When the going gets tough, the tough get going. This is a phrase that has been used in many different contexts, but it’s true when it comes to the best war movies. War films have been around for decades, and they never cease to amaze us with their storylines and action sequences. They are especially popular during times of conflict because they help people understand what soldiers go through during wartime. This list includes 50 best war movies, including both classic war films as well as modern ones, which will be updated periodically, Undercover, so be sure to check back often!
In the early 1960s, Charlie Sheen’s character (Chris Tyler) begins studying at a university. When he arrives in Vietnam for combat duty, his idealism evaporates. In-fighting among Sergeant Elias (Willem Dafoe), who thinks the locals are friendly to the Viet Cong, and Staff Sergeant Barnes (Tom Berenger), who believes they’re not, creates a dangerous situation.
It stars Keith David, Forest Whitaker, Francesco Quinn, Kevin Dillon.
The Thin Red Line (1998)
In 1942, Private Witt (Jim Caviezel) is a U.S. soldier who has evaded his enlistment obligation and resides peacefully with the locals of a tiny South Pacific island. Sgt. Welsh (Sean Penn), discovering him, pushes him to resume active duty training for the Battle of Guadalcanal. The tale follows their varied experiences on the front line overseas.
It stars Sean Penn, Jim Caviezel, Nick Nolte, Elias Koteas, and Woody Harrelson. Their acting has made this one of the best war movies.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
It is 1940, and Germany has occupied France. Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) forms a team of Jewish soldiers to carry out violent acts of retaliation against the Nazis, including scalpings. He and his men collaborate with actress Bridget von Hammersmark, a German secret agent who goes by the name of Bridgette, in order to locate and kill the top German officers.
It stars Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Til Schweiger.
Two British servicemen, Lance Cpl. Schofield and Lance Cpl. Blake is given seemingly impossible missions in the aftermath of World War I. They must travel into enemy territory to deliver a message that might save 1,600 of their fellow soldiers, including Blake’s own brother. They are also tasked with capturing a German military intelligence document known as the “Black Book.”
It stars Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay, Daniel Mays, Colin Firth.
In May 1940, Germany launched an invasion of France that trapped Allied soldiers on the shores of Dunkirk. Undercover from British and French planes as well as ground troops, soldiers were evacuated from the beach using every available naval and civilian vessel. 330,000 French, British, Belgian, and Dutch troops were successfully saved at the end of this brave mission. It’s one of the best war movies that ie emotional and relatable.
It stars Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles.
Schindler’s List (1993)
In this 1993 adaptation of Thomas Keneally’s Schindler’s List, a businessman named Oskar Schindler came to Krakow with a plan to make money from WW2. He hires Jewish workers at his factory for the same reasons that he does so now after joining the Nazis. When the Jews are taken away, Schindler gains access to the women’s camp and uses his charm to convince its commandant (Ralph Fiennes) that he should relocate his workers there.
It stars Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, and Caroline Goodall.
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Stanley Kubrick’s The Vietnam War follows smart-aleck Private Davis (Matt Modine), dubbed “Joker” by his foul-mouth drill sergeant (R. Lee Ermey), and pudgy Private Lawrence (Vincent D’Onofrio), nicknamed “Gomer Pyle,” as they endure the trials of basic training and serve in-country. Though at first Davis and Lawrence are enthusiastic, they soon realize that Vietnam is not the “happiest place on Earth.”
It stars Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D’Onofrio.
The Hurt Locker (2008)
After the death of their highly regarded Staff Sergeant in Iraq, Sergeant JT Stanborn and Specialist Owen Eldridge are paired with someone entirely different as their Explosive Ordnance Disposal team leader. Staff Sergeant William James is an inveterate risk-taker who seems to thrive on war, but there’s no denying his gift for defusing bombs.
It stars Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Behind enemy lines, Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) sends his troops into combat to locate Private James Ryan, whose three brothers have been killed during a battle. Each man undertakes a personal journey as they seek for Ryan while facing the harsh realities of war and discovering their own strength to triumph over an uncertain future with honor, decency, and bravery.
