One of cinema’s most enduring genres, war movies are, at their best, a way for the average civilian to gain a sense and an understanding for some of the most traumatic and devastating moments in history. That’s not to say they can’t be entertaining, but the more tasteful and purposeful of the medium have an aim to inform, as well as to while away a couple of hours.
With such heft behind them, it’s no surprise the genre has allowed actors to put on some truly great performances. For as long as there have been movies, there have been movies about war, and from real people to new creations, angels to devils, colonels to grunts, there have been ample opportunities for actors to do their thing to great effect - and often Academy gold.
There can hardly be a war that hasn’t been immortalised on film, though some have proven themselves to be more cinematic than others. War, as they say, is hell, but it’s full of important stories and moments that need to be told, and these actors have contributed to their telling.