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Top 10 War Movies from Hollywood, Bollywood etc.

Updated on January 11, 2017

A list of my favorite war movies with brief introduction.

Yesterday I wrote an article Why People Like to Watch War Movies? With subtitle ‘Is it Just an Attraction towards Violence?’

Now let me tell you about my favorite war movies. I have watched all of the movies listed here for at least 2 times.

Have you watched? If you have missed few of them I suggest you to watch them. CDs of these movies are available in the market. You can get these movies online also.

Saving Private Ryan: My First Choice
Saving Private Ryan: My First Choice
Wind Talkers A Must See Film
Wind Talkers A Must See Film
Breast Fortress, one of the best war films I have ever seen
Breast Fortress, one of the best war films I have ever seen
Tora Tora Tora Film on Japan's Arial attack on Pearl Harbor
Tora Tora Tora Film on Japan's Arial attack on Pearl Harbor
Enemy at The Gates Russia in World War II
Enemy at The Gates Russia in World War II

List of My Favorite War Movies

Saving Private Ryan
Directed by my favorite Director Steven Spielberg, this is on top of my favorite war movies. I love this movie because of the story with historical facts, perfect war scenes and superb acting by Tom Hanks and supporting actors. I have watched this movie for many times.

Wind Talkers
This 2002 film directed by John Who is full of actions and emotions, based on a US Navi Mission at Saipan in World War II. Most of the war scenes in this film are thrilling.

Brest Fortress
This is Russian film, based on a battle at Brest in World War II. Although I do not understand Russian Language, I understood the story. I salute the people of Brest for their resistance of invasion by Nazis. The invasion by Nazis shown in this film horrible and makes us angry.

Tora Tora Tora
This is a Japanese film based on Japans air attack on Pearl Harbor. I got a CD of this film in a movie library and immediately bought it as I had heard about it from my friends that it was a must see film. I was not disappointed while watching this. Superb story, superb direction and horrible war shots.

A scene from Tango Charlie Directed by Maniratnam
A scene from Tango Charlie Directed by Maniratnam
Border, a Blockbuster Hindi war movie
Border, a Blockbuster Hindi war movie

Tango Charlie
This Hindi movie is a story of two soldiers of Border Security Force who have to fight against terrorists, rioters, naxalites and finally they have to save a bridge at border from the enemies. The director is successful in giving details of the odds in every situation. Action scenes are horrible.

This is my favorite Hindi war movie. It is based on a true story. In 1971 about 1500 Pakistanis attacked a post at Longewala at night with more than 40 tanks. At that time, there were just 120 Indian soldiers on the post. Air support was possible only at morning. This is the story of how the 120 solders fought with enemies until morning and how the pilots of Indian Air Force finished the battle with destroying enemy tanks. This battle is famous as Battle of Longewala in Indian history.

Guns of Navarone
Although the war scenes in this film are not much attractive, the story is good one. I like this film for the planning, its implementation and success by the team.

It is a Hindi film by Farhan Akhatar. Based on Kargil war of 1999, it is realistic one. Rhitik Roshan has played a young army officer in this film. A must watch film.

Mohanlal in Kurukshetra
Mohanlal in Kurukshetra

Kurukshetra is a Malayalam movie based on Kargil war of 1999. Mohanlal has played the role of Colonel Mahadevan. Although I do not understand this language, I was able to understand the story. Director Major Ravi has done a good job by focusing on the detailed accounts of the war.

Indian Army honored Mohanlal by Lieutenant Colonel Post for his work in this film. A must see film.

Beside these five movies, I also like Enemy at the Gates, Troy, Brave Heart, Hindustan Ki Kasam (Old, Hindi) and Black Hawk Down.

-Mahavir Sanglikar


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    Brennan Lombardi 

    6 years ago from Owasso, Oklahoma

    Very good selection, but you should also check out "Three Kings" if you haven't seen it yet. It's intense, satirical, thoughtful, visceral and overall, entertaining.

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    Mahaveer Sanglikar 

    6 years ago from Pune, India

    Thanks, Mr Deltoid 1966 for your comment. I would like to watch The Boys From Company C.

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    6 years ago from New Jersey

    good hub........The Boys From Company C, is a pretty good one too.

