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Would've liked to have run into Stalag 17 yesterday.
SPR was a perfect movie. Every single aspect was flawless; from casting to cinematography to set design. Absolutely no excuse for not winning the Oscar.
The Deer Hunter isn't a war movie, but it belongs in a memorial day movie thread.
Others worth mentioning:
Black Hawk Down (more a battle movie than a war movie but still...)
Force 10 From Navarone
First two are great for surround sound systems too.
Forgot to mention an old WW I movie I enjoyed when I was a teenager.
This post was edited by terpfan1 2 years ago
I have to disagree. The first 30-40 minutes were flawless. Things get clunky at times as it goes along though, and the weak middle portion of the script is lifted/masked by great actors. Still was robbed of the Oscar though.
Haven't seen them mentioned yet, but I love Gettysburg and Glory.
Also love Paths of Glory, it's just about the only WW1 movie out there.
Another unconventional "war" movie that I love is Master and Commander, even though it's tenuously connected to this thread. But that is a fantastic film.
I took a class at MD called Military History in Film back in 1983 taught by Dr. Jon Sumida. On Monday there was an hour lecture about the movie we were going to watch. On Wednesday we'd come in and watch a movie for two hours, popcorn and all. It was an awesome class.
Wish Sumida had taught that class when I was there. I always enjoyed his classes.
Although we did watch Henry V (Brannagh version) and part of the 4 hour 1970s Waterloo film (starring Christopher Plummer as Wellington).
U571 and The Patriot were horrid movies.
Sgt. York was a great movie.
I'll go with Saving Private Ryan
War Movie: Saving Private Ryan
Movie taking place during a war: The Great Escape
Sheindlers List is up there as well, might have been one of the best books I ever read.
All Quiet on the Western Front and The Grand Illusion, although I guess you could argue the latter isn't a "war movie" per se.
This post was edited by aschaefe 2 years ago
It would be hard to find a less historically accurate war movie than U571. I understand a director taking some liberties with the historical record to make a story flow better, but they didn't even try to get things right.
Hard to beat The Great Escape for a war movie.
The only movie I can think of that was less accurate was the Charge of the Light Brigade with Errol Flynn. Somehow they take a villain from the Sepoy Mutiny and then make him also the bad guy from the Crimean War (which took place 3 years before the Sepoy Mutiny.
BTW, the book is awesome and details how the Light Brigade was destroyed because of two basic things: 2 brothers in law that hated each other, and the fact that a general's aid pointed to the wrong valley.
in no particular order,
Guns of Navarone, and Force 10
Where Eagles Dare
Full Metal Jacket
Letters from Iwo Jima
The Caine Mutiny
This post was edited by OttoMaddox 2 years ago
Not tho' the soldier knew
Some one had blunder'd:
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do & die,
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
Forgot about Packylips Now, that was a goodie and also Deer Hunter
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