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Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Drama, War

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Opening with the Allied invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944, members of the 2nd Ranger Battalion under Cpt. Miller fight ashore to secure a beachhead. Amidst the fighting, two brothers are killed in action. Earlier in New Guinea, a third brother is KIA. Their mother, Mrs. Ryan, is to receive all three of the grave telegrams on the same day. The United States Army Chief of Staff, George C. Marshall, is given an opportunity to alleviate some of her grief when he learns of a fourth brother, Private James Ryan, and decides to send out 8 men (Cpt. Miller and select members from 2nd Rangers) to find him and bring him back home to his mother... (Read More)

Themes:military,  friendship
Mood:epic,  gore
Locations:france,  cemetery,  church,  beach
Characters:american,  jewish,  soldier,  teacher
Period:1940s
Story:military uniform,  american soldier,  second chance,  steel helmet,  exploding tank,  nazi occupied france,  army ranger,  american abroad,  american flag,  combat casualty,  u.s. army,  u.s. military,  final battle,  military officer,  rescue mission,  male soldier,  dead soldier,  u.s. soldier,  omaha beach,  budding friendship,  browning automatic rifle,  reference to betty boop,  desaturated colors,  reference to edith piaf,  skip motion,  hand tremor,  reference to betty grable,  death notice,  collision course,  act of god,  halftrack,  male crying,  deserted town,  infantryman,  plane wreck,  shelling,  machine gun nest,  war memorial,  divine intervention,  blown to pieces,  disorientation,  reconnaissance,  optimist,  killed in action,  tinnitus,  speculation,  bell tower,  star spangled banner,  realization,  serendipity,  male camaraderie,  chance,  dying young,  death of hero,  dog tag,  skepticism,  one last job,  d day,  medic,  automatic weapon,  fear of death,  world war two veteran,  last stand,  canteen,  mercy,  secret past,  dying words,  cowardice,  landmine,  optimism,  trench,  normandy,  compass,  bilingualism,  tommy gun,  year 1944,  mass grave,  silhouette,  infantry,  iowa,  morphine,  repeated line,  shot in the throat,  unsubtitled foreign language,  male friendship,  war violence,  shot in the eye,  gramophone,  bunker,  shot in the neck,  molotov cocktail,  firearm,  blood on camera lens,  ruins,  poetic justice,  main character dies,  translator,  heroism,  loss of brother,  war crime,  severed leg,  flamethrower,  dark past,  prisoner of war,  rainstorm,  seaside,  disembowelment,  dark hero,  shot in the face,  dark humor,  loss of son,  bravery,  invasion,  anti semitism,  crushed to death,  black humor,  burial,  fate,  exploding building,  blockbuster,  male bonding,  mutilation,  helmet,  hand grenade,  destiny,  washington d.c.,  dismemberment,  shot in the arm,  severed arm,  general,  blindfold,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  tank,  mistaken identity,  person on fire,  uniform,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  drowning,  underwater scene,  search,  controversy,  sniper,  no opening credits,  nonlinear timeline,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  death of friend,  army,  bridge,  stabbing,  ambush,  decapitation,  shot in the back,  combat,  prayer,  vomiting,  letter,  battle,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  world war two,  based on true story,  three word title,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  murder,  violence

Fury (2014)
Action, Drama, War

Fury (2014)

1945, in World War II Germany, the tough Sergeant Don 'Wardaddy' Collier commands a tank and survives a German attack with his veteran crew composed of Boyd 'Bible' Swan, Trini 'Gordo' Garcia and Grady 'Coon-Ass' Travis. He receives a rookie soldier Norman Ellison as the substitute for his deceased gunner and he tries to harden the youth along the way. (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:gore
Characters:soldier
Story:military uniform,  american soldier,  exploding tank,  american abroad,  u.s. army,  u.s. military,  u.s. soldier,  male camaraderie,  death of hero,  dog tag,  automatic weapon,  last stand,  landmine,  bilingualism,  tommy gun,  war violence,  firearm,  main character dies,  heroism,  war crime,  severed leg,  prisoner of war,  crushed to death,  exploding building,  hand grenade,  shot in the arm,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  tank,  person on fire,  uniform,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  sniper,  no opening credits,  stabbed to death,  death of friend,  army,  ambush,  decapitation,  shot in the back,  combat,  vomiting,  battle,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  world war two,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  murder,  violence

The Longest Day (1962)
Action, Drama, History, War

The Longest Day (1962)

Tells the story of the D-Day invasion of Normandy in WWII. There are dozens of characters, some seen only briefly, who together weave the story of five separate invasion points that made up the operation.

Mood:epic
Locations:beach
Period:1940s
Story:american soldier,  steel helmet,  nazi occupied france,  u.s. army,  dead soldier,  omaha beach,  shelling,  machine gun nest,  tinnitus,  bell tower,  d day,  automatic weapon,  normandy,  tommy gun,  year 1944,  infantry,  war violence,  bunker,  shot in the neck,  firearm,  heroism,  rainstorm,  invasion,  helmet,  hand grenade,  general,  uniform,  army,  combat,  battle,  machine gun,  world war two,  explosion,  violence,  murder

The Thin Red Line (1998)
Drama, War

The Thin Red Line (1998)

U.S. Army Private Witt (AWOL) is found and imprisoned on a troop carrier by his company First Sergeant, Welsh.The men of C Company,1st Battalion,27th Infantry Regiment,25th Infantry Division have been brought to Guadalcanal as reinforcements in the campaign to secure Henderson Field and seize the island from the Japanese. They arrive near Hill 210, a key Japanese position. Their task is to capture the hill at all cost. What happens next is a story developing about redemption and the meaningless of war. Regardless the outcome. (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:epic
Characters:soldier
Period:1940s
Story:steel helmet,  combat casualty,  u.s. army,  dead soldier,  u.s. soldier,  budding friendship,  dying young,  skepticism,  fear of death,  infantry,  bunker,  shot in the neck,  firearm,  main character dies,  heroism,  severed leg,  invasion,  severed arm,  general,  uniform,  underwater scene,  no opening credits,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  army,  shot in the back,  combat,  vomiting,  battle,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  shot to death,  world war two,  explosion

