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1. Band of Brothers (2001)

TV-MA | 594 min | Action, Drama, History

9.5
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The story of Easy Company of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division, and their mission in World War II Europe, from Operation Overlord, through V-J Day.

Stars: Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, Shane Taylor

Votes: 332,635

2. Forrest Gump (1994)

PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance

8.8
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82 Metascore

The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the events of Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field

Votes: 1,643,438 | Gross: $330.25M

3. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

R | 139 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.1
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71 Metascore

World War II American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer

Votes: 377,397 | Gross: $67.21M

4. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

R | 169 min | Drama, War

8.6
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91 Metascore

Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns

Votes: 1,131,574 | Gross: $216.54M

5. Hunter Killer (2018)

R | 122 min | Action, Thriller

6.6
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43 Metascore

An untested American submarine captain teams with U.S. Navy Seals to rescue the Russian president, who has been kidnapped by a rogue general.

Director: Donovan Marsh | Stars: Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Common, Linda Cardellini

Votes: 39,403 | Gross: $15.77M

6. M*A*S*H (1972–1983)

TV-PG | 25 min | Comedy, Drama, War

8.4
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The staff of an Army hospital in the Korean War find that laughter is the best way to deal with their situation.

Stars: Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, Loretta Swit, Jamie Farr

Votes: 47,308

7. Pearl Harbor (2001)

PG-13 | 183 min | Action, Drama, History

6.2
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44 Metascore

A tale of war and romance mixed in with history. The story follows two lifelong friends and a beautiful nurse who are caught up in the horror of an infamous Sunday morning in 1941.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale, Josh Hartnett, William Lee Scott

Votes: 295,874 | Gross: $198.54M

8. The Master (2012)

R | 138 min | Drama

7.2
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86 Metascore

A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Jesse Plemons

Votes: 134,205 | Gross: $16.38M

9. Arrival (II) (2016)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.9
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81 Metascore

A linguist works with the military to communicate with alien lifeforms after twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg

Votes: 529,029 | Gross: $100.55M

10. Walk the Line (2005)

PG-13 | 136 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.8
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72 Metascore

A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Patrick

Votes: 215,535 | Gross: $119.52M

11. Black Hawk Down (2001)

R | 144 min | Drama, History, War

7.7
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74 Metascore

160 elite U.S. soldiers drop into Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord and find themselves in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily-armed Somalis.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, Eric Bana

Votes: 343,755 | Gross: $108.64M

12. Fury (2014)

R | 134 min | Action, Drama, War

7.6
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64 Metascore

A grizzled tank commander makes tough decisions as he and his crew fight their way across Germany in April, 1945.

Director: David Ayer | Stars: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña

Votes: 388,604 | Gross: $85.82M

13. Man of Steel (2013)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure

7.1
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55 Metascore

Clark Kent is an alien who as a child was evacuated from his dying world and came to Earth, living as a normal human. But when survivors of his alien home invade Earth, he must reveal himself to the world.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane

Votes: 654,928 | Gross: $291.05M

14. American Sniper (2014)

R | 133 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.3
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72 Metascore

Navy S.E.A.L. sniper Chris Kyle's pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can't leave behind.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner, Cole Konis

Votes: 407,323 | Gross: $350.13M

15. Idiocracy (2006)

R | 84 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

6.6
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66 Metascore

Private Joe Bauers, the definition of "average American", is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakes five centuries in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed down that he's easily the most intelligent person alive.

Director: Mike Judge | Stars: Luke Wilson, Maya Rudolph, Dax Shepard, Terry Crews

Votes: 134,245 | Gross: $0.44M

16. Hostiles (2017)

R | 134 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

7.2
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65 Metascore

In 1892, a legendary Army Captain reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory.

Director: Scott Cooper | Stars: Scott Shepherd, Rosamund Pike, Ava Cooper, Stella Cooper

Votes: 56,463 | Gross: $29.82M

17. The Aviator (2004)

PG-13 | 170 min | Biography, Drama

7.5
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77 Metascore

A biopic depicting the early years of legendary Director and aviator Howard Hughes' career from the late 1920s to the mid 1940s.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, John C. Reilly

Votes: 311,867 | Gross: $102.61M

18. The Deer Hunter (1978)

R | 183 min | Drama, War

8.1
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86 Metascore

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.

Director: Michael Cimino | Stars: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale, John Savage

Votes: 288,204 | Gross: $48.98M

19. 12 Strong (2018)

R | 130 min | Action, Drama, History

6.6
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54 Metascore

12 Strong tells the story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11; under the leadership of a new captain, the team must work with an Afghan warlord to take down the Taliban.

