Top 50 underrated war movies

01.
In the Land of Blood and Honey
127 min | 2011 |
4.4 (32778 votes)
|
6.54 (163 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.
Savior
103 min | 1998 |
7.3 (9615 votes)
|
8.95 (102 reviews)

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

03.
Ride with the Devil
138 min | 1999 |
6.8 (12238 votes)
|
8.37 (123 reviews)

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

04.
The Alamo
137 min | 2004 |
6.0 (18607 votes)
|
7.55 (230 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.

05.
The Duellists
100 min | 1977 |
7.5 (17641 votes)
|
8.96 (78 reviews)

A small feud between two Napoleonic officers evolves into a decades-long series of duels.

06.
Breaker Morant
107 min | 1980 |
7.9 (11280 votes)
|
9.22 (83 reviews)

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

07.
Before the Rain
113 min | 1994 |
8.0 (12853 votes)
|
9.3 (55 reviews)

In the republic of Macedonia, amid war in Bosnia, an Albanian girl being hunted by Christians is offered protection by a monk who has taken a vow of silence.

08.
Forbidden Games
86 min | 1952 |
8.0 (10006 votes)
|
9.3 (53 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.

09.
Mediterraneo
96 min | 1991 |
7.4 (12544 votes)
|
8.68 (36 reviews)

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

10.
The Best Years of Our Lives
170 min | 1946 |
8.1 (53389 votes)
|
9.37 (218 reviews)

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

11.
To End All Wars
117 min | 2001 |
7.1 (9679 votes)
|
8.35 (135 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 ...

12.
Tee mit Mussolini
117 min | 1999 |
6.9 (10348 votes)
|
8.13 (120 reviews)

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

13.
Casualties of War
113 min | 1989 |
7.1 (38130 votes)
|
8.32 (94 reviews)

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

14.
The 12th Man - Kampf ums Überleben
135 min | 2017 |
7.4 (12105 votes)
|
8.59 (84 reviews)

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

15.
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
123 min | 1983 |
7.3 (13357 votes)
|
8.48 (60 reviews)

During WWII, a British colonel tries to bridge the cultural divides between a British POW and the Japanese camp commander in order to avoid bloodshed.

16.
Twelve O'Clock High
132 min | 1949 |
7.8 (11463 votes)
|
8.96 (112 reviews)

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

17.
Birdy
120 min | 1984 |
7.3 (19693 votes)
|
8.45 (48 reviews)

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

18.
Zulu
138 min | 1964 |
7.8 (33311 votes)
|
8.94 (188 reviews)

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

19.
Beyond the Gates
115 min | 2005 |
7.7 (10572 votes)
|
8.83 (46 reviews)

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

20.
Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War
140 min | 2004 |
8.1 (35730 votes)
|
9.22 (216 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.

21.
The Train
133 min | 1964 |
7.9 (12547 votes)
|
8.98 (118 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.

22.
The Dam Busters
105 min | 1955 |
7.4 (8787 votes)
|
8.46 (73 reviews)

The story of how the British attacked German dams in WWII by using an ingenious technique to drop bombs where they would be most effective.

23.
Indochine
159 min | 1992 |
7.1 (8540 votes)
|
8.16 (40 reviews)

Elaine adopts Camille, whose Vietnamese parents were friends. In 1930, a French navy officer is interested in Elaine (owns 60km2 plantation) and later in Camille. There's an uprising in Vietnam against French colonial power.

24.
To Live
133 min | 1994 |
8.3 (14248 votes)
|
9.35 (76 reviews)

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

25.
Turtles Can Fly
98 min | 2004 |
8.1 (16250 votes)
|
9.15 (87 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.

26.
Waterloo Bridge
108 min | 1940 |
7.8 (8128 votes)
|
8.85 (76 reviews)

During World War I, believing her fiance to be dead, a young ballerina loses her job and is forced to turn to prostitution. From there, things only get worse for her in this tragic, heart-wrenching, love story.

