War movies have a long and glorious history in Hollywood. Some of the best movies ever made have dealt with the subject of war. From World War II to Vietnam and the more recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the subject of war and its impact on both soldiers and their families at home has proven to be fertile ground for filmmakers. And war movies are a trend that continues with the release last year of the Brad Pitt vehicle Fury and the upcoming films 13 Minutes and Dad’s Army. So as war movies continue to be made, we take a look at the top 10 best war movies made to date.
10. Glory (1989)
While not perfect, the 1989 movie Glory is a wonderful depiction of an all-black regiment from the northern U.S. that fights for freedom and the scourge of slavery. Starring Matthew Broderick as their commander, and with powerhouse supporting performances from Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman and Andre Braugher, Glory is a movie that stays with you long after the end credits roll. The battle scenes are realistic and compelling, and the relationships among the actors help to humanize the subject matter and make audiences care. Denzel Washington deservedly won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his role as a runaway slave, and the scene where Matthew Broderick has to whip him is heartwrenching.