Top 10 War Films

Top 10 Films writer Lyndon Wells has teamed up with the Down the Hall podcast to bring you a new top 10. After the success of their Top 10 Oscar Best Picture Snubs they have now tackled the tough category of War Films.

On the podcast we discuss what makes a good war film, you can discover our combined Top 10 and listen to our war film quiz, ‘enLISTed’ to decide what our next Top 10 podcast will be.

Down the Hall is a great movie podcast that aims to save you the 115 hours a year we spend trying to decide on a film to watch by making recommendations. Recent episodes covered some of my top films of 2016 including Hunt For The Wilderpeople, Captain Fantastic and The Nice Guys. You can listen to the podcast via Soundcloud or iTunes.

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So what makes a war film?

It’s a tough genre to define as they are plenty of historical films set during the war but not necessarily about war. To qualify as a war film does it need to be set around the actual conflict or combat? When considering our inclusion criteria the most popular description of war films was suggested by Top 10 Films’s editor Dan Stephens: “Films based on or inspired by real wars that depict, or are largely focused on, actual combat?”

A good starting point, but listen to the podcast for more discussion on what makes a war film. We did decide that we would only include films based on real wars so not including possible contenders such as Starship Troopers or Star Wars: Rogue One.

You can discover our Top 10 list on the podcast or check it out below. It’s a combined list between the three of us so there are some possible contentious inclusions that we didn’t all necessarily agreed on. Please let us know what you think of our list and the podcast by leaving a comment below.

10. 13 Hours: The Battle Of Benghazi (Michael Bay, 2016)

best war filmsThis is the first time I have included a Michael Bay film on a list. His career will forever be defined by his uncomfortable, leering Transformers. Let’s not forget he did also direct the fun action film The Rock but his last war movie was Pearl Harbour! His depiction of this true life attack on a US compound in Libya protected by a private security team begins with a one-dimensional one-sided clichéd portrayal of the alpha military male with some laughable on-the-nose scripting but turns into impressive “Call of Duty” cinema. Once it gets started the tension is executed well as the impending attack builds to multiple faceless foreigners taken down in the crosshairs. The film doesn’t totally redeem Bay, but there is only one other effort on this list that captures the tense visual combat experience. It also features an unexpected but effective tough guy turn from American Office star John Krasinski who you do expect to wryly smile at the camera at any point.
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9. Enemy At The Gates (Jean-Jacques Annaud, 2001)

best war filmsThis historical epic follows the exploits of a Russian sniper (played by Jude Law) elevated by a propaganda campaign by the Commissar (Joseph Fiennes) and his game of cat and mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad. An often-forgotten film that stands the test of time and rewards repeat viewing, Enemy At The Gates tackles a massive battle not covered in many popular films and from a unique perspective (snipers trying to prove themselves and the propaganda machine). This naturally leads to some incredibly tense encounters. This is the high-water mark of French director Jean-Jacques Annaud’s career and further highlights the diversity of the war film genre.

8. Black Hawk Down (Ridley Scott, 2001)

best war filmsBased on a true story from the book by Mark Bowden, Black Hawk Down recounts the near disastrous 1993 raid in Somalia by the U.S. military aimed at capturing a warlord. This led to what became known as the Battle of Mogadishu. This is the ultimate “Call of Duty” cinema experience. The film depicts the large and drawn out gun fight triggered by the destruction of two US Black Hawk helicopters and the efforts to reach them. The film features an impressive ensemble cast including Josh Harnett, Eric Bana, Tom Sizemore, Jason Isaacs and Tom Hardy. My favourite was the coffee-obsessed character played by Ewan McGregor getting his first taste of real combat. The film has similar problems to 13 Hours with its one-sided view and when released is did receive some criticism regarding its depiction of the Somalis, how they looked and their absence of character or motivation. However, the pyrotechnics and editing on display show the great Ridley Scott at his entertaining best and this is a worthy exploration into the war genre.
Discover More: Top 10 Films Of Ridley Scott

7. Fury (David Ayer, 2014)

best war filmsFury focuses on a tank crew led by Brad Pitt’s grizzled commander as they fight their way across Germany during the tailend the Second World War closes. A film championed by Down The Hall’s Chet as a must-have on the list. It does have a visually stunning, if unrealistic, tank fight that creates that tension and discomfort associated with great war films. As with many war films it does have a remarkable ensemble cast including a notable performance from Shia LaBeouf. Despite third act issues meaning it fails to meet the early promise of the film, it shows director Ayer at his best.

