What is the BEST war movie you have ever seen?

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#1 Posted by Kevlar101 (6316 posts) -
 'The Pacific', 'We Were Soldiers' and 'Saving Private Ryan' are all candidates as well. What about you guys?
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#2 Posted by Chow_Mein_Kampf (6203 posts) -

Only seen Private Ryan.............

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#3 Posted by Fightingfan (38011 posts) -
I find it entertaining and not the best, but I like Kelly's Heroes(1970). I would say maybe black hawk down.
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#4 Posted by Kevlar101 (6316 posts) -

Only seen Private Ryan.............

Chow_Mein_Kampf
You have never seen 'Band of Brothers'.................... OMG thats sad. WATCH IT! YOU FOOL!
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#5 Posted by DharmaMember77 (2377 posts) -

Apocalypse Now

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#6 Posted by Kevlar101 (6316 posts) -
I would say maybe black hawk down. Fightingfan
Another great one!
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#7 Posted by Chow_Mein_Kampf (6203 posts) -

[QUOTE="Chow_Mein_Kampf"]

Only seen Private Ryan.............

Kevlar101

You have never seen 'Band of Brothers'.................... OMG thats sad. WATCH IT! YOU FOOL!

Nah.......Gonna pass on it............

Not a movie person..........

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#8 Posted by Kevlar101 (6316 posts) -

Apocalypse Now

DharmaMember77
that is the BEST one............ that is LITERALLY one of my favorite movies ever........... although, I dont really consider it a war movie..... its much deeper than that
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#9 Posted by sammyjenkis898 (28392 posts) -

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#10 Posted by Kevlar101 (6316 posts) -

[QUOTE="Kevlar101"][QUOTE="Chow_Mein_Kampf"]

Only seen Private Ryan.............

Chow_Mein_Kampf

You have never seen 'Band of Brothers'.................... OMG thats sad. WATCH IT! YOU FOOL!

Nah.......Gonna pass on it............

Not a movie person..........

Neither am I!
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#11 Posted by Kevlar101 (6316 posts) -

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sammyjenkis898
Smart ass :P jk
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#12 Posted by PhazonBlazer (12013 posts) -

I guess Saving Private Ryan, The Hurt Locker was pretty good too.

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#13 Posted by Kurushio (10485 posts) -
Saving Private Ryan is probably the best but there have been other good war movies as well. Black Hawk Down Enemy at the Gates Tears of the Sun We Were Soldiers
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#14 Posted by Kevlar101 (6316 posts) -
[QUOTE="Kurushio"]Saving Private Ryan is probably the best but there have been other good war movies as well. Black Hawk Down Enemy at the Gates Tears of the Sun We Were Soldiers

'Enemy At The Gates' was terrible
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#15 Posted by mccoyca112 (5434 posts) -

Either full metal jacket or saving private ryan.
Edit: and whoever said Tears of the sun...good call.

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#16 Posted by OB-47 (10909 posts) -

Black Hawk Down, Hurt Locker, Jarhead.

Yeah, I've only really seen one's based on modern warfare.

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#17 Posted by Alter_Echo (10724 posts) -

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#18 Posted by Goyoshi12 (9687 posts) -

All Quite on the Western Front

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#19 Posted by Papadrach (1965 posts) -

I'd have to say Blackhawk Down just because the pace is great. I love Saving Pvt Ryan; the intro and ending was great, but the in between was so slow. Band of Brothers was also a phenominal series and i wish i watched it all the way through. But from what i've seen it was great. I miss how WW2 movies were done with in the 90's, now its all future modern stuff. I know it's been beaten to death but still.

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#20 Posted by Verge_6 (20282 posts) -

Impossible to narrow down to just one, so here are my favorites;

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#21 Posted by jun_aka_pekto (23471 posts) -

Zulu Dawn

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#23 Posted by airshocker (31700 posts) -

We Were Soldiers and Tears of the Sun.

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#24 Posted by Captain52 (448 posts) -
Dunno, I never see War movies, but if I was a War Movie fan, I've a hunch I may go with Saving Private Ryan.
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#25 Posted by Perfect_Blue (30629 posts) -

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Then Saving Private Ryan, The Pianist, City of Life and Death, and Schindler's List in that order.

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#26 Posted by Sharpie125 (3904 posts) -

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sammyjenkis898

One of my favourite films and I can't praise it enough, but in terms of "war movie", I'm a little conflicted. It's as much a war movie as The New World is about portraying the history of Pocahontas accurately--in which, it isn't (though I really like The New World as well). If just taking place in a war counts, then I'm right there with you.

Though not quite conventional, one that's really stuck with me for the past few years:

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Battle of Algiers (1966)

Otherwise I'm pretty partial to Band of Brothers, criticisms against Stephen E. Ambrose aside.

