My Top 10 Worst War Movies

Couple Sleeping Through a Bad Movie

Couple Sleeping Through a Bad Movie

When I first heard about the new zombie movie “Osombie” I thought to myself, OK what’s worse than a movie featuring Osama Bin Laden returning from the dead? I would love to include this movie on my list of top 10 worst war films of all time but since it hasn’t yet been released, it can’t qualify, although by default, it should be near or at the top spot.

Now there may have been far worse military movies and like any other top ten list, you might disagree with me. Quite frankly (and thankfully)  I haven’t seen all of the worst war films to come out of Hollywood., but I have to admit I have seen some pretty bad ones.  Whatever it’s worth, please, allow me to present you my top 10 worst war movies of all time.

10) Invasion USA (1985):  In a classic year of movies that included “Back to the Future”, “Pritzi’s Honor” and “The Breakfast Club”, there’s also “Invasion USA”. OK I must admit I have seen my share of Chuck Norris films but this was one of his worst. Surprisingly, there was a sequel: “Avenging Force” but didn’t include Norris.

9) Windtalkers (2002): With a budget of $115 million, this Nicholas Cage movie made less than $41 millon. You can do the math to see how badly it “bombed” in theaters. The movie was directed by John Woo, who is better known for other films like “The Killer”, “Hard Boiled” and “Face/Off”.

8)Rambo III (1988):  Although the movie did very well at the box office, generating nearly $190 million worldwide, Sylvester Stallone won the Razzie award for worst actor of the year. Only a Stallone fan would disagree with this pick but as an actor, most would agree his best days are long gone. At age 65, I can’t imagine seeing Rocky or Rambo back in action.

7) Battle: Los Angeles (2011):  With decent actors like Aaron Eckhardt and Bridgette Moynahan you’d think the movie would have been better. While it was universally trashed by the top critics, moviegoers actually rated it pretty high. Thankfully in sci fi movies like this, the good guys usually win the war. Worldwide, the movie made over $200 million and don’t be surprised if there is a sequel.

6) Inchon (1982):  Based on the Battle of Inchon in 1950 during the Korean War, this box office loser had a very strong cast of actors including Laurence Olivier, Jacqueline Bisset and Toshiro Mifune, but failed miserably at the box office. The cost to produce the film was $46 million but made only $2 million in theaters and lost more money than any other movie in 1982. Not surprisingly, it won the Razzie award for worst picture of the year.

5) Hanover Street (1979): This move was so incredibly boring that I’m surprised I made it all the way through to the end. No doubt in my mind this was one of Harrison Ford’s worst films.

4) Starship Troopers (1997): I won’t be surprised if many readers totally disagree with this pick but come on, our military waging wits against giant bugs? Director Peter Verhoven has made some other bad movies including his follow up movie “Hollowman” and the equally bad “Showgirls”.

3) Ernest in the Army (1998):  Any of you remember Ernest P. Worrell? I must admit I did like some of his other comedic work on television, but I can’t imagine seeing him as a soldier in the Army. I might have more confidence in Gomer Pyle.

2) In the Army Now (1994): Pauly Shore has got to be one of the worst actors in the history of the cinema. This movie actually got a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes!

1) Battlefield Earth (2000): Based upon the book by Scientology guru L. Ron Hubbard, this is universally acclaimed as one of the worst movies of all time. This is fellow Scientologist John Travolta at his absolute worst and 2% rating on Rotten Tomatoes will attest to that.

Did I miss your worst? Probably so, but I actually like Steve Segal movies and I like Kate Beckensale too. But if there’s a movie I should have included, just let me know!

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Randy Yagi

Randy Yagi

Randy Yagi is a senior writer with He also writes for other online media sources, including and CBS San Francisco. A Vietnam era veteran, he worked in management positions in both local government and academic settings. He is a graduate of San Jose State University, and possesses degrees in Economics, Digital Publishing and Web Media and Liberal Arts. He was awarded a Media Fellowship from Stanford University in October.
Randy Yagi
Randy Yagi