Originally Posted by kovacs01
As military member, im a fan of war movies. There have been lots of great ones mentioned here. I am going to go with some of the more unknown/underappreciated but very worthwhile war films. None have been previously mentioned, that i saw anyway.
Talvisota aka The Winter War -- this is an incredible film centering around the Fins holding off the russian invasion in the dead of winter 1939. IT is difficult to find and the PQ is lacking, but it is an incredible movie. Subtitled.
The Last Battalion -- True story of a battalion caught alone behind enemy lines in WWI. Amazing story of courage.
When Trumpets Fade -- Story of a rebellious private in WWII. Very real in the SPR, Band of Brothers style
No Man's Land -- brutal (although not violent) story set during the Balkan conflict. Good one to show the futility of war.
The Beast -- quirky but well done movie showing a Russian tank crew lost in Afghanistan.
Der Tunnel -- German film about an attempt to dig a tunnel under the Berlin Wall. True story.
Gallipoli -- The very sad story of the Australian campain against the Turks at the Battle of Gallipoli in WWI.
All of these would be suitable for a 12 year old, except for maybe some language at points.
"ya I'll Kaboom tank."
that movie was one of my favorites when I first came out (based upon a play of the same name) but has not aged well and not as good as i remembered it. Great cinematograghy however - and music my Mark Isham.
I second Gallipoli and the other's mention of Hart's War.
I would like to recommend getting to know the full madness and humanity (if you can beleive it - and it is actually accomplished by Bruno Gantz (that his name?) of Hitler in the superb movie Downfall.
also Dark Blue World
honourable mention to:
Saints and Soldiers
hated Turtles can Fly though..............