List of war films and TV specials

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War depictions in film and television include documentaries, TV mini-series, and drama serials depicting aspects of historical wars.

War of Ancient Egypt (3050–332 BC)[edit]

War of Ancient Israel (1600–400 BC)[edit]

Trojan War (1193–1183 BC)[edit]

Greco-Persian Wars (499–450 BC)[edit]

Wars of Ancient China (771 BC–1911 AD)[edit]

Spring and Autumn period (771-476 BC)[edit]

Warring States period (476–221 BC)[edit]

Chu–Han Contention (206–202 BC)[edit]

Han–Xiongnu War (133 BC–89 AD)[edit]

Wars of the Three Kingdoms (220–280)[edit]

Wars of Tang dynasty (618–907)[edit]

Wars of Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms Period (907–960)[edit]

Wars of Song dynasty (960–1279)[edit]

Qing conquest of the Ming (1618–1683)[edit]

Opium Wars: First Opium War (1839–1842) Second Opium War (1856–1860)[edit]

Taiping Rebellion (1850–1864)[edit]

First Sino-Japanese War (1894–1895)[edit]

Boxer Rebellion (1899–1901)[edit]

Xinhai Revolution (1911–1912)[edit]

Wars of Alexander the Great (338–325 BC)[edit]

Wars of the Diadochi (322–275 BC)[edit]

Asoka the Great's conquests (ca. 304–232 BC)[edit]

Wars of the Roman Republic/Empire[edit]

Punic Wars (264–146 BC)[edit]

Servile Wars (135–75 BC)[edit]

Roman civil wars during the Late Republic (133–31 BC)[edit]

Jewish–Roman wars (63 BC – 135 AD)[edit]

Gallic Wars (58–50 BC)[edit]

War of Roman Britain (43–410)[edit]

  • Boudica (2003), fictionalized story of Boudicca, Queen of the Iceni of Britain and the revolt against Roman occupation.
  • Centurion (2010), Roman ninth Legion in 2nd century Britain
  • The Eagle (2011), Roman centurion in 2nd century Britain
  • Britannia (2018)

Dacian Wars (86–106)[edit]

Marcomannic Wars (167–180)[edit]

Roman civil wars during the Late Empire (306–398)[edit]

War with the Huns (395–453)[edit]

Fall of the Western Roman Empire (455–476)[edit]

Gothic War (367–554)[edit]

Anglo-Saxon settlement of Britain(410–600)[edit]

Wars of the Francia (481–840)[edit]

Early Muslim conquests (622–751)[edit]

Spanish Reconquest (718–1492)[edit]

War during the Viking Age (789–1130)[edit]

Norman conquest of England (1066–1076)[edit]

Crusades (1095–1272)[edit]

Northern Crusades (1147–1410)[edit]

Mongol conquests (1206–1324)[edit]

First Barons' War (1215–1217)[edit]

Ottoman wars in Europe (1299–1922)[edit]

Byzantine–Ottoman Wars (1299–1479)[edit]

Ottoman Invasion of Serbia (1371–1459)[edit]

Ottoman–Hungarian Wars (1421–1566)[edit]

Skanderbeg's rebellion (1443–1468)[edit]

Ottoman invasion of Otranto (1480–1481)[edit]

Croatian–Slovene Peasant Revolt (1573)[edit]

Long Turkish War (1593–1606)[edit]

Polish-Ottoman War (1620–1699)[edit]

First Serbian Uprising (1804–1813)[edit]

Second Serbian Uprising (1815–1817)[edit]

Herzegovina uprising (1875–77)[edit]

Montenegrin–Ottoman War (1876–78)[edit]

Serbian–Ottoman War (1876–1878)[edit]

Russo-Turkish War (1877–1878)[edit]

Ilinden–Preobrazhenie Uprising (1903)[edit]

Balkan Wars (1912–1913)[edit]

Greco-Turkish War (1919–1922)[edit]

Wars of Scottish Independence (1296–1328), (1332–1357)[edit]

Hundred Years' War (1337–1453)[edit]

