Great movies of all time

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  1. bruno

    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    For no particular reason (other than perhaps not to scream at the daily news coverage of the latest incoherency)- Try if you can and top this movie:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0EYtljBuwY

    The Great Santini - not sure whether it is really a movie about Marines or fathers and sons-it is actually based on Pat Conroy's dad (see Obit at this link:http://www.skygod.com/quotes/greatsantini.html)

    Personally I think we could use a few more wildassed leaders who really can lift their organization into a new level of performance just by the force of their leadership and personality. Not exactly PC:rolleyes: but guys like that are the ones who really do drive organizations to rise up to deal with any circumstance.

    So try and top this movie with your nominee:wink:
     
  2. KPEngineer

    KPEngineer Eternal Father ...

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    Kelly's Heroes
     
  3. jbm02

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    I'm not sure if it qualifies as a "movie" but my choice is "Band of Brothers".
     
  4. osdad

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    Bridge on the River Kwai

    (You may begin whistling now...)
     
  5. DevilDog

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    One of the greatest movies I ever saw. Thanks for the link to his Eulogy.
     
  6. pathnottaken

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    My son would vote for "Stapship Trooper"....before you laugh to hard, the NY Times has it in their top 10 war movies.
     
  7. AF6872

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    "Starship Troopers" as a movie, although entertaining, sucked. As a book it was fantastic. Have your son read it and then compare it to the movie. The NYT rates war movies???? "Enders Game" looks a lot better since the author had a lot of control. The "Great Santini" was a great underated movie. "Heartbreak Ridge" Improvise, adapt
    overcome.
     
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  8. Full Metal Bulldog

    Full Metal Bulldog Citadel Class of 2016

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    I couldn't help but randomly yell out at a knob today: "WHY WOULD YOU EVER NEED TO BRING A KNIFE TO A NUKE FIGHT!?!?!?!" :D

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Sir Ernest Benn
     
  9. AF6872

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    By the way Heinlein was a USNA graduate.
     
  10. Jcleppe

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    Stripes

    "That's a fact Jack!"
     
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    JMC0759 S-USMMA '12 D-USAFA '15

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    In Harms Way with the Duke.
     
  12. AF6872

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    "Army Training Sir" and the best Sgt. Striker. "Sands of Iwo Jima". The Duke.
     
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  13. Jcleppe

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    I have to stray off topic for just a moment.

    The night before my older son was heading off for his first year of college and ROTC we watched Stripes, he loved it.

    About a week into school he was in his MS class, the PMS stuck his head in the door and asked how things were going, before he left he asked "So what kind of training are we doing?" nobody said anything, my son looked around then yelled out "Aaaaarmy Training Sir" The LCT just smiled and said "That's a fact Jack", he said most of the cadets just gave him a funny look. That really broke the ice, my son had a great relationship with the PMS, they kept trading quotes from Stripes.

    To be honest I was surprised he had the guts to yell it out.

    Still a great movie.

    On a more serious note, I would add "We were Soldiers" to the great movies listed so far.
     
  14. NorwichDad

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    Me Too!
     
  15. AF6872

    AF6872 Member

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    Jcleppe:

    That's funny. Good for your son.:shake:
    We Were Soldiers Once and Young. We were all young then.:thumb:
     
  16. nick4060

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    The intel guy in me wants to say Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

    But then again, the Air Force guy in me says Dr Strangelove. Nothing beats Maj Kong http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueuauKKjPZI
     
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    Best War Movies

    Stripes, Bridge on the..., Strangelove, Great Santini x100

    Saving Pvt. Ryan- Tom Hanks was an awesome leader

    The Great Escape - Steve McQueen was cool. Hey, I was 10 when I saw it.

    Catch 22 - Maj. Major Major Major (played by Bob Newhardt) signed all of his official documents "Washington Irving". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwT-_uCEMiA (notice the picture of FDR, change to Churchill and then Stalin)


    Great views from the other side:

    Enemy at the Gates - German vs. Soviet snipers during the Battle of Stalingrad.

    Das Boot- German U-boat during WWII
     
  18. kinnem

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    Battle: Los Angeles

    The only movie I ever saw that made me want to immediately seek out a Marine Recruiter. And I was in my late 50s at the time! :biggrin:
     
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    "Catch 22" The only movie that almost caputered the book.::shake:
     
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    Not for Claustrophobics

    Three great films with a prisoner-of-war theme

    Stalag 17 - (1953) William Holden won an Oscar

    Bridge Over the River Kwai - (1957) 7 Oscars, though not one for Holden, who was in this one also

    La Grande Illusion - (1937) - Nominated for Best Film, French masterpiece by Jean Renoir (son of the great Impressionist painter, Pierre-August Renoir)
     

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