Best War Movies

This page is updated regularly. Subscribe, so you don't miss new recommendations. The list of "Best War Movies" contains films with the following parameters. Style: realistic, dramatic, intense, serious, suspense and harsh. Plot: war, courage, brutality, dialogue, culture clash, beautiful scenery, sacrifice, military, storytelling and mentor. Genre: Drama, War and Biography. Country: USA, UK and Germany.
Best War Movies
Best War Movies
TOP Movies: Full Metal Jacket (1987), The Last Samurai (2003), Hacksaw Ridge (2016), The Pianist (2002), Saving Private Ryan (1998), Inglourious Basterds (2009), Enemy at the Gates (2001), The Imitation Game (2014), American Sniper (2014), Darkest Hour (2017), Pearl Harbor (2001), Mulan (1998), The Deer Hunter (1978), Braveheart (1995), Platoon (1986), Apocalypse Now (1979), Dunkirk (2017), The Thin Red Line (1998), The Book Thief (2013), Judgment at Nuremberg (1961).

List of Best Movies

Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the U.S.-Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.
Style: rough, disturbing, suspense, bleak, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, war, military, soldier, sniper, boot camp, military life, suicide, sergeant, anti war, cruelty, infantry ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1968, year 1967
Place: vietnam, asia, south carolina
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The Last Samurai (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA, New Zealand, Japan
Duration: 154 min.
Story: Nathan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare, which finds him learning to respect the samurai and the honorable principles that rule them. Pressed to destroy the samurai's way of life in the ...
Style: exciting, captivating, serious, stylized, epic ...
Plot: warrior, samurai, battles, self discovery, pride and honor, human spirit, courage, war, friendship, honor, loyalty, japanese history ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, san francisco, pacific ocean, tokyo
Is relevant ?
 8.1
 463K
Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Style: based on true events, inspirational, touching, sentimental, tense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: war, u.s. army, u.s. military, conscientious objector, bible, american soldier, world war two, physician, soldier, pacifism, courage, pacifist ...
Time: 1940s, year 1945, 20th century
Place: okinawa, japan, usa, okinawa japan
Is relevant ?
 8.5
 765K
The Pianist (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, War
Country: UK, France, Poland, Germany, USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The true story of pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he ...
Style: bleak, emotional, suspense, harsh, heartbreaking ...
Plot: survival, holocaust, world war two, pianist, nazi, against humanity, ghetto, nazi occupation, genocide, anti semitism, jewish, wartime ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, 30s, 40s ...
Place: poland, germany, europe, warsaw poland, central europe
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Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 169 min.
Story: As U.S. troops storm the beaches of Normandy, three brothers lie dead on the battlefield, with a fourth trapped behind enemy lines. Ranger captain John Miller and seven men are tasked with penetrating German-held territory and bringing the boy home.
Style: realistic, captivating, epic, rough, bleak ...
Plot: world war two, war, military, army, battles, sniper, courage, heroic mission, warrior, rescue, d day, self sacrifice ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1944
Place: normandy, france, europe, poland, germany ...
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Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 153 min.
Story: In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as "The Basterds" are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis. The Basterds, lead by Lt. ...
Style: atmospheric, tense, suspense, captivating, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: dark humor, vengeance, war, nazism, working undercover, fascist, world war two, sadism, nazi, self sacrifice, soldier, danger ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: paris france, france, europe, germany
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Enemy at the Gates (2001)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Ireland, UK, France, Germany, USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Enemy at the Gates is a war film from Jean-Jacques Annaud from 2001 that takes place during the battle of Stalingard in World War II between the Russians and the Germans.
Style: serious, bleak, rough, suspenseful, exciting ...
Plot: sniper, world war two, war, military, heroes, nazism, friendship, assassination, nazi officer, battle zone, trap, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, year 1942
Place: russia, ussr, soviet union, germany, poland
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The Imitation Game (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain's top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley ...
Style: inspirational, intellectual, factual, captivating, serious ...
Plot: world war two, prodigy, genius, ambition, inventions and discoveries, inventor, code breaking, code, mathematician, social misfits, invention, male homosexuality ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1951, 50s ...
Place: england, europe, britain, london, united kingdom ...
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 7.3
 455K
American Sniper (2014)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle takes his sole mission—protect his comrades—to heart and becomes one of the most lethal snipers in American history. His pinpoint accuracy not only saves countless lives but also makes him a prime target of insurgents. ...
Style: tense, rough, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: war, sniper, soldier, iraq war, navy seal, battles, military, military life, american soldier, courage, u.s. marine, military training ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2001, september 11 2001, year 1998 ...
Place: iraq, usa, middle east, california, texas
Is relevant ?
 7.4
 184K
Darkest Hour (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A thrilling and inspiring true story begins on the eve of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with ...
