War and anti-war
Despite their terrible and brutal nature, there seems to be an inherent fascination with war films. We assume, that some of these movies contain important lessons to learn about war and being a soldier.
1. Platoon (1986)
Chris Taylor, a young, naive recruit in Vietnam, faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man. Chris soon realizes that there are two wars going on: One against the vietnamese army, the other within his platoon.
2. Apocalypse Now (1979)
At the height of the Vietnam war, Captain Benjamin Willard is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially is not existent. His goal is to search and destroy a highly decorated Green Beret Colonel named Walter Kurtz, who has been leading his own army on guerrilla missions into enemy territory.
3. The Hurt Locker (2008)
In an environment where anyone and anything is potentially deadly, three men men form an elite bomb squad and learn how to trust and take care of each other.
4. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Private Joker endures the grueling ordeal of basic training, sees one of his colleagues go mad, and later face the Viet Cong during the vietnam war Tet Offensive.
5. Tears of the Sun (2003)
Navy lieutenant Waters and his elite squadron are forced to choose between their duty and their humanity when a doctor refuses to be rescued unless a group of native nigerian refugees are rescued as well. Can Waters and his group save all of them?
6. Tigerland (2000)
Private Bozz is the rebel of the company. He is a born leader, but refuses to play the game of his superiours. Even in Tigerland, the Vietnam-like swamp that serves as a last training camp before being shipped over into the real war, Bozz has no wish to go to war and he shows it. This generates friction, and Tigerland becomes equally dangerous and deadly as Vietnam.
7. Jarhead (2005)
The story of Anthony Swofford, a teen from Sacramento who enlisted in the Marine Corps and went to Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War. He gets to learn the true meaning of being a soldier: Running in order to wait, and waiting in order to run.
8. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
As U.S. troops storm the beaches of Normandy and New Guinea, three brothers lie dead on the battlefield. The fourth brother is trapped behind enemy lines in France. Ranger captain John Miller and seven of his men are tasked with entering German-held territory and bringing the boy home to his unfortunate mother.
9. We Were Soldiers (2002)
We were soldiers tells the story of the first major battle of the american army during the Vietnam War and the soldiers that fought it.
10. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
During World War II in In Nazi-occupied France, a group of Jewish-American marines known as Basterds are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the german Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis. Lead by Lt. Aldo Raine, the Basterds soon cross paths with a French-Jewish girl who runs a movie theater in Paris which is targeted by the assass assassins.