questionswhat is your favorite war movie?

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Excellent question, and thanks for asking!

I'll go way back to the Civil War and say "Cold Mountain", and do the Vietnam parts of "Forrest Gump" count? I'm a girl, so I'm not a huge fan of war movies, but have watched many, many with my late father. He loved them all, as his dad was a WWII vet.

Saw the VFW fellows outside the grocery store today. I always give a little donation and sport a "Buddy Poppy" on my rear view mirror this time of year.

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I cannot pick just one. I like many for different reasons.

Band of Brothers: Though it isn't an actual movie, probably tops my list.
We Were Soldiers: I thought was a well done movie. Was emotional putting myself in place of those families receiving the news a loved one had died.
Saving Private Ryan: The first time i saw the opening sequence i was in awe/horrified/appreciative...Made a lasting impact.
Patton: just because

I'm sure i'll see others post more that i love, these are just the first that come to mind.

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Absolutely love Inglourious Basterds. Everything about that movie is gold.

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Probably the Last of the Mohicans. I've seen a lot of great films set in WW1 and 2, but none of them really stuck with me. All the tanks and planes and aircraft carriers and thousands of people depersonalize it all, even when the film does a good job of keeping the focus human-sized. My heart lives in a pre-industrial world.

That's a good idea, though. I am having a cookout on Monday. maybe I'll run a war movie marathon on the blu-ray in the screen room. I am sure I have at least 100 hours Revolutionary War, Civil War, WW1, WW2, Korean War, Vietnam Conflict and Iraq Whatever-you-want-to-call-it centered films.

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There are oddly few choices for Korean War films, although Mash did a great job..

I could run:
Last of the Mohicans (French and Indian War)
Glory and Cold Mountain (Civil War)
Flyboys and Legends of the Fall (WW1)
Flags of our Fathers and Letters to Iwo Jima (WW2)
Full Metal Jacket, Platoon and Uncommon Valor (Vietnam)
Three Kings (Gulf War)
The Hurt Locker (Iraq)

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Band of Brothers was already mentioned.

I like the (reconstructed) The Big Red One.

Restrepo is a good recent documentary.

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I personally loved:
Letters of Iwo Jima
Windtalkers
The Thin Red Line
Hamburger Hill
Pearl Harbor

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Johnnie Got His Gun (although it's far better to read the book)
Gallipoli
The Pianist
Schindler's List
Empire of the Sun
On the Beach
Apocalypse Now
Cold Mountain
MAS*H

The only John Wayne movies I've ever watched were The Quiet Man and The Shootist. I refuse to watch any of his war/action movies.

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Many great movies already listed, so I'll just add:

Hell Is For Heroes (1962)

One of Steve McQueen's finest performances, with a great cast including James Coburn, Fess Parker, Harry Guardino, and pop crooner Bobby "Splish Splash" Darin, as well as Bob Newhart providing some excellent comic relief amidst this grim story (especially by 1962 standards) from WWII.

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@ojulius: My choice, too. I need to watch it again.

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@belyndag: There was also a great NOVA documentary about the POW camp that the movie was based on. I had an uncle who spent some time there after his plane was shot down over the English Channel near the beginning of the war.

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All time favorite: The Great Escape followed closely by 12 O'clock High

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I am surprised no one has mentioned Black Hawk Down one of my personal favorites,

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Das boot
Stalingrad (by Wolfgang Petersen)

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Not only a great war movie, but possibly the best film ever : Casablanca

I'll put African Queen right up there too.

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The Big Red One
Kelly's Heroes
Apocalypse Now
Mr. Roberts- Pretty funny comedy
1941 w/John Belushi- Great Comedy
Full Metal Jacket
Battle of Midway
Where Eagles Dare
The Green Berets w/John Wayne
The Dirty Dozen
Patton

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The Deer Hunter! So powerful!

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I'll throw one out there that surprisingly hasn't been mentioned. The most expensive black and white film ever made until Schindler's List, The Longest Day. Something about hearing a native German say "Normandy?" that still makes me giggle a little.

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Apocalypse Now
Jonnie got his gun

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@jthebird1977: I still tear up at the end of Saving Private Ryan.

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Troy and 300 are my favorites!

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Perhaps it's a controversial statement, but I think of Zero Dark Thirty as a modern American war movie.

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What, no one said Von Ryan's Express? How about 30 Seconds Over Tokyo? Bridge on the River Kwai? Oops, did anyone say The Longest Day?

@magic cave On the Beach scared me so much, I still get goosebumps when I hear Waltzing Matilda.

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gallipoli has to be my favorite

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Memphis Belle has always been a favorite of mine.

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How about The Outlaw Josey Wales?

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@nmchapma: I thought I was the only person who'd ever seen or read Johnny Got His Gun.

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@barnabee: On the Beach: Dad giving wife pills "just in case" while he was gone, and telling her to be sure to give their baby the pill first.

In a similar vein, I read Alas, Babylon in 1960, not long after we moved to Central Florida and my dad began working at Cape Canaveral. At age 13, it took a while for me to realize that I was more or less living where the action happened. It was never made into a movie, but I highly recommend the book.

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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

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@magic cave: Ha! Over the years, I've read Alas, Babylon numerous times (I've never looked at orange juice or diamond rings the same way since). May I recommend Farnham's Freehold? A bit more (chilling) fantasy, but still a very good read.

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The Matrix.
It is a come back story.

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Excellent selections above.

Didn't notice a favorite of mine - The Patriot

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Sergeant York. Hart's War. Green Berets. So many good movies about really bad wars.

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Not a movie, but I just saw an episode of "Hogan's Heros" the other day. That was always a favorite.

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The Dirty Dozen (one of the few movies that was as good as the book)
Heartbreak Ridge

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Any one watching the new series "Turn" about the Revolution??

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@magic cave: Yeah, I read On the Beach as a young teen or preteen, can't recall if I ever saw the film. But that book messed me up pretty good, I spent a lot of my youth in dread of a nuclear holocaust I was sure was coming any moment. I still get a sick jolt every time I think of that novel. What I always remember from the book is that final line: "This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but a whimper."

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@magic cave: I learned about the book while researching song lyrics, the idea was gut wrenching so I had to check it out. It kinda effected me in ways no book ever has.

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@nmchapma: @moondrake: Seldom do I enjoy both a book and the movie, but this time I liked both. You should really try to watch the movie. (But then again, I like almost everything Gregory Peck is in.)