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Posted: 8/25/2004 5:03:50 PM EST
I been on a war movie kick recently... suggestions?

American Revolution

-The Patriot (seen it)

Civil War

-Gods and Generals (own it, haven't seen it)
-To a lesser extent, The Outlaw Josey Wales (seen it)

World War II

-Saving Private Ryan (seen it)
-Tora! Tora! Tora!
-The Longest Day
-Band of Brothers (TV)

Vietnam War

-Full Metal Jacket (seen it)
-Apocalypse Now for entertainment, not facts (seen it)
-We Were Soldiers (seen it)

Especially looking for Revolution and WWII, but others are good.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 5:05:58 PM EST
Vietnam - "The Siege of Firebase Glory" starring R. Lee Ermey

Link Posted: 8/25/2004 5:09:24 PM EST

Originally Posted By Palo_Duro:
Vietnam - "The Siege of Firebase Glory" starring R. Lee Ermey




+1
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 5:12:33 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/25/2004 5:13:07 PM EST by baileydogg]
Not much shooting or battles, but the development and use of the nuclear weapon in WWII in my world qualifies as a war movie:

Day One

Starring:

Brian Dennehy as General Groves
David Strathairn as Robert Oppenheimer

This is a difficult movie find, but well worth the search.

BD
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 5:15:30 PM EST
Patton, dammit!
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 5:16:34 PM EST

Originally Posted By Palo_Duro:
Vietnam - "The Siege of Firebase Gloria" starring R. Lee Ermey



us.imdb.com/title/tt0098328/
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 5:16:48 PM EST

Originally Posted By Palo_Duro:
Vietnam - "The Siege of Firebase Glory" starring R. Lee Ermey




Its only available on VHS. I want a DVD!
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 5:19:23 PM EST

Originally Posted By rockymass:
Patton, dammit!



Shiite! Don't EVEN tell me you haven't seen "Patton."

If not then take rockymass's advice and see it PDQ!
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 5:20:45 PM EST

Originally Posted By Guth:

Originally Posted By Palo_Duro:
Vietnam - "The Siege of Firebase Gloria" starring R. Lee Ermey



us.imdb.com/title/tt0098328/



I swear to god, I ALWAYS fuck that up. Thanks for the correction.

Link Posted: 8/25/2004 5:21:27 PM EST
Bravo Two Zero:

Helicopter crew to SAS: "If we get shot down, we're going in the opposite direction. For the Iraqis, we're just an aircrew-you guys are like Friday the 13th"
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 5:22:53 PM EST
Civil War - Gettysburg, Glory

WWII - Das Boot, best war film ever made

Might want to try Thin Red Line as well, though I didn't care much for it

Of course, for modern combat, Black Hawk Down is a great one
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 5:23:04 PM EST
I know its not what your looking for but always Black Hawk Down and Tears of the Sun :)
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 5:24:42 PM EST
1993: Operations in Somalia

Black Hawk Down

I know it was well after WWII, but it wasn't on the list.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 5:24:47 PM EST

Originally Posted By crurifragium:
Bravo Two Zero:

Helicopter crew to SAS: "If we get shot down, we're going in the opposite direction. For the Iraqis, we're just an aircrew-you guys are like Friday the 13th"



EXCELLENT movie!!!!!! I've seen it 15 times probably. And now that you mentioned it - I'm watching it again tonight. Freakin' outstanding movie. And its a true story too. Have you watched the interviews of the actual participants at the end of the movie? Great stuff...great stuff...

Link Posted: 8/25/2004 5:25:01 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 5:26:03 PM EST
Oh yeah, for the Vietnam War, don't forget Platoon.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 5:26:06 PM EST
1) Saving Private Ryan
2) Band of Brothers
3) Das Boot
4) Patton
5) Longest Day
6) A Bridge Too Far
7) The Thin Red Line
8) Enemy at the Gates
9) Cross of Iron
10) Stalingrad 1992
11) The Great Escape
12) Midway
13) The Bridge on the River Kwai
14) Schindler's List
15) The Battle of Britain
16) A Midnight Clear
17) Tora! Tora! Tora!
18) In Harm's Way
19) Kelly's Heroes
20) Stalag 17
21) The Battle of the Bulge
22) Twelve O'clock High
23) Battleground
24) Pearl Harbor
25) The Big Red One
26) The Cruel Sea
27) Guns of Navarone
28) Mister Roberts
29) Where Eagles Dare
30) Sahara
31) Memphis Belle
32) Come and See
33) The Devil's Brigade
34) Mrs Miniver
35) U-571
36) Soldier of Orange
37) When Trumpet's Fade
38) The Enemy Below
39) Objective, Burma!
40) Sands of Iwo Jima
41) The Bridge at Remagen
42) The Dirty Dozen
43) A Walk in the Sun
44) The Eagle Has Landed
45) The Iron Cross
46) The Victors
47) Wake Island
48) The Tuskegee Airmen
49) Since You Went Away
50) Air Force


