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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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Hacksaw Ridge
Hacksaw Ridge
The Virginian
The Virginian
American Sniper
American Sniper
Pan's Labyrinth
Pan's Labyrinth
Lone Survivor
Lone Survivor
Dunkirk
Dunkirk
Unbroken
Unbroken
Wolf Warrior
Wolf Warrior
Fury
Fury
300
300
Defiance
Defiance
Dear John
Dear John
Top Gun
Top Gun
The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
We Were Soldiers
We Were Soldiers
300: Rise of an Empire
300: Rise of an Empire
Megan Leavey
Megan Leavey
Bajirao Mastani
Bajirao Mastani
Allied
War Dogs
Gone with the Wind
Enemy at the Gates
Dracula Untold
Pearl Harbor
Where Eagles Dare
Apocalypse Now
King Arthur
Heartbreak Ridge
The Patriot
A Bridge Too Far
Braveheart
Kingdom of Heaven
Kelly's Heroes
The Guns of Navarone
Game of Aces
Act of Valor
Red Dawn
War Machine
Lawrence of Arabia
Glory
MASH
The English Patient
Red Tails
The Ottoman Lieutenant
The Notebook
Downfall
Legends of the Fall
Beasts of No Nation
Dr. Strangelove
Platoon
The Devil's Double
Horse Soldiers
Their Finest
Sergeant York
Land of Mine
Tora! Tora! Tora!
How I Live Now
Das Boot
Objective Burma
The Alamo
Brothers of War
Anthropoid
Valkyrie
Sometimes in April
War Horse
Hot Shots! Part Deux
The Water Diviner
Letters from Iwo Jima
Jarhead 2: Field of Fire
Sarah's Key
Run Silent, Run Deep
Incendies
The Caine Mutiny
The Admiral: Roaring Currents
Catch-22
Patton
'71
The Last of the Mohicans
The Bridge On The River Kwai
Bravo Two Zero
Rambo III
The Sand Pebbles
Captain Horatio Hornblower
War and Peace
The Imitation Game
Twelve O'Clock High
From Here to Eternity
Guadalcanal Diary (film)
Beyond Borders
Brother Sun, Sister Moon
Air Force
Von Ryan's Express
Doctor Zhivago
Homecoming
Battle Cry
Last Days in Vietnam
Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison
Battleground
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