The best war films of 2018

Every year, modern technologies and computer graphics make it possible to create more and more realistic battle scenes. If we add to this the actors who are able to convey the whole gamut of emotions of a soldier during the war, you will get an excellent modern movie. This compilation includes the best war films shot in 2018.

T-34 (2018)

Fans of military history should definitely watch the new Russian movie of 2018 about tankers during the war of 1941-1945. A recent graduate of a tank school, Nikolai Ivushkin, is captured. After several escape attempts, the guy is sent to drive a Soviet T-34 tank. The Germans use the car as a target for training cadets. Ivushkin decides to use this opportunity for a new escape.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?
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Actors:
Alexander Petrov, Viktor Dobronravov, Irina Starshenbaum …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
12+


Cavalry (2018)

The events of the American military action movie take place shortly after the September 11 attacks. By order of the government, the search for terrorists begins. To do this, a detachment of “green berets” led by Mitch Nelson is sent to Afghanistan. To their destination, American special forces ride horses like cavalry.

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Original title:
12 Strong

Actors:
Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Tanks (2018)

The top best military films of 2018 include films by Russian filmmakers about the secret run of prototypes of the T-34 tank from Kharkov to Moscow. Mikhail Koshkin’s proposal to demonstrate military vehicles to Stalin is rejected. Then the engineer goes to the capital on his own. Soon the run turns into a dangerous race with pursuers.

Actors:
Andrey Merzlikin, Aglaya Tarasova, Sergei Stukalov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 4.8

Age restrictions:
12+


Ax (2018)

In 1941, the news of the outbreak of war with the Nazis reaches the distant Siberian taiga. There, far away from people, lives an old hermit. Many years ago he was arrested, but escaped from the camp. All these years, the former officer was hiding in the wilderness. The news of the outbreak of war forces the hermit to take up arms again.

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Actors:
Andrey Smolyakov, Dmitry Shevchenko, Daria Kalmykova …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Unbreakable (2018)

The novelty of Russian military cinema in 2018 tells about the feat of the crew of the Soviet KV-1 tank during the Great Patriotic War. The film is based on real events. The picture received high ratings from critics, positive reviews from viewers. Experienced commander Semyon Konovalov is entrusted with a new crew. Relationships between colleagues are not easy. But all disagreements fade into the background after the start of the battle. In an unequal battle, tankers destroyed 26 units of enemy military equipment.

Actors:
Andrey Chernyshov, Vladimir Epifantsev, Oleg Fomin …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.5, IMDb – 5.2

Age restrictions:
12+


Anna’s War (2018)

In the new Russian drama, the war is shown through the eyes of a Jewish girl. Anna miraculously managed to survive. From imminent death, the girl was saved by her mother, covering her body during the execution. Now Anna is hiding in the idle fireplace of the German commandant’s office. The feature film was released in January 2018 at the Rotterdam Film Festival and received a number of prestigious film awards.

Actors:
Marta Kozlova, Lyubov Vorozhtsova, Vladimir Sapin …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
12+


Soldier (2018)

One of the most interesting pictures of 2018 is a feature film about the war of 1941-1945 about a little soldier. Six-year-old Seryozha Aleshkov became the son of a regiment after the death of all his relatives. The soldiers started a game with the boy to save his childhood. Trying to match the honorary title, the boy turns into a real defender of the Motherland.

Actors:
Andrey Andreev, Viktor Dobronravov, Daria Ursulyak …

Country:
Russia, Belarus

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5

Age restrictions:
6+


Sobibor (2018)

The list of the best includes a Russian film about an uprising in a Nazi concentration camp. The film is based on the true story of the only successful mass escape from the Nazi death camp. Lieutenant of the Red Army Alexander Pechersky succeeded in rallying people of different nationalities, organizing and carrying out the uprising.

Actors:
Konstantin Khabensky, Christopher Lambert, Felice Janckell …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
12+


Russian boy (2018)

The new Russian film of 2018 about the First World War tells the story of a simple village boy Alexei. The young man goes to the front as a volunteer. After a gas attack, Alyosha loses his sight, but does not return home, but remains to serve as a “hearer”. The guy has to warn the rest of the fighters about the approaching enemy airplanes.

Actors:
Vladimir Korolev, Mikhail Buturlov, Artem Leshchik …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
12+


Private War (2018)

The foreign film tells the story of Mary Colvin, a fearless war correspondent. Again and again, she goes to “hot spots” around the world to tell people the truth. Together with war photographer Paul Conroy, Mary travels to a besieged Syrian city. There, the journalist must perform the most dangerous task in her career.

