Top 20 War Movies Ever: Audience Favorites Ranked!

Ladies and Gentlemen, fasten your seatbelts and prepare for a cinematic journey through the trenches, across the skies, and over the high seas. Welcome to our definitive ranking of the “Top 20 War Movies Ever: Audience Favorites Ranked!” Whether you’re a history buff, a film aficionado, or just a fan of heart-stopping action, this list is your passport to the front lines of the silver screen. We’ve scoured the annals of film history, from the black-and-white classics to the latest 4K blockbusters, to bring you the most gripping, poignant, and downright explosive war movies ever made. So, grab your popcorn, dim the lights, and brace yourself for a barrage of cinematic brilliance. Let’s march on, shall we?
Schindler's List

Schindler’s List

Release Date: 1993-12-15

Genres: Drama, History, War

“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.

Cast: Liam Neeson (Oskar Schindler) , Ben Kingsley (Itzhak Stern) , Ralph Fiennes (Amon Goeth) , Caroline Goodall (Emilie Schindler) , Jonathan Sagall (Poldek Pfefferberg) , Embeth Davidtz (Helen Hirsch) , Malgorzata Gebel (Viktoria Klonowska) , Shmuel Levy (Wilek Chilowicz) , Mark Ivanir (Marcel Goldberg) , Béatrice Macola (Ingrid) , Andrzej Seweryn (Julian Scherner) , Friedrich von Thun (Rolf Czurda) , Krzysztof Luft (Herman Toffel) , Harry Nehring (Leo John) , Norbert Weisser (Albert Hujar) , Adi Nitzan (Mila Pfefferberg) , Michael Schneider (Juda Dresner) , Miri Fabian (Chaja Dresner) , Anna Mucha (Danka Dresner) , Albert Misak (Mordecai Wulkan) , Michael Gordon (Mr. Nussbaum) , Aldona Grochal (Mrs. Nussbaum) , Jacek Wójcicki (Henry Rosner) , Beata Paluch (Manci Rosner) , Piotr Polk (Leo Rosner)

Directors: Steven Spielberg

Writers: Steven Zaillian, Thomas Keneally

Tags: based on novel or book, factory, concentration camp, hero, holocaust (shoah), ss (nazi schutzstaffel), world war ii, ghetto, jew persecution, kraków, poland, auschwitz-birkenau concentration camp, industrialist, nazi, defense industry, biography, based on true story, historical fiction, black and white, train, poland, weapons manufacturer

The Pianist

The Pianist

Release Date: 2002-09-17

Genres: Drama, War

“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.

Cast: Adrien Brody (Władysław ‘Władek’ Szpilman) , Thomas Kretschmann (Captain Wilm Hosenfeld) , Frank Finlay (Father) , Maureen Lipman (Mother) , Emilia Fox (Dorota) , Ed Stoppard (Henryk Szpilman) , Julia Rayner (Regina Szpilman) , Jessica Kate Meyer (Halina Szpilman) , Michal Zebrowski (Jurek) , Wanja Mues (SS Slapping Father) , Richard Ridings (Mr. Lipa) , Nomi Sharron (Feather Woman) , Anthony Milner (Man Waiting to Cross) , Lucy Skeaping (Street Musician) , Roddy Skeaping (Street Musician) , Ben Harlan (Street Musician) , Thomas Lawinky (Schutzpolizei) , Joachim Paul Assböck (Schutzpolizei) , Roy Smiles (Itzak Heller) , Paul Bradley (Yehuda) , Daniel Caltagirone (Majorek) , Andrzej Blumenfeld (Benek) , Zbigniew Zamachowski (Customer with Coins) , Detlev von Wangenheim (SS Officer) , Popeck (Rubenstein)

Directors: Roman Polanski

Writers: Ronald Harwood, Władysław Szpilman

Tags: resistance, holocaust (shoah), hunger, world war ii, prisoner of war, homeland, ghetto, deportation, jew persecution, liberation, warsaw ghetto, polish resistance, nazi, biography, concert, survival, based on memoir or autobiography, pianist, poland

The Great Dictator

The Great Dictator

Release Date: 1940-10-15

Genres: Comedy, War

“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.

