Top 10 War Movies – The Guardian List

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This year I want to move back to what this blog was initially meant to be. A place where I would write about war movies and related themes, and not so much a blog, which is limited to reviews. As you may have noticed I was less and less present, not only because I was not so lucky with my movie choices  but also because I didn’t feel like writing as many reviews as before.

So, in order to kick off the new year, I’d thought I’d share with you this top 10 war movies list that I found on The Guardian website. It was published on October 28, 2013.

The top 10 war movies are

10. Where Eagles Dare

9. Rome, Open City

8. La Grande Illusion

7. The Deer Hunter

6. Three Kings

5. Come and See

4. Ran

3. The Thin Red Line

2. Paths of Glory

1. Apocalypse Now

It’s an interesting list and I’d say, they are all worthy movies, however there is only one among these that also makes my personal Top 10. Guess which one.

How about you? What do you think about this list?

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16 thoughts on “Top 10 War Movies – The Guardian List

  1. I’m amazed The Battle of Algiers isn’t on their list.

    • Ah – true enough. It would have made perfect sense. It is among my favourites.
      It’s rather a good list, they tried to include movies from different countries, that’s why I guess they didn’t want to include two Italian films.

  2. the war movie buff says:

    That is an extremely weird list. I would sure like to know the criteria. You could not have found a more diverse list. No two of those movies could be linked in any logical way. I have seen all but “Le Grande Illusion” (I am almost to it on my list) and can say that several do not belong in the Top Ten, in my opinion. However, I can see strong cases for all except 10, 6, and 3. I personally love 10 and 6, but I cannot argue for them being in the Top 10. As far as #3 – every list has to have at least one movie that is laughably out of place.

    • I think the problem with these list is that they are made by cinephiles not taking into consideraten the genre per se. They think about all the great movies and the pick ten war related ones.
      When we think “war movie” we think – at least I do – usually of more combat driven movies. That’s why most of the ten here wouldn’t be on my list. But it’s a good list for a cinema loving general public, if you know what I mean (of course you do).

  3. Bulletskill says:

    I hated ‘Three Kings’ and some of the others I’ve never heard of. For me ‘Where Eagles Dare’ is the ultimate escapist war movie and would be my tops. Others would I’d choose would include ‘Kelly’s Heroes’. ‘A Bridge Too Far’. ‘Casualties Of War’. ‘Stalingrad’ (the German version from 1993), ‘Enemy At The Gates’, ‘The Great Escape’ and ‘The Train’.

    • I loved Three Kings because it’s so different, liked the technique they used but I can see why that would be something that annoys someone else.
      I like most of those you mention but I haven’t seen all of them. Stalingrad makes my Top 10.

  4. the war movie buff says:

    I prefer your list. Here are my grades and where they rank on the Military History Greatest 100:

    10. Where Eagles Dare = A

    9. Rome, Open City = B / 25

    8. La Grande Illusion = ? / 7

    7. The Deer Hunter = A

    6. Three Kings = A

    5. Come and See = B-

    4. Ran = B / 76

    3. The Thin Red Line = D / 100

    2. Paths of Glory = A+ / 2

    1. Apocalypse Now = A / 14

  5. nem baj says:

    ‘When you don’t have anything to say, issue a top something’ must be one of the… top 10 rules of online publishing. :)

    Obviously this list is as unsubstantiated as its source, the 2010 ‘top 25 action and war films’ published by the same Guardian. The 2010 list only had eight entries that could reasonably be qualified as war movies, seven of which appear (in the exact same order) in last October’s spin-off. FMJ didn’t make it; I suspect some editor thought two Kubricks in a top ten was one too much, or perhaps was it three Vietnam War flicks…

    In fairness, though the list itself is irrelevant, at least each film has a decent review.

  6. I like lists, even when I disagree with the choices, because they make people argue and think. As you said, it is a list by cinephiles, not genuine fans of the genre, so it is not the best list from our perspective. I have not seen Rome, Open City, Come and See and La Grande Illusion but Where Eagles Dare and The Thin Red Line are both strong contenders for my worst war movies list.

    • My point exactly. I always like to compare my own choices.
      We seem to diagree on The Thin Red Line which is one of my very favourites. Interesting how this movie divides so much.
      I haven’t seen Come and See yet because I know it’s hard to watch but I highly recommend La Grande Illusion. It’s a companion movie to Paths of Glory.

  7. A great list really, i can choose a one from this list every weekend to watch for few months ……..

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