100 Best War Movies of All Time
Adjusted Score: 87.669%
Critics Consensus: Korengal finds documentarian Sebastian Junger taking another clear-eyed -- and poignantly thought-provoking -- look at the human cost of modern warfare.
KORENGAL picks up where RESTREPO left off: the same valley, same men, but a very different look at the experience... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.196%
Critics Consensus: Darkly funny and understatedly absurd, Zero Motivation is a refreshing addition to the canon of irreverent war comedies -- and an intriguing calling card for writer-director Talya Lavie.
PRIVATE BENJAMIN meets M*A*S*H, speaks Hebrew, and keeps kosher. Set in a remote desert military base, a platoon of young... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86.185%
Critics Consensus: Casualties of War takes a harrowing plunge into the Vietnam War with a well-acted ensemble piece that ranks among director Brian De Palma's more mature efforts.
Casualties of War was based on a New Yorker article by Daniel Lang. This, in turn, was inspired by a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.643%
Critics Consensus: An emotional and intriguing tale of a military officer who must review the merits of a fallen officer while confronting his own war demons. Effectively depicts the terrors of war as well as its heartbreaking aftermath.
A US Army officer, despondent about a deadly mistake he made, investigates a female chopper commander's worthiness for the Medal... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91.235%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Based on a true WWI story, this film follows a religious Tennessee boy, who is initially opposed to war. York... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.139%
Critics Consensus: It may not be the best of David Lean's epics, but Dr. Zhivago is still brilliantly photographed and sweepingly romantic.
Based on the Nobel Prize-winning novel by Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago covers the years prior to, during, and after the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82.106%
Critics Consensus: Catch-22 takes entertainingly chaotic aim at the insanity of armed conflict, supported by a terrific cast and smart, funny work from Buck Henry and Mike Nichols.
Sharply critical of the almost surreal bureaucracy of war, this scathing satire is based on Joseph Heller's novel. The story... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.938%
Critics Consensus: Though it suffers from excessive length and ambition, director Minghella's adaptation of the Michael Ondaatje novel is complex, powerful, and moving.
Anthony Minghella wrote and directed this award-winning adaptation of Michael Ondaatje's novel about a doomed and tragic romance set against... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.464%
Critics Consensus: Beautifully filmed and wonderfully acted, A Midnight Clear is a holiday war film in search of a wider audience.
Based on a novel by William Wharton, A Midnight Clear is set in the Adriennes Forest in December of 1944.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.355%
Critics Consensus: Atonement features strong performances, brilliant cinematography, and a unique score. Featuring deft performances from James MacAvoy and Keira Knightley, it's a successful adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel.
In 1935, 13-year-old fledgling writer Briony Tallis and her family live a life of wealth and privilege in their enormous... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.787%
Critics Consensus: Tangerines' impassioned message and the strong work of a solid cast more than make up for the movie's flawed narrative and uneven structure.
Set in 1992, during the growing conflict between Georgia and Abkhazian separatists in the wake of the Soviet Union's dissolution,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91.298%
Critics Consensus: Russell Crowe's rough charm is put to good use in this masterful adaptation of Patrick O'Brian's novel.
Director Peter Weir's first turn behind the camera since 1998's critically acclaimed The Truman Show, Master and Commander: The Far... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95.845%
Critics Consensus: Land of Mine uses an oft-forgotten chapter from the aftermath of World War II to tell a hard-hitting story whose period setting belies its timeless observations about bloodshed and forgiveness.
In the aftermath of World War II, a group of surrendered German soldiers are ordered by Allied forces to remove... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93.484%
Critics Consensus: Bleak and uncompromising, but director Ken Loach brightens his film with gorgeous cinematography and tight pacing, and features a fine performance from Cillian Murphy.
Ireland 1919: workers from field and country unite to form volunteer guerrilla armies to face the ruthless 'Black and Tan'... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94.308%
Critics Consensus: Featuring some impressively grand battlefield action, John Woo returns to Asia and returns to form in the process for this lavish and slick historical epic.
The first chapter of a two-part story centered on a battle fought in China's Three Kingdoms period (220-280 A.D.).... [More]
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