War is a tragedy and it’s a great topic to depict in films. There are many war films that have been produced and here are among the best:
- Braveheart: It is best remembered for the iconic “freedom” cry at the end. Mel Gibson gives an impressive performance as a Scottish freedom fighter who led an uprising in the 13th century against England. There are so many memorable lines and scenes in the movies. During the battle, you will feel that you take part in the intense action.
- 300: It’s a breathtaking war films that depicts the ancient time in Greece. Directed by Zach Snyder, it becomes a very memorable war film. The 300 takes the audience along to witness the heroic stand of 300 Spartan soldiers against one million Persians in the gap of Thermopylae. The Persian king Xerxes tried to get Leonidas, the king of Sparta to submit. Leonidas and his 300 Spartans, except for one man, chose to die in the battlefield, instead of bowing to an invading force.
- Kingdom of Heaven: The film is set in the medieval era about a young man who travelled to Middle East during the crusade era. The film takes place before the 3rd Crusade, before King Richard the Lionheart and Saladin embark on their last crusade. The film depicts some amazing battles and the siege of Jerusalem is spectacular to watch.
- Gettysburg: It depicts the bloodiest battle during Civil War and involves thousands of actual re-enactors over the actual battleground between the Union and Confederate Armies. The three-day battle is an important turning point and we see the perspectives of both sides during the battle. Well known actions in the battle, such as Little Round Top and Pickett’s Charge are well depicted. We also see how Lee and Longstreet have different opinions.
- The Last Samurai: It tells the story about an American military instructor who trains Japanese soldiers after the Meiji Restoration. Conflict arises when he needs to use his conscious to choose between the Japanese Empire and the suppressed Samurai. The film shows excellent battles choreography.
- Full Metal Jacket: It is a war film with some dark comedy elements. The film shows some memorable characters, such as Private Cowboy, Private Pyle, Private Joker, Eightball and the Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, played by none other than R. Lee Ermey. Stanley Kubrick shows how marines are under immense mental pressure during their service in Vietnam.
- Letters from Iwo Jima: Released after the Flags of Our Father, the film is considered more impressive and more captivating, thanks to the stellar performance of Ken Watanabe as General Kuribayashi. The film depicts a rare perspective from the Japanese side, which makes it peculiar compared to other Hollywood war films.
- Saving Private Ryan: Immediately at the beginning of the film, the audience is surprised to see the ultra-realistic landing of American troops at Omaha Beach, Normandy, France. It depicts a mission to rescue the last surviving child of a family, whose three brothers were killed at other places.