Der Untergang ftw! I really like a good love story with a happy ending.
The Longest Day Kelly's Heroes Where Eagles Dare (Clint ftw)
Not a fan of most US Pacific war movies--the build-up to the battles is usually sooooo long.
I also used to watch Black Sheep Squadron although in retrospect it's pretty cheesy.
For sheer fuckedupness-value: the German Stalingrad is pretty tops, but Bataan and The Big Red One come close.
Non-WWII? I must be one of the few people who likes The Green Berets. That scene with the gunship...*shudder*.
And of course Full Metal Jacket takes it all.
@Buddy Jesus: there have been plenty. I think Platoon really kicked off a lot of war movies in the '80s, although most such flicks from the last 20 years tend to be more oriented on small infantry units facing their own problems than either biopics of high-profile figures (save Der Untergang) or huge dramatic reenactments of large battles (i.e. Battle of Britain). Probably for budgetary reasons more than anything else.
Dad's Army - so funny because it was all so true :)
The Thin Red Line FTW
In fact, I'm just going to throw this out: Terrence Malick FTW
I must've been one of the few people around that liked "The New World"
Not mentioned so far but very good movies:
- Europa Europa
- Is Paris Burning?
- Seven Beauties
- Soldier of Orange
- Stalag 17
Band of Brothers. I have the DVDs, too. :nodding:
I have the Band of Brothers Box set which is really good. Windtalkers and Enemy at the Gates are also amazing films too.
Wait, this isn't just WWII, is it? Because I really like Jarhead, too... Even though there was technically no "fighting"... I still thought it was awesome.
A bridge to far (shaun connery ftw), stalingrad, Band of Brothers, Midway
List of my favorite war movies, not in any particular order:
The Longest Day Unknown Soldier (Laine version) Winter War Unknown Soldier (Mållberg version) Stalingrad Kelly's Heroes Das Boot Band of Brothers Der Untergang Beyond the Frontline (Framom Främsta Linjen - Etulinjan Edessä)
And a movie that will be in the list for sure (I dearly hope so...) Tali-Ihantala 1944