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Poll Which of these five war films do you prefer? (43 votes)

Saving Private Ryan 63%
Flags Of Our Fathers 0%
Letters From Iwo Jima 16%
We Were Soldiers 2%
Black Hawk Down 19%

You should also discuss your reasons for choosing whatever it is you choose.

I have never seen Flags Of Our Fathers or Letters From Iwo Jima, so I can't voice an opinion on either of those.

I think that Saving Private Ryan was really something special when it was first released. But now? Well, it may be the father of most war movies made since the year 2000, but nowadays, on its own, it is average. But, still a classic, no doubt. Excellent film for when it first came out, but not entirely 'unique' now, as it was then.

Ah, We Were Soldiers. I love this movie, because in my opinion, it has one of the best battle sequences of any war movie I have seen, the special effects are stellar, the acting is incredible (I particularly liked Barry Pepper and Sam Elliott's performances), and the message is strong. It does have that odd "this is a Mel Gibson movie" aura, but the whole thing works very well. It's message is pretty touching and true, and it balances the "back home" with the "war" well.

Black Hawk Down is...great. It is, it's great. It has a neat battle sequence, it has a guy who looks kind of like a Matt Damon lookalike (lol), and it has.... well, nothing else. It has a great battle sequence. That is what it has. But there is no character depth. See, it is similar to We Were Soldiers in the sense that it tells about one individual battle that was lost, but Black Hawk Down does it without any real depth. Yeah, it has a great battle sequence, but that does not change the fact that it has really indistinguishable characters that I don't care about, and that there is no real message to it like the former films had. It is a film without character, and without a message.

But hey, it has great action.

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#1 sammyjenkis898
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I don't really like any of those films.

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#2 LJS9502_basic
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Hmmm I like them all. I guess Saving Private Ryan or Black Hawk Down. Don't make me choose.

Iwo Jima was a good film but you have to read the dialog which means you need to be fully into it and no interruptions. I'm not a fan of the Pacific Theater as much so it lacks that pull the European theater has for me.

Flags of Our Fathers was alright. Not as good as the others on the list though.

We Were Soldiers is another good film but just a little behind the other two I mentioned above.

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#3 dave123321
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Jima

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#4 I_Return
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Black Hawk Down. Because that's the only one I've seen.

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#5  Edited By Riverwolf007
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how about this list instead.

platoon, the red badge of courage, patton, das boot, mash, apocalypse now, hell in the pacific and the bridge on the river kwai.

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#6 Kevlar101
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@Riverwolf007 said:

how about this list instead.

platoon, the red badge of courage, patton, das boot, mash, apocalypse now, hell in the pacific and the bridge on the river kwai.

Go away, make your own damn list

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#7 sukraj
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I'm a big fan of tom Hanks so I would have to go with that movie.

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#8 GTR12
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Those are all American movies, so none of those :P

The Odd Angry Shot is awesome.

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none

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#10  Edited By deactivated-5ebea105efb64
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@i_return said:

Black Hawk Down. Because that's the only one I've seen.

lol same reason.

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#11 sukraj
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@humanistpotato said:

none

don't you like War Movies?

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@sukraj said:

@humanistpotato said:

none

don't you like War Movies?

i rarely do but yes i dont like military theme, i dont hate U.S. or anything, i dont like military theme in games/movies etc.

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#13 jun_aka_pekto
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None. I prefer Zulu Dawn over any of those.

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#14 mjorh
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You've missed the Kubrick's masterpiece: Full Metal Jacket !

Btw, i'd go with saving private Ryan because of its great dialogues, solid narrative and cinematic shots etc....

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#15 Rattlesnake_8
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Letters From Iwo Jima wins for me. I enjoyed all of the movies listed, especially Saving Private Ryan (despite so many historical inaccuracies and errors) and We Were Soldiers. Letters From Iwo Jima was done extremely well.

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@sammyjenkis898 said:

I don't really like any of those films.

