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Old 01-30-2020, 09:51 AM
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No love for "Act of Valor"?
That was pretty good IMO, but not in my top 3. Uncommon Valor with Gene Hackman, Randall Tex Cobb & Patrick Swayze was a real good movie though that would make my top 10. Like I said before, narrowing it down to 3 movies is pretty tough, even when it's a top 10 I have to leave out a lot of movies & T.V. shows I like.
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It didn't stop the car....it made them decide it was a good idea to stop.

But it is pretty likely. There are a dozen wires, vacuum hoses etc on the intake of any modern engine that if broken will stop that engine running like turning off a switch. It would be hard to shoot an engine with anything and not stop it these days.
Except the "single shot to the engine block" line from the movie makes it sound like block damage was the reason. That was the silly part. Other scenarios you propose, sure, they're likely outcomes, including the first one of mere psychological effect.

It's not a big deal...that line just made me roll my eyes.

I saw a video of a running F-150 take multiple hits from a .50 BMG. It took two or three to kill it.
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Old 01-31-2020, 12:05 AM
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The Bridges at Toko-Ri, based on the novel my Michener, who was a war correspondent on the Essex and Mighty O during the Korean War. WWII pilots went back to the States, started families, and then got called up to fly ground support in the armpit of the world.
When you're with other guys and someone gets scared, you can benefit from a kind of group courage and a sense of duty to the group. Your knees might start knocking, and you feel the willies crawling up your spine, but you keep moving because everyone else is moving.
Flying old fuel guzzling 1st gen jets off of a carrier is bad enough, but flying anti-aircraft suppression missions by yourself, knowing that if you take a hit you'll be captured by people who will torture or kill you, and having to worry about what will happen to your family, and doing it alone, is a different kind of war.
Great footage and great old B&W movie.
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I'm not that much into historical accuracy than entertainment, so...

Heartbreak Ridge
The Unit

Those two I can go back quite often and not get bored, even if I know what happens next.
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Does Star Wars count ? The empire and rebels had a military.

Seriously top 3.

Lone survivor

Enemy at the gates

Apocalypse Now


Honorable mention to


Stripes

MASH

And full metal jacket.
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THE BAD

We Were Soldiers: "Broken arrow!!!" and all the bad guys get blown away. Then the battle gets won by a Huey and a couple of miniguns. There have been lots of hokey war movies, but this is the hokiest. Like Hal Moore writing his Vietnam memoirs after drinking a fifth of Jack, forgetting to take his Alzheimer's medication, and watching a week of "Gunsmoke" reruns.
Sorry you didn't enjoy the film, but from all accounts it's an accurate, and factual portrayal of the events.

By the way, just because his unit escaped the ambush intact (mostly) doesn't mean the "battle gets won". Basically the U.S. Army got caught with it's pants down, and narrowly escaped. They pretty much walked into a hornets nest that day, unknowing.

So sorry you're upset the good guys got away...
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Extremely hard to narrow down to just three... There have been several that I think were well made enough to be in my top list. All of them cover the basics of the story itself, the characters in it, the effects that make it look or sound realistic enough to convey what they are going through well... No order in particular.

Lone Survivor
Blackhawk Down.
We Were Soldiers.
Bat 21
Danger Close
Band of Brothers.
Saving Private Ryan
Enemy at the Gates
Dunkirk
Schindler's List
The Rough Riders
The Patriot
Master and Commander
Zulu.


I'm also partial to the older WWII movies. They weren't as well made, the effects suck (by today's standards) and they had a mission to pump up the public with optimism, but the story is often quite good, and almost always entertaining. The best among these...

Kelly's Heroes. Great adventure during war, great cast, pretty good effects for the time.

Also liked,

They Were Expendable
Heaven Knows Mr. Allison
Wake Island
Bataan
12 O'Clock High
Where Eagles Dare
Hell in the Pacific
The Great Escape
Patton
To Hell, and Back


If you need a laugh,

Operation Petticoat
Father Goose

TV series,

Combat
Tour of Duty
China Beach
Black Sheep Squadron
Rat Patrol


If you need a laugh,

Mchale's Navy
Hogan's Heroes
Mash


Lately I've been watching Seal Team, and it's pretty good. I like the balance of the team, and how they interact, especially with the chain of command. Wee all know that to be the most frustrating part of serving, even if you're not in a special ops unit.

