Top 50 underrated war movies

01.
In the Land of Blood and Honey
127 min | 2011 |
4.5 (33787 votes)
|
6.59 (171 reviews)

During the Bosnian War, Danijel, a soldier fighting for the Serbs, re-encounters Ajla, a Bosnian who's now a captive in his camp he oversees. Their once promising connection has become ambiguous as their motives have changed.

02.
Man Down
90 min | 2015 |
6.0 (9670 votes)
|
7.95 (119 reviews)

In a post-apocalyptic America, former U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer searches desperately for the whereabouts of his son, accompanied by his best friend and a survivor.

03.
Quo vadis, Aida?
101 min | 2020 |
7.9 (17593 votes)
|
9.69 (314 reviews)

Aida is a translator for the UN in the small town of Srebrenica. When the Serbian army takes over the town, her family is among the thousands of citizens looking for shelter in the UN camp.

04.
The Last Full Measure
116 min | 2019 |
6.8 (9628 votes)
|
8.56 (238 reviews)

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.

05.
The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming
126 min | 1966 |
7.0 (8357 votes)
|
8.71 (72 reviews)

Without hostile intent, a Soviet submarine runs aground off New England. Men are sent for a boat, but many villagers go into a tizzy, risking bloodshed.

06.
Revolt
87 min | 2017 |
5.2 (8570 votes)
|
6.82 (119 reviews)

An amnesiac US soldier's in a cell next to a cute, French doctor. Earth is under attack by big, alien robots. Kenyan soldiers come to rape, torture and kill but the 2 fight back. They find a car and head west.

07.
Savior
103 min | 1998 |
7.3 (10655 votes)
|
8.92 (105 reviews)

A hardened mercenary in the Foreign Legion begins to find his own humanity when confronted with atrocities during the fighting in Bosnia.

08.
Ride with the Devil
138 min | 1999 |
6.7 (13357 votes)
|
8.26 (131 reviews)

During the American Civil War, two friends join the Bushwhackers, a militant group loyal to the Confederacy.

09.
The Alamo
137 min | 2004 |
6.0 (20213 votes)
|
7.56 (241 reviews)

Based on the 1836 standoff between a group of Texan and Tejano men, led by Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, and Mexican dictator Santa Anna's forces at the Alamo in San Antonio Texas.

10.
The Duellists
100 min | 1977 |
7.4 (21985 votes)
|
8.92 (87 reviews)

France, 1801. Due to a minor, perceived slight mild-mannered Lieutenant d'Hubert is forced into a duel with the hot-headed, irrational Lieutenant Feraud. The disagreement ultimately results in scores of duels, spanning several years.

11.
Osama
83 min | 2003 |
7.3 (8805 votes)
|
8.74 (63 reviews)

After the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan and the restriction of women in public life, a pre-teen girl is forced to masquerade as a boy in order to find work to support her mother and grandmother.

12.
Journey's End
107 min | 2017 |
6.7 (8667 votes)
|
8.12 (85 reviews)

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.

13.
To Be or Not to Be
107 min | 1983 |
6.8 (10651 votes)
|
8.21 (36 reviews)

At the onset of WW2, a Polish actor's family and the Polish Resistance help the troupe of a theatre escape Poland and the invading Nazis.

14.
Mediterraneo
96 min | 1991 |
7.5 (14403 votes)
|
8.85 (44 reviews)

In WW2, an Italian Army unit of misfits occupies an isolated non-strategic Greek island for the duration of the war.

15.
To End All Wars
117 min | 2001 |
7.0 (10621 votes)
|
8.33 (140 reviews)

A true story about four Allied POWs who endure harsh treatment from their Japanese captors during World War II while being forced to build a railroad through the Burmese jungle. Ultimately ...

16.
Mosul
101 min | 2019 |
7.2 (23353 votes)
|
8.49 (408 reviews)

A police unit from Mosul fight to liberate the Iraqi city from thousands of ISIS militants.

17.
Breaker Morant
107 min | 1980 |
7.9 (12813 votes)
|
9.18 (95 reviews)

Three Australian lieutenants are court martialed for executing prisoners as a way of deflecting attention from war crimes committed by their superior officers.

18.
Vor dem Regen
113 min | 1994 |
8.0 (14291 votes)
|
9.28 (58 reviews)

Three interconnected stories of love under the threat of civil war in Macedonia and London.

19.
The Best Years of Our Lives
170 min | 1946 |
8.1 (60363 votes)
|
9.36 (269 reviews)

Three World War II veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed.

