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Top 100 Best War Movies Of All Time (2020) Watch On Hulu & Netflix

What are the best war movies? Its very sad that this Genre exists. But it is a bitter truth that the history of War and Conflicts is as old as the human evolution. History has it that some fought war to conquer the world, some fought for self defense and very few fought for respect and pride. No matter whose side won the war, No one have sweet memories attached with it. In fact it gives nightmare to the people who participated and people whose life were affected by it.

It is not a hidden fact that Academy Jury loves War movies and this is the reason why you will find many War movies in the “Academy Award for Best Picture” List and “Academy Award For Best Director List”. May be people love to watch the bitter truth of wars and this is why directors and producers who showed the real face of war as it is were lauded with most prestigious awards in the film industry.

The genre of War came in existence after the first world war ended. In the 1920s major focus of directors was on War Comedies and a lots of Satirical war comedies were released in this decade. The 1930s continued this successful formula with Charlie chaplin playing a major role in such war comedies. In the 1940s due to second world war, films on war were not made. But the 1950s once again slammed the horrific world of war and many directors made films showcasing the bitter truth of War. The decade of 60s focused on Prisoner of War films and the decade of 70s focused on commando war films. Also Civil war films released in these two decades were loved by people. The decade of 80s focused on the recent Vietnam war. The decade of 90s mainly focused on World War II and specially on the actions of Adolf hitler in world War II. In 00s decade directors step aside from previous wars and focused on Medieval wars, historical wars and even on fictional wars.

Here is a list of 100 Greatest War films ever made:

Contents

100. Malena


best war movies
Director – Giuseppe Tornatore
Cast – Monica Bellucci, Giuseppe Sulfaro
Giuseppe Sulfaro
IMDB Rating – 7.5
Rotten Tomatoes – 54%
Release Date – 27 October 2000
Box Office – $14.4 million
Genre – Comedy, Drama, Romance
Awards – None
Plot –

99. Fail-Safe


best war movies
Director – Sidney Lumet
Cast – Dan O’Herlihy, Henry Fonda, Larry Hagman, Frank Overton, Walter Matthau
IMDB Rating – 8
Rotten Tomatoes – 95%
Release Date – 7 October 1964
Box Office – $1.8 million
Genre – Drama, Thriller
Awards – None
Plot –

98. Gettysburg


best war movies
Director – Ronald F. Maxwell
Cast – Martin Sheen, Jeff Daniels, Tom Berenger, Kevin Conway, Maxwell Caulfield, C. Thomas Howell
IMDB Rating – 7.7
Rotten Tomatoes – 80%
Release Date – 8 October 1993
Box Office – $12.7 million
Genre – Drama, History, War
Awards – None
Plot –

97. Tora! Tora! Tora!


best war movies
Director – Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku, Toshio Masuda
Cast – Hideo Oguni, Larry Forrester, Akira Kurosawa, Ryūzō Kikushima
IMDB Rating – 7.5
Rotten Tomatoes – 55%
Release Date – 23 September 1970
Box Office – $29.5 million
Genre – Action, Drama, History
Awards – Won 1 Oscar
Plot –

96. To be or Not to be


best war movies
Director – Ernst Lubitsch
Cast – Sig Ruman, Carole Lombard, Jack Benny, Felix Bressart, Robert Stack
IMDB Rating – 8.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 98%
Release Date – 19 February 1942
Box Office – $1.5 million
Genre – Comedy, War
Awards – None
Plot –

95. Rome, Open City


best war movies
Director – Roberto Rossellini
Cast – Marcello Pagliero, Aldo Fabrizi, Anna Magnani
IMDB Rating – 8.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 100%
Release Date – 27 September 1945
Box Office – $1 million
Genre – Drama, Thriller, War
Awards – None
Plot –

94. Stalingrad


best war movies
Director – Joseph Vilsmaier
Cast – Jochen Nickel, Thomas Kretschmann, Dominique Horwitz, Sebastian Rudolph, Martin Benrath, Sylvester Groth
IMDB Rating – 7.5
Rotten Tomatoes – 60%
Release Date – 21 January 1993
Box Office – $152,972
Genre – Drama, War
Awards – None
Plot –

93. The Messenger


best war movies
Director – Oren Moverman
Cast – Dylan McDermott, Kristen Stewart, John Corbett, Penelope Ann Miller
IMDB Rating – 7.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 89%
Release Date – 13 November 2009
Box Office – $55 million
Genre – Drama, Romance, War
Awards – None
Plot –

