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10 Best World War I Movies Ever Made
guns & ammo ^ | 7-24-12 | garry james

Posted on 07/30/2012 7:53:45 PM PDT by TurboZamboni

Without question, more movies have been made about World War II than any other, but before World War II there was World War I, and some of the best — if not the best — war films ever made were inspired by that conflict. Most movies about the Great War incorporate strong anti-war messages, and to be fair, I can think of few other conflicts (except perhaps the Crimean War or the Thirty Years War) in which this attitude is more appropriate.

You’ll see this thread running through almost every one of my picks — it’s just the way it is. With the exception of movies made as propaganda during WWI and WWII, a good hunk of the First World War films were turned out in the 1920s and ’30s, when the nations of the world were licking their wounds and realizing what a grim, useless affair the whole mess really had been. World War I also proved to be an excellent analogy for Vietnam, so a number of First World War movies were also produced during that period. Anyway, without further ado, here are my particular favorites (and some runners-up) in chronological order.

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TOPICS: History; Military/Veterans; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: 10; allquiet; movies; thegreatwar; top; wwi
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1 posted on 07/30/2012 7:53:55 PM PDT by TurboZamboni
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To: TurboZamboni

Definitely Gallipoli.

For TV Series about WWI, I would suggest “Blackadder Goes Forth.” Generally a comedy, but one of the most poignant endings ever.

Best song about WWI, “1916” by Motorhead.


2 posted on 07/30/2012 7:58:03 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: TurboZamboni

One of my favorites: “What Price Glory,” with James Cagney
and Dan Daily and a very young Robert Wagner. Good supporting cast. A remake of a 1920’s silent movie with the same name.


3 posted on 07/30/2012 8:01:13 PM PDT by Maine Mariner
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To: TurboZamboni

Paths Of Glory - based on a true story ...


4 posted on 07/30/2012 8:02:44 PM PDT by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: dfwgator

Oh! what a lovely war. 1969
Paths of glory. 1950 something.
Hells Angels. 1930 something.
Paschendaele 2000 something.


5 posted on 07/30/2012 8:03:22 PM PDT by pricilla (one should always try to be smarter than the equipment one is operating - Amajato)
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To: TurboZamboni

Blue Max


6 posted on 07/30/2012 8:03:37 PM PDT by STJPII
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To: dfwgator

The Lost Battalion hands down.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0287535/

The best in my opinion.


7 posted on 07/30/2012 8:04:39 PM PDT by hadaclueonce (you are paying 12% more for fuel because of Ethanol. Smile big Corn Lobby,)
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To: TurboZamboni

Thanks for posting this. I’ve been reading WW1 books for years and have a keen interest in it ever since I got a book about it from my grandfather.


8 posted on 07/30/2012 8:05:00 PM PDT by TheRhinelander
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To: pricilla

And for a ripping good tv series,how about “Wings” from about the mid seventies.Captain Triggers was my favourite.


9 posted on 07/30/2012 8:06:22 PM PDT by pricilla (one should always try to be smarter than the equipment one is operating - Amajato)
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To: TurboZamboni

Lawrence of Arabia.


10 posted on 07/30/2012 8:07:32 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: TurboZamboni

I guess technically, you could include “Doctor Zhivago”, since a significant portion dealt with Russia’s role in WWI before the Bolsheviks took over.


11 posted on 07/30/2012 8:08:03 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: TurboZamboni

Sgt York.


12 posted on 07/30/2012 8:09:50 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: pricilla

Flyboys


13 posted on 07/30/2012 8:11:58 PM PDT by pricilla (one should always try to be smarter than the equipment one is operating - Amajato)
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To: pricilla

“All quiet on the western front”....the final scene where the soldier reaches for the butterfly always stayed with me..


14 posted on 07/30/2012 8:16:38 PM PDT by pricilla (one should always try to be smarter than the equipment one is operating - Amajato)
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To: dfwgator

Blackadde Goes Forth is excellent 6 episodes with one of the best endings ever.

I would add The Dawn Patrol (1936) with Errol Flynn & David Niven. Also excellent is Anzacs, an Australian mini-series with Paul Hogan before he made it big with Crocadile Dundee.


15 posted on 07/30/2012 8:16:46 PM PDT by packrat35 (Admit it! We are almost ready to be called a police state!)
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To: dfwgator

Ahh Lemmy.

LOL


16 posted on 07/30/2012 8:17:41 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: TurboZamboni

I liked the original “All quiet on the Western Front.”


17 posted on 07/30/2012 8:18:00 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: hadaclueonce

Mine too!


18 posted on 07/30/2012 8:18:49 PM PDT by Americanexpat (�It is going to get even worse now that the)
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To: TurboZamboni

I think the list is spot on. Has the important ones in there


19 posted on 07/30/2012 8:19:49 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: hadaclueonce

Lost Battalion is excellent and based on a true event.


