“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.”
War. What is it good for? War has been present since the beginning of human history. Likewise, war movies have been present since the movie industry began. Just like most other genres of film, war films have been created as a form of entertainment to profit the movie organization. People are willing to spend their money and time on a feeling of action, excitement, heroism, and patriotism than gruesome and horrid images of real and common human destruction.
So, today, let us take a look at some of the epic war movies ever made. Here is a list of the top 10 war movies:
- Saving Private Ryan
This movie is considered to be a tragic, narrow and exceptionally flawed military movie. Bookended by the most shocking, most searing battle sequences in movie history, Saving Private Ryan holds nothing back to glorify war. We are given the most shocking depiction of war ever put film. Directed by Steven Spielberg, it rivets the audience to look at the movie through the eyes of a World War II infantryman.
Gladiator is an astounding movie which sweeps the masterful storytelling which makes it a classic movie to watch. This Hollywood movie revived the sword and sandal genre, starting the movie with an epic battle between the Romans and the barbarians. This flick portrays Russell Crowe as a fictional character of general Maximus, who is betrayed and reduced to slavery; Maximus rises through the ranks of the gladiatorial arena to avenge the murders of his family and his emperor.
Braveheart captures both the picturesque serenity and abject brutality of 13th-century Scotland and her quest for independence from England’s cruel pagan ruler. Mel Gibson plays the role of a vengeful 13th-century Scottish rebel and warrior who sought vengeance against an English tyrant and the fight for independence. This movie depicts tyranny, kills, torture, hackings, stabbings, throat-slitting, and arrows and spears dealing horrible death and injuries.
- Black Hawk Down.
This movie re-enacts the terrifying 1993 depiction of the American military operations where United States Army rope down into Somalia in Black Hawk Helicopters to capture enemies. The story revolves around the military mission undertaken by the US Army which soon becomes a deadly entanglement and pulse-pounding excitement which makes us skip a few heartbeats.
Troy is based on the epic poem, The Iliad by Homer. This movie depicts the legend of the Trojan War. Although the story has been manipulated in many aspects, it is an entertaining movie with abundant visual actions and effects that blend love, war, and betrayal.
Fury depicts the brutal saga of an American tank crew in Germany during the closing stages of World War II. This movie depicting Brad Pitt is tremendous in the role, a conscience detectable even in a blinkered gaze. But it’s Logan Lerman who plays the role of Norman, a young military typist, ordered to be a replacement in the tank crew, anchors the film with a shattering, unforgettable portrayal of corrupted innocence. Norman’s horror and disgust is a cracked mirror for the crew until Norman hardens just like his band of brothers. Fury captures the buried feelings of men in combat with piercing immediacy, means to grab us hard from the first scene and never let go.
- Hacksaw Ridge
A World War II drama based on the real-life legacy of Desmond Doss, played by Andrew Garfield, a war hero who became the first man in US history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot. Yes, without firing a single shot, he saved 75 men at The Battle of Okinawa, the bloodiest battle in the entire pacific theater. Directed by Mel Gibson, and nominated for the Oscars, his vision roars to life. The battles are staged and shot with excruciating relentlessness. We see more vividly the relationship of the soldiers to one another and the adversary that pours out of the smoke. This movie is a worthy addition to the war movie saga and is a must watch.
- The Platoon.
This movie depicts a group of American soldiers, who fight and die in the jungles of Vietnam showing us the horrors of The Vietnam War. Directed by Oliver Stone, this movie won the Oscars for Best Pictures. It takes on the groundbreaking bombastic and operatic touches showing us the fight between good and evil with climatic fighting footage which is beautiful and also horrific at the same time.
- Apocalypse Now
One of the finest Vietnam War movies ever made, exhibiting the intense action, the horrific, violence effects of war which awed the audiences in an immense way. What made this war movie stand apart from the rest was showcasing the horrors of war as it portrays murder as a sport and innocent civilians as targets. This movie was nominated for Academy awards, winning the awards for Best Sound and Best Cinematography.
- Lone Survivor.
Based on the book of the same name, Lone Survivor dramatizes the unsuccessful United States Navy SEALs mission, during which a four-man SEAL reconnaissance and surveillance team were tasked to track down and assassinate a Taliban leader. The movie dramatizes the intense, grueling and brutal fights between the two sides of combat, showing an impressive focus on the revulsions and exaltation of war.
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