Best new War movies (2017) - Top Netflix & Cinema

Sad as it may be, there are and always will be gripping war stories to tell. Troops are perhaps no longer fully deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan, and the First and Second World Wars are far behind us, but that does not mean nothing is going on, for example in places like the Middle-East that we should know about. We can learn much from the news and fine war journalism, but we see so many of those images that they become devoid of meaning. Filmmakers in the field of the warfare genre should tell the tales of people living in warzones like Syria. Make them intensely personal so that we, who live in peace, may in some way grasp what it means to live there. Sure, it's Hollywood so these films must also entertain us with bombs, shootings, and romantic heroism, but filmmakers should not forget the severity of their topic. Fortunately, a number of great new war flicks found a perfect balance between the need for entertainment and the necessity to inform. In very different ways, these movies all tell important and poignant stories that need to be heard.
The Vore's Film staff selects the top best war movies of 2017 in cinema or on DVD or Netfix. Are Roni Ezra, Clint Eastwood & Paul Katis our new war genre directors?

war genre statistics

Rank#7 (List of most popular genres)
ActorsBrad Pitt, Bradley Cooper & Shia LaBeouf
TrendingFury, 1944 & 9. april
Amount of genre films per year from 2010 to 2017

127 war movies scheduled for release this year.

The stats indicate that the genre is slowly growing, but what's more interesting are the absolute numbers. It is surprising how few war movies are made for such a popular genre. The thriller genre for example ranks behind war, but has 10 times more films produced each year.

List of highest grossers of the decade & budget

Compared to Sci-fi that also runs on big budgets the war genre make significantly less money. This probably explains the relatively few movies that come out each your. And apparently this can be a bit of a risk, take 300 :Rise of an Empire for example - it only made $6 million at the US Box office on a budget of $106M.
TitleBox officeBudget
American Sniper (2014)$350M$58.8M
Lincoln (2012)$182M$65M
Lone Survivor (2013)$125M$40M
Unbroken (2014)$115.60M$65M
300: Rise of an Empire (2014)$106M$110.M
(Read: Who needs big budgets? 25 low budget success stories!)

2017 anticipated releases to watch

    The Wall (Friday March 10, 2017)

    The Wall film poster Director
    Doug Liman
    Aaron Taylor-Johnson
    John Cena
    Laith Nakli

    An American sharpshooter is trapped in a standoff with an Iraqi sniper.... Read more


    Dunkirk (Wednesday July 19, 2017)

    Dunkirk film poster Director
    Christopher Nolan
    Tom Hardy
    Cillian Murphy
    Mark Rylance

    Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, Canada, and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.... Read more


Best war movies on Netflix or DVD in 2017

2010's best rated war movies out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  1. The Siege of Jadotville (07-10-2016, 108 minutes)
  2. After the success of 'Beasts of No Nation', Netflix returns with another solid war movie set in Africa. 'The Siege of Jadotville' tells the mostly forgotten story of an Irish military regiment under siege during the Congo crisis in 1961. For 6 days in a row, 150 Irish soldiers on a UN mission trying to hold back a 3000 man army of mercenaries.
    StarringJamie Dornan, Mark Strong & Jason O'Mara
    DirectorRichie Smyth (The Siege of Jadotville
    Themesresistance, third world, warfare, historical, war,
    CountryIreland {Republic} South Africa
    Keywordshistorical, intense,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  3. Anthropoid (09-09-2016, 120 minutes)
  4. Perhaps one of the lesser known prominent Nazi leaders, Reinhard Heydrich was nevertheless one of the most bloodthirsty and notorious. His effective and and heartless way of getting rid of the Czecho-Slovakian resistance alarmed Allied intelligence service and they decided to assassinate Heydrich. Operation Anthropoid was born. A nerve-wrecking WWII thriller, portraying one of its lesser known chapters.
    StarringJamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy & Charlotte Le Bon
    DirectorSean Ellis (Metro Manila )
    Themesconspiracy, warfare, thriller, war,
    CountryCzech Republic United Kingdom
    Keywordsaccurate, striking,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  5. Fury (17-10-2014, 134 minutes)
  6. If you want to know what it is like to be packed in with 5 other tough swearing soldiers in a claustrophobic Second World War tank, then this film might be something for you. Fury is even a little silly at times (like when Brad Pitt loses his shit with a Nazi POW), but it is also a great and captivating account of tank warfare. It could not get more manly with each character outperforming the other in terms of bravado and toughness. Apparently the actors even had fistfights on set to determine the alpha-male and let loose some testosteron.
    Starring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf & Logan Lerman
    DirectorDavid Ayer (Training Day, End of Watch & The Fast and the Furious)
    Themesmen, second world war, action, drama, war,
    CountryUnited States
    Keywordsentertaining, historical,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  7. Miasto 44 (19-09-2014, 130 minutes)
    Starring Józef Pawlowski, Zofia Wichlacz & Anna Próchniak
    DirectorJan Komasa (Suicide Room, Nice To See You & Ode to Joy)
    Themeslove, second world war, drama, historical, romance,
    Keywordsengaging, romantic,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  9. Simindis Kundzuli (17-09-2014, 100 minutes)
    StarringIlyas Salman, Mariam Buturishvili & Irakli Samushia
    DirectorGeorge Ovashvili (Gagma napiri & Zgvis donidan)
    Themesenvironment, families, drama, war,
    Keywordslittle, peculiar,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  11. American Sniper (16-01-2015, 133 minutes)
    StarringBradley Cooper, Sienna Miller & Kyle Gallner
    Director Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino & Unforgiven )
    Themesmarriage, military, action, biographical, drama,
    CountryUnited States
    Keywordsaction-packed, complex,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  13. Kajaki (28-11-2014, 108 minutes)
    StarringDavid Elliot, Mark Stanley & Scott Kyle
    DirectorPaul Katis (Exploited & Exposed)
    Themesdeath, military, adventure, drama, thriller,
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Keywordsbiographical, faithful,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

