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Rambo: First Blood, Part II, 1985
Rambo Stallone goes back to Vietnam to rescue a bunch of abandoned POW's in the most successful of the three insanely macho action adventures. Sly mangles dialogue as if he is chewing bullets while indulging in ludicrous comic strip heroics. But remember: this was cooked up when a B-movie actor was in the White House. This big, dumb and fun film definitely says 'no' to diplomacy.
99. The Eagle Has Landed, 1977
Based on Jack Higgins’s book, The Eagle Has Landed tells the story of a daring German World War II plot that could have changed the course of history. Michael Caine leads a group of German paratroopers who land in England on a mission to kidnap Churchill.
98. Big Red One, 1980
Samuel Fuller's acclaimed Second World War tale of camaraderie and violence, starring Lee Marvin and a post-Star Wars Mark Hamill. The film chronicles the movements of a squad from the 1st US Infantry Division ('The Big Red One') through the World War II, from a beachhead assault in North Africa, through France, Sicily and Belgium, up to the horror of liberating a Nazi concentration camp. War is reduced to its graphic essentials in Fuller's no-holds-barred style and Marvin brilliantly portrays the nameless battle-hardened sergeant leading the young GI's.
97. Lacombe Lucien, 1974
Louis Malle's film set in France during the Nazi Occupation, centres on Lucien, a simple farmhand not long out of school, with a penchant for shooting rabbits. After failing to hook up with the Resistance movement, he ends up working for the Gestapo and starts to fall for the daughter of a local Jewish tailor. Bravely and controversially addressing his country's history of collaboration, Malle creates Lucien as a metaphor for his country's past, guilty of naivety and opportunism, but is he is evil as their invaders? The moral dilemma is never answered satisfactorily, but perhaps it's enough that the question was posed.
96. Cold Mountain, 2003
Jude Law and Nicole Kidman head the all-star cast in Anthony Minghella's stunning drama set during the American Civil War. A wounded confederate soldier named Inman (Law) attempts to return home to the eponymous North Carolina town and be reunited with Ada (Kidman), the woman he left behind. Along the way, he meets a host of colourful characters who help or hinder his passage home, while Kidman struggles to run her father's dilapidated farm and holds onto the hope that Law is still alive. The two leads give powerful performances in a poignant film about how there is no glory in war, only death, but it's the Oscar-winning Renée Zellweger who steals the show.
95. Welcome To Sarajevo, 1997
Based on the true story of journalist Michael Nicholson, who adopted a Bosnian child when covering the conflict there, this was the first Western movie to examine the war in the former Yugoslavia. Stephen Dillane is the dispassionate reporter who questions news values when his stories about a besieged orphanage are overtaken by the Duke of York's divorce, and decides to smuggle out and adopt a young girl with no future. This unashamedly political film is commendably free of sentiment and full of the shrill terror of life in the war torn town.
94. The Colditz Story, 1955
With a cast chock full of war movie veterans, and based on the real-life memoirs of Pat Reid, The Colditz Story is a an entertaining, and moving, account of life in the most notorious prison camp in the Third Reich. More a rousing adventure story than a portrayal of harsh realities of war, the film follows numerous foiled escape attempts until one of the heroes hits on a brilliant plan...
93. Europa, Europa, 1990
The improbable, but true, story of Solomon Perel (Rene Hofschneider) a young German Jew who joined the Hitler Youth to make it through World War II. He manages to fall in love with a propagandaswallowing Nazi mouthpiece played by Julie Delpy. Half 'horror of war' movie, half coming of age comedy, Agnieszka Holland's film is as powerful as it is unusual.
92. The Birth Of A Nation, 1915
Unarguably one of the most important films in the history of cinema, D W Griffith's sprawling historical epic is also one of the most controversial. The story, adapted from Thomas Dixon's overtly racist novel The Clansman, follows the fluctuating fortunes of two families - the Stonemasons in the North and the Camerons in the South - through the Civil War and Reconstruction until finally "the former enemies of North and South are united in common defence of their Aryan birthright.” Technically brilliant but appallingly misguided.
91. Hell In The Pacific, 1968
Lee Marvin and Toshirô Mifune are the US and Japanese pilots who are forced to forget their differences and work together to survive when an accident leaves them both stranded on a deserted Pacific island during World War II. John Boorman directs this two-hander, which is held together by powerful performances from Marvin and Mifune as the enemies who don't even have a common language to bond them together (cue lots of scenes of them yelling at each other in their own languages), yet somehow find common ground in their predicament. Unsettling stuff, bolstered by a boldly bleak finale.
