: Best/Worst War Movie?



danbuc
05-18-05, 12:45 AM
I never get to start any cool threads, so I thought I would start this one. See what kind of war movies people have seen.

I think one of my all time favorites has to be Empire of the Sun. That movie was just incedible.

Bridge over the River Kwai was great, as was The Great Escape. Raid on Rommel was excellent. PorkChop Hill was good. Patton was prety damn good too. I guess I have to throw in Saving Private Ryan. Tora Tora Tora was a great movie as well.

I guess I should throw a few submarine movies in there as well. Lets see, Hunt for Red October was freakin' awesome. Das Boot was great, as well as Crimson Tide. U571 was alrights, but could have been better I think. Run Silent, Run Deep is a great classic...So is Operation Petty Coat...hehe.

The Tuskegee Airmen was a damn good movie as well. Full Metal Jacket another great movie. Gotta Throw Apocalypse Now in there as another one of my all time favorites.

I guess that's about all I can think of now. There's so many I've seen that I just can't remember them all. What great War movies has everyone else here seen?

Ralph
05-18-05, 12:49 AM
Bridge on Kwai was excellent, as was Saving private Ryan. How about "Wind Talkers?" It wasn't too bad, true story.

Speaking of U571, do you know it was actually the British that got the decoder machine and when that movie was made, they were furious that Hollywood changed the facts.

"Thin Red Line" was good and I know someone here locally who played an extra in it and got the part by stumbling on the set while backpacking in Australia.

"Midway" was great, I always liked Charlton Heston.

You missed "Platoon" which was supposedly Oliver Stone's autobiography from that time.

I really wish a Canadian film company would tell a war story from the Canadian side of things because we were in the war longer than the U.S. and there are so many interesting war stories that would make a good movie. But that's just me.

powerglide
05-18-05, 01:44 AM
They're showing platoon on spike tv right now......good movie.....nice and disturbing.

not as good, but I always end up watching hunt for red october again and again

Elvis
05-18-05, 09:41 AM
One of my all-time favorites is "The Enemy Below" with Robert Mitchum and Kurt Jurgens.

The other one that comes to mind is "In Harm's Way" with John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, and Patricia Neal.

Kev
05-18-05, 10:15 AM
To Hell and Back

Braveheart

Tora! Tora! Tora!

The Green Berets

illumina
05-18-05, 04:09 PM
I really enjoyed "Platoon" and "Apocalypse-Now." The recent "We Were Soldiers" is one fine movie too because it demonstrates how real the common soldier is on both side of the rifle. "Saving Private Ryan" also tops my list...Would "Shindler's List" be included as a war film? If so, add it to my favorites list.

radbag
05-18-05, 04:30 PM
best (imho) - the star wars saga...

Vesicant
05-18-05, 04:41 PM
I like what has been posted.. but to add ...

Hamburger Hill
Band of Brothers - Awesome , even though it was a series.

And for stoney...
http://www.matthewmodine.com/pictures/matt_yelling.jpg
YOU DONT SCARE ME!!!

D148L0
05-18-05, 05:18 PM
best (imho) - the star wars saga...
That's sci-fi, dude....

Ralph
05-18-05, 09:25 PM
"Enemy at the Gates" is my all time favorite with Jude Law. I don't think it did well in the U.S. though. Huge in Europe. Based on the Russian sniper Vasilli Zaitsev who became a ledgend in Russia.

danbuc
05-18-05, 09:32 PM
Speaking of U571, do you know it was actually the British that got the decoder machine and when that movie was made, they were furious that Hollywood changed the facts.

Yes, the British were the first to capture an Enigma decoder. Typical Hollywood, messing with the facts till they get it just how they want it. :nono:

Enemy at the Gates was an excellent movie.

Ralph
05-18-05, 09:34 PM
Yes, the British were the first to capture an Enigma decoder. Typical Hollywood, messing with the facts till they get it just how they want it. :nono:

Don't get upset, but I read that they changed it because Hollywood thought Americans would only go to a war movie about American soldiers being the heros. They thought ticket sales would suffer otherwise...

ben72227
05-18-05, 10:41 PM
Enemy at the Gates, Behind Enemy Lines, Das Boot, Platoon, Apocalypse Now, Band of Brothers are all my favorites. Oh, and Deer Hunter was alright too.

Kev
05-18-05, 11:37 PM
Don't get upset, but I read that they changed it because Hollywood thought Americans would only go to a war movie about American soldiers being the heros. They thought ticket sales would suffer otherwise...They think a lot of funny thoughts down there in Hollywood. Most of them are just wrong. They do entertain us now and then.

