A list of war movies


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KriegHund
October 14, 2005, 12:38 AM
I just did a search for this and ive come up with a list that looked good to me.

Particularly they are WW2 related. Ive put em all on my blockbuster list.

(some are war movies, but more of fighting)
1. Kingdom of heaven (havent seen)
2. Enemy at the gates (seen)
3.Blackhawk Down (seen)
4.Saints and Soldiers (havent seen)
5.Falling Down (havent seen)
6.Kill bill Vol 1 (i like this better) (seen)
7.Hero (seen)
8.House of flying daggers (seen)
9.Cross of Iron (havent seen)
10.The Beast (seen)
11.Stalingrad (havent seen)
12.Ambush (havent seen)
13.Come and See (haevnt seen)
14.Boondock Saints (seen)
15.The lost battalion (just finished watching)
16.Saving Private Ryan (seen)

And thats all...

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Texshooter
October 14, 2005, 01:03 AM
"Kill Bill"????????????? I liked it but don't consider it a war movie.

Loved many on your list but would add

"A Midnight Clear"
"Battle of the Bulge"
"Guns of Navorone"
"Castle Keep"
"Red Sky at Morning" Homefront movie
"Summer of 42" Homefront movie
"Hanover Street"
"12 O'Clock High"
"1942" Gotta laugh sometime.
"Platoon"

Nimitz
October 14, 2005, 01:04 AM
whoa man are you leaving out some of the BEST...

Midway
Full Metal Jacket
Behind Enemy Lines
All Quiet On The Western Front
Tora Tora Tora
Band of Brothers (its a series but DAMN good)
Platoon

all i can think of...

Chad

earthworm
October 14, 2005, 02:21 AM
Patton
Zulu
Zulu Dawn

Finch
October 14, 2005, 02:24 AM
Red Dawn - One of my favorite movies
The Great Raid - Not on video yet, but an awesome movie..

Cosmoline
October 14, 2005, 03:16 AM
BIG ditto on "Zulu"--one of the greatest war movies of all time

Here some more:

Thin Red Line (two versions--not for everyone)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120863/

Ice Station Zebra (cool Cold War sub film)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063121/

Rukajärven tie--"Ambush" (Finnish Continuation War film--very cool)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0162625/

Talvisota--"Winter War" (Finnish Winter War epic--awesome)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098437/

Taegukgi (Korean war epic from last year)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0386064/

They Were Expendible (underrated Ford/Wayne flick from the end of WWII)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038160/

The Sands of Iwo Jima (Well known Wayne flick, but good)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0041841/

To Hell and Back (Audie Murphy's bio pick)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0048729/

Guadalcanal Diary (good quality WWII period picture)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0035957/

The Four Feathers (NOT the recent version)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0031334/

Cross of Iron (Peckinpah's WWII flick, not for everyone)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074695/

Das Boot
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082096/

Kavkazskiy plennik "Prisoner of the Mountain" (the only film I know of about the Caucasus fighting)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116754/

Gallipoli
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082432/

The Lighthorsemen (the ANZAC boys during better times)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093416/

Lawrence of Arabia (one of the all-time best)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056172/

When Trumpets Fade (Heurtgen Forest battle, WWII)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0135706/

Bataan (better than the more famous "Back to Bataan")
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0035664/

Raid on Entebbe (the legendary IDF assault)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076594/

The Wind and the Lion (semi-fictional US intervention in North Africa)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073906/

The Rough Riders (Milius' excellent TNT movie about the Cuban war)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118453/

The Longest Day (flawed but still reqired viewing--some excellent scenes)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056197/

Hamburger Hill (Vietnam war movie, good)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093137/

Porkchop Hill (excellent Korean War film)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053183/

Midway (flawed but interesting)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074899/

The Big Red One (brutal 1980 WWII picture that's rarely discussed now)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080437/

In Harm's Way (flawed and disturbing Pacific Pearl Harbor film, but worth watching)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059309/

The Sand Pebbles (awesome McQueen flick about the pre-WWII US patrol boats in China)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060934/

Uprising! (excellent film about the Warsaw Ghetto uprising in 1943)
http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0250798/

setxcypress
October 14, 2005, 03:36 AM
What about Bridge on the River Kwai
or Apocalypse Now
or all those John Wayne flix?

Black Majik
October 14, 2005, 04:23 AM
Heh.... "Falling Down," "Kill Bill", and "Hero" aren't really war movies. I dont really think House of Flying Daggers falls under a war movie either.

