Top 50 underrated war movies

01.
In the Land of Blood and Honey
127 min | 2011 |
4.5 (33191 votes)
|
6.48 (166 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 (12776 votes)
|
8.34 (128 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 (10120 votes)
|
8.91 (103 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 Alamo
137 min | 2004 |
6.0 (19328 votes)
|
7.58 (234 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 |
7.4 (19032 votes)
|
8.89 (85 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.

06.
To Be or Not to Be
107 min | 1983 |
6.9 (9985 votes)
|
8.3 (34 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.

07.
Ararat
115 min | 2002 |
6.3 (11221 votes)
|
7.69 (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.

08.
Breaker Morant
107 min | 1980 |
7.8 (11826 votes)
|
9.19 (90 reviews)

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

09.
The Best Years of Our Lives
170 min | 1946 |
8.0 (56112 votes)
|
9.37 (237 reviews)

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

10.
To End All Wars
117 min | 2001 |
7.0 (10194 votes)
|
8.35 (138 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 ...

11.
Grace Is Gone
85 min | 2007 |
6.7 (8996 votes)
|
7.97 (43 reviews)

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

12.
Before the Rain
113 min | 1994 |
8.0 (13546 votes)
|
9.27 (58 reviews)

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

13.
The Man Who Would Be King
129 min | 1975 |
7.8 (42995 votes)
|
9.05 (148 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.

14.
A Midnight Clear
108 min | 1992 |
7.1 (8063 votes)
|
8.35 (61 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.

15.
Tea with Mussolini
117 min | 1999 |
6.9 (10808 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.

16.
Forbidden Games
86 min | 1952 |
8.0 (10844 votes)
|
9.23 (56 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.

17.
Mediterraneo
96 min | 1991 |
7.5 (13476 votes)
|
8.72 (40 reviews)

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

18.
Zulu
138 min | 1964 |
7.7 (35051 votes)
|
8.92 (198 reviews)

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

19.
Birdy
120 min | 1984 |
7.3 (20947 votes)
|
8.51 (54 reviews)

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

20.
Twelve O'Clock High
132 min | 1949 |
7.7 (11938 votes)
|
8.89 (118 reviews)

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

21.
Casualties of War
113 min | 1989 |
7.1 (40095 votes)
|
8.28 (100 reviews)

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

22.
The Train
133 min | 1964 |
7.8 (13876 votes)
|
8.95 (127 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.

23.
La Rafle
115 min | 2010 |
7.1 (8079 votes)
|
8.23 (34 reviews)

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

24.
Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War
140 min | 2004 |
8.1 (37253 votes)
|
9.23 (225 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.

25.
Beyond the Gates
115 min | 2005 |
7.7 (10850 votes)
|
8.81 (47 reviews)

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

26.
To Live
133 min | 1994 |
8.3 (15477 votes)
|
9.41 (83 reviews)

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

27.
Last Flag Flying
125 min | 2017 |
6.9 (21701 votes)
|
7.99 (130 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.

28.
Little Boy
106 min | 2015 |
7.4 (21853 votes)
|
8.49 (108 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.

29.
Turtles Can Fly
98 min | 2004 |
8.1 (17503 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.

30.
The Grey Zone
108 min | 2001 |
7.0 (10133 votes)
|
8.06 (68 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.

31.
All Quiet on the Western Front
136 min | 1930 |
8.0 (56161 votes)
|
9.06 (190 reviews)

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

32.
The Dam Busters
105 min | 1955 |
7.4 (9331 votes)
|
8.45 (76 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.

33.
The 12th Man
135 min | 2017 |
7.4 (17232 votes)
|
8.45 (118 reviews)

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

34.
City of Life and Death
133 min | 2009 |
7.7 (10170 votes)
|
8.74 (66 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.

35.
Johnny Got His Gun
111 min | 1971 |
7.9 (15258 votes)
|
8.93 (68 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.

36.
Waterloo Bridge
108 min | 1940 |
7.8 (8700 votes)
|
8.83 (85 reviews)

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

37.
Cross of Iron
119 min | 1977 |
7.5 (24628 votes)
|
8.53 (140 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.

38.
War of the Arrows
122 min | 2011 |
7.2 (10916 votes)
|
8.22 (46 reviews)

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

39.
The Hill
123 min | 1965 |
7.9 (11859 votes)
|
8.91 (81 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.
Air America
113 min | 1990 |
5.8 (26506 votes)
|
6.81 (43 reviews)

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

41.
Indochine
159 min | 1992 |
7.1 (9069 votes)
|
8.08 (40 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.

42.
Deathwatch
94 min | 2002 |
6.0 (10481 votes)
|
6.95 (101 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.

43.
Love and Death
85 min | 1975 |
7.7 (35108 votes)
|
8.65 (105 reviews)

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

44.
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
163 min | 1943 |
8.1 (12742 votes)
|
9.05 (82 reviews)

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

45.
La Grande Vadrouille
132 min | 1966 |
8.0 (15484 votes)
|
8.94 (34 reviews)

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

46.
Sniper
98 min | 1993 |
6.1 (22298 votes)
|
7.04 (59 reviews)

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

47.
Gettysburg
271 min | 1993 |
7.6 (25591 votes)
|
8.54 (236 reviews)

In 1863, the Northern and Southern forces fight at Gettysburg in the decisive battle of the American Civil War.

48.
Ballad of a Soldier
88 min | 1959 |
8.2 (9240 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.

49.
Stalingrad
134 min | 1993 |
7.5 (29994 votes)
|
8.44 (137 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.

50.
Land and Freedom
109 min | 1995 |
7.6 (10092 votes)
|
8.53 (36 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.

