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War Horse (2011)
Drama, War

War Horse (2011)

Themes:blindness
Mood:epic
Locations:france,  england
Characters:german,  french,  alcoholic
Story:cavalry charge,  white flag,  army lieutenant,  army sergeant,  grandfather granddaughter relationship,  german soldier,  devon england,  british soldier,  black horse,  riding a horse,  veterinary surgeon,  battle of the somme,  tossing coin,  gas bomb,  army doctor,  gas attack,  army major,  bid,  wire cutter,  plowing,  no man's land,  thoroughbred,  turnip,  colt,  year 1918,  exhaustion,  artillery,  trench,  firing squad,  cavalry,  windmill,  human animal relationship,  14 year old,  whistle,  physician,  bandage,  barbed wire,  flag,  auction,  blind,  landlord,  lieutenant,  rainstorm,  butcher,  grandfather,  trapped,  sergeant,  world war one,  training,  execution,  no opening credits,  british,  animal in title,  birthday,  horse,  based on play,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  based on novel,  two word title

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)

Characters:german
Story:army sergeant,  sergeant,  whistle,  lieutenant,  execution,  no opening credits,  horse,  explosion,  title spoken by character

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The Water Diviner (2014)
Drama, War

The Water Diviner (2014)

After the Battle of Gallipoli, in 1915, an Australian farmer, Connor (Russell Crowe), travels to Turkey to find his 3 missing sons. While staying at a hotel in Istanbul, he meets Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko), the hotel manager. And tries to find a way to Gallipoli.

Characters:german
Story:british soldier,  no man's land,  trench,  windmill,  whistle,  lieutenant,  sergeant,  world war one,  execution,  british,  horse,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship

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:blindness
Mood:epic
Locations:france
Characters:german,  french
Story:german soldier,  year 1918,  trench,  barbed wire,  trapped,  world war one,  training,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel

The Monuments Men (2014) is one of the best movies like War Horse (2011)
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)

Locations:france,  england
Characters:german
Story:german soldier,  british soldier,  barbed wire,  lieutenant,  trapped,  sergeant,  training,  no opening credits,  horse,  explosion,  title spoken by character

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Un Long Dimanche De Fiancailles (2004)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, War

Un Long Dimanche De Fiancailles (2004)

Five desperate French soldiers during The Battle of the Somme shoot themselves, either by accident or with purpose, in order to be invalided back home. Having been "caught" a court-martial convenes and determines punishment to be banishment to No Man's Land with the objective of having the Germans finish them off. In the process of telling this tale each man's life is briefly explored along with their next of kin as Methilde, fiancee to one of the men, tries to determine the circumstances of her lover's death. This task is not made any easier for her due to a bout with polio as a child. Along the way she discovers the heights and depths of the human soul. This is why Un Long Dimanche De Fiancailles (2004) is one of the best movies like War Horse (2011). (Read More)

Themes:blindness
Mood:epic
Locations:france
Characters:french,  german
Story:german soldier,  no man's land,  artillery,  trench,  barbed wire,  lieutenant,  sergeant,  world war one,  execution,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel

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:france,  england
Characters:french
Story:german soldier,  british soldier,  lieutenant,  rainstorm,  sergeant,  explosion

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:blindness
Mood:epic
Locations:france,  england
Characters:french,  german
Story:british,  british soldier,  bandage,  flag,  trapped,  no opening credits,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  father son relationship

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A Bridge Too Far (1977) is one of the best movies like War Horse (2011)
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:france
Characters:german
Story:white flag,  german soldier,  british soldier,  lieutenant,  sergeant,  british,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  based on novel

Stalingrad (1993)
Drama, War

Stalingrad (1993)

A depiction of the brutal battle of Stalingrad, the Third Reich's 'high water mark', as seen through the eyes of German officer Hans von Witzland and his battalion.