It stars Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns, Barry Pepper.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
The daring and unique adventure of Captain Benjamin L. Willard, a weary and fatigued U.S. Army officer, sent on a perilous and strange mission into the jungle’s deepest regions during the height of the Vietnam War to kill rogue Green Beret Walter E. Kurtz, who has gone mad completely. Willard departs as part of a small crew on a mission to go upriver towards Kurtz’s camp. But Willard quickly senses that the closer he gets to his objective, the more he resembles it. On the mission, anything could happen, but one thing is certain: if successful, Willard will not be the same person afterward.
It stars Marlon Brando, Albert Hall, Sam Bottoms, Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen, Laurence Fishburne, and Dennis Hopper.
The Great Escape (1963)
A group of Allied soldiers plans to break out of a German prison camp during World War II, not only to escape but also to divert Nazi troops away from the frontlines to search for Allied fugitives. The saga begins with the arrival of American Captain Virgil Hilts (Steve McQueen) and British Squadron Leader Roger Bartlett (Richard Attenborough) at a German POW camp during World War II. The men outsmart their captors by digging a tunnel from within the prison walls, but when escape becomes a reality, the stakes become much higher.
It stars James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, and Donald Pleasence.
War Horse (2011)
On a beautiful English farm, Albert (Jeremy Irvine) and his loyal horse Joey live out their days. Albert’s father sells his horse to the British cavalry at the outbreak of World War I, separating Albert and Joey. Joey embarks on an adventure filled with danger, pleasure, and despair, leading to a transformation in everyone he meets. Meanwhile, unable to forget his equine companion, Albert scours the battlefields of France in search of Joe.
It stars Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup.
Courage Under Fire (1996)
During the 1991 Gulf War, Lt. Col. Nathaniel Serling (Denzel Washington) caused a friendly fire accident after striking two Iraqi soldiers with his tank’s machine gun, which he thought were enemy targets. The incident was kept quiet by his superiors for fear of political repercussions. However, as the Army is less than a year from implementing new regulations on women in combat roles and Serling’s battalion commander has been passed over for promotion to the general officer–and retired shortly thereafter–a final investigation of the incident by an outside investigator determines that he should be court-martialed.
It stars Denzel Washington, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Meg Ryan.
During World War II, delicate, unassuming Private Tom Beddoes (Brian Stirner) is drafted into the British army. He leaves home for training camp during the Blitz and, though he is not a great soldier, he is toughened up a bit. Once he’s out, he quietly endures the monotonous routine of military life until one day he is assigned to a mission that goes terribly wrong. It’s now up to him and his roughly assembled platoon to save the war from being lost.
It stars Brian Stirner, Davyd Harries, Nicholas Ball, Julie Neesam.
Casualties of War (1989)
In Vietnam, Pvt. Max Eriksson ( Michael J. Fox ) is a member of the 4th Platoon led by Sgt. Tony Meserve ( Sean Penn). When Eriksson’s life is saved during battle by Meserve, the two men come into conflict when the callous senior officer orders Than Thi Oanh (Thuy Thu Le), a young Vietnamese woman, to be enslaved as a slave. When Eriksson refuses to participate in Oanh’s maltreatment, animosity builds between him and Meserve.
It stars Michael J. Fox, Sean Penn, and Thuy Thu Le.
Sergeant York (1941)
In World War I, a Tennessee marksman named Alvin York (Gary Cooper), recently converted to Christianity, is torn between his non-violent beliefs and his desire to serve his country when called up to fight. York and his troops, having heard of the death of King Edward IV at the hands of a Lancastrian archer named Thomas Grayling, prepare for battle against London. The pacifist’s marksmanship with a rifle wins him accolades as he continues to struggle with his choice to kill. Hawks directed this adaptation of York’s narrative.
It stars Gary Cooper, Joan Leslie, and Walter Catlett.
In the six episodes of Roberto Rossellini’s film, which document various connections between the American conquerors and the newly liberated Italians, two of them are particularly memorable. As German troops preferred to continue fighting a battle to the death rather than surrendering, Dotts Johnson is robbed of his shoes by a cheeky street urchin as the film’s opening scene. In a later episode, an American soldier leaves behind a pair of shoes at the door of a war widow’s apartment as he goes off to fight in another country, leaving her with mixed feelings about his romantic gesture.
It stars Dots Johnson, Carmela Sazio, Robert Van Lidth De Jeude, and Anne Vernon Best.
