Login

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....

Black Hawk Down (2001)

7.7/10
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, Eric Bana, William Fichtner, Ewen Br...

Director Ridley Scott's gut-wrenching military drama chronicles the doomed 1993 mission of American forces in the war-torn Somali capital of Mogadishu... Read more

Black Hawk Down ( Blu-ray ) (2001)

7.7/10
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, Eric Bana, William Fichtner, Ewen Br...

Director Ridley Scott's gut-wrenching military drama chronicles the doomed 1993 mission of American forces in the war-torn Somali capital of Mogadishu... Read more

Blood Diamond (2006)

8/10
Director: Edward Zwick
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou, Jennifer Connelly, Arnold Vosloo, Kagiso Kuyp...

Mainstream director Edward Zwick tackles the political in this searing action-thriller set during Sierra Leone's bloody civil war. Leonardo DiCaprio... Read more

Blood Diamond ( Blu-ray ) (2006)

8/10
Director: Edward Zwick
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou, Jennifer Connelly, Arnold Vosloo, Kagiso Kuyp...

Mainstream director Edward Zwick tackles the political in this searing action-thriller set during Sierra Leone's bloody civil war. Leonardo DiCaprio p... Read more

Bomber Harris (1989)

7.2/10
Starring: John Thaw, Robert Hardy

John Thaw gives a compelling and insightful performance as the Commander-in-Chief of RAF Bomber Command, Sir Arthur Harris. One of the most controvers... Read more

Bombshell: Series 1 (2005)

7.3/10
Director: Jim Loach
Starring: Zoe Lucker, Andrew McKay, Robert Beck, Emma Rydal

About a modern British army that's at war with itself - since the bombshell of Equal Opportunities dropped in its midst. To get recruits, the army now... Read more

Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace (2000)

6.3/10
Director: Eric Till
Starring: Robert Joy, Ulrich Noethen, Ulrich Tukur

What is a moral person to do in a time of savage immorality? That question tormented Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German clergyman of great distinction who... Read more

Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

7.2/10
Director: Oliver Stone
Starring: Raymond J Barry, Tom Berenger, Tom Cruise, Willem Dafoe, Caroline Kava

The gut-wrenching true story of Ron Kovic, a Vietnam vet who was left paralyzed by a sniper's bullet in battle and returned home to eventually become... Read more

Break of Day (1976)

6.4/10
Director: Ken Hannam
Starring: Sara Kestelman, Andrew McFarlane, John Bell

Made during a 'Golden Age' of Australian cinema (the period saw films such as 'Picnic at Hanging Rock', 'The Devil's Playground' and 'The Getting of W... Read more

Breaker Morant (1980)

7.9/10
Director: Bruce Beresford
Starring: Bryan Brown, Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson, Lewis Fitz-Gerald

The film that brought world acclaim for Edward Woodward, tells the true story of Lieutenant Harry 'Breaker' Morant in the Boer War in South Africa, 19... Read more