Skip to comments.The History of America In 12 Movies
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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’
Jimmy Stewart! Doh!
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.
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.
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.
Best Years Of Our Lives.
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.
“The inquisition, the inquisition”. Torqemada at his best. ;>}
I would replace Glory with Gone With the Wind.
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?
“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.
Actually, How the West Was Won really has a woman lead - Debbie Reynolds. Wonderful movie even on the small screen.
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!
For WWII, Honorable Mention would go to “The Big Red One.”
“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.
Mission to Moscow
It’s still around. I saw it on TCM several years ago.
First words in the Godfather: “I believe in America.”
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
“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.
A twofer, then!