In one of our previous posts, we took you through some of the greatest movies about Marines. Now, we’re going to branch out (literally) and cover some of our favorite films that showcase the United States Army. If you’re looking for something to watch on military movie night, all of these movies would be great to choose from:
Saving Private Ryan: Pretty much everyone knows that Tom Hanks is an excellent actor and this film further cemented his ability to to move audiences. Saving Private Ryan is set during the invasion of Normandy in World War II and follows the search for a paratrooper as the last surviving brother of his family.
Platoon: The film that launched Charlie Sheen’s career and won the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1986, Platoon is part of director Oliver Stone’s Vietnam War trilogy (including Born on the Fourth of July and Heaven & Earth) and is based on his own experiences as a U.S. infantryman in Vietnam. Starring Sheen, Willem Defoe, and Tom Berenger.
Apocalypse Now: This epic war film is set during the Vietnam War and follows US Army special operations officer Captain Benjamin L. Willard (Martin Sheen) on his mission to kill a renegade Special Forces Colonel played by Marlon Brandon in arguably one of the most critically acclaimed movies about the Vietnam War. This film was added to the National Film Registry in 2000 for its cultural, historical, and aesthetic significance.
Good Morning, Vietnam: Starring Robin Williams, this war-comedy film is based on the experiences of Armed Forces Radio Service radio DJ Adrian Cronauer as he delights the troops with his broadcasts and infuriates his superiors in the midst of the Vietnam War in Saigon in 1965.
We Were Soldiers: Based on the book We Were Soldiers Once…And Young by Lieutenant General (Ret.) Hal Moore and reporter Joseph L. Galloway, this film stars Mel Gibson and portrays the Battle of Ia Drang on November 14, 1965.
Glory: Featuring Matthew Broderick, Morgan Freeman, and Denzel Washington, this classic tells the story of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first formal unit of the US Army to be made up of entirely African American men, as told from the perspective of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, its commanding officer during the Civil War.
Patton: Known best for its opening monologue, Patton serves as a biographical take on U.S. General George S. Patton’s service and leadership during World War II. In fact, this film is so good, it’s been preserved by the Library Congress as part of the United States National Film Registry.
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