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Greatest War Movies of All time

Here's our list of Greatest War Movies. We didn't consider the oldest movies since we're not much familiar with them. Nevertheless this list is based on many factors including their overall success, awards, popularity, true greatness and more than all how much memorable they are.  

1.Saving Private Ryan (1998) 

IMDB rating - 8.4/10 

Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action. Tom Hanks is a World War II captain whose mission is to save Private Ryan (Matt Damon), the sole survivor among four military sons.(169 mins.)

Director: Steven Spielberg

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         Oscars: 5
         Oscar Nominations: 11
         BAFTA Awards: 2
         BAFTA Nominations: 8

         Golden Globes: 2
  Golden Globe Nominations: 5

2. Black Hawk Down (2001)

IMDB rating - 7.7/10

The true story of the United States' involvement in Somalia during an ill-fated humanitarian mission. On October 3, 1993, U.S. soldiers entered Somalia on an exercise that was supposed to take less than an hour. The mission turned into a nightlong battle against thousands of heavily armed Somalians. Eighteen U.S. soldiers and more than 500 Somalians were killed as a result of this conflict

After two helicopters are shot down in Somalia, a team of soldiers led by Josh Hartnett is sent on a rescue mission.

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                                   Release date: December 28, 2001 (USA)
                                   Director: Ridley Scott
                                   MPAA rating: R
                                   Screenplay: Ken Nolan

                                   Awards: Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing, Academy Award for     

                                               Best Film Editing


3. Apocalypse Now (1979)


    IMDB rating - 8.5/10 

    Apocalypse Now is a 1979 American epic war film set during the Vietnam War, directed and produced by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, and Robert Duvall. During the U.S.-Viet Nam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe. 

Release date: August 15, 1979 (USA)

Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Adapted from: Heart of Darkness, Dispatches

Screenplay: John Milius, Francis Ford Coppola

Awards: Palme d'Or, Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture,BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor, BAFTA Award for Best Direction, David di Donatello for Best Foreign Director, London Film Critics Circle Award for Film of the Year

4.The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

IMDB rating - 8.3/10

After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.
Director: David Lean
Stars: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa

Oscars: 7
Oscar Nominations: 8
BAFTA Awards: 4
BAFTA Nominations: 4
Golden Globes: 3
Golden Globe Nominations: 4

5. Schindler's List (1993)

IMDB rating - 8.9/10

   Schindler's List is a 1993 American epic historical drama film directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg and scripted by Steven Zaillian. It is based on the novel Schindler's Ark by Thomas Keneally, an Australian novelist. In Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.

Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

Oscars: 7
Oscar Nominations: 12
BAFTA Awards: 6
BAFTA Nominations: 12
Golden Globes: 3
Golden Globe Nominations: 6

6. Platoon (1986)

IMDB rating - 8.2/10

Platoon is a 1986 American war film written and directed by Oliver Stone and stars Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe and Charlie Sheen. It is the first film of a trilogy of Vietnam War films by Stone.
One of the first movies to show the tense psychology of guerrilla warfare, where there are no clear battle lines nor enemy.
A young recruit in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.

Release date: December 24, 1986 (USA)
Director: Oliver Stone
Music composed by: Georges Delerue

Oscars: 4
Oscar Nominations: 8
BAFTA Awards: 2
BAFTA Nominations: 3
Golden Globes: 3
Golden Globe Nominations: 4

7. The Thin Red Line (1999)

The Thin Red Line is a 1998 Technicolor American war CinemaScope film written and directed by Terrence Malick.
Terrence Malick's adaptation of James Jones' autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War.

Release date: January 15, 1999 (USA)
Director: Terrence Malick
Story by: James Jones
Screenplay: Terrence Malick
MPAA rating: R

Stars: Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Elias Koteas

8. The Hurt Locker

The Hurt Locker is a 2008 American war film about a three-man Explosive Ordnance Disposal team during the Iraq War.

During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.

Release date: June 5, 2009 (USA)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
MPAA rating: R
Cinematography: Barry Ackroyd
Stars: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce

Oscars: 6
Oscar Nominations: 9
BAFTA Awards: 5
BAFTA Nominations: 7
Golden Globes: 0
Golden Globe Nominations: 3

9. Full Metal Jacket (1987)


IMDB rating - 8.4/10

Stanley Kubrick's return to filmmaking after a seven-year hiatus, this film crystallizes the experience of the Vietnam War by concentrating on a group of raw Marine volunteers. Based on Gustav Hasford's novel The Short Timers, the film's first half details the volunteers' harrowing boot-camp training under the profane, power-saw guidance of drill instructor Sgt. Hartman (R. Lee Ermey, a real-life drill instructor whose performance is one of the most terrifyingly realistic on record). Part two takes place in Nam, as seen through the eyes of the now thoroughly indoctrinated marines. Ironically, Full Metal Jacket was filmed almost entirely in England.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Release date: January 1, 1987 (USA)

Director: Stanley Kubrick

MPAA rating: R

Awards: London Film Critics Circle Award for Director of the Year, More

Screenplay: Gustav Hasford, Stanley Kubrick, Michael Herr

10.Three Kings (1999)

IMDB rating - 7.2/10

Three Kings is a 1999 satirical war film written and directed by David O. Russell from a story by John Ridley about a gold heist that takes place during the 1991 Iraqi uprising against Saddam Hussein following the end of the Persian Gulf War.

Release date: September 27, 1999 (USA)
Director: David O. Russell
MPAA rating: R
Screenplay: David O. Russell
Cinematography: Newton Thomas Sigel

Any of your favorites missing? Leave a comment and let us know. All your opinions are warmly welcome !  

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