Top 40 War Films

It is very rare for me to encounter an enjoyable war film. Perhaps my second least favorite genre (after westerns), I don't really care for most of the films after number 25.
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1.
All Through the Night (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Runyonesque Broadway gamblers turn patriotic when they stumble onto a cell of Nazi saboteurs. (107 mins.)
Director: Vincent Sherman
 
2.
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
 
3.
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
 
4.
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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
 
5.
The Great Escape (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Allied P.O.W.s plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II. (172 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
 
6.
K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
When Russia's first nuclear submarine malfunctions on its maiden voyage, the crew must race to save the ship and prevent a nuclear disaster. (138 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
 
7.
Across the Pacific (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Rick Leland makes no secret of the fact he has no loyalty to his home country after he is court-martialed... (97 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
8.
The Hiding Place (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Corrie and Betsie ten Boom are middle-aged sisters working in their father's watchmaker shop in pre-WWII Holland... (150 mins.)
 
9.
Sahara (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Sergeant Joe Gunn and his tank crew pick up five British soldiers, a Frenchman and a Sudanese man with... (97 mins.)
Director: Zoltan Korda
 
10.
Rio Lobo (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
After the Civil War, Cord McNally searches for the traitor whose perfidy caused the defeat of McNally's unit and the loss of a close friend. (114 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
11.
The Alamo (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A small band of soldiers sacrifice their lives in hopeless combat against a massive army in order to prevent a tyrant from smashing the new Republic of Texas. (167 mins.)
Director: John Wayne
 
12.
Europa Europa (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A boy in Nazi Germany, trying to conceal that he is Jewish, joins the Hitler Youth. (112 mins.)
 
13.
Von Ryan's Express (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An American POW leads a group of mainly British prisoners to escape from the Germans in WWII. (117 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
 
14.
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
 
15.
The Guns of Navarone (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
 
16.
To Have and Have Not (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
During WWII, American expatriate Harry Morgan helps transport a Free French Resistance leader and his beautiful wife to Martinique while romancing a sexy lounge singer. (100 mins.)
Director: Howard Hawks
 
17.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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.)
 
18.
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
 
19.
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.)
 
20.
Platoon (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
 
21.
Defiance (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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
 
22.
The Last Samurai (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An American military advisor embraces the Samurai culture he was hired to destroy after he is captured in battle. (154 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
 
23.
Glory (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Robert Gould Shaw leads the US Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates. (122 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
 
24.
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
 
25.
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
 
26.
Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An unorthodox and irreverent DJ begins to shake up things when he is assigned to the U.S. Armed Services Radio station in Vietnam. (121 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
 
27.
Blood on the Sun (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A dedicated American reporter in 1930s Japan is determined to expose that government's plan for world domination. (98 mins.)
Director: Frank Lloyd
 
28.
Johnny Tremain (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Johnny Tremain is drawn into the Revolutionary War, and becomes a patriot fighting to free the colonies from England. Along the way he learns about life and about himself. (80 mins.)
 
29.
Flying Leathernecks (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Major Kirby leads The Wildcats squadron into the historic WWII battle of Guadalcanal. (102 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
 
30.
Back to Bataan (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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
 
31.
The Fighting Seabees (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Construction workers in World War II in the Pacific are needed to build military sites, but the work... (100 mins.)
Director: Edward Ludwig
 
32.
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
 
33.
The Horse Soldiers (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A Union Cavalry outfit is sent behind Confederate lines in strength to destroy a rail/supply center... (115 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
34.
The Howards of Virginia (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Beautiful young Virginian Jane steps down from her proper aristocratic upbrining when she marries down-to-earth surveyor Matt Howard... (116 mins.)
Director: Frank Lloyd
 
35.
Run Silent Run Deep (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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
 
36.
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 German invasion of the UK. (132 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
 
37.
Enemy at the Gates (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A Russian and a German sniper play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad. (131 mins.)
 
38.
Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The life stories of the six men who raised the flag at The Battle of Iwo Jima, a turning point in WWII. (135 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
39.
The Last Legion (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
As the Roman empire crumbles, young Romulus Augustus flees the city and embarks on a perilous voyage to Britain to track down a legion of supporters. (102 mins.)
Director: Doug Lefler
 
40.
Windtalkers (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
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