War Movies 1990-2012 - 100 Years of Movie Posters - 110

A Chronology of War Movie Posters 1990-2012.

With Facts and Ratings.

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Memphis Belle (1990)
Memphis Belle (1990)

Memphis Belle (1990) Directed by Michael Caton-Jones. 107mins.

Matthew Modine - Capt. Dennis Dearborn
Eric Stoltz - Sgt. Danny Daly
Harry Connick Jr. - Sgt. Clay Busby

Also starring Tate Donovan, D.B. Sweeney, Billy Zane, Sean Astin, David Strathairn and John Lithgow.

WWII England, May 1943.

Based on real events.

Harry Connick Jr's movie debut.

BAFTA nomination for Best Film Score (George Fenton)

Cost $20m - Box Office $27.4m (US)

IMDB rating 6.8

Air America (1990)
Air America (1990)

Air America (1990) Directed by Roger Spottiswoode. 113mins.

Mel Gibson - Gene Ryack
Robert Downey Jr. - Billy Covington

Also starring Nancy Travis, Ken Jenkins, David Marshall Grant, Lane Smith and Art LaFleur.

Vietnam War. Laos 1969.

Adapted from the non-fiction book of the same name by Christopher Robbins, published in 1979.

Filmed in Thailand.

Tom Cruise was considered for the Billy Covington role.

Cost $35m - Box Office $31m (US)

Tagline - Anything. Anywhere. Anytime.

IMDB rating 5.5

Flight of the Intruder (1991)
Flight of the Intruder (1991)

Flight of the Intruder (1991) Directed by John Milius. 115mins.

Danny Glover - Cmdr. Frank Camparelli
Willem Dafoe - Lt. Cmdr. Virgil Cole
Brad Johnson - Lt. Jake Grafton

Also starring Rosanna Arquette, Tom Sizemore, J. Kenneth Campbell and Ving Rhames.

Vietnam War. 1972

Based on the novel by Stephen Coonts, published in 1986.

Filmed on the USS Independence.

Cost $35m - Box Office $14.5m (US)

Tagline - The only thing they can count on is each other.

IMDB rating 5.3

Schindler's List (1993)
Schindler's List (1993)

Schindler's List (1993) Directed by Steven Spielberg. 195mins.

Liam Neeson - Oskar Schindler
Ben Kingsley - Itzhak Stern
Ralph Fiennes - Amon Goeth

Also starring Caroline Goodall, Jonathan Sagall and Embeth Davidtz.

WWII. Poland. 1939-1945.

Based on the Booker prize-winning novel "Schindler's Ark" by Thomas Keneally, published in 1982.

Steven Spielberg's fourth Oscar nomination for Best Director and his first win.

Sidney Lumet and Martin Scorsese were interested in directing the film at one time but changed their mind.

Nominated for 12 Oscars including Best Actor (Liam Neeson) and Best Supporting Actor (Ralph Fiennes) winning 7 - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Music (John Williams), Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing and Best Art Direction.

Nominated for 13 BAFTA Awards winning 7 including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor (Ralph Fiennes).

DGA Winner for Outstanding Directorial Achievement.

Selected for Preservation by the National Film Registry in 2004.

Cost $22m - Box Office $321.3m

Tagline - Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.

IMDB rating 8.9

Courage Under Fire (1996)
Courage Under Fire (1996)

Courage Under Fire (1996) Directed by Edward Zwick. 117mins.

Denzel Washington - Nat Serling
Meg Ryan - Karen Walden

Also starring Lou Diamond Phillips, Michael Moriarty, Matt Damon, Sean Astin and Scott Glenn.

Gulf War. Operation Desert Storm. 1991.

The first major movie to be set in the Gulf War.

If Matt Damon looks unusually thin it's because he lost 40 pounds to play his role.

Cost $46m - Box Office $100.8m

Tagline - In wartime, the first casualty is always truth.

IMDB rating 6.5

Starship Troopers (1997)
Starship Troopers (1997)

Starship Troopers (1997) Directed by Paul Verhoeven. 129mins.

Casper Van Dien - Johnny Rico
Dina Meyer - Dizzy Flores
Denise Richards - Lt. Carmen Ibanez

Also starring Jake Busey, Neil Patrick Harris, Clancy Brown, Patrick Muldoon and Michael Ironside.

