Favorite War Genre Films/Shows

  • ChicagoSteve

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    May 18, 2013 12:50 PM GMT
    Here are my choices:


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    A Midnight Clear
    Flags Of Our Fathers
    Saving Private Ryan
    The Thin Red Line

    Clip from my favorite war film, A Midnight Clear




    Television

    The Pacific
    Generation Kill
    Tour Of Duty

    I'm halfway through watching Generation Kill right now but already adding it to my list.
    I never saw Band Of Brothers but am going to watch that next. For those that have seen both Band Of Brothers and The Pacific, did you like one better than the other?


    Clips from Generation Kill

  • fitartistsf

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    May 18, 2013 5:57 PM GMT
    LOVE any nautical, or maritime themed films, such as...

    Master and Commander, 2003

    Capt. Horatio Hornblower, 1951

    Damn the Defiant, 1962

    Moby Dick, w/ Gregory Peck (Okay, admittedly, non-war theme), 1952

    Sink the Bismarck, 1960


    Also, non-maritime themed films, such as...

    Guns of Navarone, 1962

    Glory, 1989

    Gettysburg,

    12 O'clock High,

    Heroes of Iwo Jima,

    Letters of Our Fathers,

    Where Eagles Dare, 1968

    The Dirty Dozen....


    And a whole lot more.....
  • HottJoe

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    May 18, 2013 6:51 PM GMT
    Starship Troopers
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    May 18, 2013 6:54 PM GMT
    From Here To Eternity.
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    May 18, 2013 6:55 PM GMT
    Band of Brothers

    Big Red One

    Saving Private Ryan

    Foyle's War (PBS)

    The Civil War (PBS)

    Schindler's List (though, I can only watch it every so often)
  • Sam_Gray

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    May 18, 2013 6:57 PM GMT
    Saving Private Ryan

    Cold Mountain

    U-571

    Schindler's List

    Valkyrie

    The Pianist

    Black Hawk Down

    Thin Red Line

    Jarhead

    Gods and Generals

    The Patriot

    Gettysburg

    I have like 10,000,000 million more, but I'll keep it short
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    May 18, 2013 7:15 PM GMT
    Game of Thrones (though, this season seems to be dragging a bit.)
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    May 18, 2013 7:23 PM GMT
    Band Of Brothers is amazing. The miniseries really did the soldiers justice and it's impossible to watch it without a sense of awe for what happened.

    I have the Pacific but I have not yet watched it. I've seen a few episodes and I haven't liked them better than BoB so far...

    Also - Das Boot is very good too.

    This is a good thread!

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    May 18, 2013 8:04 PM GMT
    I just watched "The Messenger" (2009) on Netflix. Very moving. Woody Harrelson is a great actor. And Ben Foster is a great actor -- and a hottie.

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    May 18, 2013 8:19 PM GMT
    Empire of the Sun (1987) / Spielberg - Sino-Japanese-American WWII.

    The Last Emperor (1987) / Best pic winner / China-Japan Manchuko Conflict WWII

    The Flowers of War (2012) / Sino-Japanese conflict, Nanking Massacre WWII

    John Rabe (2009) / German film - Sino-Japan WWII Nanking Massacre

    Apocalypse Now (1986) / US/Vietnam conflict

    Heaven and Earth (1993) / Vietnam/US conflict / Biopic

    The Pianist (2003) Germany/Poland invasion, WWII / Biopic

    Atonement (2007 / More like a Romance/War genre / Britain/France/Germany WWII

    Indochine / Indochina (1992) - French/Vietnamese Epic set in Vietnam, 1st Indochina war with the Communist uprising against the French (foreign film winner 1992)

    Lust, Caution (2007) NC 17 rating, Ang Lee's film. Sino-Japanese WWII set in Hong Kong, Shanghai.

    La Vita E Bella / Life is Beautiful (1997) - Italian/Jews/WWII concentration camps

    The Reader (2009) - War/Romance/ Germany/Britain Jews/Concentration camps.

