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Name your top five favorite war films

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#21 Major Rogers

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Posted 26 November 2014 - 07:42 AM

I'm paralyzed with indecision.  I'll just throw out some favorites from different eras.



The Great Escape

Stalag 17

Northwest Passage

We Were Soldiers

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Posted 25 November 2014 - 01:36 PM

Apocalypse Now

The Deer Hunter


Gone with the Wind

Glorious 39


Honorable Mention:  Hearts and Minds (documentary)


Gone with the Wind as a war movie?   I find it to be more of a soap opera \ high school love story!

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Posted 24 November 2014 - 12:50 AM

In no particular order:


Active War

Zulu (1964)

Breaker Morant (1980)

Where Eagles Dare (1968)

Twelve O'Clock High (1949)

The Train (1964)



Cold War

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

Ice Station Zebra (1968)

WarGames (1983)

Fail-Safe (1964)

The Hunt for Red October (1990)



Warlike Films Re-interpreting Works of Literature

Apocalypse Now (1979)

Throne of Blood (1957)

Ran (1985)

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Posted 20 October 2014 - 04:12 AM

My Favorite War Movies


1. Black Hawk Down

2.The Hurt Locker 

3. Three Kings 

4. Glory

5. The Longest Day

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Posted 14 September 2014 - 02:50 AM

Apocalypse Now

The Deer Hunter


Gone with the Wind

Glorious 39


Honorable Mention:  Hearts and Minds (documentary)

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Posted 22 August 2014 - 10:46 AM

Doctor Zhivago

Bridge On the River Kwai


In Harm's Way

Run Silent, Run Deep

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Posted 26 May 2014 - 03:30 PM

I have a much larger list of "wartime" films, but these are my Top 5 war films:


Sergeant York
Tora! Tora! Tora!
Destination Tokyo
The Dawn Patrol


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Posted 05 May 2014 - 11:38 PM

I am a very big fan of war films.  But to name only 5, I guess this would be the list:


5. The Red Badge of Courage

4.  Bataan

3.  The Dirty Dozen

2.  All Quiet On the Western Front

1.  Glory

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Posted 01 May 2014 - 11:57 PM

i like a good war film. or service film. movies about soldiering. i like seeing the camraderie among disparate guys who probably wouldnt talk to each other elsewise. i'd throw in POW movies in this category too. then there is the military procedural angle, depictions of the tensions and interplay of the members of the hierarchy. examples of great and poor leadership. and of course the biographical and historical.

in no particular order:

hell is for heroes
stalag 17
paths of glory
mr. roberts
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Posted 28 April 2014 - 10:33 PM

I cannot say it is my favorite genre, but these films are indeed exceptional to me:


1. They Were Expendable

2. Doctor Zhivago

3. All Quiet on the Western Front

4. La Grande Illusion

5. Lawrence of Arabia


Honorable Mentions:

6. Von Ryan's Express

7. King's Go Forth

8. In Harm's Way

9. The Enemy Below

10. Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison

11. Bridge to the Sun

12. Gunga Din

13. Run Silent, Run Deep

14. The Lost Patrol

15. For Whom the Bell Tolls



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Posted 27 April 2014 - 10:29 PM

"Homefront Films"

Best Years of Our Lives

From Here To Eternity


Mrs. Miniver

White Cliffs Of Dover


"Combat" Films

Bridge On The River Kwai

Wake Island

Sands Of Iwo Jima


All Quiet On The Western Front (1930)


"Women At War"

Three Came Home

So Proudly We Hail

Battle Circus

Cry "Havoc"

Heaven Knows Mr. Allison


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Posted 16 January 2014 - 03:13 AM

I'm not sure how to interpret the thread, is it movies that are about war? Or movies that take place during war? I will list both.

1. Saving Private Ryan
2. Bataan
3. Edge of Darkness
4. All Quiet on the Western Front
5. Das Boot

1. Casablanca
2. They Died With Their Boots On
3. From Here to Eternity
4 .To Have and Have Not
5. The Clock

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Posted 08 January 2014 - 02:50 PM

I would like to add LIFEBOAT (1944) to my list of great war movies. A great war survival movie with a great cast of actors/actresses in this taut story.

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Posted 30 December 2013 - 11:33 PM

So many great films! I'd have to list mine as:
1) The Train
2) The Blue Max
3) 30 Seconds Over Tokyo
4) The War Lover
5) Wake Island

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Posted 15 December 2013 - 09:51 PM

The Fighting 69th
Sands of Iwo Jima
The Caine Mutiny
The Great Escape

Honorable Mention: Apocalypse Now & Full Metal Jacket

p.s. to ozahs: If it is YOUR list of the best, it is absolutely valid. Every list I have posted on any thread is more about personal connection than being a critic. There is a balance with quality & entertainment of course, but certainly a film having personal meaning matters the most.

Edited by: tommyphils31 on Dec 15, 2013 9:53 PM
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Posted 02 November 2013 - 09:31 PM

First post, as I sit here watching Windtalkers. Good movie, but not in the top five.

1) Saving Private Ryan - It is difficult for me not to sob uncontrollably at the beginning and end, having visited the cemetary at Omaha Beach.
2) Heaven Knows, Mister Allison - Cannot say enough about Robert Mitchum and his understated portayal in this role.
3) Mister Roberts - A comedy, I guess, but once having watched it, and you know how it ends, it's a classic tragedy. Great performances.
4) The Best Years Of Our Lives - Is it OK to put a movie hear that has no shooting or bombs or killing? I think of my Dad coming home from WWII to his rural ND home, and how he left as a "kid" and came home as a man. I can't imagine the things he saw in "The Buldge", then came home and tried to act like nothing happened.
5) Since You Went Away - Again, not taking place on the battlefield, but on the home front. It makes me think of my mother who was a teenager during the war, and her Dad was serving in the Pacific theater with no idea what was happening.

Curious to know if other people think these have merit or not. I guess for me, I have a tie to them which makes the special to me.

Edited by: ozahs on Nov 2, 2013 10:38 PM

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 06:20 PM

Even though IMDB lists Casablanca in the War category, I'm leaving that one out. Same for GWTW and some others.

1. Johnny Got His Gun (doubles as most frightening film ever for me)
2. Saving Private Ryan
3. Fail Safe
4. Paths of Glory
5. All Quiet on the Western Front

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Posted 02 August 2013 - 10:38 AM

1.Full Metal Jacket

2.The Guns of Navarone

3.Letters from Iwo Jima

4.Paths of Glory

5.Von Ryan's Express

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 02:01 PM

"Saving Private Ryan"

"The Enemy Below"

"The Band of Brothers"

"We Were Soldiers"


"A Bridge Too Far"

"Black Hawk Down"

A few that were very good but could have been much better. "Midway", "Battle of Britain", "Sink the Bismarck", "The Patriot", "Where Eagles Dare", "Full Metal Jacket", "Pork Chop Hill", "Patton", "Apocalypse Now", "The Longest Day", "Memphis Belle", "Gettysburg", "Gallipoli", "All Quite on the Western Front", "The Dawn Patrol", "The Siege of Firebase Gloria", "Guadalcanal Diary", "Sands of Iwo Jima", "Merrill's Marauders", "The Lost Battalion", "The Great Raid" and "The Four Feathers".

Great Epics that are both special and essential, "Lawrence of Arabia", "The Bridge on the River Kwai", "Doctor Zhivago" or the Lean triple perfecta, "Braveheart", and "The Great Escape".

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