Mood:epic
Characters:german
Story:lieutenant,  german soldier,  trapped,  execution,  explosion,  title spoken by character

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. This is why Kelly's Heroes (1970) is one of the best movies like War Horse (2011). (Read More)

Locations:france
Characters:german,  french
Story:lieutenant,  artillery,  whistle,  sergeant,  explosion,  two word title

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Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War

Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)

Due to his knowledge of the native Bedouin tribes, British Lieutenant 'T.E. Lawrence' (qv) is sent to Arabia to find Prince Faisal and serve as a liaison between the Arabs and the British in their fight against the Turks. With the aid of native Sherif Ali, Lawrence rebels against the orders of his superior officer and strikes out on a daring camel journey across the harsh desert to attack a well-guarded Turkish port. (Read More)

Mood:epic
Story:british soldier,  british,  artillery,  cavalry,  barbed wire,  lieutenant,  sergeant,  world war one,  execution,  horse,  explosion,  father son relationship

Allied (2016) is one of the best movies like War Horse (2011)
Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War

Allied (2016)

In the middle of World War II, in turbulent 1942, a plane flies over Morocco and drops a Royal Canadian Air Force paratrooper who comes in to land on a drop zone, somewhere in the desert dunes outside Casablanca. Just in time before anyone notices him, the fearless Wing Commander Max Vatan gets in a car and heads to the town with orders to meet Parisian Marianne Beausejour, a skillful member of the French Resistance. On a mission to assassinate the German Ambassador in Casablanca, the two operatives must convince every one of their true feelings as a married couple, while in the background, they need to make the necessary preparations for the critical soiree. Without delay, after the success of this suicide mission, Max and Marianne flee together to England with plans on marrying and making a family, regardless of the war. Instead, heavy clouds of distrust and suspicion threaten their relationship, when Max receives a call from the Secret Service Division to inform him that his beloved wife is actually an impostor. In disbelief, with a terrible task in his hands and crushed under a devastating dilemma, Max must find the courage to seek for answers in the perilous streets of bombarded London, regardless of the outcome. In the end, amid duty and love, who shall live and who shall die? (Read More)

Themes:blindness
Locations:france,  england
Characters:german,  french,  alcoholic
Story:british soldier,  training,  no opening credits,  horse,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship

Flyboys (2006)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War

Flyboys (2006)

Before the United States enters World War I, some American youths volunteer for the French military. Subsequently, they become the first U.S. fighter pilots and form a squadron known as the Lafayette Escadrille, whose exploits and heroism become the stuff of legend. This fictional version follows a laconic Texas rancher, an eager Nebraska kid, a Black boxer already in France, and a New York swell, as they arrive green for training, get their baptism by fire when German planes ambush them on their first mission, and graduate to heroics. Rawlings, the Texan, falls in love with a young woman he meets at a brothel. (Read More)

Locations:france
Characters:french,  german
Story:world war one,  training,  based on play,  title spoken by character

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Valkyrie (2008)
Drama, History, Thriller, War

Valkyrie (2008)

In Nazi Germany during World War II, as the tide turned in favor of The Allies, a cadre of senior German officers and politicians desperately plot to topple the Nazi regime before the nation is crushed in a near-inevitable defeat. To this end, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, an Army officer convinced he must save Germany from Hitler, is recruited to mastermind a real plan. To do so, he arranges for the internal emergency measure, Operation: Valkyrie, to be changed to enable his fellows to seize control of Berlin after the assassination of the Fuhrer. However, even as the plan is put into action, a combination of bad luck and human failings conspire on their own to create a tragedy that would prolong the greater one gripping Europe. (Read More)

Characters:german
Story:german soldier,  artillery,  firing squad,  physician,  bandage,  lieutenant,  execution,  no opening credits,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship

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. This is why The Four Feathers (2002) is one of the best movies like War Horse (2011). (Read More)

Themes:blindness
Mood:epic
Locations:england
Story:british soldier,  cavalry,  british,  horse,  father son relationship,  based on novel

Henry V (1989) is one of the best movies like War Horse (2011)
Action, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War

Henry V (1989)

King Henry V of England is insulted by the King of France. As a result, he leads his army into battle against France. Along the way, the young king must struggle with the sinking morale of his troops and his own inner doubts. The war culminates at the bloody Battle of Agincourt.

