War

300

(2006)
51
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09 Mar 2007
? R
117 min
Zack Snyder (screenplay), Kurt Johnstad (screenplay), Michael Gordon (screenplay), Frank Miller (graphic novel), Lynn Varley (graphic novel)
16 wins & 41 nominations.
King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C.

A Fistful Of Dynamite

(1971)
77
07 Jul 1972
? PG
138 min
Sergio Leone (story), Sergio Donati (story), Luciano Vincenzoni (screenplay), Sergio Donati (screenplay), Sergio Leone (screenplay), Roberto De Leonardis (dialogue adaptation), Carlo Tritto (dialogue adaptation)
1 win.
An I.R.A. explosives expert on the run in Mexico meets an amoral Mexican bandit; together they are drawn into the Mexican revolution.

Apocalypse Now

(1979)
90
15 Aug 1979
? R
153 min
John Milius, Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Herr (narration)
Won 2 Oscars. Another 18 wins & 32 nominations.
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.

Black Hawk Down

(2001)
74
18 Jan 2002
? R
144 min
Mark Bowden (book), Ken Nolan (screenplay)
Won 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 37 nominations.
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.

City of Life and Death

(2009)
85
22 Apr 2009
? R
133 min
Chuan Lu
9 wins & 9 nominations.
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.

Eye in the Sky

(2015)
73
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01 Apr 2016
? R
102 min
Guy Hibbert
1 win & 6 nominations.
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.

Flags of Our Fathers

(2006)
79
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20 Oct 2006
? R
135 min
William Broyles Jr. (screenplay), Paul Haggis (screenplay), James Bradley (book), Ron Powers (book)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 15 wins & 24 nominations.
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.

Full Metal Jacket

(1987)
78
10 Jul 1987
? R
116 min
Gustav Hasford (novel), Stanley Kubrick (screenplay), Michael Herr (screenplay), Gustav Hasford (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 9 nominations.
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.

Fury

(2014)
64
17 Oct 2014
? R
134 min
David Ayer
5 wins & 23 nominations.
1945, in World War II Germany, the tough Sergeant Don 'Wardaddy' Collier commands a tank and survives a German attack with his veteran crew composed of Boyd 'Bible' Swan, Trini 'Gordo' Garcia and Grady 'Coon-Ass' Travis. He receives a rookie soldier Norman Ellison as the substitute for his deceased gunner and he tries to harden the youth along the way.

Inglourious Basterds

(2009)
69
21 Aug 2009
? R
153 min
Quentin Tarantino
Won 1 Oscar. Another 117 wins & 143 nominations.
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.

Jarhead

(2005)
58
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04 Nov 2005
? R
125 min
William Broyles Jr. (screenplay), Anthony Swofford (book)
6 wins & 11 nominations.
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.

Kagemusha

(1980)
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10 Oct 1980
? PG
162 min
Masato Ide, Akira Kurosawa
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 20 wins & 3 nominations.
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.

Kelly's Heroes

(1970)
23 Jun 1970
? GP
144 min
Troy Kennedy-Martin
N/A
A group of U.S. soldiers sneaks across enemy lines to get their hands on a secret stash of Nazi treasure.

Letters from Iwo Jima

(2006)
89
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02 Feb 2007
? R
141 min
Iris Yamashita (screenplay), Iris Yamashita (story), Paul Haggis (story), Tadamichi Kuribayashi (book), Tsuyoko Yoshido (book)
Won 1 Oscar. Another 23 wins & 36 nominations.
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.

Pan's Labyrinth

(2006)
98
19 Jan 2007
? R
118 min
Guillermo del Toro
Won 3 Oscars. Another 88 wins & 89 nominations.
In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.

Religulous

(2008)
56
03 Oct 2008
? R
101 min
N/A
2 wins & 1 nomination.
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.

R-Point

(2004)
13 Aug 2004
? R
107 min
Su-chang Kong, Yeong-woo Pil
1 win.
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.

Stalingrad

(1993)
21 Jan 1993
? NOT RATED
134 min
Jürgen Büscher, Johannes Heide, Joseph Vilsmaier
3 wins & 1 nomination.
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.

The Big Red One

(1980)
77
18 Jul 1980
? R
113 min
Samuel Fuller
2 wins & 1 nomination.
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.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

(2008)
55
26 Nov 2008
? PG-13
94 min
John Boyne (novel), Mark Herman (screenplay)
7 wins & 7 nominations.
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.