92. Zulu


best war movies
Director – Cy Endfield
Cast – Jack Hawkins, Stanley Baker, Michael Caine, James Booth, Ulla Jacobsson
IMDB Rating – 7.7
Rotten Tomatoes – 95%
Release Date – 22 January 1964
Box Office – $8 million
Genre – Drama, History, War
Awards – None
Plot –

91. Seven Years in Tibet


best war movies
Director – Jean-Jacques Annaud
Cast – B. D. Wong, David Thewlis, Brad Pitt, Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk, Mako, Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk
IMDB Rating – 7.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 60%
Release Date – 8 October 1997
Box Office – $131.5 million
Genre – Adventure, Biography, Drama
Awards – None
Plot –

90. The Counterfeiters


best war movies
Director – Stefan Ruzowitzky
Cast – August Diehl, Devid Striesow, Karl Markovics
IMDB Rating – 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes – 90%
Release Date – 9 March 2007
Box Office – $20,199,663
Genre – Crime, Drama, War
Awards – Won 1 Oscar
Plot –

89. To have and Have not


best war movies
Director – Howard Hawks
Cast – Walter Brennan, Dolores Moran, Hoagy Carmichael, Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart
IMDB Rating – 7.9
Rotten Tomatoes – 97%
Release Date – 11 October 1944
Box Office – $5,257,000
Genre – Adventure, Comedy, Film-Noir
Awards – None
Plot –

88. Gallipolli


best war movies
Director – Peter Weir
Cast – Mark Lee, Mel Gibson
IMDB Rating – 7.4
Rotten Tomatoes – 91%
Release Date – 13 August 1981
Box Office – $5,732,587
Genre – Adventure, Drama, History
Awards – None
Plot –

87. Come and See


best war movies
Director – Elem Klimov
Cast – Olga Mironova, leksei Kravchenko
IMDB Rating – 8.3
Rotten Tomatoes – 96%
Release Date – 27 September 1985
Box Office – $1 Million
Genre – Drama, War
Awards – None
Plot –

86. Causalities of War


best war movies
Director – Brian De Palma
Cast – Sean Penn, Michael J. Fox
IMDB Rating – 7.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 84%
Release Date – 18 August 1989
Box Office – $18,671,317
Genre – Crime, Drama, War
Awards – None
Plot –

85. The Wind that Shakes the Barley


best war movies
Director – Ken Loach
Cast – Cillian Murphy, Liam Cunningham, Orla Fitzgerald, Padraic Delaney
IMDB Rating – 7.5
Rotten Tomatoes – 89%
Release Date – 23 June 2006
Box Office – $25.7 million
Genre – Drama, War
Awards – None
Plot –

84. Stripes


best war movies
Director – Ivan Reitman
Cast – John Candy, Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, P. J. Soles, Warren Oates
IMDB Rating – 6.9
Rotten Tomatoes – 86%
Release Date – 26 June 1981
Box Office – $85.3 million
Genre – Comedy, War
Awards – None
Plot –

83. Brothers


best war movies
Director – Jim Sheridan
Cast – Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman
IMDB Rating – 7.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 63%
Release Date – 3 December 2009
Box Office – $43.3 million
Genre – Action, Drama, Romance
Awards – None
Plot –

82. Conquest 1453


best war movies
Director – Faruk Aksoy
Cast – İbrahim Çelikkol, Devrim Evin, Dilek Serbest
IMDB Rating – 6.9
Rotten Tomatoes – 40%
Release Date – 16 February 2012
Box Office – $61.2 million
Genre – Action, Drama, History
Awards – None
Plot –

81. Kagemusha


best war movies
Director – Akira Kurosawa
Cast – Tatsuya Nakadai
IMDB Rating – 8
Rotten Tomatoes – 87%
Release Date – April 1980
Box Office – $4,000,000
Genre – Drama, History, War
Awards – None
Plot –

80. The Flowers of War


best war movies
Director – Zhang Yimou
Cast – Zhang Xinyi , Christian Bale, Ni Ni, Shigeo Kobayashi, Cao Kefan, Atsuro Watabe, Tong Dawei
IMDB Rating – 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes – 41%
Release Date – 16 December 2011
Box Office – $95,311,434
Genre – Drama, History, Romance
Awards – None
Plot –

79. Incendies


best war movies
Director – Denis Villeneuve
Cast – Maxim Gaudette, Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin, Lubna Azabal, Rémy Girard,
IMDB Rating – 8.3
Rotten Tomatoes – 93%
Release Date – 17 September 2010
Box Office – $16,038,343
Genre – Drama, Mystery, War
Awards – None
Plot –

