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Vote 4 your top 10 all-time War-Films-(Given the Iraq war,etc.)

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In no particular order, but my favorites are all World War II films:


1. They Were Expendable (this is really my number one!)

2. Bataan

3. Back to Bataan

4. Wake Island

5. Air Force

6. Heaven Knows Mr. Allison

7. Patton

8. A Bridge Too Far

9. Mister Roberts

10. Longest Day

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I also can't limit myself to ten, so here are more of my favorites, in no particular order again:


11. Zulu

12. Twelve O'Clock High

13. Cry Havoc

14. Battleground

15. The Story of G.I. Joe

16. From Here to Eternity

17. Bridge Over the River Kwai

18. The Train

19. 13 Rue Madeleine

20. Best Years of Our Lives

21. Battle Cry

22. Since You Went Away (the romantic in me!)

23. Action in the North Atlantic

24. Counterfeit Traitor

25. Run Silent, Run Deep

26. No Man Is An Island

27. Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo

28. Stalag 17

29 Cross of Lorraine

30. Sahara

31. Mrs. Miniver

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These are the first ones that come to mind. They are in no particular order:


Das Boot

Stalag 17

The Great Escape

To Hell and Back

The Devils Brigade

The Eagle Has Landed

The Longest Day

30 Seconds Over Tokyo

Where Eagles Dare

The Dirty Dozen

Sink the Bismark



(I like the older ones best)

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I especially love WWII movies. Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq are a little to close to home since I lived through them. There are so many to choose from its hard to pick only 10, but these are the ones that I watch whenever they come on. They are in no special order.


1. The Longest Day

2. To Hell and Back

3. Three Came Home

4 So Proudly We Hail

5. Since You Went Away

6. In Harms Way

7. Wings of Eagles

8. Halls of Montezuma

9. The Enemy Below

10. Cry Havoc

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I watched "Halls of Montezuma" on DVD last night. I thought it was pretty good if a tad bit long. WIdmark is good. Webb is good. Jack Palance is pretty good. Didn't care much for Richard Boone's character. Good action.


One thing struck me funny though is that near the end of the movie when everyone is looking at their watches to see if the planes will get there to take out the Japanese rockets there's a shot of Jack Webb looking at the watch on the guy next to him. I swear the guy looks like a mannequin. I even rewound the disc and paused it to check. I still thinks it looks more like a dummy that a real guy. Maybe it was a joke.


Overall it's a good movie.

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in no particular order:

12 o'clock high

dawn patrol

dirty dozen -- I thought of this on my own; only two recent posts note it

attack! (with Jack Palance)

best years of our lives -- not really a war movie, but great


patton -- not really a war movie, but neat

command decision

a walk in the sun

Home of the Brave -- a favorite 1949 movie I almost forgot --

about racism and battle fatigue.


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There are so many fine war movies to list mine would be repetetive.

I will ad three not to well known.

1. Here Comes the Navy -- with James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, filmed on the U.S.S.Arizona

1.Thunder Afloat - 1939 -- with Wallace Beert, Chester Morris, Virginia Grey.

A WW1 Subchaser film, Excellent

3. Korvette K-225 1943 with Randoph scott, James Brown, Ella Raines,

Barry Fitzgerald

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I try never to miss a war movie, but it seems like none of you have ever seen, "The Fighting Sullivans"? It's one of the best true war films ever, about five brothers growing up and all going to the navy. And all are killed on the same day on their ship. It is a WWI picture, but one of the greatest. Wish TCM would show it. Looks like most of you have named my other favorites, thanks.

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Narrowing any genre down to just ten is always tough, and all the films chosen so far are worthy of consideration. I'll try these:


1. Band of Brothers (Mini-series)

2. Patton

3. The Longest Day

4. They were Expendable

5. Saving Provate Ryan

6. The Dirty Dozen

7. The Great Escape

8. M*A*S*H

9. Winds of War (Mini-series)

10a. Gallipoli

10b. Napoleon

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1. Platoon - http://allwars.blogspot.com/2006/09/platoon-movie.html'>http://allwars.blogspot.com/2006/09/platoon-movie.html'>http://allwars.blogspot.com/2006/09/platoon-movie.html'>http://allwars.blogspot.com/2006/09/platoon-movie.html

