View Poll Results: The Greatest War Movie Ever made.

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  • Saving Private Ryan

    31 22.96%
  • Band of Brothers

    26 19.26%
  • Pearl Harbor

    2 1.48%
  • Zulu

    10 7.41%
  • Black Hawk Down

    13 9.63%
  • The Boat

    7 5.19%
  • Gettysburg

    2 1.48%
  • The Great Escape

    3 2.22%
  • All Quiet on the Western Front

    7 5.19%
  • Other. [Tell us your choice]

    34 25.19%
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    Best War Movie

    1] Saving Private Ryan.
    2]Black Hawk Down
    3]Zulu
    4]Band of Brothers
    5]Pearl Harbour
    6]Memphis Belle
    7]The Great Escape
    8]All Quiet on the Western Front
    9]The Boat
    10] Other

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    Quote Originally Posted by 101st Airborne View Post
    1] Saving Private Ryan.
    2]Black Hawk Down
    3]Zulu
    4]Band of Brothers
    5]Pearl Harbour
    6]Memphis Belle
    7]The Great Escape
    8]All Quiet on the Western Front
    9]The Boat
    10] Other
    Das Boat without a doubt. I found "Pearl Harbor" very cheesy. The Great Escape-liked it when I was a kid.

    What do you make of gallipoli? as an aussie?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 101st Airborne View Post
    1] Saving Private Ryan.
    2]Black Hawk Down
    3]Zulu
    4]Band of Brothers
    5]Pearl Harbour
    6]Memphis Belle
    7]The Great Escape
    8]All Quiet on the Western Front
    9]The Boat
    10] Other

    My favorite:Guns of Navarone.
    "Just another brick in the wall."

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    Although I am pretty sure this has been done before I voted Zulu and would like to mention a very close second ......'Das Boot".........and third ...."Cross of Iron"
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    Saving Private Ryan, followed closely by Band of Brothers, are the best.

    I despise and hate Pearl Harbor and the Enemy at the Gates with a passion.
    If we contrast the rapid progress of this mischievous discovery of gunpowder with the slow and laborious advances of reason, science, and the arts of peace, a philosopher, according to his temper, will laugh or weep at the folly of mankind. - Edward Gibbon

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    Ah yes. Enemy at the Gates. I forgot it. In fact I shouldn't have. I liked it very much and I guess you might have some reason of your own Xerxes to say that. It was in fact a marvelous movie and showed it like it was.
    Yes Cross of Iron with James Cohburn. Great movie for it's day.
    Gallipoli? Marvelous movie. But I didn't list it with the greats because it holds a special meaning for Australians and is above mere polls.
    Pearl Harbor. I loved it. Planes and dames with nylons and plenty of shootin' and bulldust. Who cares if it is bulldust. It was entertaining.
    I am surprised that Black Hawk Down didnt rate.
    I liked it a lot.

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    Gallipoli I saw as a teen and seen from an American standpoint with a great knowledge of history, the wasting of Australians by the Brits wasn't lost in meaning.

    As far as the 'best'? Well, what is the intended message? To entertain, to convince that it is really like this and avoid as much as possible, that it is really like this and join up to kill the bas**rd, or what?

    And from what point of view? From the 'English' side, from the English yet Soviet side (where they will lose in the end, anyhow), from a Third World side? Or what?

    Also, a lot depends on how background the viewer has to a movie. While I saw Zeppelin as a child, long, long before I was an adult and in the Navy, it's angle, presentation on the various points of Intelligence stays with me to this day ............................ but would others see it that way?

    I'll tell you one thing; I don't think I could present anywhere near a convincing performance for the sheer terror of a constructed "Man Overboard!" from a zeppelin.

    If I thought about it for a while, I could come up with a great list, .... but I should be studying, so ......

    Entertaining: Zeppelin (sure, weak at points, but insightful at others)

    Counter English: The Beast (but it has been years since I've seen it, so memory may be faulty)

    Counter Third World: The Terrorist (Dir: Santosh Sivan)

    Now, to the original list: unfortunally, I've only seen Zulu (great), The Great Escape (over and over on tv, so okay), and The Boat (great).
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    Although not a fan of his political views Oliver Stone's Platoon is without a doubt one of the best war movies I've ever seen.

    Dafoe and Berenger were excellent, especially Berenger imo. There are two scenes with Sgt Bob Barnes going off that are both serious and at the same time funny as hell. The dialogue of Barnes was brilliant. Also the transformation of Chris Taylor from beginning to end left an impression on me.

    One for Platoon.
    The purpose of all war is ultimately peace. - Saint Augustine
    For it tis' the doom of men that they forget. - Merlin the Magician
    The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing. - Albert Einstein

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    I guess Snowleopard, that if a Frenchman was a member of this forum he would answer as a Frenchman and would have chosen "other' and filled in a film made in France.
    If a gardener had answered, I guess he might have chosen a movie that had lots of flowers in it.
    For whatever reason anyone deems a particular war movie is the best they have seen, it is up to them only what criteria they use.
    The question was what do YOU think was the best war movie.
    It didn't extend to why.
    It is just a fun poll Snowleopard, not a university thesis for you Phd.

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    Another movie that I missed out of the poll that should have been in there was 'A BRIDGE TOO FAR'.
    A fantastic effort for it's day. A war movie for the buffs.

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    I vote for The Majestic. (C'Mon - it's kind've a war movie! He got killed in a war.)

    I saw it again last week after not having seen it for a long time and it was pretty good.
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    I haven't seen it THL.
    Is this it?

    Welcome to The Majestic

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    Quote Originally Posted by 101st Airborne View Post
    I guess Snowleopard, that if a Frenchman was a member of this forum he would answer as a Frenchman and would have chosen "other' and filled in a film made in France.
    If a gardener had answered, I guess he might have chosen a movie that had lots of flowers in it.
    For whatever reason anyone deems a particular war movie is the best they have seen, it is up to them only what criteria they use.
    The question was what do YOU think was the best war movie.
    It didn't extend to why.
    It is just a fun poll Snowleopard, not a university thesis for you Phd.

    WELL, FIRST OF ALL ........................... no insult taken and none intended.

    Secondly, you'll learn that of me, I like to explain, ie, talk a lot.

    Next, that's what I put down, what I thought was the best war movie but understand, they are taken from certain points of view. So despite that I'm American and was in service during the Cold War, I was not so anxious to see movies that had "Kill a Commie for Ronnie".

    Following that, when I do my PhD, it may be in oceanography, it could be in Criminal Justice, it might even be in Psychology or Education .... but it probably won't be in film analysis .......... (though I have done media research from time to time from various angles).

    For example, ever notice how Xena and Gabrielle resemble ........... Wicked Wanda and Candyfloss despite there being a 20 year difference? There's food for thought!

    Back to the subject at hand, movies are made to sell to a particular audience. If they fail at that, odds are they will be forgotten. It's the memory of the audience that receives them that makes them great, IMHO.
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    No problems SnowLeopard. I'm sure we will talk again.

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    Great thread!

    My favourites are

    • Apocalypse Now
    • Full Metal jacket
    • 633 Squadron
    • Ice Cold in Alex
    • The Pianist
    • Bridge Over the River Kwai
    • A Bridge Too Far
    • The Longest Day
    • The Eagle Has Landed
    • Kelly’s Heroes


    But that's just me.

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