20.
Tea with Mussolini
117 min | 1999 |
6.9 (12918 votes)
|
8.15 (125 reviews)

An orphaned Italian boy is raised amongst a circle of British and American women living in Mussolini's Italy before and during World War II.

21.
The 12th Man
135 min | 2017 |
7.4 (23004 votes)
|
8.64 (163 reviews)

They were 12 saboteurs. The Nazis killed 11 of them. This is the true story of the one that got away.

22.
Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War
140 min | 2004 |
8.0 (38538 votes)
|
9.24 (231 reviews)

When two brothers are forced to fight in the Korean War, the elder decides to take the riskiest missions if it will help shield the younger from battle.

23.
Zulu
138 min | 1964 |
7.7 (37298 votes)
|
8.94 (209 reviews)

Outnumbered British soldiers do battle with Zulu warriors at Rorke's Drift.

24.
Birdy
120 min | 1984 |
7.3 (22191 votes)
|
8.5 (57 reviews)

After two friends return home from the Vietnam War one becomes mentally unstable and obsesses with becoming a bird.

25.
Last Flag Flying
125 min | 2017 |
6.9 (23944 votes)
|
8.09 (149 reviews)

Thirty years after they served together in Vietnam, a former Navy Corpsman Larry "Doc" Shepherd re-unites with his old buddies, former Marines Sal Nealon and Reverend Richard Mueller, to bury his son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War.

26.
Tubelight
136 min | 2017 |
3.8 (18575 votes)
|
4.98 (157 reviews)

A story of two brothers set during the Sino-Indian war, 1962: the younger one who's at war at the borders and the elder who's at war with his own world.

27.
Air America
113 min | 1990 |
5.8 (27670 votes)
|
6.97 (46 reviews)

A young pilot finds himself recruited unwittingly into a covert and corrupt C.I.A. airlift organization operating in Vietnam War-era Laos.

28.
Rock the Kasbah
106 min | 2015 |
5.5 (11447 votes)
|
6.66 (70 reviews)

A down-on-his-luck music manager discovers a teenage girl with an extraordinary voice while on a music tour in Afghanistan and takes her to Kabul to compete on the popular television show, Afghan Star.

29.
Twelve O'Clock High
132 min | 1949 |
7.7 (13805 votes)
|
8.86 (128 reviews)

A hard-as-nails general takes over a bomber unit suffering from low morale and whips them into fighting shape.

30.
Border
176 min | 1997 |
7.9 (14645 votes)
|
9.05 (39 reviews)

In 1971, along the border region of Longewala, a small battalion of Indian soldiers goes up against a large Pakistani strike force.

31.
Grace Is Gone
85 min | 2007 |
6.7 (9225 votes)
|
7.85 (44 reviews)

Upon hearing his wife was killed in the Iraq war, a father takes his two daughters on a road trip.

32.
La Grande Vadrouille
132 min | 1966 |
7.9 (16720 votes)
|
9.04 (37 reviews)

Several ordinary Frenchmen go on an epic voyage through the occupied country to the free zone as they help British pilots avoid Nazi captivity.

33.
Alone in Berlin
103 min | 2016 |
6.5 (8621 votes)
|
7.64 (55 reviews)

After a Nazi German working class couple loses their son in World War II, they decide to retaliate by secretly leafletting handwritten cards in Berlin denouncing their government.

34.
Beyond the Gates
115 min | 2005 |
7.7 (11271 votes)
|
8.81 (49 reviews)

A Catholic Priest and an English teacher get stranded in a school in Kigali during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

35.
Butterfly
96 min | 1999 |
7.6 (8564 votes)
|
8.7 (31 reviews)

For Moncho, it's an idyllic year: he starts school, he has a wonderful teacher, he makes a friend in Roque, he begins to figure out some of the mysteries of Eros, and, with his older ...

36.
The Train
133 min | 1964 |
7.8 (15306 votes)
|
8.89 (137 reviews)

In 1944, a German colonel loads a train with French art treasures to send to Germany. The Resistance must stop it without damaging the cargo.

37.
To Live
133 min | 1994 |
8.3 (16799 votes)
|
9.39 (86 reviews)

After Fugui and Jiazhen lose their personal fortunes, they raise a family and survive difficult cultural changes during 1940s to 1970s China.

38.
The Roundup
115 min | 2010 |
7.1 (8505 votes)
|
8.18 (35 reviews)

A faithful retelling of the 1942 "Vel' d'Hiv Roundup" and the events surrounding it.

39.
Forbidden Games
86 min | 1952 |
8.1 (11565 votes)
|
9.17 (60 reviews)

A young French girl orphaned in a Nazi air attack is befriended by the son of a poor farmer, and together they try to come to terms with the realities of death.

