War/Military Classics

This is a list of my favourite films based around war and the military, not what I assume the majority of audiences thinks is the best but what I grew up with and also therefore what I appreciate for either carrying on the tradition or breaking the mold respectively!
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The Longest Day (1962)
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The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view. (178 mins.)
“ The good ol' days' equivalent of today's Avengers in a sense, this war film is a powerhouse of heavyweight actors from a different era being what superheroes of WWII were. For a dated classic it's still a beautifully made film and holds its own against today's fare! ” - DanLives1980
A Bridge Too Far (1977)
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Operation Market Garden, September 1944: The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines. However, mismanagement and poor planning result in its failure. (175 mins.)
“ One of my favourite oldies for the excellent use of the British cast and also not making the British look like second rate heroes to the Americans, the war effort in Holland turns dangerously against the allies' favour ” - DanLives1980
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
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After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it. (161 mins.)
Director: David Lean
“ Bridge on the River Kwai's overall success led to half a century of films and television movies and miniseries telling much the same story but there is still only one bridge and here it is. A truly close to the bone tale of British POW's forced into Japanese slavery during the war to defeat their own forces' attempts to overcome the East! ” - DanLives1980
Gallipoli (1981)
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Two Australian sprinters face the brutal realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I. (110 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
“ A rare classic from when the Aussies started to make some really good films and the world war stories started to dry up. As the war raged on in the rest of the world, the Australians faced daily massacre in the trenches facing the Turks around Egypt. This is a tale of two talented athletes drawn into the conflict where their talent for running could either be the death of them or the lifeline of thousands of weary soldiers ” - DanLives1980
The Big Red One (1980)
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The story of a sergeant and the inner core members of his unit as they try to serve in and survive World War II. (113 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
“ A childhood favourite; Lee Marvin is the grizzled old Sergeant who is serving his second world war with the Big Red One, the First Infantry. His squad, also consisting of a young and talented Mark Hamill and Robert Carradine, make their way across Europe punching through enemy lines on the beaches of Vichy France, Italy and across Africa until finally they break into Germany and discover one of the first concentration camps. A brave tale, often funny, beautifully shot, compelling and full of enough action to keep any boy at heart happy ” - DanLives1980
The Eagle Has Landed (1976)
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A German plot to kidnap Winston Churchill unfolds at the height of World War II. (135 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
“ Michael Caine is the German spy sent to assassinate Churchill. One of his own finest before the great Hollywood black hole of B-Movies that almost ended his career ” - DanLives1980
The Great Escape (1963)
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Allied P.O.W.s plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II. (172 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
“ One of the most recalled war films of all time and classed as one of the greatest. No need to ask why, just go see it if you haven't yet ” - DanLives1980
The Dirty Dozen (1967)
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A US Army Major is assigned a dozen convicted murderers to train and lead them into a mass assassination mission of German officers in World War II. (150 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
“ The original war film that made a hero of Lee Marvin's grizzled antihero type. Aging Colonel Reissman is given the dirtiest job of all during the war; to tame and train American war criminals to get behind enemy lines on a suicide mission. Disrespected and doubted by his peers, his team pull together finally to prove that they might just be the baddest squad of soldiers there ever were, even if they're all goofballs and psychopaths. One of the few films that manages to be hilarious and remain deadly serious, also featuring one of the finest casts ever. Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, John Cassavettes, Telly Savalas, Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson, Jim Brown and Clint Walker are included. ” - DanLives1980
MASH (1970)
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The staff of a Korean War field hospital use humor and hijinks to keep their sanity in the face of the horror of war. (116 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
“ The Korean war seen from the point of military surgeons who try to remain sane by being as crazy as possible. Involves playing drunken golf on minefields and lots of pranks. Donald Sutherland, Elliot Gould and Robert Duvall are brilliant ” - DanLives1980
Kelly's Heroes (1970)
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A group of U.S. soldiers sneaks across enemy lines to get their hands on a secret stash of Nazi treasure. (144 mins.)
