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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:philosophy,  courage,  insanity,  nature,  memory,  military,  fear
Mood:epic
Locations:jungle
Characters:japanese,  christianity,  lawyer,  soldier
Period:1940s
Story:japanese soldier,  lieutenant colonel,  brigadier general,  jungle warfare,  japanese army,  front line combat,  combat casualty,  heroic military,  dead soldier,  u.s. soldier,  fear of death,  hand to hand combat,  relieved of command,  altered perception,  life ambition,  breakup letter,  beach landing,  solomon islands,  pacific theater,  landing craft,  refusing to obey orders,  heroic deed,  budding friendship,  grim reality,  melanesia,  pacific island,  pacific war,  ridge,  absent without leave,  accidental suicide,  reed,  battalion,  spontaneity,  casualty of war,  comradeship,  visual metaphor,  canoeing,  internal monologue,  multiple narrators,  awol,  transcendence,  pacifism,  duality,  voice over inner thoughts,  dying young,  based on autobiography,  steel helmet,  u.s. marine,  corporal,  private,  multiple perspectives,  skepticism,  tropical island,  traumatic experience,  heroic bloodshed,  hill,  in medias res,  infantry,  title same as book,  grass,  swimming underwater,  bayonet,  commander,  bunker,  crocodile,  shot in the neck,  firearm,  main character dies,  heroism,  severed leg,  existentialism,  lieutenant,  voice over letter,  u.s. army,  cynicism,  invasion,  accidental death,  honor,  sergeant,  shot in the stomach,  grenade,  captain,  machismo,  severed arm,  general,  actor shares first name with character,  pursuit,  uniform,  stabbed in the back,  spirituality,  prologue,  underwater scene,  no opening credits,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  survival,  shot in the back,  combat,  fighting,  color in title,  river,  rifle,  vomiting,  battle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  shot to death,  corpse,  world war two,  voice over narration,  pistol,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  death,  blood

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:courage,  military
Mood:epic
Characters:japanese,  soldier
Period:1940s
Story:japanese soldier,  lieutenant colonel,  japanese army,  dead soldier,  u.s. soldier,  hand to hand combat,  beach landing,  bayonet,  commander,  bunker,  firearm,  heroism,  lieutenant,  voice over letter,  u.s. army,  invasion,  honor,  grenade,  captain,  severed arm,  general,  uniform,  no opening credits,  stabbed to death,  survival,  rifle,  battle,  shot in the head,  shot to death,  world war two,  voice over narration,  pistol,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  blood,  death

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

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
Characters:soldier
Story:heroic military,  u.s. soldier,  hand to hand combat,  firearm,  main character dies,  heroism,  severed leg,  lieutenant,  u.s. army,  sergeant,  grenade,  captain,  machismo,  uniform,  no opening credits,  stabbed to death,  survival,  shot in the back,  combat,  fighting,  rifle,  vomiting,  battle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  shot to death,  corpse,  world war two,  pistol,  explosion,  bare chested male,  blood,  death

The Longest Day (1962) is one of the best movies like The Thin Red Line (1998)
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
Period:1940s
Story:lieutenant colonel,  brigadier general,  dead soldier,  casualty of war,  steel helmet,  private,  infantry,  title same as book,  bayonet,  bunker,  shot in the neck,  firearm,  heroism,  lieutenant,  u.s. army,  invasion,  sergeant,  captain,  general,  uniform,  combat,  battle,  machine gun,  world war two,  explosion,  death

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
Locations:jungle
Characters:soldier
Story:lieutenant colonel,  heroic military,  dead soldier,  battalion,  steel helmet,  corporal,  private,  infantry,  bayonet,  commander,  shot in the neck,  severed leg,  u.s. army,  sergeant,  captain,  general,  uniform,  stabbed in the back,  shot in the back,  combat,  battle,  machine gun,  shot to death,  pistol,  explosion,  based on novel,  death

