We who have seen war, will never stop seeing it. In the silence of the night, we will always hear the screams.
Last Memorial Day I got this in an email from my mom: "Memorial Day needs to be changed to War Movies Day."
They, particularly my dad, had been watching war movies all day.
So, I've been sitting on this post for about a year. Some suggestions for your viewing pleasure this weekend ...
Gunny's 10 Favorite War Movies:
- Sergeant York - Perhaps my favorite movie of all time because it moves you to think about issues of faith & war and "the using kind of religion."
- Patton - George C. Scott is outstanding and the opening speech for the 3rd Army is money. If nothing else, you must watch his opening monologue.
- Glory - It sends a powerful and thought-provoking message about the Civil War and war in general.
- Apocalypse Now - The first time I saw it I found it just bizarre, but I have grown to really appreciate the movie. Of course, the acting is top notch.
- We Were Soldiers - Perhaps I'm biased because my dad knows LTC Moore, but I thought this was one of the Vietnam movies that didn't come off as somewhat anti-soldier, as many anti-war Vietnam movies do. This is an inspiring story about facing insurmountable odds and the value of courageous leadership.
- Full Metal Jacket - The greatness of the movie actually happens prior to Private Joker actually arriving in Vietnam. You can't beat R. Lee Ermey as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman, your senior drill instructor.
- Schindler's List - Though not laden with a lot of warfare, in the midst of war you learn about good & bad in humanity in this stirring film.
- Platoon - This was the first Vietnam War movie I remember seeing and the soundtrack was memorable as well.
- Braveheart - It's so quotable and stirring, particularly the motivating Mel Gibson. You'll never take away his freedom.
- Saving Private Ryan - Though I don't think it's the best World War II movie ever made, it would be hard to find one made better, particularly the battle scenes.
Miss any?UPDATE: The following are some greatly appreciated suggestions received in the comments.
- Hamburger Hill
- Taking Chance
- Band of Brothers (mini-series)
- Seven Samurai (though not an American war)
- Flags of Our Fathers
- Letters from Iwo Jima
- The Patriot
- Tears of the Sun
- The Bridge On the River Kwai
- Paths of Glory
- Gods and Generals
- The Boys in Company C
- The Lost Battalion
- Bravo Two Zero
- The Deer Hunter
- The Great Escape
- The Dirty Dozen
- Hart's War
- Memphis Belle