Allen is Boris. Anthony Mann's epic towers over all others of the same type. 1990 A 2nd World War drama from Brit director Caton-Jones. bureaucracy (from the UN) and exploitation (by the media). Tranovic's film highlights how the Balkan conflict is defined by chaos (on the part of the local forces). A ripping yarn culminating in a wild train dash through Germany. but decide not to kill each other. Memphis Belle. with director Mark Robson cranking up the tension and releasing it with some excellent action set pieces. which if missed could lead to many civilians losing their lives. a fine score and a cracking story this is a superb Technicolor epic. The film is moving. a useless coward obsessed with his cousin Sonja (Diane Keaton). 85. A fine mix of the cerebral and the absurd. As long as you don't rely on the film for your history essay you'll be in for a treat. a B-17 bomber. Rome. El Cid. At the climax. it also looks at the role of both the UN forces and the world media in the perpetuation of the war. he ends up as a rigid corpse strapped to a horse leading his men to victory. have to make one final bombing raid over Europe before they complete their 25th mission and are able to return home. 82. 86. this biopic of the Protestant leader who caused the downfall of Charles I and ruled the country briefly between monarchs takes some liberties with historical accuracy. Love And Death is a highly enjoyable trawl through the travails of Allen's liberal neuroses.90. hotly pursued by the Nazis. but is so well made that it gets away with it. 1997 Based on the acclaimed novel by Pat Barker. Richard Harris' Cromwell comes across as la fanatical God-botherer. neo-realism par excellence. shot with hand-held cameras on the streets of Rome. 87. 1970 Boasting lavish sets. and that the men relieved him of command to save their own lives. then reluctantly gets tangled up in a plan to assassinate Napoleon. 1954 Humphrey Bogart stars in this naval courtroom drama about the trial of a group of mutineers from the US Pacific Fleet. 2001 A Bosnian and a Serb end up in the same trench. The drama is compulsive and the starry cast make the most of a mountain of words . No Man's Land. perhaps even insane. Regeneration. Open City. costumes and a British cast to die for. Cromwell. 89. Among those inmates are the anti-war poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen. the UN and the media receive the most scathing treatment. Regeneration portrays the lives of various victims of shell shock being treated at a psychiatric hospital in Edinburgh during the First World War. They become involved in the resistance movement where their thespian skills are tested to heroic levels. not just because of the subtly conveyed horrors of war. it's a rare minute that doesn't pass without someone saying something you wish you'd said yourself. Not only does the film take us into the heart of the Balkan conflict. 88. As the trial unfolds. In this sharp black comedy. whose final disintegration in court before our eyes has become part of movie legend. Their task is to bomb a Nazi supply factory in Bremen.captured and taken to a POW camp. time and distance have allowed its genius to be recognised.the children and the women on the street. When war breaks out he gets himself fired from a cannon and winds up a national hero. Love And Death. Von Ryan's Express. worthy of the Spanish epics and ballads on the same subject. 81. 1942 This classic satire starts with a man who appears to be Adolf Hitler gazing into a butcher's shop window in a Warsaw high street.especially Bogart. and Aldo Fabrizi brings an embattled matter-of-factness to the role of the doomed resistance worker Don Pietro. but because of its story of a poet discovering his voice in a hitherto unimaginable world. in this satirical war movie that lambasts the UN. and proceeds to explain how he got there. The crew of the Memphis Belle. 1961 With a budget bigger than a small country's GDP. 1943 . Lubitsch's film tells the story of a group of actors put out of work by the Nazi invasion of Poland. we learn that the ship's Captain (Bogart) was mentally unstable. ultimately leaving audience sympathy to rest with Alec Guinness as the doomed king whose head is destined for the block. Colonel Ryan (Frank Sinatra) is dubbed 'Von Ryan' after he scuppers a 'suicidal' British escape attempt. the media and the stupidity of war in general. The Caine Mutiny. 1975 Set in Russia against the backdrop of the Napoleonic War. 84. 1965 Italy. Ryan spots a better opportunity for freedom when the inmates are relocated to Germany: he hijacks the train and heads for Switzerland. Dismissed as being in bad taste on its release. 1945 Roberto Rossellini's first film of the post-Mussolini era is a real rough diamond. Land And Freedom. 83. Heston's heroic impassivity is perfect for the role of the semi-legendary 11th-century warrior hero who drove the Moors from Spain. but the real power comes from the non-professional actors in the smaller roles . Unusually. 1995 . To Be Or Not To Be. It's based on the true story of a priest killed by the Nazis in wartime Italy. 80. a beautiful cast. The feature debut of Bosnian writer-director Danis Tranovic.
Woodward gives a dignified performance as the professional soldier caught up in this mess and. Illustrating the impact of war on the British people. a German. Bruce Beresford. the film suggests. Come And See. his young face prematurely aged. Candy believes that any fight can be fought and settled by maintaining gentlemanly principles. 1986 A harrowing but worthy portrait of a young Russian boy's experiences during The Second World War as he turns from green teenager to hardened resistance fighter. Told largely in flashback. this was made just before the Second World War and tells how Russian prince Nevsky . 1949 Allan Dwan utilized authentic footage in the story of tough Marine Sergeant John Stryker (John Wayne). . 78. After their doomed marriage fails. 76. Oh! What A Lovely War. soldiers and alive at the end of the Pacific conflict against Japan. As the squad reached a bloody conflict on the island of Iwo Jima. a masterwork (made despite prime minister Winston Churchill's wishes) focuses on the life of Clive Candy V.A stirring account of the Spanish Civil War from Ken Loach. Given just a single day to mount their defence. 71. until he rejoins them at the end as an active and hardened participant. 70. poverty and starvation . 1943 Powell and Pressburger's fifth film. Gone With The Wind tells the story of Scarlett O'Hara (Leigh). leading up to and during the Second World War. and it is easy to be seduced by its sumptuous visuals. 1942 This timely paean to England became emblematic of how Americans saw the British under bombardment during the Second World War. it's a rousing anti-war polemic from the director of Driving Miss Daisy. while party politics rear their head and complicate matters further. Greer Garson.raises a peasant army and mounts a counter-attack. It lies with his best friend. gun in hand. Mrs Miniver.only to then receive one of cinema's best put-downs when she realises that she actually loved Rhett. They disappear and he is left to wander. 1939 Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh star in one of Hollywood's most famous romantic epics. battle scenes and stunts galore. 73. but what is most impressive are the intense fight scenes that take up much of the film. Director Michael Curtiz keeps the action bowling along at a breakneck pace. it has every dollar evident on screen. C. Oh! What A Lovely War movingly conveys the horror of the First World War through the popular. but magnificent nonetheless. and the way Eisenstein marries the action with the score by Prokofiev. Best Actress and Best Director Oscars. Set during the American Civil War. this is about as moving an account of war as you're likely to see. 1980 Edward Woodward stars in this Oscar-nominated Aussie courtroom drama set in the Boer War. his idealism is quickly crushed by the horrors of the combat unfolding before him. in which a young Liverpudlian communist leaves the homestead to battle against fascism on the Med. who bullies his recruits so that they'll be men. Ang Lee's superbly crafted film infuses new life into a well-known period by concentrating on the local battles and rivalries so that the confrontation is more personal and intense. 