem of torpedoes that don't explode. When on shore, he is eager to win back his ex-wife. (111 mins.)
Director: George Waggner
“ Another good John Wayne war movie set in WW II, tells of a submarine crew and what they faced during the war. Includes a story line about misfiring torpedoes and the Duke reuniting with his ex-wife played by Patricia Neal. ” - kenneth-baran
The Green Berets (1968)
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Col. Mike Kirby picks two teams of crack Green Berets for a mission in South Vietnam. First off is to build and control a camp that is trying to be taken by the enemy the second mission is to kidnap a North Vietnamese General. (142 mins.)
“ I was only 4 when this movie came out so I was unaware of the controversy surrounding this film when it had its theatrical release. I sometimes laugh out loud at the critics of this film who are more interested in providing their political beliefs during this controversial period in our history than actually critiquing this movie. It is a John Wayne war movie using all the same cliches we came to expect during WW II and that is not necessarily a bad thing. The Duke goes to a camp in the middle of VC territory and ends up capturing a high ranking VC officer who is then sent back to the states for interrogation. ” - kenneth-baran
Apocalypse Now (1979)
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During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe. (153 mins.)
Director: Francis Coppola
“ Now who hasn't heard the famous line "I love the smell of napalm in the morning" as delivered by Robert Duvall? This story is told in narrative form, by Martin Sheen, of a man sent to kill a rogue US army officer. watch this film and see if you recognize a very young Lawrence Fishburn. ” - kenneth-baran
Platoon (1986)
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A young recruit in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man. (120 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ Among the best of the Vietnam war movies as told by an actual Vietnam vet. This movies tells the story of a wealthy kid, played by Charlie Sheen, who goes to Vietnam despite the fact that he may have been able to get out of actually fighting in the war and how it changes him. ” - kenneth-baran
Gods and Generals (2003)
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The rise and fall of legendary war hero Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson as he leads the Confederacy to great success against the Union from 1861 to 1863. Prequel to the 1993 classic "Gettysburg". (219 mins.)
“ This is the second movie of a Civil War trilogy of books, although this movie came out after Gettysburg it is actually a prequel to that movie. It is long and likely didn't do well at the box office because of its length but it is an excellent film about the war. This movie covers the reasons the Civil War started and when and how slavery became an issue. Well worth the watch if you are a history buff. ” - kenneth-baran
Gettysburg (1993)
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In 1863, the Northern and Southern forces fight at Gettysburg in the decisive battle of the American Civil War. (271 mins.)
“ Although this movie came first it is actually the second book in a trilogy about the Civil War, Gods and Generals is the first book and the final book is called The Last Full Measure. This movie, like Gods and Generals, is long but it tells the story from both sides of the famous battle, the aftermath of which moved Lincoln to write his famous speech. Sadly because of the low box office numbers for both movies it is uncertain if Ted Turner will finance making the final book into a movie as many of us fans would love to see. ” - kenneth-baran
They Were Expendable (1945)
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A dramatized account of the role of the American PT Boats in the defense of the Philippines in World War II. (135 mins.)
“ This is a movie about the beginning of the PT boats and what they meant during the war. The movie was released near the end of the war and US movie fans were tired of watching war movies at the time so it fared poorly at the box office although it is an excellent film. Director John Ford and his good friend Frank "Spig" Wead made this movie with Ford's favorite star John Wayne in one of the lead roles. ” - kenneth-baran
Windtalkers (2002)
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Two U.S. Marines in WWII are assigned to protect Navajo Marines who use their native language as an unbreakable radio cypher. (134 mins.)
Director: John Woo
“ This is an excellent movie depicting the Navajo Code Talkers who created their own code using their native language to great effect against the Japanese military. Nicolas Cage stars in this movie which does an excellent job of portraying the action in battle during WW II. ” - kenneth-baran
Flags of our Fathers (2006)
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The life stories of the six men who raised the flag at the Battle of Iwo Jima, a turning point in World War II. (135 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ I really liked the way this movie portrayed what really happened during the famous flag raising at Iwo Jima along with what happened to the men made famous by the photo of this flag raising. Director Clint Eastwood does an excellent job of combining flashbacks and current periods as well as battle scenes that will keep you interested. ” - kenneth-baran
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
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The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it. (141 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ Filmed at the same time as Flags of Our Fathers and directed by Clint Eastwood as well, this movie tells the story of the Japanese soldiers who fought to keep Iwo Jima from falling into the hands of the US. I've read several stories where Clint is being accused of trying to be PC or even anti-American for his directing of this film, but I see it differently. We all know Japan and Germany as well as Italy, were the agressors during WW II but that was the will of the political leaders, the foot soldiers who were dying on the battle field weren't political, they were merely men following orders wanting to go home to be with their families. ” - kenneth-baran
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
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In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same. (153 mins.)
