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  1. Anne Iredale at |

    Great clips!

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  2. Judy at |

    "Hamburger Hill" was good too! Link below.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093137/

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  3. TopTenz Master at |

    I am not a big war movie fan but I did like Full Metal Jacket. All I can think of is that movie when I see the drill sergeant in other acting roles.

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  4. California at |

    They're all good films and I love Full Metal Jacket and Apocolypse Now, but the list is very American-centric. Four of the films are about Vietnam and one about US-only action in Guadacanal.

    Paths of Glory, All Quiet on the Western Front and Oh What a Lovely War are the more 'balanced' portrayal of the war movie genre.

    Das Boot is a great movie too.

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  5. Scott at |

    Did you consider "Patton" or "Glory"? What about "Saving Private Ryan"?

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  6. Anne Iredale at |

    Thank you Scott. Patton and Glory would probably make it into my Top 20. There were quite a few that just missed the cut – eg 'Platoon'. I addressed the subject of Saving Private Ryan in my introduction. Apart from the first 20 minutes, which was incredibly good, it was not critcally praised and my personal opinion is that the film fell flat after those opening scenes.

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    1. Dan at |

      Wrong! Saving Private Ryan was and is universally critically praised by the overwhelming majority of movie critics. Your credibility is completely shot with that comment.

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  7. Chris at |

    What about We Were Soldiers, Patton, Band of Brothers(though not technically a movie), and Platoon. I actually found the "slow paced story" of The Thin Red Line kind of boring.

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  8. Chris at |

    I also really enjoyed Letters From Iwo Jima

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  9. Jess at |

    some okay ones here on the list but….! We were soilders, glory, the patriot, platoon, are top ten material. Saving private ryan is a GREAT movie. Band of brothers is an incredible show albeit not a movie. I don't understand your #1.

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  10. Anne Iredale at |

    Thanks for everyone's comments – really appreciate it. My criteria was films that received critical acclaim and not just my personal taste.

    There had to be a cut off point somewhere and I haven't seen every war movie ever made!

    My number 1 will not be to some people's taste but I urge people to give it a go if they haven't seen it. Keep them coming!

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    1. NIck at |

      I'm all about your choice for number 1. In fact, for it's depiction of the human spirit circumnavigating even human nature, it is my number 1, also. Great pick.

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      1. Anne Iredale at |

        Thank you Nick – it seems we are a rare breed!

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        1. Erik at |

          Wow what a great list, The Thin Red Line is a beautiful and poetic film by the master Terrence Malik so great choice on keeping that while dropping more sentimental war movies like Platoon and Saving Private Ryan. Full Metal Jacket is the antithesis to Platoon in terms of mood so great job having that on there.

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          1. Anne Iredale at |

            Thank you Erik

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        2. Jordan at |

          I have to agree with you guys, The Thin Red Line was an amazing film with some incredibly beautiful moments in it, i think that Band Of Brothers was one of the greatest war films ever made though unfortunatly it is not a movie, i also think that Letters From Iwa Jima should have been up there somewhere.

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    2. daniel at |

      To do a list of war movies considering their critical acclaim is stupid and idiotic! Avatar is critically acclaimed. Dark Knight is acclaimed. Are they good movies?

      A war list without Idi i Smotri on 1,2 or 3 is a worthless list!

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  11. Jay Po at |

    Saving Private Ryan should definitely be on this list.

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  12. Anne Iredale at |

    Ok, Ok – I will go to the hell that is reserved for people that don't pick Saving Private Ryan on Top 10 War Movie lists. I throw myself on your mercy!!!

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  13. Ben Dover at |

    Saving Private Ryan needs to be on that list. It has a great plot, the best scene in the history of movies (D-Day), top notch actors (Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Barry Pepper), priceless characters like Private Jackson, and an outstanding director whom included amazing effects, even though it was made 10 years ago. C'mon

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  14. Mike at |

    I agree with the above poster who thought The Thin Red Line was boring. I've tried watching it twice and both times I fell asleep. Great cinematography, but I wouldn't include it in my own top ten list. (I couldn't put it a top 100, actually) To each his own, though.