74. 79. 72. with never a care for the suffering of either human or animal (Flynn secretly tipped off the RSPCA. a heroic character rooted in the values of Edwardian England. as the grand daughter of Hart's character discovers his possessions after his death. This is not an abstract view of the divisions but a fiercely compassionate one. fighting in the woods of Byelorussia in 1943. Maggie Smith and Laurence Olivier..the war. this warm-hearted film won Best Picture. a woman who can deal with anything . since the advent of Nazism. committed under orders.besieged on all sides by invading Teutonic knights . 1938 One of Sergei Eisenstein's most popular films. in the title role. The Second World War always brought out the best in Soviet filmmakers and director Elem Klimov found his ideal subject in this harrowing story of a teenage boy's view of the conflict. represented indomitable English womanhood defying the Blitz. 77. However. specifically the middle-classes.except Rhett Butler (Gable). his loyalty to the Establishment makes him as much a victim as everyone else involved in the war. 1999 Set during the American Civil War. The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp. The parallels with Stalin and Hitler are there if you care to look for them. Flynn has everything going for him here: romance with Olivia de Havilland. Historically incorrect. Based on a true story. the fate of Morant and his men is sealed before the trial even begins. 75. Ride With The Devil. Gone With The Wind. the men come to respect and love their tough Sergeant. The lad Florya is taken off by a group of partisans. Alexander Nevsky. Hugely expensive for its time. which charts a young boy's (Tobey Maguire) growth to manhood. British Lieutenant Harry 'Breaker' Morant (Edward Woodward) is among a group of soldiers scapegoated for the shooting of a German missionary. resulting in stricter legislation being passed to protect animals in films). Breaker Morant. to make Candy realise how different things are. The Charge Of The Light Brigade. Sands Of Iwo Jima. Scarlett returns to her plantation to find consolation . 1936/1968 Legendary swashbuckler Errol Flynn leads the Light Brigade on their heroic charge into the Valley of Death. 1969 An anti-war musical satire with an all-star cast including John Mills.
Glory. Far more cinematic than anything Chaplin ever mustered and a damn site funnier. this is a rousing. However. The 'grand illusion' itself is that the upper classes are somehow exempt from the barbarity of war. however. Produced by Rolling Stone Mick Jagger. the film is still as shocking today as it was when first released. and ending with his 1797 invasion of Italy. Enigma. 1942 A patriotic Second World War thriller based on a discomforting Graham Greene story that asks: what would happen if the Nazis took over a small English village? Although the film was primarily a moraleboosting piece of German bashing. Refusing to take part in hypocritical professions of love for material gain. 1965 Powerful documentary from Italian director Gillo Pontecorvo about the guerrilla war against the French in Algiers. Protect and Survive. 1927 Six hours' worth of the French legend courtesy of the revered silent film-maker Gance (designed to be watched in two parts although this is so riveting you may well find yourself viewing the whole thing in one go). Went The Day Well?. through his escape from Corsica and the French Revolution. 66. 2001 Ace code-cracker Tom Jericho (Dougray Scott) must race against time if he is to uncover a spy. taking in everything from Boney's childhood. Daisuke Ryu fulfils the same role as Cordelia in Shakespeare's original.000 lives in this quality Second World War thriller. The significance of the film lies not in this action. 1927 When The General was released in 1926. La Grande Illusion is less about the rigours of modern combat than its dehumanising influence on the participants. The former has been stolen by Union soldiers. not the little tramp. Napoleon. 1986 A classic cartoon book is brought successfully to the screen in this desperately moving satire which portrays the efforts of rural pensioners Jim and Hilda Bloggs to act upon the wisdom of the government's once notorious nuclear war handbook. it's ironic that the heroic efforts of black Yankee soldiers are often overlooked in accounts of the period. it also pays tribute to the codebreakers of Bletchley Park whose tireless efforts foiled the Nazi U-boats wreaking havoc in the Atlantic. Enigma is an old-fashioned espionage thriller in the grand tradition of The Thirty-Nine Steps and The Lady Vanishes. 62. staggering epic and a haunting drama of timeless significance. 63. As the sons bicker and argue over the division of the spoils. It follows steam-engine engineer Johnnie Gray (Keaton) as he fights to regain his two great loves: his trusty train. 68. financial restraints prevented Gance from making the rest.which did away with most of a generation of young British men. working class Lieutenant Maréchal (Gabin) and upper class Captain De Boeldieu (Fresnay). Buster Keaton's silent comedy has come to now be regarded as a masterpiece and one of the great war-comedies. 1989 While the American Civil War was fought to free slaves. directed by Michael Apted and featuring a sumptuous score by John Barry. When The Wind Blows. 1937 One of the true classics of world cinema and a landmark anti-war statement by the great Jean Renoir. and his beautiful girl. 61. The General presents a forceful argument that it was Keaton. Banned in France for years because of its hard-hitting and heart-rending account of the activities of a group of Algerian Liberation Front fighters. collection of drinking water and discussion of the concept of Mutually Assured Destruction doesn't save them when the missiles land. locate his missing girlfriend and save 10. but it is the bravery of the men involved that lives longest in the memory. the critics dismissed it and audiences stayed away. A landmark of world cinema. but in the relationships and class dynamics. Annabelle (Mack). The battle scenes are astonishingly realistic and brutal. who are hightailing it back to the North with Annabelle on board. 1985 The Japanese master director Akira Kurosawa tackles Shakespeare in this epic retelling of King Lear. taken captive during the First World War. who was the king of silent comedy. La Grande Illusion. General.which was made up of black soldiers. . but with a whole string of breathtaking set pieces this staggering epic achievement still puts a lot of modern blockbusters to shame in terms of originality and trickery. The Battle Of Algiers. Their diligent removal of doors. The General. Denzel Washington. 69. 65.jingoistic songs of the time. Glory seeks to address this. Ran. it makes an effective piece of wartime propaganda with a strikingly dark interpretation of what happens when strangers enter an English pastoral paradise. Kurosawa sets the tale in 16th Century Japan. 64. Based on the best-selling novel by Robert Harris. by telling the story of the 54th Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry . Originally intended as a six-parter. the aging lord is driven from his home and slowly goes mad. The indomitable sentiments expressed in the soldiers' songs stand in terrible contrast to the slaughter at the front . 67. Aging warlord Hidetora (Tatsuya Nakadai) is preparing to divide his land up between his three sons. The story centres on two French soldiers. Morgan Freeman and Mathew Broderick are the stars in this splendid account of the heroism which changed perceptions of black soldiers.