Yeah, basically

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Full Metal Jacket.

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#18 vl4d_l3nin
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Toss up between Private Ryan and Black Hawk Down.

I saw both these movies in theaters, and are up there with some f the best movie theater experiences I've had. I think BHD is the better movie, but its soundtrack is atrocious.

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#19  Edited By foxhound_fox
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A fairly mainstream list.

My favourite war films are probably Full Metal Jacket, The Great Escape, Das Boot, A Bridge Too Far, The Great Escape, Schindler's List and Der Untergang.

Been a while since I've watched most of them though.

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#20 Kevlar101
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@foxhound_fox said:

A fairly mainstream list.

My favourite war films are probably Full Metal Jacket, The Great Escape, Das Boot, A Bridge Too Far, The Great Escape, Schindler's List and Der Untergang.

Been a while since I've watched most of them though.

I did that on purpose to avoid comments like "Never heard of most/any of those." It makes the poll more likely to actually get real votes.

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#21 foxhound_fox
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@Kevlar101 said:

@foxhound_fox said:

A fairly mainstream list.

My favourite war films are probably Full Metal Jacket, The Great Escape, Das Boot, A Bridge Too Far, The Great Escape, Schindler's List and Der Untergang.

Been a while since I've watched most of them though.

I did that on purpose to avoid comments like "Never heard of most/any of those." It makes the poll more likely to actually get real votes.

With these new polls, you aren't limited to quantity. You could put 35 items on them if you wanted. And I think you can also do a multi-vote poll too.

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@foxhound_fox said:

A fairly mainstream list.

My favourite war films are probably Full Metal Jacket, The Great Escape, Das Boot, A Bridge Too Far, The Great Escape, Schindler's List and Der Untergang.

Been a while since I've watched most of them though.

Your list is pretty damn "mainstream" too.

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None.

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#24 comp_atkins
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i've seen all 5 but i don't remember anything about 3 of them.

so i'll just say black hawk down

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#25 foxhound_fox
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@Aljosa23 said:

Your list is pretty damn "mainstream" too.

Not as mainstream as the TC's.

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#26 Nengo_Flow
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You know whats sad....... ?

I've never seen any of those films.

You wanna know whats sadder?

I'm a film major

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@foxhound_fox said:

@Aljosa23 said:

Your list is pretty damn "mainstream" too.

Not as mainstream as the TC's.

I already explained that I wanted to avoid a bunch of comments like "I have never seen/heard of those movies." The poll would have suffered without any real votes.

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Saving Private Ryan. It was long, bloody, and epic. I was disappointed that Apocalypse Now wasn't on the list, its a fantastic film for those who haven't seen it.

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#30  Edited By Kevlar101
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@reconx89 said:

Saving Private Ryan. It was long, bloody, and epic. I was disappointed that Apocalypse Now wasn't on the list, its a fantastic film for those who haven't seen it.

Apocalypse Now is one of the few true masterpieces put to film. It is truly, as you said, fantastic. However, I did not include it on the list, because I do not consider it a war film. It is a Psychological Thriller that is set during a war. It is not a true war film, per se.

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@Riverwolf007: I like this one the red badge of courage. Is it made from a novel?

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#32  Edited By TheWalkingGhost
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@sammyjenkis898 said:

I don't really like any of those films.

This

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I like all of them, i like Black Hawk Down the most though

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I think Wind talkers should be up there! its a great film!

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#35  Edited By hippiesanta
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I've watch all above except for "we r soldier"

non of those i've watch was great ....... I cannot speak for Wee r Soldiers though

but my fav war movie is Apocalypse Now

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"Ran" is the best war movie i'v seen.

Waterloo is worth a mention because of the sheer scale.

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#37  Edited By delete-EasyComeEasyGo
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@crimsonbrute said:

None.

Go watch Saving Private Ryan and Black Hawk down. You can thank me later.

