Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Favorite Army Themed Movies

Has a movie ever moved you to tears?  Prompted you to take action?  Told a story you were certain was meant for you?  Movies have a way of touching our lives, sometimes in unexpected ways.  There are many movies made about Army Soldiers and war ... some more accurate than others.  All of them help tell the story that is being an Army Family.  Do any of these movies resonate with you?  Tell your story?  Make you proud to be a Soldier or Army Family?  Frustrate you with inaccuracies? 

We asked our Facebook friends and Twitter followers about their favorite Army-themed movies. We've compiled a list of these favorites from our Army Families. Here is what we gathered from our audience:

  1. We Were Soldiers
  2. Platoon
  3. Saving Private Ryan
  4. Apocalypse Now
  5. Home of the Brave
  6. Black Hawk Down
  7. The Patriot
  8. The Big Red One
  9. The Hurt Locker
  10. GT Bilko
  11. Band of Brothers (series)
  12. In the Army Now
  13. Patton
  14. Stripes
  15. The Longest Day
The first several responses we received told us that "We Were Soldiers" was a top favorite.  "We Were Soldiers" is a 2002 American war film that dramatized the Battle of Ia Drang in November 1965, the first major engagement of United States military forces in the Vietnam War. Directed by Randall Wallace and starring Mel Gibson, it is based on the book We Were Soldiers Once… And Young by Lieutenant General (Ret.) Hal Moore and reporter Joseph L. Galloway, both of whom were at the battle.  Here is a trailer for the movie:

What are your favorite movies?  We'd love to hear from you!

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Anonymous said...

God, I teared up just watching that trailer. By far my favorite military movie is Band of Brothers. My husband and I caught an episode of it Saturday afternoon and were both moved to tears in a matter of minutes. I love movies like this and We Were Soldiers because it shines a light on the sacrifice, physically, mentally and emotionally, that these men and women make.

Anonymous said...

I just got done watching the movie made me cry because I have seen so many men and women with PTSD and this movie touches on it.

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