Based on the classic science fiction novel by Robert A. Heinlein, first published in 1959.

Future war. The Mobile Infantry battles against giant deadly bugs on the distant planet of Klendathu.

Mark Wahlberg was offered the role of Johnny Rico but turned it down.

Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects.

Nominated for 5 Saturn Awards including Best SF film, winning 2 - Best Special Effects and Best Costumes.

Cost $105m - Box Office $121.2m

Tagline - A new kind of enemy. A new kind of war.

IMDB rating 7.1

Saving Private Ryan (1997)
Saving Private Ryan (1997)

Saving Private Ryan (1998) Directed by Steven Spielberg. 169mins.

Tom Hanks - Captain John Miller
Edward Burns - Private Richard Reiben
Matt Damon - Private James Ryan
Tom Sizemore - Sergeant Mike Horvath

Also starring Barry Pepper, Adam Goldberg, Vin Diesel, Giovanni Ribisi and Jeremy Davies.

WWII. Normandy, France. June 6th, 1944.

Harrison Ford was considered for Captain John Miller.

Edward Norton was up for the role of Private Ryan.

Nominated for 11 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Actor (Tom Hanks), winning 5 - Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Sound and Best Sound Effects Editing.

Nominated for 5 Golden Globe Awards winning 2 - Best Picture and Best Director.

Cost $70m - Box Office $481.8m

Tagline - The mission is a man.

IMDB rating 8.6

The Thin Red Line (1998)
The Thin Red Line (1998)

The Thin Red Line (1998) Directed by Terrence Malick. 170mins

Sean Penn - Sgt. Edward Welsh
Nick Nolte - Lt. Col. Gordon Tall
Jim Caviezel - Private Witt
Ben Chaplin - Private Bell
Elias Koteas - Capt. James Staros

Also starring John Cusack, Adrien Brody, John C. Reilly, Woody Harrelson, Jared Leto, Thomas Jane, John Savage, John Travolta and George Clooney.

WWII. The Pacific War. Guadalcanal.1943.

Based on the novel by James Jones published in 1962.

Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio and Nicolas Cage were considered for roles in the film.

The first cut came to 6 hours which was than edited to nearly 3 hours.

Nominated for 7 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director.

Cost $52m - Box Office $98.1m

Tagline - Every man fights his own war.

IMDB rating 7.6

Three Kings (1999)
Three Kings (1999)
Three Kings (1999)
Three Kings (1999)

Three Kings (1999) Directed by David O. Russell. 114mins.

George Clooney - Major Archie Gates
Mark Wahlberg - Sgt. Troy Barlow
Ice Cube - Staff Sgt. Chief Elgin

Also starring Spike Jonze, Cliff Curtis, Nora Dunn, Jamie Kennedy, Saïd Taghmaoui and Mykelti Williamson.

Gulf War. Iraq. 1991.

Clooney and director David Russell did not get along and at one point Clooney lost his cool and punched the director when he saw him mistreating an extra during filming.

WGA nomination for Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

Cost $75m - Box Office $107.7m

Tagline - It's good to be king

IMDB rating 7.2

Enemy at the Gates (2001)
Enemy at the Gates (2001)
Enemy at the Gates (2001)
Enemy at the Gates (2001)

Enemy at the Gates (2001) Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. 131mins.

Jude Law - Vassili Zaitsev
Joseph Fiennes - Commisar Danilov

Also starring Rachel Weisz, Ed Harris, Ron Perlman and Bob Hoskins as Nikita Khrushchev.

WWII. Stalingrad. 1942.

Based on the nonfiction book "Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad" by William Craig, published in 1973.

Nominated for 3 European Film Awards - Best Director, Best Actor (Jude Law) and Best Actress (Rachel Weisz).

Cost $68m - Box Office $97m

Tagline - A single bullet can change history.

IMDB rating 7.5

U-571 (2001)
U-571 (2001)

U-571 (2001) Directed by Jonathan Mostow. 116mins.

Matthew McConaughey - Lt. Andrew Tyler
Bill Paxton - Lt. Cmdr. Mike Dahlgren

Also starring Harvey Keitel, Jon Bon Jovi, David Keith and Thomas Kretschmann.

