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The Best War Movies Ever Made
Freepers who know their war flicks | June 25, 2002 | wimpycat

Posted on 06/25/2002 5:40:51 PM PDT by wimpycat

As a companion to http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/705904/posts' The Worst War Movies Ever Made thread, I offer you the best war movies ever made, and I wanted to get mine in first. Here's my list, in no particular order.

1. Battleground (love James Whitmore in this!)

2. Full Metal Jacket (love the DI, R. Lee Ermey. "Hard core, man! F***ing Hard core!")

3. Glory (even though it's not quite historically accurate and it's about Yankees, it's a very moving film, IMHO. Great musical score, too.)

4. The Boys in Company C (same DI as in Full Metal Jacket. Made very soon after Vietnam, but it's still pretty good.)

5. Tora! Tora! Tora! (forget Pearl Harbor, the movie, this is the definitive Pearl Harbor movie)

6. Das Boot (definitely one of the all time great war films--great camera work, great sound effects, it makes you feel claustrophobic. Best viewed on DVD with SurroundSound system. Make sure you watch it in German, with the subtitles, not dubbed! Awesome!)


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That's all I can think of off the top of my head. I'm sure there's more. I especially love the campy, propaganda movies that were made during WWII.
1 posted on 06/25/2002 5:40:51 PM PDT by wimpycat
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The Deer Hunter !
2 posted on 06/25/2002 5:42:08 PM PDT by cmsgop
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Though not technically accurate, Braveheart, and as a Mel Gibson second, I would nominate The Patriot.
3 posted on 06/25/2002 5:43:31 PM PDT by I Luv Bush
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To: cmsgop
Deer Hunter? You've got to be kidding. Big time snoozer, amply demonstrating the inability to edit that led Cimino to overindulge with Heaven's Gate (ironically, a much better movie).
4 posted on 06/25/2002 5:44:39 PM PDT by william clark
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To: cmsgop
the "Deer Hunter" was full of SH$$. should be on the list of the absolute worst war movies.
5 posted on 06/25/2002 5:46:06 PM PDT by alfie
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To: cmsgop
I know it's not historically accurate, but Bridge on the River Kwai is still a great flick.

Also, Lawrence of Arabia. (WWI)

I recently saw Enemy at the Gate, with Jude Law and Ed Harris, about that Soviet sharpshooter. Good movie!

6 posted on 06/25/2002 5:47:10 PM PDT by wimpycat
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1. Patton
2. Patton
3. Patton
7 posted on 06/25/2002 5:47:28 PM PDT by SandfleaCSC
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To: wimpycat
Ditto on Das Boot. My father was a naval engineering officer, and he really like that film. Unlike so many movies, he thought it had the ring of reality to it.

Here's a pick from me: Where Eagles Dare. Just saw it on the History channel (Canada) this weekend. Probably quite unrealistic (I mean, how many bullets can 4 people dodge?), but quite entertaining.

8 posted on 06/25/2002 5:47:35 PM PDT by -YYZ-
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I second your motion, on Das Boot! The one war movie I loved, even though it is a anti-war film, was the 1930 version of "All Quiet on the Western Front". I would also nominate "The Big Red One", "Cross of Iron" and "Patton"
9 posted on 06/25/2002 5:47:37 PM PDT by mlibertarianj
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To: wimpycat
Personally, I'm a John Wayne fan myself.
10 posted on 06/25/2002 5:47:41 PM PDT by JEC
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Gone With The Wind. Civil war movie. BEST movie ever made!!!!!
11 posted on 06/25/2002 5:47:52 PM PDT by buffyt
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Patton.

The longest day.

Sands of Iwo Jima.

Tora! Tora! Tora!

12 posted on 06/25/2002 5:47:58 PM PDT by LibKill
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Always liked "Deliverance", great performance by Jon Voight, but I still give the nod to the "Godfather". There were actually quite a few excellent movies made in the seventies.
13 posted on 06/25/2002 5:48:09 PM PDT by Reaganwuzthebest
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To: cmsgop
I thought Deer Hunter was good. Don't listen to them!
14 posted on 06/25/2002 5:48:10 PM PDT by wimpycat
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To: SandfleaCSC
Patton was great movie, so was Catch 22, Mash, The Patriot.
15 posted on 06/25/2002 5:48:38 PM PDT by buffyt
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1. Apocalypse Now
2. In Harm's Way
3. Das Boot
4. Full Metal Jacket
5. Flight of the Intruder
16 posted on 06/25/2002 5:48:52 PM PDT by gcruse
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It's not a war movie other than the setting in which it occurs (during the Boer War), but Breaker Morant is one of the best movies I've ever seen.
17 posted on 06/25/2002 5:48:57 PM PDT by Alberta's Child
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To: wimpycat
"A Bridge Too Far"
18 posted on 06/25/2002 5:49:22 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny
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To: buffyt
Of course, how could I forget GWTW? But it's really a story set during the Civil War, rather than a Civil War picture. It is, however, the best movie ever made, of any genre.
19 posted on 06/25/2002 5:49:39 PM PDT by wimpycat
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To: Alberta's Child
You reminded me of Michael Caine in Zulu. Those Zulus and Welsh soldiers singing! That was great!
20 posted on 06/25/2002 5:50:38 PM PDT by wimpycat
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Fail Safe. Not a conservative movie, but brilliantly written.
21 posted on 06/25/2002 5:51:06 PM PDT by Senator Pardek
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Actually- no drill instructor has ever been murdered by any cadet in either the Marines or the Army intentionally. So I call "Full Metal Jacket" a joke and one of the worst ever made.
22 posted on 06/25/2002 5:51:25 PM PDT by Burkeman1
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They Were Expendable
Operation Burma
Battleground
Bridge on the River Kwai
12 O"Clock High
Paths of Glory
The Longest Day
Patton
Apocalypse Now
Full Metal Jacket
23 posted on 06/25/2002 5:51:46 PM PDT by Reagan Man
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In Harm's Way
Tora! Tora! Tora!
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
The Day of the Jackal

