Top 50 underrated war movies

01.
In the Land of Blood and Honey
127 min | 2011 |
4.5 (33507 votes)
|
6.59 (171 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.
Tubelight
136 min | 2017 |
3.8 (17406 votes)
|
5.83 (137 reviews)

A story of two brothers set during the Sino-Indian war, 1962: the younger one who's at war at the borders and the elder who's at war with his own world.

03.
Quo vadis, Aida?
101 min | 2020 |
7.8 (15537 votes)
|
9.78 (296 reviews)

Aida is a translator for the UN in the small town of Srebrenica. When the Serbian army takes over the town, her family is among the thousands of citizens looking for shelter in the UN camp.

04.
The Last Full Measure
116 min | 2019 |
6.8 (8604 votes)
|
8.53 (226 reviews)

Thirty-four years after his death, Airman William H. Pitsenbarger, Jr. ("Pits") is awarded the nation's highest military honor, for his actions on the battlefield.

05.
The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming
126 min | 1966 |
7.0 (8165 votes)
|
8.71 (69 reviews)

Without hostile intent, a Soviet submarine runs aground off New England. Men are sent for a boat, but many villagers go into a tizzy, risking bloodshed.

06.
Dara of Jasenovac
130 min | 2020 |
8.3 (34686 votes)
|
9.92 (867 reviews)

Follows the story of a young girl named Dara who is sent to a concentration camp in Croatia during World War 2.

07.
Ride with the Devil
138 min | 1999 |
6.7 (13109 votes)
|
8.32 (129 reviews)

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

08.
Savior
103 min | 1998 |
7.3 (10474 votes)
|
8.9 (104 reviews)

A hardened mercenary in the Foreign Legion begins to find his own humanity when confronted with atrocities during the fighting in Bosnia.

09.
The Alamo
137 min | 2004 |
6.0 (19934 votes)
|
7.54 (239 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.

10.
The Duellists
100 min | 1977 |
7.4 (20310 votes)
|
8.92 (87 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.

11.
To Be or Not to Be
107 min | 1983 |
6.8 (10423 votes)
|
8.26 (36 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.

12.
Revolt
87 min | 2017 |
5.2 (8570 votes)
|
6.63 (112 reviews)

An amnesiac US soldier's in a cell next to a cute, French doctor. Earth is under attack by big, alien robots. Kenyan soldiers come to rape, torture and kill but the 2 fight back. They find a car and head west.

13.
To End All Wars
117 min | 2001 |
7.0 (10461 votes)
|
8.4 (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 ...

14.
Breaker Morant
107 min | 1980 |
7.9 (12502 votes)
|
9.24 (93 reviews)

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

15.
Journey's End
107 min | 2017 |
6.7 (8410 votes)
|
8.03 (82 reviews)

Set in a dugout in Aisne in 1918, it is the story of a group of British officers, led by the mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope, as they await their fate.

16.
Grace Is Gone
85 min | 2007 |
6.7 (9059 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.

17.
Vor dem Regen
113 min | 1994 |
8.0 (14012 votes)
|
9.27 (58 reviews)

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

18.
Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War
140 min | 2004 |
8.0 (38180 votes)
|
9.25 (229 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.

19.
The Best Years of Our Lives
170 min | 1946 |
8.1 (58207 votes)
|
9.34 (262 reviews)

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

20.
Mosul
101 min | 2019 |
7.2 (22517 votes)
|
8.44 (397 reviews)

A police unit from Mosul fight to liberate the Iraqi city from thousands of ISIS militants.

21.
Mediterraneo
96 min | 1991 |
7.5 (14188 votes)
|
8.74 (40 reviews)

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

22.
Zulu
138 min | 1964 |
7.7 (36735 votes)
|
8.93 (206 reviews)

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

23.
Rock the Kasbah
106 min | 2015 |
5.5 (11132 votes)
|
6.72 (64 reviews)

A down-on-his-luck music manager discovers a teenage girl with an extraordinary voice while on a music tour in Afghanistan and takes her to Kabul to compete on the popular television show, Afghan Star.

24.
Birdy
120 min | 1984 |
7.3 (21899 votes)
|
8.5 (57 reviews)

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

25.
The 12th Man
135 min | 2017 |
7.4 (22292 votes)
|
8.6 (154 reviews)

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

26.
Danger Close
118 min | 2019 |
6.8 (10330 votes)
|
7.98 (227 reviews)

In August 1966, in a Vietnamese rubber plantation called Long Tan, 108 young and inexperienced Australian and New Zealand soldiers are fighting for their lives against 2500 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong soldiers.

27.
Tea with Mussolini
117 min | 1999 |
6.9 (11445 votes)
|
8.08 (124 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.

