Great American War Films

In honor of Veteran’s Day we have compiled a list of some American war films that have impressed us over the years.

  • The Best Years of Our Lives – Follows the return of three veterans and their integration back into day-to-day life.
  • Apocalypse Now – Based on Conrad’s classic The Heart of Darkness, Coppola immerses us into a world where war has taken over the minds of those who are in it.
  • Inglourious Basterds – This film looks at war and its effect on people with a tone a vengeance that Tarantino makes visually striking.  Scenes will forever stick with you, as well as Christoph Waltz screaming, “Shosanna!”
  • Saving Private Ryan – Set in WWII, this film has one of the most impressive true-to-life war scenes, depicting the ’44 Omaha Beach landing.
  • The Hurt Locker – Portraying a young father who diffuses bombs in Iraq, this film reminds us that even at war, the people who live in the countries we are fighting are still people and that after experiencing such intense situations the service men and women have difficulty coming home.
  • Glory – A Civil War film based on the first formal unit of the American Army entirely made up of African-American men as they face prejudices from North and South alike.
  • Pork Chop Hill – Follows a company of American infantry that is ordered to recapture Pork Chop Hill from the Communist Chinese army, testing the men’s resolve.
  • Black Hawk Down – Two American helicopters go down during a mission in Mogadishu, Somalia.  The film captures the intense reality of modern warfare and the often incredibly young men who fight it.
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