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Top Five WW2 Movies
« on: March 20, 2017, 11:21:08 PM »
Which are the best films with the second world war as a background?

My favorites:

1. The Human Condition
2. Schindler's List
3. The Great Dictator
4. Pan's Labyrinth
5. Kanal


Re-edited:

1. The Human Condition
2. Schindler's List
3. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
4. The Great Dictator
5. Kanal
« Last Edit: March 22, 2017, 10:06:41 AM by oldkid »
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Re: Top Five WW2 Movies
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2017, 11:38:48 PM »
Your Top 2 are also on my list, so I threw in a couple of extras.

1. Casablanca
2. Schindler's List
3. The Human Condition
4. The Best Years of Our Lives
5. The Dirty Dozen
6. So Proudly We Hail
7. The Big Red One
8. The Bridge on the River Kwai

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Re: Top Five WW2 Movies
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2017, 06:53:46 AM »
Pan's Labyrinth is not a WWII movie. The Spanish Civil War ad nothing to do with the German shenanigans.
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Re: Top Five WW2 Movies
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2017, 09:58:20 AM »
So many great ones, I had to do 10...

1. Casablanca
2. Devils on the Doorstep
3. Kanal
4. The Cranes Are Flying
5. The Thin Red Line
6. Shoah
7. The Americanization of Emily
8. The Burmese Harp
9. Fires on the Plain
10. The Bridge on the River Kwai

Honorable mention: The Human Condition, A Matter of Life and Death, Mother Night, Lacombe Lucien, The Pianist, Night and Fog, The Way to the Stars, Army of Shadows, The Ascent, Das Boot, Downfall, Ivan's Childhood

Great, but I wouldn't necessarily call them "WW2 Movies": A Man Escaped, Underground, Black Rain

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Re: Top Five WW2 Movies
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2017, 10:54:42 AM »
1. (I cheat because I can!) Band of Brothers
2. Casablanca
3. Schindler's List
4. The Cranes are Flying
5. The Longest Day


Best Years of Our Lives should be on that list, but I'll make it my #1 post WW2 film.
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Re: Top Five WW2 Movies
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2017, 02:42:53 PM »
I included Pan's because of the timeframe and wartime, but you're right, DH, it's not about WW2.  So I'll take it off, and add Martin's great pick, The Americanization of Emily.
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Re: Top Five WW2 Movies
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2017, 04:01:47 PM »
I notice most of those movies have little to no fighting.
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Re: Top Five WW2 Movies
« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2017, 08:43:23 PM »
It's true.  I noticed that right off about my list.  Frankly, I'd put the Normandy scene from Saving Private Ryan in my top five in a heartbeat if it weren't attached to the rest of the film.
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Re: Top Five WW2 Movies
« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2017, 11:06:34 PM »
I notice most of those movies have little to no fighting.

It's the least interesting aspect of war.

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Re: Top Five WW2 Movies
« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2017, 11:12:24 PM »
I notice most of those movies have little to no fighting.

It's the least interesting aspect of war.

True, but Shoulder Arms (Charlie Chaplin comedy about being a soldier in WWI) has some fascinating comedy about fighting in the war.
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