78. Defiance


best war movies
Director – Edward Zwick
Cast – George MacKay, Jamie Bell, Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber
IMDB Rating – 7.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 58%
Release Date – 31 December 2008
Box Office – $51.2 million
Genre – Action, Drama, History
Awards – None
Plot –

77. Red Cliff


best war movies
Director – John Woo
Cast – Takeshi Kaneshiro, Lin Chi-ling, Tony Leung, Chang Chen, Zhang Fengyi, Shidō Nakamura, Hu Jun, Zhao Wei
IMDB Rating – 7.4
Rotten Tomatoes – 91%
Release Date – 30 June 2008
Box Office – $250.1 million
Genre – Action, Adventure, Drama
Awards – None
Plot –

76. Kelly’s Heroes


best war movies
Director – Brian G. Hutton
Cast – Telly Savalas, Carroll O’Connor, Don Rickles, Donald Sutherland, Clint Eastwood
IMDB Rating – 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes – 76%
Release Date – 23 July 1970
Box Office – $5.2 million
Genre – Adventure, Comedy, War
Awards – None
Plot –

75. Tigerland


best war movies
Director – Joel Schumacher
Cast – Matthew Davis, Colin Farrell, Shea Whigham, Cole Hauser, Thomas Guiry, Clifton Collins Jr., Shea Whigham
IMDB Rating – 7
Rotten Tomatoes – 76%
Release Date – 6 October 2000
Box Office – $148,701
Genre – Drama, War
Awards – None
Plot –

74. No Man’s Land


best war movies
Director – Peter Werner
Cast – Randy Quaid, D. B. Sweeney, Charlie Sheen
IMDB Rating – 6.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 50%
Release Date – 23 October 1987
Box Office – $2,877,571
Genre – Crime, Drama, Thriller
Awards – None
Plot –

73. We Were Soldiers


best war movies
Director – Randall Wallace
Cast – Madeleine Stowe, Mel Gibson, Sam Elliott, Greg Kinnear, Barry Pepper, Keri Russell
IMDB Rating – 7.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 63%
Release Date – 25 February 2002
Box Office – $114.7 million
Genre – Action, Drama, History
Awards – None
Plot –

72. A Very Long Engagement


best war movies
Director – Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Cast – Gaspard Ulliel, Audrey Tautou, Chantal Neuwirth, André Dussolier, Marion Cotillard, Dominique Pinon
IMDB Rating – 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes – 78%
Release Date – 27 October 2004
Box Office – $76.6 million
Genre – Drama, Mystery, Romance
Awards – None
Plot –

71. The Patriot


best war movies
Director – Roland Emmerich
Cast – Joely Richardson, Heath Ledger, Mel Gibson, Jason Isaacs, Tchéky Karyo, Chris Cooper, René Auberjonois
IMDB Rating – 7.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 61%
Release Date – 27 June 2000
Box Office – $215.3 million
Genre – Action, Drama, History
Awards – None
Plot –

70. Rambo


best war movies
Director – Adrian Grunberg
Cast – Graham McTavish, Jake La Botz, Ken Howard, Sylvester Stallone, Julie Benz, Matthew Marsden, Paul Schulze
IMDB Rating – 7
Rotten Tomatoes –
Release Date – 20 September 2019
Box Office – $113.2 million
Genre – Action, Thriller, War
Awards – None
Plot –

69. Kingdom of Heaven


best war movies
Director – Ridley Scott
Cast – Eva Green, Orlando Bloom, Ghassan Massoud, David Thewlis, Jeremy Irons, David Thewlis, Brendan Gleeson
IMDB Rating – 7.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 39%
Release Date – 6 May 2005
Box Office – $211.7 million
Genre – Action, Adventure, Drama
Awards – None
Plot –

68. All Quiet on the Western Front


best war movies
Director – Lewis Milestone
Cast – Louis Wolheim, Lew Ayres
Louis Wolheim
IMDB Rating – 8
Rotten Tomatoes – 100%
Release Date – 21 April 1930
Box Office – $3 million
Genre – Drama, War
Awards – None
Plot –

67. Black Book


best war movies
Director – Paul Verhoeven
Cast – Halina Reijn, Thom Hoffman, Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch
IMDB Rating – 7.7
Rotten Tomatoes – 75%
Release Date – 12 September 2006
Box Office – $27 million
Genre – Drama, Thriller, War
Awards – None
Plot –