Mood:epic
Locations:france,  england
Characters:french
Story:horse,  based on play

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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.

Locations:france
Characters:french,  german
Story:trench,  firing squad,  whistle,  lieutenant,  world war one,  execution,  based on novel

'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.

Story:british soldier,  lieutenant,  sergeant,  no opening credits,  british,  explosion,  husband wife relationship

Ben-hur (2016)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History

Ben-hur (2016)

Themes:blindness
Mood:epic
Story:rainstorm,  training,  execution,  no opening credits,  horse,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  based on novel

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Gallipoli (1981) is one of the best movies like War Horse (2011)
Adventure, Drama, History, War

Gallipoli (1981)

The story of a group of young Australian men who leave their various backgrounds behind and sign up to join the ANZACs in World War I. They are sent to Gallipoli, where they encounter the resolute Turkish army. This is why Gallipoli (1981) is one of the best movies like War Horse (2011).

Mood:epic
Story:british soldier,  trench,  barbed wire,  world war one,  training,  horse,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  based on novel

The Lost City Of Z (2016)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, History

The Lost City Of Z (2016)

The Lost City of Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as "savages," the determined Fawcett - supported by his devoted wife, son and aide de camp returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925. (Read More)

Characters:german
Story:british,  battle of the somme,  gas attack,  army major,  trench,  whistle,  barbed wire,  world war one,  no opening credits,  horse,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship

10,000 Bc (2008)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, History

10,000 Bc (2008)

A prehistoric epic that follows a young mammoth hunter named D'Leh's journey through uncharted territory to secure the future of his tribe. When a band of mysterious horse-riding warlords raid the Yaghal camp and kidnaps his heart's desire - the beautiful Evolet along with many others, D'Leh is forced to lead a small group of hunters south to pursue the warlords to the end of the world to save her. Driven by destiny, the unlikely band of warriors must battle saber-toothed cats and terror birds in the Levant. (Read More)

Themes:blindness
Mood:epic
Story:horse,  exhaustion,  cavalry,  whistle,  rainstorm,  butcher,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship

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The Patriot (2000)
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
Locations:england
Characters:french
Story:british,  cavalry charge,  cavalry,  flag,  horse,  father son relationship

Little Big Man (1970) is one of the best movies like War Horse (2011)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Western

Little Big Man (1970)

Jack Crabb is 121 years old as the film begins. A collector of oral histories asks him about his past. He recounts being captured and raised by indians, becoming a gunslinger, marrying an indian, watching her killed by General George Armstrong Custer, and becoming a scout for him at Little Big Horn.

Characters:alcoholic
Story:cavalry charge,  riding a horse,  cavalry,  horse,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel

Robin Hood (2010)
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? This is why Robin Hood (2010) is one of the best movies like War Horse (2011). (Read More)

Themes:blindness
Mood:epic
Locations:france,  england
Characters:french
Story:no opening credits,  horse,  explosion,  mother son relationship,  two word title

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Der Untergang (2004)
Biography, Drama, History, War

Der Untergang (2004)

In April of 1945, Germany stands at the brink of defeat with the Soviet Armies closing in from the west and south. In Berlin, capital of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler proclaims that Germany will still achieve victory and orders his Generals and advisers to fight to the last man. "Downfall" explores these final days of the Reich, where senior German leaders (such as Himmler and Goring) began defecting from their beloved Fuhrer, in an effort to save their own lives, while still others (Joseph Goebbels) pledge to die with Hitler. Hitler, himself, degenerates into a paranoid shell of a man, full of optimism one moment and suicidal depression the next. When the end finally does comes, and Hitler lies dead by his own hand, what is left of his military must find a way to end the killing that is the Battle of Berlin, and lay down their arms in surrender. (Read More)

