Top 10 War Movies Of All Time

Wednesday, July 20 by Jason Cuthbert

The top 10 war movies of all time dramatize various degrees of human behavior—greed, fear, hatred, and compassion. Witnessing and partaking in violence surely traumatizes all those involved, and these cinematic war stories may even leave you affected as well. Whether the backdrop is Vietnam or the Iraq War, these war movies and military videos are among the best ever.

  1. “Apocalypse Now” – After ruling Academy Award ceremonies in the 1970′s with every film he directed; Francis Ford Coppola ended the decade with another Oscar contender, “Apocalypse Now”. Coppola’s war movie masterpiece had an impeccable cast including Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Harrison Ford, Laurence Fishburne, Dennis Hopper, and “The Godfather” himself, Marlon Brando. The core of this film seems to be the effect war has on a person’s morals .
  2. Full Metal Jacket – The highly acclaimed director Stanley Kubrick‘s Vietnam War movie introduces Sgt. Hartman, the harshest, most memorable drill sergeant in cinema history. You will also have difficulty forgetting Vincent D”Onofrio’s portrayal of Private Pyle, who has a horrifying psychological meltdown. Kubrick’s ironic details—like Private Joker’s helmet with a piece sign on it—capture the duality of good and evil that compete for these soldier’s souls.
  3. “Platoon” - What better storyteller for a war movie about the Vietnam crisis than a director that actually fought in that war? Oliver Stone based his Oscar-winning screenplay on his actual experiences. Charlie Sheen plays the lead character, much like his real life father Martin Sheen did in another amazing war movie, “Apocalypse Now”.
  4. Saving Private Ryan- Steven Spielberg won his second Best Director Academy Award for this World War II war movie. Tom Hanks leads this amazing cast Paul Giamatti, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel, Tom Sizemore, Giovanni Ribisi, and Ted Danson. With an on-camera body count of 206, the relentless brutality of war is not “sugar-coated” at all.
  5. “The Deer Hunter” - The Vietnam War returns with Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, Christopher Walken, and the late, great John Cazale. With an outstanding nine Academy Award nominations, “The Deer Hunter” took home five, including Best Picture. It is also one of the longer war movies, clocking in at three hours and two minutes.
  6. “Glory” – The Civil War gets a heartfelt war movie representation starring Mathew Broderick as Col. Robert Shaw, who led the U.S. Civil War’s first all African American volunteer regimen. Denzel Washington earned some glory as well with his first Academy Award. The scene where Denzel’s character Private Trip gets whipped will twist your emotions into a knot that won’t come undone for days.
  7. “Paths of Glory” – Stanley Kubrick directs another one of the greatest war movies ever made—”Paths of Glory” starring Kirk Douglas. World War I is now the setting for another perspective on morality during times of war. At a crisp and swift 88 minutes, this 1957 war movies puts you with these petrified soldiers facing death at the hand of their own military force.
  8. “Three Kings” - This action adventure takes place during the Persian Gulf War. George Clooney, Ice Cube, and Mark Wahlberg play soldiers attempting to steal gold that was taken from Kuwait. Their selfishness is challenged when they come across local citizens that need their assistance.
  9. The Hurt Locker“ – This dramatic thriller, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, is the best war movie about the recent Iraq War. The intense suspense stems from the main characters having to find hidden explosives The Academy Awards certainly agreed with this film’s greatness by awarding it six out of the nine Oscar trophies that it was nominated for.
  10.  The Dirty Dozen – This entertaining 1967 World War II war movie borrows from the action/adventure genre, Lee Marvin’s character must lead a dozen convicted killers against German forces. This interesting cast includes Charles Bronson, Donald Sutherland, Jim Brown, John Cassavetes, and Telly Savalas.
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