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Best film of a war ever

 
 
Reply Tue 18 Jan, 2005 10:10 am
Rather than attempt the impossible task of coming up with the best war film ever, how about coming up with the best film for each war. Here is a list of all the wars fought by America (you can also add any other non-American war). For each war, pick the best film.

The French and Indian War (and all other colonial conflicts)

The American Revolution

The War of 1812

The Seminole War (and all other antebellum Indian wars)

The Mexican War/ War of Texan Independence

The Civil War

Post-bellum Indian wars

The Spanish-American War

The First World War

The Mexican Expedition (and all other American foreign interventions 1900-1989)

The Second World War

The Korean War

The Cold War

The Vietnam War

The First Gulf War (and all other American foreign interventions 1990-present)
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joefromchicago
 
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Reply Tue 18 Jan, 2005 10:26 am
Re: Best film of a war ever
Here's my list:

The French and Indian War (and all other colonial conflicts): I've never seen "Last of the Mohicans," so I'll have to go with "Drums Along the Mohawk."

The American Revolution: This war really hasn't produced many good movies. "The Patriot," I thought, was rather uninteresting. I'll have to think about this one.

The War of 1812: If "Master and Commander" had hewed to the original novel and cast the enemy as an American ship (instead of making it French), then it would have won this category. I guess "The Buccaneer" wins by default.

The Seminole War (and all other antebellum Indian wars): Not a very crowded category: "Seminole" wins because I've actually seen it.

The Mexican War/ War of Texan Independence: Well, how can anyone top the original "Alamo?"

The Civil War: "Glory."

Post-bellum Indian wars: "Fort Apache."

The Spanish-American War: I think the definitive Spanish-American War film has yet to be made.

The First World War: I'll stick with the American side of the war (otherwise it would be "Grand Illusion") and say "The Long Parade."

The Mexican Expedition (and all other American foreign interventions 1900-1989): "The Sand Pebbles."

The Second World War: "Patton."

The Korean War: "M*A*S*H"

The Cold War: "Dr. Strangelove."

The Vietnam War: "Apocolypse Now."

The First Gulf War (and all other American foreign interventions 1990-present): Haven't seen any films for this war, nor have I seen "Blackhawk Down." I guess, then, it would have to be "Heartbreak Ridge," not because it's a particularly good movie, but because it's the only movie I've seen that fits this category. (Oops, on second thought, it doesn't fit this category -- it was released in 1986)
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FreeDuck
 
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Reply Tue 18 Jan, 2005 10:30 am
Re: Best film of a war ever
joefromchicago wrote:
The Civil War: "Glory."

The Korean War: "M*A*S*H"

The Vietnam War: "Apocolypse Now."



Totally agree with the first two. I'm no historian, but for the Vietnam War I liked Full Metal Jacket and The Thin Red Line.
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Lightwizard
 
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Reply Tue 18 Jan, 2005 10:49 am
Could agree with all of those selections but I'd add:

WWI: "All Quiet on the Western Front"

WWII: "The Night of the Shooting Stars" Gets into the idiocy factor of the impact of a war rather than the glorification. If it wasn't for George C. Scott's juggernaut performance, "Patton" is rather routine.

Vietnam war: "Tigerland" Get into the roots of the futility of that war. "Apocalypse" unfortunately gets tangled up in some eerie satirical surrealism in the final reel that just leaves me cold. The documentary on making the film "Hearts of Darkness" is a better film.

The original "The Alamo" was so flamboyantly out-of-sync with real history it's almost laughable and the new one goes the opposite way and at times becomes boring didactic exposition despite some good acting. I'm never negative about some extrapolations on unknown factors involving history but when it's so distorted its almost unrecognizable I can't quite swallow it.
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Lightwizard
 
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Reply Tue 18 Jan, 2005 10:52 am
FreeDuck: Mallick's "The Thin Red Line?"

If so, absolutely.
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FreeDuck
 
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Reply Tue 18 Jan, 2005 11:00 am
Lightwizard wrote:
FreeDuck: Mallick's "The Thin Red Line?"

If so, absolutely.


Sadly, the part of my brain that remembers the names of people was apparently destroyed in my youth. But I'm sure that's the one.
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Lightwizard
 
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Reply Tue 18 Jan, 2005 11:12 am
This is the 1998 Mallick film:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120863/
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Lightwizard
 
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Reply Tue 18 Jan, 2005 11:20 am
And the 1964 film with Keir Dullea ("2001: A Space Odyssey")

THE THIN RED LINE
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FreeDuck
 
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Reply Tue 18 Jan, 2005 12:43 pm
Oh, thanks. Definitely the Mallick film, I wasn't aware of the other. Though maybe now I should check it out.
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panzade
 
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Reply Tue 18 Jan, 2005 01:07 pm
Thin Red Line for WWII? Or Big Red One...but Private Ryan wins hands down.
For Vietnam: Deerhunter /Apocalypse came close but Platoon will forever be my Vietnam flick
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FreeDuck
 
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Reply Tue 18 Jan, 2005 01:10 pm
My bad, I meant WWII. Platoon was with DaFoe and I can't remember. I liked that one a lot too. It was just on HBO a few nights ago, I think.
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Lightwizard
 
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Reply Tue 18 Jan, 2005 01:39 pm
Have never been able to get warmed up to "Platoon." The individual characters in the film seemed artificially contrived and not credible.
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FreeDuck
 
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Reply Tue 18 Jan, 2005 01:40 pm
It's hard to like Charlie Sheen, but I've always like <can't spell first name, think it's Willem> Dafoe.
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panzade
 
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Reply Tue 18 Jan, 2005 01:42 pm
That's true LW, but compared to Apocalypse they're Sam Shepphard-like
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thiefoflight
 
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Reply Wed 19 Jan, 2005 08:17 pm
THE first gulf war- THREE KINGS
Korean war- TAE GUK GI; THE BROTHERHOOD OF WAR (from the korean perspective)
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CorpseGrinder
 
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Reply Thu 20 Jan, 2005 04:45 pm
The Civil War - Gettysburg


The First World War - The Lost Battalion (sp?) All Quiet On The Western Front

The Mexican Expedition (and all other American foreign interventions 1900-1989) - i dunno if this would go here, i know its a western but my favorite movie of all time - Young Guns

The Second World War - Saving Pvt. Ryan

The Korean War - M*A*S*H*


The Vietnam War - Platoon by far
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panzade
 
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Reply Thu 20 Jan, 2005 04:46 pm
Welcome dude...gotta agree with ya....
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CorpseGrinder
 
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Reply Thu 20 Jan, 2005 04:51 pm
panzade wrote:
Welcome dude...gotta agree with ya....


thanks for the welcome man Smile

oh and Black Hawk Down is in my list somewhere too, i cant believe i forgot it
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panzade
 
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Reply Thu 20 Jan, 2005 04:53 pm
I read the book...I couldn't stomach seeing the movie.
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CorpseGrinder
 
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Reply Thu 20 Jan, 2005 04:59 pm
you couldn't stomach it because the book was/movie was bad?
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