Recommend some war movies

Pretty much says it all in the title.

Old or new, comedy or tragedy. I’m mostly interested in WWII movies, maybe Iraq, maybe WWI, not so much Viet Nam.

The Great Escape - WWII. based on a true story AND it has Steve McQueen on a motorcycle. What more could you want?

Do you want spirited adventure, classics, espionage, stuff that makes you think, what?

Hell in the Pacific, with Lee Marvin and Toshiro Mifune is about as anti-war as you can get. I never tire of In Harm’s Way as a classic tale.


Yeah it’s Civil War but it is Matthew Broderick at his award winning best and Denzel Washington at his black power best.

Excellent movie.

Bridge on the River Kwai, of course. And The Bridges atToko Ri is another good one. Try The Bedford Incident for more of a cold war flair.

Great question, because it’s a wide open field. I guess I want two things:

Serious movies where men have to make tough choices and face death in a very real way. Letters from Iwo Jima, Windtalkers, Saving Private Ryan.

Comedies where war is the background, but hijinks ensue. Father Goose, Operation Petticoat.

Thirty Seconds over Tokyo

A Bell for Adano

A Walk in the Sun

Hard to find but a must-see: Fires on the Plain (Kon Ichikawa, 1959)

Blackhawk Down is a great great movie.

The Battle of Algiers

Mr. Roberts

The Lighthorsemen

Das Boot

Enemy At The Gates

Gallipoli, Das Boat, The Longest Day

I dug the heck out of Iraq’s The Hurt Locker.

The First Of The Few (aka Spitfire)
12 O’Clock High
The Dam Busters
One Of Our Aircraft Is Missing
Catch 22
Battle Of Britain
Tora! Tora! Tora!
Hope And Glory
The Longest Day
Stalag 17
No Man’s Land
Three Kings

Dawn Patrol
Sands of Iwo Jima
The Dirty Dozen

Full Metal Jacket–the first part is possibly the funniest military-themed stuff ever committed to film. Goes downhill after they leave boot camp, though.

Band of Brothers–not a movie, but a mini-series originally shown on HBO. Tracks a company of airborne guys from training all the way to Berlin. Outstanding series–really a must watch if you like WWII stuff.

It looks like it.

I’m not so much interested in airplane movies, though something like Memphis Belle would be awesome. Boat movies are always welcome. I loved Das Boot.

I’m most interested in infantry shooting rifles and throwing grenades dying in the mud. (Or sand. The Hurt Locker comes to mind.)


**Letters from Iwo Jima **is, IMHO, one of the best war movies ever. It is one of Clint Eastwood’s best directed films, and far superior to his Flags of our Fathers.

The former is why I started ths thread. Should I avoid the latter?

It really isn’t much of a war movie. It isn’t nearly as good as Letters.

Stalingrad (1993)
A Bridge Too Far (1977)
Tae Guk Gi (aka Brotherhood and The Brotherhood Of War) (2004) (about the Korean War)
Das Boot (1981)

Some fine recommendations here, so I’m quite surprised to see no one has mentioned The Big Red One. One of the best WWII films ever!