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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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Megan Leavey
Megan Leavey
Flyboys
Flyboys
The Patriot
The Patriot
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Dunkirk
Dunkirk
Churchill
Churchill
Gone with the Wind
Gone with the Wind
300
300
A Bridge Too Far
A Bridge Too Far
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Red Dawn
Red Dawn
Das Boot
Das Boot
The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
Apocalypse Now
Apocalypse Now
Platoon
Platoon
Glory
Glory
Enemy at the Gates
Enemy at the Gates
Legends of the Fall
Legends of the Fall
Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor
Hotel Rwanda
Hotel Rwanda
The Walking Dead
Doctor Zhivago
Game of Aces
Defiance
Letters from Iwo Jima
The English Patient
The Alamo
Bravo Two Zero
MASH
Lawrence of Arabia
A Soldier's Story
Return to the Hiding Place
Act of Valor
Their Finest
The Tuskegee Airmen
The Pianist
The Grey Zone
Rambo: First Blood Part II
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage
Windtalkers
Jarhead 3: The Siege
Company K
Saints and Soldiers: The Void
Special Forces
Lion of the Desert
In the Land of Blood and Honey
Sniper: Reloaded
Memphis Belle
Saints and Soldiers
Casualties of War
The African Queen
Downfall
Brother Sun, Sister Moon
Red Scorpion
Force 10 from Navarone
13 Minutes
Hot Shots!
'71
Zombie Dawn
Field of Lost Shoes
The Red Baron
To End All Wars
Lebanon
Incendies
Dr. Strangelove
Meet the Donors: Does Money Talk?
Anthropoid
Zone Troopers
Battle for Haditha
The Man Who Cried
The Land Girls
Born on the Fourth of July
The First Great Escape
Sometimes in April
Desert Commandos
Adam Resurrected
Rescue Dawn
Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth
Amigo
P.O.W. - The Escape
Innocent Voices
Hope and Glory
Winter in Wartime
Sunflower
Chosen
Attack on Leningrad
War and Peace
Ride with the Devil
Welcome to Sarajevo
Aces High
The Tenth Man
The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler
Justice
Resurface
Active Stealth
Los Ultimos de Filipinas
Crimson Romance
Beyond Valkyrie: Dawn Of The Fourth Reich
Hearts and Minds
Divided We Fall
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