What’s Your Favorite War Movie?

Memorial Day Movies: Saving Private Ryan

This past Monday, we celebrated Memorial Day. The holiday got me to thinking about my favorite war movies, and I’m interested in hearing about yours. So let us know what your personal favorite war movie is in the comments!

  • Vinny Castellano

    There are many great war movies.  Here are just a few:
    -The Longest Day (Normandy Invasion – the greatest military operation in war)
    -Saving Private Ryan (Spielberg’s version on a more personal level)
    -Platoon (incredibly violent and poignant with an important message)
    -The Bridge on the River Kwai  (cruelty and honor portrayed)
    -Destination Tokyo
    -Run Silent, Run Deep 
    -The Enemy Below  (unique submarine/destroyer movie with views from both sides)
    -A Walk in the Sun  (different, more personal)

    And to all those in the military service, past and present, living and deceased, we thank you for your service, sacrifice, and courage.  You are the true heroes.

    • Vinny Castellano

      A few additions – war movies without actual battlefield scenes but classics just the same:
      -Casablanca (Bogart’s best – great wartime story of love, patriotism, and sacrifice)-The Great Escape (great supporting cast – James Garner, James Coburn, Steve McQueen, … rousing score by Elmer Bernstein)-The Best Years of Our Lives  (poignant scenes and memorable moments)

  • Bjodrie

    1Pride Of The Marines
    2Flying Tigers
    3Sands Of Iwo Jima
    4Air Force
    5Wake Island
    6From Here To Eternity
    8Hell And High Water
    9Cross Of Lorraine

  • OZ ROB

    1..La Grande Illusion,37…Renoir
    2..Fixed Bayonets,51….Fuller
    3..The Steel Helmet,51….Fuller
    4..Five Graves to Cairo,43….Wilder
    5..Man Hunt,41….Lang
    6..King and Country,64….Losey
    7..Merrill`s Marauders,62….Fuller
    8..Dangerous Moonlight,41…Desmond
    9..Army of Shadows,69….Melville
    10..The Ascent,77….Shepitko

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nadja-Araújo-Do-Carmo/100003862798749 Nadja Araújo Do Carmo

    My favorite war movies are:
           1963 Carl Foreman’s  THE VICTORS
           1962 Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton & Bernhard Wicki’s  THE LONGEST DAY
           1988 Oliver Stone’s  PLATOON
           1973 George Pan Cosmatos’  MASSACRE IN ROME
           1965 Ken Annakin’s  BATTLE OF THE BULGE
           1957 David Lean’s  THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI
           1957 Stanley Kubrick’s  PATHS OF GLORY
           1974 Peter Davis’  HEARTS AND MINDS
           1958 Edward Dmytryk’s  THE YOUNG LIONS
           1962 Vincente Minnelli’s  THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE
           1979 Francis Coppola’s  APOCALYPSE NOW

  • Lyn

    The Deer Hunter is my favorite. It shows the way war destroys the soldiers who are asked to fight and how they do it and even SEEK to do it without catching on to the stupidity at bottom.

  • Bigmac01can

    My favorite war movie was “The Great Escape”, it showed the determination, and ingenuity of prisoners, who refused to sit out the war, and ended with tragic results.

  • Jesseray

    Battle Ground

  • Rob Maynard

    All quiet on the Western Front (original version) and Paths of Glory.

  • Shultsjw

    Henry V with Kenneth Branagh. “We chosen few… we band of brothers!”

    • Ganderson

      “And Crispin Crispian shall not go by from this day to the ending of the world, but we in it shall be remember’d.  We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile, this day shall gentle his condition.  And gentlemen in England now a-bed shall think themselves accursed they were not here and hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks that fought with us upon St. Crispen’s Day.”  What a great war movie line by some Hollywood hack writer —  ‘Bill’ something-or-other, gets the credit.

  • Fauna

    The Longest Day
    Battle of the Bulge
    The Bridge on the River Kwai
    Five Graves to Cairo
    Bridge too Far
    Dirty Dozen
    Guns of Narverone

  • Surfbob7

    “Merrill’s Marauders”. Gritty & tough, Sam Fuller gets excellent performances out of WB stock company actors and the star Jeff Chandler. Shot in the Phillipines under gruelling conditions, this film brings a realism not seen in many Hollywood war pictures of it;s era.

  • Geoff Wheatley

    The Great Escape….Battle of Britain…Paths of Glory… The original…All quiet on the Western Front.
    That was the most inpressive movie I ever saw on the folly of war.
    Geoff Wheatley

  • Nkear

    The Longest Day and Saving Private Ryan
    From Here to Eternity and They Were Expendable
    and from civilians’ perspective:
    Mrs. Miniver and Hope and Glory (WWII London from a child’s point of view)

  • Rainadown

    12 O’ Clock High..is the best of all time.

  • Markmaur

    Tough one, so many good ones.  

    Apocalypse Now
    Saving Private Ryan
    Deer Hunter
    All Quiet of the Western Front
    Command Decision
    Twelve O’Clock High
    Full Metal Jacket
    Paths of Glory

    Bridge on the River Kwai
    Master and Commander
    Steel Helmet
    A Walk in the Sun 
    Longest Day 

  • Yves

    The Deerhunter.

  • suitsme

    The Longest Day

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  • Rdmcgraw

    No question, it’s BATTLEGROUND, a true depiction of a soldier’s life.  Next it would have to be the one where Burgess played Ernie Pyle with Robert Mitchum, but I can’t recall the title at the moment.  Ron

  • Stphifer

    “Action in the North Atlantic” WB 1943, Lloyd Bacon, dir.  For three reasons: 1) love the special effects–the WB tank filled with a whole convoy of ships and a hugh wolfpack of subs, 2) my Dad was a sonar man on a DE making two convoys across the Atlantic, and 3) non-stop action with no internal conflicts among the crew of the Liberty ship and Germans who speak German with no subtitles.

    • JackJones

      As a teenager during the 40s I saw all the WWII movies as they were released. Somebody above called them “propaganda” and I guess many of them were which doesn’t distract from the fact they were also great movies. And in the early years of the war were great morale builders. I remember seeing “Action in the North Atlantic” at a midnite show and it’s still a favorite of mine as are many of those that have been mentioned. A couple good one I haven’t seen listed are “In Love and War” (1958) and “Gallipoli” (1981). And I can never get enough of “Band of Brothers”.  

  • Ddouglass

    Band of Brothers

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Becky-Higginbotham/100000451697585 Becky Higginbotham

    They have had alot of good ones in the past.
    Liked  From Here to Eternity, Midway, Kings go Forth.
    There are so many others……

  • George_baker

    The Lost Battlion,Brass Target,Great Escape,Saving Pvt. Ryan,The Frogman,The Emeny Below,Five Graves to Cario,Desert Rats,

  • Sdpooh

    The Longest Day my vote
    They Were Expendable my husband’s vote

  • Plinger

    The Longest Day

  • Cheromike

    The 1957 classic, Paths of Glory, by Stanley Kubrick.  War makes sense when a general’s star is possible!

  • Ken C-F

    The Big Red One

  • Dsommerr

    a walk in the son and platoon are in a dead heat

  • Rheiss001

    Going to have to go with:

    In Harm’s Way
    From Here to Eternity
    The Devil’s Brigade
    12 O’Clock High
    Great Escape

  • Ginny

    Bridge Too Far, To Hell and Back

  • Allanj

    The Fighting Sullivans.  Can’t find a copy of it anywhere.  It doesn’t get shown on TV.

  • Fstarr

    A Walk In the Sun

  • Jeff

    For me it is a tie: The Battle of Britain (especially considering when it was made) and Glory.

  • Jimmleh

    Guns of Navarone

  • Gocorky

    All Quiet on the Western Front.

  • Pianodoc

    “All Quiet on the Western Front” and “the Trojan Women” 

  • Katherineferg

    Stalag 17
    Destination Tokyo
    Inglourious Basterds
    Saving Private Ryan

  • Josh

    The Big Parade – 1925

  • Snyder428

    Army-Battleground  Navy-They Were Expendable  Air Force-12 O’Clock High  Marines-Wake Island

  • W.

    The Victors by Carl Foreman is the best and most realistic movie about WWII ever.  It has never been surpassed and has not, as yet, been released on DVD.


  • Marcus4531

    “Command Decision” with Clark Gable and Walter Pigeon. A forgotten movie that is about strategy in daylight bombing over Germany and very little footage of war.   

  • TAZ48

    There are some great choices, but I love Saving Private Ryan and To Hell and Back.

  • Q17

    The Deer Hunter, definitely.

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  • NCLyle

    Saving Private Ryan, Glory, 12 O’Clock High, They were expendable, Band of Brothers, The Longest Day

  • P47 Leader

    With out a doubt, “Battleground” followed by “aWalk in the Sun”.

    P47 Leader

  • Stephen

    no question…”The Great Escape” – Brilliant.

  • Fbusch

    Scanning all the previous comments, I agree with all of them,… But, the ones I watch most often are Sahara, (made as a propaganda film during wwii), and one no one else mentioned, Charge of the Light Brigade with Errol Flynn It’s odd, that many of everyones favorites choke me up and bring tears now in my senior years that were just high adventure when I was younger……

  • kjam

    No poor son of a bitch ever won a war by dying for his country, He won that war by making the other poor son of a bitch die for his country.  Patton

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710877693 Michelle Dreyer

    Undeniably “Where Eagles Dare” – Richard Burton & Clint Eastwood

  • Canwestside

    Dirty Dozen
    Heartbreak Ridge

  • Fbusch

    If you want gritty, “Cross of Iron”

  • Ehamling

    The Guns of Navarone, A Bridge too Far, The Great Escape, Twelve O’clock High, The Longest Day, actually there are many I don’t like.

  • Tbyland

    From Here to Eternity.  I’ve seen it a million times.

  • Shelly

    From Here To Eternity

  • Scottl

    In Harms Way   … John Wayne & Kirk Douglas

  • Dahak

    Very difficult, high on the list is Band Of Brothers, 12 O’clock High, Where Eagles Dare, Task Force, The Story of Dr Wassell who was awarded the Navy Cross, and obscure as it may be Zulu about 11 Victoria Crosses for that small incident.

  • Robin Larson

    There are many that were really excellent, Great Escape and Dirty Dozen are in my top 5 movies period.  But Bridge on the River Kwai and 12 O’Clock High are also in my top 15-20.  However, from a realism and poignant standpoint, Saving Private Ryan is the best.

  • http://www.awesomesauciness.wordpress.com/ CJ

    Bataan, The Longest Day, Saving Private Ryan, The Great Escape, The Dirty Dozen, Midway

  • Rbergman

    Favorite War Movie is actually a mini series, Winds of War

  • Debbie

    Patton and Battle of the Bulge

  • Smurray

    We Were Soldiers and From Here to Eternity

  • Jmoore18

    Definately “Dr. Strangelove”
    Peter Sellers was, as usual, amazing playing 3 different characters.  I never cared much for George C. Scott ( I think that’s his name) before, but he was very good in this movie, spoofing himself as the hard Patton-like general.  And of course there’s Slim Pickins riding the bomb down yelling “YEE HA!”

  • Debbie

    I forgot to add “Sink the Bismarck”. A stunning piece of German machinery.

  • weofme

    Wasn’t going to bother with this till I saw that De Palma’s masterpiece:CASUALTIES of WAR
    is still waiting to get the recognition it deserves.

  • Ethan Duke

    All Quiet on the Western Front, The Great Escape, Stalag 17

  • lobohusk

    Pride of The Marines
    Battle Cry
    Sands of Iwo Jima
    Fighting Seabees
    A Walk in The Sun
    Gung Ho
    Wake Island
    The Navy Comes Through
    The Frogmen
    12 O’Clock High
    The Guns of Naverone
    The Desert Rats
    Marine Raiders
    The Green Berets
    The Devil’s Brigade
    The Dirty Dozen
    Go For Broke
    Back To Bataan
    Air Force
    Operation Pacific
    Action In The North Atlantic
    Merrils Mauraders
    Flying Tigers
    Battle Hymn
    God Is My Co-Pilot
    Command Decision
    Task Force
    Sergeant York
    Crash Dive
    A Rumor Of War
    The D.I.
    Take The High Ground
    Destination Gobi
    The Red Beret
    Destination Tokyo
    Dawn Patrol
    Objective Burma
    Never So Few
    The Great Escape
    Stalag 13
    Guadacanal Diary
    The Longest Day
    The Tanks Are Coming
    The Bridges of Toko Ri

    • Briney

      Looks like you got almost all of them.

      • hypatiab7

         Nope. You all seem to think that the only wars movies were made about were World War I through Viet Nam. My favorite war movie is “Drums Along the Mohawk” with
        Henry Fonda which is about part of the Revolutionary War.

  • Crbarclift

    I was always a fan of the WWII movies about specific battles that were made during the war years such as Bataan, Wake Island and Guadalcanal.  It seemed that William Bendix, another favorite, was always in them. My list is varied and includes many others, Paths of Glory, Das Boot, Apocalypse Now, Sam Fuller’s The Steel Helmet, Fixed Bayonets & The Big Red One, Pork Chop Hill, Battleground, Attack, Saving Private Ryan, Twelve O’Clock High, The Longest Day, the brilliant Russian film Stalingrad, The Dirty Dozen, A Walk in the Sun, Patton and on and on.  I see that one comment below mentioned Dr. Strangelove, which for me would make my all-time favorite films top 10, war movie or not.  As far as one favorite, impossible.  

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Timothy-Thompson/1506583107 Timothy Thompson

    Command Decision Clark Gable, Walter Pidgeon, Van Johnson to name a few.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Timothy-Thompson/1506583107 Timothy Thompson

    Forgot another great movie one that I have been trying to resee, The Best of Enemies a great War Comedy David Niven, Sordi.

  • Tribefan52

    Father Goose, Operation Petticoat (both w/Cary Grant) 12 O’clock High, Bridge on the RIver Kwai, Stalag 17, Great Escape, Sergeant York, Patton, Ike(Countdown to D-Day) Boys in Company C(’77)
    Run Silent,Run Deep,  Heaven Knows Mr. Allison, Murphy’s War, War Lover, Guns of Naverone, Destination Tokyo

  • Boyington

    Can’t pick just one, so here goes:
    American Revolution:  The Scarlet Coat (about Benedict Arnold)
    Civil War: Shenandoah (with Jimmy Stewart)
    Civil War – silent: The Coward (1915 by Thomas H. Ince)
    WWI – trench: Joyeux Noel (the Christmas “truce”)
    WWI – flying: Hell’s Angels (directed by Howard Hughes)
    WWI – romance: The Shopworn Angel (with Jimmy Stewart)
    WWI – silent: Four Sons (directed by John Ford)
    WWII – Pacific: The Fighting Seabees (with John Wayne)
    WWII – Europe: The Story of G.I. Joe (about Ernie Pyle)
    WWII – flying: The Dam Busters (love the Lancaster!)
    WWII – submarine: Das Boot (german U-boat)
    WWII – comedy: Father Goose (with Cary Grant)
    WWII – romance: Casablanca (you have to ask?)
    WWII – USA homefront: Mr. Winkle Goes To War (with Edward G. Robinson)
    WWII – England homefront: Journey For Margaret (with Robert Young)
    WWII – Germany homefront: The Mortal Storm (with Jimmy Stewart)
    WWII – Russian: Enemy at The Gates (about Stalingrad)
    WWII – foreign language: A Generation (about the resistance in Poland)
    Korea: The Hunters (with Robert Mitchum)
    Vietnam: We Were Soldiers (with Mel Gibson)

    • Mite4him

      Wow you know your war movies! I’m impressed!!

    • hypatiab7

      Revolutionary War – Drums Along the Mohawk
      War of 1812 – The Pirate Lafitte (I think that’s the title)
      Civil War – Red Badge of Courage
      Civil War  – Quantrilles Raiders (not very good)
      Indian Wars – She Wore A Yellow Ribbon
      and lots more one-sided movies
      WWI – All’s Quiet On the Western Front
      WWI – The Fighting 69th
      WWII – Casablanca
      WWII – I Was A Male War Bride
      WWII – Hanover Street
      WWII – Force 10 From Navaronne
      WWII – 49th Parallel
      WWII – Pimpernel Smith
      WWII – The Immortal Seargent

      Miscellania – Gunga Din, Wee Willie Winkie, The Charge of the Light Brigade, anything with
                          Joan of Arc, Spartacus, any movie where Troy gets salted

  • Hfshaffner

    My wife and I just watched “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo” starring Van Johnson in one of his
    greatest roles.  This movie is our very favorite of the WWII films.  It shows the famous
    Doolittle Raid of April 1942, wherein we dropped bombs on Japan in the first airraid after the
    Jap bombing of Pearl Harbor.
         Van Johnson, in the role of Lieutenant Ted Lawson, is absolutely brilliant, and should have
    won an Oscar for his portrayal.  Lawson’s book, written with Bob Considine was a best-seller,
    that is faiithfully translated to the big screen.
          This film, written by Dalton Trumbo, is a classic that should be shown to kids of today who
    need to know what a real HERO is.  Van Johnson, as Ted Lawson, was certainly one of the
    great Heroes of WWII.


  • John

    Battle Of The Bulge + The Longest Day

  • Judy Lynn

    In Harm’s Way, Operation Pacific, From Here to Eternity,12 O’Clock High,Memphis Bell.

  • Ixlplk

    I think Apocalypse Now is to war movies what 2001: A Space Odyssey is to sci fi – and everything else.

  • Orangulu

    Battleground. The best.

  • Katieg1

    “The Longest Day”, “Tora, Tora, Tora” “Midway” “Bataan”and a movie tribute to Army nurses–“So Proudly We Hail”.  My mother, who was a 1st Lt in Nurse Corps stationed at various points in Pacific Theatre, told me that, barring the romance (“Of which there was some,” she giggled) this movie was very much like what life was for her field hospital staff in WWII.  My Army dad was stationed in South America, watching for Nazi saboteurs and infiltration on Amazon, so I don’t know of any movies from that point of view.) I guess we all have our reasons why a certain movie captures our heart.
    “We Were Soldiers” for Vietnam 
    “The Winds of War,” “War and Remembrance,” and “Band of Brothers” for miniseries

  • Pruckerj

    Lawrence of Arabia

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Karen-Spisak/628003336 Karen Spisak

    The Great Escape

  • Lillysail

    Black Book – foreign

  • Feather

    I collect WWII movies and have more than a 100 DVDs. Unfortunately, what I consider the second-greatest WWII film ever made is not available on DVD: “The Story of GI Joe”. Oscar-level performances by Burgess Meredith as correspondent Ernie Pyle and by a very young Robert Mitchum as The Lieutenant. Episodic, gritty and very real. I want this film on DVD.

    But my favorite WWII film is John Ford’s “They Were Expendable” — and American Odyssey. Not popular because it reminded us of defeat and sacrifice at a time when we were on the verge of victory, it nevertheless serves as a reminder of what made the victory possible. Wonderful performance by Wayne in the No. 2 role — both his heartbreaking romance with nurse Donna Reed and his funeral oration are highlights. But the real star is Robert Montgomery (who also directed some second unit sequences. James Agee once wrote that the heart of the film are the departures — the gut wrenching scenes where parts of the unit are left behind — when Montgomery looks at the 16-year-old kid and tells him “Watch him”, referring to an older veteran, it’s hard to avoid tears. And the final scene at the airstrip, when the two Army officers are forced to give up their seats on the last plane out of the Phillippines, is to me the single most powerful moment in WWII movies. Just a great, great film.

    I know that if you take a poll, most of the votes will be for more recent films. And while The Dirty Dozen and Red Tails and the like have their place, the only modern film that earns a place on my list is Saving Private Ryan. Just my personal top five:

    1. They Were Expendable
    2. The Story of GI Joe
    3. Saving Prvate Ryan
    4. Battleground
    5. A Biidge Too Far

    • Vking001

       The movie you refer to “The Story of GI Joe” is on DVD and can be bought on EBay for $5.00 to $10.00.  The movie is also one of my favorites that is why I know it is on DVD, because I have a copy.

    • Nat Tunes

      I know your comment is dated, but I believe GI Joe is now on DVD

  • Thomas Finnerty

    The Dawn Patrol – E. Flynn; D. Niven; B. Rathbone; D. Crisp

  • Curtisclanii

    The all time classic is The Enemy Below.

  • Tim

    I watched “A Midnight Clear” for Memorial Day.

  • Sageaqua

    Mine would be Steal Helmet

  • Bobby LaGuardia

    I dont really have any. I find them very boring.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=713983697 Gordon S. Jackson

    A lot of my favourites are British – “The Dam Busters”, “Sink the Bismark”, “The Battle of the River Plate” (aka “Pursuit of the Graf Spee). “Carve Her Name With Pride”, “The Bridge on the River Kwai”, “”King Rat” and most definitely “Oh! What a Lovely War.”  From the U.S. I go with “Pork Chop Hill”, (Gregory Peck), the original “All Quiet on the Western Front”, “Where Eagles Dare” (brilliant), “Patton”, “The Enemy Below”, “The Gallant Hours” (a very underrated Cagney) and “The Longest Day.”  There is one other, however, Kon Ichikowa’s fantastic Japanese entry, “The Burmese Harp”.  “Harp” along with “Lovely War” I find to be the two most powerful anti-war themed films I have ever seen, with honourable mentions going to “Paths of Glory”, “The Hill” and “Three Came Home.”

  • Peter Q.

    Attack!..  Jack Palance and Eddie Albert
    Palance plays Joe Costa a Lieutenant under Albert’s command,Captain Cooney also with an early Lee Marvin. This movie realy packs a wallop. Not for the kids or squeamish.

  • Joe

    “Battleground,” Breakthrough,”The Great Escape.”

  • WT

    My favorite war movies are:  The Great Escape, Cry Havoc, So Proudly We Hail, White Cliffs of Dover, Until They Sail, Gone with the Wind, Stalag 17, the Guns of Navarone, Up Periscope, From Here to Eternity, and Passage to Marseille.

  • Rpjohnson3

    my favorite war movie is Paths of Glory with Kork Douglas.

    • Bob

      Mine too, though it’s more of an antiwar movie.  So Kork was Kirk’s evil twin?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=713983697 Gordon S. Jackson

    Of course, all of the foregoing said, there are just too many to do justice to the topic.

  • DKG

    Mine is a little known English movie ” The Cockleshell Heros” about a Royal marine clandestine raid
    on German ships in a French port with Trevor Howard.

    • Juleen61

      Eureka!  Another war movie buff that saw Cockleshell Heroes!  That has been my favorite war movie since my younger brother and I saw it when we were about 13 and 10.  I have searched for years for the DVD available to buy.


  • Neppt

    Saving private Ryan

  • Chuck

    My personal favorite is a little known picture titled “Marines Let’s Go” great story for a low budget film…

  • rgordon7

    Most are probably not familiar with three of my top four…

    The Seventh Cross
    The Mortal Storm
    Schindler’s List
    John Rabe

    • tlynette

      Ooooo, I like you! 😀 Both “The Seventh Cross” and “The Mortal Storm” are SOOOOOO good! Granted, I’m big on authenticity, and you really have to suspend belief that Spencer Tracy, James Stewart and Robert Young are German (“Father Knows Best” a Nazi???), but they work the stealth and pursuit angles of WW II so well. Another good prelude to war film I really like, is the 1978 version of “The Thirty-Nine Steps” with Robert Powell. The lead-up to the Great War stays as the theme of John Buchan’s book, but veers off with a lot of cat-and-mouse between Powell’s resourceful Richard Hannay and those sleek, sneaky, unctuously suave German spies — it’s a terrific picture. “Confessions of a Nazi Spy” is pretty darn good, too.

  • Peter Q.

    Stairway to Heaven…David Niven and Kim Hunter
    British bomber crewman David Niven dives out of his burning plane without a parachute after talking to a ground control Kim Hunter. Missed in his fall by the reaper, he lands on earth alive and falls in love with Kim..The only thing wrong Heaven wants him back. High Court room segment is Great. Guess who wins…………LOVE..

  • Swisdom

    Thirty Seconds over Tokyo

  • MG

    Sahara – Bogart, etc. Just watch it if you haven’t already.

  • Juleen61

    The Cockleshell Heroes (#1), The Man Who Never Was (#2), The Longest Day (#3).

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XWH4Q6R3PMMAQHIMVA2DP73454 raymond h

    A tie between:A Midnight Clear, and Full Metal Jacket.

  • CalifSunshine

    Three Came Home with Claudette Colbert,  The Longest Day, John Wayne et al  and Tora, Tora, Tora

  • CalifSunshine

    P>S>  forgot to list The English Patient

  • Sms1211

    In Harm’s Way, Where Eagles Dare, The Mortal Storm, Above Suspicion, Escape

  • Tadenny

    As a former sailor (1956-1962) I liked “In Harm’s Way.” Although fictional it contained many elements of the Pacific war. It would have been even better with today’s computer graphics, but the battle scenes were an important, not overwhelming, part of the story. 

  • Mike

    Audie Murphy’s bio ” To Hell And Back “

  • Debbie

    A war picture of sorts, from a family’s point of view: “Since You Went Away” with Claudette Colbert and Jennifer Jones is a fave.

  • Jamesgasaway

    I am a veteran who served in both Korea and Vietnam.  For some reason or other, I just don’t watch war movies.   Maybe I have had enough…

  • Dave Brown

    In Harm’s Way, Patton, Bridges at Toko Ri, Mr. Roberts & about 20 others

  • Topyule

    Heaven Knows Mr Allison has long been my favorite.  A great story and two great entertainers.

  • Ldiaz40

    Two great movies:
    City of Life and Death, excellent chinese movie on the 1937 massacre at the city of Nanking by the japanese.

    The other: Saving Private Ryan.

  • Carroll Vernee

    Hard to select just one.  The Dirty Dozen, Stalag 17, Saving Private Ryan. Green Berets, Pearl Harbor, for the visiual; Best mini series: Winds of War

  • Laurence Goldstein

    My favorite war movie is 12 o’clock High. It is very realistic, beautifully acted and is still relevant today.

  • David Ecklein

    Most of the films mentioned are US or British.  Some others worth seeing:

    (1) Alexander Nevsky (1938, USSR) – 13th century defeat of the Teutonic Knights at Novgorod
    (2) Yamato (2005, Japan) – the largest battleship ever built, and its suicidal mission off Okinawa.
    (3) The Adventures of Werner Holt (1964, East Germany) – disillusionment of a WW2 Nazi soldier

  • Book65worm1

    I have found that when it comes to war movies, I always end  up dividing movies into categories. What is the  best combat movie? Homefront movie? Which war…WWI, WW2, Vietnam, foreign, etc? POW movie? Holocaust film? Other?

  • Vlr1953

    War and Remembrance and Winds of War.

  • Striff

    My favorite is In Harms Way with the Duke, and then Green Beret. A big fan of JW, no one does it better!!

  • MrAlphaPac

    Come and See

  • Karl Albert

    The Longest Day, Where Eagles Dare, The Winds of War and War And Remembrance, Tora, Tora, Tora, The Guns of Navaronne, Midway, Schindler’s List

  • Lion72

    The Caine Mutiny, especially the courtmartial scene with Van Johnson, Fred MacMurray, Joes Ferrer, and whoever played Willie Keith.

  • Randd82

    Favorite war movie is “Kelly’s Heros”, very close second goes to “The Dirty Dozen”.  Jefferson!

  • Lilymac

    I like the 40’sand 50’s war movies. One of the best is “Attack” with Jack Palance. that’s one of my favorites.

  • hiram

    Thanks, Feather. I had to scroll through 40 comments to find someone mentioning A BRIDGE TOO FAR, which, like THEY WERE EXPENDABLE, focuses on loss and defeat. That’s why they might be the best two. 

    I would also mention a little little-known French film called TOMORROW IS MY TURN with Charles Aznavour as a French POW working on a farm in Germany (it is not a combat film, and some, I suppose, would say it isn’t even a war film), but I saw it more than 40 years ago and it’s very high on my list of movies I would like to see again before I die.  Not available on DVD, as far as I know. 

  • Chester

    Battle of Britain is right up there. So is Desperate Journey and Blue Max, Hells Angels, Ritorno de Piloto and The Devils Brigade. Gosh, I like movies too much and there are too many choices!


    I like the war films with “believable” action in them, but my favorites are any that make you stop and think “WOW, how did they endure all that and still go on to live normal lives” Military or civilian, our side or the enemy, makes no difference. The fact that they lived through those horror’s and could continue on kinda makes our “problems” seem very minor by comparison.

  • Kari Selinheimo

    Apocalypse nouv

  • Eightsecondrider49

    Dark of the Sun, Lost Command, Go Tell the Spartans, Sahara (Bogart), and two I wish would come out on DVD, Jump Into Hell and China Gate.

  • Mike

    There are many, but one that I always love watching is “Bridge on the River Kwai”…Alec Guiness was amazing. The way he was torn between proving his men could build the perfect bridge…better than the “enemy”. Then being “lost” in his pride of the bridge and their work …and losing his objective of stopping the enemy. Then realizing what he did…protecting the bridge…was wrong. His emotional struggle was perfect to watch. A great performance.  
    There are many other great war movies, but that is just one that I have always liked.  

  • Barenekd

    Das Boot, the original in German and subtitles. The English version lost the angst.
    African Queen
    A Midnight Clear
    the Beast
    Saving Private Ryan

  • Sandman

    I’d probably have to say…..: “Pork Chop Hill”, “All Quiet on the Western Front (Original)”, “Paths of Glory”, “Steel Helmet”, “The Enemy Below”, “Air Force”, “Bataan”, “Von Ryan’s Express”, “The Train”, “The Purple Heart”…just to name a few, there are so very many more. Even though it’s technically not a “war movie”, Ken Burns’ “The Civil War” should be mentioned.

  • Charles

    Favorite war movies:  Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, Twelve O’clock High, The Bridge On the River Kwai, Battle of Britain, The Guns of Navarone, Sands of Iwo Jima, They Were Expendable, The Secret of Santa Vittoria, Stalag 17, Sargeant York, Mister Roberts, Zulu, Operation Pacific, Run Silent, Run Deep, Battleground, not in any particular order.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4FLXJMC7JMF573JQ7RN7F7DSNY thomas

    Saving Private Ryan and Stalag 17 are two of my favorites.  But perhaps The Guns of Navarone tops my list.

  • Moviebuff

    My favorite war movie is “The Longest Day”.  B & W, all star cast, German characters who actually speak German, and even a touch of humor.  What’s not to like? 

  • Stove

    Night of the Shootoing Stars..Italian version of the WWll and also The Sand Pebbles..McQueen is an excellent actor as as  sailor in 1920’s China…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-Gaffney/1450547336 Matt Gaffney

    Sands of Iwo Jima, Bridge on the River Kwai, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, Full Metal Jacket, Midway, The Guns of Navarone, Mister Roberts, Run Silent Run Deep. Battle Cry. Guadalcanal Diary. There are just so many to choose from.

  • Robertaaronsr

    We Were Soligers,pork chop hill, zulu

  • whitewatermom

    Kelly’s Heroes, Bridge on the River Kwai,Gettysburg, Das Boot, Guns of Navarone, Heaven Knows Mr Allison, The Big Red One, Sink the Bismark.

  • Jbauer62236

    1 All Quiet on the Western Front
    2 A Walk in the Sun
    3 A Very Long Engagement

    all because they are so anti-war

  • Bern

    My favourite has to be Das Boot. Seeing the war through the eyes of the Germans is especially refreshing. Enemy at the Gate was well done with a great story line, another non-American story. Saving Private Ryan was graphic, shocking and believable. Deer Hunter had such an impact on me that I changed my mind about joining the army. What about Valkyrie? Tom Cruise would not have been my first choice but he managed to pull it off. And the list goes on…

  • A333

    Off the top of my head; The Bedford Incident, Das Boot, The Bridge, Talvisota/The Winter War, Kukushka, Go Tell the Spartans, The Sand Pebbles, The Last Valley, The Caine Mutiny and many others are impressive. Zulu and Zulu Dawn were both interesting. Kelly’s Heroes was entertaining. Things like Saving Private Ryan are very disappointing.

    • ranchorenal

      YES to Kelly’s Heroes and NO to Saving Private Ryan?  You gotta be kiddin’! 

  • Photogrickfee

    Chronologically speaking: “All Quiet on the Western Front” (1930); “Sahara” (1943); “A Walk in the Sun” (1945); “They Were Expendable” (1945); “The Story of G.I. Joe” (1945); “Paths of Glory” (1957); “War and Peace” (1968); “Apocalypse Now” (1979); “Das Boot” (1981); “Platoon” (1986); “Saving Private Ryan” (1998); “City of Life and Death” (2009).


  • Lariat454


  • John

    In Harms Way,   &  Hunt for Red October

  • Jim

    William Wellman’s “The Story of G.I. Joe”, with Robert Mitchum, and Anthony Mann’s “Men In War”, with Robert Ryan. Both are unglamorously realistic, and neither glorifies war in any way. Stanley Kubrick’s “Paths of Glory” deserves a mention as well.

  • Rvdelinger

    In Harm’s Way

  • Joe

    My all time favorite is The Great Escape.  Followed very closely by A Bridge Too Far, The Longest Day, and Saving Private Ryan. Honorable mention goes to Battleground, with Van Johnson.

  • Richard

    The Great Escape is by far my favorite because McQueen is so great in it.   Of the others, I love The Longest Day, Tora Tora Tora, Midway and the others based most closely on true events.   If they had ever shown a movie like Saving Private Ryan in the theaters at the time of the war, it would have scared the crap out of all the potential enlisties.   What a movie that is!

  • Photogrickfee

    Oops! After posting my top dozen war films below I realized that there were at least three other titles certainly worthy of mention: “The Road to Glory” (Howard Hawks, 1936); “Ivan’s Childhood (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1961); “The Battle of Algiers” (Gillo Pontecorvo, 1966). And additional kudos to such films as “Sergeant York” (1941), “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo” (1944) and “Objective, Burma” (1945) as well.

  • Billy from South Philly

    Band of Brothers

  • Lfkwell

    “They Were Expendable” directed by John Ford with the Duke and Robt. Montgomery.  Beautifully shot with all the Ford trademarks.  The scene where Wayne just sits down on the beach after his PT boat is destroyed is a classic.

  • W.D. Southworth

    Task Force, Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan,& Jane Wyatt

  • tunaman62

    platoon, objective burma, saving private ryan, pt 109 , a bridge too far , harms way, this is just a few!!

  • Mpodwill

    There area two for me that qualify as my “favorite” war movies. First is Howard Hawks’ “Air Force” from 1943. A marvelous “small epic” that follows a B-17 crew from Pearl Harbor to Wake Island to the fall of the Philippines and finally to the battle of the Coral Sea. Second is a film with practically no war action — but it tears your gut out nevertheless. I refer to “The Sullivans” (1944) and directed by Lloyd Bacon. This is the tale of the 5 brothers who insisted on joining the military together (after Pearl Harbor). All 5 lost their lives in naval action off Guadalcanal. The pathos at the home front (Thomas Mitchell, Selena Royle and Anne Baxter) will touch any heart.

  • Peter Q.

    Hell and High Water..A Richard Widmark classic. During the cold war using a jap submarine.
    looking for a commie atom bomb base. They find a B-29 made up as American with an A bomb. They must destroy before it drops the bomb with America to blam…Sound preaty close to today. Great ending.

  • Rogerzdodger

    Not in any particular order re: World War II only:   To Hell and Back, Mr. Roberts, Patton, A Bridge Too Far, Tora, Tora,Tora, Midway, South Pacific, and for a little wishful thinking: The Final Countdown.

  • Debbie

    Another good  war movie is: Torpedo Run.

