Best War Movies of 2008

1.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

6.4

When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a Jewish prisoner or the role his own Nazi father plays in his imprisonment, Bruno embarks on a dangerous journey inside the camp's walls.

Starring: Asa Butterfield, Jack Scanlon, Vera Farmiga, David Thewlis, Rupert Friend
Directed by: Mark Herman
Release date: 2008-05-07
2.

The Hurt Locker

6.1

Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb.

Starring: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes
Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow
Release date: 2008-10-10
3.

Generation Kill

5.9

Marines prepare to invade Iraq at the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom; while the soldiers wait to receive their orders, they learn a Rolling Stone columnist will be embedded with them

Release date: 2008-07-13
4.

Zeitgeist: Addendum

5.6

Zeitgeist: Addendum premiered at the 5th Annual Artivist Film Festival. Director Peter Joseph stated: "The failure of our world to resolve the issues of war, poverty, and corruption, rests within a gross ignorance about what guides human behavior to begin with. It address the true source of the instability in our society, while offering the only fundamental, long-term solution."

Directed by: Peter Joseph
Release date: 2008-10-02
5.

Defiance

5.1

Based on a true story, during World War II, four Jewish brothers escape their Nazi-occupied homeland of West Belarus in Poland and join the Soviet partisans to combat the Nazis. The brothers begin the rescue of roughly 1,200 Jews still trapped in the ghettos of Poland.

Starring: Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell, Alexa Davalos, Allan Corduner
Directed by: Edward Zwick
Release date: 2008-12-31
6.

Che: Part One

5.0

The Argentine, begins as Che and a band of Cuban exiles (led by Fidel Castro) reach the Cuban shore from Mexico in 1956. Within two years, they mobilized popular support and an army and toppled the U.S.-friendly regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista.

Starring: Benicio del Toro, Demián Bichir, Rodrigo Santoro, Santiago Cabrera, Julia Ormond
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Release date: 2008-09-05
7.

Stop-Loss

4.6

A veteran soldier returns from his completed tour of duty in Iraq, only to find his life turned upside down when he is arbitrarily ordered to return to field duty by the Army.

Starring: Ryan Phillippe, Abbie Cornish, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Channing Tatum, Josef Sommer
Directed by: Kimberly Peirce
Release date: 2008-03-28
8.

Max Manus: Man of War

4.5

Max Manus is a Norwegian 2008 biographic war film based on the real events of the life of resistance fighter Max Manus (1914–96), after his contribution in the Winter War against the Soviet Union. The story follows Manus through the outbreak of World War II in Norway until peacetime in 1945.

Starring: Aksel Hennie, Agnes Kittelsen, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Knut Joner, Christian Rubeck
Directed by: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg
Release date: 2008-12-18
9.

Miracle at St. Anna

4.5

Miracle at St. Anna chronicles the story of four American soldiers who are members of the all-black 92nd "Buffalo Soldier" Division stationed in Tuscany, Italy during World War II.

Starring: Derek Luke, Michael Ealy, Laz Alonso, John Turturro, Valentina Cervi
Directed by: Spike Lee
Release date: 2008-09-15
10.

God on Trial

4.0
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In the Jewish tradition of arguing with God, Jewish prisoners in Auschwitz decide to put God on Trial.
Starring: Josef Altin, Ashley Artus, Dominic Cooper, Lorcan Cranitch, David de Keyser
Directed by: Andy de Emmony
Release date: 2008-09-03
11.

Sharpe's Peril

3.8

Our story begins at the end of Sharpe's Challenge. Sharpe and Harper are en route to Madras when they encounter a baggage train from the East India Company traveling through hostile territory. Chitu, a legendary bandit leader in control of the area, strikes fear in the members of the party. When an attack occurs Sharpe takes control of the situation, leading the group 300 miles through enemy territory and training the disorganized, rag-tag group to be proper soldiers. Despite all these responsibilities, Sharpe still manages to find time for a little romance...

Starring: Sean Bean, Daragh O'Malley, Michael Cochrane, Velibor Topic, Beatrice Rosen
Directed by: Tom Clegg
Release date: 2008-11-02
12.

