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1. Uncommon Valor (1983)

R | 105 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

38 Metascore

Ten years after his son went M.I.A. in Vietnam, U.S. Marine retired Colonel Jason Rhodes assembles a private rescue team to find Americans held in P.O.W. camps in Laos.

Director: Ted Kotcheff | Stars: Gene Hackman, Patrick Swayze, Robert Stack, Fred Ward

Votes: 8,577 | Gross: $30.50M

2. Field of Lost Shoes (2015)

PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Drama, War

28 Metascore

A group of teenage cadets sheltered from war at the Virginia Military Institute must confront the horrors of an adult world when they are called upon to defend the Shenandoah Valley.

Director: Sean McNamara | Stars: Michael Krebs, Jake Lawson, Sean Marquette, David Arquette

Votes: 1,500

3. Special Forces (2011)

R | 109 min | Action, Drama, War

37 Metascore

A French journalist in Afghanistan is kidnapped by the Taliban.

Director: Stéphane Rybojad | Stars: Diane Kruger, Djimon Hounsou, Benoît Magimel, Denis Ménochet

Votes: 17,356 | Gross: $0.01M

4. The Colt (2005 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 80 min | Action, Drama, History

During the heat of battle in the midst of the Civil War, a beguilingly innocent colt is born to Union Jim Rabb's beloved mare. Refusing the orders to shoot it, lest it prove a hindrance, ... See full summary »

Director: Yelena Lanskaya | Stars: Ryan Merriman, Steve Bacic, William MacDonald, Darcy Belsher

Votes: 475

5. Honor Flight (2012)

PG | 82 min | Documentary, History, War

61 Metascore

Honor Flight chronicles a community coming together to honor World War II veterans. The film follows a team of Midwest volunteers as they race against the clock to send every local WWII veterans to see the memorials built in their honor.

Director: Dan Hayes | Stars: Bert Brach, Earl Bruss, Joe Dean, Joe Demler

Votes: 135

6. Three Kings (1999)

R | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

82 Metascore

In the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War, four soldiers set out to steal gold that was stolen from Kuwait, but they discover people who desperately need their help.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube, Spike Jonze

Votes: 156,275 | Gross: $60.65M

7. Australia (2008)

PG-13 | 165 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

53 Metascore

Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a stock-man in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving landscape, they experience the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by Japanese forces firsthand.

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Shea Adams, Eddie Baroo

Votes: 116,507 | Gross: $49.55M

8. Lions for Lambs (2007)

R | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

47 Metascore

Injuries sustained by two Army rangers behind enemy lines in Afghanistan set off a sequence of events involving a congressman, a journalist and a professor.

Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Michael Peña

Votes: 46,288 | Gross: $15.00M

9. Universal Squadrons (2011)

84 min | Action, Thriller

After returning to civilian life as a Texas rancher, Captain Lance Deakin fends off attacks from former members of his unit as he struggles to uncover the truth of what he did as a soldier ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Millhone | Stars: Riley Smith, Willa Ford, Barry Corbin, Christian Kane

Votes: 567 | Gross: $0.03M

10. Brothers (I) (2009)

R | 105 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

58 Metascore

A young man comforts his older brother's wife and children after he goes missing in Afghanistan.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Tobey Maguire, Sam Shepard

Votes: 107,087 | Gross: $28.50M

11. The Hornet's Nest (2014)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Action, History

61 Metascore

Armed only with their cameras, Peabody and Emmy Award-winning conflict Journalist Mike Boettcher, and his son, Carlos, provide unprecedented access into the longest war in U.S. history.

Directors: David Salzberg, Christian Tureaud | Stars: Frank Adamski, Ofren Arrechaga, Ed Bankston, Carlos Boettcher

Votes: 2,188 | Gross: $0.31M

12. Last Days in Vietnam (2014)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary, History, War

86 Metascore

During the chaotic final weeks of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as the panicked South Vietnamese people desperately attempt to escape. On the ground, ... See full summary »

Director: Rory Kennedy | Stars: Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, Stuart Herrington, Juan Valdez

Votes: 3,585 | Gross: $0.47M

13. The Railway Man (2013)

R | 116 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

A former British Army officer, who was tortured as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II, discovers that the man responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him.

