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Poll: Of these nominated films, which is your favorite? (23 member(s) have cast votes)

Of these nominated films, which is your favorite?

  1. Band of Brothers (7 votes [30.43%])

    Percentage of vote: 30.43%

  2. The Battle of Britain (2 votes [8.70%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.70%

  3. Cross of Iron (2 votes [8.70%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.70%

  4. Dambusters (1 votes [4.35%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.35%

  5. Das Boot (4 votes [17.39%])

    Percentage of vote: 17.39%

  6. Downfall (Der Untergang) (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  7. The Great Escape (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  8. Kelly's Heroes (2 votes [8.70%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.70%

  9. The Longest Day (2 votes [8.70%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.70%

  10. The Pianist (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  11. Saving Private Ryan (3 votes [13.04%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.04%

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#1 downfall1983

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Posted 07 November 2006 - 02:19 AM

List of World War 2 Movies

Here's a link to a list of all the World War 2 movies ever produced and from there, we'll discuss, mudsling, debate, argue and collectively choose the 10 most worthy ww2 films ever made.

Anyone want to participate?
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#2 MARNE

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Posted 07 November 2006 - 04:36 AM

Heres my ten:

1.) "Battleground"- probably THE most authentic WWII movie ever produced. (1949)
2.) "To Hell and Back"- Hey, I'm a sucker for the 3rd Infantry Division, more over Lt. Audie L. Murphy. (1955)
3.) "The Story of G.I. Joe- Awesome film with Ernie Pyle. (1945)
4.) "Guadalcanal Diary"- Great film on the Guadalcanal campaign. (1943)
5.) "Go For Broke"- Excellent film on the Japanese-American troops of WWII. (1951)
6.) "30 Seconds Over Tokyo"- Fantastic film on the Doolittle Raid. (1944)
7.) "Wake Island"- Excellent film. (1942)
8.) "Red Ball Express"- Great film on the lesser known importance of the truck drivers of the Red Ball Express and how well they kept the frontline units supplied. (1952)
9.) "Sink The Bismarck!"- Excellent film, on the clash of the Royal Navy with the Battleship Bismarck. (1960)
10.) "Hell Is For Heroes"- Awesome film, Steve McQueen, definitely plays the hardcore bad-ass veteran Infantryman. (1962)

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#3 Lord of War

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Posted 07 November 2006 - 12:22 PM

tough one, but I'll give it a shot...

1. Saving Private Ryan
2. Talvisota (The Winter War)
3. Schindler's List
4. The Thin Red Line
5. The Pianist
6. Kelly's Heroes
7. Das Boot
8. Rukajärven Tie (Ambush)
9. Where Eagles dare
10. Der Untergang (Downfall)

that was VERY hard!!!
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Posted 07 November 2006 - 01:11 PM

1. Guadalcanal Diary
2. Thirty seconds over Tokyo
3. Story of G.I. Joe
4. 12 O-Clock High
5. The Dam Busters
6. Dunkirk
7. Ten Seconds to Hell
8. Hell is for Heros
9. Catch 22
10. King Rat (not listed)
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Posted 07 November 2006 - 01:20 PM

OK, here goes ! No excuses, no arguments and no particular order ; these are the ones I like best ! ;)

The Dam Busters
Saving Private Ryan
Das Boot
The Bridge At Remagen
Western Approaches
Ice Cold In Alex
12 o'clock High
Where Eagles Dare
Battle Of Britain
Downfall

I'd happily sit down and watch any of them this evening..... Posted Image
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Posted 07 November 2006 - 11:59 PM

I am surprised that you did not include 633 Squadron Martin ! That had some good flying footage.
My favorites would be;
Catch 22
Das Boat
Kelly's Heros
Saving Private Ryan
Enemy at the Gate
Stalingrad
The Great Escape
Battle of Britain
(not wwII but good anyway) All Quiet on the Western front. original version
King Rat
Sink the Bismark
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#7 Martin Bull

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Posted 08 November 2006 - 07:54 AM

633 has great flying footage, but even the most devout enthusiast has to admit that the script, love-story, etc is quite embarrassing. Sadly, a few terrific flying sequences do not a great film make..... :(
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#8 downfall1983

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Posted 08 November 2006 - 04:55 PM

does anyone know Merry Christmas, Mr.Lawrence?
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Posted 12 November 2006 - 02:21 AM

My top 3 as I haven't seen a ton.

1.Saving Private Ryan
2.Patton
3.Band of Brothers (I know it was not a movie but was just as good and realistic as one.)

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Posted 12 November 2006 - 08:28 AM

Ok, my list

1. Saving private Ryan ( the invasion part )
2. Das Boot
3. Winter War ( Finnish film )
4. Stalingrad
5. Downfall
6. Come and see
7. Enemy at the gates
8. Schindler
9. The bridge ( Die Brücke )
10. Dark Blue world
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#11 Martin Bull

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Posted 12 November 2006 - 09:43 AM

Originally posted by downfall1983:
does anyone know Merry Christmas, Mr.Lawrence?

I've seen it only once, on TV, a few years ago. It's well-known for starring David Bowie in the leading role, and it's based on a book by Laurens van der Post.

I thought it was actually quite good, but POW films aren't really my cup of tea....
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#12 hamburg

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Posted 12 November 2006 - 04:46 PM

In no particular order:
1. Unknown soldier (winter war - excellent book also)
2. Talvisota (The Winter War)
3. Saving private Ryan
4. The longest day
5. The bridge too far
6. To end all wars
7. The Caine mutiny
8. Dam busters
9. Das boot
10. They were expendable
Not exactly a film but excellent non the less Theirs is the glory.