24 posted on 06/25/2002 5:51:50 PM PDT by surely_you_jest
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To: wimpycat
The Deer Hunter was filmed on the River Kwai. I liked it because you got to know the characters very well before and after the conflict. To me it has all the ingrediants of a fine war movie.
25 posted on 06/25/2002 5:51:51 PM PDT by cmsgop
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Platoon
26 posted on 06/25/2002 5:51:55 PM PDT by Michael Barnes
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Believe it or not Das Boot was originally a 7 hour German TV mini series.... the movie is a cut down of that.
27 posted on 06/25/2002 5:51:58 PM PDT by tophat9000
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I love war movies. In my opinion the best ever was...Twelve O'clock High
28 posted on 06/25/2002 5:52:13 PM PDT by clintonh8r
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To: wimpycat
In no special order:

Zulu
What Did You Do In The War, Daddy?
The Longest Day



29 posted on 06/25/2002 5:52:35 PM PDT by T. P. Pole
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To: Alberta's Child
Breaker Morant

Good movie!

30 posted on 06/25/2002 5:52:43 PM PDT by Jagdgewehr
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In Harms Way, Battle of Midway, From Here To Eternity
31 posted on 06/25/2002 5:52:52 PM PDT by csmusaret
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Casa Blanca
32 posted on 06/25/2002 5:53:06 PM PDT by buffyt
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To: tophat9000
Yes, I'd heard that about Das Boot. I have a copy of the novel, AND a coffee table book of photos taken by the author while he was serving on U-Boats.
33 posted on 06/25/2002 5:53:40 PM PDT by wimpycat
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To: Jagdgewehr
No question: From Here to Eternity.
34 posted on 06/25/2002 5:54:06 PM PDT by gaspar
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The Dirty Dozen and Dr. Zhivago.
35 posted on 06/25/2002 5:54:06 PM PDT by lara
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Sands of Iwo Jima
The Longest Day
The Alamo
Full Metal Jacket
Apocalypse Now

36 posted on 06/25/2002 5:54:51 PM PDT by StoneColdGOP
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"Glory"
"Patton"
"Kelly's Heroes"

37 posted on 06/25/2002 5:54:52 PM PDT by mhking
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To: Reagan Man
Great list!

Forgot a couple of those.

Apocalypse Now, Redux also pretty good. Haven't decided which one I prefer.
38 posted on 06/25/2002 5:54:55 PM PDT by surely_you_jest
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To: wimpycat
Best anti-war movie: Paths of Glory.
39 posted on 06/25/2002 5:55:00 PM PDT by clintonh8r
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To: StoneColdGOP
Damn, forgot Patton!
40 posted on 06/25/2002 5:55:46 PM PDT by StoneColdGOP
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Almost forgot "Play Misty For Me" and "Dirty Harry". Great movies.
41 posted on 06/25/2002 5:57:10 PM PDT by Reaganwuzthebest
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Patton was great movie, so was Catch 22, Mash, The Patriot.

Patton, ok; M*A*S*H, pretty good; The Patriot, ok; but Catch 22? Fagetaboutit! Read the book. One of the funniest ever written in a black comedy sort of way. The movie stinked, stank, stunk!

42 posted on 06/25/2002 5:57:10 PM PDT by mc5cents
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Well, I would think that "The Patriot" would qualify as a war movie. It was a great movie.

I've also enjoyed "Apocolypse Now", "Patton", and "Tora, Tora, Tora". I've only seen part of "Saving Private Ryan" so I'll reserve comment, though it was very intense.

There are quite a few older war movies that I will watch though they aren't at the top of my list of truly great flicks. Among them are "The Dirty Dozen", "The Battle of the Bulge", "Midway", and the old favorite, "Run Silent, Run Deep".

43 posted on 06/25/2002 5:57:12 PM PDT by meyer
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What's the name of that movie about the Japanese-Americans fighting in Europe in WWII, starring Van Johnson? That's a good one, too.
44 posted on 06/25/2002 5:57:38 PM PDT by wimpycat
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To: Alberta's Child
I forgot about that movie, good choice and from the same director Gallipoli, I forgot to add Gardens of Stone , even though it is not so much a war movie, except it is about soldiers stationed at Arlington National Cemetery, during Vietnam.
45 posted on 06/25/2002 5:57:51 PM PDT by mlibertarianj
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MEMPHIS BELLE

My Uncle Richard Thoos is still MIA from his B-17 over France, 1943.

46 posted on 06/25/2002 5:58:24 PM PDT by buffyt
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Gung Ho! ?
47 posted on 06/25/2002 5:58:44 PM PDT by surely_you_jest
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Thanks Buddy. I will remember you at Christmas time....:*)
48 posted on 06/25/2002 5:59:00 PM PDT by cmsgop
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That's another very good movie, though I am biased because it confirms the superiority of engineers in any walk of life (the guy in charge at Rourk's Drift was the engineer who was directing the bridge-building efforts of the British Army). LOL!


49 posted on 06/25/2002 5:59:08 PM PDT by Alberta's Child
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To: mlibertarianj
Gardens of Stone.
50 posted on 06/25/2002 5:59:24 PM PDT by surely_you_jest
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