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In Memorial (Day): Favorite War Movies

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Paths of Glory - 1957One of the finest anti-war statements ever made, it's also acted to perfection by Kirk Douglas, powerfully so, and company; despite the utterly tragic denouement Kubrick builds the suspense expertly.
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People who added this item 298 Average listal rating (173 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5
Gallipoli (1981)
Gallipoli - 1981Peter Weir's Australian film about the horrifically tragic battle at the titular local in Turkey during WWI is also magnificently compelling; features a young Mel Gibson back when he was still an Aussie.  Memorable right down to the famous final shot.
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People who added this item 479 Average listal rating (261 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.1
Grand Illusion - 1937 Still holds sway as one of the greatest anti-war dramas, which also served as an influence on many other films -- including the aforementioned Great Escape. But as Roger Ebert notes, it's less about an escape than it is "a meditation on the collapse of the old order of European civilization." A remarkable piece of cinema, and director/actor Erich von Stroheim gives one of his two greatest performances (see Sunset Blvd. for the other).
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People who added this item 580 Average listal rating (307 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.1
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People who added this item 286 Average listal rating (155 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
Joyeux Noel (2005)
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Bridge on the River Kwai - 1957  I still think it drags on a bit in the midsection when William Holden is off living the good life again, but otherwise this is one of the greatest of all WWII action films and is there a better, more gripping and satisfying 3rd act in cinema?
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The Great Escape - 1963 Favorite POW movie, despite knowing how it ends, and its epic length, I'll watch this any time it's on because it remains entertaining with one of my favorite Hollywood casts ever.  Plus Steve McQueen on a motorbike!
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People who added this item 1498 Average listal rating (823 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.9
Letters From Iwo Jima - 2006 Eastwood's beautifully realized film from the perspective of Japanese soldiers sent on a deadly mission to hold on to this godforsaken island. Unforgettable. (And more coherent than its sister film Flags of Our Fathers, though that film also has its share of moving moments.)
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People who added this item 149 Average listal rating (86 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.9
The Train (1964)
The Train -- 1964: Burt Lancaster as a French railroad official who must help the resistance sabotage a train full of art stolen by the Nazis. John Frankenheimer's film is taut (if a little overlong) and most exciting. Don't miss this one.
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People who added this item 75 Average listal rating (38 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.5
Battleground (1949)
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Das Boot (1981)
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Days of Glory (2006)
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Decision Before Dawn - 1951: Both exciting and harrowing, surprisingly moving; underrated war espionage thriller.
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Downfall (2004)
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Story of GI Joe: Burgess Meredith as journalist Ernie Pyle in a most realistic and humane war tale, made back when it was all still quite fresh and raw.
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People who added this item 752 Average listal rating (504 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.9
Glory (1989)
Glory: Still my favorite Civil War movie -- though for whatever reason there really aren't a ton of Civil War movies I'd deem "great" -- a most powerful story about race and hypocrisy, with a terrific cast. It's not flawless, but hard to forget.
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People who added this item 871 Average listal rating (525 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6
M*A*S*H (1970)
M*A*S*H: There aren't too many great Korean War pictures and Altman's black comedy based on Richard Hooker's book was only ostensibly so, given it came out during 'Nam and aimed at the absurdity of that war while using Korea as official backdrop. Still -- it counts. And it's still outrageously, darkly funny. I can watch this one repeatedly.
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Full Metal Jacket and Apocalypse now: Both flawed but unforgettable. I think the flaws for both lie in having a 2nd half (or 3rd act) that is weaker than the amazing first part. Full Metal Jacket's basic training scenes, the first half, is one of the all-time greats. First time I ever saw Vincent D'Onofrio and right then I knew he'd be something special.  And I'll take either of these over Platoon any day.
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Three Kings (1999)
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Originally posted at GreenCine Central. Author: Craig Phillips: In honor of Memorial Day -- take a moment of silence for all the soldiers who have served this country over the years (and centuries), and then take another moment to think of some of your favorite films about the horrors of war. These are mine. Post your own choices in the comments below.
(Note: I'm keeping to fictional features here, no docs allowed, for the sake of focus.

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