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1. Paths of Glory (1957)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, War

8.4
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After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou, George Macready

Votes: 160,193

2. The Hunt for Red October (1990)

PG | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.6
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58 Metascore

In November 1984, the Soviet Union's best submarine Captain in their newest sub violates orders and heads for the U.S. Is he trying to defect or to start a war?

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Sam Neill

Votes: 166,490 | Gross: $122.01M

3. Midway (1976)

PG | 132 min | Action, Drama, History

6.8
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48 Metascore

A dramatization of the battle that was widely heralded as a turning point of the Pacific Theatre of World War II.

Director: Jack Smight | Stars: Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn, Glenn Ford

Votes: 16,143

4. The Longest Day (1962)

G | 178 min | Action, Drama, History

7.8
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75 Metascore

The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view.

Directors: Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki, Gerd Oswald, Darryl F. Zanuck | Stars: John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Richard Burton, Henry Fonda

Votes: 49,646 | Gross: $39.10M

5. Patton (1970)

GP | 172 min | Biography, Drama, War

8.0
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91 Metascore

The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, George S. Patton.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Stephen Young, Michael Strong

Votes: 88,956 | Gross: $61.70M

6. The Green Berets (1968)

G | 142 min | Drama, War

5.8
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Col. Mike Kirby picks two teams of crack Green Berets for a mission in South Vietnam. First off is to build and control a camp that is trying to be taken by the enemy the second mission is to kidnap a North Vietnamese General.

Directors: Ray Kellogg, John Wayne, Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: John Wayne, David Janssen, Jim Hutton, Aldo Ray

Votes: 11,409 | Gross: $21.71M

7. Twelve O'Clock High (1949)

Not Rated | 132 min | Drama, War

7.7
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A hard-as-nails general takes over a bomber unit suffering from low morale and whips them into fighting shape.

Director: Henry King | Stars: Gregory Peck, Hugh Marlowe, Gary Merrill, Millard Mitchell

Votes: 11,562

8. Napoleon (1927)

240 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.1
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A film about the French general's youth and early military career.

Director: Abel Gance | Stars: Albert Dieudonné, Vladimir Roudenko, Edmond Van Daële, Alexandre Koubitzky

Votes: 6,338

9. The Bedford Incident (1965)

Approved | 102 min | Drama, Thriller

7.4
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An American destroyer Captain is determined to confront a Soviet submarine caught violating territorial waters. Perhaps too determined.

Director: James B. Harris | Stars: Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier, James MacArthur, Martin Balsam

Votes: 4,308

10. The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951)

Approved | 88 min | Biography, Drama, War

6.9
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The story of the final years of the respected World War II German general, Erwin Rommel.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: James Mason, Cedric Hardwicke, Jessica Tandy, Luther Adler

Votes: 5,214

11. Battlefield (1995– )

Documentary, History, War

8.6
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Major battles of World War II are recounted in depth.

Stars: Jonathan Booth, Tim Pigott-Smith

Votes: 401

12. Flat Top (1952)

Approved | 83 min | Drama, War

6.0
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During the Korean War, aboard the U.S.S. Princeton, Navy Commander Dan Collier reminisces about his first assignment on the same aircraft carrier in the war against Japan.

Director: Lesley Selander | Stars: Sterling Hayden, Richard Carlson, William Phipps, John Bromfield

Votes: 388

13. Napoleon (2000– )

240 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.1
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Documentary about the rise and fall of one of the greatest military geniuses of modern times from his Corsican childhood to final exile in St. Helena.

Star: David McCullough

Votes: 290

14. War of the Century (1999– )

200 min | Documentary, History, War

8.2
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Documentary examining Operation Barbarossa, Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941.

Stars: Samuel West, Israel Abelesz, Viktor Anfilov, Vladlen Antsishkin

Votes: 401

15. Mythos Rommel (2002)

43 min | Documentary

7.7
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3-part series examining the life of Field Marshall Erwin Rommel. Interviews from surviving soldiers who fought under Rommel and against Rommel in the British Army. The series examines the ... See full summary »

Stars: Winrich Behr, Michael Carver, Ulrich de Maizière, Isaac Levy

Votes: 29

16. Admiral Nakhimov (1947)

89 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.4
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Admiral Pavel Nakhimov, one of the most acclaimed admirals in Russian history, fights the Turkish fleet during the Crimean War of 1853.

Director: Vsevolod Pudovkin | Stars: Aleksei Dikij, Evgeniy Samoylov, Vladimir Vladislavskiy, Vsevolod Pudovkin

Votes: 104

17. Ataka (1986)

89 min | Drama

6.4
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Young lieutenant arrives to tank regiment stationed in the Central Asia. He uses unusual for Soviet Army methods to train his soldiers. It predictably leads to tensions with superiors and ... See full summary »

Director: Igor Nikolayev | Stars: Sergey Chekan, Aleksandr Novikov, Vasili Popov, Valeri Tsvetkov

Votes: 16

18. Velikiy polkovodets Georgiy Zhukov (1995)

134 min | Biography, Drama

6.5
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Biopic about Marshal Georgi Zhukov. Documentary footage from WWII and dramatization played by Russian and German actors.

Director: Yuriy Ozerov | Stars: Mikhail Ulyanov, Bukhuti Zakariadze, Yakov Tripolsky, Vladlen Davydov

Votes: 35

19. On the Brink: Doomsday (1997 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary, War

6.7
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The A-Bomb, the H-Bomb, Cold War, Kennedy, Khrushchev, Yeltsin, Reagan...Who said that the world was a safe place?

Director: Gary Parker | Stars: Ed Green, Peter Roman, R. Cargill Hall, Vassily Reshetnikov

Votes: 19

20. Päämaja (1970)

88 min | Drama, History, War

7.0
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June 1944. The attention of the world is focused on Normandy, but the change of the tide can be felt in Finland also. Rumours of preparations of a massive Soviet attack in the Karelian ... See full summary »

Director: Matti Kassila | Stars: Joel Rinne, Jussi Jurkka, Tamara Lund, Kapo Manto

Votes: 191

21. Tovarishch general (1974)

85 min | Drama, War

5.9
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1941. Army commander Kapitonov takes the brunt of the German forces, striving to Rostov. Well aware of the tactics of the German General Leynts, Kapitonov brilliantly conducting an ... See full summary »

Director: Teodor Vulfovich | Stars: Igor Ledogorov, Georgiy Kulikov, Viktor Shulgin, Pavel Makhotin

Votes: 7

22. The Empire Files (2015– )
Episode: Fmr. Bush Official Says the Empire's Ship is Sinking (2015)

Documentary, News, Talk-Show

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Stars: Abby Martin, Lawrence Wilkerson

23. Les mercredis de l'histoire (1999– )
Episode: Philippe Pétain (2010)

104 min | Documentary

6.5
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Directors: Paule Muxel, Bertrand de Solliers | Stars: Stéphane Audoin-Rouzeau, Dominique Blanc, Ulrich Herbert, Gerd Krumeich

Votes: 6



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