IMO the only folks more foolish than the Hollywood movie makers are those who think those movies convey truth and reality! :bonkers: :histeric::rofl::histeric:

Stoneage_Caddy
05-18-05, 11:52 PM
Best (my top 8):
"Patton"
"Full Metal Jacket"
"Black Hawk Down"
"Appoclapse now redux"
"Hunt for Red October"
"Tora Tora Tora"
"U571"
"Three Kings"
ANY JOHN WAYNE WAR FLICK RULES !!!!!

Worst :
Pearl Harbor with that ben afflunk jackass
Top Gun
Iron Eagle
That 2 hour bra burning peice of shit with demmi moore in the marine corps

EDIT:The generals daughter was just as big of a peice of shit , pretty much a porno and a discredit upon my beloved armed forces

Stoneage_Caddy
05-18-05, 11:56 PM
I like what has been posted.. but to add ...

Hamburger Hill
Band of Brothers - Awesome , even though it was a series.

And for stoney...
http://www.matthewmodine.com/pictures/matt_yelling.jpg
YOU DONT SCARE ME!!!
hahaha HELL YES JEFFREY !!!!!

"lemme see your war cry "

Kev
05-19-05, 12:02 AM
"lemme see your war cry "

http://www.matthewmodine.com/pictures/matt_yelling.jpg

MOMMY!!!

Stoneage_Caddy
05-19-05, 12:03 AM
now sound off like you got a pair !!!

Kev
05-19-05, 12:05 AM
"This is my rifle, this is my gun......."

davesdeville
05-19-05, 03:23 AM
Hunt for Red October... is that the one with Denzel Washington in a submarine and he stops the captain from nuking some rebels? If so that's a good one.

AirJigga25
05-19-05, 09:01 AM
They're showing platoon on spike tv right now......good movie.....nice and disturbing.

not as good, but I always end up watching hunt for red october again and again

Platoon

band of brothers

D148L0
05-19-05, 10:48 AM
I'm kinda surprised nobody has mentioned "Das Boot". One of my favorites.

HotRodSaint
05-19-05, 12:34 PM
"Hell is for Heroes" with Steve McQueen.

"The Great Escape" with Steve McQueen is his better known war movie which is also a classic.

HotRodSaint
05-19-05, 12:37 PM
I'm kinda surprised nobody has mentioned "Das Boot".

See Danbuc's thread opening post.


Das Boot was great...

Kev
05-19-05, 12:39 PM
I'm kinda surprised nobody has mentioned "Das Boot". One of my favorites.I'm kinda surprised you missed young Ben's post, that seems unlike you. :)


Enemy at the Gates, Behind Enemy Lines, Das Boot, Platoon, Apocalypse Now, Band of Brothers are all my favorites. Oh, and Deer Hunter was alright too.

Kev
05-19-05, 12:42 PM
"The Sand Pebbles" was a pretty good Steve McQueen movie.

Kev
05-19-05, 12:53 PM
Gary Cooper in:

"The Real Glory"
"Beau Geste"
"Sergeant York"

and for Ralph;
"North West Mounted Police"
(not exactly a war movie but I thought I'd throw it in for Ralph's sake)

JimHare
05-19-05, 01:43 PM
Here's some to think about:

1) Gone with the Wind
2) Lives of a Bengal Lancer -
3) Gunga Din
4) The Beast (of War)
5) All Quiet on the Western Front
6) Memphis Belle


The Beast may not be as well known - it starred George Dzundza as a Russian tank commander in Afghanistan dealing with his crew's gradual disintegration. Gorgeous cinematography, haunting soundtrack, well acted and perhaps one of the best movies of the 80s - an unknown gem. Catch Jason Patric using an 03 Enfield to fix the trigger of an RPG launcher...

"RPG...tank kaput!"


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094716/

El Dobro
05-19-05, 02:13 PM
"Hell is for Heroes" with Steve McQueen.

"The Great Escape" with Steve McQueen is his better known war movie which is also a classic.

Yea, I'm a "Hell Is For Heroes" fan, too. Another one that's really good is "Attack!" with Jack Palance, Eddie Albert and Lee Marvin. Pretty intense scene with Palance and the German tank.

Ralph
05-19-05, 11:09 PM
and for Ralph;
"North West Mounted Police"
(not exactly a war movie but I thought I'd throw it in for Ralph's sake)

Thanks, but I don't think I've ever seen it, (if it is a movie :cynic: ) or heard of it.

Kev
05-19-05, 11:14 PM
Well, I guess I shouldn't expect you youngsters to know too much about the classic movies and the actors who starred in them. (hehe)