If you’re a war-freak and you know it, just clap your hands.
I bet you have a collection of different war films from different decades in your den and I bet, you have watched every single one of them.
If you’re a war-freak or a wannabe 5-star general and you haven’t seen these movies, you’re still half-baked.
Only consider yourself a genuine war-freak if you have already watched all of these!
1. Lawrence of Arabia
This epic film by David Lean led Peter O’Toole’s star to shine brightest. The film was an adaptation to the life of T. E. Lawrence while he was serving his country in the Arabian Peninsula during the first World War. Lawrence of Arabia won ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.
2. Letters From Iwo Jima
The film is Clint Eastwood’s take on the war perspective of the Japanese in Flags of Our Fathers. The movie starts when Japanese archaeologists found letters buried below the tunnels of Iwo Jima and the rest, they say, is history.
3. Gone with the Wind
Gone with the Wind was the highest-grossing film during 1930s, making it one of the most successful movies in the history of American box-office. The movie features Vivien Leigh who played Scarlett O’Hara, Leslie Howard as Ashley Wilkes, Olivia de Havilland as Melanie Hamilton and Clark Gable as Rhett Butler.
4. The Thin Red Line
This was another adaptation of James Jones’ novel about the Battle of Mount Austen and it also features an All-Star cast headed by Sean Penn.
5. Saving Private Ryan
Steven Spielberg has done it again! This film takes us to World War II and into the lives of soldiers who were tasked to save Private Ryan. It’s an intimate perspective on world’s costliest war by far.
6. Inglorious Basterds
If you’re one of those who fantasized that Adolf Hitler was killed by a Jew, you should thank Quentin Tarantino because he made your dream come true! Just like Tarantino’s old films, Inglorious Basterds too has a lot of blood and a very interesting character in the name of Hans Landa. Just check out how he hunts for Jews. You might shiver to the bone! Bonus fact: There’s a film within the film. How cool is that?
Hail Oliver Stone for this one. This movie gave America and the whole word a perspective of the infamous Vietnam War. Plus, Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings is going to make you cry!
8. Schindler’s List
The box office hit by Steven Spielberg tackles one of the most trying times in humanity’s history, the Holocaust. The story revolves around Schindler, a Nazi patron who turned into guardian of a thousand Jews.
9. Black Hawk Down
The film was an adaptation of Mark Bowden’s book which narrates the events leading to the Battle of Mogadishu. Ridley Scott directed the film and if this is not enough, wait ’til you see the ensemble cast.
10. Apocalypse Now
I am a big fan of Francis Ford Coppola and this war movie of his, totally rocks! I don’t have to explain this. You just have to see the movie for yourself! It puts the capital E in Epic!
What other war films can you suggest to war-freaks and 5-star general wannabes?
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