War quotes from movies help us to understand the nature of war and sum it up into a sentence or two, as it is a vast and utterly confusing part of humanity. Many of these war quotes from movies come from war movies themselves, which makes sense, as the characters and plot are immersed in a war. However, many war quotes from movies just come from films about life that have elements or scenes that has to do with war in them, illustrating how wars effect people and societies in a wide variety of different ways. The war quotes from movies listed below sum up the nature of war better then most.

  1. "Sweet Jesus, war does terrible things to people." This war quote is from the movie "Gangs of New York" which is directed by Martin Scorcese and is about the people who ran New York City around the time of the Civil War in America. The character who speaks this line is Boss Tweed, one of the men who ran New York City, speaking about the gang wars in the city and war in general.

  2. "War is too important to be left to the politicians. They have neither the time, the training, nor the inclination for strategic thought." This war quote is from the movie "Dr. Strangelove" which is directed by Stanley Kubrick, who is one of the greatest film directors to ever live. It is meant to be a satirical line as it is spoken by General Jack D. Ripper, who is on the verge of starting nuclear war with Russia.

  3. "Every man who wages war believes God is on his side. I'll warrant God should often wonder who is on his." This war movie quote is from the movie "Cromwell" which is biopic about Oliver Cromwell, a man who knew a thing or two about war. It turns the notion of people who go to war on it's head, making people think about it in a more philosophical way.

  4. "Only the dead have seen the end of war." This quote is pasted onscreen during the film "Black Hawk Down" and meant to sum up what the film is really about. While "Black Hawk Down" had some criticism for not having a really solid story, this quote clears that up, showing that war is endless and relatively pointless most of the time.

  5. "In my humble opinion, in the nuclear world, the true enemy is war itself." This war quote is from the movie "Crimson Tide" which is a story about nuclear war almost starting due to the erratic behavior of a general aboard a nuclea submarine. This quote is spoken by Denzel Washington, and helps make the point that war should try to be avoided at all costs.

-Eli Kooris