A wise man once sang, "War! ... What is it good for?" Our answer? Movies. Lots and lots of phenomenal movies. It's no coincidence that some of the greatest films of all time depict the glory and horrors of war. That's because the cream of the filmmaking crop seem to dabble in it at one time or another throughout the careers: Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Terrence Malick, the list goes on. With this sort of pedigree it makes sense why films about war seem to also have a better quality quotient than any other genre, though the occasional dud is unavoidable (Here's looking at you, Flyboys).
But what are the very best war movies of all time? Yes, we know, it's like ranking your favorite children. And since we've never shied away from ranking our children (or relatives, for that matter), we won't step down from this fight. Check out our list of the 25 best war movies ever, then tell us where we misfired, and where hit the target (something tells us your replies will lean toward the former). We'll get you started: How could we could have not included Gettysburg, Black Hawk Down, Gallipoli, The Dirty Dozen, A Bridge Too Far, or No Man's Land? Those were some our just-misses, and goes to show you how many extraordinary war movies there truly are.