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.

The Patriot
The Patriot
Windtalkers
Windtalkers
The Final Countdown
The Final Countdown
Rambo: First Blood Part II
Rambo: First Blood Part II
Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor
300
300
Legends of the Fall
Legends of the Fall
Glory
Glory
1917
1917
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Red Dawn
Red Dawn
12 Strong
12 Strong
Hotel Rwanda
Hotel Rwanda
Dunkirk
Dunkirk
Apocalypse Now
Apocalypse Now
Platoon
Platoon
They Shall Not Grow Old
They Shall Not Grow Old
Gone with the Wind
Gone with the Wind
Sniper
Sniper
Enemy at the Gates
Enemy at the Gates
Official Secrets
Official Secrets
Where Hands Touch
Where Hands Touch
Lawrence of Arabia
Lawrence of Arabia
Das Boot
Das Boot
Jojo Rabbit
Jojo Rabbit
MASH
MASH
Danger Close
Danger Close
Midway
Midway
Flyboys
Flyboys
Downfall
Downfall
The Tuskegee Airmen
The Tuskegee Airmen
The Great War
The Great War
The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
Overlord
Overlord
Special Forces
Special Forces
The Christmas Truce
The Christmas Truce
Doctor Zhivago
Doctor Zhivago
The Cold Blue
The Cold Blue
The Devil's Double
The Devil's Double
Free State of Jones
Free State of Jones
Megan Leavey
Megan Leavey
Crimson Tide
Crimson Tide
Battle for Haditha
Battle for Haditha
Casualties of War
Casualties of War
Dr. Strangelove
Dr. Strangelove
The Alamo
The Alamo
Memphis Belle
Memphis Belle
Tolkien
Tolkien
Red Dawn
Red Dawn
The King
The King
K-19: The Widowmaker
K-19: The Widowmaker
The English Patient
The English Patient
Thank You for Your Service
Thank You for Your Service
Sniper: Reloaded
Sniper: Reloaded
A Bridge Too Far
A Bridge Too Far
Jarhead: Law of Return
Jarhead: Law of Return
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
The Pianist
The Pianist
Restrepo
Restrepo
A Very Long Engagement
A Very Long Engagement
Hot Shots!
Hot Shots!
Act of Valor
Act of Valor
The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead
The Only Way
The Only Way
Iron Eagle
Iron Eagle
Ride with the Devil
Ride with the Devil
War and Peace
War and Peace
Red Cliff
Red Cliff
1911
1911
The Wall
The Wall
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage
Rescue Dawn
Rescue Dawn
Red Scorpion
Red Scorpion
Prisoner Number A26188: Henia Bryer
Prisoner Number A26188: Henia Bryer
The Red Baron
The Red Baron
Yanks
Yanks
Hustle and Flow
Hustle and Flow
21 Brothers
21 Brothers
Letters from Iwo Jima
Letters from Iwo Jima
Force 10 from Navarone
Force 10 from Navarone
Unknown Soldier
Unknown Soldier
Aces High
Aces High
Brother Sun, Sister Moon
Brother Sun, Sister Moon
Bravo Two Zero
Bravo Two Zero
Uncommon Valor
Uncommon Valor
Cross of Iron
Cross of Iron
In the Land of Blood and Honey
In the Land of Blood and Honey
A Hidden Life
A Hidden Life
A Soldier's Story
A Soldier's Story
Beyond Borders
Beyond Borders
The Grey Zone
The Grey Zone
A Private War
A Private War
Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero
Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero
Burning Blue
Burning Blue
Amigo
Amigo
Flight of the Intruder
Flight of the Intruder
Hart's War
Hart's War
Indivisible
Indivisible
Anthropoid
Anthropoid
Jarhead 3: The Siege
Jarhead 3: The Siege
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