The 75 Best War Movies Since 1975 – Part 2

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54 – American Sniper (2014)
 American Sniper
(2014) on IMDb

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle takes his sole mission—protect his comrades—to heart and becomes one of the most lethal snipers in American history. His pinpoint accuracy not only saves countless lives but also makes him a prime target of insurgents. Despite grave danger and his struggle to be a good husband and father to his family back in the States, Kyle serves four tours of duty in Iraq. However, when he finally returns home, he finds that he cannot leave the war behind.

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53 – Rescue Dawn (2006)
 Rescue Dawn
(2006) on IMDb

Directed by: Werner Herzog

A US Fighter pilot’s epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War.

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52 – Crimson Tide (1995)
 Crimson Tide
(1995) on IMDb

Directed by: Tony Scott

On a US nuclear missile sub, a young first officer stages a mutiny to prevent his trigger happy captain from launching his missiles before confirming his orders to do so.

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51 – Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
 Good Morning, Vietnam
(1987) on IMDb

Directed by: Barry Levinson

Radio funny man Adrian Cronauer is sent to Vietnam to bring a little comedy back into the lives of the soldiers. After setting up shop, Cronauer delights the G.I.s but shocks his superior officer, Sergeant Major Dickerson, with his irreverent take on the war. While Dickerson attempts to censor Cronauer’s broadcasts, Cronauer pursues a relationship with a Vietnamese girl named Trinh, who shows him the horrors of war first-hand.

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50 – Hope and Glory (1987)
Hope and Glory (1987) on IMDb

Directed by: John Boorman

Director John Boorman drew from his own childhood experiences for this coming-of-age tale about a boy growing up in and around London during World War II. For young Billy Rowan, the nightly bombings provide a frightening show, but they include opportunities to rummage through the rubble with friends in the mornings. As Billy plays, his family struggles to remain intact as they suffer through the anguish and losses of wartime.

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49 – A Bridge Too Far (1977)
A Bridge Too Far (1977) on IMDb

Directed by: Richard Attenborough

Late in 1944, the Allies seem to have the upper hand in the European land war. A combined British and American paratrooper force, led by American general Gavin and British general Urquhart (Sean Connery), plans to take a highway leading from the Netherlands into Germany, so that British ground troops led by Lieutenant General Horrocks (Edward Fox) and Lieutenant Colonel Vandeleur (Michael Caine) can enter enemy territory. But the Allies soon learn that they may be overconfident.

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48 – The Unknown Soldier (1985)
The Unknown Soldier (1985) on IMDb

Directed by: Rauni Mollberg

Second silver screen adaption of the Finnish war book by Väinö Linna. The story is based on Linna’s experiences as an infantry man in the Finnish army during the so called “Continuation War” (1941-1944).

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47 – A Hidden Life (2019)
 A Hidden Life
(2019) on IMDb

Directed by: Terrence Malick

Austrian farmer Franz Jägerstätter faces the threat of execution for refusing to fight for the Nazis during World War II.

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46 – Darkest Hour (2017)
 Darkest Hour
(2017) on IMDb

Directed by: Joe Wright

A thrilling and inspiring true story begins on the eve of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.

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45 – The 12th Man (2017)
 The 12th Man
(2017) on IMDb

Directed by: Harald Zwart

After a failed anti-Nazi sabotage mission leaves his eleven comrades dead, a Norwegian resistance fighter finds himself fleeing the Gestapo through the snowbound reaches of Scandinavia.

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44 – Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
(2003) on IMDb

Directed by: Peter Weir

After an abrupt and violent encounter with a French warship inflicts severe damage upon his ship, a captain of the British Royal Navy begins a chase over two oceans to capture or destroy the enemy, though he must weigh his commitment to duty and ferocious pursuit of glory against the safety of his devoted crew, including the ship’s thoughtful surgeon, his best friend.

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43 – The Captain (2017)
 The Captain
(2017) on IMDb

Directed by: Robert Schwentke

Germany, 1945. Soldier Willi Herold, a deserter of the German army, stumbles into a uniform of Nazi captain abandoned during the last and desperate weeks of the Third Reich. Newly emboldened by the allure of a suit that he has stolen only to stay warm, Willi discovers that many Germans will follow the leader, whoever he is.

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42 – Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
 Zero Dark Thirty
(2012) on IMDb

Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow

A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May, 2011.

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41 – Salvador (1986)
(1986) on IMDb

Directed by: Oliver Stone

A second-rate journalist from the US tries his luck in El Salvador during the military dictatorship in the 1980s.

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40 – Gallipoli (1981)
(1981) on IMDb

Directed by: Peter Weir

As World War I rages, brave and youthful Australians Archy and Frank—both agile runners—become friends and enlist in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps together. They later find themselves part of the Dardanelles Campaign on the Gallipoli peninsula, a brutal eight-month conflict which pit the British and their allies against the Ottoman Empire and left over 500,000 men dead.

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39 – Fortress of War (2010)

Original Title: Brestskaya krepost (Russia)

 Fortress of War
(2010) on IMDb

Directed by: Alexandr Kott

A war drama set during the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, in which Russian troops held on to a border stronghold for nine days. The film shows the heroic defense of Brest Fortress, which has taken upon the first stroke of German fascist invaders on June 22 1941.

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38 – Lone Survivor (2013)
 Lone Survivor
(2013) on IMDb

Directed by: Peter Berg

Four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative must make an impossible moral decision in the mountains of Afghanistan that leads them into an enemy ambush. As they confront unthinkable odds, the SEALs must find reserves of strength and resilience to fight to the finish.

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37 – Cross of Iron (1977)
Cross of Iron (1977) on IMDb

Directed by: Sam Peckinpah

It is 1943, and the German army—ravaged and demoralised—is hastily retreating from the Russian front. In the midst of the madness, conflict brews between the aristocratic yet ultimately pusillanimous Captain Stransky and the courageous Corporal Steiner. Stransky is the only man who believes that the Third Reich is still vastly superior to the Russian army. However, within his pompous persona lies a quivering coward who longs for the Iron Cross so that he can return to Berlin a hero. Steiner, on the other hand is cynical, defiantly non-conformist and more concerned with the safety of his own men rather than the horde of military decorations offered to him by his superiors.

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36 – Stalingrad (1993)
(1993) on IMDb

Directed by: Joseph Vilsmaier

“Stalingrad” follows the progress of a German Platoon through the brutal fighting of the Battle of Stalingrad. After having half their number wiped out and after being placed under the command of a sadistic Captain, the Lieutenant of the platoon leads his men to desert. The men of the platoon attempt to escape from the city which is now surrounded by the Soviet Army.

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35 – Son of Saul (2015)
Original title: Saul fia (Hungarian)
 Son of Saul
(2015) on IMDb

Directed by: László Nemes

In the horror of 1944 Auschwitz, a prisoner forced to burn the corpses of his own people finds moral survival trying to save from the flames the body of a boy he takes for his son.

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The 75 Best War Movies Since 1975

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