My favorite war movie is Apocalypse now. It shows war from an unusual point of view, plus it goes further than just beeing a war movie. I saw the Redux version; it's got very interesting scenes added to it but it's kinda too long.
Well, I have to admit that my own mind rejects "different" films right off the bat. I usually warm up to them eventually. The Thin Red Line was really...interesting when I saw it (well, I only saw half of it, I just couldn't keep watching it), but it's been recommeneded to me by several people, so I might go see it again.
as for plot and directing: the best war movie in medieval times is BRAVE HEART. the way the battles are directed is gereat. i had never been a great mel gibson fan until i saw his perfomance as an actor and director in brave heart. and sophie marceau, oh la la.
as for WW II movies, although i didnt find the plot that good, Saving Private Ryan is for me the best one. It's the most realistic one, Steven Spielberg is a genius.
Originally posted by Kill Cavalry Well, I have to admit that my own mind rejects "different" films right off the bat. I usually warm up to them eventually. The Thin Red Line was really...interesting when I saw it (well, I only saw half of it, I just couldn't keep watching it), but it's been recommeneded to me by several people, so I might go see it again.
im not gonna lie to you, i fell asleep through the thin red line the first time i saw it, i found it too boring. but i was a lot younger then, and i saw it again a little while ago and found it to be actually kinda good. its no saving private ryan though
it's one of my favourites. air dofight in WWI is one of my favourite subjects and "Blue Max" is the only good movie i have seen about it. Its with George Peppard, James Mason and Ursula Andress.
its quite a deep movie, about war, competition and focuses on the blue max, also known as Orden Pour Le Merite, the highest medal for airfighters.
despite being an old movie, its special effects are good and george peppard even learned how to fly a plane in order to do the easy scenes. stunts of course were made by pros.
there have others WWI movies about air dofight, but they all sucked. specially "Red Baron". i found the movie soooooo bad. Manfred von Richthofen is one of my idols, and seeing such a bad movie about him made me furious. and it's 80 % made up, not loyal to real events.
then there was one with julie andrews, which sucked too.
anyway, "blue Max" is a great movie, and the soundtrack by jerry goldsmith is great too.
I'm gonna list the classics that I've seen and liked:
Lawrence of Arabia
The Great Escape
Twelve O' Clock High
I can't believe no one has mentioned Stalag 17! That was a great movie!
Also, on the comedy side, do military flicks count? As in, they're not out at war, but they're in training camp and stuff? If so, "No Time For Sergeants" with Andy Griffith and "Buck Privates" with Abbott and Costello are absolutely hilarious! Too much great stuff to list! If you haven't seen these, though, watch for (in "NTFS") the toilet seat salute and (in "BP") the firearm drill scene.