A discussion of this kind begins with "Lawrence of Arabia" which is obviously a war film and i believe the best film ever made. Based on a real man and a real story that was actually more spectacular than the film. The film and the story from ww 1 was an epiphany for me. The bridge on the river Kwai- is starting right now on tcm. David Lean's previous film to Lawrence this certainly would have to be on anybody's top ten list. The dirty dozen-another personal favorite. Patton-Biopic of a very successful but eccentric general with an obsession with history. Saving private Ryan Braveheart Battleground More of my favorites in a genre i really love. Many more to talk about of course. I personally prefer films about infantry, cavalry and special ops. Films about naval operations are filmed in a studio and films about air operations are simulated so i do not normally like those as much.