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Link Posted: 8/25/2004 5:26:22 PM EST

Originally Posted By Palo_Duro:

Originally Posted By crurifragium:
Bravo Two Zero:

Helicopter crew to SAS: "If we get shot down, we're going in the opposite direction. For the Iraqis, we're just an aircrew-you guys are like Friday the 13th"



EXCELLENT movie!!!!!! I've seen it 15 times probably. And now that you mentioned it - I'm watching it again tonight. Freakin' outstanding movie. And its a true story too. Have you watched the interviews of the actual participants at the end of the movie? Great stuff...great stuff...




Sadly, I just have the VHS version...
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 5:30:56 PM EST

Originally Posted By crurifragium:
Sadly, I just have the VHS version...



Bummer. I too, have the VHS - but I ordered mine directly from the BBC (who originally produced it).

Link Posted: 8/25/2004 5:33:56 PM EST

Originally Posted By michaelj1978:




Great list. And I must add - if you liked Das Boot, you'll love Stalingrad.

Link Posted: 8/25/2004 5:39:22 PM EST
Hamburger Hill at the $5.00 bin at WalMart, grabbed one last week.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 5:45:18 PM EST
I love many of the movies already mentioned above. But many times I actually prefer and well produced documentary to movies. I'm different from most people in that I don't like a lot of flash or special effects, etc. I just want the story. The set of documentary's aired by the Discovery Channel (or was it TLC?) back a few years ago about Vietnam were the best ones I've seen. They did one about the Ia Drang Valley and interviewed several of the real people that were there, including Hal Moore, Joe Galloway and Sgt. Savage. Then there was one about Tet, one about the Battle For Hue City, one about the Seige at Khe Sahn, one about the nurses and one about Hill 875. This was probably the best collection of documentaries I've seen concerning war on tv.

But as for some other movies not listed yet, I'll recommend Flight Of The Intruder (about A-6 pilots and fictional although partially based on actual event) in Vietnam. Another would be Bat 21 which is a true story about an electronic warefare officer on an RB-66 who was shot down and who dodged the enemy on the ground in hostile territory for a number of days before being rescued. And while controversial in nature, A Bright Shining Lie starring Bill Paxton as John Paul Vann is a decent movie concerning Vietnam and offers a look at the war in a manner we rarely see it, mostly in it's beginnings and the final stage. While it focuses on many of the negatives, there is stuff to be learned from it.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 5:47:16 PM EST

Originally Posted By Aimless:
I haven't seen it in years, but I remember that "Hamburger HIll" was good.



+1
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 6:00:45 PM EST

Originally Posted By michaelj1978:
1) Saving Private Ryan
2) Band of Brothers
3) Das Boot
4) Patton
5) Longest Day
6) A Bridge Too Far
7) The Thin Red Line
8) Enemy at the Gates
9) Cross of Iron
10) Stalingrad 1992
11) The Great Escape
12) Midway
13) The Bridge on the River Kwai
14) Schindler's List
15) The Battle of Britain
16) A Midnight Clear
17) Tora! Tora! Tora!
18) In Harm's Way
19) Kelly's Heroes
20) Stalag 17
21) The Battle of the Bulge
22) Twelve O'clock High
23) Battleground
24) Pearl Harbor
25) The Big Red One
26) The Cruel Sea
27) Guns of Navarone
28) Mister Roberts
29) Where Eagles Dare
30) Sahara
31) Memphis Belle
32) Come and See
33) The Devil's Brigade
34) Mrs Miniver
35) U-571
36) Soldier of Orange
37) When Trumpet's Fade
38) The Enemy Below
39) Objective, Burma!
40) Sands of Iwo Jima
41) The Bridge at Remagen
42) The Dirty Dozen
43) A Walk in the Sun
44) The Eagle Has Landed
45) The Iron Cross
46) The Victors
47) Wake Island
48) The Tuskegee Airmen
49) Since You Went Away
50) Air Force











