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Favorite Military Movies
The Washington Times ^ | Oct. 10, 2003 | John McCaslin, Inside the Beltway

Posted on 10/10/2003 9:01:51 PM PDT by EdJay

 Our item on retired and active military members being asked by USAA Magazine to rank their all-time favorite military movies (the most popular, in order, were "Twelve O'Clock High," The Bridge on the River Kwai," "The Longest Day," "Patton," "The Deer Hunter," "Saving Private Ryan" and "We Were Soldiers") generated considerable response from within the ranks.

 "I saw that article ... and wondered how they came up with those movies. Then I saw the writer was a retired Air Force officer. Well, no wonder," writes retired Army officer Bob Thomas of Guthrie, Okla.

 "Soldiers would choose a different set of favorite war movies, as would sailors and Marines. I can't believe no one mentioned 'Black Hawk Down,' 'Flight of the Intruder,' 'Gettysburg,' 'Memphis Belle,' or 'Full Metal Jacket.' "

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I'm curious which movies Freepers would add, and why. Myself, I liked "Glory."

How about: "A Bridge Too Far," "Platoon," "Zulu," "The Great Escape," "Paths of Glory," "All Quiet on the Western Front," "Das Boot," "Gallipoli."

1 posted on 10/10/2003 9:01:51 PM PDT by EdJay
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To: EdJay
LOL...I guess its vanity night...that works for me.

Favorite military movie is Patton.

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2 posted on 10/10/2003 9:03:18 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (If it weren't for double standards, liberals would have no standards at all!!!)
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To: ConservativeMan55
Patton is a classic.
3 posted on 10/10/2003 9:03:59 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (If it weren't for double standards, liberals would have no standards at all!!!)
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4 posted on 10/10/2003 9:04:14 PM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: EdJay
I have several that come to mind immediately:

The Bridge on the River Kwai
Tora, Tora, Tora
Guns of Navarone
The Longest Day

I'll think of more, I am sure. As you can see, though I'm 35, my taste in movies runs a bit 'old.' ;-)
5 posted on 10/10/2003 9:06:21 PM PDT by HitmanLV (I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered. My life is my own.)
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To: EdJay
Twelve O'Clock High
Doctor Strangelove
Operation Petticoat
Father Goose
Down Periscope
Patton
The Big Parade
Darling Lili
Fort Apache

6 posted on 10/10/2003 9:06:44 PM PDT by Doctor Stochastic (Vegetabilisch = chaotisch is der Charakter der Modernen. - Friedrich Schlegel)
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To: EdJay
bump
7 posted on 10/10/2003 9:08:25 PM PDT by kimosabe31
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To: EdJay
Does Braveheart count?

This all sounds like a list of our family movie nights if you add in Stalag 17.
8 posted on 10/10/2003 9:09:01 PM PDT by lizma
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To: ConservativeMan55; FreedomPoster; Travis McGee; wardaddy
"Patton is a classic."

Yep. My other favorites are Blackhawk Down, Saving Private Ryan, We Were Soldiers, Dirty Dozen, and the quasi war movie "Red Dawn". The Patriot gets an honorable mention.

Favorite war movie ping.

