Movies dealing with the topic of war have been captivating audiences for decades. The stories of conflict, horror and heroism resonate with something deep in all of us. One of the shortcomings of these movies is that they are often an inaccurate portrayal. Sometimes this serves a purpose and sometimes it is plain inaccuracy. But there is a growing number of successful movies that pay close attention to realism. This approach does not shy away from the horrifying experiences of war, or its effect on people. Here is a list of some of the most realistic works of art depicting war on the silver screen.
Black Hawk Down
Written and directed by Ridley Scott, Black Hawk Down deals with the Battle of Mogadishu in 1993. Unlike many movies of its kind, this motion picture forgoes any political context or analysis. It’s tailor-made and focused on the gritty, dangerous experience that the soldiers went through. Black Hawk Down is one of the few movies where the tension is palpable and consistent. There are no moments of respite, from the initial crash to the very end. It conveys the non-stop horror of being surrounded and under fire in an unparalleled way.