WWII Movie Recommendations?

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  1. Peter_A

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    Having just spent the weekend making my way through the superb Band Of Brothers DVD box set, I'm looking for some recommendations of other WWII films. What I'm looking for is meaningful, authentic movies, not your John Wayne, Hollywood propoganda type films. I already have some of my favorites Saving Private Ryan, Thin Red Line, Bridge On The River Kwai and Patton.
    So what do you folks recommend?
     
  2. Chris Harvey

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    Guns of Navarone
    The Great Escape
    Where Eagles Dare
    Stalag 17
    A Bridge Too Far
    A Midnight Clear
    The Longest Day
    Das Boot
    The Best Years of Our Lives

    (some of my personal favs, anyways)
     
  3. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

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    Off the top of my pointy little head:
    The Big Red One
    Cross of Iron
    Hell is for Heroes
    Twelve O'Clock High
    A Walk in the Sun
     
  4. Paul Jenkins

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    how did you get the BoB box set, it isn't supposed to be released until Nov 5th... (Great mini-series, btw!)
     
  5. Mike Gariepy

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    Tora, Tora, Tora!
    Midway
     
  6. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    Stalag 17—a very fine POW film by Billy Wilder, even if it is a bit derivative of Grand Illusion

    The Thin Red Line—brilliant, luscious cinematography. Quiet contemplation interspaced with explosive moments of horror and terror.

    Das Boot—a film so realistic that the audience members who were allies are hoping the Germans come out unscathed. My pick for the best submarine movie ever.

    The Big Red One—although allegedly, Fuller’s biggest budget movie is somewhat weakened by studio mandated editing, it remains one of the grittiest of WWII movies. Lee Marvin is tough, even by his standards in this one.
     
  7. Brook K

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    They Were Expendable - Yes it has John Wayne, but this is different than most of his other WWII movies, definitely not rah-rah, but rather dark and sad.
     
  8. Lew Crippen

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    Mr. Roberts an absolute gem of a film with outstanding performances by Henry Fonda, James Cagney, William Powell and Jack Lemmon. Lemmon won an Oscar, but I always thought that Cagney was better as the Capitan. This may be a comedy on the surface, but there is nothing funny about Heggan’s view on war in his novel nor in the play that followed nor in this movie.

    I just threw your stinkin’ palm tree overboard. Now what’s this about no movie tonight?


     
  9. Bill J

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    A Midnight Clear
    Das Boot
    When Trumpets Fade
    The Longest Day - even though John Wayne is in it
    A Bridge Too Far
     
  10. CaseyLS

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    I would say A Bridge Too Far
     
  11. Chris Farmer

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    Pearl Harbor! [ducks flying rotten fruits] Kidding folks, KIDDING!!! [​IMG]
     
  12. Dennis Nicholls

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    Another one is The Enemy Below, which should be coming out on DVD soon. This film is a continuous cat and mouse game between a destroyer and a U boat. Highly recommended!
    http://us.imdb.com/Reviews/64/6404
     
  13. Brian E

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    In addition to those mentioned. Not sure if all of these are on DVD. Warning some of these aren't your traditional war flick.
    The Story of GI Joe
    Stalingrad
    From Here To Eternity
    Talvisota (is this on DVD?)
    The Battle of Britain (not on DVD [​IMG])
    Battle of the Bulge
    Action In The North Atlantic
    Battleground
    The Caine Mutiny
    Idi i Smotri (Come and See)
    Five Graves to Cairo
    The Way Ahead
    Air Force
    In Which We Serve
    Mother Night
    Sahara
    A Time to Love and a Time to Die
    The Train
    Hell is for Heroes
    Bataan
    Fires on the Plain
    Run Silent Run Deep
    Hope and Glory
    Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
    Wake Island
    One Against The Wind (made for TV)
    Since You Went Away
    Empire of the Sun
    The Great Escape
    King Rat
    Casablanca
    To Be Or Not To Be
    and others
     
  14. Brian E

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  15. ThomasC

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    is enemy at the gates a good wwii movie?
     
  16. Brian E

    Brian E Screenwriter

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    IMO of course.
     
  17. Hendrik

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    ° Fritz Lang's Hangmen Also Die
    ° François Truffaut's Le dernier Métro
    ...forget the dire Fox Lorber botch job - the French know how to do these things right
    (anamorphic 1.66:1 transfer, optional English subtitles)!...

    . . . [​IMG] . . .
     
  18. Lew Crippen

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  19. John_Berger

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    I personally enjoy Memphis Belle. It certainly doesn't rank of there with some of the other movies that are listed, but it's still an enjoyable movie nonetheless.
     
  20. Brian E

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    I agree John. I like that one quite a bit. There are tons of war movies I enjoy that one might not call 5 star cinema. O.S.S. with Alan Ladd is another one I found enjoyable.
     

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