Best War Movies of 2011


War Horse


Follows a young man named Albert and his horse, Joey, and how their bond is broken when Joey is sold to the cavalry and sent to the trenches of World War One. Despite being too young to enlist, Albert heads to France to save his friend.

Starring: Jeremy Irvine, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Toby Kebbell, Emily Watson
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 2011-12-25

The Devil's Double


A chilling vision of the House of Saddam Hussein comes to life through the eyes of the man who was forced to become the double of Hussein's sadistic son.

Starring: Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sagnier, Raad Rawi, Mehmet Ferda, Philip Quast
Directed by: Lee Tamahori
Release date: 2011-02-11

5 Days of War


An American journalist and his cameraman are caught in the combat zone during the first Russian airstrikes against Georgia. Rescuing Tatia, a young Georgian schoolteacher separated from her family during the attack, the two reporters agree to help reunite her with her family in exchange for serving as their interpreter. As the three attempt to escape to safety, they witness--and document--the devastation from the full-scale crossfire and cold-blooded murder of innocent civilians.

Starring: Rupert Friend, Val Kilmer, Andy García, Dean Cain, Emmanuelle Chriqui
Directed by: Renny Harlin
Release date: 2011-04-14

Five Broken Cameras

Five Broken Cameras
Five broken cameras – and each one has a powerful tale to tell. Embedded in the bullet-ridden remains of digital technology is the story of Emad Burnat, a farmer from the Palestinian village of Bil’in, which famously chose nonviolent resistance when the Israeli army encroached upon its land to make room for Jewish colonists. Emad buys his first camera in 2005 to document the birth of his fourth son, Gibreel. Over the course of the film, he becomes the peaceful archivist of an escalating struggle as olive trees are bulldozed, lives are lost, and a wall is built to segregate burgeoning Israeli settlements.
Starring: Emad Burnat, Mohammed Burnat, Soraya Burnat
Directed by: Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi
Release date: 2011-11-23

In the Land of Blood and Honey


During the Bosnian War, Danijel, a soldier fighting for the Serbs, re-encounters Ajla, a Bosnian who's now a captive in his camp he oversees. Their once promising connection has become ambiguous as their motives have changed.

Starring: Zana Marjanovi?, Goran Kosti?, Branko ?uri?, Džana Pinjo, Miloš Timotijevi?
Directed by: Angelina Jolie
Release date: 2011-12-23

Memorial Day

Memorial Day
Memorial Day, 1993. When 13-year-old Kyle Vogel discovers the World War II footlocker belonging to his grandfather, Bud, everyone tells Kyle to put it back. Luckily, he ignores them. Although Bud has never talked about the war, he finds himself striking a deal with his grandson: Kyle can pick any three souvenirs, and Bud will tell him the stories behind each one. Memorial Day not only takes us on a journey into Bud's complicated wartime past, but also into Kyle's wartime future. As the two men share parallel experiences in combat, they come to realize how that magical day on the porch shaped both of their lives. 
Starring: Jonathan Bennett, James Cromwell, Jackson Bond, Mary Kay Fortier-Spalding, Emily Fradenburgh
Directed by: Sam Fischer
Release date: 2011-06-06

Cold Steel


Sharpshooter Mu Liangfeng (Peter Ho) with Platoon Leader (Tony Leung Ka Fai) perform specific tasks, with the big villain “ghosting” (Guo Mingxiang) and start match-ups/duel. The trailer for director David Wu’s “Cold Steel”... could be a hell of a lot of fun. Everything you could possibly want from a Chinese action flick is in full effect, especially if you like your sex and carnage presented in an insanely stylish fashion.

Starring: Peter Ho, Song Jia, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Mickey He, Guo Mingxiang
Directed by: David Wu
Release date: 2011-12-02

Glorious Resolve


The film based on a true story, tells the story of two soldiers who fought off an assault by 1500 attackers while defending section level outpost of an Infantry Battalion in South Waziristan Agency. 43 soldiers were killed in the battle on the night of 29 May 2009.

Starring: Hamza Ali Abbasi, Mashooq, Muslim
Release date: 2011-01-09

Age of Heroes


The true story of the formation of Ian Fleming's 30 Commando unit, a precursor for the elite forces in the U.K.

Starring: Sean Bean, Izabella Miko, Danny Dyer, James D'Arcy, Sebastian Street
Directed by: Adrian Vitoria
Release date: 2011-05-19

There Be Dragons


Arising out of the horror of the Spanish Civil War, a candidate for canonization is investigated by a journalist who discovers his own estranged father had a deep, dark and devastating connection to the saint's life.While researching the life of Josemaria Escriva, the controversial founder of Opus Dei, the young journalist Robert uncovers hidden stories of his estranged father Manolo, and is taken on a journey through the dark, terrible secrets of his family’s past.

Starring: Charlie Cox, Dougray Scott, Wes Bentley, Rodrigo Santoro, Jordi Mollà
Directed by: Roland Joffé
Release date: 2011-03-25



It is 1944 and the D-Day invasion has failed, Germany's army have successfully invaded England and the Nazi war-machine is now heading west towards Wales. A group of women in an isolated Welsh village near the English border wake up to discover all of the their husbands have mysteriously vanished. They have headed into the mountains to join the Resistance.