Hussite Wars (1419–1434)[edit]

Wars of the Roses (1455–1485)[edit]

Sengoku Period (1467–1573)[edit]

Italian Wars (1494–1559)[edit]

Battle of Mactan (1521)[edit]

French Wars of Religion (1562–1598)[edit]

Philippine Revolts Against Spain (1567–1872)[edit]

Eighty Years' War (1568–1648)[edit]

Anglo-Spanish War (1585–1604)[edit]

Japanese invasions of Korea (1592–98)[edit]

Polish–Muscovite War (1605–1618)[edit]

Thirty Years' War (1618–1648)[edit]

American Indian Wars (1622–1924)[edit]

English Civil War (1642–1651)[edit]

Ukraino-Russian Liberation War from Poland (1648–1654)[edit]

Polish Commonwealth Wars (1648–1672)[edit]

  • Ogniem i Mieczem (With Fire and Sword) (1999) civil war – Cossacks revolt 1648–1651
  • Potop (The Deluge) (1974) Second Northern War 1655–1660
  • Pan Wolodyjowski (Colonel Wolodyjowski) (1969) 1660–1672 – skirmishes with Tartars and the beginning of Turkish – Polish Commonwealth war 1672–1676

Anglo-Dutch War (1652-1674)[edit]

War of Louis XIV(1660 – 1715)[edit]

Scanian War (1675–1679)[edit]

Jacobite risings (1688–1746)[edit]

Great Northern War (1700–1721)[edit]

Rákóczi's War of Independence (1703–1711)[edit]

Hungary during Absolutism of the Habsburgs (1711–1848)[edit]

War of the Austrian Succession (1740–1748)[edit]

Seven Years' War (1756–1763) and French and Indian War (1754–1763)[edit]

Pugachev's Rebellion (1773–1775)[edit]

American Revolutionary War (1775–1783)[edit]

French Revolutionary Wars (1792–1802)[edit]

First Barbary War (1801–1805)[edit]

Napoleonic Wars (1803–1815)[edit]

War of 1812[edit]

Italian unification (1815–1871)[edit]

Caucasian War (1817–1864)[edit]

Era of Hungarian Betyár (18–19th century)[edit]

Texas War of Independence (1835–1836)[edit]

Mexican–American War (1846–1848)[edit]

Revolutions of 1848 (1848–1849)[edit]

Passive Resistance (Hungary) (1849–1867)[edit]

Crimean War (1853–1856)[edit]

Eureka Rebellion (1854)[edit]

Indian Rebellion of 1857 and subsequent colonial conflicts in India (1857)[edit]

American Civil War (1861–1865)[edit]

(Also see American Civil War films, Cinema and television about the American Civil War)

Franco-Mexican War (1861–1867)[edit]

Paraguayan War (1864–1870)[edit]

Second Schleswig War (1864)[edit]

Boshin War (1868–1869)[edit]

Franco-Prussian War (1870–1871)[edit]

Satsuma Rebellion (1877)[edit]

Scramble for Africa (1879–1914)[edit]

Anglo-Zulu War (1879)[edit]

First Boer War (1880–1881)[edit]

  • Majuba (a.k.a. Hill of Doves) (1968)

Colonial conflicts in Northern Africa (1880s–1931)[edit]

Mahdist Sudanese War (1881–1899)[edit]

First Matabele War (1893–1894)[edit]

First Italo-Ethiopian War (1895–1896)[edit]

Second Boer War (1899–1902)[edit]

Timok Rebellion (1883)[edit]

Serbo-Bulgarian War (1885)[edit]

Philippine Revolution (1896–1898)[edit]

Spanish–American War (1898) – Cuban War of Independence (1895–1898)[edit]

Philippine–American War (1899–1902/1913)[edit]

Russo-Japanese War (1904–1905)[edit]

