Best War Movies of 2002


The Pianist


The true story of pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he stays behind, works for a while as a laborer, and eventually goes into hiding in the ruins of the war-torn city.

Starring: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Maureen Lipman, Emilia Fox
Directed by: Roman Polanski
Release date: 2002-09-17

We Were Soldiers


The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War and the soldiers on both sides that fought it.

Starring: Mel Gibson, Greg Kinnear, Madeleine Stowe, Sam Elliott, Chris Klein
Directed by: Randall Wallace
Release date: 2002-03-01

K-19: The Widowmaker


When Russia's first nuclear submarine malfunctions on its maiden voyage, the crew must race to save the ship and prevent a nuclear disaster.

Starring: Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, Peter Sarsgaard, Joss Ackland, John Shrapnel
Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow
Release date: 2002-07-19

The Four Feathers


The story, set in 1875, follows a British officer (Heath Ledger) who resigns his post when he learns of his regiment's plan to ship out to the Sudan for the conflict with the Mahdi. His friends and fiancée send him four white feathers which symbolize cowardice. To redeem his honor he disguises himself as an Arab and secretly saves the lives of those who branded him a coward.

Starring: Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley, Kate Hudson, Djimon Hounsou, Michael Sheen
Directed by: Shekhar Kapur
Release date: 2002-09-08

Hart's War


Fourth-generation Army Col. William McNamara is imprisoned in a brutal German POW camp. Still, as the senior-ranking American officer, he commands his fellow inmates, keeping a sense of honor alive in a place where honor is easy to destroy, all under the dangerous eye of the Luftwafe vetran Col. Wilhelm Visser. Never giving up the fight to win the war, McNamara is silently planning, waiting for his moment to strike back at the enemy. A murder in the camp gives him the chance to set a risky plan in motion. With a court martial to keep Visser and the Germans distracted, McNamara orchestrates a cunning scheme to escape and destroy a nearby munitions plant, enlisting the unwitting help of young Lt. Tommy Hart. Together with his men, McNamara uses a hero's resolve to carry out his mission, ultimately forced to weigh the value of his life against the good of his country.

Starring: Bruce Willis, Colin Farrell, Terrence Howard, Marcel Iures, Cole Hauser
Directed by: Gregory Hoblit
Release date: 2002-02-15


A variety of characters, some close relatives, others distant strangers, are each affected by the making of a film about the Armenian Genocide of 1915.
Starring: Simon Abkarian, Charles Aznavour, Christopher Plummer, Arsinée Khanjian, David Alpay
Directed by: Atom Egoyan
Release date: 2002-05-20

Silent Night

Silent Night
Fact-based World War II story set on Christmas Eve, 1944, finds a German Mother and her son seeking refuge in a cabin on the war front. When she is invaded by three American soldiers and then three German soldiers, she successfully convinces the soldiers to put aside their differences for one evening and share a Christmas dinner.
Starring: Linda Hamilton, Matthew Harbour, Alain Goulem, Martin Neufeld, Mark Antony Krupa
Directed by: Rodney Gibbons
Release date: 2002-12-14

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar
Twenty year-old Julius Caesar flees Rome for his life during the reign of Sulla but through skill and ambition rises four decades later to become Rome's supreme dictator.
Starring: Jeremy Sisto, Richard Harris, Christopher Walken, Chris Noth, Valeria Golino
Directed by: Uli Edel
Release date: 2002-12-27



In 1918, a young, disillusioned Adolph Hitler strikes up a friendship with a Jewish art dealer while weighing a life of passion for art vs. talent at politics

Starring: John Cusack, Noah Taylor, Leelee Sobieski, Molly Parker, Kevin McKidd
Directed by: Menno Meyjes
Release date: 2002-09-10



In the brutal trench fighting of the First World War, a British Infantry Company is separated from their regiment after a fierce battle. Attempting to return to their lines, the British soldiers discover what appears to be a bombed out German trench, abandoned except for a few dazed German soldiers. After killing most of the Germans, and taking one prisoner, the British company fortifies to hold the trench until reinforcements can arrive. Soon, however, strange things being to happen as a sense of evil descends on the trench and the British begin turn on each other.

