A scene from 1917 (Universal/1917)

Movie critics everywhere are wetting their pants over 1917, a taut portrayal of World War I combat that Task & Purpose praised as the best war movie in years. For many Americans, the film will be their first on-screen exposure to the horrors of World War I, which is largely overshadowed in the American zeitgeist by the triumph of World War II. But that doesn't mean it has to be the last time state-side movie-goers step foot into the trenches.

To begin to understand the experience of World War I, as well as the similarities between soldiers that extend across all wars and eras, the Task & Purpose staff put together a list of the most visceral, engaging and informative depictions of The Great War that we know of.

Here are 7 World War I movies you should check out.

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Thanks to a new behind-the-scenes trailer for the highly anticipated Top Gun sequel, we get to watch a bunch of actors ride in the back seat of an F/A-18 Super Hornet and try desperately not to lose their lunch.

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Tom Cruise returns in 'Top Gun: Maverick'

The second trailer for Top Gun: Maverick just dropped, and it's everything we hoped and dreamed for.

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A scene from 1917 (Universal Pictures)

Editor's Note: This article by James Barber originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

The new movie "1917" recreates the experience of troops on the ground during World War I through the story of two young soldiers sent on a dangerous mission to the front lines.

The movie won't get a nationwide release until Jan. 10, 2020, but Universal Pictures is inviting readers to free advance screenings at 15 military bases, as well as local theaters in more than 40 markets, before the official release.

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In this artist's sketch, Col. Russell Williams appears in court via a video link in Belleville, Ont., Thursday, Feb.18, 2010. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Alex Tavshunsky)

If you need a good podcast to pass the time on your long tedious road trip home for the holidays (or to share with your more bloodthirsty relatives), the new Military Murder Podcast is here for you.

Written, researched and hosted by an anonymous active-duty service member who goes by the pseudonym 'Margot,' the podcast skillfully recounts gruesome murders, mysterious disappearances and other crimes involving military members, veterans, or their families. Each episode is based on a true story, and some of the crimes remain unsolved to this day.

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An upcoming television show about Army medics in Afghanistan is being billed as a comedic drama with an action flick's budget, but to me it just looks a lot like a post-9/11 version of M*A*S*H.

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