War movies and series belong to the war genre. Since this genre was invented, it has been shown that through cinema, informative content could be created for many people. During the year 1916 the documentary “The Battle of the Somme” was made, which was used as a tool for the nationalist propaganda services of the governments.
On the other hand, the great potential that Hollywood offered was used during World War II because the belligerent countries decided to use the cinema as a way to transmit to their troops all the necessities to achieve the victory.
In addition, actors also began to contribute to the war because they made documentaries and films that raised the morale of all Americans. These kinds of war movies showed all the heroic sacrifices made by the American military to face democracy, freedom, and peace.
These are the 10 war movies that you will surely love
If we talk about classic film genres, war cinema cannot be absent. There are many films that give us life lessons, teach us curious facts, give us a tour of the world, but war films give us the opportunity to understand and know the reasons for some historical events and conflicts worldwide. Next, in this list we recommend you the best war movies of all time.
Europa, Europa 1990
This war movie was directed by Agnieszka Holland and inspired by the experiences of Solomon Perel. It is a very emotional story that is based on a real case where the young Solomon is separated from his parents to later live in an orphanage. From the moment this happened, this young man had to hide that he is Jewish in order to keep his identity in secret.
Perel made this decision in order to survive, but additionally, he had to be part of the Hitler youth.
The Thin Red Line 1998
The Thin Red Line is a film that not only narrates issues about war conflicts, it also gives us the opportunity to see some philosophical reflections. This film was directed by Terrence Malick and is an adaptation of the novel by James Jones where we can see several soldiers facing their great fears during the battle of Guadalcanal.
The director of this film was Christopher Nolan who develops in the war genre through a narrative that goes back and forth showing different points of view to the audience. This war film recreates the Operation Dynamo that was made during World War II.
This operation was the one that was carried out when the Nazi troops invaded France and more than 300,000 British, French and Belgian soldiers had no other option than escape from that place by sea.
No Man’s Land 2001
This production narrates disastrous events during the Bosnian War where two soldiers belonging to different sides were trapped in no man’s land. While these two men try to find a solution to save their lives, the press is publicizing this event as a media affair.
This movie shows several complicated facts with a mixture of comedy. In the year it was released, the film was the winner of the Oscar for best foreign language film.
Letters from Iwo Jima 2006
Letters from Iwo Jima is an American war film that was produced and directed by Clint Eastwood that was complemented by his successor “Flags of our fathers”. This story is told from the Japanese perspective and where you can watch one of the most cruel episodes of the Battle of Iwo Jima.
During this historic event, more than 20,000 Japanese soldiers and 7,000 American soldiers lost their lives.
This film was released on September 29, 1968 during the Sorrento Film Festival and in Sweden. This war film focuses on a married couple formed by two violinists, Jan and Eva Rosenberg who are fleeing from the civil war that has arrived to their country. On a farm located on an island, they decide to start their lifes again with humility and simplicity.
Unexpectedly, the war reached where they were and the surrounding population is exterminated by the soldiers. However, Jan and Eva manage to escape from the execution, but shortly after they were arrested and charged for collaborating with the rebel forces.
Masacre: ven y mira 1985
Masacre: ven y Mira was a film made to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during World War II. This story talk about the anger of a child for all the suffering and massacres suffered by the inhabitants of some villages during the war.
If you wonder how the name of this film originated, it was chosen from a chapter in the book of Revelation where it says: “I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard one of the four living beings say as with a voice of thunder: Come and look. And I looked, and behold a white horse; and the one who rode it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering to conquer. “
Forbidden Games 1952
This film tells the story of a girl named Paulette who with her parents flees from the attacks of the Germans to go to France. Unfortunately, the Nazi planes flew over the place where they were and mercilessly shelled the entire area, killing many people including Paulette’s parents and her pet.
After this, someone throws the corpse of the animal into the river and Paulette decides to follow him. Later she meets a boy named Michel who lives near that area and decides to take his new friend home and then they create a cemetery for pets.
The Big Parade 1925
This film directed by King Vidor is considered one of the highest grossing in silent cinema. Its objective was to show the human cost of the war and its victims.
Here, we can see John Gilbert playing Jim Apperson who enlisted to participate in World War I after his girlfriend encouraged him to do it.This young man had the wrong idea of war because when he arrived, everything was completely different from how he had previously imagined it.
The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957
The first thing that we can highlight about this film is that it is considered one of the greatest productions of David Lean because it allowed him to win 7 Oscars for the outstanding performances he had.
This movie is about how a Japanese colonel wants to force a group of prisoners to build a bridge over the Kwai river. However, an English colonel opposes this decision because he mentions that it violates the Geneva Convention, which is the one that responds to the rights of prisoners during the war.