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100 Greatest War Movies
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Criteria: - These are the Greatest War Movies - 20th Century Conflicts, chosen for their quality direction, script, cinematography, acting, storyline, originality, and success. This list DOES NOT INCLUDE wars before 1900. (Civil War, Napoleons Wars, etc.) Title - (Year, Director, War) (Main Actors)   K=Korean War, V=Vietnam War

Newly added names are in Red
Edited By: Lew
Last Updated: 03-09-09
100 Greatest War Movies
Greatest Post 1900 War Movies
  1. Apocalypse Now - (1979, Francis Ford Coppola, V) (Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, M. Brando)
  2. All Quiet on the Western Front - (1930, Lewis Milestone, WWI) (Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim)
  3. Saving Private Ryan - (1998, Steven Spielberg, WWII) (Tom Hanks, Edward Burns)
  4. Schindler's List - (1993, Steven Spielberg, WWII) (Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley)
  5. Platoon - (1986, Oliver Stone, V) (Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen)
  6. The Bridge on the River Kwai - (1957, David Lean, WWII) (Alec Guinness, William Holden)
  7. Patton - (1970, Franklin J. Schaffner, WWII) (George C. Scott, Karl Malden)
  8. The Dirty Dozen - (1967, Robert Aldrich, WWII) (Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson, Telly Savalas)
  9. The Longest Day - (1962,Ken Annakin, WWII) (John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum)
10. From Here to Eternity - (1953, Fred Zinnemann, WWII) (Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift)
11. Sergeant York - (1941, Howard Hawks, WWI) (Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan)
12. The Great Escape - (1963, John Sturges, WWII) (Steve McQueen, James Garner)
13. Battleship Potemkin (1925, Sergei Eisenstein, Odessa revolt-1905) (Alexander Antonov)
14. Das Boot - (1981, W. Ger. Wolfgang Peterson, WWII) (Jurgen Procnow)
15. The Deer Hunter - (1978, Michael Cimino, V) (Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep)
16. Full Metal Jacket - (1987, Stanley Kubrick, V) (Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin)
17. Letters From Iwo Jima - (2006, Clint Eastwood, WWII) (Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya)
18. A Bridge Too Far - (1977, Richard Attenborough, WWII) (Dirk Bogarde, Michael Caine)
19. The Guns of Navarone - (1961, J. Lee Thompson, WWII) (Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn)
20. Open City - (1945, Roberto Rossellini, WWII) (Vito Annicchiarico, Nando Bruno)
21. Midway - (1976, Jack Smight, WWII) (Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, Toshiro Mifune)
22. Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo - (1944, Mervyn LeRoy, WWII) (Van Johnson, Robert Walker)
23. The Thin Red Line - (1998, Terrence Malick, WWII) (Sean Penn, Nick Nolte)
24. Tora! Tora! Tora! - (1970, Richard Fleischer, WWII) (Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten)
25. Black Hawk Down - (2001, Ridley Scott, Somalia) (Ewan McGregor, Josh Hartnett)
26. Stalag 17 - (1953, Billy Wilder, WWII) (William Holden, Otto Preminger)
27. Battle of Britain - (1969, Guy Hamilton, WWII) (Michael Caine, R. Shaw, Laurence Olivier)
28. The Story of G.I. Joe - (1945, William Wellman, WWII) (Robert Mitchum, Burgess Meredith)
29. The Desert Fox - (1951, Henry Hathaway, WWII) (James Mason, Richard Boone)
30. Paths Of Glory - (1957, Stanley Kubrick, WWI) (Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker)
31. Wings - (1927, William Wellman, WWI) (Clara Bow, Charles "Buddy" Rogers, Gary Cooper)
32. Battleground - (1949, William Wellman, WWII) (Van Johnson, Ricardo Montalban)
33. In Harm's Way - (1965, Otto Preminger, WWII) (John Wayne, Kirk Douglas)
34. MacArthur - (1977, Joseph Sargent, WWII, K) (Gregory Peck, Ed Flanders)
35. Pork Chop Hill - (1959, Lewis Milestone, Korea) (Gregory Peck, George Peppard)
36. The Big Parade - (1925, King Vidor, WWI) (John Gilbert, Renée Adorée)