Patton (1970) is one of the best movies like Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Biography, Drama, War

Patton (1970)

"Patton" tells the tale of General 'George S. Patton (I)' (qv), famous tank commander of World War II. The film begins with Patton's career in North Africa and progresses through the invasion of Europe and the fall of the Third Reich. Side plots also speak of Patton's numerous faults such his temper and tendency toward insubordination, faults that would prevent him from becoming the lead American general in the Normandy Invasion as well as to his being relieved as Occupation Commander of Germany. (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:epic
Locations:france,  cemetery
Characters:american
Period:1940s
Story:american soldier,  steel helmet,  american abroad,  u.s. army,  dead soldier,  star spangled banner,  d day,  normandy,  year 1944,  infantry,  war violence,  ruins,  invasion,  blockbuster,  destiny,  general,  tank,  uniform,  army,  ambush,  combat,  prayer,  machine gun,  world war two,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  violence

Dunkirk (2017)
Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War

Dunkirk (2017)

Evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, and France, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbor of Dunkirk, France, between May 26- June 04, 1940, during Battle of France in World War II.

Themes:military
Mood:epic
Locations:france,  beach
Characters:soldier
Period:1940s
Story:military uniform,  nazi occupied france,  military officer,  rescue mission,  dead soldier,  death notice,  killed in action,  dog tag,  medic,  canteen,  prisoner of war,  seaside,  shot in the face,  bravery,  invasion,  crushed to death,  burial,  fate,  helmet,  destiny,  general,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  drowning,  underwater scene,  no opening credits,  nonlinear timeline,  death of friend,  army,  combat,  battle,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  world war two,  based on true story,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  murder,  violence

Black Hawk Down (2001)
Drama, History, War

Black Hawk Down (2001)

Action/war drama based on the best-selling book detailing a near-disastrous mission in Somalia on October 3, 1993. On this date nearly 100 U.S. Army Rangers, commanded by Capt. Mike Steele, were dropped by helicopter deep into the capital city of Mogadishu to capture two top lieutenants of a Somali warlord. This led to a large and drawn-out firefight between the Army Ranges, US Special Forces, and hundreds of Somali gunmen; resulting in the destruction of two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters. The film focuses on the heroic efforts of various Rangers to get to the downed black hawks, centering on SSG Eversmann, leading the Ranger unit Chalk Four to the first black hawk crash site, Chief Warrant Officer Durant who was captured after being the only survivor of the second black hawk crash, as well as many others who were involved. (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:gore
Characters:soldier
Story:military uniform,  u.s. army,  u.s. military,  rescue mission,  male soldier,  dead soldier,  u.s. soldier,  blown to pieces,  automatic weapon,  infantry,  war violence,  shot in the neck,  firearm,  blood on camera lens,  heroism,  prisoner of war,  shot in the face,  bravery,  mutilation,  dismemberment,  general,  exploding body,  tank,  uniform,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  sniper,  no opening credits,  army,  ambush,  shot in the back,  combat,  prayer,  battle,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  violence,  murder

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
Drama, History, War

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)

The island of Iwo Jima stands between the American military force and the home islands of Japan. Therefore the Imperial Japanese Army is desperate to prevent it from falling into American hands and providing a launching point for an invasion of Japan. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi is given command of the forces on the island and sets out to prepare for the imminent attack. General Kuribayashi, however, does not favor the rigid traditional approach recommended by his subordinates, and resentment and resistance fester among his staff. In the lower echelons, a young soldier, Saigo, a poor baker in civilian life, strives with his friends to survive the harsh regime of the Japanese army itself, all the while knowing that a fierce battle looms. When the American invasion begins, both Kuribayashi and Saigo find strength, honor, courage, and horrors beyond imagination. (Read More)

Themes:military,  friendship
Mood:epic,  gore
Locations:beach
Characters:american,  soldier
Period:1940s
Story:military uniform,  american soldier,  american flag,  u.s. army,  u.s. military,  military officer,  dead soldier,  u.s. soldier,  star spangled banner,  last stand,  trench,  bunker,  firearm,  heroism,  flamethrower,  prisoner of war,  invasion,  mutilation,  helmet,  dismemberment,  severed arm,  general,  exploding body,  tank,  uniform,  no opening credits,  stabbed to death,  army,  stabbing,  letter,  battle,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  world war two,  explosion,  murder,  violence

Enemy At The Gates (2001) is one of the best movies like Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Drama, History, War

Enemy At The Gates (2001)

In World War II, the fall of Stalingrad will mean the collapse of the whole country. The Germans and Russians are fighting over every block, leaving only ruins behind. The Russian sniper Vassili Zaitsev stalks the Germans, taking them out one by one, thus hurting the morale of the German troops. The political officer Danilov leads him on, publishing his efforts to give his countrymen some hope. But Vassili eventually start to feel that he can not live up to the expectations on him. He and Danilov fall in love with the same girl, Tanya, a female soldier. From Germany comes the master sniper Konig to put an end to the extraordinary skilled Russian sniper. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Mood:epic
Characters:jewish,  soldier
Period:1940s
Story:military uniform,  male soldier,  male camaraderie,  dog tag,  secret past,  trench,  mass grave,  repeated line,  shot in the neck,  firearm,  blood on camera lens,  ruins,  translator,  heroism,  severed leg,  dark past,  dark hero,  exploding building,  male bonding,  destiny,  shot in the arm,  severed arm,  tank,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the forehead,  underwater scene,  sniper,  shot in the back,  prayer,  vomiting,  letter,  battle,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  world war two,  based on true story,  explosion,  violence,  murder

Glory (1989)
Biography, Drama, History, War

Glory (1989)

Shaw was an officer in the Federal Army during the American Civil War who volunteered to lead the first company of black soldiers. Shaw was forced to deal with the prejudices of both the enemy (who had orders to kill commanding officers of blacks), and of his own fellow officers.

