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Classic War Movies Box Office Hits: 10 Films That Made the Most Money

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The topic of war gives movie creators many different times in history and locales to work with for films. This is why the top 10 highest-grossing classic war movies, which were big hits at the domestic box office, are so varied.

All of these moneymakers feature the main theme of war, but the specific wars and storylines transcend many locations and years.

1. “Saving Private Ryan”: $216,540,909

The top war movie all-time in terms of money made at the box office is “Saving Private Ryan.” The 1998 film starred Tom Hanks, who was nominated for the 1999 Academy Award for Best Actor; Steven Spielberg won Best Director. The movie, which was set during World War II, also ranked 128th on the list for the highest all-time box office totals on Box Office Mojo.

2. “Pearl Harbor”: $198,542,554

Ranked 156th on the Box Office Mojo list, this 2001 World War II film didn’t get the positive reviews that would seem to go along with such large box office profits. According to Rotten Tomatoes, “Pearl Harbor” received an average 4.6 out of 10 from critics, though audience reviewers were slightly more kind and gave it a 3.3 of five rating.

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3. “Platoon”: $138,530,565

Vietnam veteran Oliver Stone directed this 1986 classic, and according to Roger Ebert, Stone wanted to make it as real as possible. Ranked 326th on the list, it stars Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, and Charlie Sheen. Plus, it’s the only film on this Top 10 list based on the Vietnam War.

4. “Inglorious Basterds”: $120,540,719

This 2009 Quentin Tarantino film, which ranks 429th on the list and stars Brad Pitt as a Nazi hunter, received eight Academy Awards nominations. Christoph Waltz won Best Supporting Actor for the war movie, according to Box Office Mojo.

5. “Unbroken”: $115,637,895

Angelina Jolie directed “Unbroken,” the 472th film on the list. Released in 2014, it depicts the harrowing experience that Louis Zamperini went through when he was in a plane crash during World War II. He spent 47 days in a raft before being sent to a Japanese prisoner of war camp.

6. “The Patriot”: $113,330,342

Mel Gibson was the lead man in this 2000 film set during the American Revolution, and Heath Ledger also played a supporting role in the movie, according to Rotten Tomatoes. Ranked 482nd on the Box Office Mojo list, “The Patriot” received a 6.1 out of 10 rating from critics and 3.6 out of five from the audience.

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7. “The Last Samurai”: $111,127,263

Ranked 500th on the list, “The Last Samurai” is a fictional film where an American soldier (Tom Cruise) is hired to go to Japan in the late 1800’s. His job is to help train an army of pro-industrialization soldiers to take over the samurai, who want to stick to their native ways. According to University of Hawaii at Hilo assistant professor Jonathan Dresner, “’The Last Samurai’ is an historical disaster.”

8. “Black Hawk Down”: $108,638,745

This 2001 film based on a book details a 1993 mission by American soldiers in Somalia that goes wrong, according to IMDB. At the 2002 Academy Awards, it won for Best Film Editing and Best Sound. Director Ridley Scott was nominated for Best Director as well. It is ranked 514th on the list.

9. “Cold Mountain”: $95,636,509

Ranked 629th on the list, this film combined the Civil War and romance according to Miramax, the studio that distributed the 2003 film. It was nominated for seven different Academy Awards in 2004.

10. “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World”: $93,927,920

Finally, coming in at number 644 on the list, this film takes place in 1805 during the Napoleonic Wars and features ships, according to IMDB. It won Oscars in 2004 for Best Cinematography and Best Sound Editing.

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