Wolfgang Petersen's effort truly deserves the 'epic' label . the film also charms with its rendition of a matriarchy finding new independence in their husbands' absence. the survivors decide to desert. he flew for the RAF. is told in flash backs by survivors as they cling to a life raft. 51.unlike the rest of the American soldiers in Vietnam and the battle lines are drawn between him and Penn. A Town Like Alice is based on a best-selling novel by Nevil Shute. From Here To Eternity. Romance blossoms between star-crossed lovers Count Laszlo de Almasy (Ralph Fiennes) and Katherine Clifton (Kristin Scott Thomas) in desert outposts during the Second World War. with Italian Jew Guido (Roberto Benigni) turning the horrific reality of a concentration camp into a vivid fantasy land in order to his shield his young son Joshua from the terrible truth. still leaves one with no doubt that Douglas Bader was a remarkable man. When the Nazi threat becomes too great he's evacuated to the riverside home of his grandfather (Bannen). Stalingrad. the leader of the gang. After losing 338 of their 400-strong unit in the capture of a ruined stretch of the city. 1993 Vilsmaier's realist account of the battle of Stalingrad from the point of view of a weary and traumatized German platoon does for the Eastern Front what Das Boot did for the war at sea. when they occupy Malaya during the 2nd World War. 1999 Satirical Gulf War movie in which George Clooney and a trio of other US soldiers head into the Iraqi hinterlands hoping to 'liberate' a stockpile of stolen gold and find themselves getting caught up in a . Sebastian Rice-Edwards plays the nine-year-old child who makes the most of the devastation. It follows a group of women and children who are captured by the Japanese. 1989 In Brian De Palma's brutal and disturbing fact-based Vietnam film. The story of a sunken British destroyer. Casualties Of War. 1956 One of the greatest films about women in wartime. director Anthony Minghella and actress Juliet Binoche were among the many laurels showered on this adaptation of Michael Ondaatje's 1992 book. This very British affair is made bearable by Kenneth More's humorous and inspiring portrayal of Bader. scored and co-ordinated this film. From the detailed costumes and weapons to the impressive reconstruction of Troy itself. a Vietnamese women is kidnapped. 1996 Oscars for Best Picture. Although the film begins as slapstick. but the film is still a huge achievement. in whom he finds a gloriously eccentric new playmate. but the real feather in the hat is the cast. romance and boxing at an army camp on Hawaii. 58. 59. Life Is Beautiful. focuses on the few weeks surrounding the destruction of the city of Troy. Capturing the magical excitement of childhood discovery. 56. 55. Forced to move from camp to camp.not only for its startling battle scenes but also for a series of powerful performances by three generations of world-class actors. Troy. the couple's affair related in flashback by amnesiac. who wrote. the film. Coward himself gives a characteristically clipped and somewhat expressionless performance as the captain of a destroyer. A Town Like Alice. 1997 This Oscar-winning comedy plays the Holocaust for laughs. 1953 Oscar-showered adaptation of James Jones' novel about military corruption. being forced to bail out over Germany where he was taken prisoner. A really sense of doom hangs over the couple and The English Patient boasts one of cinema's most moving endings. set in 1200 BC. autobiographical Second World War film is rich with humour and unashamed nostalgia. HMS Torrin. the film highlights their courage. Three Kings.60. 1942 Noel Coward. just prior to Pearl Harbor. The English Patient. 52. Probably best remember for an infamous love scene on the beach between Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster and for reviving the career of Frank Sinatra. focusing instead on the disorientation. 1956 A film with all the clichés of heroism and overcoming disability. Vilsmaier makes no attempt to explain broader matters of strategy or politics. A tough story on corruption in the military is set against America's lack of knowledge about the impending Japanese attack. everything has a remarkably authentic and textured feel. and these ultimately serve to underline the atrocities committed within the concentration camps. 53. who turns in an Oscar winning performance as Private Maggio. Hope And Glory. In Which We Serve. The moments that are particularly powerful are those in which he attempts to walk again with artificial legs. 57. He had both his legs amputated after a flying accident in the early 30s and when war came. raped and murdered by four GIs led by battle-scarred Sean Penn. filth and terror that made up the daily life of the lower ranks. finding adventure in London's bombsites and comfort in the protective bosom of his allfemale household. 50. eventually placed in Colditz. 54. But new recruit Michael J Fox is determined they shouldn't get away with murder . won a special Oscar for outstanding production achievement. 2004 Inspired chiefly by Homer's 'The Iliad'. Reach For The Sky. there are obvious undertones of darkness. charred and dying Almasy to sympathetic nurse Hana (Binoche). suffering and personal relationships. 1987 John Boorman's nostalgic.