Passchendaele

3.4

Sergeant Michael Dunne fights in the 10th Battalion, AKA The "Fighting Tenth" with the 1st Canadian Division and participated in all major Canadian battles of the war, and set the record for highest number of individual bravery awards for a single battle

Starring: Paul Gross, Caroline Dhavernas, Joe Dinicol, Meredith Bailey, Adam J. Harrington
Directed by: Paul Gross
Release date: 2008-10-17
13.

The Mark of Cain

3.3

After a bomb kills their company commander in Iraq, British soldiers Treacle and Shane are ordered to round up suspects and use torture on the detainees. Back home, the press gets the story and the pair achieves instant infamy.

Starring: Gerard Kearns, Matthew McNulty, Elliot Cowan, Brendan Coyle, Heather Craney
Directed by: Marc Munden
Release date: 2008-11-25
14.

December Heat

2.8

The young country of Estonia is dancing to the jazzy tune of the 1920's when on December 1, 1924, the capital Tallinn is overrun by members of the Comintern in an attempt to stage a Communist coup. The film follows the fates of a young soldier called Tanel and his wife, a telephone operator named Anna, amidst the ensuing chaos which determines whether the country remains independent or becomes a minor province in the Communist Empire.

Starring: Sergo Vares, Liisi Koikson, Tõnu Kark, Mait Malmsten, Tambet Tuisk
Directed by: Asko Kase
Release date: 2008-10-16
15.

Tunnel Rats

2.6

During the Vietnam War [1959-1975] a special US combat unit is sent out to hunt and kill the Viet Cong soldiers in a man-to-man combat in the endless tunnels underneath the jungle of Vietnam. Suicide squads of a special kind.

Starring: Michael Paré, Wilson Bethel, Mitch Eakins, Erik Eidem, Brandon Fobbs
Directed by: Uwe Boll
Release date: 2008-05-31
16.

Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous

2.5
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When fluffy, bubble gum movie star Megan Valentine suddenly finds herself broke and humiliated in the public eye, she wanders from the wreckage of a car accident and witlessly enlists in the U.S. Army hoping in vain that it will change her life.
Starring: Jessica Simpson, Vivica A. Fox, Steve Guttenberg, Aimee Garcia, Olesya Rulin
Directed by: Steve Miner
Release date: 2008-11-07
17.

Death in Love

2.4

Death in Love is a psychosexual-thriller about a love affair between a Jewish woman and a doctor overseeing human experimentation at a Nazi German concentration camp, and the impact this has on her sons' lives in the 1990s.

Starring: Josh Lucas, Jacqueline Bisset, Adam Brody, Morena Baccarin, Lukas Haas
Directed by: Boaz Yakin
Release date: 2008-07-17
18.

The Four Horsemen

1.7

Four high school football stars enlist in the Marines and head off to fight in the war in Iraq. When one of them is killed and another wounded, they return home only to find is extremely difficult to pick up the threads of their old lives. The memories of events in Iraq combined with the lack of public support pushes many of these men to the breaking point.

Starring: Mark O'Brien, Curtis Morgan, Natalie Roy, Joanna Douglas, Zan Calabretta
Directed by: Sidney J. Furie
Release date: 2008-03-18
19.

Killing Kasztner

1.6
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How much should you negotiate with the enemy? In Israel, the debate over that question evoked fury to the point of assassination. Such was the case of Kasztner. Dr Israel (Rezso) Kasztner, a Hungarian Jew who tried to rescue the last million Jews of Europe by negotiating face to face with Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann, was gunned down by another Jew who never set foot in Nazi Europe. After 50 years, his assassin Ze'ev Eckstein breaks his silence on the fateful night he shot and killed Kasztner. (Storyville)
Directed by: Gaylen Ross
Release date: 2008-10-01
20.

Car Bomb

1.5
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Forget about nuclear missiles, the decisive weapon of the twentieth century is the car bomb. After Iraq we now know you can defeat a Superpower, start a civil war or just blow up your own Government with a trunk load of home-made explosives and a battered old car. From the Middle East, Oklahoma, Ireland and the streets of the City of London the car bomb has shaped human conflict. Even today the car bomb remains the number one terrorist threat across the world. In this film, ex-CIA agent Robert Baer uncovers the history of this extraordinary weapon. With footage of car bomb attacks and interviews with car bombers, Baer reveals how the century of the car turned into the century of the car bomb. And how a dream of freedom turned nightmare.
Release date: 2008-07-27

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