War Movies Online

In real life, war is not a situation that anyone enjoys, but as a source of human drama, it's an ideal place for films to look for subject matter. War movies range in tone from the relatively uncomplicated adrenaline rush of military action movies to the more cerebral ambitions of realistic war movies and those with an anti-war agenda.

In the first half of the 20th century, war movies were most likely to be pure adventure, in which the good guys were on a quest to stop the nefarious aims of the bad guys. World War II, with its clear-cut good-vs-evil plot line, was a popular war to portray, but historical wars such as the American Civil War and the military campaigns against Native Americans in the American West got plenty of attention, too. In the 1980s, movies like the Rambo franchise and "Top Gun" gave the adventure treatment to the Cold War.

The 80s also saw the rise of the grittily realistic war movie. Oliver Stone's "Platoon" presented the Vietnam conflict that in no way glorified war, and Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan" continued the new tradition.

America's war in the Middle East and Afghanistan after the turn of the century gave rise to a new type of war movie, one that strives for realism and adventure at the same time and takes a neutral stance on the conflict. "The Hurt Locker," "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Lone Survivor" do little to whitewash the reality of war, but they also stop short of making an anti-war statement.

1917
1917
12 Strong
12 Strong
Jojo Rabbit
Jojo Rabbit
Apocalypse Now
Apocalypse Now
Hotel Rwanda
Hotel Rwanda
Adrenochrome
Adrenochrome
Rambo: First Blood Part II
Rambo: First Blood Part II
Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor
Where Hands Touch
Where Hands Touch
Legends of the Fall
Legends of the Fall
Lawrence of Arabia
Lawrence of Arabia
Gone with the Wind
Gone with the Wind
The Final Countdown
The Final Countdown
Red Dawn
Red Dawn
Midway
Midway
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Glory
Glory
300
300
Platoon
Platoon
Downfall
Downfall
Das Boot
Das Boot
Memorial Day
Memorial Day
The Patriot
The Patriot
Doctor Zhivago
Doctor Zhivago
Dr. Strangelove
Dr. Strangelove
Enemy at the Gates
Enemy at the Gates
Special Forces
Special Forces
The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
The English Patient
The English Patient
They Shall Not Grow Old
They Shall Not Grow Old
Sunflower
Sunflower
Dunkirk
Dunkirk
Official Secrets
Official Secrets
The Devil's Double
The Devil's Double
The Tuskegee Airmen
The Tuskegee Airmen
A Bridge Too Far
A Bridge Too Far
MASH
MASH
Crimson Tide
Crimson Tide
The Alamo
The Alamo
Red Cliff
Red Cliff
Casualties of War
Casualties of War
Deathwatch
Deathwatch
Sniper: Reloaded
Sniper: Reloaded
Sometimes in April
Sometimes in April
Rescue Dawn
Rescue Dawn
True History of the Kelly Gang
True History of the Kelly Gang
A Hidden Life
A Hidden Life
Rogue Warfare
Rogue Warfare
Letters from Iwo Jima
Letters from Iwo Jima
Windtalkers
Windtalkers
Tolkien
Tolkien
The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead
A Soldier's Story
A Soldier's Story
War and Peace
War and Peace
Anthropoid
Anthropoid
Overlord
Overlord
Heneral Luna
Heneral Luna
Megan Leavey
Megan Leavey
A Very Long Engagement
A Very Long Engagement
The Pianist
The Pianist
Jarhead 3: The Siege
Jarhead 3: The Siege
Flyboys
Flyboys
Hot Shots!
Hot Shots!
The Aftermath
The Aftermath
Ride with the Devil
Ride with the Devil
Memphis Belle
Memphis Belle
Hustle and Flow
Hustle and Flow
Torpedo Run
Torpedo Run
Free State of Jones
Free State of Jones
Restrepo
Restrepo
Beyond Borders
Beyond Borders
Bravo Two Zero
Bravo Two Zero
Hanover Street
Hanover Street
K-19: The Widowmaker
K-19: The Widowmaker
The Great War
The Great War
The Cold Blue
The Cold Blue
Wartorn 1861-2010
Wartorn 1861-2010
Defiance
Defiance
Red Dawn
Red Dawn
Flight of the Intruder
Flight of the Intruder
Red Sands
Red Sands
The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler
The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler
Battle for Haditha
Battle for Haditha
The Catcher Was a Spy
The Catcher Was a Spy
Brother Sun, Sister Moon
Brother Sun, Sister Moon
The War
The War
Fast & Furious 8
Fast & Furious 8
'71
'71
The Grey Zone
The Grey Zone
Thank You for Your Service
Thank You for Your Service
Gallipoli
Gallipoli
Sarah's Key
Sarah's Key
The Yellow Birds
The Yellow Birds
Force 10 from Navarone
Force 10 from Navarone
The King
The King
Yanks
Yanks
A Battle of Wits
A Battle of Wits
Company of Heroes
Company of Heroes
Red Scorpion
Red Scorpion
The Wall
The Wall
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