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What is the greatest War Movie ever made?

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Posted on 1 Apr 2012 04:40:56 BDT
Last edited by the author on 1 Apr 2012 04:44:07 BDT
" The Thin Blue Line" set in the Pacific in WWII .
I think it came out with Saving Private Ryan that got all the acclaim.

A Bridge Too Far is excellent too.... and so is " Letters from Iwogima " Clint Eastwoods memorable film , seen from the Japanes side when the tides turned on them near the end.

Posted on 2 Apr 2012 03:23:40 BDT
mister joe says:
This truly is the forum that refuses to die.Just out of interest any ideas for the worst war movies??

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2012 09:57:42 BDT
Lector says:
Sean, Hello there.
Yes, 'Come and See' is a bit special, very shocking indeed. I've no doubt that it is in many respects, and by all accounts, very reaslistic.

P.s. I see you have Southampton on your profile. I was born there and have lived just outside for most of my life. Is it your home 'town' too?

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2012 10:00:58 BDT
Lector says:
Oh yes! 'Code Talkers', 'starring' the awful Nick Cage, is a definate candidate for that category!

Posted on 2 Apr 2012 12:22:57 BDT
T says:
Is that an international title? In the UK it was released as Windtalkers. I quite like it as a movie, setting aside the presence of Mr. Cage and his stock delivery. The landing scene is very nicely shot (no pun intended) and in some ways comparable to the opening D-Day sequence in SPR. I think Cage did well in Drive Angry, though - it's the sort of movie suited to his "trademark" acting style (wooden), what with his character being dead, and all. :-D

Posted on 9 Apr 2012 08:48:16 BDT
brainwhistle says:
There seems to be a bit of a WW-II/Vietnam emphasis (not unexpected given the ratio of films about them compared to others) -- but here's slightly more of a mixed bag:

"Charge of the Light Brigade" (Crimea)
"All Quiet on the Western Front", "Gallipoli" (WWI)
"Das Boot", "Enemy at the Gates", "Ivan's Childhood" (WWII)
"The Beast" (Russians in Afghanistan)
"Prisoner of the Mountains" (Chechnya)
"Red Cliff" (China)
"Waterloo" (Napoleonic)
"Black Hawk Down" (Somalia)
"Excalibur" (Arthurian)
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Posted on 9 Apr 2012 23:30:53 BDT
sovay says:
I've not read all the posts, war films aren't really my thing. But I think the Thai film 'Bang Rajan' deserves a mention, if it hasn't had one already. It's a historical film, set in a village in Siam, when the Burmese are invading. It's a very moving film showing how war changes people, some for the better, some for the worse, and you really get to know the people and care what happens to them.

And it has the most amazing ox in it too!!!

Posted on 10 Apr 2012 00:54:47 BDT
G.M. says:
For factual stories with a Hollywood licence it's got to be:
The Big Red One? A Bridge Too Far? Saving Private Ryan? The Blue Max? or Schindler's List?
For fictional stories I challenge anyone to beat two Alistair MacLaine classics: Where Eagles Dare and The Guns of Navarone.

Posted on 15 Apr 2012 23:20:38 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Jun 2012 17:43:44 BDT
Bourne1886 says:
Saving Private Ryan.
The Longest Day.
The Guns of Navarone.
The Battle of Britain.
Where Eagles Dare.
Black Hawk Down.

Update- 25/06/2012
since posting here I would put Red Tails in my list. I know it wasn't everybody's favourite film,but I liked it.

Posted on 17 Apr 2012 19:06:35 BDT
Not the best but I LOVE Enemy at the gates.

Posted on 17 Apr 2012 23:55:16 BDT
Davy Gam says:
Sorry got to be cross of iron for me.

Posted on 29 Apr 2012 23:58:22 BDT
What about 'Waterloo'?

The performances of STEIGER { Napoleon } and PLUMMER { Wellington } were brilliant.

A point of historical interest - both leaders were of the same age although BONAPARTE was in far worse a state of health physically and emotionally.
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