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« : January 27, 2007, 06:51:13 PM »

They don't have to be war films in Saving Private Ryan's case, but they can just revolve mostly around the war, the effects of war, anything about war really. Still, I would not really consider The Good, The Bad and The Ugly a war film - though that's just me, use it if you wish.

10. Platoon
9. Letters from Iwo Jima
8. All Quiet on the Western Front
7. Bridge on the River Kwai
6. Empire of the Sun
5. Lawrence of Arabia
4. Downfall
3. Schindler's List (Not a war film in the fullest sense)
2. Apocalypse Now (Not a war film in the fullest sense)
1. The Deer Hunter (Not a war film in the fullest sense)

All Quiet on the Western front is the most realistic *fictional* portrayal of war.

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« #1 : January 27, 2007, 06:55:02 PM »

in no order:

platoon
apocalypse now
full metal jacket

yea, that's pretty much all I can think of right now. I'd like to add hearts and minds too though. even if it's a documentary.


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« #2 : January 27, 2007, 06:56:26 PM »

1. Lawrence of Arabia
2. Apocalypse Now
3. The Bridge on the River Kwai
4. Das Boot
5. The Battle of Algiers
6. All Quiet on the Western Front
7. Letters from Iwo Jima
8. Paths of Glory

Can't think of any more. Only seen the first half of Schindler's List, and will watch the Deer Hunter tomorrow.

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« #3 : January 27, 2007, 07:06:01 PM »

Done that not long ago:

http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=3312.30


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« #4 : January 27, 2007, 07:09:37 PM »

Done that not long ago:

http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=3312.30


Yeah, I remember that now.

I notice you include Ran on your list. I'm not sure if it's a war film because it's about fictional conflict, not a real war. But, if it counts, throw it in and number three for me.  8)

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« #5 : January 27, 2007, 07:18:29 PM »

I'm not sure if it's a war film because it's about fictional conflict, not a real war. But, if it counts, throw it in and number three for me.  8)

Well, THE TWO TOWERS is one of my fave war films, and thats about one the best conflicts of all, one which never happened (yeah yeah, I know it's a WWII allegory, but you know what I mean). I also have DR. STRANGELOVE included... Let's hope that STILL doesn't happen. Though I seem to have been accused of not liking war films, for reasons which utterly evade me.  :o


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« #6 : January 27, 2007, 07:21:44 PM »

Well, THE TWO TOWERS is one of my fave war films, and thats about one the best conflicts of all, one which never happened (yeah yeah, I know it's a WWII allegory, but you know what I mean). I also have DR. STRANGELOVE included... Let's hope that STILL doesn't happen. Though I seem to have been accused of not liking war films, for reasons which utterly evade me.  :o
Didn't Tolkien protest to his grave that it wasn't a WW2 allegory?

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« #7 : January 27, 2007, 07:58:59 PM »

Didn't Tolkien protest to his grave that it wasn't a WW2 allegory?
Yes.  Picked this quote off google.

"As for any inner meaning or 'message', it has in the intention of the author none. It is neither allegorical nor topical... It was written long before the foreshadow of 1939 had yet become a threat of inevitable disaster, and from that point the story would have developed along essentially the same lines, if that disaster had been averted."  --Tolkien in foreword to LOTR

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« #8 : January 28, 2007, 02:14:25 PM »

first off i have not seen letters from iwo jima yet, but i'm hopeful it will make it's way high up on this list, it looks great... also these are ordered as it pertains to being a war movie, strangelove may be the best overall movie on this list, but it's not the best WAR movie... can't really explain any better how I ranked them, but it's not by their overall appeal... this is nowhere near how i would rank them overall.... I also can't really describe what criteria I use to decide whether or not they are considered war films... first I tend to require the use of guns... second there must be actual combat... and I tend not to include westerns set during wars but not exclusively about the war, not that a movie has to be completely about and set during a war, i'm just less leniant with westerns on the issue.

1. Cross Of Iron
2. Duck, You Sucker
3. Casualties Of War
4. Paths Of Glory
5. Apocalypse Now
6. Hell Is For Heroes
7. Dr. Strangelove
8. The Big Red One
9. The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
10. Platoon
11. The Great Escape
12. Saving Private Ryan
13. Red Dawn
14. Patton
15. Lawrence Of Arabia

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« #9 : January 28, 2007, 03:03:09 PM »

1. Under the Flag of the Rising Sun
2. The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On
3. Fires on the Plain
4. Flags of Our Fathers
5. Special Navy Youth Troop


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« #10 : January 28, 2007, 03:05:39 PM »

1. Under the Flag of the Rising Sun
2. The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On
3. Fires on the Plain
4. Flags of Our Fathers
5. Special Navy Youth Troop

Wow. I've only heard of one of those (guess which one  :D ). Are these all Japanese movies? (judging by the title, the first two certainly appear to be)

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« #11 : January 28, 2007, 04:48:20 PM »

1. Lawrence of Arabia
2. Apocalypse Now
3. The Bridge on the River Kwai
4. Das Boot
5. The Battle of Algiers
6. All Quiet on the Western Front
7. Letters from Iwo Jima
8. Paths of Glory

Can't think of any more. Only seen the first half of Schindler's List, and will watch the Deer Hunter tomorrow.
You never saw "Platoon" Silenzio?  ???

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« #12 : January 28, 2007, 05:42:40 PM »

in no particulary order:

The Deer Hunter
Three Kings
GBU
Apocaylspe Now
Glory
Windtalkers
Saving Private Ryan
Hamburger Hill
Enemy At the Gates
Jacobs Ladder
Dead Presidents
Rambo Part 2 (doesnt this count as a vietnam movie??)

and thats all i can think of at the moment

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« #13 : January 28, 2007, 05:55:07 PM »

Off the top of my head...it's hard for me to say.  What's a war movie, really?  I wouldn't call GBU "a war movie".  I mean is Dr. Zhivago a "war movie"?  I haven't seen either "Flags of Our Fathers" or the other new one....both of which I heard were very good.

So a few off the top of my head.....

DIRTY DOZEN  (haven't seen this on anybody's list yet!)
Saving Private Ryan
Platoon
Deer Hunter
Braveheart
Bridge on the River Kwai
Full Metal Jacket
First half of Apocalypse Now.....
more as they come to me.

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« #14 : January 28, 2007, 05:59:27 PM »



DIRTY DOZEN 


Good call.

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