Movies often glamorize things that should not be made to look fun or exciting. One such thing that happens a lot is war. However, many films depict war in the way it actually is, nightmarish. According to a popular internet forum, here are ten movies with the most horrific depictions of war.
1. All Quiet On The Western Front (2022)
All Quiet on the Western Front is based on a 1929 novel of the same name by Erich Maria Remarque. Though the story is entirely fictional, it is based on Remarque’s personal experiences serving in the war to end all wars. One cinephile states that this film is “one of the most brutal depictions of war I’ve seen.” If you enjoy the 2022 version of the film, the two other versions from 1930 and 1979 are just as brutal.
2. The Ascent (1977)
In The Ascent, two Soviet soldiers leave their starving unit to search a nearby farm for supplies. When they see the Germans have reached it first, they have to retreat deep into enemy territory. One movie fan calls it “Hopelessly grim and brutal.”
3. Come and See (1985)
German forces invade a village in Byelorussia, sending young Florya into the forest to join the weary Resistance fighters against his family’s wishes. On returning home, Florya finds his family and fellow peasants massacred.
His continued survival amidst the brutal debris of war becomes increasingly nightmarish, a battle between despair and hope. Someone describes Come and See as one that doesn’t necessarily have any fancy soldier versus-soldier set pieces but rather follows a boy just trying to survive while the forces all around turn everything to chaos.
4. Threads (1984)
Young lovers Ruth and Jimmy decide to get married after Ruth unexpectedly gets pregnant. But their quiet lives in Sheffield, England, are threatened when the Soviet Union and the United States go to war.
The town falls into chaos after a nuclear attack destroys a NATO base 20 miles from Sheffield. Ruth and Jimmy are separated as the fallout spreads. Ruth must struggle to survive alone in the post-apocalyptic landscape. One movie fan claims Threads is a “Realistic look at what the aftermath of a nuclear exchange would probably be like.”
5. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Saving Private Ryan follows a squad of U.S. Army Rangers on a mission to recover a paratrooper, the sole survivor of four brothers. Many say that the Normandy beach scene is gruesome and hard to watch.
6. Dunkirk (2017)
In May 1940, Germany advanced into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops were slowly and methodically evacuated from the beach using every serviceable naval and civilian vessel that could be found. One reviewer claims Dunkirk‘s realism is hard to watch at times.
7. 1917 (2019)
During World War I, two British soldiers receive seemingly impossible orders. In a race against time, they must cross into enemy territory to deliver a message that could save sixteen hundred comrades, including Blake’s brother.
8. Platoon (1986)
Platoon depicts one of the worst wars of all time — The Vietnam War. The violence is intense, with almost constant guns, blood, and dead bodies. The scene where they shake down the village makes viewers sad, as it shows the awful side of war.
9. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
Hacksaw Ridge is the true story of Desmond T. Doss, who won the Congressional Medal of Honor despite refusing to bear arms during WWII on religious grounds. He earned the respect and adoration of his fellow soldiers for his bravery, selflessness, and compassion after he risked his life and, without firing a shot, saved seventy-five men in the Battle of Okinawa.
10. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Full Metal Jacket is about the abuse of young men, which has happened in the military since the start of society. These young men are turned into killing machines, which is extremely upsetting.
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