Best War Movies

Napoleon Napoleon 6.4 2h 38min
Napoleon
IMDb: 6.4
2h 38min

An epic that details the checkered rise and fall of French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and his relentless journey to power through the prism of his addictive, volatile relationship with his wife, Josephine.

The Zone of Interest The Zone of Interest 7.4 1h 45min
The Zone of Interest
IMDb: 7.4
1h 45min

The commandant of Auschwitz, Rudolf Höss, and his wife Hedwig, strive to build a dream life for their family in a house and garden next to the camp.

Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant 7.5 2h 3min
Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant
IMDb: 7.5
2h 3min

After an ambush, Afghan interpreter Ahmed goes to Herculean lengths to save US Army Sergeant John Kinley’s life. When Kinley learns that Ahmed and his family were not given safe passage to America as promised, he must repay his debt by returning to the war zone to retrieve them before the Taliban hunts them down.

Sisu Sisu 6.9 1h 31min
Sisu
IMDb: 6.9
1h 31min

Deep in the wilderness of Lapland, Aatami Korpi is searching for gold but after he stumbles upon Nazi patrol, a breathtaking and gold-hungry chase through the destroyed and mined Lapland wilderness begins.

All Quiet on the Western Front All Quiet on the Western Front 7.8 2h 27min
All Quiet on the Western Front
IMDb: 7.8
2h 27min

Paul Baumer and his friends Albert and Muller, egged on by romantic dreams of heroism, voluntarily enlist in the German army. Full of excitement and patriotic fervour, the boys enthusiastically…

Greyhound Greyhound 7.0 1h 32min
Greyhound
IMDb: 7
1h 32min

A first-time captain leads a convoy of allied ships carrying thousands of soldiers across the treacherous waters of the “Black Pit” to the front lines of WW2. With no air cover protection for 5 days, the captain and his convoy must battle the surrounding enemy Nazi U-boats in order to give the allies a chance to win the war.

Da 5 Bloods Da 5 Bloods 6.5 2h 36min
Da 5 Bloods
IMDb: 6.5
2h 36min

Four African American Vietnam veterans return to Vietnam. They are in search of the remains of their fallen squad leader and the promise of buried treasure. These heroes battle forces of humanity and nature while confronted by the lasting ravages of the immorality of the Vietnam War.

1917 1917 8.2 1h 59min
1917
IMDb: 8.2
1h 59min

At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield and Blake are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers—Blake’s own brother among them.

Jojo Rabbit Jojo Rabbit 7.9 1h 48min
Jojo Rabbit
IMDb: 7.9
1h 48min

Jojo Rabbit is about a young boy living during World War II. His only escapism is through his imaginary friend, an ethnically inaccurate version of Adolf Hitler, who pushes the young boy’s naive patriotic beliefs. However, this all changes when a young girl challenges those views and causes Jojo to face his own issues.

The Captain The Captain 7.3 1h 58min
The Captain
IMDb: 7.3
1h 58min

Germany, 1945. Soldier Willi Herold, become a deserter of the German army, stumbles into a uniform of Nazi captain abandoned during the last and desperate weeks of the Third Reich….

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Beasts of No Nation Beasts of No Nation 7.7 2h 17min
Beasts of No Nation
IMDb: 7.7
2h 17min

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…

Little Boy Little Boy 7.3 1h 46min
Little Boy
IMDb: 7.3
1h 46min

An eight-year-old boy is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so he can bring his father home. The story reveals the indescribable love a father…

The Book Thief The Book Thief 7.5 2h 11min
The Book Thief
IMDb: 7.5
2h 11min

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…

Incendies Incendies 8.3 2h 11min
Incendies
IMDb: 8.3
2h 11min

A mother’s last wishes send twins Jeanne and Simon on a journey to Middle East in search of their tangled roots. Adapted from Wajdi Mouawad’s acclaimed play, Incendies tells the powerful and moving tale of two young adults’ voyage to the core of deep-rooted hatred, never-ending wars and enduring love.