    It's amazing you left off The Longest Day; it even has John Wayne in it along with a galaxy of stars. I would have added several more Wayne films, In Harm's Way and Sands of Iwo Jima among them. Being a Texan, having The Alamo on the list would be a necessary thing.

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  15. T075 at |

    You say you didnt mention Saving Pvt Ryan because you feel that the movie didn't deliver…..if that is the case, how come you put Thin red line as #1, the movie is boring as hell, and its mostly about a mopping up operation after the main thing had been fought….SPR deserves to be #1 not only because of its quality but because of its significance to American culture.

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  16. pugg at |

    we were soldiers and saving private ryan aren't on the list?

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  17. No one at |

    The Longest Day should be on here somewhere.

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  18. Ronald Mcdouchebag at |

    Glory should be on the list, but nevertheless, great list!

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    1. Anne Iredale at |

      Thank you Ronald

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  19. Harry Johnson at |

    Saving Private Ryan should really be on that list. I agree with the above posters. Its a great movie.

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  20. Chewbacca at |

    Different strokes for different folks, but I agree 110% with A Thin Red Line as being a much more substantial film then Saving Private Hunting… I mean Ryan.

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    1. Anne Iredale at |

      Thank you Chewbacca. If you were here, I'd give you a hug!!!

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  21. Mike at |

    Other than my minor "objections", I thought it a good list, too and agree with most of the choices. I enjoy this site, enjoy the diff. opinions stated in such a pleasant way. Regards!

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  22. Molly Iredale at |

    Saving Private Ryan not on the list? What has this world come to….

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    1. Anne Iredale at |

      My name is also Iredale. Where are you from. Are we related?

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  23. Cam Fuller at |

    You missed Gallipoli (starring Mel Gibson), one of the best WWI films ever made. If you haven't seen it, you should. Also worth a mention: Breaker Morant (set during the Boer War). These two rank in the top 10 Australian movies of all time.

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  24. Rpro at |

    The Thin Red Line was mind numbingly boring IMO.

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    1. Stuart at |

      it had it’s moments, but on the whole I found it quite difficult to watch.

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  25. TJ Schoenlein at |

    After seeing what is picked as # 1 gives new meaning to " it's in the eye of the beholder. " Thin Red Line doesn't make my cut if we push the list out to Top 20.

    For me the best of the best: ( not in any order )

    Full Metal Jacket, Saving Private Ryan, We Were Soldiers, Platoon,

    Patriot, Sands of Iwo Jima, Glory, Black Hawk Down, Lawrence of Arabia, Schindler's List just to name a few. All of these films received critical reviews and were seen by huge audiences all over the world..

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  26. J Cole at |

    The foreign film 'Come and See' by Elem Klimov is a Russian film set against the background of fighting in Belarus against the Germans in WWII. This is by far the best WWII movie I have seen and easily overtakes the other movies in this list as #1. It's easy to find this movie online complete with subtitles or English dubs.

    A must see if you're a war movie buff. It's unapologetic and moving.

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  27. J.Shelton at |

    This is my ad hoc list. Kinda in historical order.

    1. Excalibur

    2. The Patriot

    3. Gods and Generals, Ride With The Devil, Outlaw Josie Wales

    4. The Rough Riders ( made for TV on TNT )

    5. Breaker Morant

    6. Gallipoli

    7. All Quiet On The Western Front

    8. The Lost Battalion ( made for TV on A&E )

    9. 12:00 O'clock High

    10. The Longest Day , Battleground, The Big Red One, & Patton

    11. Guadalcanal Diary

    12. Pork Chop Hill

    13. The Odd Angry Shot ( Austrian Vietnam movie) [ A very good film. A must see if you can find.]

    14. We Were Soldiers, Full Metal Jacket

    15. Blackhawk Down

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  28. Irishdriver77 at |

    How is Platoon not on this list it is one of the greatest movies ever

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  29. Bob Iredale at |

    Yu have got to be kidding me, Anne. Saving Private Ryan not on there? Thats insane.