Director: Brian G. Hutton
“ The original Three Kings and still the best. An action comedy that doesn't trivialise the effects of war unless it involves killing Germans wholesale. Kelly's Heroes is about Clint Eastwood's crazy and disgraced platoon leader catching wind that the Germans are hiding a huge stash of gold behind enemy lines and takes an unauthorised mission behind enemy lines to get it. Telly Savalas gets to be a hero, as again does Donald Sutherland, with the inclusion of Don Rickles. ” - DanLives1980
Too Late the Hero (1970)
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A reluctant hero, American Lt. Sam Lawson, is secunded to a motley British unit tasked with destroying a Japanese radio on a Philippine island. (145 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
“ Michael Caine and his British squad are stuck behind enemy lines on a covert mission in the Pacific East. Hunted down by the Japanese, either they have to risk their lives to escape back to base or be killed playing it safe ” - DanLives1980
Battle of Britain (1969)
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In 1940, the British Royal Air Force fights a desperate battle to prevent the Luftwaffe from gaining air superiority over the English Channel as a prelude to a possible German invasion of the UK. (132 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
“ Description needed? ” - DanLives1980
The Dam Busters (1955)
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The story of how the British attacked German dams in WWII by using an ingenious technique to drop bombs where they would be most effective. (124 mins.)
“ And again? ” - DanLives1980
633 Squadron (1964)
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An RAF squadron is assigned to knock out a German rocket fuel factory in Norway. The factory supplies fuel for the Nazi effort to launch rockets on England during D-Day. (102 mins.)
“ And again? ” - DanLives1980
Aces High (1976)
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In WW1 the high casualty rate among the rookie pilots of the Royal Flying Corps puts an enormous strain on the survivors. (114 mins.)
Director: Jack Gold
“ Malcolm McDowall's turn to be the hero, I enjoyed this a lot even though it was quite late after all the original arial combat films such as Battle of Britain and Dam Busters. It's nice also though because it's a lot less dated and feels more authentic ” - DanLives1980
Where Eagles Dare (1968)
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Allied agents stage a daring raid on a castle where the Nazis are holding an American General prisoner... but that's not all that's really going on. (158 mins.)
Director: Brian G. Hutton
“ One of the boys adventures sees the titan team up of Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton and their covert team infiltrating the Eagle's Nest in the Bavarian Alps to snatch a scientist from the Nazi's. Fir it's time, this is as white knuckle a ride as it gets and believe me when I say I'm not debunking it. This is a classic and I own it for that reason! ” - DanLives1980
The Guns of Navarone (1961)
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A British team is sent to cross occupied Greek territory and destroy the massive German gun emplacement that commands a key sea channel. (158 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
“ Gregory Peck *beep* German *beep* up! ” - DanLives1980
Force 10 from Navarone (1978)
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During World War II, several oddly assorted military experts are teamed in a mission to raid and destroy a bridge vital to enemy strategy. (118 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
“ Not the type of film you'd have expected our Harry Ford to have jumped into after Star Wars, especially since he was a carpenter up until that time but Robert Shaw takes ford and also Carl Weathers on their mission to blow up a damn to screw the Germans over for the allies. Not great but enjoyable! ” - DanLives1980
Attack Force Z (1981)
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A group of Australian commandos launch a secret mission against Japanese forces in World War II. (93 mins.)
Director: Tim Burstall
“ Another Australian gem, this time starring a fresh faced Sam Neill along with Mel Gibson. A suicide special forces mission by the Aussies to a Pacific island quickly goes sour but an Asian village vows to stand by the Australians and help them complete their mission against all odds ” - DanLives1980
Apocalypse Now (1979)
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During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe. (153 mins.)
