100 Films at War

This list presents a selection of films that have been influential in my journey as a filmmaker and academic holding a lifelong fascination with history, war, and films depicting both. Given that most lists of this sort are exercises in infuriating, confounding exclusion, I feel it worthwhile to explain my criteria in drafting the included films. First and foremost, I have chosen to highlight war films that primarily depict what I categorize "The Combat Image." In other words, while there are many films that utilize war as a backdrop for other central narrative concerns (Casablanca is a prime example), the films listed here focus on the most devastating aspect of war cinema: the violence of nations and peoples pitted against…

  • The Thin Red Line
  • Come and See
  • Waltz with Bashir
  • Cross of Iron
  • Rome, Open City
  • Paradise Now
  • Fires on the Plain
  • The Bridge
  • Hell Is for Heroes
  • Attack
  • Fixed Bayonets!
  • A Bridge Too Far
  • The Steel Helmet
  • Play Dirty
  • Stalingrad
  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • The Big Red One
  • Paths of Glory
  • Wooden Crosses
  • The Dirty Dozen
  • They Were Expendable
  • Westfront 1918
  • The Enemy Below
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • The Human Condition
  • Ivan's Childhood
  • The Hurt Locker
  • Hamburger Hill
  • Pork Chop Hill
  • Apocalypse Now
  • The Train
  • Stalag 17
  • Go Tell the Spartans
  • The Longest Day
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • Grand Illusion
  • Platoon
  • Many Wars Ago
  • Captain Conan
  • Arsenal
  • Duck, You Sucker
  • Glory
  • October (Ten Days that Shook the World)
  • The Burmese Harp
  • The Red and the White
  • Flame & Citron
  • Battleground
  • Men in War
  • The Long Day's Dying
  • When Trumpets Fade
  • Castle Keep
  • A Midnight Clear
  • Das Boot
  • Letters from Iwo Jima
  • M*A*S*H
  • Kippur
  • The Battle of Algiers
  • Culloden
  • The Charge of the Light Brigade
  • No Man's Land
  • Che: Part One
  • Che: Part Two
  • Underground
  • Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence
  • King and Country
  • Land and Freedom
  • Kelly's Heroes
  • Lebanon
  • The Wind That Shakes the Barley
  • Beaufort
  • Gallipoli
  • The Last of the Mohicans
  • Zulu
  • The Guns of Navarone
  • Three Kings
  • Patton
  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • Dunkirk
  • Army of Shadows
  • Gettysburg
  • The Beast of War
  • The Ascent
  • Let's Go with Pancho Villa!
  • Walker
  • Downfall
  • In Harm's Way
  • The Gallant Hours
  • Bataan
  • Breaker Morant
  • Alexander Nevsky
  • Flying Tigers
  • Kanal
  • Hell in the Pacific
  • Run Silent, Run Deep
  • Sands of Iwo Jima
  • Waterloo
  • Flying Leathernecks
  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  • The Bridge at Remagen