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1. Empire of the Sun (1987)

PG | 153 min | Drama, History, War

7.8
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62 Metascore

A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation during World War II.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson, Nigel Havers

Votes: 93,548 | Gross: $22.24M

2. The Last Castle (2001)

R | 131 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.9
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43 Metascore

A court-martialed general rallies together 1200 inmates to rise against the corrupt system that put him away.

Director: Rod Lurie | Stars: Robert Redford, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo, Steve Burton

Votes: 58,996 | Gross: $18.21M

3. Rescue Dawn (2006)

PG-13 | 120 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.3
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77 Metascore

A U.S. fighter pilot's epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies, Zach Grenier

Votes: 87,038 | Gross: $5.48M

4. Miracle at St. Anna (2008)

R | 160 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.0
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37 Metascore

Set in 1944 Italy, the story of four black American soldiers who get trapped in a Tuscan village during WWII.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Derek Luke, Michael Ealy, Laz Alonso, Omar Benson Miller

Votes: 15,987 | Gross: $7.92M

5. Into the White (I) (2012)

R | 104 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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Norway, WWII: A group of British and German soldiers find themselves stranded in the wilderness after an aircraft battle. Finding shelter in the same cabin, they realize the only way to survive the winter is to place the rules of war aside.

Director: Petter Næss | Stars: Florian Lukas, David Kross, Lachlan Nieboer, Stig Henrik Hoff

Votes: 16,144 | Gross: $0.00M

6. The Boxer (1997)

R | 113 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

7.1
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75 Metascore

Young Danny Flynn is released from prison after 14 years after "taking the rap" for the IRA and tries to rebuild his life in his old Belfast neighborhood.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Daragh Donnelly, Frank Coughlan, Sean Kearns

Votes: 14,759 | Gross: $5.80M

7. Bad Ass (2012)

R | 90 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

5.5
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A Vietnam veteran who becomes a local hero after saving a man from attackers on a city bus decides to take action when his best friend is murdered and the police show little interest in solving the crime.

Director: Craig Moss | Stars: Danny Trejo, Charles S. Dutton, Ron Perlman, Patrick Fabian

Votes: 16,209

8. Before the Fall (2004)

110 min | Drama, Sport, War

7.5
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65 Metascore

In 1942, Friedrich Weimer's boxing skills get him an appointment to a National Political Academy (NaPolA) - high schools that produce Nazi elite. Over his father's objections, Friedrich ... See full summary »

Director: Dennis Gansel | Stars: Max Riemelt, Tom Schilling, Devid Striesow, Jonas Jägermeyr

Votes: 11,510 | Gross: $0.14M

9. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)

R | 123 min | Drama, War

7.3
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During WWII, a British colonel tries to bridge the cultural divides between a British POW and the Japanese camp commander in order to avoid bloodshed.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: David Bowie, Tom Conti, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Takeshi Kitano

Votes: 11,373

10. Impostor (2001)

R | 95 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.2
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33 Metascore

In the future, an alien race uses androids as bombs to attack Earth. A government weapons specialist is accused of being one such android and sets out to prove his innocence.

Director: Gary Fleder | Stars: Shane Brolly, Vincent D'Onofrio, Gary Sinise, Madeleine Stowe

Votes: 20,409 | Gross: $6.11M

11. Europa Europa (1990)

R | 112 min | Drama, History, War

7.7
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A boy in Nazi Germany, trying to conceal that he is Jewish, joins the Hitler Youth.

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Solomon Perel, Marco Hofschneider, René Hofschneider, Piotr Kozlowski

Votes: 12,402 | Gross: $5.58M

12. Vera Drake (2004)

R | 125 min | Crime, Drama

7.7
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83 Metascore

Abortionist Vera Drake finds her beliefs and practices clash with the mores of 1950s Britain--a conflict that leads to tragedy for her family.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Imelda Staunton, Jim Broadbent, Heather Craney, Richard Graham

Votes: 20,839 | Gross: $3.75M

13. Charlotte Gray (2001)

PG-13 | 121 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

6.4
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48 Metascore

A young Scottish woman joins the French Resistance during World War II to rescue her Royal Air Force boyfriend who is lost in France.

