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Top 10 Must-Watch War Movies Like Black Hawk Down

Updated on November 9, 2016
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Black Hawk Down is a 2001 British-American war film co-produced and directed by Ridley Scott. The screenplay by Ken Nolan is adapted from the book of the same name by Mark Bowden, which in turn is based on a series of articles published in The Philadelphia Inquirer. The 29-part series chronicled the events of a 1993 raid in Mogadishu by the U.S. military aimed at capturing faction leader Mohamed Farrah Aidid and the ensuing firefight, known as the Battle of Mogadishu.

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

The film features a large ensemble cast, including Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Eric Bana, Tom Sizemore, William Fichtner, Jason Isaacs, Tom Hardy, and Sam Shepard. It won two Oscars for Best Film Editing and Best Sound Mixing at the 74th Academy Awards.[2] The movie was received positively by American film critics, but was strongly criticized by a number of other groups and military officials.

Here is a list of few more war movies just like Black Hawk Down:

Das Boot (1981)

DIRECTOR:

Wolfgang Petersen

WRITER:

Wolfgang Petersen, Lothar G. Buchheim

STARS:

Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann

PLOT SUMMARY:

A look at the lives of the officers and men of the U-96, a German U-boat patrolling the north Atlantic during World War II. Led by Capt.-Lt. Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock, the men for the most part are seasoned veterans of undersea duty. For the new recruits, including military journalist Lt. Werner, it's all a bit of an eye opener. The quarters are cramped with men sharing bunks - while one is on duty, the other gets sleep - and there's barely enough room for more than two men in passageways at any one time. Their trip is also marked by lengthy periods of boredom while they search for enemy shipping to attack and periods of absolute terror when they find themselves under attack by Allied naval vessels. Throughout it all, the men band together, cynical about just what they are doing but also proud of their accomplishments.

Where Eagles Dare (1968)

DIRECTOR:

Brian G. Hutton

WRITER:

Alistair MacLean

STARS:

Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood, Mary Ure

PLOT SUMMARY:

During WW2 a British aircraft is shot down and crashes in Nazi held territory. The Germans capture the only survivor, an American General, and take him to the nearest SS headquarters. Unknown to the Germans the General has full knowledge of the D-Day operation. The British decide that the General must not be allowed to divulge any details of the Normandy landing at all cost and order Major John Smith to lead a crack commando team to rescue him. Amongst the team is an American Ranger, Lieutenant Schaffer, who is puzzled by his inclusion in an all British operation. When one of the team dies after the parachute drop, Schaffer suspects that Smith's mission has a much more secret objective.

Waterloo (1970)

DIRECTOR:

Sergey Bondarchuk

WRITER:

H.A.L. Craig, Sergey Bondarchuk, Vittorio Bonicelli

STARS:

Rod Steiger, Christopher Plummer, Orson Welles

PLOT SUMMARY:

After defeating France and imprisoning Napoleon on Elba, ending two decades of war, Europe is shocked to find Napoleon has escaped and has caused the French Army to defect from the King back to him. The best of the British generals, the Duke of Wellington, beat Napolean's best generals in Spain and Portugal, but has never faced Napoleon. Wellington stands between Napoleon with a makeshift Anglo-Allied army and the Prussians. A Napoleon victory will plunge Europe back into a long term war. An allied victory could bring long term peace to Europe. The two meet at Waterloo where the fate of Europe will be decided.

Paths of Glory (1957)

DIRECTOR:

Stanley Kubrick

WRITER:

Stanley Kubrick, Calder Willingham

STARS:

Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou

PLOT SUMMARY:

1916. The trench warfare between the French and Germans on the battlefields of France results in little advancement of troops on either side - each advancement in tens of meters rather than kilometers - but in many casualties. Thus, the request by French General George Broulard to his subordinate General Paul Mireau to lead an attack to capture the Anthill, a key German held position which is just visible from the current French trench position, is generally regarded as futile. The request is largely one out of want for personal glory for the French military's upper echelon with little regard for the soldiers. Mireau hesitates in accepting the assignment until he learns that a prestigious promotion is on the line, one that is his regardless of success or failure. The regiment he assigns to carry out the attack is led by Colonel Dax, who has no other option but to obey orders despite both he and Mireau knowing the regiment's casualties would number over half without any guarantee of success. While Mireau's eyes are on his own personal gain, Dax is concerned both with carrying out the mission to the best of his ability while protecting his soldiers as a collective. What happens on the battlefield leads to a further rift in overall beliefs between Mireau and Dax in what is best for French society. What also results from the battle is a legal issue scapegoating three of Dax's soldiers, he who will protect his men to the best of his abilities against the cards stacked against them by the military elite.

