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There are quite several war movies now, war genre of movies are my favorite rather than other genre such as action, sci-fi, triller, horror, etc.

What are your favorite war movie and why?

Mine would be Apocalypse Now, because it made me want to keep watching it until the end and it has great actions in it and probably only best movie for Martin Sheen and even though it's a war movie they still have some comedy in which is great. But mostly, because it were the first movie I watched growing up.

I had a bit of hard time deciding between Apocalypse Now and Saving Private Ryan. But definitely Apocalypse Now.

(If there are another thread that has already made about this then I apologize - it seems that I keep duplicating threads accidentally without realizing that. tongue)

Jun 14 13 11:11 am Link

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Probably Blackhawk Down. True story. Totally harrowing street scenes, especially the Humvee convoys trying to fight their way through the narrow streets. The music. The cinematography. The casting.

Jun 14 13 11:19 am Link

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Apocalypse Now is my first thought, but thinking a little more I would say
Full Metal Jacket, Platoon, Mash and Deer Hunter

Jun 14 13 11:28 am Link

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Jun 14 13 11:52 am Link

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Eros Fine Art Photo

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My favs would be...

Black Hawk Down
Saving Private Ryan
Apocalypse Now
We Were Soldiers
The Big Red One
Full Metal Jacket
Hamburger Hill


I can watch them over and over again and not grow tired of seeing them.  Platoon is also good, but I can't stand Oliver Stone so it's been tarnished  by his name in the credits.

Jun 14 13 12:23 pm Link

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Rick Dupuis Photography

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Black Hawk Down
Full Metal Jacket
Enemy At The Gate

and for pure enjoyment,
The Dirty Dozen
Kelly's Heroes

Jun 14 13 12:44 pm Link

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rfordphotos

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kind of a moving target for me, the list changes all the time. Always gives me pause to remember, I had family involved in combat in each of these wars. Not necessarily in these specific actions, but 2 of my grandfather's brothers fought in WWI France, 9 uncles and my Father in WWII, an uncle in Korea, me and a cousin in Vietnam, a nephew in Somalia (he was only there a week and his unit left), and three nephews in Iraq and Afghanistan...


Gallipoli
Saving Private Ryan
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Mister Roberts
The Bridges at Toko-Ri
Pork Chop Hill
We Were Soldiers
Hamburger Hill
Full Metal Jacket
Born on the Fourth of July
Blackhawk Down
Restrepo

Jun 14 13 12:44 pm Link

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The Longest Day

Jun 14 13 12:44 pm Link

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Rick Dupuis Photography

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rfordphotos wrote:
kind of a moving target for me, the list changes all the time. Always gives me pause to remember, I had family involved in combat in each of these wars. Not necessarily in these specific actions, but 2 of my grandfather's brothers fought in WWI France, 9 uncles and my Father in WWII, an uncle in Korea, me and a cousin in Vietnam, a nephew in Somalia (he was only there a week and his unit left), and three nephews in Iraq and Afghanistan...

You have a good family. Thank you.
My dad was at Dieppe. He spent 2 years, 11 months and 1 day in Stalag 9C. The POW camp was liberated by the US Army.

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This!

And "The Great Escape."

Jun 14 13 12:58 pm Link

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Lost Viking

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The Wild Geese

But you gotta be careful and watch the long version. When they cut the last 10 min it completely changes the movie.

Jun 14 13 01:03 pm Link

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Let There Be Light

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A lot of great movies mentioned. Apocalypse Now is an amazing flick in both versions, although Redux makes it a very different movie and really humanizes Capt. Willard. I'll add a few more that haven't been mentioned yet: The Eagle Has Landed, and two that aren't really war movies in the classic sense but are loosely connected to the Civil War: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and The Outlaw Josey Wales.

Jun 14 13 01:09 pm Link

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Warren Leimbach

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Gotta plug this one:

"Beneath Hill 60"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYOpCJCl5L4

Jun 14 13 01:10 pm Link

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rfordphotos

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Rick Dupuis Photography wrote:
You have a good family. Thank you.
My dad was at Dieppe. He spent 2 years, 11 months and 1 day in Stalag 9C. The POW camp was liberated by the US Army.

As do you , obviously.

Being a POW was one of the things that scared me the most about serving- I grew up with a close family friend (Marshall Talbot, RIP) who was a survivor of the Bataan Death March. He didnt say much, but when he did talk about it... WOW.

Folks like your Father are the ones I consider heros. They went thru the worst of combat, then spent years as captives. Then---they came home and started over, raised families... Amazing resilience, amazing courage.

Jun 14 13 01:10 pm Link

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rfordphotos wrote:

As do you , obviously.

