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The Bridge on the River Kwai
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
  • Drama, History, War
  • The classic story of English POWs in Burma forced to build a bridge to aid the war effort of their Japanese captors. British and American intelligence officers conspire to blow up the structure, but Col. Nicholson , the commander who supervised the bridge's construction, has acquired a sense of pride in his creation and tries to foil their plans.
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The Bridge on the River Kwai
Hart's War
  • Hart's War (2002)
  • Drama, War
  • Fourth-generation Army Col. William McNamara is imprisoned in a brutal German POW camp. Still, as the senior-ranking American officer, he commands his fellow inmates, keeping a sense of honor alive in a place where honor is easy to destroy, all under the dangerous eye of the Luftwafe vetran Col. Wilhelm Visser. Never giving up the fight to win the war, McNamara is silently planning, waiting for his moment to strike back at the enemy. A murder in the camp gives him the chance to set a risky plan in motion. With a court martial to keep Visser and the Germans distracted, McNamara orchestrates a cunning scheme to escape and destroy a nearby munitions plant, enlisting the unwitting help of young Lt. Tommy Hart. Together with his men, McNamara uses a hero's resolve to carry out his mission, ultimately forced to weigh the value of his life against the good of his country.
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Hart's War
Glory
  • Glory (1989)
  • Drama, History, War
  • Robert Gould Shaw leads the US Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates.
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Glory
The Ottoman Lieutenant
  • The Ottoman Lieutenant (2017)
  • Drama, Romance, War
  • Lillie, a determined American woman, ventures overseas to join Dr. Jude at a remote medical mission in the Ottoman Empire (now Turkey). However, Lillie soon finds herself at odds with Jude and the mission’s founder, Woodruff, when she falls for the titular military man, Ismail, just as the war is about to erupt.
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The Ottoman Lieutenant
Gods and Generals
  • Gods and Generals (2003)
  • Drama, History, War
  • The film centers mostly around the personal and professional life of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, a brilliant if eccentric Confederate general, from the outbreak of the American Civil War until its halfway point when Jackson is killed accidentally by his own soldiers in May 1863 during his greatest victory.
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Gods and Generals
The Best Years of Our Lives
  • The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
  • Drama, Romance, War
  • It's the hope that sustains the spirit of every GI: the dream of the day when he will finally return home. For three WWII veterans, the day has arrived. But for each man, the dream is about to become a nightmare. Captain Fred Derry is returning to a loveless marriage; Sergeant Al Stephenson is a stranger to a family that's grown up without him; and young sailor Homer Parrish is tormented by the loss of his hands. Can these three men find the courage to rebuild their world? Or are the best years of their lives a thing of the past?
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The Best Years of Our Lives
Battlefield Earth
  • Battlefield Earth (2000)
  • Action, Science Fiction, War
  • In the year 3000, man is no match for the Psychlos, a greedy, manipulative race of aliens on a quest for ultimate profit. Led by the powerful Terl, the Psychlos are stripping Earth clean of its natural resources, using the broken remnants of humanity as slaves. What is left of the human race has descended into a near primitive state. After being captured, it is up to Tyler to save mankind.
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Battlefield Earth
Tora! Tora! Tora!
  • Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
  • Drama, History, War
  • In the summer of 1941, the United States and Japan seem on the brink of war after constant embargos and failed diplomacy come to no end. "Tora! Tora! Tora!", named after the code words use by the lead Japanese pilot to indicate they had surprised the Americans, covers the days leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor, which plunged America into the Second World War.
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Tora! Tora! Tora!
Doctor Zhivago
  • Doctor Zhivago (1965)
  • Drama, Romance, War
  • Two protagonists love each other, but because of their current situation, cannot find a way to be together.
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Doctor Zhivago
Jarhead
  • Jarhead (2005)
  • Drama, War
  • Jarhead is a film about a US Marine Anthony Swofford’s experience in the Gulf War. After putting up with an arduous boot camp, Swofford and his unit are sent to the Persian Gulf where they are eager to fight, but are forced to stay back from the action. Swofford struggles with the possibility of his girlfriend cheating on him, and as his mental state deteriorates, his desire to kill increases.
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Jarhead
El Cid
  • El Cid (1961)
  • Drama, Action, History, Romance, War
  • Epic film of the legendary Spanish hero, Rodrigo Diaz ("El Cid" to his followers), who, without compromising his strict sense of honour, still succeeds in taking the initiative and driving the Moors from Spain.
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El Cid
The Wild Geese
  • The Wild Geese (1978)
  • Action, War
  • A British multinational company seeks to overthrow a vicious dictator in central Africa. It hires a band of (largely aged) mercenaries in London and sends them in to save the virtuous but imprisoned opposition leader who is also critically ill and due for execution. Just when the team has performed a perfect rescue, the multinational does a deal with the vicious dictator leaving the mercenary band to escape under their own steam and exact revenge.
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The Wild Geese
Gallipoli
  • Gallipoli (1981)
  • Adventure, Drama, History, War
  • As World War I rages, brave and youthful Australians Archy and Frank—both agile runners—become friends and enlist in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps together. They later find themselves part of the Dardanelles Campaign on the Gallipoli peninsula, a brutal eight-month conflict which pit the British and their allies against the Ottoman Empire and left over 500,000 men dead.
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Gallipoli
Danger Close
  • Danger Close (2019)
  • Drama, Action, History, War
  • Vietnam War, 1966. Australia and New Zealand send troops to support the United States and South Vietnamese in their fight against the communist North. Soldiers are very young men, recruits and volunteers who have never been involved in a combat. On August 18th, members of Delta Company will face the true horror of a ruthless battle among the trees of a rubber plantation called Long Tân. They are barely a hundred. The enemy is a human wave ready to destroy them.
