After watching Brad Pitt’s latest tank movie called Fury we got into the mood to watch other tank movies, which lead us to this list; the top 10 tank movies. There’s been plenty of war movies which naturally would mean that there are a lot of tanks in them, but the question as to whether it is a great tank movie remains to be answered.
We take you through our list of top 10 tank movies. Let us know in the comments if you agree or if we missed one:
1. Fury (2014)
Starring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman. Set in the final months of World War II in Europe, the film centers on a U.S. Army sergeant (Pitt) in the 2nd Armored Division and his crew, sent on a deadly mission behind enemy lines.
2. Kelly’s Heroes (1970)
Kelly’s Heroes is a 1970 American war film about a group of World War II American soldiers who go AWOL to rob a bank behind enemy lines. The classic war movie starring a very you Clint Eastwood and Donald Sutherland. Technically the movie is about a gold heist in the middle of the war, but we do get to see one epic tank battle.
3. Tank Girl
I doubt whether anyone watching Tank Girl for the first time Today will agree with our choice. How do you explain how a movie achieved cult status? Surely not all tank movies have to be about death and depression? Tank Girl is indeed a cult classic that bombed theatrically, Tank Girl is a post-apocalyptic dark comedy that could be summed up as Waterworld meets Mad Max with a pinch of girl power. Lori Petty plays the title role who searches the desolate wasteland in her pimped out tank. A very 1990s movie with a great soundtrack:
Authentic and dark, as the director actually fought that war himself; probably the most realistic depiction of the reality of a fighting tank crew yet. It won the Leone d’Oro at the 66th Venice International Film Festival,becoming the first Israeli-produced film to have won that honour. The film was nominated for 10 Ophir Awards, including Best Film. The film also won the 14th Annual Satyajit Ray Award.Maoz based the film on his experience as a young Israeli conscript during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982.
The 1943 classic starring Humphrey Bogart. Directed by Zoltán Korda. Humphrey Bogart stars as a U.S. tank commander in Libya during the Western Desert Campaign of World War II. During the African part of the war, the British lost virtually all their tanks, although a number of damaged tanks could be evacuated. General Rommel pursued the British into Egypt, trying to keep his opponent under pressure and denying him the opportunity to regroup. As both sides neared exhaustion, the British were able to check Rommel’s advance at the First battle of El Alamein, which is where the radio report calls Bogart and tank crew to rally in the film.
6. Battle of the Bulge (1965)
Battle lines: The epic depicts the final major German offensive, which took place from December 1944 to January 1945 in the Ardennes forest of Belgium and Luxembourg. Germans drive their tanks to the port city of Antwerp and split the Allied armies in two. It was American forces’ largest land battle with more than 80,000 casualties. The movie starred Henry Fonda, Robert Shaw, Robert Ryan, Dana Andrews and Telly Savalas star in the film directed by Ken Annakin.
7. Patton (1970)
Patton is an American biographical war film about U.S. General George S. Patton during World War II. Winner of seven Academy Awards, including best film and actor for Scott, the historical epic follows the controversial general from his victory against Rommel at El Guettar, Tunisia, marking the first time U.S. troops beat German tanks in battle, to his removal from command.
Patton was one of the first films to show tanks in combat. It’s relatively early in the film where Patton first takes control of American II Corps, and faces off against Rommel at El Guettar. What follows is one of the largest, most ambitious battles ever put to film as dozens of American and German tanks trade fire while swarming with hundreds of infantry soldiers. There’s also attacks from the air and artillery. Truly one of the more magnificent battle re-creations in the history of cinema.
8. White Tiger
White Tiger is a 2012 Russian action film directed by Karen Shakhnazarov. The film was selected as the Russian entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards, but it did not make the final shortlist. The film is based on the novella Tankist, ili “Belyy tigr” (The Tank Crewman, or “the White Tiger”) by Russian novelist Ilya Boyashov. The ‘americanized’ trailer and dubbing pure is absolutely rubbish, and we recommend finding the original Russian copy.
9. The Beast
During the war in Afghanistan a Soviet tank crew commanded by a tyrannical officer find themselves lost and in a struggle against a band of Mujahadeen guerrillas in the mountains. A unique look at the Soviet ‘Vietnam’ experience sympathetically told for both sides. The Beast is a Russian war movie set in Afghanistan inside a tank. The Russians deal with death, survival, crazed commanders, and harsh conditions. This film is hard to find as it was never released in the United States, but it has become something of a cult classic.
10. Saving Private Ryan
It’s not really a tank movie, but definitely has an epic tank scene in it and without a doubt one of the most popular war movies of all time. The movie ends with Captain Miller (Tom Hanks) and Private Ryan (Matt Damon) attempting to hold a small village named Ramelle with a very small contingent of U.S. soldiers. Which, they might have had a chance to hold if they didn’t have to face off against a German Tiger tank. The finale – tank vs. human infantry soldiers – is exhilarating, violent, and intense. As shown in this film, tanks are rather durable and not easily destroyed.
