Monday, May 31, 2010


A list of war movies to watch for Memorial Day.


FULL METAL JACKET (1987) Matthew Modine, Vincent D’Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey. Stanley Kubrick's intense film follows a group from boot camp to Vietnam. INTENSE!

GLORY (1989) Matthew Broderick, Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes. Best Civil War movie ever made.

THE DIRTY DOZEN (1967) Lee Marvin, John Cassavetes, Telly Savalas, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, Donald Sutherland. A major in America’s OSS trains a group of doomed convicts into an elite special missions force tasked with raiding a fortified Nazi chateau full of vacationing officers. VERY FUN!

SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998) Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Paul Giamatti, Ed Burns. When a World War II private’s three brothers are all killed in action, a platoon is dispatched to retrieve him and send him home amid the European Theater’s last major offensive.

PLATOON (1986) Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe, Tom Berenger, Forest Whitaker, Keith David. Oliver Stone’s autobiographical account of his experiences in Vietnam charts the change in disposition of its characters in the face of the war’s shockingly commonplace atrocities.

STALAG 17 (1953) William Holden, Otto Preminger, Peter Graves. An unscrupulous U.S. POW is suspected by fellow inmates to be spying on behalf of their German captors.

THE GREAT ESCAPE (1963) Steve McQueen, James Garner, Charles Bronson, Richard Attenborough. A mostly-true story of the Nazi's plan to isolate the most escape-prone POWs in one "escape proof" facility.

M*A*S*H (1970) Donald Sutherland, Elliot Gould, Robert Duvall. Dark, funny and harrowing.

SHENANDOAH (1965) James Stewart, Doug McClure, Denver Pyle, Patrick Wayne, Katherine Ross. A Virginia farmer's determination not involve his family in the Civil War falls apart when his youngest son is mistaken as a Rebel and taken into Union custody.

THE CAINE MUTINY (1954) Humphrey Bogart, Fred MacMurray, Lee Marvin. The new captain of the U.S. S. Caine, a mine sweeper, drives the crew to the brink of mutiny.

A MIDNIGHT CLEAR (1992) Peter Berg, Kevin Dillon, Ethan Hawk. A German platoon surrenders to an American unit during a temporary truce in the final days of WWII. Over the Christmas holidays the two sides bond, but are then forced to fight when the truce is rescended.

GALLIPOLI (1981) Mel Gibson, Mark Lee. A couple of Australian sprinters face the brutalities of war when they are sent to the front lines.

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