Top 50 overrated war movies

01.
The Mountain II
135 min | 2016 |
8.9 (103787 votes)
|
5.46 (153 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.

02.
Da 5 Bloods
154 min | 2020 |
6.5 (26731 votes)
|
4.02 (594 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.

03.
Inglourious Basterds
153 min | 2009 |
8.3 (1224408 votes)
|
5.92 (1676 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.

04.
U-571
116 min | 2000 |
6.6 (75466 votes)
|
4.46 (410 reviews)

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

05.
The Hurt Locker
131 min | 2008 |
7.6 (413001 votes)
|
5.63 (874 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.

06.
Battle of the Bulge
167 min | 1965 |
6.8 (14474 votes)
|
4.93 (122 reviews)

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

07.
300
117 min | 2006 |
7.6 (720817 votes)
|
5.79 (1969 reviews)

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

08.
The Ghazi Attack
116 min | 2017 |
7.6 (11351 votes)
|
5.81 (66 reviews)

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

09.
Fury
134 min | 2014 |
7.6 (413558 votes)
|
5.95 (859 reviews)

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

10.
Mine
106 min | 2016 |
5.9 (14938 votes)
|
4.39 (123 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.
300: Rise of an Empire
102 min | 2014 |
6.2 (275933 votes)
|
4.81 (530 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.
The Wall
88 min | 2017 |
6.2 (23075 votes)
|
4.85 (148 reviews)

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

13.
Windtalkers
134 min | 2002 |
6.1 (64480 votes)
|
4.79 (327 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.

14.
Heartbreak Ridge
130 min | 1986 |
6.9 (38631 votes)
|
5.8 (105 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.

15.
War Horse
146 min | 2011 |
7.2 (143894 votes)
|
6.1 (511 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.

16.
The Ottoman Lieutenant
106 min | 2017 |
6.6 (23790 votes)
|
5.51 (120 reviews)

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

17.
A Private War
110 min | 2018 |
6.7 (15185 votes)
|
5.7 (123 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.

18.
Lebanon
93 min | 2009 |
6.9 (10892 votes)
|
5.91 (45 reviews)

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

19.
Tropic Thunder
107 min | 2008 |
7.0 (370824 votes)
|
6.03 (576 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.

20.
The Monuments Men
118 min | 2014 |
6.1 (122524 votes)
|
5.14 (365 reviews)

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

21.
Macbeth
113 min | 2015 |
6.6 (51820 votes)
|
5.67 (198 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.

22.
Enemy at the Gates
131 min | 2001 |
7.6 (237429 votes)
|
6.72 (514 reviews)

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

23.
The Last Legion
101 min | 2007 |
5.4 (33764 votes)
|
4.6 (159 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.

24.
Rules of Engagement
128 min | 2000 |
6.4 (43663 votes)
|
5.61 (192 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.

25.
Eye in the Sky
102 min | 2015 |
7.3 (77170 votes)
|
6.57 (303 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.

26.
The Thin Red Line
170 min | 1998 |
7.6 (168739 votes)
|
6.88 (1099 reviews)

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

27.
5 Days of War
113 min | 2011 |
5.6 (13390 votes)
|
4.89 (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.

28.
The Big Red One
113 min | 1980 |
7.1 (18290 votes)
|
6.39 (100 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.

29.
The Deer Hunter
183 min | 1978 |
8.1 (303161 votes)
|
7.4 (848 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.

30.
The Children of Huang Shi
125 min | 2008 |
7.0 (9180 votes)
|
6.32 (30 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.
A Hidden Life
174 min | 2019 |
7.4 (14206 votes)
|
6.73 (147 reviews)

The Austrian Franz Jägerstätter, a conscientious objector, refuses to fight for the Nazis in World War II.

32.
Special Forces
109 min | 2011 |
6.4 (17589 votes)
|
5.75 (79 reviews)

A French journalist in Afghanistan is kidnapped by the Taliban.

33.
MASH
116 min | 1970 |
7.5 (66275 votes)
|
6.86 (192 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.

34.
1917
119 min | 2019 |
8.3 (351458 votes)
|
7.71 (2628 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.

35.
Son of Saul
107 min | 2015 |
7.5 (43561 votes)
|
6.94 (132 reviews)

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

36.
Jarhead
125 min | 2005 |
7.0 (172669 votes)
|
6.44 (658 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.

37.
The Book Thief
131 min | 2013 |
7.6 (124923 votes)
|
7.06 (261 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.

38.
Brothers
105 min | 2009 |
7.1 (108947 votes)
|
6.64 (215 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 (14462 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.
Greyhound
91 min | 2020 |
7.1 (36810 votes)
|
6.68 (514 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.

41.
Rio Lobo
114 min | 1970 |
6.8 (10300 votes)
|
6.38 (68 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 (174943 votes)
|
7.03 (425 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.

43.
Dear John
108 min | 2010 |
6.3 (135846 votes)
|
5.95 (215 reviews)

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

44.
G.I. Jane
125 min | 1997 |
5.9 (71870 votes)
|
5.55 (102 reviews)

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

45.
Hart's War
125 min | 2002 |
6.3 (50170 votes)
|
5.96 (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.

46.
The Dirty Dozen
150 min | 1967 |
7.7 (65521 votes)
|
7.37 (147 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.

47.
Memphis Belle
107 min | 1990 |
6.9 (26319 votes)
|
6.57 (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.

48.
Stalag 17
116 min | 1953 |
8.0 (50187 votes)
|
7.68 (142 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.

49.
Saving Private Ryan
169 min | 1998 |
8.6 (1198868 votes)
|
8.29 (2023 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.

50.
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom
117 min | 1975 |
5.9 (52556 votes)
|
5.59 (313 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.