7 Best War Movies That You Should Not Miss

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War is what happens when language fails! You might have heard it somewhere, but do you know its meaning? Most of us might not even know what war even feels like. Here is a write-up on best war movies that you should not miss to give you a glimpse of that only.

Wars! They take blood, sweat, tears, and more. (Would you stop thinking about BTS please!) Wars are about sacrifice and survival, how the decisions of the bourgeoisie affect the other classes of society. We can never know what it would be like to have a war around us, Luckily! If you are curious to know what war feels like, then continue reading.  

The best war movies aren’t the ones that have more blood in it, rather it is the one that makes you feel the war. This list of 7 Best War Movies is truly realistic and epic.

  1. Dunkirk
  2. The Imitation Game
  3. Fury
  4. Black Hawk Down 
  5. Schindler’s List 
  6. Pan’s Labyrinth 
  7. The King

This was only the list of the best war movies for you to watch right now. Before beginning with their description, you need to know some of these movies are based on real wars, so you should watch those war movies with more interest and curiosity.

7 Best War Movies That You Should Not Miss

The movies listed below have been reviewed by critics and have been rated accordingly. We have written about various awards given to these movies and their respective IMDb ratings. Hope this gives you an idea about how good these best war movies are.

7. The King 

Timothee Chalamet in the King :What are the best war movies?
Source: Spectrum Magazine

The King is a movie based on the play ‘Henriad’ by William Shakespeare. Shakespeare has repeatedly included war scenes in his poetry and has described them so beautifully. It takes a real gem to turn something as traumatic as war into poetry.

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It stares at the very beautiful and British Timothée Chalamet on the role of the Prince of Wales. The King has other famous actors like Brad Pitt, Robert Pattinson, and Lily-Rose Depp.  This best war movie is highly recommended for all war lovers. It has won many awards and was a hit.

IMDb Rating– 7.2

6. Pan’s Labyrinth

Pan’s Labyrinth: What are the best war movies?
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Pan’s Labyrinth was such a magnificent movie that it received one of the longest standing ovations of 22 minutes at the Cannes Film Festival of 2006. The movie is directed by Guillermo del Toro.

The story of the film is about Spain after the Spanish Civil War. It is also a dark fantasy movie. You are definitely in for a treat if you choose to watch this best war movie. Pan’s Labyrinth got 3 Academy Awards, 3 BAFTAs one of which was Best Film Not in the English Language, and much more prestigious ones.

IMDb Rating- 8.2 

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5. Schindler’s List 

Schindler’s List: What are the best war movies?
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Schindler’s List follows the original story of Oscar Schindler who was a German industrialist. He saved the lives of Jewish refugees during world war II. They made this happen by employing those people in his factories. The movie is directed by award-winning Steven Spielberg.

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It crossed more than $320 million and has been made with a budget of $22 million. It won 7 Academy Awards, 3 Golden Globes, and 7 BAFTAs. WOW!!

IMDb Rating- 8.9

4. Black Hawk Down

Black Hawk Down: What are the best war movies?
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Black Hawk Down is a war movie based on a non-fictional book of 1999 of the same name, written by Mark Bowden. The movie shows how soldiers have to sacrifice their youth, their compassion, and soul for inflicting death on the face of enemies, who are innocent children some of the time.

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Black Hawk Down was nominated in over 36 categories in various awards and has won 2 Academy Awards, an Eddie, and an NBR Award to name a few.

IMDb Rating- 7.7

3. Fury

Brad Pitt in Fury: What are the best war movies?
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Fury is an American war movie starring Brad Pitt,  Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal, and Jason Isaacs. The Fast and the Furious director,  David Ayer made this war movie of America against Germany.

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‘Fury’ is the name of a tank in the movie used in the war. The acting, the direction, the dialogues, music everything is on point. This movie deserves to be on the list of best war movies of all time. The movie won a Hollywood Film Award, two awards from the National Board of Review, and a Santa Barbara International Film Festival Award. 

IMDb Rating- 7.5

2. The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game: What are the best war movies?
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The Imitation Game stars one of the outstanding and one of the most versatile actors- Benedict Cumberbatch. (Any Cumberbitches here? ) 

Okay! No more distractions! 

The movie is based on an exceptional cryptanalyst, Alan Turing who decoded or decrypted German messages during World War II. Alan Turing worked for the British Government.

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The Imitation Game was made on a budget of $14 million and had a box-office collection of $233.6 million. This should probably tell you how amazing this war movie is and it most deservingly is one of the best war movies ever.

The movie received 8 nominations at the Academy Awards and won the category Best Adapted Screenplay. It also received 5 nominations at Golden Globe Awards among many others. 

IMDb Rating- 8.0

1. Dunkirk

Dunkirk Poster: What are the best war movies?
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Written, directed, and produced by award-winning Christopher Nolan. The man needs no introduction. His work speaks of himself. Dunkirk stars actors like Fionn Whitehead, Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy, Harry Styles, and more renowned actors.

Dunkirk is a fictional movie made on a real war of France against Allied forces. The trailer itself says, “HOPE IS A WEAPON”. You should definitely watch this movie as one of the best war movies. Dunkirk was nominated in 8 categories in the Critics’ Choice Awards and won three Golden Globe Awards. 

IMDb Rating – 7.8

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Concluding Thoughts

After watching all these movies, it’s hard to choose a favorite one, but I must say since I am a fan of Benedict I like The Imitation Game the most. Also, the King has a great cast, so that’s going to be my next watch. Let me know in the comments down below which one do you like the most and why. We will continue bringing more relatable stuff. Have a nice day!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the deadliest war in history?

World War II is undoubtedly the deadliest war in the history of mankind. It is estimated that 70-80 million casualties were found after the war.

Is Imitation Game sad?

The Imitation Game is the heartbreaking story of Alan Turing which keeps you glued on the screen. 

Did Brad Pitt get an award for Fury?

Yes, Brad Pitt won Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance in Fury.

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