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on 28 Jan 2012 06:11

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Military/War Films: Best to Worst

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My top 10 favorite war films.
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1. The Great Escape (1963)
The War: World War II

Plot Synopsis: Allied POWs plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.
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People who added this item 4752  Average listal rating (3145 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.3 
2. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
The War: World War II

Plot Synopsis: In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as "The Basterds" are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis.
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People who added this item 5427  Average listal rating (3611 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 8.6 
3. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
The War: World War II

Plot Synopsis: Following the Normandy Landings, a group of US soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.
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People who added this item 1998  Average listal rating (1293 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.6 
4. The Hurt Locker (2008)
The War: The Iraq War

Plot Synopsis: Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb.
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People who added this item 688  Average listal rating (464 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.4 
5. Rescue Dawn (2006)
The War: The Vietnam War

Plot Synopsis: A US Fighter pilot's epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War.
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People who added this item 3394  Average listal rating (2012 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.5 
6. Apocalypse Now (1979)
The War: The Vietnam War

Plot Synopsis: During the on-going Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade Green Beret who has set himself up as a God among a local tribe.
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7. The Deer Hunter (1978)
The War: The Vietnam War

Plot Synopsis: An in-depth examination of the way that the Vietnam war affects the lives of people in a small industrial town in the USA.
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8. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
The War: The Vietnam War

Plot Synopsis: 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.
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9. Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
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10. Pearl Harbor (2001)
The War: World War II

Plot Synopsis: Pearl Harbor follows the story of two best friends, Rafe and Danny, and their love lives as they go off to join the war.
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Onward.....

The rest of the war films I've seen, not in my top 10.
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11. American Sniper (2014)
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12. Lone Survivor (2013)
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13. Black Hawk Down (2001)
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14. Jarhead (2005)
The War: The Gulf War (????, not fully certain. Any help would be appreciated)

Plot Synopsis: Based on former Marine Anthony Swofford's best-selling 2003 book about his pre-Desert Storm experiences in Saudi Arabia and about his experiences fighting in Kuwait.
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15. Downfall (2004)
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16. Three Kings (1999)
The War: The Persian Gulf War

Plot Synopsis: In the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War, 4 soldiers set out to steal gold that was stolen from Kuwait, but they discover people who desperately need their help.
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People who added this item 1025  Average listal rating (614 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 7.1 
17. Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
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18. Platoon (1986)
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19. Das Boot (1981)
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All of the war/military films I've seen, from best to worst, in my opinion. Films about something entirely different than war, but set during one, will not be featured on this list. War, or a movie about military combat, must be the prominent subject.

Note: I haven't seen a whole lot of war flicks, but will add as I go.

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Comments

Posted: 3 years, 5 months ago at Feb 2 17:57
The Great Escape is fantastic, eh?
Unfortunately, I'm yet to see 'Platoon', 'Patton', or the others you mentioned. However, they are on my list. Thanks for the vote!
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Posted: 3 years, 5 months ago at Feb 3 9:01
Excellent choices. I also recommend The Guns of Navarone and Bridge on the River Kwai.
Posted: 3 years, 5 months ago at Feb 3 17:47
Thanks much. I have been meaning to check out both of those titles, as 'Guns of Navarone' has been recommended to me a few times now. Also, I've really wanted to see 'River Kwai' for a few years, just haven't for some reason.

Do you have a list?
Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Feb 8 10:25
Just wars from 20th & 21st century ? I think I'll make a list like this too..
Btw, u gotta see more war films man. :)
Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Feb 9 19:08
Ha ha, only wars from that time period, because, like you said, I haven't really seen many older war films, and need to. Add wars from all eras on your list, I'd love to check it out :)

Thanks for the vote.
Posted: 3 years, 3 months ago at Apr 1 18:11
Pearl Harbour in your top 10! Please, check out Tora! Tora! Tora! Gives the real story of Pear Harbour, excellent film. Good list otherwise mate

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