War movies are unlike any other type of film. They can be scary, fun, intense, uplifting, inspirational and filled with gore all at the same time. What other genre of films can you say that about? Over the years, there have been some absolutely sensational films covering the subject of war.
In my opinion, the following are some of the greatest war movies of all time. Forrest Gump does not count.
I have to include Braveheart on this list. Even though I can not stand Mel Gibson any longer, I can not let him get the best of me and ruin this film. It is just too good. An absolute masterpiece and a must see for anyone who likes epic films.
Also starring an actor that may not be my favorite person, but can certainly deliver a role as good as anyone, is Russell Crowe as the role of Maximus in Gladiator. This may be Joaquin Phoenix's best role as well as Commodus. This is an iconic villain if we have ever seen one.
Schindler's list is probably number one on my list. I feel that above all his other great films, this movie is Steven Spielberg's masterpiece. Liam Neeson and Ben Kingsley are incredible in this movie, and it is no wonder it is ranked as a top 10 film of all time on iMDB.
Another Steven Spielberg directed film, also about World War II that certainly makes my list, is Saving Private Ryan. The first sequence in this movie is one of the most historically important war scenes of all time. A must see for any history enthusiast.
Full Metal Jacket focuses on the Tet Offensive, as well as the mental effects that boot camp had on many soldiers during the Vietnam War. Stanley Kubrick at his finest.
As it stands, these are the movies that I deemed worthy of making the list. A follow up article will be released soon with some other great ones.