66. The Killing Fields


best war movies
Director – Roland Joffé
Cast – Dr. Haing S. Ngor, Sam Waterston, John Malkovich, Athol Fugard, Craig T. Nelson
IMDB Rating – 7.9
Rotten Tomatoes – 93%
Release Date – 2 November 1984
Box Office – $34.7 million
Genre – Biography, Drama, History
Awards – Won 3 Oscars
Plot –

65. Glory


best war movies
Director – Edward Zwick
Cast – Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick, Cary Elwes
IMDB Rating – 7.8
Rotten Tomatoes – 93%
Release Date – 15 December 1989
Box Office – $26.8 million
Genre – Biography, Drama, History
Awards – None
Plot –

64. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World


best war movies
Director – Peter Weir
Cast – Edward Woodall, James D’Arcy, Paul Bettany, Russell Crowe, Chris Larkin, Billy Boyd
IMDB Rating – 7.4
Rotten Tomatoes – 85%
Release Date – 14 November 2003
Box Office – $212 million
Genre – Action, Adventure, Drama
Awards – Won 2 Oscars
Plot –

63. Where Eagles Dare


best war movies
Director – Brian G. Hutton
Cast – Clint Eastwood, Mary Ure, Richard Burton
IMDB Rating – 7.7
Rotten Tomatoes – 91%
Release Date – 4 December 1968
Box Office – $21 million
Genre – Action, Adventure, War
Awards – None
Plot –

62. Good Morning, Vietnam


best war movies
Director – Barry Levinson
Cast – Forest Whitaker, Robin Williams
IMDB Rating – 7.3
Rotten Tomatoes – 90%
Release Date – 15 January 1988
Box Office – $123.9 million
Genre – Biography, Comedy, Drama
Awards – None
Plot –

61. The Battle of Algiers


best war movies
Director – Gillo Pontecorvo
Cast – Brahim Haggiag, Jean Martin, Saadi Yacef, Tommaso Neri
IMDB Rating – 8.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 99%
Release Date – 8 September 1966
Box Office – $879,794
Genre – Drama, War
Awards – None
Plot –

60. Cold Mountain


best war movies
Director – Anthony Minghella
Cast – Eileen Atkins, Jude Law, Renée Zellweger, Nicole Kidman, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Brendan Gleeson
IMDB Rating – 7.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 71%
Release Date – 25 December 2003
Box Office – $173 million
Genre – Adventure, Drama, History
Awards – Won 1 Oscar
Plot –

59. The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas


best war movies
Director – Mark Herman
Cast – Jack Scanlon, Asa Butterfield, Vera Farmiga, Rupert Friend, Jordan Lowe, David Hayman
IMDB Rating – 7.8
Rotten Tomatoes – 63%
Release Date – 12 September 2008
Box Office – $44.1 million
Genre – Drama, War
Awards – None
Plot –

58. Underground


best war movies
Director – Emir Kusturica
Cast – Lazar Ristovski, Miki Manojlović, Mirjana Joković, Ernst Stötzner, Slavko Štimac, Srđan Todorović
IMDB Rating – 8.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 86%
Release Date – 1 April 1995
Box Office – $171,082
Genre – Comedy, Drama, War
Awards – None
Plot –

57. War Horse


best war movies
Director – Steven Spielberg
Cast – David Thewlis, Emily Watson, Jeremy Irvine, Niels Arestrup, Peter Mullan
IMDB Rating – 7.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 75%
Release Date – 10 February 2012
Box Office – $177.6 million
Genre – Action, Drama, War
Awards – None
Plot –

56. Rescue Down


best war movies
Director – Werner Herzog
Cast – Pat Healy, Steve Zahn, Christian Bale, Jeremy Davies, Toby Huss, François Chau
IMDB Rating – 7.3
Rotten Tomatoes – 90%
Release Date – 28 June 2007
Box Office – $7.2 million
Genre – Action, Adventure, Biography
Awards – None
Plot –

55. Legends of the Fall


best war movies
Director – Edward Zwick
Cast – Anthony Hopkins, Brad Pitt, Aidan Quinn, Henry Thomas, Julia Ormond
IMDB Rating – 7.5
Rotten Tomatoes – 57%
Release Date – 13 January 1995
Box Office – $160.6 million
Genre – Drama, Romance, War
Awards – None
Plot –

54. Atonement


best war movies
Director – Joe Wright
Cast – Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Romola Garai, Vanessa Redgrave, Saoirse Ronan
IMDB Rating – 7.8
Rotten Tomatoes – 83%
Release Date – 20 June 2008
Box Office – $129.3 million
Genre – Drama, Mystery, Romance
Awards – None
Plot –

