The cinematic landscape is dominated by war films. For more than a century, filmmakers have addressed the highs and lows of war and the difficult questions it raises in their films. War films have been around for decades, and they have evolved along with the evolution of film itself in terms of technical advancements, maturing themes, and visual intensity.
When there are so many great war movies out there, where does a film buff begin? With Amazon Prime, you may choose from a wide range of films, from historical epics to anti-war black comedies to documentaries on the military industrial complex. Here are the best war movies now available on Amazon Prime, based on the number of views they’ve received.
“Platoon” begins as the story of a solitary soldier (Charlie Sheen) as he makes his way into the midst of the combat in Vietnam. As soon as Willem Dafoe and Tom Berenger turn up, “Platoon” becomes a profound analysis of the psychological and spiritual costs of conflict. Best Picture went to “Platoon” because of the film’s potency and elegance.
Peter Weir’s film, “Gallipoli,” tells the story of the Australian experience in World War I through the eyes of Mel Gibson. What begins as a traditional tale of two idealistic young men seeking to prove themselves in battle quickly turns into a reflection on what motivates people to sign up for military service in the first place. In “Gallipoli,” there are no easy answers, making it one of the most memorable battle stories ever told.
3. The African Queen
John Huston’s “The African Queen,” one of the greatest World War II action films, continues to enchant audiences decades after its release. Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn’s characters must transport the titular boat from one area to another as World War I looms over them. The basic thrust of the tale appears to be deceptively easy. In spite of this, Huston’s suspenseful film is one of the most high-stakes movies ever filmed, thanks to the talents of the key actors.
Catch-22″ isn’t the most obvious choice for a film version of Joseph Heller’s classic novel. Readers of the ’60s may have been shocked to learn that it will soon be available on the big screen. One of the greatest war films of all time is the product of filmmaker Mike Nichols finding a way to make it work. “Catch-22” is an ambitious, well-crafted, and blackly humorous look at the Mediterranean base’s inhabitants. Perhaps because everyone knows they can’t do better than “Catch-22,” World War II isn’t typically depicted as ludicrous as it is here.
5. Born on the Fourth of July
It took Oliver Stone just three years after publishing “Platoon” to complete his next great work on the Vietnam War. From Ron Kovic’s blistering account of his time in the trenches, this video examines what happens when wartime experiences spill over into the civilian world. As a result, we have a Stone classic and a Tom Cruise performance to remember.
6. Journey’s End
The story of “Journey’s End,” based on the classic play of the same name, is brought to life by an all-star cast. During World War I, we follow a troop of British soldiers who must endure an agonizing waiting game to fend against German advances. As the tension rises, the complexities of their personalities emerge: these men are despondent, optimistic, gentlemanly, and entirely lost in their own thoughts. All of our hearts are ready to be broken when the shelling eventually begins.
7. A Farewell to Arms
This film adaption of Ernest Hemingway’s famous tale of love in the midst of the horror of World War I is outstanding. Much of Hemingway’s cynicism is removed from this picture, which tells the narrative of an American ambulance driver (Cooper) and an English nurse (Hayes). The film adaptation of “A Farewell to Arms” is one of the best adaptations of the author’s work, despite the fact that it may not be to everyone’s taste.
8. Tropic Thunder
It’s a war film, but it’s a war film about producing a war film, based on an entirely fake memoir of a Vietnam veteran. But it’s still worth mentioning here since it plays with war movie conventions in a hilariously inventive way.. They had no idea what they’re in for as they make their way through the forest in full military gear. After then, it’s all about celebrity culture, movie cliché, and more.
The film adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel, “Atonement,” has a vast range of emotions. The film spans several years, culminating in the early years of World War II, and depicts three intertwined lives. Director Joe Wright’s war sequences in “Atonement” are some of the best in the film. When it comes to battle, both physical and spiritual, this piece is a powerful one.
10. The Wall
“The Bourne Identity” and the “Edge of Tomorrow” filmmaker Doug Liman has established himself as a competent engineer of thrillers. As a result, it’s understandable that he’d put his talents to use in this situation. Only two of the three characters in “The Wall,” a war drama set in Iraq, appear on screen at any given time. Our two protagonists are American soldiers who are held down by an Iraqi sniper and must find a way out. You’ll be shocked at how much suspense Liman can generate with such a simple hook.
11. Why We Fight
Despite the film’s name, “Why We Fight” is not a basic war film, but rather an analysis of how war has impacted American culture. This courageous film analyzes precisely how far the military-industrial complex has pushed the United States into global conflict, with frequently unexpected outcomes, through interviews with many experts and an in-depth analysis of the 20th century.
12. Black Book
“Black Book” marked Paul Verhoeven’s return to the big screen after a six-year absence. Verhoeven films are always enthralling journeys. It was hailed as one of the greatest World War II spy novels ever written, “Black Book.” Carice van Houten’s fascinating performance, which combines human vulnerability with unbreakable strength, is a large part of this. ‘
13. Rules of Engagement
Vietnam veterans bonded by a terrible military encounter face moral dilemmas decades later in Yemen. When “Rules of Engagement” was released, it sparked controversy because of its depiction of Muslims (per The Guardian). Still, Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson shine, and the film was directed by William Friedkin, a master of the genre. You might want to check it out—if you’re willing to take the time to evaluate it critically.
14. The Last of the Mohicans
The conflict between the British and the French and Indians is rarely depicted in films. This critical time in North American history demands an epic like “The Last of the Mohicans.” There is nothing bad to say about this film’s visuals, production design, or acting. On the one hand, Daniel Day-Lewis portrays the white settler Hawkeye, and on the other he is a Mohican warrior.