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What is the greatest War Movie ever made?


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Posted on 6 Oct 2009 00:55:08 BDT
my personal favourite and i know i will get mocked for it but Jarhead,

loved how it portrayed modern warfare

Posted on 6 Oct 2009 04:34:53 BDT
Sporus says:
'Come and See' is a war film in a class of its own. Just to be perverse - Powell Pressburger's 'The Small Back Room' is good, but doesn't quite pick up on the book's bitterness about careerist behaviour in ww2 bureaucracies. I'm tempted to suggest 'The best years of our lives', but I suppose that opens the door to 'Coming Home' and 'Born on the 4th July' etc..

Posted on 6 Oct 2009 13:25:13 BDT
MarmiteMan says:
As several have pointed out, "there are so many to choose from." Besides, we all see and 'feel' different emotions when watching war films, whether it's adrenaline-surging action in films of chaps 'at the sharp end' or restrained indignation of those seething under harsh occupation. For sheer action scenes, I'd have to say SAVING PRIVATE RYAN is, so far, unrivalled; CROSS OF IRON, PLATOON and FULL METAL JACKET show the stresses among small units; the unregarded WHEN TRUMPETS FADE highlights fear and despair resulting from the hopelessness of stalemate; SCHINDLER'S LIST, COME AND SEE and THE TRAIN show the risks and stress of life under occupation; DOWNFALL shows the cloud-cuckooland state of Hitler's mind and the Götterdämmerung atmosphere in the bunker as the phantasmagorical dream of the thousand-year Third Reich collapses to Russian artillery; and CONSPIRACY shows the chilling, detached bureaucracy of genocide-as-state-policy. NB - despite my regard for SAVING PRIVATE RYAN as a film, I do have two reservations. Ted Danson's snipe about Montgomery was both uncalled-for within the film and the sole indication (to a lot of US viewers) that the British were even part of Overlord (in fact, the British formed ca. 60% of the overall 'effort' on D-Day itself, largely from its greater naval contribution). And as the film progressed it became a paean to the camraderie/brotherhood, sacrifices and spirit of the fighting man in general, of whichever army ... until that US flag at the end hammered the viewer once again with the 'America Only' sentiment. But maybe that's just Spielberg's saccharine touch finally getting to me ...!

Posted on 6 Oct 2009 15:24:25 BDT
without a doubt, a bridge too far. no contest. with the all star cast, director and the awesomeattention to detail with every minute action packed it is by far the all time war classic. saints and soldiers! what you on u mentalist. surely if there was a criteria for being a classic it would not pass at all on any points apart from it being a war film. if a modern military film was to be put in the classic bracket for its awesomeness it would have to be Paths of Glory. but between the two, micheal caine, sean connery and co int the bridge too far win hands down.

Posted on 8 Oct 2009 00:45:29 BDT
W. Harris says:
Assembly
The Star
Come & See
All quiet on the western front (original & remake)
The pianist
Schindlers List
Saving private ryan
The longest day
Bridge to far
The wild geese (classic cast)
The one that got away
Platoon
Black Hawk Down
Stalingrad
Das boot
All very good and different!

Posted on 8 Oct 2009 07:42:25 BDT
Tikka says:
Matter of Life and Death - hardly any real action, but the queues of aircrew waiting to check-in upstairs sent a powerful message

Something more mainstream - Battle of Britain - saw it at the cinema on release, and always try to catch it when it's on the telly

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Oct 2009 11:51:53 BDT
bulls_lad says:
'Cross of Iron', Apocalypse Now, and 'Last Hunter'

Posted on 10 Oct 2009 21:57:13 BDT
Bob Serigala says:
Not only my favorite war films, but my favorite films ever:
ZULU
A BRIDGE TOO FAR
THE WILD GEESE

A great little war film with an outstanding cast of British actors is TOO LATE THE HERO

Posted on 11 Oct 2009 08:40:00 BDT
Saving Private Ryan has got to be the greatest war film ever...the sheer scale and reality shown in the opening spectacle is one that can't be beaten in my opinion.

Posted on 11 Oct 2009 16:36:08 BDT
McG1967 says:
What is the greatest War Movie ever made?
It has too be The Longest Day. Besides from being the greatest, it's a film that couldn't be made today, not with those big heads in Hollywood.

