Top Ten Greatest War Moviesposted on 5/22/13
Memorial Day is a time of reverence for those who have fallen in the line of duty while fighting for the United States. It is also a three day weekend that marks the beginning of the summer and barbecue season. If you have not been invited to, or just straight up despise, outdoor grilling parties then why not spend the day indoors watching a slew of brutal war movies with the shades drawn? Give that Call of Duty game a rest, and pick one of these especially violent films to watch while chain smoking cigarettes and guzzling PBR from a canteen!
Apocalypse Now (1979)
When a high ranking colonel in the U.S. Army goes rogue during the Vietnam War to become the godlike ruler of a local tribe, a secret mission is organized to wipe him out. Francis Ford Coppola directs this cinematic adventure starring Martin Sheen as the captain assigned to assassinate Marlon Brando’s renegade colonel.
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This film about the American Civil War follows the story of the first all-black regiment in the Union army. Matthew Broderick plays the colonel in charge of leading this newly formed group of soldiers and acting as their advocate for fair treatment. Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington give powerful performances as two black soldiers fighting bravely for a better America.
Get It Today: Glory
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Stanley Kubrick’s take on the Vietnam War focuses on the duality of man during the grueling Marines boot camp training and later on the front lines of combat. Vincent D’Onofrio gives a chilling performance as a dehumanized Marine who suffers a break from reality.
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Saving Private Ryan (1998)
In Steven Spielberg’s World War II film based on a true story, a group of U.S. soldiers are on a mission to save a paratrooper after his three brothers have all been killed. Tom Hanks stars as the captain in charge of leading the rescue mission after invading Normandy on D-Day.
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Oliver Stone’s film set during the Vietnam War tells the story of a platoon divided between good and evil after unarmed civilians are killed during a village raid. Charlie Sheen follows in his father’s footsteps playing a moral crusader in this bloody film.
Get It Today: Platoon
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
For a unique take on World War II, look no further than Quentin Tarantino’s revenge fantasy film. Brad Pitt plays the leader of a guerilla unit of Jewish-American soldiers who conspire with a Jewish refugee woman to attack Nazi officers at a German movie premiere being held in France.
Get It Today: Inglourious Basterds
The Deer Hunter (1978)
This film tells the story of three friends from the same small town who enlist in the Vietnam War together. After getting captured by the Vietcong, the three men (played by Robert DeNiro, Christopher Walken, and John Savage) must rely on each other to escape.
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Set in World War II, this film tells the true story of how Navajo soldiers used their native language as an unbreakable code for radio communications. Nicolas Cage plays a U.S. Marine who is assigned to protect these valuable codetalkers during a battle in to take Saipan from the Japanese forces.
Get It Today: Windtalkers
Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
Oliver Stone takes on another Vietnam War film, but this time from the perspective of a soldier who was paralyzed during the war and becomes an anti-war activist. Tom Cruise stars as a wheelchair bound veteran who discovers that his military service to his was not appreciated by the country he fought so bravely for.
Get It Today: Born on the Fourth of July
Good Morning Vietnam (1987)
This film takes a lighter approach to the Vietnam War as it follows the story of a radio DJ (played by Robin Williams) who is sent into the war zone to entertain the troops. Although he succeeds in doing so, he also gets himself into trouble with the higher-ups who don’t share his sense of humor.
Get It Today: Good Morning, Vietnam