War and Anti-War Films

"War and Anti-War Films" often acknowledge the horror and heartbreak of war, letting the actual combat fighting or conflict (against nations or humankind) provide the primary plot or background for the action of the film. Typical elements in the action-oriented war plots include POW camp experiences and escapes, submarine warfare, espionage, personal heroism, "war is hell" brutalities, air dogfights, tough trench/infantry experiences, or male-bonding buddy adventures during wartime. Themes explored in war films include combat, survivor and escape stories, tales of gallant sacrifice and struggle, studies of the futility and inhumanity of battle, the effects of war on society, and intelligent and profound explorations of the moral and human issues. Listed below are all the very best of this genre. Scroll yer heart out....

Battle Hymn (1957)

Director: Douglas Sirk
Starring: Dan Duryea, Don DeFore, Martha Hyer, Rock Hudson

"Battle Hymn" was inspired by the true story of American minister Dean Hess, played here with rare sensitivity by Rock Hudson. A bomber pilot during W... Read more

Battle Of Britain (1969)

Director: Guy Hamilton
Starring: Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier, Christopher Plummer, Robert Shaw, Trevor Howard...

Featuring a stellar cast, including Michael Caine, Trevor Howard, Laurence Olivier, Christopher Plummer, Michael Redgrave, Robert Shaw and Susannah Yo... Read more

Battle of the Brave (2004)

Director: Jean Beaudin
Starring: Irene Jacob, Jason Isaacs, Colm Meaney, Tim Roth, Gerard Depardieu, Noemie Godin...

AKA 'New France'. Gerard Depardieu, Vincent Perez, and Jason Isaacs star in this sweeping historical account of the mid-18th century battle waged betw... Read more

Battle of the Bulge (1965)

Director: Ken Annakin
Starring: Henry Fonda, Robert Shaw, Robert Ryan, Telly Savalas, Charles Bronson

Spectacular battle sequences highlight this all-star WW II epic. It's the Allied troops vs the Nazi Panzers in the Ardennes, with some of the greatest... Read more

Battle of the Bulge ( Blu-ray ) (1965)

Director: Ken Annakin
Starring: Henry Fonda, Robert Shaw, Robert Ryan, Telly Savalas, Charles Bronson

Spectacular battle sequences and an all-star cast highlight this WWII epic that chronicles one of the war's most crucial conflicts. It's the Allied tr... Read more

Battle of the V.1 (1958)

Director: Vernon Sewell
Starring: Michael Rennie, David Knight, Patricia Medina

Michael Rennie stars in this tense, action-packed thriller set in occupied Europe during the Second World War and based on real life events. Stefan (R... Read more

Battleground (1949)

Director: William A Wellman
Starring: Van Johnson, John Hodiak, Ricardo Montalban

An oscar-winning account of the Battle of the Bulge, and the American foot soldiers who were trapped by the Germans in Bastogne during the fighting. Read more

Battleship (2012)

Director: Peter Berg
Starring: Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano, Alexander Skarsgard, Taylor Kitsch, Rihanna , Brook...

Based on the classic board game, this sci-fi actioner concerns an alien armada from an Earth-like planet that arrives on our world in response to a NA... Read more

Beach Red (1967)

Director: Cornel Wilde
Starring: Cornel Wilde, Rip Torn, Burr De Benning

Cornel Wilde produced, directed, co-wrote, and stars in this gritty and honest World War II tale that intercuts poignant flashbacks with intense battl... Read more

Beautiful Dreamer (2006)

Director: Terri Farley-Teruel
Starring: Colin Egglefield, Brooke Langton

Beautifully photographed and designed, this romantic war drama focuses on the after effects of World War II. Colin Egglesfield plays Joe, a bomber pil... Read more