Can You Identify All Of These War Movies From Just One Image?

Neil Heater

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When it comes to the art of war, nobody does it better than Hollywood. The violence of war and its effects on the people in its path have been the subject of many movies since the early days of the film industry. Movies of all types have covered the subject of war, from understated art-house classics with a personal focus, to multi-million-dollar action blockbusters which sweep across battlefields.

Some of the great war movies have covered chapters in history long-removed from living memory. And it’s no wonder, since the consequences of war can still echo hundreds or even thousands of years later. Bringing these events into the modern era with the power of the camera and historical perspective creates all kinds of opportunities for awesome action scenes and unique storytelling. Movies can bring to life the long-forgotten stories of war, and history is often the best source of inspiration for the cinema. 

With all that said, not every war movie is equally iconic. Some are easier to recognize than others. Whether it’s a famous character’s haggard expression, a shot of ravaged scenery, or a particularly terrifying moment in the heat of combat, a lot of little things can make the difference in what you remember. In other words, it takes a true aficionado to reliably recognize war movies from a single image. Take this quiz to prove that you have what it takes!

This is a picture from which Tarantino film about WWII?

Directed by Quentin Taarantino, "Inglourious Basterds" showcases two plots to kill Hitler. The script was written in 1998, and filming was completed in 2009. The film earned eight Academy Award nominations. Christoph Waltz won for Best Supporting Actor.

Which WWII film about finding a soldier stars Tom Hanks?

"Saving Private Ryan" starred Tom Hanks as a leader of a group going behind enemy lines to retrieve a soldier whose brothers are killed during the invasion of Normandy. It made over $480 million dollars at the box office and won five of eleven Academy Awards that it was nominated for.

Which Sylvester Stallone film features him playing a war vet?

"Rambo" is only the first of a series of Rambo films with Sly Stallone. This one came out in 1982. Rambo, the character, is a Vietnam vet dealing with post-war trauma.

Which movie was originally a Frank Miller comic?

"300" told the story of the Battle of Thermopylae of 300 soldiers defending against thousands of invading Persian soldiers. The Chroma key film technique was to give a comic book appearance. Gerard Butler played Leonidas.

Do you know the name of the war movie named after a board game?

"Battleship" was inspired by a famous board game produced by Hasbro. The film was released in 2012 by Universal and was not nominated for any major awards.

What is the name of this film about a WWII hero?

"Schindler's List" tells the true life story of Oskar Schindler and how he rescued over a thousand Polish-Jewish refugees from the Holocaust by employing them. The film won seven of the twelve Academy Awards that it was nominated for.

Which romantic wartime movie stars Ingrid Bergman?

Released in 1942, "Casablanca" is a romantic film that starred Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. An American expatriate is caught between love and helping his love escape Nazis.

Which movie stars Tommy Lee Jones as General Douglas MacArthur?

In "Emperor," a general is assigned at war's end to see if Emperor Hirihito should be hung. This film includes Tommy Lee Jones as General Douglas MacArthur.

Which Roman Polanski film came out in 2002?

"The Pianist" tells the story of a famed Polish-Jewish composer and Holocaust survivor, Wladyslaw Szpilman. The film was directed by Roman Polanski and came out in 2002.

Which surreal film is set after the Spanish Civil War?

"Pan's Labyrinth" is a mix of history and surrealism. Set after the Spanish Civil War, real world and fantasy play together. The film is set during the time of General Franco, the military dictator who served until 1975.

Which film is about William Wallace?

"Braveheart," a 1995 Academy Award-winning film, tells the story of William Wallace, who led 13th-century Scots against English rule. The film is named after Wallace's sword's name.

Which movie is about an event that took place in Hawaii?

"Pearl Harbor" is loosely based on the historical attack on Oahu. The film was released in Hawaii a few days before it was released nationwide.

Which Stanley Kubrick film takes place in Vietnam?

"Full Metal Jacket" was directed by Stanley Kubrick. It was only nominated for one Academy Award, and didn't win.

Which movie is about the U.S. president during the Civil War?

"Lincoln" is a historical drama about the famous president's final months. It starred Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln. While it was nominated for twelve Academy Awards, it only won two (including a Best Actor Oscar for Day-Lewis.)

Which war movie is about a Thoroughbred in WWI?

