Best War Movies of 2004


Hotel Rwanda

8.1/10 IMDB

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, Jean Reno, Desmond Dube, Ofentse Modiselle, Mathabo Pieterson, Hakeem Kae-Kazim ..
Directed by: Terry George
Release date: 2004-03-04


7.3/10 IMDB

In year 1250 B.C. during the late Bronze age, two emerging nations begin to clash. Paris, the Trojan prince, convinces Helen, Queen of Sparta, to leave her husband Menelaus, and sail with him back to Troy. After Menelaus finds out that his wife was taken by the Trojans, he asks his brother Agamemnom to help him get her back. Agamemnon sees this as an opportunity for power. So they set off with 1,000 ships holding 50,000 Greeks to Troy. With the help of Achilles, the Greeks are able to fight the never before defeated Trojans.

Starring: Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom, Eric Bana, Brian Cox, Sean Bean, Brendan Gleeson, Diane Kruger, Peter O'Toole, Rose Byrne, Saffron Burrows ..
Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen
Release date: 2004-05-03

King Arthur

6.3/10 IMDB

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, Hugh Dancy, Ray Winstone, Stephen Dillane, Ray Stevenson, Til Schweiger ..
Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
Release date: 2004-07-07


5.6/10 IMDB

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, Anthony Hopkins, Jessie Kamm, Christopher Plummer, Connor Paolo, Patrick Carroll ..
Directed by: Oliver Stone
Release date: 2004-11-21

Head in the Clouds

6.5/10 IMDB

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, Gabriel Hogan, Karine Vanasse, David La Haye, Steven Berkoff, John Robinson ..
Directed by: John Duigan
Release date: 2004-04-29

The Alamo

6.0/10 IMDB

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, Emily Deschanel, Jordi Mollà, Leon Rippy, Tommy Davidson, Marc Blucas ..
Directed by: John Lee Hancock
Release date: 2004-04-07
Best War Movies of 2004 : Gunner Palace

Gunner Palace

6.6/10 IMDB

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: 2004-09-11
Best War Movies of 2004 : Uncovered: The War on Iraq

Uncovered: The War on Iraq

7.5/10 IMDB

The feature-length version of producer/director Robert's Greenwald's short documentary phenomenon "Uncovered: The Whole Truth About The Iraq War." The film deconstructs the current American administration's case for war in Iraq through interviews with U.S. intelligence professionals, diplomats and former Pentagon officials, including a former director of the C.I.A., two former Secretaries of Defense, a former ambassador to Saudi Arabia and even President Bush's former Secretary of the Army.

Directed by: Robert Greenwald
Release date: 2004-08-20
Best War Movies of 2004 : The Aryan Couple

The Aryan Couple

6.3/10 IMDB

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, Christopher Fulford, Steven Mackintosh, Jake Wood, Richard Bremmer ..
Directed by: John Daly
Release date: 2004-12-10
Best War Movies of 2004 : Last Letters Home

Last Letters Home

7.3/10 IMDB

Ten families read letters from their loved ones killed during Operation Iraqi Freedom in this powerful and moving HBO documentary by Oscar and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Bill Couturie (Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam). Photos of the soldiers in military and civilian life are shown as family members read the final correspondence received from Iraq and share their thoughts and memories about the fallen troops and the realities of war.

Starring: Lloyd Byers, Mary Byers, Mary Ann Cowherd, Sarah Cowherd, Melissa Givens, Cathy Heighter ..
Directed by: Bill Couturié
Release date: 2004-11-11
Best War Movies of 2004 : D-Day 6.6.1944

D-Day 6.6.1944

7.1/10 IMDB

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, Robert Cambrinus, Andrew Havill, Tom Brooke, William Neenan, Murray Head ..
Directed by: Richard Dale
Release date: 2004-06-06
Best War Movies of 2004 : The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 2: Vaux to the Sea

The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 2: Vaux to the Sea

7.0/10 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: J.J. Feild, Raymond J. Barry, Valentina Cervi, Marcel Iure?, Steven Mackintosh, Jordi Mollà, Drew Mulligan, Ornella Muti, Anna Galiena, Ronald Pickup ..
Directed by: Peter Greenaway
Release date: 2004-02-09
Best War Movies of 2004 : The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 3: From Sark to the Finish

The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 3: From Sark to the Finish

6.9/10 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: J.J. Feild, Roger Rees, Stephen Billington, Valentina Cervi, Roberto Citran, Giovanni Capalbo, Ornella Muti, Ana Torrent, Anna Galiena, Renata Litvinova ..
Directed by: Peter Greenaway
Release date: 2004-09-06
Best War Movies of 2004 : Voices of Iraq

Voices of Iraq

6.8/10 IMDB

Filmed and directed by the Iraqis themselves -- thousands of them, from all walks of life, all over their country. The producers, who distributed more than 150 digital video cameras across the country, condensed more than 400 hours of footage into an unprecedented, and startling, look at life in a war zone. It's a new genre of filmmaking.

