What do you think is the best WAR movie ever?

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  1. BrentJ

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    I know this is a tuff question, but there has to be one that stands alone with you guys. I would have to say I really enjoyed the first half of Full Metal Jacket. I would go with Platoon as my all time favorite. thanks
     
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    Brent is this going to be a poll or a discussion as to why a particular film is the greatest to you personally?





    Crawdaddy
     
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    In no particular order, since they are all excellent war films:
    Apocalypse Now
    Ran
    Saving Private Ryan
    The Thin Red Line
    Schindler's List
    All Quiet on the Western Front
    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
    The Dirty Dozen
    MASH
    Platoon
    Glory
    Patton
    From Here to Eternity
    Das Boot
    Full Metal Jacket
    Paths of Glory
    Gettysburg
    Black Hawk Down
    Gallipoli
    Just off the top of my head, so I'm sure there are more to list... [​IMG]
     
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    For different reasons:

    Paths of Glory
    The Thin Red Line
    Saving Private Ryan
    Grave of the Fireflies
     
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    Brent--my response is the same as Crawdaddy's. This is a poll.
     
  6. BrentJ

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    I wanted to do a pole. I may have overlooked it, but I didn't see where I could list a pole. Thanks
     
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    Grande Illusion
     
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    And for something recent:

    The Thin Red Line though it would not meet the test of "best ever".
     
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    Full Metal Jacket
    Apocalypse Now
    We Were Soldiers
    Platoon
    Saving Private Ryan(this could of been something special but...)
    Black Hawk Down
    The Thin Red Line
    Coming Home In A Body-bag and Body-bags 2[​IMG]
     
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    Tough choice, but I'd have to give the top honors to the original Apocalypse Now for almost single-handedly embodying the bleakness and depair that seemed to many an important aspect of the Vietnam War (I won't make further remarks to this point since I've never been there and essentially have no clue whatsoever what it was like). Also, its amazing cinematography, sound, music and sprawling descent into madness make for one horrific/terrific motion picture.
    Second place honors go to Patton, a stunning masterwork with George C. Scott at the top of his form.
     
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    Blackhawk Down

    Saving Private Ryan

    Platoon

    Full Metal Jacket
     
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    Apocalypse Now
    Platoon
    Full Metal Jacket
    Saving Private Ryan
    The Longest Day
    Patton
    Tora! Tora! Tora!
    The Bridge on the River Kwai
    Lawrence of Arabia
    Das Boot
    Battle of Britain
    Battle of the Bulge
    The Dirty Dozen
    The Great Escape
    Glory
    Zulu
    Star Wars
    Starship Troopers
     
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    I will resist the temptation to list more than one War movie as the best (as others have done) and simply state that in my opinion, the best War movie ever made is:
    Full Metal Jacket
    And, please note that I am excluding Lawrence of Arabia as a war movie. If LoA is to be considered a war movie, then I would say it is not only the best war movie ever made, but it is the best movie ever made! [​IMG]
     
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    Bridge on the River Kwai...followed by Saving Private Ryan and Apocalypse Now
     
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    If I have to pick just one then it would be Glory .
     
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    Apocalypse Now
     
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    All Quiet on the Western Front. (1930 version...not the stinky TV movie!)
     
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    I loved the special effects and the airplanes flying through the house even with a Pro Logic sound system in Pearl Harbor. But according to my grandpa and other people who's into History, that movie is NOT accurate. My grandpa is a Pearl Harbor Survivor and if he says that movie ain't accurate, he means it. He recommended Tora! Tora! Tora! to me and I told him I'll watch it next time it comes on TV. Well, about a month later, it was on The Fox Movie channel, in OAR, of course. I watched it and it was pretty good. He said that movie is closer to what happened.
     
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    Patton
    Sgt. York
    The Dirty Dozen (not really a war movie in some respects)
    Full Metal Jacket

    There are so many to like for different reasons, this is a truly unfair question to ask.
     

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