The 8 Most Realistic War Movies ever Made

Art is originated from life, and today there are many films and television series adapted from real events. Those movies are based on real-life events can hit people’s soul directly and give people a shocking touch. Today we recommend some movies adapted from real wars.

NO. 1 Hacksaw Ridge

Director: Mel Gibson

Starring: Andrew Garfield / Sam Worthington

Release date: 2016-12-08

The last battle of the Pacific War, and it’s one of Mel Gibson’s most excellent works. Some have called it the best war movie since Saving Private Ryan. Yes, both have a common feature, that is, based on real-life events.

Hacksaw Ridge is based on the real-life experience of Desmond Doss, a World War II military doctor.

He went into battle unarmed, but as a military doctor, he saved 75 men with his bare hands. He became the first person to receive the highest military honor in the United States and the only Conscientious Objector to live to receive it. The so-called Conscientious Objector is a man who refused to serve in the military because of his religion and beliefs.

Not touching the weapons, but saved countless comrades; refusing to serve, but received the highest honor.

NO. 2 Saving Private Ryan

Director: Steven Spielberg

Starring: Tom Hanks / Tom Sizemore

Release Date: 1998-07-24

Saving Private Ryan, a milestone in the history of war movies.


On December 17, 2014, the film was also nominated to the 2014 U.S. "National Treasure" list.


The film is based on the true story of World War II.

The real name of the protagonist in the movie is Fritz Niland, who is a soldier served in Company E of the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army. He learned the death of his brother, Bob, who served in the 82nd Airborne Division after Fritz’s Company took Carentan Bay, while his other brother in the 4th Infantry Division is also killed on the Utah beach, and shortly afterwards his third brother was shot down in the middle of the same week on the China-Burma-India border and reported missing (he was a member of the bomber). On the same day, Mrs. Niland received three telegrams announcing the death of her sons. Fritz was the only surviving son left in the family, and the Army ordered him to be sent home as a priority.


In order to increase the sense of reality, Spielberg shot the landing scene for the first 25 minutes of the film in almost documentary style.


He didn't even think about the storyline before shooting, but spent most of the time using a handheld camera to follow the soldiers as they landed for close up shots.

The film is considered to be one of the most realistic war films ever made, as it is almost a true recreation of the bloody battlefield scenes.

If you want to watch a war movie, then it is undoubtedly the first choice.

NO. 3 Black Hawk Down

Director: Ridley Scott

Starring: Josh Hartnett / Ewan McGregor

Release date: 2001-12-18


The film is based on a true story that perhaps only death can see the end of the war. 

The film tells the story of the 1993 war in Somalia. Due to the errors of the U.S. intelligence Army, the armed Somali militia was in the course of protracted alley battles with the U.S.

This is supposed to be a small mission that involved about 150 Army Rangers, Delta Force and some SEALs, ended in less than an hour, only to be surprised by local troops and turn into a 15-hour battle.

In order to be able to reproduce the truth of the incident as completely as possible. Even the names of the characters in the film, except for those who are still serving in the U.S. Army and are paid for special missions, are all used real names.

The fighting scene in the movies from the 38th minute until the end of the fight and these large-scale battle scenes give us a sense of reality and brutality!

NO. 4 Windtalkers

Director: John Woo

Starring: Nicolas Cage / Adam Beach

Release Date: 2002-06-14

The Windtalkers is the first war film directed by John Woo, starring Nicolas Cage.

It is a film based on the Pacific War in World War II.

It depicts the delicate relationship between the "wind talkers" and their guardians in the brutal battlefield.

The language of the wind, in war, refers to the radio waves that carry countless secrets.

Each Wind Whisperer carries a high level of military secrets. 

NO. 5 We Were Soldiers

Director: Randal Wallace

Starring: Mel Gibson / Greg Kinnear

Release date: : 2002-03-01


This film is based on a biography of retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Hal Moore and photojournalist Joseph Galloway. Moore's point of view can be summarized in one sentence: "Hate the war, love the warrior". 

The film mainly depicts the first large-scale U.S. military operation in Vietnam in November 1965, and the plot is based on the classic U.S.-Vietnam war history, with the background of the Drang Valley combat. At that time, Mel Gibson was still the tough guy in our hearts.

NO. 6 T Brotherhood Of War

Director: Kang Dee-gyu

Starring: Jang Dong-gun / Won Bin / Choi Min-sik

Release date: 2004-02-06

The whole film is well-structured and has the essence of a commercial blockbuster.

The film is set in the 1950's war on the Korean peninsula and tells the tragic fate of a pair of brothers who are forced to go to war.

Jin-suk, who had a good relationship with his brother in peace, turns against him on the most dangerous battlefield, when they needed each other the most.

If you are in the flood of history, personal feelings become so worthless.

No matter how great the war is, it is just a massacre. A war, a nightmare.

NO. 7 Soldier's Landing

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud

Starring: Jude Law / Ed Harris

Release Date: 2001-03-16

The film is based on real events, and a war is like a chess game, the loser not only must die but also in the history of the shame.

It is based on writer William Craig's 1973 documentary novel of the same name, which takes place during the Battle of Stalingrad, a turning point in World War II, and centers on two marksmen.

This is a story about a duel between a Soviet shepherd and a German general.

Both the novel and the film were created from real events.

In Stalingrad in the autumn of 1942, Hitler was frantically attacking the Soviet Union. In the beginning, the Germans easily destroyed the Soviet resistance, but in the end, Hitler was defeated by a combination of factors such as the resilient Soviet Red Army, bad weather and supply line problems, thus the entire war situation reversed.

It must be said that every war film has a hero.

NO. 8 Operation Brave

Directed by: Mike McCoy / Scott Vo

Starring: Roselie Sanchez/Emilio Rivera

Release date: 2012-02-24

The film tells the story of a Navy SEAL who rescues a kidnapped CIA agent and discovers a terrorist network that threatens the entire United States, which leads to a worldwide manhunt and siege.

Unlike ordinary movies, this is a movie shot with a Canon 5DII camera and Zeiss ZF mount lenses and Panavision Primo series lenses.

You should not think that this is unprofessional.

Underneath the bland exterior, this movie has a huge selling point: authenticity.

The story is based on a real military operation, the guns that appear in the film are all military ordnance, not props. And most of the actors in the film were currently serving Navy SEALs, not actors who have participated in a few months of military training prior to shooting. This movie is to tell you that this is real combat, not a drill!

Yeah, no one wishes they lived in the war years. We need to remember the history to create the future, and not forget the war to maintain peace.

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