Top 50 underrated war movies

01.
In the Land of Blood and Honey
127 min | 2011 |
4.5 (32975 votes)
|
6.46 (164 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.
Ride with the Devil
138 min | 1999 |
6.7 (12446 votes)
|
8.38 (126 reviews)

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

03.
Savior
103 min | 1998 |
7.3 (9894 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.

04.
The Duellists
100 min | 1977 |
7.4 (18251 votes)
|
9.02 (79 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.

05.
The Alamo
137 min | 2004 |
6.0 (18969 votes)
|
7.57 (233 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.

06.
Breaker Morant
107 min | 1980 |
7.8 (11536 votes)
|
9.2 (87 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.
The Best Years of Our Lives
170 min | 1946 |
8.0 (54629 votes)
|
9.37 (224 reviews)

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

08.
Ararat
115 min | 2002 |
6.3 (11075 votes)
|
7.65 (147 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.

09.
To End All Wars
117 min | 2001 |
7.0 (9918 votes)
|
8.3 (136 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 ...

10.
The 12th Man
135 min | 2017 |
7.4 (15058 votes)
|
8.7 (100 reviews)

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

11.
The Man Who Would Be King
129 min | 1975 |
7.8 (41931 votes)
|
9.09 (145 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.

12.
Before the Rain
113 min | 1994 |
8.0 (13179 votes)
|
9.28 (57 reviews)

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

13.
Twelve O'Clock High
132 min | 1949 |
7.7 (11678 votes)
|
8.96 (113 reviews)

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

14.
Tea with Mussolini
117 min | 1999 |
6.9 (10600 votes)
|
8.13 (120 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.

15.
Zulu
138 min | 1964 |
7.7 (34097 votes)
|
8.93 (193 reviews)

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

16.
Mediterraneo
96 min | 1991 |
7.5 (12879 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.

17.
Casualties of War
113 min | 1989 |
7.1 (39047 votes)
|
8.26 (95 reviews)

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

18.
Forbidden Games
86 min | 1952 |
8.1 (10429 votes)
|
9.26 (54 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.

19.
The Train
133 min | 1964 |
7.8 (13084 votes)
|
8.95 (119 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.

20.
Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War
140 min | 2004 |
8.1 (36379 votes)
|
9.23 (218 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.
Beyond the Gates
115 min | 2005 |
7.7 (10692 votes)
|
8.83 (46 reviews)

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

22.
Last Flag Flying
125 min | 2017 |
6.9 (20414 votes)
|
8.03 (116 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.

23.
Birdy
120 min | 1984 |
7.3 (20277 votes)
|
8.42 (52 reviews)

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

24.
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
123 min | 1983 |
7.3 (13963 votes)
|
8.42 (62 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.

25.
Turtles Can Fly
98 min | 2004 |
8.1 (16844 votes)
|
9.18 (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.
To Live
133 min | 1994 |
8.3 (14756 votes)
|
9.38 (79 reviews)

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

27.
City of Life and Death
133 min | 2009 |
7.7 (9869 votes)
|
8.77 (61 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.

28.
The Dam Busters
105 min | 1955 |
7.4 (9029 votes)
|
8.47 (75 reviews)

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

29.
All Quiet on the Western Front
136 min | 1930 |
8.0 (54710 votes)
|
9.05 (180 reviews)

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

30.
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
163 min | 1943 |
8.1 (12176 votes)
|
9.15 (76 reviews)

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

31.
The Grey Zone
108 min | 2001 |
7.0 (9955 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.

32.
Waterloo Bridge
108 min | 1940 |
7.8 (8375 votes)
|
8.82 (77 reviews)

During World War I, believing her fiance to be dead, a young ballerina loses her job and is forced to turn to prostitution.

33.
Cross of Iron
119 min | 1977 |
7.5 (24027 votes)
|
8.51 (136 reviews)

German commander Captain Hauptmann Stransky (Maximilian Schell) places a squad in extreme danger after Sergeant Rolf Steiner (James Coburn) refuses to lie for him.

