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View Poll Results: Best warmovie
Das Boot 316 21.17%
Saving private Ryan 323 21.63%
Stalingrad 157 10.52%
Platoon 33 2.21%
Apocalypse Now 43 2.88%
Full metal jacket 42 2.81%
A bridge too far 94 6.30%
The longest day 54 3.62%
Die Brücke 47 3.15%
Other than the above mentioned 384 25.72%
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Old 04-09-2019, 07:51 AM   #646
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In no particular order...
Lawrence of Arabia, The Lighthorsemen, Charge of the Light Brigade (1968), Breaker Morant, Zulu, Zulu Dawn (not nearly as good as Zulu), Die Konterrevolution (German movie about the Ehrhardt Brigade and the Kapp Putsch, 1920), Die Letze Front (about the Baltic campaign and Battle of Riga, 1919), Letters from Iwo Jima, The Bridge on the River Kwai (I live in Thailand and have been to the bridge many times. The movie's a crock, but still fun), Glory, The Last Samurai (Tom Cruise, notwithstanding), Waterloo (far from perfect, not least because Rod Steiger overacted but given the cast of thousands logistics, pretty good), Hacksaw Ridge, Pork Chop Hill, All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), The Longest Day (saw it in 1962 when I was 10 with my Dad who landed in Normandy on June 18, 1944 with a forward recce squadron of the RCAF), The Great Escape (Steve McQueen on that motorcycle!!!), Kingdom of Heaven, Black Hawk Down, 55 Days at Peking, Khartoum, Field of Lost Shoes (about the VMI cadets at The Battle of New Market), The Red Badge of Courage (1951), The opening battle in Gladiator.
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Old 04-09-2019, 11:20 AM   #647
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Also "As Far as My Feet will Carry Me " (German).
I voted for "Das Boot"...

But that was also an excellent movie. I didn't expect to enjoy it.
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Old 04-30-2019, 11:25 AM   #648
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All films up for selection in the poll are good, of course, but I, too, voted "other".

Maybe it's an unusual choice, but for me it's The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943). Not just my favorite war film, but one of my favorite movies, period. (Even though I only discovered it for myself a few years ago.)
Story, dialogues, cast, editing, cinematography, in short everything is as close to cinematic perfection as one can get.

(It's a rather unusual war film, too. Although set against the background of three wars - Boer War, WWI and WWII - it doesn't have a single scene of combat. But then, it's a film about so much more than war, like love, friendship, aging, ethics...)

I can only recommend it. Be sure to watch the beautifully restored version released in 2012, though. The colors alone are a feast for the eyes.

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Old 05-01-2019, 04:52 AM   #649
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All films up for selection in the poll are good, of course, but I, too, voted "other".

Maybe it's an unusual choice, but for me it's The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943). Not just my favorite war film, but one of my favorite movies, period. (Even though I only discovered it for myself a few years ago.)
Story, dialogues, cast, editing, cinematography, in short everything is as close to cinematic perfection as one can get.

(It's a rather unusual war film, too. Although set against the background of three wars - Boer War, WWI and WWII - it doesn't have a single scene of combat. But then, it's a film about so much more than war, like love, friendship, aging, ethics...)

I can only recommend it. Be sure to watch the beautifully restored version released in 2012, though. The colors alone are a feast for the eyes.
It is a good film. Apparently Churchill loathed it, the film didn’t create the hatred for Germany that was needed.

Two scenes that I love in the film, when the band are plied with beer to play and when the various soldiers visit the two in hospital after the sabre duel.

Not my favourite war film but a very good choice for near the top of the list.
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Old 05-01-2019, 03:59 PM   #650
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Just watched The Caine Mutiny again a few days ago.....It's one of my favorites.....Bodes
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Old 05-01-2019, 11:56 PM   #651
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Don't know if it's been mentioned but 'Paths of Glory' with Kirk Douglas
is in the top 100 of all films ever. I think the best anti-war movie ever.

'Tunes of Glory' with Aleck Guinness is stunning also.
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Old 05-02-2019, 05:38 AM   #652
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Have any of you gents seen Steve McQueen in "The Sand Pebbles?" A very fine film.
Also, for those who may not have seen it, "Night of the Generals," with Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif is a good watch, too.

Reading all these titles brings back a boatload of memories.

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Old 05-02-2019, 05:01 PM   #653
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I enjoyed "Twelve O'Clock High" with Gregory Peck and DeanJager whenever it was on TV. Interesting contrast with Steve McQueen in "The War Lover" the film adaptation of John Hersey's almost anti-war novel. The "Paths of Glory" is very good, but another take on the French habit of shooting reluctant soldiers in WWI is "The Very Long Engagement".
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'Tunes of Glory' with Aleck Guinness is stunning also.
Thanks for pointing out that one. I hadn't seen it before, but have now caught up with it. A very good film with a great cast down to the minor supporting roles. (I particularly liked Duncan MacRae as the old Pipe Major.)

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Old 05-04-2019, 05:34 PM   #655
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Watching The Train right now.
With the exception of the officer (Paul Schofield) wearing an EK2 instead of
a Knight's Cross it's still a stunner.
So glad it's in black and white and NOT in color.
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This is a must see.


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Old 06-11-2019, 05:11 PM   #657
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"Battle of Britain" beats all IMO.
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