10 Good War Films

Friday, January 28 by Russell Deza

Looking for 10 good war films? While these good war movies are relatively new releases, others were first shown decades ago. However, all of these good war films have more than enough entertainment value to keep audiences watching them again and again.

  1. "Black Hawk Down" Thanks to the superb talents of Ridley Scott, audiences were entertained by the film's amazing combat sequences and well-choreographed firefights. Still, even with all the slam-bang action, there was enough characterization that audiences actually cared about the protagonists.

  2. "Glory" Matthew Broderick turns in one of his best performances ever in this Civil War epic released in 1989. A young Denzel Washington complements him perfectly.

  3. "A Bridge Too Far" Considered a “must see” for fans of this genre, "A Bridge Too Far" may well be one of the greatest war movies ever. Although there were a few historical goofs and inaccuracies, a cast of perhaps the greatest set of actors ever assembled (James Caan, Anthony Hopkins, Sean Connery, Robert Redford, Gene Hackman, Michael Caine and Lawrence Olivier) and a fantastic effort by director Richard Attenborough more than makes up for any flaws and inadequacies the film may have had.

  4. "Letters From Iwo Jima" A companion movie to Clint Eastwood's other war epic “Flags of our Fathers”, Iwo Jima is clearly the superior film. The uber-talented Ken Watanabe stars as General Kuribayashi and helps paint a picture of the war from the Japanese perspective.

  5. "The Longest Day" Although “The Duke” is more known for his Westerns, he is simply superb in this 1962 World War II flick. With dozens of war experts and historians to make the movie as accurate as possible, "The Longest Day" is the perfect tribute to the Greatest Generation.

  6. "The Hurt Locker" The 2010 Oscar Best Motion Picture of the Year award winner, "The Hurt Locker" is a masterpiece of a film. Jeremy Renner's magnificent portrayal of an elite bomb expert, earned him an Oscar Best Actor nomination.

  7. "Patton" George C. Scott's convincing performance as the controversial General Patton make this movie one of the good war films. Even those who knew the real Patton though that Scott just transformed into the iron fisted general.

  8. "The Green Zone" One of the newer movies on this list, many thought that "The Green Zone" was simply the next installment on the Bourne series. While it may have been as equally entertaining as Matt Damon's trademark movies, the movie posses some serious questions about America's involvement in the Iraq war.

  9. "Saving Private Ryan" Released in 1998, the movie earned a handful of Oscar awards and nominations. Although Tom Hanks lost the Best Actor plum, his screen presence was simply beyond great. Many insist that this tops their good war films list.

  10. "Apocalypse Now" The war movie lost out to Kramer vs. Kramer for the Academy's Best Picture award. Thirty-one years later, who even remembers "Kramer vs. Kramer?"

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