Best War Movies of 2005

1.

Kingdom of Heaven

5.8
7.2/10

After his wife dies, a blacksmith named Balian is thrust into royalty, political intrigue and bloody holy wars during the Crusades.

Starring: Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Jeremy Irons, Marton Csokas, Brendan Gleeson
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Release date: 2005-05-03
2.

Jarhead

5.6
7.0/10

Jarhead is a film about a US Marine Anthony Swofford’s experience in the Gulf War. After putting up with an arduous boot camp, Swofford and his unit are sent to the Persian Gulf where they are eager to fight, but are forced to stay back from the action. Swofford struggles with the possibility of his girlfriend cheating on him, and as his mental state deteriorates, his desire to kill increases.

Starring: Jamie Foxx, Jake Gyllenhaal, Scott MacDonald, Lucas Black, Peter Sarsgaard
Directed by: Sam Mendes
Release date: 2005-11-04
3.

The Great Raid

5.0
6.7/10

As World War II rages, the elite Sixth Ranger Battalion is given a mission of heroic proportions: push 30 miles behind enemy lines and liberate over 500 American prisoners of war.

Starring: Benjamin Bratt, James Franco, Connie Nielsen, Marton Csokas, Joseph Fiennes
Directed by: John Dahl
Release date: 2005-08-12
4.

Sometimes in April

4.0
7.9/10

Debra Winger, Oris Erhuero and Idris Elba star in this drama framed by the Rwandan genocide.

Starring: Idris Elba, Carole Karemera, Pamela Nomvete, Oris Erhuero, Fraser James
Directed by: Raoul Peck
Release date: 2005-02-17
5.

Gallipoli

4.0
7.4/10
Gallipoli
The Gallipoli campaign of World War I was so controversial & devastating, it changed the face of battle forever. Using diaries, letters, photographs and memoirs, acclaimed director, Tolga Ornek, traces the personal journeys of Australian, New Zealand, British and Turkish soldiers, from innocence and patriotism to hardship and heartbreak.
Starring: Jeremy Irons, Sam Neill, Zafer Ergin
Directed by: Tolga Örnek
Release date: 2005-03-18
6.

Valiant

4.0
5.5/10

Set in 1944, Valiant is a woodland pigeon who wants to become a great hero someday. When he hears they are hiring recruits for the Royal Homing Pigeon Service, he immediately sets out for London. On the way, he meets a smelly but friendly pigeon named Bugsy, who joins him, mainly to get away from clients he cheated in a game of find-the pebble, and helps him sign up for the war.

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Ricky Gervais, Tim Curry, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Laurie
Directed by: Gary Chapman
Release date: 2005-03-25
7.

Colditz

3.6
6.8/10
Colditz
During World War II, four Britons tunnel out of a German POW camp. One is killed, two are recaptured and one escapes. Scottish Corporal Nicholas McGrade, the lone escapee, is a slacker and reluctant soldier, but is coerced into the secret MI9 Unit and participates in the facilitation of other escapes. Wills and Jack Rose, the two escapees who were recaptured, are transferred to Colditz, a medieval castle in Saxony which has been refitted as an escape-proof, high security institution to house recitative prisoners who repeatedly attempt to escape. At Rose's request, McGrade looks up Rose's girlfriend in Britain only to find out he is falling in love with her. When the faithful Lizzie rejects the advances of the smitten McGrade, he uses his influence to fake Jack's death so as to clear any obstacles to Lizzie.
Starring: Damian Lewis, Sophia Myles, Tom Hardy, Laurence Fox, James Fox
Directed by: Stuart Orme
Release date: 2005-05-27
8.

Ike: Countdown to D-Day

3.6
7.1/10
Ike: Countdown to D-Day
This is the story of the senior-level preparations for the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944 from the time of Dwight D. Eisenhower's appointment as the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, to the establishment of the beachhead in Normandy. The film recounts many of the trials and tribulation Ike had to face, not the least of which were the many prima donnas surrounding him (Patton, Montgomery and especially de Gaulle) and the need for tact and diplomacy to bring all sides together for what would be the largest amphibious assault ever attempted.
Starring: Tom Selleck, James Remar, Timothy Bottoms, Gerald McRaney, Ian Mune
Directed by: Robert Harmon
Release date: 2005-02-01
9.

Colditz

3.5
6.8/10
Colditz
Three prisoners, Jack Rose, Tom Willis and Nick McGrade, embark on an heroic plan to escape from a World War Two POW camp. As Rose And Willis are recaptured by the Germans, McGrade manages to traverse their clutches and travels to London to inform Rose's girlfriend of his capture. So begins a complex love story...
Release date: 2005-03-27
10.

River Queen

3.3
6.0/10

An intimate story set during the 1860s in which a young Irish woman Sarah and her family find themselves on both sides of the turbulent wars between British and Maori during the British colonization of New Zealand.

Starring: Samantha Morton, Kiefer Sutherland, Cliff Curtis, Stephen Rea, Temuera Morrison
Directed by: Vincent Ward
Release date: 2005-09-12
11.

