The BEST WAR & MILITARY MOVIES of 2017 List

By   October 11, 2017

In this post we are going to talk about the films of the year 2017 that are related to the setting genre “War”. Let’s first learn what a setting genre is.

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So, film genres are divided into several categories. Genres like action and comedy are housed in “Mood” genre. Similarly, short films and feature films also have their own genre which is “Length Genre”.

A setting genre is all about the core situation in a film such as a War is going on in a movie which tells a story of two lovebirds in the situation. Additionally, I believe that a true War film should have action and military forces involved in it; war is all about destruction ;).

We are about to have a look on the best war movies of 2017 and also short war films of the year 2017. Along with true war films; the list also contains war-drama and war-romance films. Moreover, this list is exclusive; I have picked war films from several cinemas along with Hollywood. You will find some Asian, German, French, Spanish and even Greek films.

For those who like to watch short films, I have filtered the 5 good war movies of the year for them.

The Best War Films of 2017

There are 12 films that are listed here as the BEST WAR films of the year. I have tried to keep balance while creating this best list; so there are war-action and war-drama films. IMDB ratings, nearness to the war genre and script, all was considered for this list.

The Man with the Iron Heart

Rating: (3.1 / 5)

Director: Cédric Jimenez

Star Cast: Rosamund Pike, Mia Wasikowska, Jack Reynor

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IMDB Review

R

The Man with the Iron Heart: It is a French biography film that focuses on one of the supreme officers of Nazi Army named Reinhard Heydrich. Reinhard was recruited as the general of Hitler’s army unit “Schutzstaffel”, and he was also the chief architect of The Holocaust, the gas chambers to kill people without mercy.

The film displays story of Operation Anthropoid that was conducted by the government of Czechoslovakia in exile to murder Reinhard Heydrich in German occupied Czechoslovakia.

Plot: The time was early 1940’s when Germany was the most powerful nation in entire Europe, took back and conquered land in Europe, including Czechoslovakia.
Czechoslovakia’s temporary government in Britain plans to kill Reinhard Heydrich in the capital Prague. They recruit Jozef Gabčík and Jan Kubiš to accomplish this assassination along with a few more soldiers. The team of the operation lands in Czechoslovakia and contact anti-Nazi organizations to attack on Heydrich on 27 May 1942.

Box Office: I am disappointed with the fact that The Man with the Iron Heart did not even recover the production cost which was around $32 million.

Domestic: $ 1,842,091, Foreign: $ 928,355, Global: $ 2,770,446

Wolf Warriors 2

Rating: (3.3 / 5)

Director: Jing Wu

Star Cast: Jing Wu, Frank Grillo, Celina Jade

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IMDB Review

Not Rated

Wolf Warriors 2 will be a movie that would be talked even after decades; at least in china for sure. I have seen the audience’s reactions, they just like every element of the film that includes mind-blowing action sequences and special effects.

Plot: After knocking down a real estate company’s owner for the cruelness on his fellow soldier’s family, the highly skilled army man Leng Feng is dismissed from Chinese army and is jailed for 2 years.

After releasing from prison, Leng Feng moves to Africa and works as a security guard at a goods transport ship. On a day, Leng Feng and other people at the dock are attacked by a body that wants to depose the government of Africa. Soon, Chinese military is sent to Africa to rescue Chinese workers from a nearby factory. Hence, this is the time for Leng Feng to be involved in the operation for assisting Chinese military with his combat skills.

Box Office: The film has created history at Chinese and worldwide box office. It has created many records. The film is the second highest grossing film at domestic box office after “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, and the highest earner in the history of Chinese cinema, has earned over 5 Billion Chinese Yuan.

Domestic: $ 878,300,000, Foreign: $ 2,720,898, Global: $ 881,020,898

Churchill

Rating: (3.3 / 5)

Director: Jonathan Teplitzky

Star Cast: Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, John Slattery

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Metacritic Review

PG

Another World War 2 film that shows personal concern of Britain’s iconic Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill. The film showcases events of Operation Overload in the year 1994 and it is filled with drama.

