List of War Films and TV Specials
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List of War Films and TV Specials

This is a list of war films and TV specials such as documentaries, TV mini-series, and drama serials depicting aspects of historical wars.

Trojan War (1193-1183 BC)

Greco-Persian Wars (499-450 BC)

Wars of Ancient China(476 BC-AD 1911)

Warring States period (476-221 BC)

Chu-Han Contention (206-202 BC)

Han-Xiongnu War (133 BC-AD 89)

Wars of the Three Kingdoms (220-280)

Wars of Tang dynasty (618-907)

Wars of Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms Period (907-960)

Wars of Song dynasty (960-1279)

Qing conquest of the Ming (1618-1683)

Opium Wars: First Opium War (1839-1842) Second Opium War (1856-1860)

Taiping Rebellion (1850-1864)

First Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895)

Boxer Rebellion (1899-1901)

Xinhai Revolution (1911-1912)

Wars of Alexander the Great (338-325 BC)

Wars of the Diadochi (322-275 BC)

Asoka the Great's conquests (ca. 304-232 BC)

Wars of the Roman Republic/Empire

Punic Wars(264-146BC)

Servile Wars(135-75BC)

Roman civil wars during the Late Republic(133-31BC)

Jewish-Roman wars(63BC-AD135)

Gallic Wars(58-50BC)

War of Roman Britain(43-410)

  • 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

Dacian Wars(86-106)

Final War of the Roman Republic (32-30BC)

Marcomanni War(167-180)

Roman civil wars during the Late Empire(306-398)

War with the Huns(395-453)

Fall of the Western Roman Empire(455-476)

Gothic War (367-554)

Anglo-Saxon settlement of Britain(410-600)

Wars of the Francia (481-840)

Early Muslim conquests (622-751)

Spanish Reconquest (718-1492)

War during the Viking Age (789-1130)

Norman conquest of England (1066-1076)

Crusades (1095-1272)

Northern Crusades (1147-1410)

Mongol conquests (1206-1324)

First Barons' War (1215-1217)

Ottoman wars in Europe (1299-1922)

Byzantine-Ottoman Wars (1299-1479)

Turkish Invasion of Serbia (1371-1459)

Ottoman-Hungarian Wars (1421-1566)

Skanderbeg's rebellion (1443-1468)

Ottoman invasion of Otranto (1480-1481)

Croatian-Slovene Peasant Revolt (1573)

Long Turkish War (1593-1606)

Polish-Ottoman War (1620-1699)

Serbian-Ottoman War (1876-1878)

Russo-Turkish War (1676-1878)

Balkan Wars (1912-1913)

Greco-Turkish War (1919-1922)

Wars of Scottish Independence (1296-1328), (1332-1357)

Hundred Years' War (1337-1453)

Hussite Wars (1419-1434)

Wars of the Roses (1455-1485)

Sengoku Period (1467-1573)

Italian Wars (1494-1559)

Battle of Mactan (1521)

French Wars of Religion (1562-1598)

Philippine Revolts Against Spain (1567-1872)

Eighty Years' War (1568-1648)

Japanese invasions of Korea (1592-98)

Polish-Muscovite War (1605-1618)

Thirty Years' War (1618-1648)

American Indian Wars (1622-1898)

English Civil War (1642-1651)

Ukraino-Russian Liberation War from Poland (1648-1654)

Polish Commonwealth Wars (1648-1672)

  • 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

Scanian War (1675-1679)

Jacobite risings (1688-1746)

Great Northern War (1700-1721)

Rákóczi's War of Independence (1703-1711)

Hungary during Absolutism of the Habsburgs (1711-1848)

War of the Austrian Succession (1740-1748)

Seven Years' War (1756-1763) and French and Indian War (1754-1763)

American Revolutionary War (1775-1783)

French Revolutionary Wars (1792-1802)

First Barbary War (1801-1805)

Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815)

First Serbian Uprising (1804-1813)

War of 1812

Second Serbian Uprising (1815-1817)

