Best War Movies of 2003

1.

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

6.1
7.4/10

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, Edward Woodall, Chris Larkin
Directed by: Peter Weir
Release date: 2003-11-14
2.

The Fog of War

5.8
8.1/10

Using archival footage, United States 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 American Vietnam War, as defense secretary for presidents Kennedy and Johnson.

Starring: Robert McNamara, Errol Morris, Fidel Castro, Barry Goldwater, John F. Kennedy
Directed by: Errol Morris
Release date: 2003-12-09
3.

Tears of the Sun

4.9
6.6/10

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
Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
Release date: 2003-03-07
4.

Saints and Soldiers

4.8
6.7/10

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
Directed by: Ryan Little
Release date: 2003-09-11
5.

Hitler: The Rise of Evil

4.5
7.3/10
Hitler: The Rise of Evil
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
6.

Hitler: The Rise of Evil

4.4
7.3/10
Hitler: The Rise of Evil
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
7.

Hitler: The Rise of Evil

4.4
7.3/10

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: Robert Carlyle, Matthew Modine, Liev Schreiber, Peter Stormare, Peter O'Toole
Directed by: Christian Duguay
Release date: 2003-05-27
8.

Gods and Generals

4.1
6.4/10

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 when Jackson is killed accidentally by his own soldiers in May 1863 during his greatest victory.

Starring: Stephen Lang, Jeff Daniels, Robert Duvall, Kevin Conway, C. Thomas Howell
Directed by: Ronald F. Maxwell
Release date: 2003-02-21
9.

Hornblower: Loyalty

4.1
8.1/10
Hornblower: Loyalty
Hornblower is given a dangerous mission to deliver an emigre French nobleman to a secret rendezvous near Brest while coping with enemy agents in his own ranks.
Starring: Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay, Paul McGann, Lorcan Cranitch, Tony Haygarth
Directed by: Andrew Grieve
Release date: 2003-01-05
10.

The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 1: The Moab Story

3.9
6.8/10

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: J. J. Feild, Caroline Dhavernas, Jordi Mollà, Steven Mackintosh, Raymond J. Barry
Directed by: Peter Greenaway
Release date: 2003-05-24
11.

Hornblower: Duty

3.9
8.1/10
Hornblower: Duty
The Hornblower series is based on C.S. Forester's classic maritime adventures - the story of one young man's struggle to become a leader of men. Set against the back drop of the 18th century Anglo-French wars, the bloodiest time in British naval history. 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
Directed by: Andrew Grieve
Release date: 2003-01-06
12.

And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself

3.5
6.6/10
And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself
In 1914, the Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa (Antonio Banderas) 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 (Colm Feore), interests for the proposition and sends the filmmaker Frank Thayer (Eion Bailey) to negotiate a contract with Pancho Villa himself.
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Eion Bailey, Alan Arkin, Jim Broadbent, Matt Day
Directed by: Bruce Beresford
Release date: 2003-09-07
13.

Helen of Troy

3.4
6.2/10

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

Release date: 2003-04-19
14.

War Stories

2.5
5.9/10
War Stories
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
Directed by: Robert Singer
Release date: 2003-01-29
15.

Special Forces

0.8
5.0/10
Special Forces
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
Directed by: Isaac Florentine
Release date: 2003-06-06
16.

Gulf War: First Strike - Wings Of The Storm

0.0
0/10
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
17.

Beyond Borders

0.0
6.5/10

Beyond Borders is an epic tale of the turbulent romance between two star-crossed lovers set against the backdrop of the world's most dangerous hot spots. Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie stars as Sarah Jordan, an American living in London in 1984. She is married to Henry Bauford son of a wealthy British industrialist, when 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
Directed by: Martin Campbell
Release date: 2003-10-23
18.

The Last Samurai

0.0
7.7/10

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
Directed by: Edward Zwick
Release date: 2003-12-05

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