WWII. Atlantic War. 1942.

Nominated for 2 Oscars winning 1 - Best Sound Editing.

Cost $62m - Box Office $127.6m

Tagline - You won't come up for air until it's over!

IMDB rating 6.5

Behind Enemy Lines (2001)
Behind Enemy Lines (2001)

Behind Enemy Lines (2001) Directed by John Moore. 106mins.

Owen Wilson - Lt. Chris Burnett
Gene Hackman - Admiral Leslie Reigart

Also starring Gabriel Macht, Charles Malik Whitfield, David Keith, Olek Krupa and Joaquim de Almeida.

The War in Bosnia. 1995.

Loosely based on real events.

Matthew McConaughey was considered for the lead role, which went to Owen Wilson.

Cost $40m - Box Office $91.7m

Tagline - His only weapon is his will to survive.

IMDB rating 6.2

Pearl Harbor (2001)
Pearl Harbor (2001)
Pearl Harbor (2001) Japanese poster
Pearl Harbor (2001) Japanese poster

Pearl Harbor (2001) Directed by Michael Bay. 183mins.

Ben Affleck - Rafe McCawley
Josh Hartnett - Daniel Walker
Kate Beckinsale - Evelyn

Also starring Cuba Gooding, Jr, Tom Sizemore, Colm Feore, Jennifer Garner, Michael Shannon, Mako, Dan Aykroyd, Alec Baldwin and Jon Voight as President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

WWII. Pearl Harbor. December 7th, 1941.

WWII. The Doolittle Raid. April 18th, 1942..

Kevin Costner was offered the role of Col. James Doolittle, which went to Alec Baldwin.

Matt Damon was up for the part of Daniel Walker.

The highlight of the film, the raid on Pearl Harbor, takes up nearly 45 minutes of screen time, one of the longest action sequences in any movie (and one of the loudest).

Nominated for 4 Oscars winning 1 - Best Sound Effects Editing

Nominated for 6 Razzie Awards including Worst Picture, Worst Director and Worst Actor (Ben Affleck).

Cost $140m - Box Office $449.2m

Tagline - A day that shall live in infamy

IMDB rating 5.8

Black Hawk Down (2001)
Black Hawk Down (2001)
Black Hawk Down (2001)
Black Hawk Down (2001)

Black Hawk Down (2001) Directed by Ridley Scott. 144mins (152mins)

Josh Hartnett - Matt Eversmann
Eric Bana - Norm "Hoot" Gibson
Ewan McGregor - John Grimes
Tom Sizemore - Danny McKnight
Sam Shepard - William F. Garrison

Also starring Orlando Bloom, Ioan Gruffudd, Ewen Bremner. Jason Isaacs, Jeremy Piven, Tom Hardy, Hugh Dancy, Matthew Marsden and William Fichtner.

Battle of Mogadishu. Somalia. 1993

Based on the book "Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War" by Mark Bowden, published in 1999.

Based on real events.

Tom Hardy's movie debut.

Nominated for 4 Oscars including Best Director, winning 2 - Best Film Editing and Best Sound.

DGA Nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement.

Cost $92m - Box Office $173m

Tagline - Leave No Man Behind.

IMDB rating 7.7

Hart's War (2002)
Hart's War (2002)

Hart's War (2002) Directed by Gregory Hoblit. 125mins.

Bruce Willis - Col. William A. McNamara
Colin Farrell - Lt. Thomas W. Hart

Also starring Terrence Howard, Cole Hauser, Marcel Iures, Linus Roache, Maury Sterling and Sam Worthington.

WWII. Belgium. 1944.

Based on the novel by John Katzenbach, published in 1999.

Cost $70m - Box Office $33m

Tagline - Beyond Courage. Beyond Honor.

IMDB rating 6.2

We Were Soldiers (2002)
We Were Soldiers (2002)

We Were Soldiers (2002) Directed by Randall Wallace. 138mins.