28.
Air America
113 min | 1990 |
5.8 (27324 votes)
|
6.97 (45 reviews)

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

29.
Forbidden Games
86 min | 1952 |
8.1 (11344 votes)
|
9.27 (57 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.

30.
Twelve O'Clock High
132 min | 1949 |
7.7 (12329 votes)
|
8.86 (122 reviews)

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

31.
Alone in Berlin
103 min | 2016 |
6.5 (8460 votes)
|
7.64 (53 reviews)

After a Nazi German working class couple loses their son in World War II, they decide to retaliate by secretly leafletting handwritten cards in Berlin denouncing their government.

32.
La Grande Vadrouille
132 min | 1966 |
7.9 (16453 votes)
|
9.04 (37 reviews)

Several ordinary Frenchmen go on an epic voyage through the occupied country to the free zone as they help British pilots avoid Nazi captivity.

33.
The Train
133 min | 1964 |
7.8 (14959 votes)
|
8.92 (131 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.

34.
Beyond the Gates
115 min | 2005 |
7.7 (11148 votes)
|
8.81 (49 reviews)

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

35.
The Official Story
112 min | 1985 |
7.7 (8665 votes)
|
8.81 (36 reviews)

During the final months of Argentinian Military Dictatorship in 1983, a high school teacher sets out to find out who the mother of her adopted daughter is.

36.
Turtles Can Fly
98 min | 2004 |
8.1 (18519 votes)
|
9.2 (89 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.

37.
Butterfly
96 min | 1999 |
7.6 (8404 votes)
|
8.7 (31 reviews)

For Moncho, it's an idyllic year: he starts school, he has a wonderful teacher, he makes a friend in Roque, he begins to figure out some of the mysteries of Eros, and, with his older ...

38.
To Live
133 min | 1994 |
8.3 (16475 votes)
|
9.39 (85 reviews)

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

39.
Little Boy
106 min | 2015 |
7.4 (22326 votes)
|
8.48 (110 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.

40.
The Roundup
115 min | 2010 |
7.1 (8399 votes)
|
8.16 (35 reviews)

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

41.
Casualties of War
113 min | 1989 |
7.1 (41803 votes)
|
8.15 (106 reviews)

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

42.
The Grey Zone
108 min | 2001 |
7.0 (10365 votes)
|
8.04 (69 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.

43.
Last Flag Flying
125 min | 2017 |
6.9 (23385 votes)
|
7.93 (142 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.

44.
Border
176 min | 1997 |
7.9 (14328 votes)
|
8.93 (33 reviews)

In 1971, along the border region of Longewala, a small battalion of Indian soldiers goes up against a large Pakistani strike force.

45.
City of Life and Death
133 min | 2009 |
7.7 (10491 votes)
|
8.72 (70 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.

46.
War of the Arrows
122 min | 2011 |
7.2 (11045 votes)
|
8.21 (52 reviews)

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

47.
Cross of Iron
119 min | 1977 |
7.5 (25413 votes)
|
8.5 (146 reviews)

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

48.
The Dam Busters
105 min | 1955 |
7.4 (9744 votes)
|
8.4 (79 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.

49.
Johnny Got His Gun
111 min | 1971 |
7.9 (15852 votes)
|
8.9 (72 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.

50.
The Man Who Would Be King
129 min | 1975 |
7.8 (45930 votes)
|
8.79 (170 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.

Top 50 overrated war movies

01.
The Balkan Line
130 min | 2019 |
6.6 (8603 votes)
|
3.24 (300 reviews)

After the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999, the Yugoslav army pulls out of Kosovo region, leaving Serbian people at the mercy of the Albanian UCK terrorists. A small band of soldiers must take over the Slatina airport, and hold it until the Russian peacekeepers arrive.

02.
The Mountain II
135 min | 2016 |
8.7 (106111 votes)
|
5.57 (160 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.

03.
Da 5 Bloods
154 min | 2020 |
6.5 (45543 votes)
|
3.93 (783 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.

04.
U-571
116 min | 2000 |
6.6 (78963 votes)
|
4.45 (420 reviews)

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

05.
Inglourious Basterds
153 min | 2009 |
8.3 (1300605 votes)
|
6.17 (1777 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.

06.
The Hurt Locker
131 min | 2008 |
7.5 (428284 votes)
|
5.66 (899 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.

07.
Battle of the Bulge
167 min | 1965 |
6.8 (15188 votes)
|
5.0 (126 reviews)

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

08.
The Beguiled
93 min | 2017 |
6.3 (53687 votes)
|
4.53 (263 reviews)

The unexpected arrival of a wounded Union soldier at a girls school in Virginia during the American Civil War leads to jealousy and betrayal.

09.
300
117 min | 2006 |
7.6 (739887 votes)
|
5.89 (2032 reviews)

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

10.
Fury
134 min | 2014 |
7.6 (438116 votes)
|
5.95 (933 reviews)

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

11.
Mine
106 min | 2016 |
5.9 (16069 votes)
|
4.29 (135 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.

12.
The Wall
88 min | 2017 |
6.2 (24914 votes)
|
4.73 (157 reviews)

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

13.
The Ghazi Attack
116 min | 2017 |
7.6 (12319 votes)
|
6.23 (74 reviews)

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

14.
Windtalkers
134 min | 2002 |
6.1 (66261 votes)
|
4.79 (337 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.

15.
300: Rise of an Empire
102 min | 2014 |
6.2 (284665 votes)
|
4.9 (554 reviews)

Greek general Themistokles of Athens leads the naval charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

16.
A Private War
110 min | 2018 |
6.7 (17417 votes)
|
5.62 (134 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.

17.
Shadow in the Cloud
83 min | 2020 |
4.8 (16774 votes)
|
3.73 (568 reviews)

A female WWII pilot traveling with top secret documents on a B-17 Flying Fortress encounters an evil presence on board the flight.

