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  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Pensacola, FLPosts: 10,826 Senior Member
    edited August 2021 #32
    Under fictional......


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  • jaywaptijaywapti Senior Member Swampland, FLAPosts: 5,100 Senior Member
    Many great war movies, the one that always stood out for me was " The guns of Navarone "
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  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 7,928 Senior Member
    jaywapti said:
    Many great war movies, the one that always stood out for me was " The guns of Navarone "
    A very good book. The movie was good, but less exciting.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 28,061 Senior Member
    Of the mentioned. I really liked the new Midway movie. We Were Soldiers was good. Saving Private Ryan, of course. Jadotville, I enjoyed. 
    The Longest Day was good even though I hate “The Duke”. 
    Guns of Navaroon and Bridge over River were good but not movies I make a point of seeing again. 
    Das Boot (Spl) was a good youth memory. And of course Full Metal Jacket, but only like the first half really. 
    Platoon, while a fun watch on occasion, never really hit me as a high interest movie. 
    Many other good ones I need to rhink about. 
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  • JaphyJaphy Posts: 440 Member
    Bat21
    Gene Hackman, Danny Glover, Mel Gibson.
  • TugarTugar Senior Member Western IdahoPosts: 2,460 Senior Member
    So I have a question...  

    Years ago I went to see A Thin Red Line in the theaters.  With the cast and stated story line I thought it would be an AMAZING movie and yet if I remember correctly, I FELL ASLEEP during the film.  It consistently gets decent ratings from everyone but yet I NEVER hear anyone mention it in their personal lists of favorite war films.  Did I miss anything or was it really not a good film?


    Garbage. Hated that movie. 

    Far too many good movies to pick one. BOB wouldn't be one of them only because, it's not a movie. Great epic series and one of the best things to watch.

    Gettysburg is up there, though to be honest I wish the hand to hand was more like Glory. GREAT hand to hand. First time I saw it, I had just gotten back from West Germany. The scene where thy are cutting off the soldier's leg while Neelix is taking care of Matthew Broderick's neck. 

    The guy screaming sounded just like a good buddy of mine that was still on the East German border. Nothing happened but it chilled me to the bone. 

    While I wouldn't call it my favorite. Find "My Way" I find it up there quality wise with "Saving Private Ryan" from the Korean movie industry.

    Some great tanks scenes

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  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Pensacola, FLPosts: 10,826 Senior Member
    Hamburger Hill is agood Nam film
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  • Jeff in TXJeff in TX Senior Member J&D Ranch - North Central TXPosts: 2,548 Senior Member
    A couple of my favorites, Joan of Paris and the Hangman must die.  Both WWII movies

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  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 9,696 Senior Member
    Zee said:
    Das Boot (Spl) was a good youth memory. And of course Full Metal Jacket, but only like the first half really. 
    Yeah.  Das Boot.  Can't forget Das Boot!  

    I think U571 has to rate pretty high on my list - at least for the boarding scene.  The notion of ripping off a Thompson inside a 10-foot wide steel can makes my ears ring just thinking about it. :#

    We all love Full Metal Jacket for R. Lee Ermey's work in it.  I think perhaps the great unsung drill sergeant performance was John Finn as Sgt. Major Mulcahey in Glory.  They do not know until you have taught them. . .even the difference between right and left.  :D

    Speilberg's Empire of the Sun  was Christian Bale's first appearance in anything as far as I know, and it launched him on his career.  The scene where the P-51's attack the Japanese airfield was probably the best effort Hollywood has ever made at convincing you that live bombs and .50 cal were actually being used.  That scene was a religious experience for Bale's character, and I was right there with him!

    And Dunkirk. . .MMMMMMM. . .Spitfire MKI's. . .ahhhhhhhhhh. . . If the sounds made as Tom Hardy switches over to his reserve tank don't give you goosebumps, then I have ZERO use for you!


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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Merrritt Island, FLPosts: 25,219 Senior Member
    Ah yes, U571. That movie will always have a special place in my heart as it was the VERY LAST movie my father, a WW 2 naval vet, watched before he passed. He'd fall asleep watching movies - but he was wide awake the entire time for that one!
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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 28,061 Senior Member
    Forgot 1917 a Dunkirk. They were good, yes. 
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  • bisleybisley Senior Member East TexasPosts: 10,815 Senior Member
    There are very few that I haven't seen at least once, at least of the older ones. I cannot pick one particular movie, but there is usually a character or two, even in the poorly vetted ones, that I really like. For example, Audie Murphy playing himself, or Gary Cooper playing Sergeant York. 