Flags Of Our Fathers (2006)
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
Period:1940s
Story:japanese soldier,  japanese army,  dead soldier,  u.s. soldier,  beach landing,  u.s. marine,  bayonet,  bunker,  firearm,  heroism,  severed leg,  sergeant,  grenade,  severed arm,  no opening credits,  shot in the back,  rifle,  vomiting,  battle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  shot to death,  corpse,  world war two,  voice over narration,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  blood,  death

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:courage,  military
Locations:jungle
Characters:japanese
Period:1940s
Story:japanese soldier,  japanese army,  u.s. soldier,  hand to hand combat,  solomon islands,  refusing to obey orders,  steel helmet,  u.s. marine,  corporal,  bayonet,  main character dies,  honor,  sergeant,  stabbed in the back,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  shot in the back,  combat,  rifle,  vomiting,  battle,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  world war two,  pistol,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  blood,  death

Black Hawk Down (2001) is one of the best movies like The Thin Red Line (1998)
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:courage,  military
Characters:soldier
Story:heroic military,  dead soldier,  u.s. soldier,  u.s. marine,  infantry,  shot in the neck,  firearm,  heroism,  u.s. army,  honor,  sergeant,  captain,  general,  uniform,  no opening credits,  shot in the back,  combat,  rifle,  battle,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  shot to death,  corpse,  voice over narration,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  blood,  death

'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,  corporal,  bayonet,  firearm,  lieutenant,  sergeant,  uniform,  no opening credits,  stabbed in the chest,  survival,  shot in the back,  combat,  battle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  shot to death,  corpse,  pistol,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  death,  blood

The Last Samurai (2003)
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:courage,  fear
Mood:epic
Characters:japanese,  soldier
Story:lieutenant colonel,  japanese army,  hand to hand combat,  bayonet,  shot in the neck,  u.s. army,  honor,  sergeant,  captain,  general,  stabbed in the back,  spirituality,  no opening credits,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  shot in the back,  combat,  rifle,  battle,  shot in the head,  machine gun,  shot to death,  voice over narration,  pistol,  husband wife relationship,  death,  blood

Platoon (1986)
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
Locations:jungle
Characters:soldier
Story:jungle warfare,  infantry,  bayonet,  main character dies,  u.s. army,  sergeant,  machismo,  stabbed in the back,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  survival,  shot in the back,  combat,  fighting,  battle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  voice over narration,  explosion,  death,  blood

All Quiet On The Western Front (1930) is one of the best movies like The Thin Red Line (1998)
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)

Mood:epic
Characters:soldier
Story:dead soldier,  fear of death,  hand to hand combat,  casualty of war,  dying young,  steel helmet,  title same as book,  bayonet,  bunker,  firearm,  main character dies,  heroism,  honor,  grenade,  combat,  river,  machine gun,  shot to death,  corpse,  pistol,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  death,  blood

Courage Under Fire (1996)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, War

Courage Under Fire (1996)

The pilot of a rescue copter, Captain Karen Walden, died shortly before her helicopter crew was rescued after it crashed in Desert Storm. It first appears that she made a spectacular rescue of a downed helicopter crew, then held her own crew together to fight off the Iraqis after her copter crashed. Lt. Colonel Serling, who is struggling with his own demons from Desert Storm, is assigned to investigate her worthiness for the Medal of Honor. But some conflicting accounts, from her crew and soldiers in the area, cause him to question whether she deserves it. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  military
Characters:soldier
Story:lieutenant colonel,  refusing to obey orders,  multiple perspectives,  main character dies,  lieutenant,  u.s. army,  honor,  sergeant,  captain,  general,  combat,  battle,  machine gun,  pistol,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  death

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)

Characters:soldier
Period:1940s
Story:japanese soldier,  japanese army,  ridge,  pacifism,  bayonet,  u.s. army,  honor,  no opening credits,  shot in the back,  combat,  rifle,  vomiting,  battle,  shot in the head,  world war two,  explosion,  bare chested male,  blood

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:courage,  military
Characters:soldier
Story:commander,  lieutenant,  honor,  sergeant,  shot in the stomach,  grenade,  underwater scene,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  survival,  shot in the back,  combat,  river,  battle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  shot to death,  corpse,  voice over narration,  pistol,  explosion,  bare chested male,  blood,  death

