10 Great War Films

Thursday, March 17 by Jennifer Potts

Ten great war films are certainly not hard to find. There are literally hundreds of great war films to choose from. Everyone has their favorites, but there are ten great war films that are indisputably timeless.

  1. “Apocalypse Now” Depicting the Vietnam war, the story revolves around a mission to Cambodia and an assassination plot. This war film was directed by the great Francis Ford Coppola.
  2. “Schindler’s List” This 1993 great war film featured Poland in World War II. It’s one of Steven Spielberg’s greatest films.
  3. “Platoon” A great war film set during Vietnam, this story truly captures the struggles of war and the moral struggles that soldiers face. This film was directed by Oliver Stone and stars Charlie Sheen.
  4. “Saving Private Ryan” Set during World War II, the invasion of Normandy never seemed so emotional. This great war film is another Steven Spielberg masterpiece.
  5. “The Deer Hunter” This great war film was directed by Michael Cimino and stars Robert De Niro. It mainly depicts events that followed the horrors of Vietnam and how they affected the war heroes, as well as the people back home.
  6. “Full Metal Jacket” Another Vietnam great war film, this follows the U.S. Marines. Directed by Stanley Kubrick, this one can’t be missed.
  7. “Hotel Rwanda” Directed by Terry George and starring Don Cheadle, this great war film showed the world the violence and horror of the Rwandan Genocide. The events took place in 1994, and this great film reminds us all of the plight of African citizens, both past and present.
  8. “Braveheart” This great war film features the epic struggle of 13th century Scottish warriors and their determination to free themselves from the oppressive English. This film is directed by and stars Mel Gibson.
  9. “Inglourious Basterds” From the brilliant mind of Quentin Tarantino, this great war film is set during World War II. But, it features a unique twist and alternative history that leaves audiences everywhere cheering.
  10. “The Great Escape” This great war film was directed by John Sturges and stars Steve McQueen. It tells the story of World War II prisoners of war escaping from a German camp.
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