No war movies list would be complete without the following films. Battlefield experiences show up frequently in Hollywood movies and for some reason, people enjoy watching films about war and violence.

But what makes a good war movie? The answer to this question is purely subjective. While this list can’t include every great war movie, these ten films have stood the test of time. 

  1. “All Quiet On The Western Front” This epic 1930 war movie is based on a bestselling Erich Maria Remarque novel. Starring Louis Wolheim and Lew Ayres, the Oscar-winning film presents a realistic account of World War I, also known as “The Great War” and “The War To End All Wars.”

  2. “The Bridge On The River Kwai” This 1957 war movie centers on the situation of British prisoners during World War II, and the building of a bridge for their captors. Alec Guinness, William Holden and Jack Hawkins star in the film, which won seven Academy Awards.

  3. “A Bridge Too Far” This epic war movie is based on a Cornelius Ryan book. It depicts Operation Market Garden, a failed military operation during the Second World War. The 1977 film features an ensemble cast that includes Michael Cain, Sean Connery and Laurence Olivier.

  4. “The Green Berets” This Vietnam war movie is loosely based on a Robin Moore book. The 1968 film presents a strong anti-communist viewpoint and it polarized public opinion during the time of its release. John Wayne, David Jannsen and Jim Hutton star in the film.

  5. “The Patriot” Set in South Carolina, this 2000 film tells the story of a French and Indian war hero who enters int the American Revolutionary War when British soldiers threaten his family. Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger and Jason Isaacs star in the film.

  6. “Patton” This World War II drama depicts the career of controversial American General George S. Patton. The 1970 movie stars George C. Scott in the title role. Karl Malden and Stephen Young also appear in the film, which won seven Academy Awards.

  7. “Platoon.” Oliver Stone based this 1986 film on his wartime experiences during the Vietnam conflict. The movie was Stone’s answer to the 1968 film, “The Green Berets.” Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe lead an ensemble cast.

  8. “Saving Private Ryan” This World War II movie is set during the D-Day invasion of Normandy and focuses on a search for a soldier whos brothers were killed in action. Some consider this 1998 film the best war movie ever produced. The film stars Tom Hanks and Matt Damon in the lead roles.

  9. “The Thin Red Line” This thoughtful, slow-paced 1998 movie tells a fictional story about United States soldiers during the Battle of Guadalcanal. This World War II drama stars Sean Penn, Jim Caviezel, Nick Nolte and John Travolta.

  10. “We Were Soldiers” “We Were Soldiers” is based on a book by a United States soldier and a newspaper reporter. The 2002 film recounts the Battle of Ia Drang, America’s first major engagement in the Vietnam conflict. Mel Gibson, Sam Elliott, Greg Kinnear and Chris Klein star in the film.