Cast: Charlie Chaplin (Adenoid Hynkel, Dictator of Tomania / A Jewish Barber) , Paulette Goddard (Hannah) , Jack Oakie (Benzino Napaloni, Dictator of Bacteria) , Reginald Gardiner (Commander Schultz) , Henry Daniell (Garbitsch) , Billy Gilbert (Field Marshal Herring) , Grace Hayle (Madame Napaloni) , Carter DeHaven (Spook) , Maurice Moscovitch (Mr. Jaeckel) , Emma Dunn (Mrs. Jaeckel) , Bernard Gorcey (Mr. Mann) , Paul Weigel (Mr. Agar) , Chester Conklin (Barber’s Customer) , Esther Michelson (Jewish Woman) , Hank Mann (Storm Trooper Stealing Fruit) , Florence Wright (Blonde Secretary) , Eddie Gribbon (Tomanian Storm Trooper) , Rudolph Anders (Tomanian Commandant at Osterlich / Robert O. Davis) , Eddie Dunn (Whitewashed Storm Trooper) , Nita Pike (Secretary) , George Lynn (Commander of Storm Troopers) , Wheeler Dryden (Heinrich Schtick / Translator (voice)) , Fred Aldrich (Soldier (uncredited)) , Richard Alexander (Tomainian Prison Guard in 1918 (uncredited)) , Sig Arno (Compact Parachute Inventor (uncredited))

Directors: Charlie Chaplin

Writers: Charlie Chaplin

Tags: dictator, hairdresser, amnesia, fascism, world war ii, jewish ghetto, world war i, nazi, propaganda, national socialism, national socialist party, speech, satire, black and white, barbershop, anti war, fictitious country

Come and See

Come and See

Release Date: 1985-07-09

Genres: Drama, War

“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.

Cast: Aleksei Kravchenko (Flyora Gayshun) , Olga Mironova (Glasha) , Liubomiras Laucevicius (Kosach) , Vladas Bagdonas (Rubezh) , Jüri Lumiste (German Officer) , Viktors Lorencs (German General) , Kazimir Rabetsky (Village Headman) , Yevgeni Tilicheyev (Gezhel) , G. Velts (German) , V. Vasilyev () , Aleksandr Berda (Chief of Staff of the Partisan Detachment) , Vasiliy Domrachyov (Little Policeman) , Nina Evdokimova (Mother) , Igor Gnevashev (Jew) , Valery Kravchenko (Kosach (voice)) , Evgeniy Kryzhanovskiy (Partisan with Glasses) , N. Lisichenok () , Viktor Manaev (Partisan) , Gennady Matytskiy (Kazik) , Takhir Matyullin () , Pyotr Merkuryev (Gleb Vasiliyevich) , Valentin Mishatkin (Policeman) , Yevgeniya Polyakova () , Aleksandra Ravenskikh (German Woman in the Car) , Oleg Shapko ()

Directors: Elem Klimov

Writers: Ales Adamovich, Elem Klimov

Tags: war crimes, world war ii, nazi, wehrmacht, insanity, surrealism, teenage girl, atrocity, genocide, russian army, mine field, horrors of war, premature aging, byelorussia, children in wartime

Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now

Release Date: 1979-08-15

Genres: Drama, War

“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.

Cast: Martin Sheen (Captain Benjamin Willard) , Frederic Forrest (Jay ‘Chef’ Hicks) , Albert Hall (Chief Phillips) , Laurence Fishburne (Tyrone ‘Clean’ Miller) , Sam Bottoms (Lance B. Johnson) , Marlon Brando (Colonel Walter Kurtz) , Robert Duvall (Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore) , Dennis Hopper (Photojournalist) , G. D. Spradlin (General Corman) , Harrison Ford (Colonel Lucas) , Jerry Ziesmer (Jerry, Civilian) , Scott Glenn (Lieutenant Richard M. Colby) , James Keane (Kilgore’s Gunner) , Kerry Rossall (Mike from San Diego) , Tom Mason (Supply Sergeant) , Cynthia Wood (Playmate of the Year) , Colleen Camp (Miss May) , Linda Carpenter (Playmate) , Aurore Clément (Roxanne Sarrault) , Jack Thibeau (Soldier in Trench) , Glenn Walken (Lieutenant Carlsen) , Damien Leake (Machine Gunner) , Marc Coppola (AFRS Announcer) , Bill Graham (Agent) , Jerry Ross (Johnny from Malibu / Mike from San Diego)

