American war movies

List of the best American war movies selected by visitors to our site: Wonder Woman, War for the Planet of the Apes, Saving Private Ryan, Fury, 300, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Kingdom of Heaven, Letters from Iwo Jima, Flags of Our Fathers, Windtalkers.

In the top there are new films of 2020, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Wonder Woman (2017)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genrefantastic, action, fantasy, adventure, military
CountryUSA, China, Hong Kong
CharactersSuperhero, Princesses, Strong women, Amazons, Immortals
PlotAdventure, War, Fate, Chase, Justice
PlaceTrains, Islands, USA, The Ottoman Empire
StyleBest soundtracks, DC, Tense, Womens in main roles

An Amazon princess comes to the world of Man in the grips of the First World War to confront the forces of evil and bring an end to human conflict.

War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, drama, adventure
CountryUSA, Canada, New Zealand
CharactersSnipers, Horses, Special Forces, Monkeys, Thieves
PlotViruses, War, Travel, Revenge, Survival
PlaceJungle, Caves, Mountains, Village
TimePost apocalypse, Future
StyleUnexpected ending, Tense, Epic

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.

Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Markimdb: 8.6
Genreaction, drama, military
CharactersSnipers, Friends, Soldier, Warriors, Military
PlotWar, Tanks, Death, Self-sacrifice
TimeWorld War II
StyleFascinating, Depressive, Heavy, Epic

As U.S. troops storm the beaches of Normandy, three brothers lie dead on the battlefield, with a fourth trapped behind enemy lines. Ranger captain John Miller and seven men are tasked with penetrating German-held territory and bringing the boy home.

Fury (2014)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genreaction, drama, military
CountryUSA, China, United Kingdom
CharactersTankman, Soldier, Heroes, Military
PlotWar, Tanks, Rivalry
TimeWorld War II
StyleExciting, Fascinating, For men, Action, Depressive

Last months of World War II in April 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theater, a battle-hardened U.S. Army sergeant in the 2nd Armored Division named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank called "Fury" and its five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

300 (2006)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genreaction, fantasy, military
StyleFor men

Based on Frank Miller's graphic novel, "300" is very loosely based the 480 B.C. Battle of Thermopylae, where the King of Sparta led his army against the advancing Persians; the battle is said to have inspired all of Greece to band together against the Persians, and helped usher in the world's first democracy.

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genreaction, drama, adventure, military, history
CharactersSpy, Pirates, Friends, Heroes, Military
PlotAdventure, War, Sea battles, Expeditions, Rivalry
PlaceSea, Ships, Ocean
Time18th century
StyleExciting, Action, Serious

After an abrupt and violent encounter with a French warship inflicts severe damage upon his ship, a captain of the British Royal Navy begins a chase over two oceans to capture or destroy the enemy, though he must weigh his commitment to duty and ferocious pursuit of glory against the safety of his devoted crew, including the ship's thoughtful surgeon, his best friend.

Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genreaction, drama, adventure, military, history
CountryUSA, Spain
CharactersKnights, Kings, Warriors, Military, Fathers
PlotAdventure, War, Travel, Religious, Death
StyleExciting, Heavy, Serious, Epic

After his wife dies, a blacksmith named Balian is thrust into royalty, political intrigue and bloody holy wars during the Crusades.

Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
Markimdb: 7.9
Genredrama, military, history
CharactersDogs, Horses, Soldier, Military
PlotWar, Survival
PlaceJungle, Japan
TimeWorld War II
StyleSoulful, Depressive

The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.

Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
Markimdb: 7
Genredrama, military, history
PlotOn real events, War, Death, Survival, Marine Corps
PlaceJapan, Islands
TimeWorld War II
StyleTouching, Soulful, By books, Serious

There were five Marines and one Navy Corpsman photographed raising the U.S. flag on Mt. Suribachi by Joe Rosenthal on February 23, 1945. This is the story of three of the six surviving servicemen – John 'Doc' Bradley, Pvt. Rene Gagnon and Pvt. Ira Hayes, who fought in the battle to take Iwo Jima from the Japanese.

Windtalkers (2002)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genreaction, drama, military
CharactersFriends, Soldier, Heroes, Military
PlotWar, Survival, Marine Corps, Friendship
PlaceJapan, Islands
TimeWorld War II
StyleSoulful, Heavy, Serious

Joe Enders is a gung-ho Marine assigned to protect a "windtalker" - one of several Navajo Indians who were used to relay messages during World War II because their spoken language was indecipherable to Japanese code breakers.

War Horse (2011)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, military
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
CharactersAnimals, Horses, Military, Alcoholics
PlotWar, Friendship
StyleFascinating, To cry, Touching, Serious, Epic

Follows a young man named Albert and his horse, Joey, and how their bond is broken when Joey is sold to the cavalry and sent to the trenches of World War One. Despite being too young to enlist, Albert heads to France to save his friend.

