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10 War Films That Dealt With The Consequences

The war films that depict the brutal consequences of war.

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From the all-time classics of All Quiet On The Western Front, The Bridge On The River Kwai, and The Great Escape all the way to the contemporary hits of Hacksaw Ridge, Dunkirk, and 1917 (most of which have won multiple Oscars) and everything in between, war movies are the perfect vehicles for exploring countless subjects in hard-hitting fashion.

Whether it’s laying bare the sheer, gut-wrenching brutality of violence, the cruelty of human nature, or the rare occasions that hope shone through the darkness, war films are the place to go if you want to experience some of the finest example of cinema ever made.

However, there’s one aspect of the genre that doesn’t get nearly as much attention: films that draw attention to the consequences war brings, either on an individual or an entire community. We’ve all seen enough war films now to know that war (as put forward by Edwin Starr) is good for "absolutely nothing", but we rarely consider what happens when the fighting comes to an end or just how far the impact of the conflict reaches beyond the battlefield.

These are just some amazing films that examined the consequences of war.

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