Greatest Hollywood War Films Of All Time

Brutal, violent, yet captivating – there’s just something about war movies that always stays with us. Sometimes, it is because those stories are of a time we haven’t witnessed; sometimes it is the heart-wrenching account of the atrocities people have had to go through in the name of patriotism. However, there is one thing that is common to all wars—the fact that they are more destructive than constructive. The result of the greed of a few individuals has been borne by innocent people way too many times. Here are a few movies about war that will leave you teary-eyed:

1. Inglorious Basterds

IMDb rating: 8.3/10

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A holocaust survivor decides to take down the Gestapo officers. Meanwhile, a group of Jewish-American soldiers called the Basterds intend to do the same by killing German soldiers at the German border itself. One of Quentin Tarantino’s gems, the film is a must-watch for its thrilling story and, of course, Brad Pitt.

2. The Pianist

IMDb rating: 8.5/10 

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The story revolves around the Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland which had kickstarted World War 2. Centered around the life of a Polish musician, the movie is a heart-wrenching story of what the common people of Poland had to go through in the war between the two nations.

3. Schindler’s List

IMDb rating: 9.1/10 

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One of the oldest and most famous war movies, it captures the story of a German businessman, Oskar Schindler, who intentionally employs Jewish people to save them from the holocaust. A winner of 7 prestigious Academy awards, there is no reason why you shouldn’t watch this Steven Spielberg masterpiece.

4. The Imitation Game

IMDb rating: 8.2/10 

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Based on the life of the great mathematician Alan Turing, the movie is about how a few English mathematicians decoded the German encryption machine ‘Enigma’ and helped the Allies win the war. If the introduction hasn’t compelled you to watch the movie, watch it for Benedict Cumberbatch!

5. The Bridge On River Kwai

IMDb rating: 8.2/10

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Post World War II, British prisoners of war are brought to a Japanese camp and are instructed to construct a bridge on the river Kwai. While the movie has been criticised for its biased perspective towards the Americans, its storytelling is undoubtedly funny and engrossing.

6. Saving Private Ryan

IMDb rating: 8.6/10

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At the beginning of Normandy invasion, the General of the US war department is informed that 3 brothers of a family have been killed and one has gone missing. To save himself from the embarrassment of sending the news of death to their mother, he orders for the fourth son to be found as soon as possible.

7. The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas

IMDb rating: 7.8/10

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Another movie based in the time of the holocaust, it revolves around the friendship between two kids, one is the son of a Nazi commandant, while the other is the son of a Jewish inmate. Poignant and heartwrenching, the movie is sure to stay in your head long after you’re done watching it. 

8. The American Sniper

IMDb rating: 7.3/10

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Chris enrols himself in the navy and becomes a sniper. He is sent to Iraq post the attacks of 2001. Even though he does manage to kill a lot of people from the opponent’s army and earn accolades for his bravery, the stress of the war leaves him traumatised and broken.

9. Defiance

IMDb rating: 7/10

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Three brothers orphaned during the holocaust vow to avenge their parents’ death. They escape, meet more people with the same mindset and start working on their objective. However, the difference in their approach to seeking revenge ends up driving a wedge among them.

10. The Hurt Locker

IMDb rating: 7.6/10

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