Dunkirk is nominated for this year’s Best Picture, as is director Christopher Nolan for Best Director. Dunkirk which tells the story of allied soldiers from the British Empire, France and Belgium during World War II, could be a contender for the 17th war themed movie that will have won the Best Picture Oscar.
Military movies through the years
The first war film to achieve this status is 1927’s Wings starring Clara Bow. Other notable war themed films that won Best Picture include Hollywood classics From Here to Eternity, Patton, and All Quiet on the Western Front. In more recent years, films like Platoon, Schindler’s List and as recently as 2008’s The Hurt Locker have also won. These films have used the settings of some of the most notable eras in U.S. Military history from The Civil War, WWI, WWII, and Vietnam.