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    1. Anne Iredale at |

      Another Iredale! Are we related Bob?

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  30. py45 at |

    for all of those saying thin red line is boring, TRL is a much deeper movie than saving private ryan, a wars movie shouldn´t just be about how much blood is spilled and how much action, i agree Saving private ryan is a better action movie, but TRL exploits the mentality of the people who lived that experience, the pysical war was over the moment the war ended, but the war in their heads i believe never ended, and that´s the deeper part of this whole phenomenon we call war, which is a side we rarely see, if you want to see action watch a sylvester stallone film or star wars

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  31. L. Steven Beene II at |

    What? Is this a list of Top 10 War movies protesting war, or where all the leaders are crazy and only the anti-hero is sane?

    Where is the film celebrating a warrior overcoming the enemy (not misguided higher-ups on your own side), standing with his comrades and overcoming (and not the idea of "war, what is it good for, absolutely nothing"), or heroic battles and triumph?

    It's like the anti-war list.

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  32. Iredale Iredale at |

    Hows it going Anne??????

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    1. Anne Iredale at |

      OK – who are you?

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  33. Justin at |

    I agree with everyone about Saving Private Ryan. To not be Top 3 is arguable within one's own choice but to not have it be in the Top 10? I'm not sure what your argument is for the "critical acclaim." SPR won the oscar for Best Director, Best Effects, Best Editing, and Best Sound. And was nominated for Best Actor (Tom Hanks), Best Screenplay, Best Picture, and a few other categories. By the way the winner for Best Picture was sadly Shakespeare in Love that year. However, I have also never felt more of a desire to "join up" in the military as I did when watching Blackhawk Down. It pulls at all kinds of emotions the first time that you watch it and makes you wish that you could have done something to help. At least it did in my case.

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  34. Roger Henslee at |

    Kudos on picking a couple of almost forgotten movies – "All Quiet On The Western Front" & "Paths Of Glory"

    . Conversely, several can scarcely be called "War Movies". If movies like "Born On The Fourth Of July" and "Schindler's List" are considered as war movies why not "From Here To Eternity"(nominated for 13 Oscars, won 8) and "The Best Years Of Our Lives (7 Oscars)"? If critical acclaim" is really a criteria those two must be included as well as "Patton" (7 Oscars) and "Saving Private Ryan" (5 Oscars).

    "The Thin Red Line" would not make my top 100 much less number one. I've never been able to watch it all the way through – too dull and phony.

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  35. Anne Iredale at |

    Just want to make a point about 'critical acclaim'. The Oscars are not my idea of critical acclaim. The industry gives awards for lots of different reasons. Sometimes they reflect what respected critics think (in the UK that would be Mark Kermode or Peter Bradshaw) and sometimes they don't. When I refer to 'critical acclaim', I do not mean the Oscars but I understand that is the criteria for a lot of people.

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  36. wojo364 at |

    Although they have been mentioned in earlier posts I would have to include "Breaker Morant" (incredibly well done) and "Glory" (Denzel Washington in one of his greatest roles IMO). Also would include "The Great Escape" (what an all-star cast they recruited for that one…excellent movie. My wife hates war movies and she loved that one so that should tell you something). Great list BTW. I just found this site and will be coming back in the future :)

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  37. Armand at |

    Did anyone commenting on this issue see Bridge Over The River Kwai? In my opinion, not only trhe greatest war movie ever made but one of the best movies ever made, regardless of genre.

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    1. Peter Boucher at |

      Armand. I put it into my blog for this list. It is #13 of the American Film Institute’s Top 100 greatest movies of all time. Just the fact the Sir Alec Guinness and William Holden star in this movie makes it worthwhile to watch. Thumbs up to you !!

