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  1. Iris Iredale
    Iris Iredale at |

    I’m glad Shaving Ryan’s Privates isn’t on the list as it’s greatly overrated, boring, only involves Americans and gives future generations of children an inaccurate and distorted view of the Second World War, but that said most American war films are very one sided and give the impression that the yanks won the war single handed, even though they never bothered to enter it until 1941, it started in 1939 folks.

    1. Anne Iredale
      Anne Iredale at |

      Iredale? Are we related? Anyway, I’ve no objections to Saving Private Ryan on “one sided grounds” – it was about an American battle after all.

      1. NEIN
        NEIN at |

        There were many inaccuracies for example the sniper/eye shot scene, but I must say bar the landing craft crew, the opening was pretty amazing. It did show the chaos of war very well!

  2. saroj
    saroj at |

    I just didnt like the list at all, without saving private ryan, full metal jacket, the great escape, we were soldiers. These films must be included whatever list u made for war movies ever.

  3. andrew
    andrew at |

    this is the real deal 1 iron cross 2 born on the 4th of july 3 longest day 4 all quite on the western front 5 appoc now 6 platoon 7 we were soldiers 8 saving private ryan 9 where eagles dare 10 sands of iwo jima

  4. red
    red at |

    no letters from iwo jima?

  5. Chris W
    Chris W at |

    I’m sorry but this list is just piss poor , The Thin Red Line is a boring waste of great actors. By not including Saving Private Ryan your just trying to be to cool for the room. Where’s Platoon , this list stinks and I don’t like it

  6. Mike
    Mike at |

    Your list was cute for someone who seems to have just started watching war movies. Since you are new to it, here are some others you might want to check out (in addition to some already named):

    A Bridge Too Far
    The Longest Day
    Letters from Iwo Jima
    The Great Escape
    All Quiet on the Western Front
    The Bridge on the River Kwai
    The Last of the Mohicans
    Empire of the Sun
    The Killing Fields
    Stalag 17

    1. Anne Iredale
      Anne Iredale at |

      I’ve seen 12 on your list and I included All Quiet On the Waterfront on my list…could you be any more patronising? But, hey, thanks for your ‘cute’ contribution.

  7. Eli
    Eli at |

    What about enemy at the gates????? ?

  8. Alan
    Alan at |

    I CANT BELIVE PLATOON the best war film bar none is not here , also where is black hawk down , sorry u let yourself down there

  9. Spedattack
    Spedattack at |

    Horrible list there were many films that deserved to be on this list but didn’t make it because in your book they are not critically acclaimed. Look up Saving Private Ryan, Glory, Platoon, and Black Hawk Down and you will see they are more critically acclaimed than half of these movies. Schindler’s List is the best movie I’ve seen BUT ITS NOT A WAR MOVIE. Born On the Fourth Of July is NOT A WAR MOVIE and even calling it one is similar to calling Forest Gump a war movie. My Media Technology teacher even says its not a war movie. WHAT IS OH, WHAT A LOVELY WAR!!!!!! EVEN THE TITLE AND DESCRIPTION PISS ME OFF AND I HAVEN’T EVEN SEEN IT!!!!!!!! Since when do musicals and satires classify as war movies? Why is Thin Red Line on here especially number 1? Thin Red Line was boring, slow, and didn’t show the brotherhood that you thought it did. Worst list I’ve ever seen to be honest. Not trying to be sexist but its funny how every bad war movie list I see is made by a woman.

  10. 2nd platoon
    2nd platoon at |

    can someone please explain why the hell mash made it on this list? its a stupid comedy and should never have made it thier are more worthy war movies that diservd that spot and i own the thin red line dvd great movie however its still a gung ho american made film…it does deserve to be on the list but not at number one. saving private ryan will allways be a great movie loved it all the way through aswell as flags of our fathers and letters from iwo jima. i could rant and rave all day about how miss-guided this list is and my father who is a military historian will loose the plot when he see’s this list hahahhowever their are some good movies in much deserved spots on this list.

    War does not decide who wins and looses war decides who is left.

    1. peter8172
      peter8172 at |

      M*A*S*H* is not a comedy……….Its a SATIRE. I would say that is the reason for it being on the list. Also, when a movie has a cast with Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Sally Kellerman, Robert Duvall, Tom Skeritt, John Schuck, Gary Burghoff (who was the only cast member from the movie to be a regular on the TV show as “Radar” O’ Reilly), and Bud Cort. With Robert Altman as Director and Johnny Mandel doing the musical score and is in the American Film Institute’s Top 100 movies of all time, then I have to agree with this movie being on the list. Watch the movie for 4 reasons. 1). How Major Margaret Hoolihan got her nickname “Hot Lips”, 2). The “fake” suicide scene with actor John Schuck, 3). The Scene of the Women’s showering tent and 4). The Football game at the end of the movie. Now me personally, I am absolutely shocked that the War Movie, “The Bridge On The River Kwai” (1957), starring Sir Alec Guinness, William Holden is not on this list. Just giving you my friendly opinion…….

  11. Lachlan
    Lachlan at |

    When I saw “Operation Burma” mentioned, I couldn’t help but smile a lot. My father was in Burma with British Special Forces (SOE Force 136) in 1944-45 and when he saw this film on his return to India in a cinema, alongwith a crowd of other returned vets from various British units, a riot broke out and the cinema was nearly trashed !

    Merrill’s Marauders – yes, they were there and their work was respected, but this fanciful tale Errol Flynn and a bunch of Hollywood US paratroopers taking the credit for ops in Burma was just too much to stomach.

  12. Lachlan
    Lachlan at |

    The German-made film “STALINGRAD”

  13. God
    God at |

    black hawk down

  14. Kristian
    Kristian at |

    Just going to put this one out there, Memphis belle! One of the best war films ive ever seen!