  • Scott584

    There are so many great war movies, but above all for me is Zulu, We were Soldiers and the 300 Spartans.  It’s amazing what a few good men can do in a situation where they are outnumbered.  Makes you proud.
    Also the Great Raid should be mentioned here.  In an era of anti-war, anti-American Hollywood Productions it is anything but. 

  • Dave Sherman

    My all time favorite is the Story of G I Joe, Robert Mitchum * Burgess Merideth. the story of Ernie Pyle

  • RichardWferri

    As a vet and film lover, I’d have to give the nod to JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN and BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI.

  • Gary Vidmar

    Malick’s philosophical version of THE THIN RED LINE (played very loud);
    Tony Richardson’s under-appreciated historical satire, THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE;
    Dalton Trumbo’s psychological treatise in JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN;
    and, of course, Kubrick’s highly charged FULL METAL JACKET.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OC6SKJLQDZEY674X7VRYBWH6AI Tom

    “Patriot” – “Gettysburg” – Ken Burns’ “Civil War” Series – “All Quiet on the Western Front” – “Tora,Tora, Tora !” – “Enemy at the Gates” – “The Longest Day” – “Saving Private Ryan” – “Midway” – “Patton” – “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo” – “Hamburger Hill” – “Apocalypse Now” – ” Platoon” – “The Deer Hunter” – “We Were Soldiers” – and the Vietnam War scenes from “Forrest Gump” !

  • rgordon7

    tlynette – though “The Seventh Cross” and “The Mortal Storm” were topical films, set in a very specific then-current time, place and circumstance, I believe that (at least from today’s perspective) the “lack of authenticity” in casting (Spencer Tracy, James Stewart & Robert Young) broadens the message of the films – and adds an almost mythic element of  universality that was, I suspect, not necessarily so fully intended at the time of production – a “human condition” universality that would, I also suspect, not necessarily be quite so apparent in these classic films today had the casting been more “period-correct Germanic” and less familiar to us… 

    BTW, I definitely need to see “The Thirty-Nine Steps”…  

  • Geneva P.

    Bridge on the River Kwai
    Dirty Dozen
    Guns of Navarone
    Force 10 from Navarone
    Stalag 17
    Carve her Name With Pride
    Miniseries – War and Remembrance and Winds of War

  • David Malin


  • Fiftiesbaby

    Just to name two:  Hell Is For Heroes & Bridge on the River Kwai, both excellent!

  • Blueheron46733

    Sargeant York with Gary Cooper.  Also Friendly Persuasion with Gary Cooper.  Also like Kelly’s Heroes!

  • Rddeaton1

    One of the most unique, and definitely for those who love aviation, would be 633 SQUADRON.  The author, Frederick E. Smith was planning a sequel to this, and I was trying to locate an agent for him here in the US.  Sadly, he just passed away at the age of 93.  He thought they did a “pretty good” job of making the movie, and had plans for a sequel, based on the succeeding volumes of the exploits of 633 SQUADRON, all published in England.
    Next, GETTYSBURG.  Then, Bridge On The River Kwai, The Longest Day, and Tora Tora Tora.

  • ClarkFlynn1

    Objective Burma

  • Poew

    Sahara & Saving Private Ryan

  • Douglas Murphy

    We Were Soldiers

  • Jwlilley1

    ATTACK  with Jack Palance. Find it and watch it.
    Also BATTLEGROUND, the disapointment on the face of the guys when they recover the air dropped supplies and see ‘SPAM’ is great.

  • Chett56

    Patton, and The Fighting Seabee’s. Not a big JW fan but this was pretty good.

  • sapretty

    If mini series count band of brothers, the pacific, if not then a bridge too far and the guns of navorone. Awesome movies.

  • Jim

    Dirty Dozen, Kelly’s Heroes, Longest Day, Guns of Navarone

  • Fireandspice

    No Man Is An Island,,,Jeffery Hunter

  • Donaldalvord


  • Carioca

    Inn of the Sixth Happiness

    • Geneva P.

      Yes, yes, YES.  I love that movie!!  What a war story AND love story.

  • Danaboo46

    The Devil’s Brigade

  • J. Keen Holland

    It’s hard to settle on just one and doing so depends a bit on what you want your choice to say about war. 

    We don’t see a lot of movies about the Eastern Front in WW2, so Cross of Iron will probably not get too many mentions, but it is a powerful film. It is often seen as an anti-war film and in that context The Americanization of Emily ought to be on the list. For war’s effect on the home front, it is hard to beat Mrs. Minniver and Since You Went Away. 

    The Western Front has seen a lot of big pictures worth seeing  The Longest Day, A Bridge Too Far, The Battle of the Bulge (1965). 

    There are three movies I like that start with Pearl Harbor and follow different parts of the war in the Pacific – Tora! Tora! Tora!, Midway, and In Harm’s Way. Thirty Seconds over Tokyo also deserves mention. 

    The biopics on Patton and MacArthur from our side, and Rommel (The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel,1951) from the other side, offer some interesting views of the professional soldier and the challenges he faces. 

    Getting away from WW2 – two Charlton Heston films: 55 Days at Peking and Khartoum; one of the few films about the American war for independence, The Patriot; John Wayne’s The Alamo; and, saving the best for last, Zulu.

    • albert

      I liked Midway. perhaps because my step dad was co-pilot on the pby that rescused the one man from toperdo squarden 8. but it was a good movie I thought. better than pearl harbor although that was good also.

    • Briney

      “Tora” and “The Desert Fox” two more great shows. And, “Zulu.” I agree – Fantastic film. 

    • Fbusch

      Stop saying movies I love!! Zulu an alltime fav, then i found Zulu Dawn,,,, now I watch them in order.

  • Jbruno

    Battle of Britian, The McConnell Story, Gettysburg…..

  • BIGGUNN966

    JOHN WAYNE”S GREEN BERETS. top box office draw the year it came out. can’t remember what won the acadamy but it wasn’t seen by as many as JOHN WAYNE!!!

  • Orsh549

    I’m a Navy Veteran and I have an outstanding collection of War Films. They are all favorites of mine, so here is a couple in my collection: Civil War – GODS AND GENERALS, GETTYSBURG, WW1 – ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT, THE FLY BOYS, WW2 – THEY WERE EXPENDABLE, DECISION BEFORE DAWN, TORA, TORA, TORA!!, BRIDGE AT REMAGEN, THE LONGEST DAY and many more. Korea – THE FORGOTTEN WAR,  Vietnam – RESCUE DAWN, APOCALYPSE  NOW, SIEGE AT FIRE BASE  GLORIA.  Other eras such as the Plains Indian Wars – SON OF THE MORNING STAR, GERONIMO, SITTING BULL, and all documentaries on this era. The Zulu Wars – ZULU DAWN, ZULU . and many other movies from earlier times such as Revolutionary War etc. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/hypatiab7 Michelle Malkin

      Drums Along the Mohawk

    • raysson

      GERONIMO the 1962 version with Chuck Connors and Ross Martin…..or the 1993 version with Lou Diamond Phillips and Gene Hackman that was directed by action guru Walter Hill.

  • Chulswitt

    “Battle Cry” and “Dawn Patrol” ( Errol Flynn )

  • Gdrusselljr

    Sands of Iwo Jima.  Classic John Wayne.

  • http://www.aceofclubstp.com/ Ace of Clubs

    Saving Private Ryan…

  • Rgcarlson

    Johnny Got His Gun

  • Bruce Eder

    SAHARA, directed by Zoltan Korda, with Humphrey Bogart, Bruce Bennett, and Dan Duryea — love that picture for a lot of reasons, including the fact that it captures, through a small-scale story, a key turning point in the Second World War — when the British hold at El Alamein and subsequently defeat the Germans in North Africa, it sets the stage for the end of the war — out of that Allied Victory, the Germans have to take over all of France (and try to get Spain to go into the war on their side, which Franco — heeding the advice of the anti-Hitler German intelligence chief Admiral Wilhelm Canaris — declined to do). From there follows the invasions of Italy and France, and the defeat of the Reich.

    • St52897al

      I loved that movie too. I bought it and have watched it many times.

  • Xalf18

    Bataan is my favorite.  Look at the castL Robert Taylor, Robert Walker, Lloyd Nolan, Thomas Mitchell. This was one of the best morale builders of WWII, showing how a handful of Americans, including a sailor (Robt. Walker), held off hordes of sneaky Japs (as Japanese were called then–also “Nips” (for Nipponese).  It depicted how sneaky those Japanese really were (they feigned death when shot and only wounded and then when an American’s back is turned, the Jap got up and stabbed the American in the back.  At the end, the movie shows Robert Taylor alone and firing his heavy machine gun at the hordes of Japanese soldiers charging.  Great propaganda film–it worked!

    Sahara would be my next best–depicting J.Caroll Naish–who was really Irish-as an Italian soldier.  After the war, Naish morphed into the role of Luigi–the little Italian immigrant–on the radio comedy, “Life with Luigi”.  Sahara starred Humphrey Bogart, Dan Duryea, Lloyd Bridges (I believe), and Bruce Bennett.

  • Engrex

    Full Metal Jacket. It was the closest thing to my military experience of the late 60’s.

  • M60A1

    Where Eagles Dare. I know its got a LOT of problems (helicopter, among others) but I just like it!!!

    • Romi

      I like it, too.  :)

  • Tim Levy

    Battle of the bulge, Where Eagles Dare, To Hell and Back, and  Kelly’s Hero’s

  • Xalf18

    I might add that the movie which moved me the most was an anti-war war movie–“All Quiet on the Western Front” starring Lew Ayres as Paul Baum and Louis Wolheim as Kat (his mentor).  A young Ben Alexander (who later played Joe Friday’s sidekick on TV’s “Dragnet) was also in this devastating anti-war movie, which depicted the horrors of war, emphasizing that war is not glorious, that soldiers are trying to just stay alive.  Lew Ayres became a conscientious objector during WWII.  This movie in gloomy black and white (it really captured the atmosphere and feeling of gloom and doom) is said to have led to Ayre’s decision.  When the film was re-released in 1952 (I believe), during the Korean War, Ayre’s commented that it should not have been re-released because The Korean War was in progress and it may have served to demoralize Americans from serving in the military.

    “All Quiet on the Western Front” won the Academy Award for best picture.  It is an absolute classic, especially when Remarque (the author) looked at the German side of the war.  I have watched this film at least once a year, and each time, it breaks me up.

    • Engrex

      Remarque was a German who fought for Germany.

    • hypatiab7

       I almost forgot the British H.G. Wells sf movie “Things to Come (also known as
      “The Shape of Things to come”). The movie shows World War II going on and on
      with lots of battle scenes on the ground and in the air showing the horrors of
      mustard gas or a later development on it and incredible tanks and planes. Then,
      when modern civilization falls, it shows the fight between the city and hill peoples.
      This goes on until the last of the scientists in Basra develop a sleep gas  carried
      in huge airplanes and end all wars. Wells made incredibly correct guesses about
      most of this, considering that it was made in the 30’s with Wells overlooking
      everything. I have photos of him on the set with the actors and director (Menzies).

  • Xalf8

    How about Howard Hughes’ “Hells Angels” starring Jean Harlow, about WWI?

  • Kelly Fan

    Easily by far the best light hearted war movie and each of the actors plays their character great, Kelly’s Heroes. Yea not believeable but it’s fun with some, not alot, good war scenes. Funny just real funny, I could watch that movie 100’s times, what am I saying I have watch it 100 times. I am not big on owning movies but that is one in my small collection.

    • Vann Morrison

      Another light hearted war movie, What Did You Do in the War Daddy? directed by Blake Edwards and starring James Coburn, Dick Shawn, Carrol O’Connor and Harry Morgan

  • albert

    does anyone have a favorite submarine movie from ww two?

    • Xalf8

      Destination Tokyo.  I believe Cary Grant starred in it.  Their sub enters Tokyo Bay.  Also, “Crash Dive” with Tyrone Power and Ann Baxter.

    • Weebee

      Destination Tokyo with Cary Grant

    • hypatiab7

       “The Enemy Below” which was later made into an incredible original “Star Trek” episode.

  • John Vandelden

    My favorite war movie would be Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison with Robert Mitchum as it depicts the life of a soldier on his own battling the Japanese and getting religion at the same time.

  • Grim Reaper

    What is it with these posters? They were asked which “one” war movie they liked best. So what do we get? A long laundry list of movie libraries that the various posters had. What is this? A politicians blog? We are unable to answer a direct question with a direct answer? Oh no! Don’t force me to pick just one? Vacillation is now the new order of the day? Give me a break! Oh yeah, the answer you wanted.
    My one all time favorite war movie is “The Longest Day”. Why? Because it is largely based on fact, has a stellar cast, and it was very well acted and produced. See, that wasn’t so hard to do.

    • Romi

      I guess some of us can’t choose just one. Sorry about that.  :)

      • hypatiab7

         I’m not sorry. Some people are just too picky. It’s not like this was a contest for a prize.

    • Fbusch

      I can’t do it with potato chips either….

  • Pogo65

    Many of those mentioned but here are a few of the obscure & forgotten:
    “The Hill” – Sean Connery (WWII)
    “Hell Is For Heroes” – Steve McQueen (WWII)
    “Breaker Morant” – Edward Woodward (Boer War)
    “Run Silent, Run Deep” – Clark Gable & Burt Lancaster (WWII)
    “Men In War” – Aldo Ray & Robert Ryan (Korean War)

  • Helen


    • Layloi

      An excellent choice!

  • Sperry23

    The Longest Day, followed by Operation Petticoat and Father Goose.

    • Xalf8

      Operation Petticoat and Father Goose were comedies, which really would not be classified as war movies.

  • ranchorenal

    I see a lot of war movies here that I love, and even a few of the Really Great Ones — those that not only keep you glued to your seat with realistic action, compelling danger, and excitement (e.g., Guns of Navarone, Windtalkers, Band of Brothers, or Where Eagles Dare), but those with superb acting and a great musical score — movies that uplift (or depress) you, make you cry, and compel you to watch them over and over.  For me, that would be Schindler’s List, Saving Pvt. Ryan, A Bridge Too Far, and especially my all-time favorite, 12 O’Clock High.

  • Pogo65

    Albert, as I mentioned in my previous post “Run Silent, Run Deep” is an excellent WWII Sub movie.



  • Misaligne Dave

    Battle of the Bulge

    • Layloi

      One of the worst War Worl II movies ever made!

      • Layloi

        Correction to above…worst World War II movie

    • Debbie

      I think it was excellent.

  • WW2 nut

    “The Gallant Hours” expresses the tension in the many critical decisions made by our Commanders during the war.

  • Romi

    Lawrence of Arabia, To Hell and Back, Halls of Montezuma

  • gary

    everyone must have forgotten TO HELL AND BACK.
    The biggest moneymaker UNIVERSAL ever had until JAWS came along some twenty years later.

  • John Sterns


  • Layloi

    Patton starring George C. Scott

  • Weebee

    Shenandoah with James Stewart.  Sorry about the spelling

  • Peterf526

    Haven’t seen mention of the “Fighting Sullivans.”  They are the sole reason why two brothers can’t serve in the same unit., as all 5 brothers went down with their ship, the USS Juneau, off of Guadalcanal. (And I believe, the reason that if there is but one surviving son in a family, the family can request the sons release from service.)  

  • George

    Zulu  – – – -no competition!

  • Jamie Roles 3rd

    Longest day !

  • Pquig

    Platoon is the most realistic.  Having spent 2 years in the infantry, that is as close as you can get to the real thing.


  • Bornagain710

    Too many. Battleground, The Longest Day, The Great Escape, Von Ryans Express……

  • Shadow0109

    “Sahara” with Bogart, Duryea, Bruce Bennett, Rex Ingram, Lloyd Bridges and a bunch of Brits I don’t know :-( Sorry about that.

  • moviebuffie

    As a woman, war movies are hardly my first interest, but I have enjoyed and/or admired “Battle of the Bulge,” “Guns of Navarone,” “Dirty Dozen,” & “Shindler’s List.”  Another film worth mentioning is a Japanese produced film about Pearl Harbor & WWII made in 1968.  It was released outside of Japan under the name “Admiral Yamamoto.”  Japanese Navy officers were not so gung-ho to war with the US, unlike the Army.  Yamamoto thought attacking Pearl Harbor was a bad idea, but he did what he had to do as an officer.  It was as much a character study as a war movie.  FYI, it seems they have made another version of this just recently – in 2011.  

    • hypatiab7

       That reminds me of “The One That Got Away” with Hardy Kruger. He played a real German Air Force pilot who was catured and sent to Canada. He escaped to the US (not yet in the war) and they had to let him go. So, he returned to Germany and got shot down. He’d have been better off if he’d stayed in Canada. His escape scene was similar to one in “49th Parallel”
      which ended very differently.

  • BethH

    My favorite war movie is The Train starring Burt Lancaster.  Suspenseful to the end. 

  • mba2

    Too tough to pick just one, so….

    King of Hearts, Paths of Glory, Patton

  • Tschihara

    Twelve O’Clock High; All Quiet on the Western Front.

  • Sweetlassie7

    The Dirty Dozen!

  • Twwilson

    A lot of great war movies have been mentioned here including many at the top of my list but since we are to name only one, even though I rate a number as highly, I have to say mine is a film I have not seen mentioned, A Walk In The Sun (1945).  It follows Harry Brown’s novel to the letter with the dialogue right out of the book.  The only change of any substance is that the ending is extended.  The book ends during the assault on the farm house.  I well recall seeing this film at the time of its release when I was 9 years old.  Just plain guys with plain banter.

  • Mickey

    1) Saving Private Ryan.  The first half hour of that movie is almost too realistic.  Just a great looking movie and well directed.  Great cast and great performances by all.

    2) Platoon – you can almost feel the crotch rot.  Also great performances by a great cast.
    3) Full Metal Jacket –  beautiful dark movie.
    4) Apocalypse Now – Another dark beautiful movie.

    And then the rest.  I love war movies. 
    And thanks to all who have served in the military.

  • Bill

    Not going to list all of my favorites but 3 I really like Zulu, Breaker Morant and Destination Tokyo.  The appendectomy done in this film actually happened. It was
    performed on the USS Silversides SS236. Pharmacist’s mate Thomas Mooere removed
    George Platter’s appendix 150 feet below the ocean’s surface. Photographs of the
    surgery are on display where this submarine is docked, in Muskegon, Michigan, at
    the Great Lakes Naval Memorial and Museum.

  • Jkbop2

    All Quiet on the Western Front
    Letters From Iwo Jima
    Heartbreak Ridge

  • Craig

    What price glory. James Cagney , Dan Dailey.

  • Abello57

    Does it have to be a “real war movie”, becuase I like the Science Fiction war movies, for example Starship Troopers (only the first one).

  • Ssantulli

    The Longest Day.

  • David K

    EVERY DVD I own is a war movie. I couldn’t say. I did watch “Enemy at the Gates” a few nights ago. It’s one of my favorites.

  • Skoestner69

    There are a lot of great movies listed here, but one of my favorites is Bataan staring Robert Taylor and George Murphy.

  • Armrooster

    Hamburger Hill

  • Armrooster

    We Were Soldiers

  • Dougmail49

    Apocalypse now  Martin Sheen & Marlon Brando in their prime !


    i read many great mentions and think you can all argue about no two but no. one “THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI” PAT

  • john

    The Odd Angry Shot

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  • Pwluvskitties

    The Big Red One

  • Doug

    I interviewed over 375 WW II veterans for the historical record, and one of the war films that I believe is one of the most authentic, based on many of my interviews, is “The Story of G. I. Joe” (1945), directed by William Wellman.

  • Cutwould

    Action in the North Atlantic with Humphry Bogart

  • Jvm99

    Blackhawk Down

  • Glitterkitty

    “Hell in the Pacific” (1968, starring Lee Marvin, Toshiro Mifune) and the 1985 sci-fi remake “Enemy Mine” (starring Dennis Quaid and Louis Gossett Jr.)
    “The Bitter Tea of General Yen” (1933, directed by Frank Capra and starring Barbara Stanwyck)
    “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing” (1955, starring William Holden and Jennifer Jones)
    “The Hunt for Red October” (1990, Alec Baldwin, Sean Connery)
    “Destination Tokyo” (1943, Cary Grant)
    “The African Queen” (1951, Katherine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart)
    “Yamato” (2005, Takashi Soramachi, Shido Nakamura, a dramatization of the true story of the sinking of the largest, heaviest and most powerfully armed Japanese battleship ever constructed)
    “Saboteur” (1942, directed by Alfred Hitchcock)
    “Notorious” (1946, directed by Alfred Hitchcock)
    “Go For Broke!” (1951, Van Johnson)
    “Lifeboat” (1944, directed by Alfred Hitchcock)
    “First Yank Into Tokyo” (1945)
    “American Guerrilla in the Philippines” (1950, directed by Fritz Lang)
    “Between Heaven and Hell” (1956)
    “The Enemy Below” (1957)
    “Operation Petticoat” (1959, comedy)
    “Hell to Eternity” (1960)
    “Back Door to Hell” (1964)
    “36 Hours” (1965)
    “The Big Red One” (1980)
    “The Incredible Mr. Limpet” (1964, fantasy)
    “House of Bamboo” (1955)
    “Sayonara” (1957, Marlon Brando)
    There really are so many good war/war-related films around…too many to list!

  • LM

    “The Purple Heart”, “Twelve O’Clock High”, “Attack!”, “Men In War” and a special mention for the 1960s TV series COMBAT!  In my opinion the best episodes were as good as any war movie…

  • Machiste

    A Walk In The Sun

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  • Jjct1173

    I have several favorite war movies. the Longest Day, To Hell and Back, Sergeant York, In Harms Way, The Green Berets, Battle of the Bulge. There are not really any that I don’t like.

  • FalmouthBill

    The enemy below, The first Yank in Tokyo, Pride of the Marines, Purple Heart, Night of the Generals, The Young Lions, Heaven knows Mr. Alison, Sahara, The Bridge on the River Kwai, 36 Hours, and for sheer comic relief  Mr. Roberts, Kellys Heroes, and 1941 !

  • Vann Morrison

    Right off the top of my head I’d have to say Sam Peckinpah’s The Cross of Iron.There are some really good ones out there and some real stinkers. When they first came out with VHS I started collecting
    war movies. I remember paying almost $90 for a copy of Kelly’s Heroes when it first came out on tape.
    Today I have 1053 war movies in my collection. I’ve looked hard and long to get many of them and had to buy a multi region player to watch alot of them that aren’t available here in the US. There are quite a few that are still out there that haven’t been released yet. ie A Yank in viet Nam with Marshall Thompson. Some have been on the market and then taken out of print. Some are only available in Europe or Asia, for instance The Victors, available in England and Take the High Ground available in Spain. Others have had the rights bought on them and belong to TCM, Battle Stations with Pat O’Brien and The Girl and the General starring Rod Stieger. I’m constantly searching the internet for new titles.
    I just discovered this week that “Bridge to the Sun” with Carrol Baker and James Shigata was released
    on DVD.

  • Jim

    Favorite most recent  is SAVING PRIVATE RYAN.  Among the classic Hayes Code controlled movies, 12 O’CLOCK HIGH with G. Peck, SANDS OF IWO JIMA w/J. Wayne. 

  • john batman

    Favorite war movie is tied between “The War Lover” and “From Here to Eternity” with a close second as”Saving Private Ryan” ! For the realism quotient, “Saving Private Ryan” takes the cake tho!  JB

  • Gonnaplotz

    “Three Came Home,” w/Claudette Colbert, gave a grim, real (this is based on a true account of civilian families captured by the Japanese) look at what went on in Japanese prison camps, and how ordinary people — husbands and wives, children, missionaries, etc. — were affected by the brutal treatment of the (then) enemy, how the Japanese captors were affected by what happened at Hiroshima, and how they (especially the women) coped until it was over.  A very well directed film, and realistically played by all the actors. Another excellent film, also an autobiographical document of actual experiences, is “So Proudly We Hail,” again with Claudette Colbert, Veronica Lake, and other stars of the time — about the experiences of Army nurses during WW II in Japanese combat areas, I believe in the Philippines.  Both of these films are excellent and keep one on the edge of one’s seat throughout.

  • Gwynne G.

    As a favorite I’d vote for “Never So Few” closely followed by “The Hunt for Red October” and “Saving Private Ryan”.

  • william

    a walk in the sun also the train.although i like most any wwii movie

  • jpp452

    The Train is my favourite, closely followed by Paths of Glory, Passchendaele and The Guns of Navarone.  There are too many that fall into the next highest level, including the satires Catch-22 and M*A*S*H.  Glitterkitty’s list is a very good one, as are many of the films named by others.

    One of the best of all is a post-War film, The Days of Their Lives, about the readjustment to civilian life by an air force officer with no marketable skills for civilian work.

  • Coyoteman51

    Bridge on the River Kwai — Even Guinness said in much later interviews he didn’t believe his character would have behaved as he did – it still remains a powerfull film

  • Trippy Trellis

    “Gone with the Wind”

  • Ed

    First, Saving Private Ryan.
    Second, 12 O’Clock High
    Third, Sahara
    Forth, Patton
    Fifth, To Hell and Back
    Sixth, Sergeant York
    Seventh, 30 Seconds Over Tokyo

  • Rmaglaughlin

    Too many to count really. Being retired Army I do have a few. Pork Chop Hill, Saving Private Ryan, Operation Pacific, that’s for my Dad, The Longest Day, Twelve O’Clock High, Command Decision, Tora Tora Tora, The Great Escape (great adventure) and of course We Were Soldiers. Apocolypse Now is good but overated by too many civilians. Sorry, had to say that. There are some bad ones out there too. A lot of war movies also double as great adventure such as The Great Escape and The Guns of Navarone. Many out there arten’t as well known as many of the Sam Fuller movies, I.E. The Helmet. A lot of good Brit movies out there too.

  • Johnhancock

    Midway        The Longest Day       The Hunt For Red October


  • Chris


  • Alan

    So many great films with so many great actors & actresses…Like many already mentioned, but would like to add other British films.  Foremost,”The Cruel Sea” with Jack Hawkins, Donald Sinden, and Denham Elliott; then “Sink the Bismarck” with Kenneth More and Dana Wynter, “Proudly We Serve,” “We Dive at Dawn” with John Mills…..
    And don’t forget, “Battle of Britain”, “Midway”, “30 Seconds Over Tokyo”, “Merrill’s Marauders”, “Air Force”, “Operation Burma”, “Dawn Patrol”, and…………………

  • Elly May

    Full Metal Jacket and Platoon are my favorites war movies

  • Joe

    “Shaving Ryan’s Privates”

    • Elly May

      Ha Ha Ha too funny

  • Linda

    We Were Soldiers, In Harm’s Way, Gettysburg

  • Johnny M.

    If I have to pick “one” Movie it would be “Heaven Knows Mr. Allison” Mitchum & Kerr make a wonderful team.

  • Coyoteman51

    Sorry , that was a pow movie- for war movies it would be The Thin Red Line  – by Terrence Malick

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  • Filmposters

    All great films listed here, but very surprised that no one has mentioned the the most realistic and riveting war movie ever made, the Russian picture “Come and See” by Elem Klimov. “Makes Platoon look like a tea party in the mud” said one review at the time….and it wasn’t wrong!!  

  • Elly May

    Also Inglorious Bastards is a favorite war movie of mine

  • Shiera Wilson

    The Longest Day

  • billgrove57

    I’m not sure this counts, but I really love “The Wild Geese”. It’s about aging mercenaries that get double-crossed and have to escape with their lives.

    • BoB

      Always near the top of my list, Bill

  • Lwshere

    Ssands of Iwo Jima and Battle Ccry

  • Flimfilmman

    THE GUNS OF NAVARONE. Gregory Peck. Anthony Quinn. David Niven. Great Dimitri Tiomkin score. Faithful adaptation of the Alistair MacLean novel – improving the novel by changing the traitor to a woman and making Captain Mallory’s execution of her more heart-rending.

  • Dmbaisley

    A few of mine were “Mrs. Miniver” with Greer Garson & Walter Pigeon, “Tora, Tora, Tora” and “Paradise Road” with Glenn Close, Frances McDormand, and Julianna Margulies.

  • Debbie

    I too liked “The Hunt For Red October” but I wouldn’t put it in the category of a war film.

  • Paul Reimann

    Porkchop Hill.  It shows both the courage of the fighting man and the stalemate of plitics.

    • LM

      Agree, a very thouighful film…

  • Rckhirsch

    “The Young Lions:, “Tthe Guns of Navarone”, “Saving Private Ryam’. “In Harms Way”/’

  • Maureen

    Kelly’s Heroes, Dirty Dozen, In Harm’s Way, The Green Berets, Heaven Knows Mr.Allison, and The Longest Day.  I seem to have problems in picking only one favorite.

  • Debbie

    Another film I thought of that shows the effect of war on the family is “The Human Comedy” with Mickey Rooney. When that telegraph arrives informing him of his brother’s death….so much pain.

  • John Field

    There are so many great ones…”The Great Escape” (no pun intended), “Das Booat” and “A bridge Too Far” are among my favorites..and, of course, “Patton.” John

  • Steve O

    “The Lighthorsemen” is a 1987 Australian movie about the Australian Lighthorse Infantry (not cavalry) in  World War I in north Africa.  It has drama, romance, and an excellent dose of the realities of war.

  • Wmoskoviz

    Men in War with Robert Ryan and or The Cruel Sea with Jack Hawkins !!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Joel

    The African Queen

  • Dmaddalino

    “Twelve O’Clock High”. Best ever!

    • LM

      Agree. A film like Twelve O’Cloch High could never be made again with the same look and feel of authenticity.

  • Frankie

    “All Quiet on the Western Front” – “Bridge on the River Kwai” – “Stalag 17″ – “Grand Illusion”… and others!!

  • Teresa S.

    All quiet on the western front with Lew Ayres I think it is quit surreal especially coming out so close to the end of WWI. Teresa S.

  • Lennybay

    “A Walk in the Sun”, “Bataan”, “Das Boot”, “Saving Private Ryan” 

  • Amsfan

    Twelve O’Clock High, The Great Escape, Darby’s Rangers and In Harm’s Way

  • Rnmrbts

    I enjoy war films.  I like the ones already listed by fans, but I believe, at least today, my favorite war flick is “The Gallant Hours”, “The Frogman”, Fireball Forward, Guadalcanal Diary, One Minute to Zero, Sahara (both 43 & `95 versions), A Walk in the Sun, They Were Expendable and Corvette K-225.  I also enjoyed The Bedford Incident, A Bell for Adamo, and Destination Gobi. I had VHS copies of both Corvellet K-225 and Attack force Z but gave them away thinking I had DVD copies – I didn’t and know you cant find either one…

  • em

    The Purple Heart, The Great Escape, and So Proudly We Hail.

    • hypatiab7

       “The  Hasty Heart” (also called “None But the Hasty Heart). It showed soldiers recovering from injuries and being told that they wouldn’t recover. Really a heart wrenching film.

  • caesar benigno

    as a member of the WW II 8th af i have to pick memphis bell with m bodine and 12 o’clock high,as far as a army film it has to be to hell and back and sahara ,  agood navy film would be they were expendable.  most instructive film showing improper and proper use of intellegence  it has to be tora tora tora and midway

  • http://caftanwoman.blogspot.com/ Patricia (Caftan Woman)

    William Wellman’s “Battleground” is my favourite war movie.  Great script and ensemble cast.  My feet start to ache just thinking about James Whitmore’s Oscar nominated performance.  The ending gets to me every time.  

  • Timothyjireland

    Patton, Sand Pebbles

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/T2H5HYUCHB6QJW56ZEFZKINSUI Fizzwidget

    Best WW II movie ever …..Battleground

  • Babyeue

    Her are 12 I didn’t see on anyones list,Where Eagles dare,Sailor of the King,Enemy at the Gate,The Deer Hunter,Gods and Generals;Attack,Bridge at Remagen,The Devils Brigade,Windtalkers,Run silent Run deep, Flags of our Fathers and Band of Brothers

  • air force brat

    my dad, a WWII air force veteran said that “memphis belle” came closest to portraying the war.there weren’t many john waynes,mostly just young men like him

    • Edocg

      In fact there were no John Waynes. John Wayne never went to war. He did not want to. Yes I know he was not fit for service but there were many actors and actresses who went into harms way to support the troops. Mr. Wayne did not think he needed to. Not much of a hero. An Air Force veteran in WWII? I salute your father and all the young men like him.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/T2H5HYUCHB6QJW56ZEFZKINSUI Fizzwidget

    Viet Nam movies…Full metal jacket,Platoon

  • Gknapp2953

    saving private Ryan, Kelley’s Heroes

  • bobbo

    Patton with Geroge C Scott and I dont know if this counts as Movie but Band OF Brothers

  • Majic

    My favorite is Robert Mitchum in Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison.

  • BoB

    At the top of my list is Battleground. Also, The Wild Geese and In Harm’s Way.  Very gritty all 3.

  • Bobbo

    and bridge over the river kawi and the great escape

  • Joncorvette

    12 O’Clock High is a classic  for sure!

  • Mel

    Where Eagles Dare is my favorite war movie

  • Bobbo

    Guns of Navorone

  • Richardth60

    The Longest Day

  • tarwinkles

    Catch 22 – it    shows the insanity of war

  • Christi_wallace

    Saving Private Ryan.

  • Kcferg

    Stalag 13 – William Holden was the best in that one!

  • Sheepman

    “Patton” with George C. Scott, 1970.  Well done and accurate as I knew one of “Old Blood and Guts” aide’s for many years.  As a youngster during WWII, Patton was truly one of our big heroes; along with Gen. Eisenhower and Gen. MacArthur. Thanks for the query.  “Doc”, USAF Veteran

  • Carl-Edward

    ‘From Here To Eternity’ is I think, one of the finest war stories ever filmed. Rather than rely on sensationalistic battle scenes after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, it portrays individuals living in the psychological vacuum of an army base just before the attack.. Here there are no military stereotypes, but people who have – sometimes unconsciously – continued to live their own lives, irrespective of the stifling conformity any military organisation will attempt to impose on anyone connected with it.

  • Airforcefe

    Das Boot in it’s original subtitled form with the “unamericanized” translation was great when it makes you cheer for whom you eventually realized were the enemy.  !2′ O’clock High, Tora Tora Tora and Midway watchable many times

    • Edocg

      Forgive me the question. You remark that in “Das Boot”, you “cheer for who you eventually realized were the enemy. It was the story of a U-Boat from the beginning with no story, plot, or visual ambiguity.

  • maddy312

    To Hell & Back (Audie Murphy’s (war biography – a true American Hero), The Big Red 1, Memphis Belle, The Longest Day, Saving Private Ryan, U-571, Das Boot……it really is too hard to pick just one!

    • Briney

      “To Hell and Back,” and “Das Boot,” I forgot to mention in my listing. Audie Murphy’s WWII heroic exploits were excellently told.  “Das Boot,” has to be the best sub’ picture.  At least, in my book. 

      • Briney

        “Twelve O’Clock High,” as someone just mentioned – another great flick. 

  • rsalia13

    Great “oldie”:” HELL BELOW.”  Submarine movie with Robert Montgomery, Walter Huston, Madge Evans,  Robert Young ,and, incredibly , Jimmy Durante.  First rate story,clever discourse and all around excellent acting.

  • Joe S. Cline

    M*A*S*H, Patton, The Great Escape

  • D328nav

    The Enemy Below – Absolutely perfect rendition of how we conducted ASW in the late 40’s extending to the early 60’s.

  • Mommastern0

    What Did You Do In the War Daddy?  Great movie Love Harry Morgan in it.