37. Where Eagles Dare - (1969, Brian G. Hutton, WWII) (Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood)
38. The Desert Rats - (1953, Robert Wise, WWII) (Richard Burton, James Mason)
39. Battle of the Bulge - (1965, Ken Annakin, WWII) (Henry Fonda, Robert Shaw)
40. The Blue Max - (1966, John Guillermin, WWI) (George Peppard, James Mason)
41. The Caine Mutiny - (1954, Edward Dmytryk, WWII) (Humphrey Bogart, José Ferrer)
42. The Train - (1965, John Frankenheimer, WWII) (Burt Lancaster, Paul Scofield)
43. Back to Bataan - (1944, Edward Dmytryk, WWII) (John Wayne, Anthony Quinn)
44. Many Wars Ago (aka Uomini Contro) - (1970, Francesco Rosi, WWI) (Mark Frechette, Alain Cuny)
45. Guadalcanal Diary - (1943, Lewis Seiler, WWII) (Preston Foster, Anthony Quinn)
46. The Big Red One - (1980, Samuel Fuller, WWII) (Lee Marvin, Mark Hamill, Robert Carradine)
47. Sink the Bismarck - (1960, Lewis Gilbert,WWII) (Kenneth More, Dana Wynter)
48. They Were Expendable - (1945, John Ford, WWII) (Robert Montgomery, John Wayne)
49. Closely Watched Trains - (1966, Czech., Jirí Menzel, WWII) (Vaclav Neckar, Jitka Bendova)
50. The Dawn Patrol - (1938, Edmund Goulding, WWI) (Errol Flynn, David Niven)
51. Sahara - (1943, Zoltan Korda, WWII) (Humphrey Bogart, Lloyd Bridges)
52. In Which We Serve - (1942, Noel Coward, David Lean, WWII) (Noel Coward, John Mills)
53. The Young Lions - (1958, Edward Dmytryk, WWII) (Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift)
54. Battle Cry - (1955, Raoul Walsh, WWII) (Van Heflin, James Whitmore, Anne Francis)
55. Flags of Our Fathers - (2006, Clint Eastwood, WWII) (Ryan Phillippe, Jesse Bradford)
56. Soldier of Orange - (1978, Netherlands, Paul Verhoeven, WWII) (Rutger Hauer)
57. Halls of Montezuma - (1950, Lewis Milestone, WWII) (Richard Widmark, Karl Malden)
58. The Fighting Sullivans - (1944, Lloyd Bacon, WWII) (Thomas Mitchell, Ward Bond)
59. The Bridges at Toko-Ri - (1954, Mark Robson, K) (William Holden, Mickey Rooney)
60. Destination Tokyo - (1943, Delmer Daves, WWII) (Cary Grant, John Forsythe)
61. Kelly's Heroes - (1970, Brian G. Hutton, WWII) (Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland)
62. The Bridge at Remagen - (1969, John Guillermin, WWII) (George Segal, Robert Vaughn)
63. Sands of Iwo Jima - (1949, Allan Dwan, WWII) (John Wayne, John Agar)
64. To Hell and Back - (1955, Jesse Hibbs, WWII) (Audie Murphy, David Janssen)
65. The Lost Patrol - (1943, John Ford, WWI) (Victor McLaglen, Boris Karloff)
66. Von Ryan's Express - (1965, Mark Robson, WWII) (Frank Sinatra, Trevor Howard)
67. Wake Island - (1942, John Farrow, WWII) (Robert Preston, Macdonald Carey)
68. The Boys in Company C - (1977, Sidney J. Furie, V) (Stan Shaw, Andrew Stevens)
69. Objective, Burma! - (1945, Raoul Walsh, WWII) (Errol Flynn, Henry Hull)
70. Twelve O'Clock High - (1949, Henry King, WWII) (Gregory Peck, Hugh Marlowe)
71. Operation Pacific - (1951, George Waggner, WWII) (John Wayne, Patricia Neal)
72. Gallipoli - (1981, Australia, Peter Weir, WWI) (Mel Gibson, Mark Lee)
73. Flying Leathernecks - (1951, Nicholas Ray, WWII) (John Wayne, Robert Ryan)
74. Memphis Belle - (1990, Michael Caton-Jones, WWII) (Matthew Modine, Eric Stoltz)
75. Run Silent, Run Deep - (1958, Robert Wise, WWII) (Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster)
76. The Tuskegee Airmen - (1995, Robert Markowitz, WWII) (Laurence Fishburne, Allen Payne)
77. Kanal - (1957, Andrzej Wajda, WWII) (Wienczyslaw Glinski)
78. Courage Under Fire - (1996, Edward Zwick, Iraq'91) (Denzel Washington, Meg Ryan)
79. The Sand Pebbles - (1966, Robert Wise, China uprising 1926) (Steve McQueen)
80. 633 Squadron - (1964, Walter Grauman, WWII) (Cliff Robertson, Harry Andrews)
81. Casualties of War - (1989, Brian De Palma, V) (Sean Penn, Michael J. Fox)
82. Cross of Iron - (1977, Sam Peckinpah, WWII) (James Coburn, James Mason)
83. Force 10 From Navarone - (1978, Guy Hamilton, WWII) (Robert Shaw, Harrison Ford)
84. Hell Is For Heroes - (1962, Don Siegel WWII) (Steve McQueen, James Coburn)