  15. Brick Lawson
    Brick Lawson at |

    Without Grave of the Fireflies, it isn’t a top war movies list. You can take all the action in every other war film and not have the impact this animated film brings forth. Some of my other favorites can be found at

  16. WWII War Films
    WWII War Films at |

    Fascinating list of great War films.

  17. Peter Boucher
    Peter Boucher at |

    I would have to put “Gallipoli” in the top ten starring Mel Gibson and the disasterous attack of the Australians trying to battle with the Turkish Army. The other one that I would put on the list is “Operation Burma” starring Errol Flynn. Its about a battalion of Americans trying to destroy a Japanese radar system during World War II and get caught by the Japanese who surrounded them and then put them through hell. And how could you ever forget “The Bridge On The River Kwai” starring Sir Alec Guinness and William Holden. The American Film Institute voted that movie #13 as the top 100 greatest movies ever made. That is a timeless movie to say the least. Also, “Stalag 17” also with William Holden about a group of American soldiers in a German POW camp. That movie was the inspiration for the television show “Hogan’s Heroes”

  18. Bobby
    Bobby at |

    Windtalkers should be in the list

  19. Josie
    Josie at |

    My first thought was Life is Beautiful. But, I guess that it’s not exactly a war movie since half of it is about the love of the two parents. But, you have to admit that the scenes in the concentration camp are kind of heartbreaking. Of course, it’s in Italian but, that’s what subtitles are for. 😛
    Also, I’m pretty sure this list was made before The Hurt Locker, but I really hope that it would be included on a more recent list.

  20. Brian Beamer
    Brian Beamer at |

    Saving Private Ryan should be on there somewhere – but then again, I also like Grave of the Fireflies and Dr. Strangleove, so don’t take my word for it.

  21. Dan
    Dan at |

    How does Full Metal Jacket beat out Apocalypse Now for best Vietnam movie of all time, but ranks lower in overall war movies?

    And not having Saving Private Ryan or Platoon on this list is ridiculous.

    Its completely subjective obviously, but The Hurt Locker was far superior to A Thin Red Line, which I found boring and slow.

    Empire of the Sun deserves a look, as well as Black Hawk Down. Kudos for including M*A*S*H though!

  22. Shegea
    Shegea at |

    Phatom soldiers is also one of the best..Have we forgotten?

  23. Armand
    Armand at |

    Did anyone commenting on this issue see Bridge Over The River Kwai? In my opinion, not only trhe greatest war movie ever made but one of the best movies ever made, regardless of genre.

    1. Peter Boucher
      Peter Boucher at |

      Armand. I put it into my blog for this list. It is #13 of the American Film Institute’s Top 100 greatest movies of all time. Just the fact the Sir Alec Guinness and William Holden star in this movie makes it worthwhile to watch. Thumbs up to you !!

  24. wojo364
    wojo364 at |

    Although they have been mentioned in earlier posts I would have to include "Breaker Morant" (incredibly well done) and "Glory" (Denzel Washington in one of his greatest roles IMO). Also would include "The Great Escape" (what an all-star cast they recruited for that one…excellent movie. My wife hates war movies and she loved that one so that should tell you something). Great list BTW. I just found this site and will be coming back in the future 🙂

  25. Anne Iredale
    Anne Iredale at |

    Just want to make a point about 'critical acclaim'. The Oscars are not my idea of critical acclaim. The industry gives awards for lots of different reasons. Sometimes they reflect what respected critics think (in the UK that would be Mark Kermode or Peter Bradshaw) and sometimes they don't. When I refer to 'critical acclaim', I do not mean the Oscars but I understand that is the criteria for a lot of people.

  26. Roger Henslee
    Roger Henslee at |

    Kudos on picking a couple of almost forgotten movies – "All Quiet On The Western Front" & "Paths Of Glory"

    . Conversely, several can scarcely be called "War Movies". If movies like "Born On The Fourth Of July" and "Schindler's List" are considered as war movies why not "From Here To Eternity"(nominated for 13 Oscars, won 8) and "The Best Years Of Our Lives (7 Oscars)"? If critical acclaim" is really a criteria those two must be included as well as "Patton" (7 Oscars) and "Saving Private Ryan" (5 Oscars).

    "The Thin Red Line" would not make my top 100 much less number one. I've never been able to watch it all the way through – too dull and phony.

  27. Justin
    Justin at |

    I agree with everyone about Saving Private Ryan. To not be Top 3 is arguable within one's own choice but to not have it be in the Top 10? I'm not sure what your argument is for the "critical acclaim." SPR won the oscar for Best Director, Best Effects, Best Editing, and Best Sound. And was nominated for Best Actor (Tom Hanks), Best Screenplay, Best Picture, and a few other categories. By the way the winner for Best Picture was sadly Shakespeare in Love that year. However, I have also never felt more of a desire to "join up" in the military as I did when watching Blackhawk Down. It pulls at all kinds of emotions the first time that you watch it and makes you wish that you could have done something to help. At least it did in my case.

  28. Iredale Iredale
    Iredale Iredale at |

    Hows it going Anne??????

    1. Anne Iredale
      Anne Iredale at |

      OK – who are you?

  29. L. Steven Beene II
    L. Steven Beene II at |

    What? Is this a list of Top 10 War movies protesting war, or where all the leaders are crazy and only the anti-hero is sane?

    Where is the film celebrating a warrior overcoming the enemy (not misguided higher-ups on your own side), standing with his comrades and overcoming (and not the idea of "war, what is it good for, absolutely nothing"), or heroic battles and triumph?

    It's like the anti-war list.


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