45 War Movies You Can Witness The Events That Changed The Course Of History

The reason we have to stay at home today is because of a virus. The reason why people hide in their homes in certain periods of history was wars. The history of humanity has seen sometimes civil wars within countries and sometimes great wars that affected the whole world. We have compiled movies about these wars for you:

1) Gettysburg (1993)

IMDb: 7.6
A 1993 American epic war film about the Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War. Written and directed by Ronald F. Maxwell, the film is based on Michael Shaara’s historical novel The Killer Angels.

2) Victory (1989)

IMDb: 7.8
Robert G. Shaw is a commander appointed to lead a regiment of Negroes in the United States Arms during the American Civil War. This war, also against discrimination against blacks and against slavery, is a very difficult test for the entire regiment. In addition to the order of the enemy armies to kill the commander of this unit of black soldiers, the events between the unit’s own soldiers are among the problems that Robert G. Shaw must overcome.

3) Cold Mountain (2003)

IMDb: 7.2
When the American Civil War ends, a wounded soldier embarks on a journey to reach the woman he loves. Inman, a wounded soldier, embarks on a long journey to reach Sara, the woman he loves. While Inman is on his way to Ada, the woman he loves, Ada tries to restore order on her father’s farm. While Ada is trying to restore this order, she sees that everything has changed after the war. And even though he doesn’t want to, he has to face this new world and its order.

4) Freedom Fighter (2016)

IMDb: 6.9
Newton Knight (Matthew McConaughey), a poor farmer in the South during the years of the American Civil War, is tired of high taxes, wars and risking his life for nothing. After the Battle of Corinth in 1862, he, along with farmers, slaves, and deserters, left the Southern Confederacy, leading to the establishment of an independent state in Jones County, Mississippi. However, the regional government will want to suppress this revolt at all costs.

5) The Language of Butterflies (1999)

IMDb: 7.6
An award-winning production written, directed and produced by José Luis Cuerda, known as the producer of director Alejandro Amenábar’s most important films. Particularly noteworthy is the award for best screenplay from the 2000 Goya Awards. The film, which tells the drama experienced as a result of the fall of the Republic and the collapse of the Spanish Civil War, through the eyes of a child who just started school in Spain in 1936, prompts everyone to think with their feelings. An award-winning production written, directed and produced by José Luis Cuerda, known as the producer of director Alejandro Amenábar’s most important films. Particularly noteworthy is the award for best screenplay from the 2000 Goya Awards. The film, which tells the drama experienced as a result of the fall of the Republic and the collapse of the Spanish Civil War, through the eyes of a child who just started school in Spain in 1936, prompts everyone to think with their feelings.

6) Country and Freedom (1996)

IMDb: 7.6
In 1936, the Civil War reigns in Spain. Our unemployed, young communist hero from Liverpol, David, goes to Spain to help the revolutionary movement resisting Franco. British director Loach offers an idealized portrait of those who struggled with Franco’s fascists in ‘Country and Freedom’. He describes the inability of anti-fascists to unite on a common goal, a goal.

7) Sleeping Voice (2001)

IMDb: 7.2
Madrid 1940. General Franco and his soldiers have seized power, but he is not content with this and wants to completely wipe out his enemies. All men and women who support the resistance will be hunted without mercy. Spain has turned into a prison in every corner. The women’s prison, Ventas, is full of such inmates; Women who fought for freedom are now subject to oppression, torture and death. Our story is about a group of women who share such a disastrous fate. We also remember the terrible memories of the dictatorship through the struggle of pregnant convict Hortensia and her sister Pepita with all its cruelty.

8) Moon Carmela (1990)

IMDb: 7.2
Madrid 1940. General Franco and his soldiers have seized power, but he is not content with this and wants to completely wipe out his enemies. All men and women who support the resistance will be hunted without mercy. Spain has turned into a prison in every corner. The women’s prison, Ventas, is full of such inmates; Women who fought for freedom are now subject to oppression, torture and death. Our story is about a group of women who share such a disastrous fate. We also remember the terrible memories of the dictatorship through the struggle of pregnant convict Hortensia and her sister Pepita with all its cruelty.

9) The Anarchist’s Wife (2008)

IMDb: 6.3
The compelling story of a woman left alone during the Spanish Civil War…Manuela’s (María Valverde) wife Justo (Juan Diego Botto) is an anarchist fighting Franco’s men. The man is caught and sent to the camp, the woman continues to wait for him despite everything. Even the absence of a letter from the man during this period does not prevent the woman from waiting.