Weir and his special effects team have done wonders with the battle sequences. while the farcical confusion of who's fighting whom and why presents a strong anti-war message. The brave 633 Squadron have enjoyed many successful sorties. Catch 22. 1970 Patton charts the tale of American hero General George S. Her orders are to "intercept French Privateer Acheron". 48. an obnoxious British colonial child being brought up in luxury in China. The Cruel Sea. McKenna is then herself approached to help the war effort. a Royal Navy ship patrolling off the coast of Brazil. Patton. Patton. Carve Her Name With Pride. fatal flight. with whom he had been in radio contact in his fateful. Catch-22 tells the delightfully subversive tale of Yossarian. Director David O Russell lets the brutal battle scenes speak for themselves. When the Second World War breaks out he's captured by the Japanese and interned in a camp. But there's more to this film than fighting . 1958 Virginia McKenna shines as the English girl who marries a handsome young French soldier during the Second World War. 46. posh accents and plenty of entertainment. which has been harrying British interests in the area. 45. Master And Commander. which increases the tragedy of the film's stunning denouement when the troops go over the top .to bomb a water plant in occupied Norway. in that it's told from a child's point of view. By a clerical error on the part of the angel (Marins Goring) due to escort him to heaven. As his life hangs in the balance. 1981 Peter Weir's highly effective retelling of the Anzac attempt to take control of Gallipoli in Turkey during the First World War is amongst the most moving of war films. Empire Of The Sun is a haunting film. The film follows the men of the Compass Rose. she receives word that he has been killed in action in North Africa. but they are now assigned a seemingly suicidal mission . 1953 Based on Nicholas Monsarrat's best selling novel derived from his experiences on the North Sea convoys. 1962 Originally commissioned by the wartime Ministry of Information to bolster relations between Britain and the US.bloody and confusing civil war. Starting with Patton's appointment to take command in North Africa in 1943 and ending with his 'retirement' after Germany's surrender due to his refusal to tow the party line. If you use the phrase 'catch-22' in your day-to-day speech. 1970 Based on Joseph Heller's award-winning 1961 novel. by becoming a secret agent.a shot that transcends cliché. which is shielded by mountain terrain and guarded by heavy. 1987 Spielberg's adaptation of J G Ballard's semi-autobiographical novel about his experience as a child in a Japanese PoW camp stars a young Christian Bale as Jim. Peter appears before a celestial court to plea for another shot at life. now you know where it comes from. Russell Crowe stars as "Lucky" Jack Aubrey. 42. showing the bloody reality of bullets ripping through flesh. 47. the vast. 44. the Oxford-educated lieutenant who united Arab tribes against the Ottoman Turks in the First World War. captain of HMS Surprise. and get the chance to avenge the death of her husband.the dialogue is humorous and highly satirical. Mel Gibson and Mark Lee are two sprinters who join the Australian army and become involved in their disastrous campaign to take control of the Dardanelles. anti-aircraft artillery. wooden acting. Weir's film intelligently places equal importance on the friendship of the two men. 2003 Russell Crowe stars as the captain of a British warship. as they deal with the unseen menace of the submarines. perilous mission. where he has to do his utmost to survive. The Cruel Sea is set during 'the battle of the Atlantic'. a World War II bombardier desperate to prove his own insanity so that he can be discharged from the air force. obsessively hunting down a superior French vessel in this nautical 19th century adventure directed by Peter Weir. 1964 A later version of The Dam Busters featuring a catchy theme tune. 43. Soon after. 1962 Superlative. Only problem is that his superiors know that anyone who wants to try to avoid fighting must be sane. Lawrence Of Arabia. While the story centres on the struggle of the unhinged anti-hero to help establish a united Arab nation. a small corvette protecting the merchant shipping. as the U-boats attempted to destroy British shipping lanes and starve the country into surrender. David Niven is Peter Carter. Empire Of The Sun. An unusual war movie. which are terrifying. Powell's compassionate and technically superb film about a pilot who cheats death has come to be regarded as a masterpiece in its own right. 633 Squadron. Keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of the young Michael Caine as an uncredited extra in this stirring account of gung-ho wartime exploits. writing off the Academy Awards as a 'meat parade') is frighteningly believable as the General lusting for glory. multi-Oscar winning biography of T E Lawrence (Peter O'Toole). 41. A Matter Of Life And Death. tense and evocative. an RAF pilot (and poet) who bails out of his plane over the Channel. George C Scott (who rejected an Oscar for the role. 49. Gallipoli. Peter survives long enough to meet and fall in love with a young US woman (Kim Hunter). 40. .