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Inglourious Basterads Inglourious Basterads 8.4 2h 33min
Inglourious Basterads
IMDb: 8.4
2h 33min

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…

The Hurt Locker The Hurt Locker 7.5 2h 11min
The Hurt Locker
IMDb: 7.5
2h 11min

Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas The Boy in the Striped Pajamas 7.7 1h 34min
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
IMDb: 7.7
1h 34min

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 Jewish prisoner or the role his own Nazi father plays in his imprisonment, Bruno embarks on a dangerous journey inside the camp’s walls.

The Wave The Wave 7.6 1h 47min
The Wave
IMDb: 7.6
1h 47min

A school teacher discusses types of government with his class. His students find it too boring to repeatedly go over national socialism and believe that dictatorship cannot be established in modern Germany. He starts an experiment to show how easily the masses can become manipulated.

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Hotel Rwanda Hotel Rwanda 8.1 2h 1min
Hotel Rwanda
IMDb: 8.1
2h 1min

Inspired by true events, this film takes place in Rwanda in the 1990s when more than a million Tutsis were killed in a genocide that went mostly unnoticed by the…

Downfall Downfall 8.2 2h 35min
Downfall
IMDb: 8.2
2h 35min

In April of 1945, Germany stands at the brink of defeat with the Russian Army closing in from the east and the Allied Expeditionary Force attacking from the west. In…

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Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War 8.0 2h 28min
Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War
IMDb: 8
2h 28min

When two brothers are forced to fight in the Korean War, the elder decides to take the riskiest missions if it will help shield the younger from battle.

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The Pianist The Pianist 8.5 2h 30min
The Pianist
IMDb: 8.5
2h 30min

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 stays behind, works for a while as a laborer, and eventually goes into hiding in the ruins of the war-torn city.

Black Hawk Down Black Hawk Down 7.7 2h 25min
Black Hawk Down
IMDb: 7.7
2h 25min

When U.S. Rangers and an elite Delta Force team attempt to kidnap two underlings of a Somali warlord, their Black Hawk helicopters are shot down, and the Americans suffer heavy…

Pearl Harbor Pearl Harbor 6.2 3h 3min
Pearl Harbor
IMDb: 6.2
3h 3min

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…

Devils on the Doorstep Devils on the Doorstep 8.2 2h 19min
Devils on the Doorstep
IMDb: 8.2
2h 19min

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…

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The Thin Red Line The Thin Red Line 7.6 2h 51min
The Thin Red Line
IMDb: 7.6
2h 51min

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…

Saving Private Ryan Saving Private Ryan 8.6 2h 49min
Saving Private Ryan
IMDb: 8.6
2h 49min

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…

Life Is Beautiful Life Is Beautiful 8.6 1h 56min
Life Is Beautiful
IMDb: 8.6
1h 56min

A touching story of an Italian book seller of Jewish ancestry who lives in his own little fairy tale. His creative and happy life would come to an abrupt halt…

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Braveheart Braveheart 8.3 2h 57min
Braveheart
IMDb: 8.3
2h 57min

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…

To Live To Live 8.3 2h 13min
To Live
IMDb: 8.3
2h 13min

Fugui and Jiazhen endure tumultuous events in China as their personal fortunes move from wealthy landownership to peasantry.

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Schindler’s List Schindler’s List 9.0 3h 15min
Schindler’s List
IMDb: 9
3h 15min

The true story of how businessman Oskar Schindler saved over a thousand Jewish lives from the Nazis while they worked as slaves in his factory during World War II.

Stalingrad Stalingrad 7.5 2h 14min
Stalingrad
IMDb: 7.5
2h 14min

”Stalingrad” follows the progress of a German Platoon through the brutal fighting of the Battle of Stalingrad. After having half their number wiped out and after being placed under the…

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Born on the Fourth of July Born on the Fourth of July 7.2 2h 25min
Born on the Fourth of July
IMDb: 7.2
2h 25min

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.

