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Top War Films (#1-100)

Rank Title Year Director(s) War Overall
Rank
1 Casablanca 1942 Michael Curtiz World War II 3
2 Apocalypse Now 1979 Francis Ford Coppola Vietnam War 13
3 Lawrence of Arabia 1962 David Lean World War I 16
4 Gone with the Wind 1939 Victor Fleming American Civil War 21
5 The General 1926 Clyde Bruckman and Buster Keaton American Civil War 51
6 Duck Soup 1933 Leo McCarey Fictitious war 82
7 The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957 David Lean World War II 83
8 Saving Private Ryan 1998 Steven Spielberg World War II 91
9 The Grand Illusion 1937 Jean Renoir World War I 95
10 The Battleship Potemkin 1925 Sergei M. Eisenstein Potemkin mutiny 96
11 The Deer Hunter 1978 Michael Cimino Vietnam War 115
12 Paths of Glory 1957 Stanley Kubrick World War I 132
13 The Battle of Algiers 1966 Gillo Pontecorvo Algerian War of Independence 145
14 Ben-Hur 1959 William Wyler Anti-piracy war 157
15 The Best Years of Our Lives 1946 William Wyler World War II 166
16 Platoon 1986 Oliver Stone Vietnam War 180
17 The African Queen 1951 John Huston World War I 195
18 Stairway to Heaven 1946 Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger World War II 200
19 Braveheart 1995 Mel Gibson Wars of Scottish Independence 204
20 M*A*S*H 1970 Robert Altman Korean War 210
21 Rome, Open City 1945 Roberto Rossellini World War II 214
22 Pan's Labyrinth 2006 Guillermo del Toro Spanish Civil War 216
23 All Quiet on the Western Front 1930 Lewis Milestone World War I 227
24 The Birth of a Nation 1915 D.W. Griffith American Civil War 228
25 Intolerance 1916 D.W. Griffith Invasion of Babylonia 243
26 Das Boot 1981 Wolfgang Petersen World War II 248
27 Full Metal Jacket 1987 Stanley Kubrick Vietnam War 252
28 Ugetsu 1953 Kenji Mizoguchi Japanese civil war 253
29 Spartacus 1960 Stanley Kubrick Third Servile War 254
30 The Great Escape 1963 John Sturges World War II 263
31 To Be or Not to Be 1942 Ernst Lubitsch World War II 268
32 Life Is Beautiful 1997 Roberto Benigni World War II 274
33 Patton 1970 Franklin J. Schaffner World War II 282
34 Doctor Zhivago 1965 David Lean Russian Civil War 288
35 The Great Dictator 1940 Charles Chaplin World War I 292
36 Shoah 1985 Claude Lanzmann World War II 295
37 From Here to Eternity 1953 Fred Zinnemann World War II 315
38 The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp 1943 Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger Boer War, World War I, and World War II 317
39 Barry Lyndon 1975 Stanley Kubrick Seven Years' War 320
40 Come and See 1985 Elem Klimov World War II 332
41 Napoléon 1927 Abel Gance Napoleonic Wars 338
42 The Pianist 2002 Roman Polanski World War II 376
43 The Thin Red Line 1998 Terrence Malick World War II 378
44 The English Patient 1996 Anthony Minghella World War II 387
45 Night and Fog 1955 Alain Resnais World War II 399
46 A Man Escaped 1956 Robert Bresson World War II 450
47 Inglourious Basterds 2009 Quentin Tarantino World War II 469
48 Triumph of the Will 1935 Leni Riefenstahl 470
49 Grave of the Fireflies 1988 Isao Takahata World War II 482
50 Army in the Shadows 1969 Jean-Pierre Melville World War II 484
51 The Last of the Mohicans 1992 Michael Mann French and Indian War 501
52 Ashes and Diamonds 1958 Andrzej Wajda World War II 513
53 Downfall 2004 Oliver Hirschbiegel World War II 557
54 Closely Watched Trains 1966 Jirí Menzel World War II 570
55 Au Revoir, les Enfants 1987 Louis Malle World War II 578
56 Glory 1989 Edward Zwick American Civil War 591
57 The Dirty Dozen 1967 Robert Aldrich World War II 599
58 The Sorrow and the Pity 1969 Marcel Ophüls World War II 609
59 The Hurt Locker 2008 Kathryn Bigelow Iraq War 613
60 Starship Troopers 1997 Paul Verhoeven Fictitious interstellar war 616
61 Alexander Nevsky 1938 Sergei M. Eisenstein and Dmitri Vasilyev Northern Crusades 657
62 The Big Red One 1980 Samuel Fuller World War II 658
63 To Have and Have Not 1944 Howard Hawks World War II 661
64 Waltz with Bashir 2008 Ari Folman 1982 Lebanon War 702
65 Chimes at Midnight 1965 Orson Welles Hundred Years' War 707
66 The Tin Drum 1979 Volker Schlöndorff World War II 712
67 Henry V 1944 Laurence Olivier Hundred Years' War 721
68 Three Kings 1999 David O. Russell Operation Desert Storm 722
69 Empire of the Sun 1987 Steven Spielberg World War II 730
70 Stalag 17 1953 Billy Wilder World War II 732
71 The Miracle of Morgan's Creek 1944 Preston Sturges World War II 736
72 Zulu 1964 Cy Endfield Anglo-Zulu War 744
73 The Big Parade 1925 King Vidor World War I 746
74 The Killing Fields 1984 Roland Joffé Cambodian Civil War 782
75 Salò 1975 Pier Paolo Pasolini World War II 793
76 Forbidden Games 1952 René Clément World War II 798
77 Persepolis 2007 Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi Iranian Revolution 820
78 Paisan 1946 Roberto Rossellini World War II 848
79 Ivan's Childhood 1962 Andrei Tarkovsky World War II 852
80 Underground 1995 Emir Kusturica World War II and Yugoslav Wars 871
81 I Am Cuba 1964 Mikheil Kalatozishvili Cuban Revolution 893
82 The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara 2003 Errol Morris World War II and Vietnam War 911
83 The Longest Day 1962 Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, and Bernhard Wicki World War II 913
84 Black Hawk Down 2001 Ridley Scott Somali Civil War 916
85 300 2006 Zack Snyder Greco-Persian Wars 926
86 The Cranes are Flying 1957 Mikheil Kalatozishvili World War II 954
87 Gallipoli 1981 Peter Weir World War I 955
88 Ballad of a Soldier 1959 Grigoriy Chukhray World War II 957
89 The Travelling Players 1975 Theodoros Angelopoulos World War II 982
90 Hotel Rwanda 2004 Terry George Rwandan Genocide 995
91 Kagemusha 1980 Akira Kurosawa Fictitious Japanese civil war 997
92 Love and Death 1975 Woody Allen Napoleonic Wars 1013
93 Letters from Iwo Jima 2006 Clint Eastwood World War II 1039
94 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World 2003 Peter Weir Napoleonic Wars 1067
95 The Conqueror Worm 1968 Michael Reeves English Civil War 1085
96 Atonement 2007 Joe Wright World War II 1100
97 Gunga Din 1939 George Stevens Thuggee Uprising 1108
98 Judgment at Nuremberg 1961 Stanley Kramer World War II 1127
99 Hearts and Minds 1974 Peter Davis Vietnam War 1189
100 Henry V 1989 Kenneth Branagh Hundred Years' War 1191
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