Being a POW was one of the things that scared me the most about serving- I grew up with a close family friend (Marshall Talbot, RIP) who was a survivor of the Bataan Death March. He didnt say much, but when he did talk about it... WOW.

Folks like your Father are the ones I consider heros. They went thru the worst of combat, then spent years as captives. Then---they came home and started over, raised families... Amazing resilience, amazing courage.

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A Bridge Too Far
Sands of Iwo Jima
To Hell And Back
Catch-22 (although the book was much better)

Jun 14 13 01:20 pm Link

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My favourites:

Blackhawk Down
Braveheart
We We Soldiers
Platoon

Jun 14 13 01:23 pm Link

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Jim Shibley

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My favorite is The Young Lions. I like a lot of the above movies but that one describes the war from both sides. I thought of another good one, King Rat, about POW in the Far East.

Some not listed above: Von Ryan's Express, El Cid, Go For Broke, Lawrence of Arabia, The Wind & The Lion.

Jun 14 13 01:36 pm Link

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Robb Radford

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Midway

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Almost forgot...

Memphis Belle

Jun 14 13 01:57 pm Link

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Joshies Photography

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Eros Fine Art Photo wrote:
Almost forgot...

Memphis Belle

Ah, yes! Memphis Belle! Almost forgot that movie also, one of great war movie.

Jun 14 13 02:19 pm Link

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Although I was Army my favorite war movies were Navy

In Harms Way
Midway
Search for Red October
Crimson Tide
Run Silent, Run Deep

Also
Braveheart
Longest day
The Guns of Navarone
Dirty Dozen
Great Escape
Twelve O'Cock High

Worst...The Green Berets

Jun 14 13 03:45 pm Link

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Stanley L Moore

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There are so many. Apocalypse now was the first VHS video I ever purchased. I think it cost $80. That was before the studios learned the value of video tape.

My list tends to be Old School:
Casablanca.... not a war movie per se but certainly set in the backdrop of WWII.

Paths of Glory, fantastic anti-war movie. Kirk Douglas is superb.

The Guns of Navarrone. I watched this one many times.

Force 10 From Navarrone

The Longest Day, ditto

The Dirty Dozen... great fun, action, and humor, plus an all star cast.

Patton... likewise re watched several times

Sergeant York... Gary Cooper fantastic performance

To Hell and Back.  Audie Murphy CMOH winner.. A true American hero, acted by the hero himself.

The Battle of the Bulge. Flawed but epic film starring Henry Fonda.

I could go on and on.

Jun 14 13 04:21 pm Link

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Wye

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I'm not sure what qualifies as a war movie but at the top of any such list for me would be Das Boot.

Also:

Ran
Lawrence of Arabia
The Hurt Locker
M*A*S*H

Jun 14 13 04:22 pm Link

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GoldRoseMedia

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The Band of Brothers miniseries. I know it's not a movie, but it has fantastic production values and it is actually better than Saving Private Ryan.

Jun 14 13 04:26 pm Link

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GoldRoseMedia

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Stanley L Moore wrote:
The Battle of the Bulge. Flawed but epic film starring Henry Fonda.

Glad to see this one get a mention. Deeply flawed in terms of historical accuracy, but a hell of a lot of fun to watch.

Jun 14 13 04:28 pm Link

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GoldRoseMedia wrote:
The Band of Brothers miniseries. I know it's not a movie, but it has fantastic production values and it is actually better than Saving Private Ryan.

Both "Band of Brothers" and "The Pacific" are outstanding miniseries and on par with "Saving Private Ryan".  I love those shows.

Jun 14 13 04:58 pm Link

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Jim Shibley

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For miniseries I'd add the Sharpe stories with Sean Bean.

Jun 14 13 05:32 pm Link

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Right now I have saved on my DVR:
Fighter Squadron, with Edmond O'Brien and Robert Stack.
This movie was Rock Hudson's first movie appearance and speaking role.
Flying Leathernecks with John Wayne and Robert Ryan. The title says it all.
God is my Co-pilot with Dennis Morgan and Raymond Massey as Claire Chenault.
Air Force with Harry Carey, Sr., and a great B-movie cast.

I have the Band of Brothers DVD set too. I have watched the series several times and I'm getting ready to watch it again. BTW: Major Dick Winters passed away in January 2011.

While I tend toward aviation theme war movies like Twelve O'clock High, Batlleground with Van Johnson and John Hodiak is a favorite though. Another favorite with John Hodiak is Mission Over Korea. These guys were the original Forward Air Controllers, flying Stinson L-5s.

When I was a kid, my dad and I would stay up to for the Late Show on Channel Four in St. Louis to watch these movies and I've been watching them ever since. My dad was a flight engineer on a B-29 in WWII.