53. The Guns of Navarone


best war movies
Director – J. Lee Thompson
Cast – Anthony Quinn, David Niven, Gregory Peck
IMDB Rating – 7.5
Rotten Tomatoes – 95%
Release Date – 22 June 1961
Box Office – $28,900,000
Genre – Action, Adventure, Drama
Awards – Won 1 Oscar
Plot –

52. Empire of the Sun


best war movies
Director – Steven Spielberg
Cast – John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson, Christian Bale, Nigel Havers
IMDB Rating – 7.8
Rotten Tomatoes – 75%
Release Date – 25 December 1987
Box Office – $46.7 million
Genre – Drama, History, War
Awards – None
Plot –

51. Flags of Our Fathers


best war movies
Director – Clint Eastwood
Cast – Jesse Bradford, Ryan Phillippe, Adam Beach
IMDB Rating – 7.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 73%
Release Date – 20 October 2006
Box Office – $65.9 million
Genre – Action, Adventure, Drama
Awards – None
Plot –

50. The Dirty Dozen


best war movies
Director – Robert Aldrich
Cast – Jim Brown, Lee Marvin, Richard Jaeckel, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, John Cassavetes
IMDB Rating – 7.8
Rotten Tomatoes – 88%
Release Date – 15 June 1967
Box Office – $45.3 million
Genre – Action, Adventure, War
Awards – Won 1 Oscar
Plot –

49. Judgment at Nuremberg


best war movies
Director – Stanley Kramer
Cast – Burt Lancaster, Marlene Dietrich, Maximilian Schell, Spencer Tracy, Richard Widmark, Judy Garland
IMDB Rating – 8.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 91%
Release Date – 19 December 1961
Box Office – $10 million
Genre – Drama, War
Awards – Won 2 Oscars
Plot –

48. Patton


best war movies
Director – Franklin J. Schaffner
Cast – Karl Malden, George C. Scott
IMDB Rating – 8
Rotten Tomatoes – 96%
Release Date – 18 February 1970
Box Office – $61.8 million
Genre – Biography, Drama, War
Awards – Won 7 Oscars
Plot –

47. Born on the Fourth of July


best war movies
Director – Oliver Stone
Cast – Raymond J. Barry, Tom Cruise, Jerry Levine, Kyra Sedgwick
IMDB Rating – 7.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 89%
Release Date – 20 December 1989
Box Office – $161 million
Genre – Biography, Drama, War
Awards – Won 2 Oscars
Plot –

46. The General


best war movies
Director – Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman
Cast – Marion Mack, Buster Keaton
IMDB Rating – 8.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 92%
Release Date – 31 December 1926
Box Office – $1,000,000
Genre – Action, Adventure, Comedy
Awards – None
Plot –

45. The last of the Mohicans


best war movies
Director – Michael Mann
Cast – Jodhi May, Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe
IMDB Rating – 7.7
Rotten Tomatoes – 95%
Release Date – 26 August 1992
Box Office – $75.5 million
Genre – Action, Adventure, Drama
Awards – Won 1 Oscar
Plot –

44. From Here to Eternity


best war movies
Director – Fred Zinnemann
Cast – Deborah Kerr, Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra, Montgomery Clift
IMDB Rating – 7.7
Rotten Tomatoes – 92%
Release Date -5 August 1953
Box Office – $30.5 million
Genre – Drama, Romance, War
Awards – Won 8 Oscars
Plot –

43. MASH


best war movies
Director – Robert Altman
Cast – Elliott Gould, Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland, Sally Kellerman, Tom Skerritt
IMDB Rating – 7.5
Rotten Tomatoes – 85%
Release Date – 25 January 1970
Box Office – $81.6 million
Genre – Comedy, Drama, War
Awards – Won 1 Oscar
Plot –

42. JarHead


best war movies
Director – Sam Mendes
Cast – Chris Cooper, Jake Gyllenhaal, Lucas Black, Peter Sarsgaard
IMDB Rating – 7
Rotten Tomatoes – 61%
Release Date – 4 November 2005
Box Office – $96.9 million
Genre – Action, Adventure, Biography
Awards – None
Plot –

41. Valkyrie


best war movies
Director – Bryan Singer
Cast – Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh
IMDB Rating – 7.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 62%
Release Date – 25 December 2008
Box Office – $200.3 million
Genre – Drama, History, Thriller
Awards – None
Plot –

40. Three Kings


best war movies
Director – David O. Russell
Cast – Spike Jonze, Ice Cube, Mark Wahlberg, George Clooney
IMDB Rating – 7.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 94%
Release Date – October 1, 1999
Box Office – $107.7 million
Genre – Action, Adventure, Comedy
Awards – None
Plot –

