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, 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.

war movies2017
Popular actorsBrad Pitt, Bradley Cooper & Shia LaBeouf
Trending moviesFury, 1944 & 9. april

Anticipated 2017 war movies 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 & 2016

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

    Son of Saul (Thursday June 11, 2015)

    Son of Saul film poster Director
    László Nemes
    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

    Krigen (Thursday September 10, 2015)

    Krigen film poster Director
    Tobias Lindholm
    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

    ’71 (Friday October 10, 2014)

    ’71 film poster Director
    Yann Demange
    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

    The Siege of Jadotville (Friday October 7, 2016)

    The Siege of Jadotville film poster Director
    Richie Smyth
    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

    Fury (Friday October 17, 2014)

    Fury film poster Director
    David Ayer
    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

    Anthropoid (Friday September 9, 2016)

    Anthropoid film poster Director
    Sean Ellis
    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

    Simindis Kundzuli (Wednesday September 17, 2014)

    Simindis Kundzuli film poster Director
    George Ovashvili
    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...Read more

    American Sniper (Friday January 16, 2015)

    American Sniper film poster Director
    Clint Eastwood
    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

    Kajaki (Kilo Two Bravo) (Friday November 28, 2014)

    Kajaki (Kilo Two Bravo) film poster Director
    Paul Katis
    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...Read more

    Miasto 44 (Friday September 19, 2014)

    Miasto 44 film poster Director
    Jan Komasa
    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...Read more

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