“ This movie is a work of fiction but if only things had gone this way perhaps the war would have ended sooner. One of my favorite directors, Quentin Tarantino, takes on WW II in the only way he could. Brad Pitt stars as the head of a group killing off German soldiers and scalping, that's right, scalping them. If you haven't seen this movie be prepared for a surprise or two and some entertainment. ” - kenneth-baran
The Dirty Dozen (1967)
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During World War II, a rebellious U.S. Army Major is assigned a dozen convicted murderers to train and lead them into a mass assassination mission of German officers. (150 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
“ Another WW II movie this time Lee Marvin leads a group of soldiers who have, let's say issues that resulted in them being sent to the military prison where many of them had a death penalty sentence. They join a squad that goes deep into German territory to complete a mission that will guaranty them they will have their sentences commuted if they survive. ” - kenneth-baran
The Patriot (2000)
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Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin is driven to lead the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution when a sadistic British officer murders his son. (165 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
“ Mel Gibson stars in this revolutionary war tale that has him seeking revenge when his son is killed by a ruthless British officer. Gibson's quest puts him back into a uniform to fight the British using Guerilla tactics unheard of before then. Although many history buffs have taken exception to this movie for its historical innacuracies it is entertaining to watch. ” - kenneth-baran
To Hell and Back (1955)
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The true WWII story of Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier in U.S. history. Based on the autobiography of Audie Murphy who stars as himself in the film. (106 mins.)
Director: Jesse Hibbs
“ Audie Murphy plays himself in the biographical movie that showed his heroism during WW II. Being from Texas myself and having visited the memorial erected in his honor I have always enjoyed this movie. Audie overcomes abject poverty, the disappearance of his dad when he was 12 as well as the death of his mother when he was 17 to become the most highly decorated soldier in WW II only to have his wishes to be an instructor in the military ended by a German bullet. ” - kenneth-baran
The Guns of Navarone (1961)
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A British team is sent to cross occupied Greek territory and destroy the massive German gun emplacement that commands a key sea channel. (158 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
“ The classic telling of a group of soldiers on a mission to save thousands of their fellow soldiers from certain annihilation by taking out a gun emplacement that will allow rescue ships to save their fellow men. ” - kenneth-baran
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.)
“ This movie tells the story of the "Memphis Belle" flying fortress as it bombs Germany during WW II. The last flight of the Belle is barely survived by the crew who became folk heroes during the war. ” - kenneth-baran
Empire of the Sun (1987)
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A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation during World War II. (153 mins.)
“ Steven Spielburg directs future Batman Christian Bale in his debut as a boy living in China when the Japanese invade. On their way to flee the country they become seperated and young Bale is forced to live in a concentration camp and survive the best way he can. This is an excellent drama set during WW II and at 152 minutes is long but worth your time. ” - kenneth-baran
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
“ This WW II movie tells the story of European Jews who defy the Nazi's and fight for their country. This is another movie based on real events and though the true story may not be that well known, this film does an excellent job of telling the story of the heroes who were fighting for their lives. ” - kenneth-baran
We Were Soldiers (2002)
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The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War and the soldiers on both sides that fought it. (138 mins.)
Director: Randall Wallace
“ This movie is based on the book We Were Soldiers, and Brave and it tells the story of early fighting in Vietnam. Lt Col Hal Moore (played by Mel Gibson) leads his troops into the La Drang Valley, also known as the Valley of Death. This battle became one of the most violent battles in US history. Lot's of great battle scenes and you get an idea of how the women back home were having to deal with the news that their loved one was never coming home again. ” - kenneth-baran
Flying Leathernecks (1951)
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Major Kirby leads The Wildcats squadron into the historic WWII battle of Guadalcanal. (102 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
“ Howard Hughes loved airplanes and made at least 2 movies set against a war backdrop including this film starring John Wayne. The story told here covers training at home and combat against a superior enemy with superior airplanes. ” - kenneth-baran
Back to Bataan (1945)
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In 1942, after the fall of the Philippines to the Japanese, U.S. Army Col. Joseph Madden stays behind to organize the local resistance against the Japanese invaders. (95 mins.)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
“ Another John Wayne film set in WW II, this movie tells the story of those who fought underground against the Japanese in the Phillipines during their invasion and occupation of that island during the war. John Wayne leads those fighting the Japanese with the help of the son of a great leader of the Phillipines played by Anthony Quinn. ” - kenneth-baran
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
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After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it. (161 mins.)