Mel Gibson - Lt. Col. Hal Moore
Madeleine Stowe - Julie Moore
Greg Kinnear - Maj. Bruce Crandall
Sam Elliott - Sgt. Maj. Basil Plumley

Also starring Chris Klein, Keri Russell, Barry Pepper, Duong Don, Ryan Hurst, Marc Blucas, Jon Hamm and Clark Gregg.

Vietnam War. Battle of la Drang. 1965.

Based on the non-fiction book "We Were Soldiers Once… And Young" by Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore, published in 1992.

Cost $75m - Box Office $114.6m

Tagline - Fathers, Brothers, Husbands & Sons.

IMDB rating 7.0

Windtalkers (2002)
Windtalkers (2002)

Windtalkers (2002) Directed by John Woo. 134mins (153mins)

Nicolas Cage - Sgt. Joe Enders

Also starring Adam Beach, Mark Ruffalo, Peter Stormare, Noah Emmeric, Jason Isaacs and Christian Slater.

WWII. The Pacific War. 1944.

Based on real events. The Allied Invasion of Saipan.

The original release date was pushed back following the terrorist attacks on September 11.

Cost $115m - Box Office $77.6m

Tagline - The Navajo Has the Code. Protect the Code at All Costs.

IMDB rating 5.9

Tears of the Sun (2003)
Tears of the Sun (2003)

Tears of the Sun (2003) Directed by Antoine Fuqua. 121mins (142mins)

Bruce Willis - Lt. A.K. Waters
Monica Bellucci - Dr. Lena Kendricks

Also starring Cole Hauser, Eamonn Walker, Johnny Messner, Nick Chinlund and Tom Skerritt.

Nigerian Civil War 1967-1970.

A scene where Bruce Willis kisses Monica Bellucci was cut from the film before release, but all the gore and violence was left intact.

Cost $75m - Box Office $85.6m

Tagline - He was trained to follow orders. He became a hero by defying them.

IMDB rating 6.5

Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004)
Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004)

Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004) Directed by Je-kyu Kang. 140mins

Dong-gun Jang - Jin-tae Lee
Bin Won - Jin-seok Lee

Also starring Lee Eun-joo, Choi Min-sik, Jo Yun-hie and Jin Jung.

Korean War 1950-1953.

Award-winning war movie which became South Korea's highest grossing film.

Won Best Film and Best Director at the Asia-Pacific Film Festival.

Cost $12m - Box Office $69.8m

IMDB rating 8.0

Jarhead (2005)
Jarhead (2005)

Jarhead (2005) Directed by Sam Mendes. 125mins.

Jake Gyllenhaal - Anthony Swofford
Peter Sarsgaard - Alan Troy
Chris Cooper - Lt.Col Kazinski
Jamie Foxx - Sgt. Sykes

Also starring Lucas Black, Evan Jones, Brian Geraghty and Dennis Haysbert.

Gulf War. Operation Desert Storm. 1991.

Based on Anthony Swofford's Gulf War memoir, published in 2003.

'Jarhead' is the nickname given to the US Marines.

Christian Bale, Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio were considered for the lead role.

Art Directors Guild nomination - Excellence in Production Design.

Cost $72m - Box Office $97m

Tagline - Welcome To The Suck.

IMDB rating 7.0

Flyboys (2006)
Flyboys (2006)

Flyboys (2006) Directed by Tony Bill. 140mins.

James Franco - Blaine Rawlings
Martin Henderson - Reed Cassidy
Jean Reno - Capt. Thenault

Also starring Jennifer Decker, Ruth Bradley, Abdul Salis, Philip Winchester and Tim Pigott-Smith.

WWI. The Lafayette Escadrille. France 1916.

Nominated for 3 Saturn Awards - Best Action Film, Best Music (Trevor Rabin) and Best Costumes.

Cost $60m - Box Office $17.8m

Tagline - Inspired by a true story.

IMDB rating 6.5

Flags of our Fathers (2006)
Flags of our Fathers (2006)

Flags of Our Fathers (2006) Directed by Clint Eastwood. 132mins.

Ryan Phillippe - John "Doc" Bradley
Jesse Bradford - Rene Gagnon
Adam Beach - Ira Hayes

Also starring John Benjamin Hickey, John Slattery, Barry Pepper, Jamie Bell, Paul Walker and Robert Patrick.