6. Braveheart (Mel Gibson, 1995)

best war filmsThis sprawling epic, after much debate, made its way onto our war film list. This Oscar-winning film is the pinnacle of Mel Gibson’s career both behind and in front of the camera. This is a great film I still enjoy despite its historical inaccuracies and the portrayal of the nasty English villains. Braveheart follows Gibson’s William Wallace as he is forced into leading a revolution after his secret bride is killed by an English soldier. The film culminates in a gruesomely iconic finale leading to one of the most quoted words in movie history. The violence is gory while the brotherhood of an ultimately doomed rebellion and the fight for retribution of the hero’s lost love makes for compelling viewing.

5. The Great Escape (John Sturges, 1963)

best war filmsThis is the most popular war film from a great era of Second World War films. Set in a German POW camp, allied prisoners plan an audacious escape attempt for hundreds of men. War films are often tough and uncomfortable to watch due to their very nature and despite some shocking conclusions for many of the allied prisoners this is a film to enjoy. The Great Escape also features perhaps the most recognisable film theme ever; you are left whistling it days after watching the film. A staple of Christmas TV that families will sit to watch together, the film has also produced some iconic imagery as the King of Cool Steve McQueen goes on a daring motorbike escape. Another great ensemble cast including Hollywood royalty Richard Attenborough, James Garner and Charles Bronson. It might not strictly be a war film as it doesn’t focus on combat, but it’s a classic we couldn’t leave off the list.

4. Platoon (Oliver Stone, 1986)

best war filmsThis is my personal favourite as it represents everything that I think of when describing a war film. Written and directed by Oliver Stone, Platoon follows Charlie Sheen’s new recruit Chris as he is confronted with the reality of the Vietnam War and a moral crisis wrapped within the horrors of conflict and the duality of man. The film holds nothing back as the first thing he sees when he arrives is a collection of dead bodies. This is all about the war – no family at home scenes, no old man looking at a grave and no melodrama of the normal life. The whole film is set within Vietnam, which is a bold and clever move as everything we know about the characters is from their actions in the south-east Asian country. All the usual war movie tropes, that I usually struggle with, like the use of voice over and melancholic music are here, but when done right like this it elevates the film. The cinematography sees Stone give us a grainy dirty frame that represents the conflict and that helps it stand out, its iconic imagery, such as Willem Defoe with his arms raised on his knees as he is dying, being instantly recognisable.

3. Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino, 2009)

best war filmsThis is Quentin Tarantino’s unique take on the war film genre and as Brad Pitt says in its closing segment “This just might be my masterpiece”. Set in Nazi occupied France during the Second World War, a plan forms to assassinate the Nazi leaders including Hitler by a group of US soldiers coinciding with a theatre owner’s similar plans. The use of tension is a key element to any war film and this film does it in a unique way. You can’t discuss Inglourious Basterds without discussing one of the tensest opening scenes on film ever. Christoph Waltz in a part deemed unplayable by Leonardo Dicaprio is the devious and cruel colonel Hans Lander whose passion is to simply hunt Jews. His use of the word “milk” haunts the film; he deservedly won an Oscar for his uncomfortable performance. Then there is the Fassbender scene in the bar as his cover is threatened in a riveting and tense sequence. There are so many great scenes in this film; perhaps it is not focused on conflict, but the director himself describes it as his war film and it deserves to be high on any war film list.

2. Saving Private Ryan (Steven Spielberg, 1998)

best war filmsThis top 10 war films lists has a reoccurring theme: talented directors feeling the need to make their own great war film. This entry features audience favourite Steven Spielberg. This film follows a group of US soldiers led by the superb Tom Hanks after the Normandy landings that must go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action. The film became renowned for the shockingly realistic opening scene as many were slaughtered on the beaches of Normandy. This scene is simultaneously terrifying but awe-inspiring due to the craftsmanship on display. Many people just saw the opening scene before watching the whole film. It has moments of lightness and humour associated with comradeship and handles humanity with a deft subtlety as horrific acts of war like shooting surrendering enemies are just shown and not dwelt on. It’s another great ensemble cast led by the humanity of Hanks’ performance. The film bookends are perhaps a touch melodramatic but the depiction of conflict and loss makes this one of the best war films ever made.

1. Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979)

best war filmsFinding a collective top spot was easy, the only film we all readily featured in our top three. This film transcends to a higher level – it’s an experience not to be forgotten. This masterpiece set during the Vietnam War follows special ops soldier captain Willard (Martin Sheen), tasked with tracking down the rogue colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando), who is waging his own war with a private army in Cambodia almost like a demi-god. Two thirds of the film follows Willard making his way through Vietnam on a riverboat climaxing in a showdown at Kurtz’s compound. This is more than a film, it is a work of art that despite being made in 1979 still looks impressive today. The cinematography is outstanding and the use of colour including a deep red filter in some battle scenes is breathtaking. The history and making-of the film itself is just as interesting and I’d recommend watching the documentary Hearts of Darkness that mentions Sheen’s alcoholism and shows Coppola on the edge of insanity as a planned 16-week shoot goes on for 283 days and sees the director plotting his own Kurtz-like journey.

Do you agree with our list? What war films would make your list? Let us know below.

Written by Lyndon Wells

This top 10 was a collaborative effort between Down The Hall podcast hosts Rodney and Chet with Lyndon. Check out the podcast for their individual arguments for and against including the films above.

About the Author
A film geek and cinephile masquerading as a Doctor, husband and father. With my dog Bilbo by my side I seek to prescribe a healthy movie experience through accurate diagnostics. Find me on Twitter: @lwellsfilm

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    ArchE Reply

    An agreeably eclectic mix but one that, by its own admission, favours crash, bang, wallop “Call of Duty” war aesthetics. That is why my own top 10 would be far different as the likes of anti-war pictures like Apocalypse Now and Platoon appear, to me at least, uneasy bedfellows with the likes of 13 Hours and Black Hawk Down and their celebration of the all-American hero fantasy.

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      Lyndon Wells Reply

      Thanks for reading, its a definitely an eceletic mix but both call of duty cinema and the anti-war more worthy pictures all fit under the genre of war films and are popular with audiences in different ways. Having a combined list between 3 does create a more diverse list.

      Please have a listen to the podcast where I don’t hold back on my views of 13 Hours but I can appreciate why others enjoy it.

      Worthy anti-war films like Apocalypse Now are cinematic experiences but not for everyone and can be difficult to watch on a regular basis compared to more call of duty cinema. My personal top war film is Platoon and I think the Top 5 of this list is pretty spot on.

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    Dan Reply

    Terrific discussion Lyndon. When you first mentioned the war movie theme it got me thinking (and debating) and it’s easy to start sub-categorising these films as there’s so many really good ones. To get the list down to the top 10 is tough and it’s interesting reading about (and listening to) the process.

    For me, there’s some terrific films on here – Apocalypse Now and Saving Private Ryan are two films that spring to mind when thinking about the best war movies. Platoon is another, while there’s some brilliant combat sequences in Fury, Enemy At The Gates and Braveheart.

    I like the inclusion of Braveheart to mix it up a little (swords instead of bullets) since the majority of these films are Second World War or more recent wars/battles.

    With a focus on combat I’m surprised a bit by the inclusion of Inglorious Basterds and The Great Escape which each have their own agendas but that’s not to say they’re not great films inspired by war.

    In regards to combat specifically, I would argue Zulu, The Deer Hunter, Das Boot and Full Metal Jacket all present brilliantly realised dramatic versions of war and some of cinema’s most scarring, unforgettable and frightening depictions of combat. They do, in my opinion, deserve attention here.

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      Lyndon Wells Reply

      Thanks for your help Dan and thanks for listening!
      It’s a really interesting discussion as it is such a diverse genre made more interesting by having a combined list from the 3 of us. Braveheart does mix it up a bit glad we have it on the list.

      True, Inglorious Basterds and The Great Escape are not as combat focussed as the others but there were Chet and Rodney’s number 1 picks and I love both those films so much I was happy to get them in the list.

      Zulu is an amazing film with a great hornourable finale, it was on my original list but didn’t make the combined list. We do discuss Full Metal Jacket on the podcast as it just missed out but Deer Hunter and Das Boot are both great War films with some very unnerving scenes.

      There’s not genre quite like it that it difficult to define and create such an eclectic collection of films!

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    CineGirl Reply

    Saving Private Ryan is my personal favourite. Apocalypse Now is difficult to watch but I can appreciate it for what it is.