  • Peavish1

    I love the old war movies, but nothing I have ever seen had the emotional impact of, or portrayed the gritty reality of war like “Saving Private Ryan”

  • Rhc1945

    It isn’t possible to name ONE war picture as my favorite. Just two…On the British side because England was there from the outset it has to be “The Cruel Sea” .Given the absolute dedication an the contribution of America(after they had their collective ass kicked 12/7/41) “They Were Expendable” Illustrates,to me, what this cause meant to America. Let us remember our Vets always From “The Great War”,WW11,Korea,Vietnam,Iraq,Afghanistan, and so it goes.

  • Edocg

    1) Das Boot, 2) The Longest Day, 3) Mash

  • Manuel

    Sargent York, To Hell and Back, Midway, We Were Soldiers, Tora, Tora, Tora, Patton, staglag 13 and Battle of the Bulge

  • Joe, USMC

    Back to Bataan, The Longest Day, The Devils Brigade and the Dirty Dozen, all great movies.

  • Joe USMC

    Plus Sands of Iwo Jima and Fying Leathernecks

  • Steve in Sacramento

    I haven’t perhaps seen enough war movies to definitively pick my favorites (for instance, still haven’t seen GRAND ILLUSION or PATHS OF GLORY), but I just want to second a few of the mentions below, especially DAS BOOT (totally immersive, pun inevitable!), STALAG 17 (yes, a somewhat strange mix of drama and comedy, but ultimately one of my favorites), and HEAVEN KNOWS, MR. ALLISON, which has such a great naturalistic feel to it. HELL IN THE PACIFIC is pretty interesting, TORA TORA TORA’s invasion of Pearl Harbor is just incredible, as is the opening of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. Should also mention BAND OF BROTHERS, I think, APOCALYPSE NOW, THE DEER HUNTER, and LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA. Oh, and SAHARA (the one with Bogie) is pretty awesome. I guess there are too many to list here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000999314580 Bruce Riffle

    Sargeant York hands down.

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  • Jtcrgs455

    Any of the movies starring John Wayne.  All thing considered, Blue Max is one of my favorites along with From Here to Eternity.  BTW does anyone know the war movie that Mort Sahl was in in the ’50s ?  where he picked up the phone and said “Good morning WW II”

    • Walt

      all the young man    with alan ladd, sidney poitier & mort sahl

  • Bill M.

    I’d like to mention several: “Stalag 17″; “Eight Iron Men” &; “The Last Time I Saw Archie”.  BILL M.

  • Dwight

    Gettysburg. I know it is  not a WWII movie but it is a war movie.

  • Jen1003

    taking chance

  • Freedom Fighter

    They were Expendable; Where Eagles Dare; Battleground; A Bridge Too Far; Full Metal Jacket

  • Klorenzsoxfan

    Sink the Bismarck

  • Wallyz79

    the Dirty Dozen, Kelly’s Heroes, Green Berets, Bridge on the River Kwai, Guns of Navarone and the Great Escape.  Can’t turn any of them off if you come across them.

  • Jim

    The Longest Day, Saving Private Ryan, The Big Red One, Platoon, Hell Is For Heroes, The Enemy Below,Hell To Eternity, Go Tell The Spartans, The Bridge At Remagen

  • Bucker


  • http://www.facebook.com/Hexegoon Tom Schumacher

    Enemy at the Gates 

  • Doc Reid

    The Longest Day

  • Jgrisner

    I love In Harms Way, Pearl Harbor, Saving Private Ryan, Stalag 17, Back To Bataan, etc.

  • ran1911

    My favorites, in this order:

    In Which We Serve
    12 O’ Clock High
    Saving Private Ryan
    They Were Expendable
    The Longest Day
    Bridge on the River Kwai
    Story of GI Joe
    The Americanization of Emily
    Paths of Glory
    Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison

    I like them because they are all well made, and well told.
    Something suitable for any guest, and I wouldn’t mind – even if I just watched it.

  • Tejah

    There are too many great war flicks. They range from historical subject matter or time period events to when the film was made & its storyline.  

  • Betty K

    So Proudly We Hail!  Cry Havoc!   Apocalypse Now!   Bridge On the River Kwai  Sergent York

  • Klossner9

    They Were Expendable, and Patton.

  • Emk00_2001

    Kelly’s Heroes, the Dirty Dozen, The Longest Day, Tora! Tora! Tora!,  Midway, Patton, Battle of the Bulge. It’s hard to pick just one

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/WQ2BSTMDEES4RIKGT4ECSVRE5I Whirlpooloff

      I think your list nails it.  I would have started with Patton though.

  • Charles R. Corradini

    Why ” Patton” of course-If it were not for George  S. Patton There would not be any war films

  • Eartheater

    Battle of the Bulge, Midway,Red Ball Express,Sands of Iwo Jima,Darby’s Rangers,Fighter Squadron,Merril’s Marauders,12 oclock high. Too many more to name

  • Sjudy

    Miniseries Band of Brothers
    When Trumpets Fade

  • Biotecnm

    Stalag 17. William Holden best actor Oscar & a young Peter Graves as a rat. Many great supporting players make this a must see.

  • roger lynn

    the guns of navarone,,is my all time fave,,,go tell the spartans,the big red one are close behind

  • Ridderw

    The Longest Day, Saving Private Ryan, Band of Brothers, A Bridge Too Far, Midway, Battle of the Bulge.

  • Cv66seabear

    It is impossible to choose just one. To Hell and Back, Guns of Navarone, Bridge on River Kwai, Tora! Tora! Tora!, PT109, Operation Petticoat, Where Eagles Dare, Mr. Roberts, Kellys Heroes, Battle of the Bulge, Pattton, Das Boot, A Bridge too Far, Run Silent Run Deep, Gray Lady Down, U571, THe Great Escape, Sergeant York, Flags of our Fathers/Letters from Iwo Jima, Heartbreak RIdge, BZAttle of the Bulge, Midway, Father Goose and many more!

    Oh Hell – each one brings back memories and each one I like for different reasons, there isn’t one I don’t like.

  • Patsy

    Dirty Dozen, Stalag 17, Midway…but love lots more

  • Jls


  • Karrtooni

    In Harm’s Way and Pearl Harbor. Also The Longest Day and Sgt. York. ( Karrtooni )

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MXLTDHWBA2RM6MAWNHW5IF3EMM Dan

    Battleground with Van Johnson.

  • Douglas

    We Were Soldiers.

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  • Cap’n Marvel

    Bombadier, The ce.Purple Heart, Halls of Montezuma with Richard Widmark, Air Force.

  • Samandgeorge07

    Sargent York with Gary Cooper

  • Samandgeorge07

    The real Alvin York was a very humble man

  • Gary

    Sergeant York 

  • rwelniak

    The Anti-war movies:
    Captain Newman M.D.
    Catch 22

  • Denis

    Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo. Love it!

  • Burton Sundquist

    The Thin Red Line and Full Metal Jacket

  • Justin Case

    1.In Harms Way
    2.Bridge on the River Kwai
    3.The Enemy Below

    • Csantas1111

      1. Bridge on the River Kwai
      2. Saving Private Ryan.
      3. Patton
      4. All Quiet on the Western Front

  • Anthor1

    Saving Private Ryan &Kelly’s Heroes.

  • Wranglerjeep

    to hell and back

  • Martylee13045x

    The 1930 “All Quiet on the Western Front”…still astonishing for greatly advancing early sound film making…and remaining both eternally real and deeply moving.

    • docnoir

      I’m with you and I thought Johnny gets his gun says it all. Who needs wars.

  • Bill

    12 o’clock High, Battleground, The Sands of Iwo Jima, Where Eagles Dare, A Walk in the Sun and Kelly ‘s Heros

  • Almikejuno13

    Rather than a “favorite” I thought I’d mention two virtually unknown Vietnam-era films that had me in stunned tears, in both cases, for the stark realism I remember from my time there….”Go Tell The Spartans” (with Burt Lancaster) and I believe the other title is “Under Heavy Fire” or “Under Fire” which I think was a direct-to-cable film. The insanity of that conflict, localized and in general, was brilliantly manifested in these examples of superb cinematic achievement..but I sense one “had to be there” to be properly jolted by the lessons of the films. They carried the equally brilliant “Apolcalypse Now” some steps further.

  • classicsforever

    Far too many great ones to choose from. However, “Zulu” is a good study of small unit tactics. A very well made movie. 

  • Mlgoens52

    Being a Navy Vet during Vietnam, (1970-74) and son of a 20year Navy man my picks are kind of obvious; The Enemy Below, Mr. Roberts, Run Silent Run Deep, Operation Pacific, Tora Tora Tora, and PT-109. And to all you guys that listed Band of Brothers, that was a 10 part mini series on HBO as was The Pacific. Both great, I own the DVD’s of both.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Susan-Woods/100000090516059 Susan Woods

    Sands of Iwo Jima, Midway, We Were Soldiers, In Harms Way, To Hell and Back, Saving Private Ryan, Kelly’s Heros, The Longest Day, Stalag 17.  There are really too many to choose from.  God Bless Our Patriots in Uniform!

  • Ken_gerry1

    Destination Tokyo, Battleground, Flat Top,Great Escape, Where Eagles Dare, Operation Pacific,
    Kelly`s Heroes, Midway, Tora Tora Tora, Flying Tigers, Longest Day, In Harm`s Way, Dirty Dozen
    Just to name a few

  • Silkcitycd

    The Steel Helmet, Fixed Bayonets, The Big Red One, Guadalcanal Diary, A Walk In The Sun, Bataan, Gung Ho, Wake Island, The Enemy Below, 12 O’Clock High, Battleground, The Tanks Are Coming, To Hell and Back… HOW do you pick a favorite?

  • hotstock

    Zulu for tactics, Das Boot for the most realistic version of submarine life (picked by more than half of retired Navy admirals asked that belong to USAA that have had submarine commands), The Great Escape for intrigue, and Kelly’s Heroes for some humor involved. The grandest: Patton. That opening dialogue by George C. Scott in front of the flag is unmatched, and you know that the movie you are about to see will be a humdinger. Unfortunately, many of today’s youngsters don’t even know about it, much less seen it. In Europe, D-Day gets one paragraph in their history books. Too bad all of the 50,000 bombs dropped at Omaha Beach missed their target (they landed a mile inland; the single greatest failure of D-Day).

  • Whizzkd

    Patton and Tora-Tora-Tora

  • orangedoc

    The Battle of the Bulge

  • Chuck

    The Enemy Below- with Bob Mitchum.  Got to watch it at least once a year.

    • hypatiab7

       And Curt Jurgens. I’m glad his German sub commander wasn’t a Romulan. And the way the American ship commander and German sub commander kept figuring out each  other’s moves was nearly telepathic.

  • Chuckju

    starring Jack Palance, Lee Marvin, and an Eddie Albert unlike any other.

  • Ladyrtrucker

    Heartbreak Ridge. nobody better than clint to play a gunney sgt!

  • curiouscat

    In Harm’s Way

  • Marknmaggiemae

    the longest day-the best

  • Ducatista47

    Tie. They Were Expendable,  The Enemy Below.

  • Kitkatpress

    Patton, They were soilders, Great Escape-  all were kick butt movies !!!

  • Biogon44

     ‘In Which We Serve’ and ‘Sink the Bismarck’.  Also ‘Paths of Glory’ and ‘The Red Badge of Courage’..   

  • Joeiron

    The Enemy Below for a drama.  Kelley’s Heroes for a good comedy.  It was one of Clint Eastwood’s best!

  • Cadesgrams

     Tears of the Sun, Blood Diamond

    • Wandafred555

       Most of mine have been mentioned here, but a few from me:

      WW1–“All Quite on the Western Front”- “Paths of Glory”
      WW2- “A Walk in the Sun”- “The Story og G.I. Joe”
      Korea- “The Steel Helmet”- “Pork Chop Hill”

  • Gerard

    I am thinking Sands of Iwo Jima….

  • David F. Podesta

    12 O’Clock High, Command Decision, Saving Pvt. Ryan, Platoon, Apocolypse Now, We Were Soldiers Once, From Here To Eternity, A Wing And A Prayer, There are so many good war movies …

  • Drcarver

    The Longest Day because of the stellar cast, complexity of plot and story and the historic accuracy is great, but there were so many great war movies it is hard to pick just one

  • Eccolima54

    Where Eagles dare (starring “The Clint”, Richard Burton, Mary Uhre, Ingrid Pitt, Victor Beaumont, Ferdy Mayne and many others).

  • TUfan

    Lots of good ones mentioned, but I have to add “Memphis Belle” to the list.

  • rda24

    A Bridge Too Far….Based on a true story with lots of good actors and action.

  • BigD34689

    Band of Brothers is number 1!  I think because you get so involved in their lives and it’s so realistic!

  • Paulval

    Saving Private Ryan.  There is NOTHING like that fade in/out of Ryan’s face from past to present.  It really makes you love those soldiers.  And the scene on the beach can never be forgotten.  Heck, some of those guys were dead before their feet hit the sand.

  • Tommy T-

    Cross of Iron–WWII on the Russian Front fron the German perspective.  Refreshing because there are no holocaust overtones.

  • Nils Goering

    PATTON – He was a remarkable person and an extraordinary military man in real life.  George C. Scott gave a rousing performance that came close to capturing Patton’s persona.  However, as with so many instances in ‘biographical’ motion pictures, the real life person is more complex and interesting and far transcends any actor’s interprative performance of the flesh and blood being. Too often the screenwriter and/or the director will bring their own prejudices, biases and personal conclusions to bear when re-creating a film regarding an historical person or an historical event.  It’s just the nature of the beast, it’s impossible to tell or capture the whole story in the time constraints of a theatrical film.  ‘Patton’ succeded better than most in capturing the true 1940s atmosphere of World War II.  Other notable war pictures were ‘The Longest Day’, ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’, ‘The Steel Helmet’, ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ and ‘The Sand Pebbles’.  When one thinks of a ‘War’ movie it is usually WWI and WWII that come to mind.  But, war has been a part of this planet since its beginning.  So, there are hundreds of films depicting hundreds of different wars to chose from.  Greek Wars, Roman Wars, Tribal Wars, British Wars, French Wars, Chinese Wars, Japan feudal Wars, The French and Indian War, The War of 1812, The American Revolution, The Civil War on through to the Vietnam War and the current Mid-East Wars – they’ve all been the theme or backdrop for any number of motion pictures.  War is hell and so is choosing a favorite war picture.

  • Freedom_lost2001

    So many great war movies it’s rather hard to say which is my favorite, but I believe that w/o our system of government many of these stories would never have been told. We can be thankful that we can look @ War w/ amusement, horror, chagrin, tolerance, love &/or hatred for the subject yet hope we never have to face it again. Be thankful we always have the men & women who’ll step up to the challenges we face w/ the coming of War.

  • Rappa_n

    One of the best was The Fightning Seabees,with the Duke.There are many more.

  • Brooklyn1948

    Guadalcanal Diary is right up at the top

  • Willgs

    They Were Expendable, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, Sgt. York, and one of Errol Flynns’ most underrated performances Objective Burma.

  • Rjfnikon

    “The Longest Day” without question if we are limiting it to WWII

  • Klaatuyu

    Sgt York still stands up.  Don’t you love his mailing address?  “Valley of the Three Forks of the Wolf”.

  • Emily

    The Guns of Navarrone, A Bridge Too Far, The Were Expendable, The Bridge on the River Kwai

  • docnoir

    Johnny Got His Gun. Sweeping vets under the rug and out of the way continues.

  • Sandra Gebert

    Summer of My German Soldier

  • Briney

    “All Quiet on the Western Front.”  The Lew Ayres 1930 edition. A excellent B&W adaptation of Erich Remarque’s gripping novel, which passionately lays bare the cruelty, the. waste, and futility of war. “Flame & Citron.”  A low budget Danish film, ignored on the main circuit. A gripping, and violently realistic  true story of Danish assassins ridding the country of Nazi collaborators. “Defiance.”  Russian citizens fight the Nazis from their own village, created deep within the forest. “Uprising.”  A great story of Polish Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, fighting to the last man, woman, and child, against the vicious Nazis. “Cockleshell Heroes.”  It should be shot again. Royal Marines on a suicide mission to destroy Nazi shipping in Bordeaux Harbor. Twelve started out in kayaks. Two came back. Great true story. “Saving Private Ryan.”  Stephen Spielberg’s terrific story of a Ranger squad desperately trying to find a sole surviving son – Pvt. Ryan – amid hellish European battlefields. Tom Hanks in top form.  “The Man Who Never Was.” Clifton Webb excellent as one of the devious minded Brits, who actually fooled the Nazis about their invasion plans by using a corpse. “Band of Brothers.” Another great Spielberg film. Fantastic and realistic battle scenes. Stirring characterizations by unknowns.”Guns of the Navarone.” Gregory Peck leads commandos against the German Army to destroy shore batteries on a huge cliff, commanding, what looks like the Straights of Gibraltar. “Mrs Minivar.” Greer Garson, Walter Pigeon,  triumphant. “Saboteur” and “Foreign Correspondent.”  Alfred Hitchcock’s scrumptiously told tales, as only he knew how to tell them in glorious B&W. “The Eagle Has Landed.” Donald Sutherland at his best, as the dagger-wielding Nazi spy, who uncovers what were true British deception plans for the invasion of Normandy. “Four Feathers.”  Alexander Korda’s technicolor  – and story – riveting film with Ralph Richardson.  “The Great Raid.” This story about US Army Rangers and guerrillas burrowing through Japanese lines to save 500 condemned POWs, is special. 

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  • Tcpasss

    PORK   CHOP HILL       THE SEVEN SAMRAI     JARHEAD    FAREWELL TO THE KING           APOCOLYPSE NOW    because you can’t just have one           

  • Gloria

    I like many. These come to mind: Sgt York, Memphis Belle, The Fighting Sullivans, Pearl Harbor. I loved Judgment at Nuremberg (post war).

  • Hecker001

    There have been several great ones.  But a short list of three stand above the others for me: Gettysburg; Gods and Generals; The Longest Day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bruce-Brewer/100000960328617 Bruce Brewer

    Sands of Iwo Jima. I almost cry everytime John Wayne gets shot in the back.

  • Msidd

    Run Silent, Run Deep and The Enemy Below

  • Rob in L.A.

    “Hell in the Pacific”

  • Neil Blount

    We Dive at Dawn and They Were Expendable

  • Nmemcg

    Bridge Over River Kwai and God is My Co-Pilot.

  • Jbqdgq

    “The man who never was” is my favorite. I think this is areally great story.

  • Csantas1111

    Heeel in the Pacific is one of my absolute favorites


    Twelve O’Clock High

  • Barbara

    Das Boot, The Great Escape, The Bridge on the River Kwai

  • Pacerdad

    Band of Brothers, The Longest Day, Saving Private Ryan, Casablanca

  • Frosty

    “Paths of Glory”, “The Sands of Iwo Jimo”, “The Longest Day”, “Apocalypse Now”, And, for laughs, “King of Hearts” and “The Day the Clown Cried”

  • Geo

    “All Quiet on the Western Front,” the original black and white version, not the re-make where the young soldier’s interest in collecting butterflies is changed to bird-watching and sketching birds. 

    Also “Run Silent, Run Deep” with Clark Gable shouting,  “Dive!  Dive!”

  • Aedtaylor

    The Great Escape is the BEST. I never get tired of watching it.

  • C21delano

    The Guns Of Naverone, In Harms Way, Kelly”s Heroes, Casablanca

  • Marvwaddy

    The Sands of Iwo Jima, The Great Escape, Run Silent Run Deep, Pearl Harbor, The Longest Day, Twelve O’clock High, We Were Soldiers

  • rbroehm

    comand disision, the great escape, in harms way, and kelly’s heroes

  • Avilamd83

    Full Metal Jacket, because it is an anti-war movie.  It captures the insanity of war just as Paths of Glory does. These are my favorite two.

  • Peter Q.

    Destroyer..Edward G Robinson

  • Nugget59

    My favourite War Movie is ‘The Longest day’ for the sheer magnitude of its sound and spectacle. There are some other real good ones as my favourites, these are ‘Wake Island, Dunkirk, The War Lover, Sea of Sand, Sink the Bismarck, Cross of Lorraine, A Bridge Too Far

  • Eldersburg Rick

    Saving Private Ryan, A Walk in the Sun, and Zulu


    A Walk in the Sun.  (I would have put “The D.I. with Jack Webb, but that’s a “Get Ready for War” movie.

  • Cjgrup

    Paths of Glory

  • Marty

    Bridge on the River Kwai (why did they have to kill William Holden!)…but a great movie and movie musical score.  Mrs. Miniver; a truly wonderful movie in every way.  Kelly’s Hero’s; a classic, and one of my adult son’s all time favorites.  Band of Brothers; a really exceptional movie.  I know there are many, many more, too many to list them all.  I love movies and always have.

  • Csantas1111

    The reason Holden was killed is that they followed the storyline in the book by Pierre Boulle. I find it more dramatic–and tragic–this way/although apin to watch. though young, I saw it on the screen when I came out, and that picture of his being hit and dying will never leave me. constantine

  • Anne

    Apocalypse Now,  Saving Private Ryan,  M*A*S*H

  • Csantas1111

    The most powerful ending of any of the war epics!

  • Sharclon8

    Seargent York: 1) York’s commanding officer explaining the reason why we sometimes must defend ourselves.  2) York sitting on the side of his mountain as the wind turns the pages to the Bible verse, “Rend unto Ceasar that which is Ceasars and to God that which is Gods”  — An inspring true story.
    The Great Escape – The beginning of the picture we are reminded that every specific of the escape is absolutely true. Amazing what man can do.  Again, inspiring.

    The Longest Day – An amazing story – well done by the movie.

  • Lperiu

    “Edge of Darknes” (1943) Errol Flynn. It’s my favority war movie. And also “D Day”. There are a lot of american war movies. And I like almost all.

  • Goldenyears

    The Cranes Are Flying-Mikhail Kalatazov.

  • Beliveau Jacques

    the Longuest Day.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6CTT573JK6H32ZRXHE4XVIWPHI Shawn C

    All Quiet On The Western Front

  • CaptainD

    Band of Brothers

  • Notny

    Pork Chop Hill, The Enemy Below, Zulu, The Dawn Patrol (1938), Mrs Miniver, Blackhawk Down

  • Magman

    My WW II Trilogy: Yanks, The Longest Day, and Is Paris Burning?

  • Mungo MacHaggis

    The Big Red One ,  The Battle Of Britain and  Lawrence Of Arabia are my all time favorites.  

  • Shutupoprah

    War of the

  • VictorianRose20

    The Great Escape
    The Longest Day

  • jerry j.

    Hell in the Pacific, with Lee Marvin and Toshiro Mifune.  And I like The Red Badge of Courage, with Audy Murphy and Bill Mauldin.

  • Kaydetheus

    yh favorite war movie, if one can have a favorite war movie, is Private Ryan.

  • Jparana

    Last of the Mohicans, A Bridge Too Far, Zulu, Zulu Dawn, Mrs. Miniver, Band of Brothers, The Sands of Iwo Jimo, We Were Soldiers, Battle of Britian and many others.

  • Dah26000

    My Boy Jack, Path’s of Glory, The Sand Pebbles

    • Ken Roche

      I agree with Dah and Cjgrup: 
      “Paths of Glory”  and  “Sandpebbles”  ~ will also add that great rareity: “Broken Lullaby”
      All special films… amoung others.

  • heynow

    battle of britain, sgt.york, longest day, blackhawk down, guns of navarone, where eagles dare, battleground, so many more…

  • James Martin

    There are a lot of great war movies but as a John Wayne fan(nut) all of his  

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  • Boomboomranger

    twelve o’clock high,battleground,any john wayne war pic especially “they were expendable” which spig weed wrote and the sand of iwo jima,the dirty dozen,kellys heroes,bogey in “sahara”

  • bsteele2

    The Longest Day, Band of Brothers, Stalag 17.

    • hughcapet

      I never get tired of Stalag 17 – great cast of characters. 

  • M031773

    My favorite is In Harms Way, great cast!

    • hughcapet

      yeah, great theme with solid actors.  Did not care much for the “toy” boats in the ensuing sea battle.  They were laughable, especially when one of the “toy” boat’s bow literally tore apart  after a torpedo strike.  I think Otto Preminger, the director, should have added some old WWII reels for those parts.  I believe Kirk Douglas made a derisive comment about the same thing.

  • Walt

    Boy, tough one.  Let’s see, Patton, Battleground, Sands of Iwo Jima, The Longest Day, Kelly’s Heroes, Saving Private Ryan, Band of Brothers, A Bridge Too Far, Sgt. York, Pork Chop Hill, The Story of G.I. Joe, Is Paris Burning?, The Memphis Belle, Twelve O’Clock High, In Harm’s Way, Wake Island, The Alamo, The Horse Soldiers, The Dirty Dozen, Stalag 17, The Great Escape, We Were Soldiers.  Needless to say, I love a good war movie! 

    • Feklarrr

      You got all the great ones but might add Hell to Eternity

  • Walt

    I forgot the Terror War!  Blackhawk Down, The Hurt Locker and the first battle, Flight 93.

  • Peter Q.

    The Best Years of Our Lives..Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Myrna Loy & Harold Russell
    The best of them all……1946

  • Frank4510

    the dirty dozen. the longest day. von ryans express. in harms way. blackhawk dowm. where eagles dare. the great escape. the devils brigade. the green berets. 

  • greycrow50

    Das Boot, Paths Of Glory, Breaker Morant, Zulu, The Train, Dr. Strangelove, Gallipoli. I wonder if there is movie about Finland’s Winter War against the Soviet Union. I have seen a documentary. There is most likely a Finnish made one.

    • George5180

      Wow,great choices!

  • Maryjo

    My favourite war movies are in two categories, 1. The “action” war movies and 2. The “families at home” type war time movies. (Some of course are about both.)
    Category One
    1.Das Boot – One of the best films ever made. The war from a German vantage point.
    2. The Cruel Sea – an all time favourite film of mine. Jack Hawkins gives a wonderful performance.
    3. 12 O’Clock High – If Gregory Peck had never made another film – he would always be remembered for this. An accurate portrayal of the incredible pressure and tension the USA airforce was under,WW2 
    4. The Battle of Britain – Fantastic camera work in this RAF versus the Luftwaffe film. Great British cast.
    5. Breaker Morant. My favourite Australian film set in the Boer War. Based on a true story. 
    6. A Town like Alice. Story about a group of English,Dutch & Australian women and children taken prisoner by the Japanese after the fall of Singapore. English Feature Film and  later longer telemovie movie version starring Bryan Brown (much better than b&w Brit film.)
    7. Sink the Bismarck.  How the British (Kenneth Moore) Navy chased down and eventually trapped the 
    mighty Bismarck – the pride of the German navy.
    8. In Which We Serve – Another film about the Royal Navy,starring Noel Coward,John Mills & Celia Johnson.
    9. The Deer Hunter – A poignant movie about the Vietnam War – Robert DeNiro was magnificent.
    10. In Harms Way – John Wayne, Kirk Douglas & Patricia Neale. 

  • Rduckham

    The Longest Day and Apocalypse Now.

  • Maryjo

    Category 2.
    I forgot to mention They Were Expendable (John Wayne, Donna Reed) in category one. Great film. 2. Mrs Miniver – Greer Garson & Walter Pidgeon – a hugely successful war film that brought the war home to those who hadn’t realised what England was experiencing.3. Along with Mrs Miniver, Director William Wyler gave the world one of it’s all time GREAT movies,The Best Years of Our Lives was about the return of servicemen at the end of WW2 and the problems of fitting back into their old lives.   4. Carve Her Name With Pride. Another British film, this time with Virginia McKenna, about a French speaking English woman who spies for the British. Based on a true story.5. The Young Lions – Marlon Brando,Montgomery Clift, Dean Martin,Maximilian Schell, Barbara Rush, Hope Lange, Mai Zetterling.  World War 2 from both sides.  6. Jacknife – Story about three close friends – one of whom is killed in Vietnam – and how the remaining two overcome  the anguish and psychological damage of the war and it’s cost. Stars Robert                                                                                                                                       De Niro,Ed Harris and Kathy Baker. 7. The Light Horseman – Australian film about their light horse brigade (mentioned also in Gallipoli) in WW1. 8. Hope & Glory – An hilarious film about a British family forced to leave London due to the wartime bombing and move in with relatives in the country who see the bright side of life despite the danger all around them. Sarah Miles as the mother is outstanding. 

  • sag27

    Stalag 17, easy pick

  • Bojanelb

    All Quiet on the Western Front

  • Fbusch

    Being old and with little to do, I’ve just read all of these comments…….First many thanks for jogging my memory with many fine films seen long ago. Which also got me to thinking about how we classify our likes and dislikes. For me, films fall into several types. propaganda films to fireup patriatism during a time of war,(many of which are still great films). then, accurate historical films showing actual battles etc, (even when hollywood thinks they could fight the war better than those actually there). The horror and destruction in war is very overpowering , so, lets paint it in pastel colors, etc. Films that depict the valor of individuals in the face of situations beyond the normal scope of human endeavor. ( Audy Murphy, The troops at yorks drift, etc.). then the films who with varying sucess try to make war funny. There are many. (even though humor creeps in often in real life). oddly I enjoy many of the wwII propaganda films from all the antoganists. Still remember the young russian girl dancing with her childhood friends shortly before she has to kill a young german soldier while crying. Or the chinese rebel fighters dying to the last man while defending their villages. I especially enjoyed all the english films on the old late, late show in the blk&whte tv days, While I don’t remember most of the names today, they gave us an unvarnished look at their travails. Well. enough wool gathering, Think I’ll go watch Sailer of the King again.

    • Vann Morrison

      I believe that was Roark’s Drift instead of York’s Drift

  • bren57

    glory saving private ryan, the dirty dozen

  • Burt

    Without a doubt Saving Private Ryan. Speilberg won best Director and should have won for best movie. the first 20 minutes still boggles the mind. You really thought  you were there. Its worth putting on just for that!!

  • Ginnio

    My favorite war movie, and I have many favorites, is Casablanca. Sands of Iwo Jima comes in a close second.

  • T-man

    Tie among a few.  Desperate Journey.  Zulu. 12 O’clock High.  Saving Private Ryan. Patton. In Harm’s Way.

  • Gypsy331

    Tie between The Dirty Dozen and Flying Tigers.

  • Libertypointaa

    The Seige of Fire Base Gloria

    So real…. according to my husband who served with US Marines during Tet Offensive.  Vietnamese farmers by day, but dressed in VC black pajamas at night; the women sappers; the consequences of soldiers not adequately guarding the base’s perimeters; being overrun by VC.  This is a very popular film for “the guys who’ve been there.”  A difficult film to find, sells fast, and have seen prices as high as $46 +.
    Others:  Band of Brothers, We Were Soldiers, Halls of Montezuma, Desperate Journey, Edge of Darkness, Hamburger Hill (very real), Sobibor, Defiance, Sgt. York, Sands of Iwo Jima, Flying Leathernecks, and many more.     

    • Wcz243

      I too was in nam , 3rd recon,s.o., USMC, Fire Base Gloria is  a great movie for all the feather merchants that have no idea of what it was like in the Nam. gsgt. coffee,0369, 0411, 3 tours’

    • Anibaln Perez

      your husband is correct on fire base gloria ,too bad they haven’t made some of the tet offensive on khesanh{dmz} i was in 3/26,lima co. semper fi….

  • Brotherlov

    Battle Cry.

  • Dave in Raleigh

    Das Boot, without a doubt. But many others rank close. If you’ve never seen Decision Before Dawn, the realism is so stark, it’s hard to determine if the film was a documentary filmed live, or on a set. Also a German perspective, but with a major twist. Right up there is Counterfeit Traitor, with one of William Holden’s best performances (IMHO) with Lili Palmer and other great supporting cast. Another German angle, Die Wiess Rose (The White Rose), for those that don’t know that millions of non-Jewsih were executed by the Nazis, and that there was some resistance to facism in Germany. Finally, The Killing Fields has to rank pretty high in my book. 

  • Kevin

    Overlord, as it really captures the spirit of the times, how the ordinary soldier trained and felt, and Das Boot for its ralism.  There is not a trace of phoney heroism in either.

  • Rjwidmann

    Saving Private Ryan and Blackhawk Down for portraying the true terror of combat

  • Trustbuster

    We Were Soldiers, Saving Private Ryan, A Walk in the Sun, The Great Escape, The Caine Mutiny, Bridge on the River Kwai, A Bridge Too Far, Mr. Roberts, The Longest Day, The Big Red One, Paths of Glory, The Grand Illusion, Tora Tora Tora, Zulu, Pork Chop Hill, Patton, From Here to Eternity

    • Kb_at_3

      add to that, Objective Burma, Twelve O’Clock High, They were Expendible, Defiance, God Is My Co-pilot, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, Merrill’s Mauraders, The Devil’s Brigade and Darby’s Rangers.

    • Anibaln Perez

      my god you named some i’ve forgotten “pork chop hill” with gregory peck.,”from here to eternity” with burt lancaster.,”patton”with george c. scott…

  • Lawrence Ressler.

    My favorite war movie is “Gettysburg”.  I had the privilege of seeing in in a theater in the West side of Akron after driving about 50 miles in a rainstorm to to watch it.  Watching and listening to the cannons going off one after the other, echoing throughout the Dolby SurroundSound speaker system in the theater was an amazing experience to behold, bringing the sound and vision of the most important battle of the US Civil War to life for a modern audience.  “Gettysburg” was a great, epic war picture that every elementary school student should see when growing up.

  • Linda B.

    I actually have quite a few favorites….The Best Years of Our Lives, Casablanca, The Dirty Dozen, The Great Escape, and I never recall the name, a movie starring Myrna Loy, Wooly Monty and Shirley Temple (a teenager)…A Majority of One is my all time favorite post WWII movie.

  • Forgetfull65

    Beach Red,Cornel Wilde,Rip Torn,Burr DeBenning,Dale Ishimoto.Made on a very small budget.Best example of the human tragedy and the horror of war.

  • Anibaln Perez

    hey what ever happened to the sequel from “full metal jacket” it’s called “boys from company “c”.” also my other favorites from the day were ” where eagle dare” ,”guns of navarrone” “the dirty dozen” , and my john wayne favorite is “back to battaan” and “the hall of montezuma”

    • skate185

      The Boys From Company ‘C’ was made in ’78, almost 20 years before FMJ, but was neither a sequel nor a prequel. Interestingly, both had R. Lee Ermey as drill instructor.

  • cdfvip

    In Harm’s Way and the Fighting 69th. Sgt York; The fighting 69th is very  good  movie about WW1 Sgt tells a diffrant type  of  story but Gary Cooper did a wondrful  job as Sgt A York. In Harms Way was a wondeful story about the Navy in the eraly days  of WW2. But for a diffrant type of view on WW2 I would suggest finding the TV movie War and Remberance and the Winds  Of war. Those two movies really gave me an insiders look into the history of the camps that the Germans built. I had family in Poland  back in WW2 and  now I know why my family would cry at times.

  • Tbone

    tbone,illinois the, battle of the bulge, the frogmen,stalag 17 are a few of my favorites

  • Sonofike

    Apocalypse Now followed closely by From Here to Eternity

  • joycewr

    Favorite Movies with actual fighting: They Were Expendable; Battleground; So Proudly We Hail; Saving Private Ryan; 

    Movies with war as the back-drop: Casablanca; Mr. Roberts

    Homefront movies: Since You Went Away; Human Comedy; Best Years of our Lives

    British: One of our Aircraft is missing

  • Jimnet1739

    Where Eagles Dare, Enemy at the Gates, Stalag 17, Mr. Roberts, Full Metal Jacket

  • Hockeytown49341

    The Longest Day, and The Best Years of Our Lies.

