The Greatest War Movies

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  1. mig-29

    mig-29 Regular Member

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    Hi,
    Please mention the best movie you have seen with respect to war as a theme , it can be English as well as Hindi and if possible please give a brief description as well regarding the merits of the movie.

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  3. mig-29

    mig-29 Regular Member

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    My personal best movie is thin red line because the battle scenes in the movie are masterful which are accompanied by poetry and it gives a beautiful demonstration of soldiers as to what they go through at times of war.

    Next in the line is
    2.Saving private Ryan
    3.Letters from iwo jima
    4.The lost battalion (wwI)
    5.When trumpets fade.
     
  4. tharikiran

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    This is my all time favorite movie. Haven't seen similar intensity or realism.
    Other than while playing Call of Duty-Modern Warfare

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Hawk_Down_(film)

    Black Hawk Down
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    Plot

    In a raid, a task force of Delta Force soldiers, Army Rangers, and Special Operations Aviation Regiment attempt to capture two of Mohammed Farah Aidid's senior subordinates in the Bakaara Market neighborhood of Mogadishu. The mission is led by Major General William F. Garrison and was supposed to take no more than one hour. The extraction by the Delta team is successful, but the Somali militia, armed with RPGs, shot down two Black Hawk helicopters, and the resulting rescue extends the mission to over 15 hours.
    The film follows many characters through the build-up, assault and rescue. It shows how Staff Sergeant Matt Eversmann was placed in charge of Ranger Chalk Four, before portraying the raid and successful extraction of the wanted persons, and shows the first injury, as PFC Todd Blackburn falls from a helicopter as it maneuvers to avoid an RPG. This is the beginning of the indication that the troops are overwhelmed by the volume of enemy militia, and builds up to the two helicopter crashes: Super Six-One piloted by Cliff "Elvis" Wolcott, and Super Six-Four piloted by Mike Durant. Durant is taken prisoner after the two Delta snipers who requested to be inserted near the crash site of Super Six-Four are killed while defending him.
    The film also follows two Chalk Four machine gunners who are supposed to return with the extraction team, but miss the humvees as they leave, and get lost. One of them is deafened by machine-gun fire, but they eventually make their way back to Eversmann. Cpl Jamie Smith attempts to rescue one of them, whose ammo pack was shot and exploded, but Smith gets shot too, and eventually bleeds to death as the Rangers attempt to give him medical care.
    The film begins to reach its conclusion as the U.S. forces regain control with strafing runs by Little Bird helicopters, and a convoy of troops from the 10th Mountain Division, along with other United Nations forces, arrives to extract the wounded. Back at the base, Norm "Hoot" Hooten begins to restock on ammunition, preparing to go back out to rescue downed soldiers, and Eversmann tells dead Jamie Smith that he will fulfill his dying wish.
    The film ends with text informing the viewer that "1000 Somalis died and 19 Americans lost their lives in the conflict. Mike Durant was released after 11 days of captivity. On August 2, 1996, warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid was killed in Mogadishu. General Garrison retired the following day.

