War stories are a constant in the cinema almost since its inception. The gender war has left us some of the most memorable films of all time. Worldwide, epics, raw or pacifists have been brought to the big screen. In the US case, the machinery of Hollywood has never stopped producing films that tell the wars waged by his soldiers.
Therefore, in this Veterans Day, we make our own list of the best war movies from Free Movies Online … where US troops involved “except in the first two, but they are so necessary that we could not leave them out:
All Quiet on the Western Front (Quiet on the Western Front), 1930
It is the first anti-war film. Starts with the enthusiasm of young people who want ready to go forward and defend their country “Germany” in the First World War, but that the harsh reality of war is undermining.They pass from idealism to disillusionment. “We live in the trenches and fight. We try not to kill us, that’s all, “says the main character. He won two Oscars: Best Director and Best Picture.
Paths of Glory (Paths of Glory), 1957
Stanley Kubrick masterpiece based on the novel by Humphrey Cobb published in 1935 that it was possible to film at the insistence of Kirk Douglas, the protagonist of the film dessert.
Although the US Army does not appear in it, we have included because it is considered by many the best war film history, although it is anti-war, a controversial cry “in his moment against the meaninglessness that can become war .
Count the suicide attack the French army against the Germans on the hill of ants in 1916, during World War II. Given the failure of the mission, General Mireau decides that three soldiers randomly selected will be accused of cowardice and shot.
The Bridge on the River Kwai (The Bridge on the River Kwai), 1957
The most famous film history whistle. David Lean went to Alec Guinness and William Holden in the adaptation of the novel by Pierre Boulle which includes the construction of a railway bridge in Burma during World War II. The Japanese, who control the area, order their British and American prisoners to work in construction, key to transport supplies the Japanese Army. Prisoners proudly raise the bridge, but the ultimate goal can not be other than fly through the air. The film won seven Oscars and -the Colonel bogey march melody is a classic film history.
The Great Escape (The Great Escape), 1963
The most famous evasion film history was directed by John Sturges, starring Steve McQueen “and his famous glove baseball-, James Garner and Richard Attenborough, and has the original attempts to escape of Allied prisoners of war in a German camp maximum security during World War II. they are experts in other escapes, but this time they want to achieve the most memorable, one of 250 soldiers at the same time.
Patton , 1970
US General George Patton’s was one of the great figures of the Second World War. This film describes his flamboyant and charismatic personality and has his exploits. George C. Scott won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of the general, but rejected the prize. It is famous the opening speech of the film.
Torah! Torah! Tora! , 1970
“The day that changed the course of history,” “the attack on the base at Pearl Harbor in 1941” was reproduced meticulously showing the two visions, American and Japanese, in this film directed by Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku and Toshio Masuda. The name comes from the expression “Tora, tora, tora”, the code used by the Japanese to announce the success of the surprise attack, after which the United States officially entered World War II.
MASH , 1970
Robert Altman showed us the war from a different view and practically invented a new genre, the comedy war. MASH stands for Mobile Army Surgical Hospital and precisely the film tells the hilarious adventures of a field hospital in front of the Korean War.
Acidic, satiric and dark moments, MASH was starring Donald Sutherland, Tom Skerritt and Elliott Gould.Robert Duvall also appears. And above all, MASH resulted in one of the most successful series of all time in the United States aired from 1972 to 1983 and even today their television broadcasts can be seen on television networks around the world.
Full Metal Jacket (Born to Kill / face war / Metal Jacket), 1987
Stanley Kubrick directed this controversial film about the training of US Marines and their involvement in the Vietnam War. The two main characters, Joker (Matthew Modine) and Pyle (Vincent D’Onofrio) suffer the excesses of his instructor on the first part of the film until tragedy strikes. In the second, as in Vietnam, the war takes Joker to the darkest part of the human condition.
Apocalypse Now , 1979
Vietnam Francis Ford Coppola served as a pretext to adapt the magnificent novel by Joseph Conrad “Heart of Darkness” which is actually the outrages in colonial Africa in the late nineteenth century. Apocalypse Now is more than a war movie, it is an exercise of introspection in the darkest of human beings, represented by the unforgettable Colonel Kurtz Marlon Brando, hidden in the jungle with his own army, which must find and kill the captain Willard (Martin Sheen). He won two Oscars, for Best Cinematography and Best Sound, and earned six nominations.
Platoon (Platoon), 1986
The director of Platoon, Oliver Stone, is a veteran of the own Vietnam War, where he was wounded twice and he devoted a trilogy that started with the Platoon own, starring Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe and Charlie Sheen. The film shows the atrocities against civilians may even commit a war. As the trailer says: “The first real casualty of a war is innocence.” He won four Oscars.
Born on the Fourth of July (Born July 4), 1989
Oliver Stone repeated the theme of Vietnam, but this time through the eyes of a war veteran paralyzed from the waist down. Starring Tom Cruise, the film shows the personal change of a young man who goes to war convinced of his ideals and back begins to question the values and politics that led him to Vietnam. He won two Oscars, including Best Director for second Stone.
The Thin Red Line (The Thin Red Line), 1998
The history of US military troops in the Battle of Guadalcanal against the Japanese during World War II served as the director Terrence Malick to build one of the most ambitious war films, with an ensemble cast that includes names such as Sean Penn, Adrien Brody, James Caviezel, George Clooney, John Cusack, Woody Harrelson, Jared Leto, Nick Nolte, John C. Reilly, John Travolta, and John Savage, and alternating the violence of war with the beauty of the landscape and the peace of local residents, outside the conflict.He earned seven Oscar nominations, but won none.
Saving Private Ryan (Saving Private Ryan), 1998
Steven Spielberg directed the great epic war in recent decades that also starts with perhaps the best scene of battle of all time: the graphic and realistic assault on Omaha Beach during the Normandy landings during the Second World War.
The story mission of Captain John H. Miller (Tom Hanks) and seven men in search of a paratrooper Private James Francis Ryan (Matt Damon), who has lost three brothers in combat. The script is based on the true story of eight children who died in the Civil War.
Saving Private Ryan he was nominated for eleven Academy Awards and won for Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Editing and Best Director for Spielberg.
Flags of Our Fathers , 2006
An image can change the perspective of a conflict influencing public opinion. This happened with the photograph of American soldiers raising the flag on a hill in Iwo Jima, taken by Joe Rosenthal during World War II. This episode and its subsequent use advertising are the center of this film directed by Clint Eastwood who led this project in parallel with another film on the same episode, but told from the Japanese side: Letters from Iwo Jima.
The Hurt Locker , 2008
The latest movie from our list portrays the activities of a panel EOD off charge of explosives during the Iraq War and led by the impetuous Sergeant William James (Jeremy Renner). He won six Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director for Kathryn Bigelow, although some veterans of the Iraq War described it as implausible.