  • georgiacee

    539 comments.  Why add one more?  Loved the reminder of all the war movies that are so good for varied reasons.  Didn’t read through all the list but did anyone mention The Americanization of Emily or Kelly’s Heroes? 

  • Trodb

    They Were Ex[endable, Back to Bataan

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  • Tmackw

    Most war movies are about boom-boom and bluster in the name of some holy grail idea about honor. Very few have ever told the true story: War is Hell. I defy anyone who reads this to say otherwise. I was in a war. I served. I am a vet. I lost friends. I won’t say my true thoughts. So few, if any, would understand.

    • Howllweenqueen@yahoo.com

      hi so true the medi wont let the real truth come out about war movies or anything else nowdays. what war were you in,and thank you for going my ex was in nam. god bless you for all you and so sorry about the loss you went through. tx u gaberilla

  • howllweenqueen@yahoo.com

    i did like we were soliders and in harms way,,tx u gaberilla

  • Jcole

    In Harm’s Way – and Tora Tora Tora. Both had an epic feel, outstanding casts and a engaging story lines. I never served, have immense respect for those who did, and both of these movies deliver what appears to be a factually accurate and engaging account. JDC  

  • Luckyew7

    dirty dozen, saving private ryan and the longest day. honorable mentions sands of iwo jima, where eagles dare and kelly’s heroes.

    • CarterCE

      Here’s a trivia question concerning “Where Eagles Dare” (which is also one of my favorite war movies): How many people does Clint Eastwood’s character kill in this movie?? It is difficult to keep track. Good luck.

  • Rob

    Band of Brothers, no equal……………

  • Ron

    They were expendable, A bridge too far,Longest day….. so many great movies.

    • Slftrek

      Anything with John Wayne and as many stars as they can find…IE: Longest Day!!!!

  • Cherthebean

    Kelly’s Heros is great for a little comedy thrown in.  But, In harms way and midway are great!  I did like the Ben Affleck Pearl harbor all though it was panned.


    They were Expendable,  Battle Ground, The Enemy below, One Minute To Zero

  • Brygolf

    dam busters

  • CarterCE

    I don’t think anyobody has just ONE favorite war movie. My favorites are “Paths of Glory” (1957), “The Enemy Below” (1957), “Run Silent, Run Deep” (1958), “Apocolypse Now” (1979) and “Grand Illusion” (1937).

  • Pt15

    where eagles dare

  • steve

    dirty dozen,tora tora tora,midway and throw in kellys heros and operation petticoat as lighter

  • Pilotari

    There are so many but if I had to pick one I would have to say ” The Big Red One”

  • Boospa

    Strangely enough, to me the best “War” movies were anti-war!  Perhaps the very best was “Paths of Glory”, the 1957 WWI film by Stanley Kubrick, starring Kirk Douglas…it briefly showed the horrors of that conflict but actually showed the utter ruthlessness of the French General Staff in sending their own men to certain death simply to advance their own careers.  This type of action resulted in a number of mutinies in the French Army in 1917, wherein if the Germans had known about, could have won (or elongated) he war……..

    • Bmeupdee7

      In agreeing with you as to anti-war, a good one that comes to mind that illustrates how easily a totally senseless war could start–with supurb performances by both Richard Widmark & Sidney Poitier–“The Bedford Incident.”  This was one of the most chilling movies I’ve seen because of its horribly simple plausibility!

  • Bryan

    Gloy and the Longest Day and Band of Brothers and Letters from Iwo Jima

  • Tjac41166

    There were so many,  and so many already mentioned…but I haven’t seen anyone mention
    Errol Flynn in Objective Burma, one of the all time best war movies made during the war.

  • Jaime

    Of the many excellent war movies herein mentioned,I choose:

  • UB

    Hands down Otto Premingers In Harms Way.

  • projectpat

    All-Star cast: The Dirty Dozen

  • Sl Dunaway

    the deer hunter

  • Wayne P.

    How about some “older war” movies like “Braveheart” or even the original “300 Spartans” with Richard Egan?  Another of Kubricks that hasnt gotten as much mention as “Paths of Glory” and which ISNT an anti-war film, is Spartacus…am thinking that the scene where they line up in battle formation and wait for the enemy charge to roll out the ‘fired brushes’ in that picture mayve inspired Mel Gibson to do something similar, but with horses, in Braveheart!

  • Vanoffun

    In Harms Way

  • fogelmama

    The Best Years of Our Lives – a great film that probably did a great deal to help the rest of us to understand the challenges facing returning vets.
    I would also list a film called Decision Before Dawn – made only a few years after WWII, and it showed the struggles of a German soldier whose decision was to help the Allies win the war. It should be better known than it is.

    • Mikeevans340

      great call on decision before dawn, an outstanding movie, guess it didn’t have
      the right top-shelf cast to make it the classic that some others were, but I do
      agree that it is a great film

  • Ed

    With no disrespect to all the newer films with their great direction and special effects, others have mentioned several older films that while directorally are spectacular even while lacking in special effects, I would also have to chime kin for some of the older ones. Battleground, In Harm’s Way, Flying Leathernecks, Gung-Ho!, Objective, Burma!, All Quiet on the Western Front (1st version), The Bridge, Bataan, Return to Bataan, Where Eagles Dare, The Eagle Has Landed.

    • Vann Morrison

      Did you know that “The Eagle has Landed” was a remake of an earlier movie titled:
      Went the Day Well?

  • skate185

    They Were Expendable; Battleground; Objective: Burma!; The Story of GI Joe.

  • NSG

    Actually, I have 2. somewhat related in their historical significance,  Tora Tora Tora, because it tells both sides of what went on prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor.  And at the end of this movie, the quote of Admiral Yamamoto, who feared that all the Japanese had done was to “awaken a sleeping giant”.  The other movie is Midway, which showed how only about 6 months after the attack on Pearl, the US was able to regroup and defeat the Japanese at the battle on this crucial island.  Both movies had many top-notch celebrities, adding more to the enjoyment.

  • Mikeevans340

    when the trumpets fade

  • James

    Anything with John Wayne–The Longest Day, In Harm’s Way, The Flying Tigers, Back to Bataan–to name just a few!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • CFL-Fan

    Waterloo, even though it only has the Iron Duke instead of the Duke.

  • Chasmichaelp

    Enemy at the Gates.  Ok, so it is not about US soldiers.  But the Russians killed or captured over 600,000 German A-holes.   Since the only good German is a dead German, the Russians accomplished a lot of good.  And just think of how many American lives they saved by sparing us a confrontation with the Kraut 6th army when we finally arrived in Europe.

  • Pinkcoconutlady

    “The Dirty Dozen” and then “The Best Years Of Our Lives” and then “In Harms Way” in that order ! All Great Movies…………

  • Ppasq

    My greatest war movie and in fact my favorite movie of all time is “Attack” The cast is the greatest with Lee Marvin, Eddie Albert, Jack Palance in the main rolls, but the secondary roles had top stars, Buddy Ebsen(Beverly Hillbillies)Robert Strauss(Stalog 17) Richard Jaeckel(Dirty Dozen) and more. Peter Von Ecyk who perhaps is the best Nazi portrayer(The Longest day) is in it for about 5 minutes. Strother Martin(Cool hand Luke) is killed off before the opening credits run. Watch the movie from the very beginning and you will see why.

  • Wingcobda

    Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo.

  • Ariel

    Today is my birthday, and I am doing the same thing I do every year, watching the greatest war movie ever made, The Longest Day.  Last night I watched Ike:  Countdown to D-Day.  Tom Selleck is great as Eisenhower.  It’s amazing to watch the elements come together for the invasion.  

  • Tleek

    Sands of Iwo Jima

  • Unclemyron77

    the longest day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000048648867 Jim Fetterman

    Bridge Over The River Kwai

  • Chuck Russell

    Saving Private Ryan

  • Cornificius

    I think that special mention should go to the Fighting Seabees starring John Wayne and Susan Hayward.  It is a very strong film emotionally and features a fabulous blend of different types of propaganda techniques. I also like The Patriot (Mel Gibson), Gettysburg, Casablanca, Great Escape, Dam Busters, Objective Burma, a Bridge too Far, and Mr. Roberts.

  • ernie

    movies would be hard…maybe “BATTLE OF THE BULGE” or “12 O’CLOCK HIGH”…BUT..since
    HBO has produced movies, it is “BAND OF BROTHERS”…what a great series…also hon mention
    ‘SAVING PVT. RYAN”…too many to mention here but 30 seconds over tokyo, crash dive, destination
    tokyo, battleground….wow….so many…& the bogie-ray massey flicks…ernie

  • Lolly828

    The Great Escape and the Dirty Dozen!  Also, Saving Private Ryan

  • Cadesgrams

    Just saw one last night that I recorded on my DVR. Mrs. Minivar, I thought it was a great movie. Let you know what it was like at home while family was away fighting. 

  • Cornificius

    I love Mrs. Miniver.  It was either Churchill or FDR who said that the final sermon by the local Vicar was worth a new fleet of destroyers or words to that effect.  Excellent choice!!

  • billy


    the longest day

  • Bonette

    A walk in the sun..  never tire of it. great cast 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MDNOXQRN3KV322MZVFI3GGV43E Sandy

    bridge over the rver kawai, with lots of stars

  • Jim

    Homecoming, with Clark Gable and Lana Turner.

  • Doppleganger51

    how about war of the worlds  the original

  • Tat2jo4069

    too many to list..lol  some favs are night of the generals ,ridge at ramagan,where eagles dare.kellys heroes das’boot ..just to name a few  lol

  • Charleyit

    Hands down no debate. Saving Private Ryan!!!!!!



  • Truckski

    Where Eagles Dare, Richard Burton  &  Clint Eastwood.

  • Butch

    Bridge Over River Kwai….Dirty Dozen….To Hell and Back

  • Scoob

    In Harms Way is by far the one I watch the most. Others I continually watch are  -The Blue Max (George Peppard and James Mason) The Big Red One (Newer Long release), Battle of the Bulge, Stalag 17.
    Here are a few more that might not get mentioned: Hell is for Hero’s (Steve McQueen, Fess Parker and Bob Newhart), Fireball Forward (Eddie Albert and Ben Gazarra),The Boys in Company C (R Lee Ermey and Stan Shaw pair up well), Go Tell the Spartans with Burt Lancaster.
    All great movies too!

  • Paris

    Where Eagles Dare………..

  • Ohkennyo


  • Isis

    STALAG 17

  • Tammy

    Absoultly, Mrs. Miniver, war is not just the battle but those left behind to cope, live in fear and hold on to hope. The Best Years of our Lives, touching and realistic, not all soldiers came home to fanfare, many brought back physical and emotional scars. This film was the first to explore the less than perfect “Hero’s Return”. Finally, All’s Quiet on the Western Front, seeing thing from the soldier’s eye.

  • William

    Run Silent Run Deep and The Enemy Below

  • Bobbirose_81

    Impossible to do.  So many have done their best to present war and all assosiated with it.  Each effort has it’s own qualitys.  Just not possible.

    • DEBRES


  • rogerscorpion

    Paths of Glory. 

  • Drsnapper

    Sands of Iwo Jima, Paths of Glory, Kelly’s Heroes
    Crash Dive, Caine Mutiny,
    12 O’Clock High, SAC,  
    Note the historical developments in each of these sub-genres.

  • Johnfburton

    When talking about war films there are so many that stand out as great cinematic and patriotic achievements over the years, when you consider such films as “The Longest Day” and “Saving Private Ryan,” along with such memorable ones as “The Big Red One,” “Patton” and “Sahara” (a personal favorite). But three really stand out: “Attack,” “Battleground” and “Men in War.” I think these three have left a lasting impression, in part, because they are smaller more intimate, character driven tales of men in combat, and concentrate for the most part on the “dog face” boots-on-the-ground enlisted men and their struggles and on their quiet acts of heroism. These films also benefit from terrific direction from some truly A-list helmers, as Robert Aldrich, William Wellman and Anthony Mann, who very often imbue their work with a psychological complexity and a Hemingway-like terseness that does embody the author’s definition of courage: “Grace under pressure.”
    If you’re not familiar with these movies, I whole heartedly recommend you check them out.

    • harryfaversham

      Attack…a terrific small budgeted WW2 movie. What it lacked in bucks it has in battle grit and fear. The acting is solid, no light weights here. The scene between Jack Palance and the tank, gave me and my pals nightmares when we were kids. As a matter of fact I’m starting to get the sweats thinking about it right now….Good Choice John.

    • Srb

      “Battleground” and don’t forget “To Hell and Back”. A bit different from Audie’s book but it was close to what happen to  him and his Company. Another old one “The Steel Helmet”. A outstanding “meaty” part for Gene Evens as the sargeant. 

  • harryfaversham

    Bataan… with a tough Robert Taylor and a tougher Lloyd Nolan. A story about 13 G.I.’s fighting a rear-guard action against the Japs as they were then known for you sensitive types. Sort of a mini- Thermopylae’s. Great hand to hand action with a big emotionally charged ending. I highly recommend it.

  • Palpeaches

    Tora Tora Tora, Gung Ho, Merrill’s Marauders

  • Joy

    Seven Days in May..The Young Lions, The Deerslayer

  • Intelnet33

    There are many.  Near the top are The Dirty Dozen, Bataan, They Were Expendable but I need to add Errol Flynn’s Operation Burma to this list of great suggestions by others

  • B.Shields

    The Longest Day, although, I never depicted the Canadian, or British beaches like it did the  American ones, We all won this war you know, in fact Canada and Britian had been at war since 1939, I know because my father and uncle were both army.

  • Johnaubin

    No problem here. PLATOON!

    • calhoun1

      I agree it was a good Vietnam film.  I think I am much older than you, so my likes are probable in the past and not so recent.  The film I picked fit what was happening to the whole world, and my family at the time, but I do like all war movies except Deer Huner

  • Jkelleyjr

    The Longest Day

  • Big Pauly

    Which War? all time? 12 O Clock High

    • calhoun1

      liked that one too

  • Bluscot

    They Were Expendable was incredible.
    Air Force with John Garfield
    The Longest Day
    The Devil’s Brigade
    The Man Who Would Be King
    We Were Soldiers

  • Dcmoo

    Although it was HBO and multiple hours, hands down, ‘Band of Brothers’.

    • calhoun1

      Hands down the best set of Disc  I own.  I agree it was a fabulous series

  • Pdshanny

    Johnny got his gun

  • Chefnush

    Paths of Glory, Operation Burma,We Were Soldiers Once.

  • Irish-7

    A Bridge Too Far is my favorite movie, period. As a former paratrooper, I can relate to the plight of the Airborne soldiers as they prepare for the dangerous mission(s) during Operation Market Garden. I would have difficulty comparing anything that I did in my 30 year career in the Army with the intensity if this battle, though. 

    • calhoun1

      There are so many I like, born during WWII and having 2 uncles, and my father overseas
      I really like the old movies.  I felt The Longest Day told the story of just how hare those
      landings were and the losses for all of us Americans, and us Canadian at Juno, the British at Sword and Gold Beaches

  • Bmeupdee7

    So many excellent ones mentioned.  However, 2 British films I will never forget: Sink The Bismark, and my personal favorite, The Man Who Never Was.

  • Normangillen

    The Battle of the River Plate (aka Pursuit of the Graf Spee), 1956.

  • bill

    Full Metal Jacket is my favorite war movie. i was in the miitary and it comes very close to reality. the first half of the movie was brutally real. basic training, boot camp….what ever you call it, now or then, is an experience you’ll never forget….after 44 years i still have dreams about it. . i never get tired of this movie.

    • Wayne P.

      Every Kubrick war movie is different just like his whole filmography is so varied…FMJ, Paths to Glory (anti-war to the hilt but honors the sacrificial gallantry of men under cowardly leaders), and my personal fave…Spartacus…the classic battle scenes pre-dated Braveheart with striking similarities!  SK continued the fine line of directing from Victor Fleming, Henry Hathaway and Howard Hawks as he spanned both the end of the Studio Age and the Modern Era splendidly.


    “THE GUNS OF NAVARONE”  continues to be my favorite war film of all time.  It’s a bit commercial….true….. but a great story with good effects, a great plot, and a solid cast. Maybe in part because I first saw it with my dad, a WWII vet himself, it has, in my mind, stood the test of time. I still love watching those big guns fall into the sea, to the chagrin of those nasty Germans!

    ===JIM DRISCOLL===

  • Arb953


  • Mike

    For a long time my favorite was Platoon.  Then along came Saving Private Ryan.  I believe both movies were done very well, and though based on fictional characters they both brought a higher level of accuracy in depicting each war.

  • M. Clark

    My #1s go to  both Patton and Glory. Super stellar performances from George C. Scott, Morgan Freeman, and Denzel Washington.

    • raysson

      M. Clark:

      PATTON won eight Oscars including the Best Picture of 1970 including winning Best Director,Best Screenplay and Best Actor(George C. Scott).

      GLORY was nominated for nine Oscars including Best Picture in 1989. It won the Oscar for Denzel Washington(Best Supporting Actor). It’s nominations for Best Actor(Matthew Broderick), Best Supporting Actor nominations(Morgan Freeman, Cary Elwes, and Denzel Washington,which Washington won the Oscar)


    All films mentioned herein have their strong points.  But let’s not forget Bogie, and his wartime contributions:  “CASABLANCA” — ” ACTION IN THE NORTH ATLANTIC”  —“ACROSS THE PACIFIC”, among others.


  • A Guin

    In my era there was The Longest Day, The Dirty Dozen, The Great Escape.  I also liked Run Silent, Run Deep.

    • tlynette

      Oooo! “Run Silent, Run Deep” is a great one!

  • Belle2


  • boomer145

    A Walk In The Sun


  • Inupiaq

    Lawrence of Arabia and Das Boot, with honorable mention to All Quiet on the Western Front

  • Karrtooni1

    SOOOOO many great war movies, but no mention of a more recent WWII great…Pearl Harbor !!

  • jbog1038

    This is a very tough category to list as my favorite.  I have seen and admired many actors and actresses in war movies in my time, but one film that affected me as a youngster was “Sands of Iwo Jima” with fine acting by John Wayne.  He plays a tough Marine Sergeant who proudly displays his rigorous war training to his soldiers.  Lots of action and a great World War II drama.
    “The Fighting Seabees” is a close second which starred Susan Hayward in one of her finest acting roles.  She plays a journalist who is torn between two lovers:  John Wayne and Dennis O’Keefe.  This was one of the best World War II movies to come out in the 40’s involving construction workers who fought the enemy with great valor and might. 

    • Art Chiodo

      I’m with you on this one (Sands of Iwo Jima)..I think John Wayne should have won the
      academy award for this one or at least nominated.  When the movie came to my home
      town..I must have gone to see it 3 or 4 times.          

  • Netherlandj

    Battle Cry with Van Heflin and Tab Hunter.  So good and just tears at my heart at the ending…..

    • rufnek

      I like that one too. Saw it in a theater when it first came out and before they cut out for TV play the shots of the real troops playing the bulk of Huxley’s Harlots giving the finger to the troops riding in trucks who pass them on their march back to camp. That film touched very lightly on some subjects not previously addressed in war films (watered down compared with the book on which it was based, of course, as was From Here to Eternity). Notice, too, the more realistic way in which the Navajo radiomen were depicted in that film instead of the BS of Windtalkers. (What would be the point of the Japanese learning the code from a captured Navajo when they would have to speak Navajo in order to put it in context?) Battleground was another good film from that era.

      Another good, realistic film is Between Heaven and Hell, in which one nervous officer ends up machine-gunning his own men, and another officer goes off his nut commanding an isolated frontline company that is about half screwy from trying to survive both their commander and the Japanese.

  • Kathy

    The Great Escape.  It has never grown old.  And what a cast!

  • JOHN


    • lost in the 50’s

      Thought provoking and so touching… great directing… I never miss this one when TCM is showing it.

    • Roadrunner4654

      Great story, great performances. Arguably one of the best movies ever.

  • Elizabeth J. Y.

    Oh, it’s such a long list.  In Harm’s Way is another one I love.

  • Elizabeth J. Y.

    Another fascinating film that includes, in full-color close-up, the heartbreaking firebombing of Dresden is Map of the Human Heart.  Also Empire of the Sun.  So many, impossible to choose.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sally-Stark/100000380617204 Sally Stark


  • Pbrindel

    Sink the Bismark, Private Ryan, 


      “SAVING PRIVATE RYAN” may have gotten kudos for realism, but the plot premise was really dumb….all those men risking their lives to find a soldier because of the loss of that soldier;’s brothers.  It was just one long battle.  Actually, it really had no plot. But it WAS well done, production value-wise.

      ===JIM DRISCOLL===

      • rufnek

        I think of Saving Pvt Ryan as basically 3 movies loosely strung together. The first film is the Normandy landing in which the most realistic element is the noise of battle over which you can’t hear a damn thing anyone says. I was less impressed with bits like the actor running around holding a severed plastic arm.

        The second film is of a supposedly veteran Ranger team searching for Ryan–composed of actors who obviously don’t know jack about squad tactics in combat and so get picked off one by one because of dumb mistakes no recruit would make. I never have figured out why the multilingual clerk-typist gets attached to a combat squad. What was he supposed to do–ask the French and Germans if they had seen Pvt Ryan?

        Third film is after they find Ryan and fight that Looney Tunes battle with the Germans. Unbelieveable!

        • Johny2291

          The only thing Looney Tunes were your comments about Saving Private Ryan!! Unbelievable!!!

      • Johny2291

        I’ll tell you what’s dumb; your comments about Saving Private Ryan!!

  • Oldcoon57

    The Big Red One,,,,,Enemy Below,,,,,, Enemy at the gates

  • Vcw1216

    From the battlefield to the homefront: They Were Expendable; In Harm’s Way; Bridge on the River Kwai; Mr. Roberts; Mrs. Miniver; Since You Went Away.  The characters of these films inspire me with their moments of extraordinary courage.

  • gliznorph

    Not exactly a conventional war movie, but how about “Dr. Strangelove” ? With the absurdity and the humor is the coldly clinical approach to “nuclear combat” as Maj. Kong says at one point.

  • Helenandron1

    too many to mention but one I.d love to see is HOLD BACK THE NIGHT Korean war movie starring JOHN PAYNE

  • zm73

    Hard to choose but I’d have to say The Red Badge of Courage.

  • Bridget

    “So Proudly We Hail”

  • kathleenwong

    War movies… newer,  The Dirty Dozen,  blood and guts and lots of laughs… old stuff…
    Mr. Roberts,  The Guns of Navarone, Mrs. Miniver…  From Here to Eternity. The real blow by blow movies are just too painful, it is hard to watch all that waste of humanity. 

  • Menialtr

    Not a big fan of war movies, but “The Longest Day” would probably be my favorite.

  • Seamusthe2

    1. The Cruel Sea
    2. The Light Horsemen
    3. Gallipoli

  • Hfshaffner

    Our favorite war movie is”Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo” starring the great Van Johnson in one of

     his most memorable roles.  Filmed during WWII about the first US raid on Japan in retaliation for

     the bombing of Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, the film tells the true story of Lieut. Ted Lawson,

     played by Van Johnson, who is a pilot of a B27 bomber that is assigned a secret mission, which

     turns out to be the bombing of Tokyo, and other major cities in Japan.  Lawson’s chief is

     General Jimmy Doolittle (Spencer Tracy) who charges 25 B27 pilots to go and pay back

     The Japs for their sordid deeds at Pearl Harbor, and beyond.

           Lawson’s plane successfully completes its mission, but runs into engine trouble and goes

     down in enemy territory.  The ensuing events are extremely well related, and as it turns out

     Lawson loses a leg during the period in which his outfit is rescued by Chinese patriots.

          Van Johnson should have won an Oscar for his performance which is outstanding in

    every way.  This movie is one of the greats of WWII.

  • John Bateman

    This movie “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo” is truly a memorable WWII movie in my books too. The airplane identifier in the Army Air Forces early in the war is B25, made by Republic Aviation I think on the West Coast. My dad was in the raid too, flying in the B25 called “The Ruptured Duck” as a machine gunner, port side weapon man. Being captured in China by the Japs was something he never talked about ever. I understand that now, after a stint in VietNam in the Army,First Cavalry Division, which we heard was Custer’s old 7th brought back into service, because the Army was out of division numbers in the late 1960’s. I thought Van Johnson was relly great in the movie too by the way!

  • Clpapa1

    Flag of Our Fathers

  • Black & White Critic in Color

    Saving private Ryan was good and so was Miracle at St. Anna, but hands down….Bridge on the River Kwai tops my list.   

  • rufnek

    The most realistic war movie ever is the Audie Murphy version of The Red Badge of Courage because it does the best job of depicting the fog of battle and the thin line between cowardice and heroism in combat.

    My second favorite war film, because it also depicts the confusion of battle and its effects on various people, is A Walk in the Sun.

    Another favorite–although it’s not about combat–is The Hill because of its great cast and the fact it depicts the inequalty, incompetence, and abuse of power that I often saw when I was in the military. Another good film with a great cast that also does that is From Here to Eternity, which actually was filmed at Schofeld barracks in Hawaii with real soldiers in the background. That’s apparent in scenes of troops doing close order drill–you can’t teach actors to march like that (just like the actors in Saving Pvt Ryan didn’t know a damn thing about basic cover and concealment or squad tactics that a recruit learns in the first weeks of basic training).

  • D Gordo

    “To Hell and Back” with Audie Murphy

  • Daisy

    The Longest Day and Saving Private Ryan – but there are several other good ones as well.  Just as long as it isn’t a Civil War film.  I hate the Civil War, as wars go. It isn’t a western, but It reminds me of that era, and I also hate westerns.

  • Bowdenj

    They Were Expendable, hands down!!

  • Carolyn E Naclerio

    In Harms Way

  • Lwrnphll

    My favorite War Movie is, The Longest Day, because it is so goodlier!



  • Mahricik

    A bridge Too Far and the Longest Day are tied for first place!

  • Ferrantegary

    Objective Burma , Errol Flynn

  • SisJo

    Midway…Charlton Heston

  • Tehee550

    To hell and back

  • Karenferguson2023

    Where can you find “The longest Day”?



  • Wayne P.

    Right here at MU (we wouldnt dare suggest Amazon, would we?:)

  • Rap

    we were soldiers – mel gibson

  • Ldiponzio

    my two  favorite movies are “wake island” and “retreat hell” both movie avents are true and
    in both events marines fought against ovwhelming odds.




  • frillbot

    The Blue Max for the airplanes, Saving Pvt Ryan, The Great Escape….and The Sand Pebbles.

  • Jack Fitzpatrick


  • Jim

    Blue Max, Flyboys, Saving Prt. Ryan, Band of Brothers, Battle of Britian, God is my Co-Pilot, Flying Tigers, and Braveheart

  • Stuart

    Paths of Glory (Stanley Kubrick, Kirk Douglas, Adolphe Menjou, 1957), which the elder Douglas made as price for making The Vikings for the studio.  It starts with a World War I battle scene, in which Kirk’s French regiment is decimated in a futile attack.  The enemy is never seen.  In fact, the enemy (aside from the French army) never appears in the entire film.  

  • Bruno


  • Mweiner579

    Battle of the Bulge

  • Jana

    Dr. Strangelove.  I was never much of a fan of George C Scott until I saw Dr. Strangelove.  In spoofing his own previous big bad general movies, he showed that he had more  depth than it seemed.


      “THE HOSPITAL”—–and you should not miss:   “THE CHANGELING” (in which he appears with his then wife…) >>>>>>>>>>>JD

  • Imhotep


  • Ron H.

    The Patriot; the Revolutionary War

    Glory; the Civil War

    Gallipoli, Paths of Glory; WWI

    Bridge on the River Kwai, From Here to Eternity, The Longest Day, Inglorious Basterds; WWII

    Apocalypse Now, Full Metal Jacket; Vietnam

    Hurt Locker; Iraq

  • Jgeyer5007

    In Harm’s Way

  • Brian Mc

    The Great Rid

  • Bruce

    Sands of Iwo Jima

    • Lcole007

      OoooRah !!!

  • JLK

    How about Tora! Tora! Tora!

  • Jlordsith

    “From Here to Enternity”

  • Yeahmaybe24

    The Great Escape

  • gfscds41


  • Barryfleckmann

    “They Were Expendable” (1945)  Robert Montgomery, John Wayne and Donna Reed.  Donna Reed never looked so beautiful!!

    • Wayne P.

      Youre right!  And, she was very pretty too in “Green Dolphin Street” 1947, but its not a war pic.

  • Dbevel74

    In Harm’s Way & Operation Pacific; the Duke & Patricia Neal! Doesn’t get any better.

  • Madgrunt_crazy

    The best war movie made in the 1940’s, A Walk in the Sun, 1950’s, The Steel Helmet, Men in War, 1960/s, Lawrence of Arabia, 1970’s The Wind and the Lion, 1980’s, Platoon, 1990’s, When Trumpets Fade, 2000s Band of Brothers and Pacific [both on cable].

  • Hangarbud

    Bridge on the River Kwai-Alec Guiness, William Holden

  • Pioneerbobby

    Blackhawk Down – Eric Bana, Sam Shepard

  • Zacken

    War and Rememberance

  • ravenwolfmoon


  • Rebneil1

    They were expendable or A Bridge Too Far

  • Raymond Stein

    I’ve seen many great war films but I still like “The Longest Day” the best.

  • The Blue Carbuncle

    Midway – “I want that 4th carrier!”

  • Meggyx13


  • Titanic

    Great Escape Eastwood, In Harm’s Way (John Wayne) Tora, Tora, Tora, & Best realistic Saving Private Ryan…..too many US dead in FRANCE!

    • Karen Kearns

      Sorry Titanic, Eastwood was not in the Great Escape.  Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, and James Coburn were the major players.

  • Karen Kearns

    Twelve O’Clock High, Green Berets, To Hell and Back, Operation Petticoat, Wackiest Ship in the Army

  • Grantfwalker

    Hell is for Heroes. 1962. Steve Mcqueen.
    Four horsemen of the Apocalype. 1962. Glen Ford
    The Young lions. 1958. Marlon Brando

  • Jade_graff

    The DeerHunter

  • Jade

    Also great   ‘SCHLINDLER’S  LIST’

  • Tango0

    “A Walk In The Sun” and “Guadalcanal Diary”

  • Murphy

    Battlegroung  & Wing and a Prayer

  • Sydneycohen123

    one of the best war films was BATTLEGROUND with VAN LOHNSON

  • Speedy

    “We’re gonna cut out their guts, and use them to grease our tank treads.”  Patton, of course.



  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZRYBGADMDQ3GNXOTAXRIZ7KY34 Deborah

    My Favorite war movie is In Harm’s Way starring John Wayne.

  • Filmax

    BATAAN!  Great casting that includes Robert Taylor, Lloyd Nolan, Thomas Mitchell, George Murphy,
    Robert Walker, Desi Arnez, Barry Nelson, Ken Spencer, Lee Bowman, Philip Terry, and others. Sort of  AND THEN THERE WERE NONE story, but done so well as a war drama (based on the real deal) with Tay Garnett directing. 

  • duncanjay01

    I believe that the best war movie was Platoon why because it featured some of the greatest actors doing what they do best!!  It was a time before Charlie Sheen became a huge hollywood household
    name plus it was one of the first acting jobs for Johnny Depp

  • Law


  • Law

    A British team is sent to cross occupied Greek territory and destroy the massive German gun emplacement that commands a key sea channel

  • Ptigor

    Stellar cast and great performances.  It’s a movie I watch every time it’s on. 

  • Pkf1228

    Schindler’s List

  • Jfkat

    Great Escape, Stalag 17, Good Morning Viet Nam

  • Shoedog

    In Harms Way, John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Burgess Meredith, and many more.

  • Feather

    I guess I’m old school (and keeping it to WWII films):

    1. They Were Expendable — John Ford’s epic story of an American PT boat squadron in the Phillippines during the first months of the war. A story of sacrifice, not triumph. Great performances by Robert Montgomery and John Wayne … and a gut-wrentching finale.

    2. The Story of GI Joe — An episodic, realistic re-imagining of Ernie Pyle’s historic coverage of the war in North Africa and Italy. Burgess Meredith is Oscar-worthy as Pyle, but rh real revelation is a young acter named Robert Mitchum, playing “The Lieutenant”.


    3. Saving Private Ryan — You know this one … the opening 20 minutes on Omaha Beach are the most intense, realistic depiction of combat ever captured on the screen.

    4. Battleground — Excellent account of the siege of Bastogne as seen from the perspective of one squad of the 101st. Great ensemble cast.

    5. 12 O’Clock High — The war in the air — told from the POV of of a general in commanf of a B-17 wing and the pressures of command he faces.

    6. Hail the Conquering Hero — Okay, a homefront movie that has the courage to lamphon hero worship (and mother worship!) in the middle of the war. Hilarious Preston Sturges story about the son of a Medal of Honor winner (Eddie Bracken) who is rejected by the Army for hay fever. He gets a little help from a squad of Marines, headed by William Demerest.

    7. Stalag 17 — The best POW movie ever made — a wonderful combination of comedy and drama, while an honest depection of the men behind bars (and the Germans are not depicted as buffoons or idiots as in so many such films).

    8. Sink the Bismark — The British made a long series of straightforward,, honest (MUCH more honest than Hollywood) WWII movies. This is my favorite, but Dam Busters, The Search for the Graf Spee could be included just as easily.

    9. Why We Fight — Frank Capra’s brilliant series of propagada films were made to indoctrinate soliders in the service as to why were in the war. Still nothing better to get the American POV in 1941-45. It’s propaganda, yes — but the best propaganda ever made.

    10. The Big Red One — Sam Fuller’s very personal account of one infantry squad in the First Infantry Division from North Africa to Sicily to France. It’s a journey Fuller himself made. A great young cast, led by grizzled sergeant Lee Marvin.

    I admiire about a 100 other films from Longest Day, 30 Seconds over Tokyo, Memphis Belle (the 1944 documentary), Tora, Tora, Tora, A Walk in the Sun, The Gallant Hours, Tuskegee Airmen (much better gthan the recent Red Tails), Guadalcanal Diary … ….

  • Wayne Hutchens

    the movie took me back to the story’s of my Father making me sad mad crying pissed and so on that’s what a good movie does. Took me back to 68 I didn’t like that so much but I loved it on the same card, the guy’s that were there will understand the rest don’t mean crap. Oh for all of you the skeeters in Nam were the same as Indiana no bigger just hated them bitting me I guess !!!  Saving Private Ryan I have it in DVD have seen it allot !!!!  have lived it once will never go back to war again NEVER…

  • Carroll

    The Dirty Dozen and Saving Private Ryan. Couldn’t choose between them

  • Sally

    The Longest Day

  • teddy

    Saving Private Ryan followed by The Dirty Dozen & Kellys Heroes.

  • Logger

    Tora! Tora! Tora!, Midway, Saving Private Ryan, and Band of Brothers

  • Jer

    “The Sands of Iwo Jima”,moments of intensity, and helplesness. 12’oclock High. My picks for war pics.

  • Pat

    The Winds of War

  • edro3111

    Stalag 17 and later The Great Escape

  • Christiana19119

    Zulu and Zulu Dawn

  • Christiana19119

    I don’t think that Saving Private Ryan is a war movie — it’s an anti-war movie.  I thought Tom Hanks’ character was a sanctimonious hypocrite.  All I liked aboutthe movie was Matt Damon’s character, who did not ask to be saved and did not accept the offer to be.

    Also,  I don’t categorize either Stalag 17 or The Great Escape as war movies, though I thought they were both great (Stalag 17 was one of Wm Holden’s best), but they were about plans to escape a prison camp — not war.