Director: David Lean
“ A must see movie about British soldiers taken prisoner by the Japanese during WW II and their efforts to build a railroad bridge across the river Kwai. The prisoners are led by Sir Alec Guinness in a role he made famous well before he was known as Obi Won Kenobi in Star Wars. The catchy tune whistled by the soldiers as they enter camp will play in your head long after the movie ends. A great watch and a classic that was thankfully restored and even re-released into theaters briefly. ” - kenneth-baran
Midway (1976)
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A dramatization of the battle that was widely heralded as a turning point of the Pacific Theatre of World War II. (132 mins.)
Director: Jack Smight
“ This movie takes up where Tora Tora Tora leaves off, with the US turning the tide against the Japanese in the battle that occurred on and near Midway Island. The movie actually used some footage filmed for Tora Tora Tora. ” - kenneth-baran
Pearl Harbor (2001)
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A tale of war and romance mixed in with history. The story follows two lifelong friends and a beautiful nurse who are caught up in the horror of an infamous Sunday morning in 1941. (183 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
“ Despite the needless love story and the characterization of Ben Affleck winning the war by himself, this movie has some excellent battle scenes depicting the invasion. With the use of modern special effects and a story line similar to Tora Tora Tora, this movie would actually be a class A production. I love cranking up the surround sound system when the battle scenes begin and letting the sounds of battle vibrate throughout my home. ” - kenneth-baran
Broken Arrow (1996)
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Terrorists steal nuclear warheads from the U.S. military but don't count on a pilot and park ranger spoiling their plans. (108 mins.)
Director: John Woo
“ Though not actually a war movie per se, this is an excellent movie about the military and a rogue pilot who steals nuclear warheads and tries to use them to steal millions and cover up his escape. John Travolta has some excellent lines in this film playing the smart alec role we all know and love. ” - kenneth-baran
Basic (2003)
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A DEA agent investigates the disappearance of a legendary Army ranger drill sergeant and several of his cadets during a training exercise gone severely awry. (98 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
“ Another movie not set in a war but with a military backdrop. This film tells the story of a drill sergent played by Samuel L Jackson who leads an elite combat team. This team is in the jungle during a hurricane on an exercize when things go terribly wrong and only 2 soldiers are rescued both of whom are hiding deadly secrets. John Travolta again plays a bit of a smart alec but this time he is the good guy trying to get to the bottom of things. ” - kenneth-baran
The General's Daughter (1999)
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When the daughter of a well-known and well-respected base commander is murdered, an undercover detective is summoned to look into the matter and finds a slew of cover-ups at West Point. (116 mins.)
Director: Simon West
“ Another John Travolta movie with him playing an investigator in the military assigned to investigate the brutal rape and murder of the generals daughter. Travolta has some great lines in this movie and plays well alongside Madeline Stowe who happens to be his ex-lover as they investigate the crime. Has some good twists that will keep you guessing and several interesting characters in the movie. ” - kenneth-baran
Rules of Engagement (2000)
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An attorney defends an officer on trial for ordering his troops to fire on civilians after they stormed a U.S. embassy in a third world country. (128 mins.)
“ Tommy Lee Jones plays a lawyer who was wounded as a soldier while fighthing in Vietnam. His entire platoon was wiped out but due to his friends efforts he lived to return home. Years later his friend, played by Samuel L Jackson is accused of violating the rules of engagement among other crimes and asks Jones to represent him during the courts martial. An excellent watch that includes both military action and courtroom drama. ” - kenneth-baran
A Few Good Men (1992)
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Neo military lawyer Kaffee defends Marines accused of murder; they contend they were acting under orders. (138 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ Who doesn't know the famous quote "You can't handle the truth" Jack Nicholson at his best, Tom Cruise holds his own along with Demi Moore and Kevin Bacon. Rob Reiner directed this excellent military drama that is based on the play of the same name. My favorite quote though is uttered by Demi Moore when asked why she likes the marines so much she responds " Because they stand on a wall and say, don't worry, nothings gonna happen, not on my watch." ” - kenneth-baran
Three Kings (1999)
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In the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War, four soldiers set out to steal gold that was stolen from Kuwait, but they discover people who desperately need their help. (114 mins.)