I cant believe you didn't mention Iron Eagle
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 6:07:18 PM EST
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 6:07:56 PM EST

Originally Posted By Charging_Handle:
I love many of the movies already mentioned above. But many times I actually prefer and well produced documentary to movies. I'm different from most people in that I don't like a lot of flash or special effects, etc. I just want the story. The set of documentary's aired by the Discovery Channel (or was it TLC?) back a few years ago about Vietnam were the best ones I've seen. They did one about the Ia Drang Valley and interviewed several of the real people that were there, including Hal Moore, Joe Galloway and Sgt. Savage. Then there was one about Tet, one about the Battle For Hue City, one about the Seige at Khe Sahn, one about the nurses and one about Hill 875. This was probably the best collection of documentaries I've seen concerning war on tv.

But as for some other movies not listed yet, I'll recommend Flight Of The Intruder (about A-6 pilots and fictional although partially based on actual event) in Vietnam. Another would be Bat 21 which is a true story about an electronic warefare officer on an RB-66 who was shot down and who dodged the enemy on the ground in hostile territory for a number of days before being rescued. And while controversial in nature, A Bright Shining Lie starring Bill Paxton as John Paul Vann is a decent movie concerning Vietnam and offers a look at the war in a manner we rarely see it, mostly in it's beginnings and the final stage. While it focuses on many of the negatives, there is stuff to be learned from it.



You could add the "10,000 Day War" to that.

Link Posted: 8/25/2004 6:49:51 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/25/2004 7:10:42 PM EST by Amicus]
Although not well-received by critics, I very much enjoyed "Bat 21."

And, someone else has seen "A Midnight Clear." Interesting story, worth a watch.

"Soldier of Orange" (look it up, the credits will amaze you) is one of the best war films ever made, and one of my top ten favorites of any genre.

"The Victors" and "The Young Lions" are both classics, and worth watching over and over.

One not on the list: "A Time to Love and a Time to Die" (1958, John Gavin), based on Erich Maria Remarque's ("All Quiet on the Western Front") novel about German soldiers in WWII. Truly an amazing film, especially considering it was made in the late '50s.

My favorite version of "All Quiet on the Western Front" is the made for TV version starring Richard Thomas and Ernest Borgnine (?!). It's well worth the time, and doesn't look like a TV movie.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 6:54:32 PM EST
early Viet Nam: Go Tell the Spartans
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 7:02:38 PM EST
Hart's War
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 7:04:37 PM EST
Add young lions to the list. its a nice ww2 movie.


But for sanity's sake DO NOT WATCH THIN RED LINE! It has very litte combat and is mind numbingly boring and long. After I got through with it I wanted nothing more than to find the author and beat him to death with the video box.

If you choose to watch it anyway you will sincerely regret it. mark my words.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 7:05:33 PM EST
I hope this isn't a dupe, However, I liked "The Boys in Company C"
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 7:08:06 PM EST

Originally Posted By Amicus:
Although not well-received by critics, I very much enjoyed "Bat 21."

And, someone else has seen "A Midnight Clear." Interesting story, worth a watch.

"Soldier of Orange" (look it up, the credits will amaze you) is one of the best war films ever made, and one of my top ten favorites of any genre.



Just got "A Midnight Clear" from Amazon.com

A good movie, although a little different.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 7:18:08 PM EST
Winter War
The story of the Soviets attempting to invade Finland.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 7:30:54 PM EST
Platoon Leader
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 9:56:28 PM EST
nobody mentioned "The IRON TRIANGLE" another decent 1980's Vietnam war movie..

"Uncommon Valor" was pretty good too, about a group of Vietnam vets that return to south east asia to rescue American POW's that were left behind after the war ended. starring Gene Hackman


"Good Morning Vietnam" with Robin Williams was a good movie
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 9:59:48 PM EST

Originally Posted By WolfAR15:
Add young lions to the list. its a nice ww2 movie.


