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"There are no good wars, with these possible exceptions: The American Revolution, World War II, and the Star Wars Trilogy"- Bart Simpson

 

;)

 

That said, I've never been much into war movies.  I'll try to think of those I've enjoyed most.

 

 

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I guess I should list mine as well.

 

Twelve O'Clock High

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Where Eagles Dare

Sink the Bismarck

Kelly's Heroes

 

And honorable mention to Midway which would be in there if not for romance that went over like a lead balloon dragging it down.

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I also join the herd for The Longest Day.

Tora! Tora! Tora!

Bridge Over the River Kwai.  (maybe.  loved it as a kid but haven't watched it in nearly 50 years, and what's good when you're 11 may not actually be that good)

12 O'Clock High

Dr. Strangelove

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The only one that comes to mind as a favourite is Valkyrie.

Favourites that have been mentioned:
Bridge on the River Kwai because David Lean
The Great Escape because it is a triumph of human spirit.

Other movies mentioned that I've enjoyed.
The Dirty Dozen 
Casablanca

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Hmm...

 

Kelly's Heroes - the only one I own on physical media "Stop with the negative waves, Moriarty"

633 Squadron - "you can't kill a squadron..." (still brings a tear to my eye)

A Bridge too far - when the British commander refuses a German surrender negotiation because the troops trapped on the bridge don't have the facilities to accept the German surrender.

Zulu - "don't throw those bloody spears at me"

Glory - Glory, hallelujah!

 

 

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When people say War movie most of us think immediately of World War 2 but several of us have also picked out other war movies like the American Civil War, the Napoleonic War, the Iraq war, the Vietnam War and the Cold War.

And also we are picking movies other than battle movies like Casablanca and The Hurt Locker.

 

I am so glad to see Tora ! Tora ! Tora ! rather than Michael Bey's awful Pearl Harbor. 

 

Cassandra thank you for mentioning Zulu. Another favourite movie.

 

The Longest Day gets a lot of love because it picks up a lot of what actually happened on the 6th June and uses a lot of stars (John Wayne, Henry Fonda etc) to great effect.

 

Where Eagles Dare and Kelly's Heroes are ficticious but so well paced. I also own both on DVD.

 

I concur with Midway being an awful romance film with a battle film attached and like Tora ! etc you get the build up.

 

The following have not been mentioned yet but deserve a mention.

 

A Man Escaped (Frenchman trying to escape imprisonment)

Aces High (British air aces in WW1)

All Quiet on the Western Front (World War 1 seen through the eyes of the Germans)

Army of Criminals (Armenian resistance fighters in France in WW2)

Army of Shadows (French film about the French resistance)

Battle of the River Plate (the Graf Spee vs Achilles, Ajax and Exeter off South America in 1939)

Black Book (Dutch resistance in WW 2)

The Blue Max (German air aces in WW 1)

The Cockleshell Heroes (Operation Franklin in WW2)

The Colditz Story (the story of British attempted escapes from Colditz castle)

Come and See (Russian resistance against the Germans and German extermination of Belorus)

Cross of Iron (German soldiers fighting in Russia in WW2 as seen by Peckinpah)

The Cruel Sea (convoy escorts in WW2)

The Dambusters (the Lancaster raid on the German dams in WW2)

The Dawns Here are Quiet (Female soldiers experience in WW2 Russia)

Days of Glory (France's colonial troops in action against the Germans in France in WW2)

The Deer Hunter (a man tries to save his friends in the Vietnam War)

Defiance (Jews hiding from the Germans in Russian forests in WW2)

The Duelists (two French officers continually duel against a backdrop of the Napoleonic wars)

Enigma (trying to crack the German naval Enigma machine)

Flags of Our Fathers (Iwo Jima from the Amercan side)

49th Parallel (German U Boat crew attempt to escape to the US)

From Here to Eternity (Burt Lancaster and Frank Sinatra in Pearl Harbor based story)

La Grande Illusion (French officers trying to escape German captivity in WW 1)

The Guns of Navarone (a raid to destroy major German guns in WW2)

Halls of Montezuma (US marines vs the Japanese)

Hamburger Hill (a Vietnam battle)

Henry V (Both Olivier and Branagh's versions deal with the war concluding with Agincourt)

The Heroes of Telemark (Germany's atempt to make the A Bomb)

the Horse Soldiers (Union soldiers raid into Confederate territory)

Ice Cold in Alex (an ambulance flees Tobruk in WW2)

The Imitation Game (cracking the Enigma machine)

Inglorious Bastards (Tarentino war film)

Is Paris Burning ? (events leading to the fall of Paris to the Allies in WW2)

Letters from Iwo Jima (Iwo Jima from the Japanese side)

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (the life of Colonel Blimp through WW1 and WW2)

Memphis Belle (the 25th and last mission of the Memphis Belle in WW2)

Mister Roberts (life aboard a transport ship in WW2)

Mrs Miniver (Life in WW 2 wartime in Britain. A great propaganda piece)

Murphy's War (Peter O'Toole seeks revenge on the U Boat that sank his ship WW2)

The Night of the Generals (a German officer seeks a murderer who maybe a German General)

Operation Crossbow (the battgle against the German V weapons in WW2)

Operation Daybreak (the planning, killing and aftermath of Heydrich's assassination in Czechoslovakia)

Reach for the Sky (Douglas Bader story leading up to WW 2)

Run Silent Run Deep (Burt Lancaster and Clark Gable versus the Japanese navy in WW2)

Schindler's List (a German manages to save the lives of a number of Jewish people)

Shout at the Devil (a German Cruiser in Africa in World War 1 takes on Lee Marvin and Roger Moore)

