Friday, May 26, 2006

Favorite War Movies

I love all genres of movies, but I really love comedy and war genres the best. It's Memorial Day weekend so I figure why not a list of some favorite war movies of mine. I am such a war movie fan, you will know because not only do I love Hamburger Hill, I own it on dvd! I have probably read most of the books published on the Vietnam War, and that is about 500. One of the best Vietnam books I ever read was, They Marched Into Sunlight by David Maraniss. It compares two events one a major operation in Vietnam and a peace rally in Madison. I highly recommend it. We all have someone in our families who fought to protect us, save us and who sacrificed their own safety for others. Bless them.

My grandfather never told the bad stories from his tours. He often told me tales behind the battles. He and his friends never said how bad it was. Once they hid in a church and then found barrels of rum. He said that was a great night. We have a photo of him a few others in his company and they had just taken over a town in Europe and the town had swastika's hanging outside all the buildings. In this photo my grandfather and his brothers had wrapped one of the swastika flags around their hips like a skirt. It is the ultimate fuck you picture.

The Green Beret
Full Metal Jacket
For Whom The Bell Tolls
Apocalypse Now
Hamburger Hill
Caine Mutiny
Eye of the Eagle 2
Saving Private Ryan
The Thin Red Line
Manchurian Candidate (both)
Bat 21
Das Boat
Master and Commander
Three Kings
Fail Safe
War Games
On The Beach
The Deer Hunter
The Hanoi Hilton
Born On The Forth Of July
Casualties of War
Dead Presidents
King Rat
Red Dawn
Escape From Afghanistan
Operation :Dreamland
Blackhawk Down
We Were Soldiers
The Killing Feilds
Lord of The Flies
Dr. Strangelove


* (asterisk) said...

I haven't seen many of those, although I quite like good war movies. Have you seen The Big Red One? I haven't yet, but it'll probably be the next war movie I watch...

* (asterisk) said...

Bullet in the Head is also excellent. (Sorry, forgot to say in last comment.)

Candy Minx said...

Asterisk, very good point about Bullet In The Head, I LOVE that movie and forgot to consider it a war movie. which reminds me of interesting issue, what makes a movie a war movie? Is it because of the war scenes, battlescenes, often a war movie never takes place on the Coming Home. It's a war movie because of conflict within characters arising from war or events and history or psychological/physical/political effects of war...? Part of brilliance with Bullet In The Head is how a gang struggle lands up with the men in war!

The Big Red one is moving to my list!


Seen most of 'em. I'd recommend a real oldie made durin' WWII. The British Army wanted a propaganda film made to bolster up the troops and get more recruits. The result was 'The Way Ahead' starring David Niven. Obviously not as graphic as today's films but brilliant. Also 'All Quiet On The Western Front'. Best of the 'modern' one's to date, I think, is Apocalypse Now.

* (asterisk) said...

I also love the old Dirk Bogarde ones.

Candy Minx said...

Good ones, yes I love old war movies. Just saw two this weekend Alexander and Troy. Made a great double bill.