Ten of the Best War Movies Based on True Stories

Some of the finest movies are based on actual events. People like true stories because they feel like they live vicariously through the big screen characters. They can immerse themselves in the story and feel all the emotions that come with it.

Watching war movies based on true stories opens our eyes to past tragedies and victories. Something about the action, suspense, and drama hook us in, like a good book.

We have compiled a list of the ten best war movies based on true stories that will keep you entertained.

Platoon is a 1986 American war movie widely praised for its accurate representation of the war. Informed by director Oliver Stone's own experiences in Vietnam, Charlie Sheen and Willem Dafoe give standout performances as two men torn between duty and bloodshed.

Platoon (1986)

The film depicts the real-life brutality that occurred around the time of the Normandy Landings on June 6, 1944. It is inspired by actual footage from the 1940s, modeled by modern camera lenses.

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

The film creates a realistic picture of the Vietnam War and how it affected the soldiers who fought in it. It includes several fictitious characters who encounter difficult circumstances and moral dilemmas.

Black Hawk Down is a 2001 war film based on the 1999 non-fiction book of the same name by Mark Bowden. The movie tells the story of the Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia during the U.S. military raid on October 3, 1993.

Black Hawk Down (2001)

The Pianist (2002)

The Pianist is a war film based on the true story of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jew who was a renowned pianist. The film follows his struggles during the Nazi occupation of Poland and how he managed to survive the Holocaust.

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