25 best war movies

"War is hell," said General Sherman. War movies, on the other hand, are great. Here are the best of the lot

Ran (1985)

Akira Kurosawa's last great epic is – loosely – based on Shakespeare's King Lear, telling how a feudal warlord's decision to divide his kingdom among his children leads to ruin. On a grand scale.

Kurosawa's perfectionism saw him creating an entire castle – and then burning it down – for a key battle scene. No surprise that it was the most expensive Japanese film ever.

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