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Top 20 War Movies

Posted on: May 26, 2008 10:29 am
Edited on: May 26, 2008 3:32 pm
After you stuff down an apple fritter and coffee while getting ready to barbecue up a storm on Memorial Day, here's my top 20 war movies to consider during Memorial Day (my rules are that they have to be about a modern day war, World War I to the present):
  1. The Great Escape -- Without question, greatest war movie ever made (and a true story). Great cast, excellent story.
  2. Saving Private Ryan -- Best battle scene ever in first 20 minutes.
  3. The Dirty Dozen -- We need more ensemble cast-epic movies like this one.
  4. M*A*S*H
  5. The Longest Day
  6. Kelly's Heroes -- Clint Eastwood, Don Rickles, Donald Sutherland -- you can't go wrong.
  7. Stalag 17 -- Precursor to "Hogan's Heroes."
  8. Schindler's List -- Just when you think you hate Nazis all you can, you watch this movie and hate them more.
  9. Full Metal Jacket -- Much like other war movies, it gets uninteresting once they leave boot camp.
  10. The Deer Hunter -- "You're just too good to be true ... Can't take my eyes off of you ... "
  11. The Big Red One -- Luke Skywalker and Lee Marvin? You can't miss.
  12. Von Ryan's Express -- Frank Sinatra's best movie everrrr.
  13. U-571 -- Watched it again a few weeks ago, it's still keeps you on the edge of your seat nonstop.
  14. Good Morning, Vietnam
  15. The Bridge on the River Kwai -- Best whistling movie everrrr.
  16. Platoon
  17. Apocalypse Now -- Not as big a fan of this as other people, to be honest.
  18. Heartbreak Ridge -- Clint Eastwood + Chet from Weird Science = Good times military movie.
  19. The Train -- Very underrated Burt Lancaster pic about the Nazis trying to steal French art on a train.
  20. Battle of the Bulge

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Since: Jul 6, 2007
Posted on: June 6, 2008 11:02 am

Top 20 War Movies

Just saw this, adding my 2-cents as we commemorate D-Day today

  1. Bridge on the River Kwai - Not just the best war movie, but my favorite movie of all-time
  2. The Longest Day - and possibly the greatest cast
  3. The Great Escape - McQueen. Enough said.
  4. Stalag 17 - William Holden appears in two of my Top 4.
  5. The Dirty Dozen - ...One: down to the road block, we've just begun...
  6. The Sands of Iwo Jima - John Wayne.
  7. Apocalypse Now - We all love the smell of napalm in the morning.
  8. Schindler's List - It's all about the list...
  9. M*A*S*H - Oh My God, they've shot him!!! Hot Lips, you incredible nincompoop, it's the end of the quarter...
  10. Full Metal Jacket - If not for "Criminal Intent", Vincent D'Onofrio's signature role would be Pvt. Pyle.
  11. Saving Private Ryan - As others have said, those first 20 minutes...
  12. Heartbreak Ridge - Clint in the best (OK, possibly only) movie to feature the Invasion of Grenada (Operation Urgent Fury).
  13. Kelly's Heroes - Clint again. $16,000,000.
  14. Patton - Just one word -- "Patton" says it all.
  15. Tora! Tora! Tora! - Pearl Harbor as seen from both sides of the attack.
  16. Good Morning Vietnam - certainly the funniest movie about Vietnam
  17. The Green Berets - Basically a pro-Vietnam War propaganda film. But it's John Wayne again, and the Ballad of the Green Berets...
  18. The Deer Hunter - DeNiro, Walken and the under-rated John Cazale.
  19. Platoon - Charlie Sheen's best role.
  20. The Manchurian Candidate - Beware the Queen of Diamonds

Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: May 27, 2008 8:58 am

Top 20 War Movies

I would by no means say this is the greatest, but I can't see why it didn't make the list: Black Hawk Down.  It is the movie that convinced me to not joing the military.  The chaos that it showed of war was unmatched regarding modern day warfare.  The closest thing was Saving Private Ryan, but that was a bit out of date (the war that is).

Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2008 5:44 pm

Top 20 War Movies

OK, I added a new blog with a -- thanks for making me look it up! Very interesting stuff.

Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: May 26, 2008 5:37 pm

Top 20 War Movies

I don't see how it could be anyone else than Ted. He's above and beyond on so many levels.

Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: May 26, 2008 4:52 pm

Top 20 War Movies

SEE? I made this connect to baseball somehow!

Who was the best baseball player to serve our country?

My vote is Ted Williams.

God bless our troops and god speed.

Since: May 11, 2008
Posted on: May 26, 2008 4:03 pm

Top 20 War Movies

Hey Gonos,

Love the War Movie Rankings on Memorial Day. I am a huge baseball fan and historian, so in respects to Memorial Day and baseball, I was wondering if you could compile a list of the greatest ball players that served our country. Just a thought, and it would be interesting to see.

Thanks and Happy Memorial Day,


Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2008 3:14 pm

Top 20 War Movies

And he always brought his baseball glove ... SEE? I made this connect to baseball somehow!

Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: May 26, 2008 2:29 pm

Top 20 War Movies

The Great Escape -- Without question, greatest war movie ever made (and a true story). Great cast, excellent story.Steve McQueen is the best. My favorite also. Cooler 20 days...

Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: May 26, 2008 1:57 pm

Top 20 War Movies

Always liked Hamburger Hill too.

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