Director: Nicolai Fuglsig | Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña, Navid Negahban

Votes: 52,971 | Gross: $45.50M

20. Big Fish (2003)

PG-13 | 125 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.0
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58 Metascore

A frustrated son tries to determine the fact from fiction in his dying father's life.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange

Votes: 393,450 | Gross: $66.26M

21. Rear Window (1954)

PG | 112 min | Mystery, Thriller

8.5
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100 Metascore

A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter

Votes: 406,481 | Gross: $36.76M

22. The Post (2017)

PG-13 | 116 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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83 Metascore

A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk

Votes: 111,805 | Gross: $81.90M

23. Midnight Cowboy (1969)

R | 113 min | Drama, Western

7.8
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79 Metascore

A naive hustler travels from Texas to New York City to seek personal fortune, finding a new friend in the process.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Sylvia Miles, John McGiver

Votes: 92,227 | Gross: $44.79M

24. Red Dead Redemption II (2018 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Crime

9.7
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Amidst the decline of the Wild West at the turn of the 19th century, outlaw Arthur Morgan and his gang struggle to cope with the loss of their way of life.

Stars: Benjamin Byron Davis, Roger Clark, Rob Wiethoff, Cali Elizabeth Moore

Votes: 13,521

25. Black Snake Moan (2006)

R | 116 min | Drama, Music

6.9
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52 Metascore

A God-fearing bluesman takes to a wild young woman who, as a victim of childhood sexual abuse, looks everywhere for love, never quite finding it.

Director: Craig Brewer | Stars: Christina Ricci, Samuel L. Jackson, Justin Timberlake, S. Epatha Merkerson

Votes: 58,797 | Gross: $9.40M

26. Source Code (2011)

PG-13 | 93 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

7.5
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74 Metascore

A soldier wakes up in someone else's body and discovers he's part of an experimental government program to find the bomber of a commuter train. A mission he has only 8 minutes to complete.

Director: Duncan Jones | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright

Votes: 457,427 | Gross: $54.71M

27. The Pacific (2010)

TV-MA | 530 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.3
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The Pacific Theatre of World War II, as seen through the eyes of several young Marines.

Stars: James Badge Dale, Joseph Mazzello, Jon Seda, Ashton Holmes

Votes: 89,852

28. Rachel Getting Married (2008)

R | 113 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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82 Metascore

A young woman who has been in and out of rehab for the past ten years, returns home for the weekend for her sister's wedding.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Anne Hathaway, Rosemarie DeWitt, Debra Winger, Sebastian Stan

Votes: 45,355 | Gross: $12.80M

29. Empire of the Sun (1987)

PG | 153 min | Drama, History, War

7.8
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62 Metascore

A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation during World War II.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson, Nigel Havers

Votes: 107,249 | Gross: $22.24M

30. Detroit (2017)

R | 143 min | Crime, Drama, History

7.3
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77 Metascore

Fact-based drama set during the 1967 Detroit riots in which a group of rogue police officers respond to a complaint with retribution rather than justice on their minds.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, Algee Smith, Jacob Latimore

Votes: 41,814 | Gross: $16.79M

31. The Thin Red Line (1998)

R | 170 min | Drama, War

7.6
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78 Metascore

Adaptation of James Jones' autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Kirk Acevedo

Votes: 162,173 | Gross: $36.40M

32. Generation Kill (2008)

TV-MA | 70 min | Drama, War

8.5
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A Rolling Stone reporter, embedded with The 1st Recon Marines chronicles his experiences during the first wave of the American-led assault on Baghdad in 2003.

Stars: Alexander Skarsgård, James Ransone, Lee Tergesen, Jon Huertas

Votes: 43,835

33. Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.5
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93 Metascore

A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund

Votes: 125,668 | Gross: $13.24M

34. Fences (2016)

PG-13 | 139 min | Drama

7.2
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79 Metascore

A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life.

Director: Denzel Washington | Stars: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Jovan Adepo

Votes: 88,773 | Gross: $57.64M

35. Midnight Special (2016)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.6
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76 Metascore

A father and son go on the run, pursued by the government and a cult drawn to the child's special powers.

Director: Jeff Nichols | Stars: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver

Votes: 68,977 | Gross: $3.71M

36. The Gay Deceivers (1969)

R | 97 min | Comedy

5.8
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Danny and Elliot avoid military service by pretending to be gay, but they have to act the part when the recruiting officer doesn't buy it.

