I think it was about the time when Clint Eastwood made Flags of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima that it finally clicked. I saw war film differently. I realized that almost all war films are anti-war films.
I remember this being discussed with Eastwood on multiple occasions when these two films were released.
How can some of Hollywood's most violent films (no doubt, Letters from Iwo Jima along with many of the films below are quite violent) be the one's that are against violence the most?
Yet, these films seem to present perspectives that show war is unnecessary pain, where people often sacrifice so much for so little, or that in the midst of war lose essential perspective to live like humans. No quite patriotism in the normal perspective.
In a way, anti-war is about peace because it's fighting against what takes away peace. But for a world that still can remember a cold war, or sees the challenge of nuclear weapons on the global stage, no war is not peace enough.
Some "Anti-War" Movies that come to mind:
- All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
- Grand Illusion (1937)
- Dr. Strangelove (1964)
- The Battle of Algiers (1967)
- Apocalypse Now (1979)
- Sophie's Choice (1982)
- Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
- Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
- Schindler's List (1993)
- The Thin Red Line (1998)
- No Man's Land (2001)
- The Pianist (2002)
- Hotel Rwanda (2004)
- Jarhead (2005)
- Flags of our Fathers (2006)
- Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
- In the Valley of Elah (2007)