The film opens in a race, with Archy (Mark Lee) and Frank (Mel Gibson), two young Australian sprinters who want to join the military in order to follow their sense of obligation. The pair flee to Perth aboard a freight train, where they are permitted to enlist. After training in the shadows of the Great Pyramids, the boys are sent to the front line, where their fast speed makes them candidates for messengers in one of the war’s bloodiest battles.
It stars Mark Lee, Bill Kerr, Harold Hopkins, Charles Lathalu Yunipingu.
The Steel Helmet (1951)
After a North Korean attack leaves his unit dead, surly U.S. Sgt. Zack (Gene Evans) is retreating to safety in the early days of the Korean War. Zack and his buddy, a friendly Korean orphan (William Chun), make their way through the jungle until they come upon an African-American doctor (James Edwards) and a platoon led by Lt. Driscoll (Steve Brodie), a by-the-book officer. This odd collection of brothers makes its way to an abandoned Buddhist temple where they make their stand against enemy forces.
It stars Gene Evans, Robert Hutton, and Steve Brodie.
The biopic of controversial World War II commander General George S. Patton. The film covers his war efforts and achievements, starting with his arrival in North Africa and culminating with his removal from command after he voiced concerns over post-war US militaristic ambitions.
It stars George C. Scott, Karl Malden, and Michael Hordern.
The Battle of Algiers (1966)
During the 1950s, a French paratrooper commander named Colonel Mathieu (Jean Martin) is dispatched to Algeria to assist in suppressing the Algerian Revolution. A former petty criminal, Ali la Pointe (Brahim Haggiag), leads the Algerian Front de Liberation Nationale, which directs terror campaigns against the colonial French government occupation. As each side resorts to ever-increasing barbarity, no violent act is off-limits.
It stars Saadi Yacef, Jean Martin, Brahim Haggiag and Samia Kerbash.
Tears of the Sun (2003)
The government of Nigeria has collapsed, and the nation is on the verge of civil war. Lt. A.K. Waters (Bruce Willis) has been sent to command a team of soldiers into Nigeria’s jungle to save Dr. Lena Kendricks (Monica Bellucci). Once there, they discover that she is the only doctor in the region treating hundreds of sick and dying refugees. With civil war on his doorstep, Lt. Waters has to choose between following orders or saving lives.
It stars Bruce Willis, Monica Bellucci, and Cole Hauser.
Rescue Dawn (2006)
A German-American pilot’s true story is retold in this American war film. The plot follows the progress of his life throughout the Vietnam War. During a US military operation, the pilot of a fighter aircraft was shot down and captured by locals. While critics liked it, it was a commercial failure. Rescue Dawn may be viewed or downloaded on Netflix in the United States, Denmark, Finland, and Brazil.
It stars Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies.
Hitler- A Career (1977)
In this documentary by Joachim Fest, the life and rise of Adolf Hitler are examined in great depth. A decade of film, including interviews with surviving witnesses, follows, throughout which one is confronted with the question: how did this seemingly ordinary man attain absolute power in a nation of 66 million people? This film focuses on Hitler’s early years in the limelight and traces his long road from a mediocre artist to one of history’s most despised monsters.
It stars Gert Westphal, Stephen Murray, Artur Axmann, and General Bergeret.
Beasts of No Nation (2015)
A young boy named Agu is forced to join a group of soldiers in a made-up West African country. His childhood has been shattered by the war that rages throughout his nation, and he is torn between conflicting repulsion and interest. Depicts the mechanics of warfare and does not shy away from graphic, painful detail, as well as a complex, difficult picture of Agu as a child soldier.
It stars Idris Elba, Abraham Attah and Ama K. Abebrese .
Das Boot (1981)
During World War II, a crew of German submariners must contend with tense confrontations and lengthy periods of confined boredom while patrolling the Atlantic Ocean. In the midst of World War II, war reporter Werner (Herbert Grönemeyer) chronicles day-to-day life aboard the submarine, while the grizzled captain (Jürgen Prochnow) fights to keep his motivation as he strives to keep the ship’s morale up during fierce fights, harsh weather conditions, and potentially humiliating confrontations with the enemy.
It stars Herbert Grönemeyer, Jürgen Prochnow and Klaus Wennemann.
The 12Th Man (2017)
Jan Baalsrud is one of the 12 saboteurs sent from England to Nazi-occupied Northern Norway in 1943 as part of World War II’s Operation Jay. Jan flees to Sweden after his boat is sunk by the Nazis. Jan, however, must face not only the Nazi patrols but also harsh weather conditions as he tries to reach neutral Sweden.