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  38. Shegea at |

    Phatom soldiers is also one of the best..Have we forgotten?

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  39. Dan at |

    How does Full Metal Jacket beat out Apocalypse Now for best Vietnam movie of all time, but ranks lower in overall war movies?

    And not having Saving Private Ryan or Platoon on this list is ridiculous.

    Its completely subjective obviously, but The Hurt Locker was far superior to A Thin Red Line, which I found boring and slow.

    Empire of the Sun deserves a look, as well as Black Hawk Down. Kudos for including M*A*S*H though!

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  40. Brian Beamer at |

    Saving Private Ryan should be on there somewhere – but then again, I also like Grave of the Fireflies and Dr. Strangleove, so don’t take my word for it.

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  41. Josie at |

    My first thought was Life is Beautiful. But, I guess that it’s not exactly a war movie since half of it is about the love of the two parents. But, you have to admit that the scenes in the concentration camp are kind of heartbreaking. Of course, it’s in Italian but, that’s what subtitles are for. :P
    Also, I’m pretty sure this list was made before The Hurt Locker, but I really hope that it would be included on a more recent list.

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  42. Bobby at |

    Windtalkers should be in the list

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  43. Peter Boucher at |

    I would have to put “Gallipoli” in the top ten starring Mel Gibson and the disasterous attack of the Australians trying to battle with the Turkish Army. The other one that I would put on the list is “Operation Burma” starring Errol Flynn. Its about a battalion of Americans trying to destroy a Japanese radar system during World War II and get caught by the Japanese who surrounded them and then put them through hell. And how could you ever forget “The Bridge On The River Kwai” starring Sir Alec Guinness and William Holden. The American Film Institute voted that movie #13 as the top 100 greatest movies ever made. That is a timeless movie to say the least. Also, “Stalag 17″ also with William Holden about a group of American soldiers in a German POW camp. That movie was the inspiration for the television show “Hogan’s Heroes”

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  44. WWII War Films at |

    Fascinating list of great War films.

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  45. Brick Lawson at |

    Without Grave of the Fireflies, it isn’t a top war movies list. You can take all the action in every other war film and not have the impact this animated film brings forth. Some of my other favorites can be found at http://www.filmcrave.com/list_genre_movie.php?genre=War

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  46. Kristian at |

    Just going to put this one out there, Memphis belle! One of the best war films ive ever seen!

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  47. God at |

    black hawk down

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  48. Lachlan at |

    The German-made film “STALINGRAD”

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  49. Lachlan at |

    When I saw “Operation Burma” mentioned, I couldn’t help but smile a lot. My father was in Burma with British Special Forces (SOE Force 136) in 1944-45 and when he saw this film on his return to India in a cinema, alongwith a crowd of other returned vets from various British units, a riot broke out and the cinema was nearly trashed !

    Merrill’s Marauders – yes, they were there and their work was respected, but this fanciful tale Errol Flynn and a bunch of Hollywood US paratroopers taking the credit for ops in Burma was just too much to stomach.

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  50. 2nd platoon at |

    can someone please explain why the hell mash made it on this list? its a stupid comedy and should never have made it thier are more worthy war movies that diservd that spot and i own the thin red line dvd great movie however its still a gung ho american made film…it does deserve to be on the list but not at number one. saving private ryan will allways be a great movie loved it all the way through aswell as flags of our fathers and letters from iwo jima. i could rant and rave all day about how miss-guided this list is and my father who is a military historian will loose the plot when he see’s this list hahahhowever their are some good movies in much deserved spots on this list.

    War does not decide who wins and looses war decides who is left.