“ George Clooney has made some excellent movies since leaving ER and this is no exception. This movie is set during Operation Desert Storm when the US and its allies were fighting the Iraqis after their illegal invasion of Kuwait. In the aftermath Clooney and several members of his squad hear of gold Saddam Hussein is hiding and they are on a quest to capture it and become rich. Surpise happenings force them to reconsider their plans. ” - kenneth-baran
Behind Enemy Lines (2001)
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A Navy navigator is shot down over enemy territory and is ruthlessly pursued by a secret police enforcer and the opposing troops. Meanwhile his commanding officer goes against orders in an attempt to rescue him. (106 mins.)
Director: John Moore
“ This movie tells the story of a downed US pilot who is trying to get back to the safety of his aircraft carrier. Owen Wilson plays a hotshot pilot who is sent on a mission on Christmas day only to fly over the no fly zone and in the process is shot down. His copilot is badly injured and rebel forces quickly hunt down the downed pilots and kill the copilot leaving Wilson alone to seek refuge and try to get back to safety. ” - kenneth-baran
Crimson Tide (1995)
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On a U.S. nuclear missile sub, a young First Officer stages a mutiny, to prevent his trigger happy Captain from launching his missiles, before confirming his orders to do so. (116 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
“ Basically a retelling of "Mutiny on the Bounty" when the submarine comander, played by Gene Hackman, gets an unconfirmed order to fire nuclear weapons and clashes with his exec, played by Denzel Washington, over the validity of the order, things take a dangerous turn when Washington's character declares he is now in command as Hackman is not capable of commanding the sub. Several tense moments occur both on the sub and above the ocean waters as decisions are being made that could start WW III. ” - kenneth-baran
Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
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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. (145 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ Based on the true story of Vietnam veteran and disabled vet Ron Kovic, this movie shows both the horrors of war and the horrors of VA hospitals and how they treated our soldiers who came home injured. Tom Cruise deserved an Oscar for his portrayal in this film which speaks volumes of how well this film was made and the capabilities of the director, Oliver Stone in getting the best performance possible out of Cruise. ” - kenneth-baran
Hamburger Hill (1987)
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A very realistic interpretation of one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War. (110 mins.)
Director: John Irvin
“ This is another Vietnam war based film telling the story of the attempt to take hill 937 more commonly known as Hamburger Hill because of the fact that it grinds up soldiers like hamburger meat. ” - kenneth-baran
A Bridge Too Far (1977)
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Operation Market Garden, September 1944: The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines. However, mismanagement and poor planning result in its failure. (175 mins.)
“ Tells the story of the Allies launching Operation Market Garden, an ambitious undertaking spurred on by the successes at Normandy and beyond after D-day. This film tells the story of this operation which results in more casualties than the Normandy landing. ” - kenneth-baran
Enemy at the Gates (2001)
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A Russian and a German sniper play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad. (131 mins.)
“ Depicts the war between Russia and Germany during WW II. When the Nazi's were dangerously close to conquering Russia a sniper known for his skills is sent into action to stave off the Nazi's top sniper. A battle of wits, played like a chess game ensues and at times it's hard to tell who will eventually win. ” - kenneth-baran
Hart's War (2002)
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A law student becomes a lieutenant during World War II, is captured and asked to defend a black prisoner of war falsely accused of murder. (125 mins.)
Director: Gregory Hoblit
“ Bruce Willis plays an officer in a Nazi prisoner of war camp who has to oversee the trial of a black soldier accused of killing a German prison guard all the while Willis is concocting a plan to keep fighting the war in any way he can even from inside a prisoner of war camp. ” - kenneth-baran
Air America (1990)
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A young pilot finds himself recruited unwittingly into a covert and corrupt CIA airlift organization operating in Vietnam War Era Laos. (113 mins.)
“ Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jr play pilots who are flying supplies for the US and Vietnamese military as part of a secret group even the President of the US denies exists. When Downey discovers his plane is being used to fly more than just war supplies and humanitarian aid he tries to blow up a plant that is making illegal drugs in protest. Unfortunately for Downey, the US and Vietnam are both aware of and support the manufacture of drugs because the money is being used to purchase war supplies from the sale of these drugs. ” - kenneth-baran
Top Gun (1986)
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As students at the United States Navy's elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young pilot learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom. (110 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
“ Another Tom Cruise movie made at the peak of his career, this movie while not an Oscar worthy film is an excellent insight into the US Navy's prestigious fighter weapons school. Some of the characters are over the top and the actors portraying them are too but all in all this is an entertaining film. ” - kenneth-baran
The Last Castle (2001)
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A court-martialed general rallies together 1200 inmates to rise against the corrupt system that put him away. (131 mins.)
