Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Remembrance



In the history of humankind many wars have been fought, and many have served their country. Today, November 11th is Veteran's day and we should not forget all who served. We celebrate the service by all who served, and remember that and the lives lost in service to their country.

Some movies (with writers and directors most notably considered) have falsely portrayed war, others have so realistically portrayed it that nobody wants to see it again. Whatever the factual accuracy, I've created a general list of war films to watch today, and for about three or more weeks following.

Please feel free to add to the list in the comments, and to, of course, correct any mistakes.

ANCIENT WARS

Gladiator
300
The 300 Spartans
The Seven Samurai
Kagemusha
Braveheart
El Cid
Kingdom of Heaven
Alexander Nevsky
The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc

1700-1900
AMERICAN WARS

Last of the Mohicans
The Patriot
The Alamo
Cold Mountain
Glory
Gettysburgh
Gods and Generals
Gone With the Wind

COLONIAL WARS

Khartoum
Zulu
Zulu Dawn

WORLD WAR I

Sergeant York
Gallipoli
The Lost Battalion
African Queen
Wings
All Quiet on the Western Front
A Farewell to Arms
The Blue Max
Lawrence of Arabia
Paths of Glory

WORLD WAR II

Soldier of Orange
Enemy at the Gates
Band of Brothers
Schindler's List
Saving Private Ryan
The Longest Day
A Bridge Too Far
The Desert Rats
Patton
Das Boot
The Great Escape
The Guns of Navarone
Letters From Iwo Jima
Tora! Tora! Tora!
The Thin Red Line
The Bridge On the River Kwai
30 Seconds Over Tokyo
Flags of Our Fathers
Where Eagles Dare
MacArthur’s Children
Kelly’s Heroes
The Dirty Dozen
Black Rain
The Big Red One
Run Silent Run Deep

KOREA, VIETNAM, AND CAMBODIA

M*A*S*H
Pork Chop Hill
The Bridges at Toko-Ri
Platoon
Full Metal Jacket
Apocalypse Now
Born on the Fourth of July
The Killing Fields

RECENT WARS

Salvador
Black Hawk Down
Jarhead
Hotel Rwanda

2 comments:

Brynna said...

We had to watch Hotel Rwanda for history class in the 10th grade. Got extra credit if we saw it in theaters.

Amazing movie.

alex-ness said...

I think we forget how powerful events like war can be when we never see the toll of it. Hotel Rwanda was a moment for the world to open its eyes.

Totally stunning.