A Bridge Too Far (1977)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, military, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
CharactersSpy, Soldier, Military
PlotOn real events, War
StyleHeavy, Disturbing, Tense, Serious, Epic

A Bridge Too Far tells the story of Operation Market Garden, the failed attempt by the allies to end the war quickly by securing three bridges in Holland and allowing access over the Rhine into Germany. A combination of poor allied intelligence and the presence of two crack German Panzer divisions meant that the final part of this operation (the bridge in Arnhem over the Rhine, the titular 'bridge too far') was doomed to failure.

Dunkirk (2017)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama, military, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Netherlands, France
CharactersPilots, Friends, Lifeguards, Soldier, Military
PlotWar, Death, Survival, Fear, On real events
PlaceSea, Ships, Beach, France, England
TimeWorld War II
StyleAtmospheric, Best soundtracks, Disturbing, Tense, Epic

The story of the miraculous evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, Britain, Canada and France, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk between May 26th and June 4th 1940 during World War II.

Max (2015)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genrefantasy, drama, adventure, family, military
CharactersDogs, Teens, Animals, Family, Friends
PlotAdventure, War, Revenge, Chase, Friendship
PlaceAfghanistan, USA
StyleTouching, Tense, Serious, Beautiful landscapes

A dog that helped soldiers in Afghanistan returns to the U.S. and is adopted by his handler's family after suffering a traumatic experience.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
Markimdb: 7
Genrefantastic, action, fantasy, adventure
PlotLove, War, Superpowers
StyleStar Wars

Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order.

USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (2016)
Markimdb: 5.2
Genreaction, thriller, drama, military, history
CharactersSharks, Lawyers, Military
PlotDancing, On real events, War, Survival, Rivalry
PlaceSea, Submarines, Party, Court, Ocean
TimeWorld War II
StyleUnexpected ending, Exciting, Fascinating, Disturbing

The harrowing true story of the crew of the USS Indianapolis, who were stranded in the Philippine Sea for five days after delivering the atomic weapons that would eventually end WWII. As they awaited rescue, they endured extreme thirst, hunger, and relentless shark attacks.

Free State of Jones (2016)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genreaction, drama, military, biography, history
CharactersDogs, Snake, Slaves
PlotOn real events, War, Uprising, Survival, Slavery
Time19th century
StyleAction, Exciting, Tense, Fascinating, Makes me think

In 1863, Mississippi farmer Newt Knight serves as a medic for the Confederate Army. Opposed to slavery, Knight would rather help the wounded than fight the Union. After his nephew dies in battle, Newt returns home to Jones County to safeguard his family but is soon branded an outlaw deserter. Forced to flee, he finds refuge with a group of runaway slaves hiding out in the swamps. Forging an alliance with the slaves and other farmers, Knight leads a rebellion that would forever change history.

Zero Days (2016)
Markimdb: 7.8

Alex Gibney explores the phenomenon of Stuxnet, a self-replicating computer virus discovered in 2010 by international IT experts. Evidently commissioned by the US and Israeli governments, this malware was designed to specifically sabotage Iran’s nuclear programme. However, the complex computer worm ended up not only infecting its intended target but also spreading uncontrollably.

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV (2016)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genrefantastic, action, fantasy, drama, adventure, cartoon
CountryUSA, Japan
CharactersHeroes, Warriors, Kings
PlotMartial Arts, Adventure, War, Friendship, Supernatural
StyleExciting, Fascinating

The magical kingdom of Lucis is home to the world’s last remaining Crystal, and the menacing empire of Niflheim is determined to steal it. King Regis of Lucis commands an elite force of soldiers called the Kingsglaive. Wielding their king’s magic, they fight to protect Lucis. As the overwhelming military might of the empire bears down, King Regis is faced with an impossible ultimatum – to marry his son, Prince Noctis to Princess Lunafreya of Tenebrae, captive of Niflheim, and surrender his lands to Niflheim rule. Although the king concedes, it becomes clear that the empire will stop at nothing to achieve their devious goals, with only the Kingsglaive standing between them and world domination.

Aquaman (2018)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genrefantastic, action, fantasy, adventure
CountryUSA, Australia
CharactersSuperhero, Sharks, Mermaids, Kings, Fish
PlotMartial Arts, War, Tsunami, Power, Magic Items
PlaceUnderwater world, Islands, Ocean, Atlantis
StyleExciting, DC, Spectacular, Twisted plot, Epic

Once home to the most advanced civilization on Earth, Atlantis is now an underwater kingdom ruled by the power-hungry King Orm. With a vast army at his disposal, Orm plans to conquer the remaining oceanic people and then the surface world. Standing in his way is Arthur Curry, Orm's half-human, half-Atlantean brother and true heir to the throne.