December 29, 2003

Military Movies or TV shows I like.

Here's my list of movies, shows, etc, with a military theme that I like and have watched many times and generally own a copy of. Whyncha add the ones you like (that I probably do too, but overlooked!) No, this is NOT an Amazon love-fest, I'm just linking for those of you who don't recognize the movie (assuming I can find a link...) I tend to like movies and shows that explore the "why men fight' theme, and how warriors relate to each other. Cross of Iron, Zulu, Zulu Dawn, Hamburger Hill are examples of that kind of movie.

Zulu Dawn
Cross of Iron
Tora! Tora! Tora!
Saving Private Ryan
Full Metal Jacket
Richard III
Bridge On the River Kwai
The Thin Red Line (1998)
Braveheart (1995)
Das Boot (1981)
Henry V (1990)
The Rough Riders (1997)
Black Hawk Down
We Were Soldiers
Enemy At The Gates
The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
Kelly's Heroes
Men Of Honor
Hamburger Hill
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
Paths of Glory
Battle of Britain (1969)
633 Squadron
A Walk in the Sun
The Bridges at Toko-Ri
Schindler's List
Dr. Strangelove
Lawrence of Arabia
Stalag 17
Battaglia di Algeri, La
'Breaker' Morant
Sergeant York (1941)
The Lost Battalion
Band of Brothers
Hell in the Pacific
The Big Red One
Jeremiah Johnson
A Bridge Too Far
Air America
The Immortal Battalion
Gods and Generals
Black Adder (yes, THAT Black Adder!)
The Lighthorsemen

Comments on Military Movies or TV shows I like.
pam briefed on December 29, 2003 07:06 PM

In Harm's Way. May be more entertaining than military, but I love it.

John of Argghhh! briefed on December 29, 2003 07:11 PM

Dang it Pam, I wasn't done yet. I was gonna add that, but now everyone will think I'm just covering my ample butt!

Jack briefed on December 29, 2003 07:16 PM

I always liked the movie "Midway". I saw it in the theater when it first came out with the SenSurround Sound (hype more than real, but it was cool at the time...)

Ghost of a flea briefed on December 29, 2003 08:06 PM

"Guadalcanal Diary"
"Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence"
"Apocalypse Now"

John of Argghhh! briefed on December 29, 2003 08:42 PM

While I normally agree with the Flea, I must respectfully decline Coppola's butchery of Conrad's Heart of Darkness. The others I will allow into the list...


Martin Sheen simply sucks as a spook, and the only resemblance of AN to Vietnam is in the fevered minds of people excessively under the influence of mushrooms. Though I do love the smell of napalm in the morning. It smells like, barbecue!

Not that I take a strong interest in the matter...

Wendell briefed on December 29, 2003 09:11 PM

Once an Eagle. Supurb TV mini-series of the Anton Myrer book. Starred Sam Elliott. To my knowledge it was only aired once and has not been released to video. If it was aired again it would top everyone's list.

Eric briefed on December 29, 2003 09:15 PM

First of all, I have MOST of those same vids in MY collection...I have a 1972 movie poster of Jerimiah Johnson in my living room...Stalingrad and Battleground are two of THE BEST movies about war ever made...but, you left out The Sandpebbles...and The Big Red One..Marvin, as always, kicks ass...and McQueen..c'mon..

Eric briefed on December 29, 2003 09:18 PM

Sorry...I just noticed....I mentioned Blackadder in one of my posts today..heh...strange....

gunner briefed on December 29, 2003 09:29 PM

Not sure of the name but it is a Steve Mcqueen movie about German soldiers trapped behind Soviet lines. Iron cross I think.
I did get Patton and Bridge to far for Christmas this year on DVD so I am happy

John of Argghhh! briefed on December 29, 2003 09:54 PM

Gunner - it's Jim Coburn in Cross of Iron. Eric - I did mention Big Red One. C'mon, I know it's a big list here fellas - but pay attention!


Besides, I had ta leave some out for you guys, right?

Uff Da briefed on December 29, 2003 09:54 PM

I liked Bogie's Sahara. The Memphis Belle was overdramatized but was still cool to see B-17's .Also liked Cagney's Captains of the Clouds although probably not of the war genre.

