The filmsite has undertaken to analyze as many lists as possible and came up with a total of 6 war movies that had equally high ranks on all the lists, including other genres than war movies.
Since we all love lists, here goes:
Battleship Potemkin (1925) (see my enthusiastic post)
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) (see my posts on Remakes and Daniel Radcliffe)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Schindler’s List (1993)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
While I do agree with some choices I really disagree with others. I suffered through Battleship Potemkin which doesn’t mean it is bad but I don’t think Apocalypse Now and Schindler’s List deserve to be among the 6 most appreciated war movies. What’s funny though is the fact that these two movies are such opposites in the way they treat their subject. While one is easily understood and a very simple, true story – one man’s fight for justice and humanity , so to speak – the other one is a conflicting, ambiguous movie. There are a few war movies that are multilayered, Apocalypse Now is certainly one of them. Not easily accessible for everyone like Schindler’s List. Yeah, well, people are fickle, why shouldn’t this be reflected in lists?