Putting together a “best of” list is always a tough job because there are just so many damn movies out there. The best way I have figured out how to present my top picks is by putting it into categories for you. Feel free to add and comment on any horrific omissions on my part.

Below is my top pick for war films:

1. PLATOON. (1986)

The most realistic and haunting take on the Vietnam war you will ever see. This is Oliver Stones masterpiece shown through the eyes of a new recruit (Charlie Sheen). Also features brilliant performances by William Dafoe and Tom Berenger. To me this remains the classic for all war movies.

War time: Vietnam

2. BLACK HAWK DOWN. (2001)


Ridley Scotts film about the USAs involvement with the war in Somalia not only features great performances from Josh Hartnett, Eric Bana, Ewan Mcgregor and Tom Hardy, it is also one of the most viscerally shot films about war that you will see.  This film will keep you on the edge of your seat for its entire running time.

War Time: Somalia

3. SCHINDLER’S LIST. (1993)


Hands down the most disturbing and powerful war movie I have ever seen. Steven Spielberg’s oscar winning masterpiece about the holocaust is a long and tough film to watch, yet remains an electrifying experience. It also features stellar performances from Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Ben Kingsley.

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4. SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. (1999)


Another classic from the genius that is Steven Spielberg. A great war movie with the unforgettable opening sequence of the storming of the beach of Normandy and a great ensemble cast including Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Matt Damon, Edward Burns, Vin Diesal, Barry Pepper and Giovanni Ribisi.

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5. FULL METAL JACKET. (1987)


An instant classic from Stanley Kubrick. The film gives a gut wrenching image of boot camp training and a horrifying portrayal or war in Vietnam. A great performance from Matthew Modine, but it is Vincent D ‘Onofrio as a very disturbed private that will haunt your dreams.

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6. THE THIN RED LINE. (1998)


Directed by Terrence Malick, this is a war film unlike any other you have seen before. A brilliant performance by Jim Caviezal and a beautifully shot picture. It also features an impressive ensemble including Sean Penn, John Cusack, Woody Harrelson, George Clooney, Nick Nolte, John Travolta, Ben Chaplin and Elias Kotias.

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7. PATTON (1970)


George C Scotts oscar winning performance for his portrayal of General Patton remains a classic to this day. This is a film about world war II and one of americas most famous generals, who LIVED for the war and died the moment that it ended.

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8. THE GREAT ESCAPE (1963)


A brilliant war movie which mainly revolves around POWs attempting to escape from their captives and includes the classic Steve Mcqueen bike escape attempt. Pure cinema entertainment.

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9. THE DEER HUNTER (1979)


This film builds slowly, yet still remains one of the most haunting films about the horrors of the vietnam war and how it effects the lives of those involved in it.  The roulette sequence is a chilling and classic piece of cinema. Terrific performances from Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken.

War time: Vietnam

10. BORN ON THE 4TH OF JULY (1988)


Another classic war movie from director Oliver Stone. Featuring an oscar nominated performance from Tom Cruise, this film focuses on the aftermath of the vietnam war and how it effects the veterans of war. A very powerful movie.

War time: Vietnam

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