Today is Veterans Day and as a USA holiday, Im going to write about My top 10 Military Films
1)Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Is truly difficult to ignore a Steven Spielberg Film. This man dominates any genre and in 1998 comes with this great war film with his all star crew. Tom hanks , Tom Sizemore , Matt Damon , Vin diesel when he wasn’t famous as today is and company. The cinematographer Janusz Kaminski and composer John Williams are also back. Winner of 5 Academy Awards including another Best Direcor win to Spielberg.
“My family is with me today. They wanted to come with me. To be honest with you, I wasn’t sure how I’d feel coming back here. Every day I think about what you said to me that day on the bridge. I tried to live my life the best that I could. I hope that was enough. I hope that, at least in your eyes, I’ve earned what all of you have done for me.” – James Ryan
2) Apocalypse Now (1979)
The Director of The Godfather , Francis Ford Coppola gives us Apocalypse Now. A film set up in Vietnam war starring Martin Sheen , Marlon Brando , Robert Duvall and Harrison Ford , etc. Shot by Vittorio Storaro and is Written by john Milius and Coppola.
“I love the smell of napalm in the morning.”
3) Full Metal Jacket (1987)
“You write “Born to Kill” on your helmet and you wear a peace button. What’s that supposed to be, some kind of sick joke?”
I had mention it before when I talk about Stanley Kubrick and now is the turn of the film itself. Is kind of a dark comedy about the Marine Corps boot camp to the battlefield process. He is going to show you the irony , the realistic , sarcasm and deeper psychological approach that is going to make you think about the warfare themes in the film. Kubrick has done it before with his dark comedy political fim Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964). You watch it and tell me what you see.
“So you can give your heart to Jesus, but your ass belongs to the Corps! Do you ladies understand? ”
4) HackSaw Ridge (2016)
Mel Gibson is back and he direct one of the greatest war movies of the 21 century about a man who refuse to use a gun in warzone. What a testimony.
The same year of Saving Private Ryan was release The Thin Red Line was also nominated for the Best Picture. Director Terrence Malick and John Toll (cinematographer) delivers one of the most beautiful shot War film to date. The actors in this film are Sean Penn , Jim Caviezel , Nick Nolte , Adrien brody and may other great actors. This Film was Nominated to 7 Academy Awards.
“War don’t ennoble men. It turns them into dogs… poisons the soul.”
6) Path of Glory (1957)
Yes, Stanley Kubrick again if you notice is one of my favorite filmmakers and this War film is about the first World War. the protagonist is Kirk Douglas who is going to collaborate with Kubrick later in Spartacus (1960). this Black and white film about how this soldiers doesn’t want to make a impossible attack is worth watch it today.
“It’s impossible, sir. All the men are falling back.”
7) Inglourious Basterds (2009)
A film about a Fictional war story about killing Nazi German Leaders Written and Directed by Quentin Tarantino making this his 7th film and you can find on Netflix. the film is shot by Robert Richardson and the cast is Brad Pitt , Christopher Waltz , Diane Kruger , Michael Fassbender and Eli Roth. Go and warm up because Tarantino is coming this December with The Hateful Eight shot in 70mm film.
“Au revoir, Shosanna!”
I remember as a kid my father mention me the film Platoon as one of the best war film ever made. Oliver Stone ( JFK , W. , Savages) Won his first Oscar for Best Director with this film and the cast was by Willem Dafoe , Charlie Sheen and Forest Whitaker.
“Somebody once wrote, “Hell is the impossibility of reason.” That’s what this place feels like. Hell.”
9) Black Hawk Down ( 2001)
Ridley Scott the director of the box office hit The Martian. Also have direct a war film and is a adaptation of the book by the same name about the U.S. soldiers drop into Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade in 1993. Produce by Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the caribbean , Bad boys) and Starring Josh Hatrnett , Ewan McGregor , Tom Sizemore and Eric Bana.
10) Patton (1970)