Characters:german
Story:grandfather granddaughter relationship,  german soldier,  artillery,  bandage,  barbed wire,  trapped,  execution,  birthday,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  two word title

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:blindness
Mood:epic
Story:artillery,  trench,  cavalry,  lieutenant,  no opening credits,  horse,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship

Secondhand Lions (2003) is one of the best movies like War Horse (2011)
Comedy, Drama, Family

Secondhand Lions (2003)

A boy named Walter is dropped by his mother Mae at his great-uncles' house. Later,Walter will find out his great-uncles' big secret. And rumors say that Hub & Garth, Walter's great uncles, have stolen much gold & money. (some say they stole it from Al Capone) Did they really steal that money or not?

Locations:france
Story:cavalry charge,  cavalry,  world war one,  no opening credits,  animal in title,  horse,  explosion,  mother son relationship

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Michael Collins (1996)
Biography, Drama, Thriller, War

Michael Collins (1996)

Neil Jordan's depiction of the controversial life and death of 'Michael Collins (XIV)' (qv), the "Lion of Ireland", who led the IRA against the UK and helped found the Irish Free State in 1922.

Mood:epic
Locations:england
Story:british soldier,  firing squad,  no opening credits,  british,  horse,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship

A Little Princess (1995)
Drama, Family, Fantasy

A Little Princess (1995)

When her father enlists to fight for the British in WWI, young Sara Crewe goes to New York to attend the same boarding school her late mother attended. She soon clashes with the severe headmistress, Miss Minchin, who attempts to stifle Sara's creativity and sense of self-worth. Sara's belief that "every girl's a princess" is tested to the limit, however, when word comes that her father was killed in action and his estate has been seized by the British government. This is why A Little Princess (1995) is one of the best movies like War Horse (2011). (Read More)

Characters:french
Story:trench,  rainstorm,  world war one,  british,  birthday,  based on novel

The Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call - New Orleans (2009)
Crime, Drama

The Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call - New Orleans (2009)

After Katrina, police sergeant Terence McDonagh rescues a prisoner, hurts his back in the process and earns a promotion to lieutenant plus an addiction to cocaine and painkillers. Six months later, a family is murdered over drugs; Terence runs the investigation. His drug-using prostitute girlfriend, his alcoholic father's dog, run-ins with two old women and a well-connected john, gambling losses, a nervous young witness, and thefts of police property put Terence's job and then his life in danger. He starts seeing things. He wants a big score to get out from under mounting debts, so he joins forces with drug dealers. The murders remain unsolved. A bad lieutenant gets worse. (Read More)

Locations:england
Characters:alcoholic
Story:lieutenant,  sergeant,  no opening credits,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship

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Les Triplettes De Belleville (2003) is one of the best movies like War Horse (2011)
Animation, Comedy, Drama

Les Triplettes De Belleville (2003)

Madame Souza, an elderly woman, instills in her grandson Champion (for who she acts as his guardian) a love of cycling. As a young man, he does become a dedicated road racer with his grandmother as his trainer. During a mountainous leg of the Tour de France in which Champion is racing, he goes missing. Evidence points to him being kidnapped. Indeed, he and two of his competitors were kidnapped, the kidnappers who want to use the threesome's unique skills for nefarious purposes. With Champion's overweight and faithful pet dog Bruno at her side, Madame Souza goes looking for Champion. Their trek takes them overseas to the town of Belleville. Without any money, Madame Souza and Bruno are befriended and taken in by three eccentric elderly women, who were once the renowned jazz singing group The Triplets of Belleville. The triplets help Madame Souza and Bruno try to locate and rescue Champion. (Read More)

