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300
2006 09 Mar 2007 R 117 min ActionFantasyWar
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King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C.
AWARDS
16 wins & 41 nominations.
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Zack Snyder (screenplay), Kurt Johnstad (screenplay), Michael Gordon (screenplay), Frank Miller (graphic novel), Lynn Varley (graphic novel)
A Fistful Of Dynamite
1971 07 Jul 1972 PG 138 min WarWestern
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An I.R.A. explosives expert on the run in Mexico meets an amoral Mexican bandit; together they are drawn into the Mexican revolution.
AWARDS
1 win.
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Sergio Leone (story), Sergio Donati (story), Luciano Vincenzoni (screenplay), Sergio Donati (screenplay), Sergio Leone (screenplay), Roberto De Leonardis (dialogue adaptation), Carlo Tritto (dialogue adaptation)
Apocalypse Now
1979 15 Aug 1979 R 153 min DramaWar
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During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe.
AWARDS
Won 2 Oscars. Another 18 wins & 32 nominations.
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John Milius, Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Herr (narration)
Black Hawk Down
2001 18 Jan 2002 R 144 min DramaHistoryWar
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Action/war drama based on the best-selling book detailing a near-disastrous mission in Somalia on October 3, 1993. On this date nearly 100 U.S. Army Rangers, commanded by Capt. Mike Steele, were dropped by helicopter deep into the capital city of Mogadishu to capture two top lieutenants of a Somali warlord. This lead to a large and drawn-out firefight between the Rangers and hundreds of Somali gunmen, leading to the destruction of two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters. This film focuses on the heroic efforts of various Rangers to get to the downed black hawks, centering on Sgt. Eversmann, leading the Ranger unit Chalk Four to the first black hawk crash site, Warrant Officer Durant who was captured after being the only survivor of the second black hawk crash, as well as many others who were involved.
AWARDS
Won 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 37 nominations.
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Mark Bowden (book), Ken Nolan (screenplay)
City of Life and Death
2009 22 Apr 2009 R 133 min DramaHistoryWar
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In 1937, Japan occupied Nanjing, the Chinese capital. There was a battle and subsequent atrocities against the inhabitants, especially those who took refuge in the International Security Zone.
AWARDS
9 wins & 9 nominations.
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Chuan Lu
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Eye in the Sky
2015 01 Apr 2016 R 102 min DramaThrillerWar
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Col. Katherine Powell, a military officer in command of an operation to capture terrorists in Kenya, sees her mission escalate when a girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute over the implications of modern warfare.
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1 win & 6 nominations.
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Guy Hibbert
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Flags of Our Fathers
2006 20 Oct 2006 R 135 min DramaHistoryWar
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In 1945, the Marines attack twelve thousand Japaneses protecting the twenty square kilometers of the sacred Iwo Jima island in a very violent battle. When they reach the Mount Suribachi and six Marines raise their flag on the top, the picture becomes a symbol in a post Great Depression America. The government brings the three survivors to America to raise funds for war, bringing hope to desolate people, and making the three men heroes of the war. However, the traumatized trio has difficulty dealing with the image built by their superiors, sharing the heroism with their mates.
AWARDS
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 15 wins & 24 nominations.
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William Broyles Jr. (screenplay), Paul Haggis (screenplay), James Bradley (book), Ron Powers (book)
Full Metal Jacket
1987 10 Jul 1987 R 116 min DramaWar
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A two-segment look at the effect of the military mindset and war itself on Vietnam era Marines. The first half follows a group of recruits in boot camp under the command of the punishing Gunnery Sergeant Hartman. The second half shows one of those recruits, Joker, covering the war as a correspondent for Stars and Stripes, focusing on the Tet offensive.
AWARDS
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 9 nominations.
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Gustav Hasford (novel), Stanley Kubrick (screenplay), Michael Herr (screenplay), Gustav Hasford (screenplay)
Inglourious Basterds
2009 21 Aug 2009 R 153 min DramaWarAdventure
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In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same.
AWARDS
Won 1 Oscar. Another 117 wins & 143 nominations.
WRITER
Quentin Tarantino
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Jarhead
2005 04 Nov 2005 R 125 min DramaWar
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Based on former Marine Anthony Swofford's best-selling 2003 book about his pre-Desert Storm experiences in Saudi Arabia and about his experiences fighting in Kuwait.
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6 wins & 11 nominations.
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William Broyles Jr. (screenplay), Anthony Swofford (book)
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Kagemusha
1980 10 Oct 1980 PG 162 min DramaHistoryWar
When a powerful warlord in medieval Japan dies, a poor thief recruited to impersonate him finds difficulty living up to his role and clashes with the spirit of the warlord during turbulent times in the kingdom.
AWARDS
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 20 wins & 3 nominations.
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Masato Ide, Akira Kurosawa
Kelly's Heroes
1970 23 Jun 1970 GP 144 min ComedyWarAdventure
A group of U.S. soldiers sneaks across enemy lines to get their hands on a secret stash of Nazi treasure.
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N/A
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Troy Kennedy-Martin
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Letters from Iwo Jima
2006 02 Feb 2007 R 141 min DramaHistoryWar
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The island of Iwo Jima stands between the American military force and the home islands of Japan. Therefore the Imperial Japanese Army is desperate to prevent it from falling into American hands and providing a launching point for an invasion of Japan. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi is given command of the forces on the island and sets out to prepare for the imminent attack. General Kuribayashi, however, does not favor the rigid traditional approach recommended by his subordinates, and resentment and resistance fester among his staff. In the lower echelons, a young soldier, Saigo, a poor baker in civilian life, strives with his friends to survive the harsh regime of the Japanese army itself, all the while knowing that a fierce battle looms. When the American invasion begins, both Kuribayashi and Saigo find strength, honor, courage, and horrors beyond imagination.
