In honor of Veterans Day, we’ve put together a list of movies that serve as reminders of the sacrifices our men and women make when serving our country. From their heroism in the heat of a battle to the horrors they face on the battlefield, these are just a few of the top war movies that honor our veterans. Be sure to share the films you think should have made the list in the comments below.
A film that captures the danger, bravery and heart-pounding stress some of our bravest soldiers face. Winner of 6 Oscars, Hurt Locker gives you an intense view into the dangers an elite Army bomb squad faces daily. There’s no room for error when disarming bombs in a chaotic, war zone. The film puts you in the middle of the danger zone through artful cinematography.
Another Oscar winning film, Glory beautifully captures the American Civil War. It’s also one of the first movies to honor the key role African American soldiers played in this historic battle. Starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman, Glory is recognized as one of the greatest war films of all time.
One of the most realistic portrayals of WWII's Normandy invasion, Saving Private Ryan follows the challenges of retrieving a paratrooper whose brothers were all killed in action. The film won 5 Oscars in 1998.
Based on a James Jones’ novel, From Here to Eternity provides a glimpse into Army life in the days leading up to attack on Pearl Harbor. The movie features an all-star cast including Sinatra and won 8 Oscars in 1954.
The horrors of war leave a lasting impression on soldiers and their families. The Deer Hunter exposes the impact Vietnam had on three friends from a small Pennsylvania steel town and how their experiences changed them. Winner of 5 Oscars, The Deer Hunter pays tribute to those called up to their civic duty.