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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.


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]

Anglo-Saxon settlement of Britain[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

Scanian War (1675-1679)[edit]

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]

First Liberian Civil War (1989-1997)[edit]

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

Gulf War (1990–1991)[edit]

(Also see Gulf War films)

1991 uprisings in Iraq[edit]

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]

Afghan Civil War (1992–96)[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
  • 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

Second Lebanon War (2006)[edit]

South Ossetia War (2008)[edit]

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

2011 Libyan Civil War[edit]

Factional violence in Libya (2011–14)[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]


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