    • Tleek

      war movie and anti-war movies are still war movies.  And any movie that takes place during the war with the war in the background is a war movie.  Stalag 17 and the Great Escape are considered war movies.

    • Johny2291

      I often wonder why people get on line to talk about a subject that they obviously don’t know anything about. This is such a case. No rational thinking person would make such comments. All you have succeded in doing, is to embarass yourself and diminish three great WAR movies. Shame on you!

    • Rick A

       Never took the time to watch ‘SAVING PRIVATE RYAN’ could be I’m not a fan of Spielbergs !

      As for ‘Stalag 17′ & ‘The Great Escape’, the premise was a War Theme.
      Well crafted entertainment. Can watch the latter any time.

      As for Anti-War Movies, I guess you could put my all time favorite in that list, being the BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI. who can for forget climpton’s  final words : “MADNESS, MADNESS”

  • Katmacadoo

    Bridge on the River Qwai

  • Rick A


  • Sharon

    Stalag 17    with William Holden

  • Wb2ljt

    Battleground with James Whitmore , Van Johnson etc.

  • Rick A

    Yeah, Battleground was a well made MGM outing. Interesting it was all shot on a Giant sound Stage specially iced up @ MGM.

    • KenR

      Wb2ljt  /  RA  / and Feather……Not big on a lot of War movies, but looks like I may have to take a look at this one  (one of Dory’s attempts to add dramatic grunt to MGM’s content of the day)

      Yep, ‘River Kwai’ was a stylish production, big in all depts, especially character study.

      Feathers titles, are interesting and I like his (her?) comments about honesty!

      As for an off-beat quality American war based fim, with a slant towards telling it like it is,
      “The Outsider” is difficult to beat. This is also probably Tony Curtis at his acting best.
       Sadly it seems no-one has seen this one of a kind classic! — perhaps serious character studies
      are wasted on commercial audiences — are audiences unwilling to feel, and think, about another humans honest reaction to the personal impact of war?  Nothing glossy about this one.
      Where is it now? and who bothered to look at it….? 

  • thelaw2047

    Pork Chop Hill 

  • Jan

    The Green Berets (John Wayne)

    • Wayne Hutchens

      Love John Wayne But; he new very little of Nam most know very lillle even for us that were there. Setting in the American Legion 1969 talking with guys of WWII and the Vietnam was still going strong them saying I wouldn’t want to be there, I could seee it in there faces they didn’t want no part of it. I was where I seen to much, body bag duty for getting drunk 2wks of it, oh I wasn’t drunk nor was I late getting back to the base. To many bad movies on all the wars I look at them over and over anyway wishing it never happened to any of us. Green Berets I liked it old blood and guts John did his part for the war putting it out there for the draft dodging SOB’s and the pot heads that are still with us today. God Forgive them maybe some day we will too.    Wayne…

  • Geo

    Up Periscope, Merrills mauraders, Darby’s Rangers

  • Ronster666

    Kelly’s Heroes – funny moments, but shows the stupidity of war.

  • Tom

    Objective Burma 1945 Errol Flynn, the best war movie made during the war

  • Susan Green

    Platoon.  Most genuine of what it was really like.  A good didication to all who died.  I was growing up during the nam war and will always remember.

  • Buck

    Immortal Sargent and Imitation General

  • http://www.facebook.com/max.fraley Max Duane Fraley

    Bridge On The River Kwai with Bataan a close second.

  • Joeccosta

    Patton with George C. Scott playing George C. Patton (actually, the general’s middle initial was S., but the point is of course that Scott’s performance was definitive).  And, Paths of Glory.

  • TmtJo8

    SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, and Kelly’s Heroes

  • TmtJo8

    Das Boot the original 9 hour mini series, and also Holocaust truly horrifying watching the duel conflict of both the Dorf and weiss families, as one tries to avoid extinction.

  • rsc

    dirty dozen and kelly’s heros

  • Marsbonfire2020

    brothers in arms

  • Loftev1

    sailor of the king/with Avery young Jeffery Hunter and Michael Rennie

  • El Vato

    A Bridge too Far, Kelly’s Heros, All Quiet on the Western Front, Generation Kill & Band of Brothers

  • JohnM43

    The Longest Day — this is the most compelling war movie I have seen.  The cast is a who’s who of the movie industry at the time.  I have seen it numerous times and it never disappoints.

  • tunaman62

    saving private ryan , objective burma , run silent run deep , kelly’s heros, platoon

  • Gary

    Where Eagles Dare
    Great movie Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood

  • Charles Oliver

    The Old Gringo starring Gregory Peck.  Is it available?  Charles Oliver

    • Webbpierce

      I agree.  It shows a country in civil war and everyone lives for the moment.  Real life

  • Dave B

    13 Rue Madelene with Cagney and Conte, The Great Escape, and Stalag 17.

  • Beckyhiggins1


  • Robert7561

    The most realistic war movie is Saving private Ryan, another good one is The longest day, and old and goodie is alls quiet on the western front, gunga din, and beau geste.

  • sweetmolly

    The Battle of Britain.

  • Jared DiGi or(DiGirolamo)

    Got to go with 2  apcolypse now and no  a 2 tossup between we were soldiers and saving private ryan so those 2 will end in a tie for second but no 1 is my choice

  • Pcdemuth

    I liked Galipoli

  • Mikeamato2002

    I enjoy ATTACK  Starring Jack Palance

  • corky

    The Longest day.

  • Toby

    COMMAND DECISION  with CLARK GABLE very little WAR but alot a big Decision!!!!

  • Lynnediing

    By a mile my favorite is Doctor Strangelove or How I Learn to Stop Worrying and Start Loving the Bomb. I think every head of state and every military command should be forced to watch it a minimum of once a year.

  • Ann

    Purple Heart….great WWII film with Dana Andrews and Farley Granger

  • Lynnediting

    Have to add my appreciation of The Longest Day. Also, Glory mainly because of it’s portrayal of an historical event that had been ignored and nearly wiped out of the historical record.

  • Daffna55

    The Longest Day. Also Mrs. Miniver, from the civilian side.

  • Johny2291

    Ojective Burma,Merrill’s Mauraders,Sink the Bismarck,The Cruel Sea, Battleground and Go For Broke all from WW ll. Pork Chop Hill and Fixed Bayonets!, from the Korean War. If we include all wars over time I would include:  from the Civil War, Gettysburg, a truly great war movie.( I forgot WW l:Sergeant York and a made for tv movie, The Lost Battalion.) As we reflect, let us remember all the soldiers who fought and died in all the conflicts to keep us free.

  • Jacobite2

    It’s only technically a war movie, but the most realistic portrayal of life in the military (war or peace) is “The Hill’. I can’t always watch it all the way through. “From Here to Eternity” very honorable mention.

  • RM1 Doc

    A Bridge Too Far!

  • Boomboomranger

    i have many favorites to add to the list so i will only pick three. these are the ones i watch the most on dvd 12 o’clock high,battle ground, and sink the bismark. there is another that is so good it is disturbing the name escapes me but broderick crawford is memerable in it  and frank gorshin of all people the one i like but is not yet on dvd i don’t think, is a piece of wartime propoganda about the royal canadian navy and stars randolph scott and one of the adult  mousekateers  jimmy dodd it is korvette k-225. command decision is also on my short  list.

  • Gus

    Band of Brothers above all. It has to be one of the most realistic war films I have ever seen.
    Also high on my list The Longest Day, The Great Escape, 12 o’clock High, The Way to the Stars,  One of our aircraft is missing, Dambusters, A Bridge too far, Albert RN, Task Force (Gary Cooper), Mrs Miniver, Bridge on the River Kwai, Das Boot, Battle of Britain and probably the best anti war movie Paths of Glory.

    • Xalf18

      You overlooked “All Quiet on the Western Front” w/ Lew Ayres as far as anti-war war movies are concerned.  In my opinion, “All Quiet” was–in my opinion– the most devastating anti-war movie ever made.  It resulted in Lew Ayres (the star) becoming a Conscientious Objector in WWII.  Ayres also objected to the film’s  re-release in 1951 or 1952, when the Korean War was at its height,  because it would demoralize Americans.   

      “Paths of Glory” was actually based on true incidents prevalent in the French army where decimation (selecting every 10th man) was common when a group of soldiers retreated and were accused of cowardice–as the case in “Paths of Glory”, with the soldiers selected court-martialed for cowardice and desertion in the face of the enemy, convicted and then shot by a firing squad.  It was a coverup by the officers who thought nothing of sacrificing lives for obtaining an objective and glory.  As the poem from which the title is taken: “The Paths of Glory lead but to the grave”. 

       I do not think the anti-war message was very strong in “Paths of Glory”–it basically identified the stupidity and deviseness of the French general staff–especially as portrayed by Adolphe Menjou-as well as the cowardice of the French officers (Wayne Morris in particular as the cowardly lieutenant–who appoints Ralph Meeker as his squad’s selection for execution).  The casting of actors in the roles played was quite unusual.  The actor portraying the priest has usually been portrayed in films as a heavy.

  • Henrycaron525

    Objective Burma. One of the all time best war flicks from the Golden age of Hollywood. Excellent cast and direction. This movie dose not flinch in its depiction of the horrors of war in the Pacific. This is a must see film. It gets my highest recommendation.

  • KenR

    Remembering a rarity: “The Four Days of Naples”  a near forgtten Gem.
    All fact, real people enact real situations where it all happend, very good score.
     Well worth a look.

  • Madelyne


    • betty

      It’s the best!

    • Babsbnz

      Yes love that movie!!

  • Willgideos

    John Sturges classic The Great Escape…. McQueen, Bronson, Garner, Coburn….. what a cast…

  • Sreems

    First war movie I ever saw in the theater as a kid was Away All Boats !! Jeff Chandler and George Nader starred. Chandler being killed while defending his ship stuck with me…

  • patr

    the bridge on the river kwai. lets argue about no. two pat

  • Tstipeti

    The Guns of Navarone.

  • Ian

    12 o’clock high – aviation
    The Cruel Sea – naval
    Pork Chop Hill – army

  • KP1_22031


  • Xalf18

    1- “All Quiet on the Western Front”-w/ Lew Ayres, Louis Wollheim.  This has to be the most devastating anti-war, war movie ever made.  The camera shots of the attacks and counterattacks in no-man’s land are unbelievable in their scope. 

    2- “Dr. Wassel” w/Gary Cooper

    3-“Baatan” w/Robert Taylor, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Nolan, Robert Walker.  A great propaganda film, showing how sneaky the Japanese were–feigning death and then bayonetting you in the back.

    4- “Pride of the Marines” w/ John Garfield

    5- “Saving Private Ryan”

    6- “Wake Island” w/Brian Donlevy

    7- “Beau Geste” w/Gary Cooper, Robert Preston, Ray Milland, Brian Donlevy (French Foreign Legion)

    8- “Gunga Din”-w/ Cary Grant, Sam Jaffe (as Din),

    9- “The Four Feathers” w/John Clement, Ralph Richardson.

    10- “A Walk in The Sun”

    11- “Zulu”


    13- “Action in the North Atlantic”

    14-“The Purple Heart”-w/Dana Andrews, Farley Granger, Sam Levene

    15-“Dragonseed”-w/Katherine Hepburn, Walter Houston, Turhan Bey (Japanese occupation of China)

    • jonsilver

      I began to say they don’t make ’em like Gunga Din any more, but then I thought of The Man Who Would Be King…of course, it’s now 39 years since that one…

  • Suz

    Paths of Glory

  • Xalf18

    Add:  “13 Rue Madeline”–it shows how a slipup in using utensils for eating can trap a spy.
              “The Great Escape”-also a slipup in maintaining a character of a particular nationality can
                                               trap you.

  • W.D.(Bill) Southworth

    Task Force with Gary Cooper & Walter Brennan!

  • EXMP

    For sheer character and backround intensity:

    Band Of Brothers
    Hell Is For Heroes
    Siege Of Fire Base Gloria
    The Enemy Below
    Das Boat
    The Blue Max
    The War Lover
    Das Boat
    The Dogs Of War

  • DBP2525


  • Kelvin Hodges

    “Winds Of War” HBO Mini Series WWII Special  and of course for the Vietnam war “We Were Soldiers” it touched on what it was like for the recruits in the “60’s starting in the hell hole “La Drang Valley”. It shows the cost of keeping communism at bay and the price and the real meaning of “Some Gave All”.

  • Poppopfaber

    Ted Turners 2 Civil War movies Gods & Generals & Gettysburg. However, it was a shame that he did not keep his word & make the 3rd movie of the trilogy.

    • Chevya2k

       Yes…”The Last Measure”…that was the name of that flic. :( I heard that  it just turned out to be too much money so TT let it die. Sad.

  • Scottramfan

     The 300 Spartans with Richard Egan.

    • Wayne P.

      Spartacus by the ever excellent Stanley Kubrick would be another good pick along those lines…and, of course, moving up in history about 1500 years, how about Braveheart?

  • Torsan0531

    Zulu, would be my choice

  • Dilen2

    The Guns of Navarone

  • Lew


  • Frogsitter

    My favorite wr movie is The Fighting Seabees with John Wayne.

  • Lafect

    Lots of terrific movies, but nobody mentioned Memphis Belle.

  • Xalf18

    Good choice although John Lithgow hurt the movie–he was very distracting.  What was most distrubing was when the German fightter plane shot down by the Memphis Belle’s tail gunner crashes into the B-17 and splits it in half, hearing the lone voice in the doomed bomber “I don’t want to die”–most haunting.

  • Xalf18

    What about “Glory”?  “The Story of Dr. Wassel” (Gary Cooper), “The Patriot”, “The Crusades” ?

  • Lawolfman

    Favorite war movie-    EMPIRE OF THE SUN    Steven Spielberg

  • Eccolima54

    My favourite war movie is CASABLANCA (Bogart and Bergman).

    Please bear in mind that this movie was made during the second world war (1941-1942) at a time when it was not known that Germany would loose the war. France had been defeated by Germany in only 23 days and America had not yet entered the war.

    The movie plot therefore takes place “real time” compared to its production. That makes this particular movie very, very special. 

    • sandyclarke47@yahoo.com

      casablanca and bridge on river kawai

  • Chevya2k

    My personal favorite? WOW!! So many— off the top of my head I’d have to say “Platoon”

  • Brbrkirchhoff

    Force 10 From Navarrone

  • Saddletramp

    In Harms way.. John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Burgess Meridith… rulz the seas!!

  • chrijeff

    I don’t know if it counts as a “movie,” but–the miniseries “Rough Riders,” hands down!  (I’ve always loved Teddy Roosevelt, anyway.)

  • Briandelliott

    Full Metal Jacket and the Green Berets top my list

  • duke1029

    “Pro-War: and “Anti-War” films are essentially two different genres. Stanley Kubrick’s “Paths of Glory” is the best comment on the insanity of war ever made. Ostensibly about the French army during World War I, it really is a thinly-disguised, trenchant criticism of American involvement in the recently completed Korean War.  It surpasses some truly outstanding anti-war films like “The Big Parade,” “All Quiet on the Western Front,” “Platoon,” and “The Deer Hunter.” The most stirring statement on wartime patriotsm and the fulfillment of duty is John Ford’s “They Were Expendable,” featuring some of the greatest outdoor black and white photographyfrom the Golden Age of Hollywood.. Both Ford and star Robert Montgomey had war experience in the South Pacific, and the film celebrates the theme of victory in defeat during the early dark days of the War without undue sentimentality or jingoistic flag-waving. Unfortunately by the time it was completed, the War was over and the public had tired of films about it. Both films are masterpieces.

  • Charles Oliver

    Captain Corelli’s Mandolin was one of the best war movies and best performance of Nicolas Cage in his entire movie career

  • Barbaracottle

    The Best Years Of Our Lives

  • Inupiaq

    For me, _Das Boot_ and _All Quiet on the Western Front_ lead a brilliant pack. If someone objects that these war movies are *really* antiwar movies, well, all right. _Patton_ and _Lawrence of Arabia_, then–do those qualify as “war” movies? 

  • Almerkel1

    fighten CBs

  • Ken Bauer

    Stalag 17

  • Espynascar

    Run Silent Run Deep   The best submarine movie ever made.

    Crimson Tide, U571 right there as well.

    • TmtJo8

      I like ‘Das Boot ‘ the eight hour mini seriers, opperatin petticoat, saving private ryan & kelly’s heroes with battle of the bulge, also

  • Nicely

    Love WWII movies a lot so it’s hard to choose, but I’m going with They Were Expendable.

  • Pintog

    Run Silent, Run Deep

  • marian Cullen

    Best Years Of Our Lives is my favorite war movie even though the story deals with post war effects on various peoples lives. War is limitted in its duration, but post war effects never leave, because fighting in a war leaves an indelible mark on each person who either willingly or non willingly participated in it. There is nothing funny about real wars, even though veryone appreciates the comic relief we can experience by watching films like Mash. But those are illusions, just like Dr. Shows.and cop shows, law and order type shows. They really dont show what it is really like to be a cop whose very life is in danger 24/7, or a patient who is actually really sick and what it is like to take care of him or her. Perry Mason may have been compelling to watch, but no one suddenly blurts out ” I did it Ididit” in a real court of law. Yours truly, MarianCullen R.N.

    • KenR

      Certainly one of the greats mARIAN, and agree with your philosopy ~ I supose its a bit like going for ‘reality’ with over the top sex and violence in Movies, TV, etc….. there can be no ‘reality’ in an ‘artificial’ interpretation of reality. Only a documentary can give this, and too many of these are ‘set-up’ nowdays!. Ends up being just a bunch of folk taking themselves too seriously (all too often at societies expence) 


    How about Dr. Strangelove starring Peter Sellers?, Strategic Air Command, The Bridge Over The RiverKwai ( not sure of the spelling but you know which one I mean, starring Sir Alec Guiness. How about the one abou WWI starring a young Helen Hayes as the nurse opposite Gary Cooper, ( name of film escapes me right now. The very controversial film Birth Of a Nation which was about a very different type of war that is still raging. Tora Tora Tora, Mogambo, The African Queen which of course was set in World War II, From Here to Eternity, who can forget Frank sinatra, earnest Borgnine, Burt lancaster deborah Kerrs,and Donna Reed and Montgomery Clifts performances in that star sudded classic, Oh there are so many Great War movies about a subject that is anything but great. War is Hell as Truman stated. There is nothing great about real war, and yet since it does, sadly ocur on a rather frequent basis, we need to deal with it somehow and so we romanticise it in films and musicals, like South Pacific, How about the highly and very endearing romanicization of the civil war- Gone with the Wind. its one of millions of peoples particularly women’s favorite films and novels of all tim, yet there certainly was nothinng romantic about the huge deathtoll and utter destruction of all the major cities of the South It seems to be a quirk of human nature that so few people are interested in watching those hard core documentary fils about the war especially those that were filmed in Nazi Germany where you literally see the wasted skeletons of the men and women who were coraled in concentration camps, ultimately put to death and saw the dump trucks just dumping hundreds upon hundreds of real human corpse into ditches, as though they were nothing more than heaps of untreated garbage. No very few people want to watch hose. They don’t want to see the real thing because it is horrific, and frightening to see what its all really like. Far easier to sit and be entertained, cy cry a little or laugh alot or be riveted to a completely fictional tale based upon nothing more than a persons   imagination, history classes taken years ago and good writing skills who were lucky enough to get a publisher to read their manuscript.

  • Idond

    We were soldiers

  • a1walter2

    Where Eagles Dare.  Burton at his best.  Eastwood helped.

  • nick

    Easy, three films by Sam Fuller. His two Korean war films with Gene Evans, a man who I think should have become a star. Finally from 1980 Fullers The Big Red One, Lee Marvins really last great film. 

  • Pitamom

    Two stand out alone–A Bridge Too Far (WWII) and We Were Soldiers (Vietnam).  Although my husband was impressed with the scenes of the Normandy Invasion in Saving Private Ryan.  My husband was a highly decorated Vietnam Era Special Forces Vet (now in Arlington Cemetery) and avid history buff.    A Bridge Too Far, 1977, was about the disasterous Operation Market Garden intended to quickly end the war, but faulty intelligence, politics, weather…turned everything into “worms”. Cast includes Sean Connery, Sir Laurence Olivier, Anthony Hopkins, Robert Redford, Michael Caine, Elliott Gould, Edward Fox, James Caan, Gene Hackman, and many more familiar actors as well as Liv Ullmann.    We Were Soldiers ( based on Moore’s book; We Were Soldiers Once…and Young) is about the Airborne soldiers of Fort Bragg and one of the first big battles in Vietnam.  Mel Gibson played Lt. Col. Hal Moore in 1965 as he commanded the air calvalry.  (He was also the first AND last big Officer to be on a battlefield during the war in Vietnam–while actually fighting!)  My husband was impressed with the way the fighting was handled and the men realistically portrayed.  Cast includes Mel Gibson, Sam Elliott, Chris Klein, Keri Russell, Madeleine Stowe, Greg Kinnear, Barry Pepper…
       For the rationale of only one family member in a war zone at a time; watch a very old movie called The Fighting Sullivans.

  • Sheila1111

    War movies are often quite intense. Though I’m glad to have watched many of the greats, the emotional hangover is too strong to watch repeatedly. Therefore, my favorites are “Kelly’s Heros”, “The Great Escape”, & “The Bridge over the River Kwai”.

  • LvsGllyn9

    “saving Private Ryan”…but I’m a big Tom Hanks fan…Dirty Dozen was another good one…so was Kelly’s Hero’s

  • Thomas

    Objective Burma, probably the best intense cat and mouse action war film made during
    WWII,  a classic Errol Flynn character.

  • LvsGllyn9

    to Pitamom…saw “Private Ryan” in the theater when it came out, went with a friend of mine who was born in Ireland….when we left the theater, she said, “Imagine that opening scene really happening?” I wasn’t sure whether to smack her or fall down in shock….I thank your husband for his service, & his life..& yes, not a big Mel Gibson fan, but “we were soldiers” was very good..

  • LvsGllyn9

    Oh..saw the fighting Sullivans, Damon’s Character in “Private Ryan” was loosly based on that….

    • Rustle Crow

      Actually SPR was based on a real incident, the Niland brothers. It is mentioned in the “Band of Brothers” book. One brother later turned up alive as a POW.

  • Wilmah

    Dr. zhivago was by far my favorite war movie. Saving Private was very dark.

  • Stitchingkat

    On Wings of Eagles with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara!

  • Bryce_adams

    What I consider to be one of the finest war films of all-time is “The Great Escape.”  The movie is based upon true events that transpired in a Allied POW camp. Coupled with the superb actors in the film, shooting on the movie began before the script was even finished.

  • Bowdenj

    They Were Expendable

  • Margie

    Bridge on the River Kwai
    They Were Expendable

  • Secretagentman1952

    The Great Escape

  • Mwr5

    Guns of Navaronne, Sands of Iwo JIma, Saving Private Ryan, Stalag 17, Sahara. So many great old movies that were great.

  • Niceforo

    Too many good war movies. I’d choose Gary Cooper in Sergeant York. 

  • Jpaf

    The Big Parade (1924)

  • Ex-Submariner 663

    In Harm’s Way with John Wayne, Patricia Neal, and Kirk Douglas. Directed by Otto Preminger.

  • Fred Hill


  • Ric0153


  • Oracle52

    The Sands of Iwo Jima…how can you beat John Wayne?

  • Lettydahlin

    Purple Heart

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NE33HYIKGPZXXNN7BUBOZHLVGA TellTruth

    ‘The Young Lions’ comes to mind. ‘A Film Unfinished’ made by Nazi’s. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/shannon.bloom.75 Shannon Bloom

    All Quiet on the Western Front

  • http://www.facebook.com/shannon.bloom.75 Shannon Bloom

    Occurance at Owl Creek & Red badge of Courage

    • Wayne P.

      The former sure was a good episode by Rod Serling on the Twilight Zone in 1962.

  • Sal

    What did you do in the war daddy

  • Doublnot

    The Gallant Hours – James Cagney
    Twelve O’Clock High – Gregory Peck

  • bonaparte3


  • Randallhorn000

    They Were Expendable- pure poetry from Ford.
    The Story of G.I. Joe- It put Mitchum on the map- B. Meredith as Ernie Pyle.
    Stalag 17- Holden unforgettable- Wilder’s classic.
    Guns of Navarone- Intelligent, exciting, classic. Great cast, great direction.
    Patton- Yes, pro-war but unforgettable.
    Bridge on the River Kwai- Lean, McGuiness, Holden, Hawkins, Hayakawa. WOW! Epic.
    The Great Escape- Look for it on a revival theater’s big screen. A must.
    Sahara- Bogart  & his tank in the desert. Great cast! Exciting!
    Das Boot- Once seen, never forgotten.
    The Longest Day- All-star excitement Zanuck style. A must.
    Apocalypse Now- Both versions.
    49th Parallel- The Criterion issue. Exciting, great story.
    So many great War films! Least I forget: Air Force, Dirty Dozen, Battleground, Paths of Glory, Full Metal Jacket, Saving Private Ryan, Twelve O’Clock High, The Train, King Rat, Five Graves to Cairo,
    The Hill, A Very Long Engagement, Casablanca, Three Kings, Courage Under Fire, Run Silent, Run Deep, Heaven Knows Mr. Allison, Sink the Bismark, Glory, Mister Roberts, Deer Hunter, Diary of Ann Frank. Thanks for reading!

    • Mikejaral

      you nailed the good ones, battleground is one of my all time favorites, but so are all the rest you listed.

    • tlynette

      Got a nice list there! Stalag 17, Glory, Mister Roberts, Best Years of Our Lives, Tora! Tora! Tora! … love all these!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sally-Stark/100000380617204 Sally Stark


  • Lawolfman

    Nobody else picked EMPIRE OF THE SUN as favorite war movie.  You are all invited to my house to see it.  I think you’ll change your minds. 

  • Brian Shopsky

    most movies about ww2

  • Tropshirt69

    sands of iwo jima,stalag 17 12’o clock high, patton the great escape run silent run deep….firebase gloria

  • LittleBud42

    My favorite war movie of all time is “Guns of Navarone, followed by Stalag 17, Sergeant York; whereas my favorite heart thumper movie is “Kings Roll”

  • Dsucharski

    I would say it’s between “Bridge on the River Kwai” and “The Great Escape”.

  • Erny325

    A Bridge Too Far & Gettysburg – both (for movies) historically very accurate.  As was Tora, Tora, Tora.  Saving Private Ryan, sad to say, is only accurate for the beach landing – after that it becomes pure Hollywood fiction…

  • Belleamie5953

    my favorites are Attack, with Jack Palance and The enemy below, with robert Mitchum. Heaven knows, Mr allison. and Silent night.

  • Cougar

    Brass Target, The Beast ,What Prize Glory ,Immation General, King of Hearts,and the rest that are mentioned already.

  • Cougar

    Brass Target, The Beast ,What Prize Glory ,Immation General, King of Hearts,and the rest that are mentioned already.

  • Cougar

    Brass Target, The Beast ,What Prize Glory ,Immation General, King of Hearts,and the rest that are mentioned already.

  • Cougar

    Brass Target, The Beast ,What Prize Glory ,Immation General, King of Hearts,and the rest that are mentioned already.

  • Cougar

    Brass Target, The Beast ,What Prize Glory ,Immation General, King of Hearts,and the rest that are mentioned already.

  • Cougar

    Brass Target, The Beast ,What Prize Glory ,Immation General, King of Hearts,and the rest that are mentioned already.

  • Cougar

    Brass Target, The Beast ,What Prize Glory ,Immation General, King of Hearts,and the rest that are mentioned already.

  • Cougar

    Brass Target, The Beast ,What Prize Glory ,Immation General, King of Hearts,and the rest that are mentioned already.

  • Cougar

    Brass Target, The Beast ,What Prize Glory ,Immation General, King of Hearts,and the rest that are mentioned already.

  • Cougar

    Brass Target, The Beast ,What Prize Glory ,Immation General, King of Hearts,and the rest that are mentioned already.

  • Cougar

    Brass Target, The Beast ,What Prize Glory ,Immation General, King of Hearts,and the rest that are mentioned already.

  • Eric Nilsson

    Decision Before Dawn.  I first saw this on Saturday Night at the Movies on NBC in 1961 or 1962.  I later found out that my Dad’s division, the 44th Infantry Division, took Mannheim (the locale of the movie).  I’ve also read the book on which the movie is based (“Call It Treason”) and the movie fairly closely follows the book.  Granted, the movie is about the spy operation, but my Dad told me that the 44th’s artillery general, General Beiderlinden, ordered a 15-minute barrage on the city to force a surrender; the surrender was started, but SS zealots scotched the first surrender and caused an unnecessary delay before the Americans took the city.

  • Eric Nilsson

    Decision Before Dawn.  I first saw this on Saturday Night at the Movies on NBC in 1961 or 1962.  I later found out that my Dad’s division, the 44th Infantry Division, took Mannheim (the locale of the movie).  I’ve also read the book on which the movie is based (“Call It Treason”) and the movie fairly closely follows the book.  Granted, the movie is about the spy operation, but my Dad told me that the 44th’s artillery general, General Beiderlinden, ordered a 15-minute barrage on the city to force a surrender; the surrender was started, but SS zealots scotched the first surrender and caused an unnecessary delay before the Americans took the city.

  • Eric Nilsson

    Decision Before Dawn.  I first saw this on Saturday Night at the Movies on NBC in 1961 or 1962.  I later found out that my Dad’s division, the 44th Infantry Division, took Mannheim (the locale of the movie).  I’ve also read the book on which the movie is based (“Call It Treason”) and the movie fairly closely follows the book.  Granted, the movie is about the spy operation, but my Dad told me that the 44th’s artillery general, General Beiderlinden, ordered a 15-minute barrage on the city to force a surrender; the surrender was started, but SS zealots scotched the first surrender and caused an unnecessary delay before the Americans took the city.

  • Eric Nilsson

    Decision Before Dawn.  I first saw this on Saturday Night at the Movies on NBC in 1961 or 1962.  I later found out that my Dad’s division, the 44th Infantry Division, took Mannheim (the locale of the movie).  I’ve also read the book on which the movie is based (“Call It Treason”) and the movie fairly closely follows the book.  Granted, the movie is about the spy operation, but my Dad told me that the 44th’s artillery general, General Beiderlinden, ordered a 15-minute barrage on the city to force a surrender; the surrender was started, but SS zealots scotched the first surrender and caused an unnecessary delay before the Americans took the city.

  • Eric Nilsson

    Decision Before Dawn.  I first saw this on Saturday Night at the Movies on NBC in 1961 or 1962.  I later found out that my Dad’s division, the 44th Infantry Division, took Mannheim (the locale of the movie).  I’ve also read the book on which the movie is based (“Call It Treason”) and the movie fairly closely follows the book.  Granted, the movie is about the spy operation, but my Dad told me that the 44th’s artillery general, General Beiderlinden, ordered a 15-minute barrage on the city to force a surrender; the surrender was started, but SS zealots scotched the first surrender and caused an unnecessary delay before the Americans took the city.

  • Eric Nilsson

    Decision Before Dawn.  I first saw this on Saturday Night at the Movies on NBC in 1961 or 1962.  I later found out that my Dad’s division, the 44th Infantry Division, took Mannheim (the locale of the movie).  I’ve also read the book on which the movie is based (“Call It Treason”) and the movie fairly closely follows the book.  Granted, the movie is about the spy operation, but my Dad told me that the 44th’s artillery general, General Beiderlinden, ordered a 15-minute barrage on the city to force a surrender; the surrender was started, but SS zealots scotched the first surrender and caused an unnecessary delay before the Americans took the city.

  • Eric Nilsson

    Decision Before Dawn.  I first saw this on Saturday Night at the Movies on NBC in 1961 or 1962.  I later found out that my Dad’s division, the 44th Infantry Division, took Mannheim (the locale of the movie).  I’ve also read the book on which the movie is based (“Call It Treason”) and the movie fairly closely follows the book.  Granted, the movie is about the spy operation, but my Dad told me that the 44th’s artillery general, General Beiderlinden, ordered a 15-minute barrage on the city to force a surrender; the surrender was started, but SS zealots scotched the first surrender and caused an unnecessary delay before the Americans took the city.

  • Eric Nilsson

    Decision Before Dawn.  I first saw this on Saturday Night at the Movies on NBC in 1961 or 1962.  I later found out that my Dad’s division, the 44th Infantry Division, took Mannheim (the locale of the movie).  I’ve also read the book on which the movie is based (“Call It Treason”) and the movie fairly closely follows the book.  Granted, the movie is about the spy operation, but my Dad told me that the 44th’s artillery general, General Beiderlinden, ordered a 15-minute barrage on the city to force a surrender; the surrender was started, but SS zealots scotched the first surrender and caused an unnecessary delay before the Americans took the city.

  • Eric Nilsson

    Decision Before Dawn.  I first saw this on Saturday Night at the Movies on NBC in 1961 or 1962.  I later found out that my Dad’s division, the 44th Infantry Division, took Mannheim (the locale of the movie).  I’ve also read the book on which the movie is based (“Call It Treason”) and the movie fairly closely follows the book.  Granted, the movie is about the spy operation, but my Dad told me that the 44th’s artillery general, General Beiderlinden, ordered a 15-minute barrage on the city to force a surrender; the surrender was started, but SS zealots scotched the first surrender and caused an unnecessary delay before the Americans took the city.

  • Eric Nilsson

    Decision Before Dawn.  I first saw this on Saturday Night at the Movies on NBC in 1961 or 1962.  I later found out that my Dad’s division, the 44th Infantry Division, took Mannheim (the locale of the movie).  I’ve also read the book on which the movie is based (“Call It Treason”) and the movie fairly closely follows the book.  Granted, the movie is about the spy operation, but my Dad told me that the 44th’s artillery general, General Beiderlinden, ordered a 15-minute barrage on the city to force a surrender; the surrender was started, but SS zealots scotched the first surrender and caused an unnecessary delay before the Americans took the city.

  • Eric Nilsson

    Decision Before Dawn.  I first saw this on Saturday Night at the Movies on NBC in 1961 or 1962.  I later found out that my Dad’s division, the 44th Infantry Division, took Mannheim (the locale of the movie).  I’ve also read the book on which the movie is based (“Call It Treason”) and the movie fairly closely follows the book.  Granted, the movie is about the spy operation, but my Dad told me that the 44th’s artillery general, General Beiderlinden, ordered a 15-minute barrage on the city to force a surrender; the surrender was started, but SS zealots scotched the first surrender and caused an unnecessary delay before the Americans took the city.

  • 4yourview

    Das Boot, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Paths of Glory, Patton, The Guns of Navarone, Tora, Tora, Tora, Saving Private Ryan, Gettysburg, and The Edge of Darkness.

  • 4yourview

    Das Boot, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Paths of Glory, Patton, The Guns of Navarone, Tora, Tora, Tora, Saving Private Ryan, Gettysburg, and The Edge of Darkness.

  • 4yourview

    Das Boot, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Paths of Glory, Patton, The Guns of Navarone, Tora, Tora, Tora, Saving Private Ryan, Gettysburg, and The Edge of Darkness.

  • 4yourview

    Das Boot, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Paths of Glory, Patton, The Guns of Navarone, Tora, Tora, Tora, Saving Private Ryan, Gettysburg, and The Edge of Darkness.

  • 4yourview

    Das Boot, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Paths of Glory, Patton, The Guns of Navarone, Tora, Tora, Tora, Saving Private Ryan, Gettysburg, and The Edge of Darkness.

  • 4yourview

    Das Boot, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Paths of Glory, Patton, The Guns of Navarone, Tora, Tora, Tora, Saving Private Ryan, Gettysburg, and The Edge of Darkness.