85. Too Late the Hero - (1969, Robert Aldrich, WWII) (Michael Caine, Denholm Elliott)
86. Merrill's Marauders - (1962, Samuel Fuller, WWII) (Jeff Chandler, Ty Hardin, Claude Akins)
87. Enemy at the Gates - (2001, Jean-Jacques Annaud WWII) (Joseph Fiennes, Ed Harris)
88. A Midnight Clear - (1992, Keith Gordon, WWII) (Ethan Hawke, Gary Sinise)
89. Dunkirk - (1958, Leslie Norman, WWII) (John Mills, Richard Attenborough)
90. The Green Berets - (1968, Ray Kellogg, V) (John Wayne, David Janssen)
91. The Story of Dr. Wassell - (1944, Cecil B. DeMille, WWII) (Gary Cooper, Laraine Day)
92. Three Kings - (1999, David O. Russell, Iraq'91) (George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg)
93. Operation Crossbow - (1965, Michael Anderson, WWII) (George Peppard, Sophia Loren)
94. The Naked and the Dead - (1958, Raoul Walsh, WWII) (Aldo Ray, Cliff Robertson)
95. Jarhead - (2005, Sam Mendes, Desert Storm) (Jamie Foxx, Jake Gyllenhaal)
96. King Rat - (1965, Bryan Forbes, WWII) (George Segal, Denholm Elliott)
97. Heartbreak Ridge - (1986, Clint Eastwood, Grenada) (Clint Eastwood, Mario Van Peebles)
98. Stalingrad - (1992, Joseph Vilsmaier, WWII) (Dominique Horwitz)
99. Torpedo Run - (1958, Joseph Pevney, WWII) (Glenn Ford, Ernest Borgnine)
100. A Walk in the Sun - (1945, Lewis Milestone, WWII) (Dana Andrews, Lloyd Bridges)


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10 Greatest Civil War Movies
  1. Glory - (1989, Edward Zwick) (Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington)
  2. Gettysburg - (1993, Ronald F. Maxwell) (Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger)
  3. North and South - (1985, Richard T. Heffron, TV) (Patrick Swayze, James Read)
  4. The Red Badge of Courage - (1951, John Huston) (Audie Murphy, Bill Mauldin)
  5. Shenandoah - (1965, Andrew V. McLaglen) (James Stewart, Doug McClure)
  6. Gone With the Wind - (1939, Victor Fleming) (Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh)
  7. Andersonville - (1996, John Frankenheimer, TV) (Frederic Forrest, William H. Macy)
  8. Ride With The Devil - (1999, Ang Lee) (Tobey Maguire, Skeet Ulrich)
  9. Gods and Generals - (2003, Ronald F. Maxwell) (Jeff Daniels, Robert Duvall)
10. The Horse Soldiers - (1959, John Ford) (John Wayne, William Holden)
18 Greatest Comedy/Satire War Movies
  1. M*A*S*H - (1970, Robert Altman, K) (Elliott Gould, Donald Sutherland)
  2. Dr. Strangelove - (1964, Stanley Kubrick, Cold War) (Peter Sellers, George C. Scott)
  3. Mister Roberts - (1955, John Ford, WWII) (Henry Fonda, James Cagney)
  4. Catch-22 - (1970, Mike Nichols, WWII) (Alan Arkin, Richard Benjamin)
  5. Operation Petticoat - (1959, Blake Edwards, WWII) (Cary Grant, Tony Curtis)
  6. Good Morning, Vietnam - (1987, Barry Levinson, V) (Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker)
  7. Stripes - (1981, Ivan Reitman, Cold War) (Bill Murray, Harold Ramis)
  8. Private Benjamin - (1980, Howard Zieff) (Goldie Hawn, Eileen Brennan)
  9. Tropic Thunder - (2008, Ben Stiller) (Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr.)
10. The Secret War of Harry Frigg - (1968, Jack Smight, WWII) (Paul Newman, Sylva Koscina)
11. Operation Petticoat - (1959) (Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Gavin MacLeod)
12. Top Secret! - (1984, Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker, David Zucker, WWII) (Val Kilmer)
13. How I Won the War - (1967, Richard Lester, WWII) (Michael Crawford, John Lennon)
14. What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? - (1966, Blake Edwards, WWII) (James Coburn)
15. McHale's Navy - (1964, Edward J. Montagne Jr., WWII) (Ernest Borgnine, Tim Conway)
16. Wake Me When It's Over - (1960, Mervyn LeRoy, WWII) (Ernie Kovacs, Dick Shawn)
17. Sailor Beware - (1951, Hal Walker, WWII) (Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis)
18. Operation Snatch - (1962, Robert Day, WWII) (Terry-Thomas, Lionel Jeffries)


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