The Dirty Dozen (1967) is one of the best movies like The Thin Red Line (1998)
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:hand to hand combat,  steel helmet,  title same as book,  bayonet,  u.s. army,  shot in the stomach,  machismo,  general,  uniform,  shot in the back,  combat,  battle,  shot in the head,  machine gun,  world war two,  pistol,  explosion,  based on novel,  death

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
Locations:jungle
Characters:soldier
Story:dead soldier,  u.s. soldier,  u.s. marine,  infantry,  firearm,  u.s. army,  sergeant,  machismo,  uniform,  shot in the back,  combat,  rifle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  shot to death,  voice over narration,  based on novel,  death,  blood

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
Mood:epic
Characters:soldier
Story:hand to hand combat,  infantry,  bayonet,  main character dies,  heroism,  honor,  general,  uniform,  stabbed in the back,  shot in the back,  combat,  battle,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  corpse,  pistol,  bare chested male,  blood,  death

The Flowers Of War (2011)
Drama, History, Romance, War

The Flowers Of War (2011)

In 1937 China, during the second Sino-Japanese war, a mortician, John ('Christian Bale' (qv)) arrives at a Catholic church in Nanjing to prepare a priest for burial. Upon arrival he finds himself the lone adult among a group of convent girl students and prostitutes from a nearby brothel. When he finds himself in the unwanted position of protector of both groups from the horrors of the invading Japanese army, he discovers the meaning of sacrifice and honor. (Read More)

Themes:memory,  military,  fear
Characters:japanese
Story:japanese soldier,  japanese army,  bayonet,  shot in the neck,  heroism,  lieutenant,  honor,  grenade,  pursuit,  underwater scene,  survival,  rifle,  battle,  shot in the head,  machine gun,  corpse,  world war two,  voice over narration,  pistol,  explosion,  based on novel,  death,  blood

From Here To Eternity (1953) is one of the best movies like The Thin Red Line (1998)
Drama, Romance, War

From Here To Eternity (1953)

It's 1941. Robert E. Lee Prewitt has requested Army transfer and has ended up at Schofield in Hawaii. His new captain, Dana Holmes, has heard of his boxing prowess and is keen to get him to represent the company. However, 'Prew' is adamant that he doesn't box anymore, so Captain Holmes gets his subordinates to make his life a living hell. Meanwhile Sergeant Warden starts seeing the captain's wife, who has a history of seeking external relief from a troubled marriage. Prew's friend Maggio has a few altercations with the sadistic stockade Sergeant 'Fatso' Judson, and Prew begins falling in love with social club employee Lorene. Unbeknownst to anyone, the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor looms in the distance. (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:japanese,  soldier
Period:1940s
Story:dead soldier,  u.s. soldier,  absent without leave,  awol,  private,  u.s. army,  accidental death,  sergeant,  captain,  uniform,  stabbed to death,  rifle,  battle,  machine gun,  shot to death,  world war two,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  blood,  death

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:courage,  insanity,  military,  fear
Mood:epic
Characters:soldier
Story:hand to hand combat,  casualty of war,  bayonet,  heroism,  cynicism,  invasion,  honor,  captain,  general,  underwater scene,  no opening credits,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  shot in the back,  combat,  fighting,  rifle,  battle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  shot to death,  corpse,  voice over narration,  pistol,  explosion,  bare chested male,  death

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:philosophy,  courage,  fear
Mood:epic
Locations:jungle
Characters:christianity,  soldier
Story:jungle warfare,  hand to hand combat,  heroic bloodshed,  shot in the neck,  main character dies,  severed leg,  invasion,  honor,  severed arm,  general,  stabbed in the back,  no opening credits,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  shot in the back,  combat,  river,  battle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  corpse,  voice over narration,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  blood,  death

Zulu (1964)
Drama, History, War

Zulu (1964)

