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5 military films you need to watch

5 military films you need to watch

There's nothing like a good movie to bring people together. Whether you're chatting to mates in person or looking for a topic to get people talking in the chat room or on the forum, films are a great way to go.

No matter what your tastes, there's bound to be a movie or a specific genre that you can really talk about. However, if you're in the Armed Forces, a veteran or just interested in the military, this is a genre of films that could really whet your appetite.

Military movies have a bit of everything: action, friendship and sometimes even romance, making them a great option, especially if you have an interest in the area.

Whether you love a good army flick or enjoy watching them to point out what they got wrong, here are five military movies you should watch:

Saving Private Ryan

When people say military film, you probably think almost instantly of Saving of Private Ryan. This 1998 movie starring Tom Hanks and Matt Damon has become a bit of classic due to its moving story as well as its amazing filming techniques, including the continuous shots of the D-Day landing, which many of the actors found especially harrowing.

The film follows Captain John H. Miller and a group of Rangers searching for paratrooper Private First Class James Francis Ryan who is missing in action. All three of Ryan's brothers were killed in action and the telegrams informing their mother of the deaths are being delivered on the same day, prompting the US War Department to order him to be sent home immediately.

What follows is a difficult journey for Captain Miller and his Rangers, with plenty of action and on-the-edge-of-your-seat moments.

Apocalypse Now

Another well-known movie has to be Apocalypse Now, which was filmed back in 1979 and set during the Vietnam War. Starring Marlon Brando and Harrison Ford, the movie is still great now, although a few scenes get a bit bloody.

It tells the story of Captain Benjamin L. Willard, played by Martin Sheen, as he leads a team to deal with Colonel Walter E. Kurtz (Marlon Brando), who has lost his mind and is commanding his own Montagnard troops as though he is a demi-god.

There's plenty of action in this film and if you haven't seen it already, you really need to.

Fury

The most recent movie on our list, Fury has an all-star cast, led by Brad Pitt, who plays US Army Staff Sergeant Don "Wardaddy" Collier. He commands an Easy Eight tank named Fury, along with its five-man crew as they work as part of the final Allied push into Nazi Germany towards the end of World War Two. 

This film shows the camaraderie between the team and how close they have become while serving together, while also featuring some great fight scenes. There's also plenty of emotion so you'll find that the film has a bit of something for everyone.

Black Hawk Down

Directed by Ridley Scott and starring Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor and Eric Bana, Black Hawk Down is based on the book of the same name and covers the 1993 raid by the US military in Mogadishu, Somalia. 

The film follows the crew of a patrolling Black Hawk helicopter, commanded by Hartnett's character, which includes a young Private and McGregor's character, who is a desk clerk on his first field mission.

While the film was criticised by some, it is a good action movie with plenty to keep you occupied. It may divide opinion among you and your friends, so it's worth watching just for that.

The Dam Busters

This is an oldie but definitely a goody that you need to watch if you haven't already - or rewatch if it has been a while. The film tells the true story of Operation Chastise, which is when the RAF's 617 squadron attacked several dams in Germany in 1943 with revolutionary bouncing bombs.

Based on the book of the same name, the movie includes plenty of tension, emotion and celebratory moments. It may have been made back in 1955, but it's still great.


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