27.
The Hill
123 min | 1965 |
7.9 (11025 votes)
|
8.94 (73 reviews)

In a North African military prison during World War II, five new prisoners struggle to survive in the face of brutal punishment and sadistic guards.

28.
Last Flag Flying
125 min | 2017 |
6.9 (18946 votes)
|
7.94 (111 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.

29.
Ballad of a Soldier
88 min | 1959 |
8.1 (8642 votes)
|
9.14 (55 reviews)

Young Russian soldier Alyosha earns a medal, but asks to visit his mother instead. His journey recounts various kinds of love during wartime.

30.
City of Life and Death
133 min | 2009 |
7.7 (9643 votes)
|
8.73 (59 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.

31.
Underground
167 min | 1995 |
8.1 (50998 votes)
|
9.13 (118 reviews)

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

32.
Cross of Iron
119 min | 1977 |
7.5 (23464 votes)
|
8.53 (132 reviews)

A German commander places a squad in extreme danger after its Sergeant refuses to lie for him.

33.
Sniper
98 min | 1993 |
6.1 (21510 votes)
|
7.12 (55 reviews)

A US Marine sniper is partnered with a SWAT member to take out rebel leaders in the jungles of Panama.

34.
La Grande Vadrouille
132 min | 1966 |
8.0 (14118 votes)
|
9.02 (32 reviews)

Several ordinary Frenchmen, helping British pilots avoid Nazi captivity, goes on an epic voyage through the occupied country to the Swiss border.

35.
Deathwatch
94 min | 2002 |
6.0 (9994 votes)
|
7.01 (99 reviews)

In the middle of World War I, nine British soldiers caught behind enemy lines seek refuge in a complex network of German trenches. What they soon discover is that they aren't alone - and it isn't a German soldier that's hunting them down.

36.
Victory
116 min | 1981 |
6.6 (25153 votes)
|
7.6 (74 reviews)

As allied P.O.W.s prepare for a soccer game against the German National Team to be played in Nazi-occupied Paris, the French Resistance and British officers are making plans for the team's escape.

37.
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
163 min | 1943 |
8.2 (11766 votes)
|
9.18 (71 reviews)

From the Boer War through World War II, a soldier rises through the ranks in the British military.

38.
Ararat
115 min | 2002 |
6.6 (10990 votes)
|
7.56 (146 reviews)

Interrogated by a customs officer, a young man recounts how his life was changed during the making of a film about the Armenian genocide.

39.
The Grey Zone
108 min | 2001 |
7.1 (9783 votes)
|
8.05 (67 reviews)

A Nazi doctor, along with the Sonderkommando, Jews who are forced to work in the crematoria of Auschwitz against their fellow Jews, find themselves in a moral grey zone.

40.
Come and See
142 min | 1985 |
8.2 (43561 votes)
|
9.14 (398 reviews)

After finding an old rifle, a young boy joins the Soviet resistance movement against ruthless German forces and experiences the horrors of World War II.

41.
All Quiet on the Western Front
136 min | 1930 |
8.1 (53453 votes)
|
9.04 (173 reviews)

A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I.

42.
Little Boy
106 min | 2015 |
7.4 (20953 votes)
|
8.33 (104 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.

43.
Land and Freedom
109 min | 1995 |
7.6 (9399 votes)
|
8.52 (34 reviews)

David is an unemployed communist that comes to Spain in 1937 during the civil war to enroll the republicans and defend the democracy against the fascists. He makes friends between the soldiers.

44.
Johnny Got His Gun
111 min | 1971 |
7.9 (14189 votes)
|
8.81 (62 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.

45.
Stalingrad
134 min | 1993 |
7.5 (28147 votes)
|
8.4 (129 reviews)

The story follows a group of German soldiers, from their Italian R&R in the summer of 1942 to the frozen steppes of Soviet Russia and ending with the battle for Stalingrad.

46.
Au Revoir les Enfants
104 min | 1987 |
8.0 (28254 votes)
|
8.89 (79 reviews)

A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret.

47.
Grave of the Fireflies
89 min | 1988 |
8.5 (197641 votes)
|
9.38 (540 reviews)

A young boy and his little sister struggle to survive in Japan during World War II.

