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Old 06-05-2008, 11:50 PM
 
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Okay, we now have a "top 5 westerns" thread.
This got me to thinking, we should also have a thread about war movies.
What are your favorite war movies?

I think Saving Private Ryan is about the best one to have come out recently. One of my favorite older war movies is Midway. Both of these were about WWII. How about movies about other wars? There are lots of others out there that are great, too. What do you all think?
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Old 06-06-2008, 12:26 AM
 
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Zulu (Anglo/Zulu War)
Breaker Morant (Boer War)
The Light Horsemen (World War One)

In My Opinion, They're Three Of The best British/Australian War Movies.

...And The Odd Angry Shot (Vietnam War), Deserves a mention aswell.

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Old 06-06-2008, 01:41 AM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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1. When Trumpets Fade
2. Full Metal Jacket
3. Glory
4. Enemy At The Gates
5. Starship Troopers ( not really a war movie, but it is about war)
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Old 06-06-2008, 04:02 AM
 
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I think Saving Private Ryan is about the best one to have come out recently.
Do you think Spielberg made the Germans mean, sneaky and inhuman enough? It wasn't over the top or anything, was it?
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Old 06-06-2008, 04:56 AM
 
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Soldier of Orange
This is my all-time favorite war movie, and one of my favorite films, period.
Directed by Paul Verhoeven, it is based on the experiences of Erik Roelfzema during World War II. The story explores what happens to several young Dutch people, college students, as war breaks out in the Netherlands. Humor, betrayal, horror,bravery--they are all represented.

Black Book
Another Verhoeven production, but much more recent.
In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, a Jewish singer infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance.
It felt to me that all of the characters in this story (including the Nazis) were fully dimensional. Those in the Resistance were not completely selfless and noble, either. I was interested to see what was going on during the aftermath of WWII, as well.

Band of Brothers
I have no idea what it is like to fight in a war, but this series was based on real experiences, and it certainly felt genuine to me. All of the men, even the unsympathetic characters, appealed to me. I especially enjoyed the interviews with the real guys.

Glory
To me, this film is an excellent illustration of why war exists.
It also depicts real leadership and brotherhood--but not a bit of sentimentality.
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Old 06-06-2008, 05:39 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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Zulu (Anglo/Zulu War)
Breaker Morant (Boer War)
The Light Horsemen (World War One)

In My Opinion, They're Three Of The best British/Australian War Movies.

...And The Odd Angry Shot (Vietnam War), Deserves a mention aswell.
Fantastic choices ! Those are top of my list too.
I also love "Joyeux Noel" about the brief truce in the Trenches at Christmas and "A Very long Engagement".

I would add "The Longest Day" to that list too. I grew up with it and my Grand-Mother saw the line of allied ships on the Normandy Coast horizon that day and watching that movie with her always made it so real for me.
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Old 06-06-2008, 06:47 AM
 
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Apocalypse Now
Full Metal Jacket
Platoon
The Longest Day
Patton
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Old 06-06-2008, 07:43 AM
 
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Among those that have not already been mentioned:

Das Boot (english subtitled preferable to dubbed version)
Stalingrad (again, english subtitled, and NOT to be confused with "Enemy at the Gate")
Cross of Iron (Pekinpah's only war film)
Black Hawk Down
Bridge over River Kwai
Kelly's Heroes
A Bridge Too Far
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930 version)
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Old 06-06-2008, 07:46 AM
 
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Zulu (Anglo/Zulu War)
Breaker Morant (Boer War)
The Light Horsemen (World War One)

In My Opinion, They're Three Of The best British/Australian War Movies.

...And The Odd Angry Shot (Vietnam War), Deserves a mention aswell.

OMG..someone besides myself has seen Zulu....what an excellent movie

Bridge on River kwai
Platoon
The Longest Day
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Old 06-06-2008, 09:39 AM
 
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Saving Private Ryan wins by a long shot in my book. My other faves include Glory, Gods and Generals, Thin Red Line, Platoon, Full Metal Jacket.
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