10 Best War Movies Of All Time

Saturday, November 27 by Annette Smith

Real-life battlefield experiences have inspired many great films, including these ten best war movies of all time. With so many great movies to choose from, it was hard to narrow the list to just ten. These types of lists are purely subjective, but the following ten films should suit most war movie fans. In chronological order by release date, here are some of the best war movies of all time.

  1. “All Quiet On The Western Front.” “All Quiet On The Western Front” is a 1930 epic war film based on a novel by Erich Maria Remarque. Considered one of the 100 best classic films of all time, the movie presents a realistic account of Word War I. The movie features Louis Wolheim and Lew Ayres.
  2. “A Farewell To Arms.” “A Farewell To Arms” is a 1932 war drama based on a semi-autobiographical Ernest Hemingway novel. The sentimental war movie, set in Europe during World War I, stars Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes and Adolphe Menjou.
  3. “Sands Of Iwo Jima.” “Sands Of Iwo Jima” is a 1941 war movie starring John Wayne, John Agar, Forrest Tucker and Adele Mara. The story follows a group of United States Marines from training to the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II.
  4. “The Green Berets.” “The Green Berets” is a 1968 Vietnam war movie loosely based on a book by Robin Moore. Strongly anti-communist and pro-Saigon, the film polarized public opinion like no other war film has done. The movie features John Wayne, David Jannsen and Jim Hutton.
  5. “A Bridge Too Far.” “A Bridge Too Far” is a 1977 epic war film based on a Cornelius Ryan book. It recounts a failed military operation called Operation Market Garden during World War II. The ensemble cast includes Michael Cain, Sean Connery, Gene Hackman, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier and Robert Redford.
  6. “Platoon.” “Platoon” is a 1986 war movie based on director Oliver Stone’s experiences as a United States infantryman in Vietnam. The movie is a counter to John Wayne’s movie, “The Green Berets.” Considered one of the 100 best films of all time, the movie features an ensemble cast that includes Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe.
  7. “The Thin Red Line.” “The Thin Red Line” is a 1998 war film that tells a fictional story about the United States armed forces at the Battle of Guadalcanal during World War II. Successful internationally, the movie is considered one of the best contemporary war films. The ensemble cast features Sean Penn, Adrien Brody, Jim Caviezel, George Clooney, Nick Nolte and John Travolta.
  8. “Saving Private Ryan.” “Saving Private Ryan” is another 1998 war movie set during the Normandy invasion in World War II. Steven Spielberg directed the award-winning film, which many consider the all-time best war movie. Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Edward Burns and Tom Sizemore have lead roles in the film.
  9. “The Patriot.” “The Patriot” is a 2000 war movie starring Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger and Jason Isaacs. Set in South Carolina, the film tells the story of a veteran of the French and Indian war who enters int the American Revolutionary War when his family is threatened.
  10. “We Were Soldiers.” “We Were Soldiers” is a 2002 war movie based on a book by an army lieutenant and a newspaper reporter. The film presents a dramatized account of the Battle of Ia Drang, America’s first major engagement in the Vietnam War. The film stars Mel Gibson, Madeleine Stowe, Sam Elliott, Greg Kinnear and Chris Klein.