48.
John Rambo
92 min | 2008 |
7.0 (202041 votes)
|
7.86 (694 reviews)

In Thailand, John Rambo joins a group of mercenaries to venture into war-torn Burma, and rescue a group of Christian aid workers who were kidnapped by the ruthless local infantry unit.

49.
Thank You for Your Service
109 min | 2017 |
6.5 (10016 votes)
|
7.36 (53 reviews)

A group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they've left the battlefield.

50.
Love and Death
85 min | 1975 |
7.8 (32893 votes)
|
8.65 (101 reviews)

In czarist Russia, a neurotic soldier and his distant cousin formulate a plot to assassinate Napoleon.

Top 47 overrated war movies

01.
Berg II
135 min | 2016 |
9.3 (100600 votes)
|
5.45 (130 reviews)

In a desolate war zone where screams of the innocent echo, on the very line between disaster and valor, 7 Maroon Berets will dance with death.

02.
Inglourious Basterds
153 min | 2009 |
8.3 (1120672 votes)
|
5.83 (1495 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.

03.
U-571
116 min | 2000 |
6.6 (72657 votes)
|
4.35 (395 reviews)

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

04.
The Hurt Locker
131 min | 2008 |
7.6 (392568 votes)
|
5.5 (824 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.

05.
300
117 min | 2006 |
7.7 (692058 votes)
|
5.74 (1915 reviews)

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

06.
The Wall
88 min | 2017 |
6.2 (20411 votes)
|
4.36 (122 reviews)

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

07.
Battle of the Bulge
167 min | 1965 |
6.8 (13410 votes)
|
4.96 (109 reviews)

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

08.
Fury
134 min | 2014 |
7.6 (382190 votes)
|
5.96 (749 reviews)

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

09.
Der Offizier: Liebe in Zeiten des Krieges
106 min | 2017 |
6.7 (22582 votes)
|
5.13 (101 reviews)

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

10.
Mine
106 min | 2016 |
5.9 (13178 votes)
|
4.41 (104 reviews)

After a failed assassination attempt, a soldier 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.

11.
300: Rise of an Empire
102 min | 2014 |
6.2 (263090 votes)
|
4.9 (508 reviews)

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

12.
Windtalkers
134 min | 2002 |
6.0 (62320 votes)
|
4.75 (321 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.

13.
The Ghazi Attack
116 min | 2017 |
7.6 (9823 votes)
|
6.37 (54 reviews)

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

14.
Macbeth
113 min | 2015 |
6.6 (48919 votes)
|
5.37 (179 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.

15.
Lebanon
93 min | 2009 |
6.9 (10516 votes)
|
5.71 (46 reviews)

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

16.
War Horse
146 min | 2011 |
7.2 (136487 votes)
|
6.12 (488 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.

17.
The Last Legion
101 min | 2007 |
5.4 (32669 votes)
|
4.39 (155 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.

18.
Special Forces
109 min | 2011 |
6.4 (16885 votes)
|
5.47 (70 reviews)

A French journalist in Afghanistan is kidnapped by the Taliban.

19.
Heartbreak Ridge
130 min | 1986 |
6.8 (36266 votes)
|
5.88 (91 reviews)

A hard-nosed, hard-living Marine gunnery sergeant clashes with his superiors and his ex-wife as he takes command of a spoiled recon platoon with a bad attitude.

20.
The Monuments Men
118 min | 2014 |
6.1 (117675 votes)
|
5.18 (348 reviews)

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

21.
Enemy at the Gates
131 min | 2001 |
7.6 (224921 votes)
|
6.69 (493 reviews)

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

22.
Eye in the Sky
102 min | 2015 |
7.3 (72331 votes)
|
6.41 (270 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.

23.
Rules of Engagement
128 min | 2000 |
6.4 (41753 votes)
|
5.62 (186 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.

24.
The Deer Hunter
183 min | 1978 |
8.1 (284408 votes)
|
7.34 (803 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.

