Must see war films?

Must see war films?

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Pablo16v

1,348 posts

144 months

Friday 19th June 2009
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Not sure if it mentioned already but I watched Glory the other night for the first time in ages. Excellent film. Von Ryan's Express is another I quite like as is Master & Commander. Two other films I try and watch when they're on are Good Morning Vietnam and Last of the Mohicans.
And for the inner child in me the rather annoying but somehow watchable Memphis Belle.

JustinP1

13,325 posts

177 months

Friday 19th June 2009
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The usual ones have been mentioned already, so I thought I would put in some more unknown 'hidden gems':

Brotherhood (2004?)- As mentioned above, Korean, a real insight to the Korean war. Excellent.

The Black Book (2007?)- Dutch, but still big budget. Superb story about a female Jewish Dutch resistance fighter who is tasked with being a 'honey pot' to a Nazi major.

Downfall (2004?)- German film focusing on the last few weeks of Hitler's life.

Das Boot (1984?) - German mini-series following a U-boat crew. Watch the mini-series not the film, you lose a lot of the back-story. Superb pacing through their lives killing time and huge tension when being attacked.

The Counterfeiters (2007?) - German true story of a Jewish counterfeiter in WW2 tasked with copying UK banknotes in order to win the war by destroying the UK economy. A real insight.


Apart from all of the hidden gems above it would be wrong of me not to mention Band of Brothers as it is just so epic and superb I do not think it will be bettered. More rounds and explosives were used in the first two episodes than in the whole of Saving Private Ryan. Historically accurate and highly emotive true story. If you watch the documentary at the end you realise that not only is every character real, they even cast similar looking characters with similar accents.

It is totally epic over 10-12 hours and most shocking when a character you have followed for hours of storyline is just killed mid-sentence just as happened at the time.

f13ldy

1,432 posts

148 months

Friday 19th June 2009
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I can always watch 3 Kings if it's on.

I'm not overly sure why.

Z06George

2,502 posts

136 months

Friday 19th June 2009
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Windtalkers
Tears of the sun
Bat 21
Behind enemy lines(THE FIRST ONE ONLY!)
Heartbreak ridge
Flags of our fathers
Letters from iwo jima
Stalingrad
The last samurai

and all the others that have been mentioned.

odyssey2200

18,650 posts

156 months

Friday 19th June 2009
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A Bridge too far

Kelly's Heros

The Great Escape

Where Eagles Dare

Patton, Lust for Glory


Bobby_Mac

401 posts

152 months

Friday 19th June 2009
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Well thats my sunday after the Grand Prix sorted. Taegukgi sounds a great film.

Loads of great films mentioned so I shall add The Memphis Belle. Incredibly corny but I still enjoy it whenever it is on.

Pesty

40,655 posts

203 months

Friday 19th June 2009
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Wild Geese and Dogs of war also worth a mention

vixen1700

11,483 posts

217 months

Monday 22nd June 2009
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hugo a gogo said:
Come and See
Amazing! Only one person on the thread has mentioned this. This is a film everybody should see.

Also looking forward to Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds biggrin

Edited by vixen1700 on Monday 22 June 16:26

Langweilig

3,410 posts

158 months

Monday 22nd June 2009
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Valkyrie - I was a amazed to see comedian Eddie Izzard among the cast.

We Were Soldiers - The definitive Vietnam War movie.

The Dam Busters - Good action sequences and the back story of Barnes Wallis developing the bombs was excellent.

Flight of the Intruder - Based on the Linebacker 2 offensive during the Vietnam War.

Gettysburg - A superb Civil War film.

Gods and Generals - Another superb Civil War movie.

aclivity

4,023 posts

135 months

Monday 22nd June 2009
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This is a film, set during WW2, and features military types, but not a classic "War" film.

Chilling, compelling viewing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conspiracy_(2001_film...

stephen300o

15,463 posts

175 months

Monday 22nd June 2009
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The sound of music.

odyssey2200

18,650 posts

156 months

Monday 22nd June 2009
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The Longest Day

On TV tonight

LividSV

1,124 posts

139 months

Monday 22nd June 2009
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odyssey2200 said:
The Longest Day

On TV tonight
what channel?

Matt172

12,413 posts

191 months

Monday 22nd June 2009
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dam busters
the wooden horse
the great escape
escape from sobibor
the counterfieters
cruel sea
ice cold in alex
heroes of the telemark
platoon
apocalypse now
born on the 4th july
633 squadron


DBSV8

4,900 posts

185 months

Tuesday 23rd June 2009
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"" The Duelists "" If you haven't seen this your missing a great Ridley scott picture from 1977

""PLAY DIRTY"" best michael caine movie.

""Waterloo"" for Rod steiger's performance

""Lawrence of Arabia"" because I met the chaps that knocked him off his bike

""Battle of the bulge"" Robert shaw

"" Too late the hero"" Michael caine ""you see that man over there ee is a bladdy ero""

""ice staion Zebra"" more a thriller but its got Pat Mcgoohan in it

"" Kellys heroes"" odball , big Joe need I say more ?

Gargamel

12,116 posts

208 months

Tuesday 23rd June 2009
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hugo a gogo said:
Come and See
I certainly would have order the mind bleach after watching that one. Good film though.

The Four Feathers (the original)
Zulu
Reach for the Sky
Guns of Navarone
In which we serve
Hope & Glory
Schindlers List
Charge of the Light brigade

ian_uk1975

1,142 posts

149 months

Tuesday 23rd June 2009
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Not the best war film of all time, but Hurt Locker is decent... great tension/suspense and filmed in a 'fly-on-the-wall' documentary style.

gregd

1,200 posts

166 months

Wednesday 24th June 2009
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A few more leftfield choices..

Went The Day Well (kind of a forerunner to "The Eagle Has Landed")
Hope And Glory
In Which We Serve
The Sand Pebbles
dare I say.. Escape to Victory smile ?

Goatboy

286 posts

181 months

Wednesday 24th June 2009
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Three kings
Tears of the Sun (cheesy in some places but mindblowing in others)
Does Starship Troopers count?

jimpritchard

4,193 posts

138 months

Wednesday 24th June 2009
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Enemy at the Gate...

Saw this at the cinema by accident, was herded into the wrong screen, had the usual 30 minutes adverts for the usual crap, and by the time the film hard started, the film I wanted to see had already started, decided to persevere with it, very glad I did....