Best War Movies of 2003


The Last Samurai

7.8/10 IMDB

Nathan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare, which finds him learning to respect the samurai and the honorable principles that rule them. Pressed to destroy the samurai's way of life in the name of modernization and open trade, Algren decides to become an ultimate warrior himself and to fight for their right to exist.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, William Atherton, Chad Lindberg, Billy Connolly, Tony Goldwyn, Shichinosuke Nakamura, Koyuki, Timothy Spall, Togo Igawa ..
Directed by: Edward Zwick
Release date: 2003-12-05

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

7.4/10 IMDB

After an abrupt and violent encounter with a French warship inflicts severe damage upon his ship, a captain of the British Royal Navy begins a chase over two oceans to capture or destroy the enemy, though he must weigh his commitment to duty and ferocious pursuit of glory against the safety of his devoted crew, including the ship's thoughtful surgeon, his best friend.

Starring: Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, James D'Arcy, Billy Boyd, Joseph Morgan, Edward Woodall, Chris Larkin, Max Pirkis, Jack Randall, Max Benitz ..
Directed by: Peter Weir
Release date: 2003-11-14

Cold Mountain

7.2/10 IMDB

In this classic story of love and devotion set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, a wounded Confederate soldier named W.P. Inman deserts his unit and travels across the South, aiming to return to his young wife, Ada, who he left behind to tend their farm. As Inman makes his perilous journey home, Ada struggles to keep their home intact with the assistance of Ruby, a mysterious drifter sent to help her by a kindly neighbor.

Starring: Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger, Eileen Atkins, Brendan Gleeson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Natalie Portman, Emily Deschanel, Giovanni Ribisi, Donald Sutherland ..
Directed by: Anthony Minghella
Release date: 2003-12-24

The Fog of War

8.1/10 IMDB

Using archival footage, cabinet conversation recordings, and an interview of the 85-year-old Robert McNamara, The Fog of War depicts his life, from working as a WWII whiz-kid military officer, to being the Ford Motor Company's president, to managing the Vietnam War as defense secretary for presidents Kennedy and Johnson.

Starring: Robert McNamara, Errol Morris, Fidel Castro, Barry Goldwater, John F. Kennedy, Nikita Khrushchev, Curtis LeMay, Richard Nixon, Harry Reasoner, Franklin D. Roosevelt ..
Directed by: Errol Morris
Release date: 2003-12-09

Tears of the Sun

6.6/10 IMDB

Navy SEAL Lieutenant A.K. Waters and his elite squadron of tactical specialists are forced to choose between their duty and their humanity, between following orders by ignoring the conflict that surrounds them, or finding the courage to follow their conscience and protect a group of innocent refugees. When the democratic government of Nigeria collapses and the country is taken over by a ruthless military dictator, Waters, a fiercely loyal and hardened veteran is dispatched on a routine mission to retrieve a Doctors Without Borders physician.

Starring: Bruce Willis, Monica Bellucci, Cole Hauser, Eamonn Walker, Johnny Messner, Nick Chinlund, Charles Ingram, Paul Francis, Chad Smith, Tom Skerritt ..
Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
Release date: 2003-03-07

Saints and Soldiers

6.7/10 IMDB

Five American soldiers fighting in Europe during World War II struggle to return to Allied territory after being separated from U.S. forces during the historic Malmedy Massacre.

Starring: Larry Bagby, Alexander Polinsky, Kirby Heyborne, Corbin Allred, Ethan Vincent, Melinda Renee, Ruby Chase O'Neil, Jeff Birk, Ben Gourley, Chris Clark ..
Directed by: Ryan Little
Release date: 2003-09-11

Gods and Generals

6.2/10 IMDB

The film centers mostly around the personal and professional life of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, a brilliant if eccentric Confederate general, from the outbreak of the American Civil War until its halfway point.

