50 FURIOUS WAR FILMS

For Memorial Day 2011 we’ve put together another compilation this time celebrating some of our all time favorite war genre films as a special tribute to the men and women who have given their lives to make our world a safer and better place. Our selections cover a wide range of subgenres including warriors vs. their oppressors, men on missions behind enemy lines, daring hell’s angels fighting in the skies and platoons facing death on the frontlines and in the jungle. There’s even a few explosive comedies thrown into the mix just to keep things from getting too serious. These are 50 furious war films that are sure to stir your emotions, jack up your adrenaline and keep the spirit of justice and honor alive!

 

The Steel Helmet

The Steel Helmet (1951, Dir: Sam Fuller)

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The Dirty Dozen

The Dirty Dozen (1967, Dir: Robert Aldrich)

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The Big Red One

The Big Red One (1980, Dir: Sam Fuller)

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Kelly's Heroes

Kelly’s Heroes (1970, Dir: Brian Hutton)

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Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now (1979, Dir: Francis Ford Coppola)

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Platoon

Platoon (1986, Dir: Oliver Stone)

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Casualties of War

Casualties of War (1989, Dir: Brian DePalma)

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Full Metal Jacket

Full Metal Jacket (1987, Dir: Stanley Kubrick)

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Guns of Navarone

The Guns of Navarone (1962, Dir: J. Lee Thompson)

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The Siege of Firebase Gloria

The Siege at Firebase Gloria (1989, Dir: Brian Trenchard Smith)

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Overlord

Overlord (1975, Dir: Stuart Cooper)

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Fixed Bayonets

Fixed Bayonets! (1951, Dir: Sam Fuller)

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Patton

Patton (1969, Dir: Franklin J. Schaffner)

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MacArthur

MacArthur (1977, Dir: Joseph Sargent)

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Hell Is For Heroes

Hell is For Heroes (1962, Dir: Don Siegel)

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Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan (1998, Dir: Steven Spielberg)

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The Devil's Brigade

The Devil’s Brigade (1968, Dir: Andrew V. McLaglen)

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Paths of Glory

Paths of Glory (1957, Dir: Stanley Kubrick)

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Glory

Glory (1989, Dir: Edward Zwick)

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Zulu

Zulu (1964, Dir: Cy Endfield)

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Braveheart

Braveheart (1995, Dir: Mel Gibson)

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Hell's Angels

Hell’s Angels (1930, Dir: Howard Hughes)

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1941

1941 (1979, Dir: Steven Spielberg)

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Battleground

Battleground (1949, Dir: William Wellman)

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Catch 22

Catch 22 (1970, Dir: Mike Nichols)

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The Dam Busters

The Dam Busters (1955, Dir: Michael Anderson)

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Das Boot

Das Boot (1981, Dir: Wolfgang Petersen)

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U-571

U-571 (2000, Dir: Jonathan Mostow)

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The Longest Day

The Longest Day (1962, Dir: Ken Annakin, Andrew Marlon)

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The Great Escape

The Great Escape (1963, Dir: John Sturges)

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Hell in The Pacific

Hell in the Pacific (1968, Dir: John Boorman)

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Inglourious Basterds

Inglourious Basterds (2009, Dir: Quentin Tarantino)

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Tora! Tora! Tora!

Tora! Tora! Tora!  (1970, Dir: Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku)

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Schindler's List

Schindler’s List (1993, Dir: Steven Spielberg)

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Stalag 17

Stalag 17 (1953,  Dir: Billy Wilder)


Story of GI Joe

The Story of G.I. Joe (1945, Dir: William Wellman)

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The Thin Red Line

The Thin Red Line (1998, Dir: Terrence Malick)

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The Train

The Train (1964, John Frankenheimer)

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Von Ryan's Express

Von Ryan’s Express (1965, Dir: Mark Robson)

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Where Eagle's Dare

Where Eagle’s Dare (1968, Dir: Brian Hutton)

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Bat 21

BAT *21 (1988, Dir: Peter Markle)

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MASH

M*A*S*H (1970, Dir: Robert Altman)

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War Hunt

War Hunt (1962, Dir: Denis Sanders)

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The Deer Hunter

The Deer Hunter (1978, Dir: Michael Cimino)

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The Boys in Company C

The Boys in Company C (1978, Dir: Sidney J. Furie)

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The Killing Fields

The Killing Fields (1984, Dir: Roland Joffe)

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Seargent York

Sergeant York (1941, Dir: Howard Hawks)

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Attack

Attack! (1956, Dir: Robert Aldrich)

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Paratroop Command

Paratroop Command (1959, Dir: William Witney)

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The Hurt Locker

The Hurt Locker  (2008, Dir: Kathryn Bigelow)

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What are your favorite, furious war movies? Comment below! Looking for something different? Check out Macaroni Combat movies

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Peter

Editor-In-Chief of The Grindhouse Cinema Database/Furious Cinema contributor. Pete is a rabid movie geek who enjoys everything from wild n’ crazy exploitation/cult flix to big budget mainstream classics. His other interests include: graphic design, cartooning and music.

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12 Responses

  1. J Weites says:

    Band of Brothers… The pacific. Only 2 missing.

  2. Hugocagnolini says:

    Where is John Woo’s Bullet in the head guys? Wanna talk about Fury?

    • excellent point, Hugo. I personally haven’t seen it. We could do a
      follow up with even edgier, less mainstream titles. Do you have any
      more ideas?

      • mm Peter says:

        almost added bullet in the head and hamburger hill. couldnt get em all in there 🙂

      • Hugocagnolini says:

        Well you must see that amazing movie , you wont believe it, its pure awesomeness.
        Your list is pretty complete. Let me add two very b but very awesome movies, the italian The Last Hunter (1980) and Buddy Giovinazzo’s Combat Shock (1986) this last one is about a Nam vet, but there are a lot of war flashbacks and i consider it to be one of the greatest independent movies ever.  Stalingrad (1993) is another amazingly furious movie.

  3. Hartc3 says:

    The Blue Max needs to be on this list!!!!!!

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