Battle of the Buldge (not on DVD) is a fine film primarily because there are actually developed German characters in the film.
The cream of the crop has to be Patton, its just a stunning film and all the greater because it is not only a war picture but an interesting character study. To its credit it portrays Patton as a complex character but does not take sides, both the good and the bad are presented. Scott's performance is one of the standouts in Hollywood history and the desert battle near the begining is one of the best staged sequences you'll ever see in a war film.
Originally posted by Rachael Bellomy How about THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP
Good call!! Great film. All my thunder for this thread has been totally stolen... All I can add is a bunch of, "yeah, I like that one too" comments for all the good picks so far. Although I suppose I could add "Braveheart"... if that's not a "old war" than what is!!
I have The world at war. Man is it a long set or what.
I'd be tempted to buy it if it wasn't so expensive. I remember hurrying home on Saturdays from dinner to watch it at 7 back in the early seventies. I can't conceive of a better WWII series. The concentration camps/final solution episode will stay with you for the rest of your life. And what a mesmerizing main title!
This is a pretty broad category. African Queen (1951) with Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn is a great film. At http://us.imdb.com/Title?0043265 it appears there are DVDs for Europe but not for the US yet. You can catch it either on American Movie Classics (AMC) or Turner Classic Movies (TCM) until it gets out on DVD. And of course, Casablanca (1942) and Gone With the Wind (1939) are great classic films with a war background.
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