THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (1957)

A famous war drama that is actually about something more interesting, told on a grand scale by David Lean and bunch of great actors.

ROMA CITTÁ APERTA (1945)

Perhaps the definitive “neorealist” film, shot in the rubble of Occupied Rome just after the Nazis had left.

M*A*S*H (1970)

A war movie for the anti-war crowd, and a comedy that inadvertently launched the biggest TV series of all time.

ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930)

Perhaps the ultimate anti-War movie, its battle scenes represented a quantum leap for movies. Some of the smaller things may not hold up, but the message does.

APOCALYPSE NOW (1979)

A movie that looks deep into its own soul and finds only horror.

TO BE OR NOT TO BE (1942)

A surprisingly funny take on World War II from the point of view of Polish actors, that came out only 3 months after Pearl Harbor.

SCHINDLER’S LIST (1993)

Maybe the definitive movie about one of the worst events in human history.

THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946)

A surprisingly universal and human story of three soldiers returning to their home town after World War II, from decades before “PTSD” was a term.