18.
War Horse
146 min | 2011 |
7.2 (149512 votes)
|
6.22 (521 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.

19.
The Monuments Men
118 min | 2014 |
6.1 (126315 votes)
|
5.14 (373 reviews)

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

20.
Lebanon
93 min | 2009 |
6.9 (11128 votes)
|
5.96 (49 reviews)

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

21.
Heartbreak Ridge
130 min | 1986 |
6.9 (40590 votes)
|
5.97 (115 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.

22.
MASH
116 min | 1970 |
7.5 (68604 votes)
|
6.6 (205 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.

23.
Enemy at the Gates
131 min | 2001 |
7.6 (247387 votes)
|
6.75 (530 reviews)

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

24.
The Last Legion
101 min | 2007 |
5.4 (34481 votes)
|
4.59 (163 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.

25.
Rules of Engagement
128 min | 2000 |
6.4 (45027 votes)
|
5.59 (197 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.

26.
The Deer Hunter
183 min | 1978 |
8.1 (317152 votes)
|
7.31 (872 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 Ottoman Lieutenant
106 min | 2017 |
6.5 (24772 votes)
|
5.73 (141 reviews)

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

28.
The Big Red One
113 min | 1980 |
7.1 (18853 votes)
|
6.41 (104 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 Thin Red Line
170 min | 1998 |
7.6 (175930 votes)
|
6.91 (1128 reviews)

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

30.
The Children of Huang Shi
125 min | 2008 |
7.0 (9315 votes)
|
6.32 (31 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.
Beau travail
92 min | 1999 |
7.4 (9274 votes)
|
6.73 (59 reviews)

This film focuses on an ex-Foreign Legion officer as he recalls his once glorious life, leading troops in Djibouti.

32.
Tropic Thunder
107 min | 2008 |
7.0 (386376 votes)
|
6.33 (605 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.

33.
Macbeth
113 min | 2015 |
6.6 (53598 votes)
|
5.99 (206 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.

34.
Jarhead
125 min | 2005 |
7.0 (178305 votes)
|
6.4 (671 reviews)

A psychological study of a soldier's state of mind during the Gulf War. Told through the eyes of a U.S. Marine sniper who struggles to cope with boredom, a sense of isolation, and other issues back home.

35.
1917
119 min | 2019 |
8.3 (463734 votes)
|
7.7 (3015 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.

36.
Eye in the Sky
102 min | 2015 |
7.3 (80745 votes)
|
6.71 (318 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.

37.
Son of Saul
107 min | 2015 |
7.5 (46074 votes)
|
6.94 (138 reviews)

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

38.
Special Forces
109 min | 2011 |
6.4 (18005 votes)
|
5.88 (83 reviews)

A French journalist in Afghanistan is kidnapped by the Taliban.

39.
Hart's War
125 min | 2002 |
6.3 (51238 votes)
|
5.8 (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.

40.
Rio Lobo
114 min | 1970 |
6.8 (11159 votes)
|
6.31 (73 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.

41.
5 Days of War
113 min | 2011 |
5.6 (13541 votes)
|
5.12 (61 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.

42.
Greyhound
91 min | 2020 |
7.0 (77119 votes)
|
6.54 (762 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.

43.
Brothers
105 min | 2009 |
7.1 (114281 votes)
|
6.68 (222 reviews)

While on tour in Afghanistan, Sam's copter is shot down and he is presumed dead. Back home, it is his screw-up brother who looks after the family. Sam does return, but with a lot of excess baggage.

44.
A Hidden Life
174 min | 2019 |
7.4 (20137 votes)
|
6.99 (218 reviews)

The Austrian Franz J├Ągerst├Ątter, a conscientious objector, refuses to fight for the Nazis in World War II.

45.
Head in the Clouds
132 min | 2004 |
6.6 (14758 votes)
|
6.19 (67 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.

46.
Dear John
108 min | 2010 |
6.3 (141184 votes)
|
5.9 (230 reviews)

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

47.
The Horse Soldiers
120 min | 1959 |
7.1 (9687 votes)
|
6.73 (68 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.

48.
The Dirty Dozen
150 min | 1967 |
7.7 (68261 votes)
|
7.33 (153 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.

49.
The English Patient
162 min | 1996 |
7.4 (181598 votes)
|
7.05 (444 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.

50.
The Book Thief
131 min | 2013 |
7.5 (129097 votes)
|
7.16 (288 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.