Themes:military,  friendship
Mood:epic,  gore
Locations:beach
Characters:american,  soldier
Story:military uniform,  american soldier,  final battle,  military officer,  mass grave,  infantry,  war violence,  main character dies,  heroism,  shot in the face,  bravery,  male bonding,  shot in the arm,  general,  uniform,  shot in the leg,  army,  stabbing,  shot in the back,  combat,  letter,  battle,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  based on true story,  violence

The Monuments Men (2014)
Drama, History, War

The Monuments Men (2014)

Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys - seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 - possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind's greatest achievements. (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:france,  church,  beach
Characters:soldier
Period:1940s
Story:military uniform,  american abroad,  american flag,  u.s. army,  u.s. military,  military officer,  u.s. soldier,  male camaraderie,  landmine,  normandy,  bilingualism,  tommy gun,  mass grave,  year 1944,  translator,  heroism,  flamethrower,  bravery,  helmet,  general,  self sacrifice,  tank,  uniform,  sniper,  no opening credits,  death of friend,  army,  bridge,  ambush,  shot in the back,  combat,  letter,  battle,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  world war two,  based on true story,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  murder

We Were Soldiers (2002)
Action, Drama, History, War

We Were Soldiers (2002)

A telling of the 1st Battalion, 7 Cavalry Regiment, 1st Calvary Division's battle against overwhelming odds in the La Drang valley of Vietnam in 1965. Seen through the eyes of the battalion's commander, Lt. Col. Hal Moore (played by Mel Gibson), we see him take command of the battalion and its preparations to go into Vietnam. We also see how the French had, years earlier, been defeated in the same area. The battle was to be the first major engagement between US and NVA forces in Vietnam and showed the use of helicopters as mobility providers and assault support aircraft. (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:gore
Locations:church
Characters:soldier
Story:american soldier,  steel helmet,  u.s. army,  male soldier,  dead soldier,  war memorial,  automatic weapon,  world war two veteran,  infantry,  shot in the throat,  shot in the neck,  blood on camera lens,  severed leg,  bravery,  hand grenade,  general,  exploding body,  person on fire,  uniform,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  army,  ambush,  shot in the back,  combat,  letter,  battle,  machine gun,  shot to death,  explosion,  title spoken by character

American Sniper (2014) is one of the best movies like Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Action, Biography, Drama, History, Thriller, War

American Sniper (2014)

Chris Kyle was nothing more than a Texan man who dreamed of becoming a cowboy, but in his thirties he found out that maybe his life needed something different, something where he could express his real talent, something that could help America in its fight against terrorism. So he joined the SEALs in order to become a sniper. After marrying, Kyle and the other members of the team are called for their first tour of Iraq. Kyle's struggle isn't with his missions, but about his relationship with the reality of the war and, once returned at home, how he manages to handle it with his urban life, his wife and kids. (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:church,  beach
Characters:american,  soldier
Story:military uniform,  american soldier,  american abroad,  american flag,  u.s. military,  star spangled banner,  unsubtitled foreign language,  translator,  heroism,  shot in the face,  bravery,  helmet,  hand grenade,  severed arm,  exploding body,  tank,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  sniper,  no opening credits,  nonlinear timeline,  death of friend,  ambush,  shot in the back,  combat,  vomiting,  battle,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  based on true story,  explosion,  murder,  violence

Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood Of War (2004)
Action, Drama, War

Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood Of War (2004)

In 1950, in South Korea, shoe-shiner Jin-tae Lee and his 18-year-old old student brother, Jin-seok Lee, form a poor but happy family with their mother, Jin-tae's fiance Young-shin Kim, and her young sisters. Jin-tae and his mother are tough workers, who sacrifice themselves to send Jin-seok to the university. When North Korea invades the South, the family escapes to a relative's house in the country, but along their journey, Jin-seok is forced to join the army to fight in the front, and Jin-tae enlists too to protect his young brother. The commander promises Jin-tae that if he gets a medal he would release his brother, and Jin-tae becomes the braver soldier in the company. Along the bloody war between brothers, the relationship of Jin-seok with his older brother deteriorates leading to a dramatic and tragic end. (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:epic,  gore
Characters:soldier
Story:military uniform,  steel helmet,  trench,  war violence,  bunker,  firearm,  loss of brother,  flamethrower,  prisoner of war,  hand grenade,  dismemberment,  exploding body,  tank,  shot in the forehead,  controversy,  stabbed in the chest,  army,  stabbing,  ambush,  shot in the back,  combat,  vomiting,  letter,  battle,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  based on true story,  explosion,  murder,  violence

Windtalkers (2002)
Action, Drama, War

Windtalkers (2002)

During World War II when the Americans needed to find a secure method of communicating they devised a code using the Navajo language. So Navajos were recruited to become what they call code talkers. They would be assigned to a unit and would communicate with other units using the code so that even though the enemy could listen they couldn't understand what they were saying. And to insure that the code is protected men are assigned to protect it at all costs. One of these men is Joe Enders, a man who sustained an injury that can make him unfit for duty but he manages to avoid it and is told of his duty and that the man he is suppose to protect is Ben Yahzee. Initially there is tension but the two men learn to get along. (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:gore
Period:1940s
Story:steel helmet,  american flag,  u.s. soldier,  browning automatic rifle,  last stand,  landmine,  tommy gun,  year 1944,  war violence,  blood on camera lens,  main character dies,  flamethrower,  bravery,  hand grenade,  dismemberment,  shot in the arm,  exploding body,  tank,  shot in the leg,  sniper,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  stabbing,  ambush,  decapitation,  shot in the back,  combat,  vomiting,  letter,  battle,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  world war two,  based on true story,  explosion,  murder,  violence

A Bridge Too Far (1977)
Drama, History, War

A Bridge Too Far (1977)

The true story of Operation Market Garden, the Allies attempt, in September 1944, to hasten the end of WW2 by driving through Belgium and Holland into Germany. The idea was for US airborne divisions to take the towns of Eindhoven and Nijmegen and a British airborne division, reinforced by a Polish airborne brigade, to take the town of Arnhem. They would be reinforced, in due course and in turn, by the British XXX Corps, land-based and driving up from the British lines in the south. The key to the operation was the bridges, as if the Germans held or blew them, the paratroopers could not be relieved. Faulty intelligence, Allied high command hubris and stubborn German resistance would ensure that Arnhem was a bridge too far. (Read More)