9 posted on 10/10/2003 9:10:22 PM PDT by Vigilantcitizen (Game on in ten seconds...http://www.fatcityonline.com/Video/fatcityvsdemented.WMV)
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To: EdJay
Battlefield. I liked that one. Some bits seemed a bit contrived or Hollywood-ish, but there were a lot of neat scenes that seemed very realistic. There was an old one (made during the war) about Doolittle's air raid, and Pork Chop Hill with Gregory Peck. "The Longest Day" was nothing more than a chain of big name cameos, but I liked "Tora Tora Tora". The best new war films nowadays all require the willingness to read subtitles. Anyone see "Captaine Conan"? Good one, I thought.
10 posted on 10/10/2003 9:10:27 PM PDT by dr_who_2
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To: EdJay
"The Enemy Below"----fantastic!
11 posted on 10/10/2003 9:11:09 PM PDT by Mears
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To: EdJay
Flight of the Intruder
Hell in High Waters
Pork Chop Hill
The Enemy Below
13 posted on 10/10/2003 9:11:38 PM PDT by OrioleFan
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To: dr_who_2
I like Von Ryan's Express.
14 posted on 10/10/2003 9:12:01 PM PDT by Shethink13
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To: EdJay
Patton and The Hunt for Red October. (Note that in The Hunt for Red October, Alec Baldwin's appearance is offset by Fred Thompson.)
15 posted on 10/10/2003 9:12:42 PM PDT by July 4th
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To: EdJay
My personal favorites are Lawrence of Arabia, and the Bridge over the River Kwai. Growing up pre-cable I have a special fondness for The Big Red One with Lee Marvin. I think they must have showed that every year on network TV when I was kid.
For pure realism and integrity of the experience there is nothing like Black Hawk Down and Band of Brothers.
16 posted on 10/10/2003 9:13:01 PM PDT by azcap
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17 posted on 10/10/2003 9:14:07 PM PDT by Pro-Bush (Homeland Security + Tom Ridge = Open Borders --> Demand Change!)
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To: EdJay
A couple of foreign additions...Soldiers of Orange, The Lighthorsemen. Also, The Duelists (Ridley Scott's first movie, I believe, and visually stunning).
18 posted on 10/10/2003 9:15:30 PM PDT by clintonh8r (A gentleman should know something about everything and everything about something.)
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To: JackRyanCIA
Dirty Dozen

YES! I was sitting here racking my brain and just could not remember this movie's name. Thank you. I can sleep tonight.

21 posted on 10/10/2003 9:18:27 PM PDT by lizma
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To: EdJay
Poohbah's Top Ten Military Movies (in no particular order, sole criterion is that I enjoyed watching them):

Final Countdown
Full Metal Jacket
A Bridge Too Far
We Were Soldiers
Interceptor
By Dawn's Early Light
Patton
Tora Tora Tora
Flight of the Intruder
Gray Lady Down
22 posted on 10/10/2003 9:20:24 PM PDT by Poohbah ("[Expletive deleted] 'em if they can't take a joke!" -- Major Vic Deakins, USAF)
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Patton is the all time best.

I thought A Bridge Too Far was excellent, great cast.

We Were Soldiers Once and Private Ryan are good.

While the entire Enemies at the Gate was not great, the opening scenes about crossing the Volga into the city are accurate and priceless.

23 posted on 10/10/2003 9:20:36 PM PDT by schu
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To: Shethink13
That one popped into my mind, too. I remember seeing a bit of it on TV recently and thinking that they ought to do a remake with the same characters but make it more serious historical film and not such a "us versus the Nazi goons" adventure film, although those are good, too (Where Eagles Dare doesn't count though).
24 posted on 10/10/2003 9:21:22 PM PDT by dr_who_2
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To: clintonh8r
Das Boot
Gallipoli
Breaker Morant
25 posted on 10/10/2003 9:22:10 PM PDT by dfwgator (All I want for Christmas is Ron Zook's firing.)
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To: EdJay
I too liked Glory.
I would have to add to this freeper list Apocalypse Now, despite Martin Sheen.
26 posted on 10/10/2003 9:22:35 PM PDT by Oorang (The voices in my head told me to stay home and clean my guns)
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To: EdJay
Das Boot was excellent.
27 posted on 10/10/2003 9:23:30 PM PDT by Pro-Bush (Homeland Security + Tom Ridge = Open Borders --> Demand Change!)
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To: JackRyanCIA
Thin Red Line, while having some beautiful cinematography, was a disaster.

By the time I saw the 6th or 7th lingering shot of a parrot in a tree, I was laughing.

With the possible exception of "The Natural" I've never seen a movie that LESS caught the spirit of the book.

Movies, of course, can't exactly match the plot of a novel, and consolidation of characters is to be expected, but the Thin Red Line movie was an abomination; not once in the book did the soldiers sit around musing about the philosophical relation of man and nature.

The main character in the movie, Witt, is a gentle backwoods philosopher; in the book, he's a brawling racist.
29 posted on 10/10/2003 9:24:14 PM PDT by John H K
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To: lizma
Dirty Dozen was on last night after I saw the list mentioned here. Great movie.

