Ten Best War Movies

Not necessarily the best acted, or best stories or even the highest acclaimed - but they are movies you can get escape in, after all, isn't that what movies are about? One note - my favorite war movie of all time, Band of Brothers, is not listed because it was actually a mini-series.
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1.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
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.)
“ The first war film that ever gave me a hint of the feeling of what war might actually be like. Powerful, gritty and the best filmed feature war film ever. ” - vwbugz
 
2.
Pearl Harbor (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Pearl Harbor follows the story of two best friends, Rafe and Danny, and their love lives as they go off to join the war. (183 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
“ Sure it has a fictional love story embedded in it but this Jerry Bruckheimer production is also a masterpiece of cinematography and accurately portrays the infamous attack that launched the United States into World War II. ” - vwbugz
 
3.
Das Boot (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror. (149 mins.)
“ Truly captures the incredible anxiety and atmosphere of the war beneath the seas during WWII. Very real characterizations. ” - vwbugz
 
4.
Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A dramatization of the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima. (100 mins.)
Director: Allan Dwan
“ John Wayne did many war films, but this is likely his most iconic. John Wayne is still the quintessential American fighting man. ” - vwbugz
 
5.
U-571 (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A German submarine is boarded by disguised American submariners trying to capture their Enigma cipher machine. (116 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Mostow
“ Very loosely based story on allied successful capture of the Nazi secret code machine. Acting is good, story is good, sets and costumes are excellent, production is excellent - all together it makes this an enjoyable film. ” - vwbugz
 
6.
Paths of Glory (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them. (88 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Kirk Douglas' masterful depiction of war in the trenches that examines the life and death decisions of command and the morality of those decisions and choices. ” - vwbugz
 
7.
Gallipoli (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two Australian sprinters face the brutal realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I. (110 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
“ Though occasionally long and arduous, Gallipoli is never-the-less an excellent portrayal of the first major battle undertaken by the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) in the first World War. ” - vwbugz
 
8.
Sergeant York (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A hillbilly sharpshooter drafted in WW1 despite his claim to be a pacifist, who ends up becoming a war hero. (134 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
“ Gary Cooper's Oscar winning portrayal of the true story of Sgt. Alvin York and his Medal of Honor heroics during WWI. Cooper's depiction of the humble York makes this one of the best acted portrayals of his career. ” - vwbugz
 
9.
Midway (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A dramatization of the battle that was heralded as the turning point of the Pacific Theatre of World War II. (132 mins.)
Director: Jack Smight
“ With the exception of a single fictionalized story line this is an amazingly detailed and accurate film of the events leading up to and ultimately including the air battle for the tiny island of Midway soon after the attacks on Pearl Harbor. The ensemble of A-List and B-List actors is truly amazing - at least 17 actors who at one time or another were famous stars in their own right - from Charlton Heston and Henry Fonda to Eric Estrada and Pat Morita. ” - vwbugz
 
10.
Patton (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, George S. Patton. (172 mins.)
“ Not necessarily one of my favorites, it is none-the-less impossible to name a Top 10 War Movies list without the iconic film "Patton" included. ” - vwbugz