Original title:
A Private War

Actors:
Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan, Stanley Tucci…

Country:
Great Britain, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Donbass. Outskirts (2018)

A film about the war in eastern Ukraine, which was released in 2018, can be called rather anti-war. The action takes place in August 2014 on the outskirts of Donetsk. Andriy Sokolov serves as a driver in the Ukrainian army. By order of the commander, the guy goes to the war zone. Having come under fire, Andrei hides in the basement of a residential building. In the same place, completely different people find shelter from the Armed Forces of Ukraine, united by a single goal – to survive.

Actors:
Gela Meskhi, Evgeny Mikheev, Sergey Kholmogorov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 2.7

Age restrictions:
12+


Liquidation decision (2018)

The FSB special forces receive a special task – to detect and destroy the terrorist Shamil Bazgaev. They have been trying to neutralize him for several years, but every time the militant leader slips away. The operatives have one last chance, because Bazgaev has a powerful weapon in his hands. The film is based on a real anti-terrorist operation to destroy the leader of the Chechen terrorists Shamil Basayev.

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Actors:
Igor Petrenko, Ivan Shakhnazarov, Alexei Vertkov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
12+


At the end of the world (2018)

The action of an interesting film released in 2018 takes place during the Second World War in the jungles of Vietnam. In the battle with the Ho Chi Minh guerrillas, soldier Robert Tassen was the only survivor. The guy comes to his senses among the corpses, with difficulty getting out of the pit. Now Robert’s only desire is revenge. But hate subsides when love comes.

Original title:
Les confins du monde

Actors:
Gaspard Ulliel, Guillaume Gui, Lang Khê Tran, Gerard Depardieu…

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Seven Pairs of the Unclean (2018)

Among the best Russian films of 2018 about the Second World War, which you can already watch, is a fresh military action movie. The action in it takes place at the very beginning of the war. A riot breaks out on a ship carrying prisoners. The hatred that has been building up for many years breaks out. The young lieutenant with the guards cannot resist the convicts. But even irreconcilable enemies unite to resist the Nazis.

Actors:
Yuri Borisov, Marie Vorozhi, Timofey Tribuntsev …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 4.4

Age restrictions:
16+


We won’t say goodbye (2018)

New in 2018 – a Russian film about the Second World War tells about the defense of Kalinin. A huge fascist army is approaching the city, which the 5th rifle division is capable of stopping. Its parts are about to arrive at the Kalinin station. A sabotage group operates in the city. Major Sysoev tries to find the enemy, but he himself falls under suspicion.

Actors:
Andrey Merzlikin, Alena Chekhova, Arthur Vakha …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
6+


Hurricane (2018)

The new war film tells the story of the Polish pilot Jan Zumbach. During the Second World War, the pilot fought in the ranks of the RAF. An experienced pilot flew the Hurricane fighter. On his plane, Zumbach fought the outnumbered Nazis many times. Largely thanks to the Polish pilots, the Germans failed to carry out their plans for a quick capture of Great Britain.

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Original title:
Hurricane

Actors:
Ivan Rheon, Milo Gibson, Stephanie Martini…

Country:
Great Britain, Poland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.3, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Bombing (2018)

One-episode military drama tells about the events of the Second Sino-Japanese War. After moving the capital of China to Chongqing, the Japanese set out to destroy the city in order to persuade the government of Chiang Kai-shek to withdraw from the war. To do this, Japanese bombers drop thousands of shells on peaceful neighborhoods.

Original title:
Da hong zha

Actors:
Liu Ye, Bruce Willis, Song Seung-hong, Adrien Brody …

Country:
China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.3, IMDb – 3.2

Age limit:
16+


Badaber Fortress (mini-series 2018)

A worthy Russian novelty, which was released in 2018, is a series about the war in Afghanistan. Scout Nikitin performs the task of the GRU, penetrates the Pakistani fortress of Badaber. The Mujahideen are supposedly trained there. Having completed the dangerous task, Nikitin notices captured Soviet soldiers. The brave scout decides to stay behind to save the guys.

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Actors:
Sergey Marin, Svetlana Ivanova, Sergey Kolesnikov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Submarine (TV series 2018)

The action of the German series takes place in 1942, a few months after breaking the code of the Enigma cipher machine. On the territory occupied by the Germans, the anti-fascist struggle flares up with renewed vigor. The crew of the submarine receives a new dangerous task, during which the captain has to make a difficult decision.

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Original title:
Das Boot

Actors:
Tom Vlachiha, Thierry Fremont, Leonard Scheicher …

Country:
Germany, Czech Republic

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Battalion (mini-series, 2018)

The events of the Russian military series are developing in 1999, when Yugoslavia is on the verge of collapse. Militant Albanians do not want to put up with the presence of Serbs in the country. To prevent the capture of the Slatina airport by Kosovo militants, GRU special forces are sent there. The fighters were tasked with holding the object until the approach of Russian peacekeepers.

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Actors:
Maxim Schegolev, Dmitry Ulyanov, Alexander Bukharov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


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