25 Best War Movies of All Time

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Best War Movies of All Time

War movies have been enjoyed by families across the globe for many decades now. The reason is simple, they are good and clean entertainment. Dramas may bore some people while romance may cause a lot of boys to fall asleep, and not everyone is alright with horror. However, when it comes to the action packed war movies, just about everyone is ready to sit down and have a good time. Here is our pick for the 25 best war movies of all time:


25. Braveheart (1995)

Braveheart 1995

Taking place during the 14th century in Scotland, the commoner William Wallace, after losing the love of his life simply because she was trying to defend herself from rape, decides that Scotland has had enough of the cruel English Tyranny and leads his men in a mighty rebellion against the ruling English men.


24. The Thin Red Line (1998)

The Thin Red Line 1998

This film takes place in 1943 during the U.S. offensive of World War II as it nears its end within Guadalcanal. In order to put an end to the campaign, the US army arrives with a full squad of soldiers and equipment.

The story is about how the team’s resources are exploited by a Colonel who is self-centric, a war-fatigued Sergeant, a coward Private who always runs away, and a Company Commander whose struggling with his leadership abilities.


23. The Longest Day (1962)

the longest day 1962

A retelling of D-Day, June 6, 1944. The Longest Day is told from the different perspectives of USA, French, Germans and Britain. The Marshall, Erwin Rommel, rallies the defenses as part of the Reich’s Atlantic Wall in order to stop the invading Allied forces.

Meanwhile, the Allied powers wait for the weather to become calm before they launch Operation Overlord.


22. Where Eagles Dare (1968)

Where Eagles Dare (1968)

The film takes place in 1944 when an American General is captured and imprisoned within a heavily defended German fortress. A rescue attempt is launched at once by the British Intelligence, as the general holds valuable information.

But as the mission unfolds, double as well as triple agents begin to appear within the rescue team ranks along with the added mystery of an American Lieutenant assigned to the mission for mysterious reasons.


21. Last of the Mohicans (1992)

Last of the Mohicans 1992

This classic movie is set in 18th century within North America during the French and Indian War. A white man, adopted by birth by the last few members of a dying tribe called the Mohicans unknowingly becomes the protector of the two daughters of a British colonel.

These daughters have been targeted by a sadistic and vengeful Huron warrior, Magua, who has dedicated his life in destroying the colonel’s life for a past injustice.


20. Glory (1989)

Glory 1989

Taking place during the American civil war, this films tells the story of Officer Shaw who worked in the Federal Army during the Civil War and volunteered to lead the very first squad of black soldiers.

The film deals with racism as Shaw gets forced to deal with the prejudices of not only the enemy (which issues specific orders to kill commanding officers of black soldiers) but also of his very own fellow officers.


19. The Deer Hunter (1978)

The Deer Hunter (1978)

Directed by Michael Cimino, and starring a cast of some of the most famous names in Hollywood history, The Deer Hunter is a film that shows the hardships soldiers and their loved ones face after they return from a conflict.

There are few films that truly show the horrors of war more tragically than this one, and the climactic scenes can be very difficult to watch. That being said, the movie is a terrific example of epic filmmaking, and it has been acknowledged as one of the finest war movies ever made by many critics and film aficionados.


18. Downfall (1945)


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A German war film based off the book series “Inside Hitler’s bunker”. The film depicts the very last days of Adolf Hitler’s reign over Nazi Germany in 1945.

Traudl Junge, the narrator as well as Hitler’s final secretary, tells us about the Nazi dictator’s final 10 days that were spent in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII and how he eventually chose suicide as the last option for himself.


17. La Grande illusion (1937)

La Grande illusion (Grand Illusion)

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Set during the First World War, two French soldiers, Captain De Boeldieu and Lieutenant Marechal are captured and imprisoned in a German POW camp where they befriend different people.

After several escape attempts, they are sent to a seemingly impenetrable fortress which seems impossible to escape from and are forced to suffer.


16. Patton (1970)

Patton (1970)

Featuring an electrifying performance from the great George C. Scott as the celebrated U.S. General, Patton – the film is considered to be one of the greatest World War 2 films of all time. It won numerous Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor, plus it continues to influence movie buffs and aspiring filmmakers to this day.

The movie depicts General Patton as he leads his men to victory in Europe, and it also gives viewers an accurate glimpse into life in the military during the time in which he served and led.