Director: Jonathan Teplitzky | Stars: Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgård, Jeremy Irvine

Votes: 35,997 | Gross: $4.44M

14. The Basket (1999)

PG | 105 min | Drama

53 Metascore

A picturesque Pacific Northwest community raising its wheat and children in the midst of a nation reeling from World War I sets the stage for The Basket. In a time of pain and prejudice ... See full summary »

Director: Rich Cowan | Stars: Peter Coyote, Karen Allen, Robert Burke, Amber Willenborg

Votes: 475 | Gross: $0.61M

15. Good Kill (2014)

R | 102 min | Drama, Thriller, War

63 Metascore

A family man begins to question the ethics of his job as a drone pilot.

Director: Andrew Niccol | Stars: Ethan Hawke, January Jones, Zoë Kravitz, Fatima El Bahraouy

Votes: 21,807 | Gross: $0.32M

16. The Patience Stone (2012)

R | 102 min | Drama, War

64 Metascore

In a war ridden country a woman watches over the husband reduced to a vegetable state by a bullet in the neck, abandoned by Jihad companions and brothers. One day, the woman decides to say things to him she could never have done before.

Director: Atiq Rahimi | Stars: Golshifteh Farahani, Hamid Djavadan, Hassina Burgan, Massi Mrowat

Votes: 4,393 | Gross: $0.15M

17. Return (2011)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama

63 Metascore

A soldier returns to her family, friends, and old job after a tour of duty, though she finds herself struggling to find her place in her everyday life.

Director: Liza Johnson | Stars: Linda Cardellini, Michael Shannon, John Slattery, Talia Balsam

Votes: 883 | Gross: $0.01M

18. The Search (III) (2014)

135 min | Drama, War

37 Metascore

A French woman who works for a non-governmental organization forms a special relationship with a lost young boy in war-torn Chechnya in 1999.

Director: Michel Hazanavicius | Stars: Bérénice Bejo, Annette Bening, Maksim Emelyanov, Abdul Khalim Mamutsiev

Votes: 2,368

19. Phantom (I) (2013)

R | 98 min | Drama, History, Thriller

40 Metascore

The haunted Captain of a Soviet submarine holds the fate of the world in his hands. Forced to leave his family behind, he is charged with leading a covert mission cloaked in mystery.

Director: Todd Robinson | Stars: Ed Harris, Julian Adams, David Duchovny, William Fichtner

Votes: 13,150 | Gross: $0.49M

20. '71 (2014)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Drama

83 Metascore

In 1971, a young and disorientated British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the deadly streets of Belfast.

Director: Yann Demange | Stars: Jack O'Connell, Sam Reid, Sean Harris, Paul Popplewell

Votes: 48,107 | Gross: $1.27M

21. Beasts of No Nation (2015)

Not Rated | 137 min | Drama, War

79 Metascore

A drama based on the experiences of Agu, a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country.

Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga | Stars: Abraham Attah, Emmanuel Affadzi, Ricky Adelayitor, Andrew Adote

Votes: 68,514 | Gross: $0.08M

22. A War (2015)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

81 Metascore

The story of a Danish commander, who is accused of civil murder in Afghanistan, while trying to save his squad.

Director: Tobias Lindholm | Stars: Pilou Asbæk, Tuva Novotny, Søren Malling, Charlotte Munck

Votes: 9,196 | Gross: $0.12M

23. 13 Hours (2016)

R | 144 min | Action, Drama, History

48 Metascore

During an attack on a U.S. compound in Libya, a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber, James Badge Dale, David Denman

Votes: 110,840 | Gross: $52.85M

24. Free State of Jones (2016)

R | 139 min | Action, Biography, Drama

53 Metascore

A disillusioned Confederate army deserter returns to Mississippi and leads a militia of fellow deserters and women in an uprising against the corrupt local Confederate government.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Keri Russell

Votes: 48,134 | Gross: $20.76M

25. Eye in the Sky (2015)

R | 102 min | Drama, Thriller, War

73 Metascore

Col. Katherine Powell, a military officer in command of an operation to capture terrorists in Kenya, sees her mission escalate when a girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute over the implications of modern warfare.

Director: Gavin Hood | Stars: Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman, Barkhad Abdi

Votes: 75,375 | Gross: $18.70M

26. Mine (II) (2016)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

40 Metascore

After a failed assassination attempt, a United States Marine finds himself stranded in the desert. Exposed to the elements, he must survive the dangers of the desert and battle the psychological and physical tolls of the treacherous conditions.

Directors: Fabio Guaglione, Fabio Resinaro | Stars: Armie Hammer, Annabelle Wallis, Tom Cullen, Clint Dyer

Votes: 14,448

27. Megan Leavey (2017)

PG-13 | 116 min | Biography, Drama, War

66 Metascore

Based on the true life story of a young Marine corporal whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq.