Mood:epic
Locations:church
Period:1940s
Story:american soldier,  steel helmet,  exploding tank,  american abroad,  combat casualty,  u.s. army,  dead soldier,  browning automatic rifle,  killed in action,  last stand,  tommy gun,  year 1944,  infantry,  war violence,  firearm,  war crime,  blockbuster,  helmet,  tank,  uniform,  sniper,  army,  bridge,  ambush,  combat,  battle,  rescue,  blood splatter,  world war two,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  violence,  murder

Platoon (1986) is one of the best movies like Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Drama, War

Platoon (1986)

Chris Taylor is a young, naive American who gives up college and volunteers for combat in Vietnam. Upon arrival, he quickly discovers that his presence is quite nonessential, and is considered insignificant to the other soldiers, as he has not fought for as long as the rest of them and felt the effects of combat. Chris has two non-commissioned officers, the ill-tempered and indestructible Staff Sergeant Robert Barnes and the more pleasant and cooperative Sergeant Elias Grodin. A line is drawn between the two NCOs and a number of men in the platoon when an illegal killing occurs during a village raid. As the war continues, Chris himself draws towards psychological meltdown. And as he struggles for survival, he soon realizes he is fighting two battles, the conflict with the enemy and the conflict between the men within his platoon. (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:gore
Characters:american,  soldier
Story:u.s. army,  final battle,  mass grave,  infantry,  war violence,  main character dies,  translator,  war crime,  rainstorm,  blockbuster,  helmet,  hand grenade,  exploding body,  person on fire,  shot in the forehead,  sniper,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  ambush,  shot in the back,  combat,  battle,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  murder,  violence

Lone Survivor (2013)
Action, Biography, Drama, Thriller, War

Lone Survivor (2013)

Marcus Luttrell, a Navy Seal, and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. After running into mountain herders and capturing them, they were left with no choice but to follow their rules of engagement or be imprisoned. Now Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare. (Read More)

Themes:military,  friendship
Mood:gore
Characters:soldier
Story:american abroad,  american flag,  dog tag,  shot in the throat,  shot in the face,  male bonding,  hand grenade,  shot in the arm,  self sacrifice,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  underwater scene,  sniper,  nonlinear timeline,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  death of friend,  army,  ambush,  decapitation,  shot in the back,  combat,  battle,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  based on true story,  explosion,  murder,  violence

13 Hours (2016)
Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War

13 Hours (2016)

Libya, 2012. At an unofficial CIA base in Benghazi a group of ex-military contractors are providing security. In the aftermath of Gaddafi's downfall a power vacuum exists and the climate is volatile. Military weapons are freely available. The US Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, makes a visit to the area, staying in a compound near the CIA base. On the night of 11 September, 2012, the Ambassador's compound is attacked by hordes of heavily armed locals. The only forces willing and able to defend it are six CIA contractors. (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:gore
Characters:soldier
Story:army ranger,  american abroad,  american flag,  rescue mission,  male camaraderie,  last stand,  bilingualism,  repeated line,  unsubtitled foreign language,  war violence,  molotov cocktail,  translator,  heroism,  bravery,  crushed to death,  exploding building,  helmet,  washington d.c.,  shot in the arm,  severed arm,  general,  exploding body,  person on fire,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  no opening credits,  death of friend,  ambush,  shot in the back,  combat,  battle,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  based on true story,  explosion,  violence,  murder

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. (Read More)

Themes:military,  friendship
Mood:epic
Locations:beach
Characters:soldier
Story:american flag,  u.s. army,  final battle,  rescue mission,  star spangled banner,  mercy,  main character dies,  loss of brother,  prisoner of war,  loss of son,  invasion,  burial,  fate,  exploding building,  blockbuster,  helmet,  hand grenade,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  tank,  sniper,  no opening credits,  death of friend,  army,  bridge,  ambush,  shot in the back,  combat,  battle,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  shot to death,  explosion,  murder,  violence

Flags Of Our Fathers (2006) is one of the best movies like Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Drama, History, War

Flags Of Our Fathers (2006)

In 1945, the Marines attack twelve thousand Japaneses protecting the twenty square kilometers of the sacred Iwo Jima island in a very violent battle. When they reach the Mount Suribachi and six Marines raise their flag on the top, the picture becomes a symbol in a post Great Depression America. The government brings the three survivors to America to raise funds for war, bringing hope to desolate people, and making the three men heroes of the war. However, the traumatized trio has difficulty dealing with the image built by their superiors, sharing the heroism with their mates. (Read More)

Themes:military,  friendship
Mood:gore
Locations:beach
Period:1940s
Story:american flag,  dead soldier,  u.s. soldier,  star spangled banner,  bunker,  firearm,  heroism,  severed leg,  bravery,  male bonding,  washington d.c.,  shot in the arm,  severed arm,  exploding body,  tank,  shot in the leg,  no opening credits,  ambush,  decapitation,  shot in the back,  vomiting,  letter,  battle,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  world war two,  explosion,  murder,  violence

Wonder Woman (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi, War

Wonder Woman (2017)

Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when a pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers and her true destiny. (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:epic
Locations:church,  beach
Characters:soldier
Story:american abroad,  final battle,  machine gun nest,  bell tower,  trench,  bilingualism,  translator,  heroism,  loss of brother,  bravery,  invasion,  fate,  exploding building,  blockbuster,  helmet,  hand grenade,  destiny,  shot in the arm,  general,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  tank,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the leg,  underwater scene,  sniper,  no opening credits,  nonlinear timeline,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  army,  shot in the back,  combat,  battle,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  shot to death,  explosion,  character name in title,  murder,  violence

Alexander (2004)
Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War

Alexander (2004)

Conquering 90% of the known world by the age of 25, Alexander the Great led his armies through 22,000 miles of sieges and conquests in just eight years. Coming out of tiny Macedonia (today part of Greece), Alexander led his armies against the mighty Persian Empire, drove west to Egypt, and finally made his way east to India. This film will concentrate on those eight years of battles, as well as his relationship with his boyhood friend and battle mate, Hephaestion. Alexander died young, of illness, at 33. Alexander's conquests paved the way for the spread of Greek culture (facilitating the spread of Christianity centuries later), and removed many of the obstacles that might have prevented the expansion of the Roman Empire. In other words, the world we know today might never have been if not for Alexander's bloody, yet unifying, conquest. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Mood:epic,  gore
Characters:soldier,  teacher
Story:final battle,  death of hero,  shot in the throat,  war violence,  shot in the neck,  blood on camera lens,  main character dies,  severed leg,  rainstorm,  dark hero,  disembowelment,  shot in the face,  bravery,  invasion,  crushed to death,  fate,  blockbuster,  helmet,  destiny,  dismemberment,  shot in the arm,  severed arm,  general,  shot in the leg,  sniper,  no opening credits,  nonlinear timeline,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  death of friend,  army,  stabbing,  decapitation,  shot in the back,  combat,  letter,  battle,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  murder,  violence

