101 War Movies You Must See Before You Die

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Steven Jay Schneider's 101 War Movies You Must See Before You Die

The horror and the heroism of war has long been a staple of cinema and the background for many different story genres, from anti-war comedies such as M*A*S*H to the heroic feats of combat troops and fighter pilots played by the likes of John Wayne and other screen favorites. Here are the 101 most memorable war films ever produced.

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    The Birth of a Nation

    1915, in 21 top lists Check
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    The Battle of the Somme

    1916, in 4 top lists Check
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    The Big Parade

    1925, in 14 top lists Check
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    The General

    1926, in 31 top lists Check
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    Napoléon vu par Abel Gance

    1927 — a.k.a. Napoleon, in 18 top lists Check
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    Wings

    1927, in 10 top lists Check
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    All Quiet on the Western Front

    1930, in 17 top lists Check
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    The Charge of the Light Brigade

    1936, in 2 top lists Check
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    La grande illusion

    1937 — a.k.a. The Grand Illusion, in 28 top lists Check
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    The Great Dictator

    1940, in 25 top lists Check
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    Buck Privates

    1941 — a.k.a. Rookies, in 1 top list Check
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    Sergeant York

    1941, in 7 top lists Check
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    49th Parallel

    1941 — a.k.a. The Invaders, in 4 top lists Check
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    To Be or Not to Be

    1942, in 19 top lists Check
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    Mrs. Miniver

    1942, in 9 top lists Check
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    In Which We Serve

    1942, in 6 top lists Check
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    Went the Day Well?

    1942 — a.k.a. 48 Hours, in 6 top lists Check
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    Roma città aperta

    1945 — a.k.a. Rome, Open City, in 24 top lists Check
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    A Matter of Life and Death

    1946 — a.k.a. Stairway to Heaven, in 19 top lists Check
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    Sands of Iwo Jima

    1949, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Red Badge of Courage

    1951, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Cruel Sea

    1953, in 3 top lists Check
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    Stalag 17

    1953, in 6 top lists Check
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    From Here to Eternity

    1953, in 13 top lists Check
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    The Dam Busters

    1955, in 2 top lists Check
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    Giv'a 24 Eina Ona

    1955 — a.k.a. Hill 24 Doesn't Answer, in 3 top lists Check
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    Kumonosu-jô

    1957 — a.k.a. Throne of Blood, in 15 top lists Check
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    Kanal

    1957 — a.k.a. Canal, in 10 top lists Check
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    The Bridge on the River Kwai

    1957, in 30 top lists Check
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    Letyat zhuravli

    1957 — a.k.a. The Cranes Are Flying, in 16 top lists Check
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    Paths of Glory

    1957, in 27 top lists Check
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    Ice Cold in Alex

    1958 — a.k.a. Desert Attack, in 2 top lists Check
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    Popiól i diament

    1958 — a.k.a. Ashes and Diamonds, in 16 top lists Check
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    Ballada o soldate

    1959 — a.k.a. Ballad of a Soldier, in 12 top lists Check
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    La ciociara

    1960 — a.k.a. Two Women, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Guns of Navarone

    1961, in 6 top lists Check
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    Ivanovo detstvo

    1962 — a.k.a. Ivan's Childhood, in 11 top lists Check
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    The Longest Day

    1962, in 6 top lists Check
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    Lawrence of Arabia

    1962, in 39 top lists Check
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    The Great Escape

    1963, in 14 top lists Check
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    Zulu

    1964, in 8 top lists Check
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    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop...

    1964, in 32 top lists Check
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    Obchod na korze

    1965 — a.k.a. The Shop on Main Street, in 10 top lists Check
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    La battaglia di Algeri

    1966 — a.k.a. The Battle of Algiers, in 26 top lists Check
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    Ostre sledované vlaky

    1966 — a.k.a. Closely Watched Trains, in 14 top lists Check
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    The Dirty Dozen

    1967, in 7 top lists Check
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    Where Eagles Dare

    1968, in 5 top lists Check
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    Hell in the Pacific

    1968, in 2 top lists Check
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    Oh! What a Lovely War

    1969, in 1 top list Check
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    L'armée des ombres

    1969 — a.k.a. Army of Shadows, in 17 top lists Check
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Last updated on Jan 12, 2012; source