    Saving Private Ryan (1999) / WWII / Tom Hanks Matt Damon

    I am really into War/History films lately, dealing with subjects like the China-Japan war/relations, US-Vietnam War and the whole Global WWII conflict. From watching, understanding and learning about all these war histories, now I really understand why the Chinese/Japanese hate each others and the Jews/Germany relations exist.
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    May 18, 2013 9:13 PM GMT
    The Best Years of Our Lives
    Two Women
    M*A*S*H
    Sophie's Choice
    The Year of Living Dangerously
    The Last Emperor
    Platoon
    Hamburger Hill
    War of the Roses (lol)
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    May 18, 2013 9:48 PM GMT
    Not a fan of war films so this is the best I can do:

    Red Tails
    Robot Jox
    Terminator Salvation
  • Rhi_Bran

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    May 18, 2013 11:07 PM GMT
    I generally don't like war films.
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    May 18, 2013 11:14 PM GMT
    The Bridge on the River Kwai
    Doctor Zhivago
    Battle of Britain
    Lawrence of Arabia
    Tora! Tora! Tora!
    Midway

    There's an old WWII TV series that I remember seeing in college called, World At War. (I think that's the name. I remember the theme music, and it had flames in the background of the opening.) Excellent series. Factual based...not the hype / slant that the Americans like to portray themselves as.

    Tristan
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    May 19, 2013 12:33 AM GMT
  • fitartistsf

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    May 19, 2013 2:15 AM GMT
    musclefetish1 saidThe Bridge on the River Kwai
    Doctor Zhivago
    Battle of Britain
    Lawrence of Arabia
    Tora! Tora! Tora!
    Midway

    There's an old WWII TV series that I remember seeing in college called, World At War. (I think that's the name. I remember the theme music, and it had flames in the background of the opening.) Excellent series. Factual based...not the hype / slant that the Americans like to portray themselves as.

    Tristan


    You are right about the name. That show now plays on the Military Channel. It was one of my favorite series when I grew up, originally airing in 1973-74. It was narrated by Lord Laurence Olivier. And yes, that theme song I can still whistle today.... It's been out on DVD for a few years, and I picked it up just recently. One of the best documentary series on World War II, bar none. It wasn't done chronologically, like almost all documentaries are done, but in segments, and themes, and periods of time and incidences.... If anyone doesn't know the series, you should watch it, it has a different slant on many of the stories and incidences that occurred in World War II...
  • joxguy

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    May 19, 2013 7:14 AM GMT
    There are some old black and white that are worth watching:

    Gung Ho 1943

    Sands of Iwo Jima 1949

    Classics
  • Lincsbear

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    May 19, 2013 10:09 AM GMT
    'The Cruel Sea'.

    'The Boat'.

    'Culloden'.

    'Come and See'.

    'The Ascent'.

    'Meditteraneo'.

    Also, the PBS series, 'The Civil War'.

  • builtnycguy

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    May 19, 2013 2:40 PM GMT
    Best battle scenes: Kurosawa's Ran, Lean's Lawrence of Arabia and Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan.

    Best buddy war film: Gallipoli (from back before Mel Gibson became insufferable.)

    Most Profound: Mallick's The Thin Red Line and Coppola's Apocalypse Now.

    Best training camp scenes: Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket.

    Best non-battlefield scene: the tavern sequence from Tarentino's Inglourious Basterds.

    Best naval film: Petersen's Das Boot.

    Best Vietnam film: DePalma's Casualties of War.

    Most intense scene: Russian roulette in Cimino's The Deer Hunter.

    Best performance in a war film: Bruno Ganz in Hirschbiegel's Downfall and George C. Scott in Schaffner's Patton.

    Honorable mentions for various reasons: Gordon's A Midnight Clear, Lean's Bridge Over the River Kwai, Tanovic's No Man's Land and Russell's Three Kings.