I need to add to this list Red Tails. An outstanding movie to be sure.

Not a war movie as such, but an outstanding propaganda movie starring Jimmy Stewart: Strategic Air Command. Jimmy Stewart flew twenty missions over Europe as a B-24 airplane commander.

Jun 14 13 05:39 pm Link

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rfordphotos wrote:
kind of a moving target for me, the list changes all the time. Always gives me pause to remember, I had family involved in combat in each of these wars. Not necessarily in these specific actions, but 2 of my grandfather's brothers fought in WWI France, 9 uncles and my Father in WWII, an uncle in Korea, me and a cousin in Vietnam, a nephew in Somalia (he was only there a week and his unit left), and three nephews in Iraq and Afghanistan...


Gallipoli
Saving Private Ryan
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Mister Roberts
The Bridges at Toko-Ri
Pork Chop Hill
We Were Soldiers
Hamburger Hill
Full Metal Jacket
Born on the Fourth of July
Blackhawk Down
Restrepo

I have nothing but utterly most respect for you all, thank you all for your all service!

RennsportPhotography wrote:
Although I was Army my favorite war movies were Navy

In Harms Way
Midway
Search for Red October
Crimson Tide
Run Silent, Run Deep

Also
Braveheart
Longest day
The Guns of Navarone
Dirty Dozen
Great Escape
Twelve O'Cock High

Worst...The Green Berets

Thank you for your service.

Jun 14 13 05:48 pm Link

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Joshies Photography

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Also there are another few movies that are deserve to be in top list of war movies but they are mostly forgotten.

Tears of the Sun.
U-571.
Casualties of War.
Empire of the Sun.
Did anyone mention Gallipoli?

Jun 14 13 05:57 pm Link

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Stalingrad (original)
Das boot (directors cut)
Kelly's Heros
Apocalypse Now
Patton

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I liked The Patriot , mostly because I live in the "Historic Triangle" of Yorktown, Jamestown and Williamsburg where the victory was secured and the street I live on was named after on of the French officers characterized in the film.

The Deer Hunter was pretty F'd up but some of the POW scenes are said to be accurate.

I still think Saving Private Ryan was one of the best.

Das Boot is another 'classic' war movie.

Zulu and Zulu Dawn are worth a look.

EDIT:  my father had several squadron mates in the Hanoi Hilton incl Jeremiah Denton, author of When Hell Was In Session, a gripping read about life as a Vietnam POW

Also, I was blessed to meet Wallace Terry, author of "Bloods - the black experience in Vietnam" and highly recommend it

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GoldRoseMedia wrote:
The Band of Brothers miniseries. I know it's not a movie, but it has fantastic production values and it is actually better than Saving Private Ryan.

I was able to watch this with my Father in law, a WWII veteran, and a Paratrooper with the 517th, although not a part of D day,  he was in Operation Dragoon, and part of the Battle of the Bulge holding Soy.
He said the series was like someone was there filming them. It was Very real.

Jun 14 13 06:20 pm Link

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Warren Leimbach wrote:
Gotta plug this one:

"Beneath Hill 60"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYOpCJCl5L4

Yes, absolutely.  I stumbled onto this film on Netflix and was riveted by it.

Jun 14 13 06:24 pm Link

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Brian Diaz

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I'd throw in for Black Hawk Down and The Great Escape.

Jun 14 13 06:25 pm Link

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Cherrystone

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Glory, Pvt Ryan, & Last of the Mohicans.

Jun 14 13 06:29 pm Link

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Battleground.

Jun 14 13 06:40 pm Link

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rfordphotos

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Joshies Photography wrote:
I have nothing but utterly most respect for you all, thank you all for your all service!

Thanks!

But there is nothing unique about me or my family, there are literally millions of Vets with the same history. I am willing to bet there are those in this thread that share the same kind of family history.


It is harder to find good examples of films about the aftermath of war, the damage to the warriors, the damage to society.

"Deer Hunter" won a lot of awards, but they took HUGE dramatic license with fact to tell their story. If you realize the "war" scenes are really fictional, and pay attention only to the message of the film, its a good flick.

"Coming Home" was similar. Good message. Terrible choice of actresses (Hanoi Jane Fonda -ptui!)

"In the Valley of Elah" another view of one facet of the aftermath...

A great film, "Legends of the Fall" touches on a lots of these issues, and is beautifully filmed.

There are sooooo many films. Sadly we have had soooo many wars to provide inspiration for the filmmakers.

Jun 14 13 06:47 pm Link

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Don't know if it is considered a true war movie but  Red Dawn should be in there somewhere.

"The Patriot" kind of reminds us where we came from.

Jun 14 13 06:52 pm Link

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Platoon, best comical war movie!

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