WWII. Pacific War. The Battle for Iwo Jima. 1945

Based on the best-selling non-fiction book by James Bradley, published in 2000.

The story behind one of the most famous photos of the 20th Century.

Steven Spielberg was interested in directing but ultimately decided to produce the film instead.

Oscar nominations for Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.

Golden Globe nomination for Best Director.

Cost $55m - Box Office $65.9m

Tagline - A Single Shot Can End The War

IMDB rating 7.1

Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)

Letters from iwo Jima (2006) Directed by Clint Eastwood. 141mins.

Starring Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Ryo Kase, Shidô Nakamura and Hiroshi Watanabe.

WWII. Pacific War. The Battle for Iwo Jima. 1945

Eastwood filmed this back to back with Flags of Our Fathers.

Working title - Red Sun. Black Sand

Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay, winning for Best Sound Editing

Golden Globes Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film.

Cost $19m - Box Office $68.6m

Tagline - The Battle of Iwo Jima seen through the eyes of the Japanese soldiers.

IMDB rating 7.9

Rescue Dawn (2006)
Rescue Dawn (2006)

Rescue Dawn (2006) Directed by Werner Herzog. 126mins.

Christian Bale - Dieter Dengler
Steve Zahn - Duane Martin

Also starring Jeremy Davies, Marshall Bell, François Chau and Craig Gellis.

Vietnam War. Laos. 1966.

Based on real events.

Christian Bale went on a special diet and lost 55 pounds for the role.

Cost $10m - Box Office $7.1

Tagline - This summer experience the incredible true story of one man's fight for freedom

IMDB rating 7.4

The Kingdom (2007)
The Kingdom (2007)

The Kingdom (2007) Directed by Peter Berg. 110mins.

Jamie Foxx - Ronald Fleury
Chris Cooper - Grant Sykes
Jennifer Garner - Janet Mayes

Also starring Jason Bateman, Ashraf Barhom, Jeremy Piven, Richard Jenkins, Kyle Chandler and Danny Huston.

The War on Terror. Saudi Arabia. 2003.

Filmed in the United Arab Emirates.

Robert DeNiro was considered for the role of the FBI director, played by Richard Jenkins.

SAG nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

Cost $70m - Box Office $86.5m

Tagline - An elite FBI team sent to find a killer in Saudi Arabia. Now they have become the target.

IMDB rating 7.0

Body of Lies (2008)
Body of Lies (2008)

Body of Lies (2008) Directed by Ridley Scott. 128mins.

Leonardo DiCaprio - Roger Ferris
Russell Crowe - Ed Hoffman

Also starring Mark Strong, Golshifteh Farahani, Oscar Isaac and Ali Suliman.

The War on Terror

Based on the spy thriller by David Ignatious, published in 2007.

The hunt for a master terrorist across the Middle-East.

Cost $120m - Box Office $115m

Tagline - Trust no one. Deceive everyone.

IMDB rating 7.1

The Hurt Locker (2008)
The Hurt Locker (2008)

The Hurt Locker (2008) Directed by Kathryn Bigelow. 131mins.

Jeremy Renner - Sgt. William James

Also starring Anthony Mackie, Guy Pearce, David Morse, Evangeline Lilly and Ralph Fiennes.

The Iraq War. 2004.

Colin Farrell was considered for the lead role.

Kahtryn Bigelow became the first woman to direct a Best Picture Oscar winner.

Nominated for 9 Oscars winning 6 - Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Film Editing, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.

Nominated for 8 BAFTA Awards winning 6 including Best Picture and Best Director.

Cost $15m - Box Office $49.2m

Tagline - You don't have to be a hero to do this job. But it helps.

IMDB rating 7.7

Defiance (2008)
Defiance (2008)

Defiance (2008) Directed by Edward Zwick. 137mins.

Daniel Craig - Tuvia Bielski
Liev Schreiber - Zus Bielski

Also starring Jamie Bell, Alexa Davalos, Allan Corduner, Tomas Arana and Jodhi May.

WWII. The Occupation of Belarus by Nazi Germany. 1941.

Based on real events.

Filmed in Lithuania.

Oscar nomination for Best Music Score (James Newton Howard).

Cost $50m - Box Office $56.4m

Tagline - Freedom begins with an act of defiance!