34.
Deathwatch
94 min | 2002 |
6.0 (10270 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.

35.
Indochine
159 min | 1992 |
7.1 (8782 votes)
|
8.1 (39 reviews)

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

36.
Little Boy
106 min | 2015 |
7.4 (21390 votes)
|
8.4 (106 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.

37.
La Grande Vadrouille
132 min | 1966 |
8.0 (14732 votes)
|
9.0 (33 reviews)

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

38.
War of the Arrows
122 min | 2011 |
7.2 (10492 votes)
|
8.2 (41 reviews)

A skilled Korean archer goes up against the mighty force of Mongols with the sole purpose of rescuing his kidnapped sister.

39.
The Hill
123 min | 1965 |
7.9 (11360 votes)
|
8.89 (75 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.

40.
Love and Death
85 min | 1975 |
7.7 (33833 votes)
|
8.66 (103 reviews)

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

41.
Sniper
98 min | 1993 |
6.1 (21855 votes)
|
7.04 (57 reviews)

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

42.
Ballad of a Soldier
88 min | 1959 |
8.2 (8890 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.

43.
From Here to Eternity
118 min | 1953 |
7.6 (40554 votes)
|
8.54 (131 reviews)

In Hawaii in 1941, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit's team, while his captain's wife and second-in-command are falling in love.

44.
Stalingrad
134 min | 1993 |
7.5 (29044 votes)
|
8.44 (132 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.

45.
Johnny Got His Gun
111 min | 1971 |
7.9 (14624 votes)
|
8.83 (63 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.

46.
In Darkness
145 min | 2011 |
7.3 (9588 votes)
|
8.23 (50 reviews)

A dramatization of one man's rescue of Jewish refugees in the German-occupied Polish city of Lvov.

47.
Land and Freedom
109 min | 1995 |
7.6 (9686 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.

48.
Au Revoir les Enfants
104 min | 1987 |
8.0 (29015 votes)
|
8.91 (80 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 the top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret.

49.
Victory
116 min | 1981 |
6.7 (25870 votes)
|
7.6 (78 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.

50.
Rambo
92 min | 2008 |
7.0 (210142 votes)
|
7.9 (726 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.

Top 47 overrated war movies

01.
Berg II
135 min | 2016 |
8.9 (102271 votes)
|
5.18 (142 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 (1176097 votes)
|
5.8 (1549 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 (73912 votes)
|
4.38 (399 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 (402656 votes)
|
5.52 (838 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.
Battle of the Bulge
167 min | 1965 |
6.8 (13889 votes)
|
4.89 (114 reviews)

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

06.
300
117 min | 2006 |
7.6 (706936 votes)
|
5.75 (1940 reviews)

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

07.
The Ghazi Attack
116 min | 2017 |
7.6 (10507 votes)
|
5.85 (55 reviews)

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

08.
Fury
134 min | 2014 |
7.6 (397148 votes)
|
5.92 (783 reviews)

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

09.
The Wall
88 min | 2017 |
6.2 (21635 votes)
|
4.62 (130 reviews)

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

10.
Mine
106 min | 2016 |
5.9 (14115 votes)
|
4.37 (111 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.

11.
Windtalkers
134 min | 2002 |
6.1 (63388 votes)
|
4.74 (323 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.

12.
300: Rise of an Empire
102 min | 2014 |
6.2 (269886 votes)
|
4.85 (511 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.

13.
Lebanon
93 min | 2009 |
6.9 (10689 votes)
|
5.72 (46 reviews)

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

14.
The Ottoman Lieutenant
106 min | 2017 |
6.6 (23268 votes)
|
5.52 (112 reviews)

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

15.
Tropic Thunder
107 min | 2008 |
7.0 (361099 votes)
|
5.93 (557 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.

