Top Pick Movies for Memorial Day Weekend, 2020- Dr. Diane Howard, Interviewer, Reviewer, Publicistby DrDianeHoward | created - 11 months ago | updated - 11 months ago | Public
This U.S. federal holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who have died while serving in the military. Diane Howard, Ph.D. (Performances Studies), entertainment editor, interviewer, publicist reviews top redemptive, family movies & TV for content and artistry for a range of viewers to understand more about American history. (https://dianehoward.com/)
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1. Unbroken (I) (2014)
PG-13 | 137 min | Action, Biography, Drama
After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he's caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.
Votes: 153,076 | Gross: $115.64M
2. Unbroken: Path to Redemption (2018)
PG-13 | 98 min | Biography, Drama, History
The next amazing chapter of Olympian and World War II hero Louis Zamperini's powerful true story of forgiveness, redemption, and amazing grace.
Votes: 2,658 | Gross: $6.22M
3. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
R | 169 min | Drama, War
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.
Votes: 1,261,449 | Gross: $216.54M
4. Lincoln (2012)
PG-13 | 150 min | Biography, Drama, History
As the American Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.
Votes: 248,101 | Gross: $182.21M
5. Glory (1989)
R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, History
Robert Gould Shaw leads the U.S. Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates.
Votes: 125,425 | Gross: $26.83M
7. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
PG | 161 min | Adventure, Drama, War
British POWs are forced to build a railway bridge across the river Kwai for their Japanese captors, not knowing that the allied forces are planning to destroy it.
Votes: 206,510 | Gross: $44.91M
9. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
R | 139 min | Biography, Drama, History
World War II American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.
Votes: 450,142 | Gross: $67.21M
10. Taking Chance (2009 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 77 min | Drama, War
11. The Tuskegee Airmen (1995 TV Movie)
PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, History, War
The true story of how a group of African American pilots overcame racist opposition to become one of the finest US fighter groups in World War II
12. World War II: When Lions Roared (1994 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 194 min | Drama, History, War
This TV Movie is about the Tehran Conference between FDR, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin. It shows the interaction between the three leaders at the close of the Second World War.
15. The Great Escape (1963)
Approved | 172 min | Adventure, Drama, History
Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.
Votes: 228,268 | Gross: $12.10M
16. The Patriot (2000)
R | 165 min | Action, Drama, History
Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin is driven to lead the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution when a sadistic British officer murders his son.
Votes: 257,659 | Gross: $113.33M