Other excellent war movies Black hawk down, We were soldiers, Paths of glory, Platoon

I read the book The bridge and would like to see the movie. Anyone have any idea where I can find it?

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#13 Martin Bull

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Posted 12 November 2006 - 05:09 PM

Doh ! Posted Image

How could I forget 'A Bridge Too Far' !? Better make mine a 'Top 11'.... redface.gif
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#14 downfall1983

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Posted 12 November 2006 - 08:11 PM

Originally posted by TA152:
I am surprised that you did not include 633 Squadron Martin ! That had some good flying footage.
My favorites would be;
Catch 22
Das Boat
Kelly's Heros
Saving Private Ryan
Enemy at the Gate
Stalingrad
The Great Escape
Battle of Britain
(not wwII but good anyway) All Quiet on the Western front. original version
King Rat
Sink the Bismark

I'm surprise The Great Escape has been mentioned only once despite the fact this film is very well-known in comparison to other ww2 films. That said, my list is this.

1.Saving Private Ryan
2.Stalag 17 (gotta love the comedy & camaraderie in this)
3.The Great Escape
4.Das Boot
5.The Dirty Dozen
6.The Thin Red Line
7.Silent Night (a feel good canadian made Christmas ww2 movie, you gotta see it!)
8.The Bridge at Remagen
9.Where Eagles Dare
10.Downfall
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Posted 12 November 2006 - 08:45 PM

How about "The Bridge on the River Kwai"? I like it.

Oh and also "Casablanca". I know it is a love movie. But the scene where they sing "Le Marsaillaise" is amazing.
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Posted 13 November 2006 - 02:05 PM

The Caine Mutiny is a good one also. Thanks Hamburg. graemlins/salute.gif
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Posted 04 January 2007 - 08:34 PM

Stalag 17
Sands of Iwo Jima
Longest Day
Tora Tora Tora
Downfall
Croix De Fer (Iron Cross)
And as has been said before, not WW2 but the original All Quiet is fantastic
Saving Private Ryan
The Battle of Britian

All in no particular order

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Posted 04 January 2007 - 09:59 PM

Stalag 17
The Great Escape
Band of Brothers
Saving Private Ryan
Das Boot
To Hell and Back
Hell is for Heroes
The Dirty Dozen
Kelly's Heroes
Battleground

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Posted 30 January 2007 - 11:12 AM

My favorite film re WW2 is the documentry "Victory At Sea". Not the 26 part TV version but the superbly edited cinema version,with the commentry spoken by Alexander Scourby. Rarely see today but deeply moving.
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Posted 03 February 2007 - 12:37 PM

1.The Dam Busters
2.Ice Cold in Alex
3.The Longest Day
4.Angels One-Five
5.Went the Day Well?
6.They Were Expendable
7.Sands of Iwo Jima
8. The Battle of Britain
9. Dunkirk
10. The Halls of Montezuma
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Posted 03 February 2007 - 09:07 PM

*Come and see
*Theirs is the Glory.
*Cross of Iron.
*Ice cold In Alex.
*Went the day well?.
*Das Boot.
*Kelly's Heroes.
*Catch 22.
*Bridge on the River Kwai.
*The Cruel Sea.

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 04:33 AM

May as well have a go.

1. Saving Private Ryan

2. Schindler's List

3. The Downfall

4. Enemy at the Gates

5. Empire of the Sun

6. The Pianist

7. Carve Her Name With Pride

8. The Thin Red line

9. Flags of our Fathers

10 Battle Of Britain


Special mention for Band of Brothers, about as good as most on the list.

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 02:36 PM

Ten is just plain too few for a "Best" list for me. I could never do it. However, a worst thread could immeadiately drum up quite a few titles. Some of which are very recent.
1. The Last Drop (Micheal Madsen has lost all favor with me)
2. Saints and Soldiers (too slow)
3. The Great Raid (so slow it made Firefox look like Dusk Till Dawn)
4. Thin Red Line (too much sean penn)
5. Windtalkers (probably because it stars nicholas cage)
6. Pearl Harbor (affleck just sucks in anything, not to mention those B 25's in the Tokyo raid)
7. Flags of Our Fathers (I just did not like it for the kind of movie that it was) etc, etc, etc,......

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Posted 11 February 2007 - 07:50 PM

1. DOWNFALL

2. Das Boot (The Boat)

3. Stalingrad

4. Cross of Iron

5. The Longest Day

6. Sink the Bismark

7. Battle Of Britain

8. The Pianist

9. Schindler's List

10. The bridge too far

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Posted 11 February 2007 - 10:19 PM

Pearl Harbor...take yer "Sweetie" for a joy ride in a government plane? Yeah right. (same for Flyboys) Those B-25s "4" 500 lb ers (each plane) exploded at least 3 times each.
Wind talkers...A hidden battery of 8-inch guns on a hill-top? Takes alot of shrubbery to hide a heavy cruiser.
In Harms Way...filmed entirely in the bathtub, though the part where Kirk Douglass slapped that Senators aid was good.
Anzio...every reason there is.
Back to Bataan...One squad holds off the Japanese army.
Dishonorable mention
Raid on Rommel...
Guns of Navarone...
Flying Leathernecks...P-51s as Japanese?
Battle of the Bulge... Good actors, Lousy history.
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