    Black Hawk Down originally was the idea of director Simon West, who suggested to producer Jerry Bruckheimer that he buy the film rights to the book Black Hawk Down: a Story of Modern War, by Mark Bowden, with him (West) directing; in the event, West moved on, to direct Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001).
    Despite Ken Nolan being credited as screenwriter, others contributed to it, uncredited; Sam Shepard (MGen. Garrison) wrote most of his dialogue; Eric Roth wrote Josh Hartnett and Eric Bana's concluding speeches; Steven Zaillian re-wrote much dialogue; Stephen Gaghan contributed to the writing of the screenplay. Composed mostly of participant accounts, Spec 4 John Stebbins became the fictional "John Grimes", because Stebbins was convicted by court martial, in 1999, for sexually assaulting his daughter.[1] Reporter Bowden said the Pentagon requested the change.[2] He wrote early screenplay drafts, before Bruckheimer gave it to a screenwriter; the PoW-Captor conversation, between pilot Mike Durant and militiaman Firimbi, is from a Bowden script draft.
    For military verisimilitude, the Ranger actors took a crash, two-week Ranger course at Fort Benning, Ga.; the Delta Force actors took a two-week commando course, from the 1st Special Warfare Training Group, at Ft. Bragg, N.C. Ron Eldard and the actors playing 160th SOAR helicopter pilots were lectured by captured aviator Michael Durant at Fort Campbell, Ky. The U.S. Army supplied the matériel and the helicopters from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment; most pilots (e.g. Keith Jones, who speaks some dialogue) participated in the battle on 3-4 October 1993. Moreover, a platoon of Rangers from B-3/75 did the fast-roping scenes and were extras; though none of them had served in the original battle they have since served in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
    Most of Black Hawk Down was photographed in the cities of Rabat and Salé in Morocco; the Task Force Ranger base sequences were filmed at Kénitra. However, the film features no Somali actors.
    In order to keep the film at a manageable length, 100 key characters in the book were condensed down to 39. A large number of the actors who played American soldiers are actually from different countries. The list includes: Ewan McGregor (Scottish), Eric Bana (Australian), Kim Coates (Canadian), Ioan Gruffudd (Welsh), Ewen Bremner (Scottish), Jason Issacs (English), Zeljko Ivanek (Slovenian), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Danish), Tom Hardy (English), Matthew Marsden (English) and Orlando Bloom (English). When Orlando Bloom auditioned for the role, he informed the casting directors that he knew what it was like to break his back (as he had done so only a couple of years before when climbing out on a drain pipe from a friend's flat). His character in this movie breaks his back after falling from the helicopter.
    On the last day of their week long Army Ranger orientation at Fort Benning, the actors who portrayed the Rangers received a letter which had been anonymously slipped under their door. The letter thanked them for all their hard work, and asked them to "tell our story true", signed with the names of the Rangers who died in the Mogadishu firefight.
    The film features soldiers wearing helmets with their last names on them. Although this was an inaccuracy, Ridley Scott felt it was necessary to have the helmets to help the audience to distinguish between the characters because they all look the same once the uniforms are on.
    The set was constantly bothered by stray dogs running into shot. Ridley Scott kept them in because he liked the authentic feel of their presence. 8 dogs were adopted by various members of the production and were eventually brought back to the US with them.
    In the scene where the Black Hawks are one minute away from reaching Bakara market, a Ranger can be seen holding 'The Client', a novel by John Grisham which was published in 1994, while the film is set in 1993.
    At Bakara Market, a Moroccan street sign is revealed which depicts 'Tidarine Street' in Arabic and French.
    Ewen Bremner partially lost his hearing because of all the gunfire. He did recover however.
    The photo of a wife and child that one of the soldiers is looking at is actually a photo of Eric Bana's wife and child. The props department forgot to take a photo of a wife and child with them, so asked Bana's wife and child who were traveling with him if they could use a photo of them in the movie.
     
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    My favorite movie based on war theme would be the above and Tears of the Sun with excellent performances from Bruce and Monica.
     
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    F-14 Global Defence Moderator Senior Member

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    my top seven war movies

    1)heartbrake ridge
    2)we were soilders
    3) tears of the sun
    4)LOC Kargil
    5) border
    6) Hindustan ki kasam
    7) Keertichakra
     
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    Nothing beats the "Bridge too far"
     
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    EnlightenedMonk Member of The Month JULY 2009 Senior Member

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    Btw, Have posted Hindustan Ki Kasam in the Multimedia subforum inside General Topic... its in the thread, Patriotic Indian Movies...

    Cheers !!! :D
     
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    Bridge on the River Kwai ???
     
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    1) Apocalypse Now.
    2) The Thin Red Line
    3) Saving Private Ryan

    Special Mention: Tropic Thunder :D
     
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    Nobody has seen the movie about Operation Market Garden? A Bridge too far?
     
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    Enemy at the gates
    Saving Private Ryan
    Master and Commander
    Tears of sun
    U 571
    Platoon
    Clear and Present danger
    Flyboys
    Guns of navaronne
    Tora Tora
     
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    Well "Letters from iwo jima" was good but it reflects a typical american perspective as the Japanese is General is shown to be having too much of american influence and seemed to toe the line that Americans were better than Japanese.

    Does "Crimson Tide" qualify as a war movie???
    It is said to be based upon the events that happened on Soviet Submarine during 62' Cuban Missile crises.
     
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    Japanese version Of pearl harbour

    I seen this movie in my childhood very good one!:big_boss:
     
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    The Guns of Navarone........
     
  18. mig-29

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    Yes i have seen that movie twice , lot of stars in that movie especially like Sean Connery , however that movie has been criticized for lot of historical error , but nevertheless a good movie and it had an abrupt ending as well .
     
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    Enemy at the gates
    Saving Private Ryan
    The Great Escape
    The bridge on the river kwai
     
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    EnlightenedMonk Member of The Month JULY 2009 Senior Member

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    Have seen all four...

    But, the best I liked was The Guns of Navarone...
     
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    Enemy at the gates.
    Behind Enemy lines.
    Lakshya ( the military part, no the other rubbish)
     

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