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What is the greatest War Movie ever made?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by magic surf bus, Apr 29, 2011.

  1. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    I'm into War Movies, and always have been, I'd nominate

    'Saving Private Ryan' for realism and production values
    'Platoon' as the definitive Vietnam grunt's tale
    'Zulu' and 'Waterloo' for sheer pre-CGI historic spectacle, although much of 'Zulu' is fictitious
    'Lawrence of Arabia' for its portrayal of the desert theatre of combat
    'Restrepo' and 'The Battle for Haditha' as good examples of recent conflicts
    'Full Metal Jacket' for R Lee Ermey's Gunnery Sergeant Hartmann performance
    'Kelly's Heroes' because it always makes me laugh

    Moving to world cinema:

    'Lebanon' because the camera remains inside a single tank for the whole film
    'Waltz with Bashir' for its original animated documentary approach
    '17th Company' - Afghanistan from the Russian viewpoint, or 'Full Metal Jacketski' as it's sometimes known
    'Beaufort' for its portrayal of outpost life, not unlike 'Restrepo' but fictional.
  2. Sophie's Choice.
    No gun blazing guys.
    A woman who was forced to choose. Devastating. I cannot watch it without crying.
    That is the reality of war.
    Not your guns. Not your bombs. Not your heros.

  3. Have you read it?
  4. We read it at school.
    It has haunted me ever since.
  5. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    the opening of the 'Battle of Britain has it for me.
    i loved 'Sink the Bismark'
    the longest day and ice cold in alex
    633 squadren
    'A matter of life or death; for romatic soppiness
    angel one five
    and a grainy 'millions like us 'about folk inthe 2 WW
  6. gingerella

    gingerella New commenter

    'Glory' is a great film, and on the same lines as 'Sophie's Choice', 'Life is Beautifu'l never fails to move me.
  7. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    where does it move you to? [​IMG]
  8. Here are some more to choose from:
    Mosquito Squadron? (so bad its good rip-off of 633 Squadron with David McCallum)
    Heros of Telemark?
    Ill Met by Moonlight?
    We Dive at Dawn?
    Hamburger Hill?
    We Were Soldiers?
    Sink the Bismarck?
    I think I'll have to go with Where Eagles Dare for the musical score, Richard Burton, and Clint Eastwood.
  9. lurk_much

    lurk_much Occasional commenter

    Das Boot
    Battleship Potempkin
    Saving Private Ryan
  10. Also a good one.
    But there are very few films which show war from a female perspective.
    Women have to watch their men and sons go to war and die. Nowadays their daughters.
    Women are the ones raped. As are their daughters.
    Women are the ones who have to keep things going ok back home without the men around.
    Women are the ones who are not in the positions of power to decide whether a war will take place or not (there are not many Maggie Thatchers in the world).
    No woman would normally be for war. Very few woman can get excited about guns, submarines, warships or jet planes.

  11. The Longest Day
  12. lurk_much

    lurk_much Occasional commenter

    and men do most of the dying so they are?
    Tell that to Tom Cruise. [​IMG]
    and then...
    "I venerate the armed woman as a transcendent symbol of independent female power - from ancient goddesses like...the knife-wielding Hindu Kali to the pistol-packing babes of Charlie's Angels."--Camille Paglia
    women enjoy power just as much as men.
  13. modelmaker

    modelmaker Star commenter

    Would our wedding videos qualify?
  14. Nanny Ogg

    Nanny Ogg Occasional commenter

    Ice cold in Alexandria
    Saving Private Ryan
    Enemy at the Gate
    Schindler's List
    The Dad's Army film
  15. anon468

    anon468 New commenter

    I'm going to be controversial and say Letters From Iwo Jima, told as it was from the perspective of the Japanese soldiers.
    Rarely has a film had such a profound impact on me.
  16. Yes, but I think, if we are honest, in a different way.
    Show me your average woman who will wade into war.
    A woman WILL fight and kill, if she has to. I would.
    But she will natter you to death before she wages a proper war, in the sense we speak of.
    She will protect, first and foremost. So do men - but in a way women do not. Men go away and flex their biceps, women stay close to home with their young and flex their teeth.
  17. jacob

    jacob Lead commenter

    Try "The Downfall of Berlin" for your woman's perspective. It is quite harrowing. Its about the Russians taking over Berlin in the final days of the Reich and what the women had to endure.
  18. jacob

    jacob Lead commenter

    My list:
    Saving Private Ryan
    Ice Cold in Alex
    The Longest Day
    The Enemy Below
    The Cruel Sea
    Cross of Iron
    The Desert Fox
    The Desert Rats
    Battle of Britain
    A Bridge too far
    The Battle of the Bulge
  19. Has anyone seen Cross of Iron with James Coburn? The few clicks available on youtube look good so am thinking of getting it.

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