War and Anti-War Films

"War and Anti-War Films" often acknowledge the horror and heartbreak of war, letting the actual combat fighting or conflict (against nations or humankind) provide the primary plot or background for the action of the film. Typical elements in the action-oriented war plots include POW camp experiences and escapes, submarine warfare, espionage, personal heroism, "war is hell" brutalities, air dogfights, tough trench/infantry experiences, or male-bonding buddy adventures during wartime. Themes explored in war films include combat, survivor and escape stories, tales of gallant sacrifice and struggle, studies of the futility and inhumanity of battle, the effects of war on society, and intelligent and profound explorations of the moral and human issues. Listed below are all the very best of this genre. Scroll yer heart out....

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2015)

Director: Michael Bay
Starring: Toby Stephens, John Krasinski, Max Martini, James Badge Dale, Pablo Schreiber

From director Michael Bay 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, is the gripping true story of six elite ex-military operations assigned to protec... Read more

13 Minutes (2015)

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
Starring: Christian Friedel, Katharina Schuttler, Burghart Klaubner

Georg Elser was a man who could have changed world history and saved millions of human lives, if only he had had 13 more minutes. With 13 more minutes... Read more

13 Rue Madeleine (1947)

Director: Henry Hathaway
Starring: James Cagney, Richard Conte, Walter Abel, Sam Jaffe, Frank Latimore, Melville Co...

This suspenseful wartime espionage story stars James Cagney as an O.S.S. agent sent into occupied France to uncover the site of a German missile silo... Read more

1911: Revolution (2011)

Director: Jackie Chan, Zhang Li
Starring: Jackie Chan, Jiang Wu, Joan Chen, Ning Jing, Sun Chun, Winston Chao, Duobuji , J...

Aka "Xinhai Geming". Martial arts legend Jackie Chan reaches his 100th film milestone with this historical drama set in the year 1911, as the Chinese... Read more

1915 (1982)

Starring: Scott McGregor, Scott Burgess, Sigrid Thornton, Jackie Woodbourne, Bill Hunter,...

Boyhood friends Walter and Billy have formed a pact - if one enlists in England's war so will the other. Split between the young men as they go off t... Read more

1971 (2007)

Director: Amrit Sagar
Starring: Manoj Bajpai, Ravi Kishan, Manav Kaul, Deepak Dobriyal, Kumud Mishra, Chittaranj...

Set against the backdrop of a POW camp in Pakistan, Amrit Sagar's directorial debut follows six Indian prisoners, awaiting release after their capture... Read more

300 (2006)

Director: Zack Snyder
Starring: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, Dominic West, David Wenham, Vincent Regan, Michael F...

A hyper-real, testosterone-laden interpretation of the Spartan legend, based on Frank Miller's graphic novel and drenched in the same CGI-enhanced gol... Read more

300 ( Blu-ray ) (2006)

Director: Zack Snyder
Starring: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, David Wenham, Dominic West

A hyper-real, testosterone-laden interpretation of the Spartan legend, based on Frank Miller's graphic novel and drenched in the same CGI-enhanced gol... Read more

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

Director: Noam Murro
Starring: Hans Matheson, Lena Headey, Rodrigo Santoro, Eva Green, Sullivan Stapleton

This new chapter of the epic saga "300", told in the breathtaking visual style that defined the original blockbuster, brings the fight for glory to a... Read more

300: Rise of an Empire ( Blu-ray ) (2014)

Director: Noam Murro
Starring: Hans Matheson, Lena Headey, Rodrigo Santoro, Eva Green, Sullivan Stapleton

This new chapter of the epic saga "300", told in the breathtaking visual style that defined the original blockbuster, brings the fight for glory to a... Read more