16.
Macbeth
113 min | 2015 |
6.6 (50410 votes)
|
5.55 (185 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.

17.
War Horse
146 min | 2011 |
7.2 (140098 votes)
|
6.15 (494 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.

18.
The Monuments Men
118 min | 2014 |
6.1 (119926 votes)
|
5.2 (353 reviews)

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

19.
Heartbreak Ridge
130 min | 1986 |
6.9 (37429 votes)
|
6.0 (96 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.
Rules of Engagement
128 min | 2000 |
6.4 (42748 votes)
|
5.53 (188 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.

21.
Enemy at the Gates
131 min | 2001 |
7.6 (230806 votes)
|
6.75 (500 reviews)

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

22.
The Last Legion
101 min | 2007 |
5.4 (33211 votes)
|
4.58 (158 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.

23.
Special Forces
109 min | 2011 |
6.3 (17221 votes)
|
5.49 (72 reviews)

A French journalist in Afghanistan is kidnapped by the Taliban.

24.
The Big Red One
113 min | 1980 |
7.2 (17804 votes)
|
6.46 (97 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.

25.
The Deer Hunter
183 min | 1978 |
8.1 (293371 votes)
|
7.36 (816 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.

26.
Eye in the Sky
102 min | 2015 |
7.3 (74584 votes)
|
6.57 (282 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.

27.
1917
119 min | 2019 |
8.6 (65778 votes)
|
7.88 (694 reviews)

Two young British soldiers during the First World War are given an impossible mission: deliver a message deep in enemy territory that will stop 1,600 men, and one of the soldiers' brothers, from walking straight into a deadly trap.

28.
The Thin Red Line
170 min | 1998 |
7.6 (164336 votes)
|
6.89 (1081 reviews)

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

29.
MASH
116 min | 1970 |
7.5 (64695 votes)
|
6.81 (184 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.

30.
Son of Saul
107 min | 2015 |
7.5 (41051 votes)
|
6.81 (117 reviews)

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

31.
5 Days of War
113 min | 2011 |
5.6 (13260 votes)
|
4.95 (57 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.

32.
Jarhead
125 min | 2005 |
7.0 (165642 votes)
|
6.42 (634 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.

33.
1941
111 min | 1979 |
5.8 (29946 votes)
|
5.23 (164 reviews)

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

34.
The Book Thief
131 min | 2013 |
7.6 (121822 votes)
|
7.04 (250 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.

35.
A Private War
110 min | 2018 |
6.7 (13262 votes)
|
6.19 (113 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.

36.
The Dirty Dozen
150 min | 1967 |
7.8 (63482 votes)
|
7.32 (142 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.

37.
Rio Lobo
114 min | 1970 |
6.8 (9792 votes)
|
6.35 (55 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.

38.
Brothers
105 min | 2009 |
7.1 (105938 votes)
|
6.67 (213 reviews)

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

39.
Head in the Clouds
132 min | 2004 |
6.6 (14183 votes)
|
6.18 (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.

40.
Memphis Belle
107 min | 1990 |
6.9 (25750 votes)
|
6.49 (62 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.

41.
G.I. Jane
125 min | 1997 |
5.9 (70301 votes)
|
5.51 (97 reviews)

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

42.
The English Patient
162 min | 1996 |
7.4 (170046 votes)
|
7.01 (403 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.
Incendies
131 min | 2010 |
8.3 (131537 votes)
|
7.92 (192 reviews)

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

44.
Saving Private Ryan
169 min | 1998 |
8.6 (1156547 votes)
|
8.26 (1904 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.
Hart's War
125 min | 2002 |
6.3 (49364 votes)
|
5.97 (127 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.

46.
Dear John
108 min | 2010 |
6.3 (132159 votes)
|
5.99 (208 reviews)

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

47.
Stalag 17
116 min | 1953 |
8.0 (49068 votes)
|
7.7 (138 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.