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Posted 07 December 2013 - 07:29 AM

What are your favorite war movies the one at the top of my list are

1. Brothers
2. Blackhawk Down
3. Hurt locker
4. Jar head
5. Act of Valor
6. Zero DarknThirty
7. Stop loss

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 08:51 AM Edited by Werebot85, 07 December 2013 - 11:24 AM.

Some of my favourites are

Saving Private Ryan
The Hurt Locker
Three Kings
Pearl Harbor
Empire of the Sun
Black Hawk Down
The Patriot (Mel Gibson)
The Thin Red Line (1998)
Apocalypse Now
Inglorious Bastards

Hard to choose a favourite favourite, I love them all!

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 11:10 AM

On the top:

 

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Other I really like are Apocalypse Now Redux and Saving Private Ryan.


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Posted 07 December 2013 - 11:32 AM

Really? No one's mentioned Full Metal Jacket? That's one of the best war movies ever.

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 11:34 AM

Really? No one's mentioned Full Metal Jacket? That's one of the best war movies ever.

Crap, I forgot it, I knew I was missing something :p


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Posted 07 December 2013 - 05:15 PM

For me it's the Great Escape.  Honorable mention to Stalag 17.  Two very similar movies, but both are excellent.


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Posted 07 December 2013 - 05:43 PM Edited by WinterEdit, 07 December 2013 - 05:43 PM.

Pearl Harbor probably. Haven't seen that many war movies to be honest.

Tropic Thunder?


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Posted 07 December 2013 - 07:08 PM Edited by Brobinski, 07 December 2013 - 07:26 PM.

4. Jarhead
6. Zero Dark Thirty

 

I'd argue that these two aren't really "war" films, but they are both very good. Jarhead, if anything, is an anti-war film. their war is an exercise in frustration and boredom. The soldiers depicted in the film see nothing but horrors and don't ever engage in combat themselves. They're constantly being leapfrogged by the more technical divisions of the military who get to fly back to a cool base with beds instead of holes in the desert. They're made to feel useless and abused. It wasn't the war they were sold, and it's certainly not what Swoff followed his father and his grandfather into the marines for. It's basically the antithesis of all the "OOH-RAH go get some!" military recruitment films that make up the majority of the war film genre.

 

It's also a f*cking beautiful film. This bit is one of my favourite sequences in film. The oil-covered horse just wandering past Swoff is eery and otherworldly.

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ZDT is just some very well produced, acted and directed piece of film-making that, while at times unforgiving, has a "the end justifies the means" attitude to torture and theme that just doesn't sit well with me at all.


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Posted 11 December 2013 - 03:44 PM

The Deer Hunter


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Posted 13 December 2013 - 05:18 PM

Saving Private Ryan. Beautiful film, great story, great ending, amazing effects, superb acting. Just a wonderful film overall.


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Posted 13 December 2013 - 09:21 PM

Pearl Harbor probably. Haven't seen that many war movies to be honest.

Tropic Thunder?

Get out of here.

 

Saving Private Ryan

Apocalypse Now

Great Escape

Longest Day

Full Metal Jacket

Jarhead

Platoon

Hamburger Hill

Band of Brothers

The Pacific

Inglorious Basterds

The Last Samurai (guess you could call that a war film)

Stalag 17

Das Boot

U-571

 

many more.. just about all I can name quickly off the top of my head.


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Posted 13 December 2013 - 09:55 PM


The Pacific


 

 

The HBO series? Hell of a series--HBO at its finest.

 

Saw Platoon a few days ago and was not disappointed--great film, loved the ending. Inglorious, Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket are brilliant too (Inglorious Bastards in particular is one of my favourite films of all time).

 

I'll have to check out the others (need to see Saving Private Ryan at some point especially).


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Posted 13 December 2013 - 10:04 PM

Lepa Sela Lepo Gore (Pretty Village, pretty flame)

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Go West

Hotaru no haka (Tomb of the Fireflies)

Apocalypse Now

Savrseni Krug (Ideal Circle)

No man's Land

The Pianist (if that could be classified as war movie)

Black Hawk Down

Savior

Three Kings

Saving Private Ryan


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Posted 22 December 2013 - 02:02 AM

For me it will always be Full Metal Jacket, but I specifically came into this thread for a different reason:

 

I need you guys to help me understand what is so great about the film Apocalypse Now. I'm not going to start hating on it or acting like it's garbage, but I just watched it today for the first time, and I must say that I can't understand why it's held in such high regard. I'm assuming I must be missing something when I see websites like Rotten Tomatoes giving it a 99% rating while none of the reviewers seem to have anything bad to say about it. It just felt like it was all over the place from beginning to end, going from one mentally deranged character to the next and never really being clear about anything. I have to admit that I lost interest about halfway through and maybe didn't pay as much attention as I needed to throughout the second half of the film, but after everything I had heard about it I was just expecting something really great, and I was quite disappointed.

 

What am I missing?


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Posted 23 December 2013 - 09:40 AM

Dr Strangelove
Full Metal Jacket
Apocalypse Now
The Great Dictator
U-96
Good Morning Vietnam
Casualties of War

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 04:25 PM Edited by esmittystud101, 23 December 2013 - 04:25 PM.

For me it will always be Full Metal Jacket, but I specifically came into this thread for a different reason:

 

I need you guys to help me understand what is so great about the film Apocalypse Now. I'm not going to start hating on it or acting like it's garbage, but I just watched it today for the first time, and I must say that I can't understand why it's held in such high regard. I'm assuming I must be missing something when I see websites like Rotten Tomatoes giving it a 99% rating while none of the reviewers seem to have anything bad to say about it. It just felt like it was all over the place from beginning to end, going from one mentally deranged character to the next and never really being clear about anything. I have to admit that I lost interest about halfway through and maybe didn't pay as much attention as I needed to throughout the second half of the film, but after everything I had heard about it I was just expecting something really great, and I was quite disappointed.

