Being a huge fan of war movies thought of sharing my top list . This list includes mostly anti war theme movies. For I have an aversion form old movies this list does not contain movies before late 70’s . I shall start from the last.
Staff Sergeant William James (Jeremy Renner) happily takes on the lead as the newest sergeant in charge of an elite Explosive Ordnance Disposal team. His special elite team is based in Iraq where in the chaos of war in the city, anyone can be a potential enemy whereas a harmless looking object could be a deadly bomb. Staff Sergeant James is known to be both daring and reckless, with no regards to safety measures. Unknown to his two subordinates, Sergeant JT Sanborn (Anthony Mackie) and Specialist Owen Eldridge (Brian Geraghty), they are going to have the surprise of their lifetime when they are both forced to combat in a deadly game.
The movie "Black Hawk Down" is based on a true story about a group of Delta Force commandos and US Army Rangers led by General William Garrison (Sam Shepard). In 1993 they are dropped into Somalia to capture two warlords. After capturing the warlords, their Black Hawk helicopters are taken down by rocket propelled grenades, so more US soldiers are sent in to rescue their comrades. Sergeant Eversmann (Josh Hartnett) and Lieutenant Colonel McKnight (Tom Sizemore) are two of the soldiers who were in the downed helicopters. The rescue forces get ambushed throughout their mission, and many American soldiers are killed during the battles
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, “Apocalypse Now” (1979) is centered around a U. S. commando named Willard (Martin Sheen) who, during the Vietnam War, is sent on a mission by his superiors to assassinate a high-ranking officer named Kurtz (Marlon Brando) who has gone insane in the depths of the jungle and no longer responds to orders. After an iconic helicopter attack on a Vietnamese outpost, Willard begins traveling upstream on a river boat manned by the commander “Chief” Phillips (Albert Hall), Cajun Engineman (Frederic Forest), surfer Lance (Sam Bottoms), and young “Mr. Clean” (Laurence Fishburn) into the depths of the jungle... and of madness, along the way losing faith in his mission and in the sense of the conflict.
Letters from Iwo Jima tells the story about the American invasion of the Japanese island from a point of view of the Japanese soldiers and commanders. First, there's Saigo, a baker, who accepts reluctantly to go to war. Also General Kuribayashi (Ken Watanabe) who has recently been given command of the defense force stated on Iwo Jima, and introduces some changes in the regular discipline of the Japanese Army. The mood of the troops is of constant expectation of an inevitable attack. When the attack finally starts we get to know the emotions which affect Saigo, General Kuriabayashi, and many more soldiers while ordered to defend the island giving their lives in the attempt.
The story of two brothers, Lee Jin-tae (Jang Dong-gun) and Lee Jin-seok (Won Bin). Jin-tae is engaged to Young-shin (Lee Eun-ju). When North Korea invades, Jin-seok is drafted into the army, and when Jin-tae fails to prevents this he decides to join the army as well so that he can protect his brother. Jin-tae learns that if he is awarded the highest military honor, he will be able to get his brother out of the army. To do so he volunteers for suicidal and dangerous missions. But his brother not realizing why he is doing so increasingly becomes disillusioned with the monster that he views his brother is becoming. Back to Young-shin, in the maelstrom, she attended a rally for the communist party to obtain food. Once the South Koreans retake the area, she is accused of being a conspirator. The two brothers valiantly try to save her but fail. During the North Korean attack that follows Jin-tae is knocked unconscious and believes that his brother has been killed. In bitterness Jin-Tae defects to the North Koreans, which use him for propaganda value. Jin-seok, who survived, tries to bring Jin-Tae back to who he was. Jin-Tae is redeemed and tragically dies on the field of battle.
A historical reconstruction of the final days of the Third Reich, "Der Untergang" is based on the memories of Hitler's (Bruno Ganz) secretary, Traudl Junge (Alexandra Maria Lara). Sieged by the Soviet Army, the city of Berlin gradually becomes the stage for the final battle of a war that had long been lost. Inside Hitler's bunker, Eva Braun (Juliane Köhler), Josef Goebbbels (Ulrich Matthes) and the top members of the Nazi Party slowly come to terms with their own demise, as their leader sinks into a delusional state. Outside, what little is left of a once powerful army joins forces with children from the Hitlerian Youth so to make a final, desperate stand. Joachim Fest lent the historical expertise.