IMDb's War Top 50

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War films acknowledge the horror and heartbreak of war, letting the actual combat fighting (against nations or humankind) on land, sea, or in the air provide the primary plot or background for the action of the film. War films are often paired with other genres, such as action, adventure, drama, romance, comedy (black), suspense, and even epics and westerns, and they often take a denunciatory approach toward warfare. They may include POW tales, stories of military operations, and training.

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    Saving Private Ryan

    1998, in 27 top lists Check
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    La vita è bella

    1997 — a.k.a. Life Is Beautiful, in 21 top lists Check
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    The Pianist

    2002, in 20 top lists Check
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    Casablanca

    1942, in 36 top lists Check
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    Hotaru no haka

    1988 — a.k.a. Grave of the Fireflies, in 19 top lists Check
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    Ningen no jôken

    1959 — a.k.a. The Human Condition I: No Greater Love, in 11 top lists Check
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    Apocalypse Now

    1979, in 35 top lists Check
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    Paths of Glory

    1957, in 25 top lists Check
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    The Great Dictator

    1940, in 24 top lists Check
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    Inglourious Basterds

    2009, in 15 top lists Check
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    1917

    2019, in 11 top lists
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    Braveheart

    1995, in 20 top lists Check
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    Incendies

    2010, in 8 top lists Check
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    Idi i smotri

    1985 — a.k.a. Come and See, in 25 top lists Check
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    Full Metal Jacket

    1987, in 17 top lists Check
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    Lawrence of Arabia

    1962, in 37 top lists Check
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    Das Boot

    1981, in 15 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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    Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent...

    1956 — a.k.a. A Man Escaped, in 19 top lists Check
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    Voskhozhdenie

    1977 — a.k.a. The Ascent, in 13 top lists Check
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    Obchod na korze

    1965 — a.k.a. The Shop on Main Street, in 13 top lists Check
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    El laberinto del fauno

    2006 — a.k.a. Pan's Labyrinth, in 31 top lists Check
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    Der Untergang

    2004 — a.k.a. Downfall, in 15 top lists Check
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    The Great Escape

    1963, in 15 top lists Check
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    Ran

    1985, in 24 top lists Check
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    Judgment at Nuremberg

    1961, in 6 top lists Check
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    Mandariinid

    2013 — a.k.a. Tangerines, in 5 top lists Check
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    To Be or Not to Be

    1942, in 23 top lists Check
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    The Message

    1976 — a.k.a. Mohammad: Messenger of God, in 7 top lists 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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    Ugetsu monogatari

    1953 — a.k.a. Ugetsu, in 24 top lists Check
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    Napoléon vu par Abel Gance

    1927 — a.k.a. Napoleon, in 22 top lists Check
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    Ballada o soldate

    1959 — a.k.a. Ballad of a Soldier, in 14 top lists Check
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    Hacksaw Ridge

    2016, in 7 top lists Check
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    Platoon

    1986, in 21 top lists Check
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    The Deer Hunter

    1978, in 24 top lists Check
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    Gone with the Wind

    1939, in 30 top lists Check
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    Barry Lyndon

    1975, in 23 top lists Check
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    The Bridge on the River Kwai

    1957, in 29 top lists Check
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    Hotel Rwanda

    2004, in 11 top lists Check
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    The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

    1943, in 17 top lists Check
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    Underground

    1995, in 9 top lists Check
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    All Quiet on the Western Front

    1930, in 17 top lists Check
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    The Best Years of Our Lives

    1946, in 28 top lists Check
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    La battaglia di Algeri

    1966 — a.k.a. The Battle of Algiers, in 27 top lists Check
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    The General

    1926, in 33 top lists Check
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    Roma città aperta

    1945 — a.k.a. Rome, Open City, in 23 top lists Check
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    Ivanovo detstvo

    1962 — a.k.a. Ivan's Childhood, in 12 top lists Check
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    La grande illusion

    1937 — a.k.a. The Grand Illusion, in 29 top lists Check
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    A Matter of Life and Death

    1946, in 22 top lists Check
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