Starring: Stephen Lang, Jeff Daniels, Robert Duvall, Kevin Conway, C. Thomas Howell, Jeremy London, Matt Letscher, Brian Mallon, Bo Brinkman, Bruce Boxleitner ..
Directed by: Ronald F. Maxwell
Release date: 2003-02-21

Beyond Borders

6.4/10 IMDB

Sarah Jordan, an American living in London in 1984, is married to the son of a wealthy British industrialist. She encounters Nick Callahan, a renegade doctor, whose impassioned plea for help to support his relief efforts in war-torn Africa moves her deeply. As a result, Sarah embarks upon a journey of discovery that leads to danger, heartbreak and romance in the far corners of the world.

Starring: Angelina Jolie, Clive Owen, Teri Polo, Linus Roache, Noah Emmerich, Yorick van Wageningen, Timothy West, Jonathan Higgins, Iain Lee, Kate Trotter ..
Directed by: Martin Campbell
Release date: 2003-10-23
Best War Movies of 2003 : Hitler: The Rise of Evil

Hitler: The Rise of Evil

7.2/10 IMDB

A unique slant, profiling the life of Adolf Hitler as a child and his rise through the ranks of the National German Workers' Party prior to World War II.

Release date: 2003-05-18
Best War Movies of 2003 : Hitler: The Rise of Evil

Hitler: The Rise of Evil

7.2/10 IMDB

The movie describes the life of Adolf Hitler from childhood to manhood, and his rise to power. From his poor childhood in Austria, the first world war from his point of view, we see how Hitler was transformed from a poor soldier into the leader of the Nazis, and how he survived all attempts to kill him. We learn of his relationship with his mistress Eva Braun, his decisions and of his enemies inside the Nazi party.

Release date: 2003-03-18

Hitler: The Rise of Evil

7.2/10 IMDB

A unique slant, profiling the life of Adolf Hitler as a child and his rise through the ranks of the National Socialist German Workers' Party prior to World War II.

Starring: Peter Stormare, Friedrich von Thun, Peter O'Toole, Zoe Telford, Terence Harvey, Robert Carlyle, Matthew Modine, Liev Schreiber ..
Directed by: Christian Duguay
Release date: 2003-05-27
Best War Movies of 2003 : Hornblower: Loyalty

Hornblower: Loyalty

8.0/10 IMDB

Hornblower must deliver a French nobleman to a secret rendezvous near Brest, all while coping with enemy agents in his own ranks.

Starring: Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay, Paul McGann, Lorcan Cranitch, Tony Haygarth, Julia Sawalha, Paul Copley, Sean Gilder, Greg Wise, Ian McElhinney ..
Directed by: Andrew Grieve
Release date: 2003-01-05
Best War Movies of 2003 : Hornblower: Duty

Hornblower: Duty

7.9/10 IMDB

Admiral Pellew interrupts Hornblower's wedding reception and tasks him to locate a British ship which has disappeared off the French coast, where Napoleon's troops are engaged in covert activities.

Starring: Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay, Paul McGann, Ron Cook, Lorcan Cranitch, Tony Haygarth, Julia Sawalha, Barbara Flynn, Paul Copley, Sean Gilder ..
Directed by: Andrew Grieve
Release date: 2003-01-06

The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 1: The Moab Story

6.7/10 IMDB

The Tulse Luper Suitcases reconstructs the life of Tulse Luper, a professional writer and project-maker, caught up in a life of prisons. He was born in 1911 in Newport, South Wales and presumably last heard of in 1989. His life is reconstructed from the evidence of 92 suitcases found around the world - 92 being the atomic number of the element Uranium. The project includes three feature films, a TV series, 92 DVDs, CD-ROMs, and books.

Starring: JJ Feild, Caroline Dhavernas, Jordi Mollà, Steven Mackintosh, Raymond J. Barry, Scot Williams, Drew Mulligan, Yorick van Wageningen, Jack Wouterse, Naím Thomas ..
Directed by: Peter Greenaway
Release date: 2003-05-24

And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself

6.5/10 IMDB

In 1914, the Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa invites studios to shoot his actual battles against Porfírio Diaz army to raise funds for financing guns and ammunition. The Mutual Film Corporation, through producer D.W. Griffith, interests for the proposition and sends the filmmaker Frank Thayer to negotiate a contract with Pancho Villa himself.

