A dozen good war films you might not have seen

Somewhat historically accurate, plenty of violence and weapons and not too much about the wives and girlfriends.
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Stalingrad (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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.)
“ Perhaps the best war movie ever. Definitely not the best movie ever. From R&R to the snowy end, we see cowardice and courage demonstrated in convincing battle scenes played out with every weapon of the theatre. Although the budget doesn't stretch to recreating the train station, Sargeant Pavlov's house or other famous battlefields of Stalingrad the film tries to cover the scene and situations of the battle. From the famous airlift and anti-tank action in the countryside around the city to the house to house and tunnel fighting that defined the siege. ” - angusfoggie
Come and See (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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
“ One of the nastiest periods of any war this is a like a depressing, realistic version of Apocalypse Now. ” - angusfoggie
The Star (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
During WW2 the Russian Army sent a special group named "Zvezda" to fight the Nazis in their backyard. (97 mins.)
Director: Nikolay Lebedev
“ Perfectly planned action movie, a delight to watch. It's low budget never impinges on the historical narrative of one fictional small unit action on the Russian front. ” - angusfoggie
Captain Conan (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The war exploits of French captain Conan and his men during World War I and during the Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War. (129 mins.)
“ Like a French Deer Hunter set in World War One this only just qualifies as a war film. But unlike the Deer Hunter this film is tightly put together and returns to warlike action in surprising ways. The combat scenes in Eastern Europe present an original aspect of the war we know so well from Biggles to Lawrence of Arabia. ” - angusfoggie
Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A drama about the fate of brothers forced to fight in the Korean War. (140 mins.)
Director: Je-gyu Kang
“ A big budget epic blast through the Korean War, without any US triumphalism. Lashings of great action that doesn't shy away from atrocity or heroism. Realism is considered, especially in the visceral artillery barrages, but not a top priority unless the Korean War descended into fisticuffs rather more than the average bar brawl. ” - angusfoggie
The Winter War (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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 grim slog punctuated with pithy Finnish humour. Realism rules in this patriotically grim tale of trench warfare and endless Russian assaults. ” - angusfoggie
The Breath (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Story of 40-man Turkish task force who must defend a relay station. (128 mins.)
Director: Levent Semerci
“ Beautifully shot, this a modern anti-war film about a war that is still ongoing, between Turkey and its Kurdish separatists. This is a political film that dare not criticise Turkey directly or romanticise the insurgents. A tense build up full of character and startling action scenes. First use of tea to disguise a sniper position in any film! ” - angusfoggie
The Great Raid (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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
“ Not a particularly good film but worth watching for its meticulous account of a real battle. ” - angusfoggie
Pork Chop Hill (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
During the Korean War peace talks, U.S. troops fight to retake a hill from the Communist Chinese forces. (97 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
“ Gregory Peck is the All American hero in a travesty of the All American War. Like Hamburger Hill this is an uphill slog, but worth it for the action seen through the eyes of the company commander in the field. ” - angusfoggie
The Bridge (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In 1945, Germany is being overrun, and nobody is left to fight but teenagers. (103 mins.)
Director: Bernhard Wicki
“ Child soldiers defend a bridge in a Germany against the advancing US army. Made in Germany not long after WWII this movie pulls no punches. ” - angusfoggie
Saints and Soldiers (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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
“ Made by re-enacters this low-budget is a treat for war movie fans. Set in the Battle of the Bulge it tells a simple but entertaining story of the WWII Western Front. ” - angusfoggie
The Beast of War (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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
“ Cracking movie about a Stalingrad-veteran tank commander and his crew in Afghanistan. The characters are exaggerated but it is a detailed exposition of the tremendous destructive power of a single T-55, even if a flamethrower seems to be a bit an exaggeration (not many TO-55s were made). ” - angusfoggie