It stars Thomas Gullestad, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Marie Blokhus, Mads Sjøgård Pettersen.
The Wolf’s Call (2019)
A young submarine sailor with unusual hearing is the focus of the film’s story. He works as an acoustics specialist and can hear any sound. His capacity is crucial to many people’s lives, and a mistake might endanger the entire crew. Around this time, Temur takes to the field in an attempt to restore his soldiers’ trust. He begins his own inquiry into military provocation in order to rekindle their confidence. It puts the planet at serious risk of nuclear devastation. The elite combat unit now has a difficult task ahead of it: preventing a worldwide conflict. They must accomplish what no one else has been able to do before: find and destroy the secret base of a terrorist organization.
It stars François Civil, Omar Sy, Mathieu Kassovitz, Reda Kateb.
The Story of G.IJoe (1945)
During World War II, American journalist Ernie Pyle (Burgess Meredith) goes abroad to document the challenges faced by courageous members of the US military. Pyle also visits brave soldiers in Africa and Europe who put their lives on the line to vanquish Hitler and Mussolini, including Lt. Bill Walker (Robert Mitchum), who is attempting to instill a good attitude in his troops, and Sgt. Steve Warnicki (Freddie Steele), whose young child is growing up back home in the USA.
It stars Burgess Meredith, Robert Mitchum, and Freddie Steele.
The Deer Hunter (1978)
Steven (John Savage) and Nick (Christopher Walken) are lifelong friends from a working-class steel town in Pennsylvania who prepare to ship out overseas following Steven’s big wedding and one last group hunting trip. Soon the men find themselves in Vietnam, and their thoughts of the home quickly turn to survival as they work together on a perilous mission. The horrors of war quickly shatter their ambitions of military glory, even those who survive are haunted by the experience, as is Nick’s sweetheart Linda (Meryl Streep), and Steven’s wife, in whose arms he finds an unlikely sanctuary.
It stars Robert De Niro, John Savage, and Christopher Walken.
Da 5 Bloods (2020)
The tales of four African-American veterans – Paul (Delroy Lindo), Otis (Clarke Peters), Eddie (Norm Lewis), and Melvin (Isiah Whitlock, Jr.) – who return to Vietnam are told in Academy Award Winner Spike Lee’s new collaboration. Our heroes, joined by Paul’s concerned son (Jonathan Majors), battle forces of Man and Nature while confronted by the lasting ravages of The Vietnam War’s Immorality as they search for the remains of their slain Squad Leader (Chadwick Boseman) and the promise of buried treasure.
It stars Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters, Delroy Lindo, and Isiah Whitlock Jr.
They Were Expendable (1945)
Navy brass is still unconvinced of the new PT boats’ usefulness in combat, leaving Lt. “Rusty” Ryan (John Wayne) frustrated after a display. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, however, Ryan and his colleague Lt. Brickley (Robert Montgomery) are permitted to debut their squadron in battle. The PT boats quickly demonstrate their value, downing Japanese planes, relaying messages across islands, and decimating a slew of enemy ships.
It stars Robert Montgomery, John Wayne, Donna Reed, and Jack Holt.
From Here to Eternity (1953)
lone-wolf soldier and boxing champion “Prew” Prewitt (Montgomery Clift) refuses to box at an Army post in Hawaii just before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. This decision puts his sergeant, Sgt. Warden (Burt Lancaster), in an awkward position, hours because he’s having a sexual affair with the soldier’s beautiful but unfaithful wife Karen (Deborah Kerr). Meanwhile, Prew falls for Alma “Lorene” Burke (Donna Reed), who briefly dated Warden before his marriage to Karen.
It stars Montgomery Clift, Burt Lancaster, and Deborah Kerr.
The Dirty Dozen (1967)
As the invasion approaches, Colonel Breed assigns Major Reisman (Lee Marvin) the difficult task of training a team of soldiers to parachute into enemy territory and kill Nazi personnel at a French chateau. Posing as simple criminals, Reisman recruits twelve convicts to carry out the mission. With plenty of time on his hands during solitary confinement (courtesy of Breed), an embittered Reisman makes sure that each man is well-versed in combat techniques and weaponry. His final responsibility is to ensure they live through their training without killing one another, which is no small feat.