New war movies out now

Best recent & upcoming war movies with release dates.

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ang Lee

Release date11-11-2016
CountryUnited States
StarringGarrett Hedlund, Vin Diesel & Kristen Stewart
Previous releasesLife of Pi, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon & Hulk
Associated with comedy, drama, war,

War Machine by David Michôd

Release date2016
CountryUnited States
StarringBrad Pitt, Will Poulter & Topher Grace
Previous releasesThe Rover, Animal Kingdom & Hesher
Associated with comedy,

’71 (10-10-2014, 99 minutes))

Upcoming British star Jack O’Connell seems to be in dozen of films released at the same time. Last year he starred in another war film, Angelinga Jolie’s horrifying WW2 epic Unbroken. ’71 is from an entirely different order though; a raw and authentic looking war thriller about a British soldier (O’Connell) abandoned by his unit during a patrol in war zone Belfast. During the height of the Troubles, he’s left to his own devices in unfriendly neighbourhood (to say the least) and has to make it alive through the night while various people are hunting him.
DirectorYann Demange (Headspace & Incomplete)
StarringJack O'Connell, Sam Reid & Sean Harris
Similar moviesIn The Name of the Father & Mickybo and Me
Themescombat, military, action, drama, thriller,
CountryUnited Kingdom
Keywordsawe-inspiring, excellent,
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

1944 (20-02-2015, 100 minutes))

This Estonian film chronicles the tragic events that took place during the bloody Battle of Tannenberg, widely regarded as one of the most brutal battles fought on the Eastern front. Reportedly, 1944 is the most expensive Estonian film to date with a budget above 1,5 million euro’s. Seems pretty interesting, as there aren’t that many WW2 films that pay attention to the battles fought in the Baltic area.
DirectorElmo Nüganen (Tangerines, Names Engraved in Marble & Mindless)
StarringMarko Leht, Maiken Schmidt & Kaspar Velberg
Similar movies9. april & Risttuules
Themesbetrayal, military, drama, war,
Keywordsbiographical, heartfelt,
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

Suite Française (13-03-2015, 107 minutes))

Judging by the short synopsis, this could very well be a dime a dozen sappy, melodramatic war romance weepie. But given the strong cast (Kristin Scott Thomas and Matthias Schoenaerts never dissapoint) and the positive reception, we’ll defintely give it a shot. Suite Française tells the story of a young French girl who, after her husband (whom she never really loved) left to fight on the front line, becomes romantically involved with a German officer.
Director Saul Dibb (The Duchess, Easy Money & Bullet Boy)
StarringMichelle Williams, Kristin Scott Thomas & Margot Robbie
Similar moviesTestament of Youth & A Little Chaos
Themeslove, second world war, drama, romance, war,
CountryUnited States
Keywordspredictable, romantic,
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

9. april (12-03-2015, 93 minutes))

9. April is an upcoming Danish film about the group of bicycle- and motor companies that fought the Germans when they invaded Denmark at the Jutland border on the ninth of april, 1940. Aparently they we’re able to hold back the enemy for a little while. We’re looking forward to this film, not in the least because two of Denmark’s most talented actors (Pilou Asbæk and Lars Mikkelsen) are in it.
DirectorRoni Ezra (Veninder på 1. klasse, Marts & Patrol)
StarringLars Mikkelsen, Pilou Asbæk & Gustav Dyekjær Giese
Similar moviesKrigen & Flammen & Citronen
Themesmilitary, second world war, drama, war,
Keywordsbiographical, dramatic,
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

Beasts of No Nation (16-10-2015, 137 minutes))
DirectorCary Joji Fukunaga (True Detective, Jane Erye & Sin Nombre)
StarringAbraham Attah, Emmanuel Affadzi & Ricky Adelayitor
Similar moviesJohnny Mad Dog & Children of War
Themeschildhood, third world, drama, war,
CountryUnited States
Keywordshorrifying, tragic,
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix