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Your Favorite War Movie?  
User currently offlineGreyhound From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1026 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1441 times:

My personal favorites:

The Dirty Dozen
Battle of Midway (with Henry Fonda in it I believe)
Band of Brothers (a series on t.v., yes I know, but I'm not excluding it)
Battle of the Bulge
The Devil's Brigade
Das Boot
U-571

Anyone have any favorite real-life war "heros"? For me it would be my grandad of course, but I also admired Douglas Bader (RAF) and Gregory "Pappy" Boyington, along with every member of the 29th Infantry Division and the U.S. Submarine Force.


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User currently offlineErikwilliam From Brazil, joined Mar 2004, 2152 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1431 times:

that one where the "good guys didn´t win" aka Black Hawk Down


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User currently offlineCaptoveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1431 times:

I am surprised you forgot "The Enemy Below." You being a submariner and all.

Band of Brothers is a miniseries but it is too damn good to not mention.

In Harms way: Too cheesey not to love

The Longest Day: The Germans speak German, The French Speak French, and the British have the funny accent.

Das Boot: Best made war movie I have ever seen

Run Silent Run Deep

There are others, but these are on the top of my head right now.


User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 71
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1426 times:

I think 'Where Eagles Dare' is a flipping awesome film! Love it.


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User currently offlineGreyhound From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1026 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1426 times:

Quoting Captoveur (Reply 2):
I am surprised you forgot "The Enemy Below."

No, I didn't forget it... but sub movies for me go without saying for the most part. Except for Crimson Tide. Worst sub movie I've ever seen.



29th, Let's Go!
User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5327 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1427 times:

I'd say my favorite war movie is Platoon - the rest of my Top 10 would be

2) Saving Private Ryan
3) Das Boot
4) A Bridge Too Far
5) Paths of Glory
6) Patton
7) Bridge on the River Kwai
8) Glory
9) Full Metal Jacket
10) Windtalkers



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User currently offlineMr Spaceman From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 2787 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1426 times:

Hello Greyhound.

"Tora Tora Tora"

"A Bridge To Far"

"Apocalypse Now"

"Platoon"

Etc....


Chris  Smile



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User currently offlineGreyhound From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1026 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1422 times:

Hi Mr. Spaceman.

I almost forgot... Full Metal Jacket. At least the boot camp scenes.



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User currently offlineMr Spaceman From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 2787 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1418 times:

Hi Greyhound.

Yeah, I didn't forget "Full Metal Jacket", but, because only the second half of the movie takes place during war in Viet Nam .... I didn't mention it.

Other good war movies that do not show only war footage are ...

"The Dear Hunter"

"The Killing Fields"

Chris  Smile



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User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11951 posts, RR: 48
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1401 times:

* Band of Brothers is top, even though it is a series as you said.

* Platoon.

* Das Boot.

* Black Hawk down. (Despite the hollywoof wax on.)

* Windtalkers.

* Tigerland.

All that come to mind at the moment.

Thom@s



"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlineBCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1396 times:

Quoting Thom@s (Reply 9):
Windtalkers.

Oh man.. I can't you believe you LIKE that movie?! I mean.. it's complete trash! Nicholas Cage is just shite, that alone makes it crap. But then you've got him firing a Thompson from the hip and just whipping it around wildly while the Japanese just fall over miraculously. The dialogue is trite. The special effects are dated and the story is flat and predictable. One of the WORST movies ever made, period! Much less a war movie...

But my favorites are (in no particular order):

- Band of Brothers
- Longest Day
- Saving Private Ryan
- A Bridge too Far
- the Great Escape

Steve

[Edited 2005-06-21 23:02:50]

User currently offlineSlider From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6661 posts, RR: 35
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1392 times:

Patton

Guns of Navarone

Longest Day

The Great Escape

*********************


User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11951 posts, RR: 48
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1389 times:

Quoting BCAInfoSys (Reply 10):
Oh man.. I can't you believe you LIKE that movie?! I mean.. it's complete trash! Nicholas Cage is just shite, that alone makes it crap. But then you've got him firing a Thompson from the hip and just whipping it around wildly while the Japanese just fall over miraculously. The dialogue is trite. The special effects are dated and the story is flat and predictable. One of the WORST movies ever made, period! Much less a war movie...

Well that's freedom of speech out the window.  

Quoting BCAInfoSys (Reply 10):
One of the WORST movies ever made, period!

You obviously haven't seen "Master of disguise" or "clockstoppers"...

Ok, so maybe Windtalkers isn't the best war movie ever made, but I thought it was ok, and therefore added it to the list.

Thom@s

[Edited 2005-06-21 23:19:37]


"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlineBCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1376 times:

Thom@s... I didn't mean it as a direct criticism. Please don't be offended.. I merely meant to have a spirited debate about films and film technique. I apologize if I spoke a little too forcefully.

Steve  white 


User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11951 posts, RR: 48
Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1367 times:

Sometimes some good old hollywood bullshit answers to my need for action. This film was one of them...  Wink

No offence taken.

Thom@s



"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
User currently offlineDc863 From Denmark, joined Jun 1999, 1558 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1359 times:

The War Game
Thin Red Line
Come and See
Bridge Too Far(even though it had a lot of errors)
Waterloo


User currently offlineBlackbird1331 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1892 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1356 times:

I can only say that Hollywood can never replicate the true horrors of war. Thank God for that. My favorite, though, because of its simplicity, is Stalag 17. Another, is, Twelve O'Clock High.


Cameras shoot pictures. Guns shoot people. They have the guns.
User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 17, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1341 times:

Some of the best, IMO.

Sgt York...w/Gary Cooper.
To Hell & Back...w/Audie Murphy
Destination Toyko...w/Cary Grant
Sands of Iwo Jima...w/John Wayne
Memphis Belle...w/Matt Modine
Sahara...w/Humphrey Bogart
PT 109...w/Cliff Robertson

Regards.



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User currently offlineIakobos From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 3312 posts, RR: 35
Reply 18, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1337 times:

If you wish to see real war as it is, though in a movie, check for this one
"The 317th platoon"
French with English subtitles, available on cassette and dvd.

Directed by Pierre Schoendorfer, a Dienbienphu survivor, and photographed by Raoul Coutard, who shot "Breathless" (the real one, Godard's) and Truffaut's best films, this is in every way the best, most real and gripping filmed drama of the Indochina wars ever made. It was photographed in glorious black-and-white on location in Cambodia. If you were a combat veteran, line doggie or LRRP in Vietnam this wonderful movie will resonate with you. The little details are there, sounds, faces, jungle rivers, all of it. If you weren't there and want to know what it was like then you should purchase this film. No other film comes close to the understated realism and gritty reality of Schoendorfer's masterpiece -- and I've seen them all. This is a true masterpiece of the war film genre and the best "Vietnam movie" ever made. (review by sinacity)

I have seen Apocalypse Now probably 5 times, and Das Boot about the same.


User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1334 times:

Quoting Greyhound (Reply 4):
Except for Crimson Tide. Worst sub movie I've ever seen.

Ok, I hope you are making this statment based on it's technical merits, which makes a LOT of sense comming from someone of your experience. I will not argue those points as I have NO Clue what the inside of a sub looks like (movies aside). What I have to say is that the story of CT compared to Hunt for Red October is a LOT better. Namely for one reason.
You know Ramius is not going to Nuke us. CT, (the first time you see it) you don't know how it's going to go; as fake as the scenario surrounding it is.


My Favorite:

Quoting Slider (Reply 11):
Patton


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31573 posts, RR: 57
Reply 20, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1304 times:

The Dirty Dozen [English]
The Battle of the Bulge [English]
BORDER [Hindi]
Tora-Tora-Tora [English]
LAKSH [Hindi]

regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offline707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 30
Reply 21, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1303 times:

I would have to say Star Wars.

Oh ? You mean it *had* to be about WWII ???

Sorry then.

Cheers,

707


User currently offlineNA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 22, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1298 times:

-"Die Brücke" (Germany, mid-50s, about some boys dying in the last days of WWII in a useless case of last stand)
-"Gettysburg" (USA 1993)
-"Im Westen nichts Neues/All quiet on the Western front" (USA, early 30s), an excellent film after the excellent book of Remarque. Forbidden by the Nazis to be shown in Germany.
-"Das Boot"
-"Apocalyse Now"

Except Gettysburg all Anti-war films before anything else, Gettysburg being more a excellent historical piece.


