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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....

Allo Allo!: Series 3 and 4 (1985)

8.6/10
Director: David Croft, Robin Carr
Starring: Gorden Kaye, Richard Marner, Vicki Michelle, Carmen Silvera, Guy Siner, Rose Hil...

In the tradition of Series 1 & 2, here's more jokes about humourless Germans, cowardly Italians, 'Tally ho!' Brits and onion-selling Frenchmen. Like C... Read more

Ambush Bay (1966)

5.4/10
Director: Ron Winston
Starring: Hugh O'Brian, Mickey Rooney, James Mitchum, Peter Masterson

A marine patrol secretly lands on a Japanese-occupied island, fortuitously discovering a plot to attack the US fleet as it enters the bay. This gung-... Read more

Amen (2002)

7.3/10
Director: Constantin Costa-Gavras
Starring: Ulrich Tukur, Mathieu Kassovitz

In WWII Germany, a chemical engineer and SS lieutenant is shocked to learn that the Zyklon B he helped develop to purify drinking water will be used t... Read more

American Guerrilla in the Philippines (1950)

6.1/10
Director: Fritz Lang
Starring: Micheline Presle, Tom Ewell, Tyrone Power

After his PT boat is sunk, U.S. naval officer Tyrone Power joins a group of Americans helping Filipinos fight Japanese occupation forces. There he fal... Read more

American Sniper (2014)

7.3/10
Director: Clint Eastwood
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller

Clint Eastwood directs this controversial biography about the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) is se... Read more

American Sniper ( Blu-ray ) (2014)

7.3/10
Director: Clint Eastwood
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller

Clint Eastwood directs this controversial biography about the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) is se... Read more

An Angel For May (2002)

7.1/10
Director: Harley Cokliss
Starring: Matthew Beard, Charlotte Wakefield, Julie Cox, Tom Wilkinson, Anna Massey, Angel...

A troubled schoolboy is transported back to war-time England after he stumbles on a door through time in an old Yorkshire farmhouse. He meets a kindl... Read more

An Empress and the Warriors (2008)

5.9/10
Director: Tony Ching Siu-Tung
Starring: Donnie Yen, Leon Lai, Xiaodong Guo, Kelly Chen

In the tradition of "Seven Swords" comes the action saga of a kingdom locked in a desperate battle for survival. In ancient China, in the vacuum of th... Read more

Andersonville (1995)

7.5/10
Director: John Frankenheimer
Starring: Jarrod Emick, Frederic Forrest, Ted Marcoux, Cliff De Young

This harrowing Civil War drama focuses on the inhumane conditions suffered by prisoners of war at the confederate Andersonville compound. Powerful, ha... Read more

Angels One Five (1952)

6.5/10
Director: George More O'Ferrall
Starring: Jack Hawkins, Michael Denison, Dulcie Gray

The title refers to the cognomen bestowed upon a group of WWII British fighter pilots whose squadron leader, Tiger Small (Jack Hawkins), is taken out... Read more