  • Port Arthur (1936)
  • Jack London (1943)
  • Kreiser Varyag (1946)
  • Nichiro sensô shôri no hishi: Tekichû ôdan sanbyaku-ri (1957)
  • Meiji tennô to nichiro daisenso (1958)
  • Nihonkai daikaisen (1969)
  • The Battle of Tsushima (1975) [documentary], depiction of the naval Battle of Tsushima
  • 203 kochi (1980), depiction of the Battle of Port Arthur
  • Nihonkai daikaisen: Umi yukaba (1983)
  • Lime-iro Senkitan (2003)
  • Bogatstvo (2004)
  • Saka no Ue no Kumo (2009) Japanese TV series

Taiwanese rebellions against Japanese rule (1907–1930)[edit]

Mexican Revolution (1910–1920), Cristero War (1926–1929), and Pancho Villa Expedition (1916-1917)[edit]

Xinhai Revolution (1911–1912)[edit]

US Intervention in Nicaragua / Nicaraguan Civil War (1912–1933)[edit]

World War I (1914–1918)[edit]

(See also: List of World War I films and World War I films)

Western Front (1914–1918)[edit]

Eastern Front (1914–1918)[edit]

Italian Front (1915–1918)[edit]

Middle Eastern theatre of World War I (1914–1918)[edit]

African theatre of World War I (1914–1918)[edit]

Serbian Campaign of World War I (1914–1918)[edit]

Naval warfare of World War I (1914–1918)[edit]

Aviation in World War I (1915–1918)[edit]

Spy fiction in World War I[edit]

Russian Civil War (1917–1922)[edit]

Russian Revolution (1917)[edit]

Finnish Civil War (1918)[edit]

Latvian War of Independence (1918–1920)[edit]

Estonian War of Independence (1918–1920)[edit]

Hungarian–Romanian War (1919)[edit]

Polish–Soviet War (1919–1921)[edit]

Irish War of Independence (1919–1921) and Irish Civil War (1922–1923)[edit]

Chinese Civil War (1927–1949)[edit]

Communist insurgency (1927–1937)[edit]

Chinese Communist Revolution (1945–1949)[edit]

Chaco War (1932–1935)[edit]

Second Italo-Ethiopian War (1935–1939)[edit]

Spanish Civil War (1936–1939)[edit]

Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945)[edit]

Soviet–Japanese border conflicts (1939)[edit]

World War II (1939–1945)[edit]

Because World War II is the most documented war on film and TV, it is also recommended to see List of World War II films for a more detailed list of films. (also see World War II films)

Invasion of Poland (1939)[edit]

Norwegian Campaign (1940)[edit]

Battle of France (1940)[edit]

Western Front (1944–1945)[edit]

Axis occupation of Greece (1940–1944)[edit]

North African Campaign (1940–1943)[edit]

Pacific War (1941–1945)[edit]

Philippines campaign (1941–1942) and Philippines campaign (1944–1945)[edit]

Burma Campaign (1942–1945)[edit]

Italian Campaign (1943–1945)[edit]

Prisoner of war[edit]

Italian resistance movement (1943–1945)[edit]

French Resistance (1940–1944)[edit]

Dutch resistance (1940–1945)[edit]

Belgian resistance (1940–1944)[edit]

Polish resistance movement in World War II (1939–1945)[edit]

Denmark in World War II (1940–1945)[edit]

Spy fiction in ww2[edit]

Air warfare in Europe (1939–1945)[edit]

Battle of the Atlantic (1939–1945)[edit]

The Jews in WW2[edit]

Finnish war (1939–1944)[edit]

Eastern Front (World War II) (1941–1945)[edit]

World War II in Yugoslavia (1941–1945)[edit]

Ecuadorian–Peruvian War (1941–1942)[edit]

  • Open Wound ("Mono con gallinas" in Spanish) (2013)

Indonesian National Revolution (1945–1949)[edit]

Cold War (1945–1991)[edit]

(Also see Cold War films)

Greek Civil War (1946–1949)[edit]

Hukbalahap Insurgency (1946–1954)[edit]

Indochina Wars (1946–1989)[edit]

First Indochina War (1946–1954)[edit]

Vietnam War (1955–1975)[edit]