which is considerable . 1942 . As the months role on. 32. backed by a colourful cast of characters that includes Sutherland. committed with US approval. Decades before Platoon and Saving Private Ryan. So impressive is the extent of Olivier's overall contribution that. Salvador. and reveals a plan to steal it to his fellow soldiers. James Mason. Peckinpah concentrates his direction on the conflict between two German officers in a platoon making the dash for safety. The scenes in which Williams experiences the real war with the Vietnamese people are a little contrived. Olivier somehow fitted directing and producing duties around his sensational leading turn. 1977 Coming at the Second World War from an unusual angle for an American movie. Kelly sets the heist in motion. anachronistically playing a hippy called Oddball. 1970 With a budget of $25 million (making it one of the most expensive films to date at the time). 34. Kelly's Heroes. 1992 Daniel Day-Lewis strides heroically through 18th century war and politics as the adopted white son of a Mohican Indian in Michael Mann's adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper's novel. Cross Of Iron. The Pianist. Good Morning. Casablanca.and it makes you wonder what Peckinpah could have achieved if he'd returned to warfare as a topic after this. who learns of $16 million worth of gold bars behind enemy lines. Tora! Tora! Tora!. Uncas (Schweig). James Coburn and David Warner) all play to the best of their ability . All Quiet On The Western Front. 35. rather as with Welles in Citizen Kane. Mann stages astonishingly realised battles and even throws in a little romance for good measure between Day-Lewis and Madeleine Stowe. Remarkably. Fukasaku and Masuda give a spectacular. and the Americans' subsequent entry into World War II.exquisitely composed desertscapes and breathtaking battle scenes equally linger in the audience's memory. silly Second World War film starring Clint Eastwood and a barking Donald Sutherland as GIs out to get a little more than experience out of the war. Wladyslaw Szpilman (Adrien Brody) is performing classical pieces on the radio as bombs begin falling on Warsaw. A massive hit on its release and still influential. 37. 1970 An explosive. Directors Fleischer. The film is also jam-packed with favourite 60s hits. 1986 A brutally powerful polemic from Oliver Stone based on the experiences of real-life journalist Richard Boyle.Salvador features a powerful recreation of the assassination of Archbishop Romero and the sickening aftermath of the murder of several American nuns. documentary-like account.from compartments on trams they are not allowed to travel in to the startling sight of walls being built around parts of Warsaw to enclose the Jews into what became the infamous ghetto. this epic war story recreates the events that led to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. award-winning adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's novel about a group of idealist young soldiers getting destroyed by the barbaric conflict of the First World War. but Army think he's a loose cannon. The Last Of The Mohicans. Together they become involved with the war being waged over the colonies by the British and French. funny. 30. Chingachgook (Indian activist and actor Means). 38. 1944 Laurence Olivier's definitive screen version of Shakespeare's most patriotic work tells the story of the medieval English King's famous victory over the French on the battlefield of Agincourt. Day-Lewis plays Hawkeye. Szpilman witnesses the restrictions the Nazis place on Polish Jews . told from both sides. 33. of how key American personnel ignored warnings of possible Japanese aggression. you almost forget how breathtaking his central performance is. Vietnam. The cast (Max Schell. 2002 Roman Polanski's greatest work since his heyday in the 1970s. 36. The battle scenes are enough to stir the blood of even the calmest Englishman. Henry V. but somehow the actor manages to carry the audience with him. and brother. director Lewis Milestone and his team created a film that remains one of the most powerful screen comments on the horrors of war. Sam Peckinpah's tale of Germans retreating from the Russian front is as intelligent as it is violent. 1930 Highly effective. 31. who found himself in a civil war in El Salvador in 1980. but expands that to consider the importance of the individual against the necessity of everyone pulling together to survive. Stone hits hard at America's 'backyard' policies that allowed Central American dictatorships to flourish while death squads freely committed atrocities . 39. a white man with a Mohican father. Kelly's Heroes concerns Private Kelly (Eastwood). His crazy routines make him a big hit with the troops. 1987 Robin Williams plays to his strengths as a wisecracking DJ sent to entertain the Marines in Vietnam in the Barry Levinson film that made him a star. a classically structured and shot movie that undoubtedly rivals Schindler's List as one of the most detailed and shocking examinations of the treatment of the Jews by the Nazis.
A work of genius from Stanley Kubrick. 27. 1958 Fondly remembered as a Sunday TV fixture. and expert marksman major Konig (Harris) is sent in. Robert Aldrich's direction repeatedly goes for the balls but he's also alert to the ironies and hypocrisy of military politics. 29. recreate the key event from the war to dramatic effect. the incredibly poignant climactic sequence at the airport. 2000 Russell Crowe goes to war with a Roman Emperor in this mighty epic from director Ridley Scott. A duel amid the city's rubble ensues. he wants revenge.films of all time.With nearly every line of its script engraved on the collective unconscious. 1960 The essential historical epic. 1962 This star-studded Second World War action-film is a big. Casablanca is an exultant classic. and a forebear of Gladiator. this tale of a slave rebellion from Stanley Kubrick and producer/star Kirk Douglas is a true classic. spills and hairbreadth escapes than 20 chapters of 'King Of The Rocket Men'. 1967 With its 12 angry men.if not the most popular . With its grainy. 2001 Jude Law. sharp shooting farmboy Vassili (Law) and educated soldier Tania (Weisz). Danilov makes Vassilli a morale-boosting mythic hero. Sold to gladiator trainer Oliver Reed. The combination of an increasingly irrational Mills. M*A*S*H. Battle Of Britain. The Longest Day. Although Gladiator is primarily a battle between two men. 1968 A classic Second World War thriller starring Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood as crack paratroopers sent deep behind enemy lines to rescue a captured Allied general imprisoned in a forbidding castle commandeered by the SS. 1974 Robert Altman's anti-establishment comedy is set during the Korean War but actually satirises the US Vietnam war effort. this Second World War yarn about the crew of an army ambulance stuck in the desert achieves classic status through its powerfully straightforward storytelling and a quality supporting cast. Joseph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz star as three slightly improbable young Soviet soldiers in Jean-Jacques Annaud's spectacular drama-romance set during the Nazi siege of Stalingrad in 1942-3. 21. 