Zululand, South Africa, 1879. The British are fighting the Zulus and one of their columns has just been wiped out at Isandlwana. The Zulus next fix their sights on the small British outpost at Rorke's Drift. At the outpost are 150 British troops under the command of Lieutenants Bromhead and Chard. In the next few days these 150 troops will fight about 4,000 Zulus in one of the most courageous battles in history. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  military
Mood:epic
Characters:soldier
Story:hand to hand combat,  battalion,  casualty of war,  corporal,  bayonet,  honor,  sergeant,  uniform,  prologue,  combat,  fighting,  river,  rifle,  battle,  corpse,  voice over narration,  pistol,  blood,  death

Dunkirk (2017) is one of the best movies like The Thin Red Line (1998)
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:courage,  military,  fear
Mood:epic
Characters:soldier
Period:1940s
Story:dead soldier,  casualty of war,  private,  commander,  invasion,  accidental death,  captain,  general,  underwater scene,  no opening credits,  survival,  combat,  rifle,  battle,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  corpse,  world war two,  explosion,  death

Apocalypse Now (1979)
Drama, War

Apocalypse Now (1979)

It is the height of the war in Vietnam, and U.S. Army Captain Willard is sent by Colonel Lucas and a General to carry out a mission that, officially, 'does not exist - nor will it ever exist'. The mission: To seek out a mysterious Green Beret Colonel, Walter Kurtz, whose army has crossed the border into Cambodia and is conducting hit-and-run missions against the Viet Cong and NVA. The army believes Kurtz has gone completely insane and Willard's job is to eliminate him! Willard, sent up the Nung River on a U.S. Navy patrol boat, discovers that his target is one of the most decorated officers in the U.S. Army. His crew meets up with surfer-type Lt-Colonel Kilgore, head of a U.S Army helicopter cavalry group which eliminates a Viet Cong outpost to provide an entry point into the Nung River. After some hair-raising encounters, in which some of his crew are killed, Willard, Lance and Chef reach Colonel Kurtz's outpost, beyond the Do Lung Bridge. Now, after becoming prisoners of Kurtz, will Willard & the others be able to fulfill their mission? (Read More)

Themes:insanity,  military
Locations:jungle
Characters:soldier
Story:lieutenant colonel,  jungle warfare,  awol,  pacifism,  u.s. army,  captain,  machismo,  general,  uniform,  no opening credits,  combat,  fighting,  river,  battle,  machine gun,  voice over narration,  explosion,  based on novel,  death

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
Characters:soldier
Story:hand to hand combat,  steel helmet,  bayonet,  commander,  bunker,  firearm,  stabbed in the chest,  shot in the back,  combat,  vomiting,  battle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  shot to death,  corpse,  explosion,  death,  blood

Paths Of Glory (1957)
Drama, War

Paths Of Glory (1957)

The futility and irony of the war in the trenches in WWI is shown as a unit commander in the French army must deal with the mutiny of his men and a glory-seeking general after part of his force falls back under fire in an impossible attack.

Themes:military
Characters:lawyer,  soldier
Story:dead soldier,  fear of death,  refusing to obey orders,  private,  infantry,  bayonet,  commander,  lieutenant,  general,  uniform,  rifle,  shot to death,  pistol,  based on novel

Patton (1970) is one of the best movies like The Thin Red Line (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
Period:1940s
Story:dead soldier,  steel helmet,  infantry,  commander,  u.s. army,  invasion,  general,  actor shares first name with character,  uniform,  combat,  machine gun,  world war two,  pistol,  explosion

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:courage,  nature,  fear
Story:hand to hand combat,  swimming underwater,  shot in the neck,  severed leg,  captain,  pursuit,  stabbed in the back,  spirituality,  underwater scene,  no opening credits,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  survival,  shot in the back,  combat,  river,  rifle,  battle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  corpse,  pistol,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  blood,  death

Tears Of The Sun (2003)
Action, Drama, Thriller, War

Tears Of The Sun (2003)

