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War movies

Favorite/most memorable war movie

  • Platoon

    Votes: 2 9.1%
  • The Green Berets

    Votes: 1 4.5%
  • Top Gun

    Votes: 3 13.6%
  • Tribes (anyone remember this t.v. movie?)

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Gone With the Wind

    Votes: 1 4.5%
  • Three Kings

    Votes: 1 4.5%
  • Another (see below)

    Votes: 14 63.6%

  • Total voters
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Zoning Goddess

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Today the Orlando Sentinel had articles about war movies, books, songs, etc. Here's a poll with some of their listings, plus a few more. What's your favorite? The most memorable? If it's not here, tell us about it.
 

Chet

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Das Boot

The original Wolfgang Peterson directors cut. Its impossibly long, but always a favorite to pop in on a cold rainy day.
 

Cardinal

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For recent movies, I would say Gettysburg or Glory. Going back a little further, what about Patton? John Wayne had several good ones. I don't think I can come up with just one favorite.
 

Zoning Goddess

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Michael Stumpf said:
For recent movies, I would say Gettysburg or Glory. Going back a little further, what about Patton? John Wayne had several good ones. I don't think I can come up with just one favorite.
I was see-sawing between Glory and GWTW, but I figured I should have at least a couple of chick-flicks for us ladies. Forgot all about Patton.
 

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Zoning Goddess said:


I was see-sawing between Glory and GWTW, but I figured I should have at least a couple of chick-flicks for us ladies. Forgot all about Patton.
War is no topic for chick-flicks! We're talking big guns and penetration behind enemy lines!
 

Chet

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Michael Stumpf said:
War is no topic for chick-flicks! We're talking big guns and penetration behind enemy lines!
Wait. Are we talking about war or porn? Dang it, if this is a war poll, I'm outta here...
 

nerudite

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I'd pick The Killing Fields as my favorite war movie.. it was so well done.
 

Jeff

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Man there's so many...

Private Ryan, Windtalkers, FMJ, Apocalypse Now, We were Soldiers, Hamburger Hill, Sand of Iwo Jima...

I can't pick just one.
 

Tranplanner

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My favs are usually from WWII. Although they are somewhat "cheesier" (i.e. not as realistic/some glorification of war), I like a lot of the ones from the '50s and '60s.

Top Ten:

1. Stalingrad (subtitled, not dubbed)
2. A Bridge Too Far
3. The Longest Day
4. The Battle of Britain
5. Das Boot
6. Bridge on the River Kwai
7. Patton
8. Bridge at Remagen
9. Saving Private Ryan
10. Tora! Tora! Tora!
 

NHPlanner

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Full Metal Jacket, Private Ryan, and Born on the Fourth of July
 

giff57

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It was more of a mini series on HBO. But I loved Band of Brothers
 
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I don't consider "Top Gun" a war movie....unless you want to discuss the war between Maverick and Iceman or maybe their inner conflicts with their growing attraction to one another...that movie was full of homoeroticism. ;)

"Glory" had Denzel Washington in it which is more than enough criteria to make it a chick flick for me.
 

Repo Man

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Saving Private Ryan
Full Metal Jacket
Black Hawk Down

..and how could you forget Apocalypse Now??
 

biscuit

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I'm not a big war movie buff but if I had to I would pick these three as my hands-down favorites:

Apocalypse Now
Glory
Das Boot
 

gkmo62u

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Some different ones, pretty good all the same:

1. Zulu Dawn
2. Gunga Din
3. Braveheart
4. Midway
5. The Lost Battalion
 

biscuit

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A war movie related story;

A few years ago while I was going to school and living in Charleston there was a story on the news about a man, newly arrived from some northern state, who had found what he believed to be either revolutionary or civil-war fortifications on his new island property in the Charleston suburbs. He shows it off to the media, grins on TV, and state archeologists are called in. Their conclusion...the man had stumbled accross a set left from the filming of Glory.
 

Cardinal

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Ruorke's Drift was another great war movie - surprising because it was British and starred Michael Caine.
 

Tom R

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war flicks

In no particular order:

Apocalypse now
The enemy below
12 O'clock high
The King of Hearts
Heaven Knows Mr. Allison

I remember "Tribes" but I'm pretty sure that it wasn't a just for tv movie.
 
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el Guapo

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I have a homemade one.

Patton is a favorite of mine.
Gallipoli and Gandhi are some others.

I forgot Blackhawk Down. It was a very accurate representation of what it was like in the military in those years. They truly captured the real sounds bullets and frag makes. Very accurate.
 

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jtfortin said:
Saving Private Ryan
Full Metal Jacket
Black Hawk Down

..and how could you forget Apocalypse Now??
Wow. Those were the EXACT same four I was thinking of.
 

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For those who've served in the military AND seen "Full Metal Jacket" -- is Gunnery Sgt. Hartman an accurate representation of a boot camp drill sargeant?
 

Tranplanner

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I really only like the one scene in Apocalypse now (guess which one)...the rest of the movie is really long and slow.
 

el Guapo

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pete-rock said:
For those who've served in the military AND seen "Full Metal Jacket" -- is Gunnery Sgt. Hartman an accurate representation of a boot camp drill sargeant?
Yes he was - back then - {the rest of this answer has been self-edited}
 

Jeff

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pete-rock said:
For those who've served in the military AND seen "Full Metal Jacket" -- is Gunnery Sgt. Hartman an accurate representation of a boot camp drill sargeant?
At that time yes. In the present day, take away the physical violence and the answer is yes. In the Marine Corps you have 4 Drill Instructors...a Senior, Heavy, and 2 juniors.

They all play different roles, are scary as hell, but someone you'd want next to you when your life was on the line.

T
 

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El Guapo said:
I forgot Blackhawk Down. It was a very accurate representation of what it was like in the military in those years. They truly captured the real sounds bullets and frag makes. Very accurate.
One scene I remember -- in the middle of a firestorm, one US soldier shouts to another, "DO NOT return fire: they're not shooting at us!" The other soldier screams, "how do you know?" The first soldier shouts back, "when you hear the hiss they're shooting (HISS) - NOW they're shooting at us!"
 

Zoning Goddess

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biscuit said:
A war movie related story;

A few years ago while I was going to school and living in Charleston there was a story on the news about a man, newly arrived from some northern state, who had found what he believed to be either revolutionary or civil-war fortifications on his new island property in the Charleston suburbs. He shows it off to the media, grins on TV, and state archeologists are called in. Their conclusion...the man had stumbled accross a set left from the filming of Glory.
OT: we had a citizens group pressing for an historical marker at the alleged site of an historical railroad depot. It was discovered that the "foundations" for the alleged depot were actually a fairly recent pair of shuffleboard courts. Hell of a laugh for the planners here.
 

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Zoning Goddess said:


OT: we had a citizens group pressing for an historical marker at the alleged site of an historical railroad depot. It was discovered that the "foundations" for the alleged depot were actually a fairly recent pair of shuffleboard courts. Hell of a laugh for the planners here.
You just made my week. I printed that out for my permanent "fun file"
 

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Hmmm, let's see:

  • Any movie staring John Wayne
  • Midway
  • Apocalypse Now
  • The Deer Hunter
  • Forest Gump :)
 
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