Best War Movies of 1998

1.

Saving Private Ryan

7.0
8.6/10 IMDB

As U.S. troops storm the beaches of Normandy, three brothers lie dead on the battlefield, with a fourth trapped behind enemy lines. Ranger captain John Miller and seven men are tasked with penetrating German-held territory and bringing the boy home.

Starring: Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns, Barry Pepper, Adam Goldberg, Vin Diesel, Giovanni Ribisi, Jeremy Davies, Matt Damon, Ted Danson ..
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 1998-07-24
2.

The Thin Red Line

6.2
7.6/10 IMDB

The story of a group of men, an Army Rifle company called C-for-Charlie, who change, suffer, and ultimately make essential discoveries about themselves during the fierce World War II battle of Guadalcanal. It follows their journey, from the surprise of an unopposed landing, through the bloody and exhausting battles that follow, to the ultimate departure of those who survived.

Starring: Sean Penn, Adrien Brody, Jim Caviezel, Ben Chaplin, George Clooney, John Cusack, Woody Harrelson, Elias Koteas, Nick Nolte, John C. Reilly ..
Directed by: Terrence Malick
Release date: 1998-03-05
Best War Movies of 1998 : The Last Days
3.

The Last Days

4.1
7.6/10 IMDB

Five Jewish Hungarians, now U.S. citizens, tell their stories: before March, 1944, when Nazis began to exterminate Hungarian Jews, months in concentration camps, and visiting childhood homes more than 50 years later. An historian, a Sonderkommando, a doctor who experimented on Auschwitz prisoners, and US soldiers who were part of the liberation in April, 1945.

Starring: Bill Basch, Martin Basch, Randolph Braham ..
Directed by: James Moll
Release date: 1998-10-23
4.

Goodnight, Mister Tom

3.9
7.8/10 IMDB

We're in an English village shortly before Dunkirk. "Mr. Tom" Oakley still broods over the death of his wife and small son while he was away in the navy during WWI, and grief has made him a surly hermit. Now children evacuated from London are overwhelming volunteers to house them. Practically under protest, Mr. Tom takes in a painfully quiet 10-year-old, who gradually reveals big problems.

Starring: John Thaw, Nick Robinson, Annabelle Apsion, Thomas Orange, William Armstrong, Geoffrey Beevers, Mossie Smith, Peter England, Ivan Berry, Harry Capehorn ..
Directed by: Jack Gold
Release date: 1998-10-25
Best War Movies of 1998 : The Pentagon Wars
5.

The Pentagon Wars

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

From the director of “Made In America” and “The Money Pit” comes a hilarious look at one of the most expensive blunders in military history. Over 17 years and almost as many billion dollars have gone into devising the BFV (Bradley Fighting Vehicle). There's only one problem. . . it doesn't work.

Starring: Kelsey Grammer, Cary Elwes, Viola Davis, John C. McGinley, Clifton Powell, Dewey Weber, Richard Schiff, J. C. MacKenzie, Richard Benjamin, Olympia Dukakis ..
Directed by: Richard Benjamin
Release date: 1998-02-28
6.

Shot Through the Heart

3.6
7.2/10 IMDB

The horrors of war are examined from the view points of lifelong friends (Linus Roache, Vincent Perez), who end up on opposing sides in the civil war in Sarajevo. One is an expert marksman, who trains the snipers used to terrify the city and the other becomes a freedom fighter, who rejects his friend's offer to gain an escape from the city. As might be expected, the two eventually have to face-off against one another.

Starring: Linus Roache, Vincent Pérez, Lia Williams, Adam Kotz, Soo Garay ..
Directed by: David Attwood
Release date: 1998-10-04
7.

When Trumpets Fade

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

In WWII Western Germany, Private David Manning reluctantly leaves behind a mortally wounded fellow soldier and searches for survivors from his platoon, only to learn from commanding officer Captain Pritchett that they have all been killed in action. Despite requesting a discharge on the grounds of mental disability, Manning is promoted to sergeant and assigned to lead a new platoon of young inductees.

Starring: Ron Eldard, Zak Orth, Frank Whaley, Dylan Bruno, Devon Gummersall, Dan Futterman, Bobby Cannavale, Martin Donovan, Dwight Yoakam, Timothy Olyphant ..
Directed by: John Irvin
Release date: 1998-06-27
Best War Movies of 1998 : José Rizal
8.

José Rizal

3.5
7.5/10 IMDB

Accused of treason, Dr. Jose P. Rizal awaits trial and meets with his colonial government-appointed counsel, Luis Taviel de Andrade. The two build the case and arguments for the defense as significant events in the central figure's life prior to his incarceration unfold. Upon hearing Rizal's life story, Taviel begins to realize that the accused not just is innocent but exhibits in fact all the qualities of an extraordinary man. When the mock trial unreels, Taviel is all set to act as the prime advocate for his client as Rizal himself is about to give an earth-moving speech to defend his honor and address his countrymen. Meanwhile, the Spanish authorities have worked out the vast political machinery to ensure a guilty verdict. A revolution waits in the wings.

Starring: Cesar Montano, Joel Torre, Jaime Fabregas, Gloria Diaz, Gardo Versoza, Monique Wilson, Chin Chin Gutierrez, Mickey Ferriols, Pen Medina, Peque Gallaga ..
Directed by: Marilou Diaz-Abaya
Release date: 1998-12-25
9.

The Land Girls

3.3
6.2/10 IMDB

During World War II, the organisation "The Women's Land Army" recruited women to work on British farms while the men were off to war. Three such "land girls" of different social backgrounds - quiet Stella, young hairdresser Prue, and Cambridge graduate Ag - become best friends in spite of their different backgrounds.

Starring: Catherine McCormack, Rachel Weisz, Anna Friel, Steven Mackintosh, Paul Bettany, Nicholas Le Prevost, Lucy Akhurst, Celia Bannerman, Tom Georgeson, Ann Bell ..
Directed by: David Leland
Release date: 1998-06-12
Best War Movies of 1998 : A Bright Shining Lie
10.

A Bright Shining Lie

3.3
6.4/10 IMDB

Something in his past keeps career Army man John Paul Vann from advancing past colonel. He views being sent to Vietnam as part of the US military advisory force a stepping stone to promotion. However, he disagrees vocally (and on the record) with the way the war is being run and is forced to leave the military. Returning to Vietnam as a civilian working with the Army, he comes to despise some South Vietnamese officers while he takes charge of some of the U.S. forces and continues his liaisons with Vietnamese women.

Starring: Bill Paxton, Amy Madigan, Donal Logue, Robert John Burke, Vivian Wu, Ed Lauter, Kurtwood Smith, Eric Bogosian, James Rebhorn ..
Directed by: Terry George
Release date: 1998-01-01

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