20 posted on 07/30/2012 8:20:27 PM PDT by packrat35 (Admit it! We are almost ready to be called a police state!)
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To: TurboZamboni

Blue Max

African Queen :)


21 posted on 07/30/2012 8:21:48 PM PDT by 1066AD
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To: dfwgator
Thank's I never see this. Motorhead~ 1916
22 posted on 07/30/2012 8:21:56 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: pricilla
As you know, "All Quiet on the Western Front" was written by Erich Maria Remarque, in 1928 or 1929.

What you do not know is that Remarque, a man impoverished by the Great War, and his wife had triplets just 2 years after the war. Remarque fainted after the second baby was born, and the doctor commented after the third one was born: "That last Remarque was uncalled for."

23 posted on 07/30/2012 8:24:14 PM PDT by SAJ (What is the next tagline some overweening mod will censor?)
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To: mylife

Not what you expected, eh?


24 posted on 07/30/2012 8:25:33 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: SAJ

LMAO!


25 posted on 07/30/2012 8:26:36 PM PDT by TheRhinelander
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To: dfwgator
Tom Waits~ Tom Trauberts Blues (Waltzing Matilda)
26 posted on 07/30/2012 8:26:46 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: dfwgator

LOL!


27 posted on 07/30/2012 8:27:21 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: TurboZamboni

Sergeant York with Gary Cooper about a true American Hero.


28 posted on 07/30/2012 8:28:05 PM PDT by The Sons of Liberty ("Get that evil, foreign, muslim, usurping bastard out of MY White House!" FUBO GTFO!)
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To: TurboZamboni

Parts of War Horse were interesting. All in all, it was a long and hard movie to watch, but it had it’s moments.


29 posted on 07/30/2012 8:31:47 PM PDT by Dogbert41 ("...The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the Lord Almighty is their God" Zech. 12:5)
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To: TheRhinelander
I’ve been reading WW1 books for years and have a keen interest in it ever since I got a book about it from my grandfather.

When I was young and during my 20s I used to tell people and friends that when they got down and felt that life was getting to be too hard or demanding, to read about the front during WWI and that it would help get them back into the proper perspective, that is a very depressing war.

30 posted on 07/30/2012 8:32:04 PM PDT by ansel12 (Massachusetts Governors,,, where the GOP goes for it's "conservative" Presidential candidates.)
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To: TurboZamboni

Sargent York then some others.


31 posted on 07/30/2012 8:33:51 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Obamaid has to go.)
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This is grandfather Sgt Wm Seed volunteered Aug 6 1914.1/4 Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.took a shell fragment at guillemot in the Somme in Aug 1916.Survived into the mid 70s though.
32 posted on 07/30/2012 8:35:10 PM PDT by pricilla (one should always try to be smarter than the equipment one is operating - Amajato)
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To: TurboZamboni

How about The Lighthorsemen - somewhat of a dark horse (pardon the pun) but an interesting study on tactical flexibility using cavalry durng WWI.

Your picks are just fine. My particular watch-them-mucho-times favorites are Sgt. York and Paths of Glory.


33 posted on 07/30/2012 8:35:37 PM PDT by trubolotta
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To: pricilla

Salute to Sgt Wm Seed.


34 posted on 07/30/2012 8:37:34 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: ansel12

even now when some of us are having a bad day,we always say “no matter what,it’s better than being in a trench in Belgium”


35 posted on 07/30/2012 8:40:04 PM PDT by pricilla (one should always try to be smarter than the equipment one is operating - Amajato)
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To: mylife

Thank you......lol your tag...


36 posted on 07/30/2012 8:41:32 PM PDT by pricilla (one should always try to be smarter than the equipment one is operating - Amajato)
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To: ansel12

Very true. I’ve even written a couple of songs (metal) about it. Finally Iron Maiden did Paschendale a few years ago.


37 posted on 07/30/2012 8:43:46 PM PDT by TheRhinelander
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To: hadaclueonce

I don’t think Lost Battalion is the best, but it’s definitely top ten. They go a little overboard on the NYC gangster motif, but the visuals are excellent and the portrayals are very well acted.


38 posted on 07/30/2012 8:46:00 PM PDT by xkaydet65
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To: TurboZamboni

The Lighthorsemen,
It is a 1987 Australian feature film about the men of a World War I light horse unit involved in the 1917 Battle of Beersheeba. The film is based on a true story and most of the characters in the film were based on real people.


39 posted on 07/30/2012 8:46:40 PM PDT by DeweyShootem
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To: pricilla
Your tag as well. ☺
40 posted on 07/30/2012 8:47:25 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Disambiguator

There was a 1957 film starring Kirk Douglas about an unjust execution of three French poilus by a tyrannical general.

Then I saw on TCM an original 1918 French film about a young Frenchwoman who is raped by the Germans in 1914. Four years later she has a little girl whom her older husband wants to kill because the child is half German & the product of rape. The mother says, “I will teach her how to be French.” It wraps up with the husband being wounded & dying in hospital, and the young woman marrying a younger man who accepts both her and her daughter.

