Top 50 underrated war movies

01.
In the Land of Blood and Honey
127 min | 2011 |
4.5 (32927 votes)
|
6.51 (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 (12403 votes)
|
8.38 (125 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 (9844 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 Alamo
137 min | 2004 |
6.0 (18884 votes)
|
7.57 (231 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 (18091 votes)
|
8.97 (80 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.
Breaker Morant
107 min | 1980 |
7.8 (11482 votes)
|
9.21 (86 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 (54362 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 (11056 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 (9870 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 Man Who Would Be King
129 min | 1975 |
7.8 (41652 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.

11.
Before the Rain
113 min | 1994 |
8.0 (13108 votes)
|
9.26 (56 reviews)

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

12.
Twelve O'Clock High
132 min | 1949 |
7.7 (11624 votes)
|
8.95 (112 reviews)

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

13.
Zulu
138 min | 1964 |
7.7 (33901 votes)
|
8.94 (189 reviews)

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

14.
Tea with Mussolini
117 min | 1999 |
6.9 (10546 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.
Casualties of War
113 min | 1989 |
7.1 (38868 votes)
|
8.33 (94 reviews)

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

16.
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
123 min | 1983 |
7.3 (13731 votes)
|
8.5 (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.

17.
The 12th Man
135 min | 2017 |
7.4 (14288 votes)
|
8.58 (95 reviews)

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

18.
Mediterraneo
96 min | 1991 |
7.5 (12803 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.

19.
Forbidden Games
86 min | 1952 |
8.1 (10292 votes)
|
9.27 (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.

20.
The Train
133 min | 1964 |
7.8 (12983 votes)
|
8.96 (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.

21.
Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War
140 min | 2004 |
8.1 (36239 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.

22.
Beyond the Gates
115 min | 2005 |
7.7 (10670 votes)
|
8.83 (46 reviews)

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

23.
Last Flag Flying
125 min | 2017 |
6.9 (20071 votes)
|
8.02 (114 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.

24.
Birdy
120 min | 1984 |
7.3 (20159 votes)
|
8.42 (52 reviews)

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

25.
Turtles Can Fly
98 min | 2004 |
8.1 (16754 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 (14628 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.
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
163 min | 1943 |
8.1 (12098 votes)
|
9.17 (74 reviews)

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

28.
City of Life and Death
133 min | 2009 |
7.7 (9811 votes)
|
8.75 (60 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.

29.
The Dam Busters
105 min | 1955 |
7.4 (8970 votes)
|
8.45 (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.

30.
The Grey Zone
108 min | 2001 |
7.0 (9905 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.

31.
All Quiet on the Western Front
136 min | 1930 |
8.0 (54422 votes)
|
9.03 (178 reviews)

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

32.
Cross of Iron
119 min | 1977 |
7.5 (23893 votes)
|
8.53 (135 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.

33.
Waterloo Bridge
108 min | 1940 |
7.8 (8316 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.

34.
La Grande Vadrouille
132 min | 1966 |
8.0 (14529 votes)
|
9.02 (32 reviews)

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

35.
The Hill
123 min | 1965 |
7.9 (11292 votes)
|
8.91 (74 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.

36.
Deathwatch
94 min | 2002 |
6.0 (10217 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.

37.
Indochine
159 min | 1992 |
7.1 (8726 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.

38.
Little Boy
106 min | 2015 |
7.4 (21290 votes)
|
8.39 (103 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.

39.
Love and Death
85 min | 1975 |
7.7 (33603 votes)
|
8.67 (103 reviews)

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

40.
Underground
167 min | 1995 |
8.1 (51947 votes)
|
9.06 (120 reviews)

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

41.
From Here to Eternity
118 min | 1953 |
7.6 (40316 votes)
|
8.55 (129 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.

42.
Ballad of a Soldier
88 min | 1959 |
8.2 (8822 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.
Johnny Got His Gun
111 min | 1971 |
7.9 (14523 votes)
|
8.84 (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.

44.
Sniper
98 min | 1993 |
6.1 (21781 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.

45.
Stalingrad
134 min | 1993 |
7.5 (28837 votes)
|
8.44 (131 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.
In Darkness
145 min | 2011 |
7.3 (9512 votes)
|
8.24 (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 (9626 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 (28797 votes)
|
8.9 (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 top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret.

