The Army Times’ Top 10 American War Movies

Don’t ask me how I found this list. Browsing the internet, of course, but what was I looking for? Whatever. I found it on Army Times and would like to share it with you. I am sure that more than one of my readers will be equally puzzled by some of their choices.

Lets go:

10.  A Bridge Too Far (1977) (see my post)

9. The Dirty Dozen (1967)

8. The Great Escape (1963) (see my post)

7. Top Gun (1986)

6. Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)

5. The Caine Mutiny (1954)

4. Glory (1989)

3. Black Hawk Down (2001)

2. Patton (1970)

1. Full Metal Jacket (1987)

If you want to know their reasons you will have to read their article. While I certainly agree with a few of them I have absolutely no clue how Top Gun got on this list. What the heck? And where is Saving Private Ryan (see my post) and Platoon? While they were at it they could have put  Pearl Harbor on No. 1.

What are your thoughts on the list? All worthy candidates?

8 thoughts on “The Army Times’ Top 10 American War Movies

  1. warmoviebuff says:

    I’ll comment later after reading more, but for now here is my take. It is the list from the ARMY Times and yet it has a movie about the navy (Caine Mutiny), naval aviation (Top Gun), psychopathic army convicts (The Dirty Dozen), the British (Great Escape), killers of Marines (Letters from Iwo Jima), and the Marines (Full Metal Jacket). One of them was one of the best recruiting films ever for the Navy (Top Gun). My take is that the Army Times is incredibly fair-minded in its choice of war movies. I wonder what its veteran-readers think. As an air force brat, I am highly insulted by the pro- Marine and pro-Navy bias. Where is the love for the Air Force?

  2. warmoviebuff says:

    I have seen “Top Gun” only once and was not impressed. I have a feeling my next viewing will be colored by the current backlash against Tom Cruise. Did you hear they are making a sequel which will include Cruise?

    • No , I didn’t but that is almost funny. Seems to be even more redundant than the usual reamke, although… The feel and the music are too 80ies. Somehow have a doubt they will take the same actress.

  3. I guess it depends on what values are supposed to be reflected in this list. Totally puzzling to me that Top Gun and the Dirty Dozen are listed with an incredible work like Letters from Iwo Jima or a panoramic look at the disastrous Operation Marketgarden in A Bridge Too Far (I’ve also read the book and think the movie is pretty good). If that’s the level of taste, then why not add Kelly’s Heroes? Really.

    What I would add to this list is Gettysburg: It is a sweeping, incredible character study that embraces the complexity of the battle and its many players. To me, Jeff Daniels does an astonishing job as Col Chamberlain. Can’t look at him the same way again when he goes slumming with cheap comedy films instead of the majestic acting that he is capable of doing. Gettysburg is far deeper than Glory, but gets at the same heroic heart of the matter.

    • I was very puzzled by some of the choices. I can only assume they wouldn’t include Gettysburg for the simple reason that it was a TV production. I must admit I found Glory way easier to watch and liked it much better. It’s in my Top 10 favourite movies. I agree about the acting of Jeff Daniels and I know I have to watch it again. I want to review sooner or later.

  4. Liang says:

    I loved Pearl Harbor so much that when I first saw on YouTube, WANTED TO JOIN AMERICAN ARMY AND KILL JAPANESE.

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