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....

Went the Day Well? (1942)

Director: Alberto Cavalcanti
Starring: Leslie Banks, Elizabeth Allan, Frank Lawton

Based on a short story by Graham Greene, this classic wartime thriller tells of the inhabitants of a sleepy English village welcoming a platoon of tir... Read more

What Did You Do In the War, Daddy? (1966)

Director: Blake Edwards
Starring: Aldo Ray, Carroll O'Connor, Dick Shawn, Harry Morgan, James Coburn, Giovanna Ral...

James Coburn is the leader of a misfit group of soldiers stationed in Italy during World War II. Coburn is joined by a superior officer (Dick Shawn) w... Read more

What Price Glory (1952)

Director: John Ford
Starring: James Cagney, Dan Dailey, Corinne Calvert, Robert Wagner

James Cagney and Dan Dailey star as two hard-drinking soldiers stationed in France during WWI who fall for the same French girl. Fine performances fro... Read more

When Trumpets Fade (1998)

Director: John Irvin
Starring: Ron Eldard, Frank Whaley, Zak Orth, Martin Donovan

It is the fall of 1944 as the American army advances on Germany. Attempting to secure a bridge flanked by enemy tanks, death comes from all sides as s... Read more

Where Eagles Dare (1968)

Director: Brian G Hutton
Starring: Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood, Mary Ure

The mission is clear. Get in. Get the general. Get out. Commandos charged with freeing a U.S. general from an Alpine fortress should also be told to t... Read more

Where Eagles Dare ( Blu-ray ) (1968)

Director: Brian G Hutton
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Mary Ure, Richard Burton

The mission is clear. Get in. Get the general. Get out. Commandos charged with freeing a U.S. general from an Alpine fortress should also be told to t... Read more

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)

Director: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Starring: Alfred Molina, Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Tina Fey, Margot Robbie

In 2002, cable news producer Kim Barker (Tina Fey) decides to shake up her routine by taking a daring new assignment in Kabul, Afghanistan. Dislodged... Read more

White Material (2009)

Director: Claire Denis
Starring: Christopher Lambert, Isabelle Huppert, Michel Subor, Isaach De Bankole

Isabelle Huppert delivers an intense performance in this gripping drama about a French woman who refuses to abandon her family's African coffee planta... Read more

White Tiger (2012)

Director: Karen Shakhnazarov
Starring: Aleksey Vertkov, Vitaliy Kishchenko, Valeriy Grishko, Dimitriy Bykovskiy-Romasho...

Aleksey Vertkov stars as Ivan Naydenov, a mysterious Soviet soldier discovered amidst the wreckage of a destroyed tank. Ninety percent of his body is... Read more

Windtalkers (2002)

Director: John Woo
Starring: Adam Beach, Nicolas Cage, Noah Emmerich, Christian Slater, Peter Stormare, Roger...

Set during the 1944 Allied invasion of Saipan and inspired by a true story, John Woo's WWII epic stars Nicolas Cage as a battle hardened Marine sergea... Read more