10) Nothing New on the Western Front (1930)

IMDb: 8.1
Nothing New on the Western Front is a classic based on the novel “Im Western nichts Neues” by Erich Maria Remarque, which reveals the meaninglessness of war and argues that everyone loses in war. The film reveals in a striking way how the German youth, who voluntarily participated in the First World War with the militarist-nationalist feelings imposed on them by their bigoted teachers, were crushed under the weight and cruelty of the war, and the deep wounds inflicted on their souls by the irreversible decision they made, even if they escaped physically. Both the movie and the book drew the reaction of many nationalists at the time they were published, and the screening of the movie was banned in Italy and Germany; The book was burned during the “Book Burning Action” in 1933 in Nazi Germany. The film also won Oscars for best director and best picture.

11) Lebanon (2009)

IMDb: 6.9
An attack on the enemy areas begins with a tank and paratroopers. This situation, which seems simple, is actually very complicated. 4 members of the crew find themselves in an incredible battle. The soldiers, trying to survive with fear and instinct to live, are in a desperate wait.

12) Pearl Harbor (2001)

IMDb: 6.0
Rafe McCawley and Danny Walker have been friends since childhood. Two old friends who are pilots in the American army are eager to take part in a real war. In 1941, the Germans occupied all of Europe. Meanwhile, General James needs young pilots to voluntarily go to England and fight against the Nazis.

13) Inglourious Basterds (2009)

IMDb: 8.3
Around the same time, in another corner of Europe, Lieutenant Aldo Raine ( Brad Pitt ) organizes a group of Jewish soldiers to retaliate against the enemy. Known as the “Bastards” by his enemies, Raine’s group undertook the mission of harming Nazi Germany’s leaders. To this end, they team up with German film actress and secret agent Bridget Von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger).

14) Passchendaele (2008)

IMDb: 6.4
The Battle of Passchendaele was a meaningless battle in a muddy sea, but it resulted in tens of thousands of casualties on both sides. Passchendaele is the name of a subdivision in Belgium’s “Ypres” region. This small settlement, which almost turned into a swamp due to the rains in the winter, went down in history in a way that it did not want because of the very bloody battles it witnessed in the second half of 1917. In the Verdun and Somme wars, England and France, which were extremely worn out, in fact, the Germans were also very much affected. they believed that it was weakened… They started preparations in November 1916 to start a new offensive in 1917. General Joffre, Commander-in-Chief of the French forces, and Sir Douglas Haig, Commander-in-Chief of the British Forces, agreed on a joint general offensive. However, in December, Joore was replaced by General Robert Nivelle (1856-1924). This general had a completely different strategic plan.

15) King & Country (1964)

IMDb: 7.4
During the First World War in 1917, in the British trenches at Passchendaele, a private army, Arthur Hamp (Tom Courtenay) is accused of deserting. He is defended in his case by Captain Hargreaves (Dirk Bogarde). Hamp had volunteered for the outbreak of war and was the sole victim of his company, but later decided to “go for a walk”; He had considered walking home to his London home, but after more than 24 hours on the road, he was picked up by the Military Police and sent back to the unit to fight in court for abandonment.

16) Frantz (2016)

IMDb: 7.5
The First World War has just ended, and a difficult process has begun for Germany, one of the defeated states. The war has not only material but also moral losses. Anna (Paula Beer), who lives in the town of Quedlinburg, has not yet overcome the sadness of losing her fiancé Frantz on the French front. One day, a Frenchman who comes to town, Adrien Rivoire (Pierre Niney), says that Frantz has a very close friend whom he knew from his days in Paris, and in a short time he is a close friend of both Anna and Frantz’s parents, who live in the same house. It is possible. However, there are things that the young man cannot say, and they will change Anna’s life completely.

17) Battleship Potemkin (1925)

IMDb: 8.0
The film tells the revolt of the crew of the ship, who were condemned to live in bad conditions on the battleship Potemkin, and the drama of the people of Odessa, who supported these rebels. With its cross-camera action editing, a terrific tension that immerses the audience has been created. Although it was made in the communist revolution Russia, the director put the symbols of the spiritualist belief, which is against materialism, into the film. For example, the revival of the stone lion as if to support the people of Odessa is a good example of this.