Director: Gillian Armstrong | Stars: Cate Blanchett, James Fleet, Abigail Cruttenden, Charlotte McDougall

Votes: 9,260 | Gross: $0.67M

14. The Devil's Brigade (1968)

Approved | 130 min | Action, Drama, War

6.8
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An American colonel who has never been in combat is assigned to create a special forces unit from Canadian Army troops and a ragtag group of U.S. Army misfits.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: William Holden, Cliff Robertson, Vince Edwards, Andrew Prine

Votes: 3,963

15. Colditz (2005– )

R | 240 min | Drama, War

6.8
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Four Brits tunnel out of a German POW camp. One is killed, two are recaptured and one escapes. Scottish Corporal Nicholas McGrade, the lone escapee is a slacker and reluctant soldier, but ... See full summary »

Stars: Damian Lewis, Sophia Myles, Tom Hardy, Laurence Fox

Votes: 2,203

16. Taxi to the Dark Side (2007)

R | 106 min | Documentary, Crime, War

7.6
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82 Metascore

Alex Gibney exposes the haunting details of the USA's torture and interrogation practices during the War in Afghanistan.

Director: Alex Gibney | Stars: Alex Gibney, Brian Keith Allen, Moazzam Begg, Christopher Beiring

Votes: 11,611 | Gross: $0.27M

17. Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)

Passed | 138 min | Drama, History, War

7.5
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In the wake of Pearl Harbor, a young lieutenant leaves his expectant wife to volunteer for a secret bombing mission which will take the war to the Japanese homeland.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Van Johnson, Robert Walker, Tim Murdock

Votes: 4,305

18. Waterloo Bridge (1940)

Passed | 108 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.8
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During World War I, believing her fiancé to be dead, a young ballerina loses her job and is forced to turn to prostitution.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Vivien Leigh, Robert Taylor, Lucile Watson, Virginia Field

Votes: 7,242

19. As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me (2001)

158 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.4
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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.

Director: Hardy Martins | Stars: Bernhard Bettermann, Iris Böhm, Anatoliy Kotenyov, Michael Mendl

Votes: 5,143

20. The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (I) (1959)

Not Rated | 208 min | Drama, War

8.6
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A Japanese pacifist, unable to face the dire consequences of conscientious objection, is transformed by his attempts to compromise with the demands of war-time Japan.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Chikage Awashima, Ineko Arima

Votes: 4,069

21. The First Grader (2010)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.5
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56 Metascore

The story of an 84 year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau veteran who fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford.

Director: Justin Chadwick | Stars: Naomie Harris, Oliver Litondo, Tony Kgoroge, Alfred Munyua

Votes: 3,537 | Gross: $0.33M

22. Nanjing! Nanjing! (2009)

R | 133 min | Drama, History, War

7.7
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85 Metascore

In 1937, Japan occupied Nanjing, the Chinese capital. There was a battle and subsequent atrocities against the inhabitants, especially those who took refuge in the International Security Zone.

Director: Chuan Lu | Stars: Ye Liu, Wei Fan, Hideo Nakaizumi, Yuanyuan Gao

Votes: 8,709 | Gross: $0.12M

23. Escape to Athena (1979)

PG | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

5.7
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A World War Two adventure involving a group of Allied POWs, Nazis, black market priceless art treasures, Greek resistance, a Greek monastery and a secret German rocket base.

Director: George P. Cosmatos | Stars: Roger Moore, Telly Savalas, David Niven, Stefanie Powers

Votes: 3,165

24. Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz (2013)

87 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

5.1
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In this third installment of the hit Nazi Zombie action horror movie, Outpost: Rise Of The Spetnaz, we discover the horrifying origins of these supernatural soldiers and see them in ... See full summary »

Director: Kieran Parker | Stars: Bryan Larkin, Iván Kamarás, Velibor Topic, Laurence Possa

Votes: 1,606

25. John Rabe (2009)

134 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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57 Metascore

A true-story account of a German businessman who saved more than 200,000 Chinese during the Nanjing massacre in 1937-38.

Director: Florian Gallenberger | Stars: Ulrich Tukur, Daniel Brühl, Steve Buscemi, Anne Consigny

Votes: 5,294 | Gross: $0.07M

26. King Rat (1965)

Approved | 134 min | War, Drama

7.6
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A fast-taking wheeler-dealer corporal in a Malaysian POW camp during WWII uses bribery and larceny to take de facto control of the camp from his senior officers.

