Skip to comments.Memorial Day - Best Military movies to watch over this special weekend- (Vanity)
Posted on 05/26/2011 10:01:16 AM PDT by 4everontheRight
One of my favs that I have in my collection is "The Longest Day"....I did see where the Western Channel is doing the John Wayne all day salute on Memorial Day....anybody got favs they watch over this weekend?
I love watching war movies. Some of my favorites...
The Longest Day
Band of Brothers
Saving Private Ryan
The Lost Battalion
We Were Soldiers
Enemy at the Gate
Battle of the Bulge
And a lot more, but I can’t recall them.
Thank you for your service!
(Even if you are crazy enough to jump out of a perfectly good aircraft)
“The Big Red One!”
“What’s more, this tnak is as fast in reverse as it is forward. I like to know I can get out of trouble as fast as I get into it!” - Oddball
“Colors, BEAUTIFUL colors!” - Oddball, describing the paint filled rounds for his tank’s main gun.
It’s a well-done movie. Thankfully for once the military is shown in a good light without the usual Hollywood drivel. If you’re not familiar with the conflict, Shughart and Gordon were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for their actions.
Sounds good. I’ll check and see if my local library has it. Thanks. :-)
They Were Expendable
The Fighting Sullivans
To Hell And Back
Tora Tora Tora
12 O'Clock High
The Enemy Below
A couple of others I enjoy catching from time to time...
Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison
Hell in the Pacific
Not quite a "war movie" per say, but it's set with WWII as a back drop...
Island's in the Stream
And a newer movie about WWI that I have come to enjoy watching...
And one of my favorite movies as well ... I would love to get the music that plays over the closing credits as my cellphone ring ...
Come with me, Captain Stransky, and I'll show you where the Iron Crosses grow ...
"Captain! Stransky, g*d d*mn it, get off your ass!"
"I have to reload! How do I reload, Sergeant Steiner?"
[Sergeant Steiner walks off laughing uproariously.]
Band of Brithers is the best war movie I ever saw and Gettysburg is based on the best war story ever written, Killer Angels, IMHO
Did you mean Band of Birthers? LOL!
The Dam Busters is a British film about developing a new kind of round bomb to be dropped from low-flying planes. The bomb skips on the water until it hits a dam.
Von Ryan's Express is about escaping from a POW-camp in Italy, starring Frank Sinatra.
Captain Garth: How much can you decipher?
Commander Rochefort: Fifteen percent.
Captain Garth: Really decipher?
Commander Rochefort: Ten percent.
Captain Garth: Ten percent? That’s one word in ten, Joe! You’re *guessing*!
Commander Rochefort: [slightly hurt] We like to call it “analysis.”
Murphy’s War was great. Peter O’Toole acted the Murphy role to perfection. As I recall, the book was really good, too.
For those of us who lived on the water, it’s Bridges of Toko-ri.
“They Were Expendable”
I recommend that you watch “They Were Expendable” in black and white. The fake color version shows the chief petty officers and officers wear blue dungarees instead of khaki.
BTW, “Wing and a Prayer”(starring Don Ameche) was filmed on board a U.S. Navy Essex class carrier with great film footage of actual flight deck operations.
We are talking about older movies here but this should not be a problem from now and into the future of film making as they can now make tanks (or anything) digitally and make as many as they want and do anything they want them to do.
Not war movies in the conventional sense, but a couple worth mentioning are:
The Great Raid
Escape From Sobibor
Dam Busters is on my long list.
12 O’Clock High, Tora Tora Tora, Patton, The Longest Day and Sands of Iwo Jima too.
tossin’ these into the mix too
Sand Pebbles - 1966 Steve McQueen
Objective Burma - 1945 Errol Flynn
Lawrence of Arabia - 1962 Peter O’Toole
Das Boot - 1982
Full Metal Jacket - 1987
Dam Busters is so good! Also, next time you watch it, see how much George Lucas ripped off from that movie for his attack on the Death Star!
The whole “Red Five standing bye” communications part of the attack and many other aspects were completely lifted from Dam Busters.
Now that’s a war!!
If you haven’t seen “A Walk in the Sun,” I recommend it.
It might be a little too graphic for your local library.
I couldn't agree more. Keep the tissues handy.
On the lighter side two of my favorites are;
“Captain Newman, MD” Gregory Peck, Tony Curtis, and a great ensemble cast.
“Father Goose” Cary Grant and Leslie Caron.
Second Restrepo - absolutely top of the line.
And the Civil War: Ken Burn's series The Civil War
The bar scene in “Not With My Wife, You Don’t” [Tony Curtis, Virna Lisi, and George C. Scott].
Tony is married to Virna, who used to be Scott’s girlfriend. Scott wants her back.
In the bar, Tony starts a hilarious bar fight in order to keep Scott from leaving with Virna. He does this by saying to an Australian soldier, “Spit on the American Flag, will ya” ...
Mayhem ensues. Scott gets separated from Virna in the melee. Tony grabs her and almost makes it to the door.
Where Scott says, “Spit on the Australian Flag, will ya” ...
Tony then gets the crap beat outta him by the Aussies ...
Not real Tigers....T34 tanks made into Tigers. They did a good job.
The only real Tiger I have seen in a movie was the one in Saving Private Ryan. A German Reenacting group own it now. I saw it at a battle at Fort Indiantown Gap a few years ago and it ran like crap. Found out the transmisson was Kaput.
Thumbs up. Cross Of Iron rocked.
The sequal sucked rocks however.
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