Written and directed by Terrence Malick, ‘The Thin Red Line’ explores the Battle of Mount Austen, which was a part of the Guadalcanal Campaign in the Pacific Theatre of World War II. The narrative is adapted from James Jones’ book of the same name. One of the biggest talking points of the movie was Malick’s comeback, who resumed his directorial career after a 20-year hiatus. The direction is impeccable and showcases Malick at his best.
With a stunning star cast, consisting of names such as Nick Nolte, Adrien Brody, George Clooney, John Cusack, Woody Harrelson, Elias Koteas, Jared Leto, John C. Reilly and John Travolta, and an immensely gifted crew, the film is certainly quite an experience. It is shot by American cinematographer John Toll, co-edited by Billy Weber, Leslie Jones and Saar Klein, and the music is scored by German composer Hans Zimmer. ‘The Thin Red Line’ was nominated for seven Academy Awards and was one of the most critically endeared films of 1998.
For this article, I have taken into account films which have similar narrative structures and visual style as this Terrence Malick flick. The selected names on this list are primarily World War II movies. In addition, I have not included films directed by Terrence Malick in order to make it more diverse. So, without further ado, here is the list of best movies similar to ‘The Thin Red Line’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘The Thin Red Line’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
8. Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
An adaptation of ‘Picture Letters from Commander in Chief’, written by Tadamichi Kuribayashi, ‘Letters from Iwo Jima’ chronicles the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II. The narrative is crafted from the perspective of the Japanese who fought in the war. Directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Iris Yamashita, the war film is built on the atrocities and evil of battle. While it did not hit big at the box office, the flick was met with immensely positive reviews, with many even rating as the best film of its year.
7. Army of Shadows (1969)