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About War Movies

In real life, war is not a situation that anyone enjoys, but as a source of human drama, it's an ideal place for films to look for subject matter. War movies range in tone from the relatively uncomplicated adrenaline rush of military action movies to the more cerebral ambitions of realistic war movies and those with an anti-war agenda.

In the first half of the 20th century, war movies were most likely to be pure adventure, in which the good guys were on a quest to stop the nefarious aims of the bad guys. World War II, with its clear-cut good-vs-evil plot line, was a popular war to portray, but historical wars such as the American Civil War and the military campaigns against Native Americans in the American West got plenty of attention, too. In the 1980s, movies like the Rambo franchise and "Top Gun" gave the adventure treatment to the Cold War.

The 80s also saw the rise of the grittily realistic war movie. Oliver Stone's "Platoon" presented the Vietnam conflict that in no way glorified war, and Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan" continued the new tradition.

America's war in the Middle East and Afghanistan after the turn of the century gave rise to a new type of war movie, one that strives for realism and adventure at the same time and takes a neutral stance on the conflict. "The Hurt Locker," "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Lone Survivor" do little to whitewash the reality of war, but they also stop short of making an anti-war statement.

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Megan Leavey
Megan Leavey
Flyboys
Flyboys
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Enemy at the Gates
Enemy at the Gates
The Patriot
The Patriot
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Gone with the Wind
Gone with the Wind
Platoon
Platoon
Legends of the Fall
Legends of the Fall
Churchill
Churchill
Das Boot
Das Boot
Thank You for Your Service
Thank You for Your Service
Dunkirk
Dunkirk
Glory
Glory
Hotel Rwanda
Hotel Rwanda
The Pianist
The Pianist
K-19: The Widowmaker
K-19: The Widowmaker
Apocalypse Now
Apocalypse Now
Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor
Act of Valor
Act of Valor
Red Dawn
The English Patient
Sniper: Reloaded
The Walking Dead
Sarah's Key
Downfall
Windtalkers
The Devil's Double
The Alamo
The Tuskegee Airmen
Rambo: First Blood Part II
Saints and Soldiers: The Void
Game of Aces
Lawrence of Arabia
Defiance
Dr. Strangelove
Beyond Borders
Battle for Haditha
Burning Blue
Sunflower
A Soldier's Story
Restrepo
MASH
Lion of the Desert
The Couple
Zombie Dawn
Special Forces
Eagle Shadow Fist
Anthropoid
The African Queen
Jarhead 3: The Siege
Divided We Fall
Ride with the Devil
Ike: Countdown to D-Day
Doctor Zhivago
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage
'71
Bless Me, Ultima
The Ground Truth
Lebanon
Incendies
Winter in Wartime
Deathwatch
Brother Sun, Sister Moon
Innocent Voices
The Final Countdown
Battle of Britain 1969
Letters from Iwo Jima
The Man Who Cried
Hot Shots!
Born on the Fourth of July
The First Great Escape
5 Days of War
Rescue Dawn
Hart's War
The Grey Zone
Active Stealth
Time To Kill
The Brylcreem Boys
Captain America
Bat*21
Hope and Glory
The Hurt Locker
Saints and Soldiers
300
Battle Force
Air Strike
Wings
In the Land of Blood and Honey
Harrison's Flowers
Memphis Belle
12 Strong
Truth
Day Of Days
War Dog: A Soldier's Best Friend
In the Hour of Victory
The Tenth Man
The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler
Justice
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