10 Of The Greatest War Movies You’d Love To Watch
War movies have been captivating audiences due to their close-to-real-life content and the brutal realities that they bring to the fore. Hence, many a people prefer watching these realistic movies than others. Are you, too, a war movies’ lover? Then you must check out this compilation of some of the greatest war movies ever made.
1. The Hurt Locker
This film offers a heart wrenching account of three men who are sent to Iraq during the Second Gulf War as the United States Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team. This intriguing movie won several accolades which include six Academy Awards, nominations for nine Academy Awards and six BAFTAs. It also made a mark during several international film festivals and received appreciation from critics.
2. Apocalypse Now
The Vietnam War serves as the backdrop for this hard-hitting flick. Based on Joseph Conrad's canonical novella, 'The Heart of Darkness', this film has some captivating scenes that make you go numb while watching. Apocalypse Now won several awards, the most respectable one among them being, the Palme d'Or at the Cannes film festival. Besides that, it was also nominated at the Academy Awards for Best Picture and the Golden Globe Awards for Best Motion Picture.
3. The Longest Day
Star studded with performances by nearly 42 international actors, The Longest Day is a realistic depiction of the D-day. This epic film, made in black and white, won 2 out of the 5 Academy Awards that it was nominated for. If you wish to know the true meaning of passion for film making, then this movie is a must watch. Many actors in the film were actual participants of the D-day, drawn both from the allied and axis sides!
4. The Great Escape
The Great Escape depicts how prisoners of war, belonging to the Allies, escaped from a German prisoners of war camp during World War II. Thanks to the impressive performances by James Garner, Steve McQueen and Richard Attenborough, this film became one of the highest-grossing movie of its time. If you love to watch thrilling movies, you must watch this flick.
5. Pearl Harbor
This movie is an enthralling representation of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the Doolittle Raid that followed, during the World War II. Peppered with performances by some of the finest actors of the time, this film went on to receive 4 nominations for Academy Awards and 2 nominations for the Golden Globe Awards. It won an Academy Award for the Best Sound Editing.
6. Black Hawk Down
Black Hawk Down is a superb war film that brought the Battle of Mogadishu under the spotlight. This movie, with its realistic depiction, captured the hearts of several war film lovers. It also won two Academy Awards, one for Best Film Editing and the other for Best Sound. In spite of a limited release, this movie was one of the highest-grossing film of its time.
Platoon is a heart wrenching film directed by Oliver Stone depicting his experiences as a U.S infantryman during the Vietnam war. The movie discloses the most intricate details of the lives of soldiers in war. This film, deservedly, won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
8. Schindler's List
Schindler's List is another hard-hitting biographical drama that portrays the life of Oskar Schindler. Schindler was a German businessman who bravely saved the lives of nearly thousand Polish-Jew refugees during the Holocaust, by employing them in his factories. This box office hit received 7 Academy Awards, 7 BAFTAs and 3 Golden Globe Awards.
9. Enemy at the Gates
Released in 2001, Enemy at the Gates portrays the stark reality of the events surrounding the Battle of Stalingrad during the World War II. Although this film had to face poor reception, it is worth a watch for the honest depiction of the real war scenes.
10. Saving Private Ryan
Saving Private Ryan revolves around the invasion of Normandy during the World War II. Apart from being a box office success and garnering critical acclaim, the film was also nominated for 11 Academy Awards. The film's director Steven Spielberg won an Academy Award for Best Director. Saving Private Ryan became the highest-grossing film of the year in 1998.