Set in WWI, "War Horse" a bay Thoroughbred that becomes a British military horse, and then has encounters with many different people and owners during the war. When it was released, it was the the highest-grossing film about WWI ever.

Which movie is a Clark Gable romance set against the Civil War?

"Gone with the Wind" is a genuine classic. This 1939 film starred Clark Gable as Rhett Butler and Vivian Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara. Set against the Civil War, this film was an automatic success and received acclaim, including eight Academy Awards. It should be noted that Hattie McDaniel, the recipient of the Best Supporting Actress award, was also the first African-American to win an Oscar. Ever.

Which film is about the raid on Mogadishu?

2001's "Black Hawk Down" looks at the 1993 raid on Mogadishu, Somalia, based on the book of the same name by Mark Bowden. While it was nominated for a number of awards, military officials from around the world felt that it had a number of inaccuracies.

Which movie made less than $20,000 at the box office?

"Love and Honor" is a little known film about love during the Vietnam War. In fact, it only made $16,769 at the box office. Even more surprisingly, it starred Liam Hemsworth.

Which American Revolutionary War film stars Mel Gibson?

"The Patriot" was released in 2000. Mel Gibson portrays a father whose family is swept up in the American Revolution. Despite the director and writer consulting with historical experts, there were many inaccuracies with the depiction of the war.

Which movie is about an attempt to kill a Taliban leader?

"Lone Survivor" is a 2013 film about Navy Seals in a failed mission to kill a Taliban leader. The film earned over $150 million at the box office and received two Oscar nominations.

Which war movie takes place mostly in a Nazi concentration camp?

"Life Is Beautiful" follows a Jewish book store owner who tries to protect his son from the horrors of the Nazi concentration camp where they're being held. Some critics accused the production of making light of a serious event. It won three Academy Awards.

Which film takes place partly in a Pennsylvania working class town?

"The Deer Hunter" follows the loves of three steelworkers before, through and after Vietnam. One of the namesake deer from the film was later used in a series of life insurance commercials. Also, there was a live round in the gun used in the impromptu Russian roulette scene.

Which movie about Vietnam was directed by Oliver Stone?

"Platoon" was directed by Oliver Stone, who served in Vietnam. This anti-war film was the first in a trilogy. It won four Academy Awards.

Which movie is about the crusades?

Directed and produced by Ridley Scott, "Kingdom of Heaven" follows the experiences of a common man who must endure the rigors of war. The story takes place during the crusades of the 12th century.

What movie makes references to "The Odyssey?"

Set during the Civil War, "Cold Mountain" tells the story of a Confederate deserter who tries to make his way home. Released in 2003, the film makes references to Homer's Odyssey.

Which movie takes place in Japan during the late 1800s?

"The Last Samurai," a film by Edward Zwick and starring Tom Cruise, had more success at the box office in Japan than in the United States. Despite this, the film didn't escape all critique of relying heavily on tropes about race and honor.

Which movie portrays childhood friendship during the Holocaust?

"The Boy in the Striped Pajamas," which tells the fictional story of the friendship between a Nazi leader's son and a boy interned in an extermination camp came under fire from scholars and critics for vastly misrepresenting the Holocaust and how Nazi concentration camps actually worked.

Which war movie focused on the politics of a particularly famous and enigmatic leader?

"King Arthur" stars Clive Owen, Stephen Dillane, and Keira Knightley. This 2004 film looked at the history and politics of King Arthur's reign, not the fantasy.

Which movie was about a Macedonian general and king?

"Alexander" is a film by Oliver Stone and partly based on a 1973 book by an Oxford historian. The film, which was historically inaccurate, was a flop among domestic movie critics.

Which war movie is based on the experience of a sniper?

A 2001 film, "Enemy at the Gates" looks at the Battle of Stalingrad, in the winter of 1942-1943. Soviet sniper, Vasili Zaitsev's, observations were the foundation of the film.

Which film was a satire about the nuclear arms race?

"Dr. Strangelove" (as it is normally called) is about the dangers of nuclear arms. This 1964 political satire was directed and written by Stanley Kubrick. Peter Sellers played three different roles in the film. It is considered to be one of the greatest films of all times by many critics, despite only being nominated for four Academy Awards (and not winning a single one.)

Which film is based on the Lebanese Civil War?

A 2010 Canadian film, "Incendies." follows two Canadian brothers looking up the history of their mother in an unnamed (but assumed to be Lebanon) war-torn Middle East nation. The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

Which Francis Ford Coppola film was based on a Joseph Conrad story?

