Mark's favorite war and war-related movies

Movies are listed in historical order: WW I, WW II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Cold War (other conflicts), and war on terror.
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1.
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
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A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I. (136 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
 
2.
Wings (1927)
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Two young men, one rich, one middle class, who are in love with the same woman, become fighter pilots in World War I. (144 mins.)
 
3.
The Blue Max (1966)
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A young pilot in the German air force of 1918, disliked as lower-class and unchivalrous, tries ambitiously to earn the medal offered for 20 kills. (156 mins.)
Director: John Guillermin
 
4.
Flyboys (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
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
 
5.
Beneath Hill 60 (2010)
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In 1916, the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company is tunneling beneath German fortifications and bunkers to detonate massive explosive charges. (122 mins.)
 
6.
The Winds of War (1983 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The trials of the Henry and Jastrow families in the early years of World War II. (883 mins.)
 
7.
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
 
8.
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
 
9.
Where Eagles Dare (1968)
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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
 
10.
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.)
 
11.
The Enemy Below (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
During World War II, an American destroyer meets a German U-Boat. Both captains are experts, and so begins a deadly game of cat-and-mouse. (98 mins.)
Director: Dick Powell
 
12.
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
 
13.
Carve Her Name with Pride (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Violette Bushell is the daughter of an English father and a French mother, living in London in the early years of World War 2... (119 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
 
14.
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.)
 
15.
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
 
16.
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
 
17.
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
 
18.
The Final Countdown (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A modern aircraft carrier is thrown back in time to 1941 near Hawaii, just hours before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. (103 mins.)
Director: Don Taylor
 
19.
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A series of mistakes made by the US Navy in the days leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor prove disastrous when Japan strikes. (144 mins.)
 
20.
Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A marine and a nun form an unlikely friendship. The marine is shipwrecked on a Pacific island and the nun has been left behind there; they find comfort in one another as the two wait out the war. (108 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
21.
Halls of Montezuma (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A company of Marines races against the clock to find a Japanese rocket base. (113 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
 
22.
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Three World War II veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed. (170 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
23.
In Harm's Way (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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
 
24.
War and Remembrance (1988 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The trials of the Henry and the Jastrow families amidst the events after the U.S.'s entry into World War II. (1620 mins.)
 
25.
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
 
26.
The Railway Man (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A former British Army officer, who was tortured as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II, discovers that the man responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him. (116 mins.)
 
27.
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.)
 
28.
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
 
29.
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
 
30.
The Train (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Two people, a Frenchman Julien Maroyeur and a Jewish German woman (Anna Kupfer) met on a train while escaping the German army entering France. (95 mins.)
 
31.
Operation Crossbow (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Allied agents attempt to infiltrate the Nazis' rocket research site. (115 mins.)
 
32.
Operation: Daybreak (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In 1942, Britain sends a group of British-trained Czech commandos to Prague to assassinate SS-General Reinhard Heydrich, head of the Nazi security services. (118 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
 
33.
Twelve O'Clock High (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A hard-as-nails general takes over a bomber unit suffering from low morale and whips them into fighting shape. (132 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
34.
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.)
 
35.
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.)
 
36.
The Train (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In 1944, a German colonel loads a train with French art treasures to send to Germany. The Resistance must stop it without damaging the cargo. (133 mins.)
 
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.
Fortress of War (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A war drama set during the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, in which Soviet troops held on to a border stronghold for nine days. (138 mins.)
Director: Aleksandr Kott
 
39.
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
 
40.
Valkyrie (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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
 
41.
Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A dramatization of the final days of Sophie Scholl, one of the most famous members of the German World War II anti-Nazi resistance movement, The White Rose. (120 mins.)
Director: Marc Rothemund
 
42.
As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
At the end of WW2, a German POW doing hard labor in the Soviet Gulag escapes from his Siberian camp to return to Germany but he's pursued by a Soviet NKVD officer. (158 mins.)
Director: Hardy Martins
 
43.
Downfall (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, tells of the Nazi dictator's final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII. (156 mins.)
 
44.
The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Set during the Korean War, a Navy fighter pilot must come to terms with with his own ambivalence towards the war and the fear of having to bomb a set of highly defended bridges. The ending of this grim war drama is all tension. (102 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
 
45.
The Front Line (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A drama centered on the Korean War's final battle that will determine the border between north and south. (133 mins.)
Director: Hun Jang
 
46.
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
 
47.
71: Into the Fire (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The story of student-soldiers trying to protect a middle school during the early days of the Korean War. (120 mins.)
Director: John H. Lee
 
48.
The Green Berets (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
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.)
 
49.
Go Tell the Spartans (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
During the early 1960s, U.S. military advisers in South Vietnam discover the same challenges that plagued the French army in Indochina ten years prior. (114 mins.)
Director: Ted Post
 
50.
Gardens of Stone (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A sergeant must deal with his desires to save the lives of young soldiers being sent to Vietnam. Continuously denied the chance to teach the soldiers about his experiences, he settles for trying to help the son of an old army buddy. (111 mins.)
Director: Francis Coppola
 
51.
Dogfight (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In 1963, the night before the 18 years old "Birdlace" Eddie and his friends are shipped to Vietnam.... (94 mins.)
Director: Nancy Savoca
 
52.
The Odessa File (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Following the suicide of an elderly Jewish man, a journalist in possession of the man's diary investigates the alleged sighting of a former SS captain, who allegedly commanded a concentration camp during WWII. (130 mins.)
Director: Ronald Neame
 
53.
Thirteen Days (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A dramatization and a fictionalized account of the Kennedy administration's struggle to contain the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962. (145 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
 
54.
Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6 in May 2011. (157 mins.)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
 
55.
Act of Valor (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
An elite team of Navy SEALs embark on a covert mission to recover a kidnapped CIA agent. (110 mins.)