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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....

The Bombing (Air Strike) (2018)

7.1/10
Director: Xiao Feng
Starring: Adrien Brody, Bruce Willis, Kenny Bee, Wu Gang, Liu Ye, Rumer Willis

During World War II, five different Chinese people fight their way through Japanese Air Force attacks to protect an important military machine in Chon... Read more

The Ottoman Lieutenant (2017)

6.7/10
Director: Joseph Ruben
Starring: Ben Kingsley, Josh Hartnett, Michiel Huisman, Haluk Bilginer, Michiel Huisman, H...

A strong-willed woman, frustrated by ongoing injustice at home, leaves the United States after meeting Jude, an American doctor who runs a remote medi... Read more

See You Up There (Au revoir la-haut) (2017)

7.6/10
Director: Albert Dupontel
Starring: Albert Dupontel, Andre Marcon, Niels Arestrup, Emilie Dequenne, Nahuel Perez Bis...

November 1918. A few days before the Armistice, Édouard Péricourt saves Albert Maillard's life. These two men have nothing in common but the war. Lieu... Read more

Dunkirk (Blu-Ray) (1958)

7/10
Director: Leslie Norman
Starring: Bernard Lee, John Mills, Meredith Edwards, Richard Attenborough, Robert Urquhart

A group of soldiers lead by Corporal "Tubby" Bins (John Mills), stranded in France, must make their way to the shores of Dunkirk in hopes of a rescue.... Read more

Pan's Labyrinth (El laberinto del fauno) (Blu-Ray) (2006)

8.2/10
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Alex Angulo, Ariadna Gil, Maribel Verdu, Sergi Lopez, Ivana Baquero, Doug Jones

It's 1944 and the Allies have invaded Nazi-held Europe. In Spain, a troop of soldiers are sent to a remote forest to flush out the rebels. They are le... Read more

The Thin Red Line (Blu-Ray) (1998)

7.6/10
Director: Terrence Malick
Starring: Ben Chaplin, Elias Koteas, George Clooney, Jared Leto, Jim Caviezel, John C Reil...

In 1942, Private Witt (Jim Caviezel) is a U.S. Army absconder living peacefully with the locals of a small South Pacific island. Discovered by his com... Read more

Salo, or The 120 Days of Sodom (Blu-Ray) (1975)

6/10
Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Starring: Paolo Bonacelli, Giorgio Cataldi, Uberto P Quintavalle, Aldo Valetti

Nazi-Fascist Northern Italy, 1943-44. Four senior members of government, aided by henchmen and Nazi soldiers, kidnap a group of young men and women. T... Read more

The King's Choice (Kongens nei) (2016)

7.2/10
Director: Erik Poppe
Starring: Tuva Novotny, Jesper Christensen, Karl Markovics, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Ka...

On the 9th of April 1940, the German war machine arrives in the city of Oslo. The Norwegian King faces a choice that will change his country forever. Read more

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)

7/10
Director: Mike Newell
Starring: Penelope Wilton, Tom Courtenay, Bronagh Gallagher, Matthew Goode, Katherine Park...

In 1946 a London-based writer begins exchanging letters with residents on the island of Guernsey, which was German-occupied during WWII. Feeling compe... Read more

Last Flag Flying (2017)

6.9/10
Director: Richard Linklater
Starring: Cicely Tyson, Laurence Fishburne, Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Yul Vazquel

Thirty years after serving together in the Vietnam War, Larry "Doc" Shepherd, Sal Nealon and the Rev. Richard Mueller reunite for a different type of... Read more