Release date: 2004-01-01
Best War Movies of 2004 : Voices from the List

Voices from the List

7.6/10 IMDB

Based exclusively on testimonies of "Schindler Juden" from the Institute’s Visual History Archive, Voices from the List continues beyond the narrative of the Academy Award®-winning film Schindler's List by incorporating rare, archival footage and an original score to add a new dimension to the story of Oskar Schindler.

Starring: Steven Spielberg, Leon Leyson, Leopold Rosner, Ludmila Page, Leopold Pfefferberg, Lena Finder, Helena Jonas-Rosenzweig, Basia Toporski, Celina Biniaz, Ida Turner ..
Directed by: Michael Mayhew
Release date: 2004-03-09
Best War Movies of 2004 : Churchill: The Hollywood Years

Churchill: The Hollywood Years

4.9/10 IMDB

A group of American executives making a film about World War II decide that since their lead is rather unglamorous, they will draft in an American G.I. to play the part of Winston Churchill. Their take on the war depicts a handsome Churchill falling in love with Princess Elizabeth, who is herself involved in the war as an undercover agent.

Starring: Christian Slater, Neve Campbell, Harry Enfield, Jon Culshaw, Leslie Phillips, Miranda Richardson, Antony Sher, Bob Mortimer, Vic Reeves, Romany Malco ..
Directed by: Peter Richardson
Release date: 2004-12-03
Best War Movies of 2004 : Oh! Man

Oh! Man

7.2/10 IMDB

After Prisoners of the war and On the Heights all is Peace, this film concludes Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi's trilogy on the first world war. From the emblem of totalitarianism to individual physical suffering, the directors use this representation of man's rampaging violence to draw up an anatomical inventory of the damaged body and examine the consequences of the conflict on children, from 1919 to 1921. From the deconstruction to the artificial reconstruction of the human body, they try to understand how humanity can forget itself and perpetuate these horrors.

Starring: Benito Mussolini ..
Directed by: Yervant Gianikian, Angela Ricci Lucchi
Release date: 2004-01-01
Best War Movies of 2004 : The Hamburg Cell

The Hamburg Cell

6.9/10 IMDB

A fictionalized account of the September 11 hijackers.

Starring: Karim Saleh, Maral Kamel, Agni Scott, Omar Berdouni, Adnan Maral, Kamel Boutros, Tamer Doghem, Khalid Laith, Nasser Memarzia, Omar El-Saeidi ..
Directed by: Antonia Bird
Release date: 2004-08-26
Best War Movies of 2004 : Travis


5.7/10 IMDB

An experimental film matching shifting colors with audio taken from an NPR radio interview with a mother who lost her son in the Iraq War.

Directed by: Kelly Reichardt
Release date: 2004-01-01


5.5/10 IMDB

As a young boy, future emperor Nero witnesses the mad Emperor Caligula kill his father and exile his mother. While in exile in the pontine islands, Agrippina, his mother, sees a vision telling her that her son can become emperor, but she will have to die first. She accepts the proposal. Back in Rome, Nero, now being raised by emperor Claudius after Caligula's death, Agrippina returns. She poisons Claudius' food and Nero becomes emperor. At first, Nero cuts taxes and introduces successful programs and invades Brittania. Soon he meets a beautiful slave named Claudia Acte, and marries her, throwing off his engagement with Claudius' daughter, Claudia Octavia, telling her she can marry someone she will be happy with. Heartbroken, she arrives at an island and kills herself. Nero enjoys being married to Claudia Acte, but soon he gradually goes mad with power and sets fire to Rome.