 

What am I missing?

I feel the same way torwards this film. Don't know whats so great about it. But yet I say the same thing every year at all the award shows when they select movies like this one for movie of the year. I said the same thing about The Hurt Locker. Boring.


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Posted 23 December 2013 - 04:39 PM Edited by Black & White, 23 December 2013 - 04:41 PM.

1. Saving Private Ryan - This movie MUST be at the top at all times. Just a legendary movie. The best.  :rol: 

 

2. Platoon - An amazing movie too. A remarkable one.

 

3. Inglorious Bastards - A masterpiece. Quentin Tarantino did an awesome job on that movie.  :^: 


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Posted 04 January 2014 - 07:57 PM

Wow, not much love for Enemy at the Gates? Still one of my favourites. As well as:

 

Platoon

Full Metal Jacket

Saving Private Ryan

Black Hawk Down

The Hurt Locker

 

I feel like I'm missing some.


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Posted 05 January 2014 - 03:11 AM

I love all the films mentioned here but my favorite would always be Behind Enemy Lines. I was kinda hoping that it'd get atleast one mention but f*ck me. Imo, it wasn't like every other damm war movie that has come out. I loved the "popcorn" style of this film. I personally thought it was a breath of fresh air. I really loved how this movie runs two stories at the same time and keeps us enthralled through both of them. At one point, you'll see those Owen Wilson-getting-chased-by-baddies scenes and then it change over to the less adrenaline charged but still interesting Gene Hackman-chasing-down-Owen-Wilson’s whereabouts’ scenes. They both really made for a BRILLIANT war movie.

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 06:09 PM

I like Behind Enemy Lines as well.  I wonder why Owen Wilson hasn't done more action movies.  Might be too old for it now, but he held up in that movie.  Plus it's a prerequisite for GTA fans to like that movie since Vladimir Mashkov's (spelling?) character seems to be the basis for Niko Bellic...

 

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 02:30 AM

New one for me Lone Survivor....it was amazing

I like Behind Enemy Lines as well.  I wonder why Owen Wilson hasn't done more action movies.  Might be too old for it now, but he held up in that movie.  Plus it's a prerequisite for GTA fans to like that movie since Vladimir Mashkov's (spelling?) character seems to be the basis for Niko Bellic...
 
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I thought Ownen Wilson was dead.....but yes behind enemy lines was pretty good (only the first one)

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Posted 06 January 2014 - 05:38 AM

^ What? No! He still plays in a lot of movies. He tried to commit suicide a few years ago though... Obviously didn't work

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 06:33 AM Edited by darthYENIK, 30 May 2014 - 05:09 PM.

Last night I watched Lone Survivor and it was such a phenomenal production.

It's based on modern war and the Seals, 2013. IMDB

 

 

Other mentions:

I've tried to avoid the well known movies; saving private ryan, 300, full metal jacket, etc.

 

We Were Soldiers, a movie from my childhood based on the war in Vietnam.

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Red Cliff is the best samurai based war movie I've ever came across.

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Windtalkers, Based on WWII, another favorite.

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Jason and the Argonauts, I'm sure a lot of you have seen the awesome 1963 version of this with the crazy animated skeletons, but there was actually a HD remake in 2000 that wasn't bad. I know it's only borderline a war movie but was still worth a mention.

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Walking with the Enemy, I loved this WWII based movie

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Grave of the fireflies, This anime movie was absolutely chilling, even if you aren't that into animated movie I would still give this a watch. Based on WWII in Japan.

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 06:41 AM

Star Wars


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Posted 06 May 2014 - 01:15 PM

We Were Soliders is the cheesiest, cringey film I've watched. It reminds me of Republican Space Rangers - with the pile of dead Vietcong at the end an American flag stuck in them. It concluded as if the US won the war. Well, that was my memory of it. 

 

Casualties of War is good. It stars Sean Penn and Michael J. Fox. It shows Fox's character reluctant to get involved in the atrocities of war such as rape and murder of innocent people. I remember it not pandering too much to how you should have felt, morally. Nobody knows how they'd act in such circumstances  - being thousands of miles from home, watching your comrades being killed and being a teen and not fully developed. Film is good if you like to see the dirty side of war.

 

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 01:27 PM

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Posted 30 May 2014 - 09:20 AM

I love to watch war movies. I gives a lot of courage and inspiration to me to face challenges. I have my own choice of top war movies and 300 tops the list.

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Posted 30 May 2014 - 09:50 AM

I love to watch war movies. I gives a lot of courage and inspiration to me to face challenges. I have my own choice of top war movies and 300 tops the list.

 

Nice list. 


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Posted 30 May 2014 - 12:54 PM

Grr... hate that list because it is topped with Saving Private Ryan... While the movie was well made (directing, acting, cinematography, etc)-- I didn't care for the story.

 

 

My top 10 11 (in no particular order)....

 

Glory

Braveheart

The Patriot

The Big Red One

Platoon

BAT 21

Operation Pacific (WWII Sub movie-- John Wayne)

The Three Kings

Heartbreak Ridge

Stalag 17 (WWII POW movie- William Holden)

The Great Escape

 

probably missing a few of my favorites.... none other come to mind at the moment


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Posted 30 May 2014 - 05:04 PM Edited by darthYENIK, 30 May 2014 - 05:10 PM.

Merged with previous topic. 





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