Movie Genre - Top Ten War Films

By request @swoodley & @Coastalpipeline

1. Kelly’s Heroes (1970) Directed by Brian G Hutton

2. Apocalypse Now (1979) Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

3. Platoon (1986) Directed by Oliver Stone

4. Ran (1985) Directed by Akira Kurosawa

5. Full Metal Jacket (1987) Directed by the Stanley Kubrick

6. Saving Private Ryan (1998) Directed by the Steven Spielberg

7. Downfall (2004) Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel

8. Atonement (2007) Directed by Joe Wright

9. The Deer Hunter (1978) Directed by Michael Cimino

10 Life is Beautiful (1997) Directed by Roberto Benigni


Apocalypse now
Black hawk down
Enemy at the Gates
Last Samuri
The Lighthorsemen
Kingdom of Heaven
War horse

Apocalypse Now
Inglourious Basterds
The Great Escape
Full Metal Jacket
The Bridge on the River Kwai
The Thin Red Line

Deer Hunter
Full Metal Jacket
Breaker Morant
Bridge on the River Kwai*
Behind Enemy Lines
Thin Red Line
Apocalypse Now
Das Boot

  • this one really sticks out against the others as a film that makes war look like a boys own adventure and not actually that bad.
    Good film, but not sure I’m comfortable with it in this company.

I’m tempted to replace it with First Blood, which is really an ‘action’ film and has dual leads of Stallone and Dennehy!
Has 100% zero war scenes.
Pretty much the film version of Born in the USA and equally as misunderstood.

There’s one film others rate that I just can’t be having with. It’s basically U(S) 571 with really good battle scenes.

  1. Saving Private Ryan
  2. 1917
  3. The Bridge Over River Kwai
  4. Downfall
  5. The Hurt Locker
  6. Platoon
  7. Full Metal Jacket
  8. The Dirty Dozen
  9. Braveheart
  10. Guns of Navarone

Top two in any list should be “Paths of Glory” and “All quiet on the Western Front”


No votes for Schindler’s.
I think Paths of Glory is the only Kubrick film I haven’t seen, despite owning it for the last two decades in a box set.

I would rate it the best war film ever made. If you have the time watch it. I would be interested to hear your views.

So by best you mean 3rd, after Paths of Glory and AQOTWF, which are the first 2 in any list… :wink:

Does Starship Troopers count? One of the great satires of war.


He’s talking about Paths of Glory?

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Just having a bit of fun… He said POG and AQOTWF we’re top 2 in any list… then said Schindlers was best ever. Obviously after the aforementioned top two in any list…

He’s talking about Paths of Glory?

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Welcome :sunglasses:

Top Ten (Not mentioned so far)

Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004)
Grand Illusion (1937)
Eye of the Needle (1981)
Gloomy Sunday (1999)
The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
Dances with Wolves (1990)
Where Eagles Dare (1968)
A Very Long Engagement (2004)
The Counterfeiters (2007)
Winter in Wartime (2008)

And while not a movie - the mini series ”Generation War (2013)” was excellent.

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No love for Lindy Chamberlain in “Full Matinee Jacket”?


Don’t forget -

The Flowers of War
We were soldiers
Hackshaw Ridge
Red Cliff

Also Land of Mine (2015).

Good to see they are remaking AQOTWF with German dialogue - due end of 2020.

No love for Lawrence of Arabia?

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My favourite Kubrick film. I tend to see it more as trial movie than a war movie, similar to Breaker Morant.

Back later with my list apart from the previously mentioned,

  1. Apocalpse Now.