40.
Turtles Can Fly
98 min | 2004 |
8.1 (18727 votes)
|
9.16 (89 reviews)

Near the Iraqi-Turkish border on the eve of an American invasion, refugee children like 13-year-old Kak (Ebrahim), gauge and await their fate.

41.
A Midnight Clear
108 min | 1992 |
7.2 (8642 votes)
|
8.25 (65 reviews)

This WW2 psychological drama plays out at Christmas. US GIs hold an isolated cabin in the Ardennes against a handful of Germans cut off from their main force. Combat-weary and short of rations, both sides are determined to survive.

42.
Casualties of War
113 min | 1989 |
7.1 (42349 votes)
|
8.14 (107 reviews)

During the Vietnam War, a soldier finds himself the outsider of his own squad when they unnecessarily kidnap a female villager.

43.
The Man Who Would Be King
129 min | 1975 |
7.8 (46558 votes)
|
8.83 (178 reviews)

Two British former soldiers decide to set themselves up as Kings in Kafiristan, a land where no white man has set foot since Alexander the Great.

44.
City of Life and Death
133 min | 2009 |
7.7 (10640 votes)
|
8.72 (70 reviews)

In 1937, Japan occupied Nanjing, the Chinese capital. There was a battle and subsequent atrocities against the inhabitants, especially those who took refuge in the International Security Zone.

45.
Dara of Jasenovac
130 min | 2020 |
8.9 (38691 votes)
|
9.91 (877 reviews)

Follows the story of a young girl named Dara who is sent to a concentration camp in Croatia during World War 2.

46.
Little Boy
106 min | 2015 |
7.4 (22513 votes)
|
8.41 (114 reviews)

An eight-year-old boy is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so he can bring his father home. The story reveals the indescribable love a father has for his little boy and the love a son has for his father.

47.
The Admiral: Roaring Currents
128 min | 2014 |
7.1 (10943 votes)
|
8.1 (58 reviews)

Admiral Yi Sun-sin faces a tough challenge when he is forced to defend his nation with just 13 battleships against 300 Japanese enemy ships in the Battle of Myeongryang.

48.
Johnny Got His Gun
111 min | 1971 |
7.9 (16125 votes)
|
8.9 (72 reviews)

In this tragic, dark, anti-war satire, a patriotic young American in WW1 is rendered blind, deaf, limbless, and mute by a horrific artillery shell attack. Trapped in what's left of his body, he desperately looks for a way to end his life.

49.
Underground
167 min | 1995 |
8.1 (56480 votes)
|
9.1 (133 reviews)

A group of Serbian socialists prepares for the war in a surreal underground filled by parties, tragedies, love and hate.

50.
All Quiet on the Western Front
136 min | 1930 |
8.1 (58781 votes)
|
9.09 (206 reviews)

A German youth eagerly enters World War I, but his enthusiasm wanes as he gets a firsthand view of the horror.

Top 50 overrated war movies

01.
The Balkan Line
130 min | 2019 |
6.6 (8815 votes)
|
3.18 (302 reviews)

After the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999, the Yugoslav army pulls out of Kosovo region, leaving Serbian people at the mercy of the Albanian UCK terrorists. A small band of soldiers must take over the Slatina airport, and hold it until the Russian peacekeepers arrive.

02.
The Mountain II
135 min | 2016 |
8.7 (106466 votes)
|
5.43 (162 reviews)

In a desolate war zone where screams of the innocent echo, seven Maroon Berets will dance with death on the very line between disaster and valor.

03.
Tom Clancy's Without Remorse
109 min | 2021 |
5.8 (46116 votes)
|
2.96 (1560 reviews)

An elite Navy SEAL, goes on a path to avenge his wife's murder only to find himself inside of a larger conspiracy.

04.
Da 5 Bloods
154 min | 2020 |
6.5 (46761 votes)
|
3.82 (805 reviews)

Four African-American vets battle the forces of man and nature when they return to Vietnam seeking the remains of their fallen squad leader and the gold fortune he helped them hide.

05.
U-571
116 min | 2000 |
6.6 (79774 votes)
|
4.46 (427 reviews)

A German submarine is boarded by disguised American submariners trying to capture their Enigma cipher machine.

06.
Inglourious Basterds
153 min | 2009 |
8.3 (1316719 votes)
|
6.2 (1818 reviews)

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same.

07.
The Hurt Locker
131 min | 2008 |
7.5 (431477 votes)
|
5.65 (915 reviews)

During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.

