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(Parade.com)   The 50 greatest war movies to watch during Memorial Day weekend and further cement your belief that you're just not cut out for war   (parade.com) divider line
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2 days ago  
Glad Letters from Iwo Jima made the list as it's an all time classic, war movie or not.
 
2 days ago  
Strong list, but...  Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor?  Really??
 
2 days ago  
I'll probably just watch The Longest Day again.
 
2 days ago  
Once again the greatest Vietnam War movie ever made gets snubbed:

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2 days ago  
Loved 1917.  Dunkirk has grown on me considerably after rewatching it.
 
2 days ago  
1917, Dunkirk and Darkest Hour were fantastic.

/ I'd forgotten that there were 2 Churchill movies in 2017
 
2 days ago  
I love Kelly's Heroes. An all-time classic, in my opinion. A lot of great movies on that list but...G.I. Jane?
 
2 days ago  
Fails without The Steel Helmet, They Shall Not Grow Old, Alexander Nevsky
 
2 days ago  
This didn't make the list at all? Are you farking kidding me?

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2 days ago  
Nobody should be cut out for war.
 
2 days ago  
Another notable omission...

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2 days ago  
None of them.

War is not (should not) be entertainment.
 
2 days ago  
Midway? Pearl Harbor? G.I. Jane? Seriously?
 
2 days ago  
And I know the list is skewed toward modern wars and American/European perspectives, but come on...

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2 days ago  

GitOffaMyLawn: None of them.

War is not (should not) be entertainment.


Yeah god forbid people see what war is actually like
 
2 days ago  

Ow! That was my feelings!: Strong list, but...  Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor?  Really??


Then again, it's Parade Magazine, a Sunday supplement
 
2 days ago  

FLMountainMan: Loved 1917.  Dunkirk has grown on me considerably after rewatching it.


Maybe I need to watch 1917 then...I WANTED to love Dunkirk. The sound and the cinematography were incredible. But holy shiat was that movie a snoozefest overall.
 
2 days ago  
No love for "No Time For Sergeants"?
 
2 days ago  
Major list fail.  No "To Hell and Back" starring Audie Murphy as himself.
 
2 days ago  

chevydeuce: FLMountainMan: Loved 1917.  Dunkirk has grown on me considerably after rewatching it.

Maybe I need to watch 1917 then...I WANTED to love Dunkirk. The sound and the cinematography were incredible. But holy shiat was that movie a snoozefest overall.


Dunkirk was better than 1917.  The only thing 1917 has going for it is the amazing work they did in setting up a horrifying view of what war does to the countryside.
 
2 days ago  

BretMavrik: Another notable omission...

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The Laurence Olivier version from the '40s is damned good too.
 
2 days ago  
Glad to see Kelly's Heroes made the list. I would have punted one out and added Where Eagles Dare.
 
2 days ago  

GitOffaMyLawn: None of them.

War is not (should not) be entertainment.


It makes for really effective propaganda, though.
 
2 days ago  

chevydeuce: FLMountainMan: Loved 1917.  Dunkirk has grown on me considerably after rewatching it.

Maybe I need to watch 1917 then...I WANTED to love Dunkirk. The sound and the cinematography were incredible. But holy shiat was that movie a snoozefest overall.


I had the same initial reaction to Dunkirk.  Watched it a second time and liked it a lot more for some reason.   1917 is certainly not a snoozefest.

Billy Liar: Fails without The Steel Helmet, They Shall Not Grow Old, Alexander Nevsky


Yet they found room for Megan Leavey, GI Jane. and Pearl Harbor.
 
2 days ago  
although it was a miniseries, would have liked to see Band of Brothers on there
 
2 days ago  
Bogarts Sahara should be on the list
 
2 days ago  

chevydeuce: FLMountainMan: Loved 1917.  Dunkirk has grown on me considerably after rewatching it.

Maybe I need to watch 1917 then...I WANTED to love Dunkirk. The sound and the cinematography were incredible. But holy shiat was that movie a snoozefest overall.


I actually liked that aspect. War movies tend toward the grand and loud battle scenes, but Dunkirk narrowed the focus down to the human level. For nearly everyone involved, war is a quiet and personal experience... 90% boredom, 10% insane action. And even during that 10% most of what you're doing is simply trying to survive.
 
2 days ago  
Also, Operation Petticoat got snubbed. As did Down Periscope
 
2 days ago  
From the Saving Private Ryan blurb;

The 27-minute landing sequence that opens the film-with bullets pinging, blood splattering and explosions so loud they're disorienting-cost $11 million to shoot, involved some 1,000 extras and more than 20 amputees who were issued prosthetic limbs to portray soldiers who'd get their arms or legs "blown" off.


I can honestly say that I had never heard that before...pretty incredible.

/I'm sure I'll watch at least part of The Dirty Dozen this weekend
 
2 days ago  
Serious omission:
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2 days ago  

KC Dutchman: I love Kelly's Heroes. An all-time classic, in my opinion. A lot of great movies on that list but...G.I. Jane?


I was getting close to the end of the list and getting ready to gripe if Kelly's Heroes didn't pop up. Having avoided that catastrophe, I'm left with just this - I've seen everything on here but Dunkirk and 1917.  To you enlightened other farkers, are they worth the watch?
 
