Your Favourite War Movie

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Your Favourite War Movie

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Some of my favourites include:

1) The Great Escape - with Steve McQueen - a true classic

2) Hamburger Hill - very intense combat

3) Das Boot - need I say more? Very realistic U-boat action

4) Stalingrad - most realistic movie of the War in the East that I have ever seen.

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Spice World.... not a war movie you say? Bollux it makes me want to visit their concert with an Abrams. Seriously I think my favorite would have to be the "Why We Fight" series.

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1) Stalingrad
2) Das Boot (OK, it's not a movie, but still brilliant!)
3) Paths of Glory
3) Cross of Iron
3) Kelly's heroes (What a hoot!)
4) A bridge too far
4) The Big Red One
4) The longest day
5) Apocalypse Now
6) All quiet on the Western Front (most recent color re-make)
6) Sands of Iwo Jima
7) Full Metal Jacket
8) Platoon
9) Hamburger Hill
9) The thin red line
10) Battle of the Bulge
10) Anzio
etc. ...

I should also mention the movie about Merrill's Marauders, Tora Tora Tora, Midway, For whom the Bell Tolls, Sgt. York and From Here To Eternity.

I am not including movies with a Holocaust theme because I feel they are in a category of their own. Of these, Schindler's list and Gott mit Uns come to mind.

Why not Saving Private Ryan? Fantastic combat footage and acting performances, pity about the storyline, which I found oversentimental, weak and scarcely believable. A big disappointment.

I am greatly lookiong forward to the release of "Band of Brothers".

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Post by Drake666 »

Will it got to be Das Boot & Stalingrad.
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Post by Tankhead »

My favorites are:

1) Das Boot - Von your are right about this one.

2) Stallingrad - By the same producer that made Das Boot.

3) A bridge too far.

4) The Deer Hunter Classic Vietnam movie.

5) Patton A classic

6) Kelly Heroes What a hoot

7) The Thin Red Line

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Post by Mike Wood »

Hello...

I really like many of the war movies mentioned already, but I suppose my two favorites are:

1) On the Beach
2) The Day After

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Why hasn't anyone mentioned Red Dawn yet? Image
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Post by Spunkgibbon »

Hmmm. This question is always a tricky one to answer and I can never answer it in any kind of order.

My top ten war movies then, in no particular order.

Saving Private Ryan - Brutally honest combat scenes make up for Tom Hanks.
Lawrence of Arabia - Brilliant. It's been far too long since I've seen this.
Cross of Iron - Our Man Steiner. David Warner plays a great character and has the best line.
Ice Cold in Alex - Superb b&w British drama set in North Africa.
Kelly's Heroes - The old favourite.
The Colditz Story - Hugely underrated escape movie. IMO better than the Great Escape.
Where Eagles Dare - Preposterously unlikely but brilliant nevertheless.
A Bridge Too Far - Bad plan. Great movie.
Das Boot - Jurgen Prochnow's greatest moment.
Zulu - I can't help it. I'm British.

There are a few films that almost survived the list pruning and maybe should be there anyway:
Stalingrad - I saw it once when it first came out and remember it being very good but I can't remember much else about it. I should see it again.
The Assassination - A Czech film about the assassination of Heydrich. Again I saw it once ages ago.
The Great Escape - Great stuff but one escape movie is enough for a top ten list. If you like this movie, you'll love Chicken Run...
Apocalypse Now - I left this one out because I've seen it TOO many times...
The Monocled Mutineer - Left out because it's a BBC TV series. It's about Percy Topliss who led a mutiny at a British training camp in France during WWI. It really is very good.

I'm looking forward to Enemy at the Gates coming out. Anyone know when it's due out?
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Post by Wild Bill »

Your lists are all well done. I have over 300 combat movies and docs I have collected on video over the last 15 years. Your lists are impressive.

Let me mention two that you may or may not be aware of.

The Victors...Made in the 70s I think, a more realistic portrayal of a combat unit from North Africa through the end of the war with a very moving ending scene. Lots of stars.

Too Late the Hero...Michael Caine and Cliff Robertson make quite a pair.

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Between Heaven and Hell,

And I can't believe you left out:

A Walk in the Sun
Hell is for Heroes (another McQueen movie)
Halls of Montezuma (Richard Widmark, Jack Palance)

And what about Korea?

The Steel Helmet
All the Young Men
Bridges of Toko-Ri

Now you guys have gotten me started. You should not have done that Image

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longest day
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Post by Fabs »

The halls of Montezuma, of course, how could I forget! Image

The same goes for Lawrence of Arabia, Patton and Zulu.

I have seen so many war movies I could fill a telephone book with old favourites.

Thank you for jogging my memory, I'll be off to the video shop this evening! Image

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Post by Wild Bill »

Add "The Patriot." Very few good movies on the American Revolution. While somewhat ahistorical, of course, some of the battle scenes are quite sensational.

It shows a more brutal side of war, which in reality has always been there.

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Post by von Curow »

A couple more to add:

"Zulu Dawn"... great combat scenes.
"The Wild Geese" and "The Dark of the Sun" are fictional movies about mercenaries in Africa. Both are grim and gritty, but Wild Geese is definitely the best.
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Post by Fabs »

Talking about well produced battle scenes, the early scenes of ancient battle in "The Gladiator" are quite spectacular.

The same goes for some of the battle scenes in "The last of the Mohicans" and "Bravehart", and a British television series about a Napoleonic Wars British soldier called "Sharpe".

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Post by Semachus »

Besides all the films listed I would include the following...They Were Expendable, 12 O'Clock High and Objective Burma....(Objective Burma has one of the better performances of Errol Flynn -- an actor who is usually forgotton when people or places do a list of great film actors like Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, etc.). Anyway Objective Burma has a terrific score by Franz Waxman (being released this summer as a new recording by Marco Polo)..the story is about how a mission starts well and then things begin to go wrong....
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Post by kfbaker »

Dunkirk,
Kelly's heroes,
Battle of river Plate,
Toro, Toro, Toro,
Midway,
Bridge To Far
Das Boot
Enermy below
Cross of Iron
Great Escape
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Post by Bart »

I should say that Sharpe is a very nice series also i like the serie Hornblower, but the best movie i think is Saving Private Ryan, fantastic combat scenes, as in gladiator at the start of the movie
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Post by cward »

Probably the first anti-war movie "Steel Helmet" quite interesting..


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The Steel Helmet (1951)
Starring: Gene Evans, Robert Hutton
Director: Samuel Fuller
Synopsis: Downbeat Korean War drama paints bleak picture of men in combat. Will appeal to adventurous war-film buffs and viewers seeking an anti-war message flavored with cynical humanism.
Runtime: 84 minutes
MPAA Rating: NR
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