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    Callum Reply

    Great top 10. My favourites are Apocalypse Now, Saving Private Ryan, Fury and Black Hawk Down. If I was to add anything it would be Full Metal Jacket instead of 13 Hours.

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    Dan Grant Reply

    Really well done piece. Thanks for including Bengazi on the list. I think its an incredibly movinv film. I love almost every film on here. I might have included Gibsons other war movie here instead of Fury (Hacksaw Ridge) but your reasons for all of your choices are excellent. Well done!

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      Lyndon Wells Reply

      Thanks a lot Dan.

      Lots of people like 13 hours it’s not my favourite as you may have heard on the podcast but I appreciate it’s highly tense showdown! Yep Hacksaw ridge was another film we considered that didn’t quite make the final list.

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    Brett Isaacs Reply

    Samuel Fuller’s The Big Red One is a smart, subversive war movie about combat. It’s underrated and well worth seeing.

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      Lyndon Wells Reply

      Totally agree it’s a big omission not enough people have seen it wouldn’t break into my top 5 but 10-6 are fairly fluid and on another day the Big Red Ine must just sneak in!

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    Sam Reply

    interesting choices. Surprised to see some inclusions, just as I’m surprised to see the likes of Full Metal Jacket and Paths of Glory omitted.

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    Michael Scoates Reply

    Good list if you want to overdose on big action sequences, Zulu would be in my personal top 10. I prefer a more fictionalised approach, titles like Where Eagles Dare, Bridge Over The River Kwai, The Deer Hunter, Three Kings etc. Always happy to see Saving Private Ryan on any war movie list, delighted at 1941 not appearing anywhere.

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      Lyndon Wells Reply

      Thanks for reading, agree Zulu is an amazing film didn’t make the final combined list but would also feature on my personal list. The Bridge on the River Kwai was also one that just missed out on our Top 10. There is such a collection of great 2nd world war films from that era that are so enetertaing but Great Escape is the top of that list for me! Yep Deer Hunter is a popular omission from the list.

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    Rachel Reply

    Great list. Das Boot is worth checking out for submarine combat in WW2 and I quite like U-571 for the same reason.

    Totally agree with your top 2. Apocalypse Now is the perfect indictment of war and Saving Private Ryan’s battle sequences are second to none. Inglourious Basterds is fun, Platoon is the best Vietnam War movie and The Great Escape is definitely iconic.

    I need to check out 13 Hours as I haven’t seen it.

    100% agree with Enemy At The Gates’ inclusion. A different sort of war movie. Very interesting.

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      Lyndon Wells Reply

      Thanks for reading Das Boot and Zulu are the most popular omissions so far.

      The reaction to the inclusion of Enemy at the Gates has been so positive which is great as I really love that film! Yea the top 2 seem to be on everyone’s list.

      Please have a listen to the podcast as well where we mention U-571 and I have a very strong feelings against it (and more than just the fact Bon Jovi is in it!!)

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    Rory Reply

    I can’t hide my hatred of Michael Bay so don’t class 13 Hours as a great war movie although I must admit to being wowed by some of the combat sequences. The top 5 are all really great movies though, it’s difficult to argue against their inclusion and you’re right to have AN at the top. Others have mentioned it – and I think you would have included it if this list was compiled solely by you Lyndon – Full Metal Jacket. I agree it’s more effective in its first half but overall it’s still a very powerful film and I like its anti-war sentiment. Good to see Enemy at the Gates included – some great set pieces there. It surely also has the best sex scene in a war movie EVER – every time I see the sequence I wonder how far someone has been worn down by military bloodshed to jump in the sack with zero thought for personal hygiene or one’s own body odour! Braveheart is also a perfect inclusion – nice to see the swords and sandals get a look in and Black Hawk Down enjoys some of the most captivating street-by-street combat I’ve ever seen (even if I don’t like its politics). Top list on a difficult, divisive and wide-reaching topic.

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      Lyndon Wells Reply

      Thanks Rory, you are spot on it was my list alone I think I would struggle to leave out Full Metal Jacket and Zulu. I did make my mixed feelings for 13 hours clear on the podcast! The best Vietnam war films have a very strong anti-war sentiment especially Full Metal Jacket. It’s a very difficult genre to define and narrow down to 10 but like you said the top 5 are very difficult to argue against.

      Ha, should of mentioned that sex scene in Enemy at the gates perhaps a future top 10 – Top 10 sex scenes in war films!?!?!