AWARDS
Won 1 Oscar. Another 23 wins & 36 nominations.
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Iris Yamashita (screenplay), Iris Yamashita (story), Paul Haggis (story), Tadamichi Kuribayashi (book), Tsuyoko Yoshido (book)
Pan's Labyrinth
2006 19 Jan 2007 R 118 min DramaFantasyWar
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In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.
AWARDS
Won 3 Oscars. Another 88 wins & 89 nominations.
WRITER
Guillermo del Toro
Religulous
2008 03 Oct 2008 R 101 min ComedyWarDocumentary
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Bill Maher interviews some of religion's oddest adherents. Muslims, Jews and Christians of many kinds pass before his jaundiced eye. Maher goes to a Creationist Museum in Kentucky, which shows that dinosaurs and people lived at the same time 5000 years ago. He talks to truckers at a Truckers' Chapel. (Sign outside: "Jesus love you.") He goes to a theme park called Holy Land in Florida. He speaks to a rabbi in league with Holocaust deniers. He talks to a Muslim musician who preaches hatred of Jews. Maher finds the unlikeliest of believers and, in a certain Vatican priest, he even finds an unlikely skeptic.
AWARDS
2 wins & 1 nomination.
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N/A
R-Point
2004 13 Aug 2004 R 107 min ActionHorrorWar
On 07 January 1972, the South Korean base in Nah-Trang, Vietnam, receives a radio transmission from a missing platoon presumed dead. The high-command assigns the veteran and decorated Lieutenant Choi Tae-in to lead a squad with eight other soldiers and rescue the missing soldiers from the R-Point. When they arrive in the location, they have a shooting and defeat a Vietnamese woman with a machine gun in a trench. Later, they find a tombstone telling that one hundred years ago, Chinese killed Vietnamese, dropped them in a lake and built a temple over the place, being a sacred location to the Vietnamese. While chasing the missing soldiers, weird things happen with the rescue team.
AWARDS
1 win.
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Su-chang Kong, Yeong-woo Pil
Stalingrad
1993 21 Jan 1993 NOT RATED 134 min DramaWar
A depiction of the brutal battle of Stalingrad, the Third Reich's 'high water mark', as seen through the eyes of German officer Hans von Witzland and his battalion.
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3 wins & 1 nomination.
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Jürgen Büscher, Johannes Heide, Joseph Vilsmaier
The Big Red One
1980 18 Jul 1980 R 113 min DramaWar
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The story of a hardened army Sergeant and four of his men from their first fight at the Kasserine Pass after the invasion of North Africa through to the invasion of Sicily, D-Day, the Ardennes forest and the liberation of a concentration camp at the end of the war. As the five of them fight - and survive to fight yet again in the next battle - new recruits joining the squad are swatted down by the enemy on a regular basis. The four privates are naturally reluctant to get to know any of the new recruits joining the squad, who become just a series of nameless faces.
AWARDS
2 wins & 1 nomination.
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Samuel Fuller
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
2008 26 Nov 2008 PG-13 94 min DramaWar
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Set during World War II, a story seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences.
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7 wins & 7 nominations.
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John Boyne (novel), Mark Herman (screenplay)
The Deer Hunter
1978 23 Feb 1979 R 183 min DramaWar
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An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam war impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania.
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Won 5 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 26 nominations.
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Michael Cimino (story), Deric Washburn (story), Louis Garfinkle (story), Quinn K. Redeker (story), Deric Washburn (screenplay)
The Thin Red Line
1998 15 Jan 1999 R 170 min DramaWar
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In World War II, the outcome of the battle of Guadalcanal will strongly influence the Japanese advance into the Pacific theater. A group of young soldiers is brought in as a relief for the battle-weary Marines. The exhausting fight for a strategically-positioned airfield that allows control over a 1000-mile radius puts the men of the Army rifle company C-for-Charlie through hell. The horrors of war form the soldiers into a tight-knit group; their emotions develop into bonds of love and even family. The reasons for this war get further away as the world for the men gets smaller and smaller until their fighting is for mere survival and the life of the other men with them.
AWARDS
Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 20 wins & 40 nominations.
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James Jones (novel), Terrence Malick (screenplay)
Tigerland
2000 24 May 2001 R 101 min DramaWar
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A group of recruits go through Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Polk, Louisiana's infamous Tigerland, last stop before Vietnam for tens of thousands of young men in 1971.
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2 wins & 5 nominations.
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Ross Klavan, Michael McGruther
Valkyrie
2008 25 Dec 2008 PG-13 121 min DramaThrillerWar
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In Nazi Germany during World War II, as the tide turned in favor of The Allies, a cadre of senior German officers and politicians desperately plot to topple the Nazi regime before the nation is crushed in a near-inevitable defeat. To this end, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, an Army officer convinced he must save Germany from Hitler, is recruited to mastermind a real plan. To do so, he arranges for the internal emergency measure, Operation: Valkyrie, to be changed to enable his fellows to seize control of Berlin after the assassination of the Fuhrer. However, even as the plan is put into action, a combination of bad luck and human failings conspire on their own to create a tragedy that would prolong the greater one gripping Europe.
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2 wins & 11 nominations.
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Christopher McQuarrie, Nathan Alexander
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Zulu
1964 17 Jun 1964 UNRATED 138 min DramaHistoryWar
Outnumbered British soldiers do battle with Zulu warriors at Rorke's Drift.
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N/A
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John Prebble (original screenplay), Cy Endfield (original screenplay), John Prebble (suggested by an article written by)