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About War Movies

In real life, war is not a situation that anyone enjoys, but as a source of human drama, it's an ideal place for films to look for subject matter. War movies range in tone from the relatively uncomplicated adrenaline rush of military action movies to the more cerebral ambitions of realistic war movies and those with an anti-war agenda.

In the first half of the 20th century, war movies were most likely to be pure adventure, in which the good guys were on a quest to stop the nefarious aims of the bad guys. World War II, with its clear-cut good-vs-evil plot line, was a popular war to portray, but historical wars such as the American Civil War and the military campaigns against Native Americans in the American West got plenty of attention, too. In the 1980s, movies like the Rambo franchise and "Top Gun" gave the adventure treatment to the Cold War.

The 80s also saw the rise of the grittily realistic war movie. Oliver Stone's "Platoon" presented the Vietnam conflict that in no way glorified war, and Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan" continued the new tradition.

America's war in the Middle East and Afghanistan after the turn of the century gave rise to a new type of war movie, one that strives for realism and adventure at the same time and takes a neutral stance on the conflict. "The Hurt Locker," "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Lone Survivor" do little to whitewash the reality of war, but they also stop short of making an anti-war statement.

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Megan Leavey
Megan Leavey
Flyboys
Flyboys
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
The Patriot
The Patriot
Enemy at the Gates
Enemy at the Gates
Dunkirk
Dunkirk
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
300
300
Gone with the Wind
Gone with the Wind
Platoon
Platoon
Thank You for Your Service
Thank You for Your Service
Das Boot
Das Boot
Apocalypse Now
Apocalypse Now
Hotel Rwanda
Hotel Rwanda
Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor
Churchill
Churchill
The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker
The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead
Red Dawn
Red Dawn
Glory
Glory
Doctor Zhivago
The Pianist
The Alamo
Legends of the Fall
MASH
Act of Valor
A Bridge Too Far
Rambo: First Blood Part II
Game of Aces
Brother Sun, Sister Moon
In the Land of Blood and Honey
Anthropoid
Special Forces
The Devil's Double
Sarah's Key
Lion of the Desert
Lawrence of Arabia
Sometimes in April
Beyond Borders
Memphis Belle
Letters from Iwo Jima
Restrepo
Dr. Strangelove
'71
Beneath Hill 60
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage
Defiance
Casualties of War
Zombie Dawn
The Tuskegee Airmen
Born on the Fourth of July
The First Great Escape
Battle for Haditha
Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth
Saints and Soldiers: The Void
The African Queen
Sunflower
Downfall
Bravo Two Zero
Company K
Wings
Their Finest
Hot Shots!
Zone Troopers
Return to the Hiding Place
Bless Me, Ultima
Air Strike
War and Peace
The Grey Zone
Ride with the Devil
The Night of the Shooting Stars
Yanks
Hanover Street
The English Patient
Gallipoli
The Final Countdown
Innocent Voices
The Man Who Cried
The Land Girls
Hart's War
Amigo
Bat*21
Divided We Fall
Saints and Soldiers
Jarhead 3: The Siege
Field of Lost Shoes
Desert Commandos
Memorial Day
To End All Wars
Pharaoh's Army
Map of the Human Heart
A Soldier's Story
Day Of Days
War Dog: A Soldier's Best Friend
In the Hour of Victory
Battle of Britain 1969
Eagle Shadow Fist
The Tenth Man
The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler
Justice
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