    One good one that a lot of folks have never heard of is The Enemy Below, with Robert Mitchum as a destroyer captain and Kurt Jurgen as German U boat commander.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 28,061 Senior Member
    Zulu Dawn was one I enjoyed as a child. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Posts: 4,611 Senior Member
    Funny how many movies that I thought were just amazing when I was young I’ve rewatched in the last few years and said hummmmm, not as good as I remember…

    It’s a °IIIII° thing 😎

  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Manistee Natl ForestPosts: 18,281 Senior Member
    For historical stuff...Zulu and Zulu Dawn are really good...Waterloo was too...
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  • waipapa13waipapa13 Senior Member Northland, New ZealandPosts: 954 Senior Member
    Band of Brothers would have to rate up near the top for me.

    Gallipoli, the Peter Weir film, tears me up every time.

    Honourable mention to Talvisotaa (sp?), a Finnish war film and the Battle of Britain, my favourite as a kid.

  • Johnny rebJohnny reb Member Posts: 715 Senior Member
    I can believe this ones not been mentioned.
    Does everyone know what movie the above photo is from?
    Heartbreak ridge is a movie I can watch whenever it’s on. 
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Colorado SpringsPosts: 7,821 Senior Member
    "Full Metal Jacket" . USMC in the '70s.
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  • JustsomedudeJustsomedude Posts: 1,370 Senior Member
    Enemy At The Gates.
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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Manistee Natl ForestPosts: 18,281 Senior Member
    I can believe this ones not been mentioned.
    Does everyone know what movie the above photo is from?
    Heartbreak ridge is a movie I can watch whenever it’s on. 
    Apocalypse Now always struck me as some weird ass acid trip thing...
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  • JaphyJaphy Posts: 440 Member
    I can believe this ones not been mentioned.
    Does everyone know what movie the above photo is from?
    Heartbreak ridge is a movie I can watch whenever it’s on. 
    Apocalypse Now

    Robert Duvall and the Air Calvary surf boys 

    Maybe the most bizarre movies of all time
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 28,061 Senior Member
    waipapa13 said:
    Band of Brothers would have to rate up near the top for me.

    Gallipoli, the Peter Weir film, tears me up every time.

    Honourable mention to Talvisotaa (sp?), a Finnish war film and the Battle of Britain, my favourite as a kid.

    Forgot about Gallipoli!  Another youthful memory. 
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  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Posts: 4,611 Senior Member
    "I love the smell of napalm in the morning....

    You know, one time we had a hill bombed for 12 hours. When it was all over, I walked up. We didn’t find one of ’em... not one stinkin' dink body.

    That smell, you know, that gasoline smell, the whole hill....  Smelled like victory.

    You know, someday this war is going to end..."

    It’s a °IIIII° thing 😎

  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 28,061 Senior Member
    After the mentions…….watching it again. Fourth time. A must see!

    My rifle looks just like that one!!!
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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 28,061 Senior Member
    “Sniper, catch me up!”

    ”F*****s came out of nowhere and started shooting!  You’re caught up, Boss!”

    Love this movie. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 28,061 Senior Member
    edited August 2021 #57
    “Cooley, you are snatching the trigger!  Slow down!  Breath, squeeze, kill!  Breath again!”

    ”Good man, Cooley!  Keep it up!”
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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 28,061 Senior Member
    edited August 2021 #58
    “Sniper!”
    ”Boss?”
    ”Can you hit the schoolhouse?”
    ”Yeah. Bren and a single shot!”
    ”The man in the white suit!  Do you have his heart?”
    ”Yeah, Boss!”
    ”Take it!”

    BOOM

    ”Do you think he was important?
    ”If he was, we won’t have to wait too long to find out.” 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 28,061 Senior Member
    “I’m going to start charging you for every f***ing bullet that misses!”
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  • Johnny rebJohnny reb Member Posts: 715 Senior Member
    Jayhawker said:Japhy said:
    I can believe this ones not been mentioned.
    Does everyone know what movie the above photo is from?
    Heartbreak ridge is a movie I can watch whenever it’s on. 
    Apocalypse Now

    Robert Duvall and the Air Calvary surf boys 

    Maybe the most bizarre movies of all time

    I can believe this ones not been mentioned.
    Does everyone know what movie the above photo is from?
    Heartbreak ridge is a movie I can watch whenever it’s on. 
    Apocalypse Now always struck me as some weird ass acid trip thing...
    It is certainly different. So is how people respond to war. As out there as it seems alot of stuff happened in vietnam. There are people that tend to not cope so well and lose it. 
  • Johnny rebJohnny reb Member Posts: 715 Senior Member
    Zee said:
    After the mentions…….watching it again. Fourth time. A must see!

    My rifle looks just like that one!!!
    Im going to have to watch this now.
    Ive scrolled past it a hundred times.
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