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Top 5 Military/war Movies?


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#1 Evf

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 12:10 AM

Topic inspired by sp x

I've finished my campaign of watching dozens upon dozens of war movies, and I've come to a top 5 based on its detail, actors, and plots within the war the movie takes place in. My top 5 are:
  • Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • Letters From Iwo Jima
  • The Last Samurai
  • Schindler's List
I chose Tae Guk Gi as my utmost favourite mostly because of its very thought up plot, internal/external conflicts, and the full out action scenes between the North and South. It really sparked an interest for me in civil war movies, so I continued to watch more and continue my search for the best movies.

Although a hilarious, action-packed movie that it was, I felt that Full Metal Jacket came in at second place because it didn't touch my heart like Tae Guk Gi did. It was a hilarious movie overall and quenched my thirst for bloody action and was thrilling every second.

Letters From Iwo Jima came in at third place, only separated from Full Metal Jacket by a hair. I chose FMJ for second over this movie because of the use of humor from the soldiers, but mostly the drill sergeant. Letters From Iwo Jima
was no less than a spectacular movie overall, and I was glad to have watched it.

The Last Samurai, another Mel Gibson film, had me struck with awe. I've always loved the samurai's looks and behavior displayed in movies, so it earned the #4 spot in my top 5.

Last, but certainly not least, I chose Schindler's List. I felt honored to watch the movie, although I did not earn much more than respect for the Jewish communities that suffered during WWII. It is certainly an eye-opening movie that I enjoyed wholeheartedly, but I guess I wasn't able to enjoy it as much since I watched it in my somewhat noisy classroom. It was a beautiful movie nonetheless.


So, with my top 5 and analysis, what are your top 5 favorite war movies, and why did you choose those particular films? Did they have some sort of connection with you or were you impressed by how well-put it was?

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 12:27 AM

I love Pearl Harbor that's a great war film
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Posted 25 May 2013 - 12:29 AM

act of valor
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Posted 25 May 2013 - 12:44 AM

the greats:

apocalypse now
we were soldiers
saving private ryan
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Posted 25 May 2013 - 1:30 AM

windtalkers
we were soldiers
saving private ryan
platoon
patriot

im sure, im missing some but those were the 5 that came to mind
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Posted 25 May 2013 - 5:32 PM

Taegukgi was good, the trench fights were awesome and that final scene with the old man was pretty sad.

Although not a movie, Band of Brothers is in a league of its own.
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Posted 27 May 2013 - 9:50 PM

Taegukgi was good, the trench fights were awesome and that final scene with the old man was pretty sad.

Although not a movie, Band of Brothers is in a league of its own.

yes i was going to say band of brothers as well. and windtalkers was pretty good too.
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Posted 28 May 2013 - 10:12 AM

Apocalypse Now, The Deer Hunter, Letters from Iwo Jima, Paths of Glory and the first half of Full Metal Jacket before it turns into a run of the mill Vietnam film.

In general, Vietnam war films are my favourite type of war films.
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Posted 28 May 2013 - 10:16 AM

Days of Glory is very, very, good.

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 9:47 PM

About to watch http://en.wikipedia....ountdown_(film)

Supposed to be about a modern carrier that gets magically transported back into WW2. Sounds interesting, supposed to have been a blockbuster in its day, so hoping it'll be a good view despite being old ;p
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Posted 30 May 2013 - 12:45 PM

we were soldiers
saving private ryan
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Posted 20 August 2013 - 11:29 AM

I chose Tae Guk Gi as my utmost favourite mostly because of its very thought up plot, internal/external conflicts, and the full out action scenes between the North and South. It really sparked an interest for me in civil war movies, so I continued to watch more and continue my search for the best movies.

Just watched this, and oh my God it is hands down the best I have ever seen... South Korean cinema is so, so, so, underrated... I also love the way they emphasise the fact that both sides committed atrocities, and it wasn't trying to big up any one ideology. Just laying bare war for what it is. If anyone is reading this (and hopefully interested) - seriously, I absolutely promise you that it's worth the 2 and a half hours. For real. Only the Lion King and Anjali have saddened me as much.


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Posted 20 August 2013 - 11:37 AM

Band of Brothers. It is more of a mini-series, but whatever.
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Posted 20 August 2013 - 11:47 AM

i am generally not into war movies since i have watched a decent amount and only enjoyed 2 of them.

1. Grave Of The Fireflies
2. Saving Private Ryan

first one is an animated movie made by Studio Ghibli about 2 kids surviving through the WWII in Japan and it is an amazing story with great animation to boot, only bad thing about it is that it was so sad and i cried through the whole movie, it was nearly 2 hours of my crying all the water in my body out...
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Posted 20 August 2013 - 11:57 AM

I chose Tae Guk Gi as my utmost favourite mostly because of its very thought up plot, internal/external conflicts, and the full out action scenes between the North and South. It really sparked an interest for me in civil war movies, so I continued to watch more and continue my search for the best movies.

Just watched this, and oh my God it is hands down the best I have ever seen... South Korean cinema is so, so, so, underrated... I also love the way they emphasise the fact that both sides committed atrocities, and it wasn't trying to big up any one ideology. Just laying bare war for what it is. If anyone is reading this (and hopefully interested) - seriously, I absolutely promise you that it's worth the 2 and a half hours. For real. Only the Lion King and Anjali have saddened me as much.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTg5W1Lgyzo

After this movie, I couldn't find a better one. Pretty much surpassed the 2013 movies for me.
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Posted 20 August 2013 - 12:03 PM

1) Band of Brothers (mini series but still the best war series to ever be made)

2) Pearl Harbor

3) Enemy at the gates

4) Saving Private Ryan

5) Act of Valor

Those are my top five war movies and I've seen a lot of them, all of these I can come back too and watch again and again because they're just that good. I wonder when we'll start seeing war movies about Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Posted 20 August 2013 - 1:04 PM

I absolutely love war movies with the biggest passion. There's just so many favorites that it'll be hard to narrow it down to just five, but let's give it a try.
This list is not in any order, just a list of my top five.
1. Schindlers List
2. The Pianist
3. Full Metal Jacket
4. Das Boot
5. Flags of our Fathers
Since Band of Brothers and The Pacific are both a HBO series, I figured I'd leave them off the list, but they're both amazing.
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Posted 20 August 2013 - 5:12 PM

I wonder when we'll start seeing war movies about Iraq and Afghanistan.

There are lots already.
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Posted 20 August 2013 - 5:48 PM

Jarhead was pretty good.
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Posted 21 August 2013 - 12:07 PM

I wonder when we'll start seeing war movies about Iraq and Afghanistan.

There are lots already.
There's plenty, such as The Hurt Locker, Jarhead (as mentioned above), Green Zone, Restrepo, Brothers, Armadillo, The 9th Company, and many more. All the ones I mentioned are really really good in my opinion (worthy of two "really's").
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