Plot: Allied countries plan to re-occupy European land, especially Normandy, which was conquered by Nazi Germany during World War 2. They name the operation “Operation Overlord” which is going to be implemented in June 1994. Meanwhile, the current Prime Minister and former First Lord of the Admiralty, Sir Winston Churchill is worried about Operation Overlord. He doesn’t want to witness all the events again that happened in The Gallipoli Campaign in the year 1915 where over 200,000 navy men were killed.

Box Office: Again a disappointment; I can’t understand why good films other than American cinema do not embark earning at the ticket counters. Maybe because of poor marketing campaigns! It feels worse when films that are weaker in quality have big dollars in their pockets.

Domestic (UK): $ 2,188,173, Foreign: $ 4,164,452, Global: $6,352,625

Their Finest

Rating: (3.4 / 5)

Director: Lone Scherfig

Star Cast: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy

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Metacritic Review

R

Their Finest is the most impressive war film of 2017 for me, based on a novel by Lissa Evans called “Their Finest Hour and a Half”. It is not a true war film where you will see army men combating across borders. But, this film is fresh; there has been drama and light humor shown in world war situation.

Plot: At the time of heavy bombing on Britain by Germany (The Blitz); British government thinks of showing a motivational film to the people of Britain to make them participate in World War 2. Writer Catrin Cole and her colleague Tom Buckley are hired for the development process of the film. They have to create a film that should work as a strong appeal to the nation’s people. However, socialism, political pressure and the bombing are all the facts that can interfere in this creative project.

Box Office: Again and again, this is another worthy but non-American (British) war film in the list which slipped at the box office.

Domestic (UK): $5,281,343, Foreign: $ 6,995,509, Global: $12,276,852

The Zookeeper’s Wife

Rating: (3.5 / 5)

Director: Niki Caro

Star Cast: Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Daniel Brühl

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Metacritic Review

PG-13

The film belongs to non-fiction art work; it displays events of a Polish woman’s named Antonina Żabińska’s written diaries. There is also a novel based on Antonina’s diaries of the same name.

I have found a balance of military action and drama in this film; which makes it better from several films in the genre. Also, the concept and script of the film is really solid. It connects well with the audience as it focuses on a few characters that have humanity in them.

Plot: In the year 1939, Adolf Hitler’s Nazi army begins to capture entire Poland. There are air bombing and other military attacks over the country. Meanwhile, the biggest zoo in Europe, Warsaw Zoo gets mangled by the attacks. Several animals of the zoo get killed and zoo’s related properties are robbed. The caretakers of Warsaw Zoo, Dr. Jan Żabiński and his wife Antonina utilize the destroyed place as a hub of survival for Polish people who are imprisoned in Warsaw Ghetto (an small area in Warsaw in which Jews and other Polish community people were jailed and used to be sent to death chambers of Nazi Germans).

Box Office: Even after being praised by the viewers and film critics; the film did not bring any profit at the box office.

Domestic (USA): $17,445,186, Foreign: $3,396,278, Global: $20,841,464

 Darkest Hour


Rating: (3.6 / 5)

Director: Joe Wright

Star Cast: Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas

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Metacritic Review

PG – 13

So it has been the second film that concerns the life of Sir Winston Leonard Churchill. The first film this year (Churchill) talks about operation overload in the year 1944. Whereas, this film displays very early days of Winston Churchill’s Prime Mistership. It would be better to watch this film before “Churchill”.

Gary Oldman has been applauded so much for his performance; that’s another big reason to watch the film.

Plot: World War II has been embarked; Nazi Germany is trying to invade Western Europe including United Kingdom. Meanwhile, Winston Churchill becomes the Prime Minister of United Kingdom. He needs to implement a strategy to stop Nazi forces while being criticized by his owns and the public.

Box Office: Needless to say; the film has been praised a lot but its Box Office figures are vice-versa. I pray that such films should at least earn their coasts of developments.