Navy SEAL Lieutenant A.K. Waters and his elite squadron of tactical specialists are forced to choose between their duty and their humanity, between following orders by ignoring the conflict that surrounds them, or finding the courage to follow their conscience and protect a group of innocent refugees. When the democratic government of Nigeria collapses and the country is taken over by a ruthless military dictator, Waters, a fiercely loyal and hardened veteran is dispatched on a routine mission to retrieve a Doctors Without Borders physician, Dr. Lena Kendricks. Dr. Kendricks, an American citizen by marriage, is tending to the victims of the ongoing civil war at a Catholic mission in a remote village. When Waters arrives, however, Dr. Kendricks refuses to leave unless he promises to help deliver the villagers to political asylum at the nearby border. If they are left behind, they will be at the mercy of the enormous rebel army. Waters is under strict orders from his commanding officer Captain Bill Rhodes to remain disengaged from the conflict. But as he and his men witness the brutality of the rebels first-hand, they are won over to Dr. Kendricks' cause and place their lives at risk by agreeing to escort the villagers on a perilous trek through the dense jungle. As they move through the countryside on foot, Waters' team, experts at evasion and concealment, are inexplicably and ferociously pursued by an army of rebels. They are confounded until they discover that, among the ref… (Read More)

Themes:courage,  military
Locations:jungle
Characters:soldier
Story:jungle warfare,  severed leg,  lieutenant,  captain,  no opening credits,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  shot in the back,  combat,  river,  battle,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  shot to death,  corpse,  pistol,  explosion,  death

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:courage,  military
Characters:soldier
Period:1940s
Story:u.s. soldier,  casualty of war,  title same as book,  heroism,  lieutenant,  u.s. army,  sergeant,  captain,  general,  uniform,  no opening credits,  shot in the back,  combat,  rifle,  battle,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  corpse,  world war two,  pistol,  explosion,  bare chested male,  death,  blood

Rules Of Engagement (2000) is one of the best movies like The Thin Red Line (1998)
Drama, Thriller, War

Rules Of Engagement (2000)

Hayes Hodges finds his career aspirations dashed when he's wounded in Vietnam combat. He then returns to America and becomes a disillusioned lawyer who goes up against the service to defend Colonel Terry Childers, who is accused of inciting an incident that leaves many demonstrators dead. Hodges in no position to decline: Childers heroically saved his life back in Vietnam. (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:jungle
Characters:lawyer,  soldier
Story:jungle warfare,  u.s. army,  captain,  general,  no opening credits,  combat,  vomiting,  battle,  shot in the head,  machine gun,  pistol,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  blood

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
Period:1940s
Story:lieutenant colonel,  combat casualty,  dead soldier,  steel helmet,  infantry,  bayonet,  firearm,  lieutenant,  u.s. army,  sergeant,  uniform,  combat,  river,  battle,  world war two,  voice over narration,  pistol,  explosion,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  blood

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,  fear
Story:commander,  bunker,  prologue,  no opening credits,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  survival,  shot in the back,  river,  rifle,  battle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  shot to death,  corpse,  world war two,  pistol,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  blood,  death

Battle Royale (2000)
Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller, Action

Battle Royale (2000)

Forty-two students, three days, one deserted Island: welcome to Battle Royale. A group of ninth-grade students from a Japanese high school have been forced by legislation to compete in a Battle Royale. The students are each given a bag with a randomly selected weapon and a few rations of food and water and sent off to kill each other in a no-holds-barred (with a few minor rules) game to the death, which means that the students have three days to kill each other until one survives--or they all die. The movie focuses on a few of the students and how they cope. Some decide to play the game like the psychotic Kiriyama or the sexual Mitsuko, while others like the heroes of the movie--Shuya, Noriko, and Kawada--are trying to find a way to get off the Island without violence. However, as the numbers dwell down lower and lower on an hourly basis, is there any way for Shuya and his classmates to survive? (Read More)

Themes:memory
Mood:epic
Locations:jungle
Characters:japanese,  soldier
Story:japanese soldier,  japanese army,  hand to hand combat,  voice over inner thoughts,  title same as book,  shot in the neck,  pursuit,  stabbed in the back,  prologue,  survival,  shot in the back,  combat,  fighting,  vomiting,  battle,  shot in the head,  machine gun,  shot to death,  corpse,  pistol,  explosion,  based on novel,  death,  blood