In Enemy Hands

3.2
6.0/10
In Enemy Hands
At the height of Hitler's infamous U-boat war, the crew of the U.S.S. Swordfish were heading home after months at sea. They never made it. Now prisoners of war aboard U-boat 429, a small group of American survivors will find their loyalties put to the ultimate test when they're forced to join their German captors to fight for their very lives.
Starring: William H. Macy, Scott Caan, Lauren Holly, Clark Gregg, Ian Somerhalder
Directed by: Tony Giglio
Release date: 2005-04-15
12.

Blockade

3.2
7.6/10
Blockade
The images comprise only of material Sergei Loznitsa found in the Moscow film archives about the siege of Leningrad during the World War II. By providing the originally silent images with a meticulously reconstructed soundtrack, the scenes from everyday life under siege seem to be set in the present. By not intervening in the montage but giving the scenes room to tell a story, the scenes transcend the specific historic events and lead a new life. They do not evoke memories of the past, but become a breathtaking reanimation of reality.
Directed by: Sergey Loznitsa
Release date: 2005-11-07
13.

The Big Red One: The Reconstruction

3.1
7.7/10
The Big Red One: The Reconstruction
The 'reconstruction' the title refers to is the re-working, re-editing, restructuring of Sam Fuller's The Big Red One bringing it closer to the film Fuller had originally envisioned It includes almost 48 additional minutes of footage which was not utilized in the film's original release.
Starring: Lee Marvin
Directed by: Samuel Fuller
Release date: 2005-01-01
14.

Nomad: The Warrior

2.9
5.9/10

The Nomad is a historical epic set in 18th-century Kazakhstan. The film is a fictionalised account of the youth and coming-of-age of Ablai Khan, as he grows and fights to defend the fortress at Hazrat-e Turkestan from Dzungar invaders.

Starring: Kuno Becker, Jay Hernandez, Jason Scott Lee, Doskhan Zholzhaksynov, Ayanat Ksenbai
Directed by: Ivan Passer, Sergei Bodrov
Release date: 2005-07-17
15.

The Colt

2.6
6.7/10

During the heat of battle in the midst of the Civil War, a beguilingly innocent colt is born to Union Jim Rabb's beloved mare. Refusing the orders to shoot it, lest it prove a hindrance, Rabb keeps the colt as a consolation in these desperate times-a symbol of hope that leads the men of the First Cavalry on a journey of self-discovery and newfound brotherhood.

Starring: Ryan Merriman, Steve Bacic, Darcy Belsher, Scott Heindl, William MacDonald
Directed by: Yelena Lanskaya
Release date: 2005-02-06
16.

The Glass Rabbit

2.6
5.9/10

The period of late World War II, Toshiko was living in downtown Tokyo with her family. Japan was more towards losing the War at the time and people were suffering with lack of materials. On March 10th 1945, she lost her mother and two younger sisters by the bombing in Tokyo. She picked up "Glass Rabbit", which shape was changed by the fire, out of the wreck one day and she experienced the terror of the War. Moreover when she had to evacuate to the suburbs, her father was killed by US army on the way at the station. Now that she became all alone, she felt so lonely and despaired that she almost found no meaning to be alive. But despite of her loneliness and sorrow, she aroused herself, thinking about all her family who were gone. "I must survive for my family.... Otherwise, who will be visiting their grave." This is the story of one girl, which should not be forgotten.

Starring: Yasuyoshi Hara, Rina Mogami, Tamaki Oka, Keiko Takeshita
Directed by: Setsuko Shibuichi
Release date: 2005-05-13
17.

Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties

2.5
7.9/10

The third installment of the highly acclaimed, award-wining Age of Empires series. Command one of eight mighty European powers grappling to conquer the New World. Gain wealth and power for your home country, and colonize vast, uncharted territory.

Release date: 2005-10-18
18.

The Last Drop

2.4
4.6/10

Different factions in WWII-era Holland race to find a stash of Nazi gold.

Starring: Billy Zane, Neil Newbon, Michael Madsen, Alexander Skarsgård, Neil Jackson
Directed by: Colin Teague
Release date: 2005-05-23
19.

American Soldiers: A Day in Iraq

2.0
3.2/10

Iraq, 2004: during a routine sortie a US patrol is ambushed and the young soldiers are forced to put their training and skills into action fast. A determined foe with superior local knowledge, the Fedayeen insurgents soon draw them into close quarter combat and a desperate fight for survival.

Starring: Curtis Morgan, Zan Calabretta, Jordan Brown, Eddie Della Siepe
Directed by: Sidney J. Furie
Release date: 2005-05-11
20.

Kingdom of Heaven

0.0
0/10
Kingdom of Heaven
The Director's Cut of Ridley Scott's 'Kingdom of Heaven' adds several new scenes that enhance the plot and re-integrate violent scenes that were not in the Theatrical Cut. Therefore, the running time of the Director's Cut is more than 3 hours.
Starring: Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Jeremy Irons, Marton Csokas, Brendan Gleeson
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Release date: 2005-12-23

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