The Best War Movies Based on True Stories

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.

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)

A war drama movie set during the Vietnam War, this partially true story follows a group of U.S. Marines going through rigorous training and then fighting in the war.

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

The book and film recount the events of a raid by 160 United States Rangers and Delta Force on a Somalian compound in the capital Mogadishu to capture two lieutenants of warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid, who had proclaimed himself president.

Black Hawk Down (2001)

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.

The Pianist (2002)

While some details were changed for the film, it is still said to best capture the realism of the Vietnam war. Even some of the actors cast were members of the North Vietnamese army, which must have brought back some intense memories.

We Were Soldiers (2002)

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