Director: Rod Lurie
“ Robert Redford plays a General who made a mistake that sent him to military prison. This prison has a warden, played by James Gandolfini, who is ruthless to say the least. Redford sets out to prove that Gandolfini is worse than the criminals he is supposed to be in charge of. ” - kenneth-baran
Valkyrie (2008)
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A dramatization of the 20 July assassination and political coup plot by desperate renegade German Army officers against Hitler during World War II. (121 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
“ Excellent portrayal of the last known plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler in the waning months of WW II. Shows how close the plotters were to achieving their goal of killing Hitler and then seeking peace with the Allies. ” - kenneth-baran
The Devil's Brigade (1968)
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An American colonel who has never been in combat is assigned to create a special forces unit from Canadian Army troops and a ragtag group of U.S. Army misfits. (130 mins.)
“ The tale of a group of US soldiers mostly from the stockades of many military installations and Canadian soldiers wanting to prove themselves this is an excellent WW II movie for fans of the genre. ” - kenneth-baran
PT 109 (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
During WW2, Lieut. John F. Kennedy takes command of PT 109 to fight the Japanese in the Solomon Islands. (140 mins.)
“ Before he was the President of the US, John F Kennedy enlisted and became a hero during WW II. This movie tells the real life story of how JFK saved his crew and got them back to safety. Kennedy hand picked Cliff Robertson to play him in this well done film. ” - kenneth-baran
Red Tails (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program, having faced segregation while kept mostly on the ground during World War II, are called into duty under the guidance of Col. A.J. Bullard. (125 mins.)
“ George Lucas produced this well done film about the Tuscagee Airmen and their remarkable record during WW II. Word is Lucas was already working on a prequel and a sequel before this film was released however due to low box office numbers it's uncertain if these films will be made. ” - kenneth-baran
Band of Brothers (2001 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.5/10 X  
The story of Easy Company of the US Army 101st Airborne division and their mission in WWII Europe from Operation Overlord through V-J Day. (594 mins.)
“ Follows the men fighting the Germans during WW II from boot camp to the end of the war. Among the best mini-series on the subject of the war. ” - kenneth-baran
The Pacific (2010 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The Pacific Theatre of World War 2, as seen through the eyes of several young Marines. (530 mins.)
“ Another epic mini series that focuses on the war in the Pacific. Just as with Band of Brothers the series follows the men from start to finish depicting their struggles as they fight the Japanese. ” - kenneth-baran
Kelly's Heroes (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A group of U.S. soldiers sneaks across enemy lines to get their hands on a secret stash of Nazi treasure. (144 mins.)
Director: Brian G. Hutton
“ World War II movie with a 1970's sound track? Only Clint Eastwood, this film depicts the group of men who are looking to cash in on some of Hitler's gold held in a bank in a town that unfortunately is still behind enemy lines. Of course that doesn't stop Kelly from pursuing it. ” - kenneth-baran
Where Eagles Dare (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Allied agents stage a daring raid on a castle where the Nazis are holding an American General prisoner... but that's not all that's really going on. (158 mins.)
Director: Brian G. Hutton
“ Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton team up to penetrate deep into Nazi territory to rescue an officer whose plane was shot down and who has secrets that the Allies don't want falling into the hands of the Nazis. ” - kenneth-baran
Emperor (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
As the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II, General Fellers is tasked with deciding if Emperor Hirohito will be hanged as a war criminal. Influencing his ruling is his quest to find Aya, an exchange student he met years earlier in the U.S. (105 mins.)
Director: Peter Webber
“ When I first read about this film I was immediately intrigued and knew I had to see it and own it. What to do with the Emporer of Japan who is responsible for getting Japan involved in WW II, or was he? I have watched it several times and was not disappointed. Great story and we'll done dialogue, Tommy Lee Jones makes you believe he's McArthur. ” - kenneth-baran
The Monuments Men (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
An unlikely World War II platoon is tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners. (118 mins.)
