Best War Movies of 2007




Based on Frank Miller's graphic novel, "300" is very loosely based the 480 B.C. Battle of Thermopylae, where the King of Sparta led his army against the advancing Persians; the battle is said to have inspired all of Greece to band together against the Persians, and helped usher in the world's first democracy.

Starring: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, Dominic West, David Wenham, Vincent Regan
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Release date: 2007-03-07

The War on Democracy

The War on Democracy
Set both in Latin America and the United States, the film explores the historic and current relationship of Washington with countries such as Venezuela, Bolivia and Chile. Pilger says that the film "...tells a universal story... analysing and revealing, through vivid testimony, the story of great power behind its venerable myths. It allows us to understand the true nature of the so-called "war on terror". According to Pilger, the film’s message is that the greed and power of empire is not invincible and that people power is always the "seed beneath the snow".
Release date: 2007-06-15

The Last Legion


As the Roman empire crumbles, young Romulus Augustus flees the city and embarks on a perilous voyage to Britain to track down a legion of supporters.

Starring: Colin Firth, Ben Kingsley, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Peter Mullan, Kevin McKidd
Directed by: Doug Lefler
Release date: 2007-04-19

The War


The War is a seven episode documentary miniseries, produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, that examines the myriad ways in which the Second World War touched the lives of every family on every street in every town in America. By telling the stories of ordinary people in four quintessentially American towns – Waterbury, Connecticut; Mobile, Alabama; Sacramento, California; and the tiny farming town of Luverne, Minnesota – the series will portray this enormous worldwide catastrophe on an intimate, human scale. The War will intertwine vivid eyewitness accounts of the harrowing realities of life on the front lines with reminiscences of Americans who never left their home towns, and who tried their best to carry on with the business of daily life while their fathers and brothers and sons were overseas. The film will honor and celebrate the bravery, endurance, and sacrifice, of the generation of Americans who lived through what will always be known simply as The War.

Release date: 2007-09-23

Battle for Haditha

Battle for Haditha
An investigation of the massacre of 24 men, women and children in Haditha, Iraq allegedly shot by 4 U.S. Marines in retaliation for the death of a U.S. Marine killed by a roadside bomb. The movie follows the story of the Marines of Kilo Company, an Iraqi family, and the insurgents who plant the roadside bomb.
Starring: Matthew Knoll, Elliott Ruiz, Eric Mehalacopoulos, Nathan De La Cruz, Andrew McLaren
Directed by: Nick Broomfield
Release date: 2007-09-11



A fictional documentary discusses the effects the Iraq war has had on soldiers and local people through interviews with members of an American military unit, the media, and local Iraqis.

Starring: Izzy Diaz, Rob Devaney, Ty Jones, Anas Wellman, Mike Figueroa
Directed by: Brian De Palma
Release date: 2007-01-01

The Marines

The Marines
For longer than the United States has been an independent nation, there has been a Marine Corps. They consider themselves the very best America has to offer. Embodying fierce patriotism, extraordinary courage, and innovative weapons, they are a force. This documentary focuses on their training and examines what it means to be a Marine.
Starring: Hunter Armstrong, Robert Chase, Bruce Dubose, Tony Eno, Michael W. Hagee
Directed by: John Grant
Release date: 2007-02-14

In Tranzit

In Tranzit
Nazi POWs suspected of heinous acts are locked up in a Soviet women's prison run by vengeful female guards. To weed out the guilty, the innocent must pay. Can supposed enemies turn into great loves? Based on a true post-World War II story, this drama stars Thomas Kretschmann, John Malkovich and Vera Farmiga in a bitter game of cat and mouse and a battle between hate and humanity, mercy and revenge.
Starring: Vera Farmiga, Thomas Kretschmann, John Malkovich, Daniel Brühl, Natalie Press
Directed by: Tom Roberts
Release date: 2007-05-16

Sinking of the Lusitania

Sinking of the Lusitania
The story of the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915 after she was torpedoed off the Irish coast. The story is told from the perspective of Prof. Holbourn (a passenger), the German U-boat and its captain and crew, and other passengers, crew and Admiralty staff
Starring: John Hannah, Kenneth Cranham, Michael Feast, Graham Hopkins, Florian Panzner
Directed by: Christopher Spencer
Release date: 2007-05-12

Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation


Namibia: The Struggle for Liberation is a 2007 epic film on the Namibian independence struggle against South African occupation as seen through the life of Sam Nujoma, the leader of the South-West Africa People's Organisation and the first president of the Republic of Namibia.

Starring: Carl Lumbly, Danny Glover, Chrisjan Appollus, Obed Emvula, Joel Haikali
Directed by: Charles Burnett
Release date: 2007-06-27

Spring 1941


After Germany invades Poland and the Nazis order the confinement of all local Jews in the ghetto, medical doctor Artur Planck (Joseph Fiennes) manages to flee with his family, seeking refuge at the farm of Emilia (Kelly Harrison), their former grocer. With the Planck family hiding in her attic, Emilia finds her feelings for the physician growing stronger than she wants, or can control -- despite the dangers of the situation.

Starring: Miros?aw Baka, Joseph Fiennes, Clare Higgins, Kelly Harrison, Neve McIntosh
Directed by: Uri Barbash
Release date: 2007-09-28

First Flight of Vulcan XH558

First Flight of Vulcan XH558
The aviation heritage will never forget Thursday October 18th, 2007. The awesome sight of the mighty Cold War aircraft taking to the air powered by its four huge Rolls Royce Olympus engines brought tears to the eyes of all who saw it and generated spontaneous applause not only across Bruntingthorpe Airfield but around the aerospace world. After two years of restoration and over 10 years of planning and persuading, Vulcan XH558 finally leapt in to the air. This Souvenir DVD documents the memorable day and will last as a permanent record of a unique and historic achievement.
Release date: 2007-10-18

I Am an American Soldier: One Year in Iraq with the 101st Airborne

This unflinching examination of the war in Iraq follows soldiers from the elite 101st Airborne Division for 14 months, from stateside preparations to their deployment in Iraq and back home again. Throughout, soldiers speak candidly about their experience in the military and demonstrate the powerful bond established as they struggle to stay alive.
Release date: 2007-04-26

The Battle of Chickamauga

The Battle of Chickamauga
The Battle of Chickamauga proved to be one of the fiercest engagements of the American Civil War. Over a period of two days in September 1863, more than 100,000 men struggled for control of the south's most strategic transportation hub, the city of Chattanooga. Along the hills and valleys surrounding the Chickamauga Creek, over 34,000 casualties would be suffered, and the Confederate Army of Tennessee would achieve their last, great victory. Shot on location using High Definition cameras, this 70-minute documentary film dramatically recreates the battle by including more than 50 fully animated maps, period photographs, historical documents, and over 200 reenactors.
Starring: Fred Covington, James Ogden
Release date: 2007-07-03

Last Stand of the 300

Last Stand of the 300
This is the true and astounding saga of the Spartans at Thermopylae. It is among the greatest tales of war ever recounted. All the glory and grit of these warriors' last stand is captured in this exceptional documentary. It is almost impossible to understand how 300 Spartans managed to hold off the million-man Persian army for even a moment, much less seven days. To a man they paid with their lives but their stunning Last Stand assured that their sacrifice would resonate throughout history. Transporting dramatizations and incisive graphics put you in the heat of the battle and show the lay of the land. The complications and strategies of the conflict are revealed through careful analysis, and critical moments are reconstructed to show exactly what happened. Discover what the Spartans were fighting for, what made them capable of such heroics and what drove them to such sacrifice.
Starring: Jeffery A. Baker, Brian Danner, Orion Barnes, Erin Bennett
Directed by: David Padrusch
Release date: 2007-05-27

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