All Quiet On The Western Front (1930)
Drama, War

All Quiet On The Western Front (1930)

This is an English language film (made in America) adapted from a novel by German author Erich Maria Remarque. The film follows a group of German schoolboys, talked into enlisting at the beginning of World War 1 by their jingoistic teacher. The story is told entirely through the experiences of the young German recruits and highlights the tragedy of war through the eyes of individuals. As the boys witness death and mutilation all around them, any preconceptions about "the enemy" and the "rights and wrongs" of the conflict disappear, leaving them angry and bewildered. This is highlighted in the scene where Paul mortally wounds a French soldier and then weeps bitterly as he fights to save his life while trapped in a shell crater with the body. The film is not about heroism but about drudgery and futility and the gulf between the concept of war and the actuality. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Mood:epic
Locations:france,  cemetery,  church
Characters:soldier,  teacher
Story:military uniform,  steel helmet,  dead soldier,  killed in action,  dying young,  death of hero,  fear of death,  last stand,  war violence,  bunker,  firearm,  main character dies,  heroism,  mutilation,  helmet,  hand grenade,  sniper,  death of friend,  bridge,  stabbing,  combat,  machine gun,  shot to death,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  murder,  violence

The Last Samurai (2003) is one of the best movies like Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Action, Drama, History, War

The Last Samurai (2003)

In the 1870s, Captain Nathan Algren, a cynical veteran of the American Civil war who will work for anyone, is hired by Americans who want lucrative contracts with the Emperor of Japan to train the peasant conscripts for the first standing imperial army in modern warfare using firearms. The imperial Omura cabinet's first priority is to repress a rebellion of traditionalist Samurai -hereditary warriors- who remain devoted to the sacred dynasty but reject the Westernizing policy and even refuse firearms. Yet when his ill-prepared superior force sets out too soon, their panic allows the sword-wielding samurai to crush them. Badly wounded Algren's courageous stand makes the samurai leader Katsumoto spare his life; once nursed to health he learns to know and respect the old Japanese way, and participates as advisor in Katsumoto's failed attempt to save the Bushido tradition, but Omura gets repressive laws enacted- he must now choose to honor his loyalty to one of the embittered sides when the conflict returns to the battlefield... (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Mood:epic,  gore
Characters:american,  soldier
Story:u.s. army,  military officer,  last stand,  secret past,  shot in the throat,  shot in the eye,  shot in the neck,  blood on camera lens,  translator,  loss of brother,  dark hero,  bravery,  blockbuster,  destiny,  shot in the arm,  general,  self sacrifice,  person on fire,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  no opening credits,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  army,  stabbing,  decapitation,  shot in the back,  combat,  prayer,  battle,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  murder,  violence

Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
Biography, Drama, History, War

Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

The true story of 'Desmond T. Doss' (qv), the conscientious objector who, at the Battle of Okinawa, won the Medal of Honor for his incredible bravery and regard for his fellow soldiers. We see his upbringing and how this shaped his views, especially his religious view and anti-killing stance. We see Doss's trials and tribulations after enlisting in the US Army and trying to become a medic. Finally, we see the hell on Earth that was Hacksaw Ridge. (Read More)

Mood:gore
Locations:cemetery,  church
Characters:soldier
Period:1940s
Story:u.s. army,  male camaraderie,  medic,  cowardice,  war violence,  flamethrower,  bravery,  person on fire,  shot in the leg,  no opening credits,  army,  decapitation,  shot in the back,  combat,  vomiting,  letter,  battle,  world war two,  based on true story,  three word title,  explosion,  violence

Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Drama, War

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

A two-segment look at the effect of the military mindset and war itself on Vietnam era Marines. The first half follows a group of recruits in boot camp under the command of the punishing Gunnery Sergeant Hartman. The second half shows one of those recruits, Joker, covering the war as a correspondent for Stars and Stripes, focusing on the Tet offensive. (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:gore
Characters:soldier
Story:u.s. army,  male soldier,  dead soldier,  u.s. soldier,  mass grave,  infantry,  male friendship,  war violence,  firearm,  war crime,  dark humor,  tank,  uniform,  shot in the leg,  sniper,  army,  shot in the back,  combat,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  three word title,  title spoken by character,  violence,  murder

Kelly's Heroes (1970)
Adventure, Comedy, War

Kelly's Heroes (1970)

During World War II a German Colonel is captured by the Americans but before he can be interrogated an artillery barrage hits the camp. However, Ex-Lieutenant Kelly manages to reach the Colonel, get him drunk and learn that he is on a secret mission to ship $16,000,000 of gold to a base in France. Kelly is determined to get the gold and plans for himself and a few of his fellow soldiers to slip into enemy territory and steal the bullion. (Read More)

Locations:france
Story:browning automatic rifle,  machine gun nest,  bell tower,  male camaraderie,  landmine,  tommy gun,  infantry,  war violence,  prisoner of war,  exploding building,  hand grenade,  general,  tank,  shot in the forehead,  sniper,  death of friend,  army,  bridge,  combat,  battle,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  world war two,  explosion,  character name in title,  violence

Tomorrow, When The War Began (2010) is one of the best movies like Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Action, Adventure, Drama

Tomorrow, When The War Began (2010)

Seven Australian teenage friends from a small town go on a camping trip to be with nature. During their trip, they see military aircraft fly overhead. What they didn't know was their country was being invaded by another country. Returning home, they discover that they are at war. With no training, they band together to fight the enemy. (Read More)

Themes:military,  friendship
Locations:church
Characters:soldier
Story:invasion,  crushed to death,  helmet,  hand grenade,  tank,  person on fire,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  search,  sniper,  no opening credits,  army,  bridge,  ambush,  shot in the back,  combat,  vomiting,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  explosion,  murder,  violence