Starring: Antonio Banderas, Eion Bailey, Alan Arkin, Jim Broadbent, Matt Day, Michael McKean, Kyle Chandler, Alexa Davalos, Colm Feore, Anthony Stewart Head ..
Directed by: Bruce Beresford
Release date: 2003-09-07

Helen of Troy

6.2/10 IMDB

When Paris of Troy abducts the beautiful Helen, wife of Spartan King Menelaus, the trojan war begins.

Release date: 2003-04-19
Best War Movies of 2003 : Two Soldiers

Two Soldiers

7.1/10 IMDB

Set during WWII, a young boy wants to join his brother in the "war at Pearl Harbour".

Starring: Jonathan Furr, Ben Allison, Ron Perlman, David Andrews, Mike Pniewski, Deacon Dawson, Joanne Pankow, Danny Vinson, Suellen Yates ..
Directed by: Aaron Schneider
Release date: 2003-07-30
Best War Movies of 2003 : War Stories

War Stories

5.8/10 IMDB

A feature-length pilot film for a proposed NBC series, War Stories is set in a battle-torn Middle Eastern country that is obviously Uzbekistan (but not identified as such). Cynical, hard-as-nails American war correspondent Ben Dansmore (Jeff Goldblum) balks at being assigned a new photographer/partner so soon after the newcomer's predecessor (who happened to be Ben's best friend) was literally blown to bits while covering a hot story. "There's no such thing as truth; that's why they call them stories." That is Ben's philosophy, one that he hopes to impart to idealistic young Nora Stone (Lake Bell). But Nora, whose sister died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, refuses to be as cold and dispassionate as Ben. It takes a series of near-death experiences dodging bullets and fanatical rebels for Ben and Nora to find the common ground so necessary to their future teamwork.

Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Lake Bell, Louise Lombard, Ed Begley Jr. ..
Directed by: Robert Singer
Release date: 2003-01-29
Best War Movies of 2003 : Special Forces

Special Forces

5.0/10 IMDB

When the crazed commander (Eli Danker) of a sadistic army in Moldavia kidnaps an American photojournalist (Daniella Deutscher) and holds her hostage, his misguided actions ignite a targeted response from Maj. Don Harding (Marshall R. Teague) and his trained squad of special forces soldiers. With help from a local schoolteacher (Scott Adkins) who's trained in martial arts, Maj. Harding readies his troops for an all-out offensive.

Starring: Marshall R. Teague, Tim Abell, Troy Mittleider, Danny Lee Clark, Daniella Deutscher, T.J. Rotolo, Eli Danker, Scott Adkins ..
Directed by: Isaac Florentine
Release date: 2003-06-06

Second Nature

5.4/10 IMDB

Everything is not as it seems for a man who recovers from a plane crash in which his family is killed. After plastic surgery and rehabilitation, he determines that he worked for a secret agency for which he was an assassin. His former boss puts him back to work to assassinate a political leader, but when he proves unable to pull the trigger, it is he who becomes the target for assassins. As he avoids capture, the story unfolds about his true past and the reason why he has a tattoo of "chilly willy" inside his lip.

Starring: Alec Baldwin, Powers Boothe, Louise Lombard ..
Directed by: Ben Bolt
Release date: 2003-06-22
Best War Movies of 2003 : Rain


5.2/10 IMDB

A German Shepherd Dog named Rain is trained to fight in the Vietnam War and his intelligence and courage in the face of adversity wins the respect and loyalty of his platoon.

Starring: Scott Cooper, Pamela Moore Somers, Ashley Edner, Susan Dey, Mark Kiely, Derk Cheetwood ..
Directed by: Robert J. Wilson
Release date: 2003-05-16
Best War Movies of 2003 : Saving Jessica Lynch

Saving Jessica Lynch

4.1/10 IMDB

Based on the true story of the rescue of Private Jessica Lynch, by the United States army, in Iraq.