Director: George Clooney
“ As a George Clooney fan I have enjoyed many of his films and have added several to my collection. This was another addition that I am happy I own and will view over and over again. As The end of WWII was nearing it became apparent that valuable works of art were being stolen or destroyed by the Nazis, George Clooney leads a group assigned the mission of saving, recovering and returning this artwork to its rightful owners. ” - kenneth-baran
Lone Survivor (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Marcus Luttrell and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare. (121 mins.)
Director: Peter Berg
“ Depicts an attempt to take out a leader of Al Queda that goes horribly wrong. Based on the true story it is gut wrenching but shows the heroism of our troops fighting against terrorism. ” - kenneth-baran
Stalag 17 (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
When two escaping American World War II prisoners are killed, the German POW camp barracks black marketeer, J.J. Sefton, is suspected of being an informer. (120 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
“ This film inspired the TV series Hogans Heroes. It's not a comedy but has some comedic moments. William Holden stars in a black and white film about being a POW in Nazi Germany. Theres a stooge inside the prison barracks but who is it? ” - kenneth-baran
Von Ryan's Express (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An American POW leads a group of mainly British prisoners to escape from the Germans in WWII. (117 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
“ Frank Sinatra stars as the namesake, Von Ryan, his mission is to destroy enemy stores and a railroad tunnel, can he do it? ” - kenneth-baran
MacArthur (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Biopic of General Douglas MacArthur covering his war exploits during WW2 and the Korean War. (130 mins.)
Director: Joseph Sargent
“ Autobiography of the most famous general of WW II including his life and career after the war and up to his being reassigned when he disobeyed the president. ” - kenneth-baran
Battle of the Bulge (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A dramatization of Nazi Germany's final Western Front counterattack of World War II. (167 mins.)
Director: Ken Annakin
“ Although historians and president Truman berated this film for its fictional depiction of the events of the battle, it is a good film. I've recently purchased this on Blu-Ray and the picture is stunning. Excellent movie about the battle that was Hitlers last hoorah. ” - kenneth-baran
The Book Thief (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. In the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is being protected by her adoptive parents. (131 mins.)
Director: Brian Percival
“ While not a war movie, this film is set during WWII. A young girl is shipped out to a small town where she becomes the foster child of a childless couple. She is illiterate but learns how to read and starts visitng the Burgermeisters home library until she is banned. She then sneaks into the library and takes books home to read. Does an excellent job of depicting the horrors of war. ” - kenneth-baran
Fury (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A grizzled tank commander makes tough decisions as he and his crew fight their way across Germany in April, 1945. (134 mins.)
Director: David Ayer
“ Excellent WWII film showcasing tank battles. I took my dad to see this one as he was on a tank while in the national guard. He felt the movie did a great job of depicting life as a member of a tank squadron. The battle scenes were all very well done. ” - kenneth-baran
Anzio (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
One of WWII's bloodiest battles as the Allies smash through the German lines which have enclosed the Anzio beachhead. Four months and 30,000 casualties before the Allies finally march to Rome. (117 mins.)
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue. (116 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ I recently added this film to my growing Bluray collection and have to say it seems to have gotten better with time. I saw this one in theaters and vividly recall how well done thus film was then. Excellent depiction of boot camp and a great Vietnam era soundtrack makes for an excellent film. ” - kenneth-baran
Unbroken (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he's caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. (137 mins.)
Director: Angelina Jolie
“ Great story about mans endurance and ability to overcome extreme situations. After his plane is shot down and most of his crew dies and he is saved by Japanese soldiers our hero now gets put into a POW camp here he sees the brutality of the Japanese sold her up close and personal. ” - kenneth-baran
American Sniper (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Navy S.E.A.L. sniper Chris Kyle's pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can't leave behind. (133 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ The most prolific sniper in US history, Chris Kyle's story is told by director Clint Eastwood in what would become the highest grossing film for the director. This movie doesn't glorify war but instead shows the audience what really gets on during war and when the soldier comes back home. ” - kenneth-baran
13 Hours (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
During an attack on a U.S. compound in Libya, a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos. (144 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
“ True story depicting the seige on the US embassy in Libya in 2012. Well done film shows what happens when politicians and others get in the way of the military. ” - kenneth-baran
Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot. (139 mins.)
Director: Mel Gibson
“ This film tells the story of Desmond Doss the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during WW II. I've watched it several times now and am in awe of his bravery and his commitment to his faith and his fellow troops. I highly recommend this for the movie buffs and especially to those WW II buffs. ” - kenneth-baran