Best War Movies of 2009

1.

Inglourious Basterds

6.9
8.3/10 IMDB

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as "The Basterds" are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis. The Basterds, lead by Lt. Aldo Raine soon cross paths with a French-Jewish teenage girl who runs a movie theater in Paris which is targeted by the soldiers.

Starring: Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, Eli Roth, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger, Daniel Brühl, Til Schweiger, Gedeon Burkhard, Jacky Ido ..
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Release date: 2009-08-19
2.

Brothers

5.9
7.1/10 IMDB

When his helicopter goes down during his fourth tour of duty in Afghanistan, Marine Sam Cahill is presumed dead. Back home, brother Tommy steps in to look over Sam’s wife, Grace, and two children. Sam’s surprise homecoming triggers domestic mayhem.

Starring: Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Sam Shepard, Mare Winningham, Bailee Madison, Taylor Geare, Patrick John Flueger, Clifton Collins Jr., Carey Mulligan ..
Directed by: Jim Sheridan
Release date: 2009-01-22
3.

The Messenger

5.1
7.1/10 IMDB

Will Montgomery, a U.S. Army Staff Sergeant who has returned home from Iraq, is assigned to the Army’s Casualty Notification service. Montgomery is partnered with Captain Tony Stone, to give notice to the families of fallen soldiers. The Sergeant is drawn to Olivia Pitterson, to whom he has delivered news of her husband’s death.

Starring: Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Jena Malone, Eamonn Walker, Samantha Morton, Steve Buscemi, Dale Soules, Stevie Ray Dallimore, Michael Chernus, Marceline Hugot ..
Directed by: Oren Moverman
Release date: 2009-11-13
4.

The Men Who Stare at Goats

5.0
6.2/10 IMDB

A reporter in Iraq might just have the story of a lifetime when he meets Lyn Cassady, a guy who claims to be a former member of the U.S. Army's New Earth Army, a unit that employs paranormal powers in their missions.

Starring: George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey, Robert Patrick, Stephen Lang, Waleed Zuaiter, Stephen Root, Glenn Morshower, Nick Offerman ..
Directed by: Grant Heslov
Release date: 2009-10-17
Best War Movies of 2009 : The Diary of Anne Frank
5.

The Diary of Anne Frank

4.0
7.5/10 IMDB

BBC miniseries adaptation. During World War II, a teenage Jewish girl named Anne Frank and her family are forced into hiding in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands.

Starring: Kate Ashfield, Geoffrey Breton, Ron Cook, Nicholas Farrell, Iain Glen, Tamsin Greig, Felicity Jones, Ellie Kendrick, Lesley Sharp, Tim Dantay ..
Directed by: Jon Jones
Release date: 2009-01-05
Best War Movies of 2009 : The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler
6.

The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler

3.8
7.2/10 IMDB

Irena Sendler is a Catholic social worker who has sympathized with the Jews since her childhood, when her physician father died of typhus contracted while treating poor Jewish patients. When she initially proposes saving Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto, her idea is met with skepticism by fellow workers, her parish priest, and even her own mother Janina.

Starring: Anna Paquin, Marcia Gay Harden, Goran Visnjic, Nathaniel Parker, Steve Speirs, Paul Freeman, Danny Webb, Krzysztof Pieczy?ski, Leigh Lawson, Maja Ostaszewska ..
Directed by: John Kent Harrison
Release date: 2009-04-19
7.

John Rabe

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

A true-story account of a German businessman who saved more than 200,000 Chinese during the Nanjing massacre in 1937-38.

Starring: Ulrich Tukur, Dagmar Manzel, Steve Buscemi, Daniel Brühl, Zhang Jingchu, Teruyuki Kagawa, Anne Consigny, Gottfried John, Mathias Herrmann, Tetta Sugimoto ..
Directed by: Florian Gallenberger
Release date: 2009-04-02
Best War Movies of 2009 : Glorious 39
8.

Glorious 39

3.3
6.4/10 IMDB

A mysterious tale set around a traditional British family on the eve of World War Two. Oblivious to the looming shadow of World War II, the wealthy Keyes maintain a confident façade in the British countryside until daughter Anne becomes an unexpected pawn. Her accidental discovery of secret recordings creates a rift in the family.

Starring: Romola Garai, Bill Nighy, Julie Christie, Eddie Redmayne, Juno Temple, David Tennant, Charlie Cox, Jeremy Northam, Christopher Lee, Corin Redgrave ..
Directed by: Stephen Poliakoff
Release date: 2009-11-20
9.