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite | Stars: Kate Mara, Ramon Rodriguez, Tom Felton, Bradley Whitford

Votes: 20,485 | Gross: $13.41M

28. The Wall (II) (2017)

R | 88 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

57 Metascore

Two American Soldiers are trapped by a lethal sniper, with only an unsteady wall between them.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena, Laith Nakli

Votes: 22,139 | Gross: $1.80M

29. The Two Worlds of William March (2017)

87 min | Biography

Decorated Wold War I veteran William March, author of the acclaimed antiwar novel Company K and the shockingly violent The Bad Seed is profiled in a film mixing fact and fiction. Filmed primarily in the Hudson Valley.

Director: Robert Clem | Stars: Tina Benko, Joe Bevilacqua, Joseph K. Bevilacqua, Ann Citron

30. Class of '61 (1993 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Three West Point 1861 generation cadets and friends go on opposite sides after the breakout of The Civil War, with tragic consequences. A subplot involves Lucius, a Shelby Peyton's slave, who kills a slave trader and goes on the run.

Director: Gregory Hoblit | Stars: Christien Anholt, Andre Braugher, Dan Futterman, Josh Lucas

Votes: 384

31. It's What I Do

Biography, Drama, War | Announced

The story of wartime photographer Lynsey Addario, who was one of four journalists held captive by the Libyan Army in 2011.

Director: Ridley Scott

32. Journey's End (I) (2017)

R | 107 min | Drama, War

73 Metascore

Set in a dugout in Aisne in 1918, it is the story of a group of British officers, led by the mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope, as they await their fate.

Director: Saul Dibb | Stars: Paul Bettany, Sam Claflin, Stephen Graham, Tom Sturridge

Votes: 6,641 | Gross: $0.16M

33. The Coming Convergence (2017)

TV-MA | 120 min | Documentary, Drama, War

Through newly discovered geological and statistical patterns, many believe it can be proven that the Tribulation is about to begin!

Directors: Brent Miller Jr., Brent Miller Jr. | Stars: Ray Bentley, Allen Farmer, Douglas Hamp, Erin Hawkins

Votes: 102

34. Going to War (2018 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 55 min | Documentary

What is it really like to go to war? For millennia, only warriors could really answer that question. Now, a new PBS documentary takes us inside the experience of battle and reveals the soldier's experiences as never before.

Directors: Sebastian Junger, Karl Marlantes

Votes: 37

35. War Horse (2011)

PG-13 | 146 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

72 Metascore

Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch

Votes: 141,525 | Gross: $79.88M

36. Never Look Away (2018)

R | 189 min | Drama, History, Romance

68 Metascore

German artist Kurt Barnert has escaped East Germany and now lives in West Germany, but is tormented by his childhood under the Nazis and the DDR-regime.

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck | Stars: Tom Schilling, Sebastian Koch, Paula Beer, Saskia Rosendahl

Votes: 11,323 | Gross: $1.30M

37. War Dog: A Soldier's Best Friend (2017)

TV-14 | 70 min | Documentary

HD. A sneak preview of HBO Documentary Films' 'War Dog: A Soldier's Best Friend.'

Director: Deborah Scranton

Votes: 171

38. The Yellow Birds (2017)

R | 94 min | Drama, War

56 Metascore

Two young soldiers, Bartle (21) and Murph (18) navigate the terrors of the Iraq war under the command of the older, troubled Sergeant Sterling. All the while, Bartle is tortured by a promise he made to Murph's mother before their deployment.

Director: Alexandre Moors | Stars: Alden Ehrenreich, Daniel Jose Molina, Mikey Collins, Tye Sheridan

Votes: 2,901

39. The Last Full Measure (2019)

R | 116 min | Drama, War

52 Metascore

Thirty-four years after his death, Airman William H. Pitsenbarger, Jr. ("Pits") is awarded the nation's highest military honor, for his actions on the battlefield.

Director: Todd Robinson | Stars: Sebastian Stan, Alison Sudol, Asher Miles Fallica, LisaGay Hamilton

Votes: 2,808

40. The Light of Freedom (2013)

TV-PG | 124 min | Drama, Family, History

It is the year 1861 and President Lincoln has called for 75,000 men to join the Union Army. As the Civil War begins, another battle has been raging for decades. It is the fight for freedom ... See full summary »

Director: Kim Robinson | Stars: Jade Metcalf, Maxwell charles Dean, Evan Candler, Tony West

Votes: 24



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