There is talk of war everywhere these days. Russia has been sending troops to Ukraine for several days now, and news of killings and occupation is heard every few hours. Of course, for those of us who live in the Middle East and have seen neighboring countries at war over the past 20 years, these images have become part of everyday life. But the reality of this human catastrophe is very painful. The fact that if the world's politicians had paid little attention to the consequences instead of their own interests, there might not have been so much war and bloodshed. Here we will review 20 films; Films that show only the real and ugly face of war in the best way, but can also be a good tool to remind people of what is happening to people and lands during these wars, which in itself is a way of not repeating mistakes. The list is not sorted by specific criteria.
1. No Man's Land
- Director: Tanis Danovic
- Product: France and Croatia 2001
- IMDB rating for movie: 7.9 out of 10
Usually An identity crisis arises during the experience of a country and the wars that take place between different ethnic groups. This crisis starts from the place where compatriots who lived together in sorrow and happiness until yesterday must now fight against each other. The film "Nobody's Land", which narrates the war between Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia in the mid-1990s, shows exactly the same identity crisis. The two young warriors from both sides of the war are forced to spend a few days together, and this viewer is confronted with strange realities of the war. The film, co-produced by France, Italy, Bosnia and the United States, was acclaimed at international film festivals and won Best Feature Film at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, Best Foreign Language Film at the 2002 Golden Globes, and was nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film at the 2002 Academy Awards.>
2. Nausica of the Valley of the Wind
- Director: Hayao Miyazaki
- Voice actors: Third Shimamoto, Guru Naya and Yuji Matsuda
- Product: Japan 1984
- IMDB rating for movie: 8 out of 10
One of the leading animations of the 1980s, with an epic and apocalyptic story, narrates the destructive effects of the chemical bombs dropped on Japan during world war II. In this film, a prince intends to seize a country by force with weapons of mass destruction. The unconventional genre chosen for this film, in addition to the story that seemed fictional in the eighties, is close to reality in today's life. It also makes the film a good choice for changing attitudes about war. "Naoshika from the Valley of the Wind" by Hayao Miyazaki is one of the most famous animators of the twentieth century, based on a manga. Mangar is actually a term given to picture books in Japan. The film was dubbed into English in 2005 and with its different theme, it attracted a lot of attention in the world.
- Director: Kang Wusuk
- Cast: Sol Kuyonggoo, An Sunguki and Jung Jiayung
- Product: South Korea 2003
- IMDB Score: 7 out of 10
A True Story , Taken from the novel of the same name, which is based on the story of a group known as 684. This film narrates the war between the two Koreas in the 60's. In those years, North Korea was trying to assassinate the president of South Korea. In retaliation, South Korea sent a group of imprisoned criminals and executioners to an island called Silmido, where it trained them to prepare to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Il-sung. Any execution that succeeded in this way deserved a new life and his sentence was overturned. This film shows an interesting and unseen image of the war between the two spheres. "Silmido" is highly acclaimed in Korea and is the only film in the country's cinematic history that has had more than 10 million viewers.
4. In Paradise Now
- Director: Hani Abu Asad
- Product: Palestine 2005
- IMDB rating for the film: 7.4 out of 10
A different narrative from the decades-long war between Palestine and Israel. "Paradise Now" tells the story of two childhood friends who are from Palestine and are going to carry out a suicide bombing in the occupied territories against Israel. In addition to going into detail about the events of this long war, the film takes an emotional look at one of the strangest issues in the struggle, the suicide bombing. By announcing the name of "Ink Behesht" as the winner of the best non-English language film in At the 2005 Golden Globes, the film became the first film from Palestine to win an award at a world festival. "Ink Behesht" was also nominated for an Oscar.
5. Impact (Waar)
- Director: Bilal Lashari
- Cast: Shad Shahid, Shimon Abbasi and Misha Shafi
- Product: Pakistan 2013
- IMDB rating for movie: 8.2 out of 10
One of the best The cinematic examples that can acquaint the viewer with a war of both internal, ethnic and tribal type are the film "Impact". The translation of this film into Pakistani is "war" and at first glance reminds the foreign audience of the war. There is a constant civil war for power in this Asian and Islamic country. The film is about national groups confronting state terrorists who are constantly sabotaging. "Impact" is one of the top five best-selling films in Pakistan, and after its success, its creators made the second part of the film in 2015, which, of course, was not as successful as the original version.