08.
Battle of the Bulge
167 min | 1965 |
6.8 (15506 votes)
|
4.98 (128 reviews)

A dramatization of Nazi Germany's final Western Front counterattack of World War II.

09.
The Beguiled
93 min | 2017 |
6.3 (54548 votes)
|
4.49 (271 reviews)

The unexpected arrival of a wounded Union soldier at a girls school in Virginia during the American Civil War leads to jealousy and betrayal.

10.
The Ghazi Attack
116 min | 2017 |
7.6 (12577 votes)
|
5.9 (79 reviews)

A Pakistani submarine, Ghazi plans to secretly attack Vizag port. For doing so, it has to get past Indian submarine S21.

11.
300
117 min | 2006 |
7.6 (752095 votes)
|
5.91 (2066 reviews)

King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C.

12.
Fury
134 min | 2014 |
7.6 (444508 votes)
|
5.93 (965 reviews)

A grizzled tank commander makes tough decisions as he and his crew fight their way across Germany in April, 1945.

13.
Mine
106 min | 2016 |
5.9 (16394 votes)
|
4.45 (143 reviews)

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.

14.
Windtalkers
134 min | 2002 |
6.1 (66881 votes)
|
4.77 (341 reviews)

Two U.S. Marines in World War II are assigned to protect Navajo Marines, who use their native language as an unbreakable radio cypher.

15.
300: Rise of an Empire
102 min | 2014 |
6.2 (286854 votes)
|
4.93 (577 reviews)

Greek general Themistokles of Athens leads the naval charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

16.
The Wall
88 min | 2017 |
6.2 (25357 votes)
|
4.95 (167 reviews)

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

17.
Lebanon
93 min | 2009 |
6.9 (11128 votes)
|
5.84 (52 reviews)

During the First Lebanon War in 1982, a lone tank and a paratroopers platoon are dispatched to search a hostile town.

18.
The Ottoman Lieutenant
106 min | 2017 |
6.5 (25006 votes)
|
5.45 (143 reviews)

This movie is a love story between an idealistic American nurse and a Turkish officer in World War I.

19.
Heartbreak Ridge
130 min | 1986 |
6.9 (41260 votes)
|
5.88 (117 reviews)

Hard-nosed, hard-living Marine Gunnery Sergeant Tom Highway (Clint Eastwood) clashes with his superiors and his ex-wife as he takes command of a spoiled recon platoon with a bad attitude.

20.
Enemy at the Gates
131 min | 2001 |
7.6 (249698 votes)
|
6.63 (535 reviews)

A Russian and a German sniper play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad.

21.
War Horse
146 min | 2011 |
7.2 (150844 votes)
|
6.27 (533 reviews)

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.

22.
Rules of Engagement
128 min | 2000 |
6.4 (45696 votes)
|
5.49 (203 reviews)

An attorney defends an officer on trial for ordering his troops to fire on civilians after they stormed a U.S. embassy in a Middle Eastern country.

23.
MASH
116 min | 1970 |
7.5 (69519 votes)
|
6.6 (210 reviews)

The staff of a Korean War field hospital use humor and high jinks to keep their sanity in the face of the horror of war.

24.
The Last Legion
101 min | 2007 |
5.4 (34743 votes)
|
4.56 (165 reviews)

As the Roman empire crumbles, young Romulus Augustus flees the city and embarks on a perilous voyage to Britain to track down a legion of supporters.

25.
The Monuments Men
118 min | 2014 |
6.1 (127380 votes)
|
5.26 (389 reviews)

An unlikely World War II platoon is tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners.

26.
The Deer Hunter
183 min | 1978 |
8.1 (321431 votes)
|
7.34 (889 reviews)

An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania.

27.
The Thin Red Line
170 min | 1998 |
7.6 (178778 votes)
|
6.88 (1142 reviews)

Adaptation of James Jones' autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War.

28.
A Private War
110 min | 2018 |
6.7 (17917 votes)
|
6.0 (139 reviews)

One of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time, Marie Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontline of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless.

29.
The Big Red One
113 min | 1980 |
7.1 (19120 votes)
|
6.4 (106 reviews)

A hardened sergeant and the four core members of his infantry unit try to survive World War II as they move from battle to battle throughout Europe.

30.
The Children of Huang Shi
125 min | 2008 |
7.0 (9315 votes)
|
6.32 (31 reviews)

About young British journalist, George Hogg, who with the assistance of a courageous Australian nurse, saves a group of orphaned children during the Japanese occupation of China in 1937.

