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Zeldar
05-31-2015, 05:11 PM
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For background check these threads:

http://boards.academicpursuits.us/sdmb/showthread.php?t=757774
Best All-Time Military Movies -- Pre-Poll Data Gathering
05-25-2015, 07:38 PM

http://boards.academicpursuits.us/sdmb/showthread.php?t=757956
Your favorite/best War Movies Prior to 1940
05-27-2015, 10:18 PM

http://boards.academicpursuits.us/sdmb/showthread.php?t=758055
Your favorite/best War Movies Prior to 1940 -- Part 2
05-29-2015, 07:31 AM

http://boards.academicpursuits.us/sdmb/showthread.php?t=758138
Your favorite/best War Movies From the 1990s
05-30-2015, 04:17 AM

http://boards.academicpursuits.us/sdmb/showthread.php?t=758190
Your favorite/best War Movies From the 1970s
05-30-2015, 09:08 PM

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The Big Red One http://imdb.com/title/tt0080437/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 (1980)
Breaker Morant http://imdb.com/title/tt0080310/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 (1980)
Kagemusha http://imdb.com/title/tt0080979/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 (1980)
Das Boot http://imdb.com/title/tt0082096/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 (1981)
Excalibur http://imdb.com/title/tt0082348/ (1981)
Gallipoli http://imdb.com/title/tt0082432/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 (1981)
Stripes http://imdb.com/title/tt0083131/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 (1981)
Don't Cry, It's Only Thunder http://imdb.com/title/tt0083843/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 (1982)
An Officer and a Gentleman http://imdb.com/title/tt0084434/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 (1982)
Oro, Plata, Mata http://imdb.com/title/tt0086056/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 (1982)
Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence http://imdb.com/title/tt0085933/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 (1983)
The Right Stuff http://imdb.com/title/tt0086197/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 (1983)
WarGames http://imdb.com/title/tt0086567/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 (1983)
Red Dawn http://imdb.com/title/tt0087985/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 (1984)
A Soldier's Story http://imdb.com/title/tt0088146/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 (1984)
The Burmese Harp http://imdb.com/title/tt0088810/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2 (1985)
Come and See http://imdb.com/title/tt0091251/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 (1985)
Ran http://imdb.com/title/tt0089881/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 (1985)
Revolution http://imdb.com/title/tt0089913/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2 (1985)
Heartbreak Ridge http://imdb.com/title/tt0091187/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 (1986)
Iron Eagle http://imdb.com/title/tt0091278/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 (1986)
Platoon http://imdb.com/title/tt0091763/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 (1986)
Top Gun http://imdb.com/title/tt0092099/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 (1986)
Empire of the Sun http://imdb.com/title/tt0092965/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 (1987)
Full Metal Jacket http://imdb.com/title/tt0093058/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 (1987)
Good Morning, Vietnam http://imdb.com/title/tt0093105/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 (1987)
Hamburger Hill http://imdb.com/title/tt0093137/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 (1987)
The Lighthorsemen http://imdb.com/title/tt0093416/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 (1987)
Bat*21 http://imdb.com/title/tt0094712/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 (1988)
The Beast (aka The Beast of War) http://imdb.com/title/tt0094716/?ref_=nv_sr_1 (1988)
Grave of the Fireflies http://imdb.com/title/tt0095327/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 (1988)
84C Mopic http://imdb.com/title/tt0096744/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 (1989)
Born on the Fourth of July http://imdb.com/title/tt0096969/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 (1989)
Casualties of War http://imdb.com/title/tt0097027/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 (1989)
Farewell to the King http://imdb.com/title/tt0097334/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 (1989)
Glory http://imdb.com/title/tt0097441/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 (1989)
Henry V (Kenneth Branagh) http://imdb.com/title/tt0097499/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 (1989)
Talvisota (the Winter War) http://imdb.com/title/tt0098437/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 (1989)
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If you feel we have omitted a great War Movie from the 1980's then mention it/them and
if we have enough additional titles we may have a follow-up poll for the decade.

crypto
05-31-2015, 05:29 PM
The list begins and ends with Das Boot.

I voted for more, but Das Boot is one of the very best movies ever made. Period.

Elendil's Heir
05-31-2015, 05:32 PM
Gotta be Breaker Morant. One of my all-time favorite films of any genre. Witty script, great acting, gripping courtroom drama, exciting battle scenes, beautiful cinematography, poetry and even a dash of tragic romance. Still a masterpiece.

Some favorite dialogue:

"They lack our altruism, sir." "Quite."
"Agitated, sir."
"You couldn't lie straight in bed."
"Visiting?" "Visiting?" "Visiting?"
"Well, I did say he's a minor poet."
"They say a slice off a cut loaf's never missed, sir."
"Scapegoats of the Empire!"
"No, thanks. I'm a pagan too."

And of course, one of the best lines in movie history:

"Shoot straight, you bastards! Don't make a mess of it!"