Directors: Francis Ford Coppola

Writers: Francis Ford Coppola, Joseph Conrad, John Milius, Michael Herr

Tags: cia, drug abuse, journalist, based on novel or book, guerrilla warfare, vietnam, vietnam war, vietcong, cambodia, secret mission, army, insanity, epic, surrealism, tribe, mission, green beret, jungle, descent into madness, brutality, riverboat, military, anti war

Paths of Glory

Paths of Glory

Release Date: 1957-10-25

Genres: Drama, War

“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.

Cast: Kirk Douglas (Col. Dax) , Ralph Meeker (Cpl. Philippe Paris) , Adolphe Menjou (Gen. George Broulard) , George Macready (Gen. Paul Mireau) , Wayne Morris (Lt. Roget/Singing man) , Richard Anderson (Maj. Saint-Auban) , Joe Turkel (Pvt. Pierre Arnaud) , Christiane Kubrick (German Singer) , Jerry Hausner (Proprietor of Cafe) , Peter Capell (Narrator of Opening Sequence) , Emile Meyer (Father Dupree) , Bert Freed (Sgt. Boulanger) , Kem Dibbs (Pvt. Lejeune) , Timothy Carey (Pvt. Maurice Ferol) , Fred Bell (Shell-Shocked Soldier) , John Stein (Capt. Rousseau) , Harold Benedict (Capt. Nichols) , Paul Bös (Maj. Gouderc) , James B. Harris (Private in the Attack) , Marshall Rainer (Pvt. Duval) , Ira Moore (Capt. Renouart) , Willy Friedrichs (Col. De Guerville) , Halder Hanson (Doctor) , Roger Vagnoid (Cafe Owner)

Directors: Stanley Kubrick

Writers: Stanley Kubrick, Jim Thompson, Humphrey Cobb, Calder Willingham

Tags: germany, france, based on novel or book, general, patriotism, world war i, army, idealism, cowardice, idealist, black and white, soldier, cult film, anti war, 1910s, fighting the system

Inglourious Basterds

Inglourious Basterds

Release Date: 2009-08-19

Genres: Drama, Thriller, War

“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.

Cast: Brad Pitt (First Lieutenant Aldo “The Apache” Raine) , Mélanie Laurent (Shosanna Dreyfus / Emmanuelle Mimieux) , Christoph Waltz (SS Colonel Hans “The Jew Hunter” Landa) , Eli Roth (Staff Sergeant Donny “The Bear Jew” Donowitz) , Michael Fassbender (Lieutenant Archie Hicox) , Diane Kruger (Bridget von Hammersmark) , Daniel Brühl (Private First Class Fredrick Zoller) , Til Schweiger (Sergeant Hugo Stiglitz) , Gedeon Burkhard (Corporal Wilhelm Wicki) , Jacky Ido (Marcel) , B.J. Novak (Private First Class Smithson “The Little Man” Utivich) , Omar Doom (Private First Class Omar Ulmer) , August Diehl (Major Dieter Hellstrom) , Denis Ménochet (Perrier LaPadite) , Sylvester Groth (Joseph Goebbels) , Martin Wuttke (Adolf Hitler) , Mike Myers (General Ed Fenech) , Julie Dreyfus (Francesca Mondino) , Léa Seydoux (Charlotte LaPadite) , Richard Sammel (Sergeant Werner Rachtman) , Alexander Fehling (Staff Sergeant Wilhelm / Pola Negri) , Rod Taylor (Winston Churchill) , Samm Levine (Private First Class Hirschberg) , Paul Rust (Private First Class Andy Kagan) , Michael Bacall (Private First Class Michael Zimmerman)

Directors: Quentin Tarantino

Writers: Quentin Tarantino

Tags: paris, france, guerrilla warfare, self sacrifice, dynamite, mexican standoff, world war ii, jew persecution, nazi, masochism, sadism, anti-semitism, swastika, german occupation of france, british politics, adolf hitler

Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan

Release Date: 1998-07-24

Genres: Drama, History, War

“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.