6. Letters from Iwo Jima
- Director: Clint Eastwood
- Cast: Ken Watanabe, Casunari Ninomia and Ihara Tsuyoshi
- Produced by: USA and Japan 2006
- IMDB rating for movie: 7.9 out of 10
- Director: Kerry Fukunaga
- Cast: Idris Alba and Abraham Eta
- Product: USA 2015
- IMDB rating for movie: 7.7 out of 10
- Director: Hector Olivera
- Produced by: Argentina 1986
- IMDB rating: 7.3 out of 10
- Director: Kevin Reynolds
- Cast : George Dezondza, Jason Patrick and Steven Bauer
- Produced by: US & UK 1988
- IMDB Score: 7.3 out of 10
- Director: Deepa Mehta
- Cast: Amer Khan, Rajendra Kumar and Rahul Khan
- Produced by: India 1998
- IMDB rating: 7.7 out of 10
- Director: Fanta Regina Nakro
- Cast: Musa Case and Adama Odrago
- Produced by: Burkina Faso and France 2004
- IMDB rating: 7.2 out of 10
- Director: Sam Mendes
- Cast: George Mackay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Benedict Cumberbatch and Colin Firth
- Produced by: England 2019
- IMDB Score: 8.3 out of 10
- Director: Marcella Zamora
- Product: El Salvador 2015
- IMDB rating for movie: 7.7 out of 10
- Director: Stanley Kubrick
- Produced by: USA 1964
- IMDB Score: 8.4 out of 10
- Director: John Victory
- Product: US & Cambodia 2014
- IMDB rating: 7.7 out of 10
- Director: Tian Zhuang
- Product: China 1993
- IMDB rating for movie: 7.5 out of 10
- Director: Taika Waititi
- Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Roman Griffin Davis and Tomasin McKenzie
- Product: USA 2019
- IMDB rating: 7.9 out of 10
- Director: Michael Thornhill
- Cast: Turin Redgrave
- Produced by: Australia 1974
- IMDB Score: 5.5 out of 10
- Director: Francis Ford Coppola
- Produced by: USA 1979
- IMDB rating for movie: 8.5 out of 10
- Director: Miklos Jancho >
- Cast: Nikita Mikhalkov and Jozef Madaras
- Product: Hungary 1967
- IMDB rating for the film: 7.6 out of 10
Towards the end of world war II, a fierce battle broke out between American and Japanese forces in an area called Iojima in Japan. Eventually the Americans occupied the area due to more troops and military power. In 2006, Clint Eastwood decided to make a film based on this event, based on a book called The Flags of Our Fathers. The film tells the story from the perspective of American soldiers in this battle. In the same year, with Steven Spielberg as producer, Eastwood made a sequel to the American film, this time from the perspective of the Japanese soldiers who were present at the event. "Letters from Iojima" received much more global attention than the American version because of its realism and accurate and unbiased portrayal of the ugly face of war. He was nominated for four Oscars, won a Golden Globe, won the Berlin Film Festival and several other world festivals.
Beasts of No Nation
One One of the greatest tragedies of war is the injury of children who inadvertently become involved. Stateless Animals, based on a Nigerian novel, tells the story of the civil war in West Africa. A war in which, above all, the children of soldiers are its forces. The film subtly depicts the violent course that changes the life of a child involved in a war. The child of a soldier who is under the command of a warlord and has no choice but to obey. The role of Abraham Eta, the lead actor in "Animals Without a Country", which has its own lyrical origins, received so much attention in this film that it won the Best Actor award at the Venice Film Festival in 2015 and was nominated for awards at most international festivals.
8. Night of the Pencils
9. The Beast
Little did they know that less than 15 years from now, they would start one of the most costly wars in the world against the Afghan insurgents when the Americans were making this film about the war in Afghanistan. "Monster" is about the Soviet-Afghan war in the late 1970s. The war that caused many crises and problems in Afghanistan. But the film's story is based on a true account of the war, in which a Russian tank is trapped in a Pashtun village. The command of this tank is with a cruel army that has no mercy and keeps everyone out of the way. But when he finds himself in a different situation among the Afghan Mujahideen, he has to experience different situations. This film is about cultural differences and science Misrepresentation of soldiers about opposing forces is well portrayed. Also, although the language of the film is mostly Pashto, it sold very well at the box office.
Deepa Mehta, The famous Indian director has created a trilogy called Elements of Life, the second part of which is "Earth" and the other parts are "Fire" in 1996 and "Water" in 2006. Although the film incorporates all the elements of Indian films, namely dance and song, tragic love and beatings, its story is told at a time in Indian history that is a time of war between India and Pakistan. In 1947, while Lahore was still part of India, a disabled girl from the same city fell in love with a boy. The formation of love and the crises that the two are going through are parallel to the wars and conflicts in this region. "Earth" will show you another form of love in the heart of war. It is also one of the top films in Indian cinema to qualify for the Oscars.