Style: based on true events, suspense, serious, realistic, harsh
Plot: british history, world war two, prime minister, winston churchill, politics, leader, wartime, british empire, leadership, historical character, choice, moral dilemma ...
Time: 1940s, year 1940
Place: england, united kingdom, europe, france, britain ...
Is relevant ?
 6.2
 319K
Pearl Harbor (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 183 min.
Story: The lifelong friendship between Rafe McCawley and Danny Walker is put to the ultimate test when the two ace fighter pilots become entangled in a love triangle with beautiful Naval nurse Evelyn Johnson. But the rivalry between the friends-turned-foes ...
Style: romantic, sentimental, serious, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: world war two, love triangle, war, warship, navy, love and romance, battleship, airplane, aerial combats, love, fighter pilot, pilot ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1942, year 1941 ...
Place: pearl harbor, hawaii, japan, england, asia ...
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 267K
Mulan (1998)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical, War
Country: USA, China
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A tomboyish girl disguises herself as a young man so she can fight with the Imperial Chinese Army against the invading Huns. With help from wise-cracking dragon Mushu, Mulan just might save her country -- and win the heart of handsome Captain Li ...
Style: feel good, touching, captivating, light, humorous ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: female warrior, female protagonist, princess, adventure, cross dressing, dragon, friendship, woman dressed as man, human spirit, disney, good versus evil, hidden identity ...
Time: ancient history, 5th century
Place: ancient china, china, asia
Is relevant ?
 8.1
 323K
The Deer Hunter (1978)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 183 min.
Story: A group of working-class friends decides to enlist in the Army during the Vietnam War and finds it to be hellish chaos -- not the noble venture they imagined. Before they left, Steven married his pregnant girlfriend -- and Michael and Nick were in ...
Style: rough, bleak, psychological, serious, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, anti war, escape, friendship, russian roulette, homecoming, suicide, confined, friends, character change, hunting, soldier ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 60s
Place: vietnam, pennsylvania, asia, usa, saigon ...
Is relevant ?
 8.3
 985K
Braveheart (1995)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 178 min.
Story: Enraged at the slaughter of Murron, his new bride and childhood love, Scottish warrior William Wallace slays a platoon of the local English lord's soldiers. This leads the village to revolt and, eventually, the entire country to rise up against ...
Style: epic, breathtaking, rough, scenic, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: battles, freedom, warrior, courage, tragic hero, war, leadership, folk hero, idealism, heroes, love story, vengeance ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century, 13th century
Place: scotland, scottish highlands, england, europe, united kingdom ...
Is relevant ?
 8.1
 394K
Platoon (1986)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 120 min.
Story: As a young and naive recruit in Vietnam, Chris Taylor faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.
Style: realistic, rough, disturbing, thought provoking, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, vietnam war, battles, battlefield, military, combat, war crime, jungle warfare, anti war, military life, jungle, squad ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1967, year 1968
Place: vietnam, asia, southeast asia
Is relevant ?
 8.4
 627K
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, War
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: At the height of the Vietnam war, Captain Benjamin Willard is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially, "does not exist, nor will it ever exist." His goal is to locate - and eliminate - a mysterious Green Beret Colonel named Walter ...
Style: psychological, bleak, tense, disturbing, epic ...
Plot: anti war, army, vietnam war, military, mission, soldier, losing-it hero, jungle, insanity, unfulfillment, chaos, war ...
Time: 20th century, year 1969, 1960s, 60s
Place: vietnam, cambodia, asia, southeast asia
Is relevant ?
 7.8
 590K
Dunkirk (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Netherlands, France, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The story of the miraculous evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, Britain, Canada and France, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk between May 26th and June 4th 1940 during World War II.
Style: dramatic, atmospheric, epic, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, rescue mission, british history, wartime, warship, war, survival, evacuation, british army, military, military officer, army ...
Time: 1940s, year 1940, 20th century
Place: europe, france, english channel, england, united kingdom ...
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The Thin Red Line (1998)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: Based on the graphic novel by James Jones, The Thin Red Line tells the story of a group of men, an Army Rifle company called C-for-Charlie, who change, suffer, and ultimately make essential discoveries about themselves during the fierce World War II ...
Style: epic, rough, captivating, bleak, surreal ...
Plot: war, sergeant, anti war, invasion, battles, military life, battle, infantry, soldier, commander, jungle, squad ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: pacific ocean
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 7.5
 130K
The Book Thief (2013)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 131 min.
Story: While subjected to the horrors of WWII Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refuge is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: holocaust, world war two, jewish, human spirit, childhood, nazi germany, against humanity, war, nazi, adoption, life is a bitch, youth ...