23. the songs performed by Dooley Wilson. made-for-men war flick. the sheer injustice shown will have your pulse racing. and its central performances from Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman defining iconic cool. 1957 Paths of Glory tells a story designed to make the blood boil: a botched First World War assault ordered by high-up French officers in order to further their own careers results in blameless French soldiers court-martialled for cowardice. Gladiator. Enemy At The Gates. for all its chilly symmetry and beauty. he soon gets the chance to go one-on-one with the Emperor. Stirring stuff. and this appealed to writer Trumbo. the chance to Quayle might be a spy and the presence of the German army all around them makes for a tense war classic. long. Casablanca has rightly become one of the most popular . who saw the gladiator who defeated Roman battalions as a political symbol. Altman has created a film that looks like authentic newsreel footage. The film's focus is a love triangle between Soviet political officer Danilov (Fiennes). The Longest Day depicts the D-Day landings at Normandy from both the . The largely improvised script drips with sarcasm. Alastair MacLean's script has more old-fashioned thrills. 1969 A monumentally reverential treatment of the famous period of conflict which turned the tide of the Second World War. relentless pace and explosive violence The Dirty Dozen is a glorious. Based on a novel by Richard Hooker and following the fortunes of a group of rebellious surgeons stationed in a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) during the Korean war. Through his propaganda activities. The darling of the crowd. 25. Having been trained up to fight to the death for the purpose of entertainment in the arena. a fantastic script and. 20. Laurence Olivier and Ralph Richardson. His socio-political cause is the point of the story. M*A*S*H is actually a thinly veiled indictment of the Vietnam conflict (Altman removed all references to Korea just to be sure). 24. the result is a quintessential. 28. 26. The Dirty Dozen. washed-out colours and documentary style camera-work. With 42 international stars (including John Wayne. Robert Mitchum and Sean Connery). Ice Cold In Alex. gung-ho. of course. John Mills is dying for a beer and allows a mysterious passenger (Anthony Quayle) onboard their lost vehicle simply because he's carrying a case of gin. Scott's epic use of the camera lift the events to the scale of war. A horde of British thespians. When General Maximus' (Crowe) family are murdered by Joaquin Phoenix. Crowe fights his way up through the ranks all the way to the Coliseum. plus numerous vintage aircraft. Douglas' Spartacus revolts against his owners and leads the other slaves on to freedom. brutal and expertly executed. Paths Of Glory. Trevor Howard. authority-baiting action epic. Spartacus. loud spectacular from the days when 'epic' filmmaking really meant something. 22. Big. and Sutherland and Gould spark off each other with rapier wit and devastating put-downs. This draws Nazi attention. including Michael Caine. With its romantic story. Where Eagles Dare.
with a palpable sense of moral outrage permeating every frame. which spares nothing on either the visceral or the emotional front. 1998 This is not a Second World War movie. and is considered by many a classic . Tragically his aide and guide. is the quintessential British war film. Braveheart is three hours' worth of gripping drama. 1961 Gregory Peck leads a gang of mercenaries on the side of the allies in this much-loved Second World War action movie. 12. Using dazzling set pieces. 15. the Russians threaten to detonate the 'Doomsday Device' and destroy the world. 14. The Dam Busters. in which the 617 squadron destroyed three German dams. The ending. Das Boot makes compulsive viewing. but charismatic performances from Peck. 17. is unable to escape. Malick forces us to view life afresh. When US Air Force Colonel Jack Ripper goes insane and orders his bombers to destroy the USSR. Their mission. Strangelove. The Deer Hunter. 19. to destroy two German super-guns on a Greek island. the POWs are faced with a dilemma . 10. Dith Pran (Hang S Ngor). and its scope in story and production is nothing less than mammoth. The blockbuster adaptation of Alistair MacLean's novel garnered Oscar recognition for its special effects. Braveheart. British Group Captain Lionel Mandrake. 1984 Perhaps the most harrowing and visceral film of the 1980s. David Niven and Anthony Quinn mean that it's hard not to get carried away with the story. political intelligence. in which Wallace finally gets his come-uppance. together with David Lean's trademark epic . directed and starred in this fictionalisation of the story of William Wallace (and copped a barrel-load of Oscars for his trouble). 1954 Chocks away for a stirring tale of wartime heroics as the RAF hit the enemy where it hurts. Combined with the soap opera dramatics of the crew's life on board. Michael Anderson's account of one of the most celebrated raids of the war. US President Merkin Muffley and Dr. 18. And then there's that unforgettable soundtrack. 13. for which director Michael Cimino won an Academy Award. Born On The Fourth Of July.. 1978 An at-once epic and intimate depiction of three buddies Michael. enthralling story. for which Stone landed the year's Best Director trophy (inexplicably losing the top prize to Driving Miss Daisy). 16. and in particular the senseless carnage of Vietnam. It's the ironic complexity of the story. The Bridge On The River Kwai. 1989 Tom Cruise proved that he really is a top-notch actor with his mesmerising performance as a battle scarred Vietnam vet in Oliver Stone's gut-wrenching tale of the fall-out in America that followed the conflict. paradoxically using a steady-cam which rushes through the cramped interior only adding to the sense of isolation. When a plan is hatched to destroy the bridge. 1964 Stanley Kubrick's celebrated satire on the cold war features Peter Sellers in three hilarious roles and a deeply cynical ending. rather Terrence Malick uses James Jones's novel about the stupefying struggle for a key position in the battle for Guadalcanal as a meditation on the natural world and on humanity within it. The movie. It's a potent. Christopher Walken and John Savage) drafted to Vietnam. American journalist Sydney Schanberg (Sam Waterston) remains in Cambodia after the Communist Khmer Rough takeover. nor an anti-war tract.Allied and German perspectives. 11. 1957 The true story of the superhuman efforts of Allied POWs. Dr Strangelove. The carefully described relationships in the film's opening section (almost an hour long) accentuate the horror of their subsequent capture by the Vietcong. more broadly. The Killing Fields. Das Boot.a landmark in the action genre. and is consigned to a Khmer Rouge death camp. who amid inhuman conditions were forced build a bridge to aid the Japanese war effort. Recognised by contemporary critics as the most harrowing of all the Vietnam movies. Sellers sparkles as the three men that might avert disaster. Kubrick turns the end of the world into the ultimate absurdity as the world's most powerful men are caught in a trap of their own making. Pipe-smoking boffins. always intelligently told. The Killing Fields is unstinting in its cinematic and. or defend Allied interests buy demolishing it. 1995 Mel Gibson produced.save the bridge that cost so many lives to build.. He presents the young soldiers' struggle as extraordinarily ordinary. is genuine lump-in-the-throat stuff. go berserk. 1981 Film version of Wolfgang Petersen's superior soap set in the claustrophobic world of a World War II German submarine. a choppy narrative. Nick and Steven (played by Robert De Niro. The Thin Red Line. and poetic voice-overs. The Guns Of Navarone. The guys die. is a powerful examination of the futility of war. maybe a little hard to swallow. The director exploits his claustrophobic setting to maximum effect. clipped accents and handlebar moustaches balanced on stiff upper lips abound. but must leave when the situation becomes too murderous. get bamboozled by officers and some end up drunk back at base.