Stalag 17 (Americans trying to escape a camp suspect a traitor in their midst)

Stalingrad (1993 film about the Germans fighting there in WW2)

The Thin Red Line (the US infantry vs Japanese infantry)

To Hell and Back (Audie Murphy story)

Tobruk (Rock Hudson and George Peppard try to destroy Rommel's oil supply)

The Train (the Germans try to take artwork from France in WW2. Burt Lancaster tries to stop them)

Went the Day Well ? (Germans pretending to be British soldiers seize a village and encounter resistance from the locals)

The Wooden Horse (true British escape from a WW2 POW camp using a wooden horse)

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13 hours ago, death tribble said:

When people say War movie most of us think immediately of World War 2 but several of us have also picked out other war movies like the American Civil War, the Napoleonic War, the Iraq war, the Vietnam War and the Cold War.

And also we are picking movies other than battle movies like Casablanca and The Hurt Locker.

 

I am so glad to see Tora ! Tora ! Tora ! rather than Michael Bey's awful Pearl Harbor. 

 

Cassandra thank you for mentioning Zulu. Another favourite movie.

 

The Longest Day gets a lot of love because it picks up a lot of what actually happened on the 6th June and uses a lot of stars (John Wayne, Henry Fonda etc) to great effect.

 

Where Eagles Dare and Kelly's Heroes are ficticious but so well paced. I also own both on DVD.

 

I concur with Midway being an awful romance film with a battle film attached and like Tora ! etc you get the build up.

 

The following have not been mentioned yet but deserve a mention.

 

A Man Escaped (Frenchman trying to escape imprisonment)

Aces High (British air aces in WW1)

All Quiet on the Western Front (World War 1 seen through the eyes of the Germans)

Army of Criminals (Armenian resistance fighters in France in WW2)

Army of Shadows (French film about the French resistance)

Battle of the River Plate (the Graf Spee vs Achilles, Ajax and Exeter off South America in 1939)

Black Book (Dutch resistance in WW 2)

The Blue Max (German air aces in WW 1)

The Cockleshell Heroes (Operation Franklin in WW2)

The Colditz Story (the story of British attempted escapes from Colditz castle)

Come and See (Russian resistance against the Germans and German extermination of Belorus)

Cross of Iron (German soldiers fighting in Russia in WW2 as seen by Peckinpah)

The Cruel Sea (convoy escorts in WW2)

The Dambusters (the Lancaster raid on the German dams in WW2)

The Dawns Here are Quiet (Female soldiers experience in WW2 Russia)

Days of Glory (France's colonial troops in action against the Germans in France in WW2)

The Deer Hunter (a man tries to save his friends in the Vietnam War)

Defiance (Jews hiding from the Germans in Russian forests in WW2)

The Duelists (two French officers continually duel against a backdrop of the Napoleonic wars)

Enigma (trying to crack the German naval Enigma machine)

Flags of Our Fathers (Iwo Jima from the Amercan side)

49th Parallel (German U Boat crew attempt to escape to the US)

From Here to Eternity (Burt Lancaster and Frank Sinatra in Pearl Harbor based story)

La Grande Illusion (French officers trying to escape German captivity in WW 1)

The Guns of Navarone (a raid to destroy major German guns in WW2)

Halls of Montezuma (US marines vs the Japanese)

Hamburger Hill (a Vietnam battle)

Henry V (Both Olivier and Branagh's versions deal with the war concluding with Agincourt)

The Heroes of Telemark (Germany's atempt to make the A Bomb)

the Horse Soldiers (Union soldiers raid into Confederate territory)

Ice Cold in Alex (an ambulance flees Tobruk in WW2)

The Imitation Game (cracking the Enigma machine)

Inglorious Bastards (Tarentino war film)

Is Paris Burning ? (events leading to the fall of Paris to the Allies in WW2)

Letters from Iwo Jima (Iwo Jima from the Japanese side)

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (the life of Colonel Blimp through WW1 and WW2)

Memphis Belle (the 25th and last mission of the Memphis Belle in WW2)

Mister Roberts (life aboard a transport ship in WW2)

Mrs Miniver (Life in WW 2 wartime in Britain. A great propaganda piece)

Murphy's War (Peter O'Toole seeks revenge on the U Boat that sank his ship WW2)

The Night of the Generals (a German officer seeks a murderer who maybe a German General)

Operation Crossbow (the battgle against the German V weapons in WW2)

Operation Daybreak (the planning, killing and aftermath of Heydrich's assassination in Czechoslovakia)

Reach for the Sky (Douglas Bader story leading up to WW 2)

Run Silent Run Deep (Burt Lancaster and Clark Gable versus the Japanese navy in WW2)

Schindler's List (a German manages to save the lives of a number of Jewish people)

Shout at the Devil (a German Cruiser in Africa in World War 1 takes on Lee Marvin and Roger Moore)

Stalag 17 (Americans trying to escape a camp suspect a traitor in their midst)

Stalingrad (1993 film about the Germans fighting there in WW2)

The Thin Red Line (the US infantry vs Japanese infantry)

To Hell and Back (Audie Murphy story)

Tobruk (Rock Hudson and George Peppard try to destroy Rommel's oil supply)

The Train (the Germans try to take artwork from France in WW2. Burt Lancaster tries to stop them)

Went the Day Well ? (Germans pretending to be British soldiers seize a village and encounter resistance from the locals)

The Wooden Horse (true British escape from a WW2 POW camp using a wooden horse)

 

Yeah, I like the Horse Soldiers, myself.  Didn't think anyone else would know it though

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