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The History of America In 12 Movies
http://www.breitbart.com ^ | July 4, 2014 | John Nolte

Posted on 07/06/2014 8:56:44 AM PDT by NKP_Vet

Here in Boone, NC, the most perfect and beautiful spot in all of America (and therefore the universe), the sky is blue and the air is cool and dry. For that reason, a movie festival is probably not on my agenda this holiday weekend. But for those of you stuck inside, what better way is there to celebrate the 4th of July than with a movie binge that takes you through the history of this great country of ours.

My list is not perfect. Lists never are. It's a starting point. Feel free to make your own recommendations.

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TOPICS: Arts/Photography; History; Music/Entertainment; Reference; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: america; americana; eh; history; liberalhistoryofusa; movies
Pretty good list, but I would have had the first two Godfather movies on the list, especially Part II.
1 posted on 07/06/2014 8:56:44 AM PDT by NKP_Vet
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To: NKP_Vet

Personally I would have suggested Sergeant York for the WW I movie. Picking one which had nothing whatsoever to do with the U.S. seems quite off. Not to say that the movie he picked was a bad one, it is a great film, but the theme of the list is U.S. history.


2 posted on 07/06/2014 9:08:56 AM PDT by drbuzzard (All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.)
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To: NKP_Vet

I like The Grapes of Wrath as a movie but I can’t get past the guy who runs the camp helping everybody out in the end being just ‘accidentally’ the spitting image of Franklin Roosevelt, who was just about to take America back into the Depression when he fortunately died.


3 posted on 07/06/2014 9:09:51 AM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (HELL, NO! BE UNGOVERNABLE! --- ISLAM DELENDA EST)
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To: NKP_Vet

The list in the article is pretty good, but it completely ignores a very important topic:

It needs to focus, on the selling out of America.

We have shipped far too much formerly American production, to the Peoples Republic of China.

Far too much.

Bring back American industry.


4 posted on 07/06/2014 9:14:13 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: NKP_Vet

I would include How The West Was Won (1962) in that list. Starred Jimmy Steward, John Wayne and Greg Peck and just about every other big name of the time. A Classic.


5 posted on 07/06/2014 9:14:21 AM PDT by mc5cents ("Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide
This list is fine for the history of America. As for world history, the list starts and ends with....


6 posted on 07/06/2014 9:15:33 AM PDT by wolf24
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To: NKP_Vet

Sorry I disagree poor list in my opinion. To begin with:

I would replace ‘The Killing Fields’ with ‘We Were Soldiers’

I would replace ‘Fort Apache’ with ‘Open Range’ or ‘How the West Was Won’.

I would replace ‘The Longest Day’ with ‘Saving Private Ryan’


7 posted on 07/06/2014 9:15:47 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: mc5cents

Jimmy Stewart! Doh!


8 posted on 07/06/2014 9:16:09 AM PDT by mc5cents ("Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: drbuzzard

Trouble with attempting to learn history through movies—even great movies—is that they throw NO light on causes. “Sergeant York” promotes the preposterous notion that WWI had something to do with fighting tyranny. “The Grapes of Wrath” throws NO light on the causes of the Smoot-Hawley-Hoover-Roosevelt-Federal Reserve Depression.


9 posted on 07/06/2014 9:17:07 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: Arthur McGowan

It is certainly true that Sergeant York doesn’t really teach much of anything on why the war happened or why the U.S. got involved. It does, however, present a snapshot of how it was sold to the nation.


10 posted on 07/06/2014 9:18:33 AM PDT by drbuzzard (All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.)
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To: drbuzzard

Sgt York reminds us of the importance of Faith.

Alvin started out as an objector, however, he was able to combine his Faith and Love of Country.


11 posted on 07/06/2014 9:39:48 AM PDT by GRRRRR (He'll NEVER be my President, FUBO! Treason is the Reason! Impeach the Kenyan)
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To: NKP_Vet

Best Years Of Our Lives.


12 posted on 07/06/2014 9:42:08 AM PDT by windcliff
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To: drbuzzard

Agree with you.

My pick would be Shenandoah 1965. James Stewart.
Essentially you mind your business and I’ll mind mine.
If you harm my family when they have not wronged you, you answer to me.
Makes for a polite society.