31.
Shadow in the Cloud
83 min | 2020 |
4.8 (19069 votes)
|
4.13 (867 reviews)

A female WWII pilot traveling with top secret documents on a B-17 Flying Fortress encounters an evil presence on board the flight.

32.
Beau travail
92 min | 1999 |
7.4 (9640 votes)
|
6.77 (60 reviews)

This film focuses on an ex-Foreign Legion officer as he recalls his once glorious life, leading troops in Djibouti.

33.
I Was a Male War Bride
105 min | 1949 |
7.0 (8005 votes)
|
6.38 (48 reviews)

After marrying an American lieutenant with whom he was assigned to work in post-war Germany, a French captain attempts to find a way to accompany her back to the States under the terms of the War Bride Act.

34.
Jarhead
125 min | 2005 |
7.0 (179927 votes)
|
6.38 (678 reviews)

A psychological study of a soldier's state of mind during the Gulf War. Told through the eyes of a U.S. Marine sniper who struggles to cope with boredom, a sense of isolation, and other issues back home.

35.
Tropic Thunder
107 min | 2008 |
7.0 (391232 votes)
|
6.43 (624 reviews)

Through a series of freak occurrences, a group of actors shooting a big-budget war movie are forced to become the soldiers they are portraying.

36.
1917
119 min | 2019 |
8.3 (477468 votes)
|
7.74 (3087 reviews)

April 6th, 1917. As a regiment assembles to wage war deep in enemy territory, two soldiers are assigned to race against time and deliver a message that will stop 1,600 men from walking straight into a deadly trap.

37.
Eye in the Sky
102 min | 2015 |
7.3 (81462 votes)
|
6.77 (329 reviews)

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.

38.
Hart's War
125 min | 2002 |
6.3 (51749 votes)
|
5.79 (128 reviews)

A law student becomes a lieutenant during World War II, is captured and asked to defend a black prisoner of war falsely accused of murder.

39.
The Book Thief
131 min | 2013 |
7.5 (129986 votes)
|
7.0 (290 reviews)

While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. In the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is being protected by her adoptive parents.

40.
Macbeth
113 min | 2015 |
6.6 (54100 votes)
|
6.1 (215 reviews)

Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself.

41.
G.I. Jane
125 min | 1997 |
6.0 (76652 votes)
|
5.56 (107 reviews)

A female Senator succeeds in enrolling a woman into Combined Reconnaissance Team training where everyone expects her to fail.

42.
Greyhound
91 min | 2020 |
7.0 (80421 votes)
|
6.59 (801 reviews)

Several months after the U.S. entry into World War II, an inexperienced U.S. Navy commander must lead an Allied convoy being stalked by a German submarine wolf pack.

43.
A Hidden Life
174 min | 2019 |
7.4 (20817 votes)
|
7.0 (233 reviews)

The Austrian Franz J├Ągerst├Ątter, a conscientious objector, refuses to fight for the Nazis in World War II.

44.
Head in the Clouds
132 min | 2004 |
6.6 (14943 votes)
|
6.23 (67 reviews)

From the roaring 1920s to the ruinous Spanish Civil War and Adolf Hitler's rise into power, the lives of an Irish schoolteacher, a provocative heiress and her Spanish muse are intricately interlaced, sharing the same destiny and passion.

45.
Dear John
108 min | 2010 |
6.3 (142374 votes)
|
5.93 (235 reviews)

A romantic drama about a soldier who falls for a conservative college student while he's home on leave.

46.
Rio Lobo
114 min | 1970 |
6.8 (11439 votes)
|
6.45 (81 reviews)

After the Civil War, Cord McNally searches for the traitor whose treachery caused the defeat of McNally's unit and the loss of a close friend.

47.
The English Patient
162 min | 1996 |
7.4 (182963 votes)
|
7.05 (449 reviews)

At the close of World War II, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.

48.
5 Days of War
113 min | 2011 |
5.6 (13667 votes)
|
5.27 (62 reviews)

A drama set centered around the war between Russia and Georgia, and focused on an American journalist, his cameraman, and a Georgian native who become caught in the crossfire.

49.
Brothers
105 min | 2009 |
7.1 (115551 votes)
|
6.77 (234 reviews)

While on tour in Afghanistan, Sam's copter is shot down and he is presumed dead. Back home, it is his screw-up brother who looks after the family. Sam does return, but with a lot of excess baggage.

50.
The Dirty Dozen
150 min | 1967 |
7.7 (69141 votes)
|
7.38 (157 reviews)

During World War II, a rebellious U.S. Army Major is assigned a dozen convicted murderers to train and lead them into a mass assassination mission of German officers.