The Best War Films

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1.
The Quiet Man (1952)
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A retired American boxer returns to the village of his birth in Ireland, where he finds love. (129 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
2.
Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)
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A dramatization of the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima. (100 mins.)
Director: Allan Dwan
 
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.
Flying Leathernecks (1951)
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Major Kirby leads The Wildcats squadron into the historic WWII battle of Guadalcanal. (102 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
 
5.
The Sea Chase (1955)
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As World War II begins, German freighter captain Karl Ehrlich tries to get his ship back to Germany through a gauntlet of Allied warships. (117 mins.)
Director: John Farrow
 
6.
The Fighting Seabees (1944)
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Construction workers in World War II in the Pacific are needed to build military sites, but the work... (100 mins.)
Director: Edward Ludwig
 
7.
The Boondock Saints (1999)
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Fraternal twins set out to rid Boston of the evil men operating there while being tracked down by an FBI agent. (108 mins.)
Director: Troy Duffy
 
8.
Cross of Iron (1977)
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A German commander places a squad in extreme danger after its Sergeant refuses to lie for him. (132 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
 
9.
Platoon (1986)
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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
 
10.
The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954)
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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
 
11.
Pork Chop Hill (1959)
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During the Korean War peace talks, U.S. troops fight to retake a hill from the Communist Chinese forces. (97 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
 
12.
Hell Is for Heroes (1962)
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Small squad must hold off German attack. (90 mins.)
Director: Donald Siegel
 
13.
Battleground (1949)
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A squad of the 101st Airborne Division copes with being trapped in the besieged city of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. (118 mins.)
 
14.
Battle of the Bulge (1965)
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A dramatization of Nazi Germany's final Western Front counterattack of World War II. (167 mins.)
Director: Ken Annakin
 
15.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
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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.)
 
16.
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
 
17.
Bad Company (1972)
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A god-fearing Ohio boy dodging the Civil War draft arrives in Jefferson City where he joins up with a hardscrabble group of like runaways heading west. (93 mins.)
Director: Robert Benton
 
18.
Donovan's Reef (1963)
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Comedy subtly dealing with moral issues such as racial bigotry, corporate greed, American belief of societal superiority and hypocrisy. (109 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
19.
The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009)
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The MacManus brothers are living a quiet life in Ireland with their father, but when they learn that their beloved priest has been killed by mob forces, they go back to Boston to bring justice to those responsible and avenge the priest. (118 mins.)
Director: Troy Duffy
 
20.
The Great Escape (1963)
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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
 
21.
The Green Berets (1968)
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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.)
 
22.
The Bridge at Remagen (1969)
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As the Allied armies close in, the Germans decide to blow up the last Rhine bridge, trapping their own men on the wrong side. But will it happen? (115 mins.)
Director: John Guillermin
 
23.
Hamburger Hill (1987)
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A very realistic interpretation of one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War. (110 mins.)
Director: John Irvin
 
24.
Memphis Belle (1990)
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In 1943, the crew of a B-17 based in UK prepares for its 25th and last bombing mission over Germany before returning home to the USA. (107 mins.)
 
25.
U-571 (2000)
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A German submarine is boarded by disguised American submariners trying to capture their Enigma cipher machine. (116 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Mostow
 
26.
Run Silent Run Deep (1958)
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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
 
27.
The Big Red One (1980)
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The story of a sergeant and the inner core members of his unit as they try to serve in and survive World War II. (113 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
 
28.
Operation Petticoat (1959)
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World War 2 comedy about a submarine commander who finds himself stuck with a decrepit (and pink) sub, a con-man executive officer and a group of army nurses. (124 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
 
29.
Twelve O'Clock High (1949)
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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
 
30.
Force 10 from Navarone (1978)
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During World War II, several oddly assorted military experts are teamed in a mission to raid and destroy a bridge vital to enemy strategy. (118 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
 
31.
Days of Glory (2006)
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During WWII, four North African men enlist in the French army to liberate that country from Nazi oppression, and to fight French discrimination. (128 mins.)
 
32.
The Longest Day (1962)
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The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view. (178 mins.)
 
33.
Black Hawk Down (2001)
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123 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
 
34.
A Bridge Too Far (1977)
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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.)
 
35.
The Great Raid (2005)
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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
 
36.
Operation Crossbow (1965)
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Allied agents attempt to infiltrate the Nazis' rocket research site. (115 mins.)
 
37.
Red Dawn (1984)
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It is the dawn of World War III. In mid-western America, a group of teenagers bands together to defend their town, and their country, from invading Soviet forces. (114 mins.)
Director: John Milius
 
38.
Heartbreak Ridge (1986)
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A hard-nosed, hard-living Marine gunnery sergeant clashes with his superiors and his ex-wife as he takes command of a spoiled recon platoon with a bad attitude. (130 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
39.
The Final Countdown (1980)
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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