Since today is Memorial Day, here is the list of my Top 10 Favorite War movies. I am defining the "War" movie genre as any movie that takes place during a real war. However the movie can still be fiction if it takes place during war like Saving Private Ryan, The Bridge on the River Kwai and The Dirty Dozen, which are all fiction but based on a real war. Although I do like many war movies, there are not a lot of truly great ones but here is the list of my Top 10 favorites. Also I am not going to include Captain America: The First Avenger as a war movie on the list but if I did include, it would rank number one on the list.
At Number 10: Definence
Based on a true story, about Jews hiding from the Nazi Holocaust.
At Number 9: Black Hawk Down
Although I find it hard to enjoy some war movies that are based directly on history, that show the horrors of war too realistically. But Black Hawk Down is a good accurate war movie based on true events.
At Number 8: Sergeant York
Now this is a great movie, one of my favorites. Based on the true life story of Alvin York, that follows him from his early life and on.
At Number 7: Saving Praivate Ryan
This might be closer to top of most others' lists but there are some flaws with the story that hinder it from true greatness and you never really care about what happens to the characters since their goal is almost unnecessary. Despite these flaws the opening D-Day scene is one of the most gripping and realistic battle scene ever filmed.
At Number 6: The Dirty Dozen
The classic WWII "Bad Men on a Mission" movie. With the all-star cast of Hollywood's best tough-guys,
At Number 5: The Bridge on the River Kwai
At Number 4: Lawrence of Arabia
Although you might not think that Lawrence of Arabia is a war movie but it does take place during World War I agianst the Turks, who were alies with the Germans.
At Number 3: The Great Escape
Based on the true story of POWs escaping from a German prison camp. The movie has humor, a all-star cast and a great chase scene. There are a few other reasons that I like the movie but that would spoil the plot.
At Number 2: Braveheart
Some might not think of Braveheart as a war movie, but it is about war. And if you have seen the movie you would probably agree that this a great movie.
At Number 1: Kelly's Heroes
Okay, this is an very unconventional choice, that most people have not seen. Kelly's Heroes is an action comedy and my favorite action comedy. It is very underrated and not seen by very many people. I probably will get some flack for this choice but I really did enjoy the movie.
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