IMDB rating 7.1

Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Inglourious Basterds (2009) Directed by Quentin Tarantino. 153mins.

Brad Pitt - Lt. Aldo Raine
Christoph Waltz - Col. Hans Landa
Mélanie Laurent - Shosanna Dreyfus

Also starring Eli Roth, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger, Daniel Brühl and Til Schweiger.

WWII. Nazi-occupied France. 1944.

Written by Quentin Tarantino and set in an alternate WWII timeline.

Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Jean Reno and Nastassia Kinski were considered for roles in the film.

Christoph Waltz won a well-deserved Best Supporting Oscar for this film and a second one for Tarantino's next film, Django Unchained (2012).

Nominated for 8 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay, winning 1 - Best Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz).

Nominated for 6 BAFTA Awards including Best Director and Best Screenplay, winning 1 - Best Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz).

Cost $70m - Box Office $321.4m

Tagline - An Inglorious, Uproarious Thrill-Ride of Vengeance.

IMDB rating 8.3

Green Zone (2010)
Green Zone (2010)

Green Zone (2010) Directed by Paul Greengrass. 115mins.

Matt Damon - Roy Miller

Also starring Greg Kinnear, Brendan Gleeson, Amy Ryan, Khalid Abdalla and Jason Isaacs.

The Iraq War. 2003.

Based on the non-fiction book "Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone" by Rajiv Chandrasekaran, published in 2006.

Paul Greengrass had previously directed Matt Damon in The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum.

Filmed in Morocco.

Cost $100m - Box Office $94.8m

Tagline - Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller is done following orders

IMDB rating 6.9

Battle Los Angeles (2011)
Battle Los Angeles (2011)
Battle Los Angeles (2011)
Battle Los Angeles (2011)

Battle Los Angeles (2011) Directed by Jonathan Liebesman. 116mins.

Aaron Eckhart - Sgt. Michael Nantz

Also starring Michelle Rodriguez, Ramon Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Ne-Yo and Michael Peña.

Alien Invasion: Los Angeles. 2011

The US Marines battle an alien invasion force aiming to colonize the planet and using ocean water to fuel their spaceships,

Not based on real events.

Cost $70m - Box Office $211.8m

Tagline - It's not war. It's survival.

IMDB rating 5.8

War Horse (2011)
War Horse (2011)

War Horse (2011) Directed by Steven Spielberg. 146mins.

Jeremy Irvine - Albert Narracott
Peter Mullan - Ted Narracott
Emily Watson - Rose Narracott

Also starring David Thewlis, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Celine Buckens and Toby Kebbell.

WWI. Second Battle of the Somme.1918.

Based on the children's novel by Michael Morpurgo, first published in 1982.

Eddie Redmayne was considered for the lead role.

Nominated for 6 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Cinematography and Best Music Score (John Williams).

Nominated for 2 Golden Globe awards - Best Picture and Best Music Score (John Williams).

Cost $66m - Box Office $177m

Tagline - Separated by war. Tested by battle. Bound by friendship.

IMDB rating 7.2

Red Tails (2012)
Red Tails (2012)

Red Tails (2012) Directed by Anthony Hemingway. 125mins.

Cuba Gooding Jr. - Major Emanuel Stance
Terrence Howard - Col. A.J Bullard

Also starring Nate Parker, David Oyelowo, Ne-Yo, Elijah Kelley and Bryan Cranston.

WWII. Europe. 1944.

An African-American US Army Air Force group, known as Tuskegee Airmen, battle Nazi's in the air war over Europe.

George Lucas was executive producer.

Saturn Award nomination for best Action/Adventure Film.

Cost $68m - Box Office $49.8m

Tagline - High-Octane Action and Daring Dogfights!

IMDB rating 5.8

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Zero Dark Thirty (2012) Directed by Kathryn Bigelow. 157mins.

Jessica Chastain - Maya
Jason Clarke - Dan
Joel Edgerton - Patrick

Also starring Chris Pratt, Mark Strong, Jennifer Ehle, Kyle Chandler and Edgar Ramírez.

The War on Terror. Pakistan. 2011

The screenplay was written before Osama Bin Laden was found and killed and had to be revised and updated. It was originally about the CIA's search for the world's most wanted terrorist.