Hollywood would never make such a movie today.
30 posted on 10/10/2003 9:25:22 PM PDT by Joe_October (Saddam supported Terrorists. Al Qaeda are Terrorists. I can't find the link.)
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To: EdJay
Some good ones listed, but one of my all-time favs is 'Where Eagles Dare'. Don't get to see it very often, and there is nothing fantastic about it. But I like it. Same with Stalag 17. I taught my cockatiel to whistle the bridge over river kwai marching song...but he always threw a wolf-whistle in at the end...
31 posted on 10/10/2003 9:26:36 PM PDT by LearnsFromMistakes (Tagline Loading - please wait.)
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To: JackRyanCIA
Do you mean Casualties Of War?
32 posted on 10/10/2003 9:26:44 PM PDT by mseltzer
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To: JackRyanCIA
I hated U-571, because the real story of the capture of the ULTRA was so much better than the movie.


But then, my all time favorite is (sheepish) Kelly's Heroes.

it warms the capitalist in me.
33 posted on 10/10/2003 9:26:55 PM PDT by donmeaker (Bigamy is one wife too many. So is monogamy.)
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To: EdJay
1. The Great Escape
2. Mr. Roberts
3. The Big Red One
4. HBO's Band of Brothers
5. Kelly's Heros
6. Bridge Over The River Kwai
7. Platoon
8. If the book Chickenhawk were made into a movie I'd put it here
9. Father Goose - I will offer no excuses, I love this movie
10. Ken Burns - 'Civil War'

I know I'm missing huge amounts of great movies but this is a quick selection.

Æ
34 posted on 10/10/2003 9:27:29 PM PDT by AgentEcho (If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. - Will Rogers)
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To: schu
Enemies at the Gate was a bit disappointing (mainly because of the script), but there's always Stalingrad. Hopelessly grim, but there's probably no other way of doing a movie about that battle like that one.
35 posted on 10/10/2003 9:28:02 PM PDT by dr_who_2
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To: dr_who_2
Guadal Canal Diary.
36 posted on 10/10/2003 9:28:41 PM PDT by knarf (A place where anyone can learn anything ... especially that which promotes clear thinking.)
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To: EdJay
"A Bridge Too Far," A movie too long, imo.
However, you can see Cliff Clavin in the movie.

I liked "The Beast", "Dogs of War", "The Wild Geese".

37 posted on 10/10/2003 9:28:52 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: EdJay
Battleground with James Whitmore and Van Johnson.
38 posted on 10/10/2003 9:29:13 PM PDT by oyez
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To: donmeaker
Kelly's Heroes rocks, true.
39 posted on 10/10/2003 9:29:26 PM PDT by dr_who_2
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To: EdJay
'War of the Worlds'.. lol.. kind of halfway kidding
41 posted on 10/10/2003 9:30:56 PM PDT by GeronL (Please visit www.geocities.com/geronl)
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To: EdJay
The 26 episode series "VICTORY AT SEA" documentary about the Pacific Theatre in WWII is now available from A&E on DVD.
42 posted on 10/10/2003 9:31:58 PM PDT by top of the world ma
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To: knarf
Never heard of that one. There was that one with James Cagney playing Admiral Halsey. Not bad.
44 posted on 10/10/2003 9:32:32 PM PDT by dr_who_2
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To: ConservativeMan55
RED DAWN

no?

45 posted on 10/10/2003 9:33:00 PM PDT by GeronL (Please visit www.geocities.com/geronl)
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To: EdJay
No mention of Where eagles dare?
46 posted on 10/10/2003 9:33:42 PM PDT by Nateman (Socialism first, cancer second.)
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To: oyez
Oh that's right. Battleground, not Battlefield. Good one.
47 posted on 10/10/2003 9:33:44 PM PDT by dr_who_2
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To: EdJay
Major Dundee.
48 posted on 10/10/2003 9:35:27 PM PDT by KrisKrinkle
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To: Calvin Locke
The BEAST was very intersting. I like all of the movies you guys have listed.
49 posted on 10/10/2003 9:36:20 PM PDT by GeronL (Please visit www.geocities.com/geronl)
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Nobody has mentioned, "Boys In Company 'C'".

I believe it was R. Lee Ermey's first film.

Maggots.

50 posted on 10/10/2003 9:36:26 PM PDT by TomServo ("Upon further review, the refs find that Cody is dead. The play stands -- Cody is dead.")
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