  • 4yourview

    Das Boot, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Paths of Glory, Patton, The Guns of Navarone, Tora, Tora, Tora, Saving Private Ryan, Gettysburg, and The Edge of Darkness.

  • 4yourview

    Das Boot, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Paths of Glory, Patton, The Guns of Navarone, Tora, Tora, Tora, Saving Private Ryan, Gettysburg, and The Edge of Darkness.

  • 4yourview

    Das Boot, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Paths of Glory, Patton, The Guns of Navarone, Tora, Tora, Tora, Saving Private Ryan, Gettysburg, and The Edge of Darkness.

  • 4yourview

    Das Boot, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Paths of Glory, Patton, The Guns of Navarone, Tora, Tora, Tora, Saving Private Ryan, Gettysburg, and The Edge of Darkness.

  • 4yourview

    Das Boot, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Paths of Glory, Patton, The Guns of Navarone, Tora, Tora, Tora, Saving Private Ryan, Gettysburg, and The Edge of Darkness.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.g.clark.9 Robert G. Clark

    The Great Escape followed closely by Guns of Navarone.

  • Rick Daversa

    “A Walk in the Sun” and “12 o’clock High”

    • http://www.facebook.com/mark.gitter Mark Gitter

      It was “Just A Little Walk IN The Warm Italian Sun,” So They Say. The 12 Infrintry,Texans,
      from all over the country. A Farmer,from Deluth,Minn., A cabby from Brooklyn, New York,
      Yea, gonna take a little walk on a Salerno,Italy, beach in 1944. Cross Section of America,
      Tyne and Tinker, a sargent and private, never met before, this was there 1st time in war.
      It was a 1st time for all of us. “Dose out the iight, Dose out that light! They can see you.
      You’re not alone, you’ve got your gun! “Mary, OH Sweet Mary, he’s go t no face!”

  • Rfhamson

    dirty dozen—great story and great cast–#2 would be bridge on the river kwai

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3IZG5BR7UJ3BWLQRKFIVTZMXBA JohnQ

    The man Who Never Was

  • John

    All Quite on the Western Front, The B/W original 

  • Kevin

    War movies have always been one of my favorite genres.  I would top the list with The Great Escape.  Also on my list would be All Quiet on the Western Front, Twelve O’Clock High, Bridge on the River Kwai, The Longest Day, Sink the Bismarck!, The Guns of Naverone, The Dirty Dozen, The Blue Max, The Battle of Britain, The Deer Hunter, Stalag 17, Midway, Tora! Tora! Tora!, Das Boot, Full Metal Jacket, Gettysburg, and Saving Private Ryan.  If you get into mini-series, Band of Brothers and The Winds of War.

    • Jimt B



      • blademan

        Attack! A Walk in the Sun, Men in War, Between Heaven and Hell, Run Silent Run Deep, The Enemy Below, From Here to Eternity, Paths of Glory, The Steel Helmet, Bataan, Stalag 17, King Rat.

  • Steve

    TO HELL AND BACK, the TRUE story of the most decorated WWII war hero, Audie Murphy. And what makes it even more perfect, Audie Murphy plays himself in the film! Check it out, you won’t believe it’s true, but it all is…

    • Cbeledw

      You’re right.  This movie has to be seen to be believed.  Audie was reluctant to star in it and suggested Tony Curtis for the role.  Thank God, the studio overrode him.  The movie is basically a re-enacted documentary and is almost completely factual all the way through culminating in Audie Murphy’s incredible bravery and exploits.  One of the things that makes this film so moving is that Murphy insisted on showing the images of his fallen comrades in the scene where he gets the medal of honor.

      A footnote.  Audie Murphy is buried in Arlington Cemetery, but long before his death he made it plain that he didn’t want his tombstone to be decorated with the obligatory gold star every Medal of Honor recipient is entitled to.  The most decorated veteran of any American war lies under a tombstone simple and unadorned.    

  • Biff

    Hamburger Hill…..and….Waterloo

  • Roger Lynn

    the Guns Of Navarone and Force 10 From Navarone great films,,East of Sudan,Gone With the Wind are runners-up

  • Artmt34

    The Steel Helmet with Gene Evans

  • Leedegrance54

    Mister Roberts

  • TEDDY4816

    The Guns Of Navarone

  • apache6

    I’m a Vietnam Vet (air cav) so I say “APOCALYPSE NOW”,and “WE WERE SOLDIERS” especally the “AIR CAV” scenes in “APOCALYPSE NOW”.They were very realistic !!

  • Jerlou

    The Sands of Iwo Jima or The Big Red One.

  • Terrislaughter1395

    In Harm’s Way

  • Golfshopbob

    From WW2 – Twelve O’clock High  Vietnam – Full Metal Jacket.  As a USAF Combat Crew Member on B52s (flew backwards being a gunner) 12 O’clock made me join the USAF and Full saw what us Zoomies did to Charlie to protect our grunts….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=809959874 Anne Rouse Schulman

    Hands down…..In Harm’s Way

  • BawxGi

    What war movie is it where the solder is shot and the other one is runing with him on his back thru the snow and he tells him he is tough as nails it starts off with them runing thru the snow

    • Blademan

      That was “When Trumpets Fade”.
      The guy doing the carrying was Ron Eldard, later in “Blackhawk Down” which should be on everyone’s list.  And the wounded guy being carried was Jeffrey Donovan, the current star of “Burn Notice.”

      Forgot that one, but yeah, a great movie and certainly worth a look for those of you who haven’t seen it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/elderpterrell Perry Terrell

    In Harm’s Way

  • vlbptt

    “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo”, Spencer Tracy, Van Johnson

  • Jim Brown

    They Were Expendable, BattleCry

  • Dog888k

    A War TV movie I would like to see again sometime was Tribes (1970) with Darin McGavin as a tough Marine drill sergeant trying to make a hippie (Jan Michael Vincent) into a Marine.  If I remember Tribes got good critical reviews, and then vanished from circulation. Does anyone remember seeing it?

    • Raysson

       TRIBES premiered as part of the ABC-TV Movie of the Week back in 1970. This was a made for TV movie with Darren McGavin and Jan Michael Vincent. This hard hitting Marine War drama was produced by Aaron Spelling. It got critical reviews and the last I heard about this movie it ended up somewhere back in the 1990’s on a late night syndicated program…

      The D.I.  The greatest Jack Webb Military drama ever made about a tough as nails D.I.(Jack Webb) who takes a mangy bunch of young recruits and really turns them into United States Marines…..Highly Recommended….that was a huge hit back in 1957.

      THE BIG RED ONE…Lee Marvin and Mark Hamill(yes,that Mark Hamill of Star Wars fame) and Richard Thomas in a hard hitting WWII War Movie.

      THE GREEN BERETS….John Wayne in the heart of the Vietnam War………….1968

      • Joe

        What about terrace Malick’s  THE THIN RED LINE  remake

    • Rustle Crow

      Great movie about the need of the individual vs. society’s rules. Darren McGavin was great as the DI. I have been looking for it on DVD for years.

  • Dog888k

    I suppose that in the list of great Medieval war movies would have to be the 2 versions of Henry V (Olivier and Branaugh). And a classic I watched once and never really got bowled over by is The Big Parade from 1926 about an American outfit in WWI. 

    • jonsilver

      Yes to the two Henry V’s…”we few, we happy few, we band of brothers…”

  • sockman

    Hands down, for accuracy:  Zulu, Waterloo, and Charge of the Light Brigade.  Might also toss in Glory as an honorable mention.

  • Jim

    Zulu….Four Feathers(1938)…..Patton…..Hell is for heros (steve McQueen)…and lots more including Audie Murphys Red Badge of Courage…..and his life story To Hell and Back.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Cbeledw

    Most of the greats have been named, but after perusing the responses, I can’t remember anyone writing about WINGS.  I never thought a “silent” movie could make me weep, but WINGS succeeded.  It was directed by William Wellman, who knew a thing or two about flying, and the flying sequences remain amazing, especially since planes of the period were, well, the planes depicted.  WINGS was the only silent movie to win an Oscar for best picture of the year.  It deserved the award.  

  • Paul Kaye

    Deer Hunter

  • Maddy312

    The Big Red One

  • sandy

    full metat jacket

  • Mikejaral

    really like wwII storys that are true or based on true events, how true the movie Wings of eagles with john wayne is I do not know, but it was a great movie. my favorite doc. is still Victory at sea, there is no better. covers everything. the series and the movie

  • Gerald1964

    All Quiet on the Western Front is a classic and I guess my all-time favorite; it speaks so well of a younger generation and the de-humanizing effect of war.  One of the solutions offered concerning war I thought was great–send the leaders of each country at war into a boxing arena and let him fight it out.

  • Bill DeLeshe

    My favorite is “The Big Parade”…It had romance,humor,and drama….And it was the biggest box office draw,at the time..Also war movies were based from “The Big Parade”..for a long time afterewards……

  • Filmax

    Bridge On The River Kwai is No. 1.  Bataan, They Were Expendable, Twelve O’Clock High, Das Boot, and Story of GI Joe round out my WWII agenda. Outside that time frame I nominate Apocalypse Now, The Charge of the Last Brigade, ZULU, Four Feathers, WINGS and Paths of Glory.  

  • Dog888k

    It only lasts for 60 seconds, but the scene of the British troops fleeing from George Washington driving a 2010 Dodge across the plains toward them makes a powerful statement about War.

  • http://www.facebook.com/delores.phillips.5 Delores Phillips

    Casuaty of war with Sean Penn and Michael J Foxx

    • Jim

      Hi Delores,
        Am always fascinated when I encounter a a lady   (I’m not being sexist), actually I think it’s great that women ALSO enjoy war movies!!!

              Jim B.

      • Raysson

         There was a great WWII movie from 1976 about a renegade band of women taking on the Japanese in the South Pacific called THE MUTHERS…with Stella Stevens and Jayne Kennedy not to mention Claudia Moore that was a straight “B” movie fare that contain a lot of graphic violence,nudity and strong sexual content that gave it a hard “R” rating.

  • http://www.facebook.com/delores.phillips.5 Delores Phillips

    Caualty of War with Sean Penn and Michael J Foxx. Also Uncomon Valor with Gene Hackman and Robert Stack

  • Joestalin

    All Quiet on the Western Front.

  • Raysson

    THE DIRTY DOZEN…the movie that became one of the highest grossing film of 1967 that became a boxoffice magnet….beating out Sean Connery’s “You Only Live Twice” for the summer of 1967 boxoffice…..the movie that  was a hard hitting action World War II adventure picture starring Lee Marvin,Robert Ryan and Ernest Borgnine with George Kennedy, Charles Bronson,and Clint Walker,Donald Sutherland, Robert Meeker and Jim Brown.

  • Jimmarbro

    Yes,  this is a great movie and cast…..But if memory serves me right I think it was the year
    we first met James Bond, in Dr. No..

  • Norman Bates

    Sorry to say…and alot  of people might disagree…but I always liked Psycho II.

    • Raysson

       For the record….PSYCHO OR PSYCHO II were NOT war movies….they belong in the horror section…thank you.

    • KenR

      …Back to the Celler with you Norman!

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    • Joe

      Good list, but what about THE THIN RED LINE  and EMPIRE OF THE SUN ?

  • Luiugi Of NYC

    ( Luigi Of NYC )

    1- all movies listed above were GREAT !

    2- sorry you left out — The Sands Of Iwo Jima — one of John Wayne’s Best Performances !

    3- for a war-themed flick with a comedic-touch — Kelly’s Heroes —
    a GREAT cast & dialogue-script — AND — a GREAT song — Burning Bridges !

    4- for docu-dramas — Hiroshima & Truman — HBO ?

    5- for war melodrama — Bridge To The Sun — ( James Shigata ) & ( Carroll Baker ) — a true story —
    also — The Harp Of Burma — AKA — The Burmese Harp — from Japan ?

    6- for wartime-propaganda — I Was An American Spy — based on Fact — with —
    Ann Dvorak and TWO  male American actors of Asian Heritage — too often overlooked —
    Richard Loo and Philip Ahn ! 

    7- Finally — re: the — Trials & Tribulationsvof an American Family during WW II —
    Since You Went Away — ( Claudette Colbert ) !


  • Raysson

    Luigi of NYC:

    Also recommended:


    CROSS OF IRON-Hard hitting WW2 flick that has James Coburn in one of his Best Performances!




    WHERE EAGLES DARE-Splendid WW2 high adventure with Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood!!!

    VON RYAN’S EXPRESS-Frank Sinatra and Trevor Howard




  • Raysson

    Luigi of NYC:

    KELLY ‘S HEROES was a hilarious WW2 themed flick that had high adventure and comedy….. You couldn’t get a better CAST…..Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Donald Sutherland, Don Rickles, not to mention the great Carroll O’Connor…witty dialogue and a terrific screenplay!!!….AND…one of the great movie theme songs of the 1970’s “Burning Bridges” by the Mike Curb Congregation that became a huge top 40 pop hit in 1970.

  • Raysson

    THE BOYS OF BRAZIL….what a cast….Gregory Peck and Laurence Olivier…..

    NIGHT OF THE GENERALS…..Omar Sharif and Peter O’Toole in a WW2 flick about the Nazi regime.

  • Crollyson

    My favorite war movie is A Walk in the Sun, directed by Lewis Milestone. Like his earlier The Purple Heart, he is able to deliver wonderful ensemble performances from his actors. In both films, Dana Andrews stands out, as I show in HOLLYWOOD ENIGMA: DANA ANDREWS.

  • Raysson

    William Wyler’s 1946 Oscar winning masterpiece THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES that also starred Dana Andrews and Virginia Mayo…..it was one of the great pre WW2 movies of the the mid-1940’s that dealt with our soldiers coming home and there effects afterward…at a running time of three and a half hours…this was the first film that ever talk about Veterans that served our country.

  • http://www.facebook.com/leslie.sexton.77 Leslie Sexton

    In Harm’s Way, Patton, Kelly’s Heroes, Where Eagles Dare, M*A*S*H, The Guns of Navarone, there are others just can’t remember all of them.  There is a great movie written by the same guy who wrote M*A*S*H about a psychiatric ward, Gregory Peck and Tony Curtis were both in it. Mostly about the effects of PTSD. It is sad and funny. If you liked M*A*S*H , you would like this.

    • Raysson

      Leslie Sexton:
      The name of that great movie that was written by the same guy who wrote M*A*S*H about a doctor and his patients in a psychiatric ward was titled CAPTAIN NEWMAN,M.D. that was released by Universal Pictures in 1963. This movie had a brilliant cast that included not only Gregory Peck and Tony Curtis,but also on board this drama is Bobby Darin and Angie Dickinson. The movie dealt with Captain Newman(Gregory Peck),and his patients in the psychiatric ward that were going through the effects of PTSD after WWII. The screenplay was written by Ring Lardner,Jr.  This movie is available on DVD from MCA/Universal Home Video and it is seen from time to time on Turner Classic Movies.

  • Cougar

    Brass Target, The Great Escape,The Enemy Below.Four Feathers,

  • Tom Herbert

    There are so many to choose from, however the two that I both own and look for when they are on Turner Classic Movies are “They were Expendable” and “Battleground.” They are well acted and the characters are believable. Even though I am a Duke fan, most of his stretch the imagination to a point they become almost cartoonish. 

  • Pkmeans

    In Harm’s Way, From Here to Eternity, Saving Private Ryan,Mr. Roberts

  • Gfkseratt


    • Jim

        THREE EXCELLENT CHOICES;  i’ve become fully aware of just
      how MANY great war movies are out there!!

  • Nudge

    Wings,  in the end you just kill your friend.

  • Netherlandj

    Battle Cry with Van Heflin.  SUCH a great movie that I watch it every time it airs…..

  • Gclure

    Das Boot.

    • Paul R

      To Hell and Back, Anzio,saving Private Ryan, Ambush Bay..another one of those Gems. Band of Brothers collection, The Pacific, Hell is for Heroes, Hell to Eternity,The Great Escape,Guns of Navarone, Dirty Dozen,Kellys Heroes,Where Eagles Dare,Red Beach,Longest Day,Flight of The Intruder,30 seconds over Tokyo,The War Lover,In Harms Way,PT 109,Das Boot,Run Silent Run Deep,Von Ryans Express, The Train,Battle of the Bulge, Patton,Bridge on river Kwai, Devils Brigade,Sahara,Sands of Iwo Jima,Flags of Our Fathers,Letters from Iwo Jima,Tora Tora Tora,Battleground, Midway,Miracle at St.Anns another one missed,Stalog 17,The Beast,None but the Brave,633 Squadron,Battle of Britan,TheEnemy Below,They Were Expendable,Bat 21,Navy Seals, And how about Act Of Valor, Uncommon Valor,Hamberger Hill, Platoon,Pork Chop Hill….lets see there are probaly 20 more…Enemy at the gates…

  • c3cubed

    The Best Years of our Lives – is dramatic perfection. Even at over 3 hours, the time flies by so quickly because of masterful editing.  I don’t want it to end.
    Then there’s the other classic trio: Guns of Navarone, Great Escape and Dirty Dozen. All of these films capture the WWII atmosphere beautifully, with excellent scoring to match.
    The Train:  is another gem.

  • Raysson

    THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES won five Oscars including the Best Picture of 1946. This was a movie that won not only Best Picture,but Best Director(William Wyler),and Best Screenplay. This movie was pure dramatic perfection…even at a running time of over three hours,it was a masterpiece of great movie making. The first film after WWII to deal with the afterlife and tragic of the veterans with the transition after the war,and the first film to deal with the Veterans that come back home after serving their country. Brilliant movie of the mid-1940’s.

    BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER KWAI was also an Oscar winning as well. Winning five Oscars including Best Picture,Best Director(David Lean),Best Actor(Alec Guinness),and Best Supporting Actor. This was one of the great WWII adventure films that was superb coming out of the mid-1950’s. Released in 1957 and it is best seen in its entirely on a curved 180-degree Widescreen auditorium in full 70MM projection.

    Then there’s the other classic trio:
    THE TRAIN-with Burt Lancaster…a classic gem from 1964 directed by John Frankenheimer.

    THE GUNS OF NAVARONE-What a cast!! Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn and David Niven!!!

    VON RYAN’S EXPRESS-Trevor Howard and Frank Sinatra

    FROM HERE TO ETERNITY-Another classic masterpiece from 1953 that won the Oscar that year for Best Picture!–You have in one terrific cast….Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra, Montgomery Clift, Robert Ryan, and Ernest Borgnine.

    IS PARIS BURNING?-Another classic WWII drama from 1966 with Orson Welles, Glenn Ford, with Robert Stack and Henry Fonda.

    THE GREAT ESCAPE-The second highest grossing picture of 1963. A bonafide classic from John Sturges with James Garner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, and David McCallum.

    THE DIRTY DOZEN-another bonafide WWII classic that went on to become the highest grossing film of 1967(released in the summer of that year..beating out James Bond-007’s You Only Live Twice for the top box-office picture)…where else will you find a good strong supporting cast that has Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson, Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland, George Kennedy, Robert Ryan, Clint Walker, Ralph Meeker, John Cassetteves, and Ernest Borgnine.

    BATTLE OF THE BULGE-another classic WWII adventure from 1966 that was originally presented in CINERAMA! starring Henry Fonda, Robert Shaw, Charles Bronson, Telly Savalas and James MacArthur.

  • Kathy

    The Great Escape
    Von Ryan’s Express
    The Train

  • dave shipley

    battleground   great actors great stuff

  • Bartstarrr15

    Battleground. Van Johnson with the eggs in his helmet was best.

  • Terryburton

    i liked the old cliff rorertson and michael caine movie  –  to late the hero   as well as the bruce willis movie tears of the sun enjoyed them both

  • Raysson

    THE BLACK BRIGADE-this was originally a made for TV movie that aired as part of the ABC Movie of the Week on January 20,1970. Interested TV-movie that was produced by Aaron Spelling and Danny Thomas that forgotten WWII gem about a band of African-American soldiers along with their commanding white officer sent out to destroy an enemy bridge before the Nazis do. Along the way these brave black soldiers faced racial discrimination against their own counterparts in the fight of freedom and respect in the white’s man army,WWII. This movie had a great cast,and you’ll couldn’t get a better cast!!!! Stephen Boyd, Robert Hooks, Rosie Grier, Richard Pryor, Billy Dee Williams, Moses Gunn, Scatman Crothers,and a young teenage looking Glynn Turman.

    FYI: This was originally the pilot for a new television series coming from Aaron Spelling and Danny Thomas that featured a multiracial cast in 1970….on the heels of the hugely successful “The Mod Squad” that was on the same network..ABC….

  • Raysson

    THE YOUNG WARRIORS…a rarely seen 1967 gem about a marine sergeant (James Drury of TV’s The Virginian)who takes a bunch of young recruits and turns them into fighting men taking on the Nazis during WWII. Written by Richard Matheson,based on his short story novel. Good premise,but is not available on DVD.

    HELL IS FOR HEROES…another hard hitting WW2 adventure from 1962….what a cast!!!! You have in one picture….Steve McQueen, Fess Parker,and the comedical stylings of Bob Newhart(in his film debut)

  • BettieG

    As a Billy Wilder fan, I’d have to say Stalag 17

  • Ericstone6

    Midway in Sensurround. A movie made almost totally with scenes from other movies. Most notably Tora Tora Tora.  I was fourteen years old when it came out in 1976 and to me it was pure magic. That was also the year of Logan’s Run, Bugsy Malone, Family Plot, Murder by Death and King Kong. In my eyes it was the best year ever for movies.

    • Raysson

      I too remember seeing MIDWAY back in 1976 as a eleven year-old. Saw it on the super ULTRAVISION screen in SENSURROUND(a method of moviegoing experience that Universal Studios used a lot of in the 1970’s…..several movies had this SENSURROUND effect including “Earthquake!”, “Airport 1977″,and the theatrical version of “Battlestar Galactica” just to name a few. You’re right….this was a movie that was made using actual footage of vintage WW 2 clips and footage from other movies. As for the cast…you have in one picture Henry Fonda, Glenn Ford, Charlton Heston, Robert Wagner, Toshiro Mufune, Clint Walker, Brian Keith to name a few. This was a huge boxoffice hit when it came out in 1976…the same year that was noted for “Logan’s Run”, “Murder By Death”, “Silver Streak”, “Car Wash”, “Bugsy Malone”, “Network!”,the top grossing boxoffice hit of that year was a horror flick “The Omen” with Gregory Peck….also came out that year…the final theatrical feature from director Alfred Hitchcock “Family Plot”, and the Oscar winning boxoffice champ “Rocky”,not to mention the remake of “King Kong”(Jeff Bridges and Jessica Lange),and the remake of “A Star Is Born” with Kris Kristofferson and Barbra Streisand,and a “Jaws” rip-off called “Grizzly” about a killer bear that was a boxoffice hit too!…..In my eyes it was the best year ever for movies….

      Ericstone6  write me sometime at raysson@yahoo.com

    • Raysson

       TORA! TORA! TORA! was a huge boxoffice hit for 20th Century Fox in 1970….the studio saw three war movies becoming boxoffice gold…one was “M*A*S*H”(which by the way was set during the Korean War),and the other was “PATTON”…the winner of 8 Oscars including Best Picture.

      TORA! TORA! TORA! was a movie that used vintage WW 2 clips and footage from other movies.The result is a all-star cast that includes Hal Holbrook, E.G. Marshall, Glenn Ford and Henry Fonda……got to see this movie on a SUPER ULTRAVISION screen in full 70MM!

  • Bazz

    Bataan 1943 staring RobertTaylor, Lloyd Nolan,Thomas Mitchell, Robert Walker, Desi Arnez and others. A squad of mixed personal fighting a delaying action against the Japanese.

  • Gmc3609

    How about Sgt. York and PT boat 109?

  • Magyverish

    I don’t know the name of the movie, but it had a theme song “the Brave & the Bold”
    It was a very good war movie.

  • Dave

    Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory (anti-war) , From Here to Eternity and Young Lions. 

    • KenR

      Hey Dave, et all, lets take another look at this film.

      “Paths of Glory” is, and always will be a Kirk Douglas production — his idea, his money, and his dedicated guidence — Mr Douglas may have given a new comer the opportunity to direct, but that is no excuse to put his name above this magnificent title. Kubrick also had the assistance of a superb Director of Photography to help him along (he always surrounded himself with top D.O.Ps to bolster his films along as did Hitchcock) 

      Douglas is one of the formost producers of films that took the side of the underdog ~ subjects regarded by general filmakers as uncommercial. He has given the world several unforgetable films such as this masterpiece. Its a most worthy choice.  

    • Raysson

      “PATHS OF GLORY” is regarded as a bonafide classic from director Stanley Kubrick…a movie that looked at the opposite side of battle for a general’s point of view within the midst of World War I. Kirk Douglas also gave Kubrick to direct a masterpiece three years later with the Oscar winning “Spartacus”…with was produced under Kirk Douglas’ production company Byrna Productions……By the way..Kubrick also had the assistance of a brilliant Director of Photography to help him bring some of the greatest movies ever made(among the Kubrick classic collection includes “Lolita”, “Dr. Strangelove”, “2001”, “A Clockwork Orange”,and even to “Barry Lyndon”,and “The Shining” to name a few.).

      FROM HERE TO ETERNITY-Won the 1953 Oscar for Best Picture and Best Director with an impressive cast ranging from Montgomery Clift to Burt Lancaster, Donna Reed, Frank Sinatra,and Ernest Borgnine.

      THE YOUNG LIONS-From director Edward Dmytryk starring Dean Martin and Marlon Brando.

      THE CAINE MUTINY-Classic WW 2 adventure from 1954 that includes Humphrey Bogart, Van Heflin, Fred MacMurray…..

      • Wayne P.

        Yes, agree with you about the under-rated quality of SK’s directorial work…the only screenplay for his films that he didnt write himself was Spartacus.  A lot of the movie fanfare faithful on the later blogs have criticized his movies for being pretentious and grossly indulgent but I firmly believe he went “out there ” and left some game-changing work on the screen.  Who can deny that 2001 and Clockwork Orange werent ground-breaking films?  The classical music scores to both of those are much different from standard fare of the late 60s and early 70s as well.  Even his early offerings Killers Kiss and The Killing had much to admire about them…about his only weak effort was his first, in my book, Fear and Desire but he was trying to make a movie on the cheap to get noticed and he did it with all of those!  Not bad for a quite good Look staff photographer with only a HS diploma who hung out in the NY parks playing chess when he was young!

        • Raysson

          Wayne is right…Stanley Kubrick set the bar for what was to come in ground breaking films.
          Movies like “Lolita”, “Dr. Strangelove”, and “2001:A Space Odyssey” were groundbreaking in their own right not to mention went beyond the limits with “A Clockwork Orange” and “The Shining”….Kubrick’s last war movie that he did was 1987’s “Full Metal Jacket” about Vietnam was as groundbreaking as you can get.

  • Bob62

    “Patton” “Tora,Tora,Tora” and “Full metal jacket”

  • Martinrick

    “Tora Tora Tora”, “The Blue Max”, “Star of Africa”, “Saving Private Ryan”, “Cross of Iron”, “Das Boot”, “Flags of Our Fathers/Letters from Iwo Jima”, “A Bridge Too Far”, “Battle of Britian”, “Fire on the Planes”, “Stalingrad”, “801” (all three of the 801 films are great), “Mash” and “Kelley’s Heroes”.   Sorry – it’s a long list!

  • Martinrick

    Oh yes, “The Red Baron” is also amazing!

  • Delawaredeans

    Most people at war spend most of their time in endless waiting, bored silly, doing vital support work, or mindless busy-work.  All with little thanks or recognition.  Humor was one of the few outlets available to them.  This very real part of war is ably depicted in movies such as:
    CATCH 22

  • Delawaredeans

    -One of the most honored films of any genre in any year
    -Roughly follows actual events
    -Covers a classic example of irregular warefare
    -Shows how the Arab world was taught to modernize their methods of warfare to match western methods and equipment
    -Great cinematography, filmed in similar desert regions

    • Raysson

      Speaking of LAWRENCE OF ARABIA….On the 50th Anniversary of this David Lean classic……the winner of seven Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director is about to be reissue back in theaters for a special limited engagement coming October 4, 2012. This newly restored version will be given the full IMAX treatment and also will be given in select theaters the full 70MM-6 Track Dobly Stereo/DTS presentation. please check your theatre for local listings….the best way to see LAWRENCE OF ARABIA is in the theaters in spectacular 70MM!


  • Lnshalik

    Americanization of Emily…..loved this movie

    • Raysson

       THE AMERICANIZATION OF EMILY was James Garner and Julie Andrews.

  • Lnshalik

    And sergant york, of course!

  • Rhill3850

    Casualties of War

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  • Tommusc1011

    Open City

  • Jim

    I don’t know anything about Open City–HELP!!

  • Raysson


    ANZIO with Robert Mitchum and Peter Falk(yes,that Peter Falk of Columbo fame)

    THE DEVIL’S BRIGADE-William Holden

    THE HILL-excellent WW 2 drama from director Sidney Lumet with Sean Connery

    KING RAT-George Segal

    • Raysson

       PORK CHOP HILL-Gregory Peck

      THE AMBUSHERS-George Peppard, Vince Edwards, and James Franciscus

    • Bkleffew

      Finally came across someone who said The fighting Sullivans!

  • dog888k

    There is that strange movie, Counterpoint, set during the Battle oft the Bulge. Charlton Heston and his USO symphony orchestra get captured by the Germans around Bastogne, and have to play games with a Wagner- loving German commander to keep from getting shot or imprisoned.  I saw it once on TV and there seems to be no video of it.  Odd movie, but interesting.

  • Raysson

    Speaking of Charlton Heston….he had another WW 2 thriller only this time it is set inside a submarine. It was called GREY LADY DOWN that came out around 1978 where Charlton Heston was a commander of a submarine out to destroy a German fleet from getting toward British soil. Tense thriller.

    And speaking of comedies associated with WW 2:….who remembers Steven Spielburg’s first and only attempt a raunchy comedy set in WW 2 called ” 1941″ with John Belushi, Dan Ackroyd, Slim Pickens,
    Warren Oates, Toshiro Mufune just to name a few….I remember seeing this in the theatres around Christmas of 1979….It may have been a boxoffice flop was it had some hilarious moments.

    • Chuck

      You must have got confused there.  GRAY LADY DOWN is a mid-70’s movie about a nuke sub that gets rammed by a freighter and the crew needs to be rescued using a deep water submersible.  Still a very good movie- but not the one you’re thinking of.

  • raja999

    The Great Escape
    Stalag 17
    The Colditz Story
    Saving Private Ryan
    Black Hawk Down


    HBO mini-series – Band of Brothers

  • Raysson

    One of the most groundbreaking films to ever deal with the subject of homosexuality in WW 2 in a frank manner was the 1967 Marlon Brando drama REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE…. In 1967,this movie had the censors on edge!
    But Marlon Brando’s performance is worth watching.

    • Rustle Crow

      Similar theme explored in “The Sergeant” with Rod Steiger.

  • Roger Lynn

    The Guns Of Navarone,,Force 10 From Navarone,,The Big Red One,,Stalag 17,The Bridge On The River Kwai,,Go Tell The Spartans,,these are the best,,The Last Of The Mohicans if Indian wars count,,Drums Along The Mohawk,,and the best Gary Cooper western or movie period Distant Drums…..

  • Raysson

    Roger Lynn,
    I’m surprised that anyone even mentioned anything about movies concerning Indian Wars….but you’re right….the best were “Last Of The Mohicans”, “Drums Along The Mohawk”, “Distant Drums”(arguably Gary Cooper’s second greatest western behind High Noon),and “The Searchers” to name a few. But no one can best describe the plight of the American Indian in terms of war was John Ford’s classic Western “Cheyenne Autumn”……raysson@yahoo:disqus .com

    • Raysson
    • raja999

      I really like “Cheyenne Autumn”, but when it comes to the plight of the American Indian, my choice would have to be “Dances With Wolves”.

      Another excellent Indian War movie was “They Died With Their Boots On”.

    • jonsilver

      The Lonesome Dove mini-series…

  • Dog888k

    Hope and Glory, about London life during the Blitz, has one of greatest of all movie scenes, where a German pilot bails out of his plane and stands there smoking in a field, while all the London Moms grab knives,and go rushing out in a mob to cut up the silk from his parachute.

    • Raysson

      HOPE AND GLORY was director John Boorman’s film about life in London during the Blitz of World War II. This was told through the eyes of a child,and it was based on John Boorman’s own childhood account of that era. This was directed by John Boorman,the same Boorman who brought you Deliverance and Excalibur. A masterpiece of brilliant cinema.

      Steven Spielburg’s 1987 epic EMPIRE OF THE SUN…astounding WW 2 epic.

      THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK one of the great World War II dramas of the late-1950’s. A brilliant cast with Millie Perkins and Shelley Winters and Ed Wynn directed by the great George Stevens from 1959. Nominated for an impressive nine Oscars including Best Picture winning Shelley Winters the Best Supporting Actress Oscar of 1959….THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK became the second highest grossing picture of 1959 behind the mega-Oscar spectacle BEN-HUR……

  • Frank1168

    I have 2 of the greatest anti-war ever made. The original version of “All Quiet On the Western Front” with Lew Ayers. The second choice is Kirk Douglas as Colonel Dax in “Paths of Glory.” Both remarkable films.

  • RS71

    Sahara with Humphrey Bogart.

    • elginman

      Sergeant Joe Gunn, U.S. Army, and that ain’t a piece of junk, etc. You tell ’em Sarge.

  • fanny

    paths  of glory

    • Frank1168

      Fanny, it’s good to know someone out there agrees with me. Thanks.

  • Frank1168

    I feel there were several scenes in “Saving Private Ryan” that were absolutely ridiculous. The scene where one of the soldiers looking for Pvt. Ryan, showing off his dog tags and saying to the passing German prisoner’s “Juden, Juden.” Nonsense.

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  • Cougar

    King of Hearts, Imatation General,The Lost Battlion,A Midnight Clear,The Great Escape,Where Eagles Dare,Das Boat,The Beast,,Stalag 17,The Frogman,Thunder of Drums,Operation Petticoat,P.T. Boat109,Wackiest Ship in the Army,Patton,Sahara,Five Graves of Cario,The Deseart Fox,

    • Frank1168

      How can you classify the movie “Wackiest Ship in the Army” as a real war movie.

    • raja999

      Cougar –

      “A Midnight Clear” – great choice!  One of those little known gems, but an incredible movie.

      I usually don’t think of comedies when it comes to war movies, but “Immitation General” and “Operation Petticoat” are great movies.  Never saw “Wackiest Ship in the Army”.

      As for war comedies, I would also highly recommend:  “Mister Roberts” and “Kelly’s Heroes”.  The funniest of them all though, is probably “The Teahouse of the August Moon”.

      I’ve always enjoyed POW movies the most, so I love “Stalag 17″ and “The Great Escape”.  I would also highly recommend “The Bridge on the River Kwai”, “King Rat”, “The Coldist Story” and “Three Came Home”.

      A few other high recommendations:

      “Hell to Eternity” – great WW II movie based on true story
      “Pride of the Marines”
      “Run Silent, Run Deep”
      “The Train”
      “The Counterfeit Traitor”
      “Shake Hands With the Devil”
      “Went the Day Well?”

      • KenR

        You have one interesting choice in here Cougar: ‘Went the day Well’ sure is a rare gem.
        “The Outsider” with Tony Curtis should not be overlooked!  Look for it, can be hard to find. 

  • Drl1

    The Dirty Dozen

    • Frank1168

      Posey, what a name for a guy that looks like you.

  • Judi Perry

    I am surprised that!! no one has mentioned my all time  favorite: Battle Cry.  I fell in love with Aldo Ray in this movie! there are many others I love but most are listed somewhere below;  however I did not see Stalag 17 with William Holden and more.

