100 Best War Movies of All Time


Korengal (2014)

Adjusted Score: 86.606%
Critics Consensus: Korengal finds documentarian Sebastian Junger taking another clear-eyed -- and poignantly thought-provoking -- look at the human cost of modern warfare.
Synopsis: KORENGAL picks up where RESTREPO left off: the same valley, same men, but a very different look at the experience... [More]
Directed By: Sebastian Junger


Zero Motivation (2014)

Adjusted Score: 89.083%
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.
Synopsis: PRIVATE BENJAMIN meets M*A*S*H, speaks Hebrew, and keeps kosher. Set in a remote desert military base, a platoon of young... [More]
Directed By: Talya Lavie

Adjusted Score: 86.173%
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.
Synopsis: Casualties of War was based on a New Yorker article by Daniel Lang. This, in turn, was inspired by a... [More]
Directed By: Brian DePalma

Adjusted Score: 87.655%
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.
Synopsis: A US Army officer, despondent about a deadly mistake he made, investigates a female chopper commander's worthiness for the Medal... [More]
Directed By: Edward Zwick


Sergeant York (1941)

Adjusted Score: 88.857%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Based on a true WWI story, this film follows a religious Tennessee boy, who is initially opposed to war. York... [More]
Directed By: Howard Hawks


Doctor Zhivago (1965)

Adjusted Score: 89.05%
Critics Consensus: It may not be the best of David Lean's epics, but Dr. Zhivago is still brilliantly photographed and sweepingly romantic.
Synopsis: Based on the Nobel Prize-winning novel by Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago covers the years prior to, during, and after the... [More]
Directed By: David Lean


Catch-22 (1970)

Adjusted Score: 82.197%
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.
Synopsis: Sharply critical of the almost surreal bureaucracy of war, this scathing satire is based on Joseph Heller's novel. The story... [More]
Directed By: Mike Nichols

Adjusted Score: 89.888%
Critics Consensus: Though it suffers from excessive length and ambition, director Minghella's adaptation of the Michael Ondaatje novel is complex, powerful, and moving.
Synopsis: Anthony Minghella wrote and directed this award-winning adaptation of Michael Ondaatje's novel about a doomed and tragic romance set against... [More]
Directed By: Anthony Minghella


A Midnight Clear (1992)

Adjusted Score: 90.469%
Critics Consensus: Beautifully filmed and wonderfully acted, A Midnight Clear is a holiday war film in search of a wider audience.
Synopsis: Based on a novel by William Wharton, A Midnight Clear is set in the Adriennes Forest in December of 1944.... [More]
Directed By: Keith Gordon


Atonement (2007)

Adjusted Score: 90.197%
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.
Synopsis: In 1935, 13-year-old fledgling writer Briony Tallis and her family live a life of wealth and privilege in their enormous... [More]
Directed By: Joe Wright


Tangerines (2015)

Adjusted Score: 89.77%
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.
Synopsis: Set in 1992, during the growing conflict between Georgia and Abkhazian separatists in the wake of the Soviet Union's dissolution,... [More]
Directed By: Zaza Urushadze

Adjusted Score: 91.276%
Critics Consensus: Russell Crowe's rough charm is put to good use in this masterful adaptation of Patrick O'Brian's novel.
Synopsis: Director Peter Weir's first turn behind the camera since 1998's critically acclaimed The Truman Show, Master and Commander: The Far... [More]
Directed By: Peter Weir

Adjusted Score: 95.844%
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.
Synopsis: In the aftermath of World War II, a group of surrendered German soldiers are ordered by Allied forces to remove... [More]
Directed By: Martin Zandvliet

Adjusted Score: 93.461%
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.
Synopsis: Ireland 1919: workers from field and country unite to form volunteer guerrilla armies to face the ruthless 'Black and Tan'... [More]
Directed By: Ken Loach

Adjusted Score: 94.208%
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.
Synopsis: The first chapter of a two-part story centered on a battle fought in China's Three Kingdoms period (220-280 A.D.).... [More]
Directed By: John Woo

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