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#4435136 - 08/21/18 04:05 AM Top five WWII movies...  
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The wife and I were deciding which WWII movie to watch yesterday (yes, I married very well), and we began a discussion over it, coming up with the top five WWII movies, based on whether one really wants to watch it more than twice.

In no particular order, but it kind of shakes out this way:

1. Battle of Britain (wife says I have airplanes on the brain, but she likes it, too).
2. Das Boot (wife strongly disagrees, as I watch the version in German with subtitles, and it's really long).
3. Patton (very well done both in pacing and acting)
4. Saving Private Ryan (while uneven, it captures D-Day and the confusion afterwards well)
5. The Great Escape/Bridge Over the River Kwai (I know, a tie)

Of note is that two have no Americans in them, and the tie at number five had Americans inserted because, hell, 'Merica!

The Band of Brothers mini-series doesn't count because it's a mini-series and not a stand alone movie.

Your thoughts?


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#4435138 - 08/21/18 04:14 AM Re: Top five WWII movies... [Re: Dart]  
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My personal top 5:

Das Boot

Tora, Tora, Tora

Patton

A Bridge Too Far

The Longest Day


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#4435139 - 08/21/18 04:38 AM Re: Top five WWII movies... [Re: Dart]  
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And mine:

1. Das Boot
2. The Longest Day
3. Patton
4. Battle of Britain
5. The Thin Red Line

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#4435149 - 08/21/18 07:56 AM Re: Top five WWII movies... [Re: Dart]  
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Das Boot.
Kelly's heroes. (Seriously, rewatch it. It has great production values, aside from the music it could have been made this year smile )


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#4435155 - 08/21/18 09:33 AM Re: Top five WWII movies... [Re: Dart]  
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The ones I have watched the most...

Kelly's Heroes without a doubt.
I'm going to put in Inglourious Basterds although it's technically 'alternate history'.
Das Boot.

Struggling for 2 more...

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#4435167 - 08/21/18 12:13 PM Re: Top five WWII movies... [Re: Dart]  
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In no order:

Battle of Britain
Saving Private Ryan
Battle of Remagen
Patton
The Longest Day


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#4435175 - 08/21/18 12:41 PM Re: Top five WWII movies... [Re: Dart]  
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Letters from Iwo Jima.
Tora! Tora! Tora!
A Bridge Too Far.
Conspiracy.
Der Untergang.

#4435180 - 08/21/18 01:08 PM Re: Top five WWII movies... [Re: Dart]  
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Someone should start a new thread about "top 5 Seven Years War movies".

It's called the "How esoteric can SimHQ get" challenge. biggrin


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#4435183 - 08/21/18 01:27 PM Re: Top five WWII movies... [Re: Dart]  
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In no particular order:

The Best Years of Our Lives
The Dam Busters
Sophie's Choice
Stalag 17
To Have and Have Not

edited addition:
Damn! Forgot Frankenheimer's The Train.



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#4435185 - 08/21/18 01:30 PM Re: Top five WWII movies... [Re: Dart]  
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And how about 'The Heroes of Telemark'? biggrin

#4435186 - 08/21/18 01:36 PM Re: Top five WWII movies... [Re: Dart]  
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Where Eagles Dare.
Can't count how many times I've seen it.


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#4435187 - 08/21/18 01:37 PM Re: Top five WWII movies... [Re: Immermann]  
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Originally Posted by Immermann
Where Eagles Dare.
Can't count how many times I've seen it.



It's hard to go wrong with Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood in the lead roles!


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#4435192 - 08/21/18 02:24 PM Re: Top five WWII movies... [Re: Dart]  
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HBO series "The Pacific".

#4435229 - 08/21/18 06:47 PM Re: Top five WWII movies... [Re: ricnunes]  
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In no particular order:

1: A Bridge Too Far.
2: Dieppe.
3: Saving Private Ryan. Yeah, they ditty-bopped and BSd like they were back on the block while moving, but the landing and battle for Ramelle were the absolute chaos of combat. Nothing else even came close until Black Hawk Down.
4: The Hill.
5: The Victors.


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#4435235 - 08/21/18 07:32 PM Re: Top five WWII movies... [Re: Dart]  
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Ascending order


Battle of Britain
The Longest Day
The Train
Das Boot

and at #1
Twelve O'Clock High




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#4435245 - 08/21/18 10:15 PM Re: Top five WWII movies... [Re: Dart]  
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Run Silent, Run Deep. Gable and Lancaster at their best.
The rest have already been mentioned at least once.


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#4435246 - 08/21/18 10:23 PM Re: Top five WWII movies... [Re: Dart]  
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But my favorite line from that film is "better put some gin in that lemonade"


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#4435247 - 08/21/18 10:38 PM Re: Top five WWII movies... [Re: Dart]  
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Good movie but Gable was way too old to be playing a WW II era Navy Commander.


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#4435250 - 08/21/18 10:50 PM Re: Top five WWII movies... [Re: Dart]  
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Lancaster is stellar though

Early war, they weren't that young however. But still old.

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#4435330 - 08/22/18 04:11 PM Re: Top five WWII movies... [Re: Dart]  
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Saving Private Ryan has not aged well. It's no longer on my list.


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