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"War is hell" but it's very entertaining. My favorite war films.

  • Oct 15, 2009
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The war movie has been around since the age of cinema began, A lot of movies about war have been made but a very few are what I consider classic films. These are my personal favorites and they deal with wars involving soldiers, partisans, rebels and sadly civilians.  As always these are in no particular order and I'll add more to it in the future.
The Big Red One
My favorite film about World War II. Sam Fuller's war classic that was based upon his own experiences whilst on the battle front. Check out the restored version and you'll see why I feel it's one of the best war films.
Paths of Glory
Stanley Kubrick shows the audience not only the horror of war but the politics and bureaucracy behind it.
See the full review, "Kubrick's first film about the horrors of war.".
Oliver Stone's film about his own personal experiences of Vietnam fuel this war classic. A very deep and realistic movie that captures the corruption of young men and the horrors of war.
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The dehumanization process and the breakdown of individuality. The steps that are necessary to prepare a soldier for war. Kubrick's underrated masterpiece follows one soldier from basic training to the battle front.
See the full review, "The Vietnam War through the lens of Stanley Kubrick.".
The Battle of Algiers
The citizens of Algeria are fed up with the French occupation and take the war to the streets. A highly influential film from Gillo Pontecorvo.
See the full review, "A phenomenal film about the struggle for independence in Algeria".
Cross of Iron
War is not created by civilians but it's fought by them. Sam Peckinpah's only war film is also one of his best works. James Coburn does a masterful job as the battle weary Sgt. Steiner.
See the full review, "An underrated classic from Sam Peckinpah.".
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The Indian Wars were a bloody and mismatched conflict between the US Army and the Native Americans. This film captures the horrific and brutal warfare the US Calvary inflicted upon the plains indians. Women and children were not spared.
The Thin Red Line
A highly underrated film that captures the drama behind war. I really loved the photography. This film was "inspired" by another classic war movie Beach Red.
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Another underrated war classic that influenced many big budgeted films such as "Saving Private Ryan" and "The Thin Red Line". remake.
See the full review, "The inspiration for Saving Private Ryan and The Thin Red Line.".
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Bloody Battle of Stalingrad is dramatized very well by director Joseph Vilsmaier. The film shows the futility of trying to capture the city during Russia's brutal winter.

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December 05, 2009
What, no windtalkers??....Only kidding. Great list. Full Metal Jacket and Cross Of Iron are especially good!!
December 12, 2009
At least you didn't say Star "Wars" was your favorite war film.
October 15, 2009
Great films especially Paths of Glory, one of my all-time favorite films. I like to add Saving Private Ryan to your list.
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