Cast: Tom Hanks (Captain John H. Miller) , Tom Sizemore (Technical Sergeant Michael Horvath) , Edward Burns (Private Richard Reiben) , Matt Damon (Private James Francis Ryan) , Barry Pepper (Private Daniel Jackson) , Adam Goldberg (Private Stanley Mellish) , Vin Diesel (Private Adrian Caparzo) , Giovanni Ribisi (T-Medic Irwin Wade) , Ted Danson (Captain Fred Hamill) , Jeremy Davies (Corporal Timothy Upham) , Paul Giamatti (Sergeant William Hill) , Dennis Farina (Lieutenant Colonel Walter Anderson) , Joerg Stadler (Steamboat Willie) , Max Martini (Corporal Henderson) , Dylan Bruno (Toynbe) , Daniel Cerqueira (Weller) , Demetri Goritsas (Parker) , Ian Porter (Trask) , Gary Sefton (Rice) , Julian Spencer (Garrity) , Steve Griffin (Wilson) , William Marsh (Lyle) , Marc Cass (Fallon) , Markus Napier (Major Hoess) , Neil Finnighan (Ramelle Paratrooper)

Directors: Steven Spielberg

Writers: Robert Rodat, John Greaves

Tags: war crimes, self sacrifice, war veteran, world war ii, war ship, airplane, bravery, normandy, france, parachute, troops, waffen ss, omaha beach, army, epic, cowardice, d-day, based on true story, rescue mission, war memorial, deserted town, soldier, death, military, military operation, 1940s

Hacksaw Ridge

Hacksaw Ridge

Release Date: 2016-10-07

Genres: Drama, History, War

“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.

Cast: Andrew Garfield (Desmond T. Doss) , Sam Worthington (Captain Glover) , Vince Vaughn (Sergeant Howell) , Teresa Palmer (Dorothy Schuttle) , Luke Bracey (Smitty Ryker) , Hugo Weaving (Tom Doss) , Rachel Griffiths (Bertha Doss) , Ryan Corr (Lt. Manville) , Richard Roxburgh (Colonel Stelzer) , Goran D. Kleut (Andy ‘Ghoul’ Walker) , Luke Pegler (Milt ‘Hollywood’ Zane) , Firass Dirani (Vito Rinnelli) , Nathaniel Buzolic (Harold Doss) , Ori Pfeffer (Irv Schecter) , Matt Nable (Lt. Cooney) , Jacob Warner (James Pinnick) , Richard Pyros (Randall “Teach” Fuller) , Ben Mingay (Grease Nolan) , Harry Greenwood (Henry Brown) , Damien Thomlinson (Ralph Morgan) , Robert Morgan (Colonel Sangston) , Milo Gibson (Lucky Ford) , John Batziolas (Private Schulenburg) , Mikael Koski (Private Giles) , Charles Jacobs (Private Webb)

Directors: Mel Gibson

Writers: Robert Schenkkan, Andrew Knight

Tags: japan, world war ii, violent father, pacifism, bible, biography, okinawa, conscientious objector, based on true story, gore, religion, soldier, alcoholic, war hero, medic, us military, battle of okinawa, congressional medal of honor

Full Metal Jacket

Full Metal Jacket

Release Date: 1987-06-26

Genres: Drama, War

“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.