Starring: Andrea Riseborough, Tom Wlaschiha, Iwan Rheon, Kimberley Nixon, Alexander Dreymon
Directed by: Amit Gupta
Release date: 2011-11-25

The Night Watch

The Night Watch
Set against the turbulent backdrop of London in the 1940s, this adaptation of Sarah Waters' bestselling novel, The Night Watch, follows four young Londoners inextricably linked by their wartime experiences. In a time when the barriers of sexual morality and social convention have been broken down, Kay, Helen, Viv and Duncan enjoy a freedom never experienced before. Moving back in time through the 1940s into the maelstrom of the Blitz, the lives, loves and losses of these four central characters are unravelled. For them, the post-war victory is bittersweet, for it returns them to the margins of society, from which they hoped they had been liberated. In order to build their future they must each make peace with their past.
Starring: Anna Maxwell Martin, Claire Foy, Jodie Whittaker, Anna Wilson-Jones, Harry Treadaway
Directed by: Richard Laxton
Release date: 2011-07-12

The Sinking of the Laconia

The Sinking of the Laconia
Two-part drama based on the true story of the Allied ship Laconia, sunk in WWII by a German U-Boat, which then surfaced against orders to rescue the civilian crew
Release date: 2011-01-06


The rape of a family in the rural idyll of England. Reconstruction of a true story that took place in the Congo.
Starring: James Alexander, Jack Bannell, Angela Dixon, Pete Garrett, Jeff Hilliard
Directed by: Marc Hawker, Isabel Whitaker
Release date: 2011-09-25



On April 24, 1951, following a rout of the South Korean army, the Chinese People Volunteer Army pursued their enemy to the lines of Australian and Canadian troops still digging fall-back defences, 39 kilometres to the rear. Here, sometimes at the length of a bayonet, often in total darkness, individual was pitted against individual in a struggle between a superpower and a cluster of other nations from across the world. They fought for a valley, the ancient and traditional invasion route to Seoul. If it fell the southern capital and the war, was lost. The United Nations troops had the military advantage of the high ground and artillery support: the Chinese relied entirely on vastly superior numbers. As a result, young men from both sides found a battle which was very close and very personal. The Battle of Kapyong became the turning point of China's Fifth Offensive in that Korea spring... Written by John Lewis

Starring: John Waters, Steven Carroll, Cory Corbett, Yuki Nagashima, Rick Tonna
Directed by: Dennis K. Smith
Release date: 2011-04-28

The Supermarine Spitfire

The Supermarine Spitfire
The Supermarine Spitfire - one of the most legendary aircraft of World War Two. Before World War Two the Germans had boasted that the Messerschmitt ME109 was the world's fastest fighter, but the Supermarine company set out to prove them wrong. Designed by R. J. Mitchell, the Spitfire was poised to replace the Bristol Bulldog fighter. Coupled with the development of the Merlin engine by Rolls Royce, the first Spitfire was delivered to the Royal Air Force in 1938. It was only the advent of jet powered planes that made the Spitfire obsolete, but it remains an iconic statement of design and engineering.
Release date: 2011-01-01

Digging The Great Escape

The classic movie "The Great Escape" was based on a real life escape attempt during the second world war. This documentary follows Archaeologists who are trying to find the original tunnels dug by the real prisoners of war who escaped. Some of the surviving prisoners also join the team to assist with the tunnel locations and to describe what it was really like to live that situation. In an effort to understand the technical details of how this feet of ingenuity was achieved, the team recreate some of the equipment used by the prisoners.
Starring: Jack Lyon
Release date: 2011-11-28

The Devil's Rock


Set in the Channel Islands on the eve of D Day, two Kiwi commandos, sent to destroy German gun emplacements to distract Hitler's forces away from Normandy, discover a Nazi occult plot to unleash demonic forces to win the war.

Starring: Craig Hall, Matthew Sunderland, Gina Varela, Karlos Drinkwater, Jessica Grace Smith
Directed by: Paul Campion
Release date: 2011-07-08

Pathfinders: In the Company of Strangers


Untold and lost history. A true story of the American Pathfinders, the volunteer paratroopers whose deadly mission was to land 30 minutes before the Normandy invasion, locate and mark strategic "drop zones" and set up the top-secret navigation equipment needed to guide the main airborne assault on D-Day.

Starring: Christopher Serrone, Michael Conner Humphreys, Jon Ashley Hall, Curt A. Sindelar, Billy Reynolds
Directed by: Curt A. Sindelar
Release date: 2011-01-11

Sniper: Reloaded


Brandon Beckett (Collins), the son of the previous Sniper film's star Thomas Beckett (Tom Berenger), takes up the mantle set by his father and goes on a mission of his own.

Starring: Billy Zane, Richard Sammel, Chad Michael Collins, Patrick Lyster, Annabel Wright
Directed by: Claudio Fäh
Release date: 2011-04-26

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