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Old 11-12-2009, 11:20 AM   #1
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Default recommend me some war films

I am trying to watch a bunch of good war/military movies. The more modern the movie the better, movies older than 1980, I am not really interested in. I have seen a lot recently, but looking for more.

Here is what I have seen so far:

Saving Private Ryan 9/10
Jarhead 7/10
Full Metal Jacket 7/10
Hurt Locker 8/10
Blackhawk Down 8/10
Saints and Soldiers 6/10
We Were Soldiers 7/10
Apocalypse Now 6.5/10
Platoon 9/10 (Would be 10 if more modern)
Rescue Dawn 8/10
Enemy at the Gates 7.5/10 (good, but lack of war brotherhood factors)

Generation Kill (tv) 10/10
Band of Brothers (tv) 10/10
The War By Ken Burns ?/10 (downloading right now)

Looking for some more to watch, if you have one to recommend please also give your personal rating out of ten
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Old 11-12-2009, 11:52 AM   #2
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Bravo Two-Zero - 9/10
Gunner Palace (documentary) 9/10
Tears of the Sun - 8/10

Do they have to be for-sure war movies, or just military-esque?
Buffalo Soldiers (Joaquin Phoenix) - 7/10
Under Siege - 6/10
Navy S.E.A.L.s - 5/10
Body of Lies - 9/10
Behind Enemy Lines - 6/10
Courage Under FIre - 7/10
Stop-Loss - 8/10
Tigerland - 7/10


Older, but awsesome:
Kelly's Heroes - 7/10
The Dirty Dozen - 9/10
The Longest Day - 8/10
The Guns of Navarone - 7/10
Patton - 9/10
The Bridge on the River Kwai - 8/10


Some I have never seen...
Hart's War
Porkchop Hill
The Great Raid


(It would help to know what type of war movie you mean. Also, check out the TV series "The Unit"...)
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Old 11-12-2009, 11:59 AM   #3
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I'm already a big fan of the unit. I like the type of war movies that try to be more realistic, and I don't like the movies that are too hollywoodish, if that makes sense.

So judging by that, which on your list would you recommend me to start watching first?
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Old 11-12-2009, 12:39 PM   #4
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Bravo Two-Zero and Stop-Loss are both pretty good. I would recommend starting off with either of them. The older ones don't seem to be realistic combat at all, but they are still interesting, and well written. Gunner's Palace is a docmentary on Iraq, with some of the soldiers having cameras and such. Also, along those lines is Bad Voodoo's War, which is another documentary from the soldiers' perspective. I would recommend both of those.

Bravo-Two Zero is probably late 90's, a show about SAS in the Gulf War, with Sean Bean starring in it. Good show, especially if you want to learn some decent tactics for wide open combat. Stop-Loss is more of a drama, but still a good war movie, with Ryan Phillippe and Channing Tatum. It goes over the US's "Stop-Loss" policy that made a lot of vets have to return to Iraq. Also, Lions for Lambs isn't a major action movie, but is an excellent war movie.
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Old 11-12-2009, 01:20 PM   #5
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If you see enough of these, it's almost like you were actually inlisted in the service. So wne you sit around you can tell stories of not only WWI, you have WWII, Cuba, Desert Storm. Vietnam, Korea, You will be like a war expert. I am personally waiting fo ra movie on the current affairs, so I can "enlist" in that movie and do a 2 hour tour.


Please note that I have a high respect for our military, I fully support all that they do for us and our country. I have family, and friends who have served for our freedom.
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Old 11-12-2009, 01:38 PM   #6
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Older ones rock-----
Eagle has landed
Where eagles dare... classics
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Old 11-12-2009, 01:48 PM   #7
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Here's my ratings:

Saving Private Ryan 7/10 - overrated, too Hollywood
Full Metal Jacket 9/10 - the definitive one
Black Hawk Down 5/10 - pathetic, propagandistic
We Were Soldiers 7/10
Apocalypse Now 9/10 - doesn't get better than the redux
Enemy at the Gates 7/10
Band of Brothers (tv) 8/10
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Old 11-12-2009, 03:45 PM   #8
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Downfall (aka Der Untergang or aka that movie with the hitler rant that every moron has resubbed to make a stupid joke). Hands-down the best war movie if you're interested in historical accuracy or the personality/politics of leadership. Don't get a dubbed version... you really have to watch it subbed to get the full brilliance of Bruno Ganz's Hitler.

I'm surprised no one has mentioned Three Kings. Marky Mark, Ice Cube and George Clooney stealing gold during Desert Storm.

Kent has some good recommendations, but I have to disagree with placing Tears of the Sun in the same tier as any serious war movie. Pretty much any "war" movie with Bruce Willis is actually an action movie in disguise. He makes some great recommendations for older stuff that you should consider though. Patton is a must-watch for any film fan. I'd also recommend The Great Escape.

Also, A&E did a very good movie about Eisenhower and the lead-up to D-Day called Ike: Countdown to D-Day that I highly recommend.

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Old 11-12-2009, 05:49 PM   #9
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Midway=10
Sands of (Iwojima)Probably spelled wrong.=9
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AH! 3 kings.....that was the one I was trying to remember. That one was as funny as it was good. Thanks for being on point with that, Mr. Newsperson.

But if we're gonna go as far as some of these, we may as well list every WWII-related movie ever made.
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Old 11-12-2009, 06:38 PM   #11
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But if we're gonna go as far as some of these, we may as well list every WWII-related movie ever made.
Okay, add Tora Tora Tora! to the list.

Oh wait... that would mean we'd also have to put Ben Affleck's Pearl Harbor on there.
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Old 11-12-2009, 08:39 PM   #12
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Old 11-13-2009, 01:05 AM   #13
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Old 11-13-2009, 02:38 AM   #14
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Tropic thunder? haha kiddin full metal jacket is a awesome one.
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Windtalkers, The Green Berets, Pearl Harbor, Tora Tora Tora, All's Quiet On The Western Front, Hamburger Hill, M.A.S.H., Flags of our Fathers, Das Boot, Valkyrie, The Manchurian Candidate, Red Dawn (ROFL), The Sum of All Fears....

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Ugh... The Deer Hunter? That movie is terrible.
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Bravo Two-Zero and Stop-Loss are both pretty good. I would recommend starting off with either of them.
Looks like i will be starting off with these two, gonna download them now
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