15 Most Underrated War Movies Of All Time

Heroin-selling soldiers, animated nightmares in the Lebanon, and Vietnam. So much Vietnam...


Nothing gets a cinephile’s heart pumping quite like a good war movie.

Whether it’s a slow, thoughtful meditation on the nature of violence and humanity like Terrence Malick’s portentous epic The Thin Red Line, a horrifying reminder of war’s human cost like Oliver Stone’s operatic Vietnam tragedy Platoon, or even a weepy tragedy filled with jaw dropping depictions of battlefield horrors like Steven Spielberg’s uncharacteristically brutal Saving Private Ryan, there’s a war film for every viewer.

As a medium, film has proven successful during wartime as a tool of both protest and propaganda. In WWII many British and American citizens derived hope during the dark days of war by turning to the silver screen’s heroic fantasies, whilst during America’s bloody misadventure in Vietnam filmmakers of all stripes used film to protest the actions of their government overseas in masterpieces such as Godfather helmer Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now.

That said, not every war flick gets its due the first time around, so we’ve collected a massive list of fifteen war films which deserve far more recognition than they’ve so far received.


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