Director: Bryan Forbes | Stars: George Segal, Tom Courtenay, James Fox, Patrick O'Neal

Votes: 3,180

27. Ice Cold in Alex (1958)

Approved | 130 min | Adventure, Drama, War

7.9
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During WW2 in North Africa, a medical field unit must cross the desert in their ambulance in order to reach the British lines in Alexandria.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: John Mills, Anthony Quayle, Sylvia Syms, Harry Andrews

Votes: 3,834

28. Cannibal Apocalypse (1980)

R | 96 min | Action, Horror

5.7
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Giovanni Lambardo Radice and John Saxon are Vietman vets that bring back contagious virus that turn people into cannibals when bitten.

Director: Antonio Margheriti | Stars: John Saxon, Elizabeth Turner, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Cinzia De Carolis

Votes: 2,324

29. Guizi lai le (2000)

139 min | Comedy, Drama, War

8.3
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70 Metascore

During the Japanese occupation of China, two prisoners are dumped in a peasant's home in a small town. The owner is bullied into keeping the prisoners until the next New Year, at which time... See full summary »

Director: Wen Jiang | Stars: Wen Jiang, Kenya Sawada, Hongbo Jiang, Teruyuki Kagawa

Votes: 5,193 | Gross: $0.02M

30. Nanking (2007)

R | 88 min | Biography, History, War

7.8
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76 Metascore

Through readings of historical account by actors and the testimony of survivors, the events of the Nanjing Massacre are recounted.

Directors: Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman | Stars: Hugo Armstrong, Rosalind Chao, Stephen Dorff, John Getz

Votes: 3,033 | Gross: $0.16M

31. The McKenzie Break (1970)

PG | 108 min | War, Drama, Action

6.5
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During WW2, German POWs in Britain plot to escape from their prison camp in Scotland.

Director: Lamont Johnson | Stars: Brian Keith, Helmut Griem, Ian Hendry, Jack Watson

Votes: 1,178

32. Aces High (1976)

PG | 114 min | War, Drama, Action

6.6
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In WW1 the high casualty rate among the rookie pilots of the Royal Flying Corps puts an enormous strain on the survivors.

Director: Jack Gold | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Christopher Plummer, Simon Ward, Peter Firth

Votes: 1,839

33. Borstal Boy (2000)

91 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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47 Metascore

Irish writer and political activist Brendan Behan, is befriended as a teenager in a British labor camp by a liberal warden.

Director: Peter Sheridan | Stars: Shawn Hatosy, Danny Dyer, Eamon Glancy, Ian McElhinney

Votes: 2,064 | Gross: $0.09M

34. Bitter Victory (1957)

Approved | 82 min | Drama, War

6.9
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A commander receives a citation for an attack on Rommel's headquarters, which is actually undeserved as the commander is unfit for his job. On top of that, unbeknownst to him, his wife is having an affair with one of his officers.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Richard Burton, Curd Jürgens, Ruth Roman, Raymond Pellegrin

Votes: 1,308

35. Haven (2001 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 180 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.3
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This is the true story of a woman named Ruth Gruber who travels to Europe to help escort 1000 Jewish War victims to the United States. She comes to love and feel sorry for them all, and ... See full summary »

Director: John Gray | Stars: Natasha Richardson, Colm Feore, Henry Czerny, Sheila McCarthy

Votes: 349

36. The Red and the White (1967)

90 min | Drama, War

7.8
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In 1919, Hungarian Communists aid the Bolsheviks' defeat of Czarists, the Whites. Near the Volga, a monastery and a field hospital are held by one side then the other. Captives are executed... See full summary »

Director: Miklós Jancsó | Stars: József Madaras, Tibor Molnár, András Kozák, Jácint Juhász

Votes: 2,515

37. The Mark of Cain (2007)

R | 87 min | Drama, War

6.5
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Uses detailed research and explosive new testimonies by soldiers who have served in Iraq to tell an emotional fictional story of two young men very much out of their depth.

Director: Marc Munden | Stars: Gerard Kearns, Matthew McNulty, Naomi Bentley, Elliot Cowan

Votes: 1,306

38. The Steel Helmet (1951)

Approved | 85 min | Action, Drama, War

7.6
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A ragtag group of American stragglers battles against superior Communist troops in an abandoned Buddhist temple during the Korean War.

