Top War Movies


The Top War Movies List is calculated by overall movie ratings and members' "Top War List". Lists are calculated daily.

41. The Hill

Year of Release: 1965
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Drama/War
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Sidney Lumet
Actors: Sean Connery, Harry Andrews, Ian Bannen, Ossie Davis
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.

42. The Last Samurai

Year of Release: 2003
Overall Rating: 2.8 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: War/Drama
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Edward Zwick
Actors: Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Tony Goldwyn, John Koyama
Plot: After being captured by the same samurai who he was hired to kill, he falls in love with their culture and decides to fight with them until the end.

43. Forbidden Games ( Jeux interdits )

Year of Release: 1952
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: French
Genre: Drama/War
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: René Clément
Actors: Georges Poujouly, Brigitte Fossey, Amédée, Laurence Badie
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.

44. Hiroshima, My Love ( Hiroshima mon amour )

Year of Release: 1959
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: French
Genre: Drama/War
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Alain Resnais
Actors: Emmanuelle Riva, Eiji Okada, Stella Dassas, Pierre Barbaud
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.

45. Battleground

Year of Release: 1949
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: War/Drama
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: William A. Wellman
Actors: Van Johnson, John Hodiak, Ricardo Montalban, George Murphy
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.

46. Ivan's Childhood ( Ivanovo detstvo )

Year of Release: 1963
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: Russian
Genre: Drama/War
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
Actors: Nikolai Burlyayev, Valentin Zubkov, Yevgeni Zharikov, Stepan Krylov
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.

47. Tin Drum, The ( Blechtrommel, Die )

Year of Release: 1980
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: German
Genre: Drama/War
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Actors: Mario Adorf, Angela Winkler, David Bennent, Katharina Thalbach
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.

48. Sands of Iwo Jima

Year of Release: 1949
Overall Rating: 2.9 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Drama/War
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Allan Dwan
Actors: John Wayne, John Agar, Adele Mara, Forrest Tucker
Plot: A group of marines get trained and sent to the island of Iwo Jima to fight in WW2.

49. Stripes

Year of Release: 1981
Overall Rating: 2.9 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Comedy/War
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Ivan Reitman
Actors: Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Warren Oates, P.J. Soles
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.

50. Rescue Dawn

Year of Release: 2007
Overall Rating: 2.8 out of 4 stars
Language: English
Genre: Action/War
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Werner Herzog
Actors: Christian Bale, Jeremy Davies, Zach Grenier, Pat Healy
Plot: A Vietnam Fighter Pilot is shot down over Laos during the Vietnam War and he struggles to survive.

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