Starring: Hans Matheson, Rike Schmid, Laura Morante, Matthias Habich, Ángela Molina, Ian Richardson, John Simm, Liz Smith, Massimo Dapporto, Maurizio Donadoni ..
Directed by: Paul Marcus
Release date: 2004-05-23

Company K

5.4/10 IMDB

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, Daniel Stewart Sherman, P.J. Sosko, Cosmo Pfeil, Thomas Sadoski, Tina Benko ..
Directed by: Robert Clem
Release date: 2004-04-22
Best War Movies of 2004 : The Fallen

The Fallen

5.1/10 IMDB

Northern Italy, Autumn 1944, the last days of World War II. Germans and Italians try to defend the Gothic Line and fight the partisans who support the inexorable advance of the US Army.

Starring: Maurizio Benazzo, Bob Brown, Emanuele Fortunati, Lucio Polosa, Achim Buchner, John O'Leary, Daniel Asher, Francesco Mazzini, Hans-Dieter Brückner ..
Directed by: Ari Taub
Release date: 2004-01-01
Best War Movies of 2004 : Buried in the Sand: The Deception of America

Buried in the Sand: The Deception of America

4.4/10 IMDB

Conservative political commentator Mark Taylor presents uncensored archival footage of graphic Iraqi and Middle East atrocities in an effort to justify American intervention.

Starring: Mark Taylor ..
Directed by: David Wald
Release date: 2004-09-21
Best War Movies of 2004 : Homeland Security

Homeland Security

4.2/10 IMDB

Admiral McKee is retired, when following the events of 9/11 he receives a call from the White House informing him that his commander in chief requires him to serve his country once again. Shortly after this he is sworn into office as a senior member of the Office of Homeland Security under Tom Ridge. Once in office Admiral McKee faces the challenge of organizing this new office so as to prevent further terrorist attacks against the United States. With this in mind, Admiral McKee's wife recommends he speaks to his friend, NSA Agent Sol Binder.

Starring: Scott Glenn, Tom Skerritt, Andrew Robinson, Grant Show, Charles Borland, Jason Butler Harner, Marisol Nichols, Kal Penn, Ross Gibby, Leland Orser ..
Directed by: Daniel Sackheim
Release date: 2004-04-11
Best War Movies of 2004 : Ten Days to D-Day

Ten Days to D-Day

9.1/10 IMDB

Following the lives of ten characters through their letters and diaries in the ten days before D-Day. The mini-series contains documentary interviews with the people on which the book, and this mini-series were based.

Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Kate Steavenson-Payne, Richie Gibson, Jonie Broom, Jay Thomas, Callum O'Neill, Clive Standen, Don Gallagher, Anthony Dawes, Paul Haley ..
Directed by: Marion Milne
Release date: 2004-01-02
Best War Movies of 2004 : First Invasion: The War of 1812

First Invasion: The War of 1812

7.0/10 IMDB

First Invasion: The War of 1812, a History Channel documentary that first aired in 2004, portrays a young United States of America "on the brink of annihilation" as it battles the largest and most powerful empire on earth. Critics say the documentary is far too pro-American, and that it ignores or downplays crucial elements of the War of 1812. Others praise First Invasion for its compelling presentation of a far too neglected period of history.

Starring: Mark D. Hutter, Sally E. Bennett, Dave Fagerberg, H. David Wright ..
Directed by: Gary Foreman
Release date: 2004-09-12
Best War Movies of 2004 : What Sebastian Dreamt

What Sebastian Dreamt

7.1/10 IMDB

A young Spanish writer inherits a home in the Guatemalan rainforest, only to become wrapped up in a land war, touchy local politics... and murder.

Starring: Andoni Gracia, Juliette Deschamps, Juan Carlos Vellido ..
Directed by: Rodrigo Rey Rosa
Release date: 2004-01-01
Best War Movies of 2004 : Operation Anaconda: The Battle of Roberts' Ridge

Operation Anaconda: The Battle of Roberts' Ridge

7.4/10 IMDB

An Army Ranger quick reaction force attempts to rescue a patrol pinned down on a mountaintop in southeast Afghanistan. They have no idea that within twelve hours five of them will lie dead in the mountain snow after an intense and deadly battle.

Release date: 2004-12-15
Best War Movies of 2004 : The Silent Wrecks of Kwajalein Atoll

The Silent Wrecks of Kwajalein Atoll

6.6/10 IMDB

For the first time, the U.S. military has granted permission to an outside film crew to document the wrecks of Kwajalein Atoll -- a little-known outpost in the Marshall Islands.