49.
Victory
116 min | 1981 |
6.7 (25706 votes)
|
7.6 (77 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 (208534 votes)
|
7.89 (721 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 49 overrated war movies

01.
Berg II
135 min | 2016 |
9.0 (101935 votes)
|
5.37 (139 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 (1165571 votes)
|
5.77 (1533 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 (73608 votes)
|
4.37 (396 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 (400169 votes)
|
5.53 (835 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 (703877 votes)
|
5.76 (1932 reviews)

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

06.
Battle of the Bulge
167 min | 1965 |
6.8 (13742 votes)
|
5.0 (113 reviews)

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

07.
The Wall
88 min | 2017 |
6.2 (21333 votes)
|
4.48 (126 reviews)

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

08.
Fury
134 min | 2014 |
7.6 (393462 votes)
|
5.95 (768 reviews)

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

09.
Mine
106 min | 2016 |
5.9 (13900 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.

10.
The Ghazi Attack
116 min | 2017 |
7.6 (10380 votes)
|
6.12 (54 reviews)

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

11.
Windtalkers
134 min | 2002 |
6.1 (63161 votes)
|
4.76 (322 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 (268393 votes)
|
4.89 (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 (10653 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.
Macbeth
113 min | 2015 |
6.6 (50088 votes)
|
5.47 (181 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.
Tropic Thunder
107 min | 2008 |
7.0 (358855 votes)
|
5.89 (553 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.
War Horse
146 min | 2011 |
7.2 (139230 votes)
|
6.15 (493 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.
Heartbreak Ridge
130 min | 1986 |
6.9 (37134 votes)
|
5.9 (95 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.

18.
The Monuments Men
118 min | 2014 |
6.1 (119406 votes)
|
5.19 (351 reviews)

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

19.
Enemy at the Gates
131 min | 2001 |
7.6 (229281 votes)
|
6.75 (499 reviews)

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

20.
The Ottoman Lieutenant
106 min | 2017 |
6.6 (23158 votes)
|
5.75 (109 reviews)

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

21.
The Last Legion
101 min | 2007 |
5.4 (33086 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.

22.
Eye in the Sky
102 min | 2015 |
7.3 (74112 votes)
|
6.48 (277 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.
Special Forces
109 min | 2011 |
6.3 (17147 votes)
|
5.49 (72 reviews)

A French journalist in Afghanistan is kidnapped by the Taliban.

24.
Rules of Engagement
128 min | 2000 |
6.4 (42533 votes)
|
5.65 (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.

25.
The Big Red One
113 min | 1980 |
7.2 (17726 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.

26.
The Deer Hunter
183 min | 1978 |
8.1 (291340 votes)
|
7.36 (810 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 (163459 votes)
|
6.9 (1081 reviews)

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

28.
Son of Saul
107 min | 2015 |
7.5 (40565 votes)
|
6.8 (115 reviews)

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

29.
MASH
116 min | 1970 |
7.5 (64382 votes)
|
6.81 (182 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.
A Private War
110 min | 2018 |
6.7 (12557 votes)
|
6.01 (111 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.

31.
5 Days of War
113 min | 2011 |
5.6 (13209 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.
1941
111 min | 1979 |
5.8 (29782 votes)
|
5.17 (163 reviews)

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

33.
Jarhead
125 min | 2005 |
7.0 (164396 votes)
|
6.41 (632 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.

34.
The Book Thief
131 min | 2013 |
7.6 (121222 votes)
|
7.06 (249 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.
Brothers
105 min | 2009 |
7.1 (105337 votes)
|
6.58 (209 reviews)

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

36.
Stripes
106 min | 1981 |
6.9 (60693 votes)
|
6.41 (124 reviews)

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

37.
The Dirty Dozen
150 min | 1967 |
7.8 (63016 votes)
|
7.32 (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.

38.
Memphis Belle
107 min | 1990 |
6.9 (25649 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.

39.
Incendies
131 min | 2010 |
8.3 (129908 votes)
|
7.89 (185 reviews)

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

40.
Head in the Clouds
132 min | 2004 |
6.6 (14122 votes)
|
6.2 (62 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.

41.
The English Patient
162 min | 1996 |
7.4 (169029 votes)
|
7.01 (401 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.

42.
Rio Lobo
114 min | 1970 |
6.8 (9673 votes)
|
6.43 (53 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.

43.
G.I. Jane
125 min | 1997 |
5.9 (70015 votes)
|
5.53 (96 reviews)

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

44.
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom
117 min | 1975 |
5.9 (49865 votes)
|
5.54 (301 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.

45.
Redacted
90 min | 2007 |
6.1 (9843 votes)
|
5.75 (101 reviews)

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

46.
Saving Private Ryan
169 min | 1998 |
8.6 (1146916 votes)
|
8.25 (1894 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.

47.
Stalag 17
116 min | 1953 |
8.0 (48866 votes)
|
7.65 (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.

48.
Hart's War
125 min | 2002 |
6.3 (49149 votes)
|
5.96 (126 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.

49.
The Men Who Stare at Goats
94 min | 2009 |
6.2 (123073 votes)
|
5.88 (271 reviews)

A reporter in Iraq might just have the story of a lifetime when he meets Lyn Cassady, a guy who claims to be a former member of the U.S. Army's New Earth Army, a unit that employs paranormal powers in their missions.