Behind Enemy Lines III: Colombia

3.3
4.8/10 IMDB

Navy SEALS mount an attack on Colombian special forces to clear their names and rescue a hostage.

Starring: Keith David, Joe Manganiello, Channon Roe, Yancey Arias, Chris Johnson, Antony Matos, Jennice Fuentes, Steven Bauer, Fernando Allende, Jonathan Fret ..
Directed by: Tim Matheson, Reynaldo Rodriguez
Release date: 2009-01-06
10.

Top Secret Rosies: The Female 'Computers' of WWII

3.2
7.5/10 IMDB

In 1942, when computers were human and women were underestimated, a group of female mathematicians helped win a war and usher in the modern computer age. Sixty-five years later their story has finally been told.

Directed by: LeAnn Erickson
Release date: 2009-12-31
11.

The Age of Stupid

3.2
7.0/10 IMDB

The Age of Stupid is the new movie from Director Franny Armstrong (McLibel) and producer John Battsek (One Day In September). Pete Postlethwaite stars as a man living alone in the devastated future world of 2055, looking at old footage from 2008 and asking: why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance?

Starring: Pete Postlethwaite ..
Directed by: Franny Armstrong
Release date: 2009-09-21
12.

The Most Secret Place on Earth

3.2
8.0/10 IMDB

After 30 years of conspiracy theories and myth making, this film uncovers the story of the CIA's most extensive clandestine operation in the history of modern warfare: The Secret War in Laos, which was conducted alongside the Vietnam War from 1964 -1973. While the world's attention was caught by the conflict in Vietnam, the CIA built the busiest military airport in the world in neighboring and neutral Laos and recruited humanitarian aid personnel, Special Forces agents and civilian pilots to undertake what would become the most effective operation of counterinsurgency warfare. As the conflict in Vietnam grew, the objective in Laos changed from a cost effective low-key involvement to save the country from becoming communist into an all-out air war to cut the Ho Chi Minh Trail and bomb Laos back into the Stone Age that it had never really left in the first place. Conventional bombs equivalent to the destructive power of 20 Hiroshima-type weapons fell on Laos each year - 2 million tons

Directed by: Marc Eberle
Release date: 2009-10-06
13.

Taking Chance

3.2
7.4/10 IMDB

Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, a volunteer military escort accompanies the body of Lance Cpl. Chance Phelps to his hometown in Wyoming.

Starring: Kevin Bacon, Tom Aldredge, Nicholas Art, Blanche Baker, Guy Boyd, Gordon Clapp, Emily Wickersham, Mike Colter, Enver Gjokaj, Ann Dowd ..
Directed by: Ross Katz
Release date: 2009-09-21
Best War Movies of 2009 : Attack on Darfur
14.

Attack on Darfur

3.2
5.9/10 IMDB

American journalists in Sudan are confronted with the dilemma of whether to return home to report on the atrocities they have seen, or to stay behind and help some of the victims they have encountered.

Starring: Edward Furlong, Billy Zane, Kristanna Loken, David O'Hara, Noah Danby, Matt Frewer, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Maggie Benedict, Fatima Masapu, Tshegofatso Mashao ..
Directed by: Uwe Boll
Release date: 2009-11-06
Best War Movies of 2009 : Churchill's Darkest Decision
15.

Churchill's Darkest Decision

3.1
7.7/10 IMDB

The background to, events of and consequences of the Battle of Mers-El-Kebir on 3 July 1940. In that battle, Royal Navy ships fired on the French Fleet in order to prevent it from falling into German hands. A French battleship was sunk and several other ships damaged. Nearly 1,300 French sailors were killed.

Starring: Greg Bennett ..
Directed by: Richard Bond
Release date: 2009-05-25
16.

Leningrad

3.1
6.0/10 IMDB

When in 1941 Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union, their troops quickly besieged Leningrad. Foreign journalists are evacuated but one of them, Kate Davies, is presumed dead and misses the plane. Alone in the city she is helped by Nina Tsvetnova a young and idealist police officer and together they will fight for their own survival and the survival of the people in the besieged Leningrad.

Starring: Gabriel Byrne, Mira Sorvino, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Alexander Beyer, Christian Berkel, Eckehard Hoffmann, Olga Sutulova, Aleksandr Abdulov, Mikhail Efremov, Vladimir Ilin ..
Directed by: Aleksandr Buravsky
Release date: 2009-01-01
Best War Movies of 2009 : Nation's Pride
17.

