Top 50 underrated war movies

01.
In the Land of Blood and Honey
127 min | 2011 |
4.5 (32897 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 (12358 votes)
|
8.37 (123 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 (9809 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 (17938 votes)
|
9.01 (78 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 (18807 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.

06.
Breaker Morant
107 min | 1980 |
7.8 (11438 votes)
|
9.22 (85 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.
Ararat
115 min | 2002 |
6.3 (11034 votes)
|
7.7 (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.

08.
The Best Years of Our Lives
170 min | 1946 |
8.0 (54037 votes)
|
9.37 (220 reviews)

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

09.
To End All Wars
117 min | 2001 |
7.0 (9796 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 ...

10.
The Man Who Would Be King
129 min | 1975 |
7.8 (41423 votes)
|
9.08 (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.
Twelve O'Clock High
132 min | 1949 |
7.7 (11578 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.

12.
Zulu
138 min | 1964 |
7.7 (33731 votes)
|
8.95 (189 reviews)

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

13.
Before the Rain
113 min | 1994 |
8.0 (13019 votes)
|
9.25 (56 reviews)

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

14.
The 12th Man - Kampf ums Überleben
135 min | 2017 |
7.4 (13796 votes)
|
8.65 (90 reviews)

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

15.
Tee mit Mussolini
117 min | 1999 |
6.9 (10475 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.

16.
Casualties of War
113 min | 1989 |
7.1 (38661 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.

17.
Forbidden Games
86 min | 1952 |
8.1 (10156 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.

18.
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
123 min | 1983 |
7.3 (13610 votes)
|
8.49 (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.

19.
The Train
133 min | 1964 |
7.8 (12891 votes)
|
8.99 (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.

20.
Mediterraneo
96 min | 1991 |
7.5 (12727 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.

21.
Beyond the Gates
115 min | 2005 |
7.7 (10635 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 (19799 votes)
|
8.02 (113 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.
Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War
140 min | 2004 |
8.1 (36097 votes)
|
9.22 (217 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.

24.
Birdy
120 min | 1984 |
7.3 (20050 votes)
|
8.41 (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 (16502 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 (14528 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.
Indochine
159 min | 1992 |
7.1 (8671 votes)
|
8.17 (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.

28.
The Dam Busters
105 min | 1955 |
7.4 (8916 votes)
|
8.47 (73 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.
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
163 min | 1943 |
8.1 (12015 votes)
|
9.17 (74 reviews)

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

30.
City of Life and Death
133 min | 2009 |
7.7 (9755 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.

31.
The Grey Zone
108 min | 2001 |
7.0 (9859 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.
The Hill
123 min | 1965 |
7.9 (11235 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.

33.
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.

34.
All Quiet on the Western Front
136 min | 1930 |
8.0 (54119 votes)
|
9.04 (174 reviews)

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

35.
Underground
167 min | 1995 |
8.1 (51588 votes)
|
9.12 (118 reviews)

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

36.
La Grande Vadrouille
132 min | 1966 |
8.0 (14410 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.

37.
Waterloo Bridge
108 min | 1940 |
7.8 (8251 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.

38.
Deathwatch
94 min | 2002 |
6.0 (10132 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.

39.
Cross of Iron
119 min | 1977 |
7.5 (23774 votes)
|
8.5 (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.

40.
Sniper
98 min | 1993 |
6.1 (21713 votes)
|
7.1 (57 reviews)

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

41.
Love and Death
85 min | 1975 |
7.7 (33393 votes)
|
8.65 (102 reviews)

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

42.
Little Boy
106 min | 2015 |
7.4 (21220 votes)
|
8.34 (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.
Gettysburg
271 min | 1993 |
7.6 (24782 votes)
|
8.54 (225 reviews)

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

44.
From Here to Eternity
118 min | 1953 |
7.6 (40030 votes)
|
8.54 (128 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.

45.
Johnny Got His Gun
111 min | 1971 |
7.9 (14427 votes)
|
8.83 (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.

46.
Land and Freedom
109 min | 1995 |
7.6 (9551 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.

47.
Stalingrad
134 min | 1993 |
7.5 (28643 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.

48.
In Darkness
145 min | 2011 |
7.3 (9465 votes)
|
8.2 (49 reviews)

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

49.
Victory
116 min | 1981 |
6.7 (25541 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.
Au Revoir les Enfants
104 min | 1987 |
8.0 (28638 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.

