Over at Shortlist.com, they posted their choices for The 30 Greatest War Films Ever. That’s them pictured above.
Ok, using just their choices, here are my top five:
1. The Dirty Dozen – Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson, Clint Walker, Donald Sutherland, Telly Savalas, Ernest Borgnine, Jim Brown, Robert Ryan, George Kennedy. These guys were the original Expendables.
2. Saving Private Ryan – The opening sequence is enough to put this at the top of any great movie list. Add in Spielberg, Hanks, Sizemore, Pepper, Burns, Diesel, Damon, Danson and the rest and you end up with a solid war movie.
3. Zulu: A small band of British soldiers vs the whole Zulu nation. Look for a young Michael Caine in a supporting role.
4. Platoon: I have to admit, I didn’t really care for this movie when I first saw it in a theater. My buddy, John Beatty told me to give it another shot. I went back and saw it again in a theater. I liked it a lot better. It has grown on me with each additional viewing over the years. Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe, and Tom Berenger are the three biggest stars but look for a young Johnnie Depp in a supporting role.
5. Full Metal Jacket: It’s almost like you have two different war movies for the price of one. Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D’Onofrio and R. Lee Ermey (in a breakout role), directed by Stanley Kubrick.
Although they didn’t make the list, what about: Blackhawk Down and Aliens?