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Recommend some good war movies/documentaries?

heretoinformheretoinform __BANNED USERS regular
edited May 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
So I've been on a war movie/documentary kick the last couple of days.

Can you guys recommend good war movies/tv shows/documentaries? I don't care about the time period...

Some of the movies I have already seen/plan on seeing are:

Black Hawk Down
Cold Mountain
Pearl Harbor
Enemy at the Gates

That's about it, unfortunately.

Thanks!

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    Monolithic_DomeMonolithic_Dome Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    If you don't mind a little reading along with your movie, then Downfall is a fantastic film. One of the most unconventional, powerful takes on the genre I've ever seen.


    Then after you've seen it, google "downfall hd dvd parody." But only after. It'll ruin it :P

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    Monolithic_DomeMonolithic_Dome Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Oh, and if satire/anti-war movies fit within your kick then Full Metal Jacket and Good Morning Vietnam are both worth the price of admission. As is Apocalypse Now, but get the theatrical cut - the directors cut is overlong and doesn't really add much </heresy>

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    The NazariteThe Nazarite Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    The Civil War by Ken Burns is an amazing documentary.

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    TrowizillaTrowizilla Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    The Dirty Dozen should be required viewing.

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    The Lovely BastardThe Lovely Bastard Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Paths of Glory

    Everyone should see Paths of Glory

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    SteevLSteevL What can I do for you? Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Band of Brothers!

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    JustPlainPavekJustPlainPavek Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    The Longest Day
    Patton
    The Big Red One

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    TomantaTomanta Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Band of Brothers.
    Band of Brothers.
    Band of Brothers.

    Ken Burns' Civil War series (also mentioned above) is supposed to be really good, but he also has a series called "The War" about WWII that I would guess is also pretty good. It's too early for me to think of anything else.

    Did I mention Band of Brothers? Because seriously, it's damn good.

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    Seattle ThreadSeattle Thread Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    I second Paths of Glory, Full Metal Jacket and Downfall. Those are all fantastic. Also, pick up All Quiet on the Western Front (the 1930 original, not the shitty 1970's remake), Platoon and The Deer Hunter.

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    SzechuanosaurusSzechuanosaurus Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited May 2008
    Star Wars


    :|


    What?



    Ok, saving Private Ryan, Das Boot, Full Metal Jacket, Stalingrad.

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    LocklockLocklock Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    I heartily second Band of Brothers. All of the suggestions in this thread are pretty excellent.

    My own additions:

    A Bridge on the River Kwai
    Twelve O'Clock High
    Lawrence of Arabia

    Also, not explicitly a war flick, but "The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara" is wholly worth a viewing.

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    LondonBridgeLondonBridge __BANNED USERS regular
    edited May 2008
    Here are my favorites based on the war/time period:

    Dark Ages:

    Braveheart

    Revolutionary War:

    The Patriot

    Civil War:

    Glory
    Cold Mountain

    World War II:

    Anything with John Wayne, and I do mean any film with John Wayne.
    Kelly's Heroes
    Patton
    To Hell and Back
    Tora Tora Tora!!
    Saving Private Ryan
    Downfall

    Vietnam:

    Platoon
    Full Metal Jacket

    1st Gulf War:

    Three Kings

    Fictional:

    Star Wars
    Independence Day
    Lord Of The Rings Trilogy

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    FallingmanFallingman Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Tomanta wrote: »
    Band of Brothers.
    Band of Brothers.
    Band of Brothers.

    And Private Ryan if you havent seen it.

    Full Metal Jacket
    Platoon
    Apocalypse Now

    Caution:
    I'm hoping that you know which movies are trying to be historically acurate and which one's are not letting the truth get in the way of a good story.

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    CasualCasual Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle Flap Flap Flap Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Lord of War and Jar Head are two good modern ones if you're getting sick of all the WW2 stuff but I also heartily endorse Apocalypse Now and Black Hawk Down.

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    RookRook Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Oh, and if satire/anti-war movies fit within your kick then Full Metal Jacket and Good Morning Vietnam are both worth the price of admission. As is Apocalypse Now, but get the theatrical cut - the directors cut is overlong and doesn't really add much </heresy>

    I liked the Director's Cut, I think it's better.

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    Dublo7Dublo7 Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Band of Brothers
    Private Ryan
    Downfall
    Paths of Glory
    Full Metal Jacket
    Apocalypse Now
    Deer Hunter

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    Blake TBlake T Do you have enemies then? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Band of Brothers.

    The Great Escape.

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    FatsFats Corvallis, ORRegistered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Kelly's Heroes, if you'd like some damn fine comedy with your war.

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    GoodOmensGoodOmens Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    This thread has been only about movies, but if I can add books into the mix, I really dig John Keegan. "The Second World War" and "A History of Warfare" are excellent, I enjoyed "Intelligence in War." "The First World War" is pretty boring, and I haven't been able to get into it, but there's no way to make trench warfare interesting, so it's not his fault.

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    Dublo7Dublo7 Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Dr Strangelove

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    FallingmanFallingman Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Dublo7 wrote: »
    Dr Strangelove

    How did I miss that? rookie mistake!

    Well done sir.

    PS.

    You cant fight in here, this is the War Room!

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    Captain ElevenCaptain Eleven The last card is a kronk Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Another vote for Band of Brothers here.

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    XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Fats wrote: »
    Kelly's Heroes, if you'd like some damn fine comedy with your war.

    It's one of the best movies ever.

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    FrostozunaFrostozuna Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    I always found WW1 to be pretty interesting, so I'll throw in my 2 cents for All Quiet on the Western Front

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    Dublo7Dublo7 Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Schindler's List

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    RuckusRuckus Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Band Of Brothers for the umpteenth time, great miniseries.

    The Longest Day has also been suggested, Paul Anka, John Wayne, and Sean Connery to name a few of the stars of this 1962 classic.

    And one of my other favorites is Battle of Britain, 1969

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    enderwiggin13enderwiggin13 Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    A Bridge Too Far

    Band of Brothers x umpteen + 1

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    The Raging PlatypusThe Raging Platypus Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    +1 Band of Brothers

    Also, Glory.

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    LackadaisicalLackadaisical Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Tomanta wrote: »
    Band of Brothers.
    Band of Brothers.
    Band of Brothers.
    Band of Brothers
    Did I mention Band of Brothers? Because seriously, it's damn good.

    This guy knows what he's talking about. Also, "Kingdom of Heaven" if you don't mind the crusades.

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    JacobkoshJacobkosh Gamble a stamp. I can show you how to be a real man!Moderator mod
    edited May 2008
    Everyone should see Paths of Glory

    I just saw this a while back. My god, it's a bummer. Excellent flick though.

    Another great WWI film - perhaps the great one - is Grand Illusion. I cried like a baby at the end.

    And another good one - although it's more about the aftermath of war - is Breaker Morant, about the real-life trial of an English-Australian soldier for war crimes at the end of the Boer War. Starring Edward Woodward, one of my favorite actors, and features one of the best last lines in a movie ever.

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    TychoCelchuuuTychoCelchuuu PIGEON Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    The Bridge on the River Kwai
    Dr. Strangelove
    Duck Soup
    300 actually isn't too bad as a war film as long as you keep in mind that it's being exagerrated by the narrator telling the story
    Stalag 17
    Band of Brothers

    And of course Saving Private Ryan and maybe The Big Red One.

    Oh and if you want documentaries, The Fog of War is a masterpiece.

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    Farout FoolioFarout Foolio Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Since nobody's mentioned it yet, definitely see Band of Brothers.
    Might be kinda obscure, though.

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