Cast: Matthew Modine (Pvt. Joker) , Adam Baldwin (Animal Mother) , Vincent D’Onofrio (Pvt. Pyle) , R. Lee Ermey (Gny. Sgt. Hartman) , Dorian Harewood (Eightball) , Arliss Howard (Pvt. Cowboy) , Kevyn Major Howard (Rafterman) , Ed O’Ross (Lt. Touchdown) , John Terry (Lt. Lockhart) , Bruce Boa (Poge Colonel) , Kieron Jecchinis (Crazy Earl) , Jon Stafford (Doc Jay) , Tim Colceri (Doorgunner) , Peter Edmund (Snowball) , Kirk Taylor (Payback) , Ian Tyler (Lt. Cleves) , Gary Landon Mills (Donlon) , Sal Lopez (T.H.E. Rock) , Papillon Soo (Da Nang Hooker) , Ngoc Le (VC Sniper) , Tan Hung Francione (ARVN Pimp) , Marcus D’Amico (Hand Job) , Costas Dino Chimona (Chili) , Keith Hodiak (Daddy D.A.) , Peter Merrill (TV Journalist)

Directors: Stanley Kubrick

Writers: Stanley Kubrick, Gustav Hasford, Michael Herr

Tags: suicide, prostitute, helicopter, based on novel or book, journalism, sniper, propaganda, vietnam, vietnam war, recruit, war photographer, war correspondent, boot camp, rescue, jungle, infantry, sergeant, racism, genocide, fighting, platoon, combat, discipline, u.s. marine, obstacle course, military, anti war, mass grave, blanket party

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

Release Date: 1964-01-29

Genres: Drama, Comedy, War

“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.”

Cast: Peter Sellers (Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake / President Merkin Muffley / Dr. Strangelove) , George C. Scott (General “Buck” Turgidson) , Sterling Hayden (Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper) , Keenan Wynn (Colonel Bat Guano) , Slim Pickens (Major “King” Kong) , Peter Bull (Botschafter De Sadesky) , James Earl Jones (Lt. Lothar Zogg) , Tracy Reed (Miss Scott) , Jack Creley (Mr. Staines) , Frank Berry (Lt. Dietrich) , Robert O’Neil (Adm. Randolph) , Glenn Beck (Lt. Kivel) , Roy Stephens (Frank) , Shane Rimmer (Capt. ‘Ace’ Owens) , Hal Galili (Burpelson AFB Defense Team Member) , Paul Tamarin (Lt. Goldberg) , Laurence Herder (Burpelson AFB Defense Team Member) , John McCarthy (Burpelson AFB Defense Team Member) , Gordon Tanner (Gen. Faceman) , Burnell Tucker (Mandrake’ aide (uncredited)) , Victor Harrington (War Room Aide (uncredited))

Directors: Stanley Kubrick

Writers: Stanley Kubrick, Terry Southern, Peter George

Tags: usa president, general, cold war, strategic air command, nuclear missile, satire, dark comedy, black and white, cult film, war room, bomber pilot, nuclear weapons, ex-nazi, anti war, doomsday device, absurdism

Das Boot

Das Boot

Release Date: 1981-09-17

Genres: Drama, History, War

“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.

Cast: Jürgen Prochnow (Captain Lieutenant ‘Der Alte’) , Herbert Grönemeyer (Lieutenant Werner) , Klaus Wennemann (Chief Engineer) , Hubertus Bengsch (First Watch Officer) , Martin Semmelrogge (Second Watch Officer) , Bernd Tauber (Kriechbaum) , Erwin Leder (Johann ‘Das Gespenst’) , Martin May (Ullmann) , Heinz Hoenig (Hinrich) , Uwe Ochsenknecht (Chief Bosun) , Claude-Oliver Rudolph (Ario) , Jan Fedder (Pilgrim) , Rita Cadillac (Monique) , Ralf Richter (Frenssen) , Joachim Bernhard (Preacher) , Oliver Stritzel (Schwalle) , Konrad Becker (Bockstiegel) , Lutz Schnell (Dufte) , Martin Hemme (Brückenwilli) , Otto Sander (Phillip Thomsen) , Günter Lamprecht (Weser Captain) , Thomas Boxhammer () , Roger Barth () , Günther Franke (Weser First Officer) , Christian Bendomir ()

Directors: Wolfgang Petersen

Writers: Wolfgang Petersen, Lothar-Günther Buchheim, Dean Riesner

Tags: submarine, based on novel or book, atlantic ocean, gibraltar, world war ii, duty, war correspondent, suicide mission, drinking, sailor, convoy, destroyer, naval warfare, naval battle, battle of the atlantic

Jojo Rabbit

Jojo Rabbit

Release Date: 2019-10-18

Genres: Comedy, War, Drama

“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.