Director: Francis Coppola
“ The daddy of Vietnam films, an army Captain is sent into most dangerous Cambodia to assassinate a brilliant Colonel gone mad but with the madness of the war in full swing, will he even get there with his mind and soul in one piece? ” - DanLives1980
Uncommon Valor (1983)
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Ten years after his son went MIA in Vietnam, U.S.Marine retired Colonel Jason Rhodes assembles a private rescue team to find Americans held in POW camps in Laos. (105 mins.)
Director: Ted Kotcheff
“ One of the few films to seriously tackle the issue of MIA US soldiers in Vietnam over ten years after the end of the war, Colonel Rhodes, a retired soldier is out to find his son since the government refuses to get involved. For this, he enlists the battle scarred and guilt ridden team mates that were forced to leave Jason behind. But tracked by the CIA, they have no choice but to head for Cambodia illegally and without the weapons they will need! ” - DanLives1980
Platoon (1986)
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A young recruit in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man. (120 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ Another powerhouse Vietnam movie and the one I grew up with. A now all star cast including Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe, Tom Berenger, Johnny Depp, Forest Whittaker, Keith David and Kevin Dillon sees a platoon of soldiers battling the guerrilla tactics of their most vicious enemies and inner conflict between their own as the effects of the war turns young men into monsters. Oliver Stone's possible best. ” - DanLives1980
Hamburger Hill (1987)
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A very realistic interpretation of one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War. (110 mins.)
Director: John Irvin
“ John Irvin's answer to Platoon sees the mass war effort forcing young men up a hill already won from the *beep* countless times and the veterans who won it questioning why their best friends are dying for what they had already accomplished for the US Army ” - DanLives1980
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
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A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue. (116 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Kubrick's break from the norm, he takes a documentary style of direction to a particularly grim side of the Vietnam war... in the bombed out cities where snipers wait at every turn and the troops actively hate each other so that their friends' inevitable deaths won't affect them. As a result the all out discrimination and contempt is often hilarious but Kubrick nails how the war trivialised troops' care for human life and values ” - DanLives1980
Heartbreak Ridge (1986)
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A hard-nosed, hard-living Marine gunnery sergeant clashes with his superiors and his ex-wife as he takes command of a spoiled recon platoon with a bad attitude. (130 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ A decent TV movie sees Clint Eastwood's vinegar pissing Gunnery Sergeant put in charge of the worst bunch of flunk-outs the Rangers have ever seen just in time for the Falklands War. It tries to recreate the Dirty Dozen feel somewhat and falls short but it's still fun to watch just for Eastwood's refusal to ever fail at anything but being pleasant. ” - DanLives1980
The Thin Red Line (1998)
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Terrence Malick's adaptation of James Jones' autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War. (170 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
“ Terrence Malick's beautifully shot ball of mass confusion is perfect for many reasons and not because of its cast or its story. The battle scenes portrayed war in a way that it was never before experienced and because the story is only centred around the fear of soldiers who know they're facing an enemy they can't defeat, the films seeing aimlessness is in fact its context. It's not a story of any kind but an experience laced with the narrations of soldiers questioning life and death. ” - DanLives1980
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
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Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action. (169 mins.)
“ Spielberg's war masterpiece redefined the war genre in the sense that you felt the bullets hit and felt the damage that they did. Ugly, saddening, futile, vicious and all at once uplifting many a time, it captured more realism than any other film before its time and many after it. ” - DanLives1980
Black Hawk Down (2001)
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123 elite U.S. soldiers drop into Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord and find themselves in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily-armed Somalis. (144 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ A cross between Private Ryan, Thin Red Line and Hamburger Hill in many a sense, the modernised tale of the US's bloody conflict with Somalia over a failed extraction of Somali Warlords held accountable for genocide is as bloody an experience as it gets as we follow US Rangers and Delta Force attempts to recover dead and wounded soldiers, actually leading to a body count they couldn't have imagined. Ridley Scott refuses to play the patriot game but nonetheless portrays the fear and the courage displayed by so many outgunned and outnumbered soldiers on that day. A stellar cast humbly brought beneath the egos of action movie heroes and a film that is as hard to watch as it is compelling for a two hour massacre ” - DanLives1980
Tears of the Sun (2003)
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A Special-Ops commander leads his team into the Nigerian jungle in order to rescue a doctor who will only join them if they agree to save 70 refugees too. (121 mins.)