Where Eagles Dare (1968)
Action, Adventure, War

Where Eagles Dare (1968)

During WW2 a British aircraft is shot down and crashes in Nazi held territory. The Germans capture the only survivor, an American General, and take him to the nearest SS headquarters. Unknown to the Germans the General has full knowledge of the D-Day operation. The British decide that the General must not be allowed to divulge any details of the Normandy landing at all cost and order Major John Smith to lead a crack commando team to rescue him. Amongst the team is an American Ranger, Lieutenant Schaffer, who is puzzled by his inclusion in an all British operation. When one of the team dies after the parachute drop, Schaffer suspects that Smith's mission has a much more secret objective. (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:american,  soldier
Period:1940s
Story:steel helmet,  army ranger,  rescue mission,  dead soldier,  normandy,  war violence,  shot in the neck,  prisoner of war,  exploding building,  helmet,  hand grenade,  general,  exploding body,  uniform,  bridge,  combat,  battle,  rescue,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  world war two,  three word title,  explosion,  violence

Act Of Valor (2012)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller, War

Act Of Valor (2012)

An unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty Navy SEALs in a powerful story of contemporary global anti-terrorism. Inspired by true events, the film combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the minute battlefield technology and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure. Act of Valor takes audiences deep into the secretive world of the most elite, highly trained group of warriors in the modern world. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home. Each time they accomplish their mission, a new piece of intelligence reveals another shocking twist to the deadly terror plot, which stretches from Chechnya to the Philippines and from Ukraine to Somalia. The widening operation sends the SEALs across the globe as they track the terrorist ring to the U.S.-Mexico border, where they engage in an epic firefight with an outcome that has potentially unimaginable consequences for the future of America. (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:epic,  gore
Locations:cemetery,  church,  beach
Characters:american,  soldier
Story:american flag,  rescue mission,  male camaraderie,  heroism,  shot in the face,  exploding building,  hand grenade,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  underwater scene,  sniper,  no opening credits,  death of friend,  shot in the back,  combat,  letter,  battle,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  based on true story,  three word title,  explosion,  murder,  violence

Rambo III (1988)
Action, Adventure, Thriller, War

Rambo III (1988)

John Rambo's former Vietnam superior, Colonel Samuel Trautman, has been assigned to lead a mission to help the Mujahedeen rebels who are fighting the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, but the Buddhist Rambo turns down Trautman's request that Rambo help out. When the mission goes belly up and Trautman is kidnapped and tortured by Russian Colonel Zaysen, Rambo launches a rescue effort and allies himself with the Mujahedeen rebels and gets their help in trying to rescue Trautman from Zaysen. (Read More)

Story:exploding tank,  american abroad,  final battle,  rescue mission,  halftrack,  machine gun nest,  canteen,  bunker,  molotov cocktail,  blood on camera lens,  flamethrower,  prisoner of war,  invasion,  blockbuster,  hand grenade,  exploding body,  tank,  shot in the leg,  sniper,  ambush,  combat,  battle,  rescue,  machine gun,  explosion,  character name in title,  murder,  violence

The Hurt Locker (2008) is one of the best movies like Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Drama, History, Thriller, War

The Hurt Locker (2008)

An intense portrayal of elite soldiers who have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world: disarming bombs in the heat of combat. When a new sergeant, James, takes over a highly trained bomb disposal team amidst violent conflict, he surprises his two subordinates, Sanborn and Eldridge, by recklessly plunging them into a deadly game of urban combat, behaving as if he's indifferent to death. As the men struggle to control their wild new leader, the city explodes into chaos, and James' true character reveals itself in a way that will change each man forever. (Read More)

Story:army ranger,  u.s. army,  u.s. soldier,  blown to pieces,  tinnitus,  male camaraderie,  fear of death,  unsubtitled foreign language,  shot in the neck,  translator,  male bonding,  helmet,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  tank,  mistaken identity,  shot in the leg,  sniper,  no opening credits,  death of friend,  army,  bridge,  ambush,  shot in the back,  combat,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  three word title,  explosion,  murder,  violence

The Four Feathers (2002)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, War

The Four Feathers (2002)

Set in 1884 Sudan, this fifth film to be adapted from the A.E.W. Mason novel follows a British officer who resigns his post right before his regiment ships out to battle the rebels. Perceiving his resignation as cowardice, his friends and fiancee give him four white feathers, the symbol of cowardice, but little do they know he's actually going undercover and plans to redeem his honor. (Read More)

Themes:military,  friendship
Mood:epic
Locations:church
Characters:soldier
Story:military uniform,  male camaraderie,  fear of death,  cowardice,  mass grave,  war violence,  heroism,  prisoner of war,  bravery,  burial,  general,  sniper,  army,  ambush,  combat,  prayer,  battle,  rescue,  murder,  violence

The Pianist (2002)
Biography, Drama, Music, War

The Pianist (2002)

In this adaptation of the autobiography "The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945," 'Wladyslaw Szpilman' (qv), a Polish Jewish radio station pianist, sees Warsaw change gradually as World War II begins. Szpilman is forced into the Warsaw Ghetto, but is later separated from his family during Operation Reinhard. From this time until the concentration camp prisoners are released, Szpilman hides in various locations among the ruins of Warsaw. (Read More)

Characters:jewish
Period:1940s
Story:second chance,  budding friendship,  desaturated colors,  tinnitus,  molotov cocktail,  ruins,  war crime,  loss of brother,  flamethrower,  prisoner of war,  anti semitism,  tank,  mistaken identity,  shot in the forehead,  no opening credits,  world war two,  based on true story,  violence,  murder

The Revenant (2015)
Adventure, Drama, Thriller, Western

The Revenant (2015)

While exploring g uncharted wilderness in 1823, legendary fronjitiersman Hugh Glass sustains injuries from a brutal bear attack. When his hunting team leaves him for dead, Glass must utilize his survival skills to find a way back home while avoiding natives on their own hunt. Grief-stricken and fueled by vengeance, Glass treks through the wintry terrain to track down John Fitzgerald, the former confidant who betrayed and abandoned him. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Mood:gore
Story:canteen,  bilingualism,  shot in the throat,  shot in the eye,  shot in the neck,  blood on camera lens,  severed leg,  dark past,  rainstorm,  disembowelment,  dark hero,  loss of son,  bravery,  male bonding,  shot in the arm,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  underwater scene,  search,  sniper,  no opening credits,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  stabbing,  ambush,  shot in the back,  combat,  battle,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  based on true story,  violence,  murder

Centurion (2010) is one of the best movies like Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Thriller, War

Centurion (2010)

Britain, A.D. 117. Quintus Dias, the sole survivor of a Pictish raid on a Roman frontier fort, marches north with General Virilus' legendary Ninth Legion, under orders to wipe the Picts from the face of the Earth and destroy their leader, Gorlacon.

