my top 30 war films.

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1.
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
 
2.
The Great Escape (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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
 
3.
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
 
4.
The Pianist (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II. (150 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
5.
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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
 
6.
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
 
7.
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
 
8.
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
 
9.
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.)
 
10.
Battle of Britain (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In 1940, the British Royal Air Force fights a desperate battle to prevent the Luftwaffe from gaining air superiority over the English Channel as a prelude to a possible Axis invasion of the UK. (132 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
 
11.
Uncommon Valor (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Ten years after his son went MIA in Vietnam, U.S.Marine retired Colonel Jason Rhodes assembles a private rescue team to find Americans held in POW camps in Laos. (105 mins.)
Director: Ted Kotcheff
 
12.
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.)
 
13.
Crimson Tide (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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
 
14.
First Blood (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Former Green Beret John Rambo is pursued into the mountains surrounding a small town by a tyrannical sheriff and his deputies, forcing him to survive using his combat skills. (93 mins.)
Director: Ted Kotcheff
 
15.
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
John Rambo is released from prison by the government for a top-secret covert mission to the last place on Earth he'd want to return - the jungles of Vietnam. (96 mins.)
 
16.
Rambo III (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Colonel Trautman is captured by Soviets during a mission in Afghanistan so Rambo sets out to rescue him while taking on the invading Russian forces. (102 mins.)
Director: Peter MacDonald
 
17.
Black Hawk Down (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
160 elite U.S. soldiers drop into Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord and find themselves in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily-armed Somalis. (144 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
18.
The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The story of the final years of the respected World War II German general, Erwin Rommel. (88 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
19.
A Bridge Too Far (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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.)
 
20.
Cross of Iron (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A German commander places a squad in extreme danger after its Sergeant refuses to lie for him. (132 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
 
21.
The Longest Day (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view. (178 mins.)
 
22.
Ice Station Zebra (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
USN nuclear sub USS Tigerfish must rush to the North Pole to rescue the staff of Drift Ice Station Zebra weather station. (148 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
 
23.
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
 
24.
Bat*21 (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
During the Vietnam War, Colonel Hambleton's aircraft is shot down over enemy territory and a frantic rescue operation ensues. (105 mins.)
Director: Peter Markle
 
25.
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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.)
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26.
To Hell and Back (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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
 
27.
D-Day the Sixth of June (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
En route to Normandy, an American and a British officer reminisce in flashback about their romances with the same woman. (106 mins.)
Director: Henry Koster
 
28.
Missing in Action (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Colonel Braddock launches a mission deep into the jungles of Vietnam to find the POW camp that he escaped from and free the Americans still held captive there. (101 mins.)
Director: Joseph Zito
 
29.
Missing in Action 2: The Beginning (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Prequel to the first Missing In Action, set in the early 1980s it shows the capture of Colonel Braddock during the Vietnam war in the 1970s, and his captivity with other American POWs in a brutal prison camp, and his plans to escape. (100 mins.)
Director: Lance Hool
 
30.
Braddock: Missing in Action III (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
Braddock mounts a one-man assault to free his wife and son who are still being held in a Vietnam prison camp. (101 mins.)
Director: Aaron Norris