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Posted by CoastieGM on 12/29 at 1:18 am to lake2280
Here's a couple that haven't been mentioned

-"Bat 21" (movie is bull shite according to someone who was there, but still entertaining)

-"All Quiet on the Western Front." 1979 version. Should be a classic, but nobody seems to know about it.



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Posted by lake2280 on 12/29 at 1:18 am to Grunt Actual
Thanks grunt I appreciate your service I'm out


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Posted by Pectus on 12/29 at 7:07 am to lake2280
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Movie board put I feel the OB will have better opinions on the best military movie.


That's a little presumptuous of you...

Does it bother anyone that Black Hawk Down's cast was primarily foreign actors and B or C actors?



I really like Thin Red Line. You guys should check it out if you haven't seen it.





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Posted by stewie on 12/29 at 8:06 am to CoastieGM
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-"All Quiet on the Western Front." 1979 version. Should be a classic, but nobody seems to know about it.


Great movie... IMHO, you're spot on with that assessment

It's always interesting to see what Vets have to say about these movies.



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Posted by deaconjones35 on 12/29 at 8:26 am to stewie
A few more to add to my list:

Taking Chance (HBO movie)
U571
Crimson Tide

Not as good as my original list, but worth watching. Taking Chance was a surprisingly good one.



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Posted by Purple Spoon on 12/29 at 8:32 am to deaconjones35
Sargent York may be my favorite black and white movie ever.


"Pretty good shootin for a man in his liquor wouldn't ya say reverend?"



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Posted by brass2mouth on 12/29 at 8:40 am to lake2280
hurt locker gets a bad rap from OIF/OEF vets for being "unrealistic" but Vietnam vets would probably say the same about movies like Platoon and Apoc. Now. IMO other than the uniform blunders and the far fetched Hollywood thrown into the movie it was pretty spot on. The scene in the commissary where he's looking at the plethora of cereal and is so overwhelmed, hit home for me, and I thought captured exactly what a lot of guys deal with when they return and why they just want to go back.

Its a movie, not a documentary, so its purpose is to entertain the audience. Nobody wants to watch a convoy or foot patrol in Iraq find and IED then wait 4+ hours for EOD to be flown in from the nearest FOB.

I'm not sure Hurt Locker is top 5 as far as war movies go or anything but its definitely not the worst.



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Posted by Carson123987 on 12/29 at 8:43 am to lake2280
Are you in military? Only people I know that hate Hurt Locker are military. I loved it. Well done movie, just not too accurate


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Posted by hooper27 on 12/29 at 8:47 am to Carson123987
The outlaw josey wales


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Posted by hashbrowns on 12/29 at 9:07 am to hooper27
The Thin Red Line has to be one of the top 5 worst movies to me.

U571 was a great movie.

I thought BoB was better than the Pacific, but liked the Pacific for what it was. My pawpaw was on Okinawa when Japan surrendered, he says he can't watch BoB or Pacific because of that.

FMJ is great until they get out of Basic, then it loses me.

Apocalypse Now is ok, has some great scenes, but then just wanders around for a while.

I also was not a fan of The Hurt Locker

Tigerland was actually a really good one, and based on a true story.

Blackhawk down is a great one also.

We Were Soldiers they did a really good job on, and could have done more. The movie was only the first half of the book.

The Lost Battalion is a great WWI movie.



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Posted by USMCTiger03 on 12/29 at 9:17 am to lake2280
Traditional: Saving Private Ryan
Non-Traditional: Tears of the Sun

Hurt Locker: liked it as a movie, but was too bull shite.

Jarhead: meh. Loved and hated.



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Posted by deaconjones35 on 12/29 at 9:37 am to USMCTiger03
Anyone see Empire of the Sun? I recommend it.

LINK



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Posted by Ace Midnight on 12/29 at 9:41 am to lake2280
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Movie board put I feel the OB will have better opinions on the best military movie. I'm going with black hawk down, worst by far is hurt locker.


Blackhawk Down is up there - I'm a softie for the classics:

The Longest Day

The Sands of Iwo Jima

A Bridge Too Far

Patton

Platoon

Full Metal Jacket

Apocalypse Now


And one not a lot of people remember, but it was the template for Full Metal Jacket -

The Boys from Company C

There are great made for television stuff, too:

The Pacific

Band of Brothers

Gettysburg


As far as newer (at least to me) - Eastwood's films Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima form an excellent double feature.



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Posted by Ace Midnight on 12/29 at 9:51 am to Pectus
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Does it bother anyone that Black Hawk Down's cast was primarily foreign actors and B or C actors?



I thought the acting was solid, overall, obviously the US market isn't unaware of Ewan McGregor, Eric Bana or Orlando Bloom - and McGregor and Bana gave standout performances, in my opinion.

The movie was supposed to jumpstart Hartnett's action career - out of the top billed, I think his performance was just okay.



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Posted by RBWilliams8 on 12/29 at 10:15 am to lake2280
I feel the need to throw southern comfort in the mix even though there are better movies, it's still a cool flick.


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Posted by Vol Fan in the Bayou on 12/29 at 10:31 am to lv2bowhntAU
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We Were Soldiers


No question, one of the best war movies that no one has heard about. Great flick.

Patton - The Longest Day - Blackhawk Down - Sgt. Alvin York - The Bridge on the River Kwai

Man, I could go on for a while. There have been some great war movies.




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