Director: Antoine Fuqua
“ US Navy Seals are sent deep into the jungles of Africa as apartheid spreads and red berets cross the land raping and killing everything in their path. Their mission is to extract the wife of a dead US citizen but as the entire presidential family has been killed but for one who is rumoured to be one of the refugees begging to be rescued, they find themselves at a moral dead end as thousands of soldiers close in on their position. Do the mission and extract the doctor or save the people she has devoted her life to helping... A straightforward action thriller with a lot of compassion and with a fine cast ” - DanLives1980
Navy Seals (1990)
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During a rescue mission, a Navy Seals team discover that a newly formed terrorist group have access to deadly US built Stinger missiles, and set out to locate and destroy them. (113 mins.)
Director: Lewis Teague
“ The Navy Seals' answer to Top Gun, Charlie Sheen and Michael Biehn lead the secret special force up against terrorist armies in Beirut where the reckless heroics of the few could either end the mission tragically or save lives in a brutally one sided war the US can't be seen involved in ” - DanLives1980
Enemy at the Gates (2001)
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A Russian and a German sniper play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad. (131 mins.)
“ One from the Russian side, Enemy at the Gates is the tale of a talented Russian sniper winning the Battle for Stalingrad until the Germans send their wolf in the guise of Ed Harris' relentless, calm and charismatic war hero to defeat him. It beats so many others because there has never been such a nihilistic view of war, not even in Private Ryan or Thin Red Line. It's more of an action film but perfectly portrays the true horrors committed in Russia ” - DanLives1980
The Deer Hunter (1978)
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An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania. (183 mins.)
Director: Michael Cimino
“ Not entirely a war film but the Vietnam war is the catalyst for this beautifully haunted drama about a group of friends whose trivialised lives are torn apart by tragedy. When Michael comes home without his best friend, knowing that he's AWOL in Saigon and lost to the world, he attempts to let it be but the guilt leads to many negative conclusions before he finally accepts that it's his love for his best friend that won't let him move on with his life ” - DanLives1980
Hart's War (2002)
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A law student becomes a lieutenant during World War II, is captured and asked to defend a black prisoner of war falsely accused of murder. (125 mins.)
Director: Gregory Hoblit
“ A courtroom drama of sorts based in a POW camp as an American soldier attempts to spare the lives of his men by fighting for their rights. Is it realistic? Is it based on fact? I still don't know but it's different and it's compelling and it doesn't forget it's a war movie ” - DanLives1980
Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004)
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A drama about the fate of brothers forced to fight in the Korean War. (140 mins.)
Director: Je-gyu Kang
“ The Koreans shocked the world with their account of the Korean War minus the presence of the US. The North is winning and Communist China has their back. As one tough older brother fights to protect his drafted but physically ill and weak sibling and at the same time endanger himself with heroic but deadly missions that should win one of them a ticket home, the corrupt and dirty tactics of their army generals pushes him closer to giving up and joining the enemy! ” - DanLives1980
Tigerland (2000)
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A group of recruits go through Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Polk, Louisiana's infamous Tigerland, last stop before Vietnam for tens of thousands of young men in 1971. (101 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
“ A modernised Full Metal Jacket sees Colin Farrell enlisted into boot camp whereas he has no intention of going to war. This causes problems, tensions, rivalries and all out psychopathic confrontations until their final bout of training at Tigerland will see if he can find a way out, unless the enemies he has made will make sure that he never goes home ” - DanLives1980
G.I. Jane (1997)
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A female Senator succeeds in enrolling a woman into Combined Reconnaissance Team training where everyone expects her to fail. (125 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Not a brilliant film and I don't particularly like Demi Moore but here she is trying to be Bruce Willis and she is but one character in a good movie about special forces soldiers in brutal training. A woman against all odds who learns how to act like a man to gain respect. ” - DanLives1980
Cadence (1990)
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Charlie Sheen plays a rebellious inmate in an Army stockade. (97 mins.)