(Also see Vietnam War in film and Vietnam War films)

Cambodian Civil War (1967–1975)[edit]

Sino-Vietnamese War (1979–1989)[edit]

Indo-Pakistani wars and conflicts (1947–present)[edit]

Indo-Pakistani War of 1947 (1947)[edit]

Bengali Language Movement (1952)[edit]

Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 (1965)[edit]

  • Prem Pujari (1965)
  • Upkaar (1967)
  • Operation Dwarka Based on naval operation commenced by the Pakistan Navy to attack the Indian coastal town of Dwarka on 7 September 1965 (1998)

East Pakistan-West Pakistan War of 1971 (1971)[edit]

Insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir (1989–present)[edit]

Kargil War (1999)[edit]

Arab–Israeli conflict (1948–present)[edit]

First Arab-Israeli War (1948–1949)[edit]

Second Arab–Israeli War (1956)[edit]

Third Arab–Israeli War (1967)[edit]

Fourth Arab–Israeli War (1973)[edit]

First Intifada (1987–1993)[edit]

Second Intifada (2000–2005)[edit]

2006 Lebanon War[edit]

Gaza War (2008–09)[edit]

Burmese insurgency (1948–present)[edit]

Malayan Emergency (1948–1960)[edit]

Korean War (1950–1953) and Korean DMZ Conflict (1966–present)[edit]

(Also see Korean War films)

Mau Mau Uprising (1952–1960)[edit]

Cuban Revolution (1953–1959)[edit]

Algerian War (1954–1962)[edit]

Hungarian Revolution of 1956[edit]

Cyprus Emergency (1955–1959)[edit]

Colombian conflict (1960–present)[edit]

Indian annexation of Goa (1961)[edit]

Dhofar Rebellion (1962–1976)[edit]

Sino-Indian War (1962)[edit]

Aden Emergency (1963–1967)[edit]

Modern Wars in Sub-Saharan Africa (1960–present )[edit]

Congo Crisis (1960–1966)[edit]

Eritrean War of Independence (1961–1991)[edit]

Guinea-Bissau War of Independence (1963–1974)[edit]

Rhodesian Bush War (1964–1979)[edit]

Chadian Civil War (1965–79)[edit]

Namibian War of Independence (1966–1990)[edit]

Nigerian Civil War (1967–1970)[edit]

Angolan Civil War (1975–2002)[edit]

Chadian–Libyan conflict (1978–1987)[edit]

Uganda–Tanzania War (1978–1979)[edit]

Second Sudanese Civil War (1983–2005)[edit]

Lord's Resistance Army insurgency in Uganda (1987–present)[edit]

Somali Civil War (1988–present)[edit]

First Liberian Civil War (1989–1997)[edit]

Rwandan Civil War (1990–1993)[edit]

Second Congo War (1998–2003)[edit]

Sierra Leone Civil War (1991–2002)[edit]

Second Liberian Civil War (1999–2003)[edit]

War in Darfur (2003–present)[edit]

Central African Republic Bush War (2003–2012)[edit]

Kivu conflict (2004–2013)[edit]

Chadian Civil War (2005–10)[edit]

Central African Republic conflict (2012–present)[edit]

Tuareg rebellion (2012)[edit]

South Sudanese Civil War (2013–2015)[edit]

Indonesian killings of 1965–66[edit]

Naxalite–Maoist insurgency in India (1967–present)[edit]

Communist Insurgency of the Philippines (1969–present)[edit]

The Troubles in Northern Ireland (1969–2005)[edit]

Islamic Insurgency of the Philippines (1970–present)[edit]

Yugoslav counter-insurgency against Bugojno group (1972)[edit]

Turkish invasion of Cyprus (1974)[edit]

Indonesian invasion of East Timor (1975–1976)[edit]

Lebanese Civil War (1975–1990)[edit]

First Lebanon War (1982)[edit]

War of the Camps (1985–1988)[edit]

Operation Entebbe (1976)[edit]

Nicaraguan Civil War (1979–1992)[edit]

