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What's the best war movie ever made?

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  1. Preacherman

    Preacherman Member

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    The recent threads on good war movies got me thinking - which is absolutely THE best war film? You're allowed to choose only one, based on historical accuracy, cinematography, realism, plot, etc. Which do you think is the very best?

    For myself, I have to vote for Gettysburg. I don't think I've ever seen a movie that was so faithful to history, so magnificently cast, and so wonderfully detailed. I watch it a couple of times a year, and am always moved by it.

    What's your nomination?
     
  2. Night Guy

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    Starship Troopers:neener:


    Oh you said best war movie, not best bad war movie.

    I've probably seen fewer "classical" war movies, but my favorites are Saving Private Ryan and Braveheart.
     
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    The original All Quiet on the Western Front. The book was even better.
     
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    I've become addicted to Blackhawk Down and watch it at least once a week to fuel my flame against the UN and their "thumb up our bum" rules of engagement.
     
  7. JohnBT

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    I don't know much about 13th century warfare or history, but here's my vote, English subtitles and all. John

    Alexander Nevsky(1938)

    "Sergei Eisenstein's landmark tale of Russia thwarting the German invasion of the 13th century was wildly popular and quite intentional, given the prevailing Nazi geopolitical advancement and destruction at the time. It can still be viewed as a masterful use of imagery and music, with the Battle on the Ice sequence as the obvious highlight. Unfortunately, the rest of the film pales in comparison. A great score by Prokofiev was effectively integrated by the Russian filmmaker, but stands on its own merit as well."

    www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/6301816218/103-5280005-3097465?v=glance
     
  8. Art Eatman

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    The 1943-ish movie, "Air Force". A pretty good job of depicting Pearl Harbor and the air war in the Pacific.

    Still, I think my father's comment holds: "They'll never make an accurate war movie. They can't bring in the smell of a battlefield."

    Art
     
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    "We Were Sodiers" is my thoughts. It was accurate and also showed the impact on the families at home.
    "Band of Brothers" should not be overlooked. Byron
     
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    The Rough Riders

    The best portrayal of TR I have ever seen. Extremely well made movie.
     
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    Best or ones I liked....

    The Patriot
    Blackhawk Down
    We Were Soldiers
    Saving PRivate Ryan
    Gettysburg
    Braveheart
    Band of Brothers


    I'll think of others

    Smoke


    I knew I'd think of some more...

    Full Metal Jacket
    Apocalypse Now
    Memphis belle
    Gods and Generals
    Patton :)D )
     
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    Peter,

    If you love Gettysburg, and haven't seen it, you must see Gods and Generals . It's just as good, in my opinion.

    My vote for best war movie would have to go to Band of Brothers , even though it is technically a mini-series. It still counts though, right?

    Frank
     
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    Zulu.

    Best portrayal of small-unit leadership in film.

    (Alright. Nobody told you to stop working.)
     
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    Although it's not technically not a movie, I'd have to say Band of Brothers hands down.

    EDIT: Frank, I just read your post. Good minds think a like I guess.
     
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    Band of Brothers amazes me.
     
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    Band of Brothers is the best IMO.

    Often overlooked but good: Gardens of Stone
     
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    Ok. Dr. Strangelove...... but I'm a warped individual.

    For 'real' war movies, you have to categorize them

    Naval -
    'Das Boot'.
    'The Enemy Below'.

    for starters.
     
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    I'll copy trapshooter and class my favorites:

    Naval:
    Run Silent, Run Deep

    Army:
    We Were Soldiers

    Older times:
    The Patriot

    My 2 cents worth....
     
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    I'm still thinking on this. I guess I like epics.

    It's not your typical shoot-'em-up action flick, but how about the best movie of 1962, Lawrence of Arabia.

    John


    "Although it seems to be a traditional narrative film - like "Bridge on the River Kwai," which Lean made just before it, or "Doctor Zhivago," which he made just after - it actually has more in common with such essentially visual epics as Kubrick's "2001" or Eisenstein's "Alexander Nevsky." "

    - Roger Ebert

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    The Lost Battalion...I'm stuck in WWI it seems.

    "Without the extreme violence and profanity of "Saving Private Ryan" or "Black Hawk Down", Mulcahy's film achieves a higher level of cinematic and emotional success than either of its modern counterparts." - from a review
     
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    B.O.B.
    Patton
    The Patriot
    Gettysburg
    Gods and Generals (better than Gettysburg, Duvall makes a much better Lee)
     
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    How about "Glory" - Civil War flick with Matthew Broderick and Denzel Washington (his first Academy Award for best supporting actor). Some good battle scenes and a great musical score.

    And, despite their anti-war messages, surprised no body mentioned "Born on the Fourth of July," "Deer Hunter" (for Christopher Walken's Oscar performance at the least), and "Platoon."

    Does "M.A.S.H." count?
     
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    Das Boot (The Boat)
    Those bubble-heads are crazy!:what:
     
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    I really like Saving Private Ryan. Easy to follow, pretty simple storyline. Or maybe I just have a simple mind...
     
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    Band of Brothers

    Saving Private Ryan

    Patton


    and to remind myself of bad a war movie can be: Rambo!
     
  25. Darkside852003

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    Hamburger Hill
    Platoon
    Gods and Generals
    Patton
    We Were Soldiers
    Band Of Brothers
    Apocalypse Now
    Sergeant York (old WW1 black and white movie I like it)
    Deer Hunter
    Black Hawk Down


    Just to name a few.
     
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