Top 50 War Movies and TV Shows



1. 1917 (2019)

R | 119 min | Drama, War

8.4
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78 Metascore

April 6th, 1917. As a regiment assembles to wage war deep in enemy territory, two soldiers are assigned to race against time and deliver a message that will stop 1,600 men from walking straight into a deadly trap.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay, Daniel Mays, Colin Firth

Votes: 259,000 | Gross: $159.18M

2. Vikings (2013– )

TV-MA | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.6
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Vikings transports us to the brutal and mysterious world of Ragnar Lothbrok, a Viking warrior and farmer who yearns to explore - and raid - the distant shores across the ocean.

Stars: Katheryn Winnick, Gustaf Skarsgård, Alexander Ludwig, Georgia Hirst

Votes: 381,690

3. Jojo Rabbit (2019)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, War

7.9
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58 Metascore

A young boy in Hitler's army finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.

Director: Taika Waititi | Stars: Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson, Taika Waititi

Votes: 180,861 | Gross: $0.35M

4. Midway (2019)

PG-13 | 138 min | Action, Drama, History

6.7
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47 Metascore

The story of the Battle of Midway, told by the leaders and the sailors who fought it.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Luke Evans

Votes: 39,316

5. SEAL Team (2017– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Drama, War

7.4
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The lives of the elite Navy SEALs as they train, plan and execute the most dangerous, high-stakes missions our country can ask.

Stars: David Boreanaz, Max Thieriot, Jessica Paré, Neil Brown Jr.

Votes: 13,569

6. Band of Brothers (2001)

TV-MA | 594 min | Action, Drama, History

9.5
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The story of Easy Company of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division, and their mission in World War II Europe, from Operation Overlord, through V-J Day.

Stars: Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, Shane Taylor

Votes: 347,836

7. Inglourious Basterds (2009)

R | 153 min | Adventure, Drama, War

8.3
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69 Metascore

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.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Mélanie Laurent

Votes: 1,193,409 | Gross: $120.54M

8. A Hidden Life (2019)

PG-13 | 174 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.5
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78 Metascore

The Austrian Franz Jägerstätter, a conscientious objector, refuses to fight for the Nazis in World War II.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: August Diehl, Valerie Pachner, Maria Simon, Karin Neuhäuser

Votes: 9,473

9. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

R | 169 min | Drama, War

8.6
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91 Metascore

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.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns

Votes: 1,171,794 | Gross: $216.54M

10. Our Girl (2014– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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The series follows Molly on her first deployment as a serving army medic against the backdrop of the British Army's withdrawal from Afghanistan. Series 2 introduces Georgie, her more experienced friend, as she is deployed to Eastern Africa.

Stars: Michelle Keegan, Ben Aldridge, Sean Ward, Simon Lennon

Votes: 3,074

11. Dunkirk (2017)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Drama, History

7.9
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94 Metascore

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy

Votes: 508,130 | Gross: $188.37M

12. The King (I) (2019)

R | 140 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.3
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62 Metascore

Hal, wayward prince and heir to the English throne, is crowned King Henry V after his tyrannical father dies. Now the young king must navigate palace politics, the war his father left behind, and the emotional strings of his past life.

Director: David Michôd | Stars: Tom Glynn-Carney, Gábor Czap, Tom Fisher, Edward Ashley

Votes: 67,871

13. Apocalypse Now (1979)

R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, War

8.4
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94 Metascore

A U.S. Army officer serving in Vietnam is tasked with assassinating a renegade Special Forces Colonel who sees himself as a god.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest

Votes: 575,616 | Gross: $83.47M

14. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

R | 139 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.1
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71 Metascore

World War II American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer

Votes: 399,934 | Gross: $67.21M

15. The Tudors (2007–2010)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.1
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A dramatic series about the reign and marriages of King Henry VIII.

