List of war films and TV specials

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This list of war films and TV specials that are films and television series such as Documentaries, TV mini series and drama serials depicting aspects of historical wars.


Anglo-Saxon settlement of Britain[edit]

Scanian War[edit]

Trojan War (1194–1184 BC)[edit]

Greco-Persian Wars (499–450 BC)[edit]

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

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

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

Han–Xiongnu War (133 BC – AD 89)[edit]

  • Mulan (1998), animated film
  • Mulan (2009), Chinese film

Wars of the Roman Republic/Empire[edit]

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

War during the Middle Ages (450–1350)[edit]

Campaigns of Muhammad (622–632)[edit]

Spanish Reconquest (718–1492)[edit]

Crusades (1095–1272)[edit]

Mongol conquests (1206–1324)[edit]

First Barons' War (1215–1217)[edit]

Battle of the Ice (1242) / Battle of the Neva (1240)[edit]

Byzantine–Ottoman Wars (1265–1479)[edit]

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

Hundred Years' War (1337–1453)[edit]

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

Hussite Wars (1419–1434)[edit]

Sengoku Period (1467–1573)[edit]

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

Battle of Mactan (1521)[edit]

Turkish Invasion of Hungary (1552)[edit]

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

Eighty Years' War (1568–1648)[edit]

St. Bartholomew's Day massacre (1572)[edit]

Long Turkish War (1593–1606)[edit]

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

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

Thirty Years' War (1618–1648)[edit]

American Indian Wars (1622–1898)[edit]

First Manchu invasion of Korea (1627) and Second Manchu invasion of Korea (1636–1637)[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 – Cossaks revolt 1648–1651
  • Potop (The Deluge) (1974) Second Northern War 1655–1660
  • Pan Wolodyjowski (Colonel Wolodyjowski) (1969) 1660–1672 – skirmishs with Tartars and the beginning of Turkish – Polish Commonwealth war 1672–1676

Great Northern War (1700–1721)[edit]

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

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

American Revolutionary War (1775–1783)[edit]

French Revolutionary Wars (1792–1802)[edit]

First Barbary War (1801–1805)[edit]

Napoleonic Wars (1803–1815)[edit]

First Serbian Uprising (1804–1813)[edit]

War of 1812[edit]

Second Serbian Uprising (1815–1817)[edit]

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

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

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

Taiping Rebellion (1850–1864)[edit]

Crimean War (1853–1856)[edit]

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

  • Gunga Din (1939), suppression of the Thugees and local rebellions
  • Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935), about suppressing rebellious Indians towards the beginning of the 20th century
  • Bengal Brigade (1954) (Rock Hudson), details the beginning of the mutiny, focusing on a disgraced English Captain and his sepoy troops
  • Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005), about the 1857 mutiny
  • Jhansi Ki Rani (1956) about the 1857 mutiny
  • Kranti, drama about the 1857 war of independence
  • Junoon (1979) about the 1857 mutiny
  • Shatranj Ke Khilari (1977) about the 1857 mutiny
  • Wee Willie Winkie (1936), features British forces suppressing Indian rebels, but the focus on child star Shirley Temple may cause many to exclude this film from a 'war film' category
  • Anand Math (1950), about the revolt of sanyasis
  • Swaraj (1998) A DD TV Series on Indian struggle of independence

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]

Franco-Prussian War (1870–1871)[edit]

Satsuma Rebellion (1877)[edit]

Russo-Turkish War (1877–1878)[edit]

Anglo-Zulu War (1879)[edit]

First Boer War (1880–1881)[edit]

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

Mahdist Sudanese War (1881–1899)[edit]

First Matabele War (1893–1894)[edit]

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

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

Philippine Revolution (1896–1898)[edit]

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

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

Boxer Rebellion (1899–1901)[edit]

Second Boer War (1899–1902)[edit]

Russo-Japanese War (1904–1905)[edit]

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

Mexican Revolution (1910–1920) and Cristero War (1926–1929)[edit]

Chinese Revolution / Chinese Civil War (1911–1949)[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)

Russian Revolution (1917) and Russian Civil War (1917–1922)[edit]

Finnish Civil War (1918)[edit]

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

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

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

Greco-Turkish War (1919–1922)[edit]

Cristero War (1926–1929)[edit]

Chaco War (1932–1935)[edit]

Spanish Civil War (1936–1939)[edit]

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

World War II (1939–1945)[edit]

Because World War II was a major war, 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)

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

Battle of Britain (1940)[edit]

(Also see Battle of Britain films)

Battle of Iwo Jima (1945)[edit]

Burma Campaign (1942–1945)[edit]

Japanese occupation of the Philippines (1941–1945)[edit]

Winter war (1939–1940)[edit]

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

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

Continuation War (1941–1944)[edit]

Partisan War in Lithuania (1944–1953)[edit]

Indonesian National Revolution (1945–1949)[edit]

Cold War (1945–1991)[edit]

(Also see Cold War films)

Hukbalahap Insurgency (1946–1954)[edit]

First Indochina War (1946–1954)[edit]

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

First Arab-Israeli War (1948–1949)[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]

Second Arab–Israeli War (1956)[edit]

Vietnam War (1959–1975)[edit]

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

Congo Crisis (1960–1966)[edit]

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

Sino-Indian War (1962)[edit]

Rhodesian Bush War (1964–1979)[edit]

Indonesian killings of 1965–66[edit]

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

Cambodian Civil War (1967–1975)[edit]

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

Nigerian Civil War (1967–1970)[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]

Yom Kippur War (1973–1974)[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]

Sino-Vietnamese War (1979)[edit]

Nicaraguan Civil War (1979–1992)[edit]

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

Soviet war in Afghanistan (1979–1989)[edit]

Salvadoran Civil War (1980–1992)[edit]

Iran–Iraq War (1980–1988)[edit]

Falklands War (1982)[edit]

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

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

US Invasion of Grenada (1983)[edit]

South Lebanon conflict (1985–2000)[edit]

Al-Anfal Campaign (1986–1989)[edit]

First Intifada (1987–1993)[edit]

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

Somali Civil War (1988–present)[edit]

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

Gulf War (1990–1991)[edit]

(Also see Gulf War films)

Rwandan Civil War (1990–1993)[edit]

Algerian Civil War (1991–2002)[edit]

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

Yugoslav Wars (1991–1999)[edit]

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

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

Bosnian War (1992–1995)[edit]

Kosovo War (1998–1999)[edit]

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

War in Abkhazia (1992–93)[edit]

War of Transnistria (1992)[edit]

First Chechen War (1994–1996)[edit]

Second Congo War (1998–2003)[edit]

East Timorese crisis (1999)[edit]

Kargil War (1999)[edit]

Second Chechen War (1999–2000)[edit]

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

Second Intifada (2000–2005)[edit]

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

War on Terrorism (2001–present)[edit]

Covert special operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, 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–present)[edit]

September 11 attacks (2001)[edit]

Terrorist Sleeper cells[edit]

War on Terror in Pakistan[edit]

War in Afghanistan (2001–present)[edit]

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

Iraq War (2003–2011)[edit]

War in Darfur (2003–present)[edit]

Kivu conflict (2004–2013)[edit]

Chadian Civil War (2005–10)[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

Second Lebanon War (2006)[edit]

South Ossetia War (2008)[edit]

Second Ivorian Civil War (2010–2011)[edit]

Libyan Civil War (2011)[edit]

Syrian Civil War (2011–present)[edit]

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

Tuareg rebellion (2012)[edit]

War in Donbass (2014–present)[edit]

Mercenaries in the Third World[edit]

See also Mercenaries in popular culture: Films

See also[edit]