Top 20 War Movies

By | November 21, 2015

[November 21, 2015]  Occasionally it’s good to take a break from the challenge of the study of leadership.  Today I’m providing my personal list of favorite war movies … those that made an impression on me when I saw them.  Yes, they’re English movies so the list doesn’t include some great, non-English movies.

For some reason these movies somehow struck a chord with me at the time I saw that particular movie.  Why a list of twenty?  Simple.  I couldn’t realistically list fewer without leaving out some of my favorites.  Here are my top twenty in no particular order (although numbered so I get exactly 20):

  1. Saving Private Ryan
  2. The Big Red One
  3. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930 version)
  4. Apocalypse Now
  5. We Were Soldiers
  6. The Great Escape
  7. The Longest Day
  8. A Bridge Too Far
  9. Lawrence of Arabia
  10. Bridge on the River Kwai
  11. The Patriot
  12. The Dirty Dozen
  13. Sergeant York
  14. Das Boot
  15. Patton
  16. Zulu
  17. The Thin Red Line
  18. Paths of Glory
  19. The Sands of Iwo Jima
  20. The Green Berets

Did I leave out one of your favorites?  Me too.  I left out Inglorious Bastards, Full Metal Jacket, and Kelly’s Heroes which were all just too far from historical fact to make my top 20 list, despite being excellent movies.  Please reply and give me your top war movies.  Have a great day and enjoy.

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[Note]  The list of movies here also does not include those with war as part of the plot.  Several exceptionally good movies here for example include: Casablanca, The Sound of Music, Empire of the Sun, The Killing Fields, and From Here to Eternity.

Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

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