Cast: Roman Griffin Davis (Johannes “Jojo” Betzler) , Thomasin McKenzie (Elsa Korr) , Scarlett Johansson (Rosie Betzler) , Taika Waititi (Adolf Hitler) , Sam Rockwell (Captain Klenzendorf) , Rebel Wilson (Fraulein Rahm) , Alfie Allen (Sub-Officer Finkel) , Stephen Merchant (Captain Deertz) , Archie Yates (Yorki) , Luke Brandon Field (Christoph) , Joe Weintraub (Herr Junker) , Brian Caspe (Herr Mueller) , James McVan (American Soldier) , Judith Georgi (German Translator) , Victoria Hogan (Woman) , Bethany Adams (Secretary) , Iva Šindelková (Postwoman (uncredited)) , Matej Seifert (Soldier (uncredited)) , Trish Osmond (Old Woman (uncredited)) , Odeta Cali (Gestapo Secretary (uncredited)) , Samuel Bogner (Hitlerjugend (uncredited)) , Robert East (Herr Grusch) , Curtis Matthew (Doctor) , Hardy Griffin Davis (Clone) , Christian Howlings (Bazooka Boy)

Directors: Taika Waititi

Writers: Taika Waititi, Christine Leunens

Tags: based on novel or book, world war ii, jew persecution, hitler youth, imaginary friend, satire, gay interest, single mother, nazism, 1940s, child protagonist, adolf hitler, children in wartime

The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game

Release Date: 2014-11-14

Genres: History, Drama, Thriller, War

“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.

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch (Alan Turing) , Keira Knightley (Joan Clarke) , Matthew Goode (Hugh Alexander) , Rory Kinnear (Detective Robert Nock) , Allen Leech (John Cairncross) , Matthew Beard (Peter Hilton) , Charles Dance (Commander Denniston) , Mark Strong (Stewart Menzies) , James Northcote (Jack Good) , Tom Goodman-Hill (Sergeant Staehl) , Steven Waddington (Superintendent Smith) , Ilan Goodman (Keith Furman) , Jack Tarlton (Charles Richards) , Alex Lawther (Young Alan Turing) , Jack Bannon (Christopher Morcom) , Tuppence Middleton (Helen) , Dominic Charman (Sherborne Student 1) , James G. Nunn (Sherborne Student 2) , Charlie Manton (Sherborne Student 3) , David Charkham (Joan’s Father) , Victoria Wicks (Joan’s Mother) , Andrew Havill (Teacher) , Laurence Kennedy (Headmaster) , Tim van Eyken (MI6 Agent) , Will Bowden (Military Policeman)

Directors: Morten Tyldum

Writers: Graham Moore, Andrew Hodges

Tags: england, homophobia, world war ii, mathematician, biography, genius, code breaking, male homosexuality, lgbt, logician, cryptography, math genius, gay theme, codes

Barry Lyndon

Barry Lyndon

Release Date: 1975-11-26

Genres: Drama, Romance, War

“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.

Cast: Ryan O’Neal (Redmond Barry / Barry Lyndon) , Marisa Berenson (Lady Lyndon) , Patrick Magee (The Chevalier de Balibari) , Hardy Krüger (Capt. Potzdorf) , Diana Körner (Lischen) , Gay Hamilton (Nora Brady) , Frank Middlemass (Sir Charles Reginald Lyndon) , Arthur O’Sullivan (Captain Feeny) , Godfrey Quigley (Capt. Grogan) , Leonard Rossiter (Capt. John Quin) , Philip Stone (Graham) , Steven Berkoff (Lord Ludd) , Marie Kean (Belle, Barry’s mother) , Murray Melvin (Rev. Samuel Runt) , André Morell (Lord Gustavos Adolphus Wendover) , Leon Vitali (Lord Bullingdon) , Billy Boyle (Seamus Feeny) , John Bindon (Recruiting Soldier) , Roger Booth (King George III) , Jonathan Cecil (Lt. Jonathan Fakenham) , Peter Cellier (Sir Richard) , Geoffrey Chater (Dr. Broughton) , Anthony Dawes (British Soldier) , Patrick Dawson (Seamus Feeney) , Bernard Hepton (Diner at Feast for Lord Wendover)

Directors: Stanley Kubrick

Writers: Stanley Kubrick, William Makepeace Thackeray

Tags: gambling, based on novel or book, palace, british army, fencing, epic, debt, duel, ireland, british soldier, 18th century, pistol duel, seven years war, nobility, prussia

The Deer Hunter

The Deer Hunter

Release Date: 1978-03-09

Genres: Drama, War

“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.