Grave of the Fireflies Grave of the Fireflies 8.5 1h 29min
Grave of the Fireflies
IMDb: 8.5
1h 29min

In the final months of World War II, 14-year-old Seita and his sister Setsuko are orphaned when their mother is killed during an air raid in Kobe, Japan. After a…

Goodbye Children Goodbye Children 8.0 1h 45min
Goodbye Children
IMDb: 8
1h 45min

Au revoir les enfants tells a heartbreaking story of friendship and devastating loss concerning two boys living in Nazi-occupied France. At a provincial Catholic boarding school, the precocious youths enjoy…

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Genre: Best War, Drama, War
Full Metal Jacket Full Metal Jacket 8.3 1h 57min
Full Metal Jacket
IMDb: 8.3
1h 57min

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.

Platoon Platoon 8.1 2h
Platoon
IMDb: 8.1
2h

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.

Ran Ran 8.2 2h 40min
Ran
IMDb: 8.2
2h 40min

In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how their new-found power will corrupt them.

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Barefoot Gen Barefoot Gen 8.0 1h 23min
Barefoot Gen
IMDb: 8
1h 23min

A powerful statement against war, Barefoot Gen is a story about the effect of the atomic bomb on a boy’s life and the lives of the Japanese people. Based on…

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The Boat The Boat 8.4 2h 30min
The Boat
IMDb: 8.4
2h 30min

A German submarine hunts allied ships during the Second World War, but it soon becomes the hunted. The crew tries to survive below the surface, while stretching both the boat…

Apocalypse Now Apocalypse Now 8.4 2h 27min
Apocalypse Now
IMDb: 8.4
2h 27min

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 Kurtz, who has been leading his personal army on illegal guerrilla missions into enemy territory.

The Deer Hunter The Deer Hunter 8.1 3h 3min
The Deer Hunter
IMDb: 8.1
3h 3min

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…

Catch-22 Catch-22 7.1 2h 1min
Catch-22
IMDb: 7.1
2h 1min

A bombardier in World War II tries desperately to escape the insanity of the war. However, sometimes insanity is the only sane way to cope with a crazy situation.

Army of Shadows Army of Shadows 8.1 2h 25min
Army of Shadows
IMDb: 8.1
2h 25min

Betrayed by an informant, Philippe Gerbier finds himself trapped in a torturous Nazi prison camp. Though Gerbier escapes to rejoin the Resistance in occupied Marseilles, France, and exacts his revenge…

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The Battle of Algiers The Battle of Algiers 8.1 2h 1min
The Battle of Algiers
IMDb: 8.1
2h 1min

Tracing the struggle of the Algerian Front de Liberation Nationale to gain freedom from French colonial rule as seen through the eyes of Ali from his start as a petty…

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The War Game The War Game 8.0 48min
The War Game
IMDb: 8
48min

A docudrama depicting a hypothetical nuclear attack on Britain.

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The Shop on Main Street The Shop on Main Street 8.2 2h 8min
The Shop on Main Street
IMDb: 8.2
2h 8min

In a small town in Nazi-occupied Slovakia during World War II, decent but timid carpenter Tono is named “Aryan comptroller” of a button store owned by an old Jewish widow,…

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Genre: Best War, Drama, War
The Great Escape The Great Escape 8.2 2h 53min
The Great Escape
IMDb: 8.2
2h 53min

The Nazis, exasperated at the number of escapes from their prison camps by a relatively small number of Allied prisoners, relocate them to a high-security ‘escape-proof’ camp to sit out…

Lawrence Of Arabia Lawrence Of Arabia 8.3 3h 48min
Lawrence Of Arabia
IMDb: 8.3
3h 48min

The story of British officer T.E. Lawrence’s mission to aid the Arab tribes in their revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. Lawrence becomes a flamboyant, messianic…

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Fires on the Plain Fires on the Plain 7.9 1h 45min
Fires on the Plain
IMDb: 7.9
1h 45min

In the closing days of WWII remnants of the Japanese army in Leyte are abandoned by their command and face certain starvation.

