The great war movie you ever saw.. (Page 6)
anneeway: Didn't see too many Aussie flicks here but I think 'The Water Diviner' Russel Crow, 'Changi', 'ANZACS', There are too many wars to cover.
myfateissealed: Downfall. It's about Hitlers last days in the bunker with the Soviets closing. It's in subtitles but it's worth it because it's an awesome war movie
wayne elliott: And Bruno Ganz who played hitler in Downfall was the best portrayal I've seen. He died Feb 2019.
prof351: Here's one not many people know. It's really an anti-war movie "King of Hearts". Also I consider Casablanca a war movie so I'll go with Casablanca as my favorite "war" movie
Lots of great movies listed on this thread
romanstud5: saving private ryan reveled war to be exactly what it is. the most gruesome way to butcher a human being. its a thining of the population and it will be done more frequently in the future as food suplies dwindle. how many more people can the earth support?
Apropos of war movies, I can say this: basically, there are three sorts of war films, first, those which deal with war itself, and such films are characterized by their violence and depictions of the historical setting. Second, there are war films which depict the effects of the war on the civilian population indirectly. These films deal with the politics which led to the war and show its terrible cost in terms of economics, and how they affect our perception of it in from a historical point of view. Finally, there are other films which are set during a war which is part of the background of the story. In these films, the war is a threatening possibility or an ever present reality but have nothing in them in the “action” sense. This category is so vast that you might include in it films where the war is such an unreal and distant abstraction that calling it a war film might not even be accurate. In this category there is a sub category of films that are anti-war or which focus directly on the Holocaust. Here one could place films like “Johnny Got His Gun,” “The Young Lions,” “Schindler’s List,” which I have already mentioned. Of course, you would have to include a film like “All Quiet On the Western Front” which would no doubt be at the top of that list. Not surprisingly, that particular book was banned in Nazi Germany and was characterized by Joseph Goebbels, as decadent, pacifist “trash.”
These categories are, naturally, superficial and useful only in the way they help critics and the viewer sort out the incredible number of war films that have been made over the course of time so here are a few examples:
I would put in the first category those films which depict war strictly from the soldier’s point of view, like, say “Saving Private Ryan,” “Paths of Glory,” and “Gallipoli,”and there are many other brilliant examples. In the second category, you might include “The Darkest Hour,” or “Judgement at Nuremberg,” which, again, go into the politics and the economic aspects as well. Of course, in the foreground of the film there are very moving human dramas as well. It is impossible to watch the performances of Montgomery Clift, and Judy Garland without being deeply affected. Although their roles might amount to a very small amount of time in terms of the film’s overall production, they are brilliant examples of acting that are certainly worthy of an Oscar. Any film which deals with what we now know as “war crimes” certainly fit into this category. You might also wish to include films like “The Mortal Storm,” “Schindler’s List,” “Fail Safe,” or “The Americanization of Emily,” because the stories could never have taken place unless there WAS a war to begin with but the depiction of war is not graphic: it’s reality merely needs to be suggested or implied, in as much as the very idea of war is so terrifying that nothing graphic is necessary. I think that “Fail Safe” is a splendid example of that type of film.
There are, of course, war films that satirize those who provoke or instigate wars like, say, “MASH, “Catch-22,” “Doctor Strangelove” or even something as silly as “Duck Soup,” but then again, for some people, humor is the best defense mechanism for coping with what might otherwise be a psychologically and emotionally intolerable situation.
In any case, these lists are interesting if only for the remarkable diversity and inventiveness that they demonstrate. I am certain that anybody would agree with that assessment but there is always room for modifications.
(Edited by Echolegacy)