Best new War & Military movies in 2018 & 2017 (Netflix & Cinema List)

The Vore's Film staff selects the top best war movies of 2018 in cinema, DVD and Netflix. Are Roni Ezra, Clint Eastwood & Paul Katis our new war genre directors? The main focus is on international art house & American and British indie 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.

New war movies in 2018

Top movies up for release in 2018

  • Transit

    DIRECTOR: Christian Petzold
    CAST: Franz Rogowski Paula Beer Godehard Giese

    After 'Phoenix', acclaimed German director returns with 'Transit', a movie evolving around a 27 year old German fleeing nazi-German, using the identity of a deceased author. When he arrives in France, he finds out the author committed suicide. Read more

    RATING: 86/100

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  • Ruin

    DIRECTOR: Justin Kurzel
    CAST: Gal Gadot

    Ruin, starring Wonder Woman's Gal Gadot, is about a former Nazi SS captain who wants to atone for his terrible sins during the Second World War. He hunts down the members of the death squad working under him. Read more

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  • 12 Strong

    DIRECTOR: Nicolai Fuglsig
    CAST: Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña

    After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, an inexperienced captain and his Special Forces elite team is sent to Afghanistan. Over there, they need to find a warlord and fight the Taliban. But obviously, things do not work out the way the should. Fast-paced and entertaining, but one sometimes wonder to what extent this movie is actually based on the true events. Read more

    RATING: 70/100

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Best war movies of 2017

Top rated 2017 war movies

  • The Wall

    DIRECTOR: Doug Liman
    CAST: Aaron Taylor-Johnson John Cena Laith Nakli

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

    RATING: 74/100

    RELEASE DATE: March 10th, 2017

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  • Dunkirk

    DIRECTOR: Christopher Nolan
    CAST: 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

    RATING: 92/100

    RELEASE DATE: July 19th, 2017

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  • Darkest Hour

    DIRECTOR: Joe Wright
    CAST: John Hurt Lily James Gary Oldman

    Winston Churchill leads a charge against Adolf Hitler's army in the early days of World War II. Read more

    RATING: 82/100

    RELEASE DATE: July 19th, 2017

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Best war movies on Netflix or DVD in 2018

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

  • Son of Saul

    DIRECTOR: László Nemes
    CAST: Géza Röhrig Levente Molnár Urs Rechn

    Sickening and deeply impressive portrait of a man (Saul) who, as a prisoner of destruction camp Auschwitz, is forced to help with the burnings of the bodies. When it turns out he has to burn the body of his sworn godson, Saul is determined to save the body and to give him a decent Jewish burial. 'Son of Saul' is a war drama unlike anything you have seen so far. Almost like a fly on the wall, the viewer follows Saul; every single movement in an inferno-like decor. Read more

    RATING: 88/100

    RELEASE DATE: June 11th, 2015

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  • Krigen

    DIRECTOR: Tobias Lindholm
    CAST: Alex Høgh Andersen Pilou Asbæk Tuva Novotny

    Leave it to the Danish to make exceptionally naturalistic and gripping drama. Krigen ('A War') is an utterly poignant war movie about a commander making a horrible decision (with the best intentions) during a mission in Afghanistan. Krigen painfully shows how an army career deeply affects family life too. A film that will haunt for a few days after you have watched it. Read more

    RATING: 85/100

    RELEASE DATE: September 10th, 2015

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  • ’71

    DIRECTOR: Yann Demange
    CAST: Jack O'Connell Sam Reid Sean Harris

    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. Read more

    RATING: 84/100

    RELEASE DATE: October 10th, 2014

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  • The Siege of Jadotville

    DIRECTOR: Richie Smyth
    CAST: Jamie Dornan Mark Strong Jason O'Mara

    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. A solid war movie, once again based on the classic David vs. Goliath theme. Read more

    RATING: 82/100

    RELEASE DATE: October 7th, 2016

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  • Fury

    DIRECTOR: David Ayer
    CAST: Brad Pitt Shia LaBeouf Logan Lerman

    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. Read more

    RATING: 80/100

    RELEASE DATE: October 17th, 2014

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  • Anthropoid

    DIRECTOR: Sean Ellis
    CAST: Jamie Dornan Cillian Murphy Brian Caspe

    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. Read more

    RATING: 79/100

    RELEASE DATE: September 9th, 2016

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  • Simindis Kundzuli

    DIRECTOR: George Ovashvili
    CAST: Ilyas Salman Mariam Buturishvili Irakli Samushia

    A beautiful depiction of contrast between nature's gifts and human tendency of exploitation, here portrayed by a small island created in a river that separates an... Read more

    RATING: 77/100

    RELEASE DATE: September 17th, 2014

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  • American Sniper

    DIRECTOR: Clint Eastwood
    CAST: Bradley Cooper Sienna Miller Kyle Gallner

    When 'American Sniper' came out in 2014, it divided both audiences and critics. To some, Clint Eastwood's biopic about America's most deadly marksman (255 kills during the Iraqi War) Chris Kyle was the purest example of shameless patriotism and war glorification. Others thought Eastwood only intention was to show the sheer pointlessness of it all. Whatever you might think of this films's true meaning, 'American Sniper' is a riveting portrait of modern warfare. Read more

    RATING: 77/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 16th, 2015

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  • Kajaki (Kilo Two Bravo)

    DIRECTOR: Paul Katis
    CAST: David Elliot Mark Stanley Scott Kyle

    The excruciating story is based on a dire but also true situation where soldiers of Kilo Two Bravo battalion were stranded on a dry river bed that was an active mine... Read more

    RATING: 71/100

    RELEASE DATE: November 28th, 2014

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  • Miasto 44

    DIRECTOR: Jan Komasa
    CAST: Józef Pawlowski, Zofia Wichlacz Anna Próchniak

    The story is based in 1944, in the middle of Warsaw uprising; the beautiful spirit of love and friendship is tested against the daunting backdrop of violence and... Read more

    RATING: 67/100

    RELEASE DATE: September 19th, 2014

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