Nation's Pride

3.0
7.1/10 IMDB

Director Quentin Tarantino tasked Eli Roth to craft a mini-movie called Stolz der Nation (Nation's Pride) that will be included in the theatrical cut of Inglourious Basterds. To help promote Inglourious Basterds via the film-within-a-film, Roth has slapped together a trailer for Nation's Pride blending black and white photography with modern multi-layered camera effects.

Starring: Daniel Brühl, Bo Svenson ..
Directed by: Eli Roth
Release date: 2009-08-21
18.

War Dogs of the Pacific

2.9
8.7/10 IMDB

It’s 1942, somewhere in the Pacific: Deadly ambushes by entrenched Japanese in the thick jungles take a heavy toll on American troops. Marine commanders were willing to try anything, including using dogs to sniff out the hidden enemy. But even with their superior senses, nobody anticipated just how effective they would be.

Starring: Gregg Henry, William W. Putney ..
Directed by: Harris Done
Release date: 2009-01-01
19.

Metal Gear Solid: Philanthropy

2.9
6.4/10 IMDB

The movie is set in 2007, taking place before or right after the first part of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty.

Starring: Phillip Sacramento, Giacomo Talamini ..
Directed by: Giacomo Talamini
Release date: 2009-09-27
Best War Movies of 2009 : Everyman's War
20.

Everyman's War

2.7
5.1/10 IMDB

No one in high command believed that German forces would attack in the sub zero temperatures and near blizzard conditions. As the pre-dawn attack comes, with communications down Sgt. Smith is left with no choice but to make his way through enemy fire, unarmed and wounded, into town and warn of the coming attack. Based on actual accounts "Everyman's War" explores the heroic events of this decorated veterans courage and the struggle between duty and desire. Between the prospect of the life and love, Dorine that waits at home and the harsh realities of war which marks the pivotal epoch in his life as he discovers that the loss of hope can be worse than the loss of life. One man's courage... One man's hope...Everyman's War.

Starring: Cole Carson, Lauren Bair, Michael J. Prosser, Sean McGrath, Eric Martin Reid, Brian Julian, Lee Selmyhr ..
Directed by: Thad Smith
Release date: 2009-05-22
Best War Movies of 2009 : Quiet Nights Of Blood And Pain
21.

Quiet Nights Of Blood And Pain

2.5
5.0/10 IMDB

The movie deals with two soldiers home from the Iraq war suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, but in vastly different ways. One sees her life falling apart in night-terrors, flashbacks, insomnia, and a total lack of government support. The other still believes he is fighting the war now that he is back on American soil. Still convinced he is supposed to torture and kill any and everyone who can be viewed as Anti-American. Soon they will be at a crossroads and blood will be flooding the American streets.

Starring: Amanda Delotelle, Loren Goins, Ray Freeland, Henrique Couto, Kristy Bowersock ..
Directed by: Andrew Copp
Release date: 2009-03-05
22.

Kandahar Break: Fortress of War

2.4
5.3/10 IMDB

In 1999, a British mine clearance engineer working for the Taliban government in Afghanistan must flee the country when he becomes embroiled in a deadly game of intrigue and betrayal.

Starring: Shaun Dooley, Dean Andrews, Rasheed Naz, Tatmain Ul Qulb, Hameed Sheikh, Hidayat Saleem, Shista Khan, Mariya Tahir Khan ..
Directed by: David Whitney
Release date: 2009-08-01
Best War Movies of 2009 : .303
23.

.303

2.4
6.3/10 IMDB

A short but harrowing look at the horrors of war and how the smallest of errors can have tragic consequences as two British paratroopers land in Nazi-occupied Sicily (beautifully filmed in and around Victoria Gate in Valletta) in 1943.

Starring: Mark Mifsud, Miguel Pellegrini Petit ..
Directed by: David Serge
Release date: 2009-03-01
Best War Movies of 2009 : Red Sands
24.

Red Sands

2.3
4.2/10 IMDB

A group of U.S. soldiers on a mission in the Middle East find themselves with nothing to do in their free time. Out of sheer boredom they end up destroying an old statue in the desert, only to unleash a horrific entity.

Starring: Shane West, Leonard Roberts, Aldis Hodge, Callum Blue, Brendan Miller, Theo Rossi, Noel Gugliemi, Mercedes Mason, J.K. Simmons ..
Directed by: Alex Turner
Release date: 2009-02-24
Best War Movies of 2009 : Betrayal
25.