Mood:gore
Characters:soldier
Story:rescue mission,  male camaraderie,  repeated line,  shot in the throat,  shot in the eye,  shot in the neck,  severed leg,  disembowelment,  shot in the face,  helmet,  general,  self sacrifice,  shot in the leg,  nonlinear timeline,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  death of friend,  army,  stabbing,  ambush,  decapitation,  shot in the back,  combat,  battle,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  title spoken by character,  murder,  violence

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:friendship
Characters:soldier
Story:shot in the throat,  dark past,  dark hero,  shot in the face,  bravery,  crushed to death,  blockbuster,  helmet,  shot in the arm,  severed arm,  general,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the leg,  underwater scene,  nonlinear timeline,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  army,  bridge,  ambush,  decapitation,  shot in the back,  combat,  battle,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  character name in title,  murder,  violence

The Dirty Dozen (1967)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Thriller, War

The Dirty Dozen (1967)

A Major with an attitude problem and a history of getting things done is told to interview military prisoners with death sentences or long terms for a dangerous mission; To parachute behind enemy lines and cause havoc for the German Generals at a rest house on the eve of D-Day.

Themes:military
Characters:soldier
Period:1940s
Story:american soldier,  steel helmet,  american abroad,  u.s. army,  tommy gun,  war violence,  exploding building,  hand grenade,  general,  uniform,  shot in the back,  combat,  battle,  machine gun,  world war two,  three word title,  explosion,  title spoken by character

White House Down (2013)
Action, Drama, Thriller

White House Down (2013)

Capitol Policeman John Cale has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer. Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. Now, with the nation's government falling into chaos and time running out, it's up to Cale to save the president, his daughter, and the country. (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:soldier
Story:exploding tank,  american flag,  u.s. army,  automatic weapon,  bunker,  flamethrower,  exploding building,  hand grenade,  washington d.c.,  general,  exploding body,  tank,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  underwater scene,  sniper,  stabbed to death,  death of friend,  shot in the back,  battle,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  shot to death,  three word title,  explosion,  murder,  violence

Red Tails (2012) is one of the best movies like Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War

Red Tails (2012)

Italy, 1944. As the war takes its toll on Allied forces in Europe, a squadron of black pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen are finally given the chance to prove themselves in the sky - even as they battle discrimination on the ground. It's a tribute to the unsung heroes who rose above extraordinary challenges and ultimately soared into history. (Read More)

Themes:military
Period:1940s
Story:american abroad,  u.s. military,  chance,  year 1944,  blood on camera lens,  heroism,  prisoner of war,  bravery,  general,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the leg,  death of friend,  shot in the back,  battle,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  world war two,  explosion,  title spoken by character

Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Adventure, Drama, War

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

In German-occupied France, young Jewish refugee Shosanna Dreyfus witnesses the slaughter of her family by Colonel Hans Landa. Narrowly escaping with her life, she plots her revenge several years later when German war hero Fredrick Zoller takes a rapid interest in her and arranges an illustrious movie premiere at the theater she now runs. With the promise of every major Nazi officer in attendance, the event catches the attention of the "Basterds", a group of Jewish-American guerrilla soldiers led by the ruthless Lt. Aldo Raine. As the relentless executioners advance and the conspiring young girl's plans are set in motion, their paths will cross for a fateful evening that will shake the very annals of history. (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:gore
Locations:france
Characters:american,  jewish,  soldier
Period:1940s
Story:male soldier,  bell tower,  unsubtitled foreign language,  translator,  anti semitism,  exploding building,  mutilation,  general,  self sacrifice,  person on fire,  search,  sniper,  nonlinear timeline,  stabbing,  combat,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  world war two,  explosion,  murder,  violence

Behind Enemy Lines (2001)
Action, Drama, Thriller, War

Behind Enemy Lines (2001)

Fighter navigator Chris Burnett wants out: he was looking for something more than the boring recon missions he's been flying. He finds himself flying the lone Christmas day mission over war-torn Bosnia. But when he talks pilot Stackhouse into flying slightly off-course to check out an interesting target, the two get shot down. Burnett is soon alone, trying to outrun a pursuing army, while commanding officer Reigert finds his rescue operation hamstrung by politics, forcing Burnett to run far out of his way. (Read More)

Themes:military
Story:reconnaissance,  tinnitus,  mass grave,  unsubtitled foreign language,  war crime,  exploding building,  shot in the arm,  tank,  shot in the forehead,  sniper,  stabbed in the chest,  army,  combat,  battle,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  based on true story,  title spoken by character

Heartbreak Ridge (1986)
Action, Comedy, Drama, War

Heartbreak Ridge (1986)

1983. Tom Highway is a well-decorated career military man in the United States Marine Corps, he who has seen action in Korea and Vietnam. His current rank is Gunnery Sergeant. His experiences have led him to become an opinionated, no nonsense man, who is prone to bursts of violence, especially when he's drunk, if the situation does not suit him, regardless of the specifics or people involved. Because of these actions, he has spent his fair share of overnighters behind bars. Close to retirement, one of his last assignments, one he requested, is back at his old unit at Cherry Point, North Carolina, from where he was transferred for insubordination. He is to train a reconnaissance platoon. His superior officer, the much younger and combat inexperienced Major Malcolm Powers, sees Highway as a relic of an old styled military. Highway's commanding officer, Lieutenant Ring, the platoon leader, is also a younger man who has no combat experience, but is academically inclined and happy-go-lucky. Highway finds that his team is a rag-tag bunch of slackers, who includes wannabe rock musician Stitch Jones, with who Highway had an inauspicious earlier meeting. The men in the platoon, who truly believe Highway is crazy, hate him, and don't understand why they have to follow his harsh training regimen when the United States is not currently at war. The major, who is all about efficiency regardless of combat readiness, has the same views of Highway. He is clear that he sees Highway's platoon s… (Read More)

