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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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12 Strong
12 Strong
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman
The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
War for the Planet of the Apes
War for the Planet of the Apes
Dunkirk
Dunkirk
Top Gun
Top Gun
American Sniper
American Sniper
Dear John
Dear John
Hacksaw Ridge
Hacksaw Ridge
Lone Survivor
Lone Survivor
King Arthur
King Arthur
300
300
Fury
Fury
Apocalypse Now
Apocalypse Now
We Were Soldiers
We Were Soldiers
Free State of Jones
Free State of Jones
Unbroken
Unbroken
Braveheart
Braveheart
Pan's Labyrinth
Pan's Labyrinth
Journey's End
Journey's End
Gone with the Wind
Gone with the Wind
Kelly's Heroes
Kelly's Heroes
Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor
Megan Leavey
Megan Leavey
A Woman in Berlin
A Woman in Berlin
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
Glory
Glory
Downfall
Downfall
300: Rise of an Empire
300: Rise of an Empire
Dracula Untold
Dracula Untold
Platoon
Platoon
Thank You for Your Service
Thank You for Your Service
Bajirao Mastani
Bajirao Mastani
To Hell and Back
To Hell and Back
Crimson Tide
Crimson Tide
Memphis Belle
Memphis Belle
The Spymasters - CIA in the Crosshairs
The Spymasters - CIA in the Crosshairs
The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead
Flyboys
Flyboys
Red Dawn
Red Dawn
Das Boot
Das Boot
Lawrence of Arabia
Lawrence of Arabia
The Yellow Birds
The Yellow Birds
Act of Valor
Act of Valor
Red Tails
Red Tails
War Horse
War Horse
Captain Horatio Hornblower
Captain Horatio Hornblower
Patton
Patton
Rambo: First Blood Part II
Rambo: First Blood Part II
The Last of the Mohicans
The Last of the Mohicans
Sands of Iwo Jima
Sands of Iwo Jima
The Imitation Game
The Imitation Game
MASH
MASH
Pork Chop Hill
Pork Chop Hill
D-Day the Sixth of June
D-Day the Sixth of June
Legends of the Fall
Legends of the Fall
The Patriot
The Patriot
Good Morning, Vietnam
Good Morning, Vietnam
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion
Where Eagles Dare
Where Eagles Dare
In Harm's Way
In Harm's Way
The Devil's Double
The Devil's Double
Defiance
Defiance
First They Killed My Father
First They Killed My Father
Sergeant York
Sergeant York
Beasts of No Nation
Beasts of No Nation
Horse Soldiers
Horse Soldiers
The Monuments Men
The Monuments Men
Zulu Dawn
Zulu Dawn
Sajjan Singh Rangroot
Sajjan Singh Rangroot
Kingdom of Heaven
Kingdom of Heaven
Enemy at the Gates
Enemy at the Gates
Rambo III
Rambo III
The English Patient
The English Patient
The Wall
The Wall
Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous
Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous
Doctor Zhivago
Doctor Zhivago
Zoo
Zoo
A Bridge Too Far
A Bridge Too Far
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Little Boy
Little Boy
Escape from Sobibor
Escape from Sobibor
Guadalcanal Diary (film)
Guadalcanal Diary (film)
Man Hunt
Man Hunt
Taking Chance
Taking Chance
Tora! Tora! Tora!
Tora! Tora! Tora!
Air Force
Air Force
Field of Lost Shoes
Field of Lost Shoes
How I Live Now
How I Live Now
Leave It on the Floor
Leave It on the Floor
Battleground
Battleground
Restrepo
Restrepo
Deathwatch
Deathwatch
The Guns of Navarone
The Guns of Navarone
The Breadwinner
The Breadwinner
The Tuskegee Airmen
The Tuskegee Airmen
Letters from Iwo Jima
Letters from Iwo Jima
Windtalkers
Windtalkers
Brother Sun, Sister Moon
Brother Sun, Sister Moon
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