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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....

Six Minutes To Midnight (2020)

5.7/10
Director: Andy Goddard
Starring: Nigel Lindsay, Judi Dench, Eddie Izzard, Jim Broadbent

UK, Aug. 15, 1939: 17 days before WWII, an English teacher and his camera disappear on a coastal boarding school with 20 German teen girls. Miller get... Read more

Summerland (2020)

7/10
Director: Jessica Swale
Starring: Gemma Arterton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Penelope Wilton, Tom Courtenay

During World War II, an Englishwoman opens her heart to an evacuee after initially resolving to be rid of him in this moving journey of womanhood, lov... Read more

The Eight Hundred (2020)

7/10

From the acclaimed filmmaker behind Mr. Six comes a riveting war epic. In 1937, eight hundred Chinese soldiers fight under siege from a warehouse in t... Read more

While At War (2019)

Director: Alejandro Amenabar

July 18, 1936. Salamanca, Castilla and León (center to Spain). The Spanish army declares the state of war in the city, hoping to extend it to the rest... Read more

Dauntless: The Battle of Midway (2019)

3.3/10
Starring: Judd Nelson, C Thomas Howell

By June 1942, the Japanese Navy has swept across the Pacific. In an effort to change the course of the war, a United States carrier group is positione... Read more

Monos (2019)

7.3/10
Director: Alejandro Landes
Starring: Julianne Nicholson

On a remote mountaintop, eight kids with guns watch over a hostage and a conscripted milk cow. Read more

The Great War (2019)

3.7/10
Starring: Ron Perlman, Billy Zane

During the last days of the Great War, a group of U.S. soldiers are sent behind enemy lines to rescue a lost platoon. Read more

Presidents At War (2019)

6.9/10

This landmark series tells the story of World War II through the experiences of eight remarkable men. Men who, like sixteen million other Americans, b... Read more

Midway (Blu-ray) (2019)

6.7/10
Director: Roland Emmerich
Starring: Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Luke Evans, Mandy Moore, Dennis Quai...

MIDWAY centers on the Battle of Midway, a clash between the American fleet and the Imperial Japanese Navy which marked a pivotal turning point in the... Read more

Midway (2019)

6.7/10
Director: Roland Emmerich
Starring: Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Luke Evans, Mandy Moore, Dennis Quai...

MIDWAY centers on the Battle of Midway, a clash between the American fleet and the Imperial Japanese Navy which marked a pivotal turning point in the... Read more