Fury doesn’t even deserve to be on this list.
No Fury? Any other additions then?
can’t think of any, not a lot of tank heavy movies out there so hard to make a top 10 list when there aren’t a lot more than 10. But Fury, the ending completely ruined the whole movie, just dumb.
I completely disagree man, they were just a standard tank crew, they were nothing special like Creighton Abrams, or George Patton or Omar Bradley. nothing special to em’ but the fact they were able to hold off a group of Waffen SS troopers for over well movie time 15 minutes, real time i would estimate to be around 3-5 hours. they went down in glory and if that was such a real event they would surely be remembered forever.
The movie was so unrealistic. First the tiger scene, the tiger would have just killed all of them without revealing it’s position by charging forward. Also the tiger hitted the sherman fury from 15 meter distance with a 88 mm gun and it didn’t penetrate, in real life the sherman would have been destroyed. In the last scene, SS-troops would have just surrounded it and destroyed it with a panzerfaust without taking more than like 3 casualties…
Potato, you’re a troll nobody cares. Anyways, Fury was great because it portrayed a regular yet experienced tank crew in a regular unit. The ending had the righ to feel like it sucked because that’s how it ended for a lot of tank crews back then. If you want 100% realism make a movie entirely about socks, food and toilet paper.
By the end of the war, the time of Fury’s setting, Sherman had one additional ace up its sleeve: The HVAP (High Velocity Armor Piercing) round. Primarily in response to the Panther problem, the US powers-that-were authorized the development of a “hot” tank-killing round. The projectile which would give Sherman (and most of the tank destroyers) a fair chance against Panther at moderate range could, and did, kill Tigers at over two kilometers. Both tanks could now kill each other at long range, except one tank was faster, more mobile, lighter, had a higher rate of fire, was more accurate, more likely to spot the enemy first due to proliferation of optics, had faster traverse, and had a stabilized gun. Oh, and it also had the advantages of better artillery and air support. It was no longer much of a contest and the roles had been reversed. Tiger crews now had justification to fear Shermans far more than a Sherman crew had to fear Tiger. Even the continued use of 75mm tanks was of little comfort to the Germans: By Autumn 1944, wherever there were 75mm M4s, there were probably also 76mm M4s
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The last scene in the film is based on a true event. Nice try, though.
Its not. The director said he had heard a story, and based the last scene on that. But then it couldn’t be verified (as in….it didn’t happen).
The last scene is possibly the most ludicrous scene in any war film.
No it is not. Nice try.
You idiot don’t know anything about movies…. stupid, Fury is one of the best military movie
Half of these movies can’t rate a “tank movie” status especially now SPR, tank girl , patton and Kelly’s heroes. Fury is still pretty much the only true tank movie to date. Closet thing i can think to that is the croatian movie broj 55(number 55) Which is based on real events follows and armored vehicles crew doing forced recon into an enemy held village and their eventual demise as it is disabled and they are forced into a last stand. A bit full of onesided propaganda like many ex-yugoslavian movies but still enjoyable
So please list your own then?
I did and you saying that doesn’t change the point that there arn’t really any of those movies.
Lebanon is a truly great movie – the sort of movie where at the end you feel you have been holding your breath for the whole thing! The Centurion in the sunflowers in a classic image.
Re-Fury – it was a curates egg; good in parts and those that made it had done at least a bit of research. There was a reason the Germans called the Shermans “Ronsons” – they light up first time.
How about one written and directed by a WW2 tank commander who directed 3 of the first 4 Bond movies? ‘They Were Not Divided’ is largely forgotten due to it’s lack of star billing, but for it’s time it’s got a certain authenticity about the everyday life of a tank crew and features a real Tiger and Jagdpanther. There’s a couple more big names in the supporting credits too, Christopher Lee and Desmond Llewelyn, as well as a few other early Bond actors.
Well check it out Thanks Captain
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haha yes! Given the garbage in this list I would assume that a great movie in an questionable setting with highly questionable physics would be acceptable. I cant wait for das Finale to come out!
“Tank” from 1984!
“City of Life and Death” should definitely be on the list.
It’s set in December 1937 when Japanese army arrived at the gates of Nanking (used to be the capital of China) we see Japanese tanks being used to destroy the walls and gates of the city walls. Then we see few remaining Chinese soldiers fight in the streets with their foreign export vickers tank to fight the Japanese. The Japanese quickly call re-inforcements including Type 95 Ha-Go tanks which knocks out the Chinese vickers tank and shuts down the last of the Chinese resistance.
Film is from 2009-2010 (depending which country you were in when it was released)
Age rating varies. 15 or 18 depending which country you’re in.
Anybody remembers a classic war wovie where the heroes escaped with a tank, and at the end when the hero nearly escape, there was a child on the road and as he help her/him, he was also shot dead..I thought the name of the movie is T 34,but I only saw the new T34 movie in the Google or maybe I forgot the movie’s name
Cross of Iron had some great tank scenes with James Coburn starring as the German Seargent on the hopeless Eastern Front.