Themes:blindness
Mood:epic
Locations:france
Characters:french
Story:exhaustion,  whistle,  training,  explosion

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 solely as a training mechanism for his own elite squad trained by Highway's nemesis, Staff Sergeant Webster. Things for Highway and his platoon change when the United States enters into war in Grenada. Through it all, Highway tries to reconnect with his bar waitress ex-wife Aggie, he even clandestinely reading women's magazines to understand her better. Two primary obstacles stand in his way: Roy Jennings, Aggie's boss and current suitor who hates Marines, and Aggie's own remembrance of how dysfunctional their marriage was. (Read More)

Characters:alcoholic
Story:sergeant,  army lieutenant,  training,  army major,  lieutenant,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  two word title

Goya's Ghosts (2006)
Biography, Drama, History

Goya's Ghosts (2006)

The painter Goya becomes involved with the Spanish Inquisition when his muse, Ines, is arrested by the church for heresy. Her father, Thomas, comes to him hoping that his connection with Brother Lorenzo, whom he is painting, can secure the release of his daughter.

Story:british soldier,  firing squad,  execution,  horse,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship

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Australia (2008)
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. This is why Australia (2008) is one of the best movies like War Horse (2011). (Read More)

Mood:epic
Locations:england
Characters:alcoholic
Story:windmill,  auction,  rainstorm,  no opening credits,  horse,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship

The Postman (1997) is one of the best movies like War Horse (2011)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi

The Postman (1997)

2013,Post-Apocalyptic America. An unnamed wanderer retrieves a Postman's uniform and undelivered bag of mail. He decides to pose as a postman and deliver the mail to a nearby town, bluffing that the United States government has been reinstated and tricking the town into feeding him. However, he reluctantly becomes a symbol of hope to the townspeople there who begin to remember the world that once was and giving them the courage to stand up to a tyrannical warlord and his army. (Read More)

Story:cavalry charge,  white flag,  firing squad,  cavalry,  training,  horse,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  two word title,  based on novel

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Drama, War

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)

Young Bruno lives a wealthy lifestyle in prewar Germany along with his mother, elder sister, and SS Commandant father. The family relocates to the countryside where his father is assigned to take command a prison camp. A few days later, Bruno befriends another youth, strangely dressed in striped pajamas, named Shmuel who lives behind an electrified fence. Bruno will soon find out that he is not permitted to befriend his new friend as he is a Jew, and that the neighboring yard is actually a prison camp for Jews awaiting extermination. (Read More)

Characters:german
Story:grandfather granddaughter relationship,  german soldier,  barbed wire,  execution,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  based on novel

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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.

Locations:england
Characters:german,  french
Story:army major,  sergeant,  training,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  based on novel

Braveheart (1995)
Biography, Drama, History, War

Braveheart (1995)

William Wallace is a Scottish rebel who leads an uprising against the cruel English ruler Edward the Longshanks, who wishes to inherit the crown of Scotland for himself. When he was a young boy, William Wallace's father and brother, along with many others, lost their lives trying to free Scotland. Once he loses another of his loved ones, William Wallace begins his long quest to make Scotland free once and for all, along with the assistance of Robert the Bruce. (Read More)

Mood:epic
Locations:england
Characters:french
Story:cavalry,  rainstorm,  execution,  no opening credits,  horse,  father son relationship

Inglourious Basterds (2009) is one of the best movies like War Horse (2011)
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. This is why Inglourious Basterds (2009) is one of the best movies like War Horse (2011). (Read More)

Locations:france
Characters:german
Story:german soldier,  british,  lieutenant,  sergeant,  explosion,  two word title

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Jonah Hex (2010)
Action, Drama, Fantasy, Thriller, Western

Jonah Hex (2010)

