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Channel 4 100 Greatest War Films

The folks at Channel 4, the English television channel responsible for a good deal of the renaissance of British film during the 1990s, have put together a couple of genre lists. Their 100 Greatest War Films is a highly varied list and, possibly deliberately, seems to include almost every war there has ever been.

The original page is long gone, so here's an archive copy at the Wayback Machine.

The List

# Title Year Director IMDb
1 Saving Private Ryan 1998 Steven Spielberg IMDb
2 Apocalypse Now 1979 Francis Ford Coppola IMDb
3 The Great Escape 1963 John Sturges IMDb
4 Schindler's List 1993 Steven Spielberg IMDb
5 Full Metal Jacket 1987 Stanley Kubrick IMDb
6 Platoon 1986 Oliver Stone IMDb
7 A Bridge Too Far 1977 Richard Attenborough IMDb
8 Zulu 1964 Cy Endfield IMDb
9 Black Hawk Down 2001 Ridley Scott IMDb
10 The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957 David Lean IMDb
11 The Dam Busters 1955 Michael Anderson IMDb
12 The Deer Hunter 1978 Michael Cimino IMDb
13 Braveheart 1995 Mel Gibson IMDb
14 The Guns of Navarone 1961 J Lee Thompson IMDb
15 The Killing Fields 1984 Roland Joffé IMDb
16 The Thin Red Line 1998 Terrence Malick IMDb
17 Das Boot 1981 Wolfgang Petersen IMDb
18 Dr Strangelove 1964 Stanley Kubrick IMDb
19 Born on the Fourth of July 1989 Oliver Stone IMDb
20 The Longest Day 1962 Ken Annakin & Andrew Marton IMDb
21 Where Eagles Dare 1968 Brian G Hutton IMDb
22 M*A*S*H 1970 Robert Altman IMDb
23 Paths of Glory 1957 Stanley Kubrick IMDb
24 Gladiator 2000 Ridley Scott IMDb
25 Spartacus 1960 Stanley Kubrick IMDb
26 Ice Cold in Alex 1958 J Lee Thompson IMDb
27 The Dirty Dozen 1967 Robert Aldrich IMDb
28 Enemy at the Gates 2001 Jean-Jacques Annaud IMDb
29 The Battle of Britain 1969 Guy Hamilton IMDb
30 Casablanca 1942 Michael Curtiz IMDb
31 Good Morning, Vietnam 1987 Barry Levinson IMDb
32 The Pianist 2002 Roman Polanski IMDb
33 All Quiet on the Western Front 1930 Lewis Milestone IMDb
34 Kelly's Heroes 1970 Brian G Hutton IMDb
35 The Last of the Mohicans 1992 Michael Mann IMDb
36 Henry V 1944 Laurence Olivier IMDb
37 Cross of Iron 1977 Sam Peckinpah IMDb
38 Salvador 1986 Oliver Stone IMDb
39 Tora! Tora! Tora! 1970 Richard Fleischer & Kinja Fukasaku IMDb
40 Lawrence of Arabia 1962 David Lean IMDb
41 The Cruel Sea 1953 Charles Frend IMDb
42 Catch-22 1970 Mike Nichols IMDb
43 Empire of the Sun 1987 Steven Spielberg IMDb
44 Patton 1970 Franklin J Schaffner IMDb
45 633 Squadron 1964 Walter Grauman IMDb
46 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World 2003 Peter Weir IMDb
47 A Matter of Life and Death 1946 Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger IMDb
48 Gallipoli 1981 Peter Weir IMDb
49 Carve Her Name with Pride 1958 Lewis Gilbert IMDb
50 Three Kings 1999 David O Russell IMDb
51 A Town Like Alice 1956 Jack Lee IMDb
52 Hope and Glory 1987 John Boorman IMDb
53 Troy 2004 Wolfgang Petersen IMDb
54 From Here to Eternity 1953 Fred Zinnemann IMDb
55 Casualties of War 1989 Brian De Palma IMDb
56 Life is Beautiful 1997 Roberto Benigni IMDb
57 In Which We Serve 1942 Noel Coward & David Lean IMDb
58 Stalingrad 1993 Joseph Vilsmaier IMDb
59 Reach for the Sky 1956 Lewis Gilbert IMDb
60 The English Patient 1996 Anthony Minghella IMDb
61 Grand Illusion 1937 Jean Renoir IMDb
62 Ran 1985 Akira Kurosawa IMDb
63 When the Wind Blows 1986 Jimmy T Murakami IMDb
64 The Battle of Algiers 1965 Gillo Pontecorvo IMDb
65 The General 1926 Buster Keaton IMDb
66 Enigma 2001 Michael Apted IMDb
67 Napoleon 1927 Abel Gance IMDb
68 Glory 1989 Ed Zwick IMDb
69 Went the Day Well? 1942 Alberto Cavalcandi IMDb
70 Oh! What a Lovely War 1969 Richard Attenborough IMDb
71 Come and See 1985 Elem Klimov IMDb
72 The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp 1943 Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger IMDb
73 Ride with the Devil 1999 Ang Lee IMDb
74 Alexander Nevsky 1938 Sergei Eisenstein IMDb
75 Gone with the Wind 1939 Victor Fleming IMDb
76 Sands of Iwo Jima 1949 Allen Dwan IMDb
77 The Charge of the Light Brigade 1936 Michael Curtiz IMDb
78 'Breaker' Morant 1980 Bruce Beresford IMDb
79 Mrs Miniver 1942 William Wyler IMDb
80 Land and Freedom 1995 Ken Loach IMDb
81 Love and Death 1975 Woody Allen IMDb
82 No Man's Land 2001 Danis Tanovic IMDb
83 Cromwell 1970 Ken Hughes IMDb
84 The Caine Mutiny 1954 Edward Dmytryk IMDb
85 To Be or Not to Be 1942 Ernst Lubitsch IMDb
86 El Cid 1961 Anthony Mann IMDb
87 Rome, Open City 1945 Roberto Rossellini IMDb
88 Memphis Belle 1990 Michael Caton-Jones IMDb
89 Von Ryan's Express 1965 Mark Robson IMDb
90 Regeneration 1997 Gillies MacKinnon IMDb
91 Hell in the Pacific 1968 John Boorman IMDb
92 The Birth of a Nation 1915 D W Griffith IMDb
93 Europa Europa 1990 Agnieszka Holland IMDb
94 The Colditz Story 1955 Guy Hamilton IMDb
95 Welcome to Sarajevo 1997 Michael Winterbottom IMDb
96 Cold Mountain 2003 Anthony Minghella IMDb
97 Lacombe Lucien 1974 Louis Malle IMDb
98 The Big Red One 1980 Samuel Fuller IMDb
99 The Eagle Has Landed 1976 John Sturges IMDb
100 Rambo: First Blood Part II 1985 George P Cosmatos IMDb


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