Top 10 War Movies to Watch on Veteran’s Day and Book Giveaway

Soldiers Heart PaperbackHere are 10 of my favorite war movies that would be great to watch on Veteran’s Day. Leave a comment and let me know what your favorite war movie is or what veteran you are honoring this year. On Veteran’s Day, I’ll do a drawing for a paperback copy of Soldier’s Heart, a novella about a Civil War soldier suffering from PTSD.

10. Saving Private Ryan

Released 1998

Directed by Steven Spielberg

Starring: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, and Tom Sizemore

This is a true story about a group of men during WW2 who sacrificed their lives in a rescue mission to save Private Ryan, a man whose brothers had been killed in action. If you want a lot of heroic action and war scenes, this movie will satisfy. There is some bad language and violence.

9. Sergeant York

Released 1941

Directed by Howard Hawks

Starring: Gary Cooper

This is a true story about the reluctant hero of World War 1 and the part his faith played in his heroism.

8. Tora Tora Tora

Released 1970

Directed by Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku, and Toshio Masuda

Starring: Martin Balsam, Sô Yamamura, Jason Robards, Joseph Cotton, James Whitmore, and others

This is a true story about the bombing of Pearl Harbor that started American involvement in WW2. It has an all star cast.

7. The Patriot

Released 2000

Directed by Roland Emmerich

Starring: Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger

This movie gives us a taste of what Revolutionary War veterans and their families endured to fight for the independence of the United States of America.

6. Glory

Released 1989

Directed by Edward Zwick

Starring: Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, and Morgan Freeman

This Civil War movie is an account of true story of the first all black volunteer regiment. It is the movie that launched Denzel Washington’s career.

5. The Longest Day

Released 1962

Directed by Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki, Gerd Oswald, and Darryl F. Zanuck

Starring: Eddie Albert, Paul Anka, Richard Burton, Red Buttons, Sean Connery, John Wayne, and others

No war movie would be complete without a John Wayne movie. This is an all-star cast WW2 movie about D-Day told on a grand scale with both American and German perspectives.

4. American Sniper

Released 2014

Directed by Clint Eastwood

Starring: Bradley Cooper

This is the true story of American sniper hero Chris Kyle, a Navy Seal who has the record for the most kills and served during the Iraqi War. This movie has strong language and disturbing violence.

3. Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison

Released 1957

Directed by John Houston

Starring: Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr

This heartwarming WW2 movie is about a marine and a nun stranded on a Pacific Island. This is a must watch movie.

2. Bridge over the River Kwai

Released 1957

Directed by David Leon

Starring: William Holden, Alec Guinness, and Jack Hawkins

Until my #1 choice came out last year, this classic was my all time favorite war movie. POW’s in a Japanese prison of war camp are ordered to build a bridge. This story has so many facets about duty and honor as a prisoner of war and when rigid adherence to the rules need to bend. It is a must see.

1. Unbroken

Released 2014

Directed by Angelina Jolene

Starring: Jack O’Connell, Miyavi, and Domhnall Gleeson

This is the best war movie I’ve ever seen and shows the strength of the human spirit in deplorable conditions and how God intervenes even when we don’t see it. During WW2, Olympian Louis Zamperini survives a plane crash into the Pacific Ocean, sets the record for surviving on a raft in the ocean, and is captured and sent to a brutal prisoner of war camp where he is targeted by a sadistic guard.

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About Tamera Lynn Kraft

Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures and writes Christian historical fiction set in America because there are so many adventures in American history. She is married to the love of her life, has two grown children, and lives in Akron, Ohio. Soldier’s Heart and A Christmas Promise are two of her historical novellas that have been published. She has received 2nd place in the NOCW contest, 3rd place TARA writer’s contest, and is a finalist in the Frasier Writing Contest.

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