My "Best War Movies" List..

I've never done one of these lists before...so, I guess it is about time...here are my Favorites...

1. Battleground...seeing Ricardo Montalban tear that German's jugular vein out with his teeth is truly awe inspiring..

2. Hell in the Pacific...starring Lee Marvin and Toshiro Mifune...and no one else..Classic...

3. Full Metal Jacket....the most realistic Boot Camp scene I've ever seen...and lessons in using foul language that are simply indispensable...

4. The Sands of Iwo Jima...I've got a Belgian movie poster of this hanging in my office at work...John Wayne at his best...

5. Gettysburg....makes me wish that Joshua Chamberlain was on OUR side...simply the best historical run-down of the battle that I can think of...

6. The Big Red One...the original "old war horse" movie...creating a character that spans BOTH World Wars...

7. Patton...Best theme song EVER in a war movie..."Patton's March" is sure to instill even the meekest with a strong urge to kick some ass..

8. To Hell and Back....one of my distant relatives - Audie Murphy - was just a plain and simple HERO...

9. Sergeant York.....once a conscientious objector, but made to see the light by his religion, and became the most decorated soldier of WWI...and, also a fellow Tennessean...

10. Tora Tora Tora....best single WWII quote I can think of..."I fear we have awakened a Sleeping Giant".....ooohhh yeah, baby.....

11. Blackhawk Down...a REAL story....Rangers making the best of a BAD situation...

12. The Longest Day....A celebfest with practically EVERYbody who was ANYbody in Hollywood in it...and a pretty good take on the D-day invasion of Normandy..

13. Saving Private Ryan....The scene were Tom Hanks won't let them shoot the POW is a MUST see...and somehow relavant to today's news...

14. The Battle of the Bulge.....Fonda does a pretty good job...and my Grandpa was actually captured by the Germans during the actual battle...

15. The Best Years of our Lives.....I LOVE this movie....

I might think of some more later....ha!...wow...that was pretty fun....and, yes, I have copies of ALL of these movies in my collection....

by Eric on November 15, 2003 | Comments(12) | Military Stuff

Comments so far:

I'm a war movie buff. It drives my girlfriend crazy. I spend some time playing online war games, too.

Here's a few of my favorites:

We Were Soldiers: For me, that movie captures the thoughts, feelings, and bond of fighting men.

A Bridge Too Far
The Dirty Dozen
Das Boot
Mr. Roberts
Twelve O'Clock High


I guess there are just too many to name. You have a great list, though.

posted by: Geoffrey on November 15, 2003 01:36 PM

Not really a war movie (unless you count the Cold War), but I've always loved "The Hunt for Red October," in spite of the odious presence of Alec Baldwin.

posted by: Juliette on November 15, 2003 02:16 PM

All mentioned are favorites of mine. Maybe it's because I'm a rabid Steve McQueen fan, but I'd have to add "Hell Is for Heroes".

posted by: Indigo on November 15, 2003 07:34 PM

Cross off 'Full Metal' for me, tho' hubby loves it.
He also loves that 'Apocollapse the movie industry now", so I don't know....

posted by: siso on November 16, 2003 02:36 AM

Full Metal Jacket is a personal favorite. Just saw the Longest Day again not too long ago on AMC. Couldn't watch the whole thing, in one sitting. Luckily, I picked up where I left off when it re-played later in the night.

Check out Master and Commander. It's not quite the same period as most of those listed above, but it's a damned fine Naval Battle movie.

posted by: BSTommy on November 16, 2003 09:01 AM

I like Geoffrdy's additions.

posted by: Parkway Rest Stop on November 16, 2003 04:18 PM

I like Patton because my grandfather knew him personally. He knew MacArthur and Ike too! He fought in three wars and could fix anything mechanical that was ever built! Had some great tools that my fucking cousin made off with before I could get to the garage.

posted by: The Bartender on November 16, 2003 09:52 PM

I am a huge war movie buff. Full Metal Jacket is my all time personal favorite, despite the fact that I think R. Lee Ermy is a phony. Being a career Marine and having lived the boot camp scene it brought back fond memories.

We were soldiers once, and young with mel Gibson was great and who could forget The Duke in The Green Berets.

P.S. Nice Blog!

posted by: Cannoncocker on November 18, 2003 03:24 PM

Thanks, Cannoncocker...Semper Fi..

posted by: Eric on November 18, 2003 04:32 PM

I can't believe I left out The Lost Battalion with little Ricky Schroder. I actually enjoyed that movie, but maybe it was mostly because I knew the story behind it.

posted by: Geoffrey on November 19, 2003 01:15 AM

your shit sucks
war movies are okay,
my to five are:
Scarface
Pulp Fiction
Goodfellas
The Shawshank
And why not the Jacket

posted by: me on December 12, 2003 10:11 PM

im a total war movie buff also...watch this movie called warriors, ita abt un peace keeping forces in bosnia..absolutely brilliant...also watch welcome to sarajevo...love it!! as u might notice im totally obsesstd with war movies esp ones that deal with anything abt eastern europe!!

posted by: amrita on December 14, 2003 03:02 PM