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Best war/military/combat movies of all time

I don't know if I can pick a #1, but my top 5, in no particular order, are definitely....


Full Metal Jacket
Platoon
The Longest Day
Glory
Saving Private Ryan




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Dude, the best ever is Band of Brothers. Not sure how you missed that one in your list.

My list in order:

1. Band of Brothers
2. Saving Private Ryan
3. Letters from Iwo Jima
4. Apocalypse Now
5. Black Hawk Down
6. Full Metal Jacket
7. The Thin Red Line
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Four Feathers
Zulu
Lawrence of Arabia
Master and Commander
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There were wars before WWII. Hollywood seems to have forgotten that over the years. That being said, I have a thing for film portrayals of imperial conflicts. Golden age of warfare IMO.


Gentleman's Combat-

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Gentleman's Combat-
Have you even held a weapon, much less fired it? There is no such thing as gentleman's combat.
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There is no such thing as gentleman's combat.
Certainly not anymore.
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What about Stripes or that one with Pauly Shore..... Oh wait. Forget it.
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My Favorite Movies (Not series)

1. Saving Private Ryan
2. Siege of Firebase Gloria (R Lee Ermy)
3. Full Metal Jacket (R Lee Ermy)
4. The Patriot
5. Platoon

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1. Band of Brothers
2. Tour of Duty (Seasons 1-3 ... Season 1 was the best)

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Certainly not anymore.
LOL...was the earth ever flat?
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We Were Soldiers? Great flick.
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Cant believe nobody's listed We Were Soldiers and Hamburger Hill.

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We Were Soldiers? Great flick.
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Dude, the best ever is Band of Brothers. Not sure how you missed that one in your list.

My list in order:

1. Band of Brothers
2. Saving Private Ryan
3. Letters from Iwo Jima
4. Apocalypse Now
5. Black Hawk Down
6. Full Metal Jacket
7. The Thin Red Line
I don't recall that being a movie.
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Dr. Dave, I am sorry but you need to educate yourself a bit. Prior to the invention of repeating rifles and the metallic cartridge, war was much more gentlemanly. Nobles dominated the battlefields, and a position in the aristocracy guaranteed you a high rank in the military. Gentlemen (in the traditional definition of the word) looked over the battlefield. If captured, they were not executed but exiled (Napoleon was exiled twice and never executed). Prior to the gunpowder revolution, nobles, I.E. gentlemen donned armor and squared off the old fashioned way. A peasant was not allowed to kill a knight, and the punishment was often death. I can keep rambling, but I am sure it will just spawn a half assed retort.
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Dr. Dave, I am sorry but you need to educate yourself a bit. Prior to the invention of repeating rifles and the metallic cartridge, war was much more gentlemanly. Nobles dominated the battlefields, and a position in the aristocracy guaranteed you a high rank in the military. Gentlemen (in the traditional definition of the word) looked over the battlefield. If captured, they were not executed but exiled (Napoleon was exiled twice and never executed). Prior to the gunpowder revolution, nobles, I.E. gentlemen donned armor and squared off the old fashioned way. A peasant was not allowed to kill a knight, and the punishment was often death. I can keep rambling, but I am sure it will just spawn a half assed retort.
Oh, I am very educated about the history of war...and just because it was done, doesnt mean it was right. It was stupid. You fight to win...at all costs. I understand that you are a history nut, and I agree with what you are saying. Just disagreeing that war is every gentlemanly.
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I don't recall that being a movie.
Semantics...
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Semantics...
It was TV mini-series!
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Oh, I am very educated about the history of war...and just because it was done, doesnt mean it was right. It was stupid. You fight to win...at all costs. I understand that you are a history nut, and I agree with what you are saying. Just disagreeing that war is every gentlemanly.
I guess we will have to agree to disagree Dr. Dave. That being said, you have good taste in movies.
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We Were Soldiers? Great flick.
I think that's one of the last good films that Mel Gibson has made.

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Oh and I almost forgot to mention, it's not directly a war movie but one of the best movies I've seen none the less. If you've never seen Taking Chance then go rent it and give it watch.


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It was TV mini-series!

Semantics...still a movie to me!
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I guess we will have to agree to disagree Dr. Dave. That being said, you have good taste in movies.
Its all good...I'm just jaded and a cynic I guess!
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No surprise, you didn't post more than a link in that thread 2 years ago either.
This is my 2nd post in this thread.

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Can't believe pearl harbor wasn't mentioned.. It was a great movie!
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No mention of The Pacific? It was slow going for sure and character development was lacking, but I believe they did a great job in showing what kind of misery our Marines had to go through.
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I never saw it, but from what I heard the reason why it's not a favorite is because it was more about someone trying to get into Mary J. Rottencrotch's panties than it was about the attack.

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Surprised it took so long for this one to make anyone's list. A little older, but excellent flick.

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Saving Priviate Ryan is without a doubt the best war movie made. From D-Day to the battles, but my favorite part is when Matt Damon talks about his brothers and the last time he saw them, I laugh my ass off everytime. I also liked Spygame with Robert Redford and Brad Pitt. Very well directed (Tony Scott) and its not a war film like Saving Private Ryan or Black Hawk Down, but more of a technical aspect with the CIA.

Also can we count The Castle as one being that it was in a military prison?

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No mention of The Pacific? It was slow going for sure and character development was lacking, but I believe they did a great job in showing what kind of misery our Marines had to go through.

I never saw it, but from what I heard the reason why it's not a favorite is because it was more about someone trying to get into Mary J. Rottencrotch's panties than it was about the attack.
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No mention of The Pacific? It was slow going for sure and character development was lacking, but I believe they did a great job in showing what kind of misery our Marines had to go through.
I was about to post the same thing. I found the story depicted accurately what my grandfather would tell us about that side of the war. He survived the Bataan Death March and stated that when they finally got home they recieved little thanks from home.
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How the hell did everyone forget Patton? Hurt Locker is definitely in the discussion in my opinion.
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Dr. Dave, I am sorry but you need to educate yourself a bit. Prior to the invention of repeating rifles and the metallic cartridge, war was much more gentlemanly. Nobles dominated the battlefields, and a position in the aristocracy guaranteed you a high rank in the military. Gentlemen (in the traditional definition of the word) looked over the battlefield. If captured, they were not executed but exiled (Napoleon was exiled twice and never executed). Prior to the gunpowder revolution, nobles, I.E. gentlemen donned armor and squared off the old fashioned way. A peasant was not allowed to kill a knight, and the punishment was often death. I can keep rambling, but I am sure it will just spawn a half assed retort.
The rifled barrel ended that gentleman bullshit on the battlefield.

And nobles were more likely to be ransomed than exiled when true chivalry was in fashion. That was long before Napolean. That's a big reason, at least in my opinion, why the French got their asses kicked at Agincourt. And why Shakespeare authored Henry V and why the mini-series is called Band of Brothers rather than something else.

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Der Untergang or The Downfall. Excellent movie that has been parodied a thousand times when Hitler realizes the Russians are about to fuck him in the ass.

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What about Stripes or that one with Pauly Shore..... Oh wait. Forget it.
In the Army Now.. As I recall the Basic Training portion was pretty accurate. At least I thought so at the time and it came out the year after I did Basic. Of course they wouldn't have put up with some of his antics though.

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We Were Soldiers? Great flick.
Absolutely, one of my favorites for sure. One of my brothers worked on that movie.

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I don't recall that being a movie.
It was a really long movie broken up into several parts and premiered on cable..

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Semantics...still a movie to me!
I read the book long before the movie, but liked both. That was the unit I was in while in Korea (well, 1st Bn, 506th Infantry).

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