Director: Martin Sheen
“ Not a war film but an army stockade-based film set against the background of a war. Charlie Sheen is thrown into army prison where he is outnumbered by black men institutionalized by the prison and bitterly racist a result of discrimination against them within the army. Basically he has to act black to get respect but his attempts to be accepted by the other prisoners puts him in the black books of the slightly crazy and racist warden treating the prison as his personal bootcamp. It's thoroughly enjoyable and Larry Fishburne is always a pleasure to watch in any film ” - DanLives1980
We Were Soldiers (2002)
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The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War and the soldiers on both sides that fought it. (138 mins.)
Director: Randall Wallace
“ One of those films you do not watch at tea time. If you decide to, I warn you, don't eat any meat with skin or bones or burned sausages. Mel Gibson and his Sergeant Major Sam Elliott lead the first offensive against the Vietnamese in the early 60's. They come up against an enemy that America has never witnessed, not even after those crazy Kamikaze Japanese. Barry Pepper is the combat photographer sent to apply his journalistic skills and Greg Kinnear is the helicopter pilot trying to escort the wounded to MASH against all odds of being shot out of the sky like the rest of his team. Bloody, violent beyond comprehension and bloody some more ” - DanLives1980
Black Book (2006)
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In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, a Jewish singer infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance. (145 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
“ Paul Verhoeven's long planned Dutch WWII espionage thriller sees a Jewish woman plan revenge on the Nazis for the murder of her family by disguising herself and becoming a spy for the Dutch Resistance. But she falls for a German Commander and vice versa and soon they both end up embroiled in a stalemate that could end the war for Elle, her lover and the Dutch Resistance. It's the most sophisticated and yet frank film Verhoeven has ever made and it has a bigger heart than most. Clearly a labour of love ” - DanLives1980
Downfall (2004)
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Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, tells of the Nazi dictator's final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII. (156 mins.)
“ The critically acclaimed German movie about Hitler's last days as the Allies swept across Western Europe and the Russians entered Germany from the East. Bruno Ganz portrays Hitler with relentless aggression yet also with compassion and sadness. The support cast is bar none the best and the leading lady is naturally captivating. Possibly the best war film in a foreign language, it's a sad story that both forces and pulls punches to manipulate feelings accordingly but without bias ” - DanLives1980
Windtalkers (2002)
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Two U.S. Marines in WWII are assigned to protect Navajo Marines who use their native language as an unbreakable radio cypher. (134 mins.)
Director: John Woo
“ A bloody, gung-ho war tale from John Woo. Nicholas Cage's Sergeant Joe Enders is critically wounded in battle in the Pacific after the massacre of his squad. With the help of the nurse who falls for him, emotionally damaged and looking for redemption, he enlists to the front line where he is assigned to protect and possibly even eliminate Private Ben Yahzee, a Native Indian radio man who is trained to use his own language as a code the Japanese can't break, unless they can get their hands on him. Naturally, racism is but one issue as the GI's see him and his fellow Native Pvt. Charlie Whitehorse as a danger to all of them as suicidal Japs begin to make more daring attacks than before ” - DanLives1980
The Killing Fields (1984)
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A journalist is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody "Year Zero" cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million "undesirable" civilians. (141 mins.)
Director: Roland Joffé
“ The otherwise untold tale of what happened to the South Vietnamese after America pulled out of the Vietnam War. I won't even explain it for you, this is a beautiful yet harrowing film that has much to teach us about the value of life ” - DanLives1980
Sniper (1993)
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Tough guy Thomas Beckett is a US Marine working in the Panamanian jungle. His job is to seek out rebels and remove them using his sniper skills... (98 mins.)