  • Tsagiglalal

    -I have always loved “Battle Hymn” about a soldier who built an orphanage and have to agree with “Hope and Glory” and “Empire of the Sun”.

  • Frank1168

    I had previously given 2 of the most anti-war movies ever made. I will now add to the list the Russian made movie “Stalingrad.” and “As far as my feet will carry me.” This movie details the life and struggles of a German soldier as a p.o.w., of the Russians. Great impact of both.

  • dog888k

    Maybe the heaviest anti-war movie of them all is that oddity from 1969 Oh What a Lovely War which takes a sledgehammer to British generalship on the Western Front in WWI and hammers its message for close to 3 hours. The basic premise that Haig and French et al were stupid butchers of their troops is nothing new, and the movie is full of startling scenes, but the movie just goes on and on and on. 



    • Frank1168

      Why us? Color Sergant Borne reply “because we’re here, lad.”

  • Bkleffew

    The Fighting Sullivans, such a tear jerker! Watched this many times!  Had my kids watch it growing up so, when the movie Saving Private Ryan came out, my kids were aware of The Sullivan act!  I have not seen Saving Private Ryan yet.

    • elginman

      Was a sad flick. Have you ever read how the Sullivan family was notified of their deaths? more shocking.

    • Raysson

      I saw SAVING PRIVATE RYAN in December of 1998,the opening weekend it came out. I took in the matinee for this one with a capacity crowd…..there are scenes in this movie that are not for the squeamish,so I’m warning you upfront before you see it….scenes of strong and intense graphic violence,scenes of gory stuff,not to mention some explicit strong language and some really horrific scenes that are not recommended for those under 17 years of age…..It was “R” rated for a good reason.

      Oscar winner for John Williams’ HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC…one of the best scores ever done for a Spielburg movie!

  • John

    Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo is my all time favorite.  Saw it for the first time in the theater as a kid, and have watched it many many times since it became available on VHS and DVD. 

  • Percy

    The Steel Helmet (Gene Evans)–Battleground–Hell and Back–Heaven Knows Mr. Allison (Mitchum and Kerr)
    The Longest Day–Red Badge of Courage (even if they did make Audie Murphy a Yankee) and lie about who won that war!
    Kubrick movies for the most part cr-p

    • Frank1168

      Gene Evans? did you date yourself:)

  • Bruce

    Sands of Iwo Jima, I almost cried when the Duke got shot in the back

    • elginman

      Adios, Sergeant Striker.

  • Rookaloo

    The Great Escape, Battleground, Bataan

  • Richard L Ray

    I like “Saving Private Ryan”, “The Sands of Iwo Jima”, but being a Vietnam  vet I like “Platoon” and “We Were Soldiers” best.  One distinction however, we Marines did not have pot smoking barraks in the rear, forward area or any where else for that matter.  Sure guys smoked it, but not around me.

  • Percy

    I would like to add four others to my list. Breaker Morant, The Man Who Never Was and  The Counterfeit Traitor all based on  actual events and the forth maybe the best, actually a pre-war movie Ship of Fools.

  • R Quesenbury

    Battleground, the story of the 101st Airborne in he Battle of the Bulge. After that, k”The Caine Mutiny” and “Mr. Roberts.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lance-Liebl-Sr/1510776796 Lance Liebl Sr.

    Guadalcanal Diary and Fighting Seabee’s

  • Virginia

    I Love Stalag 17 although there wasn’t much “War” in it and in some respects a little to lighthearted, I thought there was some really good acting, and you still really got a sense that there was a war going on around them.

  • Virginia

    Should have mentioned a few of my favorite movies about the after affects of war and espionage during the war, movies such as The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit” , the Day of the Jackal, the Eye of the Needle, and the Manchurian Candidate.  Again, not battle heavy like some of the others, but nonetheless great tales.

    • Raysson

       Movies about the cold war….
      “Day of the Jackal”
      “Topaz” from director Alfred Hitchcock
      “Eye of the Needle”
      “The Spy Who Came In From The Cold”
      “The Manchurian Candidate”-(1962)-Frank Sinatra
      “The Man In The Grey Flannel Suit”
      “The Odessa File”

  • Ladyfreeze1

    They were Expendable, a classic John Wayne movie. Loved the Green Berets too.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YGQINLSWYZ3D33TSC3DM4QIXNY Evelynne

    WWII –  (tied for first) “The Longest Day”,  “Kelly’s Heros” and, “The Great Raid”; 
    Civil War – “Gettysburg”; 
    American Revolution – (tied for first) musical “1776” and docudrama, “John Adams”;
    The war between Britain and the Zulus in Africa:  “Zulus” (no brainer here).

  • elginman

    I think Platoon is realistic, as is Casualties of War(Sean Penn) really outstanding.

  • bashir

    my favorite war movie are bridge on the river quie and guns of navorone. and von ryan express. and great scape

  • Larrykandel

    guadal canal diary,sands of iwo jima,guns of navarone,battlegrund

  • Pepe38

    THEY WERE EXPENDABLE…………………directed by John Ford. Robert Montgomery and John Wayne.
    It was released in 1944 or 1945. It was a war movie…………with a lot of sentiment. A great supporting cast.

  • Brick312

    I have always thought that Sergeant York has been the all time best war movie.

  • Spider_mike

    The Dirty Dozen.
    First saw it as a preteen with my father in the late 70’s and that was it. Still watch it every year on fathers day with my own sons. No need to remind anyone here of the cast. It’s as rugged as a cast can get. 

  • Marlin

    Band of Brothers…!!!

  • rhill3850

    Casualties of War

  • Tom

    Battleground, The Dirty Dozen and The Devils Brigade are my favorite war dramas, but when it comes to comedy, The Wackiest Ship in the Army, Don’t Go Near The Water and Operation Petticoat can’t be beat. 

  • Wolfsblade

    the green berets john wanye

  • Llmathies

    The Dirty Dozen

  • Bwhowser

    In Harms Way

    • Dudley5533

      I like that one a lot myself…that is definitely an underrated war picture.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GQGSUNNCKOFZ3Q5SHDS7LC7TVU david

    as one who served almost four years in viet nam, i dont usually watch movies on that war.  but my son bought the movie of mel gibson in we were soldiers and i couldnt make it through the entire movie. it was great and showed the pain endured by the people dealing with it at home

  • Msllittlenucks

    My favorite war movies: The Guns of Navarone, The Great Escape, Von Ryan’s Express, The Dirty Dozen and Where Eagles Dare – marshall @msllittlenucks.com

  • Lauradyoung

    We Were Soldiers with Mel Gbson. The horror of that battle is everything I’ve ever imagined Vietnam to be.

  • lone wolf

    Full metal jacket by far the best war movie.

  • Frank1168

    One of the worst was “Von Ryan’s Express.” Sure, Sinatra looks like a man with an Irish surname. The movie made the Italian’s appear more foolish than they were.  Oh, Sinatra’s plane crash’s and he has a band-aid on his forehead.

    • Raysson

      Wanna see a really good performance from Frank Sinatra? Check out the 1953 Oscar winner FROM HERE TO ETERNITY with Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Ernest Borgnine and Donna Reed. Frank Sinatra gives one of the best performances in this movie which was a runaway boxoffice hit when it came out in 1953.

      Speaking of VON RYAN’S EXPRESS it made been a bad movie,but it really do much at the boxoffice when it came out in 1965. A good WWII movie which was given the full widescreen Cinema Scope and Color treatment.

  • Kyle678

    In my opinion realistic-based war movies are more interesting than war “epics”.  On my list are:  Battleground, A Walk in the Sun, They Were Expendable, 12 O’Clock High, Glory, We Were Soldiers, Saving Private Ryan, and The Hurt Locker.

  • http://www.facebook.com/melanie.aguiar.98 Melanie Aguiar

    Good Morning VietNam

  • Rushtom

    I can only think of two–“Bridge over the River Kwai” with William Holden, and watch anything he’s in as well as
    Alan Ladd. Also “Stalag 17″ as well as “The Dirty Dozen”–Can anyone recite the routine they were using for
    the castle?–Ha! Neither can I!

  • Katherineferg


    • Wayne P.

      Theyve been playing it on Antenna TV a lot lately!

    • Raysson

       GLORY was a brilliant movie about the first African-American infantry that fought against the Confederate army during the Civil War. This movie was nominated for eight Oscars including Best Picture of 1989 and Best Director(Edward Zwick), Best Actor(Matthew Broderick), Best Supporting Actor(Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington)…….

      It won Denzel Washington the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1989.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pat.ready.507 Pat Ready

    Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks charater and group of men were sent to find one soldier because he may have been the the sole surviving son. This was before the military stopped sending all the sons to war in the same area at the same time or on the same ship.By the time the order was issued for the team to find Ryan he may have been dead, but the Capt and his men looked until they found him. They Took their orders serously. That attitude is shown by many of our military today.

  • Cap’n jack

    Band of brothers, the mini series is right u p there……also compare the story of Awalk in the sun and Private Ryan

  • Phil Kuoni

    1969’s “Battle of Britain” since it told of a time when the entire outcome of the war hinged on “The Few” preventing the invasion of England!

  • will starr

    My favorite war movie is STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN, with Kim Stanley and David Niven.

  • dianeOFchicago

    The BEST war movie of all times has to be “THE DIRTY DOZEN’ with Lee Marvin and Jim Brown!!!! I can watch that movie every day.

  • azviewer

    Force 10 from Navarone is a great movie. Harrison Ford and Robert Shaw are good, but Edward Fox steals the show as the demolition expert “Millie!” There are laughs that offset the drama that unfolds. Good characters!

  • azviewer

    Best War Movies: “Force 10 From Navarone,” “The Great Escape,” The Dirty Dozen” and “Patton.”

  • John M

    “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo”….best story about the Doolittle raid. Great performances by the entire cast including Spencer Tracy as Doolittle. Saw it in the theater as a child and many, many times on VHS and DVD. Recommend “Destination Tokyo” also which has a connection with it concerning the Navy’s reconnaisance prior to the raid. Both first class war movies.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hlynnknits Heidi Lynn McDonald Stetler

    “To Hell and Back”

  • Jim Kyser

    Go For Broke, the WW II story of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Neisi Japanese Americans and their heroic service despite the fact that many of their families were interred in U.S. “relocation camps.” The late Senator Dan Inouye was awarded (belatedly) the Medal of Honor for his service with the 442nd.

  • Robert Feldman

    ‘Wake Island’ Paramount-1942-We should never forget the Gallantry of the Marines who died on Wake Island at the beginning of our involvement in world War II

  • John M

    “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo”.

  • fbusch

    Scanning these comments, I see several “types” of war movies. The straight ones, (A walk In The Sun), The action type, (The Dirty dozen), the sentimental type, (The Green Berets) The documentaries, (The Longest Day), And of course, The Propaganda films to bolster the folks back home. So many fine films that have held my attention for many years But, My favorite is still ” Sailor of The King”

  • briansnat

    A few I like, “A Walk in the Sun”, “Paths of Glory”, “The Young Lions”, “Carve Her Name with Pride”, “Saving Private Ryan”, “King Rat” and “Sgt York”.

  • Observation now

    Funny, no one has mentioned “The Sands of Iwo Jima” many politicians yelp about the values of this film. Just interesting.

  • Innisfree

    Midway, by far is my favorite war film; followed closely by Tora, Tora, Tora. They are extremely well casted movies, and also contain actual WWII footage. They don’t make films like this anymore.





  • Timotheus

    Kelly’s Heroes, The Big Parade, Pork Chop Hill, 55 Days At Peking, besides those those have been mentioned extensively.

  • hjhank


  • http://www.facebook.com/mark.gitter Mark Gitter

    “The Story of GI Joe!” As Ernie Pyle put it,”Bullets raced over and through us;”mud in my mouth,rain in my face!” “Guess I’m alive, as I spit out Italys finest!” Burgess Merideth wiped
    his head under his helmut and looked up into the night, as the blooded fire from Monte Cacino
    roared into us. Robert Mitchem, a great captain, who dies as Christ, and gave his all for his men.
    OK Where’s the movie? thanks, Mark Gitter.

  • Hildegard Brosseau

    In Which We Serve.

  • kartink

    I have paged through all the responses. It is hard to believe that no one mentioned “The Victors.” I believe it was produced in 1964 with an excellent cast as long as my arm: George Peppard, George Hamilton, Eli Wallach, Vince Edwards (briefly), Melina Mercouri, Jeanne Moreau, Romy Schneider, Elke Sommer, Peter Fonda (briefly), Robert Mitchum’s kid, and many more. It was a sad, funny, poignant, hard-hitting movie about WWII. None better.


  • talaktochoba

    so many to choose, but the one that takes place in and around an insane asylum says the most, followed by “Das Boot”;

    • raysson

      Das Boot won the Oscar in 1981 for Best Foreign Language Film. The WWII epic was nominated for six Oscars including Best Picture in 1981.

  • talaktochoba

    ANYBODY who dares insult this list by adding “Patton” to it really should apologise after they do the research, because they will find it was “Patton’s Pets and Eleanor’s N***rs”, as they were called at the time, soldiers Patton like George Washington and Tecumseh Sherman before him didn’t want but then thanked God for after he got them, who won North Africa for him like Sicily and the Argonne after;

    at least Patton was man enough to openly admit he was wrong–hopefully anyone who does the research will admit that movie has no place here;

  • me$hi

    The best war movie of all time is black hawk down,saving private Ryan and the Schindlers list

    • raysson

      Best World War II movies ever made…..”Patton”, “Saving Private Ryan”, “The Dirty Dozen”, “From Here To Eternity”, “They Were Expendable”, “The Longest Day”, “Where Eagles Dare”,”Battle of the Bulge”,and “Schindler’s List”,not to mention “Red Tails”

      • raysson

        Ice Station Zebra…one of the great Cold War thrillers of the late 1960’s with Rock Hudson and Ernest Borgnine in CINERAMA!

        The Vietnam Movies: “We Were Soldiers”, “The Deer Hunter”, “Platoon”, “Hamburger Hill’, “Apocalypse Now”, “Rescue Dawn”, “The Boys in Company C”,”The Green Berets”.

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  • harshuk

    Black hawk dawn 😀

  • Romantickitty

    Casablanca, The Great Escape, The Best Years of Our Lives, The Dirty Dozen, Sgt. York, From Here to Eternity and In Harms Way.

  • war horse

    The Big Red One- namely because I was in the BRO in Vietnam 1968-69, hits kinda close to home for me

  • Carter Peterson

    Ford’s overlooked THEY WERE EXPENDABLE, which is a fine war film and an outstanding drama.

  • PAM

    were all good movies. Plus BATAAN, with Robert Taylor, and ATTACK, with Jack Palance.
    And ALL of the JOHN WAYNE War movies…….

  • Bill Dunphy

    I get hooked if I turn on the T.V. and there is a classic war picture on as much as the next guy, i.e., Bataan, G.I.Joe,The Road to Burma, etc. ! But the truth be told I enjoy pictures set during the war [are they then “war movies” ?] with a broader story than just a specific battle/event.
    My absolute, favorite war films are the ones with more story/dialogue than bombs & bullets. The Enemy Below, Pride of the Marines, Night of the Generals, The young Lions, Stalag 17, From Here to Eternity !
    Does the “cold” war count, then how about The Bedford Incident, or Seven Days in May ?

  • http://twitter.com/RotorhedGreg Greg Evans

    All quiet on the Western front shows how pointless war truly is. As a veteran of many battles in Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s such a waste of young life and all the people left behind.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1653083050 Steve Nicewanger

    Heaven Knows Mr Allison 1957



    • Raysson


  • roverrocks

    All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), Breaker Morant, Gallipoli, Paths of Glory, Wings (1927), The Train with Burt Lancaster, Dawn Patrol with Errol Flynn, Das Boot, The Four Feathers, Full Metal Jacket, Platoon, Glory, So Proudly We Hail (1943), Fail Safe, The Bedford Incident, The Cross of Iron. I think Breaker Morant overall was the greatest war movie I ever saw. Riveting and sad.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vincent.j.anello Vincent J. Anello

    I like almost every war movie that I have watched, all very good but my favorite is Platoon, Saving Pvt. Ryan, The Deer Hunter, The Flying Tigers, guadal canal all A very close second and all others very very good. Not to forget Full metal jacket

  • raysson

    Steve McQueen in THE SAND PEBBLES with Richard Crenna from 1966.
    Another Steve McQueen actioner from 1962 is the intense and riveting World War II drama titled HELL IS FOR HEROES with McQueen, Bobby Darin, Fess Parker, Claude Akins,and Bob Newhart.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alexander.constantopoulos Alexander Constantopoulos

    Sahara or Bataan. It really is a toss up. 3rd place is not even on the chart.

  • Laura Young

    We Were Soldiers and Glory. They both get to me every time. Mel Gibson and Sam Elliot give amazing performances in We Were Soldiers. The musical score is also incredible. Glory includes one of the finest performances ever in a war movie by Denzel Washington. I also thought Matthew Broderick gave his best film performance as Colonel Robert Shaw.

  • giver13

    Top Gun. I have seen it at least 50 times.

    • raysson

      I would consider the 1986 blockbuster TOP GUN as a movie during the age of the Cold War. It came out at the height of the Gulf War during the mid-80’s. Just like you,I have seen TOP GUN numerous times,most recently when it was re-released back in theatres in 3-D. The movie cemented Tom Cruise’ career as a bonafide action star and boxoffice “pretty boy” magnet. Seen it in 70mm the opening weekend of it’s release around Memorial Day of 1986.

  • Popeye

    There are sooo many !!! But I select “Mister Roberts”, and “Away All Boats”, as these movies brought back some of the memories of the exploits I had while serving overseas in the U.S.Navy on a troop transport.

  • http://www.facebook.com/charles.m.lee.10 Charles M Lee

    There is no war movie that can touch Saving Private Ryan. The next one would be Kelly’s Heroes.

  • Terry

    Darby’s Rangers, Hell To Eternity, Sink The Bismarck, Heaven Knows Mr. Allison, Father Goose, To Hell and Back, Bataan, Back to Bataan, The Green Berets, Operation Pacific, They were Expendable, Flying Leathernecks, The Outlaw Josey Wales(GREAT), Where Eagles Dare, Kelly’s Heros, Heart Break Ridge, Go For Broke and The Big Red Ones.

  • vinod

    ‘Where Eagles Dare’ with Richard Burton & Clint Eastwood.
    ‘Ice Station Zebra’ with Rock Hudson. Both witten by Allister McClain

    • raysson

      ICE STATION ZEBRA was Rock Hudson’s return to boxoffice status upon it’s release in 1968. This was a riveting action-packed Cold War thriller that was directed by the great John Sturges and was given the CINERAMA and Super Panavision treatment with a excellent cast that included Ernest Borgnine, Jim Brown and Patrick McGoohan. You haven’t live ICE STATION ZEBRA unless you see it a theatre in a large auditorium with full 70mm widescreen projection and stereophonic sound.

  • Antone

    Paths of Glory. This movie brilliantly shows that some military leaders are more interested in personal reputation than in the military mission or the welfare of their troops. During WWI the French high command made a colossal blunder which caused the failure of the mission and the unnecessary loss of many lives. Rather than admitting their error, they blamed the debacle on the cowardice of the troops. They forced each unit commander to select one soldier to be publicly executed as scapegoats. Gallipoli and Breaker Morant had similar themes.

    During WWII Monty, Patton & MacArthur were always eager to showboat while Ike and Bradley quietly did their jobs.

  • Watchingwolf

    The Young Lions

    • raysson

      THE YOUNG LIONS showcased two of Hollywood’s greatest actors in the riveting WWII adventure-drama from 1958…You have Dean Martin and Marlon Brando in the roles of their careers directed by the great Edward Dymtryk.

  • vinod

    You are absolutely right. I saw it when it was released in the movie theatre 70 mm widescreen.
    I was just blown away by the movie the sound the music the cast story. A great cinematic experience. Like WEST SIDE STORY. greatest musical of all time Side

  • finagle

    I’m surprised that no one mentioned the “The Devils Brigade” or “Hatrms Way”. Two excellent but often overlooked movies.

  • Percy

    Battleground, The Steel Helmet, To Hell and Back

  • Percy

    Also Breaker Morant and Heaven Knows Mr. Allison

  • cinemabon

    “All quiet on the Western Front” and “Patton”

  • Jim Caldwell

    13 Rue Madeline Jimmy Cagney

  • In Harm’s Way

    Barb Holt-Ench

  • In Harm’s Way

    Operation Pacific/Breen Berets/Hell to Eternity

  • Frank

    kelly,s heros

  • Patricia R McCale

    My favorite war movie is the Fighting 69th with Pat Obrien and Jimmy Cagney

  • Loie

    White Cliffs Of Dover

  • Glen Schecter

    My favorite war movies would have to be “Von Ryan’s Express” with Frank Sinatra and “Kelly’s Heroes” with Clint Eastwood. The Army Air Corps jacket that Sinatra wore in “Von Ryan’s Express” was the same one Bob Crane wore in “Hogan’s Heroes”

  • Sally Stark

    JOURNEY’S END, from WWI 1930 and BATTLEGROUND, WWII 1949

  • msbtucker

    30 SECONDS OVER TOKYO – my absolute favorite! STALAG 17 comes in second for my husband and I.

  • roger lynn

    Stalag 17 is sure one of mine great acting by all Mr Strauss was Nominated for an Oscar,and Mr Holden won the Best Actor Oscar

  • Mary Clark

    I just can’t leave out The Great Escape

  • Thomas Sondag

    Bridge on the River Kwai Ive watched this movie probably a dozen times, never get tired of it.

  • Uncle Phil

    BATTLEGROUND and Stalag 17 get my vote. Just something about those black & white war movies.

  • TCMrick

    I agree with many of the comments, I think The Longest Day and Midway were able to be relativly accurate with All Star casts who lived through the actual war years..

  • Kat

    The Longest Day has to be ranked the best….you didn’t need the color of blood as in Saving Private Ryan, to be total captivity….Midway is almost tied, From Here to Eternity and Von Ryans Express was fabulous and not shown enough….we should tell Turner Classic Movies to show that along with From Here To Eternity and The Great Escape.

  • Tsagiglalal

    -In my opinion…Battle Cry.

  • Gary B.

    Watership Down…no question about it…oh wait..I thought it was favorite WARREN movie…my bad….nevermind

  • raysson

    Gary B.:

    WATERSHIP DOWN was an animated cartoon…..NOT A WAR MOVIE!!!

  • raysson

    “TORA! TORA! TORA!” has be ranked among the best of the great World War II Movies of all time. It’s right up there with “PATTON” and “MIDWAY”. From the previous comment, Turner Classic Movies shows From Here To Eternity, The Dirty Dozen and Von Ryan’s Express not to mention The Great Escape every so often. TCM recently showed Saving Private Ryan as a tribute to Steven Spielburg. They need to show more vintage war movies often.

    • CWS_FAN

      Ah yes; TCM for chopped up films. Moreover colorized renditions of classic black and white films. Money does not buy class.

  • Raymond

    Ronald Reagan in HELLCATS OF THE NAVY
    Glenn Ford and Ernest Borgnine in TORPEDO RUN

  • John Patterson

    Okay.Civil War:”Gettysburg”;”Gods&Generals”;”Glory”.
    Indian Wars:John Ford/John Wayne’s Cavalry Trilogy;Sam Peckinpah’s”Major Dundee”;John Ford’s”Sergeant Rutledge”.
    Spanish American War:1997’s Mini Series”Rough Riders”.
    WWI:”Sergeant York”;”The Blue Max”.
    WWII:North African Theatre:”Sahara”;”The Desert Fox/Desert Rats”.
    European Theatre:”The Longest Day”;”Saving Private Ryan”;”Red Tails”;”The Great Escape”;”The Dirty Dozen”;”Patton”;”Twelve O’clock High”;”The Devil’s Brigade”;”To Hell and Back”;”Battleground”;”Big Red One”;”A Bridge Too Far”.
    China Burma India Theater:”Flying Tigers”;”Merrill’s Marauders”;”Never so Few”.
    Pacific Theater:”Tora Tora Tora”;”Pearl Harbor;”Sands of Iwo Jima”;”Battlecry”;”The Great Raid”;
    “Air Force”;”Midway”;”Flying Leathernecks”;”Thin Red Line”;”From Here to Eternity”;”PT109″;”Flags of Our Fathers”/”Letters From Iwo Jima”;”Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo”;”Halls of Montezuma”..
    England Stands Alone:”Battle of Britian”;’633 Squadron”.
    Russian Front:”Enemy At The Gates”.
    War on the Sea:”The Enemy Below”;”Operation Pacific”.
    Comedies:”Operation Petticoat”;”Catch 22″.
    Korea:”MASH”;”Bridges at Toko Ri”;”The Hunters”;”All the Young Men”.
    Cold War:”Dr.Strangelove”;”Fail Safe”.
    Vietnam:”Flight of the Intruder”;”Full Metal Jacket”;”Hamburger Hill”.
    Comedies:”Good Morning Vietnam”.
    Gulf War:”Three Kings”;”Courage Under Fire”.
    Iraq War:”Home of the Brave”.
    Military Movies*(*Not really war movies):”A Few Good Men”;”Antwone Fischer”.

  • raysson

    12’O CLOCK HIGH was not only a great World War II movie,but also became a great television series in its own right. Gregory Peck was in the 1949 theatrical version that won the Oscar.
    Robert Lansing was in the television series of the same title.

    • Mark Malak

      Couldn’t agree more.The outstanding cast in the movie brought out the real horror of war without all the blood and guts like they do it now.The TV show was great,too.I never missed it,though it did lose alot when Lansing left.

  • Burl A. Morgan

    The Great Escape is the best for WW2, Sgt. York for WW1.

  • pat & chuck

    It’s too hard to pick just one. The best war movies involving the home front are The White Cliffs of Dover, Mrs. Miniver, and Since You Went Away. The best war movies regarding battles are The Longest Day, Tora Tora Tora, and The Great Escape.

  • Griz

    A Walk In The Sun was a very good ensemble movie and my favorite, The Longest Day (First week every June), John Ford’s Cavalry Trilogy with John Wayne and cast-

  • Art

    The Fighting Sullivans

  • Eglzflyt

    Rev War: The Patriot
    WWI: Sargent York
    WWII: To Hell and Back; In Harms’ Way
    Vietnam War: We Were Soldiers

  • oldfarter

    Hands down, my favorite war movie is the WWI drama, “Lawrence of Arabia”. Folks tend to forget it’s a war movie. For “had a bad day” watching, for my money you can’t beat “The Dirty Dozen”.

  • BernardS

    From Here to Eternity, The Search, The Bridge on the River Kwai are my TOP THREE war
    movies. Nothing else comes close.

  • Laura B.

    All Quiet on the Western Front, with young and beautiful Lew Ayres (and won Best Picture).

  • thackeraybill@yahoo.com

    A number of great war movies:From Here to Eternity, Lawrence of Arabia, The Bridge on the River Kwai, To Hell and Back, Sargent York, 12 O’Clock High — But the two most memorable are Battleground from WW II and Go Tell the Spartans from Vietnam. The Burt Lancaster movie, Spartans, gives a highly accurate account of our abandoning a winning strategy in Vietnam — called the “Safe Villages Strategy — for the foolish, wasteful, expensive, massive bombing raids on the north. As we abandoned the safe villages, our friends among the Vietnamese people were routinely slaughtered by the tens of thousands — LBJ’s bombing and withdrawal of protective American troops from safe villages very literally lost us the war. Go Tell the Spartans tells the story of this strategy and its ultimate failure. Great movie! great acting w/ Lancaster!!

    • CWS_FAN

      I thought that I was the only one around who liked Tell It To The Spartans. Burt Lancaster was the best.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Lots of good nominees, Folks. I would quibble that THE FIGHTING SULLIVANS and FROM HERE TO ETERNITY are not “war’ movies, per se, as much as “pre-war” movies as the out break of WWII is basically the climax of each.

    Good call, BTW, on LAWRENCE OF ARABIA as a “War” movie.

    IMPOSSIBLE to pick one but if I had to, it would be TWELVE O’CLOCK HIGH. Despite very limited combat scenes (and only actual combat footage used) it is as good a war movie as any ever made.

    One that I haven’t seen mentioned and is seldom shown is HALLS OF MONTEZUMA. Very similar “Burden/Stress of Command” tone to TWELVE O’CLOCK HIGH. The under-rated,Richard Widmark, is a Marine Lt pushed to the breaking point as he leads is men on an unspecified South Pacific island.
    Another good “Cold War” nominee would be THE BEDFORD INCIDENT starring Widmark and Sidney Poitier. An American destroyer tracks a Russian sub that has violated NATO territorial waters.
    I would add 2 more starring Robert Mitchum:
    THE STORY OF G.I. JOE, co-starring Burgess Meredith as war correspondent, Ernie Pyle.
    THE ENEMY BELOW, co-starring Curt Jurgens as a German U-Boat skipper matching wits with Destroyer Escort commander, Mitchum.

    • NCLyle

      All excellent choices Albert. I couldn’t agree more. Additionally, I love Tucson.

  • raymond

    Great List by the way. I have compiled a complete listing of 100 of the Greatest World War II Movie Ever Made on my “Flixster” site. Go to “Flixster” @www.flixster.com/rayman0071

  • raymond

    David Lean made two great War Movies that were Oscar winners.
    “BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI” was the winner of 5 Oscars including Best Picture of 1957.

    “LAWRENCE OF ARABIA”-Went on to become one of the biggest colossal hit in the history of Columbia Pictures that went on to win 7 Oscars including Best Picture of 1962. It is astounding that LAWRENCE OF ARABIA was Columbia’s biggest hit a huge colossal masterpiece that became a major moneymaker for the studio. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA was the studio’s top-grossing picture for 15 years until CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND dethroned it in 1977.

  • raymond

    2013 MARKS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1963 MOVIE “THE GREAT ESCAPE”. The ALL TIME World War II epic with James Garner and Steve McQueen went to become the second highest grossing picture of 1963…a huge moneymaker for the Mirisch Corporation and United Artists.

  • taj683

    I vote for PATTON. The reason being is that it was one of the first movies that showed how politics dictated military moves behind the scenes during wartime situations. How many lives were lost due unnecessarily due to political moves instead of thought out strategic moves? The thought of Patton and MacArthur continuing on to Moscow is a very interesting plot that didn’t happen due to politics.
    This just may be one of the hardest categories to pick just one movie. I like the idea of categorizing them somehow but if I have to pick just one then it’s PATTON for me.

  • FalmouthBill

    I don’t have a particular favorite, but,war movies I watch frequently are:
    The Enemy Below
    Stalag 17
    The Night of the Generals
    The Dirty Dozen
    Kelly’s Heroes
    The Purple Heart
    Heaven knows Mr. Allison
    The Caine Mutiny [ this is probably not considered a “war” movie]

  • George Washington

    All of the movies listed ahead of me are great. One series I liked a lot was The Pacific.

  • edro3111

    My favs are The Great Escape and Patton but hell, you can’t go wrong on just about any war movie made in the 40’s through the 70’s!

    • CWS_FAN

      Thanks for the graphic.

  • Lucius

    Night of the generals

  • Lucius

    Two others: the train and in harms way

  • Gayle Feyrer

    Lawrence of Arabia! I’d never have thought of it as a “war movie,” but I suppose it is. Since it’s in my top 10 movies, that’s definitely the one. I guess next is The Deer Hunter, though it’s almost more about violence than war, but I love the acting and it’s a heart-wrenching story. In general, I can take serial killer flics, and even horror movies more easily than war movies, though war movies beat boxing movies. I end up covering my eyes in those. Does mercenary count? Then Dogs of War is next, though it’s a fictional war so I guess it’s out. So Bridge on the River Kwai and From Here to Eternity are next.

  • Oldman054

    Sargent York. To Hell and Back and because my uncle was there and was one of the men in the mess hall during the real attack, TORA TORA TORA.

  • Artist10200

    Saving Private Ryan is one of the best. It really shows what war is like, not the phony stuff that John Wayne did.

  • rhill3850

    John Wayne made movies for entertainment; not a social statement.

    • CWS_FAN

      TrueExcept for the Green Berets. Much needed at the time.

  • Phil

    Full Metal jacket, Apocalypse Now, Saving Pvt. Ryan Crimson Tide, K-19 , Kelly’s Heroes, Valkyrie, Inglorious Bastards, Hunt for the Red October, Tora tora Tora, , Tears of the Sun, and Black Hawk Down & Pearl Harbor !!!!

    • jbourne5181

      is’nt it amazing how chunky Vincent D’Onofrio was in that movie? most people don’t even recognize him

  • Jerry

    Take the High Ground Basic Training During the Korean War, Stalag 17, Combat, Auction in The North Atlantic, Casablanca, Mash, Pork Chop Hill, Spy that came out of the Cold good Cold War Film, They came by Night.

    • Jerry

      My mistake All through the Night nt They came by night.

  • Timothy Crowe

    Saving Private Ryan, Kelly’s Heroes, Das Boot- as the whole film is brought down to a very human personal level (RECOMMENDED) and Holacaust -extremely harrowing a prime example of man’s inhumanity to man.

  • William Donovan

    voyage to the bottom of the sea

    • raysson

      Irwin Allen’ classic 1961 science fiction adventure VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA is NOT classified in the World War II category. It is classified under the “Cold War” era of movies and this film was released during the height of the “Cold War”. It is however a great movie starring Walter Pidgeon and Peter Lorre. VOYAGE is a prime example of man’s humanity not only to himself but his own environment and the world beneath it. A Classic movie that when on to become a classic weekly TV-series under the same title itself that is one of my all time favorites!

    • jbourne5181

      WTF are you smoking?

  • raysson

    There was a great World War II movie called HALOCAUST that was produced under Billy Graham’s production company that had a short theatrical run in 1972 upon its release. And speaking of a human personal level,you may want to add Steven Spielburg’s SCHINDLER’S LIST. A movie that saw man’s inhumanity to man and the way man treats his fellow beings.

  • movie buff

    A lot of great war movies listed below. I particularly like Waterloo. The performances of Steiger as Napoleon and Christopher Plummer as Wellington are outstanding. Very well filmed with tremendous battle scenes and a great screenplay. I also like Gettysburg and Tora Tora Tora. Very well done.

  • Darnell

    The realism of ” Saving Private Ryan” makes it almost the best ‘anti-war’ movie ever made… I’ll never forget that transparent American Flag…. It makes me cry everytime.

  • Dana Thompson

    Okay, I know not many folks liked it, but I loved “Pearl Harbor” and of course “Saving Private Ryan”

    • Al Hooper

      I agree re: “Pearl Harbor.” A masterful treatment of characters caught in the pincers of history. The critics didn’t like it because it wasn’t soapy enough for them. But it was and is a great flick.
      – Al Hooper (E-HOOPER.COM)

      • raysson

        Al Hooper,
        The same can be said about Otto Preminger’s 1965 World War II Epic “IN HARM’S WAY” about the attack on Pearl Harbor. Upon its theatrical release,the critics bashed it since it was close to a three-hour soap opera,not to mention some exciting battle sequences along with extensive footage of actual events.This movie had an all-star cast ranging from Kirk Douglas, Henry Fonda,and John Wayne.

        But Michael Bay’s 2001 version of “Pearl Harbor” was masterful in its own way not to mention it was laden with over the top CGI special effects. Upon its theatrical release(it came out around the Memorial Day weekend of 2001)it was clobbered by the critics and audiences alike since it was more than a three and a half hour soap opera added with over the top action sequences.

