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....

Dunkirk (2017)

Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance, Michael Caine, Tom Hardy

In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces... Read more

War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

Director: Matt Reeves
Starring: Steve Zahn, Woody Harrelson, Andy Serkis, Judy Greer, Toby Kebbell, Terry Notary

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Cae... Read more

The Wall (2017)

Director: Doug Liman
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena

U.S. soldiers Allan "Ize" Isaac and Shane Matthews answer a distress call in the desert of postwar Iraq. Suddenly, gunshots erupt, leaving Shane badly... Read more

Churchill (2017)

Director: Jonathan Teplitzky
Starring: Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, John Slattery

Tensions mount for beleaguered British Prime Minister Winston Churchill as D-Day nears in June 1944. Fearful of repeating past mistakes, Churchill is... Read more

The Zookeeper's Wife (2017)

Director: Niki Caro
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Michael McElhatton, Daniel Bruhl

The real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. In 1939 Poland, Antonina Zabinska and her husban... Read more

Home Fires: Series Two (2016)

Starring: Samantha Bond, Ruth Gemmell, Claire Price, Claire Rushbrook

A drama following a group of inspirational women in a rural Cheshire community during World War II. Read more

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

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 Exception (2016)

Director: David Leveaux
Starring: Ben Daniels, Christopher Plummer, Janet McTeer, Anton Lesser, Jai Courtney, Lily...

German soldier Stefan Brandt goes on a mission to investigate exiled German Monarch Kaiser Wilhelm II. The Kaiser lives in a secluded mansion in the N... Read more

In This Corner of the World (Kono sekai no katasumi ni) (2016)

Director: Sunao Katabuchi

As she combats her daily struggles In Hiroshima during World War II, an 18-year-old woman gets married and has to maintain the will to live. Read more

Their Finest (2016)

Director: Lone Scherfig
Starring: Richard E Grant, Bill Nighy, Rachael Stirling, Eddie Marsan, Gemma Arterton, Jac...

1940, London, the Blitz; with the countrys morale at stake, Catrin (Gemma Arterton), an untried screenwriter, and a makeshift cast and crew, work und... Read more