Director: Luis Llosa
“ Thomas Becket is a US Marine Sniper sent into the jungles of Colombia to infiltrate a deadly drugs baron, knowing that he will be hunted by his most deadly foe in the form of another sniper turned mercenary. What he doesn't know is that he will be taking an egotistic and opinionated although highly talented rookie along with him to guarantee success. But this rookie may prove more dangerous than Becket's intended targets ” - DanLives1980
The Dogs of War (1980)
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Mercenary James Shannon, on a reconnaissance job to the African nation of Zangaro, is tortured and deported. He returns to lead a coup. (118 mins.)
Director: John Irvin
“ Looking to place a political despot in an African village under the tyranny of a warlord, Christopher Walken is captured and tortured, turning his job into a personal vendetta where he enlists the help of old war buddy Tom Berenger. Together they plan to execute the liberation of the village and assassinate the warlord ” - DanLives1980
Three Kings (1999)
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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. (114 mins.)
“ Four US Marines stationed in Iraq catch wind of a huge stash of gold bullion taken from the people by Saddam. They go AWOL after a shooting incident to collect, no matter if the entire Iraqi army has been alerted to their firing upon their soldiers. An action packed, compassionate and often funny if not surreal war film that doubles for a heist movie ” - DanLives1980
Jarhead (2005)
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A psychological study of operations desert shield and desert storm during the gulf war; through the eyes of a U.S marine sniper who struggles to cope with the possibility his girlfriend may be cheating on him back home. (125 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ Jake Gyllenhaal's US Marine stationed in the Iraq desert searches the wastes of the war for his first kill. Not a great film but it does stand apart from the rest and tackles issues, namely the mindset of why so many young me enlisted in the war after 9/11 ” - DanLives1980
Cross of Iron (1977)
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In 1943, in the Russian front, the decorated leader Rolf Steiner is promoted to Sergeant after another successful mission... (132 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
“ A James Coburn classic looking at WWII from a different perspective; namely an American perspective of the Germans trying to break through Russian enemy lines against all odds ” - DanLives1980
Castle Keep (1969)
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During the Battle of the Bulge, an anachronistic count shelters a ragtag squad of Americans in his isolated castle hoping they will defend it against the advancing Germans. (105 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
“ You don't see films like this anymore and probably never will again unless you see this. It's basically a small team of US soldiers against all odds trying to hold off the German army from within a castle and it has Columbo in it and we ALL love Columbo ” - DanLives1980
Anzio (1968)
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One of WWIIs bloodiest battles as the Allies smash through the German lines which have enclosed the Anzio beachhead. Four months and 30,000 casualties before the Allies finally march to Rome. (117 mins.)
“ Another futile US soldiers outnumbered and in a *beep* predicament movie about a handful of soldiers left to hold the line in a position strategic to the German war machine ” - DanLives1980
Battle of the Bulge (1965)
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A dramatization of Nazi Germany's final Western Front counterattack of World War II. (167 mins.)
Director: Ken Annakin
“ Place under Longest Day ” - DanLives1980
The Trench (1999)
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A story about a group of soldiers' last days before the battle of the Somme in 1916, showing the conditions in the trenches during World War 1 and taking you into the minds of the soldiers. (98 mins.)
Director: William Boyd
“ Great War trench based war movie about the sheer waste of life caused by *beep* British strategy. Daniel Craig keeps the Scouse warm as the army leader sending his young boys in army drabs up the ladder and into oncoming machine gun fire. Brutal! ” - DanLives1980
Bat*21 (1988)
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During the Vietnam War, Colonel Hambleton's aircraft is shot down over enemy territory and a frantic rescue operation ensues. (105 mins.)
