The Best Films: War Movies Top 10


Selection for the Best Films: War Movies Top 10 was stricter or perhaps more narrow than in other categories. As war is such a serious topic, the films had to give a realistic, truthful account of it.

1. The Battle for Algiers

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One of the most influential films in the history of political cinema, Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers focuses on the harrowing events of 1957, a key year in Algeria’s struggle for independence from France. Shot in the streets of Algiers in documentary style, the film vividly recreates ... More »

The Battle for Algiers
Das Boot

2. Das Boot

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It is 1942 and the German submarine fleet is heavily engaged in the so called "Battle of the Atlantic" to harass and destroy English shipping. With better escorts of the Destroyer Class, however, German U-Boats have begun to take heavy losses. "Das Boot" is the story of one ... More »

3. Rome, Open City

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Rome, Open City (Italian: Roma, città aperta) is a 1945 Italian war drama film, directed by Roberto Rossellini. The picture features Aldo Fabrizi, Anna Magnani and Marcello Pagliero, and is set in Rome during the Nazi ... More »

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The Wind That Shakes the Barley

4. The Wind That Shakes the Barley

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Driven by a deep sense of duty and a love for his country, Damien (Cillian Murphy) abandons his burgeoning career as a doctor and joins his brother, Teddy in a dangerous and violent fight for freedom. As the Irish freedom fighters bold tactics bring the British to a ... More »

5. Grave of the Fireflies

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"This tragic masterpiece from Studio Ghibli is based on the semi autobiographical novel by Akiyuki Nosaka, winner of the naoki Award for literature. In the aftermath of a WWII bombing, two orphaned children struggle to survive in the Japanese countryside." More »

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Battle for Haditha

6. Battle for Haditha

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Battle For Haditha -November 19th 2005, Haditha, IraqIraqi insurgents bomb a convoy of US Marines, resulting in the death of theirmost popular officer. Enraged by this loss, his young Marine buddies carry out abrutal retaliation. Their violent house-searches lead to the massacre of ... More »

7. Salvador

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James Woods gives his "fullest, most humane, most emotional performance"(New York Magazine) to date in this "gritty, harrowing and bold thriller"(Gannett Newspapers). It's 1980. Young men, women and children are being brutally killed in a bloody civil war in El Salvador. It'sa horrific setting...but a perfect one ... More »

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Good Morning, Vietnam

8. Good Morning, Vietnam

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When the U.S. Army engages irreverent, nonconformist radio deejay Adrian Cronauer, it unleashes a secret, if unpredictable, weapon: laughter. Academy Award(R) winner Robin Williams (Best Supporting Actor, GOOD WILL HUNTING, 1997) shakes up 1965 Saigon in the role that garnered him his very first Oscar(R) nomination. Imported by ... More »

9. Lion of the Desert

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Made in 1979, Lion of the Desert is a historically faithful study of the guerrilla struggle against the Italian fascist occupation of Libya led over a 20 year period by Omar Mukhtar, played by Anthony Quinn. The Italians colonized Libya, Somalia, and Ethiopia as part of an attempt ... More »

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Barefoot Gen

10. Barefoot Gen

Drawn from writer Keiji Nakazawa's true life experiences in the aftermath of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, Barefoot Gen tells the story of one family's struggle to survive against overwhelming odds. Six-year-old Gen has lived practically his entire life in the shadow of war. Yet he is not ... More »


Author: David Thomson


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