But for sanity's sake DO NOT WATCH THIN RED LINE! It has very litte combat and is mind numbingly boring and long. After I got through with it I wanted nothing more than to find the author and beat him to death with the video box.

If you choose to watch it anyway you will sincerely regret it. mark my words.



Thin Red Line was one of the few movies I never made it through.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 10:08:20 PM EST
Number 1 would be Kelly's Heroes

Link Posted: 8/25/2004 10:19:03 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/25/2004 10:20:31 PM EST by Thunderbolt]
another WWII classic: "MURPHY's WAR" starring Peter O'Tool

lots of great action scenes when he used the old Royal AF sea plane to bomb the German U-Boat and when he dropped that torpedo from the barge to sink that submarine.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 10:28:21 PM EST
I can't believe no one mentioned "To Hell and Back", Audie Murphy's true store.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 10:28:46 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/25/2004 10:30:19 PM EST by tszipper]
I can not believe nobody has said anything about Platoon!


Edited to add Casualties of War.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 10:40:13 PM EST
empire of the sun
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 11:14:26 PM EST

Originally Posted By Aimless:
I haven't seen it in years, but I remember that "Hamburger HIll" was good.

Very good, indeed!

Here's a World War II Movie I know I haven't seen mentioned here yet: Breakthrough!
It is set in an infantry platoon from just before D-Day to just before the Breakout from Normandy.
I last saw it on the History Channel.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 11:18:14 PM EST

Originally Posted By tszipper:
I can not believe nobody has said anything about Platoon!


Edited to add Casualties of War.



I recall someone mentioning it. I think it is totally unrealistic.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 11:23:50 PM EST
For some GREAT, but lesser known war movies, try...

"Dark Blue World", a movie about Czech pilots flying for the RAF during WWII. Awesome movie, great special effects and good acting. Kind of sad, but visually stunning.

"The Lighthorsemen" Australian movie about the last successful cavalry charge in history, at Beersheeba during WWII. The end charge is one of the most impressive scenes ever put to film.

"Purple Hearts" starring Ken Wahl. Tho essentially a love story set in Vietnam, the battle scenes are good, and there's lots of them.

"Bravo Two Zero", about the SAS mission to scuttle Saddam's Scuds. Cool movie.

"Winter War", about the Finnish fight against the invading soviet army. Superb action, even tho the movie is condensed from a miniseries (ala Das Boot), it's still fantastic.
Link Posted: 8/25/2004 11:30:31 PM EST
"To Hell and Back" The Audie Murphy story is a classic
Link Posted: 8/26/2004 12:13:03 AM EST
Come and See - Russian movie and can be found at Amazon. This is a wicked, shocking movie about Soviet partisans and SS Einsatzgruppen units that razed villages behind the front lines. You guys have got to see this. A must have.
Link Posted: 8/26/2004 6:59:21 AM EST
[Last Edit: 8/26/2004 7:12:36 AM EST by Thunderbolt]
"The BIG RED ONE" & "HELL in the PACIFIC" with LEE MARVIN

also "Home of the Brave" with Frank Sinatra [interesting story about some US Marines and Japanese Infantry stranded on a small island in the pacific during WWII]
Link Posted: 8/26/2004 7:10:03 AM EST
Revolutionary War?

Find a copy of "April Morning". It was made by Hallmark. It starred Tommy Lee Jones, Rip torn, Susan Blakely and Chad Lowe. It was made for TV and put out on VHS. It's basically about the stand of the minutemen against the British attempt to confiscate guns and ammunition at Concord. The second half is especially good when the British attempt to come back the same way they invaded and are cut to pieces a bite at a time by ambushing colonists.
Link Posted: 8/26/2004 7:21:02 AM EST
The Green Berets (Viet Nam). Arguably one of the most realistic movies dealing with the Viet Nam war. If you're a vet, be forwarned that this one will hit "real close to home".
Link Posted: 8/26/2004 7:21:57 AM EST
another good one: "Good Morning Mr. Allison" about a US Marine and a NUN on an island during WWII

Link Posted: 8/26/2004 7:24:25 AM EST
Thats... a lot of movies.
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