Australia (2008) is one of the best movies like The Thin Red Line (1998)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, War

Australia (2008)

In northern Australia at the beginning of World War II, an English aristocrat inherits a cattle station the size of Maryland. When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn stock-man to drive 2,000 head of cattle across hundreds of miles of the country's most unforgiving land, only to still face the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by the Japanese forces that had attacked Pearl Harbor only months earlier. (Read More)

Themes:nature,  military
Mood:epic
Characters:japanese
Period:1940s
Story:japanese soldier,  u.s. soldier,  crocodile,  captain,  pursuit,  prologue,  underwater scene,  no opening credits,  shot in the back,  river,  rifle,  corpse,  world war two,  voice over narration,  pistol,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  death,  blood

Yip Man (2008)
Action, Biography, Drama, Sport

Yip Man (2008)

In 1935 in Foshan, south China, there are martial arts schools on every street corner. Ip Man is the undisputed martial arts champion, yet he has not devoted himself to teaching. Despite this, it seems that all the kung fu masters of the city are eager to fight him to improve their reputation.

Themes:military
Mood:epic
Characters:japanese
Story:japanese soldier,  hand to hand combat,  bayonet,  heroism,  invasion,  honor,  general,  combat,  rifle,  battle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  world war two,  voice over narration,  pistol,  husband wife relationship,  blood

Tomorrow, When The War Began (2010)
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:nature,  military
Characters:soldier
Story:invasion,  no opening credits,  survival,  shot in the back,  combat,  rifle,  vomiting,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  shot to death,  corpse,  voice over narration,  pistol,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  death,  blood

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:soldier
Period:1940s
Story:dead soldier,  steel helmet,  corporal,  shot in the neck,  lieutenant,  sergeant,  captain,  general,  uniform,  combat,  rifle,  battle,  machine gun,  shot to death,  corpse,  world war two,  pistol,  explosion,  based on novel,  blood

Tigerland (2000) is one of the best movies like The Thin Red Line (1998)
Drama, War

Tigerland (2000)

In September 1971, a platoon of recruits arrives in Ft. Polk, LA, for infantry training before leaving for war. The final week takes place in Tigerland, a swamp similar to Vietnam. Jim Paxton has enlisted; he wants to experience everything and write books later. He befriends Roland Bozz, a cool Texan with a gift for getting into trouble and for helping misfits get discharges. At least one sociopath in the platoon hates Bozz, even as the sergeants grudgingly recognize his leadership abilities. As the platoon heads into its week in Tigerland, Paxton's body gives out, Bozz makes plans to go AWOL, and the sociopath gets hold of live ammo. Is the Louisiana swamp more dangerous than the DMZ? (Read More)

Themes:military
Story:u.s. soldier,  absent without leave,  awol,  pacifism,  infantry,  u.s. army,  sergeant,  captain,  machismo,  river,  rifle,  machine gun,  voice over narration,  pistol,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  blood

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,  fear
Mood:epic
Characters:soldier
Story:fear of death,  hand to hand combat,  bayonet,  heroism,  honor,  general,  pursuit,  combat,  rifle,  battle,  corpse,  based on novel,  death,  blood

Enemy At The Gates (2001)
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:courage
Mood:epic
Characters:soldier
Period:1940s
Story:shot in the neck,  firearm,  heroism,  severed leg,  severed arm,  underwater scene,  shot in the back,  fighting,  rifle,  vomiting,  battle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  shot to death,  corpse,  world war two,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  death,  blood

Empire Of The Sun (1987)
Drama, History, War

Empire Of The Sun (1987)

Based on J. G. Ballard's autobiographical novel, tells the story of a boy, James Graham, whose privileged life is upturned by the Japanese invasion of Shanghai, December 8, 1941. Separated from his parents, he is eventually captured, and taken to Soo Chow confinement camp, next to a captured Chinese airfield. Amidst the sickness and food shortages in the camp, Jim attempts to reconstruct his former life, all the while bringing spirit and dignity to those around him. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  military
Mood:epic
Characters:japanese
Period:1940s
Story:japanese soldier,  japanese army,  u.s. soldier,  u.s. army,  invasion,  sergeant,  grenade,  pursuit,  no opening credits,  survival,  battle,  world war two,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel,  death,  blood

