Guess Which War Has the Best Movies

A look at Rotten Tomatoes gives the crown to the Civil War
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 20, 2010 9:05 AM CDT
When it comes to war movies, the Civil War reigns supreme.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – The new Steven Spielberg-Tom Hanks series The Pacific got the folks at New York magazine's the Vulture blog wondering which war has produced the best movies. They looked up every one they could think of at Rotten Tomatoes, then averaged the scores. The winner: the Civil War. Here are the results, along with a top scorer from each conflict:

  1. Civil War, 83.8% average rating; Birth of a Nation (1925)
  2. Korean War, 82%; The Steel Helmet (1951)
  3. World War II, 79.8%; Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)
  4. World War I, 76.3%; The Big Parade (1925)
  5. Vietnam War, 75.7%; Hamburger Hill (1987)
  6. Gulf War, 75.3%; Three Kings (1999)
  7. Iraq War, 55.6%; The Hurt Locker (2009)
  8. American Revolution, 50.5%; Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)
  9. War in Afghanistan (two entries), 42.5%; Brothers (2009)

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