Nikhil Gupte's Top War Movies (8)

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Created Dec 16, 2010 02:33AM PST • Updated Mar 01, 2011 06:40AM PST

War movies are one of my favourite genres. Ever since I saw Platoon (I was just 13 then), I could not get rid of the haunting images of war depicted in it.


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  • 26 Points
Title Released Trust Weighted Summary Viewable
1st Platoon
1986 Very Good 7 Points

Brutally violent and engaging, Platoon takes the Vietnam War and centres it around a battle between two men for a new recruit's soul, utilising setting, a wide range of acting skill and narrative to present war from an ordinary man's viewpoint.

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2nd Saving Private Ryan
1998 Really Great 37 Points

Do war movies get any better than this? Puts you right there, in all the graphic realism that comes with war. But not just any war movie, this story spins a great tale that follows Hanks and his crew looking for and saving Ryan (Pitt). If you like war movies, this is a must-see.

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3rd Full Metal Jacket
1987 Great 17 Points

I watched FMJ again for the first time In many years. I was reminded just how immensely classic Stanly Kubrik’s film about the Vietnam-era Marine corps is. The trials and head games in boot camp followed by a Marine journalist’s perspective of the Tet offensive. A dramatic and sometimes surreal look at Viet Nam, with an intense play on the human psyche’s reaction to “being in the shit.” FMJ is not to be missed for any lover of the war genre.

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4th Black Hawk Down
2001 Great 17 Points

A raw depiction of what it was like in Somalia. No glamor here. The peace-keepers had it really rough fighting the entrenched warlords. The movie paints the picture of an American Army facing desperate odds trying to get a job done and saving fallen comrades amidst a whirlwind of violence and mayhem. See this movie, and you will really understand why peacekeeping can be much more treacherous than fighting a traditional war.

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5th Tigerland
2000 None Yet 0 Points
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6th A Bridge Too Far
1977 Good 7 Points

A fact-based retelling of Operation Market Garden, Richard Attenborough's star-studded film suffers from its multiplicity of famous actors, and reminded this reviewer a little too much of Malick's "Thin Red Line" (except Attenborough's view of war does not match dead soldiers with injured birds). All in all, what was supposed to make this film a success instead ends up causing it to backfire, remaining a rather epic and mildly interesting re-enaction of the risky and dangerous WW2 operation.

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7th Casualties of War
1989 OK 17 Points

Michael J Fox and Sean Penn star in this movie about some serious ethics and moral violations that came up during Vietnam. In this case, kidnapping, rape and murder followed by a cover up and a lot of post action drama. What’s the young and naive Fox supposed to do when surrounded by this callous behavior from is platoon mates? The viewpoints tug both ways as the brutality of the attacks from the VC tempt you to be callous also. Could you rise above it all and do the right thing, all the time among buddies dying all around you – not knowing who is VC and who isn’t? Casualties is a …

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Added Aug 24, 2011 01:53AM PST • Updated Aug 24, 2011 01:53AM PST
8th Letters from Iwo...
2006 Great 83 Points

Letters from Iwo Jima is the stunning coda to Flags Of Our Fathers, this time from the Japanese side. Amongst other revelations, it shows how poorly served were the Imperial Japanese soldiers, not by their gallant and honorable commander, but by the suicidal tendencies of their martial traditions.

Director Clint Eastwood made "Flags Of Our Fathers": before Letters from Iwo Jima, so that's the ideal order in which to view them.

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Added Oct 22, 2011 09:44AM PST • Updated Oct 22, 2011 09:44AM PST


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Oct 23, 2011 12:49AM

Solid addition. Given Letters you must also add Flags of Our Fathers.

Dec 16, 2010 2:34AM
Nikhil Gupte

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