Southern_Canuck wrote:I love a good war movie - so I was wondering about everyone else's favourites...
"Saving Private Ryan" (loved it, the first 20 minutes changed my perception of film making)
"Three Kings" (set in dessert storm, did not really like this one)
"Apocalypse Now" (a psychotic thriller set in a war torn jungle I hadn't read the book Heart of Darkness when i saw it or would have been put out by the nerve of copying it)
"The Bridge on the River Kwai" (need a whistling gif)
"Platoon" (here's a movie I will have to watch again its been so long it will be like I haven't seen it before)
"The Deer Hunter" (can I have my four hours back?)
"The Hurt Locker" (good one loved the scene in the supermarket where the guy cant decide on what brnd of breakfast cereal to pick...I have been in that moment myself)
"Black Hawk Down" (do you get the feeling that they all get what they deserve? but don't want to say so?)
"Das Boot" (not enough navy movies, what about Midway, the one about the encryption code machine "enigma," K19 widow - maker etc )
"Schindler's List" best of a bunch like this
"Casablanca" (more of a spy film than a straight war film)
Or, what about:
"Letters from Iwo Jima"
"Life is Beautiful"
"The Dirty Dozen"
"The Great Escape"
"The Thin Red Line"
"Good Morning Vietnam"
"Full Metal Jacket"
"Cross of Iron"
"Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo"
"Tora! Tora! Tora!
The little knowns:
"The Dam Busters" - the development of the bouncing bomb in World War II
"The Rough Riders" - The Spanish-American War, including the assault on a heavily defended San Juan Hill.
"84 Charlie Mopic" - shot in first person, this is a riveting portrayal of a patrol in the Vietnam War. Because of the camerawork, you are basically in the film!
I've seen most, but not all, of these - does anyone have any other recommendations?
Southern_Canuck wrote:I've seen most, but not all, of these - does anyone have any other recommendations?
Eddy Punch Clock wrote:Southern_Canuck wrote:I've seen most, but not all, of these - does anyone have any other recommendations?
I recommend that if you haven't seen Black Hawk Down yet don't bother wasting your time.
Hoss wrote:Rumsfeld wrote:
Perhaps the best war novel I have ever read. Even a notch above Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls.
Seconded. FWTBT is one of my favorite books, but All Quiet is a monster.
The Unknown Soldier (Tuntematon Sotilas), first published in 1954, was author Väinö Linna's (1920-1992) first major novel and, whilst almost unknown in the English-speaking world, is, in Scandinavia, widely recognized as among the greatest novels of the twentieth century. In Finland, a country with just over five million people, it has sold over 450,000 copies (it is Finland's all-time best-selling novel), been translated into 17 languages, filmed twice and is a classic of Finnish literature. ... Linna's lack of greater renown probably reflects the obscurity of the language he happened to write in: Finnish.
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