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.