User currently offlineGreyhound From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1026 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1282 times:

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 19):
What I have to say is that the story of CT compared to Hunt for Red October is a LOT better. Namely for one reason.
You know Ramius is not going to Nuke us. CT, (the first time you see it) you don't know how it's going to go; as fake as the scenario surrounding it is.

I know. I'm not sure if Crimson Tide was ever a book. As far as story line goes... I would have read THFRO any day over CT. As far as movie wise... yeah, CT was better. As far as technicality, which you mentioned, yeah, CT sucked really bad. A Captain as the CO of a boomer? They used to be, but that was a long time ago, and I think, BEFORE the movie came out. I'm not some expert on subs, but jeez.... Steam coming out of all the grated decks and stuff in that movie? If there'e steam coming out of ANYWHERE.. it's a steam line rupture in the engine room and people aren't going to be running THROUGH it... they'd be chopped in half. We don't have grated decks like they did in the movie on board... and as far as his dog? No pets underway no matter the rank.... My guess is a torpedoman would have that dog in one of his tubes for a "snapshot". And I don't know where the weps was in CT, but that looked little to not at all like MCC.

Quoting NA (Reply 22):
-"Gettysburg" (USA 1993)



Quoting NA (Reply 22):
Except Gettysburg all Anti-war films before anything else, Gettysburg being more a excellent historical piece

Rats.. I forgot about that movie. You're right... an excellent movie... I wore out the first copy of it I had. Historically speaking, that movie is outstanding. Even one of my more favorite war movies, The Battle of Midway, had historical flaws in it.



29th, Let's Go!
User currently offlinePhotopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2638 posts, RR: 18
Reply 24, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1276 times:

The Battle of Britain.

12 O'clock High

The War Lover (Steve McQueen at his best)

The Blue Max

Reach for the Sky

Sink the Bismark


25 Garnetpalmetto : Well I've got a documentary from 1992 in which they interviewed the CO of the Georgia and he was an O-6. Crimson Tide was from 1995 so it's possible,
26 Greyhound : True... my bust. I was going off the Ohio's history. In fact, at the time CT was made, the Alabama did have an O-6 in command. But by that time, it w
27 Garnetpalmetto : At the time CT was made, I'm pretty sure it was more of an exception for the CO to be lower than an O-6. Of the Ohios whose history I can lay hands o
28 Post contains images Trekster : THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN Best war film about. Love the flying sequences, and did u know this More than 100 german and British WW2 era planes were purchas
29 Post contains links Virgin744 : Apocalypse Now http://216.168.37.61/posteritati/jpg/A/APOCALYPSE%20NOW%20LG%20JAP.jpg my personal favourite - and the poster currently on my wall[Edit
30 Jalto27R : 1. Full Metal Jacket (at least Boot Camp. Things get lame after that.) 2. Black Hawk Down 3. U-571 Mike
31 AR1300 : Saving Private Ryan.My favorite movie of all. Mike
32 Post contains images Dragon-wings : That's my favorite war movie also.
33 Psa53 : My Top Five 1)Das Boat-Directors Cut.Very real! 2)Tora!Tora!Tora! 3)Midway 4)Battle Of Britian 5)Battle of the Bulge Another 5:Patton, Spartacus,Lawre
34 OzarkD9S : "Wings" (1928) - Everything else is wanking the chain.
35 Post contains images BoeingFever777 : [Edited 2005-06-23 08:30:19]
36 Post contains images Monteycarlos : Easy: 1) Das Boot: Directors Cut (I think thats the one I saw and it was hands down the best I have ever seen) 2) The Thin Red Line (the countless cam
37 AGC525 : In no particular order: Gettysburg Gods and Generals Patton The Sands of Iwo Jima Battle of the Bulge Thin Red Line Tora Tora Tora Midway Blackhawk Do
38 Trident3 : 1) The Battle of Algiers , probably the best film about terroroism and the response of the state, made in the 60s still so relevent that the pentagon
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