18) Storks Flying (1957)

IMDb: 8.3
Two young people living in Moscow and madly in love with each other, Veronika (Tatyana Samojlova) and Boris (Aleksey Batalov), are forced to separate from each other with the onset of World War II. Boris, who volunteers for the military, is sent to the front the day before Veronika’s birthday. . They can’t even find the opportunity to say goodbye to each other. Veronika, who has not heard from Boris for a long time, is raped by Boris’s cousin Fyodor (Vasili Merkuryev) and is forced to marry him even though he does not love. All this is not enough to make Veronika forget about Boris.

19) Admiral (2008)

IMDb: 6.8
The film deals with the emotional relationship of Aleksandr Vasiliyevich Kolchak, who was an Admiral in the Imperial Russian Navy in the First World War, who took the command of the White Army after the Bolshevik Revolution and fought against the Bolsheviks, while at the same time approaching Russian History from a different perspective. . The film, which allegedly criticized the Bolshevik Revolution and the Communist Administration in a biased way, caused reactions because it portrayed Admiral Kolchak, who was considered a traitor, as a hero. In addition to being criticized by Russian historians, its posters were destroyed by unidentified people. The movie, which was screened in Russia on October 9, 2008, and was watched by more than six million people, received critical acclaim as well as the performances of the actors.

20) Fortress of War (2010)

IMDb: 7.5
The film tells the story of the heroes who defended the fortress after the German fascist invaders attacked the Brest Fortress on June 22, 1941.

21) They Fought For Their Country (1975)

IMDb: 8.0
They Die For Their Country is a 1975 USSR war film.

22) The Dawns Here Are Quiet (1972)

IMDb: 8.2
The plot of the movie is World War II in 1941. During World War II, it takes place in the Karelia region in the north-west of Russia, close to the Finnish border. Sergeant Vaskov (Andrei Martynov), along with a group of young female anti-aircraft soldiers, are stationed at a railway station quite far from the Front line. After a while, a German parachute unit garrisoned Senior sergeant Vaskov and five inexperienced female soldiers under his command engage in a fierce battle with the outnumbered German soldiers in the forest.

23) 9th Company (2005)

IMDb: 7.1
In 1998, a group of young people in Siberia enlisted to fight against the mujahideen in Afghanistan. They are sent to the recruit unit in the Fergana region of Uzbekistan for training. Here, the friendship between the young people who are exposed to the insult and violence of the unstable Petty Officer Dygalo is strengthened. Then, the young people sent to Bagram Base find themselves in the middle of chaos as soon as they arrive in Afghanistan, the Afghans blow up a plane that was taking off. They join the Ninth Division and head to the Host District at an altitude of 3234 meters. Their mission is to protect the mountain and shield aid convoys. When the Russian army later withdrew from Afghanistan, the Ninth Division in the mountains was abandoned to its fate.

24) The Great Dictator (1940)

IMDb: 8.5
Dictator Adenoid Hynkel, who devastated his country with his decisions and administration in another dictatorship that is the same as Nazi Germany, is unaware that there is an extremely pure Jewish barber living in the country who resembles him as much as his twin. While Hynkel’s soldiers gather the Jews one by one to take them to the concentration camps, they think that the Jewish Barber is the Great Dictator because of his resemblance to Hynkel, and this similarity causes great confusion. This entertaining comedy, in which Charles Chaplin satirized Nazi Germany and Hitler, is among the most successful examples of satire in the history of cinema.

25) Shoah (1958)

IMDb: 8.4
In the light of thousands of witnesses and documents, he tells the tragedy of the Jews who were sent to concentration camps from all over Europe under the name of resettlement policy.

26) Downfall (2005)

IMDb: 8.2
Hitler and his close friends found themselves safe in bunkers. Among them is Traudi Junge, the Führer’s private secretary. Berlin is now a fallen fortress, but Hitler refuses to leave the city and surrender. He prepares for his final journey as all members of his people are destroyed outside. They marry Eva Braun a few hours before they commit suicide together. Their corpses are burned to prevent them from falling into enemy hands. The situation of many people who have faithfully followed the Führer for years is no different. As Berlin falls, the hour for everyone to choose between life and death draws nearer.

27) The Imitation Game (2014)

IMDb: 8.0
In the movie, 2. It tells the story of Alan Turing’s success in stopping the Nazis, who deciphered the Germans’ encrypted communications during World War II.