"The Patriot"
"Gettysburg"

Darth Ruger
October 14, 2005, 04:52 AM
The Dawn Patrol (1938, Errol Flynn, pilots in WWI)
Wings (1927 silent film, pilots in WWI, full of real aerial footage)
The Hunley
The Frogmen
Run Silent, Run Deep
Sahara (Bogart)
A Walk in the Sun (WWII)
O.S.S. (1946, agents infiltrate the Nazis, good spy stuff)

blume357@bellsouth.net
October 14, 2005, 06:59 AM
Yes, 'We Were Soldiers' was just another Vietnam movie but there is a scene during the heat of the battle where Sam Elliot, one of my favorite actors, the old gunny is standing there with his 1911 laying 'em down as they come at him from all sides. One handed, straight out.. turn aim and shoot.... After that there is the scene where he reafirms his own answer to before they went over about his need for carrying a rifle (M-16)... 'When he needs one there will be plenty around.'

Janitor
October 14, 2005, 07:06 AM
I can't believe nobody's mentioned "A Bridge Too Far" yet.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075784/

Not a great film, but an (imo) obvious one and certainly a classic worth seeing.

dfaugh
October 14, 2005, 08:45 AM
Tears of the Sun-excellent movie

+1 on We Were Soldiers and Apocalypse Now...And, of sourse, Blackhawk Down

antsi
October 14, 2005, 09:28 AM
Das Boot - one of the best war movies of all time
Patton - great performance by George C. Scott
Band of Brothers - very good HBO miniseries

Downfall (German title: Untergang) - recent movie about the last days in the Berlin Bunker. The guy who plays Hitler nails it so well it is creepy. Another "one of the best."

On your original list that you have not seen, Stalingrad and Saints and Soldiers are both quite good.

I really liked We Were Soldiers. It provides a great example of what leadership entails.

The Battle of Britain - good air war movie. Unfortunately like a number of war movies it suffers from a "tacked on" romance story though it's not as bad in this movie as it is in some others (worst example: Pearl Harbor)

For another historical period entirely, Master and Commander is worth watching (the original books by Patrick O'Brian are some of the finest books ever written).

jobu07
October 14, 2005, 09:36 AM
How about Tour of Duty? It's, again, a series but it was a great Vietnam series.

CentralTexas
October 14, 2005, 10:13 AM
Bravo Two Zero
The Beast
Tigerland

Rob1035
October 14, 2005, 10:46 AM
Where Eagles Dare
The Guns of Navarone
Force 10 From Navarone
The Green Berets
We Were Soldiers
Platoon
Three Kings
Navy SEALs (heh)

StopTheGrays
October 14, 2005, 11:04 AM
Battleground
Thirty Seconds over Tokyo
or any war film with Van Johnson, even "Go for Broke".


Operation Crossbow
The Longest Day (due to the scope of the presentation)
The Great Escape
Kelly's Heroes
The Dirty Dozen

Forgot to add
John Paul Jones

dpesec
October 14, 2005, 11:08 AM
Well here's one of my favorites:
The longest day. The German subtiitles are extremely accurate.

You also have The Purple Hearts.
And for a quick laugh Kelly's Heroes :D

All's quiet on the western front.
Paths of Glory

BigG
October 14, 2005, 11:22 AM
Here's a list of World War II movies with a short synopsis of each.

http://www.epinions.com/content_4476608644

Dadx4
October 14, 2005, 11:40 AM
"The Blue Max" w/George Peppard - WWI movie cluttered with love affair and politics, but utterly beautiful flying sequences that were not computer generated - really flown by pilots in restored Camels and Triplanes.

Darth Ruger
October 14, 2005, 12:43 PM
ANZACS (Australia/New Zealand Army Corps fighting from Galipolli in 1915, then in the trenches in France, until the end of the war in 1918, starring Paul Hogan before he became famous as Crocodile Dundee, one of the best Australian war films ever made)

belton-deer-hunter
October 14, 2005, 01:48 PM
well 1. not really a movie but "black sheep squadron"
2. brave heart is awar movie technicly
3. "gods and generals" ok movie if you have the time to watch it civil war film shows great southern heratiage

OH25shooter
October 14, 2005, 01:57 PM
Two more fairly unknowns: When Trumpets Fade c.1998, WWll (Hurtgen Forest 1944) and Tigerland c.2001, a platoon of new recruits training for shipment to Vietnam.

Mad Man
October 14, 2005, 02:16 PM
Hardly inclusive, but here's a start:

Band of Brothers: http://imdb.com/title/tt0185906/


Battlestar Galactica (the 2003 miniseries): http://imdb.com/title/tt0314979/

This is not just good science fiction, but also a good war movie in its own right.