It stars Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, Jim Brown.
Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
The stories of the Japanese soldiers who fought and died on Iwo Jima during World War II have been preserved in long-buried missives from the island. This unique documentary chronicles the lives of six soldiers who fought in the months-long battle. Using their actual words, director Clint Eastwood tells two concurrent stories: one from the perspective of those fighting on Iwo Jima and another of General Tadamichi Kuribayashi (Ken Watanabe) as he strategizes his attack on American forces.
It stars Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya and Tsuyoshi Ihara.
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
The film follows a group of German elementary school kids who are persuaded to join the army during World War I by their jingoistic instructor. The film follows them through their training and into the trenches, where they face a number of brutal hardships. When Ernst returns home on leave to see his family after a long stretch in a field hospital, he discovers that not only has his mother been killed by an Allied bomb but that she was hiding Jews from the Nazis at her house.
It stars Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim and John Wray.
The Train (1964)
With the Germans on the verge of being ousted from Paris by the Allies, Col. Franz Von Waldheim (Paul Scofield) plots to smuggle out all of the artworks stolen by the German army by train. He enlists the help of French museum curator Jean Cassard (Burt Lancaster) to prevent resistance fighters from derailing his plans. After a Gestapo officer arrives in town, he quickly realizes that something fishy is going on and begins investigating Von Waldheim’s activities.
It stars Burt Lancaster, Paul Scofield, and Jeanne Moreau.
The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
The last surviving members of a centuries-old Native American tribe, the Mohicans – Uncas (Eric Schweig), his father Chingachgook (Russell Means), and Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis) may live in tranquility alongside British colonists. But when the colonists’ plans for a new fort threaten the Mohicans, Hawkeye and his adoptive white brother Nathaniel (Jamey Sheridan) must fight to save them.
It stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, and Russell Means.
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1962)
A Southern civilian is about to be hanged for attempting to sabotage a railway bridge during the American Civil War in 1862. As he mounts the scaffold, a Union soldier recalls how events led to an encounter with his own family. The story begins as Peyton Farquhar (Roger Jacquet) is on his way home from war and stops near Owl Creek Bridge, where soldiers are erecting dangerous explosives nearby. When Farquhar attempts to warn them of their danger, they detain him as a spy.
It stars Roger Jacquet, Anne Cornaly, Anker Larsen, Stéphane Fey.
Merry Christmas, MrLawrence (1983)
During World War II, British soldier Jack Celliers (David Bowie) is captured by Japanese forces and imprisoned at a prison camp by the honorable Capt. Yanoi (Ryuichi Sakamoto). Meanwhile, the ruthless Sgt. Hara (Takeshi Kitano) takes charge of another Japanese camp nearby and abuses his power by torturing prisoners to death under the watchful eye of Col. Sato (Tom Conti). When Yanoi is ordered to send POWs to be killed at Hara’s camp for no reason, Celliers decides to stand up against the evil sergeant in the act of self-sacrifice.
It stars David Bowie, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Takeshi Kitano.
Run Silent, Run Deep (1958)
During World War II, command of the USS Nerka is given to “rich” Richardson (Clark Gable) after his submarine is destroyed by Japanese forces. He clashes with his new first officer, the tough-as-nails Lt. Commander Groton (Burt Lancaster), who has a secret mission to complete before they will be allowed to return home.
It stars Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, and Jack Warden.
Three Kings (1999)
Four American soldiers plot to steal a cache of Saddam Hussein’s long-hidden gold soon after the Gulf War ends. However, their plan goes awry and results in them finding a map to more hidden gold. They embark on another mission with the help of an Iraqi woman who knows where one of Saddam’s secret bunkers is located.
Three soldiers are left behind in a lift after being attacked by Saddam’s Elite Guard, who are searching for Paul Revere. George Clooney leads an enraged Sergeant Major Archie Gates (Mark Wahlberg) as they attempt to extract themselves from the trap. The Iraqi rebels ask the Americans to join them in resisting Hussein’s Elite Guard. In return for their help, the Americans are promised roadmaps to Saddam’s secret bunkers.
It stars Mark Wahlberg, George Clooney, and Ice Cube.
