Acclaimed War Films Everyone Should See

In this article, we will look at acclaimed war films that everyone should see at least once in their lifetime. This list is not ranked in any particular order, and I would like to mention that many of these films are somewhat disturbing. But as they portray the chaos and destruction of war in such an impactful way, watching them is definitely worthwhile.

Come and See (1985)

Five Acclaimed War Films That Everyone Should See

Come and See is a Russian WWII war film that’s considered to be one of the scariest and most disturbing films of all time. The film is from the point of view of a young man who joins the partisans who battle against the Third Reich. With outstanding cinematic shots and impactful sound effects/music, the violence and terror portrayed in this film are raw and unfiltered.

Personally, Come and See has got to be the most heart-wrenching war film I’ve ever seen. It’s very understandable that many people consider this masterpiece to be the single greatest war film of all time.

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Apocalypse Now (1979)

Five Acclaimed War Films That Everyone Should See

Along with Come and See, many film enthusiasts consider Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now to be one of the greatest war films of all time. This is a film set in Vietnam during the war; it’s incredibly deep, and with subsequent watches, it’s normal for viewers to admire Apocalypse Now more and more.

An esteemed but traumatized captain named Willard is tasked with seeking out a rogue colonel who has apparently become a god amongst mere mortals. Throughout the film, information about this legendary colonel is uncovered. All the while showing the bloodiness and chaos of war, this film shows how the minds of men are affected by conflicts.

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The Deer Hunter (1979)

The Deer Hunter

Another fantastic war film from 1979, Michael Cimino’s The Deer Hunter is the story of three friends that join the military and face the terrors of war in Vietnam. It’s notoriously suspenseful and every single scene is extraordinarily well-acted.

Starring Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken, the film portrays how these men get captured and how the torment inflicted on them by their captors affects them. Indeed, this film clearly shows that a man who faces such terror will never be the same again.

Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Grave of the Fireflies

One of the greatest anime films of all time, Grave of the Fireflies is a tale told from the perspective of a civilian child in Japan. He and his sister attempt to survive in the hopeless and crumbling world around them as many people they held dear perish. This heartbreaking animated film tells the story of how civilians fought in the war in their own unfortunate ways in a desperate hope to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.

Schindler’s List (1993)

Schindler's List

Schindler’s List portrays how even amidst such hatred and destruction, there can be love and humanity towards others. Oskar Schindler, who is a member of the Nazi Party, attempts to save as many Jewish people as possible after witnessing the unforgiving violence of the Holocaust. Steven Spielberg managed to leave quite an impression with this masterpiece back in the ’90s, and this film is one that will never be forgotten.

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