Stars: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, Anthony Brophy, James Frain

Votes: 65,464

16. The Pianist (2002)

R | 150 min | Biography, Drama, Music

8.5
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85 Metascore

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

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Emilia Fox

Votes: 684,572 | Gross: $32.57M

17. Official Secrets (2019)

R | 112 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.3
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63 Metascore

The true story of a British whistleblower who leaked information to the press about an illegal NSA spy operation designed to push the UN Security Council into sanctioning the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Director: Gavin Hood | Stars: Keira Knightley, Matt Smith, Matthew Goode, Rhys Ifans

Votes: 17,293 | Gross: $0.40M

18. Braveheart (1995)

R | 178 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.3
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68 Metascore

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.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Angus Macfadyen

Votes: 924,334 | Gross: $75.60M

19. Life Is Beautiful (1997)

PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.6
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59 Metascore

When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor, and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.

Director: Roberto Benigni | Stars: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini, Giustino Durano

Votes: 586,875 | Gross: $57.60M

20. Resistance (I) (2020)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

5.5
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55 Metascore

The story of a group of Jewish Boy Scouts who worked with the French Resistance to save the lives of ten thousand orphans during World War II.

Director: Jonathan Jakubowicz | Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Ed Harris, Edgar Ramírez, Clémence Poésy

Votes: 483

21. Mulan (1998)

G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.6
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71 Metascore

To save her father from death in the army, a young maiden secretly goes in his place and becomes one of China's greatest heroines in the process.

Directors: Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook | Stars: Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, BD Wong, Miguel Ferrer

Votes: 237,062 | Gross: $120.62M

22. M*A*S*H (1972–1983)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy, Drama, War

8.4
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The staff of an Army hospital in the Korean War find that laughter is the best way to deal with their situation.

Stars: Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swit, Jamie Farr

Votes: 48,392

23. Greyhound

PG-13 | Drama, History, War | Completed

Early in World War II, an inexperienced U.S. Navy captain must lead an Allied convoy being stalked by Nazi U-boat wolfpacks.

Director: Aaron Schneider | Stars: Tom Hanks, Elisabeth Shue, Stephen Graham, Karl Glusman

24. Platoon (1986)

R | 120 min | Drama, War

8.1
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92 Metascore

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

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Keith David

Votes: 365,666 | Gross: $138.53M

25. Les Misérables (2012)

PG-13 | 158 min | Drama, History, Musical

7.6
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63 Metascore

In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried

Votes: 296,686 | Gross: $148.81M

26. Darkest Hour (2017)

PG-13 | 125 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.4
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75 Metascore

In May 1940, the fate of World War II hangs on Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on knowing that it could mean the end of the British Empire.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Mendelsohn

Votes: 155,845 | Gross: $56.47M

27. Wonder Woman (2017)

PG-13 | 141 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.4
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76 Metascore

When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior in training, leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

Director: Patty Jenkins | Stars: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Lucy Davis

Votes: 521,629 | Gross: $412.56M

28. Full Metal Jacket (1987)

R | 116 min | Drama, War

8.3
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76 Metascore

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.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D'Onofrio, Adam Baldwin

Votes: 641,227 | Gross: $46.36M

29. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

R | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, War

8.2
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98 Metascore

In the Falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú

Votes: 594,170 | Gross: $37.63M

30. Fury (2014)

R | 134 min | Action, Drama, War

7.6
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64 Metascore

A grizzled tank commander makes tough decisions as he and his crew fight their way across Germany in April, 1945.

Director: David Ayer | Stars: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña

Votes: 403,801 | Gross: $85.82M

31. Overlord (2018)

R | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

6.6
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60 Metascore

A small group of American soldiers find horror behind enemy lines on the eve of D-Day.

Director: Julius Avery | Stars: Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Mathilde Ollivier, Pilou Asbæk

Votes: 74,311 | Gross: $21.70M

32. Rome (2005–2007)

TV-MA | 52 min | Action, Drama, History

8.7
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A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic.

Stars: Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker, Kerry Condon

Votes: 147,511

33. Pearl Harbor (2001)

PG-13 | 183 min | Action, Drama, History

6.2
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44 Metascore

A tale of war and romance mixed in with history. The story follows two lifelong friends and a beautiful nurse who are caught up in the horror of an infamous Sunday morning in 1941.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale, Josh Hartnett, William Lee Scott

Votes: 301,899 | Gross: $198.54M

34. Dirilis: Ertugrul (2014–2019)

120 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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The heroic story of Ertugrul Ghazi, the father of Osman (Uthman) who founded the Ottoman Empire.