13 posted on 07/06/2014 9:42:37 AM PDT by glyptol
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To: wolf24

“The inquisition, the inquisition”. Torqemada at his best. ;>}


14 posted on 07/06/2014 9:43:16 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: Kartographer

I would replace Glory with Gone With the Wind.


15 posted on 07/06/2014 9:54:12 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: NKP_Vet

So many pre WW II movies covering WW I. Go back to the silents i.e. http://wn.com/the_big_parade or Wings. How about that famous “Mission to Moscow” Gee haven’t seen that Hollywood propaganda piece in ages, is it still out there or was it destroyed?


16 posted on 07/06/2014 10:00:45 AM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (Hillary 2016! Really??? That's Retarded Sir.)
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To: Kartographer

“I would replace ‘The Longest Day’ with ‘Saving Private Ryan’”

For WW 2 my pick would be “Patton”.

For Vietnam “The Siege of Firebase Gloria” would be right beside “We Were Soldiers”. Both excellent films about
the war. Firebase Gloria is spooky it’s so realistic, stars real Nam vet R. Lee Ermey.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQEQaFzVQIM


17 posted on 07/06/2014 10:01:12 AM PDT by NKP_Vet
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To: mc5cents

Actually, How the West Was Won really has a woman lead - Debbie Reynolds. Wonderful movie even on the small screen.


18 posted on 07/06/2014 10:06:04 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Arthur McGowan

These were great feature films, not documentaries. I doubt people would be watching The Grapes of Wrath much if Henry Fonda had a long monologue about the Smoot Hawley bill, lol!


19 posted on 07/06/2014 10:09:02 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: NKP_Vet

For WWII, Honorable Mention would go to “The Big Red One.”


20 posted on 07/06/2014 10:11:57 AM PDT by dfwgator
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“For WWII, Honorable Mention would go to “The Big Red One.”

Great, great movie. Based on exploits of the WW2 veteran/director, Sam Fuller, and made all that more realistic by WW2 vet Lee Marvin. Did you know Lee Marvin is buried at Arlington National Cemetary. Marvin often said the the thing he was most proud of in his life was serving his country in WW2. He was awarded the Purple Heart for being wounded on Saipan.


21 posted on 07/06/2014 10:39:56 AM PDT by NKP_Vet
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To: Bringbackthedraft

“Mission to Moscow”

It’s still around. I saw it on TCM several years ago.


22 posted on 07/06/2014 11:01:06 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need more than seven rounds, Much more.)
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To: NKP_Vet

First words in the Godfather: “I believe in America.”


23 posted on 07/06/2014 11:07:22 AM PDT by Unknowing (Now is the time for all smart little girls to come to the aid of their country.)
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To: NKP_Vet
A few more:
24 posted on 07/06/2014 11:56:13 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: NKP_Vet

Bttt


25 posted on 07/06/2014 1:17:09 PM PDT by Argus
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To: NKP_Vet

Here’s my 12:

French & Indian War: THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS

The Revolution: DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK

The War of 1812: TEN GENTLEMEN FROM WEST POINT

Texan Independence: THE ALAMO (John Wayne version)

Pre-Civil War: ABE LINCOLN IN ILLINOIS

Civil War: GETTYSBURG

Indian Wars: THEY DIED WITH THEIR BOOTS ON

Spanish-American War: STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER

WWI: SERGEANT YORK

The Depression: WILD BOYS OF THE ROAD

WWII: THIRTY SECONDS OVER TOKYO

The Cold War: I WAS A COMMUNIST FOR THE FBI

Any questions?


26 posted on 07/06/2014 1:39:17 PM PDT by Argus
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“Civil War: GETTYSBURG”

The prequel, Gods and Generals, was very good also, but the Northern critics panned it. They just hated seeing Lee and Jackson stomp the hell out of Federal forces while being vastly outnumbered. Robert Duvall made a much better Lee than Martin Sheen. At 2:54 of the clip see the flag of the great State of North Carolina, where my GG Grandpa served with the 15 NC Infantry. He survived the war, passing away in 1921. Deo Vindice.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XtNTJhyEYo


27 posted on 07/06/2014 6:31:48 PM PDT by NKP_Vet
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To: NKP_Vet

A twofer, then!


28 posted on 07/06/2014 6:35:14 PM PDT by Argus
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