It is very sad when nations cannot reach an agreement and see no alternative but war. This is a reality that we do not wish to be experienced by anyone.
On the other hand, wars inspire stories that have nothing to do with violence, involve companionship, empathy, patriotism, overcoming… Fortunately, these are the stories that win the screens. But there are loads of combat scenes too! Do not worry that action is not lacking!
So we’ve sorted 14 of the best war movies for you to watch safely in the comfort of your own home:
14- Invincible (2014)
Rotten Tomatoes: 50% and IMDB: 7.2
Since the 1950s, Universal Studios had intended to make a film telling the story of Louis “Louie” Zamperini. During World War II, the Olympian survived a plane crash at sea, being wrecked on a raft for 47 days only to be found by enemy forces and captured as a prisoner of war. It was at the hands of Angelina Jolie that the film came out of the role.
13- The Patriot (2000)
Rotten Tomatoes: 61% and IMDB: 7.2
An overproduction featuring Mel Gibson and Heath Ledger in the cast as father and son. Benjamin Martin, played by Gibson, is a retired war hero who chooses not to participate in the 1775 clashes that could result in US independence. But when war comes to his backyard, he finds himself in combat again.
12- The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
Rotten Tomatoes: 63% and IMDB: 7.8
Based on a major bestseller, the film tells how Bruno and Shmuel became unlikely friends. Bruno is the son of a Nazi commander assigned to run a concentration camp, while Shmuel is one of the inmates of this concentration camp. A beautiful and exciting portrait of war.
11- American Sniper (2015)
Rotten Tomatoes: 72% and IMDB: 7.3
With positive but mixed reviews about the project’s anti-war objective, Clint Eastwood’s film about the deadliest sniper in US Army history features Bradley Cooper in the lead role and shows the tough battle in Iraq through Hollywood’s eyes.
10- Fury (2014)
Rotten Tomatoes: 77% and IMDB: 7.6
Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman and Shia LaBeouf are no joke inside the Fury battle tank. In the attack on Germany during World War II, the team led by Sergeant Wardaddy (Pitt) must confront enemies, their own fears and dilemmas to win the war and return home intact.
9- Black Hawk down (2001)
Rotten Tomatoes: 76% and IMDB: 7.7
In the Somali Civil War in 1993, what was supposed to be a simple operation to capture generals from rebel leader Mohammed Farah Aidid, turned into a bloody and terrible battle when the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters were shot down. The film based on this event received 2 Oscars and features a heavy cast, with names like Ewan McGregor, Josh Hartnett, Eric Bana, Tom Hardy, Sam Shepard and Orlando Bloom.
8- Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
Rotten Tomatoes: 86% and IMDB: 8.1
There are many war heroes, but it is not always that we see one who refuses to touch weapons. Yet one more that really existed. Based on real facts, the film brings a whole new look at war and the concept of heroism. Andrew Garfield plays Desmond T. Doss, a US Army physician who is a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Due to his religion, he refuses to touch weapons, but this does not prevent him from being very brave.
7- Beasts of No Nation (2015)
Rotten Tomatoes: 92% and IMDB: 7.8
Beasts of No Nation brings to the screen a harsh portrait of the lives of child soldiers. Age is a boy living in a Central African country where a civil war begins. He is captured by rebel forces and integrated into the army. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where it won the Marcello Mastroianni award winner.
6- Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Rotten Tomatoes: 88% and IMDB: 8.3
One of Quentin Tarantino’s biggest hits, featuring Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz and Diane Kruger in the cast. This is decidedly a fiction movie that even disrespects the true historical events. But it’s so good that we easily forgive the director’s poetic licenses.
5- Dunkirk (2017)
Rotten Tomatoes: 92% and IMDB: 8.0
Christopher Nolan was really inspired when he wrote and directed the beautiful and thrilling film that tells of the events of the evacuation of the French beaches of Dunkirk that housed 400,000 Allied soldiers and was attacked by German troops.
4- Patton – Rebel or Hero? (1970)
Rotten Tomatoes: 95% IMDB: 8.0
Winner of 7 Oscars, including Best Actor and Best Picture, Patton portrays the life of General George S. Patton, who commanded US military forces during World War II. The general made several bold decisions that left him in a difficult situation with his own army.
3- The Rescue of Private Ryan (1998)
Rotten Tomatoes: 93% and IMDB: 8.6
One of the most beloved war movies in the world. It brings Tom Hanks leading a rescue team to save Private Ryan, the only survivor of 4 military brothers, played by Matt Damon. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film took 5 Oscars, including Best Direction.
2- Apocalypse now (1979)
Rotten Tomatoes: 96% and IMDB: 8.5
An iconic portrait of the madness of war. The film was also known for the various difficulties faced by director Francis Ford Coppola and his production crew during filming. Even a typhoon hit the movie set, just imagine! The film follows Captain Benjamin Willard, whose mission is to assassinate Colonel Walter E. Kurtz, who is allegedly insane. Winner of 2 Oscars, 1 Golden Palm and 3 Golden Globes.
1- Schindler’s List (1993)
Rotten Tomatoes: 97% IMDB: 8.9
Of the most telling stories about the Holocaust, Schindler’s List took 7 Oscars and 3 Golden Globes home. With Steven Spielberg at the helm and Liam Neeson as the protagonist who saves over 1,000 Jews by employing them in his factory, the film is highly acclaimed and tells the true story of a war hero who was not part of an army but was willing to risk everything to save innocent lives.