List Of The 20 Best War Movies In Recent Decades

War movies depict the lives of the people who were involved in such conflicts. We can’t help but wonder what it’s like to be in the actual battlefield. Through war movies, we get the chance to see the victories and the defeats of both the warring sides. We also see a glimpse of what it was like to live in a war-infested era. Here is the list of the greatest war movies in recent history.

The Best War Movies In Recent History

Saving Private Ryan

Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.”

Saving Private Ryan
Saving Private Ryan

Full Metal Jacket

“A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.”

Full Metal Jacket
Full Metal Jacket

Zero Dark Thirty

“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.s Team 6 in May 2011.”

Zero Dark Thirty
Zero Dark Thirty

Platoon

“A young recruit in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.”

Platoon
Platoon

Letters from Iwo Jima

“The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.”

Letters from Iwo Jima
Letters from Iwo Jima

Schindler’s List

“In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.”

Schindler's List
Schindler’s List

The Pianist

“A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.”

The Pianist
The Pianist

Braveheart

“When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England.”

Braveheart
Braveheart

American Sniper

“Navy S.E.A.L. sniper Chris Kyle’s pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.”

American Sniper
American Sniper

The Hurt Locker

“During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.”

The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker

Inglourious Basterds

“In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner’s vengeful plans for the same.”

Inglourious Basterds
Inglourious Basterds

Black Hawk Down

“Black Hawk Down 123 elite U.S. soldiers drop into Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord and find themselves in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily-armed Somalis.”

Black Hawk Down
Black Hawk Down

Valkyrie

“A dramatization of the 20 July assassination and political coup plot by desperate renegade German Army officers against Hitler during World War II.”

Valkyrie
Valkyrie

The Last Samurai

“An American military advisor embraces the Samurai culture he was hired to destroy after he is captured in battle.”

The Last Samurai
The Last Samurai

Fury

“Fury 1945, in World War II Germany, the tough Sergeant Don ‘Wardaddy’ Collier commands a tank and survives…”

Fury
Fury

Unbroken

“After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he’s caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.”

Unbroken
Unbroken

We Were Soldiers

“The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War and the soldiers on both sides that fought it.”

We Were Soldiers
We Were Soldiers

Lone Survivor

“Marcus Luttrell and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare.”

Lone Survivor (AP Photo/Universal Pictures)
Lone Survivor (AP Photo/Universal Pictures)

Pearl Harbor

“Pearl Harbor follows the story of two best friends, Rafe and Danny, and their love lives as they go off to join the war.”

Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor

The Thin Red Line

“Terrence Malick’s adaptation of James Jones’ autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War.”

The Thin Red Line
The Thin Red Line

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