28) Nuit et Brouillard (1960)

IMDb: 6.9
Set in 1955 in post-war Auschwitz, the film contains both color and black and white footage. Similar to “Hiroshima Darling,” news footage and photos help Resnais tell the story. The story is not only of the Holocaust, but also of human animal cruelty. “Nuit et brouillard” is one of the most realistic and impressive ‘document-films’ of the seventh art.

29) Cross Of Iron (1977)

IMDb: 7.5
There were great changes on the Russian front, which was one of the important fronts of the 2nd World War. The German armies attacking Russia had to withdraw from these lands, which they entered at an incredible speed due to the wrong time and insufficient materials. In a very short time, a conflict begins between Sergeant Steiner, who managed to survive thanks to his cunning on the battlefield, and their newly appointed commander of the unit under his command, Captain Stransky. Originally from a Prussian aristocratic family, this new commander strives for a medal of honor at all costs. The atmosphere between them is tense because Sergeant is about to become a legend among the soldiers.

30) A Woman In Berlin (2008)

IMDb: 7.1
At the end of the second world war, Germany had to make a ceasefire and lost the war. The Americans captured western Germany. Russians to the east. There are dramas such as the resistance of German women living in Berlin and their expulsion by the Russians. One of them, a woman named Anonyma, will be subjected to many tortures. There is an extraordinary drama in the film, which tells about the last two days of the last world war. We wish you a good time.

31) Memoirs Of A Geisha (2005)

IMDb: 7.1
Before World War II, the child daughters of a penniless family are sent to a geisha house to work as maids. Despite her dangerous rivals, the little girl becomes a legend as geisha Nitta Sayuri. Beautiful and crafty, Sayuri attracts the most powerful men of her time. However, she can’t get her secret love out of her mind for the one man she can’t have.

32) Gloomy Sunday (1999)

IMDb: 7.8
Andras starts working as a pianist in a restaurant run by Laszlo, a Hungarian Jew. They start a relationship with Ilona, who works in the same restaurant and is Laszlo’s lover. Another man who falls in love with Ilona is the restaurant’s regular, young German businessman Hans Wieck.
One day, Andras composes a song for Ilona as a birthday present. Later, this composition spreads from a tiny Hungarian restaurant to the whole world and suicides begin to occur. However, the Nazis began their conquest of Europe and the Holocaust. The relationship between these 4 people will progress in accordance with the gloom of the song, along with the problems brought by the period in question.

33) Kabei: Our Mother (2008)

IMDb: 7.6
A film based on the arrest of a family man in 1940 Tokyo for being communist.

34) Stalingrad (1993)

IMDb: 7.5
The 1993 German film tells the story of a Sturmpioniere battalion who had successfully served in the Battles of El Alamein and was stationed in Italy to rest, being sent to Stalingrad and their experiences there.

35) Neretva Bridge (Bitka Na Neretvi) (1969)

IMDb: 7.2
The Italian and Chetnik-backed German Army continues to advance into Yugoslavia in Europe. While the Partisans, which includes all ethnic elements of the country, show great resistance to stop the Germans, the bridge over the Neretva River becomes a very critical point for both sides.

36) Underground (1995)

IMDb: 8.1
Adapted from Dusan Kovacevic’s book, the cult film Kusturica wonders, from Algeria to Serbia; It saturates the Balkan air in a wide geography from Bulgaria to Germany. 2. Heading to Belgrade during World War II, Kusturica’s camera dazzles with his subtle jokes about war and communism. The collaborations of two close friends who fell in love with the same woman from entertainment life to the underground with the war offer an entertaining and alternative language to those who want to understand how effective the arms trade is in the context of economic and international interest relations. And when the movie is over, a scene never changes; The war that people living in the same geography are exposed to, manages to shake the audience as much as it makes them laugh. underground; It is a gift to those who are trying to build a new earth for themselves with its structure that fluctuates between reality and madness and its discourses that intensify as they go deeper.

