The Top 100 War Movies of All Time

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1

Casablanca

1942    Michael Curtiz    Rated PG

Drama    Romance    Romantic Drama

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Apocalypse Now

1979    Francis Ford Coppola    Rated R

Adventure    Adventure Drama    Anti-War Film

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3

The General

1926    Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton    Not Rated

Action    Action Comedy    Comedy

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4

Paths of Glory

1957    Stanley Kubrick    Not Rated

Anti-War Film    Drama    Message Movie

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5

Schindler's List

1993    Steven Spielberg    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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6

Full Metal Jacket

1987    Stanley Kubrick    Rated R

Anti-War Film    Combat Films    Drama

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7

Saving Private Ryan

1998    Steven Spielberg    Rated R

Combat Films    Ensemble Film    Epic

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8

Grand Illusion

1937    Jean Renoir    Not Rated

Drama    Escape Film    Foreign Language Film

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9

The Great Escape

1963    John Sturges    Not Rated

Adventure    Ensemble Film    Escape Film

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10

Throne of Blood

1957    Akira Kurosawa    Not Rated

Action    Action Thriller    Based-on-Shakespeare

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11

Lawrence of Arabia

1962    David Lean    Rated G

Adventure    Adventure Drama    Drama

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12

Stalag 17

1953    Billy Wilder    Not Rated

Comedy Drama    Drama    Ensemble Film

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13

The Bridge on the River Kwai

1957    David Lean    Rated PG

Drama    Ensemble Film    War

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14

The Deer Hunter

1978    Michael Cimino    Rated R

Anti-War Film    Drama    Ensemble Film

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15

Ran

1985    Akira Kurosawa    Rated R

Action    Based-on-Shakespeare    Drama

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16

Braveheart

1995    Mel Gibson    Rated R

Adventure    Adventure Drama    Based-on-a-True-Story

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17

Inglourious Basterds

2009    Quentin Tarantino    Rated R

Action    Adventure    Revenge Film

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19

Platoon

1986    Oliver Stone    Rated R

Action    Anti-War Film    Combat Films

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20

Grave of the Fireflies

1988    Isao Takahata    Not Rated

Animation    Anime    Drama

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21

The Battle of Algiers

1966    Gillo Pontecorvo    Not Rated

Docudrama    Drama    Foreign Language Film

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22

The African Queen

1951    John Huston    Not Rated

Adventure    Adventure Drama    Drama

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23

Pan's Labyrinth

2006    Guillermo del Toro    Rated R

Drama    Fairy Tales and Legends    Fantasy

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24

The Dirty Dozen

1967    Robert Aldrich    Not Rated

Adventure    Ensemble Film    War

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25

Patton

1970    Franklin J. Schaffner    Rated PG

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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26

Army of Shadows

1969    Jean-Pierre Melville    Not Rated

Drama    Foreign Language Film    French New Wave

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27

All Quiet on the Western Front

1930    Lewis Milestone    Not Rated

Action    Anti-War Film    Drama

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28

Band of Brothers

2001    David Frankel    Not Rated

Docudrama    Drama    Epic

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29

Gone with the Wind

1939    Victor Fleming    Rated G

Epic    Historical Epic    Historical Film

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30

Battleship Potemkin

1925    Sergei M. Eisenstein    Not Rated

Drama    Foreign Language Film    Silent Film

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31

From Here to Eternity

1953    Fred Zinnemann    Not Rated

Drama    Ensemble Film    Romance

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32

MASH

1970    Robert Altman    Rated R

Anti-War Film    Black Comedy    Comedy Drama

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33

A Man Escaped

1956    Robert Bresson    Not Rated

Docudrama    Drama    Escape Film

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34

Life Is Beautiful

1997    Roberto Benigni    Rated PG13

Comedy Drama    Drama    Foreign Language Film

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35

Das Boot

1981    Wolfgang Petersen    Rated PG

Adventure    Drama    Foreign Language Film

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36

Lifeboat

1944    Alfred Hitchcock    Not Rated

Adventure    Drama    Ensemble Film

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37

Come and See

1985    Elem Klimov    Not Rated

Coming-of-Age    Drama    Foreign Language Film

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38

Ernest Hemingway's To Have and Have Not

1944    Howard Hawks    Not Rated

Drama    Romance    Romantic Drama

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39

Au Revoir Les Enfants

1987    Louis Malle    Not Rated

Childhood Drama    Drama    Foreign Language Film

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40

The Guns of Navarone

1961    J. Lee Thompson    Not Rated

Adventure    War    War Adventure

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41

Kelly's Heroes

1970    Brian G. Hutton    Rated PG

Adventure    Anti-War Film    Comedy

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42

The Hurt Locker

2008    Kathryn Bigelow    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Combat Films

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43

Empire of the Sun

1987    Steven Spielberg    Rated PG

Based-on-a-True-Story    Childhood Drama    Drama

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44

The Pianist

2002    Roman Polanski    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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45

