War movies are great, they are full of action, violence and explosions. There’s just something fascinating about these movies that attracts us towards them, Maybe its Human nature, or the fact that there have been some great movies based on war. Whatever might be the reason, these movies are extremely popular, and we’ve seen several movies that have revolutionized the genre and left our jaws dropping thanks to their epic and colossal battles. We have scoured through the huge library of Amazon Prime and made a list of the best war movies you can watch on the streaming platform right now.
Best War Movies On Amazon Prime
Christopher Nolan’s latest film, Dunkirk depicts the Dunkirk evacuation of World War II from three perspectives: land, sea, and air. The film features an ensemble cast of Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, and Aneurin Barnard. What makes Dunkirk different is that it has very little dialogue compared to other movies, this is because Christopher Nolan wanted to build suspense from Cinematography and music. This makes Dunkirk one of the most visually stunning films of all time, that realistically showcases the tragic events of the evacuation. The film is also full of action and breathtaking visuals that will surely blow you away. The film also has some of the best background score and music ever seen.
World War Z
Directed by Marc Forster World War Z is an apocalyptic action horror film based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Max Brooks. The film stars Brad Pitt in the lead role, as the film tells the story of former United Nations investigator, and his journey across the world, to find a cure for the zombie pandemic. Though the film was stuck in development hell and had to go through several rewrites and reshoots, World War Z is still an entertaining fill filled with intense moments, a good story and stellar performances. Unlike other Zombie films, World War Z has a solid story, and that is one of its greatest strengths. The action is intense and will keep you on the edge of your seat. If you’re looking for a Zombie film that has hoards of zombies, and glorious action, then World War Z is a great choice.
Saving Private Ryan
Often considered as one of the greatest and most influential war films of all time, Saving Private Ryan, directed by Steven Spielberg is one such film that every war-buff should watch. The film tells the story of John H. Miller, a United States Army Rangers Captain, and his squad, as they embark on a mission to search and save a fellow paratrooper, Private First Class James Francis Ryan. Releasing in 1998, the film was received to critical acclaim for its graphic portrayal of war and violence. Saving Private Ryan still holds up, even after 22 years of its release, and its realism, acting, the screenplay is still unmatched. If you are looking for an all-time classic film, that has loads of action and violence, then Saving Private Ryan should be on the top of your list.
This British-American epic historical drama film directed by Ridley Scott, features an ensemble cast of Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Ralf Möller, Oliver Reed, Djimon Hounsou, Derek Jacobi, John Shrapnel and Richard Harris, as the film tells the story of revenge and vengeance, as a former Roman General is relegated to fighting till death as a gladiator by a corrupt emperor. If you are someone who loves historical war films, then you’re going to enjoy Gladiator. The film has an intriguing story that grips you right from the start. The action is violent and extremely brutal, Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, and Connie Nielsen deliver phenomenal performances in their respective portrayals. Everything that you see on the screen is done with great attention to detail, the costumes, weapons, sets and the fighting styles, all look authentic. Gladiator is a thrilling and action-packed ride that will leave you fully entertained.
The Hurt Locker
The Hurt Locker follows Sergeant William James, who is tasked with training a bomb disposal team during the Iraq War. However, His ideologies and reckless approach towards the job lead to several problems with his subordinates. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker is beautifully directed film that truly captures the horror of Iraq war, the film does a great job of showing the emotional and psychological toll on the minds of the soldiers. The main focus of the film is to shine a light on the unsung heroes of the war, the technicians of the bombs squads who risk their lives to save others. What makes the film unique is that instead of showing the action-packed combat scenes of the war, it focuses on the relationships of the soldiers, and though few films have tried this in the past, The Hurt Locker succeeds in showing what really goes on in the minds of the soldiers. You’ll find yourself feeling for the characters, and the intensity of living in a country like Iraq.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Based on the J. R. R. Tolkien’s fantasy novel ‘The Lord of the Rings’, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King the third instalment in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Directed by Peter Jackson, the film features an ensemble cast of Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, and Bernard Hill, as the film continues the plot of the second film, as Frodo, Sam and Gollum make their way towards Mount Doom in Mordor to destroy the One Ring. As the final film in the trilogy, The Return of the Kind had high expectations at the time of its release, and not only did the film manage to meet the expectations, it surpassed all the expectations to become one of the greatest fantasy films ever made. The film is bigger, badder, and better than its prequels, and delivers an epic journey full of breathtaking and humongous battles.
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