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    1. peter8172 at |

      M*A*S*H* is not a comedy……….Its a SATIRE. I would say that is the reason for it being on the list. Also, when a movie has a cast with Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Sally Kellerman, Robert Duvall, Tom Skeritt, John Schuck, Gary Burghoff (who was the only cast member from the movie to be a regular on the TV show as “Radar” O’ Reilly), and Bud Cort. With Robert Altman as Director and Johnny Mandel doing the musical score and is in the American Film Institute’s Top 100 movies of all time, then I have to agree with this movie being on the list. Watch the movie for 4 reasons. 1). How Major Margaret Hoolihan got her nickname “Hot Lips”, 2). The “fake” suicide scene with actor John Schuck, 3). The Scene of the Women’s showering tent and 4). The Football game at the end of the movie. Now me personally, I am absolutely shocked that the War Movie, “The Bridge On The River Kwai” (1957), starring Sir Alec Guinness, William Holden is not on this list. Just giving you my friendly opinion…….

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  51. Spedattack at |

    Horrible list there were many films that deserved to be on this list but didn’t make it because in your book they are not critically acclaimed. Look up Saving Private Ryan, Glory, Platoon, and Black Hawk Down and you will see they are more critically acclaimed than half of these movies. Schindler’s List is the best movie I’ve seen BUT ITS NOT A WAR MOVIE. Born On the Fourth Of July is NOT A WAR MOVIE and even calling it one is similar to calling Forest Gump a war movie. My Media Technology teacher even says its not a war movie. WHAT IS OH, WHAT A LOVELY WAR!!!!!! EVEN THE TITLE AND DESCRIPTION PISS ME OFF AND I HAVEN’T EVEN SEEN IT!!!!!!!! Since when do musicals and satires classify as war movies? Why is Thin Red Line on here especially number 1? Thin Red Line was boring, slow, and didn’t show the brotherhood that you thought it did. Worst list I’ve ever seen to be honest. Not trying to be sexist but its funny how every bad war movie list I see is made by a woman.

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  52. Alan at |

    I CANT BELIVE PLATOON the best war film bar none is not here , also where is black hawk down , sorry u let yourself down there

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  53. Eli at |

    What about enemy at the gates????? ?

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  54. Mike at |

    Your list was cute for someone who seems to have just started watching war movies. Since you are new to it, here are some others you might want to check out (in addition to some already named):

    A Bridge Too Far
    The Longest Day
    Letters from Iwo Jima
    Midway
    The Great Escape
    All Quiet on the Western Front
    Glory
    Gettysburg
    The Bridge on the River Kwai
    The Last of the Mohicans
    Empire of the Sun
    Zulu
    The Killing Fields
    Stalag 17

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    1. Anne Iredale at |

      I’ve seen 12 on your list and I included All Quiet On the Waterfront on my list…could you be any more patronising? But, hey, thanks for your ‘cute’ contribution.

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  55. Chris W at |

    I’m sorry but this list is just piss poor , The Thin Red Line is a boring waste of great actors. By not including Saving Private Ryan your just trying to be to cool for the room. Where’s Platoon , this list stinks and I don’t like it

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  56. red at |

    no letters from iwo jima?

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  57. andrew at |

    this is the real deal 1 iron cross 2 born on the 4th of july 3 longest day 4 all quite on the western front 5 appoc now 6 platoon 7 we were soldiers 8 saving private ryan 9 where eagles dare 10 sands of iwo jima

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  58. saroj at |

    I just didnt like the list at all, without saving private ryan, full metal jacket, the great escape, we were soldiers. These films must be included whatever list u made for war movies ever.

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  59. Iris Iredale at |

    I’m glad Shaving Ryan’s Privates isn’t on the list as it’s greatly overrated, boring, only involves Americans and gives future generations of children an inaccurate and distorted view of the Second World War, but that said most American war films are very one sided and give the impression that the yanks won the war single handed, even though they never bothered to enter it until 1941, it started in 1939 folks.

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    1. Anne Iredale at |

      Iredale? Are we related? Anyway, I’ve no objections to Saving Private Ryan on “one sided grounds” – it was about an American battle after all.

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