Top 49 overrated war movies

01.
Berg II
135 min | 2016 |
9.0 (101575 votes)
|
5.45 (131 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 (1155794 votes)
|
5.83 (1520 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 (73329 votes)
|
4.35 (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 (398132 votes)
|
5.52 (831 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 (700772 votes)
|
5.74 (1926 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 (13651 votes)
|
4.97 (112 reviews)

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

07.
The Wall
88 min | 2017 |
6.2 (21080 votes)
|
4.43 (124 reviews)

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

08.
Fury
134 min | 2014 |
7.6 (390417 votes)
|
5.95 (756 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 (13670 votes)
|
4.46 (106 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.

10.
Windtalkers
134 min | 2002 |
6.1 (62944 votes)
|
4.76 (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.

11.
300: Rise of an Empire
102 min | 2014 |
6.2 (267074 votes)
|
4.89 (509 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 Ghazi Attack
116 min | 2017 |
7.6 (10257 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.

13.
Lebanon
93 min | 2009 |
6.9 (10620 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.

14.
Tropic Thunder
107 min | 2008 |
7.0 (356991 votes)
|
5.87 (551 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.

15.
War Horse
146 min | 2011 |
7.2 (138391 votes)
|
6.11 (489 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.
Macbeth
113 min | 2015 |
6.6 (49777 votes)
|
5.52 (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.

17.
Heartbreak Ridge
130 min | 1986 |
6.9 (36870 votes)
|
5.89 (94 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.
Der Offizier: Liebe in Zeiten des Krieges
106 min | 2017 |
6.6 (23039 votes)
|
5.68 (107 reviews)

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

19.
The Last Legion
101 min | 2007 |
5.4 (32945 votes)
|
4.49 (156 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.

20.
The Monuments Men
118 min | 2014 |
6.1 (118950 votes)
|
5.19 (349 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 (228049 votes)
|
6.7 (494 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 (73627 votes)
|
6.46 (274 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 (17085 votes)
|
5.48 (72 reviews)

A French journalist in Afghanistan is kidnapped by the Taliban.

24.
Rules of Engagement
128 min | 2000 |
6.4 (42353 votes)
|
5.64 (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 Deer Hunter
183 min | 1978 |
8.1 (289406 votes)
|
7.36 (801 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.
The Thin Red Line
170 min | 1998 |
7.6 (162607 votes)
|
6.89 (1079 reviews)

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

27.
MASH
116 min | 1970 |
7.5 (64124 votes)
|
6.84 (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.

28.
The Dirty Dozen
150 min | 1967 |
7.8 (62670 votes)
|
7.16 (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.

29.
Son of Saul
107 min | 2015 |
7.5 (40125 votes)
|
6.86 (115 reviews)

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

30.
Jarhead
125 min | 2005 |
7.0 (163720 votes)
|
6.41 (630 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 Big Red One
113 min | 1980 |
7.2 (17608 votes)
|
6.62 (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.

32.
The Book Thief
131 min | 2013 |
7.6 (119058 votes)
|
7.06 (243 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.

33.
Brothers
105 min | 2009 |
7.1 (104775 votes)
|
6.58 (207 reviews)

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

34.
5 Days of War
113 min | 2011 |
5.6 (13187 votes)
|
5.09 (56 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.

35.
Redacted
90 min | 2007 |
6.1 (9814 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.

36.
The Horse Soldiers
120 min | 1959 |
7.2 (8591 votes)
|
6.71 (55 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.

37.
Stripes
106 min | 1981 |
6.9 (60211 votes)
|
6.43 (123 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 (14072 votes)
|
6.17 (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.
Ayla: The Daughter of War
125 min | 2017 |
8.6 (28027 votes)
|
8.19 (42 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, ...

40.
Memphis Belle
107 min | 1990 |
6.9 (25543 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.
Incendies
131 min | 2010 |
8.3 (128352 votes)
|
7.91 (180 reviews)

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

42.
1941
111 min | 1979 |
5.8 (29638 votes)
|
5.42 (160 reviews)

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

43.
Rio Lobo
114 min | 1970 |
6.8 (9596 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.

44.
The English Patient
162 min | 1996 |
7.4 (168202 votes)
|
7.03 (396 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.

45.
Saving Private Ryan
169 min | 1998 |
8.6 (1137706 votes)
|
8.26 (1872 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.

46.
Stalag 17
116 min | 1953 |
8.0 (48618 votes)
|
7.66 (137 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.

47.
The Aftermath
108 min | 2019 |
6.3 (9478 votes)
|
5.96 (93 reviews)

Post World War II, a British colonel and his wife are assigned to live in Hamburg during the post-war reconstruction, but tensions arise with the German who previously owned the house.

48.
Hart's War
125 min | 2002 |
6.3 (48978 votes)
|
5.97 (124 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.
A Private War
110 min | 2018 |
6.7 (11931 votes)
|
6.4 (110 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.