Working title - For God and Country.

Nominated for 5 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Actress (Jessica Chastain) winning 1 - Best Sound Editing.

Nominated for 5 BAFTA awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress (Jessica Chastain).

Cost $40m - Box Office $137.7m

Tagline - The greatest manhunt in history.

IMDB rating 7.5

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UnnamedHarald 3 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

The first time I saw "Saving Private Ryan" with its opening D-Day, it changed my view of the invasion. Up until then, most movies and TV shows-- I think-- sugar-coated the whole thing. They showed plenty of guys getting killed-- like Star Trek red-shirts-- but never managed to show the grit and horror of battle like Ryan did. Nothing was sugar-coated, not even the Americans shooting down surrendering Germans, because that's what war does. I look at D-Day veterans with a lot more respect because of that film.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Yep Saving Private Ryan was pretty intense, some of the most realistic battle scenes put on film. The work of a master filmmaker. In my opinion Spielberg's last great film.

Thanks for commenting David, much appreciated.


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Geekdom 3 years ago

War is such a popular setting for movies it must have been difficult to put this hub difficult Red Tails is on the top of my watch list right now.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks for commenting Geekdom, always appreciated. I must have covered every single major war film since 1930 in 5 poster hubs. I did cheat a bit and included some "war on terror" movies just to add a bit of variety. :)

This will be my last hub for a while but I will be regularly looking in to see how the site is progressing.


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Cogerson 3 years ago from Virginia

First things that pop into my head while reading and viewing your latest hub. (1) Memphis Belle is a very entertaining movie....even if you know they will survive their historic final flight (2) Schlinder's List is a great film but not one that I want to watch over and over again (3) Starship Troopers seems to be out of place in this hub (4) Saving Private Ryan is awesome for the first half and ok the second half (5) Nick Nolte should have gotten an Oscar nom for Best Supporting Actor in The Thin Red Line (6) I know lots of people that think Enemy At The Gate is one of the best ever made....I thought it was good but not great.

Taking a breather.

(7) Pearl Harbor is pretty weak....if you want to see a movie about Pearl Harbor...watch Tora Tora Tora (8) Black Hawk Down is one of my favorite films of all-time...and you get a very young Orlando Bloom (9) Bruce Willis in Tears of the Sun and Hart's War...two Willis movies that I was very disappointed in....do you know Willis got 20 million to be in Hart's War? that is 1 million more than what the movie grossed at the box office (10) Of the two Clint Eastwood movies...Letter From Iwo Jima is the better of the two (11) Gotta love the performances of C. Bale and Steve Zahn in Rescue Dawn (12) Body of Lies was an easily forgotten film...even with Leo , Russell and Ridley Scott involved (13) I actually finally watched Zero Dark Thirty last night....much better than The Hurt Locker.

Job well done....hope your HP break is not too long. Voted up and interesting.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Hi Bruce, thanks for the comment, info, preference, critique, review, trivia, observation and votes!

I bought Schindlers List on blu-ray last year, haven't watched it yet. Great film but not an easy one to watch. I have to confess I've watched Pearl Harbor more times than Spielberg's 'big important movie'. But mostly for the pyrotechnics. :)

Starship Troopers is as much a war movie as Saving Private Ryan, only set in the future and on a different planet. I read Heinlein's novel as a kid, I think there are plans to film it again.

Black Hawk Down is one of the best war films of recent times.

Enemy at the Gates is underrated IMO and worth another look.

Thanks as ever for posting amigo, adios.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

I was surprsied to learn I had seen more war movies in the nineties than I thought! I have to admit, some of them rival the movies of old and of course, as you know, add a lot more realism than we say in the forties and fifties. My son met Lt. Col. Hal Moore (From We Were Soldiers) and said he was still a very imposing man.

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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Hi Mary, yep battle scenes are more realistic and more accurate in today's war films, blood and gore everywhere, noisy too. Even war on computer games look like the real thing!

But I'd still rather sit back, relax and watch The Great Escape or River Kwai, good old fashioned storytelling, not an assault on the senses. :)

Thanks for the comment and votes, much appreciated.

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