Top Ten War Movies Of The 90′s

Wednesday, January 19 by Tony Dayton

When discussion revolves around the top 10 war movies of the '90s, the list is pretty vague. Most war movies were made in the 1980's ("Platoon," "Full Metal Jacket," "Wolverines") because the Vietnam War took place the decade before and the Cold War was still going on. However, the 1990s did produce a few war movies, some winning several awards. Below are ten of those movies:

  1. "Saving Private Ryan" "Saving Private Ryan" is not only the top war movie of the '90s, it may be one of the top ten of all-time. This 1998 World War II movie was directed by Steven Spielberg and starred Tom Hanks, Barry Pepper, Edward Burns, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore and Vin Diesel. Grossing over $480 million worldwide, "Saving Private Ryan" also won several awards, including Best Director.
  2. "Schindler's List" Based on a Jewish businessman who saved the lives of thousands of refugees during the Holocaust, "Schindler's List" makes the top ten war movies of the '90s list because it was a huge box office success as it won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. In 2007 The American Film Institute ranked the 1993 blockbuster 8th on its list of 100 top movies of all time.
  3. "Braveheart" This 1995 Mel Gibson film centering around a 13th century Scottish knight's role in the first war of Scottish Independence was one of the most popular war movies of the decade. "Braveheart" won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. The film also grossed over $210 million worldwide.
  4. "Last of the Mohicans" Set during the French Indian War, this 1992 historical film makes the list of the top war movies of the '90s because of its brilliant cinematography and popular soundtrack. "The Last of the Mohicans" was also the number one movie during opening the weekend.
  5. "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" The first of a three part prequel to the "Star Wars" Trilogy, the "Phantom Menace" was arguably one of the most heavily anticipated movies of all time. While the film did not receive critical acclaim, "The Phantom Menace" set a record for the largest single day gross in history (which has since been broken). Weird Al even made a popular song parody of the movie. 
  6. "A Thin Red Line" Released the same year as "Saving Private Ryan," "A Thin Red Line" was not nearly as popular at the box office. However, it still grossed over $98 million and was nominated for several Academy Awards.
  7. "Starship Troopers" A 1998 military science fiction film, "Starship Troopers" is a movie about the planet Earth going to war against a planet ruled by bugs. While the film won Saturn awards for best costumes and special effects, most male moviegoers remember the space war movie for its naked shower scenes involving many topless females.
  8. "Courage Under Fire" One of the first films to be based on the Gulf War, "Courage Under Fire" had an all star cast that included Denzel Washington, Meg Ryan, Matt Damon and Lou Diamond Phillips. Receiving mostly positive reviews, the war movie grossed over $100 million worldwide. 
  9. "Three Kings" Another movie featuring the Gulf War, "Three Kings" stared Mark Wahlburg, George Clooney and Ice Cube.  This top 1990s war movie was filmed in the deserts of Arizona, Mexico and California and was well received by both movie critics and the public.
  10. "Wag the Dog" "Wag the Dog" is a little more unconventional than the rest of the movies on this list. Starring Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro, a Hollywood film producer (Hoffman) fakes a war with Albania to distract the public away from a presidential sex scandal days before the election. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Actor and Best Adaptive Screenplay. However, a major reason why "Wag the Dog" made the list is its eerie similarity to the Clinton administration.  
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