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#27 Posted by Lief_Ericson (7082 posts) -

A lot of good ones already represented, one of my favorites

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#28 Posted by SPYDER0416 (16736 posts) -

Saving Private Ryan, but Apocalypse Now is also damn good, and I did like THe Hurt Locker despite a few inconsistincies.

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#29 Posted by sammyjenkis898 (28392 posts) -

One of my favourite films and I can't praise it enough, but in terms of "war movie", I'm a little conflicted. It's as much a war movie as The New World is about portraying the history of Pocahontas accurately--in which, it isn't (though I really like The New World as well). If just taking place in a war counts, then I'm right there with you.

Sharpie125

I only posted the film because of TC's other thread.

It's certainly up there, though. Paths of Glory, Apocalpyse Now, and Ballad of a Soldier are as well.

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#30 Posted by Kage1 (6795 posts) -

Glory

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#32 Posted by Lief_Ericson (7082 posts) -

Red Cliff is also awesome if you love large scale battles

Be sure to watch the full 4 and a half hour cut of it instead of the 2 hour international one. (Dont worry its broken up into parts 1 and 2)
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#33 Posted by WolfattheDoor34 (3278 posts) -

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sammyjenkis898

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#34 Posted by whiskeystrike (12172 posts) -

Letters from Iwo Jima

Flags of our Fathers

We Were Soldiers

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#36 Posted by Sharpie125 (3904 posts) -

I only posted the film because of TC's other thread.

It's certainly up there, though. Paths of Glory, Apocalpyse Now, and Ballad of a Soldier are as well.

sammyjenkis898

Ahh, haha. Yeah, it's something. When I was thirteen I made the mistake of watching Private Ryan right before I watched TTRL and as a result, I was really put off of Malick for years. But after gaining an appreciation for auteurism and especially his style (his philosophical/spiritual musings in particular), I re-watched TTRL and now I think it's just so damn special and good. IMO it's one of those movies you just have to grow up to really like.

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#37 Posted by Kurushio (10485 posts) -
300 LOTR The Two Towers and RotK Troy Not modern or realistic but technically war movies.
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#38 Posted by LZ71 (10524 posts) -

You do realize that Band of Brothers isn't a movie, right?

My picks would be Apocalypse Now and The Thin Red Line. Fires on the Plain would be my absolute favorite, but I'm not sure how loose of a definition "war film" has.

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#39 Posted by raven_squad (78438 posts) -
All Quiet on the Western Front, Paths of Glory, Full Metal Jacket, The Battle of Algiers, Ivan's Childhood
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#40 Posted by leviathan91 (7763 posts) -

Apocaylpse Now, Saving Private Ryan, Letters from Iowa Jima, Tears of the Sun, 9th Company....

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#41 Posted by nooblet69 (5162 posts) -

For me it would probably be Apocalypse Now. There are so many amazing war movies though it is hard to pick.

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#42 Posted by ChiefvsGordon (1085 posts) -

saving private ryan but my all time favorite is probably full metal jacket. i also enjoyed jarhead

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#43 Posted by Stesilaus (4999 posts) -

[QUOTE="Kevlar101"][QUOTE="Chow_Mein_Kampf"]

Only seen Private Ryan.............

Chow_Mein_Kampf

You have never seen 'Band of Brothers'.................... OMG thats sad. WATCH IT! YOU FOOL!

Nah.......Gonna pass on it............

Not a movie person..........

More of a gamer? Well then I guess you could play Call of Duty 1 to 3 or Company of Heroes instead. :P

Anyway, on topic ...

Rather than list some of the more recent ones, I'll list a few old gems:

  • Braveheart
  • A Bridge Too Far (Operation Market Garden, WWII)
  • The Blue Max (WWI aerial combat)
  • Where Eagles Dare (WWII, with Clint Eastwood!)
  • Das Boot (WII U-boat warfare from the German perspective)
  • The Wild Geese (British mercenaries in central Africa)
  • Zulu (Battle of Rorke's Drift in colonial era South Africa)

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#44 Posted by SirWander (5176 posts) -

Isn't Band of Brothers a miniseries?

The best I've seen, as well as my favorite film, is Apocalypse Now.

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#45 Posted by Kevlar101 (6316 posts) -

Isn't Band of Brothers a miniseries?SirWander

Yes but I dont care.

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#46 Posted by sukraj (27582 posts) -

Saving Private Ryan

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#47 Posted by TehFuneral (8237 posts) -

Kingdom of Heaven

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#48 Posted by CycleOfViolence (2813 posts) -

Saving Private Ryan
The Longest Day
Patton

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#49 Posted by themajormayor (25726 posts) -
Apocalypse now
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#50 Posted by campzor (34932 posts) -
except for that lame sex scene...i really enjoyed enemy at the gates