"Apocalypse Now" is a 1979 film set in Vietnam, but based on Joseph Conrad's novella, "Heart of Darkness." One of the most famous lines in cinema history is attributed to the character Bill Kilgore: "I love the smell of napalm in the morning."

Which war movie used real active-duty military in the cast?

"Act of Valor" not only has regular actors, but also features actual active-duty member of the US Navy special forces. The film itself, received lukewarm reception from critics. It was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song.

Which war movie is about Caledonia?

"Centurion," a British film, followed the loss of the Ninth Roman Legion in Caledonia. At the box office, it only made half of what it cost to make.

Which film focuses on Hitler at the end of his reign?

"Downfall" received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film. This 2004 German, Austrian and Italian film tells the story of the last days of Hitler's reign over Germany.

Which film is named for a slang term for Marines?

The film is based on a memoir by a US Marine who served in the early 1990s in the Middle East. It was generally received fairly positively by critics, if not deemed an exceptional film.

Which movie did Steven Spielberg direct?

"Empire of the Sun" is a 1987 film depicting the life of a wealthy kid in Shanghai who spends time in a Japanese internment camp during WWII. Directed by Spielberg, this film was not a box-office hit, but it did well through the years. It starred a young Christian Bale.

Which movie is based on a Nicholas Sparks novel?

Released in 2010, "Dear John" is a romantic drama that follows two lovers who exchange letters when one goes to war. The movie was inspired by the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same name.

Which movie takes place in the 18th century?

Set in 1757, "The Last of the Mohicans" takes place during the French and Indian war. Much care was made by the props director to make sure the tomahawks and other weaponry were historically accurate, even if the story itself took artistic liberties.

The director of which movie required that his actors prepare for four months before filming?

The movie is about American armored tank crews at the end of WWII in Nazi Germany. The actors all had to complete a week-long Navy SEAL boot camp training session in preparation for filming, as part of a four month preparation plan.

The director of which movie cut the majority of many of his stars' lines in the final edit?

This Terrence Malick film was a look at WWII during the Guadalcanal campaign in the Pacific Theater. "The Thin Red Line" grossed close to $100 million, doubling its budget. It also angered many of its stars who had their roles minimized or totally cut in post-production.

Which movie is about a real-life Hungarian aristocrat and explorer?

"The English Patient" starred Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche (who won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role.) The story is based on the life of Count Laszlo de Almasy, a Hungarian aristocrat and explorer.

Which movie was about partisan fighters from Belarus?

"Defiance" tells the story of the Bielski Partisans, a group of Jewish brothers from Belarus that grew a network of Jewish partisan fighters during WWII. It faced criticism from both Polish and Belarusian audiences and critics for inaccuracies in some of the historical information.

Which movie was helmed by the first women to win an Oscar for Best Director?

"The Hurt Locker" is a 2008 American film that follows a team of ordnance experts being targeted by insurgents in Iraq. It's a psychological look at war's effect on soldiers. Kathryn Bigelow, the director, made history by becoming the first women to receive an Academy Award for Best Director.

Which film covers six decades?

"Atonement"r follows a six-decade look at a crime that occurred in the 1930s. The film won an Oscar for Best Original Score and was nominated for six others.

Which movie is about German army officers trying to overthrow Hitler?

Starring Tom Cruise, this 2008 film looked at German army officers plotting Hitler's demise. The German movie critics felt that it was a reasonable, if not great portrayal, of the actual military plot (Operation Valkyrie) to assassinate Hitler.

Which movie is an epic historical drama that starts right before WWI?

"Legends of the Fall" follows a family in the early twentieth century, as they deal with wilderness life in Montana and the repercussions of WWI. The film won an Academy Award for Best Cinematography.

Which movie was directed by Baz Luhrmann?

"Australia" is about a widow dealing with the aftermath of her husband's death (as well as the immediacy of WWII.) Interestingly, the tourism group responsible for tourism in Western Australia spent $1 million on advertising for the movie as part of a larger tourism campaign aimed at countries like the U.S. and Japan.

Which movie depicts an alternate history?

"Red Dawn," released in 1984, depicts what happens when a small U.S. community experiences an invasion by Soviet soldiers, and the citizens are placed in camps. Decades later, the film was remade with North Korean invaders instead of Soviet soldiers.

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