Eerie Scenes From War Movies Still Discussed Decades Later

By Jack Ripley | December 19, 2023


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Gallipoli follows two young Australian soldiers, Archy Hamilton (Mark Lee) and Frank Dunne (Mel Gibson), who are sent to fight in the Gallipoli Campaign of World War. In one memorably horrific scene, the soldiers are forced to battle at dawn. The charge is a disaster. The Australian troops are mowed down by Turkish machine gun fire, falling to the ground in heaps. As Archy's fellow soldiers fall victim to a hail of bullets, he abandons his weapon and dashes with all his might. The final shot of the film captures the moment Archy is struck by gunfire in his chest, his head thrown backward as though crossing the finish line of a 100-yard dash, before he tumbles backward.

Das Boot

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In Wolfgang Petersen's 1981 war film Das Boot, a tense scene unfolds as the German U-boat U-96 encounters a British destroyer while submerged in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. The U-boat dives deeper to avoid detection from the destroyer,  causing the U-boat's depth gauge to inch closer to its limit, threatening to crush the submarine and its crew. Captain Lehmann-Willenbrock orders complete silence, and the crew members hold their breath, their eyes wide with terror. The British destroyer's depth charges begin to explode around the U-boat, shaking the vessel violently and causing the lights to flicker ominously. The crew members can only watch in horror as the explosions draw closer, knowing that any one of them could be their last.