"Best 100 War Movies"

Tonight on C4 at 2120 is The Best 100 War Movies of All Time.

I'm a sucker for these silly "Best 100" things anyway, and I love war movies so that'll be me on the sofa until silly-o-clock.

I will let those who missed it know what the "experts" thought. I'm expecting Apocalypse Now and All's Quiet on the Western Front in the top ten.

Any other predictions? The wife's favourite war movie is The Guns of Navarone (don't ask). I suspect it might be in the 90's.

Ice Cold in Alex, top 20

Dambusters, top 10

let's not forget Zulu.
'Dirty Dozen'
'Buffalo Soldiers' (don't think this counts as a war film. More sgt bilko than anything else)
'Enemy at the Gate'

these are my wild cards! Place bets now!
zulu in top 5, zulu dawn 70s

thin red line didnt do too well in cinemas etc id say 40s

saving private ryan, how could we forget ! thats got to be in the top 10

band of brothers, if they allow it in, top 10
Great escape - No 1

Apocalypse Now - top 10
Platoon - top 10
FMJ - ditto
Saving Private Ryan - top 20
Tora Tora Tora - Top 30

Went the day well? Top 50 , but the poxy Eagle has landed will place higher.

Full Metal Jacket -Top 10

Cross of Iron - Top 5.

Battle of Britain -Top 10
The usual are going to be in the top 10 Apoclaypse Now, Saving Private Ryan, Platoon etc. Nice to see where movies such as Von Ryans Express is sitting, Zulu Bridge of Remegan. Oh well let us wait and see.
Is there going to be a website with the titles of these videos, so we can purchase them and add to the collection.

Cheers 2CB
Hill in Korea, and for those who can remember it, I GIVE YOU........

Corporal Murphys section, remember the 2 SUS sorry Russian squaddies in the trench getting taken out by Cpl Murphys cunning flanker. They don't half duck fast when the Charlie G on a string heads their way.

Other than that Battle of Britain, especially when the music goes a bit weird on the huge bombing raid on London.
Bet they don't show the Padres wanking machine :twisted:
Battle of Britain has to be in the top 10

Zulu top 20 at least ("they know my voice when they hear it") :D

The Longest Day top 10 (what a cast list)

The Sands of Iwo Jima top 50?

Waterloo top 30

Boys From Company C (featuring a youngish Lee Ermey jr. later the DS in Full Metal Jacket)

Oooh and The Battle of the Bulge just for the Panzerlied Scene

And Finally One of Our Aircraft is Missing
Sergei Eisenstein's "Ten Days That Shook The World." A pro-Bolshevik propaganda piece about the Bolshevik takeover of Russia. Terrific cinematography, however deplorable the message.

"Paths of Glory" Egomaniac incompetent French general frames four completely innocent soldiers on trumped-up cowardice charges after a boneheaded offensive fails. A youngish Kirk Douglas as the French infantry captain (trial lawyer in civilian life) who passionately, but unsuccessfully defends them. Produced by the brilliant Stanley Kubrick.

"The Caine Mutiny." Bogart played the neurotic captain of a USN destroyer-minesweeper in the Pacific, a mentally small man trapped in a job that proved bigger than he was. The script was flawed and inferior to the Herman Wouk novel, but interesting nevertheless.

"Dr. Strangelove." Another Kubrick film. A satire on the national security state. SAC base commander goes off his rocker and dispatches his B-52 bombers to attack the USSR. Peter Sellers was fantastic as an RAF officer seconded to SAC as the loony commander's aide, and the president of the United States, and as Dr. Strangelove.

The latter character was a conflation (so I've read) of the RAND Corporation's Herman Kahn and Henry Kissinger, then a name unheard of outside of national security circles.
How the hell is the 'English Patient' a War Film?

The only reason 'Come and See' is sitting out there in the wilderness, is because not enough people have seen it. Makes 'Cross of Iron' look pale.

Nice to see Stalingrad made the list too.
A Bridge Too Far
Boys of Company C
Henry V
Saving Pvt Ryan
Carve Her Name with Pride
All Quiet on the Western Front
We were Soldiers

Erich Marie Remarque humanised war by giving the 'Enemy' life.

Viollete Szabo-Truly brave; she gave up so much more than her life.

We Were Soldiers- Harold Moore.......tells half a story but enough.
It was only 100-50 last night.

It was strange, because you had films like The Big Red One in the 90's and stuff like The English Patient and Von Ryan's Express rubbing shoulders in the 70's. Come and See and Stalingrad should be in the top fifty in my humble.

Odd mix of commentators; heavyweights like Anthony Beevor contrasted with leftie veterans like Bonnie Greer and David Aaronovitch talking arrse. And, of course, they had to summon the socialist mummy that is Tony Benn to comment on the Battle of Algiers and how it is "so redolent of Iraq" zzzzzz. Basically, lefty journos got more input on esoteric anti-war stuff than the directors or historians.

Nonetheless, it was better than the average "best of" programme. Interested to see the top fifty. If Saving Private Ryan makes the top twenty, however, I'll puke.

Murielson said:
Can't Believe they included Casablanca (is it a war film as such?) and the bloody Escape To Victory, Stallone was as wooden as a railway sleeper.
And yet they missed out the likes of Theirs is The Glory, which used the real veterans from Arnhem filmed a year after the event in Arnhem and oosterbeek. The Final Scene with the two lads in an empty billet is quite moving.
And they also missed the likes of The Cockleshell Heroes, The Way Ahead, Guns of Batasi, Tunes of Glory, Sea of Sand, Flying Tigers, Midway, Green Beret (Mr Sulu of star trek fame "we Kill All Stinking Cong" :D ).
Maybe we Should do an Arrse 100?
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