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Name your top five favorite war films

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

 

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

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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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Apocalypse Now

The Deer Hunter

Overlord

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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Wartime:

1. Gone with the Wind

2. Casablanca

3. La Grande Vadrouille

4. The Great Dictator

5. Doctor Zhivago

 

War:

1. From Here to Eternity

2. The Guns of Navarone

3. All Quiet on the Western Front

4. La Grande Illusion

5. The Bridge on the River Kwai

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Haven't seen anyone mention SHENANDOAH (1965), starring James Stewart. A very smart, sometimes emotional story about a family during the Civil War, standing in as an allegory for Vietnam.

 

Such an excellent film.

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Haven't seen anyone mention SHENANDOAH (1965), starring James Stewart. A very smart, sometimes emotional, story about a family during the Civil War, standing in as an allegory for Vietnam.

 

Such an excellent film.

Someone clicked like on this earlier comment of mine, which caused me to revisit this. Incidentally, SHENANDOAH has been airing on Retroplex recently. Glad to see it on television.

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Someone clicked like on this earlier comment of mine, which caused me to revisit this. Incidentally, SHENANDOAH has been airing on Retroplex recently. Glad to see it on television.

I met Doug McClure once in Los Angeles. And I've been finding that among Doug's fans, this one seems to be the film they re-watch most often. I haven't met a Doug McClure fan who did not own a copy of SHENANDOAH.

 

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Picking just 5 favorite war movies is plain impossible. So here is a list of Pacific themed war movies that never get stale with repeated viewings. Will add a European war list next. :)

 

Warkill

None but the Brave

Ambush Bay

Attack Force Z

Beach Red

Sands of Iwo Jima

Bataan (1943)

Farewell to the King

Hell in the Pacific

Tora Tora Tora

The Caine Mutiny (1954)

Mister Roberts

In Harm's Way

 

(If you are interested in watching a Japanese movie view of WW2. Visit this site for a list of films to check out for a start. http://news.usni.org/2014/04/14/japanese-eyes-world-war-ii-japanese-cinema )

 

 

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Cut down list of ww2 war movies worth watching over again. These are from an Allied point of view.

 

ETO:

 

To Hell and Back (When joining the 3rd Infantry Division. This movie was required to be watched by all new replacements. Once a Marneman always a Marneman.)

Attack

Von Ryan's Express

The Devil's Brigade

The Big Red One

Battle of Britain (Superior war movie)

Hell is for Heroes

A Bridge to Far

Bridge at Remagen

Go for Broke

12 O'clock High

The Longest Day

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1. The Great Escape (1963)

This movie is so amazing to me, those guys were so brave. The were genius to think up something like that, I never could've done that.

2. The Four Horsemen of The Apocalypse (1921)

I love how it shows that the war effected all people; even a "youthful libertine" like Julio felt the effects of the war. Julio's last scene was very meaningful to me; the look on his face when he realizes who he was about to shoot is so emotion filled and devastating because you see what the war has done to him, his family, and everyone around.

3. The Longest Day (1962)

4. The Seventh Cross (1944)

I really enjoyed this one, it kept me anxious, and it was amazing to see how people's responses differed in response to the situation. Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy depicted two kind hearted and likable people; they were so great in this film.

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I also thought Valkyrie was a powerful and moving film but I'm assuming this is a top 5 classic war film list, and that one is not very old. Otherwise it would definitely be on my list. 

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Apocalypse Now

All Quiet On the Western Front

The Big Parade

The Bridge On the River Kwai

Paths of Glory

 

 

Runner-ups:  The Longest Day, Saving Private Ryan, The Thin Red Line, Platoon, The Dirty Dozen, The Great Escape, Lawrence of Arabia

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