101 War Movies You Must See Before You Die

The same editors who produce the yearly 1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Books have also created six companion books to go with them. They concentrate on six genres - Action, Cult, Gangster, Horror, Sci-fi, and War. They are named 101 [one of the six genres] Movies You Must See Before You Die.

These are not completely separate lists of movies, though. Of the 607 total movies (Action has 102 entries) 261 of them also appear in the main 1,001 Movies list. That leaves 346 entries that are unique to these genre books.

The list below are the 101 War movies. If you go into List view it will tell you which of these films is also on…

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  • The Birth of a Nation
  • The Battle of the Somme
  • The Big Parade
  • The General
  • Napoleon
  • Wings
  • All Quiet on the Western Front
  • The Charge of the Light Brigade
  • Grand Illusion
  • The Great Dictator
  • Buck Privates
  • Sergeant York
  • 49th Parallel
  • To Be or Not to Be
  • Mrs. Miniver
  • In Which We Serve
  • Went the Day Well?
  • Rome, Open City
  • A Matter of Life and Death
  • Sands of Iwo Jima
  • The Red Badge of Courage
  • The Cruel Sea
  • Stalag 17
  • From Here to Eternity
  • The Dam Busters
  • Hill 24 Doesn't Answer
  • Throne of Blood
  • Kanal
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai
  • The Cranes Are Flying
  • Paths of Glory
  • Ice Cold in Alex
  • Ashes and Diamonds
  • Ballad of a Soldier
  • Two Women
  • The Guns of Navarone
  • Ivan's Childhood
  • The Longest Day
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • The Great Escape
  • Zulu
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • The Shop on Main Street
  • The Battle of Algiers
  • Closely Watched Trains
  • The Dirty Dozen
  • Where Eagles Dare
  • Hell in the Pacific
  • Oh! What a Lovely War
  • Army of Shadows
  • Battle of Britain
  • M*A*S*H
  • Patton
  • Catch-22
  • Tora! Tora! Tora!
  • Lacombe, Lucien
  • The Eagle Has Landed
  • Cross of Iron
  • A Bridge Too Far
  • The Deer Hunter
  • Apocalypse Now
  • The Big Red One
  • Gallipoli
  • Das Boot
  • The Killing Fields
  • Ran
  • Come and See
  • Salvador
  • Platoon
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • Hope and Glory
  • Empire of the Sun
  • Good Morning, Vietnam
  • Grave of the Fireflies
  • Glory
  • Europa Europa
  • The Last of the Mohicans
  • Stalingrad
  • Schindler's List
  • Land and Freedom
  • Welcome to Sarajevo
  • Regeneration
  • Life Is Beautiful
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • The Thin Red Line
  • Three Kings
  • Ride with the Devil
  • Divided We Fall
  • Devils on the Doorstep
  • Dark Blue World
  • No Man's Land
  • Enigma
  • Black Hawk Down
  • The Pianist
  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  • Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War
  • Downfall
  • Hotel Rwanda
  • Joyeux Noël
  • Black Book