This is different from what I usually do. Today Im counting down the top 10 War movies of all time. And readers, keep in mind that I havent seen some war movies.
10. Pearl Harbor
Yes, im starting my list with Pearl Harbor. To be fair, its not really a bad movie. Josh Hartnett and Kate Bekinsale do excellent jobs as they're characters. Ben Affleck does ok, not too bad but not great either. The story of Pearl Harbor interests me alot, Michael Bay does a good job with the attack. The love story gets old, but whatever.
The story of the men who almost killed Hitler is an excellent film. Tom Cruise stars as Col. Claus Von Stauffenberg who is injured in combat in Afrika and loses an eye, a hand, and two fingers. He plants a bomb in the fuhrer's secret base in the Wolf's Lair but because it was in ann open room with open windows, Hitler survived. Stauffenberg and the other conspirators were murdered. Don't pass this one up.
Glory is about Col. Robert Gould Shaw and his battalion of all black soldiers (with white officers). Denzel Washington plays Pvt. Tripp and plays him very well. The movie starts at the Battle of Antietam and ends with the 54th charging Fort Wagner. Watch this.
7: The Pianist
The Pianist is about a Polish Jew named Wladyslaw Spzilman who spends the majority of the war hiding from the Nazis. His gentile friends shelter him in various safe houses in Warsaw. Spzilman's mother, father, brother, and sister are taken to a concentration camp and presumably killed. Adrien Brody does a fantastic job as Wladydlaw Spzilman. This is Roman Polansky's finest work.
6: The Hurt Locker
Kathryn Bigelow's Academy Award winning masterpiece about bomb disposal soldiers in Iraq is in fact deserving of the title masterpiece. The scenes when they are diffusing the bombs is some of the scariest shit anyone ever put in a non horror movie. Its great.
5: Schindler's List
Schindler's List is also deserving of the title "masterpiece". From here The Hurt Locker on to Number 1, they are deserving of "masterpiece". Anyways. Schindler's List is about Oskar Schindler. A nazi who resolves to save as many Jew as he can from death. He ended up saving 1,200 Jews. Oskar Schindler is buried in Israel today. Ralph Fiennes does an excellent job as Amon Goeth. Ralph Fiennes was robbed of his Oscar by Tommy Lee Jones.
4: Flags of Our Fathers
Flags of Our Fathers is about the 6 Iwo Jima flag raisers. They were John Bradley, Ira Hays, Rene Gagnon, Franklin Sousley, Mike Strank, and Harlon Block. Franklin, Mike, and Harlon were killed in action and John, Ira, and Rene were sent home to sell war bonds. They didnt want to be called heroes, they wanted the guys who actually died to be honored and called heroes.
3: Letters From Iwo Jima
I had a hard time deciding which one was better, Flags of Our Fathers or Letters From Iwo Jima. I ultimately decided on Letters From Iwo Jima. Ken Watanbe is great as Lieutenant General Kuribayashi and his strategy of defending Iwo Jima against turned what could have been a week long battle into a month of fierce fighting. Most of the characters in this film were made up for the movie and I applaud Clint Eastwood's decision to use actual Japanese nationals for actors and his use of WWII era Japanese language.
2: Saving Private Ryan
Saving Private Ryan is about a squad of American soldiers in France after the D-day invasion at Normandy who are sent to find Private Ryan, and bring him back to send him home. Private Ryan has lost his 3 older brothers in action and under the Sole Survivor policy Private Ryan can go home. Captain Miller, played excellently by Tom Hanks is leading the squad and his possibly the best character on this list.
1: The Pacific
Here is Number one: The Pacific. This miniseries (it still counts as a movie) by HBO is about 3 Marines who fought in the Pacific during WWII. They are John Basilone, Robert Leckie, and Eugene Sledge. Its a masterpiece that more than deserves its title. It made me more interested in the Pacific campaign of WWII. The Russians had the job of defeating the Germans in Europe (75% of all German soldiers in WWII were killed by Russians) we had the job of defeating the Japanese in the Pacific. I live on Okinawa right now with my dad who is being promoted to Master Sergeant in march-april, my mom, and my sisters. Part 9 of The Pacific was the best, in my opinion. If you havent watched any of these movies watch them now.
Top 10 characters from the movies on this list.
10: Colonel Doolittle (Pearl Harbor)
9:Sergeant First Class William James (The Hurt Locker)
8: Corporal Eugene Sledge (The Pacific)
7: Colonel Claus Von Stauffenberg (Valkyrie)
6:Wladyslaw Spzilman (The Pianist)
5:Lieutenant General Kuribayashi (Letters From Iwo Jima)
4:Ira Hays (Flags of Our Fathers)
3:Private Tripp (Glory)
2:Amon Goeth (Schindler's List)
1: Captain John Miller (Saving Private Ryan)