Glory

1989    Edward Zwick    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Combat Films    Epic

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46

Rome, Open City

1945    Roberto Rossellini    Not Rated

Drama    Foreign Language Film    Italian Neorealism

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47

Black Hawk Down

2001    Ridley Scott    Rated R

Action    Based-on-a-True-Story    Combat Films

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48

Edge of Tomorrow

2014    Doug Liman    Rated PG13

Action    Alien Invasion Films    Science Fiction

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49

Zero Dark Thirty

2012    Kathryn Bigelow    Rated R

Thriller    War

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50

Three Kings

1999    David O. Russell    Rated R

Adventure    Anti-War Film    Caper

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51

A Bridge Too Far

1977    Richard Attenborough    Rated R

Combat Films    Epic    War

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52

Zulu

1964    Cy Endfield    Not Rated

Action    Adventure    Adventure Drama

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53

Gallipoli

1981    Peter Weir    Rated PG

Anti-War Film    Australian New Wave    War

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54

Tropic Thunder

2008    Ben Stiller    Rated R

Action    Action Comedy    Adventure

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55

Good Morning, Vietnam

1987    Barry Levinson    Rated R

Comedy Drama    Drama    Military Comedy

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56

The Last Samurai

2003    Edward Zwick    Rated R

Drama    Epic    Historical Epic

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57

Where Eagles Dare

1968    Brian G. Hutton    Rated PG

Action    Adventure    War

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59

Ivan's Childhood

1962    Andrei Tarkovsky    Not Rated

Childhood Drama    Drama    Foreign Language Film

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60

Captain America: The First Avenger

2011    Joe Johnston    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Adventure

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61

Red Dawn

1984    John Milius    Rated PG13

Action    Action Thriller    Adventure

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62

Sergeant York

1941    Howard Hawks    Not Rated

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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63

Forbidden Games

1952    René Clément    Not Rated

Drama    Foreign Language Film    War

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64

The Caine Mutiny

1954    Edward Dmytryk    Not Rated

Adventure    Courtroom Drama    Drama

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65

The Big Red One

1980    Samuel Fuller    Rated PG

Action    Combat Films    Drama

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66

Salvador

1986    Oliver Stone    Rated R

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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68

The Duellists

1977    Ridley Scott    Rated PG

Action    Adventure    Adventure Drama

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69

Letters from Iwo Jima

2006    Clint Eastwood    Rated R

Anti-War Film    Combat Films    Drama

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70

The Thin Red Line

1998    Terrence Malick    Rated R

Anti-War Film    Combat Films    Drama

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71

Born on the Fourth of July

1989    Oliver Stone    Rated R

Anti-War Film    Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic

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73

Wings

1927    William A. Wellman    Not Rated

Action    Adventure    Combat Films

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74

Napoléon

1927    Abel Gance    Not Rated

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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75

Gettysburg

1993    Ronald F. Maxwell    Not Rated

Epic    Historical Epic    Historical Film

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76

Catch-22

1970    Mike Nichols    Rated R

Black Comedy    Comedy    Ensemble Film

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77

Gunga Din

1939    George Stevens    Not Rated

Adventure    War    War Adventure

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78

The Year of Living Dangerously

1982    Peter Weir    Rated PG

Australian New Wave    Drama    Political Drama

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79

Tora! Tora! Tora!

1970    Richard Fleischer    Rated PG

Historical Film    War

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80

Coming Home

1978    Hal Ashby    Rated R

Anti-War Film    Drama    Psychological Drama

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81

The Wind That Shakes the Barley

2006    Ken Loach    Not Rated

Drama    Historical Film    Period Film

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82

Black Book

2006    Paul Verhoeven    Rated R

Drama    Foreign Language Film    Period Film

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83

Heartbreak Ridge

1986    Clint Eastwood    Rated R

Drama    Combat Films    War Drama

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84

Atonement

2007    Joe Wright    Rated R

Drama    Epic    Mystery

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85

The Cranes are Flying

1957    Mikhail Kalatozov    Not Rated

Drama    Foreign Language Film    Melodrama

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86

Legends of the Fall

1994    Edward Zwick    Rated R

Costume Romance    Drama    Epic

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87

Casualties of War

1989    Brian De Palma    Rated R

War    Drama    Anti-War Film

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88

Memphis Belle

1990    Michael Caton-Jones    Rated PG13

War    Combat Films    War Drama

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89

The Train

1964    John Frankenheimer    Not Rated

Action    Action Thriller    Adventure

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90

The Miracle of Morgan's Creek

1944    Preston Sturges    Not Rated

Comedy    Comedy of Errors    Romance

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91

Enemy at the Gates

2001    Jean-Jacques Annaud    Rated R

Combat Films    Epic    Romance

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92

Ashes and Diamonds

1958    Andrzej Wajda    Not Rated

Drama    Foreign Language Film    Hitman / Assassin Film

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93

Rambo: First Blood Part II

1985    George P. Cosmatos    Rated R

Action    Action Thriller    Adventure

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94

Rescue Dawn

2007    Werner Herzog    Rated PG13

Docudrama    Escape Film    War

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95

The Birth of a Nation

1915    D.W. Griffith    Not Rated

Drama    Epic    Historical Epic

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96

The Big Parade

1925    King Vidor    Not Rated

Anti-War Film    Drama    Romance

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97

Joint Security Area

2000    Chan-wook Park    Not Rated

Anti-War Film    Detective Film    Drama

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98

Sahara

1943    Zoltan Korda    Not Rated

Adventure    Combat Films    War

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99

Titus

1999    Julie Taymor    Rated R

Based-on-Shakespeare    Based-on-Theatre    Drama

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