Platoon (1986)

DIRECTOR:

Oliver Stone

WRITER:

Oliver Stone

STARS:

Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe

PLOT SUMMARY:

Chris Taylor is a young, naive American who gives up college and volunteers for combat in Vietnam. Upon arrival, he quickly discovers that his presence is quite nonessential, and is considered insignificant to the other soldiers, as he has not fought for as long as the rest of them and felt the effects of combat. Chris has two non-commissioned officers, the ill-tempered and indestructible Staff Sergeant Robert Barnes and the more pleasant and cooperative Sergeant Elias Grodin. A line is drawn between the two NCOs and a number of men in the platoon when an illegal killing occurs during a village raid. As the war continues, Chris himself draws towards psychological meltdown. And as he struggles for survival, he soon realizes he is fighting two battles, the conflict with the enemy and the conflict between the men within his platoon.

Army of Shadows (1969)

DIRECTOR:

Jean-Pierre Melville

WRITER:

Jean-Pierre Melville, Joseph Kessel

STARS:

Lino Ventura, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel

PLOT SUMMARY:

In 1942, in France, the engineer and chief of a cell of resistance Philippe Gerbier is arrested and sent to a prisoner camp. He succeeds to escape and together with Felix Lepercq and the resistance killer Claude "The Mask" Ullmann, they kidnap the traitor that gave him away to the Germans and execute him. Gerbier travels to London to discuss external support to the resistance and meanwhile Felix is captured by the Germans and tortured. The resistance members Mathilde, Guillaume "Bison" Vermersch and the Mask unsuccessfully try to rescue him. But the brother of the resistance chief Luc Jardie, Jean François Jardie, sacrifices himself to have the chance to give a cyanide pill to Felix. Along the months the group operates until the day one member is captured by the Germans and becomes a threat to the others and shall be executed.

A Bridge Too Far (1977)

DIRECTOR:

Richard Attenborough

WRITER:

Cornelius Ryan, William Goldman

STARS:

Sean Connery, Ryan O'Neal, Michael Caine

PLOT SUMMARY:

The true story of Operation Market Garden, the Allies attempt in September 1944 to hasten the end of the World War II by driving through Belgium and Holland into Germany. The idea was for US airborne divisions to take the towns of Eindhoven and Nijmegen and a British airborne division, reinforced by a Polish airborne brigade, to take the town of Arnhem. They would be reinforced, in due course and in turn, by the British XXX Corps, land-based and driving up from the British lines in the south. The key to the operation was the bridges, as if the Germans held or blew them, the paratroopers could not be relieved. Faulty intelligence, Allied high command hubris and stubborn German resistance would ensure that Arnhem was a bridge too far.

Come and See (1985)

DIRECTOR:

Elem Klimov

WRITER:

Ales Adamovich

STARS:

Aleksey Kravchenko, Olga Mironova, Liubomiras Laucevicius

PLOT SUMMARY:

During WWII, a Belarusian boy is thrust into the atrocities of war, fighting with a hopelessly unequipped Soviet resistance movement against ruthless German forces. Witnessing scenes of abject terror and surviving horrifying situations, he loses his innocence and then his mind.

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

DIRECTOR:

Steven Spielberg

WRITER:

Robert Rodat

STARS:

Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore

PLOT SUMMARY:

The film opens with the Allied invasion on the Normandy beach on June 6, 1944. Cpt. Miller and members of the 2nd Ranger Battalion fight to secure the beachhead. During the invasion, two brothers are killed in action. Earlier, the third brother was killed in New Guinea. The mother of the brothers is about to recieve the grave telegrams at the same day. The United States Army Chief of Staff, George C. Marshall, is given an opportunity to alleviate some of her grief when he finds out that there was also a fourth brother, Private James Ryan, who went missing somewhere in France. He sends Cpt. Miller and seven other people from the 2nd Ranger Battalion to go look for him and bring him back to his mother.

Fury (2014)

DIRECTOR:

David Ayer

WRITER:

David Ayer

STARS:

Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman

PLOT SUMMARY:

1945, in World War II Germany, the tough Sergeant Don 'Wardaddy' Collier commands a tank and survives a German attack with his veteran crew composed of Boyd 'Bible' Swan, Trini 'Gordo' Garcia and Grady 'Coon-Ass' Travis. He receives a rookie soldier Norman Ellison as the substitute for his deceased gunner and he tries to harden the youth along the way.

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      Sam Dreiberg 10 months ago from India

      Thanks. Yes they surely are.

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      Cedric Yong 10 months ago from Singapore

      This is a very good list. All are powerful depictions worthy of more than one watch.