Your Favorite "War" Related Film?

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#1 Posted by Master_Live (18821 posts) -

Some of mine:

  • Apocalypse Now: 9/10
  • Saving Private Ryan: 8/10
  • Full Metal Jacket: 8/10
  • Black Hawk Down: 8/10
  • The Pianist: 8/10
  • Downfall: 8/10
  • Glory: 8/10
  • We Were Soldier: 8/10
  • Lawrence of Arabia: 7/10

What are yours?

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#2 Posted by jasean79 (2593 posts) -
  • Glory
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • The Pianist
  • The Deer Hunter
  • Top Gun
  • Platoon
  • Act of Valor
  • Iron Eagle
  • Braveheart
  • Green Zone
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#3 Edited by SapSacPrime (8925 posts) -

Mine is where eagle's dare, has been since I was a kid.

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#4 Posted by mattykovax (22693 posts) -

I like platoon a lot. Not really a big fan of the genre though.

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#5 Edited by jasean79 (2593 posts) -

Oh how could I forget this movie:

  • Schindler's List
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#6 Posted by GazaAli (25216 posts) -

In no particular order:

  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Life is beautiful
  • A very long engagement
  • Pan's Labyrinth
  • Incendies

At the top of my head.

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#7 Posted by Detroit222 (5371 posts) -

In no particular order

  • The Big Red One
  • A Bridge Too Far
  • M*A*S*H*
  • Glory
  • Great Escape
  • Dirty Dozen
  • Forest Gump
  • Paths of Glory
  • Sergeant York
  • Biloxi Blues
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#8 Edited by SaintLeonidas (26735 posts) -
  1. The Thin Red Line
  2. The Great Dictator
  3. The Cranes Are Flying
  4. The Deer Hunter
  5. Paths of Glory
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#9 Edited by bowchicka07 (1104 posts) -
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Platoon
  • Black Hawk Down
  • Enemy at the Gates
  • Jarhead
  • Casablanca
  • Apocalypse Now
  • The Thin Red Line : That movie was amazing.
  • Schindler's List
  • The Patriot

Great topic TC. One of my favorite movie genres.

Would Rules of Engagement count? If so, that too.

How about Inglorious Basterds? That too if comedy counts as well.

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#10 Posted by korvus (10863 posts) -

Only war movies I watch are fantasy genre wars; got no interest in any movie that depicts "real" wars or anything close.

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#11 Posted by jun_aka_pekto (23239 posts) -

Zulu Dawn.

I have a fascination with the Zulus who were the finest native special forces of their day. They're the only foot soldiers who can travel so fast on foot, they're treated as cavalry.

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#12 Edited by jasean79 (2593 posts) -

@korvus said:

Only war movies I watch are fantasy genre wars; got no interest in any movie that depicts "real" wars or anything close.

So, would "300" make your list then?

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#13 Posted by korvus (10863 posts) -

@jasean79: I guess so. Sword and shield wars are far enough behind for me to not be thinking "this shit is actually happening out there and I'm here watching this while enjoying popcorn". That being said, I don't think 300 was a good movie; might have to re-watch it though.

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#14 Posted by Perfect_Blue (30256 posts) -

"War related" is pretty general but I'll try and keep it to films regarded as War films.

1. Apocalypse Now
2. La Grande Illusion
3. Paths of Glory
4. The Bridge on the River Kwai
5. Stalag 17

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#15 Edited by jasean79 (2593 posts) -

@korvus: I didn't like 300 either. It weighed too heavily on special effects and skimped on plot and acting

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#16 Edited by hydralisk86 (8814 posts) -

Saving Private Ryan

Letters from Iwo Jima


Schindler's List (does this one count?)


Full metal Jacket

Heartbreak Ridge

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#17 Edited by PonchoTaco (3185 posts) -

Braveheart, The Patriot

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#18 Posted by byof_america (1863 posts) -

Kelly's Heroes; good light hearted film, Sutherland was awesome in it.

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#19 Edited by KHAndAnime (17565 posts) -

Apocalypse Now, Full Metal Jacket, Platoon, The Deer Hunter

Can't really top these movies. They all cover completely different aspects of war.

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#20 Edited by RadecSupreme (4824 posts) -

@KHAndAnime said:

Apocalypse Now, Full Metal Jacket, Platoon, The Deer Hunter

Can't really top these movies. They all cover completely different aspects of war.

Vietnam war movies are definitely some of the finest movies out there. My favorite war in American history to learn about. Don't forget Hamburger Hill.

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#21 Edited by jun_aka_pekto (23239 posts) -

Although Zulu dawn tops my list of favorite war movies, there are also a bunch of runner ups.

Besides those already mentioned.....

Das Boot


A Bridge Too Far

Last of the Mohicans

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly have a number of war scenes in it.

The Final Countdown bordered on sci-fi. But, It had the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz going back in time (the Pearl Harbor attack).

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#22 Posted by elkoldo (1797 posts) -

Johnny Got His Gun (1971).It's of the type of the movies that leave you thinking long after the movie is finished.