  • Bill

    12 O’clock High was, perhaps, the most real war movie of it’s time, showing every aspect of modern conflict.

  • John

    There no doubt about Hell and Back about the most decorated soldier in the history of World War II Audrey Murphy.

  • John Patterson

    Civil War:Glory;Shennandoah.Indian Wars:John Ford’s”Cavalry Trilogy”;”Sergeant Rutledge”.
    Spanish American War:”Rough Riders”.WWI:”The Blue Max”;”Sergeant York”.WWII:ETO:”The Longest Day”;”Saving Private Ryan”;”The Dirty Dozen””;”The Big Red One”;”Saving Private Ryan”;”The Battle of the Bulge”;”Battleground”;”Band of Brothers”;”The Enemy Below”.Pacific Theatre:”Tora Tora Tora”;”Midway”;”Flying Tigers”;”Flying Leathernecks”;”Sands of Iwo Jima”;”The Pacific”;”Windtalkers”;”Flags of our Fathers”;”Merrill’s Marauders”;”The Great Raid”;”From Here to Etrernity”.
    Korea:”Bridges at Toko Ri”;”The Hunters”;”Pork Chop Hill”.
    Vietnam:”Full Metal Jacket”;”Flight of the Intruder”;”Hamburger Hill”.
    Gulf War:”Courage Under Fire”.Bosnia:”Behind Enemy Lines”.
    War Comedies:”Good Morning Vietnam”;”Catch 22″;”Operation Pacific”;”M*A*S*H”.
    Military Dramas:”A Few Good Men”;”Crimson Tide”;”Manchurian Candidate”;”Antwone Fisher”.

  • Sandeaux

    Attack! (Robert Aldrich.Jack Palance) All Quiet on the Western Front( Lewis Milestone) Pork Chop Hill (Lewis Milestone. Gregory Peck) The Deer Hunter ( Michael Cimino. Robert De Niro) Stalag 17 ( Billy Wilder. William Holden) Thew Young Lions ( Edward Dmytryk. Marlon Brando. Montgomery Clift. Dean Martin) Patton ( Franklin J. Schaffner. George C. Scott) Patriot ( Roland Emmerich.Mel Gibson) Saving private Ryan (Steven Speilberg.Tom Hanks) Wintalkers ( John Woo. Nicolas Cage) From Here to eternity ( Fred Zinneman. Burt Lancaster. Montgomery Clift. Frank Sinatra) The Longest Day (Darryl F.Zanuck) Objective Burma (Raoul Walsh. Errol Flynn) The Naked and the dead ( Raoul Walsh.Aldo Ray) Men in War( Anthony Mann. Robert Ryan.Aldo Ray) The Great Escape (John Sturges, Steve McQueen. James Garner)War and Peace(King Vidor. Audrey Hepburn.Mel Ferrer) Sergeant York( Howard Hawks. Gary Cooper)

    • Rustle Crow

      Thank you for mentioning “Attack”. One of my favorites.

  • T. La Pare

    “To Hell and Back” and “Stalag17″! Stalag17 is my all time favorite Christmas movie!

  • Ellen Christy Snyder

    Full Metal Jacket and Battle Cry.

  • DeLores Wright

    My Fav all -time war movie has to be “The Dirty Dozen”…

    • raysson

      DeLores Wright:
      THE DIRTY DOZEN became one of the highest grossing pictures of 1967…a colossal hit for MGM….a World War II bonanza that beat out that year’s 007 picture “You Only Live Twice” as the top winner at the boxoffice in 1967. And speaking of THE DIRTY DOZEN you have a top notch cast included Lee Marvin(in the role that define his career),with

      Jim Brown, Charles Bronson, Richard Jaeckel, Ernest Borgnine, George Kennedy,with Ralph Meeker and Clint Walker among others!!!

  • Ray Mares

    Battleground (1949) …No Question- also check cast…
    Van Johnson John Hodiak Ricardo Montalban …
    George Murphy ..Marshall Thompson Don Taylor …
    James Whitmore Douglas Fowley … Leon Ames Herbert Anderson
    Richard Jaeckel … James Arness

    • alan

      To this day, James Whitmore, on seeing his shadow, looking up, lip quivering, and screaming “Look. Its shining.” still brings tear to my eyes

      • Ray Mares

        Yeah, great moment in a great film…first one that captured the REAL war.

        • Rustle Crow

          And that scene where the American and German fight hand-to-hand, all you see are their legs as they roll around. And then the American gets up, and he has blood all over his mouth, and you realize he bit the German’s throat out. Not your everyday glory of war movie.

    • raysson

      15 of MGM’s best male actors starred in this action-packed World War II drama from 1949 called BATTLEGROUND that featured MGM’s best male leads in one picture!!!
      You have Van Johnson,Cesar Romero, Ricardo Montalban, George Murphy, Don Taylor,
      Leon Ames, James Whitmore, John Hodiak, Herbert Anderson, Richard Jaeckel and Marshall Thompson,and in a small but supporting role a very young James Arness

  • Guido Muldoon

    WWI – All Quiet on the Western Front
    WWII – Stalag 17; They Were Expendable; The Bridge on the River Kwai; The Great Escape
    Korea – The Bridges at Toko-Ri
    Vietnam – Platoon

    Honorable Mention – Father Goose

    • Gnslinger99

      Stalag 17 is a gret movie. I haven’t seen it years though

      • raysson

        Otto Preminger’s “Stalag 17″ was one of the great war movies from the golden age of the 1950’s. Released in 1953,the film was a huge hit and it was nominated for 7 Oscars including Best Picture,and won William Holden the Oscar for Best Actor. It has a great cast that featured Peter Graves, Richard Jaeckel,and even Otto Preminger himself in the role and the head general of the P.O.W. prison during World War II. “Stalag 17″ was indeed the basis and the inspiration for the television series “Hogan’s Heroes” just in case you wanted to know.

  • julian

    My favourite war movie is “PATHS OF GLORY”, with Kirk Douglas, Adolphe Menjou etc….
    in fact, it is one of my favourite movies of any type, along with several others including
    ……and just about any movie by Werner Herzog!! (his best, for me, was “AGUIRRE, WRATH
    OF GOD”

  • julian

    I forgot to say that I have recently seeh
    a new movie named “PRIVATE PEACEFUL”, which
    reminded me a lot of “Paths of Glory”………..see it (“Private Peaceful”) when and if you can
    it was released here in New Zealand about six weeks ago.

  • JON


  • Monique LaCosta

    My favorites involve the aftermath of War: Coming Home with Jane Fonda and The Best Years of Our Lives (1946). I also like The Dirty Dozen and I can appreciate Platoon which showed very realistic combat scenes.

  • raysson

    “In Love And War” starring Steve McQueen,Robert Wagner,Jeffrey Hunter and Dana Wynter is available on DVD through the Amazon website. It is available on Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Released by Columbia Pictures in 1962.

    Also Available on DVD too….”Hell Is For Heroes” with the great Steve McQueen along with Fess Parker,Simon Oakland,Claude Akins,and in his feature debut the great Bob Newhart from 1962!

    • Vann Morrison

      raysson, I believe you’re thinking of “The War Lover”. McQueen and Wagner are pilot and co-pilot on a B-17 with Dana Wynter as their mutual love interest.
      “In Love and War” Wagner and Hunter are Marines in the Pacific.
      Both are good movies.

  • Debbie Collins

    In Harm’s Way

    • Mike Otworth

      -Agree! Fantastic cast and great direction by Otto Preminger. Also very effective score, including the very unusual closing credits.

      • raysson

        Agree! Directed by Otto Preminger with an effective Oscar nominated score by Jerry Goldsmith. IN HARM’S WAY was listed with an all star cast that included John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Glenn Ford, Burgess Meredith and Hugh O’Brien.
        Also recommended FROM HERE TO ETERNITY…the Best Picture winner of 1953

  • Garry Ireton

    One movie based on the return of a Vietnam vet ,who returns from nam needing help From the VA but is turned away is The Park Is Mine ,Starting Tommy Lee Jones as the vet needing help but is turned away and takes over Central Park in New York city, I seen it once maybe twice on TV it is not shown much I believe our government did not want it shown

  • maureengp

    The Americanization of Emily. The Longest Day. Casablanca. Glory. Gettysburg. Atonement (just for scene at Dunkirk!).

  • Shirley

    Dirty Dozen without a doubt !

    • raysson

      THE DIRTY DOZEN became one of the top grossing films of 1967,beating out that year’s James Bond movie YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE as it took box-office gold. This was the moneymaker of 1967 and a HUGE winner for MGM.

  • N

    The big parade!

  • ernie brass

    band of brothers

  • raysson

    MURPHY’S WAR was a World War II adventure film from 1971 starring Peter O’Toole.

  • raysson

    THE HILL….one of the great World War II movie set in a P.O.W. prison camp in Africa that was directed by the great Sidney Lumet and Starring Sean Connery.

  • jbourne5181

    no question about it , for me it’s Platoon which I’ve watched at least 50 times and once or twice a year I’ll take a weekend day to myself and watch Band of Brothers straight through

    • raysson

      PLATOON was one of the most harrowing and intense films that ever depicted the battle of the Vietnam War during the 1960’s. Oliver Stone’s brilliant war epic became a huge boxoffice hit,sweeping five Oscars including the Best Picture statue for 1986. The movie made stars out of Willem Dafoe, Tom Bergener, and Charlie Sheen. PLATOON became one of the influential movies to come out of the 1980’s the depicted the struggle and insanity of soldiers in the Vietnam War. PLATOON is right up their with THE DEER HUNTER and APOCALYPSE NOW and WHEN WE WERE SOLDIERS in its graphic and violent detail of the Vietnam War.

      Another movie that is very good is BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY with Tom Cruise from 1991.

  • tophat

    Has anyone seen ” Hanoi Hilton “?

  • Gnslinger99

    I think the Sands of Iwo Jima was a great war movie

  • raysson

    Two underrated movies that are NOT even mentioned here….First is the 1967 World War II Movie “FIRST TO FIGHT” that starred Chad Everett(later of “Medical Center” fame,and before that was in the short-lived western series “The Dakotas”)as the sole survive when his squad is ambushed at Guadalcanal and is decorated a war hero who returns to fight one last time. Great movie. With a powerful screenplay written by Gene L. Coon(who also wrote several episodes of the TV-shows “Have Gun With Travel”,”The Man From UNCLE”,”The Wild Wild West”,and “Star Trek”)…..A Must See available on DVD through Warner Home Video.

    The other one was called “THE YOUNG WARRIORS”,that was released that same year. This movie was based on a short story by acclaimed writer Richard Matheson which was based on his experiences as a soldier in World War II. The film stars James Drury(of the television western series “The Virginian”) as a tough sergeant who takes over a squad of young recruits where they’re assigned on a dangerous mission against the Germans. The film also stars Robert Pine,Steve Carlson, Jeff Scott, Norman Fell, Buck Young,and features a youthful Kent McCord(later of “Adam 12″ fame) as one of the young recruits. It also features Tony Dow(yes,Wally of “Leave It To Beaver” fame)as another one of the young recruits. This is one of the underrated World War II Movies that is not available on DVD. Released by Universal Pictures.

  • TomC

    “Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence” and “A Town called Alice” were two great Japanese POW films. David Bowie is brilliant as the passive resister Mr. Lawrence and Brian Brown was awesome as the Aussie prisoner who’s disrespectful attitude saves his life.

  • Markoosie Patsauq

    Bridge Too Far, Longest Day, Battle of Bulge. Tops in my opinion

  • jbourne5181

    one word answer – Platoon

  • Joan

    Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison! Wonderful performance by Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr. Two very different people stranded on an island during WWII. Can’t see it often enough!

  • Michele Wood

    Battleground and the aftermath movie The Best Years of our Lives

    • raysson

      William Wyler’s THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES won 5 Oscars including Best Picture of 1946. This was a movie that dealt with our soldiers coming home and the aftermath that follows after their service in World War II. Poignant movie with incredible performances throughout its entire 168 minute run.

      • Michele Wood

        Thanks it is one of my favorites

    • Mindy Newell

      BRILLIANT movie, one of my very, very favorites, a perfect “war’s aftermath” film that really hits (and excuse the pun) home.

  • jonsilver

    Midway, The Train, The Great Escape, Battleground, The Americanization of Emily, Fort Apache, Patton, MASH, Apocalypse Now and, of course, Casablanca.

    • grandeur70

      Agree with you with THE GREEN BERETS. THE DEER HUNTER is one of the all time greats in cinema.

  • classic movies lady

    My favorite war movie is Destination Tokyo. When the young man had to have an operation for his appendix, it hit close to home because I had to have an emergency operation for ruptured appendix when I was in the seventh grade. In fact, I had two operations back-to-back. I was not able to go back to school until I was in the eighth grade. I know exactly how that young man felt!

  • raysson

    Not to mention the Steven Spielburg World War II comedy spoof “1941”

  • A Pruden

    Lone Survivor starring Mark Wahlberg, based off a real event of Navy Seals doing extraordinary actions.

  • MovieFan

    Das Boot, Patton, They Were Expendable, Saving Private Ryan, A Walk In The Sun

  • edro3111

    Destination Tokyo, Apocalypse Now and 12 O’Clock High.

  • Otter

    The Winds of War and War and Remembrance.

    • grandeur70

      They were TV SERIES. Does that count?

  • Rick A

    No Question, It’s “THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI”

  • Quiggy

    War is hell, whether fought on the planet Earth or in outer space. Which is why I see no reason why Starship Troopers can’t be my favorite war movie.

  • Mindy Newell


  • David Bruce Patterson

    All Quiet on the Western Front

  • raysson

    BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI won 7 Oscars including Best Picture,Best Director and Best Actor in 1957.

  • bornagain710

    The Longest Day

  • raysson

    12 O’ CLOCK HIGH with Gregory Peck.

  • OldSgt

    One war movie that doesn’t get a lot of attention is “Hell is for Heroes” with Steve McQueen, Fess Parker, James Coburn & others. Gritty, realistic to a point and uncompromising. There’s a couple of “comic relief” cast like Bobby Darrin & Bob Newhart, but otherwise a pretty good war movie. I watch it regularly…

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  • kirk

    What about The Big Red One starring Lee Marvin!!

  • stitchingkat

    As a Marine Corps wife of 32 years, I have to say my favorite is Wings of Eagles with the unbeatable John Wayne and superb and flawlessly beautiful Maureen O’Hara. She is very realistic as a military wife (Navy) in those days (and still now, with some women), as she cannot seem to reconcile her position as “non-Navy issue”. I love the evolution of her struggle to fit into her role (or quit it), which definitely mirrors many military wives’ roles throughout American history. She is different from me because I have always been proud to be a Marine Corps wife and was disappointed but understanding when my husband retired after 20 years. It definitely takes a special kind of strength, especially in wartime, but you either have it, and want to preserve your marriage, or you don’t.

  • Gazstaf

    Beneath Hill 60 & Thin Red Line!

  • Woodhen16

    Doesn’t say “modern.” “Zulu” is my favorite. About 100 soldiers stood off a fierce attack by 3-4,000 Zulus on the warpath. After the battle ended in a standoff, the Zulu warriors withdrew, saluting a brave enemy by banging on their shields with their spears. Eleven Victoria Crosses were earned by participants in the Battle of Rorke’s Drift.

    • grandeur70

      A masterpiece.It was great in 70mm.

  • bornagain710

    The Longest Day

  • Raysson


  • Vann Morrison

    Has anyone seen “Dark Blue World”? A great movie from the Czech Republic about Czech pilots flying for the RAF during the Battle of Britain. If you love Spitfires you’ll like this movie. Some good dogfight scenes and the strafing of a German FLAK train in France with the rescue of a downed pilot. Plus a love triangle between two of the Czech pilots and English actress Tara Fitzgerald. One poignant scene in the movie has the Czech pilots on bicycles with cardboard wings practicing formations and tactics. Since they don’t speak English the RAF won’t let them fly. A dogfight between a Spitfire and an ME-109 is taking place in the sky above them and all they can do is stand there and observe. A smoking 20mm shell casing falls out of the sky and lands at their feet. Half of the movie is in Czech with English subtitles and half in English.

  • jumbybird

    I’m partial to “Where Eagles Dare” and “The Guns of Navarone”

  • hiram

    A BRIDGE TOO FAR. No war movie can be considered great unless it deals at least a little with the suffering of civilians. For an unusual choice, on a small scale OPEN RANGE is a movie about the essential nature of war since 1914 — be prepared to die or to kill all of them, or at least enough of them to make them quit.

  • NavyVet6468

    Saving Private Ryan, One of my favorites, it gives a real sense of what it was like during the invasion of Normandy.

  • Roger Womack

    Pork Chop Hill

  • Roger Womack

    Soldier Blue was pretty good !

  • WDPjr

    Guns of Navarone and Great Escape are very highly entertaining. Tora Tora Tora as well.
    I think Bridge on the River Kwai is a much better movie overall, but it is so much more than a war movie that I don’t consider it as one. Same with Lawrence of Arabia. Same with Best Years of Our Lives.
    They Were Expendable is my favorite of the propaganda type movies made during WWII. Best of the later B&W WWII movies I think are The Train and The Longest Day.
    Saving Private Ryan has a tremendous opening 30 minutes or so, but after that I felt it was just an average movie. Pearl Harbor also had some great war sequences, but I didn’t much care for that movie overall.

    With so much to consider, how can anyone pick just one “favorite”???

    • grandeur70

      War films should NEVER be entertaining!

      • WDPjr

        ALL films should ALWAYS be entertaining!!! including war films.

        • grandeur70

          Do you understand the meaning of the word ‘entertaining’ ? Judging by your comment ,do you also mean that films on the horrors of the nazi death camps should ALWAYS be entertaining? Think before you make stupid and ignorant statements that ‘ALL films should ALWAYS be entertaining’!

          • WDPjr

            Lighten up, pal. Everyone knows what “entertaining” means, it is not a trick word. Movies are art. We are not talking about documentaries, and anyone who depends on Hollywood movies for historically accurate reporting is truly ignorant because movies take artistic license w/facts all the time. Nor are war movies some kind of solemn, holy rite or whatever you had in mind by saying “war films should never be entertaining”. No movie, war movie or not, is ever made for any other reason than entertainment. A movie that is not entertaining is a failure. You must be confused – just because a movie evokes strong emotional responses instead of laughter does not make that movie unentertaining. So leave me alone, I have just as much right to my opinions as you do. You should think before you make stupid and ignorant statements yourself, disparaging people you don’t know.

          • grandeur70

            You never said that documentaries were excluded. A movie could be anything including documentaries.

  • Tony

    ‘Come and See’ and ‘Paths of Glory’

    • grandeur70

      I agree .COME AND SEE. is perhaps the best war film of all time afterTHE BURMESE HARP

  • Wolfhound 5152

    A walk in the sun. Battleground. Red badge of courage.

  • Debbie R

    Saving Private Ryan

    • Vann Morrison

      Debbie, did you know that the story behind SPR is based on a paragraph in the book “Band of Brothers”? In the book there was a paratrooper named Fritz Nihland and as in the movie his three brothers were killed in action and their mother received their death notices on the same day. But, unlike the movie they actually knew where Nihland was and the Division Chaplain drove up to the front in a jeep and brought him back.

    • grandeur70

      You must be joking!

  • raysson

    John Frankenheimer’s THE TRAIN with Burt Lancaster from 1964

  • wrangler04

    to hell and back, audie murphy was a real one

  • John Fraraccio

    Hard as heck to pick, but given the choice I’d sit through The Longest Day again, from start to finish, BD in letterbox format, really good sound system, the works. A Bridge Too Far pays direct homage with probably the best color photography applied to the genre. And here’s a pitch for another foreign war movie you’d likely never heard of: Die Bruecke (“The Bridge”), which must’ve caught Darryl F. Zanuck’s eye, for he chose its director to helm The Longest Day’s “German episodes.”

  • Richard

    Two of my favorite WWII films, both British and both from 1955 are “The Dam Busters” and “The Cockleshell Heroes”. Saw them as a young teenager on TV and I never tire of watching them over and over even now at the age of 65.

  • Bill Proctor

    When we were soldiers

  • MissBrendaWI

    My Top war movies are:

    Tora Tora Tora
    A Bridge too Far
    The Great Escape
    Laurance of Arabia
    The Bridge at River Kwai
    Saveing Private Ryan
    Where Eagles Dare
    Kelly’s Heros
    The Eagle has landed
    Das Boot
    The Longest Day
    Apocalypse Now

    • WDPjr

      Nice list! You should also look at They Were Expendable if you get a chance. Made in 1945 before the war ended, intended to help in bond-selling efforts, but did not come out until after the war was over. Really excellent movie, IMHO.

    • grandeur70

      My favourites are: ( in order of preference)
      BURMESE HARP (Japan)
      COME AND SEE (Russia)
      BALLAD OF A SOLDIER (Russia)
      THE 41ST (Russia)
      LEBANON (Israel /Germany) – The story of a tank during the war. FURY never reached the same heights that LEBANON did.
      DAS BOOT (Germany) .A five part TV series that was cut for cinema release.
      QUIET FLOWS THE DON (Russia). A 2 part – 5 hour film.
      STALINGRAD (Russia).The original not the recent film with the same name.

  • Raysson

    NONE BUT THE BRAVE & VON RYAN’S EXPRESS starring Frank Sinatra

    • Vann Morrison

      Don’t forget NEVER SO FEW and KINGS GO FORTH both starring Frank Sinatra.
      Even though he wasn’t the lead in FROM HERE TO ETERNITY he had a major part.

      • WDPjr

        I enjoy WWII movies very much, and I think Sinatra is a very good actor. But I did not like “Never So Few” which I thought was a below-average war movie.

        • Vann Morrison

          WDPjr, there’s a book titled: McQueen, a Bad Boy in Hollywood.
          In the book it talks about “Never So Few”. Initally the part that Steve McQueen had was supposed to go to Sammy Davis Jr. He turned the part down and they chose McQueen as a last minute pick to fill the part.
          From what I remember reading, Sinatra and McQueen really didn’t get along that well. On the movie sets Sinatra liked to play practical jokes on the other actors. One day on the set he sneaked up behind McQueen and put a cherry bomb on the back of his cartridge belt. Steve McQueen was dislexic and was engrossed in trying to read his script and when the cherry bomb went off it scared him and he jumped. Sinatra was laughing his ass off and it made McQueen mad. So he grabbed a carbine that was loaded with blanks from a prop guy and shoved the barrel into Sinatra’s stomach and shot him several times with blanks. Which pissed Sinatra off. They almost came to blows and Sinatra finally told McQueen, “You gas me kid!” and they laughed it off.
          If you can find a copy of that book I highly recommend reading it.

          • WDPjr

            Very interesting story. I had not heard that one before, but I had heard that McQueen had conflicts w/other actors, too. Yul Brynner for instance in “Magnificent Seven”. I had also heard McQueen liked to cut his dialogue lines down to a bare minimum, although I had not heard about the dyslexia. I like to get stories like that, even tho it doesn’t make me like the movie any better! Thx.

          • raysson

            I heard Steve McQueen had conflicts with Robert Vaughn on the set of “Bullitt” where he was uncontrollable.

  • Raysson

    NONE BUT THE BRAVE marked the directorial debut of Frank Sinatra who not only stars in this but is executive producer of this movie from 1965 that also starred Clint Walker and Tommy Sands that was filmed on location in the South Seas.

  • Vann Morrison

    I just saw “FURY” with Brad Pitt. Impressive movie and very brutal. Lots of carnage. The tank battle between the Shermans and the Tiger tank is probably the best tank on tank action ever filmed. Lots and lots of WWII vehicles. I think most of them came from the Bovington Tank Museum where the Tiger tank came from. Some of the characters are abrasive and annoying.
    A lot of effort was put into movie on the period and the setting. A decent story line. The main question I have about the plot is why they didn’t send infantry support with the tanks. But then I realize it’s just for entertainment. Another decent movie about tanks is Saints and Soldiers: The Void. The third in the Saints and Soldiers series. For a movie without a huge budget it’s well acted and has a good story line. For all those who like armor there’s some tank on tank action between two M-18 Hellcats and some Pzkw IIIs. If you watch the DVD, make sure you watch the extras on the making of the movie.

    • mrpilgrim

      The infantry captain in ‘Fury’ explained that Wardaddy’s tanks was all they had to send at the time. I thought they were an excellent portrayal of a real tank crew. Being stuck in one of those death traps-that our soldiers used to call Zippos-because they went up in flames so easy, would tend to make people ‘abrasive’. And they didn’t seem that way to me. Especially when the action started, then they clicked like a well-oiled machine-which they were. And their all staying to stop the Nazi’s from possibly killing up to 2000 ‘cooks and mechanics’ and stopping a vital supply train-was what a real American tank crew would have done. Their would have been at least one soldier to make everyone stop and think before ‘running’-especially out of that bunch. And that final battle against the ‘SS’ which every American soldier hated as they did was great. They knew their chances were close to zero but stayed with it. And Bible and Wardaddy connecting on the bible verses was great also. As for dirt and grit, it was one of the most accurate movies ever. In fact capturing the essence of war and how evil and dirty it is, and how it can turn a man into an animal was perfect. I was pleasantly surprised at Pitt and the rest of them at how well they did in their portrayals. I think their long time spent with actual veterans of WWII-one a tanker-was time well spent.

      • Vann Morrison

        There’s a book titled “Death Traps” by Belton Cooper. It’s probably the best book written about WWII armor in Europe from D-Day to the end of the war. Cooper was an ordnance officer and talks extensively about the Sherman and all its inadequacies as well as their strong points. The same with German armor. In the book he goes indepth about how they recovered knocked out Sherman tanks and how they had them back into the fight within 72 hours.

        • Vann Morrison

          I just had an afterthought. There’s another book titled “Another River, Another Town” by John Irwin. Irwin was a 19 year old gunner on a Sherman tank in the last three months of the war in Europe. Towards the remaining weeks of the war he and his crew transitioned to the M-26 Pershing. It’s interesting that some of the actions he was involved with in the Pershing are also mentioned in Cooper’s book. Both books are a good.

      • Jeff Jenkins

        Your review reminded me of the “dirt and grit” and the “abrasiveness”, “fatalism” and how the crew “clicked like a well oiled machine” when the action started in “Das Boot” which I think is best viewed in German with English subtitles.

      • RicochetRabbit62


  • pegman

    “Battleground” first and right along with it would be “Das Boot”

    • Uncle Phil

      LOVED “BATTLEGROUND”, too!!!

  • raysson

    I just got back from seeing “UNBROKEN” that was directed by Angelina Jolie and was based on the harrowing story of Olympic athletic Louie Zamperini who endured a series of traumas and events during World War II including surviving 47 days adrift in the South Pacific and then went through pure hell in a Japanese POW Camp somewhere in the South Pacific and taking a brutal scenes of torture by a sadistic Japanese prison guard..but somewhere along the way he manages to escape the POW camp and lives to tell the story of his ordeal. A Must See picture!

  • Louis Martinez


  • vb

    Tora Tora Tora

    • raysson

      TORA! TORA! TORA!-45th Golden Anniversry

      PATTON-the 45th golden anniversary of two great WW2 films from 1970

      • RicochetRabbit62

        Both of those movies were GREAT, I was a ARMY BRAT & lived in W. GERMANY for 10 yrs. I could still smell death in some of the bunkers I found jumping the wire off Bittburg airbase & Bamburg tank base. I found lots of Nazi items, especially the MP 43 & a P 38 with the NAZI EAGLE & 2 WAFFEN SS BAYONET’S with there covers.

  • Michael

    The longest day.

    • grandeur70

      It would have been better if it wasn’t a “spot the movie star” type of film.

      • John

        …but it probably wouldn’t have been as popular. And Zanuck wanted EVERYONE to see it. To his credit the word must’ve gotten to all involved, star, not-yet-star or “wannabe,” to recognize what they portray. Personally I think they all do, and that helps make the film memorable.

  • dirkwrestler

    There is something to be said about too much realism: I’m still kicking the sand outta my shoes from watching the opening Beach scene in SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. Whew!

    • grandeur70

      What a very tedious film.

      • John

        After Omaha the storyline is allowed to kick in. And a contrived story line it is. But the film is about as visceral as it can get. And the more I watch Hanks the more I like his portrayal.

  • TALOS63

    King Rat is the film that has the most realism and fantasic performances.

  • buzz daly

    the purple heart

  • Vann Morrison

    I just saw American Sniper the other day. I had already read the book. Very impressive movie. If you’re a veteran you’ll understand it, especially if you were deployed and left your wife and family behind. I think Clint Eastwood has outdone himself on this one. The movie didn’t really follow the book so much, but what movie does. To me it wasn’t so much about the war or killing the bad guys as it was more about when you come home and there’s no more war to fight. What to do with yourself and how you act around family and friends. The really hard part is getting them to understand. Once again my hats off to Clint Eastwood and especially Bradley Cooper in his portrayal of Kyle. I understand why veterans and conservative minded people like the movie and why liberals hate it so much.

    • raysson

      AMERICAN SNIPER was nominated for six Oscars including Best Picture and won for Best Sound Editing.

  • raysson

    Vann….I also got the chance to see Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” over the weekend and to me it was very impressive. If you were a veteran fighting in Iraq you wouldn’t know the situation that was around them and the chances for survival they took. What does these backward retarded liberals know? Let one of these right wing liberals put on a uniform and a gun and land them in the situation in the Middle East where they would take a bullet and see what they will experience through the eyes of war veteran that has seen it all and live to tell the tale.

  • Mr. Hoover

    war of the roses !

    • raysson

      “War of the Roses” was a situation comedy with Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner and not a movie about world war 2 or the war in vietnam

      • Mr. Hoover

        A tiny dose of ( misplaced. it appears ) humor .

        • Jonathan Silverberg

          The PBS miniseries from the 60’s that had David Warner as Henry and Ian Holm as Richard Crookback?

  • http://www.1001moviequotes.com/ 1001 movie quotes

    I find Band of Brothers better than any other war movie!

    • raysson

      There was another called “Tour Of Duty” that originally was on network television that starred Tom Berenger about a group of soldiers fighting the war in Vietnam during the 1960’s and early-1970’s

  • Rustle Crow

    “Amberjack, Rossi and Clearboy are all dead in the rose garden, sir.”
    Although it’s not my favorite, and it has a little too much ’60s sensibility to it, I’ve always been partial to “Castle Keep”. I’m surprised no one else has mentioned it.

    And “Play Dirty” has to be one of the grittiest movies ever.

    • Jeff Jenkins

      I’ve seen “Castle Keep” and you are right. It is somewhat obscure and “different” but worth watching. I haven’t seen “PlayDirty” (at least I don’t think so) but I will look for it.

      • rogerscorpion

        Michael Caine & Nigel Davenport.

    • mrpilgrim

      ‘Castle Keep’–excellent movie that hardly anyone has seen let alone heard of. I tried to by it here but was told it wasn’t available anymore! The one movie I called in to order along with a big list of others, but was so bummed that they didn’t have it that I just said ‘okay, thanks anyway’.

      • rogerscorpion

        Castle Keep is great!

  • http://www.livewatchmovies.com/ Ashley Bredon Williams

    The American Snipper is the best war movie for all times. It tell the story of a solider that he never leave duty.

    • raysson

      To: Ashley Bredon Williams:
      Out of the six nominations that Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper received including the Best Picture nomination as well as for Best Actor, Best Director,Best Screenplay,and Best Supporting Actress it won the 2014 Oscar for Sound Editing. But make no mistake. American Sniper is the greatest war movie since Francis Coppula’s Apocalypse Now and Oliver Stone’s Platoon in the harrowing tale of the sniper that set the tone for American history.

      • http://www.livewatchmovies.com/ Ashley Bredon Williams

        yes it’s true so that’s why i like this movie a lot.

  • Jonathan Silverberg

    Midway, with all of that real aerial combat footage.

    • raysson

      It is best to see MIDWAY in the way it was meant to be seen in the theaters….on a super panavision widescreen and experience the excitement in SENSURROUND SOUND. Not only combinating real World War 2 aerial combat footage but seeing Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum, Glenn Ford, and James Stewart in the prime of their careers.

  • TrippyTrellis

    Gone with the Wind.

  • Debbie R

    I just saw American Sniper when it came out & I loved it. I was not aware that it was a true story either. But it was awesome.

  • Richard 1

    There a many fine war movies which makes it a hard choice, so I will list some of my favorites, “The War Lover” with Steve McQueen and Robert Wagner, Bogart in “Sahara,” “12 O’clock High” with Gregory Peck, “Pork Chop Hill” also with Peck, “The Best Years of Our Lives” with a large cast, “Schindler’s list” and “Saving Private Ryan” from Speilberg, and if you want a war comedy try “What Did you do in the War Daddy?”

  • marjiilew

    I love “The Enemy Below” and “Father Goose”. I have special ties to “The Great Escape” because the prisoner who looked after the stove was (in real life) Patrick Langford who was from my home town of Jasper, Alberta. I also have ties to “Dambusters” as another Jasper boy, Alden Cottam was killed when his plane was shot down while trying to bomb the Eder Dam. Both of those movies were great!! Also liked “Bridge on the River Kwai”.

  • mrpilgrim

    Mine used to be one of several because they were all excellent–but ‘Saving Private Ryan’, ‘Battleground’, ‘We Were Soldiers’, ‘Windtalkers’, ‘Hell Is For Heroes’, ‘Hamburger Hill’, and I’m sure I left out a couple but my best one now is the terribly under acknowledged ‘Fury’-With Brad Pitt and an excellent fellow tank crew. That whole movie was the greatest as far as the depiction of war goes, but the ending battle takes the award for number 1. I mean, as an American it will bring a tear to your eye. It shows the reason will just barely beat Hitler and the evil war machine.

    • John

      Forgot about Battleground. Excellent flick.

  • NasirJones

    Favorite would be the great escape. Follows up would be kelly’s heroes, saving private ryan and von ryan’s express

  • grandeur70

    My favourites are THE BURMESE HEART, followed by COME AND SEE; BALLAD OF A SOLDIER; LENINGRAD ( not the recent film with the same name) and PATHS OF GLORY

  • Taabish

    Very few movies are as moving as “The Pianist (2002)”.
    “The Hurt Locker” and “Saving Private Ryan” are other favorites.

  • rogerscorpion

    The Dirty Dozen!

  • Roy

    Run Silent Run Deep, Sink The Bismark

  • red red

    To Hell and Back

  • rogerscorpion

    The Dirty Dozen.

  • Dixie Rose

    In Harms Way

  • RicochetRabbit62



    My favorite war movies of all time probably are the Sam Fuller Movies, Steel Helmet and fried Bayonettes. Both which take place during the Korean War and feature an actor who I think should hav become a bigger star, Gene Evans.

  • raysson

    CHINA GATE was another great War movie directed by Samuel Fuller. This war movie set against the backdrop of the French/Indochina War had a great cast that included Gene Barry, Lee Van Cleef, Angie Dickinson and the great Nat King Cole. Wasn’t the best of Samuel Fuller’s movies but it is worth watching in the letterbox format (originally filmed in Cinemascope).

  • raysson

    CHINA GATE, released in 1957 is another underrated of Samuel Fuller’s war movies of the 1950’s

  • tolly devlin

    Air Force by Howard Hawks & John Ford’s They Were Expendable are two of my favorites, but that D-Day scene in Saving Private Ryan is a major accomplishment. Some other faves are Hamburger Hill, Pork Chop Hill, Band of Brothers,Path of Glory & Full Metal Jacket.

  • Trevelyn Wolf

    The Cruel Sea, Band of Brothers, Ike: Countdown to D-Day.

  • Alex Krajci

    Saving Private Ryan (1998)

  • William Gonnella

    Sahara, with Humphrey Bogart and Sink the Bismark are my alltime favorite war movies.