25 best war movies

The Thin Red Line‬ (1998)

Military deserter Private Witt (James Caviezel) is dragged out of his peaceful life with Pacific natives and back into war. He and his compatriots are then thrown into the battle to take back the island of Guadalcanal.

Somewhat unfairly overshadowed by Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, The Thin Red Line saw the return of legendary director Terence Malik to film-making after two decades of self-imposed isolation. Malick's approach to the Second World War emphasised the use of documentary wildlife footage, emphasising how the horrors of war impacted on the unsullied landscape of Guadalcanal.

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