Top 50 underrated war movies

01.
In the Land of Blood and Honey
127 min | 2011 |
4.5 (33028 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 (12498 votes)
|
8.36 (127 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 (9942 votes)
|
8.93 (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 (18348 votes)
|
8.97 (81 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 (19040 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 (11566 votes)
|
9.22 (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 (54893 votes)
|
9.37 (227 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 (11093 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 (9934 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 (15418 votes)
|
8.7 (103 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 (42112 votes)
|
9.06 (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.

12.
Before the Rain
113 min | 1994 |
8.0 (13224 votes)
|
9.26 (58 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 (11721 votes)
|
8.95 (113 reviews)

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

14.
Un tè con Mussolini
117 min | 1999 |
6.9 (10629 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 (39209 votes)
|
8.33 (96 reviews)

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

16.
Zulu
138 min | 1964 |
7.7 (34223 votes)
|
8.91 (194 reviews)

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

17.
Mediterraneo
96 min | 1991 |
7.5 (12935 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.

18.
Last Flag Flying
125 min | 2017 |
6.9 (20669 votes)
|
8.08 (119 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.

19.
Birdy
120 min | 1984 |
7.3 (20361 votes)
|
8.46 (52 reviews)

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

20.
Forbidden Games
86 min | 1952 |
8.1 (10490 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.

21.
The Train
133 min | 1964 |
7.8 (13223 votes)
|
8.94 (123 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.
Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War
140 min | 2004 |
8.1 (36497 votes)
|
9.24 (220 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.

23.
Beyond the Gates
115 min | 2005 |
7.7 (10713 votes)
|
8.83 (46 reviews)

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

24.
City of Life and Death
133 min | 2009 |
7.7 (9906 votes)
|
8.79 (62 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.

25.
Turtles Can Fly
98 min | 2004 |
8.1 (16931 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 (14866 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 Dam Busters
105 min | 1955 |
7.4 (9059 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.

28.
The Grey Zone
108 min | 2001 |
7.0 (9980 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.

29.
Waterloo Bridge
108 min | 1940 |
7.8 (8435 votes)
|
8.84 (78 reviews)

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

30.
All Quiet on the Western Front
136 min | 1930 |
8.0 (54954 votes)
|
9.04 (182 reviews)

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

31.
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
123 min | 1983 |
7.3 (14073 votes)
|
8.32 (64 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.

32.
Deathwatch
94 min | 2002 |
6.0 (10322 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.

33.
Cross of Iron
119 min | 1977 |
7.5 (24123 votes)
|
8.51 (137 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.
Indochine
159 min | 1992 |
7.1 (8835 votes)
|
8.11 (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.

35.
Little Boy
106 min | 2015 |
7.4 (21467 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.

36.
The Hill
123 min | 1965 |
7.9 (11407 votes)
|
8.9 (76 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.

37.
Johnny Got His Gun
111 min | 1971 |
7.9 (14704 votes)
|
8.88 (65 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.

38.
War of the Arrows
122 min | 2011 |
7.2 (10558 votes)
|
8.16 (42 reviews)

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

39.
La Grande Vadrouille
132 min | 1966 |
8.0 (14839 votes)
|
8.96 (34 reviews)

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

40.
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
163 min | 1943 |
8.1 (12248 votes)
|
9.05 (76 reviews)

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

41.
Gettysburg
271 min | 1993 |
7.6 (25092 votes)
|
8.55 (229 reviews)

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

42.
Love and Death
85 min | 1975 |
7.7 (33983 votes)
|
8.64 (104 reviews)

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

43.
Sniper
98 min | 1993 |
6.1 (21922 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.

44.
Ballad of a Soldier
88 min | 1959 |
8.2 (8930 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.

45.
Underground
167 min | 1995 |
8.1 (52425 votes)
|
9.04 (121 reviews)

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

46.
Stalingrad
134 min | 1993 |
7.5 (29204 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.

47.
In Darkness
145 min | 2011 |
7.3 (9633 votes)
|
8.23 (50 reviews)

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

48.
Au Revoir les Enfants
104 min | 1987 |
8.0 (29175 votes)
|
8.92 (81 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.
Land and Freedom
109 min | 1995 |
7.6 (9736 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.