Starring: Nicholas Guilak, Laura Regan, Michael Rooker, Brent Sexton, Crystle Lightning, Susan Pari, Cristina Campos, Amy Holden Jones, Amy Holden Jones, Amy Holden Jones ..
Directed by: Peter Markle
Release date: 2003-11-08
Best War Movies of 2003 : The Last Mission

The Last Mission

8.9/10 IMDB

Four days after the second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, American airmen are flying the last and longest bombing mission of the war. In Tokyo, a fanatical group of Japanese officers stage a daring coup d'etat in an effort to prolong the war. As the rebels take over Japan's Imperial Palace, and with it - Emperor Hirohito; radio operator Jim Smith and the men of the 315th Bomb Wing are facing their own dangers in the sky above Japan. In a development not anticipated by generals or world leaders - the Last Mission and the coup d'etat converge, helping to bring an end to the most destructive war the world has ever known.

Starring: David Jeremiah Mullins, Masashi Nagadoi ..
Directed by: Patrick Taulère
Release date: 2003-06-02
Best War Movies of 2003 : The Welsh Great Escape

The Welsh Great Escape

8.0/10 IMDB

In 1945 70 German POWs escaped from the high security camp in Bridgend in Wales and were tracked by a motley collection of armed soldiers, Home Guard, dogs, local children and Girl Guides. One of the largest manhunts of the whole war was dramatic, serious and comic in turn - but not tragic.

Starring: Jack Davenport ..
Directed by: Michael Davies
Release date: 2003-12-01

Berga: Soldiers of Another War

7.6/10 IMDB

During the Battle of the Bulge in the winter of 1944, thousands of American GIs were captured by German forces. Berga: Soldiers of Another War, the final work in the distinguished career of four-time Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Charles Guggenheim, is the untold story of 350 American POWs caught in the tragedy of the Holocaust. In blatant violation of the Geneva Convention, the Jewish American soldiers in the 106th Infantry Division, together with those who had "Jewish-sounding" names or who "looked" Jewish, were shipped off to the slave-labor camp at Berga am Elster, a satellite camp of the infamous Buchenwald.

Starring: Charles Guggenheim ..
Directed by: Charles Guggenheim
Release date: 2003-05-28
Best War Movies of 2003 : The Essence of Combat: Making ‘Black Hawk Down’

The Essence of Combat: Making ‘Black Hawk Down’

7.8/10 IMDB

An extensive look at the elements that went into making the film 'Black Hawk Down' (2001). Both behind the scenes material and interviews with the cast, crew and actual rangers inform us how this film was pulled off.

Starring: Mark Bowden, Ken Nolan, Jerry Bruckheimer, Ewan McGregor, Eric Bana, Jason Isaacs, Orlando Bloom, Ian Virgo, Gabriel Casseus, Sam Shepard ..
Directed by: Charles de Lauzirika
Release date: 2003-06-03
Best War Movies of 2003 : Who Killed The Red Baron?

Who Killed The Red Baron?

6.8/10 IMDB

An analysis of how the Red Baron died and who was responsible.

Release date: 2003-10-06


6.7/10 IMDB

Two rebels hiding after a failed revolution.

Directed by: Péter Politzer
Release date: 2003-01-28

Journey to Jerusalem

6.0/10 IMDB

Two German-Jewish children flee Nazi Germany in the early 1940s and try to escape to Palestine via Bulgaria. When their uncle dies during the journey, they are taken in by a troupe of travelling performers.

Directed by: Ivan Nitchev
Release date: 2003-01-01
Best War Movies of 2003 : Air Strike

Air Strike

2.1/10 IMDB

An small attack force is sent to an East European country to help neutralize a powerful drug syndicate.

Starring: Robert Rusler, Jennifer Garies, Fredric Lehne, Pepper Sweeney, Assen Blatechki, Atanas Srebrev, Ivaylo Geraskov, Ivo Tonchev, Benjamin Burdick, Krasimer Vankov ..
Directed by: David Worth
Release date: 2003-09-30

A Fall from the Clouds

5.9/10 IMDB

An aviator heads out in his fighter plane to fight in WWI, and his girlfriend watches as he leaves and waits for his return.

