Top 66 films in War

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Casablanca

Directed by Michael Curtiz | PG | 102 min | 1942|

In Casablanca, Morocco in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.

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Apocalypse Now

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola | R | 153 min | 1979|

During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe.

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The Best Years of Our Lives

Directed by William Wyler | 172 min | 1946|

Three World War II veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed.

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The Bridge on the River Kwai

Directed by David Lean | PG | 161 min | 1957|

After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.

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Battleship Potemkin

Directed by Sergei M. Eisenstein | 66 min | 1925|

A dramatized account of a great Russian naval mutiny and a resulting street demonstration which brought on a police massacre.

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Saving Private Ryan

Directed by Steven Spielberg | R | 169 min | 1998|

Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.

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The Deer Hunter

Directed by Michael Cimino | R | 183 min | 1978|

An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania.

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Doctor Zhivago

Directed by David Lean | PG-13 | 197 min | 1965|

The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist's wife and experiences hardship during the First World War and then the October Revolution.

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Duck Soup

Directed by Leo McCarey | 68 min | 1933|

Rufus T. Firefly is named president/dictator of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania over the love of wealthy Mrs. Teasdale.

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The Battle of Algiers

Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo | 121 min | 1966|

In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government.

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The Birth of a Nation

Directed by D.W. Griffith | 165 min | 1915|

The American Civil War divides friends and destroys families, but that's nothing compared to the anarchy in the black-ruled South after the war.

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In Which We Serve

Directed by Noël Coward, David Lean | 115 min | 1942|

This "story of a ship," the British destroyer HMS Torrin, is told in flash backs by survivors as they cling to a life raft.

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Patton

Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner | GP | 172 min | 1970|

The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, George S. Patton.

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The Pianist

Directed by Roman Polanski | R | 150 min | 2002|

A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.

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The English Patient

Directed by Anthony Minghella | R | 162 min | 1996|

At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.

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Ugetsu

Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi | 96 min | 1953|

A fantastic tale of war, love, family and ambition set in the midst of the Japanese Civil Wars of the sixteenth century.

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From Here to Eternity

Directed by Fred Zinnemann | 118 min | 1953|

In Hawaii in 1941, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit's team, while his captain's wife and second-in-command are falling in love.

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Paisan

Directed by Roberto Rossellini | 120 min | 1946|

Six vignettes follow the Allied invasion from July 1943 to winter 1944, from Sicily north to Venice. Communication is fragile. A woman leads an Allied patrol through a mine field; she dies ...

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Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

Directed by D.W. Griffith | 197 min | 1916|

The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales of intolerance from throughout history.


The Killing Fields

Directed by Roland Joffé | R | 141 min | 1984|

A journalist is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody "Year Zero" cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million "undesirable" civilians.

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The Sorrow and the Pity

Directed by Marcel Ophüls | PG | 251 min | 1969|

From 1940 to 1944, France's Vichy government collaborated with Nazi Germany. Marcel Ophüls mixes archival footage with 1969 interviews of a German officer and of collaborators and ...


All Quiet on the Western Front

Directed by Lewis Milestone | 136 min | 1930|

A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I.

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MASH

Directed by Robert Altman | R | 116 min | 1970|

The staff of a Korean War field hospital use humor and hijinks to keep their sanity in the face of the horror of war.

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Platoon

Directed by Oliver Stone | R | 120 min | 1986|

A young recruit in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.

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Paths of Glory

Directed by Stanley Kubrick | 88 min | 1957|

After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them.

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Shoah

Directed by Claude Lanzmann | 566 min | 1985|

Claude Lanzmann's epic documentary recounts the story of the Holocaust through interviews with witnesses - perpetrators as well as survivors.


Pan's Labyrinth

Directed by Guillermo del Toro | R | 118 min | 2006|

In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.

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Empire of the Sun

Directed by Steven Spielberg | PG | 153 min | 1987|

A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation during World War II.

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Letters from Iwo Jima

Directed by Clint Eastwood | R | 141 min | 2006|

The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.

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The Great Dictator

Directed by Charles Chaplin | 125 min | 1940|

Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime.

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Zulu

Directed by Cy Endfield | 138 min | 1964|

Outnumbered British soldiers do battle with Zulu warriors at Rorke's Drift.

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The Thin Red Line

Directed by Terrence Malick | R | 170 min | 1998|

Terrence Malick's adaptation of James Jones' autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War.

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Rome, Open City

Directed by Roberto Rossellini | 103 min | 1945|

During the Nazi occupation of Rome in 1944, resistance leader Giorgio Manfredi is chased by Nazis and he seeks refuge and escape.

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Confessions of a Nazi Spy

Directed by Anatole Litvak | 104 min | 1939|

FBI agent Ed Renard investigates the pre-War espionage activities of the German-American Bund.


The True Glory

Directed by Garson Kanin, Carol Reed | N/A | 87 min | 1945|

A documentary account of the allied invasion of Europe during World War II compiled from the footage shot by nearly 1400 cameramen. It opens as the assembled allied forces plan and train ...

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Ashes and Diamonds

Directed by Andrzej Wajda | 103 min | 1958|

During the German occupation noble, bourgeois and worker's partisan groups lived in peace with another. On the first day of freedom they start to fight each other. In these fights is weaved a most tender love story.