Betrayal

2.0
4.3/10 IMDB

A thriller based on true events in Norway during the WW II. Tor Lindblom makes a fortune supplying the Nazis with everything from liquor and cigarettes to cement and steel. He also owns the Club Havana, a nightclub in Oslo frequented by the industrial elite of occupied Norway, Officers of the Wehrmacht and opportunistic hustle...

Starring: Lene Nystrøm, Götz Otto, Kåre Conradi, Hary Prinz, Jørgen Langhelle, Fridtjov Såheim, Jockel Tschiersch, Jan Grønli, Bert Böhlitz, Julia Schacht ..
Directed by: Håkon Gundersen
Release date: 2009-10-09
26.

Princess of Mars

2.0
3.1/10 IMDB

Based on the novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, a US soldier finds himself inexplicably transported to Mars in the midst of a war between two alien races.

Starring: Antonio Sabàto, Jr., Traci Lords, Matt Lasky, Chacko Vadaketh, Noelle Perris, Jay Beyers, Matt Lagan, Kimberly Ables Jindra, Tomas Boykin, Mitchell Gordon ..
Directed by: Mark Atkins
Release date: 2009-12-29
Best War Movies of 2009 : Indochine: A People's War in Colour
27.

Indochine: A People's War in Colour

2.0
8.9/10 IMDB

A major documentary which tells the remarkable story of the people of South East Asia who fought three wars over three decades to gain their freedom using entirely original colour archive footage.

Release date: 2009-01-01
Best War Movies of 2009 : Anthrax War
28.

Anthrax War

1.8
8.2/10 IMDB

Filmmakers investigate 2001 anthrax attacks and uncover a nightmare world.

Starring: Bob Coen, Francis E. Boyle, Jean Patterson, Stuart Jacobson, Colin Powell ..
Directed by: Bob Coen
Release date: 2009-01-01
Best War Movies of 2009 : Ana's Playground
29.

Ana's Playground

1.8
7.8/10 IMDB

An allegory about the moment when a child is forced to choose between ideology and humanity while living and playing in a dangerous war environment.

Starring: Noah Kol Balfour, Raven Bellefleur, Immonuel Grace, Reike Hall, Alaina Lucy Rivera ..
Directed by: Eric D. Howell
Release date: 2009-04-28
Best War Movies of 2009 : Great Escape: The Final Secrets
30.

Great Escape: The Final Secrets

1.7
8.1/10 IMDB

How a covert US Military operation fooled the Germans to help 73 prisoners of war escape in one of World War 2s greatest untold stories.

Release date: 2009-10-01
31.

Toyo's Camera

1.6
6.8/10 IMDB

Even though bringing in cameras to the internment camps was prohibited, one man managed to smuggle in his own camera lens and build a camera to document life behind barbed wires, with the help of other craftsmen in the camp. That man was Toyo Miyatake, a successful issei (first generation immigrant) photographer and owner of a photo-shop in the Los Angeles Little Tokyo district, and of one of the many Americans who was interned with his family against his will. With his makeshift camera, Miyatake captured the dire conditions of life in the camps during World War II as well as the resilient spirit of his companions, many of whom were American citizens who went on to fight for their country overseas. Miyatake said, "It is my duty to record the facts, as a photographer, so that this kind of thing should never happen again."

Starring: George Takei, Daniel Inouye ..
Directed by: Junichi Suzuki
Release date: 2009-04-11
Best War Movies of 2009 : Escape from Auschwitz
32.

Escape from Auschwitz

1.6
7.5/10 IMDB

The truth about the Auschwitz death camp was one of the most closely guarded secrets of the Third Reich. Prisoners who tried to escape were killed in public as an example to other inmates. Very few ever made it out alive. Escape From Auschwitz tells the incredible story of two young Slovak Jews, Rudolph Vrba and Alfred Wetzler, who managed to escape, determined to tell the world about the atrocities being committed by the Nazis at the camp, which resulted in the saving of thousands of lives.

Starring: Sean Pertwee, Yehuda Bauer, David Cesarani, Martin Gilbert, Georg Klein ..
Release date: 2009-03-01
Best War Movies of 2009 : All for Liberty
33.

All for Liberty

1.6
6.8/10 IMDB

It is 1775. Henry Felder, a Swiss-German colonist, lives with his family in the British colony of South Carolina. After many years of struggling with corrupt British rulers, Felder is urged by the new patriot governor to write Articles of Separation from the English King. Felder's old Indian fighting comrade forms a Tory militia to assist the Crown as the fight heats up.