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    Yul Reply

    Brill list love all the selections and would only suggest full Metal Jacket as a possible addition

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    Roger That Reply

    I’d find it hard to pick just 10. Good job guys.

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    Frazzle Reply

    My top 10: Full Metal Jacket, Paths of Glory, Das Boot, The Deer Hunter, Dr Strangelove and The Big Red One instead of 13 Hours, Black Hawk Down, Inglourious Basterds, Fury, Braveheart and Enemy at the Gates.

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      Lyndon Wells Reply

      Thanks for reading. Interesting list especially including Dr Strangelove such a diverse genre but no place for Apocalypse Now or Saving Private Ryan? I think these will always be my in my Top 3!

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        Frazzle Reply

        Yes… Apocalypse Now is my number one! My top 10 is something like:

        10. Saving Private Ryan
        9. Paths Of Glory
        8. Platoon
        7. The Great Escape
        6. Das Boot
        5. Dr. Strangelove
        4. The Big Red One
        3. The Deer Hunter
        2. Full Metal Jacket
        1. Apocalypse Now

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    Paul Ainslie Reply

    Surprised no one has mentioned Memphis Belle.

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    Cryptic Caller Reply

    As a huge fan of the genre I can imagine it was difficult getting this list down to 10. Only two would appear in my top 10 – Apocalypse Now and Platoon. I’ll check out the podcast now as I’m eager to find out what possessed you to include Fury.

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      Lyndon Wells Reply

      I have to confess s we discuss on the podcast I’m not a massive fan of the genre which is perhaps why we are only have 2 in common. What else would make your list?

      Let us know what you think of the podcast it’s tough when it’s a combined list but I think I make my feeling on 13 Hours and Fury clear!

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    Ryan Reply

    13 Hours and Fury shouldn’t be anywhere near the top 10 war movies. Inglourious Basterds is an odd choice too – it’s loosely a war movie if a war movie at all. Black Hawk Down is an abomination, one of Scott’s worst. Saving Private Ryan has two good sequences, the rest is manichaean melodrama.

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    Carl Reply

    Cross of Iron, Patton and Casualties of War are three of my favorites.

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    Mark Fraser Reply

    An ambitious list about an ambitious subject. Most of what I think has already been said. I thought Fury was good until it became silly during the third act, so I would have dropped it. The Bridge on the River Kwai would have been in my top five; Inglorious Basterds deserves to be on quite a few lists, but not this one (isn’t it a comedy?);I would have put Kurosawa’s Kagemusha up there before Braveheart when looking at pre-20th century stuff. I didn’t mind Enemy at the Gate, but Joseph Vilsmaier’s take on Stalingrad (one of WW II’s turning points) was far more sweeping and less sentimental. And speaking about the Ruskies, have you seen Elem Kilmov’s Come and See? Then there’s Andrzej Wajda’s Katyn, which could arguably have been another contender.

    Also (and admittedly I haven’t listened to the podcast), did you consider Jarhead?

    Having moaned on and on, I did agree with your number one. Interesting list – keep up the good work.

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      Dan Reply

      In many respects I agree with you in regards to Inglourious Basterds. Its inclusion troubles me but I’m not sure I can pinpoint why. Tarantino’s approach, indicative of his oeuvre, is perhaps too flippant to be ranked alongside the best films about war.

      I like the film a lot, it’s definitely worth talking about, and like you say, worthy of many “top 10” / “best of” lists, but perhaps not this one. I’m not even sure I think of it as a war movie. In many respects it’s another verbose gangster/western with lots of Tarantino-isms that happens to be set during WWII and involve people involved in its narrative (albeit in a stylised way).

      Then again, like you say, it might even be a comedy (Pitt’s character is practically a stand-up comedian – his stage the battlefields of Nazi–occupied Europe.) Perhaps it’s that offhand playfulness that makes me shy away from including it in my own list, especially when ranking it alongside the comparatively VERY different sentiments of Apocalypse Now and Platoon.

      I think what it comes down to is the diversity of the genre – particularly in the motivation of the filmmaker – which makes it so very hard to look at it as one generic “whole”. In doing so, Lyndon and the Down the Hall guys have created a very interesting selection.

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      Lyndon Wells Reply

      Hi mark thanks for reading, let us know what you think of the the podcast. It’s a really tough and diverse genre. Agree Fury has big third act problems and The Bridge on the River Kwai was on the list for a long time but got pushed out at the last minute it would make my personal top war films.

