Help me expand my war collection

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  1. Mike__D

    Mike__D Supporting Actor

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    Hi all. I just finished watching one of the greatest war related movies I have ever seen, We Were Soldiers. I need to see more movies like this, if they exist. Anyway, war related movies are at the top for me, and I'd like to expand my collection. I know there are a lot I'm missing. Here's what I have so far:

    Platoon
    Thin Red Line
    U-571
    Saving Private Ryan (DD)
    Tora, Tora, Tora
    Men of Honor
    Thirteen Days
    Empire of the Sun
    Black Hawk Down
    We were Soliders

    Some of these aren't directly about war, but still, all are war related. What greats do I need and do you recommend. WWII is my favorite era, but any will do. Also, I'd like to get some older movies in my collection as well. I favor realism over fictional, but will buy either. I'm more about the story than the special effects as well. As an example, I thought Pearl Harbor was really bad... I much prefered Tora, Tora, Tora.

    Thanks for the help and look forward to your recommendations.

    Mike D.
     
  2. Glenn Overholt

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    Ok, this sounds like a plan. I'd recommend "A Bridge Too Far". The story and the cast can't be beat.

    Glenn
     
  3. Cary T

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    Try Apocalypse Now Redux
     
  4. Brian E

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    There are tons, here are a few.

    Stalingrad
    Full Metal Jacket
    Stalag 17
    Kelly's Heroes
    The Guns of Navarone
    Gettysburg
    Glory
    The Great Escape
    The Longest Day
    Porkchop Hill
    When Trumpets Fade
     
  5. Matt Giggey

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    If you're looking for older war movies, I'd recommend Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory, and David Lean's Bridge on the River Kwai. A more recent great is Das Boot. If you like Platoon you should check out Oliver Stone's other two movies that deal with the Vietnam War: Born on the Fourth of July, and Heaven and Earth.
     
  6. Peter Overduin

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    Roger Ebert calls "Grave of the Fireflies" one of the greatest war movies of all time. It is a Japanese anime film that belongs in any war movie collection. As luck would have it, a brand-new 2 disc special edition is due for release on October 8.
     
  7. MatS

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    as mentioned already....

    Full Metal Jacket and Path's Of Glory

    ps. this should be in the 'Movies' area
     
  8. Zane Charron

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    One of my personal favorites and a very overlooked WWII piece is the 1964 John Frankenheimer film 'The Train'. I love Frankenheimer's attention to detail in this movie. He is never afraid to take the time and show the nitty gritty, and it makes the film all the more pleasurable. The script is right on, never lowering itself to obvious or slow-witted explanations like so many modern action films. Great location shooting, Burt Lancaster in fine form and one unbelievable train wreck scene. Seriously recommended.

    This disc may be out of print, though retailers still have it in stock apparently.
     
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    Veli-Matti Reitti Stunt Coordinator

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    You might wanna check out Hart's War.
     
  10. Mark_vdH

    Mark_vdH Screenwriter

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    The Deer Hunter
    And of course also the already mentioned Paths of Glory and Full Metal Jacket
     
  11. Walter Kittel

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    Off the top of my head; some older war films that you might want to consider include...
    Sahara - Just a terrific survival film set in North Africa during WWII. Stars Humphrey Bogart. A solid war film with a great cast, and excellent pacing.
    Sands of Iwo Jima - John Wayne is the attraction here as Sgt. John M. Stryker.
    Patton - George C. Scott's brilliant performance is enough of a reason, but there are other factors that make this film worth your time; including the sheer scope of the film, and one of Jerry Goldsmith's ( for me ) better scores.
    Run Silent, Run Deep - one of the better submarine films, set in the Pacific theater. Stars Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster.
    Twelve O'Clock High - The classic WWII film. Stars Gregory Peck as the commander of the 918th Bomb Group. Also features a great performance by Dean Jagger. Highly recommended!
    Mister Roberts - More of a character study / comedy than a traditional war film. Regardless it is highly recommended for the performances of its great cast including Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon, William Powell, and James Cagney. One of my favorites.
    Also, Fox will be releasing what I consider to be perhaps the definitive submarine film; The Enemy Below with Robert Mitchum and Curt Jurgens. Should be streeting sometime during the holidays.
    - Walter.
     
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    The Great Escape
    Full Metal Jacket
    Run Silent Run Deep
    Das Boot
    The Hunt for Red October
    Crimson Tide
    Pearl Harbor
    Glory
    Hamburger Hill
    The Deer Hunter
    Heartbreak Ridge
    Memphis Belle
    Apocalypse Now
    The Patriot
    Enemy at the Gates
    Patton
    Rules of Engagement
     
  13. Robert Crawford

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    Walter,
    Not to next year probably around Memorial Day.




    Crawdaddy
     
  14. Walter Kittel

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    Doh!! My comment was based upon a very preliminary announcement from Fox ( in the spring? ) Thanks for the correction Robert.
    ( Although now I have to pass on the bad news to a friend at work who is a war film buff and is psyched for the release of The Enemy Below [​IMG] )
    - Walter.
     
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    How about Von Ryan's Express and From Here to Eternity, two of Frank Sinatra's best movies; also Midway and Victory
     
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    The Big Red One
    The Dirty Dozen
    Kelly's Hero's
    On The Beach
    All Quite on the Western Front
    Born on the Fourth of July
    The Flying Tigers
    In Harms Way
    Grey Lady Down
     
  17. Mike__D

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    Thanks for all the great suggestions!! Time to log into Amazon and order a few. I forgot to mention I also have The Patriot I'll have to compile a list of all these suggestions.
    How is Hart's War ? That's a fairly recent movie, correct? I guess I should do a search [​IMG]
    I think I've seen Twelve O'Clock High a long time ago... I'll have to purchase that one.
    Does anyone know if HBO ever released their series about the Tuskegee(sp?) Airmen? That was a terrific series.
    Thanks again for the suggestions!!
    Mike D.
     
  18. Jeff Savage

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    I am going to second "A Bridge Too Far" A great WWII flick.

    Laters,
     
  19. Jonathan Perregaux

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    Patton for sure. If you're lucky, you can still find the 2-disc version.
     
  20. Jonathan Burk

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    You also might want to check out The Best Years of Our Lives(Best Picture, 1946). It was the first movie I saw that showed what it was like for the soldiers coming home after WW2, and how it wasn't all tickertape parades and flowing champagne.
    While certainly nothing like the challenges Vietnam vets faced, you should definitely see it for a WW2 perspective.
     

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