"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....
A dramatic, intense and heroic WWII film based on the horrifying historical event known as the "Malmedy Massacre". In mid-December 1944, while Hitler'... Read more
In May 1944, a group of French servicewomen and resistance fighters are enlisted into the British Special Operations Executive commando group for two... Read more
Soderbergh's ode to the 1940s' post-war noir was shot authentically on equipment used at the time, and is based on the best-selling novel by Joseph Ka... Read more
Mainstream director Edward Zwick tackles the political in this searing action-thriller set during Sierra Leone's bloody civil war. Leonardo DiCaprio... Read more
This razor-sharp political satire is the debut feature from Armando Iannucci, long-time BBC writer/producer behind such classics as 'I'm Alan Partridg... Read more
Set against the backdrop of the 18th century Anglo-French wars, the bloodiest time in British naval history, these films trace Hornblower as he grows... Read more