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    6 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

    Good selections, definitely got some of the best here. One of my favorites that is not on your list is “A Bridge too Far.” It has an all-star cast but the real reason I like it is that it was very well done, in terms of realism, for the time (1977). I also like “The Big Red One,” “Fire Base Gloria” (Vietnam), “Zulu,” and "Patton"

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    [ Danson Wachira ] 

    6 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

    Hi jainismus,

    I have watched Saving Private Ryan more than once too and it is really a great war movie. You have a couple of others here that i will need to check though. Great list. Voted up, useful and shared.

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    6 years ago

    One More War Movie "The Expendables 2" ... must watch

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    Shasta Matova 

    6 years ago from USA

    This is a great list Jainismus - I have seen the first two, but need to see the rest. Even though I didn't think I would enjoy watching war movies, I saw Letters from Iwo Jama and a couple more this month, and I even own Saving Private Ryan.

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    Mahaveer Sanglikar 

    7 years ago from Pune, India

    Thanks Abhi for adding more films.

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    7 years ago

    I want to watch Guns Of Navarone. I am giving few more war movies.I hope you will like- 9th Company,Heaven or Earth,Ghetto,Savior,The war,The innocent voice.Thank you for mentioning Tora Tora Tora and Brest Fortress.

  • jainismus profile imageAUTHOR

    Mahaveer Sanglikar 

    7 years ago from Pune, India

    Thanks for your comment with adding some more information. I will definitely add The Dirty Dozen after watching it soon.

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    Escape to the Sun 

    7 years ago from UK

    I have seen many of these films. My Dad was an avid watcher of war films and I sat with him to watch these classics. His favourite, however, was a film called 'The Dirty Dozen'. It always reminds me of him whenever it comes on. You should definitely check it out!

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    Mahaveer Sanglikar 

    7 years ago from Pune, India

    Rave, thanks for the suggestion.

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    7 years ago

    You can try melgibson starring We were soldiers.Its super movies

  • jainismus profile imageAUTHOR

    Mahaveer Sanglikar 

    7 years ago from Pune, India


    You are right.

  • jainismus profile imageAUTHOR

    Mahaveer Sanglikar 

    7 years ago from Pune, India


    Thanks for reading this Hub. I am adding few more movies soon.

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    Aurelio Locsin 

    7 years ago from Orange County, CA

    I've seen about half of these films and will need to make time to see the rest. Thanks for pointing them out. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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    7 years ago

    Ah, Saving Private Ryan. Possibly one of the best war movies ever made. No, no, one of the best movies ever made! The camera style actually make you feel like you are part of the story. When I first watched it, I cried at five separate parts. I cried the hardest when Wade died :'(

    It's just such an emotional film, you get caught up in everything. And it's pretty realistic. You wouldn't think it had been made in the 90s, it looks like such a modernly made movie.

    It's my favorite film of all time, next to The Dark Knight.

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    Dreamer of Dreams 

    7 years ago

    Saving Private Ryan really got me caught up in the not just the story but the entirety and emotion of the film. Tom Hanks is an astounding actor and as always, he did not disappoint in this heroic tale of the search for a young soldier. What captured me was the fact that this group of men who knew nothing of this soldier risked their lives to go and send him home due to the fact that his two brothers were both killed in action. Throughout the story, you are sucked in to the struggle of each soldier and the skill of their handiwork. Two specific scenes always stay with me from the film as they are in my eyes the most devastating parts of the film. First off, there is the sniper who is to say the least a very skilled and has seen his share of battles who goes to the tower in one of the battles and is merrily picking off Viet-Cong until the tower blows up along with him in it. Secondly, at the end after Tom Hanks character has completed his mission and found Private Ryan he dies there on the bridge, which is a very powerful moment. This film should be seen if you have not seen it. I love film and am always seeking out ways to get my hands on good well-done movies. When talking with a colleague of mine that who also works for Dish Network about the October 1st launch of Dish Network’s new package filled with movies and DVD’s making life even more fun for movie lovers I was thrilled. It seems like they are always coming up with fantastic ideas especially for individuals like me who are so passionate about film and are always looking for old and new titles to take me on an adventure. The BLOCKBUSTER Movie Pass is a combination of DISH Platinum and BLOCKBUSTER by Mail, which gives me access to thousands of DVD movies and TV necessary for a movie buff such as myself. Therefore, I can stream to my laptop remotely so many titles while getting thousands of titles with unlimited access through the mail. Lying back on my couch with my cat has always been the ultimate relaxation for me.


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