ByKyle Watkins, writer at
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Kyle Watkins

With Fury just coming out, why don't we discuss some of the greatest war movies ever made. I'm pretty certain we're all excited to see Fury. Brad Pitt's unique hairstyle, Logan Lerman bringing yet another fantastic job to the big screen, Jon Bernthal making a great comeback from The Walking Dead, and Shia LeBeouf doing something we haven't seen yet, acting and cutting his face (according to Logan Lerman).

Well, authenticity is a pretty good key to make up. Lone Survivor had excellent make up, I cringed when I saw them. These War Movies are truly great, and since they are modern movies, they all have their fair share of guns, glory, and blood.

These are in no particular order! It's also a little lengthy. Enjoy.

The Patriot

Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson

Director: Roland Emmerich

Starring: Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Jason Isaacs, and Chris Cooper

Synopsis: Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin is driven to lead the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution when a sadistic British officer murders his son.

Review: The cast truly bring something remarkable, they show great sorrow for the loss of a family member, and great triumph as they battle the British. You see the true horrors of The Revolutionary War and what it did to the civilian population who didn't want to be apart of the war. Everything from the costumes to the explosions looks authentic. I give The Patriot 8.5/10 Muffins.


Cary Elwes
Cary Elwes

Director: Edward Zwick

Starring: Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman and Cary Elwes

Synopsis: Robert Gould Shaw leads the US Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates.

Review: Intense, thrilling, and heartbreaking. You really get a connection with these characters and you feel their struggle. The acting was superb, the action was beautiful, and it had a lot of emotion. I give Glory 8/10 Muffins

Zero Dark Thirty

Jessica Chastain
Jessica Chastain

Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Starring: Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Chris Pratt, and Reda Kateb

Synopsis: A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May 2011.

Review: Although a little slow at times, it does pick up and get really intense. You witness the greatest manhunt in history with a great cast and great director. Kathryn Bigelow is the best female director and has proved it once again. I give Zero Dark Thirty 7.5/10 Muffins.

Lone Survivor

Director: Peter Berg

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, and Ben Foster

Synopsis: Marcus Luttrell and his team set out on a mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shah, in late June 2005. Marcus and his team are left to fight for their lives in one of the most valiant efforts of modern warfare.

Review: This is one of the most gruesome war movies ever, and most recent as well. The cast is beyond superb, this is their greatest performance yet. Lone Survivor is a great movie, an even better book adaptation, and my favorite 2014 movie. I give Lone Survivor 9.5/10 Muffins.

Good Morning Vietnam

Director: Barry Levinson

Starring: Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, Tung Thanh Tran, and J.T Walsh

Synopsis: An unorthodox and irreverent DJ begins to shake up things when he is assigned to the US Armed Services Radio station in Vietnam

Review: One of Robin Williams' greatest roles of all time, Good Morning Vietnam is a charming, hysterical, and superb movie. Without Williams, this could have possibly just been another cheesy movie, but no. And I'm not saying this movie would have been bad without him, it just would have been very different. The script is amazing and the direction is just as good. I give Good Morning Vietnam 9/10 Muffins

Saving Private Ryan

Director: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, and Vin Diesel

Synopsis: 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.

Review: Whoa! We all know Steven Spielberg can make some damn good movies and this movie is one of them. Right from the start it gets really intense, and you see what actually happens in war. Tom Hanks brings his amazing performance, as usual, and the rest of the cast did just as good. I give Saving Private Ryan 9/10 Muffins


Director: Oliver Stone

Starring: Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe, Tom Berenger, Forest Whitaker

Synopsis: A young recruit in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.

Review: I didn't expect what I got from Platoon. After seeing Charlie Sheen in Two and Half Men, I didn't think he had a serious role in him. I was wrong and he was amazing in the movie. You witness the true horrors of the Vietnam War and see how it affected people. I give Platoon 8/10 Muffins

Full Metal Jacket

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Starring: Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D'Onofrio and R. Lee Ermey

Synopsis: A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the U.S.-Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.

Review: Whoa! Full Metal Jacket is intense right from the start. You see a group of men train together and a lot of things happen, but damn, this was crazy. In the 1st half it shows what training is like, and in the 2nd half you see the group at war. It's very intense, gruesome, and certainly emotional. I give Full Metal Jack 8/10 Muffins

The Hurt Locker

Director: Kathryn Bigelow

Starring: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty and Guy Pearce

Synopsis: During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.

Review: I loved this movie from the start, Jeremy Renner and Anthonie Mackie's relationship is very entertaining. I think I liked The Hurt Locker a lot more because I had to watch 3 Vietnam Wars previous to it and I wanted a break. In The Hurt Locker you get to witness a lot more of the affects on the civilian population rather then just guns and explosions, which is certainly a plus in my book. I give The Hurt Locker 8.5/10 Muffins


Directors: Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger

Starring: The Men of Battle Company 2nd of the 503rd Infantry Regiment 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Juan 'Doc Restrepo, Dan Kearney

Synopsis: A year with one platoon in the deadliest valley in Afghanistan

Review: I have no idea where to start. Restrepo is very emotional and a lot of surprises come your way. You see the actual soldiers in combat, the toll is takes on them, and how losing a Brother in Arms is so emotional, you feel for them. I give Restrepo 8/10 Muffins.

Honorable Mentions: Black Hawk Down, Act of Valor, Green Zone, Apocalypse Now, Enemy at the Gates, and many more great ones.

I certainly hope you enjoyed this article, sorry about the length. What are some of your favorite War Movies? Comment and share them below! Have a great day.


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