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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....

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

And The Violins Stopped Playing (1988)

7/10
Director: Alexander Ramati
Starring: Maya Ramati, Piotr Polk, Horst Buchholz, Didi Ramati

This moving true story deals with a group of gypsies in occupied Poland during WWII, and how against a bitter and bloody backdrop they struggle on wit... 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

Anzac Girls (2014)

8/10
Starring: Georgia Flood, Antonia Prebble, Laura Brent, Anna McGahan, Caroline Craig

A moving six-part miniseries based on true stories of Australian and New Zealand nurses at Gallipoli and the Western Front. 'ANZAC Girls' is based on... Read more

Anzio (1968)

6/10
Director: Edward Dmytryk
Starring: Robert Mitchum, Peter Falk, Earl Holliman, Robert Ryan, Arthur Kennedy

AKA 'The Battle for Anzio'. This blazing actioner about the Allied assault on Italy in WWII features spectacular battle footage and an all-star cast i... Read more

Apocalypse Now (1979)

8.5/10
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Sam Bottoms, Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Laurence Fishburne, Har...

A flawed masterpiece, intended as the definitive Vietnam film, based on Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness'. With Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Dennis... Read more

Apocalypse Now ( Blu-ray ) (1979)

8.5/10
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Albert Hall, Dennis Hopper, Frederic Forrest, Harrison Ford, Laurence Fishburne,...

Francis Ford Coppola directed, produced, and co-wrote this masterful Vietnam War-updating of Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness." The film chronicles... Read more

Apocalypse Now Redux (1979)

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest, Laurence Fishburne...

Huge production difficulties were faced by Francis Ford Coppola while shooting this epic-scale Vietnam War drama, including disastrous weather conditi... Read more

Appointment In London (1953)

Director: Philip Leacock
Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Ian Hunter, Dinah Sheridan

The engrossing story of a British bomber squadron in W.W.II and a high-pressured officer (Dirk Bogarde) who insists on flying a dangerous mission in s... Read more