      Thanks for the suggestions , really interesting, I haven’t seen Elem Kilmov’s Come and See will remedy that asap! Jarhead was considered it is a really interesting depiction of the monotony of modern warfare, it’s a film about essentially nothing happening but didn’t quite make the list.

      Inglorious Basterds has generated some great discussion and Dan also makes some very valid points. When I first put my list together I also struggled labelling it a war film but Rodney From down the hall who confesses to not liking the genre had this as his no.1. So we had to include and it deserves to be high on the list.
      Tarantino himself describes it as his take on war films and a very unique take it is. Comparing as, Dan puts it, the offhand playfulness to the anti-conflict sentiments of Platoon etc is difficult but just because a film has a more worthy message doesn’t always make it a superior film. It is definetly more a film set during the war than about war but including really highlights the wide diversity of the genre and the difference of the war movie genre from one person to the next. I don’t think a war film has to be necessarily bereft of entertainment or a lightness of touch, The Great escape is another example of allowing humourous moments within a serious setting. Films that do mainly focus on conflict are often far more weighty. Perhaps that’s why the humour of Robert duvall’s character and his obsession with surfing in Apocalypse Now is such a memorable scene.

      I appreciate Taratinos approach to the genre does appear flippant in comparison but I love how it highlights the depth and variety of the genre. How many lists do you the ability to rank and compare the likes of Tarantino, Spielberg, Coppola, Stone and Sturgess. Making a war films appears to almost a rite of passage for great directors and their interpretation of it varies widely. This is also why im very excited for Nolan’s Dunkirk who is adamant that his film is not to be labelled a war film- fascinating stuff.

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        Callum Reply

        I wouldn’t call myself a huge fan of the genre so that’s why I like Inglourious Basterds’ inclusion because it’s a film that people like me can enjoy without a great interest in teh historical aspect. Apocalypse Now is another case completely, a classic, a film that seems go beyond simple genre cinema and into something else. Fury I see gets some criticism on here – I like it, again, perhaps because I’m not a war movie fan in general. Black Hawk Down is another war film that concentrates on the battle scenes – that might not be popular for high brow critics but for those of us who don’t want to ever see a battlefield but want to experience a tiny piece of what it’s like being out there, Black Hawk Down, like Private Ryan puts you into the centre of the action.

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    Dan Grant Reply

    The thing I love about this site, and lists like this, is that it edifies me about films I haven’t seen, especially the ones I’ve always meant to get to seeing but just never got around to. Enemy at the Gate is one of those films I really want to see, really wanted to see when it came out but just never did. That will change.

    Also, i’ve heard a lot of good things about Zulu. I’ll check that one out too.

    We’ve got a great group of contributors here. Thanks for all of your lists everyone. I love reading everything you guys have to say.

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      Lyndon Wells Reply

      Totally agree Dan these list always create discussion and help broaden my film library.
      Please watch Zulu it’s a classic let me know what you think

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    Courtney Reply

    I was relatively young when I first saw Saving Private Ryan, but I’ll never forget the absolute terror and fear I experienced while watching that movie. Complete terror.

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    Mark Fraser Reply

    Another contender should be Catch 22. One of the criticisms of the film when it was first released back in June 1970 was the fact it omitted a lot of the details (and a few key characters) that appeared in Joseph Heller’s book. What it did, however (and I only figured this one out last year when I found a second hand $2.50 DVD of the film and bought it), was highlight what a war profiteering country America really is. Want to see a great Jon Voight role? Watch this movie.

    Also, Robert Aldrich’s The Dirty Dozen arguably deserves some air time. It’s a cynical and violent movie – as cynical, violent and fraudulent as US foreign policy itself.

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    Ray Pringle Reply

    MASH and Catch 22 are two comedic options for “best war movie”.

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    Mark Harrison Reply

    This list is not legitimate when a Michael Bay film features and the best war film of all time – Paths of Glory – does not.

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    Andrew Lowry Reply

    Fuller’s The Steel Helmet is a notable absentee.

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    Tom Jennings Reply

    I could not disagree more with this list which makes me all the more interested to hear the reasonings behind it!

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    Dan Grant Reply

    I just watched Saving Private Ryan again and that film is timeless. It’s actually gotten better over time. The cast is terrific…not just the leads but the support from guys like Dennis Farrina, Ted Danson, Leland Orser, Paul Giamatti and a few others. Terrific film and terrific list.

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