Director: Bruce Kessler | Stars: Kevin Coughlin, Brooke Bundy, Lawrence P. Casey, Jo Ann Harris

Votes: 402

37. Out of the Furnace (2013)

R | 116 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.8
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63 Metascore

When Rodney Baze mysteriously disappears and law enforcement doesn't follow through fast enough, his older brother, Russell, takes matters into his own hands to find justice.

Director: Scott Cooper | Stars: Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Woody Harrelson

Votes: 100,053 | Gross: $11.33M

38. Jarhead (2005)

R | 125 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.0
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58 Metascore

A psychological study of operations desert shield and desert storm during the gulf war; through the eyes of a U.S marine sniper who struggles to cope with the possibility his girlfriend may be cheating on him back home.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx, Lucas Black, Scott MacDonald

Votes: 163,385 | Gross: $62.66M

39. Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016)

R | 113 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

6.2
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53 Metascore

19-year-old Billy Lynn is brought home for a victory tour after a harrowing Iraq battle. Through flashbacks, the film shows what really happened to his squad - contrasting the realities of war with America's perceptions.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Joe Alwyn, Garrett Hedlund, Arturo Castro, Mason Lee

Votes: 19,420 | Gross: $1.72M

40. The Black Dahlia (2006)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.6
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49 Metascore

Two policemen see their personal and professional lives fall apart in the wake of the "Black Dahlia" murder investigation.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Josh Hartnett, Aaron Eckhart, Scarlett Johansson, Hilary Swank

Votes: 68,882 | Gross: $22.52M

41. The Last Picture Show (1971)

R | 118 min | Drama

8.0
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93 Metascore

In 1951, a group of high schoolers come of age in a bleak, isolated, atrophied West Texas town that is slowly dying, both culturally and economically.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich | Stars: Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Ben Johnson

Votes: 38,434 | Gross: $29.13M

42. Kelly's Heroes (1970)

GP | 144 min | Adventure, Comedy, War

7.6
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50 Metascore

A group of U.S. soldiers sneaks across enemy lines to get their hands on a secret stash of Nazi treasure.

Director: Brian G. Hutton | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Don Rickles, Carroll O'Connor

Votes: 41,999

43. Fair Game (I) (2010)

PG-13 | 108 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

6.8
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69 Metascore

CIA operative Valerie Plame discovers her identity is allegedly leaked by the government as payback for an op-ed article her husband wrote criticizing the Bush administration.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Naomi Watts, Sean Penn, Sonya Davison, Vanessa Chong

Votes: 44,235 | Gross: $9.53M

44. Thank You for Your Service (I) (2017)

R | 109 min | Biography, Drama, War

6.5
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68 Metascore

A group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they've left the battlefield.

Director: Jason Hall | Stars: Miles Teller, Beulah Koale, Joe Cole, Scott Haze

Votes: 10,435 | Gross: $9.47M

45. A Walk in the Clouds (1995)

PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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54 Metascore

A married soldier returning from World War II poses as a pregnant woman's husband to save her from her father's anger and honor.

Director: Alfonso Arau | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Anthony Quinn, Giancarlo Giannini

Votes: 29,586 | Gross: $50.01M

46. Crimson Tide (1995)

R | 116 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

7.3
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66 Metascore

On a U.S. nuclear missile sub, a young First Officer stages a mutiny, to prevent his trigger happy Captain from launching his missiles, before confirming his orders to do so.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Gene Hackman, Denzel Washington, Matt Craven, George Dzundza

Votes: 94,696 | Gross: $91.40M

47. Windtalkers (2002)

R | 134 min | Action, Drama, War

6.1
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51 Metascore

Two U.S. Marines in World War II are assigned to protect Navajo Marines, who use their native language as an unbreakable radio cypher.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Adam Beach, Peter Stormare, Noah Emmerich

Votes: 62,801 | Gross: $40.91M

48. Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)

R | 141 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.9
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89 Metascore

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.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Ryo Kase

Votes: 147,403 | Gross: $13.76M

49. The Monuments Men (2014)

PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, History

6.1
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52 Metascore

An unlikely World War II platoon is tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners.

Director: George Clooney | Stars: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett

Votes: 118,675 | Gross: $78.03M

50. Rio Grande (1950)

Passed | 105 min | Romance, Western

7.2
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A cavalry officer posted on the Rio Grande must deal with murderous raiding Apaches, his son who's a risk-taking recruit and his wife from whom he has been separated for many years.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ben Johnson, Claude Jarman Jr.

Votes: 12,884



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