The Final Countdown was mentioned. I love the hell out of that movie. However, with the time travel component, I'll put that in the sci-fi category.


If you reallly need just 3, I'm gonna have to pick the ones I just happen to personally enjoy the most.

1. Kelley's Heroes.
2. Zulu.
3. Bat 21.
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Too many good flix to list but I can toss out my fave 3
1. The longest Day (black and white version)
2. Bridge over the River Kwai
3. Dirty Dozen.

Honorable mentions:
Platoon
We were solders
Band Of Brothers (includes Pacific)
Starship Troopers (you didn't say it had to be realistic)
Stripes

TV shows:
Mash
Hogan's Heroes
Black Sheep Squadron (baa baa black sheep)
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Whoa! I forgot about Where Eagles Dare. Close 4th place.
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Range 15

In the army now

Major Payne

All 3 movies really nail down what the military is like
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Stripes.

An Army movie for the Ages...

When it came out, I saw the premier in a theater completely full of Soldiers & military families. We damn near incurred real life casualties from laughing so hard.

The Bedford Incident

Cold War naval epic... with a superlative cast.

Ulzana's Raid

Small unit action in the late 19th Century Apache Wars. One of Burt Lancaster's better performances. A film about chess moves on the battlefield, tribal warfare, and mentorship.

Waterloo

Probably the the most ambitiously successful war movie ever made (in terms of scale, numbers of extras, and cinematography).
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No Hacksaw Ridge?
Was that labeled as controversial because he was a conscious objector and I missed it?
A couple of my favs I didn't see mentioned: Where Eagles Dare and Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence. Also does it need to be an American war? Because The Last Samurai would be near the top of my list along with The Hunt For Red October.
TV series - Of course MASH but also China Beach and Tour Of Duty
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When i picked mash I was speaking of the movie. The TV show was ok. The movie was great.
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The Best Years of Our Lives - Hands down my favorite war movie. It's about coming home and readjusting. I never fully appreciated it until I redeployed the first time in 04. For vets and their families, you'll see parts of yourself. It's a good movie for anyone but really hits home in a good way. You won't regret seeing it.

Two other war movies not about combat are:

Taking Chance - I've done both CAO & CNO. Can't watch with a dry eye and without a drink
Mr Roberts - funny movie about the mind-numbing side of war when nothing is going on
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Just remembered another favorite... The Devils Brigade.
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"Military", well, it'd have to be:

- Apocalypse Now
- Full Metal Jacket
- Private Ryan

...but Do have to give fav-props to Black Hawk, Hacksaw Ridge, Big Red One, Platoon.. and Fury... Well done..

..and, while not "US Military" (which I think was the 'premise' of the OP..) if we're delving into 'War', in general, then..

#1 slot, for me, Always goes to Braveheart.. ('liberties taken', etc, and-all..) Love the History and actual backstory, but Gibson made it fun (..still Lol at David O'Hara's 'Stephen' and ya Gotta Love them Broadswords...

- Last of the Mohicans / The Patriot, Honorable Mentions, and in the 'War-related' (but not about War..) cat, all-time-Fave will always be Dances with Wolves...

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Apocalypse now
attack force z
siege of firebase gloria
go tell the spartans
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#1 slot, for me, Always goes to Braveheart.. ('liberties taken', etc, and-all..) Love the History and actual backstory, but Gibson made it fun (..still Lol at David O'Hara's 'Stephen' and ya Gotta Love them Broadswords...
Yup.

Robert the Bruce was my x23rd grandfather.

And yeah, terrible historical movie, great war movie.
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the great escape
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The Best Years of Our Lives - Hands down my favorite war movie. It's about coming home and readjusting. I never fully appreciated it until I redeployed the first time in 04. For vets and their families, you'll see parts of yourself. It's a good movie for anyone but really hits home in a good way. You won't regret seeing it.

Mr Roberts - funny movie about the mind-numbing side of war when nothing is going on

Thanks for bringing these two up.

The Best Years of our lives is an amazing movie. it's real, solid acting and touches those of us who came back. I highly recommend it.

Mr. Roberts is great too. Love the liberty part and well, the end sorta sucked but hey, that's war.
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