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Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Aggregate Rating: 276 | Imdb: 8 | Metascore: 90 | Earnings: $216.12M

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.


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Patton (1970)

Aggregate Rating: 271 | Imdb: 8 | Metascore: 91 | Earnings: null

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


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The Deer Hunter (1978)

Aggregate Rating: 263 | Imdb: 8 | Metascore: 81 | Earnings: null

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.


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Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Aggregate Rating: 259 | Imdb: 8 | Metascore: 76 | Earnings: $46.36M

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


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Apocalypse Now (1979)

Aggregate Rating: 253 | Imdb: 8 | Metascore: 90 | Earnings: $78.80M

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.


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Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Aggregate Rating: 252 | Imdb: 8 | Metascore: 69 | Earnings: $120.52M

Lead Role: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Mélanie Laurent, | Director:

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.


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Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

Aggregate Rating: 233 | Imdb: 8 | Metascore: 98 | Earnings: $37.62M

In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.


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Platoon (1986)

Aggregate Rating: 232 | Imdb: 8 | Metascore: 92 | Earnings: $137.96M

A young recruit in Viet Nam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man.


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MASH (1970)

Aggregate Rating: 227 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 79 | Earnings: $81.60M

The staff of a Korean War field hospital use humor and high jinks to keep their sanity in the face of the horror of war.


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La vita è bella (1997)

Aggregate Rating: 200 | Imdb: 8 | Metascore: 59 | Earnings: $57.60M

When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.


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The Army of Shadows (1969)

Aggregate Rating: 191 | Imdb: 8 | Metascore: 99 | Earnings: $0.74M

An account of underground resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France.


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The English Patient (1996)

Aggregate Rating: 190 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 87 | Earnings: $78.65M

At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.


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La battaglia di Algeri (1966)

Aggregate Rating: 184 | Imdb: 8 | Metascore: 95 | Earnings: $0.06M

In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government.


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Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)

Aggregate Rating: 182 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 89 | Earnings: $13.75M

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.


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Black Hawk Down (2001)

Aggregate Rating: 174 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 74 | Earnings: $108.64M

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.


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Le petit soldat (1963)

Aggregate Rating: 173 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 97 | Earnings: $0.02M

During the Algerian war for independence from France, a young Frenchman living in Geneva who belongs to a right-wing terrorist group and a young woman who belongs to a left-wing terrorist ...


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Love and Death (1975)

Aggregate Rating: 171 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 89 | Earnings: null

In czarist Russia, a neurotic soldier and his distant cousin formulate a plot to assassinate Napoleon.


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Fury (2014)

Aggregate Rating: 171 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 64 | Earnings: $85.71M

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


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La commune (Paris, 1871) (2000)

Aggregate Rating: 170 | Imdb: 8 | Metascore: 90 | Earnings: null

In this war drama blurring the lines between documentary and fiction, the working class and the bourgeoisie of 19th century Paris are interviewed and covered on television, before and during a tragic workers' class revolt.


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The Thin Red Line (1998)

Aggregate Rating: 169 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 78 | Earnings: $36.39M

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



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