Veterans Day Special: The 10 Best War Movies of All-Time

Veterans Day Special: The 10 Best War Movies of All-Time

We at DM40 would like to thank all the veterans who have risked and even given their lives so that we can enjoy the freedoms that many of us take for granted. So in keeping with our military theme today; we present our choices for the 10 best war films of all-time.


patton-speech_PATTON: George C. Scott won an Academy Award for his awesome portrayal of General George S. Patton. The film won five other Oscars as well, including Best Picture and Best Screenplay. The opening monologue, alone, is worth the price of admission.




saving-private-ryanSAVING PRIVATE RYAN: Steven Spielberg offers us the most realistic portrayal of the brutality of battle in film-making history. The movie is certainly not for the weak-stomached.



born-on-the-fourth_cruiseBORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY: The film is based on the life of Ron Kovic, who went to Vietnam with illusions of grandeur and came home paralyzed and an eventual war protester. Tom Cruise gives the best performance of his career.




deer_hunterTHE DEER HUNTER: Three steel workers friends (Robert DeNiro, Christopher Walken and John Savage) from Pennsylvania go to Vietnam. The film shows the absolute savagery inflicted on American POWs in Vietnam as well as the emotional and physical scars that war inflicts upon its participants.




platoonPLATOON: Oliver Stone does a brilliant job in demonstrating just how terrifying and confusing war battles can be; and how luck can—and often does—play a part in whether one lives or dies.



full metal jacketFULL METAL JACKET:  Directed by Stanley Kubrick, we see innocent kids (a platoon of Marines) slowly but surely turn into “killing machines,” as we follow them from their brutal training to their fighting experience during the Tet Offensive of the Vietnam War.



the-bridge-on-the-river-kwaiTHE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI: During World War II in a Japanese prison camp, while a British colonel (Sir Alec Guinness) challenges the camp leader’s authority, an American POW (William Holden) plans a risky escape. A suspenseful flick.




Flags-of-our-Fathers_1FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS: On the surface, this is a film about the Battle of Iwo Jima from the American viewpoint. But even more importantly, director Clint Eastwood shows us how wars are packaged and sold to the public.




Letters from Iwo JimaLETTERS FROM IWO JIMA: Also directed by Eastwood, this was a follow-up to Flags of Our Fathers that depicts the battle of Iwo Jima from the perspective of Japanese soldiers. We learn that the Japanese had the same fears as Americans and were not some “faceless” enemy.




mash movieM*A*S*H: As dark as comedy can get. The movie shows us that acting crazy can be an outlet to cope with the horrors of war; and that war can have adverse effects on those who are not directly involved in battle.


What are your favorite war movies? Tell us below.

3 Responses to Veterans Day Special: The 10 Best War Movies of All-Time

  1. Harold Eilers says:

    I hope this wasn’t your order of BEST. The Deer Hunter goes further than any movie has ever tried to go bringing out the emotional scarring that war causes. You have to remember in Vietnam the United States had the YOUNGEST average age of soldiers by far. So many like myself were just 18 when they went over. In my first platoon of 39 Marines our Sergeant was the oldest an old 20 year old. Yes I was trained to kill but I wasn’t trained for the emotional effect of all that killing that comes back over and over years later. Psychotherapy helps but…..

    • DM40 Staff says:

      Harold: Our picks weren’t in any particular order. That’s incredible how young your platoon was. And thank you for your service to our country!

    • refa says:

      I tip my hat to you. I cannot thank you enough for your service. i wish you never had to go through what you did.