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About War Movies

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.

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Flyboys
Flyboys
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Megan Leavey
Megan Leavey
Enemy at the Gates
Enemy at the Gates
The Patriot
The Patriot
Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor
Gone with the Wind
Gone with the Wind
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Legends of the Fall
Legends of the Fall
Windtalkers
Windtalkers
Platoon
Platoon
Hotel Rwanda
Hotel Rwanda
Das Boot
Das Boot
Red Dawn
Red Dawn
Thank You for Your Service
Thank You for Your Service
Churchill
Churchill
Act of Valor
Act of Valor
Dunkirk
Dunkirk
Glory
Glory
The Devil's Double
The Devil's Double
Sniper: Reloaded
Downfall
Rambo: First Blood Part II
Sarah's Key
The Alamo
The English Patient
K-19: The Widowmaker
Lawrence of Arabia
The Tuskegee Airmen
Apocalypse Now
MASH
Dr. Strangelove
The Walking Dead
The Pianist
Battle for Haditha
Burning Blue
A Soldier's Story
Saints and Soldiers: The Void
Memphis Belle
Doctor Zhivago
Lion of the Desert
Lebanon
Defiance
Game of Aces
In the Land of Blood and Honey
A Bridge Too Far
Beyond Borders
Hot Shots!
Eagle Shadow Fist
Anthropoid
The First Great Escape
Letters from Iwo Jima
The African Queen
Restrepo
Jarhead 3: The Siege
Ride with the Devil
Ike: Countdown to D-Day
The Pentagon Wars
Zone Troopers
'71
Zombie Dawn
Bless Me, Ultima
Special Forces
1911
The Ground Truth
Sunflower
The Couple
Incendies
Deathwatch
Bravo Two Zero
Brother Sun, Sister Moon
Innocent Voices
Rescue Dawn
The Grey Zone
The Final Countdown
Battle of Britain 1969
Time To Kill
Monsignor
The Hurt Locker
Gallipoli
5 Days of War
Hart's War
Active Stealth
The Deep Six
The Land Girls
Captain America
Winter in Wartime
300
Saints and Soldiers
13 Minutes
Divided We Fall
Desert Commandos
Battle Force
War and Peace
Hanover Street
Aces High
Above Normandy
12 Strong
Truth
Day Of Days
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