43 out of 50 people can't identify all these war movies from just one image! Can you?

By: 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 scales have covered the subject of war, from understated arthouse 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. There was the young Scottish warrior who fought against the English and inspired his people — and inspired a multi-Academy Award-winning classic as well. Sound familiar? We bet you’ve seen that movie!

Even just World War II alone has been covered hundreds of times over on the silver screen. From Pearl Harbor to D-Day, and everything that happened before and after, countless incredible stories have been brought to life by talented actors and filmmakers. Remember the critically acclaimed tale of a squad of American GIs sent to Europe to retrieve the last surviving brother from a family of soldiers? Whether from the point of view of the Allies or the Axis, in settings throughout Europe, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific we’ve seen every major battle and event play out. And quieter conflicts too, from the struggles of the Resistance in Vichy France, to the American homefront. Or how about the tale of an American expat who runs a fancy nightclub on the Moroccan coast, attracting everybody from Nazis to wartime refugees?

In more recent years, there have been many other stories of strife and survival in war to tell. The action-packed recounting of a desperate day-long skirmish of US special forces trapped in downtown Mogadishu has captivated audiences around the world. And the harrowing portrait of an EOD specialist defusing bombs in post-invasion Iraq put viewers inside the head of a soldier addicted to the dangers of his profession.

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!

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 8 Academy Award nominations.

Saving Private Ryan starred Tom Hanks as a leader of a group going behind enemy lines to retrieve a soldier whose brothers are KIA. Made nearly 4,500 million at the Box Office and had 11 Academy Award Nominations!

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

300 told the story of the Thermopylae battle of 300 defending against thousands. The Chroma-key film technique was to give a comic book appearance. Gerard Butler played Leonidas.

Battleship was inspired by a famous board game. It was made as the property of Hasbro. The film was released in 2012 by Universal.

Schindler's List relates the story of Oskar Schindler and how he rescued over a thousand Polish-Jewish refugees from extermination. The film came out in 1993.

Released in 1942, Casablanca is a romantic film that starred Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. An American expatriate is caught up in love and helping the cause for freedom during WWII.

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.

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

Pan's Labyrinth is a mix of history and fantasy. Set after the Spanish Civil War, real world and fantasy play together. The film is set during the time of General Franco.

Braveheart, a 1995 Academy Award-winning film, tells the story of William Wallace, who led 13th-century Scots against English rule.

A movie about the coming of age and how two pilots became men living through the experience of Pearl Harbor.

Full Metal Jacket was released in 1987. The film looks at the Tet Offensive in Vietnam and follows two Marines. Stanley Kubrick directed.

Lincoln is a 2012 historical drama movie about the famous president's final months. This movie was nominated for 12 Oscars and multiple Golden Globes. It did well at the box office.

Set in WWI, War Horse follows the various situations a thoroughbred faces with different owners in battle. This 2011 film was nominated for Best Picture.

Gone with the Wind is a genuine classic. This 1939 film starred Clark Gable as Rhett Butler and Vivian Leigh as Scarlett. Set against the Civil War, this film was an automatic success and received acclaim.

2001's Black Hawk Down looks at the 1993 raid on Mogadishu, Somalia. This film was complete with heavy duty filming of gore and violence. Fim critics love it, but the military not so much.

Love and Honor came out in 2013. The film follows a soldier during his time in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with the Vietnam War going on. This is a romantic drama flick.

The Patriot was released in 2000. Mel Gibson portrays a father whose family is swept up in the American Revolution. The film depicts Gibson as following his conscience about getting involved in the fight.

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.

Life Is Beautiful follows a Jewish book store owner who tries to protect his son from the horrors of war. Some critics accused the production of making light of a serious event.

The Deer Hunter follows three American steel workers who go to fight in Vietnam. The film won five Academy Awards.

Platoon was directed by Oliver Stone, who served in Vietnam. This 1986 portrayal of Vietnam is an interesting contrast to the movie Green Beret.

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.

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.

In The Last Samurai, Tom Cruise stars as Captain Nathan Algren, an American Civil War veteran who embraces the Samurai culture. Ken Watanabe stars as the leader of the Samurai.

This tragic look at the Holocaust was a box office success. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas depicts a non-Jewish boy who befriends a Jew in a nearby internment camp.

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.

Alexander is a 2004 film by Oliver Stone, based on a 1970 screenplay on the life of Alexander the Great. Alexander was the King of Macedonia and a great military leader.

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

Dr. Strangelove is about the dangers of nuclear arms. This 1964 political satire was directed and written by Stanley Kubrick. The full title is Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

A 2010 Canadian film, Incendies follows two Canadian brothers looking up the history of their mother in a wartorn Middle East nation. The film received a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

Apocalypse Now is a 1979 film set in Vietnam. Famous line : "I love the smell of napalm in the morning." The cast includes Marlon Brando and Robert Duvall.

Act of Valor features actual active-duty US Navy SEALs! The specific storyline, however, is fictional.

Centurion was eleased in 2010 as a British film. It followed the loss of the Ninth Roman Legion in Caledonia. Critics loved it, but the audience, not so much.

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.

Jarhead is a 2005 film, depicting the memoirs of a US Marine. The title comes from a slang term for Marines.

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.

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.

Set in 1757, The Last of the Mohicans takes place during the French and Indian war. This 1992 film is a ahistorical drama that did well at the box office.

Set in Nazi Germany, this 2014 film depicts the life of tank crews. The reviews for Fury were strong and it was a commercial success.

This 1998 film was a look at the war during the Guadalcanal campaign in the Pacific Theater. The Thin Red Line grossed close to $100 million, doubling its budget.

This Oscar-winning film was a 1996 American-English romantic hit of wartime love. The English Patient starred Ralph Fiennes.

This 2008 war film depicts the occupation of the Nazis in Belarus. Defiance was eleased in the USA in 2008 and worldwide by 2009.

The Hurt Locker is a 2008 American film that follows a team of ordinance experts being targeted by Insurgents. It's a psychological look at war's effects and how people handle it.

Atonement follows a six-decade look at a crime that occured in the1930s. The film won an Oscar for Best Original Score and was nominated for 6 others.

Starring Tom Cruise, this 2008 film looked at German generals plotting Hitler's demise. Valkyrie had mixed reviews through its run.

Legends of the Fall follows a family in the early twentieth century, as they deal with wilderness life in Montana and war.

The film Australia depicts life before WWII in Northern Australia. An English squire inherits an Australian ranch.

Red Dawn, released in 1984, depicts what happens when a small US community experiences an invasion by foreign soldiers and the citizens are placed in camps. A group of teens try to save their town. The film was a box-office hit.

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