Stars: Engin Altan Düzyatan, Hülya Darcan, Cengiz Coskun, Nurettin Sönmez

Votes: 19,939

35. The Imitation Game (2014)

PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

8.0
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73 Metascore

During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.

Director: Morten Tyldum | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech

Votes: 649,327 | Gross: $91.13M

36. The Last Ship (2014–2018)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

7.5
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The crew of a naval destroyer is forced to confront the reality of a new existence when a pandemic kills off most of the earth's population.

Stars: Eric Dane, Adam Baldwin, Charles Parnell, Travis Van Winkle

Votes: 52,465

37. Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Horror, War

5.9
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In World War II Italy, four fascist libertines round up nine adolescent boys and girls and subject them to one hundred and twenty days of physical, mental and sexual torture.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini | Stars: Paolo Bonacelli, Giorgio Cataldi, Umberto Paolo Quintavalle, Aldo Valletti

Votes: 50,990

38. The Last Samurai (2003)

R | 154 min | Action, Drama, War

7.7
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55 Metascore

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

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Billy Connolly, William Atherton

Votes: 383,349 | Gross: $111.11M

39. Danger Close (2019)

R | 118 min | Action, Drama, War

6.9
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In August 1966, in a Vietnamese rubber plantation called Long Tan, 108 young and inexperienced Australian and New Zealand soldiers are fighting for their lives against 2500 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong soldiers.

Director: Kriv Stenders | Stars: Travis Fimmel, Toby Blome, Alexander England, Aaron Glenane

Votes: 5,740

40. World on Fire (2019– )

57 min | Drama, War

7.1
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WWII drama centered on the lives of ordinary people affected by the war.

Stars: Jonah Hauer-King, Julia Brown, Helen Hunt, Sean Bean

Votes: 2,265

41. Tropic Thunder (2008)

R | 107 min | Action, Comedy, War

7.0
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71 Metascore

Through a series of freak occurrences, a group of actors shooting a big-budget war movie are forced to become the soldiers they are portraying.

Director: Ben Stiller | Stars: Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Kahn

Votes: 364,924 | Gross: $110.52M

42. Atonement (2007)

R | 123 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

7.8
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85 Metascore

Fledgling writer Briony Tallis (Saoirse Ronan), as a thirteen-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Brenda Blethyn, Saoirse Ronan

Votes: 237,459 | Gross: $50.93M

43. American Sniper (2014)

R | 133 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.3
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72 Metascore

Navy S.E.A.L. sniper Chris Kyle's (Bradley Cooper'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.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner, Cole Konis

Votes: 419,276 | Gross: $350.13M

44. The Great Escape (1963)

Not Rated | 172 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.2
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87 Metascore

Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson

Votes: 213,917 | Gross: $12.10M

45. Unbroken (I) (2014)

PG-13 | 137 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.2
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59 Metascore

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.

Director: Angelina Jolie | Stars: Jack O'Connell, Miyavi, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund

Votes: 137,727 | Gross: $115.64M

46. Casablanca (1942)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

8.5
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100 Metascore

A cynical American expatriate struggles to decide whether or not he should help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape French Morocco.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

Votes: 497,510 | Gross: $1.02M

47. Destination Tokyo (1943)

Approved | 135 min | Adventure, History, War

7.1
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In order to provide information for the first air raid over Tokyo, a U.S. submarine sneaks into Tokyo Bay and places a spy team ashore.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Cary Grant, John Garfield, Alan Hale, John Ridgely

Votes: 4,445

48. Gone with the Wind (1939)

Passed | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.1
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97 Metascore

A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood | Stars: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil

Votes: 275,350 | Gross: $198.68M

49. The Sand Pebbles (1966)

PG-13 | 182 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.6
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In 1926, a U.S. Naval engineer gets assigned to a gunboat on a rescue mission in war-torn China.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, Richard Crenna, Candice Bergen

Votes: 12,754

50. Downfall (2004)

R | 156 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.2
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82 Metascore

Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, tells of the Nazi dictator's final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII.

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel | Stars: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Ulrich Matthes, Juliane Köhler

Votes: 317,556 | Gross: $5.51M


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