Soviet–Afghan War (1979–1989) and Afghan Civil War (1992–1996)[edit]

Internal conflict in Peru (1980–present)[edit]

Iran–Iraq War (1980–1988)[edit]

Salvadoran Civil War (1980–1992)[edit]

Falklands War (1982)[edit]

Sri Lankan Civil War (1983–2009)[edit]

US Invasion of Grenada (1983)[edit]

Al-Anfal Campaign (1986–1989)[edit]

South Yemen Civil War (1986)[edit]

Nagorno-Karabakh War (1988–1994)[edit]

United States invasion of Panama (1989–1990)[edit]

Gulf War (1990–1991)[edit]

(Also see Gulf War films)

Algerian Civil War (1991–2002)[edit]

Yugoslav Wars (1991–1999)[edit]

(also see List of Yugoslav Wars films)

Ten-Day War in Slovenia (1991)[edit]

Croatian War of Independence (1991–1995)[edit]

Bosnian War (1992–1995)[edit]

Kosovo War (1998–1999)[edit]

NATO bombing of Yugoslavia (1999)[edit]

Civil war in Tajikistan (1992–1997)[edit]

War in Abkhazia (1992–93)[edit]

First Chechen War (1994–1996)[edit]

East Timorese crisis (1999)[edit]

Second Chechen War (1999–2000)[edit]

Insurgency in the Republic of Macedonia (2001)[edit]

War on Terrorism (2001–present)[edit]

September 11 attacks (2001)[edit]

War in Afghanistan (2001–present)[edit]

Iraq War (2003–2011)[edit]

Covert special operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia etc.[edit]

Insurgency in Saudi Arabia (2003–present)[edit]

Insurgency in the Maghreb (2002–present)[edit]

Joint Chiefs of Staff operations[edit]

  • E-Ring (2005–2006) (TV series)

Operation Enduring Freedom – Philippines (2002–2015)[edit]

Terrorist Sleeper cells[edit]

War on Terror in Pakistan[edit]

2004 unrest in Kosovo[edit]

Mexican Drug War (2006–present)[edit]

  • Breaking Bad (TV series) (2008–2013)
  • El Sicario, Room 164 (2010), A documentary about an anonymous Ciudad Juárez Sicario known to have killed hundreds
  • Miss Bala (2011), A beauty contestant is kidnapped by a cartel and forced to do drug missions in wartorn Mexico
  • Savages (2012), Small-time pot growers search for their lover, kidnapped by a cartel they refused to work with
  • Snitch (2012), His son arrested, a concerned father makes a deal with a US attorney to infiltrate a Mexican cartel and ends up trapped in a war zone
  • End of Watch (2012), The Sinaloa Cartel declares war on 2 LAPD officers arrest who raid a safe house
  • The Last Stand (2013), A border-town Sheriff's Department takes on a powerful drug lord and his private army
  • The Mexican Mormon War (2012), Vice documentary on the Mormon vigilante militia fighting a drug cartel in Chihuahua
  • Narco Cultura (2013), A documentary film that explores the cultural glorification of modern drug traffickers
  • El Velador/The Night Watchman (2013), A documentary portraying the quieter, less obvious impact of the drug war
  • Metástasis (TV series) (2015)
  • Sicario (2015), An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by an elected government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico
  • Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018), A sequel to 2015's Sicario. The story relates to the drug war at the U.S.-Mexico border and an attempt by the United States government to incite increased conflict among the cartels.
  • Narcos: Mexico (2018-present), It focuses on the illegal drug trade in Mexico.
  • Rambo: Last Blood (2019 Film),

South Ossetia War (2008)[edit]

2011 Libyan Civil War[edit]

Factional violence in Libya (2011–14)[edit]

Syrian Civil War (2011–present)[edit]

Iraqi Civil War (2014–2017)[edit]

War in Donbass (2014–present)[edit]

Yemeni Civil War (2015–present)[edit]

Battle of Marawi (2017)[edit]

Mercenaries in the third world[edit]

(See also: Mercenaries in popular culture: Films)

See also[edit]