Definitely not the Battlestar Galactica some of us grew up with in the late 1970s.


The Beast: http://imdb.com/title/tt0094716/

It's sad that Rambo III made $54 million (http://imdb.com/title/tt0095956/business), while this only made $161 thousand (http://imdb.com/title/tt0094716/business). Both movies came out in the summer of 1988, and took place in Afghanistan.


Bravo Two Zero: http://imdb.com/title/tt0120617/

Based on Andy McNab's non-fiction book (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0552476250/qid=1129313603/sr=2-1/ref=sr_2_11_1/202-4008835-8654210) about his patrol's mission in Iraq.


Dark Blue World: http://imdb.com/title/tt0244479/

When Czechoslovakia was occupied by the Nazis in 1939, the pilots of the Czechoslovak air force went to fly for the British Royal Air Force. Upon returning home after the war, they were imprisoned by the new Communist government, because they had been "infected with the ideals of democracy."

If you do see this, keep in mind that it's being told as a flashback -- one of the characters is relating his experiences while he's in prison. This is quickly explained, but might be slightly confusing to non-Czech speakers. The movie is in both Czech (with sub-titles) and English; the actors speak both languages in the film.

A web page that explains the historical background of this movie can be found at http://sorry.vse.cz/~xuchj02/DarkBlue/main.shtml

Trailers available at http://darkblueworld.com/film/trailer/index.htm


Das Boot: http://imdb.com/title/tt0082096/


The Lost Battalion: http://imdb.com/title/tt0287535/


UPDATE: 32 posts, and nobody has mentioned Star Wars (http://imdb.com/title/tt0076759/)?

armedcitizen
October 14, 2005, 02:38 PM
Haven't seen these mentioned yet:

Gardens of Stone--about the Old Guard during Vietnam
The Odd Angry Shot--Aussie troops in Vietnam


A couple with Gene Hackman:

BAT 21
Crimson Tide

Cromwell with Richard Harris is a great period piece about the English civil war and Oliver Cromwell's rise to power.

Mithrandir
October 14, 2005, 02:43 PM
how about "The Bridge at Ramagen"

and "Sgt York"

ebd10
October 14, 2005, 02:49 PM
"When the Trumpets Fade" about the battle at Huertgen Forest

pcf
October 14, 2005, 02:56 PM
Siege of Firebase Gloria...http://imdb.com/title/tt0098328/
The Boys of Company C...http://imdb.com/title/tt0077270/
Gods and Generals...http://imdb.com/title/tt0279111/
Gettysburg...http://imdb.com/title/tt0107007/

Cosmoline
October 14, 2005, 03:46 PM
"The Blue Max" w/George Peppard - WWI movie cluttered with love affair and politics, but utterly beautiful flying sequences that were not computer generated - really flown by pilots in restored Camels and Triplanes.

It's a fun movie, but tainted by the fact that the IDIOTS armed the entire German Imperial Army with SMLE's :D

setxcypress
October 15, 2005, 12:01 AM
I was kinda afraid to post some more of war movies, but seeing some others suggested, I'll toss in one more.

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb , 'nuff said.

bpisler
October 15, 2005, 12:17 AM
The fighting seabees,john wayne

the war lover,steve Mcqueen

12 o'clock high,gregory peck

ozarkhillbilly
October 15, 2005, 12:31 AM
A Bridge Too Far
Sgt. York
Band of Brothers
Blackhawk Down
While not really a war movie but set in WWII---Casablanca

DeadCalm
October 15, 2005, 02:18 AM
"The Best Years of Our Lives". It's not my favorite war movie—that would be Platoon, or Private Ryan—but this is one of the best ever made. My father served in the Pacific, my uncle in Europe. I'd like to think that this movie informed me about their culture and context in coming home, although they were part of the "never talk about it" generation." 1946. Pretty fresh. 7 academy awards. If you care about any aspect of war beyond the smell of napalm in the morning, this is a real must see flick. If it doesn't resonate with anyone who has been through major physical trauma, or who has a good imagination, your need to call your local coroner, 'cause you are probably flatlining.

AWARDS:

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Fredric March

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Harold Russell

Best Director
William Wyler

Best Film Editing
Daniel Mandell

Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture
Hugo Friedhofer

Best Picture
Samuel Goldwyn

Best Writing, Screenplay
Robert E. Sherwood

Nominated Oscar Best Sound, Recording
Gordon Sawyer (Samuel Goldwyn SSD)

Honorary Award
Harold Russell
For bringing hope and courage to his fellow veterans through his appearance in The Best Years of Our Lives.

