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I'd like to see tcm break out Hold Back the Night a great little korean war movie starring john payne with peter graves and chuck connors and directed by allan dwan.


a great underrated little war flick. I have a vcd of it but the title is in french 'teufels kommando'.


yet another great film that tcm is ignoring like it doesn't even exist...


just like (drum roll)...hot spell.




"there he goes again." -reagan



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An interesting, off-beat war film is THE LAST VALLEY, with Michael Caine, Omar Sherriff, Nigel Davinport, Per Osscarson.  Probably one of the only films about the Thirty Years War made outside of Germany.  Based on the novel by J.B. Pick, it deals with a wanderer who discovers a high alpine village untouched by the war that had been raging since 1618.  (It is 1641, I believe)  At the same time, a group of soldiers, led by Caine finds the village also.  Tensions between the the solders, peasants, Catholics and Protestants reflects much of what that incomprehensible war was about.  Great atmosphere and terrific score by John Barry.  1970

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Prety subjective topic.  We all have our favorites.  And I know a lot of folks who don't like ANY war movies.


AND just because some movie or movies are one's favorite(s) doesn't necessarily mean they're any GOOD.  But for me, a few of the ones I like are....






















There's probably a few more I can't come up with at the moment.




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My Top Ten Favorite list of war movies released in: 1960s is:


Two Comrades Were Serving (1968)

Is Paris Burning?(1966)

Ivan's Childhood (1962)

The Good Soldier Schweik (1960)

The Battle of Algiers (1966)


Destination Death (1964)

...and the Fifth Horseman Is Fear (1965)

Le Petit Soldat (1963)

Ningen no jôken (1961)

Sedmoy sputnik (1968)

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"All Quiet On The Western Front"


"Paths Of Glory"


"Westfront 1918"


Coincidently, all WW1 movies.   TCM Member Stephan was so kind as to provide me with the SILENT version of "All Quiet" as well as introducing me to "Westfront 1918" which is an underrated movie.  Sort of a companion to "All Quiet".

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I think when most people talk about war movies, they mean movies with lots of battle scenes in them. Generally, most of those movies aren't among my favorites about war. So I'm going to try to present a broader list, not just conventional war movies but also movies about all aspects of war: prison camps, concentration camps, civilian life during war, civilians who aid war effort with activities like gunrunning or hiding refugees, the life of soldiers just before or just after a war. I suppose Casablanca is war film, but I won't stray that far off the path (though I did include To Have and Have Not, which gets closer to the military action). Most of these films are about soldiers or civilians who have some key interaction with soldiers.


Okay, here we go, in rough chronological order:


1925 Battleship Potemkin

         The Big Parade

1927 The General


1928 Storm over Asia

1930 All Quiet on the Western Front

1937 Grand Illusion

1939 Gone with the Wind

         Gunga Din

1941 Sergeant York

1942 To Be or Not to Be

1943 The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

1944 To Have and Have Not

         Henry V

1945 The Battle of San Pietro

         Open City

          I Know Where I'm Going!

1946 The Best Years of Our Lives


1952 Forbidden Games

1953 From Here to Eternity

1954 The Wanton Countess

1955 Hill 24 Doesn't Answer

1956 The Burmese Harp

1957 Throne of Blood

         The Bridge on the River Kwai

         The Cranes are Flying

          Paths of Glory

1958 Ashes and Diamonds

1962 Lawrence of Arabia

1963 The Great Escape

         The Leopard

1964 Dr. Strangelove

1965 Dr. Zhivago

         The War Game

         The Battle of Algiers

         Chimes at Midnight

1967 The Red and the White

1968 Shame

         In the Year of the Pig

1969 Andrei Rublev

1971 The Sorrow and the Pity

1972 Cabaret

1975 Barry Lyndon

1976 Ascent

1977 Soldier of Orange

1978 The Deer Hunter

         Dawn of the Dead (well, it's all-out war with zombies)

1979 Apocalypse Now

1980 The Big Red One

1981 The Boat


1982 Yol

1984 The Killing Fields

1985 Ran


        Come and See

1986 Salvador

         Sherman's March

1987 Full Metal Jacket

         Good Morning, Vietnam

         Red Sorghum

1988 Grave of the Fireflies

1989 Glory

1990 Europa, Europa

1993 Schindler's List

1995 Braveheart


1996 The English Patient

1998 Saving Private Ryan

1998 The Thin Red Line

1999 Three Kings

2000 Kippur

2001 No Man's Land

2004 Farenheit 9/11


And I'm sure there are other equally worthy inclusions in the past 12 years, The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty and some others, but that's more than enough for one post.











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