Favorite War Movies

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    Favorite War Movies

    I came across this www.filmsite.org/greatwarfilms.html list over at the AMC website, which made me think of which war movies were my favorites, not the ones I really thought were the "greatest". Since this has to do with guns, knives and swords I thought it would be OK to post this here. My question is, what are your ten favorites? In no particular order. Movies don't have to be epic battle movies, we'll take a cue from AMC on that one and say Casablanca or The Third Man count and similar movies (Manchurian Canadate, Hunt for Red October etc...) just for fun nothing too technical, lets just leave SciFi and Fantasy out of it. Here's mine:

    1 Platoon
    2 Kelly's Heroes
    3 Braveheart
    4 The Sea Hawk
    5 Flying Tigers
    6 Beau Geste
    7 The Dirty Dozen
    8 The Sand Pebbles
    9 Enemy at the Gates
    10 The Last Samurai
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    I don't have ten.
    1. We were soldiers.
    2. Blackhawk down.

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    No particular order.
    Hamburger Hill
    Full Metal Jacket
    The Boys in Company C
    The Great Escape
    The Deer Hunter
    The Dirty Dozen
    We Were Soldiers
    The Bridges at Toko ri
    Stalag 17
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    Full Metal Jacket
    Jarhead (Shows a lot of truth)
    The Pacific (Not a movie, but amazing)
    Band of Brothers (same as above)
    Generation Kill (reflection of life for modern grunts)

    EDIT: To bring it up to 10
    Flags of our Fathers
    Letters from Iwo Jima
    Gettysburg
    Heartbreak Ridge
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    Ten is tough..

    Band of Brothers
    We Three Kings
    Saving Private Ryan
    Blackhawk Down
    Apocalypse Now
    Full Metal Jacket
    The Hurt Locker
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    Saving Privet Ryan
    Platoon
    Full Metal Jacket
    Boys in Company C
    Enemy at the Gate
    The Hurt Locker
    Glory
    We Were Soldiers
    Stalag 17
    Band of Brothers

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    Mine are....

    Patton
    Sergeant York
    Heartbreak Ridge
    To Hell & Back
    Midway
    Full Metal Jacket
    Green Berets
    Sands of Iwo Jima (and just about all John Wayne war movies)
    The Bridges at Toko-Ri

    Not movies but TV War series

    Combat
    Tour of Duty
    Band of Brothers
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    Not much one for the tube these days....but I've gone to see some of the movies. Platoon and Hamburger hill were good. Jarhead ? I expected more out of a movie, but yes......a lot of truth. The modern day war movies will never compare to the days gone by. Saving private Ryan was okay with me.

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    I couldn't even watch the Hurt Locker all the way through, I thought it was a pretty awful representation of Iraq. And all the EOD techs I know didn't really like it either.
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    "In Harm's Way" was always a favorite of mine. As was "Run Silent, Run Deep".
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    Wow, so many!

    Blackhawk Down
    A Bridge too far
    Bridge on the river Kwai
    Saving Private Ryan

    I loved the Band of Brothers series

    There are just too many
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    Surprised that more folks did not mention THE PACIFIC. I guess many here do not get HBO. It just came out on DVD and Blu-Ray this month, however.

    Anyone that has not arleady seen this outstanding series should do so over the holidays.




    Two great movies have been totally overlooked so far. Although I am dating myself a bit by mentioning these movies. But if you have not seen them, you should:


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    I ended up with about 16, but thinning the list to just 10 left these - in no particular order:

    Twelve O'Clock High
    Saving Private Ryan
    Run SIlent, Run Deep
    Kelly's Heroes
    Hearfbreak Ridge
    Great Escape
    Bridge On the River Kwai
    Full Metal Jacket
    Blackhawk Down
    The Longest Day

    Of course I'm dating myself with all the WWII movies, but I grew up hearing all about that war from my parents and their friends.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buckeyeLCPL View Post
    I couldn't even watch the Hurt Locker all the way through, I thought it was a pretty awful representation of Iraq. And all the EOD techs I know didn't really like it either.
    I really did not think that PLATOON was a realistic portrayal of Vietnam either.

    Oliver Stone went over the top, in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LanceORYGUN View Post
    I really did not think that PLATOON was a realistic portrayal of Vietnam either.

    Oliver Stone went over the top, in my opinion.

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    I can't speak about Vietnam, at all, but SW Asia I have done my time in. I always though Apocalypse now was pretty cool as far as the Vietnam movies went, it has some great scenes in it.
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