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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....

300: Rise of an Empire ( Blu-ray ) (2014)

6.2/10
Director: Noam Murro
Starring: Hans Matheson, Lena Headey, Rodrigo Santoro, Eva Green, Sullivan Stapleton

This new chapter of the epic saga "300", told in the breathtaking visual style that defined the original blockbuster, brings the fight for glory to a... Read more

49th Parallel (1941)

7.4/10
Director: Michael Powell
Starring: Leslie Howard, Eric Portman, Anton Walbrook, Laurence Olivier, Raymond Massey

A powerful and important piece of World War 2 propaganda, which controversially was filmed from the point of view of a group of German soldiers. Asked... Read more

633 Squadron (1963)

6.4/10
Director: Walter Grauman
Starring: Cliff Robertson, Donald Houston, George Chakiris, Harry Andrews, Maria Perschy

Spectacular aerial photography and a pulse-pounding climactic sequence highlight this W.W. II drama in the air, starring Cliff Robertson, as a combat-... Read more

84 Charlie Mopic (1988)

Director: Patrick Duncan
Starring: Jonathan Emerson, Nicholas Cascone, Jason Tomlins

A unique, highly charged Vietnam war film that slipped through the cracks upon its release, but is a definite must-see for anyone interested in creati... Read more

9th Company (2005)

7.1/10
Director: Fyodor Bondarchuck
Starring: Arhur Smolyaninov, Aleksei Chadov

What were the members of 9th Company expecting after surviving grueling basic training and deploying into Afghanistan? Surely not the brutality and th... Read more

A Bag of Marbles (2016)

7.3/10
Director: Christian Duguay
Starring: Christian Clavier, Elsa Zylberstein, Bernard Campan, Patrick Bruel, Dorian Le Cl...

In occupied France, Maurice and Joseph, two young Jewish brothers left to their own devices, demonstrate an incredible amount of cleverness, courage,... Read more

A Battle of Wits (2006)

Director: Jacob Cheung Chi-Leung
Starring: Andy Lau, Sung-kee Ahn, Wang Zhiwen, Siu-hou Chin

Based on a popular 11-volume manga series entitled 'Bokko' and set during the Warring States Period in China in 370 B.C. when the country was split be... Read more

A Bell for Adano (1945)

6.8/10
Director: Henry King
Starring: Gene Tierney, John Hodiak, William Bendix

Major Joppolo and his men are assigned to restore order to the war-torn Italian town of Adano. He has to manage getting supplies into town without int... Read more

A Bridge Too Far (1977)

7.4/10
Director: Richard Attenborough
Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Robert Redford, James Caan, Edward Fo...

In September 1944, flush with the success after the Normandy invasion, the Allies confidently launched Operation Market Garden, a bold plan to drop 35... Read more

A Courageous Heart (2009)

Director: John Kent Harrison
Starring: Anna Paquin, Marcia Gay Harden, Goran Visnjic

Aka 'The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler'. Anna Paquin stars in this inspiring true story as Irena Sendler who was one of the most remarkable, and u... Read more