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Ballad of a Soldier

Directed by Grigoriy Chukhray | 88 min | 1959|

Young Russian soldier Alyosha earns a medal, but asks to visit his mother instead. His journey recounts various kinds of love during wartime.


Breaking the Sound Barrier

Directed by David Lean | N/A | 109 min | 1952|

Fictionalized story of British aerospace engineers solving the problem of supersonic flight.


Forbidden Games

Directed by René Clément | 86 min | 1952|

A young French girl orphaned in a Nazi air attack is befriended by the son of a poor farmer, and together they try to come to terms with the realities of death.


Lacombe, Lucien

Directed by Louis Malle | R | 138 min | 1974|

A small town in the south-west of France, summer of 1944. Having failed to join the resistance, the 18 year old Lucien Lacombe, whose father is a prisoner in Germany and whose mother dates ...


The Dam Busters

Directed by Michael Anderson | 105 min | 1955|

The story of how the British attacked German dams in WWII by using an ingenious technique to drop bombs where they would be most effective.


The Cruel Sea

Directed by Charles Frend | 126 min | 1953|

The World War II adventures of a British convoy escort ship and its officers.


Fires Were Started

Directed by Humphrey Jennings | N/A | 63 min | 1943|

A new man joins the civilian firefighters at a London unit during the Second World War. He meets his fellow firemen and firewomen, manages to enjoy some leisure time with them, and then ...


La Grande Illusion

Directed by Jean Renoir | 114 min | 1937|

During the first World War, two French soldiers are captured and imprisoned in a German P.O.W. camp. Several escape attempts follow until they are sent to a seemingly impenetrable fortress which seems impossible to escape from.

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Grave of the Fireflies

Directed by Isao Takahata | 89 min | 1988|

A young boy and his little sister struggle to survive in Japan during World War II.

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Full Metal Jacket

Directed by Stanley Kubrick | R | 116 min | 1987|

A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.

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Inglourious Basterds

Directed by Quentin Tarantino, Eli Roth | R | 153 min | 2009|

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same.

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The Night of the Shooting Stars

Directed by Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani | R | 105 min | 1982|

The Night of San Lorenzo, the night of the shooting stars, is the night when dreams come true in Italian folklore. In 1944, a group of Italians flee their town after hearing rumours that ...


To Be or Not to Be

Directed by Ernst Lubitsch | 99 min | 1942|

During the Nazi occupation of Poland, an acting troupe becomes embroiled in a Polish soldier's efforts to track down a German spy.

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Cavalcade

Directed by Frank Lloyd | 112 min | 1933|

A cavalcade of English life from New Year's Eve 1899 until 1933 seen through the eyes of well-to-do Londoners Jane and Robert Marryot. Amongst events touching their family are the Boer War,...

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Home of the Brave

Directed by Mark Robson | N/A | 88 min | 1949|

During WW2, a reconnaissance platoon is sent to map out a Japanese-held island but racial tensions arise between the white soldiers and the only black member of the group.

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I Am Cuba

Directed by Mikhail Kalatozov | N/A | 108 min | 1964|

Four vignettes about the lives of the Cuban people set during the pre-revolutionary era.

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Is Paris Burning?

Directed by René Clément | N/A | 173 min | 1966|

The departure of the German army from Paris in 1944.

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Mrs. Miniver

Directed by William Wyler | 134 min | 1942|

A British family struggles to survive the first months of World War II.

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The Train

Directed by John Frankenheimer, Arthur Penn | 133 min | 1964|

In 1944, a German colonel loads a train with French art treasures to send to Germany. The Resistance must stop it without damaging the cargo.

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Wings

Directed by William A. Wellman, Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast | PG-13 | 144 min | 1927|

Two young men, one rich, one middle class, who are in love with the same woman, become fighter pilots in World War I.

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Fahrenheit 9/11

Directed by Michael Moore | R | 122 min | 2004|

Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11; and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Coming Home

Directed by Hal Ashby | R | 127 min | 1978|

A woman whose husband is fighting in Vietnam falls in love with another man who suffered a paralyzing combat injury there.

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Shame

Directed by Ingmar Bergman | R | 103 min | 1968|

Ingmar Bergman's psychological study of how humans react in a situation of war. The film takes place on Gotland, where invasion forces arrive.

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Born on the Fourth of July

Directed by Oliver Stone | R | 145 min | 1989|

The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.

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Land and Freedom

Directed by Ken Loach | 109 min | 1995|

Spring 1936, a young unemployed communist, David, leaves his hometown Liverpool to join the fight against fascism in Spain. He joins an international group of Militia-men and women, the ...


The Army of Shadows

Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville | 145 min | 1969|

An account of underground resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France.

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The Cardinal

Directed by Otto Preminger | 175 min | 1963|

A young Catholic priest from Boston confronts bigotry, Naziism, and his own personal conflicts as he rises to the office of cardinal.

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The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!

Directed by Norman Jewison | 126 min | 1966|

Without hostile intent, a Soviet sub runs aground off New England. Men are sent for a boat, but many villagers go into a tizzy, risking bloodshed.

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The Secret of Santa Vittoria

Directed by Stanley Kramer | PG-13 | 139 min | 1969|

During WWII in Italy, a wine producing village hide a million bottles from the Germans


Hacksaw Ridge

Directed by Mel Gibson | R | 139 min | 2016|

WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.

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