Italian unification (1815-1871)

Caucasian War (1817-1864)

Era of Hungarian Betyár (18-19th century)

Texas War of Independence (1835-1836)

Mexican-American War (1846-1848)

Revolutions of 1848 (1848-1849)

Passive Resistance (Hungary) (1849-1867)

Crimean War (1853-1856)

Eureka Rebellion (1854)

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

  • 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)

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

Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867)

Paraguayan War (1864-1870)

Second Schleswig War (1864)

Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871)

Herzegovina uprising (1875-77)

Satsuma Rebellion (1877)

Scramble for Africa (1879-1914)

Anglo-Zulu War (1879)

First Boer War (1880-1881)

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

Colonial conflicts in Northern Africa (1880s-1931)

Mahdist Sudanese War (1881-1899)

First Matabele War (1893-1894)

First Italo-Ethiopian War (1895-1896)

Second Boer War (1899-1902)

Timok Rebellion (1883)

Serbo-Bulgarian War (1885)

Philippine Revolution (1896-1898)

Spanish-American War (1898) - Cuban War of Independence (1895-1898)

Philippine-American War (1899-1902/1913)

Ilinden-Preobrazhenie Uprising (1903)

Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905)

Taiwanese rebellions against Japanese rule (1907-1930)

Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) and Cristero War (1926-1929)

US Intervention in Nicaragua / Nicaraguan Civil War (1912-1933)

World War I (1914-1918)

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

Western Front (1914-1918)

Eastern Front (1914-1918)

Italian Front (1915-1918)

Middle Eastern theatre of World War I (1914-1918)

African theatre of World War I (1914-1918)

Serbian Campaign of World War I (1914-1918)

Naval warfare of World War I (1914-1918)

Aviation in World War I (1915-1918)

Russian Civil War (1917-1922)

Russian Revolution (1917)

Finnish Civil War (1918)

Latvian War of Independence (1918-1920)

Estonian War of Independence (1918-1920)

Hungarian-Romanian War (1919)

Polish-Soviet War (1919-1921)

Irish War of Independence (1919-1921) and Irish Civil War (1922-1923)

Chinese Civil War (1927-1949)

Communist insurgency (1927-1937)

Chinese Communist Revolution (1945-1949)

Chaco War (1932-1935)

Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)

Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945)

World War II (1939-1945)

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)

Norwegian Campaign

Western Front(1939-1940 & 1944-1945)

North African Campaign (1940-1943)

Pacific War (1941-1945)

Burma Campaign (1942-1945)

Italian Campaign(1943-1945)

Prisoner of war

Resistance during World War II

Spy fiction in ww2

Air warfare in Europe (1939-1945)

Battle of the Atlantic (1939-1945)

The Jews in WW2

Finnish war (1939-1944)

Eastern Front (World War II) (1941-1945)

World War II in Yugoslavia (1941-1945)

Ecuadorian-Peruvian War (1941-1942)

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

Indonesian National Revolution (1945-1949)

Cold War (1945-1991)

(Also see Cold War films)

Greek Civil War (1946-1949)

Hukbalahap Insurgency (1946-1954)

Indochina Wars (1946-1989)

First Indochina War (1946-1954)

Vietnam War (1955-1975)

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

Cambodian Civil War (1967-1975)

Sino-Vietnamese War (1979-1989)

Indo-Pakistani wars and conflicts (1947-present)

Bengali Language Movement (1952)

Bangladesh Liberation War (1971)

Insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir (1989-present)

Kargil War (1999)

Arab-Israeli conflict (1948-present)

First Arab-Israeli War (1948-1949)

Second Arab-Israeli War (1956)

Third Arab-Israeli War (1967)

Fourth Arab-Israeli War (1973)

First Intifada (1987-1993)

Second Intifada (2000-2005)

2006 Lebanon War

Gaza War (2008-09)

Burmese insurgency (1948-present)

Malayan Emergency (1948-1960)

Korean War (1950-1953) and Korean DMZ Conflict (1966-present)