Starring: Natalya Sapershteyn, Brian Brock, Jeremy Clark, Lonny Doyle, John Trently ..
Directed by: Craig Herron
Release date: 2003-05-06
Best War Movies of 2003 : Submarines


3.4/10 IMDB

Terrorists capture a Soviet missile submarine and they are intent on using it to unleash a barrage of missiles onto the US West Coast. American special services are called up to intercept and stop the terrorists before they can complete their mission. An unlikely American hero emerges to handle the task and save the day.

Starring: Stephen Ramsey, Robert Miano, Jodi Bianca Wise, Jim Davidson ..
Directed by: David Douglas
Release date: 2003-02-01
Best War Movies of 2003 : American Valor

American Valor

4.1/10 IMDB

The stories behind many medal of honor winners, as told by their recipients, observers and the official records. The documentary features interviews and archive footage.

Starring: Brian Dennehy ..
Directed by: Norman S. Powell
Release date: 2003-11-11
Best War Movies of 2003 : The 911 Song

The 911 Song

0.0/10 IMDB


Directed by: Rosalie Graziano
Release date: 2003-01-01

Gulf War: First Strike - Wings Of The Storm

0.0/10 IMDB

The story of the air war in the first Gulf War as described by generals Horner, Profitt, Tenoso, and Glosson.

Release date: 2003-01-01

Discovering Dominga: A Survivor's Story

8.4/10 IMDB

Denese Joy Becker, a manicurist living in Iowa, discovers she is indeed Dominga Sic Ruiz, a survivor from a 1982 Guatemalan massacre, when more than 200 people were killed in the small village of Rio Negro, after opposing the construction of a dam, sponsored by World Bank. She then tries to unveil the truth.

Directed by: Patricia Flynn
Release date: 2003-06-08
Best War Movies of 2003 : Loco Melones

Loco Melones

0.0/10 IMDB

Two old biddies fight each other for the last melon inside a small grocery store.

Starring: Kelly Ingersoll, Michael Linton, Elard Alejandra Menases ..
Directed by: Izabela Bzymek
Release date: 2003-07-22
Best War Movies of 2003 : Red Cell

Red Cell

0.0/10 IMDB

Classified "Top Secret" by the Navy and banished by the Department of Defense, this is the true account of a unit that the government denies every existed! Staffed by members of the Navy's top secret SEAL team 6, Red Cell used their skills to carry out successful terrorist attacks against American military bases, assets and personnel worldwide. This documentary tells the shocking truth about "Red Cell" in the words of insiders who created, implemented and operated this covert operation.

Starring: Richard Marcinko, Jim Dyer, Steve Hartman, Ervin Kapos, Ace Lyons, John Weisman ..
Directed by: S. L. Crawford
Release date: 2003-06-17

New Shadow Warriors II

0.0/10 IMDB

Iga ninja led by Hattori Hanzo took back Princess Fuji who was kidnapped by Fuma Clan at the end of the war. However, there were three of them - one being the real Princess Fuji and the others doubles. Not knowing which is the real one, the Iga ninja has no choice but to separate into three teams to deliver the princess to her wedding. The evil hands of the Fuma and the Koga are trying to reach Princess Fuji and the Iga ninja. Their difficult journey has begun.

Starring: Sonny Chiba, Mayumi Ono, Masakatsu Funaki, Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi, Hiroki Matsukata, Noboru Kaneko, Shôhei Yamamoto ..
Directed by: Takeshi Miyasaka
Release date: 2003-05-24

Comical Ali

0.0/10 IMDB

Comical Ali is a spoof documentary about the thus-nicknamed former Iraqi Minister for Information, Mohammed Saeed Al-Sahaf, whose bravura performances at press conferences throughout the brief Iraq War of 2003 turned him into a global icon.

Release date: 2003-07-06

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