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Danger Close
Rock the Kasbah
  • Rock the Kasbah (2015)
  • Comedy, Music, War
  • A washed-up music producer finds one last shot at redemption with a golden-voiced young girl in Afghanistan. However, when jealousy gets the better of a disgruntled ex-boyfriend, he decides to oppose the young star with talent of his own.
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Rock the Kasbah
The Eastern Front
  • The Eastern Front (2020)
  • War
  • A dwindling group of German soldiers battle to return to their lines on the harsh Eastern Front.
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The Eastern Front
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)
  • Drama, War
  • When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a Jewish prisoner or the role his own Nazi father plays in his imprisonment, Bruno embarks on a dangerous journey inside the camp's walls.
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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Sniper: Ghost Shooter
  • Sniper: Ghost Shooter (2016)
  • Drama, Action, War
  • Elite snipers Brandon Beckett and Richard Miller are tasked with protecting a gas pipeline from terrorists looking to make a statement. When battles with the enemy lead to snipers being killed by a ghost shooter who knows their exact location, tensions boil as a security breach is suspected. Is there someone working with the enemy on the inside? Is the mission a front for other activity? Is the Colonel pulling the strings?
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Sniper: Ghost Shooter
Seal Team Eight: Behind Enemy Lines
  • Seal Team Eight: Behind Enemy Lines (2014)
  • Drama, Action, War
  • Seal Team Eight must fight their way deep into Africa's Congo, decommission a secret uranium mine, and stop our most dangerous enemy from smuggling weapon's grade yellow-cake out of the country.
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Seal Team Eight: Behind Enemy Lines
War Machine
  • War Machine (2017)
  • Drama, Comedy, War
  • A rock star general bent on winning the “impossible” war in Afghanistan takes us inside the complex machinery of modern war. Inspired by the true story of General Stanley McChrystal.
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War Machine
Paths of Glory
  • Paths of Glory (1957)
  • Drama, War
  • A commanding officer defends three scapegoats on trial for a failed offensive that occurred within the French Army in 1916.
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Paths of Glory
Rules of Engagement
  • Rules of Engagement (2000)
  • Adventure, Drama, Action, History, War
  • Part war movie, part courtroom thriller, this gripping drama finds a war hero put on trial for a rescue mission gone terribly wrong with only his doubtful friend and fellow marine to represent him.
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Rules of Engagement
The Aftermath
  • The Aftermath (2019)
  • Drama, Romance, War
  • In the aftermath of World War II, a British colonel and his wife are assigned to live in Hamburg during the post-war reconstruction, but tensions arise with the German widower who lives with them.
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The Aftermath
Jarhead 3: The Siege
  • Jarhead 3: The Siege (2016)
  • Drama, Action, War
  • Corporal Evan Albright joined the elite Marine Corps Security Guards to save the world and see some action-not necessarily in that order. But his first assignment, protecting a U. S. Embassy in a seemingly safe Middle Eastern capitol, relegates his unit to wrangling "gate groupies" protesting outside the compound and honing their marksmanship by playing video games. So Albright and his team are caught off guard when well-armed and well-trained militants launch a surprise attack aimed at killing an informant in the embassy. Heavily out-gunned, they will have to muster all the courage and fire power they can as their once routine assignment spirals into all-out war.
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Jarhead 3: The Siege
Dear John
  • Dear John (2010)
  • Drama, Romance, War
  • While Sergeant John Tyree is home on two weeks leave from Germany, he meets Savannah after he dives into the ocean to retrieve Savannah's purse that had fallen off a pier. John eventually falls in love with Savannah, who promises to write to him until he returns from overseas.
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Dear John
Megan Leavey
  • Megan Leavey (2017)
  • Drama, War
  • The true story of Marine Corporal Megan Leavey, who forms a powerful bond with an aggressive combat dog, Rex. While deployed in Iraq, the two complete more than 100 missions and save countless lives, until an IED explosion puts their faithfulness to the test.
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Megan Leavey
Buffalo Soldiers
  • Buffalo Soldiers (2001)
  • Drama, Comedy, Thriller, Crime, War
  • A criminal subculture operates among U.S. soldiers stationed in West Germany just before the fall of the Berlin wall.
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Buffalo Soldiers
Flags of Our Fathers
  • Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
  • Drama, History, War
  • There were five Marines and one Navy Corpsman photographed raising the U.S. flag on Mt. Suribachi by Joe Rosenthal on February 23, 1945. This is the story of three of the six surviving servicemen - John 'Doc' Bradley, Pvt. Rene Gagnon and Pvt. Ira Hayes - who fought in the battle to take Iwo Jima from the Japanese.
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Flags of Our Fathers
Battle of Britain
  • Battle of Britain (1969)
  • History, War
  • In 1940, the Royal Air Force fights a desperate battle against the might of the Luftwaffe for control of the skies over Britain, thus preventing the Nazi invasion of Britain.
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Battle of Britain
The Last Full Measure
  • The Last Full Measure (2020)
  • Drama, War
  • The incredible true story of Vietnam War hero William H. Pitsenbarger, a U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen medic who personally saved over sixty men. Thirty-two years later, Pentagon staffer Scott Huffman investigates a Congressional Medal of Honor request for Pitsenbarger and uncovers a high-level conspiracy behind the decades-long denial of the medal, prompting Huffman to put his own career on the line to seek justice for the fallen airman.
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The Last Full Measure