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Postby stomperrob » Mon Jun 21, 2004 1:10 pm

Some of the discuusion are getting a little heavy in here - thought I would lighten things up with a little war mongering,lol. What are your favorite war movies? Seemed to be a good topic seeing as we just celebrated the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landing and those brave men who fought there. My choices:

1) Saving Private Ryan
2) The Bridge on the River Kwai
3) Gettysburg
4) Gods and Generals
5) The Lighthorsemen
6) Appocalypse Now (or Appocalypse Now Redux)
7) Patton
8) Platoon
9) Thin Red Line
10) When Trumpets Fade
11) Stalingrad
12) Enemy at the Gate
13) Das Boot
14) The Longest Day
!5) Pearl Harbor (if only for the special effects)

I've seen interviews with veterans that said the begining of Saving Private Ryan accurately captured what it was really like on D-Day. Gettysburg and Gods and Generals are 2 parts of a Civil War trilogy (part 3 isn't out yet) -they are excellent. The Lighthorsemen is a rather obscure one that not many people have seen but it is well worth finding - it's the true story of a famous WWI battle and is an excellent movie - highly reccomended! When Trumpets Fade is good, shows how sometimes people become heroes just because of the circumstances they find themselves in, not because they seek it.
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Postby LBJackal » Mon Jun 21, 2004 1:13 pm

I havn't seen a lot of them, but Saving Private Ryan and We Were Soldiers are definately up at the top of my list.
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Postby Absolutely Adequate » Mon Jun 21, 2004 1:15 pm

I think that the only one I've seen is Apoc. Now - and that's because it was based on Heart of Darkness.
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Postby stomperrob » Mon Jun 21, 2004 1:21 pm

LBJackal wrote:I havn't seen a lot of them, but Saving Private Ryan and We Were Soldiers are definately up at the top of my list.

I forgot about WE Were Soldiers - another good one (don't know how I could have forgotten that one as I just found a copy of it on sale at Wal-Mart last week for $5)
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Postby Arlo » Mon Jun 21, 2004 1:43 pm

Does Star Wars count as a war movie? ;-)
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Postby irishdude103 » Mon Jun 21, 2004 1:46 pm

Arlo wrote:Does Star Wars count as a war movie? ;-)


if so i will put one up for that
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Postby Tavish » Mon Jun 21, 2004 1:53 pm

Full Metal Jacket was pretty damn good. Apoc Now Redux was disappointing, quite a few of the deleted scenes should have stayed that way. Those two along with Platoon are easily my favorite war films.
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Postby Rkiivs » Mon Jun 21, 2004 2:17 pm

Here's my top 11 (like Spinal Tap I couldn't stop at 10) in no particular order:

Twelve O'Clock High
Gregory Peck as the commander of a squadron of fliers during World War II who is haunted by his responsibilities.

The Red Badge of Courage
Real-life war hero Audie Murphy stars in this exemplary adaption of the classic novel. This movie will stay with you long after the last reel finishes.

Paths of Glory
Stanley Kubrick's intense view of a general's flawed battle plan leading to disaster.

The Tin Drum (or Die Blechtrommel)
The much boycotted film. The story of a young boy who sees what Nazis and other adults are capable of and refuses to grow up (literally, he stays a little boy).

Johnny Got His Gun
The adaptation of Dalton Trumbo's novel. Sidenote: Metallica based their epic song "One" on this film.

Schindler's List
Spielberg is a master, and even though he's made his share of "popcorn" movies, this film shows us how one man can make a difference, even in the most trying of times.

Braveheart
FREEEEEEEEDDDOOOOMMMM!!!!

Gone with the Wind
Still ranking as America’s most beloved Civil War epic.

Grave of the Fireflies (or Hotaru no haka)
So well constructed that you will soon forget that it’s “only” animation.

Dr. Strangelove (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb)
Kubrick scores again! His absurd, hilarious and brilliant film that pokes fun of the Cold War.

Apocalypse Now
Destined to be viewed and re-examined for many decades to come.

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Postby Urge » Mon Jun 21, 2004 2:24 pm

Black Hawk Down was great. The Three Kings was kinda about war.
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Postby LionsandTigersOhMy » Mon Jun 21, 2004 2:25 pm

Private Ryan in a theatre made you feel like you were there. My stomach was all knotted up in that opening scene! The guys puking from nerves and then the door opens and hell ensues. Very graphic!

I also liked the one about Somalia! The name excapes me but it was also very good!
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