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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....

Behind Enemy Lines (2001)

6.4/10
Director: John Moore
Starring: Owen Wilson, Gene Hackman, Joaquim de Almeida, David Keith

Navy air navigator Owen Wilson gets the chance to prove his expertise by getting the call from Admiral Gene Hackman to join fellow pilot Gabriel Macht... Read more

Behind Enemy Lines ( Blu-ray ) (2001)

6.4/10
Director: John Moore
Starring: David Keith, Gene Hackman, Joaquim de Almeida, Olek Krupa, Owen Wilson

Navy air navigator Owen Wilson gets the chance to prove his expertise by getting the call from Admiral Gene Hackman to join fellow pilot Gabriel Macht... Read more

Behind Enemy Lines 2: Axis of Evil (2006)

Director: James Dodson
Starring: Bruce McGill, Keith David, Peter Coyote

North Korea is threatening to flex their nuclear muscle, and it's up to a team of US Navy Seals to prevent a catastrophe in this action-packed sequel... Read more

Behind the Lines ( Regeneration ) (1997)

7.1/10
Director: Gillies MacKinnon
Starring: Jonathan Pryce, James Wilby, Jonny Lee Miller, Stuart Bunce

A Scottish military hospital in World War I is the setting for this unusual and gripping drama based on Pat Barker's novel 'Regeneration'. Psychiatris... Read more

Belle and Sebastian ( Belle et Sebastien ) (2013)

7.6/10
Director: Nicolas Vanier
Starring: Tcheky Karyo, Felix Bossuet

Belle and Sebastian is set high in the snowy Alps during the Second World War. The resourceful Sebastian (an adorable Félix Bossuet) is a lonely boy w... Read more

Beneath Hill 60 (2010)

7.1/10
Director: Jeremy Sims
Starring: Anthony Hayes, Bob Franklin, Chris Haywood, Jacqueline McKenzie, Gyton Grantley,...

1916. Queensland miner, Oliver Woodward (Brendan Cowell), undertrained and never having faced hostile fire before, finds himself on the Western Front... Read more

Best Defence (1984)

Director: Willard Huyck
Starring: Dudley Moore, Eddie Murphy, Kate Capshaw

A military weapons engineer struggles to do his job responsibly, while a hapless tank commander has to live with the consequences in combat years late... Read more

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016)

6.3/10
Director: Ang Lee
Starring: Chris Tucker, Steve Martin, Vin Diesel, Kristen Stewart, Joe Alwyn, Garrett Hedl...

Two-time Academy Award® winner Ang Lee brings his extraordinary vision to Billy Lynns Long Halftime Walk, based on the widely-acclaimed, bestselling... Read more

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (Blu-ray) (2016)

6.2/10
Director: Ang Lee
Starring: Chris Tucker, Steve Martin, Vin Diesel, Kristen Stewart, Joe Alwyn, Garrett Hedl...

Two-time Academy Award® winner Ang Lee brings his extraordinary vision to Billy Lynns Long Halftime Walk, based on the widely-acclaimed, bestselling... Read more

Birdsong (2012)

7.4/10
Director: Philip Martin
Starring: Anthony Andrews, Matthew Goode, Marie-Josee Croze, Clemence Poesy, Eddie Redmayn...

This two-part made-for-British-television adaptation of Sebastian Faulks' epic love story stars Eddie Redmayne and Clemence Poesy. The action moves be... Read more