One of the most difficult film genres to get right is the war genre. For anyone who has experienced combat, they know that a war movie only works when it gets a lot right. Everything from the interpersonal relationships between the characters to the frustrations of the rank structure and the nature of the enemy plays a part.
More than that, combat sequences that don't appear real can take the viewer out of the experience of watching the movie, so the explosions, the sounds bullets make, and the horrible horror that is the reality of combat must be done precisely right, or the movie simply won't work.
Mankind has been killing one another for a couple of hundred thousand years, so moviemakers have quite a bit to draw from in making their movies appear realistic. As it happens, because so much time and attention is put into making a war movie just right, there are thousands of amazing examples.
That makes it difficult to narrow down the top 10 war movie scenes of all time, seeing as so many are done so well. Still, there are some key scenes in some of the most respected and favored war films, that truly stand out above the rest.
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