|Robert Gould Shaw memorial (Glory)|
1) The Duelists, 1977, Ridley Scott's first move was this gem about the Napoleonic Wars. Based on the Joseph Conrad short story.
2) Master and Commander, 2003, the start of Patrick O'Brian's incredible series on the Napoleonic Wars.
3) Glory, 1989. Mathew Broderick, Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington; The story of Robert Gould Shaw and his regiment during the US Civil War.
5) Patton, 1970. Coppola's screenplay. Great score. Simply a Masterpiece.
6) The Longest Day, 1962, Must include John Wayne in this list! Saving Private Ryan may have a great opening 20 minutes, but The Longest Day is much more satisfying! In glorious Black and White!
7) Band of Brothers, 2001, OK, I know it is technically a mini-series and not a movie. So what! It is faithfully based on the the Stephen Ambrose book.
|Robert Altman's classic|
9) Star Wars, 1977, etc. OK, I know it is science fiction. Nevertheless, look no further if you want to understand why men fight now and forever. Luke is Joseph Campbell's Hero with a Thousand Faces.
10) Lord of the Rings, 2001 etc. OK, I know this is fantasy. Tolkein was a WWI vet who wrote his trilogy during World War II.
Honorable mentions go to Barry Lyndon, A Bridge Too Far, Apocalypse Now (were more drugs used by American soldiers while in Vietnam or by the cast of Apocalypse Now during its filming in the Philippines?) and Dr. Strangelove.
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