Domestic: $22,036,107, Foreign: $5,400,000, Global:  $27,436,107

The Ottoman Lieutenant

Rating: (3.5 / 5)

Director: Joseph Ruben

Star Cast: Michiel Huisman, Hera Hilmar, Josh Hartnett

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Metacritic Review

R

This is an interesting war-drama film that displays a love story during the embarking of World War I. The film has gotten fairly good ratings on IMDB, however it has been slaughtered by the film critics on various sources.

The Ottoman Lieutenant is a collaboration between Turkish and American cinema.

Plot: The world is about to witness The Great War and the Ottoman Empire in Turkey has made its army forces prepared; Ismail is made the lieutenant of the army. Meanwhile, there is a scheduled medical mission going on in Turkey, conducted by American citizens Dr. Jude and Woodruff. Sooner, a nurse named Lillie, also from the United States joins the medical mission. However, hard time surfaces when Lillie and America’s enemy Ismail fall in love with each other.

Box Office: So, we have seen many box office fails in this war movies list. But, The Ottoman Lieutenant is a total disaster. It was not able to recover even 10% of the production cost.

Domestic (USA): $240,978, Foreign: $156,874, Global: $397,852

The Battleship Island

Rating: (3.6 / 5)

Director: Seung-wan Ryoo

Star Cast: Jung-min Hwang, Su-an Kim, Jung-hyun Lee

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IMDB Review

Not Rated

The film is entirely based on the historical facts about Hashima Island in Japan.

From early 1930’s to 1945 Korean and Chinese people used to be sent forcefully to Hashima to work as labors for coal mining under Mitsubishi. There were several deaths of such people at the place, some because of lack of food.

Fictional script is combined with the historical events. However, there has been a conflict between Japan and the film’s developers about showing false information in the film. Nonetheless, it is a beautiful war film to watch.

Plot: Life has been hell for Koreans in Hashima Island; they are made to work cruelly by the Japanese bodies of the island. Several people die at the place and life of Koreans has no worth there.

The community decides to fight; hence they declare a war against Hashima’s bodies to get free from such hell.

Box Office: The figures of The Battleship Island at ticket counters are absolutely fine; the film has earned around 100% profit of its production cost.

Domestic (South Korea): $44,759,703, Foreign: $1,381,771, Global: $46,141,474

War for the Planet of the Apes

Rating: (3.9 / 5)

Director: Matt Reeves

Star Cast: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn

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Metacritic Review

PG-13

This is the 9th film and the 3rd one of the reboot series of Planet of the Apes franchise.

If you don’t know already; this is a fictional world where Apes have been smart as human beings by some vaccine and 98% of human population has died due to a virus called “Pandemic”. The remaining humans live in San Francisco. Now there is a concern in the human community about their dominance on Earth as Apes have become equally equipped.

Plot: Caesar, the leader of smart Ape community has never wished for a war between them and humans. However, he concerns about the safety of his tribe.

Alpha-Omega, a military force that also consists of some apes attacks on the Apes’ tribe, but they fail to vanquish on them and are prisoned there. However, Caesar releases them as he is not in favor of war.
Later, Caesar’s wife Cornelia and his son are killed in a sudden attack by Alpha-Omega at Apes’ residence. This incident embarks to a war between Apes and Humans.

Box Office: As it is a huge commercial film; it has earned decently at the box office. Additionally, the film’s numbers are much better at foreign lands.

Domestic: $146,490,602, Foreign: $334,249,456, Global: $480,740,058

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion

Rating: (4.2 / 5)

Director: S.S. Rajamouli

Star Cast: Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty

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Metacritic Review

Not Rated

It is the only Indian film in this best list. I guess many of you in western locations are aware of this film as its previous film got a great response around the globe.

Baahubali 2 is more an action-war film with a ton of drama and twists in it, romance too. The film displays some events prior to the first film.

