War Movie DVDs - suggestions

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  1. Eric Huffstutler

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    If you had to pick only two '2' DVDs depicting each major war in history, which two would thy be? (ie: Platoon and Apocalypse Now for Vietnam). This will start with the War of 1812, Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War. Only the cream of the crop please [​IMG]

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  2. Jim Dalton

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    World War II: Patton and Das Boot.

    Vietnam's choices include only one for me, Hamburger Hill.
     
  3. Harold Wazzu

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    Civil War - Gettysburg , Gods & Generals

    Vietnam - We Were Soldiers , Platoon

    Gulf - Three Kings, Courage Under Fire? (not too many movies about the gulf war)

    WWII - Band of Brothers (does that count?), Schindler's List
     
  4. Eric Huffstutler

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    Maybe it would be easier to post what I already have and people can make suggestions from that as well as add to. You can see I am needing more WWI themes, something from 1812, and Gulf War. I am heavy on WWII titles so don't need any more there but feel I have some of the better ones available yet will look forward to your own "2 movies" suggestions!

    War of 1812
    (none)

    Civil War:

    Gettysburg
    Glory
    Gone With the Wind
    Cold Mountain

    WWI:

    All's Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
    Lawrence of Arabia


    WWII:

    Patton
    Saving Private Ryan
    Pearl Harbor
    Das Boot (Director's Cut)
    The Bridge on the River Kwai
    Tora!, Tora!, Tora!
    1941
    In Harms Way
    Battle of Britain
    The Pianist
    Schindler's List
    The Thin Red Line
    The Sound of Music
    A Bridge Too Far
    Enemy at the Gates
    Sink the Bismarck!
    U-571


    Vietnam:

    Platoon
    Apocalypse Now
    Tigerland
    We Were Soldiers


    Korean War:

    The Bridges at Toko-Ri
    Pork Chop Hill
    M*A*S*H


    Gulf War:

    Three Kings
     
  5. Nick Sievers

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    World War I:

    Paths of Glory
    All Quiet on the Western Front


    World War II:

    Band of Brothers (Not a film but a must see)
    The Pianist

    Vietnam:

    Platoon
    Apocalypse Now
     
  6. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    Ones not on your list:

    Revolutionary War:
    The Patriot

    Civil War:
    The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

    World War 2:
    Father Goose
    To Be or Not to Be
    Sahara
    Stalag 17
    Open City
    The Great Dictator
    Casablanca
    Mister Roberts
    The Dirty Dozen
    To Have & Have Not
    Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Destination Tokyo
    Closely Watched Trains
    The Great Escape
    Lifeboat
    Operation Petticoat

    Vietnam War:
    Good Morning Vietnam
     
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    Revolutionary War: The Patriot

    WWI: All Quiet On The Western Front (1930)

    Vietnam: We Were Soldiers

    Not a major war, but--

    Somalia: Black Hawk Down
     
  8. Greg Black

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    WWI: All Quiet On The Western Front

    WWII: The Longest Day

    Korea: Bridges At Toko-Ri

    Vietnam: We Were Soldiers; Full Metal Jacket

    Somalia: Blackhawk Down
     
  9. Elijah Sullivan

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    I'll start with WWI, since I have no particular favorites from among the war films covering earlier conflicts.

    WWI:
    All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
    Paths Of Glory

    WWII:
    The Thin Red Line (1998)
    Das Boot

    VIETNAM:
    Born on the Fourth of July
    Apocalypse Now (original cut)

    MISC. MODERN WARS:
    Three Kings
    Black Hawk Down
     
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    WWI - Paths Of Glory

    The Cold War - Dr. Strangelove

    Vietnam - Full Metal Jacket

    Seven Years War - Barry Lyndon

    Galactic War - Star Wars [​IMG]
     
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    WWI - Gallipoli
    WWII - The Thin Red Line, Band of Brothers, Stalingrad (is this available?)
    Korea - MASH
    Vietnam - Apocalypse Now Redux, The Deer Hunter
     
  12. Eric Huffstutler

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    Has anyone seen or own "The Lost Battalion" which is an A&E movie? I heard it was pretty good for a WWI flick but don't see it here yet?
     
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    Civil War: Glory, Gettysberg

    WWI: Lawrence of Arabia, Paths of Glory

    WWII: Patton, The Thin Red Line

    Vietnam: Full Metal Jacket, Apocalypse Now

    Recent conflict: We Were Kings, Blackhawk Down
     
  14. Brian Thibodeau

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    World War II
    GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES (Japan, animated, 1988). Directed by Isao Takahata
     
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    World War II
    Run Silent, Run Deep
    The Enemy Below
     
  16. Jesse Blacklow

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    I'd further divide the categories. From movies from probably WW2 on, there's movies that glorify war, honor the combatants, and mock and/or condemn it. There's a lot about WW2 that fall into the first two categories, and a lot of movies about Vietnam and later that tend to fall into the last two.

    For instance, "Pearl Harbor", "U-571", and most of the films from the late 60s to early 70s tend to gloss over or glorify WW2 for entertainment purposes. "Saving Private Ryan", "The Longest Day", and "Black Hawk Down" are more balanced in terms of the cost of war, personal and otherwise. "Full Metal Jacket", "Good Morning Vietnam", and "Three Kings" all seem to condemn war in general, as well as the ones they depict. Others, such as "Grave of the Fireflies" and "Schindler's List" go even farther to depict the horrors that wars, those who order them, and those that fight them, inflicts on the innocent.

    Also, foreign films, especially those made by those who lived in the affected countries, are a good balance towards American or European films. GOTF is a good example, since few people know exactly what we did to the Japanese populace during the close of WW2 out of a misguided (and somewhat racist) fear of the Japanese collective emotional state.
     
  17. Ken_McAlinden

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    There ain't much to choose from for the war of 1812, but there have been two Hollywood films made about Jean Lafitte called "The Buccaneer". The 1938 version is directed by Cecil B DeMille, and stars Frederic March as LaFitte. The 1958 version was directed by Anthony Quinn and stars Yul Brynner as LaFitte and Charlton Heston as Andrew Jackson. Neither is available on DVD.

    There was another film called "Last of the Buccaneers" with Paul Henreid as LaFitte, but it primarily concerns events occuring after the Battle of New Orleans.

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    Well there is Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier [​IMG], which is available on dvd.
     
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    Korean War

    TAEGUKGI (Korea, 2004). Directed by Kang Je-gyu. Big budget war film that, finally, tells a story from the point of view of the people who suffered the most from it. Sure, it's fiction, but it touches on issues that American movies about that war have never even addressed. I would recommend this over BRIDGES AT TOKO-RI any day. Did that movie even have any Koreans who weren't "the enemy" in it?
     
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    Yes..and I have it on DVD..despite starring Rick Shroeder(sp?), who is actually pretty good in it..it is well worth a view especially considering there are far too few movies on WW1. Also it gives a different look to WW1 as the battle is played out in the forrest, not in trenches. Battle scenes are rather cool, and intense at times..especially when they bring in the flame throwers [​IMG]
     

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