Best War Movies of 2004

1.

Hotel Rwanda

6.5
8.1/10

Inspired by true events, this film takes place in Rwanda in the 1990s when more than a million Tutsis were killed in a genocide that went mostly unnoticed by the rest of the world. Hotel owner Paul Rusesabagina houses over a thousand refuges in his hotel in attempt to save their lives.

Starring: Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Nick Nolte, Fana Mokoena, Joaquin Phoenix
Directed by: Terry George
Release date: 2004-09-11
2.

King Arthur

5.3
6.3/10

The story of the Arthurian legend, based on the 'Sarmatian hypothesis' which contends that the legend has a historical nucleus in the Sarmatian heavy cavalry troops stationed in Britain, and that the Roman-British military commander, Lucius Artorius Castus is the historical person behind the legend.

Starring: Clive Owen, Ioan Gruffudd, Keira Knightley, Mads Mikkelsen, Joel Edgerton
Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
Release date: 2004-07-07
3.

Alexander

4.8
5.6/10

Alexander, the King of Macedonia, leads his legions against the giant Persian Empire. After defeating the Persians, he leads his army across the then known world, venturing farther than any westerner had ever gone, all the way to India.

Starring: Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer, Jared Leto, Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Directed by: Oliver Stone
Release date: 2004-11-21
4.

The Alamo

4.4
6.0/10

Based on the 1836 standoff between a group of Texan and Tejano men, led by Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, and Mexican dictator Santa Anna's forces at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas.

Starring: Dennis Quaid, Billy Bob Thornton, Jason Patric, Patrick Wilson, Emilio Echevarría
Directed by: John Lee Hancock
Release date: 2004-04-07
5.

Head in the Clouds

4.0
6.6/10

A romantic drama set in 1930's England, Paris, and Spain. Gilda Bessé shares her Paris apartment with an Irish schoolteacher, Guy Malyon, and Mia, a refugee from Spain. As the world drifts toward war, Gilda defiantly pursues her hedonistic lifestyle and her burgeoning career as a photographer. But Guy and Mia feel impelled to join the fight against fascism, and the three friends are separated.

Starring: Charlize Theron, Penélope Cruz, Stuart Townsend, Thomas Kretschmann, Peter Cockett
Directed by: John Duigan
Release date: 2004-04-29
6.

C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America

3.3
6.4/10

Through the eyes of a British "documentary", this film takes a satirically humorous, and sometimes frightening, look at the history of an America where the South won the Civil War.

Starring: Greg Kirsch, Rupert Pate, Ryan L. Carroll, Brian Paulette, Larry Peterson
Directed by: Kevin Willmott
Release date: 2004-01-01
7.

D-Day 6.6.1944

3.3
7.1/10
D-Day 6.6.1944
On June 6th, 1944 the largest military invasion and defence the world has ever seen occurred. D-Day tells the epic story of the preparation and execution of the Allied invasion of Normandy. It tells the story of the defence of the Western Front by the forces of the German Empire, and of the complex and deadly secret war fought by the men and women of France and mainland Europe. D-Day brings to life the dramatic and astounding tales of courage and sacrifice, joy and despair, love and betrayal. The planning for the Allied invasion on June 6th 1944 took two years and cost thousands of lives. It involved a deception of breathtaking audacity. Both the preparation leading up to and the actions and events on the day itself relied on the absolute discretion of many and the genius and nerve of a few. D-Day examines the intricate jigsaw from both sides - presenting events through the eyes of the men and women who were there, telling their extraordinary stories.
Starring: Ian Holm, Lacy Moore, Graham McTavish, Albert Welling, Tim Bentinck
Directed by: Richard Dale
Release date: 2004-06-06
8.

The Aryan Couple

2.7
6.3/10
The Aryan Couple
A WWII Drama about a German/Jewish industrialist who, in order to ensure his family's safe passage out of Germany, is forced to hand over his business to the Nazis.
Starring: Martin Landau, Judy Parfitt, Kenny Doughty, Nolan Hemmings, Danny Webb
Directed by: John Daly
Release date: 2004-12-10
9.

Company K

2.2
5.4/10

Based on the popular World War I novel by author William March, director Robert Clem's COMPANY K follows a veteran of the first great conflict as he finishes a book about his wartime experiences and reflects on how a man's true character is revealed through his actions on the battlefield. From the German soldier who visits him in dreams to the camaraderie that is forged by fighting together and the true gravity of laying down your life for a greater cause, World War I veteran Joe Delaney will attempt to exorcise his demons through writing while struggling to readjust to small-town life following the trauma of war.

Starring: Ari Fliakos, Terry Serpico, Steve Cuiffo, Joe Delafield, Rik Alan Walter
Directed by: Robert Clem
Release date: 2004-04-22
10.

Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: The Hidden One Year War

0.0
0/10
Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: The Hidden One Year War
The year is Universal Century 0079. Oliver May is a technical officer in the Zeon 603rd Technical Evaluation Unit , in charge of testing new military technology. Stationed in the Jotunheim, a civilian transport ship that was converted into military use, Oliver must head into battle and experience the One Year War, only this time from the perspective of a weapon tester who struggles to make an impact on an evolving war during changing times.
Starring: Miki Nagasawa, Katsuhisa Houki, Hideo Ishikawa, Shozo Iizuka, Jun Fukuyama
Release date: 2004-07-19
11.

Gunner Palace

0.0
6.6/10
Gunner Palace
American soldiers of the 2/3 Field Artillery, a group known as the "Gunners," tell of their experiences in Baghdad during the Iraq War. Holed up in a bombed out pleasure palace built by Sadaam Hussein, the soldiers endured hostile situations some four months after President George W. Bush declared the end of major combat operations in the country.
Starring: Bryant Davis, Devon Dixon, Javorn Drummond, Elliot Lovett, Nick Moncrief
Directed by: Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker
Release date: 2004-01-01

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