CraigJS
October 15, 2005, 10:05 AM
Seige of Firebase Gloria..
I work with an ex Marine that said R. Lee Ermy, as a real life DI was just like the role he played in SOFG. Give it a look see...

Jubei
October 15, 2005, 10:11 AM
The Wild Geese was just recently released on DVD, not really a war movie, but one of my favorites.

Jubei

Crom
October 15, 2005, 10:30 AM
Stalag 17, Bold And The Brave, Attack!, The Dirty Dozen,They Were Expendable, Wake Island, die Brücke , Hell Is For Heroes

There were also some excellent films made about the Korean War: Pork Chop Hill, Men In War,Prisoner Of War,Target Zero

marley
October 15, 2005, 11:16 AM
They were expendable John Wayne and Pt Boats
Attack force z Mel Gibson surpressed greese guns
none but the brave
Devils brigade
the great escape
gardens of stone
the wild geese you just got to love the .38 and the grenade to balance out the coat.
Patrick

Texas Gun Runner
October 15, 2005, 11:21 AM
I'm really surprised no one has listed The Patriot. Excellent war movie!

Darth Ruger
October 15, 2005, 11:34 AM
Sands of Iwo Jima

Pilot
October 15, 2005, 11:36 AM
"The Bedford Incident". Richard Widmark, Sidney Portier, Martin Balsam, Wally Cox, Danno from Hawaii Five-O, that commie Donald Sutherland (1st movie role, bit part) and some German guy. Great Cold War Movie. So real, the U.S. Navy would not cooperate and they had to make it at Pinewood Studios in London, England. The supporting cast is all British as are the war ships.

"Battle of Britain". Has the most real WW II era aircraft of any movie ever made. Only the Stukas were models. No computer crap here, its the real deal. Gen. Adof Galland, Luftwaffe fighter ace was the technical advisor. During the shoot, on a whim, he took an ME 109 up for a joy ride. (actually it was a Spanish Air Force 109, yes Spain was still flying 109's in the later 1960's)

Pilot
October 15, 2005, 11:37 AM
Seige of Firebase Gloria..
I work with an ex Marine that said R. Lee Ermy, as a real life DI was just like the role he played in SOFG. Give it a look see...

And more famously as the DI in "Full Metal Jacket". Ermy was also a helicopter pilot in "Apocolypse Now".

CWatson
October 15, 2005, 01:18 PM
All of the ones I thought of have been mentioned except "A Very Long Engagement". It is in French with English subtitles. The story is set in the trenches of WWI. It is the story of a french woman looking for her missing boyfriend right after the end of the war,all war scenes are flashbacks of the soldiers inerviewed by her. Jodie Foster has a small part in it.

CW

Little Loudmouth
October 15, 2005, 01:56 PM
Hellcats Of The Navy
Run Silent, Run Deep
+1 on We Were Soldiers, Blackhawk Down, Red Dawn, The Patriot, Band Of Brothers, The Great Raid

GBTx01
October 15, 2005, 07:17 PM
A couple that I haven't seen on the list yet:
Last of the Mochicans
Death before Dishonor
Heartbreak Ridge
To hell and Back

armedcitizen
October 15, 2005, 07:36 PM
[QUOTE]["The Best Years of Our Lives". It's not my favorite war movie—that would be Platoon, or Private Ryan—but this is one of the best ever made. My father served in the Pacific, my uncle in Europe. I'd like to think that this movie informed me about their culture and context in coming home, although they were part of the "never talk about it" generation." 1946. Pretty fresh. 7 academy awards. If you care about any aspect of war beyond the smell of napalm in the morning, this is a real must see flick. If it doesn't resonate with anyone who has been through major physical trauma, or who has a good imagination, your need to call your local coroner, 'cause you are probably flatlining.

/QUOTE]

+1 for this one. A great movie!

arizcowboy
October 15, 2005, 07:37 PM
How about Red Dawn, a faux war movie?

justsurvivingincalifornia
October 16, 2005, 06:26 AM
The DVD set "Space Above and Beyond" just came out. It a great Sci-fic war. It seems like it is based on WW2 and Nam USMC war stories. It also has Gunny Emery in the first episode playing the drill instructor. It is well written and has some interesting twist in the story lines

Cosmoline
October 16, 2005, 06:47 AM
The DVD set "Space Above and Beyond" just came out. It a great Sci-fic war. It seems like it is based on WW2 and Nam USMC war stories. It also has Gunny Emery in the first episode playing the drill instructor. It is well written and has some interesting twist in the story lines

Ditto that. It was a great but short-lived series based on the excellent series "Combat!" It's what the horrible abomination of a film "Starship Troopers" should have been. It owes much to "Aliens" but as the season evolved the show expanded beyond the "leathernecks in space" and moved into some very interesting conflicts involving racism, technology and the nature of the enemy. The plots were taken primarily from WWII events, with one episode mirroring Doolittle's raid on Japan and another referencing the Port Chicago dockyard explosion.

