"War films are a film genre concerned with warfare, usually about naval, air or land battles, sometimes focusing instead on prisoners of war, covert operations, military training or other related subjects. At times war films focus on daily military or civilian life in wartime without depicting battles. Their stories may be fiction, based on history, docudrama, biographical, or even alternate history fiction." - Wikipedia
Why do people watch war movies?
"A large portion of film lovers like to watch war movies. Some people think that people love war movies because they want to see violence. Although this is true to some extent, there are some other reasons which attracts the people to the movies based on wars. War movie lovers would not like to watch the war movies which are full of violence but lacking a strong story and better direction." - Mahavir Sanglikar
A survey based on why people want to watch war movies:
1. Management of the battle, planing, implementation, team work and finally achieving the goal
2. Adventure: People like to watch adventure and war movies fulfill their wish.
3. Patriotism: War movies are based on wars between nations, people like their soldiers fighting war.
4. Military Life: Military Life is attractive for many movie watchers.
5. History: War movies based on true stories give some historical facts, viewers like to watch them on screen.
6. Anti enemy sentiments: People who hate the enemy country become happy to see the enemy losing in the war.
7. War Machinery: War films exhibit war machinery like Tanks, Planes, Missiles etc, viewers like to see it.
8. War Scenes: War scenes in war films are thrilling, viewers experience them without taking part in wars.
9. Action: The most important thing the viewers like to watch.
10. Direction, Acting, Photography, Music and related things
Highest rated war movies (IMDb):
- Schindler's List
- Saving Privet Ryan
- Life Is Beautiful
- Apocalypse Now
- Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
- To kanoni kai t' aidoni
- The Pianist
- Priliv na nezhnost
- Da ji qin lue zhe
- Saving Privet Ryan
- Pearl Harbor
- The Patriot
- Black Hawk Down
- Letters from Iwo Jima
- Flags of our Fathers
- Hurt Locker