“Schindler’s List” is a powerful and moving war movie that tells the true story of Oskar Schindler, a businessman who saved over a thousand Jewish lives during World War II. With an incredible cast including Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, and Ralph Fiennes, this 1993 film takes you on an emotional journey as it portrays the heroic actions of Schindler and the lives he touched.
“The Pianist” is a powerful and moving war movie based on the true story of pianist Władysław Szpilman during the Nazi occupation of Warsaw. Starring Adrien Brody and Thomas Kretschmann, the film follows Szpilman’s journey as he navigates the horrors of the ghetto and finds solace in playing the piano. Released in 2002, this gripping tale of survival and resilience in the face of adversity is a must-watch for any war movie enthusiast.
The Great Dictator
“The Great Dictator” is a classic war movie released in 1940, starring Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, and Jack Oakie. Set during the time of World War II, the film tells the story of a Jewish barber who tries to escape persecution from the ruthless dictator Adenoid Hynkel. With a mix of comedy and drama, this movie explores the struggles faced by individuals during a time of political turmoil and showcases Chaplin’s brilliant performance.
Come and See
“Come and See” is a powerful war movie released in 1985. Set during the invasion of a village in Byelorussia by German forces, the film follows young Florya as he joins the Resistance fighters against his family’s wishes. After witnessing the brutal massacre of his loved ones, Florya’s struggle for survival amidst the nightmarish debris of war becomes a battle between despair and hope. Starring Aleksei Kravchenko and Olga Mironova, this film offers a gripping portrayal of the devastating impact of war on individuals and communities.
“Apocalypse Now” is a gripping war movie set during the Vietnam War. It follows Captain Benjamin Willard as he embarks on a top-secret mission to find and eliminate a rogue Green Beret Colonel named Walter Kurtz. With an all-star cast including Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, and Harrison Ford, this intense and thought-provoking film takes you deep into the heart of darkness. Released in 1979, it remains one of the best voted war movies of all time.
Paths of Glory
“Paths of Glory” is a gripping war movie released in 1957, starring Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, and Adolphe Menjou. Set during World War I, the film follows a commanding officer who bravely defends three soldiers accused of a failed offensive within the French Army. With a compelling storyline and a talented cast, this movie is a must-watch for war movie enthusiasts.
“Inglourious Basterds” is a thrilling war movie set in Nazi-occupied France during World War II. It follows a group of Jewish-American soldiers, known as “The Basterds,” who are on a mission to spread fear among the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis. Led by Lt. Aldo Raine, they cross paths with a brave French-Jewish teenage girl who runs a movie theater in Paris, which becomes a target for the soldiers. With an all-star cast including Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent, and Christoph Waltz, this action-packed film was released on August 19, 2009.
Saving Private Ryan
“Saving Private Ryan” is a gripping war movie released on July 24, 1998. Starring Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns, Matt Damon, Barry Pepper, Adam Goldberg, Vin Diesel, Giovanni Ribisi, Ted Danson, and Jeremy Davies, the film follows a group of soldiers led by Captain John Miller as they embark on a dangerous mission to rescue a young soldier trapped behind enemy lines during World War II. With intense battle scenes and a heartfelt story, this movie is considered one of the best war films of all time.
“Hacksaw Ridge” is a gripping war movie based on the true story of Desmond T. Doss, an American Army Medic during World War II. Set during the Battle of Okinawa, it follows Doss as he bravely refuses to take up arms and becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. With a stellar cast including Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, and Vince Vaughn, this 2016 release is a must-watch for war movie enthusiasts.
Full Metal Jacket
“Full Metal Jacket” is a highly acclaimed war movie released in 1987. Starring Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D’Onofrio, and R. Lee Ermey, the film follows a pragmatic U.S. Marine as he witnesses the dehumanizing effects of the U.S.-Vietnam War on his fellow recruits. From their intense boot camp training to the brutal street fighting in Hue, this movie offers a gripping portrayal of the harsh realities of war.
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
“Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” is a classic war movie released in 1964. Starring Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, and Sterling Hayden, the film takes us into a war room where politicians, generals, and even a Russian diplomat desperately try to prevent a nuclear strike after an insane General initiates it. With a touch of dark humor, this movie offers a satirical take on the tense political climate of the time.”
“Das Boot” is a gripping German war movie released in 1981. Set during World War II, it follows the intense journey of a German submarine and its crew as they hunt down allied ships, only to find themselves becoming the hunted. With a talented cast including Jürgen Prochnow and Herbert Grönemeyer, the film takes you on a thrilling and suspenseful underwater adventure, showcasing the crew’s struggle for survival and the limits they push themselves to.
“Jojo Rabbit” is a hilarious and heartwarming World War II satire that tells the story of a young German boy named Jojo. His life takes an unexpected turn when he discovers his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their attic. With the help of his imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler, Jojo embarks on a journey that challenges his blind nationalism and teaches him the true meaning of compassion. Starring an incredible cast including Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson, and directed by Taika Waititi, this must-see film was released on October 18, 2019.
The Imitation Game
“The Imitation Game” is a captivating war movie based on the true story of Alan Turing, a renowned cryptanalyst. Set during World War II, the film follows Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers as they race against time at Britain’s top-secret Government Code and Cypher School. With an incredible cast including Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, this nail-biting and suspenseful film is a must-watch for history buffs and fans of thrilling war dramas.
“Barry Lyndon” is a captivating period drama set in 18th century England. It follows the journey of Redmond Barry, an Irish trickster, as he cleverly maneuvers his way up the social ladder, transforming into the esteemed Barry Lyndon. With a stellar cast including Ryan O’Neal and Marisa Berenson, this 1975 film offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of aristocracy and the lengths one man will go to achieve his ambitions.
The Deer Hunter
“The Deer Hunter” is a powerful war movie released in 1978, starring Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, and Meryl Streep. Set during the Vietnam War, it follows a group of working-class friends who enlist in the Army, only to find themselves facing the harsh realities of war. The film explores their personal struggles, including love triangles and the profound changes they undergo upon their return. It’s a gripping and emotional portrayal of the chaos and impact of war on ordinary lives.
“1917” is a gripping war movie set during the First World War. It follows two brave British soldiers who embark on a dangerous mission to deliver a crucial message that could save the lives of hundreds of soldiers. With a star-studded cast including George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, and Benedict Cumberbatch, this highly acclaimed film is a must-watch for any war movie enthusiast. Catch it in theaters starting December 25, 2019.
“The General” is a classic war movie set during America’s Civil War. It follows the story of engineer Johnny Gray, played by Buster Keaton, whose beloved locomotive, also called “The General,” is stolen by Union spies. With his lady love on board, Johnny must embark on a thrilling adventure to retrieve his train and rescue Annabelle. Released in 1926, this film showcases the incredible stunts and comedic genius of Buster Keaton, making it a must-watch for any war movie enthusiast.
Lawrence of Arabia
“Lawrence of Arabia” is a captivating war movie released in 1962. Starring Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness, and Omar Sharif, it tells the incredible true story of British officer T.E. Lawrence’s mission to support Arab tribes in their fight against the Ottoman Empire during World War I. As Lawrence becomes a charismatic and influential figure in the Arab unity movement, his own inner struggles threaten to overshadow his remarkable achievements.
Gone with the Wind
“Gone with the Wind” is a classic war movie set during the American Civil War and Reconstruction Era. It follows the story of a spoiled plantation owner’s daughter who embarks on a passionate and tumultuous romance with a cynical profiteer. Starring Vivien Leigh, Clark Gable, and Olivia de Havilland, this 1939 release is considered one of the best war movies of all time.
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