|List of Best War/Military Movies of All Time|
|WW1 & WW2|
|Korea & Vietnam|
|Various Conflicts & Battles|
The Korean Conflict
M*A*S*H (1970) - The movie that spawned the wildly popular 1970's TV show centered on a Korean War field hospital and the doctors that staff it. Stars Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Robert Duvall, Sally Kellerman and more.
MacArthur (1977) - A warts-and-all biopic of Army General and allied commander Douglas MacArthur starring Gregory Peck. The WWII armistice scenes were actually filmed aboard the U.S.S. Missouri where the Japanese signed the surrender ending World War II.
The Manchurian Candidate (1962) - Brilliant Korean War Communist espionage drama starring Frank Sinatra. Was remade in 2004 by Jonathan Demme, but this is the better of the two.
Pork Chop Hill (1959) - Gregory Peck stars in this brilliant depiction of one of the bloodiest and most significant battles of the Korean War. Featured the film acting debut of Martin Landau.
The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954) - Provides an excellent depiction of Korean war era carrier aviation and aerial combat.
Platoon (1986) - Oliver Stone takes on the Vietnam War in this 1980's anti-war classic. Notice we said "anti-war," not "anti-American." There's a difference.
Full Metal Jacket (1987) - Perhaps the the most realistic Vietnam war movie of all time. Stanley Kubrick powerfully captures the horrors of Marine basic training. Vincent d'Nofrio delivers a career performance.
The Deer Hunter (1978) - Michael Cimino directs Robert DeNiro, Christopher Walkne, John Cazale and Meryl Streep in this blistering account of how the Vietnam war affects the residents of a blue-collar Pennsylvania town.
Apocalypse Now (1979) - Francis Ford Coppola, Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Laurence Fishburne, Harrison Ford, Dennis Hopper. What more can we say?
The Quiet American (2002) - 1952 Saigon. Love clashes with war as the country struggles to free herself from French colonial rule.
Born on the Fourth of July (1989) - Biopic about Vietnam vet Ron Kovic, who after becoming paralyzed in the war, takes an anti-war stance. after Tom Cruise does angry so well.
Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) - Yes, good war movies can be funny too. Stars Robin Williams as Armed Forces radio DJ Adrian Cronauer.
We Were Soldiers (2002) - Mel Gibson stars as Lt. Col. Hal Moore who leads America into her first battle of the American involvement in Vietnam.
Gardens of Stone (1987) - Little seen, but very realistic Francis Ford Coppola movie about the life of stateside soldiers as the country ramps up for war.
Birdy (1984) - A stirring depiction of the ravages of war on the mind on those soldiers trying to assimilate back into civilian life.