Starring: Richard Bryant, Bettina Beard ..
Directed by: Chris Weatherhead
Release date: 2009-07-04
34.

A Call to Arms

1.5
6.9/10 IMDB

A documentary which traces the controversial Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program (AVIP) in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Starring: Michael Douglas, Linda Hamilton, Scott Miller, Melissa Mosich Miller, Rick Otto, John Roselius, Dean Briggs, John Mahon, Bruce Abbott, Mark Filippo ..
Directed by: Scott Miller
Release date: 2009-03-13
Best War Movies of 2009 : Shell Shock
35.

Shell Shock

1.5
6.5/10 IMDB

Tom was a soldier, a British veteran of an anonymous war from the 1990's. Whilst serving, soldiers under his command were separated from the rest of his patrol and ambushed. His search for them leads him to a traumatized soldier, shaken and confused by something he has seen inside a farm building. Tom enters the building. What happened in there will haunt him forever. He returns a decorated hero but he can't forget.

Starring: Robert Whitelock, Nina Fog, Giorgio Fontana Di Tisoi, Matthew Bloxham, Matthew Neal, Sadao Ueda, Haruka Abe, Kaya Yuzuki, James Hehir ..
Directed by: James Price
Release date: 2009-02-12
Best War Movies of 2009 : The Lancaster at War
36.

The Lancaster at War

1.5
6.4/10 IMDB

The incredible story of the Avro Lancaster, one of the finest bombers of the Second World War, which played a crucial role in the long and savage campaign to defeat Hitler's Third Reich. This documentary features interviews with surviving veterans of Bomber Command, who share frank personal accounts of their part in an aerial battle of attrition which claimed the lives of 55'000 aircrew.

Starring: Struan Rodger, John Anderson, Jim Berry, Ron Clark, Douglas Hudson, Stamper Metcalf, Bob Pierson, John Stevens, Lawrie Stow, Arthur White ..
Directed by: Stephen Saunders
Release date: 2009-07-25
37.

A Lonely Place for Dying

1.4
5.8/10 IMDB

In 1972, the conflict in Vietnam continues. The creeping threat of communism grips the nation in fear. In an abandoned prison on the US/Mexican border, KGB mole Nikolai Dzerzhinsky waits for his contact from the Washington Post. He holds explosive evidence against the CIA, information he will trade for asylum in the United States. Special Agent Robert Harper's orders are clear: take the documents from Dzerzhinsky and kill him.

Starring: Michael Scovotti, Ross Marquand, Michael Wincott, James Cromwell, Luis Robledo, Brad Culver, Jason R. Moore, Mike Peebler, Stephen Jules Rubin ..
Directed by: Justin Eugene Evans
Release date: 2009-01-01
Best War Movies of 2009 : 21 and a Wake-Up
38.

21 and a Wake-Up

1.3
5.3/10 IMDB

"I learn that Chris McIntyre served in Vietnam and that "21 and a Wakeup," set in an Army hospital in the waning days of the war, is based on events that he experienced and heard about." - Roger Ebert

Starring: Amy Acker, Danica McKellar, Faye Dunaway, Todd Cahoon, Kristyn Green, JC Chasez, Lê Y Lan ..
Directed by: Chris McIntyre
Release date: 2009-10-30
Best War Movies of 2009 : Le ruban
39.

Le ruban

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

China, in the early sixties: an angry mob is persecuting a rich landowner. Mei, a young worker, who is part of the crowd. Suddenly she recognizes the victim who she secretly loves. Frightened of revealing her feelings, Mei doesn't know what to do.

Directed by: Denis Do, Gabriel Jolly-Monge, Thomas Charra, Michaël Crouzat, Kherveen Dabyllal
Release date: 2009-07-20
40.

Dot

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Starring: Igor Livanov, Evgeniy Ganelin, Tatiana Cherkasova, Aleksander Suvorov, Sergey Kalantay, Ihor Hniezdilov, Anatoly Gnatyuk, Sergey Mishchenko, Andrey Zhurba, David Zimmerschied ..
Directed by: Anatoli Mateshko
Release date: 2009-12-09
41.

Adumu

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

A Young R.U.F. boy discovers the true meaning of 'being a man' through an encounter with a young Masai warrior...and a lion.

Directed by: Adam Temple
Release date: 2009-06-26

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