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[Film] Best War Film?


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Jul 19, 2011
Not my best (cross of iron from the op possibly) but The 9th Company portraying the end period of USSR s occupation of Afghanistan was excellent.

Fignon's Ponytail

Well-known member
Jun 29, 2012
On the Beach
Like many, I love war films...its probably my "go-to" genre tbh, and many listed here are among my favourites for sure.
I've always had a thing for the 1950's movies though - and in my opinion, you cant beat the likes of:

The Cruel Sea, Reach for the Sky, Ill met by Moonlight, The Desert Rats, Dambusters, Ice Cold in Alex, Cockleshell Heroes, Malta Story, & Dunkirk etc. etc.

Classic movies.

Cheeky Monkey

Well-known member
Jul 17, 2003
Schindler's List
Saving Private Ryan
Hacksaw Ridge
Casualties of War
Hamburger Hill
The Thin Red Line
No Valkyrie, Uncs? For some reason I've always thought your avatar was Spielberg in German WW2 cap on the set of Valkyrie, but looking it up he didn't direct it.


Brighton born & bred
Oct 20, 2022
Can’t narrow it down but

This Beautiful Life by Roberto Benigni ranks amongst the highest for me

followed by
Das Boot by Wolfgang Petersen


The Battle of Algiers by Gillo Pontecorvo

Cowfold Seagull

Fan of the 17 bus
Apr 22, 2009
So many good ones remembered from my childhood . . .

The Cruel Sea
Ice Cold In Alex
The Dambusters
633 Squadron

Plus many many more.

An honorable mention too to a much more recent film, a bit left field, and because l consider piracy to be tantamount to war l'll include it . . .

Captain Phillips.


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May 25, 2007
In Which we Serve is rather less gritty than The Cruel Sea but also tells of the service of the 'small ships' of the Royal Navy in WWII.

Superb cast led by, of all people, Noel Coward as Captain D...
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