2. Black Hawk Down - http://allwars.blogspot.com/2006/09/black-hawk-down-movie.html

3. Saving Private Ryan - http://allwars.blogspot.com/2006/10/saving-private-ryan-movie_28.html

4. Brawo Two Zero - http://allwars.blogspot.com/2006/10/bravo-two-zero-movie.html

5. Hamburger Hill - http://allwars.blogspot.com/2006/09/hamburger-hill-movie.html

6. Band of Brothers - http://allwars.blogspot.com/2006/10/band-of-brothers-movie.html

7. Deer Hunter - http://allwars.blogspot.com/2006/10/deer-hunter-movie.html

8. Apocalypse Now - http://allwars.blogspot.com/2006/11/apocalypse-now-movie.html

9. A Bridge Too Far - http://allwars.blogspot.com/2006/10/bridge-too-far-movie.html

10. Casualties of War - http://allwars.blogspot.com/2006/09/casualties-of-war-movie.html



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Hard to choose just ten, but these are all great films.


In no particular order:


1)All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)


2)The Grand Illusion (1937)


3)Shoah (1985)


4)Cross of Iron (1976)


5)Das Boot (1982)


6)King Rat (1965)


7)Grave of the Fireflies (1988)


8)Open City (1945)


9)The Battle of Algiers (1966)


10)Paisan (1946)

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In no particular order:


Sergeant York

All Quiet on The Western Front

Best Years of Our Lives

Bridge on The River Kwai

The Great Escape

Dr Zhivago

The Killing Fields

Stalag 17


The Hunt For Red October

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I'm not sure I can name ten war films, but I love Battleground.. I try never to miss Hell is for Heroes, and of course Patton is a nostalgic favorite from my childhood - for the score as well as Scott's performance. Many great lines from that one, too, some of which cross my mind just as I go about my day.


Stalag 17 is a favorite, but I think of it as a POW film, or a whodunnit, more than a war film.

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If you liked Stalag 17, You might like "King Rat" (1965).


James Clavell wrote the novel and did the screenplay as well. It is not a mystery like Stalag, but rather the brutal life of the Japanese camps and the level one will sink to, to survive. Clavell had to tone down his book a bit to get past censors (great book too), but it's a pretty decent adaptation.


Like Stalag, there is one man who lives in luxury while others are starving. This Corporal (we never learn his real name) is called "King" by others at the camp and has all his needs looked after by other prisioners.


He would seem to be a selfish uncaring man, but there is more to him than that. He understands survival better than the others and although he looks out for himself, he helps others occasionally and finds a translator in Brit. flyer Peter Marlowe who wants nothing from him but friendship.


His nemesis Lt. Grey, is one in charge of policing the camp (the prisoners control their own). It's his hatred of the "King" and his determination to catch him breaking the camp rules that fuels his own survival.


The film is well made and shot (B&W), and has great performances from George Segal and Tom Courtenay.

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These ten come to mind:



3. PLATOON (1986)

4. M*A*S*H (1970)

5. SAHARA (1943)

6. CROSS OF IRON (1977)


8. THE BIG RED ONE (1980)

9. BATAAN (1943)

10. SANDS OF IWO JIMA (1949)

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Actually it will be a "Top 12" in no particular order:


Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo

Command Decision

Destination Tokyo

Gung Ho (1943)


In Harm's Way


Air Force

Tora Tora Tora

12 O' Clock High

God Is My Co-Pilot

The Final Countdown

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I'm an military vehicle restorer and militaria collector so I look for movies that have not only a good story but are technically authentic. with this in mind , my list is as follows.


1 "Twelve O'clock High"

2 "Band of Brothers"

3 "When Trumpets Fade"

4 "Black Hawk Down"

5 "Full Metal Jacket"

6 "Pork Chop Hill"

7 "Sahara"

8 "Gettysburg"

9 "Saving Private Rayan"

10 "Kelly's Heroes"


In today's society I think a lot of younger people belive they are learning history from the movies they watch and to a point that is true. Because of this, I get very frustrated when I see directors playing loose with history. For example using Patton tanks painted gray and calling them tigers.

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You know, when you think of so many....but here goes not in any particular order:


1. Band of Brothers

2. Life is Beautiful

3. Saving Private Ryan

4. The Great Escape

5. The Deer Hunter

6. Yanks

7. Schindler's List

8. The Pianist

9. Casablanca

10. Born On the Fourth of July

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