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Gene Evans, Robert Hutton, Steve Brodie, James Edwards

Votes: 2,767

39. El viaje de Carol (2002)

103 min | Drama, Family

6.8
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Carol, a twelve-year-old Spanish-American girl from New York, travels with her mother to Spain in the spring of 1938, at the height of the Civil War. Separated from her beloved father, ... See full summary »

Director: Imanol Uribe | Stars: Clara Lago, Juan José Ballesta, Álvaro de Luna, María Barranco

Votes: 840

40. Hannibal Brooks (1969)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Adventure, War

7.0
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A prisoner of war working at a zoo gets the chance to escape from the Germans, so he does and he takes with him the elephant that he's been caring for. Together they head for the Swiss border and freedom.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Oliver Reed, John Alderton, Michael J. Pollard, Wolfgang Preiss

Votes: 1,022

41. The One That Got Away (1996 TV Movie)

110 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.3
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The existence of the anti-Iraq coalition was threatened when Saddam targetted Israel. In order to keep Israel out of the war, and the coalition together the Scuds had to be stopped. SAS ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Greengrass | Stars: Jody Abrahams, Nick Brimble, Simon Burke, David Clatworthy

Votes: 310

42. Some Kind of Hero (1982)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

5.6
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A Vietnam vet returns home from a prisoner of war camp and is greeted as a hero, but is quickly forgotten and soon discovers how tough survival is in his own country.

Director: Michael Pressman | Stars: Richard Pryor, Margot Kidder, Ray Sharkey, Ronny Cox

Votes: 947 | Gross: $20.40M

43. Gränsen (2011)

120 min | Action, Drama, War

6.3
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December 1942. Two young soldiers leave their post at check-point 83 in Northern Värmland, Sweden, and make their way through the ice cold winter-night towards the border of Nazi-occupied ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Holm | Stars: André Sjöberg, Martin Wallström, Antti Reini, Marie Robertson

Votes: 1,305

44. Fate of a Man (1959)

103 min | Drama, War

8.1
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The story of a man (Andrey Sokolov) whose life was ruthlessly crippled by World War II. His wife and daughters were killed during the bombing of his village, he spent some time as a ... See full summary »

Director: Sergey Bondarchuk | Stars: Sergey Bondarchuk, Pavel Boriskin, Zinaida Kirienko, Pavel Volkov

Votes: 1,865

45. Murderers Among Us (1946)

85 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

7.6
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After returning from a concentration camp, Susanne finds an ex-soldier living in her apartment. Together the two try to move past their experiences during WWII.

Director: Wolfgang Staudte | Stars: Hildegard Knef, Elly Burgmer, Erna Sellmer, Hilde Adolphi

Votes: 1,555

46. The Truce (1997)

R | 125 min | Drama, War

6.7
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Based on Primo Levi's autobiographical "The Reawakening".

Director: Francesco Rosi | Stars: John Turturro, Rade Serbedzija, Massimo Ghini, Stefano Dionisi

Votes: 1,365 | Gross: $0.07M

47. Baruto no gakuen (2006)

130 min | Drama, History, Music

7.2
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German soldiers are transported to a prisoner-of-war camp in Japan after the First World War.

Director: Masanobu Deme | Stars: Ken Matsudaira, Bruno Ganz, Hiroshi Abe, Jun Kunimura

Votes: 420

48. Desire Me (1947)

Approved | 91 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.1
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Shortly after WWII, flashbacks tell the story of Marise, her husband Paul, and Jean, who was imprisoned with Paul in a German camp. While attempting to escape from the camp Paul is shot, ... See full summary »

Directors: Jack Conway, George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, Victor Saville | Stars: Greer Garson, Robert Mitchum, Richard Hart, Morris Ankrum

Votes: 431

49. Nackt unter Wölfen (1963)

100 min | Drama, War

7.3
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As rumors reach them that the Allied armies are advancing on their concentration camp at Buchenwald, Polish prisoners renew their feeble hope for survival and freedom. When a group of ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Beyer | Stars: Erwin Geschonneck, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Krystyn Wójcik, Fred Delmare

Votes: 577

50. The Longest Hundred Miles (1967)

100 min | War, Drama

7.2
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During the Japanese invasion of the Philippines, an assorted group of refugees, including an American soldier, an Army nurse, a priest and a group of local children, try to make their getaway aboard a rattletrap, creaky bus.

Director: Don Weis | Stars: Doug McClure, Katharine Ross, Ricardo Montalban, Ronald Remy

Votes: 137