Cast: Robert De Niro (Michael Vronsky) , Christopher Walken (Nikanor “Nick” Chevotarevich) , John Cazale (Stan) , John Savage (Steven Pushkov) , Meryl Streep (Linda) , George Dzundza (John) , Rutanya Alda (Angela) , Pierre Segui (Julien) , Amy Wright (Bridesmaid) , Richard Kuss (Linda’s Father) , Joe Grifasi (Bandleader) , Dennis Watlington (Cab Driver) , Shirley Stoler (Steven’s Mother) , Chuck Aspegren (Axel) , Mary Ann Haenel (Stan’s Girl) , Mady Kaplan (Axel’s Girl) , Paul D’Amato (Sergeant) , Christopher Colombi Jr. (Wedding Man) , Victoria Karnafel (Sad Looking Girl) , Jack Scardino (Cold Old Man) , Joe Strnad (Bingo Caller) , Helen Tomko (Helen) , Charlene Darrow (Red Head) , Jane-Colette Disko (Girl Checker) , Michael Wollet (Stock Boy)

Directors: Michael Cimino

Writers: Deric Washburn, Michael Cimino

Tags: suicide, vietnam veteran, post-traumatic stress disorder, pennsylvania, usa, small town, vietnam, saigon, friends, russian roulette, escape, wedding, deer hunting, steel worker, anti war, revolver, drunkenness, viet cong, romantic triangle, prisoner of war camp, slavic american



Release Date: 2019-12-25

Genres: War, Drama, History

“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.

Cast: George MacKay (Lance Corporal Schofield) , Dean-Charles Chapman (Lance Corporal Blake) , Mark Strong (Captain Smith) , Andrew Scott (Lieutenant Leslie) , Richard Madden (Lieutenant Blake) , Claire Duburcq (Lauri) , Colin Firth (General Erinmore) , Benedict Cumberbatch (Colonel MacKenzie) , Daniel Mays (Sergeant Sanders) , Adrian Scarborough (Major Hepburn) , Chris Walley (Private Bullen) , Nabhaan Rizwan (Sepoy Jondalar) , Jamie Parker (Lieutenant Richards) , Tommy French (Private Butler) , Paul Tinto (NCO Baker) , Billy Postlethwaite (NCO Harvey) , Richard McCabe (Colonel Collins) , Justin Edwards (Captain Ivins) , Pip Carter (Lieutenant Gordon) , Andy Apollo (Sergeant Miller) , Josef Davies (Private Stokes) , Gabriel Akuwudike (Private Buchanan) , Spike Leighton (Private Kilgour) , Robert Maaser (German Pilot) , Gerran Howell (Private Parry)

Directors: Sam Mendes

Writers: Sam Mendes, Krysty Wilson-Cairns

Tags: world war i, british army, race against time, long take, soldier, trenches, 1910s, trench warfare, no man’s land

The General

The General

Release Date: 1926-12-25

Genres: Comedy, War, Adventure, Action

“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.