25.
MASH
116 min | 1970 |
7.6 (63346 votes)
|
6.87 (179 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.

26.
The Thin Red Line
170 min | 1998 |
7.6 (160599 votes)
|
6.89 (1074 reviews)

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

27.
The Dirty Dozen
150 min | 1967 |
7.8 (61822 votes)
|
7.17 (141 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.

28.
Son of Saul
107 min | 2015 |
7.5 (39247 votes)
|
6.87 (117 reviews)

A Jewish-Hungarian concentration camp prisoner sets out to give a child he mistook for his son a proper burial.

29.
The Big Red One
113 min | 1980 |
7.2 (17413 votes)
|
6.59 (95 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.
Jarhead
125 min | 2005 |
7.0 (161990 votes)
|
6.4 (628 reviews)

A psychological study of operations desert shield and desert storm during the gulf war; through the eyes of a U.S marine sniper who struggles to cope with the possibility his girlfriend may be cheating on him back home.

31.
The Book Thief
131 min | 2013 |
7.6 (119058 votes)
|
7.06 (240 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.

32.
Brothers
105 min | 2009 |
7.1 (103099 votes)
|
6.57 (204 reviews)

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

33.
Redacted
90 min | 2007 |
6.1 (9702 votes)
|
5.6 (96 reviews)

The devastating reconstruction of the rape and murder of a 15-year-old Iraqi girl by American soldiers in Samarra in 2006.

34.
The Horse Soldiers
120 min | 1959 |
7.2 (8442 votes)
|
6.71 (53 reviews)

In 1863, a Union outfit is sent behind Confederate lines in Mississippi to destroy enemy railroads but a captive southern belle and the unit's doctor cause frictions within ranks.

35.
Ayla: The Daughter of War
125 min | 2017 |
8.7 (26848 votes)
|
8.22 (40 reviews)

In 1950, amid-st the ravages of the Korean War, Sergeant Süleyman stumbles upon a half-frozen little girl, with no parents and no help in sight. Frantic, scared and on the verge of death, ...

36.
Memphis Belle
107 min | 1990 |
6.9 (25266 votes)
|
6.44 (61 reviews)

In 1943, the crew of a B-17 based in UK prepares for its 25th and last bombing mission over Germany before returning home to the USA.

37.
Stripes
106 min | 1981 |
6.9 (58948 votes)
|
6.46 (119 reviews)

Two friends who are dissatisfied with their jobs decide to join the army for a bit of fun.

38.
Head in the Clouds
132 min | 2004 |
6.6 (13921 votes)
|
6.16 (63 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.

39.
5 Days of War
113 min | 2011 |
5.6 (13092 votes)
|
5.18 (55 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.

40.
Incendies
131 min | 2010 |
8.3 (124241 votes)
|
7.91 (178 reviews)

Twins journey to the Middle East to discover their family history and fulfill their mother's last wishes.

41.
Rio Lobo
114 min | 1970 |
6.8 (9383 votes)
|
6.42 (52 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.

42.
The English Patient
162 min | 1996 |
7.4 (166167 votes)
|
7.03 (397 reviews)

At the close of WWII, 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.

43.
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom
117 min | 1975 |
6.0 (48220 votes)
|
5.64 (291 reviews)

In World War II Italy, four fascist libertines round up nine adolescent boys and girls and subject them to one hundred and twenty days of physical, mental and sexual torture.

44.
Saving Private Ryan
169 min | 1998 |
8.6 (1112767 votes)
|
8.25 (1864 reviews)

Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.

45.
1941
111 min | 1979 |
5.8 (29264 votes)
|
5.47 (158 reviews)

Hysterical Californians prepare for a Japanese invasion in the days after Pearl Harbor.

46.
Hart's War
125 min | 2002 |
6.3 (48525 votes)
|
5.97 (123 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.

47.
Stalag 17
116 min | 1953 |
8.0 (48031 votes)
|
7.69 (136 reviews)

When two escaping American World War II prisoners are killed, the German P.O.W. camp barracks black marketeer, J.J. Sefton, is suspected of being an informer.