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A number of war movies that were originally scheduled to hit theaters and streaming services in 2021 got pushed back to the following year thanks to the coronavirus pandemic (the biggest of the bunch being "Top Gun: Maverick," which is now penciled in for May 2022), though many still managed to make it to theaters and streaming services. There were a few duds among them, but some unmissable war movies also came out in 2021, with many of them flying under the radar. From true stories of heroism in the face of historic evil to glimpses of what armed conflict could look like in the future, these are the very best war movies of 2021.


 


The Mauritanian


Set during the War on Terror, Kevin Macdonald's "The Mauritanian" is based on the true story of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who was arrested in Mauritania two months after the September 11 attacks and was accused of being one of the organizers. Three years later, having heard nothing from him since his arrest, his family discovers via a newspaper report that he's being held in Guantánamo Bay without charge. A war movie that lifts the lid on an unseen side of warfare, "The Mauritanian" pits Benedict Cumberbatch's top military prosecutor against Jodie Foster's criminal defense lawyer vying for the detainee's release. Playing the role of Slahi is doppelganger Tahar Rahim, who's at his best bouncing off an on-form Foster.


 


The Forgotten Battle


"Harry Potter" star Tom Felton supports a stellar young cast in the gripping World War II drama "The Forgotten Battle," which landed on Netflix in October 2021. As the title suggests, the war movie highlights a major but often overlooked battle. It's set in the Dutch province of Zeeland, which remains in the hands of the Nazis following the Normandy landings. The area is a vitally important shipping lane for the Allies, and it must be won back for the war effort to proceed. We follow a local resistance fighter, a British pilot, and a Dutch soldier fighting for the Germans, all of whom are fated to collide at the Battle of the Scheldt. It's been compared to "Dunkirk" and "1917," and deservedly so — it's just as tense and character-driven.


 


The Auschwitz Report


Slovakia's entry for Best International Film at the 93rd Academy Awards, "The Auschwitz Report" is the harrowing true story of two prisoners who escape from the notorious death camp with the sole purpose of exposing the horrors taking place there to the world. To do that, Alfred Wetzler and Rudolf Vrba need to get their astonishing report on the conditions and the number of deaths at the camp into the hands of the Allies. The war movie pulls no punches in its depiction of life and death in Auschwitz, and it remains just as absorbing after the two men escape, as they have trouble convincing the British Red Cross that murder is being committed on such a huge scale.


 Published date:

June 23, 2022

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New York

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Brooklyn

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