11. Night of Truth (La Nuit de la Verite)
war world war I also caused irreparable damage to the opposing countries, and the world had not yet breathed a sigh of relief when world war II broke out. In the last hundred years, many films have been made about these two wars, most of which are usually acclaimed. But "1917" can be considered the best example of a war genre in recent years. The film is based on the director's grandfather's memories of world war I and tells the story of two soldiers who are supposed to send a message to a battalion that is in danger. But they have little time and that battalion may be destroyed at any moment. One of the features of this film is that despite the narrative of world war II, it tells a different story and does not constantly frighten the viewer by showing bloodshed and massacre.
13. The Room of Bones (El Cuarto de los Huesos)
This movie is the first documentary on our list. The "Bones Room" tells the audience another veil of the horrific reality of the war, with impressive and bizarre images of what happened after the massacre in El Salvador. In this film, a group of investigators, years after the massacre in this country, are confronted with a large number of bones whose identities are unknown. For this reason, they go to the families of the victims so that they can be identified by DNA testing.
14. Dr. Strangelove
One of the masterpieces of the famous cinema director, Stanley Kubrick, who takes a humorous look at the Cold war and the nuclear threat. A psychotic commander launches nuclear attacks against Russia without coordination with his superiors. An incompetent president also rules the United States, which has little power to take over. The story of this film in the sixties may have seemed funny and far from reality, but in recent years we have often seen this comic story come true by people like Trump and Putin. The film was nominated for four Oscars but did not win any. The interesting thing about this movie is the very admirable play of Peter Sellers in three roles.
15. Dont think Ive Forgotten
One of the most heinous genocides in history in a decade It happened in Cambodia in the 70s. In the country's civil war, more than 2 million people were massacred as a result of central government policies that insisted on establishing a socialist government. An American director has made the documentary "Do Not think I Have Forgotten" by examining the background of these murders and the flow of rock music that was highly regarded during the massacre. These civil wars end with the Vietnam invasion of Cambodia, but the flow of music does not disappear and is a form of the hopeful cry of Cambodia.
16. The Blue Kite
Movie as It clearly does not go to war. But it depicts all the cultural infrastructures of society and the family that changed during the Cultural Revolution in China. from the mid-1960s to the late 1970s, under Mao, many universities were closed to rule Maoist thought, and all of the country's cultural and economic foundations were transformed. But more important was the war between government forces and Chinese students and youth, in which more than 20 million Chinese were killed. These developments and massacres had irreparable effects on the lives of the Chinese people, especially children involved in the war. The movie "Blue Kite" specifically deals with the story of Chinese children. The interesting thing is that the film was banned and its director was banned for ten years after the film was made.
17. Jojo Rabbit
A black comedy about the situation in Germany during and after world war II. In this film, a boy who loves Hitler tries to join the Nazis but fails. His mother, however, hates Hitler and even accommodates a Jew in her home. The story of the film becomes even stranger when the war ends and Hitler is defeated, but the little boy does not want to accept this fact. "Rabbit Chicken" is based on a novel called "Prisoner of the Sky". This film is a very pleasant and colorful bitter humor, with a different story that shows the audience another form of war. He may have received a lot of criticism for this different image, but he still shone at the Oscars and, in addition to being nominated for Scarlett Johansson, won the Best Adapted Screenplay Award.
18. Between Wars
A film about the efforts of a psychologist in Behind the Australian Civil war front. "Between Wars" episodically depicts the psychologist from his childhood to middle age and the events he goes through alongside the services he provides to the community. A native film that managed to attract more critics in the seventies. Of course, in 2020, a film of the same name about the US-Afghanistan war has begun its production process, which has not yet been released.
19. The Apocalypse Now
The list of world war movies would not be complete without "Apocalypse Now". This war and psychological film is one of the top 100 films of the last 100 years, which Coppola has painfully made a reality. The film is based on the novel "From the Heart of Darkness" and tells a strange story of the US-Vietnam War. The story is about a US Army commander who claims to be a god and has followers in the forests of Cambodia. The US military is using a group to eliminate him in order to eliminate this commander in the midst of the days of hard war. Despite being nominated for eight Academy Awards, the film received only two Academy Awards in the technical category, marking one of the darkest points in the history of the Academy Awards.
20. Red and the White
The film's story takes place during the Russian Civil War, which eventually led to the 1917 Revolution. The story, of course, focuses on a group of Hungarians who clash with the Bolsheviks after coming to power. This film is one of the few works that shows the underlying layers of the Russian Revolution and the disappearance of the Tsars. The conditions under which the tsars were supposed to They will disappear and the lives of the people will improve, but day by day the communist rule of the Bolsheviks created more difficult conditions for the people. "Red and White" was highly acclaimed at the 1969 Cannes Film Festival