Posted on 17 Oct 2009 00:58:39 BDT
THUnderstick says:
Herr Turner, you got it. Ice Cold In Alex! With superb direction and acting, excellent lighting and brilliant score, you're pushing Katy up the sandbank with them at the end. Read the book, watch the film, drink some gin (but enjoy irresponsibly). Other than that, Paths Of Glory is Kubrick at his best; Zulu for historically inaccurate but most stirring; Platoon for the 'Baaarnes' from Willem Defoe; 'Eagles' for Burton's 'Broadsword calling...' (classic!); and not Starship Troopers really but I don't want to be labelled a spy for the brain bug so I'll have to say it...and what about the original All Quiet On The Western Front? A book and a half, and a most powerful film...sausage anyone?

Posted on 18 Oct 2009 04:08:17 BDT
bulls_lad says:
Apocalypse Now (could be the greatest movie ever made) and Cross of Iron (all hail Sam Peckinpah!)

Posted on 18 Oct 2009 10:53:59 BDT
gille liath says:
Cross of Iron and Bridge too Far both manage to combine tragedy with excitemement. I saw 'Ice Cold in Alex' again just this week - God, that film is hard going! It's like having to trek through the desert yourself.

Posted on 18 Oct 2009 11:03:28 BDT
victor says:
Saving private ryan is the most realistic war movie ever made.

Posted on 18 Oct 2009 17:52:43 BDT
Would like to mention a great war film I have not seen for many years. Beach Red.
It was quite forward looking for a movie made in 1967 and must have had a major influence on Speilberg, as it has a similar beach landing sequence.

This film has always stuck in my mind. As a young lad, i was used to seeing soldiers clutch their chest and fall down after being shot by the likes of John Wayne. Beach Red was the first movie I saw that pulled no punches and depicted the mutilating injuries caused in a conflict. The trailer is on Youtube and you can see similar themes to The Thin Red Line and Saving Private Ryan. It's a long time since I have seen this film so I can't vouch for how well it would stand up today. But if you are a war film afficianado you should check it out.
Another favourite war film is A Midnight Clear which features a goodcast of young actors in a winter WW2 movie.
Not seen any mention of Empire of the Sun, not strictly a war movie but a compelling WW2 story none the less. Fans of Band of Brothers will be pleased to know that Speilberg is currently producing another epic war miniseries called The Pacific. Bring it on.

Posted on 18 Oct 2009 17:54:32 BDT
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Posted on 18 Oct 2009 21:00:05 BDT
System16 says:
Sophie Scholl, very powerful film

Posted on 18 Oct 2009 21:23:37 BDT
FDJ says:
Platoon
All Quiet On The Western Front
Hamburger Hill
Iron Cross
We were Once Soldiers

Posted on 18 Oct 2009 22:01:25 BDT
9th Company. Russian film with an epic ending.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Oct 2009 01:51:53 BDT
mine are,
saving private ryan
the longest day
band of brothers
downfall

Posted on 23 Oct 2009 20:15:36 BDT
T. J. CROWE says:
T. CROWE says; agree with Das Boot , brilliant; also Holocaust simply for michael moriarty's portrayal of Erik Dorf aide to Himmler

Posted on 30 Oct 2009 10:29:07 GMT
Army of Shadows (L'armée des ombres) is a 1969 French film directed by the brilliant Jean-Pierre Melville.Absolutely awesome film and recognised as the finest film ever made about the French resistance and their fight against the occupying forces.Not a true action war movie but chillingly real all the same.Been available on DVD in this country since 2006.Go see otherwise you'll miss out. I repeat this isn't a Private Ryan type film but more of a suspense with many special moments, one of which will have you hiding behind the sofa.This is a serious film. Forget about the subtitles.You'll be watching it again and again.

Posted on 1 Nov 2009 18:23:14 GMT
NorahK666 says:
Saving Private Ryan followed by Schindlers List

Posted on 2 Nov 2009 10:44:59 GMT
jimbob magee says:
Saints and soliders and saving private ryan

Posted on 2 Nov 2009 19:54:29 GMT
Got to be either 633 Squadron, or The Dambusters!!
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