Top 5 War Films Past and Present

Top 5 War Films Past and Present

There have been many popular war films throughout the years that include a mix of Action and Adventure, but also some real tear-jerking moments too. Some of the best war films date back to the 1960’s – to the newest 2019 war film 1917, which was nominated for 10 Oscar awards. If you are a war film fanatic, you may want to try out the real thing; companies such as offer Tank Driving Days, so you too can feel like you’re in a war film. Here we take a look at the top 5 war films past and present. 

Saving Private Ryan

This war film is set on June 6th 1944, during the Normandy Invasion in WW2; the film focuses on John H Miller, an Army Captain and his troop on a mission to find Paratrooper, Private James Francis Ryan. The film was a hit with viewers and featured stars such as Tom Hanks, Adam Goldberg, Matt Damon, and Vin Diesel. The movie was directed by Steven Spielberg – here you can see more of Speilberg’s top directed movies

A Bridge Too Far

‘A Bridge too far’ was released in 1974, and was directed by Richard Attenborough, an award-winning Actor and Director. The British Troops and the allies at first believe they have the upper hand against the Germans, and begin to devise a plan to take over a number of bridges in the Netherlands – including Arnhem Bridge. Sadly the Germans eventually begin to surround the troops that had taken over Arnhem Bridge. Stars that featured in this film are Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Anthony Hopkins, and many more. 

The Great Escape

Based on true events, The Great Escape tells the story of prisoners held captive in a prisoner of war camp in Germany; the film shows the prisoners desperate attempts to escape the camp until finally devising a plan that involves digging tunnels underground that leads to outside the campgrounds. They come up with many different tactics to avoid being found out, such as hiding dirt that had been dug out of the escape tunnels into pouches sewn into their trousers, in which they then release into the flower beds outside. Eventually, their plan gets foiled, but whilst many were captured again, others were lucky to escape by bikes, boats, and trains. Famous stars in this film include Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, and many more. 

War Horse

This film is more of a tear-jerker, as it shows the relationship between a horse, and a young lad called Albert Narracott who lives on a farm with his mum and dad. To his sadness, his father sells the horse (Joey) to military personnel, who intends to use him as a warhorse; Albert then promises Joey that when he is old enough to join the war, he will find him again. The film then follows Joey’s journey during the war, in which he gets captured by German troops, and is then discovered by a young French girl named Emilie who takes him in. The end of the film shows Joey being reunited with Albert after the war. Tom Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch were two of many stars that featured in War Horse.


Dunkirk was released in 2017 and is based on true events that happened in Dunkirk, France. Thousands of men were trapped on a Beach in Dunkirk after they were surrounded by war enemies. Many rescue attempts were made from land, sea and air. Famous actors that starred in this film include singer Harry Styles, Tom Hardy, and even Cillian Murphy. 

Sohail Gujjar