Plot: Amarendra Baahubali is declared the king of Mahismati kingdom by the queen Sivagami after conquering over Kalakeyas. Whereas Bhallaladeva hides his personal rage and accepts to be the commander of Mahismati army.
Baahubali falls in love with the princess of Kuntala kingdom named Devasena, but hasn’t yet told anybody. Bhallaladeva grasps this as an opportunity to live his dream of being the king of Mahismati. He approaches Sivagami to send a marriage proposal to Devasena. However, Devasena refuses the proposal; Sivagami calls Baahubali to bring Devasena and prison her. But, Baahubali brings her as his bride and loses his kingdom, and Bhallaladeva’s dreams come true.

Interestingly, Baahubali is still people’s choice in the kingdom. Concerned Bhallaladeva convinces Sivagami over false information to assassinate Baahubali. After the assassination, soon Bhallaladeva’s reality gets known. Mahismati’s people want Baahubali’s newly born son to be the king, and as a result Bhallaladeva prisons Devasena, but Sivagami escapes with the royal baby.

Being told the story several years later, the young prince Sivudu assembles his own army to take revenge and free his mother who is in Bhallaladeva’s prison.

Box Office: Baahubali 2 is the third highest earner in this best list after Dunkirk and War of the Planets of the Apes. The movie has been applauded by fans and critics, and it is the highest grossing film ever in India.

Domestic: $221,045,242, Foreign: $42,540,552, Global: $263,585,794

Dunkirk

Rating: (4.2 / 5)

Director: Christopher Nolan

Star Cast: Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan, Mark Rylance

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Metacritic Review

PG-13

So it is a fact that Dunkirk is now among the most popular and talked films of all times. If we talk about the year 2017, the film is among the finest films in all genres along with the top position among war films. However, there have been many gossips about the overestimation of the film.

The film makes a direct connection with the viewers (especially of Europe) as it displays crucial historical events that also embark true emotions.

Plot: World War II has taken place after the occupation of Nazi Germany over Poland in 1939. Now, the Allies countries including Britain and France have to terminate Nazis.

After considering The Great War’s (WWI) strategy of Germany, Allies put their armies around Belgium which is between France and Germany. However, this time Germans attack France from southern part of their land. Now, around 400,000 allies’ soldiers are trapped in Belgium.

The British government begins a military rescue operation called “Battle of Dunkirk” where they send navy to a port city in France, Dunkirk, to save the soldiers. Meanwhile, Germany attacks at Dunkirk and the soldiers fight for their survival until they are rescued by the native forces.

Facts: There were around 300,000 soldiers saved from Dunkirk. Whereas, many were killed and jailed by Hitler’s army unit.

Box Office: The film is number one in both aspects; it has earned massively at the ticket counters.

Domestic: $187,002,060, Foreign: $333,700,000, Global: $520,702,060

Ayla: The Daughter of War

Rating: (4.6 / 5)

Director: Can Ulkay

Star Cast: Çetin Tekindor, Ismail Hacioglu, Kyung-jin Lee

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IMDB Review

NA

The film shows an emotional story during Korean War between a little girl and a soldier. The script of the film feels so connective and the most impressive element of it is the IMDB ratings; it has gotten over 9 which is really a wow factor. I am also willing to watch it ASAP.

Story: Turkish army sends its unit to South Korea during the Korean War that includes Sergeant Süleyman. Süleyman stumble upon a little Korean girl, rescues her and names her Ayla. The girl embarks hopes and positivity in the Turkish army unit. Later, Turkish unit is ordered to return and Süleyman sends Ayla to an orphanage in the hopes of being with her in some point of his life.

Box Office: So as we all know that the film has gotten the highest IMDB ratings in our list, even the highest in the worldwide cinema in 2017 and has been nominated for Oscars. However, the Box Office collection of the film is low and makes it feel like some Hollywood horror film.

Domestic: $160,000,00 Foreign: NA, Global:  $16,200,000

So these were a few finest films among the best of war genre of the year 2017. You may find some films missing in the list, but like I say every time “it’s not possible to include all films in a best category”.

Being not listed in the Best List, these films are still Awesome:

  • War Machine
  • Megan Leavey
  • The Exception
  • Bitter Harvest, Mine

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