Top 10 War Movies



Ever since the start of movies, one of the main genres has been war movies. The following 10 movies portray their war in both a realistic and emotional way. Movies with war in the background such as Casablanca and Schindler's List were not considered.

Number 10


Glory tells the story of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment during the American Civil War. This regiment was the first all black regiment in the history of the U.S. army. Starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, and Morgan Freeman, this movie is a must see.

Number 9

Das Boot

Das Boot is a German movie that tells the story of a German U-96 submarine. This movie has very strong anti-war messages and it is very realistic in its showing of submarine life.

Number 8


Mel Gibson's Braveheart tells the story of William Wallace, and the Scottish war for independence from England. Great battle scenes and Gibson's never give up on freedom attitude makes this a great war movie.

Number 7

The Deer Hunter

The Deer Hunter starring Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken tells the story of 3 American friends and their service together in the Vietnam War. The movie shows the characters lives before, during, and after the war. It also won the 1978 Oscar for Best Picture.

Number 6

The Bridge on the River Kwai

This movie tells the story of a British POW as he helps oversee Japan's building of a bridge over the river Kwai during World War 2. Little does he know that the Allies forces are trying to blow up this same bridge. In 1997, this film was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and selected for preservation in the United States Library of Congress .

Number 5

All Quiet on the Western Front

This remake of the 1930 film of the same name is the best portrayal of life in World War 1. The film follows a group of German friends as they cheerfully sign up for the war. Life in the trenches shows that the war is not what they thought it would be.

Number 4

Full Metal Jacket

Full Metal Jacket tells the story of Americans fighting in Vietnam. The movie takes you through boot camp training with a crazy drill instructor, to the fighting in the jungles of Nam.

Number 3


Platoon shows a platoon of American men fighting in Vietnam. Seen through the eyes of Private Chris Taylor, the effects of war on a soldier and what is morally right in war is a main focus.

Number 2

Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan follows a group of men during World War 2 after the D-Day invasion of Normandy. They are sent on a mission to find Private James Ryan and bring him home, after his 3 other brothers were killed in the war. The movie explores the sacrifices some people have to make during war for their fellow soldier. The movie's D-Day invasion scene was amazingly realistic and even up to the standards of the people who were actually there.

Number 1

Apocalypse Now

The film tells about US Army assassin Cpt. Willard's mission, both a mental and physical journey, to 'terminate' dangerously-lawless warlord and former Colonel Kurtz who has gone AWOL, become a self-appointed god, and rules a band of native warriors in the jungle. This movie won 2 Oscars and was nominated for another 6.