Cast: Buster Keaton (Johnny Gray) , Marion Mack (Annabelle Lee) , Glen Cavender (Captain Anderson) , Jim Farley (General Thatcher) , Frederick Vroom (A Southern General) , Charles Henry Smith (Annabelle’s Father) , Joe Keaton (Union General) , Al St. John (Officer on Horseback (uncredited)) , Frank Barnes (Annabelle’s Brother) , Mike Donlin (Union General) , Tom Nawn (Union General) , Jimmy Bryant (Raider (uncredited)) , Budd Fine (Raider (uncredited)) , Ray Hanford (Raider (uncredited)) , Charles Phillips (Raider (uncredited)) , Eddie Foster (Union Railroad Fireman (uncredited)) , Frank Hagney (Confederate Recruiter (uncredited)) , Jack Hanlon (Bit Part (uncredited)) , Edward Hearn (Union Officer (uncredited)) , Hilliard Karr (Soldier (uncredited)) , Louis Lewyn (Soldier (uncredited)) , Elgin Lessley (Union General Who Gives Command to Cross Bridge (uncredited))

Directors: Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman

Writers: Al Boasberg, Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman, Charles Henry Smith, William Pittenger

Tags: spy, southern usa, general, fiancé, cannon, bridge, engineer, army, attack, black and white, train, silent film, behind enemy lines, american civil war

Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia

Release Date: 1962-12-11

Genres: Adventure, Drama, History, War

“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.

Cast: Peter O’Toole (T.E. Lawrence) , Alec Guinness (Prince Feisal) , Anthony Quinn (Auda abu Tayi) , Jack Hawkins (General Allenby) , Omar Sharif (Sherif Ali) , José Ferrer (Turkish Bey) , Anthony Quayle (Colonel Harry Brighton) , Claude Rains (Mr. Dryden) , Arthur Kennedy (Jackson Bentley) , Donald Wolfit (General Murray) , I.S. Johar (Gasim) , Gamil Ratib (Majid) , Michel Ray (Farraj) , John Dimech (Daud) , Zia Mohyeddin (Tafas) , Howard Marion-Crawford (Medical Officer) , Jack Gwillim (Club Secretary) , Hugh Miller (R.A.M.C. Colonel) , John Barry (MP in Map Room (uncredited)) , Bruce Beeby (Captain at Officer’s Club (uncredited)) , Fred Bennett (Sergeant at Cairo Headquarters (uncredited)) , John Bennett (Arab Sheik (uncredited)) , Steve Birtles (Motor Bike Rider (uncredited)) , Robert Bolt (Officer with Pipe Gazing at Lawrence (uncredited)) , Peter Burton (Damascus Sheik (uncredited))

Directors: David Lean

Writers: Michael Wilson, Robert Bolt

Tags: cairo, arabian, world war i, horse, jerusalem, israel, british army, british empire, damascus, camel, based on true story, gay interest, historical fiction, quicksand, desert, arab, ottoman empire

Gone with the Wind

Gone with the Wind

Release Date: 1939-12-15

Genres: Drama, War, Romance

“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.

Cast: Vivien Leigh (Scarlett O’Hara) , Clark Gable (Rhett Butler) , Olivia de Havilland (Melanie Hamilton) , Leslie Howard (Ashley Wilkes) , Hattie McDaniel (Mammy) , Thomas Mitchell (Gerald O’Hara) , Barbara O’Neil (Ellen O’Hara) , Evelyn Keyes (Suellen O’Hara) , Ann Rutherford (Carreen O’Hara) , George Reeves (Brent Tarleton) , Fred Crane (Stuart Tarleton) , Oscar Polk (Pork) , Butterfly McQueen (Prissy) , Victor Jory (Jonas Wilkerson) , Everett Brown (‘Big Sam’) , Howard Hickman (John Wilkes) , Alicia Rhett (India Wilkes) , Rand Brooks (Charles Hamilton) , Carroll Nye (Frank Kennedy) , Laura Hope Crews (Aunt ‘Pittypat’ Hamilton) , Eddie ‘Rochester’ Anderson (Aunt Pittypat’s Coachman ‘Uncle Peter’) , Harry Davenport (Dr. Meade) , Leona Roberts (Mrs. Caroline Meade) , Jane Darwell (Mrs. Merriwether) , Ona Munson (Belle Watling)

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood

Writers: Margaret Mitchell, Sidney Howard

Tags: civil war, loss of loved one, based on novel or book, atlanta, slavery, plantation, typhus, widow, marriage crisis, romance, casualty of war, second marriage, american civil war, technicolor, reconstruction era, businesswoman, 1860s, 1870s, antebellum south

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