The Top 100 War Movies of All Time

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1

Casablanca 1942, 102 min.

Michael Curtiz     Starring: Humphrey BogartIngrid BergmanPaul Henreid

Drama    Romance    Romantic Drama

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Lawrence of Arabia 1962, 227 min.

David Lean     Starring: Peter O'TooleAlec GuinnessAnthony Quinn

Adventure Drama    Adventure    Drama

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Stalag 17 1953, 120 min.

Billy Wilder     Starring: Robert StraussHarvey LembeckOtto Preminger

Comedy Drama    Drama    Ensemble Film

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Ran 1985, 162 min.

Akira Kurosawa     Starring: Tatsuya NakadaiAkira TeraoJinpachi Nezu

Action    Based-on-Shakespeare    Drama

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Platoon 1986, 120 min.

Oliver Stone     Starring: Charlie SheenTom BerengerWillem Dafoe

Action    Anti-War Film    Combat Films

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MASH 1970, 116 min.

Robert Altman     Starring: Donald SutherlandElliott GouldTom Skerritt

Anti-War Film    Black Comedy    Comedy Drama

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Lifeboat 1944, 96 min.

Alfred Hitchcock     Starring: Tallulah BankheadWilliam BendixWalter Slezak

Adventure    Drama    Ensemble Film

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The Pianist 2002, 150 min.

Roman Polanski     Starring: Maureen LipmanAdrien BrodyFrank Finlay

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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Kelly's Heroes 1970, 144 min.

Brian G. Hutton     Starring: Clint EastwoodTelly SavalasDon Rickles

Adventure    Anti-War Film    Comedy

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The Guns of Navarone 1961, 158 min.

J. Lee Thompson     Starring: Gregory PeckDavid NivenAnthony Quinn

Adventure    War    War Adventure

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Zulu 1964, 138 min.

Cy Endfield     Starring: Michael CaineJames BoothStanley Baker

Action    Adventure    Adventure Drama

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A Bridge Too Far 1977, 175 min.

Richard Attenborough     Starring: Dirk BogardeJames CaanMichael Caine

Combat Films    Epic    War

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Three Kings 1999, 114 min.

David O. Russell     Starring: George ClooneyMark WahlbergIce Cube

Adventure    Anti-War Film    Caper

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Gallipoli 1981, 110 min.

Peter Weir     Starring: Mel GibsonRonny GrahamStan Green

Anti-War Film    Australian New Wave    War

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The Last Samurai 2003, 154 min.

Edward Zwick     Starring: Ken WatanabeTom CruiseWilliam Atherton

Drama    Epic    Historical Epic

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Sergeant York 1941, 134 min.

Howard Hawks     Starring: Joan LeslieWalter BrennanGary Cooper

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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Wings 1927, 141 min.

William A. Wellman     Starring: Clara BowCharles "Buddy" RogersGary Cooper

Action    Adventure    Combat Films

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The Duellists 1977, 100 min.

Ridley Scott     Starring: Keith CarradineHarvey KeitelAlbert Finney

Action    Adventure    Adventure Drama

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Red Dawn 1984, 114 min.

John Milius     Starring: Patrick SwayzeC. Thomas HowellLea Thompson

Action    Action Thriller    Adventure

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Napoléon 1927, 330 min.

Abel Gance     Starring: Albert DieudonnéEdmond Van DaëleGina Manès

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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The Big Red One 1980, 113 min.

Samuel Fuller     Starring: Lee MarvinMark HamillRobert Carradine

Action    Combat Films    Drama

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Salvador 1986, 122 min.

Oliver Stone     Starring: James WoodsJames BelushiMichael Murphy

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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Catch-22 1970, 122 min.

Mike Nichols     Starring: Alan ArkinMartin BalsamRichard Benjamin

Black Comedy    Comedy    Ensemble Film

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Fury 2014, 120 min.

David Ayer     Starring: Brad PittShia LaBeoufLogan Lerman

Action    Combat Films    Drama

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Gunga Din 1939, 117 min.

George Stevens     Starring: Cary GrantSam JaffeDouglas Fairbanks Jr.

Adventure    War    War Adventure

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The Thin Red Line 1998, 170 min.

Terrence Malick     Starring: Sean PennAdrien BrodyJim Caviezel

Anti-War Film    Combat Films    Drama

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Coming Home 1978, 127 min.

Hal Ashby     Starring: Bruce DernJane FondaJon Voight

Anti-War Film    Drama    New Hollywood

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The Big Parade 1925, 141 min.

King Vidor     Starring: John GilbertRenée AdoréeHobart Bosworth

Anti-War Film    Drama    Romance

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Mrs. Miniver 1942, 134 min.

William Wyler     Starring: Greer GarsonWalter PidgeonTeresa Wright

Drama    Family Drama    Romance

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Atonement 2007, 130 min.

Joe Wright     Starring: James McAvoyKeira KnightleySaoirse Ronan

Drama    Epic    Mystery

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Casualties of War 1989, 121 min.

Brian De Palma     Starring: Sean PennJohn LeguizamoThuy Thu Le

War    Drama    Anti-War Film

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Heartbreak Ridge 1986, 130 min.

Clint Eastwood     Starring: Everett McGillMoses GunnBo Svenson

Drama    Combat Films    War Drama

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Memphis Belle 1990, 107 min.

Michael Caton-Jones     Starring: Matthew ModineTate DonovanSean Astin

War    Combat Films    War Drama

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Legends of the Fall 1994, 133 min.

Edward Zwick     Starring: Brad PittAnthony HopkinsAidan Quinn

Costume Romance    Drama    Epic

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Enemy at the Gates 2001, 131 min.

Jean-Jacques Annaud     Starring: Joseph FiennesJude LawBob Hoskins

Combat Films    Epic    Romance

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The Burmese Harp 1956, 116 min.

Kon Ichikawa     Starring: Jun HamamuraRentaro MikuniShôji Yasui

Drama    Foreign Language Film    War

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