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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
Dunkirk
Dunkirk
The Patriot
The Patriot
Gone with the Wind
Gone with the Wind
Churchill
Churchill
300
300
Apocalypse Now
Apocalypse Now
A Bridge Too Far
A Bridge Too Far
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Das Boot
Das Boot
Hotel Rwanda
Hotel Rwanda
The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
Red Dawn
Red Dawn
Legends of the Fall
Legends of the Fall
The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead
Platoon
Platoon
Glory
Glory
Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor
The English Patient
Doctor Zhivago
Game of Aces
Lawrence of Arabia
Letters from Iwo Jima
MASH
Defiance
Rambo: First Blood Part II
Force 10 from Navarone
Memphis Belle
Dr. Strangelove
Anthropoid
Act of Valor
Windtalkers
Their Finest
Jarhead 3: The Siege
Bravo Two Zero
Lion of the Desert
Sniper: Reloaded
The Alamo
Saints and Soldiers
The Tuskegee Airmen
The Pianist
Casualties of War
The African Queen
The Grey Zone
Winter in Wartime
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage
War and Peace
'71
Incendies
Company K
Against the Sun
Zombie Dawn
Saints and Soldiers: The Void
Memorial Day
Special Forces
The Couple
Rescue Dawn
Beyond Borders
Captain America
Red Scorpion
Yanks
Brother Sun, Sister Moon
Battle for Haditha
Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth
Innocent Voices
The Man Who Cried
The Land Girls
Meet the Donors: Does Money Talk?
Born on the Fourth of July
Zone Troopers
When Trumpets Fade
Desert Commandos
The Red Baron
1911
Adam Resurrected
Hart's War
Monsignor
Kill Zone
Beneath Hill 60
Amigo
Divided We Fall
Attack on Leningrad
Sunflower
CSA: Confederate States of America
Ride with the Devil
Aces High
The Tenth Man
The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler
Justice
Resurface
Active Stealth
Los Ultimos de Filipinas
Chosen
13 Minutes
Crimson Romance
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