War movies are great, they always feel so real and heroic. Hollywood definitely knows they're the kind of movies that sell, maybe not to the mass market, but at least to all the old folk in DVD sales. I have to say, War Movies are probably my favourite type of genre, that's if, you can even call it a 'genre'. Who knows, anyway. Lets get onto the list.
In my opinion, probably one of Oliver Stones finest movies. I think Platoon is one of those movies that'll go down in the War movie history books. This was a movie before Charlie Sheen turned batshit crazy and started drinking tiger blood, this was a movie that cuts away at any war propaganda bullshit and just gives us a bloody great movie. Platoon is set in the Vietnam war. Which follows the story of a young recruit who's sent in and has to deal with the horrors and spoils of war, testing human emotion to the core.
To those of you who thought Alec Guinness was just the old dude from Star Wars, shame on you. Before his Star Wars fame he was regarded as one of the best actors of all time, sometimes I feel he gets slipped under the radar. However, The Bridge on the River Kwai, is one of those movies where it tests the morality of man and more than that how much their willing to sacrifice in the name of honour, respect and a code of honour. The Bridge on the River Kwai is a classic that will forever remain as one of the very best.
Michel Cimino managed to direct one of the best war movies ever with an amazing cast to back it up, I think The Deer Hunter was always going to succeed. It had all the elements that was just going to work. The Deer Hunter gives an examination into the lives of people who've been affected by the Vietnam war. Starring the brilliant Robert DeNiro, Meryl Streep and Christopher Walken.
Steven Spielberg managed to create an amazing story, even though it seemed like Hollywood had emphasised every scene. The movie is briliant however, with an incredible cast, Tom Hanks at his very best as the courageous Captain Miller. Saving Private Ryan is a bold story, following the Normany Landings a group of soldiers go behind enemy lines to help save Private Ryan, whose brothers had all been killed in action. Spielberg deserves a round of applause for such an epic movie.
The Hurt Locker (2008)
A few years ago a little movie named 'The Hurt Locker' received an Academy Award. Kathryn Bigelow managed to create an epic story following a group of bomb squad who are in the chaos of war, a squad comes together to try and ....diffuse bombs and stuff. The Hurt Locker is an awesome movie and Jeremy Renner does an incredible job, it's a movie that makes bomb disposal experts seem incredibly heroic. Definitely worth a watch.
How could we have a war movie list and not include John Wayne into the mix, Sands of Iwo Jima is one of those movies that does feel incredibly dated however it's one of those movies that will always remain a classic. It's always regarded in peoples top 10 list of War Movies, especially mine. Sans of Iwo Jima is a dramatisation of the war of Iwo Jima. The World War II epic is one of those movies you have to check out if you're a war movie fan.
Tarantino's terrific World War II movie, entertaining, over exaggerated and incredibly violent, what's more to love? Inglorious Basterds gave us the brilliant Christophe Waltz, a man who's incredible performance in Inglorious Basterds has really put him on the map. Even though Tarantino likes to exaggerate his movies, you can't really take Inglorious Basterds as an accurate depiction, it's fantasy fiction. It's brilliant never the less.
Perhaps regarded as the best War movie of all time, I think it would be hard to argue that it's in everyones top 5, perhaps even their favourite. Some even think Apocalypse now is the best movie of all time, which is pretty much right on the money. Considering everything went wrong on the set of Apocalypse Now, from Martin Sheen having a heart attack on set, to the constant brooding of Marlon Brando, to the production going well over budget numerous times, it's pretty much a miracle the movie got made in the first place.