Themes:military,  friendship
Characters:soldier
Story:military uniform,  american flag,  u.s. military,  military officer,  rescue mission,  male soldier,  machine gun nest,  reconnaissance,  male camaraderie,  war violence,  firearm,  male bonding,  hand grenade,  general,  tank,  uniform,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  death of friend,  bridge,  ambush,  shot in the back,  combat,  battle,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  shot to death,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  violence

The Patriot (2000) is one of the best movies like Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Action, Drama, History, War

The Patriot (2000)

It is 1776 in colonial South Carolina. Benjamin Martin, a French-Indian war hero who is haunted by his past, now wants nothing more than to live peacefully on his small plantation, and wants no part of a war with the most powerful nation in the world, Great Britain. Meanwhile, his two eldest sons, Gabriel and Thomas, can't wait to enlist in the newly formed "Continental Army." When South Carolina decides to join the rebellion against England, Gabriel immediately signs up to fight...without his father's permission. But when Colonel William Tavington, British dragoon, infamous for his brutal tactics, comes and burns the Martin Plantation to the ground, tragedy strikes. Benjamin quickly finds himself torn between protecting his family, and seeking revenge along with being a part of the birth of a new, young, and ambitious nation. (Read More)

Mood:epic,  gore
Locations:church,  beach
Characters:soldier
Story:military officer,  last stand,  infantry,  war violence,  ruins,  loss of brother,  severed leg,  loss of son,  shot in the arm,  general,  shot in the leg,  army,  stabbing,  ambush,  decapitation,  shot in the back,  combat,  battle,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  based on true story,  murder,  violence

Sicario (2015)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Sicario (2015)

When drug violence worsens on the USA Mexico border, the FBI sends an idealistic agent, Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) on a mission to eradicate a drug cartel responsible for a bomb that had killed members of her team.

Themes:friendship
Characters:soldier
Story:american abroad,  bilingualism,  shot in the throat,  severed leg,  dark past,  dark hero,  mutilation,  shot in the arm,  tank,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  shot in the forehead,  shot in the leg,  sniper,  no opening credits,  stabbed to death,  ambush,  shot in the back,  vomiting,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  explosion,  violence,  murder

'71 (2014)
Action, Drama, Thriller, War

'71 (2014)

A young British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a terrifying riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. Unable to tell friend from foe, the raw recruit must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorienting, alien and deadly landscape.

Themes:military
Characters:soldier
Story:dead soldier,  medic,  molotov cocktail,  firearm,  shot in the face,  exploding building,  uniform,  no opening credits,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbing,  shot in the back,  combat,  battle,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  explosion,  violence,  murder

Defiance (2008)
Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War

Defiance (2008)

On the run and hiding in the deep forests of the then German-occupied Poland and Belorussia (World War II), the four Bielski brothers find the impossible task of foraging for food and weapons for their survival. They live, not only with the fear of discovery, contending with neighboring Soviet partisans and knowing whom to trust but also take the responsibility of looking after a large mass of fleeing Polish Jews from the German war machine. Women, men, children, the elderly and the young alike are all hiding in makeshift homes in the dark, cold and unforgiving forests in the darkest times of German-occupied Eastern Europe. (Read More)

Themes:military,  friendship
Characters:jewish
Story:landmine,  mass grave,  bunker,  anti semitism,  hand grenade,  shot in the arm,  exploding body,  self sacrifice,  tank,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  no opening credits,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  ambush,  shot in the back,  battle,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  world war two,  based on true story,  explosion,  violence,  murder

Robin Hood (2010) is one of the best movies like Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Romance

Robin Hood (2010)

Birth of a legend. Following King Richard's death in France, archer Robin Longstride, along with Will Scarlett, Alan-a-Dale and Little John, returns to England. They encounter the dying Robert of Locksley, whose party was ambushed by treacherous Godfrey, who hopes to facilitate a French invasion of England. Robin promises the dying knight he will return his sword to his father Walter in Nottingham. Here Walter encourages him to impersonate the dead man to prevent his land being confiscated by the crown, and he finds himself with Marian, a ready-made wife. Hoping to stir baronial opposition to weak King John and allow an easy French take-over, Godfrey worms his way into the king's service as Earl Marshal of England and brutally invades towns under the pretext of collecting Royal taxes. Can Robin navigate the politics of barons, royals, traitors, and the French? (Read More)

Mood:epic
Locations:france,  church,  beach
Characters:soldier
Story:dying words,  shot in the throat,  war violence,  shot in the neck,  shot in the face,  invasion,  crushed to death,  person on fire,  shot in the leg,  no opening credits,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  army,  ambush,  decapitation,  shot in the back,  combat,  battle,  shot in the chest,  blood splatter,  shot to death,  explosion,  character name in title,  murder,  violence

Rescue Dawn (2006)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, War

Rescue Dawn (2006)

In 1965, while bombing Laos in a classified mission, the propeller plane of the German-American US Navy pilot Dieter Dengler is hit and crashes in the jungle. Dieter is arrested by the peasants, tortured by the Vietcong and sent to a prisoner camp, where he meets five other mentally deranged prisoners and guards. He becomes close to Duane and organizes an escape plan; however, the unstable Gene opposes to Dieter's plan. When they discover that there is no more food due to the constant American bombings in the area and their guards intend to kill them, Dieter sets his plan in motion. However, an unexpected betrayal splits the group and Dieter and Duane find that the jungle is their actual prison. (Read More)

Themes:military,  friendship
Characters:american,  soldier
Story:american abroad,  tinnitus,  male camaraderie,  optimism,  translator,  war crime,  prisoner of war,  rainstorm,  male bonding,  death of friend,  bridge,  ambush,  decapitation,  combat,  prayer,  vomiting,  rescue,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  shot to death,  based on true story,  title spoken by character,  violence,  murder

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