Which world war movie has moved you the most?

India
March 6, 2009 8:42am CST
Recently, i came across a nice collection of world war movies at my friend's house. He had some real good ones in his rare and wonderful collection, and he was kind enough to give me some of them, when i asked him to do so. Although i am not a very keen movie buff, but still World war movies have always fascinated me from a very younf age. I still rember watching a movie based on Leo Tolstoy Novel "War & Peace". And in the closing scene of the movie, the show the allied troops converging on the centreal square of Berlin. There are battalions of tanks lined one after the other slowly moving in, when a young officer opens the lid of one of tanks to take a glance outside. The moment he peeps out taking off his helmet to breathe the air of victory, he bullet comes whizzing right through his temple, and his lifeless profile slowly slides down the metal lid of the tank. This particular visual is still very fresh in my mind even after nearly 20 years or so. And that day when i saw those DVDs at mu friend's house, i could not resist the temptation of asking him to lend me some. There were 4 of them that he gave me, saying they were best. After watching them all, i was really moved by the rawness of depiction shown in Saving Private Ryan. Now i want you guys to suggest me some more movies in the same class that you have really liked over the years.
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
7 Mar 09
ehave been so many World War II movies in particular that I've seen through the years. My dad served in the war so he and my mom both were big fans of this genre while I was growing up and there were tons of them made in the fifties and sixties, it seems like about half of them starring John Wayne. There have been several slightly newer movies from that era that I've really loved, among them "Yanks" with Richard Gere and William Devane, "Racing With the Moon" starring Sean Penn, Elizabeth McGovern and Nicolas Cage and "Walking in the Clouds" starring Keanu Reeves. None of these movies were actually set on the battlefield but they deal with men who are either about to go to war or have just returned from the war and the women in their lives. I'd recommend them all to you. Annie
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@irishidid (8734)
• United States
7 Mar 09
A Walk In The Clouds is an excellent movie, probably one of Keanu Reeves best performances.
7 Mar 09
I remember vividly two movies i saw in my teens in the 70s: 'the passage' and 'a bridge too far'. the chase through the swiss alps in the passage and the epic battle in a bridge too far made a lasting impression. just about every hollywood star then played in a bridge too far, but the movie seemed realistic then and not as gory as saving pvt ryan. another movie tora tora tora was more impressive than pearl harbor.
• United States
7 Mar 09
World War II era history has always fascinated me so I have several favorites... Swing Kids ... less about the actual war and more about life in Nazi Germany but still related. Memphis Belle - This one was pretty popular when it came out, I think, but I don't know too many people who have seen it. It was a major building block in the careers of several young actors: Matthew Modine, Eric Stoltz, Billy Zane, Sean Astin (after Goonies but before Rudy), Tate Donovan, D.B. Sweeney, Harry Connick Jr. It's about the final flight of a B-17 bomber, the Memphis Belle, and her crew. Schindler's List.... when I was a freshman in High School we read the Diary of Anne Frank (as did so many other American high school students) but instead of watching Millie Perkins hide out in an attic for two hours, we watched Schindler's List. I remember having to get "permission slips" signed to be able to see it because it's pretty graphic and I remember vividly (even 15 years later) the little girl in the red coat.
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@irishidid (8734)
• United States
7 Mar 09
Empire of the Sun because it showed what happens to ordinary people during the times of war. People who are just stuck in the middle with no way to get out and how it changes them. The Bridge on the River Kwai, A Bridge Too Far, and The Boys In Company C. All good movies.
@irishidid (8734)
• United States
7 Mar 09
Oops, The Boys In Company C is a Viet Nam war movie, but still worth watching.
• Canada
7 Mar 09
For me the world war movie that i've viewed the most was Saving Private Ryan. Maybe 100-150 times. It was my fathers faveourite movie so when i was a kid i watched it like every week. Then i saw it at school a few times, with my friends, just browsing channels. It shows every once in a while. The movie has a great storyline too and its kinda funny.