Also I vote Saving Private Ryan because I saw that movie first before Black Hawk Down.

Has anybody watch The Hurt Locker movie? I have yet to watch it.

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#38  Edited By MirkoS77
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@foxhound_fox said:

A fairly mainstream list.

My favourite war films are probably Full Metal Jacket, The Great Escape, Das Boot, A Bridge Too Far, The Great Escape, Schindler's List and Der Untergang.

Been a while since I've watched most of them though.

Ooooo Das Boot definitely, what a great flick. Fun fact about that movie (which you probably already know): started out as a TV mini-series. At least I've heard it never was intended to originally be a feature film. One of the best war films ever made though.

As for my choice with that list, Saving Private Ryan. It's the only war movie I've seen that has been able to convey to me the visceral brutality and horror of combat (or at least how I'd imagine it to be).

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Letters From Iwo Jima. Superb movie but there was one scene that hit me hard. It was the scene where the officer tells his soldiers to make sure to kill the medics first because that would mean they killed two men - the medic and the man he was trying to save.

My Dad was a medic in the Pacific during WWII. I asked him was it true? And he said it was. The first day he reported for duty with the Marines (he was a sailor) he was told that he was their FIFTH medic. The sergeant assigned a marine to bodyguard him so they wouldn't lose him like the others.

Made that movie extremely real for me.

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I've seen Saving Private Ryan and Black Hawk Down, so I guess those two.

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@EasyComeEasyGo said:

Go watch Saving Private Ryan and Black Hawk down. You can thank me later.

Watched both as well as Hurt Locker.

I stand by my answer.

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it's all Zionist propaganda

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@hippiesanta said:

I've watch all above except for "we r soldier"

non of those i've watch was great ....... I cannot speak for Wee r Soldiers though

but my fav war movie is Apocalypse Now

Why do you keep calling it "Wee r soldier" ?

And also... Apocalypse Now is not a war film.

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#46  Edited By hippiesanta
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@Kevlar101 said:

@hippiesanta said:

I've watch all above except for "we r soldier"

non of those i've watch was great ....... I cannot speak for Wee r Soldiers though

but my fav war movie is Apocalypse Now

Why do you keep calling it "Wee r soldier" ?

And also... Apocalypse Now is not a war film.

sometimes we shouldn't be too serious.... I'm 40 and seriousness environment almost destroy my life.

Apokalips / Apoqalibs Now is a war film...... they called it VIETNAM WAR.... remember......

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#47  Edited By Kevlar101
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@hippiesanta said:

@Kevlar101 said:

@hippiesanta said:

I've watch all above except for "we r soldier"

non of those i've watch was great ....... I cannot speak for Wee r Soldiers though

but my fav war movie is Apocalypse Now

Why do you keep calling it "Wee r soldier" ?

And also... Apocalypse Now is not a war film.

sometimes we shouldn't be too serious.... I'm 40 and seriousness environment almost destroy my life.

Apokalips / Apoqalibs Now is a war film...... they called it VIETNAM WAR.... remember......

Movies like Platoon are about the Vietnam War, because it is about soldiers fighting the war.

Apocalypse Now is not. It is set during the war, but it is not truly about the war. It is a psychological drama/thriller, and it is not a true war film.

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#48  Edited By Goobberzz
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Had to vote for Saving Private Ryan based on this list. However I think a lot of the greatest war films ever made are the older ones. Foreign films are often times better than they're American counterparts simply due to the fact that we have a violence driven look on war in this country.

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#49 Kevlar101
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@Goobberzz said:

Had to vote for Saving Private Ryan based on this list. However I think a lot of the greatest war films ever made are the older ones. Foreign films are often times better than they're American counterparts simply due to the fact that we have a violence driven look on war in this country.

Maybe that is because war is violent?

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#50 vicky_john1
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I have not watched more war movies.. but i have seen only this movie....so i ll prefer Black Hawk Down ...