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Why People Watch War Movies?

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Is it Just an Attraction towards Violence?

A large number of film lovers like to watch war movies. Some people think that people love war movies because they want to watch violence. It is a basic instinct of human being to watch conflicts, destruction, blood shade, wounds, killings and such things. They like to watch and listen bursts. Also fighter planes, artillery, tanks, heavy weapons etc. They like to see victory. A war movie fulfills most of such things. Although this is true, there are some other reasons which attract the people to the movies based on wars.

War movie lovers would not like to watch the war movies which are full of violence but lacking a strong story and better direction.

I just took a sample survey of people who like to watch war movies. Here is a short list of the things which attract them to watch war movies:

1. Management of the battle, which includes planing, implementation, team work and finally achieving the goal.

2. Adventure: People like to watch adventure and war movies fulfill their wish.

3. Patriotism: War movies are based on wars between nations, people like their soldiers fighting war.

4. Military Life: Military Life is attractive for many movie watchers.

5. History: War movies based on true stories give some historical facts, viewers like to watch them on screen.

6. Anti enemy sentiments: People who hate the enemy country become happy to see the enemy losing in the war.

7. War Machinery: War films exhibit war machinery like Tanks, Planes, Missiles etc, viewers like to see it.

8. War Scenes: War scenes in war films are thrilling, viewers experience them without taking part in wars.

9. Action: The most important thing the viewers like to watch.

10. Direction, Acting, Photography, Music and related things

-Mahaveer Sanglikar

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A Battle Scene from War Movie Windtalkers

If a war movie fulfills the expectations of the viewers, it becomes a hit movie collecting huge money. That is why most of the successful war movies are commercial. In non-commercial war movies, it is seen that they are concentrated on a specific issue and war is not the main theme there.

-Mahaveer Sanglikar

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Mahaveer Sanglikar (author) from Pune, India on July 15, 2012:

You are absolutely right, thank you for sharing your views.

rjbatty from Irvine on July 15, 2012:

This is a terrific subject for a Hub. Smart thinking. I would add that there is another reason why people watch war films. War films depict individuals at their very best (and their very worst). Because war films are so intense, we learn something about the basic character of man and thus ourselves. Watching a war film is like a lesson in psychology without the lecture.

Mahaveer Sanglikar (author) from Pune, India on December 06, 2011:

Yes, you are right.

parentsreview from Lansdowne, PA on December 06, 2011:

I agree with you, war movies are drastically different from plain action movies. But one thing that I've always considered when I watch them is a sense of duty, and heroicism in the fact that kids fighting and dying in war are not superhuman, but average human beings doing their best under the worst situations. The best war movies show the weaknesses of soldiers as they push through to victory. Good list, and another great hub!

The Specialist on September 26, 2011:

Interesting list about what attracts someone to watch war movies. I like war movies myself but I never considered why. Seeing the list I think that I watch them predominantly for reason 1. A good credible story is a must for me too.

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