LocateTV’s Top 5 War Movies
by Steph on May 24th 2010 at 4:20 pm
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May 31st 2010 is Memorial Day, followed by D-Day on June 6th. These days commemorate those men and women whose lives were taken whilst serving in the military.
At LocateTV we honour the causalities, the fallen heroes and the Normandy Landing’s paratroopers. To mark the anniversary of these days, we have created a Top 5 of the most celebrated war movies which have made warfare more accessible, comprehensible and explicable to the public.
This 1993 epic war drama sits at number 1 on our list. A Spielberg film about a German businessman who saved the lives of thousands of Polish Jewish refugees by employing them during the holocaust. This has become a hugely notable movie in this genre. The Oscar award winning film has contributed to popular culture; it highlighted the holocaust and horrors of war. Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes star.
Another Spielberg classic sits in our list at number 2! This time, we’re in World War Two during Normandy’s invasion. We follow the characters of Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore and Edward Burns’ laudable search for Private Ryan (Matt Damon). The film was the highest grossing film of 1998, bringing in $481.8 million, an obvious hit with the public who cannot forget its opening 27 minute Omaha beach assault depiction, emotional graveside reunion and epic tale of camaraderie.
Adrien Brody stars as the protagonist in this Roman Polanski masterpiece at number 3. Based on a true story, pianist Brody survives the horrifying life as a Jew during Nazi occupation including life in a squalid Warsaw Ghetto, Nazi sadistic horrors and a lonely life of survival. The film shows Brody as no intrepid hero, just a man desperately fighting for life.
At number 4, is The Bridge on the River Kwai. This 1957 war movie shows another view point – British prisoners of WWII. Ordered to build a railway bridge over the River Kwai to crucially link military communication, the British soldiers and their Colonel (Alec Guinness) obey, but unbeknown, Allies are set to blow up the bridge! In 1997, this film was deemed ‘culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant’ and has been a classic among war movies to date.
Finally at number 5 is Platoon, which sees the life of war in Vietnam through the eyes of a young soldier. Through enemy combat in Vietnam’s jungles and veteran sergeant conflict, the young soldier (Charlie Sheen) fights both these wars as well as his own psychological battle. Directed by Oliver Stone, this 1986 timeless classic sees violence, moral dilemma and guerrilla warfare.
What do you think of our top War movies? And what’s yours? Leave us a comment!