Uff Da briefed on December 29, 2003 10:25 PM

Ooh Ooh remembered a few TV shows. Rat Patrol,Combat and Black Sheep Squadron.Does anybody recall a TV series from the 70's that had a pair of guys running around the country in a white Stutz Bearcat with a machine gun mounted in the back?

John of Argghhh! briefed on December 29, 2003 10:41 PM

Once An Eagle! How could I have forgotten that! I've been hoping for it to come out in video!

And that brings to mind Winds of War! That at least IS available!

Fred Boness briefed on December 29, 2003 11:27 PM

Sahara, 12 O'clock High, Where Eagles Dare, Run Silent Run Deep, The Longest Day, The Enemy Below.

Ghost of a flea briefed on December 30, 2003 12:02 AM

I * knew * Apocalypse Now was not there for a reason and was all ready to argue that you * must * love the smell of napalm in the morning but you have thrown me with your rhetorical aikido... vexed again!

How about these:
"The Hunt for Red October"
"The Great Escape"
"Where Eagles Dare"


wait for it...

"Red Dawn"!

Ghost of a flea briefed on December 30, 2003 12:07 AM

I just noticed Fred Boness includes "Where Eagles Dare" on his list... And how could I have forgotten "Run Silent Run Deep"? Now that I think about it I should also add "Ice Station Zebra".

Juliette briefed on December 30, 2003 12:09 AM

Ever seen "A Soldier's Story?"

Fred Boness briefed on December 30, 2003 12:15 AM

The Alamo, Sands of Iwo Jima, Captain Horatio Hornblower, Sink the Bismarck, and The Dirty Dozen.

gunner briefed on December 30, 2003 12:44 AM

One that that you might not count as a war movie but it shows the ability to fight no matter what the odds is Escape from Sobibor.

DarthVOB briefed on December 30, 2003 08:01 AM

I saw that it was mentioned above but I'd like to mention it again because our Brigade CDR showed this to all the officers one year.

12 O'Clock High.

SayUncle briefed on December 30, 2003 08:16 AM

I'd recommend mail call on the history channel.

John of Argghhh! briefed on December 30, 2003 08:25 AM

Juliette - if we add A Soldier's Story, we should probably add another courtroom drama, A Few Good Men.

John of Argghhh! briefed on December 30, 2003 08:27 AM

I finally remembered the title of one I couldn't for the life of me recall - The Eagle Has Landed!

I can also find room for Gunny Ermey and Mail Call.

Cowboy Blob briefed on December 30, 2003 11:08 AM

You covered all of mine, except for "To Hell and Back."

MAJ Mike briefed on December 30, 2003 09:53 PM

Great movie list.

I would add "Red Dawn". It's a fun flick.

I show it in my 10th grade World History classes as an introduction to a section on the Cold War. I tell my students that this is what we thought could happen, but we were saved from The Evil Empire by the efforts of President Reagen.

I then show them a 20 minute Soviet propaganda film of Red Army maneuvers from the mid-1960's -- T-62 tanks from horizon to horizon. Makes an impression and the lefty pukes in the Teacher's Lounge have yet to utter a word.

Coptional briefed on December 31, 2003 01:08 AM

I used to love a program on network TV called Tour of Duty. Was sorry to see it go.

JD Mays briefed on December 31, 2003 10:29 PM

First, about the Tour of Duty tv series, the first season or so it was very well-done. In my opinion, a great series, but then the plots started getting goofy and it ended up as a shadow of it's former self.
Second, this is only tangentially related to your original post and maybe it's something you'll want to write about at a later date, but...
I've never been in combat so I've always wondered if the, men fight for the guy next to them, answer to why men fight, is a liberal piece of propaganda or if that's really the case.


murdoc briefed on April 14, 2004 08:24 PM

Is anyone familiar with the story that RED DAWN is really a metaphor for our own government declaring martial law?

I wrote about it on my site:

The movie is more than a little goofy until you look at it that way. Then it's more than a little creepy.

Also, I'd recommend THE BEAST, a 1988 film about a Soviet tank lost in Afghanistan, pursued by Mujahedeen. Not up to the level of a lot of films on this list, but still worth a look-see.