“Blue Max” is a classic. Especially those scenes with Ursula Andress.

The 1927 “Wings” with Clara Bow the “It” girl. Incredible footage using original aircraft that weren’t that old yet. Best line, “You didn’t kill him, Jack. War killed him.”

A 1931 film about an RAF pilot who goes crackers against war in general and then commits suicide. His wingman loads his corpse into a two seater plane, takes off, then shoots it up with its rear machine gun & blows the suicide’s head head off so he gets a hero’s funeral.

“Sergeant York” a classic. Eerily released just before Pearl Harbor. German soldiers depicted as human, not monsters, which makes them all the more dangerous.

So many WW1 films had an antiwar theme. Pick up a 1921 silver dollar with the eagle’s wings folded and you’ll see how strong that sentiment was, then.


41 posted on 07/30/2012 8:47:46 PM PDT by elcid1970 (Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind. Deus vult!)
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To: dfwgator

That was quite depressing...


42 posted on 07/30/2012 8:50:31 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: TurboZamboni

One thing I don’t get is that the remake of Dawn Patrol is not on the list. True it uses the flying sequences from the original, but the acting with Errol Flynn, David Niven, Basil Rathbone abnd Donald Crisp is far suoerior to the original, where you can scarcely notice a British accent.


43 posted on 07/30/2012 8:51:10 PM PDT by xkaydet65
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To: TheRhinelander

Here it is on youtube, you wrote it?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c20-fm_WNew


44 posted on 07/30/2012 8:53:13 PM PDT by ansel12 (Massachusetts Governors,,, where the GOP goes for it's "conservative" Presidential candidates.)
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To: TurboZamboni
For new movies, the recent movie, The Red Barron (from Germany, not released in the US but on NetFlix) is excellent.


45 posted on 07/30/2012 8:54:00 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: TurboZamboni
Zulu, depicting the Battle of Rorke's Drift in the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879.
46 posted on 07/30/2012 8:54:38 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: TurboZamboni; ebb tide; Sirius Lee; lilycicero; MaryLou1; glock rocks; JPG; Monkey Face; ...

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0424205/

Joyeux Noel (2005)
116 min - Drama | History | Music - 9 November 2005

On Christmas Eve during world War I, the Germans, French, and Scottish fraternize and get to know the men who live on the opposite side of a brutal war, in what became a true lesson of humanity.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joyeux_No%C3%ABl

The unofficial truce begins when the Scots begin to sing festive songs and songs from home, accompanied by bagpipes. Sprink and Sørensen arrive in the German front-line and Sprink sings for his comrades. As Sprink sings Silent Night he is accompanied by a piper in the Scottish front-line. Sprink responds to the piper and exits his trench with a small Christmas tree singing “Adeste Fideles”. Following Sprink’s lead the French, German, and Scottish officers meet in no-man’s-land and agree on a cease-fire for the evening. The various soldiers meet and wish each other “Joyeux Noël”,”Frohe Weihnachten”, and “Merry Christmas.” They exchange chocolate, champagne, and photographs of loved ones. Horstmayer gives Audebert back his wallet, with a photograph of his wife inside, lost in the attack a few days prior, and connect over pre-war memories. Palmer and the Scots celebrate a brief Mass for the soldiers (in Latin as was the practice in the Catholic Church at that time) and the soldiers retire deeply moved. However, Jonathan remains totally unmoved by the events around him, choosing to grieve for his brother.


47 posted on 07/30/2012 8:55:44 PM PDT by narses
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Although it may not qualify, exactly, as a “World War I movie”, the 1926 film, ‘Tell it to the Marines’, starring Lon Chaney (in his only starring role where he didn’t wear sophisticated makeup), is truly a great movie. I got to watch it on TCM last summer and was floored.

By the way, Lon Chaney was a huge star a real long time ago but is, hands down, one of the greatest actors of all time. He pioneered the art of makeup and starred in many of the most enduring movies of the era (’The Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’, for example). He was a very private family man who once proclaimed, “Between movies, there is no Lon Chaney.” He built a cabin high in the Sierra Nevada wilderness as a retreat. A read of his Wiki bio is highly recommended if you are not familiar with the great Lon Chaney. He died young, in 1930, at age 47.

(Yes, Chaney’s son, Lon Chaney, Jr. later found fame as ‘The Wolfman’, Larry Talbot.)


48 posted on 07/30/2012 8:56:35 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: TurboZamboni
“J’Accuse”, "Hearts of the World" and “Shoulder Arms” could also be mentioned.
49 posted on 07/30/2012 8:57:47 PM PDT by decal (I'm not rude, I don't suffer fools is all.)
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To: mnehring

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oxzg_iM-T4E


50 posted on 07/30/2012 9:02:26 PM PDT by EEGator
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