1941 (1979) is one of the best movies like The Thin Red Line (1998)
Action, Comedy, War

1941 (1979)

Hysteria grips California in the wake of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. An assorted group of defenders attempt to make the coast defensible against an imagined Japanese invasion, in this big budget, big cast comedy. Members of a Japanese submarine crew scout out the madness, along with a Captain in Germany's Kreigsmarine (Navy). (Read More)

Themes:military
Mood:epic
Characters:japanese,  soldier
Period:1940s
Story:private,  u.s. army,  invasion,  sergeant,  captain,  general,  underwater scene,  rifle,  battle,  world war two,  explosion,  husband wife relationship

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,  fear
Mood:epic
Locations:jungle
Characters:soldier
Story:heroic bloodshed,  main character dies,  u.s. army,  invasion,  grenade,  no opening credits,  survival,  shot in the back,  combat,  rifle,  battle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  shot to death,  corpse,  pistol,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  blood,  death

The Legend Of Tarzan (2016)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance

The Legend Of Tarzan (2016)

Following his parents' death in Africa, John Clayton has been be raised by an ape, was known by the name Tarzan, but eventually left Africa and for his parents' home in England, along with the woman he fell in love with and married, Jane Porter. He is asked by Belgian King Leopold to go to Africa to see what he has done there to help the country. Initially, he refuses. But an American, George Washington Williams, wants him to accept so he can accompany him. He says that Leopold might be committing all sorts of atrocities to achieve his goal, like slavery. Clayton agrees and his wife insists that she accompany him because she misses Africa. When they arrive, a man named Rom, who works for Leopold, attacks their village and captures Tarzan and Jane. With Washington's help he escapes and sets out to rescue Jane by going across the jungle. Washington joins him despite being told that he might not make it. (Read More)

Themes:courage
Locations:jungle
Characters:soldier
Story:jungle warfare,  hand to hand combat,  swimming underwater,  crocodile,  grenade,  captain,  prologue,  underwater scene,  no opening credits,  survival,  shot in the back,  combat,  river,  rifle,  battle,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  shot to death,  corpse,  voice over narration,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  based on novel,  death

The Last Castle (2001)
Action, Drama, Thriller

The Last Castle (2001)

When three star General Irwin is transferred to a maximum security military prison, its warden, Colonel Winter, can't hide his admiration towards the highly decorated and experienced soldier. Irwin has been stripped of his rank for disobedience in a mission, but not of fame. Colonel Winter, who runs the prison with an iron fist, deeply admires the General, but works with completely different methods in order to keep up discipline. After a short while, Irwin can feel Winter's unjust treatment of the inmates. He decides to teach Winter a lesson by taking over command of the facility and thus depriving him of his smug attitude. When Winter decides to participate in what he still thinks of as a game, it may already be too late to win. (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:soldier
Story:corporal,  private,  u.s. army,  honor,  sergeant,  captain,  general,  shot in the back,  rifle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  machine gun,  shot to death,  voice over narration,  pistol,  explosion,  bare chested male,  death

Centurion (2010) is one of the best movies like The Thin Red Line (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.

Characters:soldier
Story:hand to hand combat,  commander,  shot in the neck,  severed leg,  honor,  general,  stabbed in the back,  prologue,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  survival,  shot in the back,  combat,  river,  battle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  corpse,  voice over narration,  bare chested male,  blood

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

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:courage,  fear
Characters:soldier
Story:hand to hand combat,  commander,  sergeant,  captain,  severed arm,  general,  stabbed in the back,  underwater scene,  stabbed in the chest,  stabbed to death,  shot in the back,  combat,  fighting,  river,  battle,  shot in the head,  shot in the chest,  shot to death,  corpse,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  blood,  death

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