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.
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.
2010's best rated war movies out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon).
The Siege of Jadotville (07-10-2016, 108 minutes)
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 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.
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.
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.
Possibly the most highly anticipated movie of 2017, Dunkirk, the new epic war movie by Christopher Nolan. The highly talented director takes on a massive project about what it self was a massive and terrifying project - the Dunkirk evacuation that took place during the Second World War.
Best recent & upcoming war movies with release dates.
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ang Lee
Garrett Hedlund, Vin Diesel & Kristen Stewart
Life of Pi, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon & Hulk
comedy, drama, war,
War Machine by David Michôd
Brad Pitt, Will Poulter & Topher Grace
The Rover, Animal Kingdom & Hesher
’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.
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.
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.
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.