39. The Longest Day


best war movies
Director – Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Darryl F. Zanuck, Bernhard Wicki, Gerd Oswald
Cast – Eddie Albert, John Wayne, Curd Jürgens, Henry Fonda, Sean Connery, Robert Mitchum
IMDB Rating – 7.8
Rotten Tomatoes – 87%
Release Date – 25 September 1962
Box Office – $50.1 million
Genre – Action, Drama, History
Awards – Won 2 Oscars
Plot –

38. A Bridge too Far


best war movies
Director – Richard Attenborough
Cast – Michael Caine, Dirk Bogarde, James Caan, Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins, Edward Fox, Elliott Gould
IMDB Rating – 7.4
Rotten Tomatoes – 59%
Release Date – 15 June 1977
Box Office – $50.7 million
Genre – Drama, History, War
Awards – None
Plot –

37. Hotel Rwanda


best war movies
Director – Terry George
Cast –
IMDB Rating – 8.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 91%
Release Date – 22 December 2004
Box Office – $33.9 million
Genre – Biography, Drama, History
Awards – None
Plot –

36. Downfall


best war movies
Director – Oliver Hirschbiegel
Cast – Alexandra Maria Lara, Bruno Ganz, Ulrich Matthes, Corinna Harfouch, Juliane Köhler, Christian Berkel
IMDB Rating – 8.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 90%
Release Date – 8 September 2004
Box Office – $92.2 million
Genre – Biography, Drama, History
Awards – None
Plot –

35. Ran


best war movies
Director – Akira Kurosawa
Cast – Akira Terao, Tatsuya Nakadai, Jinpachi Nezu, Mieko Harada, Hisashi Igawa, Peter, Daisuke Ryu
IMDB Rating – 8.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 96%
Release Date – 31 May 1985
Box Office – $12 million
Genre – Action, Drama
Awards – Won 1 Oscar
Plot –

34. The Thin Red Line


best war movies
Director – Terrence Malick
Cast – Adrien Brody, Sean Penn, Jim Caviezel, George Clooney, Ben Chaplin, Woody Harrelson, John Cusack
IMDB Rating – 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes – 80%
Release Date – 22 December 1998
Box Office – $98.1 million
Genre – Drama, War
Awards – None
Plot –

33. Pan’s Labyrinth


best war movies
Director – Guillermo del Toro
Cast –
IMDB Rating – 8.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 95%
Release Date – 11 October 2006
Box Office – $83.3 million
Genre – Drama, Fantasy, War
Awards – Won 3 Oscars
Plot –

32. The Best Years of Our Lives


best war movies
Director – William Wyler
Cast – Fredric March, Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, Virginia Mayo, Harold Russell, Teresa Wright
IMDB Rating – 8
Rotten Tomatoes – 96%
Release Date – 21 November 1946
Box Office – $23.7 million
Genre – $23.7 million
Awards – Won 7 Oscars
Plot –

31. Black Hawk Down


best war movies
Director – Ridley Scott
Cast – Tom Sizemore, Josh Hartnett, William Fichtner, Ewan McGregor, Eric Bana
IMDB Rating – 7.7
Rotten Tomatoes – 76%
Release Date – December 28, 2001
Box Office – $173 million
Genre – Drama, History, War
Awards – Won 2 Oscars
Plot –

30. The Great Dictator


best war movies
Director – Charlie Chaplin
Cast – Henry Daniell, Paulette Goddard, Reginald Gardiner, Charlie Chaplin, Jack Oakie
IMDB Rating – 8.5
Rotten Tomatoes – 92%
Release Date – 15 October 1940
Box Office – $5 million
Genre – Comedy, Drama, War
Awards – None
Plot –

29. Barry Lyndon


best war movies
Director – Stanley Kubrick
Cast – Marisa Berenson, Hardy Krüger, Patrick Magee, Ryan O’Neal
IMDB Rating – 8.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 93%
Release Date – 1 January 1975
Box Office – $20.2 million
Genre – Adventure, Drama, History
Awards – Won 4 Oscars
Plot –

28. The African Queen


best war movies
Director – John Huston
Cast – Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley, Humphrey Bogart
IMDB Rating – 7.8
Rotten Tomatoes – 98%
Release Date – 23 December 1951
Box Office – $10,750,000
Genre – Adventure, Drama, Romance
Awards – Won 1 Oscar
Plot –

27. The English Patient


best war movies
Director – Anthony Minghella
Cast – Kristin Scott Thomas, Willem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Colin Firth
IMDB Rating – 7.4
Rotten Tomatoes – 94%
Release Date – 6 November 1996
Box Office – $232 million
Genre – Drama, Romance, War
Awards – Won 9 Oscars
Plot –

26. Letters from Iwo Jimma


best war movies
Director – Clint Eastwood
Cast – Tsuyoshi Ihara, Ken Watanabe, Ryō Kase, Kazunari Ninomiya
IMDB Rating – 7.9
Rotten Tomatoes – 91%
Release Date – 15 November 2006
Box Office – $68.7 million
Genre – Drama, History, War
Awards – Won 1 Oscar
Plot –

25. Enemy at the Gates


best war movies
Director – Jean-Jacques Annaud
Cast – Jude Law, Rachel Weisz, Joseph Fiennes, Bob Hoskins
IMDB Rating – 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes – 54%
Release Date – 16 March 2001
Box Office – $97 million
Genre – Drama, History, War
Awards – None
Plot –

24. Lincoln


best war movies
Director – Steven Spielberg
Cast – Sally Field, Daniel Day-Lewis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Strathairn
IMDB Rating – 7.3
Rotten Tomatoes – 89%
Release Date – October 8, 2012
Box Office – $275.3 million
Genre – Biography, Drama, History
Awards – Won 2 Oscars
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23. The Last Samurai


best war movies
Director – Edward Zwick
Cast – Billy Connolly, Tom Cruise, Tony Goldwyn, Ken Watanabe, Timothy Spall
IMDB Rating – 7.7
Rotten Tomatoes – 66%
Release Date – 22 November 2003
Box Office – $456.8 million
Genre – Action, Drama, War
Awards – None
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22. Stalag 17


best war movies
Director – Billy Wilder
Cast – Don Taylor, Otto Preminger, William Holden
IMDB Rating – 8
Rotten Tomatoes – 97%
Release Date – 29 May 1953
Box Office – $10,000,000
Genre – Comedy, Drama, War
Awards – Won 1 Oscar
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21. The Hurt Locker


best war movies
Director – Kathryn Bigelow
Cast – Brian Geraghty, Jeremy Renner, Ralph Fiennes, Anthony Mackie, Evangeline Lilly
IMDB Rating – 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes – 97%
Release Date – 10 October 2008
Box Office – $49.2 million
Genre – Drama, Thriller, War
Awards – Won 6 Oscars
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20. Life is beautiful


best war movies
Director – Roberto Benigni
Cast – Nicoletta Braschi, Roberto Benigni
IMDB Rating – 8.6
Rotten Tomatoes – 80%
Release Date – 20 December 1997
Box Office – $229.2 million
Genre – Comedy, Drama, Romance
Awards – Won 3 Oscars
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19. Doctor Zhivago


best war movies
Director – David Lean
Cast – Tom Courtenay, Siobhán McKenna, Geraldine Chaplin, Alec Guinness, Julie Christie
IMDB Rating – 8
Rotten Tomatoes – 83%
Release Date – 22 December 1965
Box Office – $111.7 million
Genre – Drama, Romance, War
Awards – Won 5 Oscars
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18. Paths of Glory


best war movies
Director – Stanley Kubrick
Cast – Ralph Meeker, George Macready, Kirk Douglas, Adolphe Menjou
IMDB Rating – 8.4
Rotten Tomatoes – 95%
Release Date – 1 November 1957
Box Office – $ 1 million
Genre – Drama, War
Awards – None
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17. The Bridge on the River Kwai


best war movies
Director – David Lean
Cast – Jack Hawkins, Alec Guinness, William Holden
IMDB Rating – 8.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 95%
Release Date – 2 October 1957
Box Office – $30.6 million
Genre – Adventure, Drama, War
Awards – Won 7 Oscars
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16. The Deer Hunter


best war movies
Director – Michael Cimino
Cast – John Cazale, Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, John Savage
IMDB Rating – 8.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 94%
Release Date – 22 February 1979
Box Office – $49 million
Genre – Drama, War
Awards – Won 5 Oscars
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15. Casablanca


best war movies
Director – Michael Curtiz
Cast – Paul Henreid, Conrad Veidt, Humphrey Bogart, Claude Rains, Ingrid Bergman
IMDB Rating – 8.5
Rotten Tomatoes – 98%
Release Date – 26 November 1942
Box Office – $3.7 million
Genre – Drama, Romance, War
Awards – Won 3 Oscars
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14. Platoon


best war movies
Director – Oliver Stone
Cast – Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe
IMDB Rating – 8.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 88%
Release Date – 19 December 1986
Box Office – $138.5 million
Genre – Drama, War
Awards – Won 4 Oscars
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13. Inglorious B@sterds


best war movies
Director – Quentin Tarantino
Cast – Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Christoph Waltz, Eli Roth, Daniel Brühl
IMDB Rating – 8.3
Rotten Tomatoes – 88%
Release Date – May 20, 2009
Box Office – $321.5 million
Genre – Adventure, Drama, War
Awards – Won 1 Oscar
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12. 300


best war movies
Director – Zack Snyder
Cast – Lena Headey, David Wenham, Gerard Butler, Dominic West
IMDB Rating – 7.7
Rotten Tomatoes – 60%
Release Date – 9 March 2007
Box Office – $456.1 million
Genre – Action, Drama, Fantasy
Awards – None
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11. The Great Escape


best war movies
Director – John Sturges
Cast – James Garner, Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough
IMDB Rating – 8.2
Rotten Tomatoes – 94%
Release Date – 20 June 1963
Box Office – $11.7 million
Genre – Adventure, Drama, History
Awards – None
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10. Das Boot


best war movies
Director – Wolfgang Petersen
Cast – Klaus Wennemann, Herbert Grönemeyer, Jürgen Prochnow
IMDB Rating – 8.3
Rotten Tomatoes – 98%
Release Date – 17 September 1981
Box Office – $84.9 million
Genre – Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Awards – None
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9. Lawrence of Arabia


best war movies
Director – David Lean
Cast – José Ferrer, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quayle, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins
IMDB Rating – 8.3
Rotten Tomatoes – 98%
Release Date – 10 December 1962
Box Office – $70 million
Genre – Adventure, Biography, Drama
Awards – Won 7 Oscars
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8. Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to stop worrying and love the bomb


best war movies
Director – Stanley Kubrick
Cast – George C. Scott, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens, Peter Sellers, Sterling Hayden
IMDB Rating – 8.4
Rotten Tomatoes – 98%
Release Date – 29 January 1964
Box Office – $9.4 million
Genre – Comedy
Awards – None
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7. Braveheart


best war movies
Director – Mel Gibson
Cast – Patrick McGoohan, Sophie Marceau, Mel Gibson, Catherine McCormack
IMDB Rating – 8.3
Rotten Tomatoes – 77%
Release Date – 19 May 1995
Box Office – $210.4 million
Genre – Biography, Drama, History
Awards – Won 5 Oscars
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6. The Pianist


best war movies
Director – Roman Polanski
Cast – Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Adrien Brody, Maureen Lipman
IMDB Rating – 8.5
Rotten Tomatoes – 95%
Release Date – 6 September 2002
Box Office – $120.1 million
Genre – Biography, Drama, Music
Awards – Won 3 Oscars
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5. Full Metal Jacket


best war movies
Director – Stanley Kubrick
Cast – Dorian Harewood, Matthew Modine, Lee Ermey, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D’Onofrio
IMDB Rating – 8.3
Rotten Tomatoes – 91%
Release Date – 17 June 1987
Box Office – $120 million
Genre – Drama, War
Awards – None
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4. Apocalypse Now


best war movies
Director – Francis Ford Coppola
Cast – Frederic Forrest, Robert Duvall, Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen
IMDB Rating – 8.4
Rotten Tomatoes – 97%
Release Date – 15 August 1979
Box Office – $150 million
Genre – Drama, War
Awards – Won 2 Oscars
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3. Saving Private Ryan


best war movies
Director – Steven Spielberg
Cast – Edward Burns, Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Matt Damon
IMDB Rating – 8.6
Rotten Tomatoes – 93%
Release Date – 24 July 1998
Box Office – $482.3 million
Genre – Drama, War
Awards – Won 5 Oscars.
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2. Gone With the Wind


best war movies
Director – Victor Fleming
Cast – Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh
IMDB Rating – 8.1
Rotten Tomatoes – 92%
Release Date – 15 December 1939
Box Office – >$390 million
Genre – Drama, History, Romance
Awards – Won 8 Oscars
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1. Schindler’s List


best war movies
Director – Steven Spielberg
Cast – Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson, Jonathan Sagall, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall
IMDB Rating – 8.9
Rotten Tomatoes – 97%
Release Date – 30 November 1993
Box Office – $322.1 million
Genre – Biography, Drama, History
Awards – Won 7 Oscars
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So this was our list of 100 Most popular war movies. War movies are known to make people cry. So which war film actually touched your heart and made you feel sad for the people. Which war movie you consider is greatest? Also tell us if we missed any good war movie in the comment section below.