Starring: Jamie Bell, Rúaidhrí Conroy, Mike Downey, Laurence Fox, Roman Horák
Directed by: M.J. Bassett
Release date: 2002-10-06

Two Men Went To War

Two Men Went To War
Comedy drama based on the true story of two British Army dentists who in 1942, eager to see action, go AWOL and invade occupied France on their own.
Starring: Kenneth Cranham, Rosanna Lavelle, Phyllida Law, Julian Glover, Anthony Valentine
Directed by: John Henderson
Release date: 2002-01-01


Unlikely friends in a melting pot of confusion. Simon Murray fights for the French Foreign Legion. Pascal Dupont fights for himself. War torn men question honour, hope, morality...because you can desert everything...except yourself.
Starring: Paul Fox, Tom Hardy, Kate Maberly, Aitor Merino, Félicité Du Jeu
Directed by: Martin Huberty
Release date: 2002-04-30


A film showing the struggles of Lapu-Lapu and how he defended Mactan, Cebu from the invading Spanish forces.
Starring: Lito Lapid, Dante Rivero, Joyce Jimenez, Vic Vargas, Mark Lapid
Directed by: William Mayo
Release date: 2002-12-25

The Year That Trembled

The Year That Trembled
The Year That Trembled is a coming-of-age story set in 1970 in the shadow of Kent State that focuses on a group of young people facing the Vietnam Draft Lottery.
Starring: Jonathan Brandis, Charlie Finn, Jay R. Ferguson, Meredith Monroe, Marin Hinkle
Directed by: Jay Craven
Release date: 2002-03-22


he story describes the events of the civil war in 1992 in Tbilisi. Death is seen as something obvious, normal and an everyday occurrence. Death brings together very different people in abnormal circumstances and at the same time it pulls them apart to finally alienate them completely. The way these people behave, only underlines the great absurdity and tragedy of war.
Directed by: Giga Chkheidze
Release date: 2002-01-01

The House Of War

The House Of War
What really happened at the battle of Mazar I Sharif? Using footage of combat never seen before, award-winning filmmaker Paul Yule chronicles an extraordinary ten days in November 2001 that involved the US Armed Forces, the CIA, the British SAS, the Taliban, al Qaeda, the warlords of the Northern Alliance, the Red Cross and the western media.
Directed by: Paul Yule
Release date: 2002-10-20

Good Morning Afghanistan


Damien Degueldre recounts day after day the Battle of Qala-I-Jangi, as seen by his own eyes: a young French reporter in the middle of extraordinary circumstances. Damien Degueldre caught exclusive footage of the Mazar-el Sharif uprising where John Walker – better known as the ‘American Taliban’ – was captured as he fought on Taliban frontlines. An incredible testimony on the aftermath of 9/11 and the events that took place in Afghanistan in the early days of the War on Terror.

Directed by: Daniel LeConte, Damien Degueldre
Release date: 2002-11-21

Whatever You Say, Sir!

"Whatever You Say, Sir!" is an exceptional military effort. This video raises the bar for military-themed productions! Authentic uniforms, trucks, tanks and tents are used throughout. This is a big-budget effort that looks real (the script, sets and acting are truly believable).
Starring: Rick Chase, Kevin Cobain, Mike Nichols, Troy Halston, Zackery Scott
Directed by: John Travis
Release date: 2002-02-01



Joe Enders is a gung-ho Marine assigned to protect a "windtalker" - one of several Navajo Indians who were used to relay messages during World War II because their spoken language was indecipherable to Japanese code breakers.

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Adam Beach, Peter Stormare, Noah Emmerich, Mark Ruffalo
Directed by: John Woo
Release date: 2002-06-14

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