It took them a decade to get the DVD out, and from the reviews it appears to be the no-frills version with minimal special features and cheap double-sided DVD's. Even so it's absolutely worth getting for any war movie buff. Like "Firefly," it was one of the best TV shows nobody ever saw.

Silver Bullet
October 16, 2005, 08:49 AM
Von Richthofen and Brown, which, curiously, imdb.com lists as Red Baron. A WWI air combat film that is better than Blue Max, IMHO.

Deer Hunter (Viet Nam war)
Schindler's List (WWII)

Oldtimer
October 16, 2005, 09:19 AM
Anzio
Apocolypse Now
A Bridge Too Far
American Guerrilla in the Phillipines
Air Force
The Angry Hills

Big Red 1
Beach Red
The Beast
Beachhead

Command Decision

Dr. Strangelove
The Dirty Dozen
The Devils Brigade
D-Day

The Enemy Below

From Here to Eternity
Full Metal Jacket
Force-10 from Navarone
Fighter Squadron
Flying Leathernecks
Fixed Bayonets

The Gallant Hours
Guns of Navarone
Guadalcanal Diary
Go for broke
The Great Escape
Gray Lady Down
G.I. Joe

In Harm's Way
Ice Station Zebra
In Love and War

Kelly's Heroes

The Longest Day
Lawrence of Arabia

The Mountain Road
Midway

The Naked and the Dead
Navy SEALS

Objective Burma
One Minute to Zero

Play Dirty
Pork Chop Hill
Patton
Platoon
The Patriot

Red Dawn
Run Silent, Run Deep

Up Periscope

Von Ryan's Express
The War Lover
Where Eagle's Dare
A Walk in the Sun
Windtalkers
We were Soldiers
The Wild Geese

Dave Markowitz
October 16, 2005, 09:31 AM
Maybe I missed it, but I didn't see anyone list The Great Escape.

Oldtimer
October 16, 2005, 09:31 AM
OOPS! Add to the list I already posted:

Behind Enemy Lines
Black Hawk Down
The Bedford Incident
The Bridge at Remaggen
Battleground
Bridge on the River Kwai
Bataan
Back to Bataan
BAT-21

Hart's War
Hamburger Hill
The Hunters
The Hill
Heartbreak Ridge
Halls of Montezuma
Hunt for Red October
Hell is for Heroes

Sniper
The Sand Pebbles
Sahara (original)
Sahara (re-make)
Saving Private Ryan
Sands of Iwo Jima

Tora Tora Tora
They were expendable
Torpedo Run
Take the high ground
To hell and back
Tears of the sun

GT
October 16, 2005, 10:55 AM
And, of course, Waterloo. With Rod Steiger as Napoleon and the Russian army as extras.

G

Stauble
October 16, 2005, 04:01 PM
the patriot
brave heart
blackhawk down
the great escape
forrest gump (there was some fighting)
windtalkers

i havent seen the green berets listed here yet. yes i know the special effects were cheasy, but i thought it was still good
though the best vietnam movie ive seen was we were soldiers

steveracer
October 16, 2005, 04:09 PM
The High Road To China.

On thehighroad, you'd think it would be the first one on your minds!
Tom Selleck plays a pilot in WWI Excellent film!

KriegHund
October 17, 2005, 06:44 PM
Many thanks for the suggestions. Many of them have been added.

WvaBill
October 17, 2005, 09:30 PM
The Enemy Below
The Wings of Eagles
They Were Expendable

And in any movie list, since it was set against WW II,

Casablanca

Dain Bramage
October 18, 2005, 10:42 AM
Murphy's War - Forgotten gem with Peter O'Toole as Murphy, a firebrand Irishman in the Royal Navy. Set in the backwaters of South America, Murphy is the sole survivor of a British Armed Merchant Cruiser. He battles the German submarine that sank his ship, as it takes refuge in a river delta during the waning days of WWII.

bobhaverford
October 18, 2005, 01:23 PM
Every movie I could have come up with is already mentioned. I'm programming my TIVO to record many of these movies.

What constitutes a good or great war movie? Well, I would say the movie would have to be told from an honest perspective without any left wing bull????. A great story line. Strong heros, when present nubile delectible women, a celebration of warrior values, and did I mention - NO LEFT WING BS!!

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