37) Welcome to Sarajevo (1997)

IMDb: 6.8
A view of the war from the media and journalist perspective. It tells the story of international reporters who came to the city in the days when the Bosnian war started, namely in 1992, and started shooting for various TV channels. In the foreground are two veteran journalists, British Michael Handerson and American Flynn. Journalists who reached the most dangerous points in the city under Serbian fire during the day, detecting moments of fire, blood and death to the world audience hungry for images of violence, and trying to forget the disaster they witnessed with bewildered eyes at the bar of the Holiday Inn at night. Henderson’s humanity, Flynn’s audacity to create news, the anger of Annie, the female journalist who criticizes Flynn, at the media’s understanding of news. The dangerous attempt of Nina, who works for an American charity, to save a group of Bosnian children. And in all English composure. Henderson’s effort, whose blood boils over the little Emira he knows among the children in a concentration camp, and embarks on a crazy adventure to save her.

38) West Rush

IMDb: 7.0
Kenan is a cellist and a Muslim living in Sarajevo. Her boyfriend Milan is a Bosnian Serb. They live their relationship in silence. When war broke out in 1992, they decided to leave Sarajevo and head west together. When they are taken off a train by Serbian soldiers, Kenan is sure he will be killed. Knowing what Serbian soldiers are capable of, Milan decides to disguise her as a woman to protect her lover, and surprisingly manages to get her through the soldiers. The two lovers manage to go as far as Milan’s village and introduce Kenan as Milan’s wife Milena in the village.

39) Belvedere (2010)

IMDb: 7.3
In July 1995, the Serbs killed 8300 people, and a genocide that went down in history as the Srebrenica Massacre took place. The women who survived this genocide now have only one goal, after 15 years. Finding the bones of loved ones lost in the Holocaust and helping them find peace in a grave.

40) Twice Born (2012)

IMDb: 7.4
Gemma and Diego met in Sarajevo. Gemma’s life takes an unexpected turn when she falls in love with Diego. But Diego dies during the Bosnian war, and Gemma is thrown to another country. Years after the war is over, Gemma takes her son with her and returns to the land where Diego died. He searches for the past and the traces of Diego in Sarajevo.

41) Lepa Sela Lepo Gore (1996)

IMDb: 8.6
A devoted Serbian soldier is seriously injured in the war, and after being wounded he begins to fondly remember the peace of the unbroken pre-war Yugoslavia. A Muslim, who was his childhood best friend, also found a place for himself in these memories. But when he learns that this old friend – his current nemesis – is also in the process of recovery in the same hospital, he vows to fulfill his duty again. This intriguing anti-war documentary was shot in the region where the war was most intense.

42) Rescue Dawn (2006)

IMDb: 7.3
Dieter Dengler, a pilot for American Airlines, is shot down during a flight in the Vietnam War and held as a prisoner in a camp. Making plans to escape from this camp, where there are other prisoners of war, Dieter took all kinds of risks.

43) Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

IMDb: 7.3
Critics say Oscar Award winner Robin Williams was born in Good Morning Vietnam to play the role of the irreverent, conformist DJ Adrian Cronauer, who displaced Saigon in 1965. Cronaue is brought in by the military for an early morning radio show. Cronauer destroys the previous serious and boring airwaves with a barrage of humor and hippie tunes. He is loved by the military, but arouses anger in senior management. Packed with riddles, insanely hilarious anecdotes, and 60s hits, the film shows how a world goes insane in the middle of Cronauer’s tight-fisted Saigon adventure.

44) Full Metal Jacket (1987)

IMDb: 8.3
The US Army and the Vietnam War, but this time from the perspective of Stanley Kubrick. From the beginning to the middle of the movie, we watch the effect of military discipline on soldiers of different personalities.

45) Platoon (1986)

IMDb: 8.1
The movie begins with Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen) joining the Vietnam War. His grandfather and father also fought in the First and Second World Wars. And then it is about his experiences in this war and meeting the soldiers. In the film, which summarizes the experiences of young and inexperienced soldiers in the face of the horrors of the war during the Vietnam War, the conflict between the sergeant, who has a predominant killing instinct, and the peace-loving soldier come to the fore. The platoon, which fell into the position of the hunted while they were hunters, weakens with every man they lose in the difficult conditions of the Vietnamese jungle. In the award-winning film about man’s struggle against death, there are 30 different men in the Detachment, all controlled by sergeants Elias, O’Neil, and Warren. The film is also the subject of discussions between a sergeant, one who loves peace and the other who is a fan of war. Chris Taylor argues with soldiers who harm innocent people.
Film descriptions are taken from BeyazPerde.com and Cinemalar.com.

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