50.
Victory
116 min | 1981 |
6.7 (26001 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.

Top 47 overrated war movies

01.
Berg II
135 min | 2016 |
8.9 (102454 votes)
|
5.39 (145 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 (1184015 votes)
|
5.81 (1556 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 (74122 votes)
|
4.39 (400 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 (404494 votes)
|
5.52 (839 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 (13959 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 (709267 votes)
|
5.75 (1944 reviews)

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

07.
Fury
134 min | 2014 |
7.6 (400520 votes)
|
5.92 (796 reviews)

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

08.
The Wall
88 min | 2017 |
6.2 (21854 votes)
|
4.53 (134 reviews)

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

09.
The Ghazi Attack
116 min | 2017 |
7.6 (10602 votes)
|
5.98 (56 reviews)

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

10.
Mine
106 min | 2016 |
5.9 (14267 votes)
|
4.33 (115 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 (63586 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 (270936 votes)
|
4.84 (514 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 (10722 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 (23400 votes)
|
5.5 (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 (363116 votes)
|
5.94 (562 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 (140717 votes)
|
6.15 (497 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.
Macbeth
113 min | 2015 |
6.6 (50649 votes)
|
5.59 (193 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.

18.
The Monuments Men
118 min | 2014 |
6.1 (120323 votes)
|
5.19 (356 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 (37591 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 (42904 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 (231939 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 (33300 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.
1917
119 min | 2019 |
8.5 (193841 votes)
|
7.69 (1693 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.

24.
Special Forces
109 min | 2011 |
6.3 (17288 votes)
|
5.52 (73 reviews)

A French journalist in Afghanistan is kidnapped by the Taliban.

25.
The Thin Red Line
170 min | 1998 |
7.6 (165051 votes)
|
6.87 (1086 reviews)

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

26.
The Deer Hunter
183 min | 1978 |
8.1 (294896 votes)
|
7.37 (819 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.
Eye in the Sky
102 min | 2015 |
7.3 (74892 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.

28.
MASH
116 min | 1970 |
7.5 (64956 votes)
|
6.83 (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.

29.
5 Days of War
113 min | 2011 |
5.6 (13281 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.

30.
The Big Red One
113 min | 1980 |
7.1 (17861 votes)
|
6.48 (98 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.

31.
Jarhead
125 min | 2005 |
7.0 (166923 votes)
|
6.43 (641 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.

32.
The Book Thief
131 min | 2013 |
7.6 (122317 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.

33.
A Private War
110 min | 2018 |
6.7 (13640 votes)
|
6.15 (115 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.

34.
1941
111 min | 1979 |
5.8 (30044 votes)
|
5.3 (166 reviews)

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

35.
The Dirty Dozen
150 min | 1967 |
7.8 (63775 votes)
|
7.34 (143 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.

36.
Son of Saul
107 min | 2015 |
7.5 (41629 votes)
|
7.06 (120 reviews)

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

37.
The English Patient
162 min | 1996 |
7.4 (170929 votes)
|
6.96 (408 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.

38.
Brothers
105 min | 2009 |
7.1 (106390 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 (14226 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 (25823 votes)
|
6.48 (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.
Dear John
108 min | 2010 |
6.3 (132814 votes)
|
5.91 (208 reviews)

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

42.
Incendies
131 min | 2010 |
8.3 (132709 votes)
|
7.94 (196 reviews)

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

43.
G.I. Jane
125 min | 1997 |
5.9 (70526 votes)
|
5.55 (98 reviews)

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

44.
Saving Private Ryan
169 min | 1998 |
8.6 (1163339 votes)
|
8.27 (1921 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 (49484 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.
Stalingrad
131 min | 2013 |
5.6 (15098 votes)
|
5.28 (89 reviews)

A group of Russian soldiers fight to hold a strategic building in their devastated city against a ruthless German army, and in the process become deeply connected to two Russian women who have been living there.

47.
Stalag 17
116 min | 1953 |
8.0 (49225 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.