Hail Ants
05-31-2015, 08:36 PM
A great many on that list, Stripes, WarGames, Excalibur, The Right Stuff, An Officer and a Gentleman, Henry V, Good Morning Vietnam etc. are not at all what I'd consider 'war movies'.

kopek
05-31-2015, 10:19 PM
Since we're talking favorite and not best that one was easy -- under Rule 3-0-3. ;)

Zeldar
05-31-2015, 10:20 PM
A great many on that list, Stripes, WarGames, Excalibur, The Right Stuff, An Officer and a Gentleman, Henry V, Good Morning Vietnam etc. are not at all what I'd consider 'war movies'.

At least one voter on at least one movie agrees with you:

Stripes 4 20.00%
WarGames 3 15.00%
Excalibur 1 5.00%
The Right Stuff 6 30.00%
An Officer and a Gentleman 0 0%
Henry V (Kenneth Branagh) 7 35.00%
Good Morning, Vietnam 5 25.00%
etc. are not at all what I'd consider 'war movies''


They still voted, though. :)

terentii
06-01-2015, 02:12 AM
The only reason I didn't vote for Das Boot was because I had to get both Breaker Morant and Gallipoli in my top five. But I see my vote wouldn't have mattered much anyway.

DrDeth
06-01-2015, 02:22 AM
A great many on that list, Stripes, WarGames, Excalibur, The Right Stuff, An Officer and a Gentleman, Henry V, Good Morning Vietnam etc. are not at all what I'd consider 'war movies'.

Well, and many of those that were about war were anti-war movies.

Zeldar
06-01-2015, 09:17 AM
Here's close to the latest breakdown of the whole set:


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View Poll Results: Your favorite/best War Movies From the 1980s -- Vote for up to SEVEN
This poll will close on 06-30-2015 at 04:19 PM

Das Boot 26 60.47%
Full Metal Jacket 22 51.16%
Platoon 15 34.88%
Glory 14 32.56%
Breaker Morant 12 27.91%

Henry V (Kenneth Branagh) 11 25.58%
The Right Stuff 10 23.26%
Good Morning, Vietnam 10 23.26%
Stripes 9 20.93%
Empire of the Sun 9 20.93%

Gallipoli 8 18.60%
The Big Red One 6 13.95%
WarGames 6 13.95%
Ran 6 13.95%
Heartbreak Ridge 5 11.63%

Excalibur 4 9.30%
Red Dawn 4 9.30%
Top Gun 4 9.30%
The Beast (aka The Beast of War) 3 6.98%
Casualties of War 3 6.98%
Kagemusha 2 4.65%
A Soldier's Story 2 4.65%
The Lighthorsemen 2 4.65%
Grave of the Fireflies 2 4.65%
Born on the Fourth of July 2 4.65%
An Officer and a Gentleman 1 2.33%
Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence 1 2.33%
Come and See 1 2.33%
84C Mopic 1 2.33%
Farewell to the King 1 2.33%

Don't Cry, It's Only Thunder 0 0%
Oro, Plata, Mata 0 0%
The Burmese Harp (1985) 0 0%
Revolution 0 0%
Iron Eagle 0 0%
Hamburger Hill 0 0%
Bat*21 0 0%
Talvisota (the Winter War) 0 0%
OTHER (post and identify) 0 0%

Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 43

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scabpicker
06-01-2015, 10:02 AM
The list begins and ends with Das Boot.

I voted for more, but Das Boot is one of the very best movies ever made. Period.

Yeah, I wondered for a moment if I could just vote for Das Boot seven times. It's nice to see that the only competition it really has right now is Full Metal Jacket.

BMalion
06-01-2015, 11:07 AM
I agree about Breaker Morant with one question:


Subtitles?

JKellyMap
06-06-2015, 11:31 PM
Other: Testament -- made for TV but then theatrically released, IIRC.

Zeldar
06-06-2015, 11:50 PM
Other: Testament -- made for TV but then theatrically released, IIRC.

Would that be

Testament http://imdb.com/title/tt0086429/?ref_=nv_sr_2 (1983) ?

JKellyMap
06-06-2015, 11:56 PM
Would that be

Testament http://imdb.com/title/tt0086429/?ref_=nv_sr_2 (1983) ?

Yes. Pushing the boundary of "war movie," but I think it fits in your list.

Zeldar
06-07-2015, 12:09 AM
Yes. Pushing the boundary of "war movie," but I think it fits in your list.

As I have said elsewhere, I don't have a problem adding titles to the Overflow File if they are suggested. I trust the voters to decide if the movies need to be considered as Your favorite/best War Movies From whenever.

I'm still piecing together the Overflow File from the various threads where Other movies have been mentioned, with hopes of having that up for discussion at least within the next day or two.

Right now the list is at least 50 titles, so there will be plenty to discuss (and probably add to) before we get down to a voting thread/poll.

Thanks for your suggestion. :)

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