During Grant's presidency, Jonah Hex is a remorseless bounty hunter. In the Civil War, he was a rebel whose honor put him afoul of a Confederate general, Quentin Turnbull, who murdered Jonah's family while Jonah watched. As a result of the ordeal, Jonah's face is disfigured and he can talk with the dead. After staging his own death, Turnbull, with a group of rebel stalwarts, hatches a plan to bring the Union to its knees. Grant wants Hex to stop it. While the nation readies to celebrate Independence Day, Hex and an unlikely ally have little time to stop Turnbull and his weapon of mass destruction. (Read More)

Story:artillery,  firing squad,  cavalry,  lieutenant,  execution,  no opening credits,  horse,  explosion,  title spoken by character

No Man's Land (2001)
Drama, War

No Man's Land (2001)

After various skirmishes, two wounded soldiers, one Bosnian and one Serb, confront each other in a trench in the no man's land between their lines. They wait for dark, trading insults and even finding some common ground; sometimes one has the gun, sometimes the other, sometimes both. Things get complicated when another wounded Bosnian comes to, but can't move because a bouncing mine is beneath him. The two men cooperate to wave white flags, their lines call the UN (whose high command tries not to help), an English reporter shows up, a French sergeant shows courage, and the three men in no man's land may or may not find a way to all get along. (Read More)

Characters:french
Story:no man's land,  trench,  sergeant,  explosion

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)

Locations:france
Characters:german
Story:british,  lieutenant,  sergeant,  animal in title,  explosion,  based on novel

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The Last Of The Mohicans (1992) is one of the best movies like War Horse (2011)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, War

The Last Of The Mohicans (1992)

The last members of a dying Native American tribe, the Mohicans -- Uncas, his father Chingachgook, and his adopted half-white brother Hawkeye -- live in peace alongside British colonists. But when the daughters of a British colonel are kidnapped by a traitorous scout, Hawkeye and Uncas must rescue them in the crossfire of a gruesome military conflict of which they wanted no part: the French and Indian War. (Read More)

Mood:epic
Characters:french
Story:british,  artillery,  trench,  title spoken by character,  based on novel

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. This is why Wonder Woman (2017) is one of the best movies like War Horse (2011). (Read More)

Mood:epic
Characters:german,  alcoholic
Story:gas attack,  year 1918,  trench,  world war one,  training,  no opening credits,  horse,  explosion,  two word title

La Grande Illusion (1937)
Drama, War

La Grande Illusion (1937)

During 1st WW, two French officers are captured. Captain De Boeldieu is an aristocrat while Lieutenant Marechal was a mechanic in civilian life. They meet other prisoners from various backgrounds, as Rosenthal, son of wealthy Jewish bankers. They are separated from Rosenthal before managing to escape. A few months later, they meet again in a fortress commanded by the aristocrat Van Rauffenstein. De Boeldieu strikes up a friendship with him but Marechal and Rosenthal still want to escape... (Read More)

Characters:french,  german
Story:lieutenant,  german soldier,  barbed wire,  world war one,  horse

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

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Locations:england
Story:sergeant,  training,  execution,  british,  horse,  explosion,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship

Blindness (2008) is one of the best movies like War Horse (2011)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Blindness (2008)

A city is ravaged by an epidemic of instant "white blindness". Those first afflicted are quarantined by the authorities in an abandoned mental hospital where the newly created "society of the blind" quickly breaks down. Criminals and the physically powerful prey upon the weak, hoarding the meager food rations and committing horrific acts. There is, however, one eyewitness to the nightmare. A woman whose sight is unaffected by the plague follows her afflicted husband to quarantine. There, keeping her sight a secret, she guides seven strangers who have become, in essence, a family. She leads them out of quarantine and onto the ravaged streets of the city, which has seen all vestiges of civilization crumble. (Read More)

Themes:blindness
Story:barbed wire,  blind,  execution,  title spoken by character,  husband wife relationship,  based on novel

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)

Story:barbed wire,  training,  no opening credits,  horse,  explosion,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  based on novel

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