Stalag 17 (1953)
Two prisoners attempt to flee the camp the next night, and they are quickly detected and murdered. The other POWs realize that they will be murdered if anyone tries to escape and shut up, but Sefton (William Holden) is not as easily intimidated. There is a growing belief that one of their own may be a German spy. Sgt. Sefton (William Holden) becomes the focus of attention because everyone knows he frequently trades goods with German guards for minor luxuries. To avoid being lynched by a mob of enraged fellow prisoners, Sgt. Sefton decides to expose the traitor among them.
It stars William Holden, Robert Strauss, and Don Taylor.
Ride With the Devil (1999)
During the Civil War’s fringes, Missouri Bushwhackers fought a guerilla war against Union Jayhawkers. Jack Chiles (Skeet Ulrich) and Jake Roedel (Tobey Maguire) are out to avenge the death of Jack’s father, joined by George Clyde (Simon Baker) and his former slave, Daniel. Hiding out for the winter, Jack has a brief relationship with a war widow before dying. Before he dies, he tells his lover about a hidden cache of Confederate gold.
It stars James Caviezel (Black John), Simon Baker (George Clyde), Tom Guiry (Riley), Tom Wilkinson (Orton Brown), John Ales (Quantrill)
The first part of a two-part biopic about Argentine doctor Ernesto “Che” Guevara, who triggered a worldwide revolutionary movement. The film begins in Mexico in 1955, with Guevara signing up for Fidel Castro’s campaign to remove Batista from power in Cuba; it then covers the events that followed their arrival in Cuba.
It starts Benicio Del Toro (Che Guevara), Demián Bichir (Fidel Castro) and Rodrigo Santoro (Camilo Cienfuegos).
The Command (2018)
A nuclear-powered Russian submarine sinks after an explosion kills all of the men on board, leaving only a few survivors to huddle in waterlogged and oxygen-depleted rear compartments where they anxiously wait for rescue. With oxygen levels declining fast, the Russian government considers the finest approach forward, before eventually accepting aid from the British and Norwegian governments. As the hours tick on, it’s clear that help isn’t coming fast enough for some of the men who are slipping away one by one – and even more heartbreaking is their choice to sacrifice themselves so others may live.
It stars Matthias Schoenaerts, Léa Seydoux, Peter Simonischek, August Diehl.
The Allies were in the final stages of their European offensive in April 1945. A battle-hardened Army sergeant named Don “Wardaddy” Collier (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and a five-man crew on a deadly covert operation behind enemy lines. When they are cut off behind enemy lines, the men find themselves lost in a war-torn country where there is no front line.
They run into a band of Germans that manages to capture one of their own – but Collier and his crew won’t leave anyone behind, even if it could mean losing their lives.
It stars Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, and Logan Lerman.
Siege of Jadotville (2016)
The United Nations deploys an Irish peacekeeper troop under Commandant Pat Quinlan to Katanga in the Congo in 1961, just as a civil war breaks out. The Irish hold the Katangese rebels off with minimum casualties. Quinlan, however, is court-martialed for disobeying orders to abandon their post and withdraw; he’s found not guilty because of insanity.
It stars Jamie Dornan (Pat Quinlan), Mark Strong (Maj. John Quinlan), and Jason O’Mara (Capt. Oliver Archer)
Black Hawk Down (2001)
The movie is set in 1993 when the United States sent special forces to Somalia intending to disrupt the government and bring food and humanitarian aid to its starving people. However, the Somalis weren’t happy with this and decided to fight back. During one of these fights, a Black Hawk helicopter is shot down by RPGs over Mogadishu’s streets; there are several casualties on board.
It stars Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Eric Bana, Tom Sizemore, William Fichtner, Sam Shepard, Jeremy Piven.
Jarhead: Law of Return (2019)
During a mission over Syria, Israeli Air Force Major Ronan Jackson (Devon Sawa), the son of a United States Senator (Robert Patrick) and an accomplished fighter pilot for the Israel Defense Forces (Israel Neumann), is shot down. Knowing he will be captured by the Syrian army, Ronan is held for over a year before being released to his captors. He returns home as an American hero only to discover that things are not always what they seem, and sometimes you have to fight for what you believe in. Check out the patriotism in this, one of the best war movies!
It stars Amaury Nolasco, Devon Sawa, Jeff Pierre, Ben Cross, Amos Tamam, Yael Eitan, Tsahi Halevi, and Nicholas Aaron.