Top 10 War Movies

10. The Longest Day (1962) Massive amounts of extras, fantastic…

10. The Longest Day (1962)
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Massive amounts of extras, fantastic sets and effects, and overhead aerial camera shots ranks The Longest Day among the all-time classic war movies. This piece of cinema shows the invasion of Normandy from the Allied as well as the German perspective, and follows a wide range of characters from commanders down to enlisted men.

9. The Deer Hunter (1978)
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“Put an empty chamber in that gun!” Robert De Niro screams at Christopher Walken, in the famous POW scene where long-time friends and fellow soldiers, Michael (De Niro), Nickey (Walken), and Stevey (John Savage) are forced to play Russian roulette against each other. Although a majority of The Deer Hunter doesn’t follow the characters combat experience in Vietnam, it does explore the deep psychological trauma of combat. Relationships are ruined and lives are negatively changed forever due to haunting events that the young men experienced.

8. Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
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The Pacific Theater, spearheaded by the United States Marine Corps, marked some of the most gruesome battles in World War II. Clint Eastwood’s brutal portrayal of the fight for the island of Iwo Jima, definitely lands it a spot on the list of top war films. Flags of Our Fathers echoes the cinematic style of Saving Private Ryan, with hand held cameras following the Marines through combat, in-your-face shocking violence, and overwhelming sound effects of warfare.

7. Platoon (1986)
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With an all-star cast, Oliver Stone’s, Platoon addresses the issues of a young infantryman, Private Taylor (Charlie Sheen) looking for answers during the war in Vietnam. The range of characters stretches from Tom Berenger, playing the hard-nosed Platoon Sergeant, a young Lieutenant trying to relate to his men, and Charlie Sheen’s caring mentor, Sgt. Elias (Willem Dafoe). Platoon shows the bond and conflict between soldiers, and the methods in which they use to escape the harsh reality of war.

6. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
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Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket has become an iconic and memorable film following Marine Recruits through boot camp then into combat in Vietnam. The Gunny, better known as R. Lee Ermey made his debut in this film as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, who lived to make his platoon miserable, verbally degrading them and physically pushing them to the limits until “their assholes suck buttermilk.” The one-liners from the harsh Drill Instructor and punchlines have become well-known amongst the grunt community, and serve as good morale boosters when the suck level is at an all time high.

5. Jarhead (2005)
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Action-packed awesomeness? Exciting training montages with gripping music? Everything the young Marines wanted from a combat experience? Jarhead definitely does not have any of that, but it does not take away from it ranking amongst the list of top war movies. The very character driven film based on the personal accounts of Anthony Swafford’s time in service as a Marine Scout Sniper accurately shows the boredom, empty time-consuming days, and frustrations of the young men eager to use their training, but being surpassed by new battle tactics.

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  • Armin Sturm

    awesome list

  • Rick

    My top 3 would be:

    1. All Quiet on the Western Front.

    2. Paths of Glory.

    3. Dr. Strangelove.

    Please note that all 3 are anti-war films.

  • wes

    how about where eagles dare and kellys heroes?

  • Tom Bender

    The best War Movies can be relative to one’s age.
    I’m now 62 and have worked in the film and tv industry somewhere between 20 – 30 yrs.
    I have seen and worked on a few of the flicks.
    My all time favorite is “Midway”. We forget the old classics like Sgt. York, Carbine Williams, Back to Bataan, the Bridge on the River Kwai, Guadelcanal, Sands of Iwo Jima. Each generation has their favorites that they hold close to their hearts. I have blood buried in Arlington because of their service in WWII and Korea. I have many high school and college friends whose names rest on the Wall in Washington DC.
    I guess you can say I have favorites that span several generations of movie goers.
    We should all be grateful to America’s Veterans for their service. Without their service we may not have been able to have this little film debate.
    There is one film that Iwas only able to view once and was never able to locate it again. It was about a VietNam War combat photographer that spent a lot of time with the troops on the front line. I believe the title of the film was “Shooter”.
    Best and stay safe,
    Tom Bender

  • Walter

    I have to agree with Jason, this list is “Bullshit”. Platoon and Deer Hunter are OK movies and poorly depict the American soldier. We were soldiers is a much better movie; even though I can’t watch it, than these other movies. Many of the modern war movies depict the Americans as “fuck ups”, so whom ever made up this list needs to rethink the definition of quality.

  • Parker

    “…Of all time?” This list must have been compiled by someone under 30! And they’re all about ground pounders! There were others fighting and well represented in film.
    How can one forget: “They Were Expendable”, “Run Silent Run Deep”, The Bridges of Toko-Ri, “All Quiet on The Western Front”, “The Great Escape”, Stalag 13″, “Lawrence of Arabia”…and so on?

  • Difficult to narrow it down to only 10. You could leave off Jarhead & Deer Hunter. One of my favorites is Sahara with Humphrey Bogart. I also like The Bridge at Remagen, A Bridge Too Far, & The Battle of the Bulge. Two of the best were made for TV, The Pacific and Band of Brothers.

  • Captain

    Apocalypse Now better than saving private ryan??!?! Yeah apocalypse now is a better movie if you like science fiction. If a had a dollar for every inaccuracy in that movie I’d have a private jet on 24 hour standby.

  • frankenstien

    no. 1 Apocalypse Now no. 2 Saving Private Ryan

  • Mac

    LOL…Charlie Sheen has ruined another luxury suite I’ve seen today. He’s his own worst enemy. I wonder why he surrounds himself with people that dont really love him?

  • sh ji

    TROY is the best war movie I’ve ever seen.

  • Roy

    The Odd Angry Shot and Farewell to the King are my two favorites.The Odd Angry Shot was a movie about the Aussie SAS in Vietnam and was so authentic portions were used to teach small unit movement

  • These do not come close to “Dogs of War”, but if it has to be a U.S. Army-at-war type of movie, “Battleground”, or “The Victors” should be included. If “Dr. Strangelove” could be called a war movie, that would lead.

  • Steven S

    Lee Marvin [ a real war hero ] in “The Big Red One’,yes to The Dirty Dozen,and a few made in England & Australia that I cannot think of the names

  • federico

    Can I suggest you other famous war films, very very famous in Europe?
    1) Inglourious Basterds, Quentin Tarantino
    2) The Deer Hunter, Michael Cimino
    3) The Guns of Navarone, J. Lee Thompson
    4) La Ciociara, Vittorio De Sica
    5) The Great Escape, John Sturges
    6) Lawrence d’Arabia, David Lean
    7) Letters from Iwo Jima, Clint Eastwood
    8) Patton, Franklin J. Schaffner
    9) The Bridge on the River Kwai, David Lean
    10) The dirty Dozen, Robert Aldrich

  • Hhhmmm, I guess We Were Soldiers would be considered a good movie if you like cheesy, generic, over-dramatic, lame films with a small dash of unnecessary religious mellow drama. So based on that the WHOLE list is garbage. Right on. Just keep using those exclamation points buddy and everything will be okay.

  • Jason

    You rank crap movies like “Thin Red Line” over “We were Soldiers”???? Ridiculous!!! This list is garbage!