Starring: Art Cohen ..
Release date: 2004-01-01
Best War Movies of 2004 : The G.I.

The G.I.

5.5/10 IMDB

World War II, Winter, 1944. Michael, a corporal in the 89th Division Rolling W's, gets separated from his squad during a Nazi ambush. He soon realizes that the Nazis and the piercing cold are the least of his worries, for what lurks in the woods is even more horrific.

Starring: Lance Hendrickson, Ben Trandem ..
Directed by: Mike P. Nelson
Release date: 2004-05-07
Best War Movies of 2004 : Great Battles of WWII: Midway, Kursk, and Crete

Great Battles of WWII: Midway, Kursk, and Crete

0.0/10 IMDB

Using authentic color and black & white footage captured from the battles this explains the events, circumstances, and results of three of the most important battles of WWII -- the battles of Midway, Kursk, and Crete.

Release date: 2004-07-06
Best War Movies of 2004 : The Other Side of Dunkirk

The Other Side of Dunkirk

0.0/10 IMDB

Powerful myths and misconceptions have shaped our understanding of the moment which changed the course of WW2 - the evacuation at Dunkirk in 1940. But what really happened at Dunkirk and in the crisis before the days of the evacuation? This documentary takes a European look at the crisis and asks new questions from a French and German perspective as well as from a British point of view. Featuring interviews with veterans and historians from all three key protagonists, providing revealing insights into the events of May and June 1940.

Starring: Tim Pigott-Smith ..
Directed by: Alastair Laurence
Release date: 2004-01-01
Best War Movies of 2004 : Gettysburg History & Hauntings with Mark Nesbitt

Gettysburg History & Hauntings with Mark Nesbitt

0.0/10 IMDB

An exploration of the ghostly tales and history of the Battle of Gettysburg with the acclaimed author of the Ghosts of Gettysburg, series of books, Mark Nesbitt.

Starring: Mark Nesbitt ..
Directed by: Robert Child
Release date: 2004-01-01
Best War Movies of 2004 : Dunkirk: The Soldier's Story

Dunkirk: The Soldier's Story

0.0/10 IMDB

Veterans of World War II describe their experiences of the retreat to Dunkirk in 1940 and the evacuation. On 10 May, the German Army invaded Holland and Belgium. The Blitzkrieg had begun, an entirely new way of fighting war. For the young men aged 18 and 19 who joined up to 'do their bit', it was a terrifying baptism of fire, and for the British Army a shattering blow. Within three weeks, it was a crushing defeat, leading to the largest military evacuation in history. This film is the story, told in their own words, of a group of young men, now veterans, and their first experience of modern mechanised warfare.

Release date: 2004-01-01
Best War Movies of 2004 : Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

0.0/10 IMDB

A CIA agent is assigned a mission where he must kill his former mentor. The bonus disc in the deluxe version of Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence. For this disc, called Existence, Kojima and crew created a three and a half hour cut of Metal Gear Solid 3's cinematics featuring remastered sound.

Starring: David Hayter, Suzetta Miñet, Jim Piddock, Lori Alan, Josh Keaton ..
Directed by: Hideo Kojima
Release date: 2004-11-17
Best War Movies of 2004 : Panzer: Germanys Ultimate War Machine

Panzer: Germanys Ultimate War Machine

0.0/10 IMDB

During WW2, the need for capable and qualified crewmen to work with and maintain the equipment became vital. In order to keep up with the demands of warfare, soldiers and engineers were educated partly with training films. This programme shows footage of the Tiger tanks during Operation Citadel, as well as edited highlights of two German Army training films from late 1943 and mid 1944. Including two major military productions, the first of these films was produced to show how to convert the Panther tank allowing it to successfully deal with the extensive Soviet defences like the ones it encountered at its debut in Kursk.

Release date: 2004-06-01
Best War Movies of 2004 : D-Day to Berlin

D-Day to Berlin

7.2/10 IMDB

The collective military operations from D-Day to the final assault on Germany represent one of the greatest military offensives ever. D-Day to Berlin follows the Allies' remarkable progress from the beaches of Normandy to their ultimate victory just eleven months later. The celebration of Europe's liberation from the Nazis was tempered only by the chill of Stalin's new domination, truly making this the campaign that shaped the future of Europe. Using a testimony-driven format, this three-part series uses accounts of British, American and German soldiers, as well as archive footage, to bring the savage battlefields to life once more.

Release date: 2004-01-01

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