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These are the 15 best war films

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Over the past few decades, countless war films have been made about the two world wars, the Korean War and the fighting in Vietnam. In recent years, numerous films have been added about the theaters of war in the Gulf region. In the spirit of Francis Ford Coppola, who said that all war films are anti-war films, we have compiled a list of war films that are well worth seeing.

Hacksaw Ridge: The Decision (2017)

Mel Gibson's Oscar-nominated war film is based on a true story. Young Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield) signed up for military service during World War II in 1942, but refused to carry a gun and kill other people because of his Christian beliefs. He was therefore used as a medic in the Pacific, where he was wounded several times. After the war he received the Medal of Honor in recognition of the high risk he had taken to save his comrades.

Lone Survivor (2013)

Four Navy SEALs were hired to kill an Afghan terrorist leader in June 2005. They are ambushed and attacked by 250 heavily armed Taliban. The film is based on the stories of the Afghanistan veteran Marcus Luttrell, who wrote his story (as a co-author) in the bestseller Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 processed.

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

The focus of the plot is the hunt for the leadership of Al-Qaida after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The elite troop Navy Seals Team 6, consisting of a special unit of the CIA and members of the military, is supposed to find Osama bin Laden and bring him to account. The film made a lot of political waves because it was released shortly before the US presidential election and was classified by the Republican as propaganda for Obama. The shooting was not without incident either. For security reasons, the film had to be shot in India, which provoked the protests of a group of Indian nationalists who felt that their sense of national honor had been violated by the portrayal of their arch enemy Pakistan on Indian territory. By the way, Osama Bin Laden is played by young actor Ricky Sekhon in Zero Dark Thirty.

Restrepo (2010)

Restrepo is a war documentary about a US Army outpost in the Afghan Korengal Valley, a stronghold of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. The two directors Sebastian Junge and Tim Hetherington accompanied a platoon of the 173rd US Airborne Brigade on their missions for more than a year and filmed the dangerous everyday life of the ground troops. Incidentally, Restrepo is the name of the US outpost and means Valley of death. Because nowhere else in Afghanistan were more US soldiers killed than in this valley.

Deadly Command - The Hurt Locker (2008)

The Hurt Locker is about elite soldiers from a bomb clearance squad in Iraq who are deployed in particularly risky areas. Death is the constant companion of the troops. Lone fighter Staff Sergeant William James (Jeremy Renner) becomes the new commander of the troops after the death of his predecessor and drives his team into a dangerous game of cat and mouse. Director Kathryn Bigelow received an Oscar, BAFTA and DGA for Best Director, making her the first woman to win this award for a film.

Waltz with Bashir (2008)

Waltz With Bashir is an award-winning animation documentary that embeds real conversations in a fictionalized narrative. It was made by Israeli director Ari Folman, who interviewed veterans from the Lebanon war, as he himself has no memories of that time. With every interlocutor, not only does another piece of the past come back, his own connection to the Sabra and Shatila massacre also becomes clearer and clearer.

Jarhead (2005)

The anti-war film by the British director Sam Mendes is based on the memoirs of the former US marine Anthony Swofford, who grew up on a military base, and his memories in 2003 under the title Jarhead - A Marine’s Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles vpublished. Jarhead means Leather neck and in colloquial military jargon refers to a marine infantryman. The young and inexperienced Anthony Swofford (Jake Gyllenhaal) was one of those jarheads. After the training camp, he will go to Iraq for the operation Desert Shield Assigned to the Gulf War and experienced the horrors of the Iraq War there.

Black Hawk Down (2001)

Mogadishu in October 1993: US soldiers are tasked with weakening the corrupt clan chief Mohamed Aidid and are supposed to kidnap two of his important generals. The mission turns into a fiasco - 18 soldiers and more than 1,000 Somalis lose their lives. Black Hawk Down tells the story of those soldiers who were shot down in their helicopters and who were attacked by militias and civilians after their emergency landing in the city. Director Ridley Scott emphasized authenticity and had the actors trained before filming.

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Also Stephen Spielberg's war film The soldier James Ryan is inspired by a true story. John Miller (Tom Hanks) and his comrades were sent behind enemy lines in France in 1944. You are supposed to find the parachutist James Ryan (Matt Damon) and bring him to safety in order to save his mother's last son. The war drama became one of the most successful war films, with grossing nearly $ 500 million.

The Thin Line (1988)

"The Narrow Ridge" is the film adaptation of the authentic novel by James Jones, which describes the six-month battle between the Americans and the Japanese over hill 209 on the island of Guadalcanal east of New Guinea in 1942/43. Facts are of secondary importance in director Terrence Malick's work, but rather the question of fate and the absurdities of life. The plot is about the soldier Witt (Jim Caviezel), who fled to a small island in Melanesia in the course of the fighting, where he lived like in paradise. But unfortunately this idyll comes to an abrupt end with the appearance of First Sergeant Welsh (Sean Penn). Witt has to go back to his unit.

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

The film is considered to be one of the best anti-war films to date and impressively shows the horrors of the Vietnam War. At the center of the plot is the young soldier Joker (Matthew Modine) who, after a brutal training, is fighting for survival with his platoon in Vietnam. Full metal jacket was one of Stanley Kubrick's last masterpieces. Kubrick's implementation is still valid today alongside Michael Ciminos Those who go through hell, Francis Ford Coppolas Apocalypse Now and Oliver Stones Platoon as one of the best and most realistic approaches to the Vietnam War.

Platoon (1986)

Platoon shows the excesses of the Vietnam War and its devastating effect on soldiers. Directed by Oliver Stone, who himself served in Vietnam and with this war film processed his own experiences and trauma. The preparations for the shoot were therefore rather unusual: In a two-week intensive training session, the hard life was simulated in a platoon and war-like situations were played out. The actors got military haircuts, were not allowed to shower, had to sleep in the jungle and the food supplies were rationed.

The Boat (1981)

The German blockbuster is about the crew of the submarine U96, which in 1941 received an order to destroy English transport ships. However, the mission develops into a claustrophobic nightmare in which the crew continually struggles with fears of death. The main protagonists are war correspondent Werner (Herbert Grönemeyer) and Commander Kaleun (Jürgen Prochnow). The story is made up, but the captain of the real U-96, Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock, was involved in the film as an advisor. At 32 million DM, the film was one of the most expensive German films, as two models of the submarine were recreated according to original plans. One of the models is still on display in Bavaria Filmstadt near Munich.

Apocalypse Now (1979)

The shooting of Francis Ford Coppola's psychedelic Vietnam film was marked by chaos and mishaps. Typhoons destroyed the equipment, Marlon Brando's role had to be completely rewritten because of his weight gain, and a heart attack by Martin Sheen ultimately drove Coppola to almost financial and spiritual ruin. Despite all odds, Coppola made one of the best anti-war films of all time. The focus of the story is military policeman Captain Willard (Martin Sheen), who is supposed to liquidate the US military Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando) who has been declared insane. Of Apocalypse Now There is both a theatrical version and a longer version under the title Apocalypse Now Redux. This longer version also shows chapters that are not included in the theatrical version.

Who Go Through Hell (1979)

Three friends go through the Vietnamese hell. The Russian-born Americans Mike (Robert De Niro), Nick (Christopher Walken) and Steven (John Savage) register for deployment in Vietnam and are taken prisoner of war. Although they manage to escape, they are separated again and Steven is seriously injured. Only two return badly drawn. Despite its great success, the war film caused considerable controversy. In particular, the scene of Russian roulette and the tuning of God Bless America at the end of the film many felt bitter.

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