Time: 40s, 1930s, 30s, 1940s, 20th century ...
Place: germany, europe
Is relevant ?
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 179 min.
Story: In 1947, four German judges who served on the bench during the Nazi regime face a military tribunal to answer charges of crimes against humanity. Chief Justice Haywood hears evidence and testimony not only from lead defendant Ernst Janning and his ...
Style: disturbing, emotional, suspenseful, sincere, talky ...
Plot: courtroom drama, judge, war crime, genocide, jews, world war two, holocaust, jewish, court, redemption, german, nazism ...
Time: 60s, 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1945 ...
Place: germany, europe, poland, berlin germany
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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a ...
Style: touching, heartbreaking, emotional, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: kids
Plot: world war two, holocaust, concentration camp, jewish, against humanity, childhood, friendship, war, nazism, gas chamber, atrocity, wartime life ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, poland, europe, switzerland, berlin germany
Is relevant ?
Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 145 min.
Story: The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.
Style: disturbing, realistic, emotional, serious, thought provoking ...
Plot: vietnam war, anti war, wheelchair, politics, fighting the system, vietnam veteran, military, disability, state affairs, homecoming, human spirit, hopes ...
Time: 70s, 50s, 60s, 20th century, 1960s ...
Place: vietnam, usa, new york, mexico, asia ...
Is relevant ?
 7.5
 274K
Lone Survivor (2013)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative must make an impossible moral decision in the mountains of Afghanistan that leads them into an enemy ambush. As they confront unthinkable odds, the SEALs must find ...
Style: rough, captivating, tense, exciting, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, soldier, survival, terrorism, gunfight, courage, navy seal, war, death, military life, squad, battles ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2005, 2000s
Place: afghanistan, middle east, usa, iraq, israel
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Heartbreak Ridge (1986)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: 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.
Style: realistic, propaganda film, serious, rough, harsh ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: boot camp, marine, military, heroes, platoon, war, relationship vs career, ambition, power relations, combat, u.s. military, redemption ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983
Place: north carolina, caribbean, vietnam
Is relevant ?
 6.3
 52K
Hart's War (2002)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Fourth-generation Army Col. William McNamara is imprisoned in a brutal German POW camp. Still, as the senior-ranking American officer, he commands his fellow inmates, keeping a sense of honor alive in a place where honor is easy to destroy, all ...
Style: tense, realistic, rough, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: world war two, war, soldier, pow, frame up, nazi, army investigation, court martial, escape, racism, trial, court ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: germany, europe, belgium, poland
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The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: As the English and French soldiers battle for control of the American colonies in the 18th century, the settlers and native Americans are forced to take sides. Cora and her sister Alice unwittingly walk into trouble but are reluctantly saved by ...
Style: epic, exciting, emotional, serious, touching ...
Plot: native american, freedom, army, adventure, forbidden love, love triangle, interracial relations, vengeance, wilderness, american indian, woman in danger, war ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s, georgian era, 1930s
Place: usa, england
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 98K
The King (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK, Hungary, USA, Australia
Duration: 140 min.
Story: In 15th-century England, Prince Hal transforms from wayward wastrel to powerful king after he reluctantly inherits the throne and its many conflicts.
Style: bleak, disturbing, suspense, rough, surprise ending
Plot: king, british history, king of england, kingdom, father son relationship, mentor protege relationship, warrior, prince, war, death of father, boy, aristocrat ...
Time: 15th century, 1400s
Place: england, france
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 262K
The Patriot (2000)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 165 min.
Story: After proving himself on the field of battle in the French and Indian War, Benjamin Martin wants nothing more to do with such things, preferring the simple life of a farmer. But when his son Gabriel enlists in the army to defend their new nation, ...
Style: uplifting, rough, realistic, captivating, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: battles, revolution, vengeance, war, american revolution, soldier, rebellion, human spirit, freedom, heroic mission, patriotism, period piece ...
Time: 18th century, 1770s, 1780s
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa, england, scotland
Is relevant ?
 8.0
 6K
The War Game (1966)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 48 min.
Story: A docudrama depicting a hypothetical nuclear attack on Britain.
Style: bleak, realistic, thought provoking, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: apocalypse, radiation, cold war, world war three, nuclear war, political unrest, war, chaos, international crisis, anti war, wartime life, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 1960s, future, 60s
Place: europe, england, britain
Is relevant ?
Beasts of No Nation (2015)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A drama based on the experiences of Agu, a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country. Follows the journey of a young boy, Agu, who is forced to join a group of soldiers in a fictional West African country. While Agu fears ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, rough, serious, harsh ...
Plot: life is a bitch, war, child soldier, anti war, power relations, civil war, against humanity, violence, father son relationship, rape, brother brother relationship, survival ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa
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