Best War Movie Ever

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Postby Zygmunt » 31 May 2005 10:36

BruceCA wrote:It is "Slaughterhouse Five", directed by George Roy Hill, based on the 1969 novel by Kurt Vonnegut. I loved the book, and loved the movie since I feel it is one of the few movies I've seen that have faithfully translated a book to the screen.
I didn't even realise that they had made a film of it (doesn't surprise me though, now that I think about it). I was impressed by the book too - actually, I've liked everything of Vonnegut's I've read. I'll keep an eye out for it.

Oh, and welcome to the forum from me too :) .

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Postby Grünherz » 06 Jun 2005 10:13

[quote="BruceCA")

PS: I hated the move "Platoon" and felt like walking out of the theater. I'm no raving conservative but I felt that this movie could have been made by the NVA. I have made it a point since to never watch anything by Oliver Stone.
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I liked the movie "Platoon". Disturbing as it was. Stone, as I understand, was there.
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Postby Heinrich George » 08 Jun 2005 19:12

Stone was there, 25th Infantry Divison, c. 1967-68, however his depiction is distorted. Hamburger Hill and We Were Soldiers are better combat films.

Some people have referenced Starship Troopers. Actually Heinlein's major influence was the island battles in the Pacific War, e.g., Iwo Jima, Okinawa. The Bugs are stand-ins for the Japanese and the Troopers 23rd Century versions of the USMC.

Someone mentioned a film called "The Ogre." I haven't seen it but it sounds very interesting:

http://imdb.com/title/tt0118043/combined

A few films that haven't mentioned.

Decision Before Dawn - Oskar Werner as a German defector working behind the lines for US intelligence. Very realistic as it was shot in the ruins of Munich, Wurzburg, and Manheim a few years after the war.

Attack - Two sides of the "greatest generation." Heroic Jack Palance versus cowardly Eddie Albert and cynical Lee Marvin. Years ahead of its time.

The Steel Helmet and Fixed Bayonets - Sam Fuller's two films on combat in Korea.

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Postby Carnaro » 09 Dec 2013 12:28

An old thread for my new top 10:

1. apocalypse now, by Francis Ford Coppola (redux edition)
2. the pianist, by Roman Polanski
3. black hawk down, by Ridley Scott
4. shindler's list, by Steven Spielberg
5. letters from Ivo Jima, by Clint Eastwood
6. full metal jacket, by Stanley Kubrik
7. die untergang, by Oliver Hirschbiegel
8. gallipoli, by Peter Weir
9. the hurt lockers, by Kathryne Bigelow
10. la grande guerra, by Mario Monicelli

hors concours: Thin red line, by Terrence Malick

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Postby WEISWEILER » 28 Dec 2013 13:06

What about La Grande Vadrouille with Bourville and Louis de Funes? :D

No, for me Apocalypse Now is by far the best war movie ever. The Thin Red Line on second place. Third I'd say Das Boot.

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Postby WEISWEILER » 14 Jan 2014 09:33

I's like to add here The Deer Hunter and Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence with David Bowie.

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Postby SFAnderson » 05 Aug 2014 00:16

So many great movies mentioned here. It's been said before, but for me Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory is a masterpiece. The final scene alone stands out.

Also, if you can find the original German version of Die Brücke (The Bridge), do yourself a favor and watch it.

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Postby BarKokhba » 26 Mar 2017 06:51

I finally found this thread! A few movies that definitely rate, but were not mentioned:
RAN - about the Japanese Warlord period, I think by Akira Kurosawa
DR. ZHIVAGO- by David Lean (Lawrence of Arabia, River Kwai) about the Russian Revolution and drop-dead gorgeous Julie Christie
All Quiet on the Western Front (1970's US version)
Guadalcanal Diary- old school war movie based on bestseller
Dances with Wolves- Based on American Indian Wars
Also, anyone see or hear of Attack and Retreat? 1960?About Italians fighting on the Eastern front, with a young Peter Falk?

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Postby J. Duncan » 26 Mar 2017 11:59

A+E showed Attack and Retreat 20 years ago and I taped and watched it. It has to do with an Italian platoon in the Russian invasion. It shows the confidence in the beginning with troops taking endless swaths of land...horizons of nothing but sunflowers. Then comes the snow and ice, frozen vehicles and frozen bodies and a desperate scramble to get out alive. Good film. Falk was good in it too but I think it was English dubbed-over the original Italian so it sounds silly in the narrative.

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Postby BarKokhba » 26 Mar 2017 16:21

J. Duncan, yup that's the one.
Also, I forgot to add two really great American Civil War movies-
GLORY
GETTYSBURG
Any other 'new' war flicks out there worth mentioning?

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Postby BarKokhba » 26 Mar 2017 18:36

Another goody, almost too realistic to enjoy:
Open City, an Italian indy film from 1946, filmed in the ruins of Rome on location. A must see.

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Postby SydneyBarrett » 18 May 2017 10:40

BALLAD OF A SOLDIER
THE CRANES ARE FLYING
Great movies :)

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Postby B Hellqvist » 25 May 2017 02:51

SydneyBarrett wrote:BALLAD OF A SOLDIER
THE CRANES ARE FLYING
Great movies :)

While the combat in "Ballad of a Soldier" is just a scene in the beginning of the movie, it's a gem when it comes to movies set in USSR during WW2.

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Postby Edwood654 » 25 May 2017 03:39

Generations War is absolutely the most realistic ww2 movie ever made hands down. It makes Saving Private Ryan and others look like a cartoon. This German produced movie is a must see movie

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Postby Elliot Parkson » 25 May 2017 08:56

My top 5:

1. Apocalypse Now
2. Letters from Ivo Jima
3. Full Metal Jacket
4. Saving Private Ryan
5. The Thin Red Line (kinda a revelation to me)
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