(Also see Korean War films)

Mau Mau Uprising (1952-1960)

Cuban Revolution (1953-1959)

Algerian War (1954-1962)

Hungarian Revolution of 1956

Colombian conflict (1960-present)

Dhofar Rebellion (1962-1976)

Sino-Indian War (1962)

Aden Emergency (1963-1967)

Modern Wars in Sub-Saharan Africa (1960-present )

Congo Crisis (1960-1966)

Eritrean War of Independence (1961-1991)

Guinea-Bissau War of Independence (1963-1974)

Rhodesian Bush War (1964-1979)

Chadian Civil War (1965-79)

Namibian War of Independence (1966-1990)

Nigerian Civil War (1967-1970)

Angolan Civil War (1975-2002)

Chadian-Libyan conflict (1978-1987)

Uganda-Tanzania War (1978-1979)

Second Sudanese Civil War (1983-2005)

Lord's Resistance Army insurgency in Uganda (1987-present)

Somali Civil War (1988-present)

First Liberian Civil War (1989-1997)

Rwandan Civil War (1990-1993)

Second Congo War (1998-2003)

Sierra Leone Civil War (1991-2002)

Second Liberian Civil War (1999-2003)

War in Darfur (2003-present)

Central African Republic Bush War (2003-2012)

Kivu conflict (2004-2013)

Central African Republic conflict (2012-present)

Tuareg rebellion (2012)

Chadian Civil War (2005-10)

South Sudanese Civil War (2013-2015)

Indonesian killings of 1965-66

Naxalite-Maoist insurgency in India (1967-present)

Communist Insurgency of the Philippines (1969-present)

The Troubles in Northern Ireland (1969-2005)

Islamic Insurgency of the Philippines (1970-present)

Turkish invasion of Cyprus (1974)

Indonesian invasion of East Timor (1975-1976)

Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990)

First Lebanon War (1982)

War of the Camps (1985-1988)

Operation Entebbe (1976)

Nicaraguan Civil War (1979-1992)

Soviet war in Afghanistan (1979-1989) and Afghan Civil War (1992-96)

Internal conflict in Peru (1980-present)

Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988)

Salvadoran Civil War (1980-1992)

Falklands War (1982)

Sri Lankan Civil War (1983-2009)

US Invasion of Grenada (1983)

Al-Anfal Campaign (1986-1989)

Nagorno-Karabakh War (1988-1994)

United States invasion of Panama (1989-1990)

Gulf War (1990-1991)

(Also see Gulf War films)

Algerian Civil War (1991-2002)

Yugoslav Wars (1991-1999)

Ten-Day War in Slovenia (1991)

Croatian War of Independence (1991-1995)

Bosnian War (1992-1995)

Kosovo War (1998-1999)

NATO bombing of Yugoslavia (1999)

Civil war in Tajikistan (1992-1997)

War in Abkhazia (1992-93)

First Chechen War (1994-1996)

East Timorese crisis (1999)

Second Chechen War (1999-2000)

Insurgency in the Republic of Macedonia (2001)

War on Terrorism (2001-present)

September 11 attacks (2001)

War in Afghanistan (2001-present)

Iraq War (2003-2011)

Covert special operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia etc.

Insurgency in Saudi Arabia (2003-present)

Insurgency in the Maghreb (2002-present)

Joint Chiefs of Staff operations

  • E-Ring (2005-2006) (TV series)

Operation Enduring Freedom - Philippines (2002-2015)

Terrorist Sleeper cells

War on Terror in Pakistan

Mexican Drug War (2006-present)

  • 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

South Ossetia War (2008)

2011 Libyan Civil War

Factional violence in Libya (2011-14)

Syrian Civil War (2011-present)

Iraqi Civil War (2014-present)

War in Donbass (2014-present)

Yemeni Civil War (2015-present)

Battle of Marawi (2017)

Mercenaries in the Third World

(See also: Mercenaries in popular culture: Films)

See also


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