With American Sniper taking the box office (and potentially the Oscar race) by storm, we’ve decided that now would be a good time to take a closer look at that and some of our other favourite modern war movies. To win a Clint Eastwood boxset and American Sniper book click here.
While World War II pictures would dominate the screen for years, modern conflicts in the Middle East have resulted in a new wave of war movies which depict the often harrowing and upsetting realities of these conflicts. Others might put the focus on action, but almost all have at least something to say about war.
So, here are just 10 of our favourite modern war movies of the past twenty years or so, give or take a few years here and there. Have we missed any of your favourites?
10. Lone Survivor
Lone Survivor told the true story of a Navy SEAL who found himself hopelessly outnumbered and outgunned when his team were all killed around him following a botched mission to track a Taliban leader. The lengthy sequence which shows us that makes for edge of your seat viewing, with the four men doing all they can to survive, and three ultimately failing.
Though the title gave the game away in some respects, it was still hard to not hope they would find a way out of it, and it’s to the credit of the cast that they were able to get us to care about them (something director Peter Berg failed to achieve earlier in the movie with clichéd and obligatory wife at home mentions and the like).
Regardless, this made for exciting and upsetting viewing.