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Top War Movies

The Best War Movies of All Time are calculated by overall movie ratings and members' "Top War List". The Top War Movies List is calculated daily.

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Forbidden Games ( Jeux interdits ) (1952)
Forbidden Games ( Jeux interdits ) (1952) 3.05/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: Drama/War
MPAA rating: PG-13
Director: René Clément
Actors: Georges Poujouly, Brigitte Fossey, Amédée
Plot: A young girl is orphaned during WWII and, breaking away from a group of refugees, finds herself with a peasant family - where she bonds with a young boy. Together they form their own ideas about the death that surrounds them - and the rituals involved - even if it is often at odds with the adults around them.


Hiroshima, My Love ( Hiroshima mon amour ) (1959)
Hiroshima, My Love ( Hiroshima mon amour ) (1959) 3.00/4 Add to movie list

Language: French
Genre: Drama/War
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Alain Resnais
Actors: Emmanuelle Riva, Eiji Okada, Stella Dassas
Plot: A French actress in Hiroshima, for a film about peace, spends the night with a Japanese man. It reminds her of an earlier relationship she had in WWII with a German soldier.


Ivan's Childhood ( Ivanovo detstvo ) (1963)
Ivan's Childhood ( Ivanovo detstvo ) (1963) 3.02/4 Add to movie list

Language: Russian
Genre: Drama/War
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
Actors: Nikolai Burlyayev, Valentin Zubkov, Yevgeni Zharikov
Plot: During WWII, a young boy works as a spy on the Eastern Front - small enough to cross German lines unnoticed. Three soviet officers do their best to look after the boy/spy.


Battleground (1949)
Battleground (1949) 3.12/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: War/Drama
MPAA rating: NR
Director: William A. Wellman
Actors: Van Johnson, John Hodiak, Ricardo Montalban
Plot: Just outside Bastogne - WWII - a group of Americans, low on supplies and constantly bombarded by German propaganda, must somehow find the will to go on. With think fog preventing air support and making it difficult to track anything, the men battle their own selves as much as the enemy.


Tin Drum, The ( Blechtrommel, Die ) (1980)
Tin Drum, The ( Blechtrommel, Die ) (1980) 2.98/4 Add to movie list

Language: German
Genre: Drama/War
MPAA rating: R
Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Actors: Mario Adorf, Angela Winkler, David Bennent
Plot: Based on one of the most important fiction works of the 20th Century, the Tin Drum follows the fortunes of Oskar Matzerath a gifted introvert who on his 3rd birthday (after receiving a tin drum as a present) decides to stop growing and refuses to join the adult society that he holds in contempt.Matzerath lives through one of the most turbulent periods of European history as he sees the rise of the Nazi regime, the fall of Danzig to the German Army,the Second World War and the fall again of Danzig this time to the Russians. Oskar falls in love and discovers the heartbreak of the sudden death of his mother, all the while he continues to play his Tin Drum.


Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage (2006)
Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage (2006) 3.04/4 Add to movie list

Language: German
Genre: Drama/War
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Marc Rothemund
Actors: Julia Jentsch, Gerald Alexander Held, Fabian Hinrichs
Plot: This movie is a historical recreation of the last days of Sophie Scholl, a member of a non-violent German resistance movement during WWII. After the German army suffered heavy losses at the battle of Stalingrad, a small number of University students, appalled with the stories of Nazi atrocities that were filtering through to them, set up an anti-war group called the White Rose. In and around Munich University, a campaign is Spearheaded by the students as they organise leaflet handouts and daub graffiti over government buildings attacking Hitler and his policies.


Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)
Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) 2.90/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Drama/War
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Allan Dwan
Actors: John Wayne, John Agar, Adele Mara
Plot: A group of marines get trained and sent to the island of Iwo Jima to fight in WW2.


The Hill (1965)
The Hill (1965) 3.09/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Drama/War
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Sidney Lumet
Actors: Sean Connery, Harry Andrews, Ian Bannen
Plot: In a British disciplinary camp in the middle of the Libyan desert, Staff Sergeant Williams delights in persecuting his prisoners by constantly making them climb a man-made hill in the middle of the camp. Five new prisoners arrive and will deal with authority in their own ways.


Kedma (2003)
Kedma (2003) 3.63/4 Add to movie list

Language: Hebrew
Genre: Drama/War
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Amos Gitai
Actors: Andrei Kashkar, Helena Yaralova, Yussuf Abu-Warda
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Stripes (1981)
Stripes (1981) 2.86/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Comedy/War
MPAA rating: R
Director: Ivan Reitman
Actors: Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates
Plot: John Winger, a down-on-his luck New Yorker, convinces his friend to join to army with him to impress chicks and make money. Clowning through basic training, becoming the leader of a misfit platoon, Winger somehow manages to land a plum assignment manning a new urban assault vehicle in Italy.

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