Top 10 Favourite War Movies
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Saving Private Ryan (1998)
In the Last Great Invasion of the Last Great War, the Greatest Danger for Eight Men was Saving... One.
Plot: Following the Normandy Landings, a group of US soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.
"He better be worth it. He better go home and cure a disease, or invent a longer-lasting light bulb."
Black Hawk Down (2001)
When Trumpets Fade (1998)
In The Heat Of Battle, Not All Soldiers Can Be Heroes
Plot: A private in the latter days of WWII on the German front struggles between his will to survive and what his superiors perceive as a battlefield instinct.
"You don't think about it, you don't hesitate, you just do it, you understand? Otherwise, you're gonna go home to your mama in a box, alright?"
We Were Soldiers (2002)
War Never Ends Quietly
Plot: April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened Army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and his five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.
"Ideals are peaceful. History is violent."
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Born To Kill
Plot: A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow Marine recruits from their brutal basic training to the bloody street fighting set in 1968 Hue, Vietnam.
"These are great days we're living, bros. We are jolly green giants, walking the Earth with guns. These people we wasted here today are the finest human beings we will ever know. After we rotate back to the world, we're gonna miss not having anyone around that's worth shooting."
Heartbreak Ridge (1986)
The Scars Run Deep
Plot: A hard-nosed, hard-living Marine gunnery sergeant clashes with his superiors and his ex-wife as he takes command of a spoiled recon platoon with a bad attitude.
"My name's Gunnery Sergeant Highway and I've drunk more beer and banged more quiff and pissed more blood and stomped more ass that all of you numbnuts put together. Now Major Powers has put me in charge of this reconisence platoon."
This is a selection of my favourite war films, logically enough. Before people start jumping down my throat asking why I didn't include obvious choices like Schindler's List or The Deer Hunter, the reasoning is simple: there are war dramas, and there are war movies which do not shy away from scenes of combat. So while I appreciate the war dramas, I love the combat-based pictures.
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