6 Best War Documentaries of All Times

It is always thrilling to watch war movies. But as one matures and get need to know some serious political and social aspects of War, these movies less likely a an option. Here comes the importance of War documentaries which is one of the most popular one in the genre of documentaries. Its time for you to gain some know-how about the best war documentary films till date. We bring to you some of the remarkable war documentaries which we have come across.


This war documentary which depicts the warfare inAfghanistanis co-directed by author Sebastian Junger (A Perfect Storm) and photojournalist Tim Hetherington. This doc film received the Grand Jury Prize for best documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. It also grabbed Academy nomination for the best documentary film in 2011. The name Restrepo implies an observation post the platoon made for defending. It is named after medic Juan Sebastian Restrepo, who was unfortunately killed before the start of documentary. Film explores a year when directors where assigned inAfghanistanduring war time. It has a tragic and original portrayal of war lives. It was soon listed in years many ‘best-of ‘ list. The film follows the 2nd Platoon of Bravo Company on a 15-month operation in theKorengalValleyof northeastAfghanistanwhich is known as one of the deadliest place on earth.

The War

This is a very long television documentary that tackles the Impacts of World War II onAmericathrough different cities. It was broadcasted in 7 parts for over 14 hours. This film by Ken Burns received many accolades as it took an elaborate look on the topic. Burns interestingly used some famousHollywoodactors for reading headlines and correspondence from newspapers at time of War, which includes Jackson, Adam Arkin, Tom Hanks, Ernie Hudson etc.

The Fog of War

This 2003 documentary film depicts walks of life of formerUSSecretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara. It also generally speaks about the nature of modern warfare. This doc was directed by Errol Morris with the original score from Philip Glass. It provides many first hand accounts of the events that led to and continued the Vietnam War from no one other than Robert McNamara, the Secretary of Defense under both Kennedy and Johnson. McNamara dared to speak many touchy topics which many would not dare to speak. It also won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Hearts and Minds

Vietnamaffair ofUSAwas substantially recreated and brutally criticized by Peter Davis. He is not very subtle about his political slants in this film. Beside his queer perspective on the subject, this film bagged the 1975 Oscar for Best Documentary. He criticizes not just the lack of calculated decision-making for the dramatic escalation of the war inSoutheast Asia, but ego and petty squabbles as well, that has sadly leaded a nation to disaster. He has managed to inculcate some firsthand interviews as well as some rare field-footage in the documentary.

Control Room

Its documentary made in a war movie style. This doc follows the infamous Al-Jazeera, theMiddle Eastnews network during the months following September 11th. It takes wild walks through the journey of the journalists hired by the network. This has tried to give an impartial version of the events as they see them. Thumps up for the Herculean task by director Jehane Noujaim , who completed the task surmounting the powerful resistance they had to face for it.

The World at War

This doc is considerable long duration of 26-episodes. It has an exhaustive 24 hours of runtime offering detailed picture of World War II. It boasts interviews with Albert Speer, Karl Dönitz, Walter Warlimont,James Stewart, Bill Mauldin, W. Averell Harriman, Curtis LeMay, Lord Mountbatten of Burma, Alger Hiss, Toshikazu Kase, Mitsuo Fuchida, Minoru Genda, J. B. Priestley, Brian Horrocks, John J. McCloy, Lawrence Durrell, Arthur Harris, Charles Sweeney Paul Tibbets, Anthony Eden, Traudl Junge, Mark Clark, Adolf Galland, Hasso von Manteuffel, and historian Stephen Ambrose.

This documentary is an invaluable piece for students of world history and war.

Director Jeremy Isaacs has tried to get with the person who closest to the efforts, rather than celebrated names. Film opens with a Nazi massacre inFranceand that tone is maintained for its day long run time.


One thought on “6 Best War Documentaries of All Times

  • December 10, 2011 at 4:52 am

    Thanks for sharing these documentries…never knew about these wars.

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