War and comedy usually don’t go very well together, but these 10 Twisted Movies managed to fuse the two elements to great effect.

Adding humor to a war movie is a difficult line to follow because war is such a difficult subject that it doesn’t exactly open up to visual jokes and jokes. But, with that said, black comedy can feel right at home in a war movie. Stanley Kubrick The metal jacket is an excellent example of a war movie masterpiece with a dark comic sensibility.

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Since allowing real-life Drill Sergeant R. Lee Ermey To improvise much of his dialogue as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman to juxtapose “Surfin ‘Bird” with a gruesome conflict montage, Kubrick filled The metal jacket with his characteristic black humor.

10 Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Stanley Kubrick The metal jacket they are really two movies. The first half follows some recruits on the training ground as they are trained to kill and every ounce of individuality is stripped from them. Then the second half sends them to fight in Vietnam, where they lose both their humanity and their individuality. The movie has some really heartbreaking dramatic moments, but it also has a lot of dark humor.

9 Kelly’s Heroes (1970)

When a drunken German officer gives insiders to a group of American troops about a hidden cache of Nazi gold, the platoon plans to sneak through enemy lines and steal it. The ensemble cast of Kelly Heroes features iconic artists like Clint Eastwood, who plays the titular Pvt. Kelly, Don Rickles, and Donald Sutherland.

8 Three Kings (1999)

Three Kings

George Clooney, Ice Cube and Mark Wahlberg star in David O. Russell’s war comedy Three Kings like a trio of American troops who learn of a cache of gold said to be near their base towards the end of the Gulf War.

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According to the director’s comment, then-US President Bill Clinton enjoyed Three Kings so much so that he organized a screening for his staff at the White House.

7 Trap 22 (1970)

Alan Arkin in Catch-22

Joseph Heller’s classic novel 22 captures is one of the most scathing anti-war satires ever written. It’s been adapted a ton of times, most recently by George Clooney into a hysterical miniseries on Hulu.

Mike Nichols spent two years deliberating on his screenplay adaptation of 22 captures to condense Heller’s text without losing any of its complex themes. The film’s star-studded cast includes Alan Arkin, Bob Newhart, Anthony Perkins, Martin Sheen, Jon Voight and Orson Welles.

6 To be or not to be (1942)

To be or not to be carole lumbard jack benny

Ernst Lubitsch’s black comedy To be or not to be revolves around a group of actors in Nazi-occupied Warsaw who use their acting skills to fool oppressive invaders. It was a bold move to make a crazy comedy about the Nazi occupation before the Nazis were defeated and driven out of the rest of Europe.

5 Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Quentin Tarantino established his characteristic style of revisionist history with Inglorious Bastards, his WWII epic that revolves around two simultaneous attempts to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Brad Pitt leads the titular squad of Jewish-American soldiers in the heart of Nazi-occupied Europe to kill as many German soldiers as possible.

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Pitt balances Christoph Waltz’s sinister portrayal of SS Colonel Hans Landa, one of the greatest villains in film history, with a healthy dose of humor, and the film works as both a comedy and a gripping war drama.

4 The Damn Basterds (1978)

The original 1978 version of The Inglorious Bastards

The Enzo G. Castellari macaroni combat film from which Tarantino took the title of his own WWII film is itself an action-packed comic gem. It is about US military prisoners who decide to steal a Nazi warhead on their way to Switzerland.

Has all the awesome slow motion show of Sam Peckinpah iron CrossBut he also has a lot of jokes like Americans posing as Germans and bathing naked with some German women, who discover the ruse when they see the black comrade of the Americans.

3 Stalag 17 (1953)

William Holden won an Oscar for his lead role in Stalag 17, in which a group of American soldiers in a German prisoner-of-war camp begin to suspect that a member of their group is a secret informant. Billy Wilder, best known for directing Some like it hot, Sunset Boulevard, Y Apartment, directed the film. The script, which Wilder co-wrote with Edwin Blum, is rife with black humor.

two Dr. Strangelove (1964)

Dr. Strangelove

Kubrick was originally hired to adapt Peter George’s novel. Red alert as a pure drama, but during pre-production he realized that the story was so absurd that it would work better as a comedy.

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Peter Sellers plays three separate characters in the story of the United States government’s attempts to defeat the Soviet Union with a nuclear attack. Dr. Strangelove It is widely recognized as one of the greatest political satires ever made.

1 Apocalypse Now (1979)

Martin Sheen in Apocalypse Now

Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam War Epic Apocalypse now it was initially conceived as a full black comedy when George Lucas was supposed to direct. The final piece, directed by Coppola through a notoriously difficult and delayed production, is more of a gonzo and surreal odyssey through a war-torn jungle, but still has plenty of dark humor.

For example, there is a darkly comical side to the helicopter sequence in which US troops blow up “Ride of the Valkyries,” by Hitler’s favorite composer Wagner, no less, while cruelly destroying a Vietnamese village.

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