25 best war movies

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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