10 Most Visually Stunning War Films Of All Time

War is hell - and these films make sure that you know it in the most arresting manner possible.

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If there's one film genre you can count on to deliver a visual tour-de-force, then it's got to be war. Conflict has been seen on screen since the early days of cinema - and in the hands of some masters of the medium, it rarely fails to strike a chord with audiences.

From the early days of WWI-based cinema, through the litany of Vietnam epics, and back again to the American Civil War and before, combat has always been ripe territory for filmmakers - and even riper for their production teams to really go all out.

As such, we're taking a moment to celebrate ten of those films that really bring a visual sense that stands out from the crowd; films that alternatively thrill and terrify with their eye for artistry, that leave their audience shaken with their rawness.

Rather than the directors, we've named the cinematographers next to each film on this list, given their influential role in shaping the clarity and image of any effort. As such, each has been limited to one entry, meaning striking features such as Schindler's List, Platoon and The English Patient have missed the cut, while others - including Atonement, Black Hawk Down, Glory, The Killing Fields, Letters from Iwo Jima and The Deer Hunter to name a few - were just edged out in our considerations.


Something of a culture vulture, Mr Steel can historically be found in three places; the local cinema, the local stadium or the local chip shop. He is an avowed fan of franchise films, amateur cricket and power-chords.