Director: Peter Markle
“ An enjoyable if not grim movie about a veteran pilot shot down in Vietnam. Out of radio range with base, injured and having to navigate the jungles, he can't be rescued until the nearby heavily fortified enemy camp is taken out and they're too big a match for his squads ” - DanLives1980
Catch-22 (1970)
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A man is trying desperately to be certified insane during World War II, so he can stop flying missions. (122 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
“ An anti-war comedy from the perspective of WWII bomber pilots stationed in the Mediterranean, an all star cast including Alan Arkin, Martin Sheen, Orson Welles, Art Garfunkel, John Voight and Anthony Perkins portrays the lives of bomber pilots trying to be certified too mentally unstable to fly anymore missions as their quotas are being raised every time they reach them. The only catch, they'd have to be crazy to fly in the first place so there's no escape from the war that's blowing them all to pieces every mission. Comedy gold yet also seriously twisted and morbid ” - DanLives1980
Southern Comfort (1981)
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A squad of National Guards on an isolated weekend exercise in the Louisiana swamp must fight for their... (106 mins.)
Director: Walter Hill
“ Not a war movie but a Walter Hill action suspense movie about a National Guard training exercise gone wrong when their soldiers piss off some Cajun hunters in the Louisiana Swamplands. The only problem is that these people are rookies with blank ammo and this is the Cajuns' home and they have more than just guns at their disposal. Keith Carradine, Powers Boothe and Fred Ward make for very interesting Hills Have Eyes subjects ” - DanLives1980
Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
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The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for. (145 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ Oliver Stone's second waltz through the insanities of war sees Tom Cruise's patriotic young soldier crippled by a gun wound after his unit are overrun bu the Vietnamese. Returning home, his life falls apart as he refuses to accept his loss and the treatment he receives from the anti-war majority. This is possibly Cruise's best ever and maybe even Stone's ” - DanLives1980
Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
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The life stories of the six men who raised the flag at The Battle of Iwo Jima, a turning point in WWII. (135 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ Clint Eastwood rips ass off-set telling the tale of young soldiers forced to live a lie in the name of propagandist journalism as they become the celebrities of the most famous war picture ever taken. Unsurprisingly, their actual experiences in war turn out nowhere near as successful ” - DanLives1980
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
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The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it. (141 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ The sequel as seen from the Japanese side, a young soldier assigned to help defeat the Americans at Iwo Jima battles with himself to overcome his fears and to make sense of his fellow soldiers' brutal will to die honourably rather than live with failure ” - DanLives1980
Empire of the Sun (1987)
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A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation during World War II. (153 mins.)
“ Spielberg's first serious adventure into war sees Christian Bale's privileged young child abandoned by his own family in Japan as the war breaks out. He finds himself in a concentration camp with a number of British and American POW's and looking to become one of them despite his empathy for the Japanese. ” - DanLives1980
Casualties of War (1989)
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During the Vietnam War, a soldier finds himself the outsider of his own squad when they unnecessarily kidnap a female villager. (113 mins.)
Director: Brian DePalma
“ One of the cheaper Vietnam war films of the 80's but no less effective, Michael J. Fox's soldier is alienated from his contemptful and bloodthirsty squad during being stationed in a strategic position out in the jungle. But even more so when he opposes the rape and mutilation of a female prisoner of war. It isn't long before his promise to report them makes him a target. Brutal and quite believable and with a bittersweet ending ” - DanLives1980
Heaven & Earth (1993)
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The final movie in Oliver Stone's Vietnam trilogy follows the true story of a Vietnamese village girl... (140 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ The final installment in Oliver Stone's war trilogy is about the redemption a soldier looks for upon falling in love with a Vietnamese woman, while trying to save her from the war his country is so bitterly engaged in. Tommy Lee Jones is just admirable ” - DanLives1980
Coriolanus (2011)
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A banished hero of Rome allies with a sworn enemy to take his revenge on the city. (123 mins.)