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Genre: Best War, Drama, War
The Great War The Great War 8.1 2h 17min
The Great War
IMDb: 8.1
2h 17min

Italy, 1916. Oreste Jacovacci and Giovanni Busacca are called, as all the Italian youths, to serve the army in the WWI. They both try in every way to avoid serving…

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The Human Condition I: No Greater Love The Human Condition I: No Greater Love 8.5 3h 26min
The Human Condition I: No Greater Love
IMDb: 8.5
3h 26min

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

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The Bridge on the River Kwai The Bridge on the River Kwai 8.1 2h 41min
The Bridge on the River Kwai
IMDb: 8.1
2h 41min

The classic story of English POWs in Burma forced to build a bridge to aid the war effort of their Japanese captors. British and American intelligence officers conspire to blow…

Paths of Glory Paths of Glory 8.4 1h 28min
Paths of Glory
IMDb: 8.4
1h 28min

A commanding officer defends three scapegoats on trial for a failed offensive that occurred within the French Army in 1916.

Stalag 17 Stalag 17 8.0 2h
Stalag 17
IMDb: 8
2h

It’s a dreary Christmas 1944 for the American POWs in Stalag 17 and the men in Barracks 4, all sergeants, have to deal with a grave problem—there seems to be…

The Best Years of Our Lives The Best Years of Our Lives 8.1 2h 51min
The Best Years of Our Lives
IMDb: 8.1
2h 51min

It’s the hope that sustains the spirit of every GI: the dream of the day when he will finally return home. For three WWII veterans, the day has arrived. But…

Stairway to Heaven Stairway to Heaven 8.0 1h 44min
Stairway to Heaven
IMDb: 8
1h 44min

When a young airman miraculously survives bailing out of his aeroplane without a parachute, he falls in love with an American radio operator. But the officials in the other world…

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Rome, Open City Rome, Open City 8.0 1h 43min
Rome, Open City
IMDb: 8
1h 43min

ROME, OPEN CITY is a landmark in film history. Filmed in secrecy during the Nazi occupation of Italy, the film shows a realistic portrayal of the underground resistance in Italy in 1945. The film has strong impacting imagery with its mix of fiction and reality that strengthened Italian Neo-realism and the film industry.

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Casablanca Casablanca 8.5 1h 42min
Casablanca
IMDb: 8.5
1h 42min

In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.

To Be or Not to Be To Be or Not to Be 8.1 1h 39min
To Be or Not to Be
IMDb: 8.1
1h 39min

During the Nazi occupation of Poland, an acting troupe becomes embroiled in a Polish soldier’s efforts to track down a German spy.

The Great Dictator The Great Dictator 8.4 2h 5min
The Great Dictator
IMDb: 8.4
2h 5min

Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel’s regime.

Gone with the Wind Gone with the Wind 8.2 3h 53min
Gone with the Wind
IMDb: 8.2
3h 53min

The spoiled daughter of a well-to-do plantation owner is forced to use every means at her disposal to claw her way out of poverty, following Maj. Gen. William Sherman’s destructive…

Grand Illusion Grand Illusion 8.1 1h 54min
Grand Illusion
IMDb: 8.1
1h 54min

A group of French soldiers, including the patrician Captain de Boeldieu and the working-class Lieutenant Maréchal, grapple with their own class differences after being captured and held in a World…

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All Quiet on the Western Front All Quiet on the Western Front 8.1 2h 13min
All Quiet on the Western Front
IMDb: 8.1
2h 13min

A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I. Together with several other young German soldiers, he experiences the horrors of war, such evil of…

The General The General 8.1 1h 19min
The General
IMDb: 8.1
1h 19min

During America’s Civil War, Union spies steal engineer Johnnie Gray’s beloved locomotive, ‘The General’—with Johnnie’s lady love aboard an attached boxcar—and he single-handedly must do all in his power to…

The Big Parade The Big Parade 7.9 2h 31min
The Big Parade
IMDb: 7.9
2h 31min

The story of an idle rich boy who joins the US Army’s Rainbow Division and is sent to France to fight in World War I, becomes friends with two working…