6 Brilliant War Documentaries Ever Made

12:10 pm 23 Dec, 2013


“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.”- G.K. Chesterton

Quite often the documentaries succeed in conveying and portraying the unbelievable truth far better than any book. They evidently highlight every minute detail and bring out everything from the consequences of political arguments to the worst horrors of nuclear warfare.

Mentioned below is a list of best 6 war documentaries ever made. These war documentaries about the various battles depict various situations and reasons of different wars that are sure to turn on your serious side as you will reflect on the atrocities and the dark side of humans that is surreal to watch sometimes.

6. The Fog of War


The Fog War (Subtitled: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara) is a 2003 documentary revolving around Robert McNamara and Vietnam War. McNamara was the Defense Secretary in the Johnson and Kennedy Administrations and was also designated as the World Bank President. The documentary focuses on McNamara’s interview, where he highlights some of the great many tragedies and flourishing glories of the Twentieth Century. Morris has remarkably offered the firsthand accounts of various events that led to the Vietnam War. This was made possible through the frank and honest confessions of McNamara where he speaks about the rationale of events behind various decisions that were taken at that time.

5. Standerd Operating Procedures

A 2008 documentary directed by Errol Morris, where he detailed various tortures and abuses that were taking place in the Abu Gharib prison, situated in Iraq. Morris has incredibly explored the sequence of events of how they occurred and why they occurred. Standerd Operating Procedures also comprises of various interviews of a number of key personnel belonging to the prison. The conclusion of the documentary leaves you with a lot many unanswered questions, but the viewers truly believe that the scandal went a lot further up the commanding hierarchy than it was recognized by the public at large.

4. No End in Sight

This 2007 documentary by Charles Ferguson, systematically and comprehensively examined every aspect of the key mistakes and blunders carried forward by the Bush Administration at the time when it marched towards war with Iraq. The documentary strongly highlights the key features of the war, right from failure to provide security in the midst of the looting and then their invasion. All these events are then followed by the subsequent disbanding of the Iraqi army and US failure to develop a post-war reconstruction plan. The Documentary is a scathing indictment of an administration, which is sure to invoke strong feelings in the viewers.

3. Hearts and Minds

This 1975 Peter Davis documentary of the conflicting attitudes between the various opponents of the Vietnam War managed to win an Oscar as the Best Documentary. Peter has logically described that the meteoric transcend of the Southeast Asian war was the subsequent result of irrational decision making due to ego clashes and petty squabbles that were certain to ultimately result in the death of thousands of natives leading to a divided nation. The documentary comprises of various firsthand interviews and also some very rare filed footages, compiled together in a distressful look at the war.

2. Armadillo

A 2010 documentary, Armadillo is an astute exploration of the war culture. The director narrates and displays his first hand experience as he follows the Danish soldiers fighting the Taliban in the Helmand province of southern Afghanistan. He has incredibly captured the sophisticated visual artistry that is rarely achieved under such raw conditions. Developing his film revolving around the characters within the platoon, Janus makes us witness transformations of different personalities and groups at the warfront, whose key victims are primarily the locals.

1. Restrepo

Restrepo is 2010’s Oscar winning Best Documentary, which revolves around the Afghanistan war. This documentary was co-directed by the author Sebastian Junger and the photojournalist Tim Hetherington, who resided in Afghanistan for one whole year. The documentary evidently displays the brutal portrayal of the solder’s lives. Plus, it also offers dangerous and compelling footages of various encounters as the platoon attempts to clear out the insurgencies from their deputed area for over 15 months.


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