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I've always been disappointed in lists of "best war movies". The folks who chose them generally seem inclined to select the most "anti"-war movies as the "best". But then again, "pro-war" is a poor description for any realistic depiction of war.
That said, I also realized what I like about a war movie - and it's not about whether it's "pro" or "anti" anything - it's about whether it captures the warrior ethos - and I believe several recent films have managed to do that. I present an off the top of my head list below for your consideration. If I missed any contenders, please let me know in comments.
(My vague definition of "recent" is the past 10-15 years or so.)
I was really bummed out when Mr Willis came out with Die Hard 4. Reading Michael Yon's blog you'd think that he was really going to make the movie about deucefour. It's a great compelling, patriotic story, but I guess Hollywood would rather make their anti-Iraq loser flops.
Considering their Messi-uh Obama won the election, I don't think they'll come out with a patriotic movie anytime soon. Maybe in about 30 years.Posted by Pete Dawg at November 14, 2008 07:40 AM
One movie I would add to your list is "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World". It takes place during the Napoleonic wars and provides a great example of leadership and the training of future leaders.Posted by AJM at November 14, 2008 01:18 PM
Tears of the Sun is a great movie showing how hum anitarian missions can evolve into battles.Posted by Sean at November 14, 2008 02:58 PM
I honestly can't recall why I left Master and Commander off the list. It's a great film and would undoubtedly have gotten more votes than some I included. Plus, Ive unintentionally dissed the Navy...
On a related note, I could have included "Flyboys" as a nod to the Air Force, but it really fell short in many regards. (It's good, but not really a contender for "great".)
When was the last good "Air Force" movie? Memphis Belle?Posted by Greyhawk at November 14, 2008 05:40 PM
Not to nitpick Greyhawk, but you forgot Hamburger Hill (which I loved) and Braveheart. Even though I knew that Braveheart was extremely historically inaccurate the story that Mel Gibson portrayed was awesome. Hell, afther watching the movie I wanted to help kick the British out of Scotland.
Mel Gibson Braveheart LOL!
Don't forget "Pork Chop Hill" with Gregory Peck, on how the daily grind of combat wears on the unit's leader.
Mr. Peck actually introduces the movie with a sober opening statement that explains why we were there, why Pork Chop Hill was important, and why it should be recorded and remembered by Americans.
Can you imagine one of our toy boys doing that today?Posted by jordan at November 14, 2008 08:52 PM
Not sure the various Meat Hill movies meet my "recent" criteria. They are good 'uns.
'Braveheart' I should have included. But it would have to compete with 'We Were Soldiers' for hearts and minds of Mel Gibson voters.
The Patriot, too.
Ten is the limit for that poll service. I'll probably run a couple more of these movie polls.
Any nominees for all time worst "anti-war" movie? I mean really bad story, direction, acting, script, and an over the top nauseating anti-war plot ...
I say "Deerhunter".Posted by Greyhawk at November 15, 2008 12:08 AM
Oh I loved Memphis Bell!Posted by Martha at November 15, 2008 03:17 AM
OOPs didn't finish reading the prior posts..YES! Deerhunter...worthless waste of celophane or whatever they call the 'tape' movies were run on. I didn't see one redeeming quality. It was just sick.Posted by Martha at November 15, 2008 03:23 AM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(9) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)