In honor of our vets, and the sacrifices they made, I thought I'd do a list of my favorite war movies (not just military movies) that portray the bravery, and obstacles they overcame for freedom.
Movies of My Youth
The Sands of Iwo Jima– John Wayne was a walking propoganda film (which isn't necessarily bad). This is one of my favorites, but I enjoyed many a John Wayne movie.
Midway– you had to have seen it in sensaround for the battle scenes.
A Bridge Too Far– all-star cast. Just watched part of it the other day and realized that Anthony Hopkins was in it.
The Great Escape– another all-star cast and some great characters. Watching Charles Bronson afraid and crying….. prototypical Steve McQueen stole the show, as usual.
The Big Red One– a gritty Lee Marvin and a young Mark Hamel from N. Africa to Europe.
The Adult Years
Saving Private Ryan– truly incredible film. Hanks' portrayal of a man coming apart at the seams it great. These men did not understand all they were to do, but still finished the mission at great personal cost.
We Were Soldiers– great the see the role of faith in the part of Mel Gibson's character. He saw soldiering as his vocation (Gene Veith would be proud).
U-571– no, not because Jon Bon Jovi was in it.
The Patriot– a great, emotional film as a man comes to term with his past in the course of fighting for the life of his family. He's torn because he hates who he becomes. Another man of faith, struggling to make sense of his calling in a time of bloodshed he didn't ask for.
To End All Wars– a fascinating film. Kiefer played an American, so it fits in this catagory. It is about the power of sacrifice and forgiveness.
Glory– an inspiring movie about men fighting for their own freedom and the prejudices that still existed in the hearts of their fellow soldiers. Even in their own hearts. Great performance from Denzel Washington, a young Denzel. He and Hanks are truly THE actors of our time.
Wartime Films Not About America
Schindler's List– if you don't weep, you may not be a real human. The protrayal of loving sacrifice in the midst of such profound evil is beyond words. Thankfully Jesus won't be lamenting like Oskar at the end of time.
Enemy at the Gates– very gritty, dark and bleak, but it was the battle for Stalingrad for cryin' out loud.
Braveheart– awesome movie about the longing for freedom and the courage to try even if you personally won't benefit. Hey, the 3rd Mel Gibson film. He has matured greatly in terms of the projects he takes.
Paradise Road– a story of woman POWs in China after the Japanese invaded. It is about how they maintained their sanity and dignity.
Perhaps you have a favorite or two to share.
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