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Overview: War films are among the oldest film genres. Only a few hours after the United States declared war on Spain in 1898, nickelodeons screened a jingoistic short film called Tearing Down the Flag.

Movies are the closest most of us will ever get to combat. It is through movies that we learn about the intensity, carnage, fear and heroism of war and the arbitrariness of combat death. ... more

Important films of this era

Movie trailers available on Digital History