Anxiously awaiting them is small regiment of Wales' finest. The Great Escape. behind enemy lines. The Zulus play themselves. and all of them heading towards a character-actor-packed stockade at Rorke's Drift. because men enjoy it. you follow this everyman soldier on a humanitarian military mission to rescue the surviving brother of three soldiers killed in the same week. 1979 Francis Ford Coppola's epic hallucination of the Vietnam War. Intense. tearful silence of audiences everywhere. harrowing piece of cinema. The result is both horrific and exhausting. who saved hundreds of Jews from the Polish death camps. A Bridge Too Far. but its best tribute is the shocked. Capt John Miller (Tom Hanks) is among the US troops storming Omaha Beach on D-Day. to a worldwide audience.one long day of street warfare. Black Hawk Down . 6. experiencing and witnessing acts of 'bravery' motivated by fear and 'kill or be killed' mentality. in which thousands of troops were parachuted into Arnhem. 1993 Author Thomas Keneally won a Booker Prize for Schindler's Ark. 4. 1. The shoot was notoriously troubled. Just imagine the opening 30 minutes of Saving Private Ryan extended to an entire film. 8. 2001 Based on the infamous Battle of Mogadishu in 1993. 1998 The first 20 minutes of Saving Private Ryan is a visual assault. McQueen's attempt to motorcycle himself out of trouble rates as one of the most memorable action sequences ever. Directed by Richard Attenborough and scripted by William Goldman.visual style that places this among the best British war films. 1987 Only the genius of Stanley Kubrick could get away with staging Vietnam in London's Isle Of Dogs. A Bridge Too Far is a remarkable. they are then unleashed into the battle to suffer the misery of war. the US and beyond gather for this Second World War epic. The all-star ensemble includes James Coburn. humane and compelling viewing.000 to be precise. and a deft comment on America's Vietnam folly. Bleak and darkly funny. while the rest of the movie ticks along just nicely with its finely tuned mixture of humour counterpoised with darkness when many of the officers are re-captured and summarily executed. keeping the British imperial end up in south African backcountry. 9. 7. Scott sets out to depict . sir. Spielberg crafts a shocking and moving illustration of the Second World War. Michael Caine (in his first starring role). . about a mass breakout from Stalag Luft. Richard Attenborough. It won buckets of Oscars. in which Martin Sheen journeys through Vietnam and Cambodia to terminate a flipped-out renegade US colonel played by Marlon Brando. but the result is a war movie unlike any other: a spectacular opera. 2. Apocalypse Now. Once the boys have made their break-out. 1977 Innumerable stars from Britain. but it took Steven Spielberg to tell the story of shady Nazi industrialist Schindler (Liam Neeson). Charlie Sheen is the naive volunteer caught up in the massacre. Dehumanised and turned into killing machines. Schindler's List. And they're good. 1963 Steve McQueen is brilliantly opaque in this ace war film." Well. visceral war drama tracks an elite American force who stir up a hornets' nest of murderous resistance on the streets of the city when their operation misfires. his sour lieutenant. Platoon pounds through the jungles of Vietnam churning up increasingly shocking images of unmitigated horror. to hold key strategic positions (notably bridges) until the main force arrived to push into German territory. in 1879. Saving Private Ryan. Charles Bronson. acclaimed as one of cinema's most accurate realisations of warfare. 1964 "Zulus. Ridley Scott's vivid. Full Metal Jacket. An outstanding. star-studded attempt to commit to celluloid General Montgomery's ill-fated Operation Market Garden. Zulu. 5. Matthew Modine is among the new recruits undergoing brutal training at the hands of drill instructor R Lee Ermey. a straightforward plot blown up by rampant imagination. 4. with their spear-points glinting in the sun. 3. Stanley Baker is the dignified officer. 1986 Oliver Stone's finest moment. Full Metal Jacket suggests that there is so much war..with unprecedented detail and intensity . Thousands of them. Platoon. Donald Pleasence and James Garner. Thereafter..
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