Which was the best ever war movie?

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According to you which was the best movie?
  1. Schindlers List
  2. Saving Private Ryan
  3. The Thin Red Line
  4. The Pianist
  5. Dunkirk
  6. The Great Raid
  7. Das Boot
  8. Life is Beautiful
  9. The English Patient
  10. Defiance
  11. Hacksaw Ridge
  12. Allied
  13. Letters from Iwo Jima
  14. Inglorious Basterds







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Originally Posted by Iroquois
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Apocalypse Now, Dr. Strangelove, The Deer Hunter, Platoon, and Saving Private Ryan would be my top 5.

The first two, Apocalypse Now and Dr. Strangelove, are amongst the best movies of all time in any genre.

Most overrated = Thin Red Line

Most underrated = Fail Safe (a classic from the great Sidney Lumet)



This might just do nobody any good.
Most overrated = Thin Red Line
Nope. It’s better than SPR.

Strangelove is my favorite but there’s also Paths of Glory, a movie actually made simply to pass along a message.

From a recent viewings I’d add Bresson’s A Man Escaped and the more light hearted Stalag 17.





There’s David Lean’s films (Lawrence and River Kwai).

Army of Shadows - a great paranoid thriller set in the French Resistance
A Very Long Engagement - severely underrated
Zero Dark Thirty - dynamic filmmaking, engrossing and morally complex
Dunkirk - Nolan at his most showman like. Structural brilliance

Just added Twelve O’Clock High to my watch list.
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I didn't like it, and I'm glad I'm not alone in that thinking.
I honestly do not know how I feel in agreeing with you, but I have to admit this movie made me cringe at times and once i even laughed out loud in disbelieve at what I was seeing play out on screen.
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The English Patient, while my number 1 movie on my personal favorite list, is not a war movie IMO.



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No. Better than SPR.

Dr. Strangelove is my favorite but there’s also this:



And Bresson’s A Man Escaped:



Or the more light hearted Stalag 17:



Or David Lean’s films (Lawrence and River Kwai).

Army of Shadows (great paranoid thriller set in the French Resistance), the underrated A Very Long Engagement, Zero Dark Thirty (one of the most dynamic films in recent memory), Dunkirk (Nolan’s most showman like film), I got Twelve O’Clock High on my watch list.
I appreciate Terrance Malick's talent, but I simply feel that Thin Red Line was pretentious, and uninteresting.



How do we define war movie here? I'm tempted to say Grave of the fireflies but I'm not sure if it fits the requirements, specially since there is no direct military confrontation portrayed in the film.



Really liked, in no particular order:

All Quiet on The Western Front
Wings
The Great Parade
Schindler's List
Allied
Saving Private Ryan
The Thin Red Line
The Pianist
Das Boot
The Hurt Locker
American Sniper
Defiance
The Bridge on the River Kwai
The Water Diviner
Come and See
Flowers of War
Downfall
Judgement at Nuremberg
Goodbye Children
Giovanni's Island
So Proudly We Hail

Disliked:
Hacksaw Ridge
Fury
Come and See



No mention of A Bridge Too Far? Was a pretty good film. And does Return of the King count as a "war movie"?

My all time favorite will always be Kelly's Heroes. What a cast...
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I'd have to say Stallingrad, and Come and See.

Battle of Niretva was also pretty awesome with huge battle scenes and almost no story or character development.

Saving Private Ryan is probably the most overrated war movie of all time. What a tacky premise and ending, though the effects and battle scenes were well done.



I'd have to say Stallingrad, and Come and See.

Battle of Niretva was also pretty awesome with huge battle scenes and almost no story or character development.

Saving Private Ryan is probably the most overrated war movie of all time. What a tacky premise and ending, though the effects and battle scenes were well done.
Zotis this is kind of awful.

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