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#23 Posted by Behardy24 (5324 posts) -

I liked all the war movies people have mention already but Apocalypse Now and Black Hawk Down are my favorites.

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#24 Posted by killzowned24 (7345 posts) -

They all suck compared to Band of Brothers.

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#25 Posted by brimmul777 (3488 posts) -

Nobody mentioned Hamberger Hill.Classic movie.

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#26 Edited by Mikey132 (5114 posts) -


"It paints pretty pictures, scares the hell out of the enemy."

I'd like to see a tank fire a paint shell in person. Not my favorite but in top ten.

I'd pick Band of Brothers as my favorite. To me it's a 10 hour movie, not a TV show.

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#27 Posted by Makhaidos (2162 posts) -

Does Star Wars count?

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#28 Edited by Wilfred_Owen (20964 posts) -

I always felt Stripes was the most accurate representation of how the military actually works.

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#29 Posted by Flubbbs (4922 posts) -

1. Saving Private Ryan

2. The Hurt Locker

3. Black Hawk Down

4. Patton

5. Enemy at the Gates

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#30 Posted by 187umKILLAH (1414 posts) -
  1. The Pianist
  2. Apocalypse Now
  3. Glory
  4. Platoon
  5. Downfall
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#31 Posted by br0kenrabbit (15192 posts) -

Dr. Strangeglove or How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb.

"You can't fight in here gentlemen, this is the war room." Classic.

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#32 Posted by LoG-Sacrament (20397 posts) -

come and see is pretty much THE war movie as far as i'm concerned, although it feels more like a horror film.

still, i've re-watched full metal jacket for the first time since i was about 20 and then i re-watched it again. i had always been in the camp that it's one of kubrick's lesser films but now i think it's near perfect and i'm not sure kubrick has made a more confident picture. his movies aren't really known for their dialogue, but here the words are laser-like. even the one-liners that dudebros cling on to have purpose with precisely what they insult about a person.

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#33 Posted by ad1x2 (6700 posts) -

Patton, Full Metal Jacket, and Saving Private Ryan are pretty high on my list. I would say Forrest Gump but to be fair Vietnam was only covered in a small portion of the film.

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#34 Posted by ad1x2 (6700 posts) -

@korvus: To be fair, if your reason for not watching war movies is because real men and women are fighting in wars at the moment then you could avoid movies based on gang violence, serial killers, national disasters, and more for the same reason.

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#35 Edited by EPICCOMMANDER (1109 posts) -
@187umKILLAH said:
  1. The Pianist
  2. Apocalypse Now
  3. Glory
  4. Platoon
  5. Downfall

Basically this ^...

  1. The Pianist
  2. Apocalypse Now
  3. Dr. Strangelove...

The Pianist is also probably the most horrifically violent (realistic I guess is a word for it honestly) movie I've ever seen. Some of the scenes literally made me kind of sick to think some of this sh*t actually happened.

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#38 Posted by BranKetra (51726 posts) -
  • Schindler's List
  • The Diary of Anne Frank (1980)
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Black Hawk Down
  • Thin Red Line
  • Shaka Zulu
  • The Last Samurai

As far as fantasy films, Captain America: The First Avenger is my favorite for the moment, but Star Wars is the best film series because of the scale of battles along with everything else that makes the Star Wars galaxy interesting. Besides those, Mass Effect: Paragon Lost is not bad and Starship Troopers is a cult classic.

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#39 Posted by Lord_Daemon (24518 posts) -
  • J'accuse (1919)
  • The Big Parade (1925)
  • All Quiet on the Western Front (1929)
  • Went the Day Well? (1942)
  • Battleground (1949)
  • The Cranes are Flying (1957)
  • Fires on the Plain (1959)
  • The Longest Day (1962)
  • Apocalypse Now (1979)
  • Waltz with Bashir (2008)
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#40 Posted by PS4hasNOgames (2620 posts) -


all those you named are great but you forgot Letters from Iwo Jima and The Deer Hunter.

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#41 Posted by korvus (10863 posts) -

@ad1x2: Precisely, and I do just so. I get no pleasure out of watching those. Sometimes I will watch a (fictional) show about crime investigation but only because they focus on investigation techniques (laughably inaccurate portrayals sometimes) and not on glorification of violence. Call me weird, but that's me =)

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#42 Edited by hippiesanta (10299 posts) -

Apocalypse Now (could not forget mirror dancing, river surfing and playmate scenes)

The Patriot

Waltz with Bashir (I cryyy)

Schindler's List


Body of Lies

Persepolis (my all time favourite .... )

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#43 Edited by sukraj (27445 posts) -

saving private ryan


casulties of war

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#44 Edited by uninspiredcup (25855 posts) -

@roulettethedog said:


Good one. Found the movie itself boring but those massive action scenes. holy crap.

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#45 Edited by indzman (27735 posts) -

Guns of Navaronne/ Force 10 from Navaronne - 10/10

Braveheart -10/10

The Great Escape - 10/10

Black Hawk Down -10/10

Saving Private Ryan - 10/10