Director: Ralph Fiennes
“ Not old enough to be a classic? Well I tell you now that it will be! Ralph Fiennes directs from the original words of Shakespeare against a modern setting as Rome's greatest warrior, bitter rival of Gerard Butler who he has never been able to kill. When Rome renounces Coriolanus as a political leader, he is outcast and offers his services or his life, whether or not Aufidius will allow him to use his armies to wage war on Rome. It's not all about war but it is heavily military-themed and of course, what's the difference between this and the likes of Troy besides the mountains of dead bodies in the latter? ” - DanLives1980
Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
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Balian of Ibelin travels to Jerusalem during the crusades of the 12th century, and there he finds himself as the defender of the city and its people. (144 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Despite Ridley Scott's more rushed than usual style and budget and time restriction-related corner cutting, Kingdom is an immense war classic that smashes down great walls to the theme of the Crusades through the ancient Middle East. The wars between the Knights' Templar and Saladin are unlikely ever to be rivaled for a very long time as only Scott ever seems to get the budgets to convey such carnage ” - DanLives1980
Troy (2004)
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An adaptation of Homer's great epic, the film follows the assault on Troy by the united Greek forces and chronicles the fates of the men involved. (163 mins.)
“ The military might of the ancient Greeks, the fighting tactics and the sheer magnitude of the setting make me wonder why Wolfgang Petersen is not one of the most employed if not mentioned directors of all time. In my eyes, a flawless film with a flawless cast and a story to break hearts. Nobody picks fights quite like the ancient Greeks! ” - DanLives1980
Alexander (2004)
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Alexander, the King of Macedonia and one of the greatest military leaders in the history of warfare, conquers much of the known world. (175 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
“ Much maligned and rejected epic, it's understandable in some places why, but otherwise it's a brilliant film and if it weren't for Troy trampling the box office to death, it would have fared much better. Colin Farrell is Alexander the Great armying his way across the world in search of godly conquest until his untimely death of fever in Babylon after his first defeat in a long string of massive battles. Much of the film is war. What's not to like? ” - DanLives1980
A Midnight Clear (1992)
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This WW2 psychological drama plays out at Christmas. US GIs hold an isolated cabin in the Ardennes against a handful of Germans cut off from their main force. Combat-weary and short of rations, both sides are determined to survive. (108 mins.)
Director: Keith Gordon
“ Surely a made for TV film but I didn't bother looking. It's a cheapie WWII film about a bunch of scared American soldiers at a stalemate with a bunch of German soldiers in the dead of winter. At first they are hostile to each other but as Christmas draws in and they decide on a truce, the only question is what new meaning will Boxing Day take upon itself? A decent film and with Gary Sinise cast against type but prevailing as always as the anxious and doubtful "Mother", it certainly doesn't fail me ” - DanLives1980
Sahara (1995 TV Movie)
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After the fall of Tobruk in June 1942, U.S. Army sergeant Joe Gunn leads his tank into the Sahara desert... (106 mins.)
“ James Belushi kicks into action man mode as the tank commander drawing his squad back through the African desert after a defeat to the Germans. Along the way they pick up a Brit, a French and Australian soldier, a German and an African and find themselves at a water well that the Germans need to hold the line. Against all odds they die in ridiculous television type ways holding the well so that the Allies can win the desert back. Clicheed but enjoyable. Belushi was good in everything he did in my opinion and could save any raw deal of a movie ” - DanLives1980
Legionnaire (1998)
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Alain Lefevre is a boxer paid by a Marseille mobster to take a dive. When he wins the fight he attempts... (99 mins.)
Director: Peter MacDonald
“ Van Damme's earlier attempts to prove his acting talent saw him ditch the martial arts for a rifle as a soldier forced into the Legionnaires after going AWOL to try to get home to the woman he loves. In their desert castle base, they are besieged by savage Africans and are running out of ammo trying to hold them off. An enjoyable action/war movie that entertains! ” - DanLives1980