100 Best War Movies of All Time
Adjusted Score: 95.775%
Critics Consensus: Bleak and darkly humorous, No Man's Land vividly illustrates the absurdity of war.
The grim futility of the war between Bosnia and Serbia is reduced to its essence as two enemy soldiers are... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96.003%
Critics Consensus: Bolstered by exceptional cinematography, powerful storytelling, and an Oscar-winning performance by Denzel Washington, Glory remains one of the finest Civil War movies ever made.
Glory is a celebration of a little-known act of mass courage during the Civil War. Simply put, the heroes involved... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95.978%
Critics Consensus: Artfully composed, powerfully acted, and fueled by a powerful blend of anger and empathy, The Killing Fields is a career-defining triumph for director Roland Joffé and a masterpiece of American cinema.
Covering the U.S. pull-out from Vietnam in 1975, New York Times reporter Sidney Schanberg relies upon his Cambodian friend Dith... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95.724%
Critics Consensus: The Last of the Mohicans is a breathless romantic adventure that plays loose with history -- and comes out with a richer action movie for it.
Director Michael Mann based this lushly romantic version of the James Fenimore Cooper novel more on his memory of the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95.247%
Critics Consensus: Director Werner Herzog has once again made a compelling tale of man versus nature, and Christian Bale completely immerses himself in the role of fighter pilot (and prisoner of war) Dieter Dengler.
In the annals of history's great escapes there is no other story like that of Dieter Dengler, the only American... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99.055%
Critics Consensus: As effectively anti-war as movies can be, Come and See is a harrowing odyssey through the worst that humanity is capable of, directed with bravura intensity by Elem Klimov.
As seen through the eyes of teen-aged protagonist Alexei Kravchenko, the landscape of Byelorussia is devastated by the incursion of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97.684%
Critics Consensus: Zulu patiently establishes a cast of colorful characters and insurmountable stakes before unleashing its white-knuckle spectacle, delivering an unforgettable war epic in the bargain.
Filmed on a grand scale, Zulu is a rousing recreation of the January 22, 1879, siege of Rorke's Drift in... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96.723%
Critics Consensus: As gripping as it is inspiring, Last Days in Vietnam offers a surprisingly fresh -- and heart-wrenching -- perspective on the end of the Vietnam War.
During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon as the panicked... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93.96%
Critics Consensus: Bolstered by a cast of memorable stars and an impressive sense of scale, The Guns of the Navarone fires with vivid characterization and entertaining spectacle.
This spectacular World War II epic finds 2,000 trapped soldiers on a Greek island by Nazi invaders. Their only hope... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97.971%
Critics Consensus: A powerfully humanistic portrayal of the perils of war, this companion piece to Flags of our Fathers is potent and thought-provoking, and it demonstrates Clint Eastwood's maturity as a director.
After bringing the story of the American soldiers who fought in the battle of Iwo Jima to the screen in... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99.509%
Critics Consensus: With its impeccably slow-building story and a cast for the ages, The Great Escape is an all-time action classic.
Based on the book by Paul Brickhill, The Great Escape is the true story of Allied prisoners plotting to break... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100.224%
Critics Consensus: A classic Tarantino genre-blending thrill ride, Inglourious Basterds is violent, unrestrained, and thoroughly entertaining.
"Inglourious Basterds" begins in German-occupied France, where Shosanna Dreyfus witnesses the execution of her family at the hand of Nazi... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99.081%
Critics Consensus: Forsaking narrative structure for pure visceral power, Restrepo plunges viewers into the experiences of soldiers on the front lines of the Afghan War.
It is fairly extraordinary that this film exists. The level of access attained by Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger over... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100.456%
Critics Consensus: It has perhaps aged poorly, but this languidly paced WWII romance remains an iconic, well-acted film, featuring particularly strong performances from Burt Lancaster and Montgomery Clift.
The scene is Schofield Army Barracks in Honolulu, in the languid days before the attack on Pearl Harbor, where James... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99.097%
Critics Consensus: Twelve O'Clock High is a high-stakes, high-tension war drama powered by great, well-written characters.
Twelve O'Clock High is a film about the World War II Air Force Squadron, starring Gregory Peck as the commander... [More]
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