2 days ago  
The Bridge at Remagen
A Bridge Too Far
Battle of the Bulge
Stalingrad (1993)
The Dam Busters
Battleground
The Blue Max
 
2 days ago  
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Cross of Iron - Russian Infantry Attack
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2 days ago  
Some I would have been surprised to see. Parts of war we don't usually see.

Enemy at the Gates
Every Time We Say Goodbye
Hail the Conquering Hero
A Very Long Engagement (War doesn't stop for a long time)
Johnny Got His Gun (War doesn't stop for a long, long, long time.)
Chimes at Midnight
The Cruel Sea (view of war from the merchant marine)
This Happy Breed (Pure agit-prop. If you want to see Holy Britishers at war, this is your chance.)
Green for Danger (A mystery story set in a rural, home-front hospital during WW2)
Birth of a Nation

For years, I've looked for (and haven't found) a terrible picture: New Year's Eve 1941/1942. My mother and her friends share a table at one of the Louisville hotel ball rooms. 3 couples. Each of those couples had recently become engaged. None of the men returned from the war.

I've include Birth of a Nation for the battle scenes. Griffith's racial attitudes are well-known, but he was an amazing artist. His cameras were relatively primitive. His film stock limited in tones. And yet when the time comes to show what a Civil War battle looked like -- including the 40 acre [approximate] sizes of the field. he got it done.
 
2 days ago  

RolandTGunner: The Bridge at Remagen
A Bridge Too Far
Battle of the Bulge
Stalingrad (1993)
The Dam Busters
Battleground
The Blue Max

A Bridge Too Far

is a huge omission from the list. One of the better war movies made and really accurate for the most part in it's depiction of Operation Market Garden.
 
2 days ago  
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2 days ago  
Schindler's List?  check.
Paths of Glory?  check.

extra credit for Thin Red Line.
And I'm a huge fan of Born on the 4th of July, as well. 

List checks out.
 
2 days ago  

Hawk24: RolandTGunner: The Bridge at Remagen
A Bridge Too Far
Battle of the Bulge
Stalingrad (1993)
The Dam Busters
Battleground
The Blue Max

A Bridge Too Far is a huge omission from the list. One of the better war movies made and really accurate for the most part in it's depiction of Operation Market Garden.


You have got to be kidding me. It is a hugh-gggg-eeee mess. First, it's incoherent. They cut the thing without letting the viewer know who was who, where they were, what they were doing, or what they expected. Few of the individual scenes are interesting or dramatic. It's just a lazy man's idea of what a sequel to The Longest Day should look like.
 
2 days ago  
Grave of the Firefiles
 
2 days ago  

Ow! That was my feelings!: Strong list, but...  Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor?  Really??


That was the first movie we purchased when we got our first DVD Player.

Goddamn what a waste of time and money.
 
2 days ago  

yakmans_dad: Some I would have been surprised to see. Parts of war we don't usually see.

Hail the Conquering Hero

I might throw Miracle of Morgan's Creek in there, too, for the 'Home front' aspect

This Happy Breed (Pure agit-prop. If you want to see Holy Britishers at war, this is your chance.)
I kind of liked that one, blatantly propaganda, but sort of a reminder to people "This is what we're fighting for" and maybe a ray of hope to people living in new rules, rationing, and that

I'd toss The Best Years of Our Lives in there as well.  None of that "gallant fighting boys overseas" stuff, but a more realistic look at what they came home to.  Patriotic, but not without being critical.
 
2 days ago  
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John Ford's Battle of Midway. Partially shot by Ford himself. He was up in a tower screaming at the Zero's to come at him so he could get the shot he wanted.
 
2 days ago  
Pearl Harbor and GI Lane, but no Run Silent Run Deep or In Harms Way?

Yup...  seems legit.
 
2 days ago  
49th Parallel is another good one.
 
2 days ago  

Billy Liar: Imight throw Miracle of Morgan's Creek in there, too, for the 'Home front' aspect


I've mentioned it before but I got to meet Eddie Bracken over a long week-end. We took him and his wife out to dinner and had breakfast with them before they flew out. Fantastic people. (If you can judge someone over around 2 hours of eating.) I love Miracle of Morgan's Creek. The scene at the beginning of Betty Hutton miming to The Bell in the Bay is one of the reasons I love movies.
 
2 days ago  
Maybe it gets a bad rap for the fake beards and the overly long running time, but Gettysburg should be on any Great War movie list. Gods and Generals, not so much.
 
2 days ago  

BretMavrik: And I know the list is skewed toward modern wars and American/European perspectives, but come on...

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Memorial Day was an American holiday memorializing specifically the US Civil war.

It was later expanded to include the two world wars, for fairly obvious reasons, and then to a more general memorial to the dead of the US military in all foreign wars, but is still solely a US holiday referencing US soldiers specifically.

It's... not a holiday in China in the first place, dude.  I mean, I'm sure they have some authoritarian military parade dictatorship shiat of their own, but memorial day is our authoritarian military-fellating dictatorship shiat specifically, not a global thing.
 
2 days ago  

Billy Liar: Fails without The Steel Helmet, They Shall Not Grow Old, Alexander Nevsky


is the steel helmet the one where the US soldiers were stuck in an elevated cave up a hillside and outnumbered, where the experienced soldier says, "If I was them, I'd ricochet a bullet off the roof here..."?
 
2 days ago  
I server with 8th Marines in the Persian Gulf War, never a more accurate movie than:

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/Kubrick is already on there twice, but I just watched it again last night, and it is 100% about war.
 
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