Since the moment our primate ancestors learned how to use their opposable thumbs, they’ve picked up sharpened sticks and rocks, and made way for an undying phenomenon – war! Therefore it’s no surprise, that these warriors were immortalized in many ways: from early pictures and written pages to comics and war movies.
Classics like “The Great Escape” and “The Dirty Dozen”, or contemporary stories based on real stories like “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Lone Survivor” showed us that there will never be a shortage of source material. However, a few movies distinguish themselves from the pack. If you ever considered uniform dating you will need to learn these 5 movies by heart.
1. Apocalypse Now
The drama that took place in “Apocalypse Now” is only matched by the drama that happened behind the scene. We are referring to Marlon Brando’s refusal to learn the script and Martin Sheen’s heart attack and Francis Ford Coppola’s nervous breakdown. In spite of all obstructions that accompanied this movie, its story about the mission to find a renegade colonel in the midst of the Vietnam War is unforgettable. The film wasn’t based on any actual event but instead on a version of a novel “Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad. Despite the difficulties for director and cast, an exceptional script versed group of actors, and Coppola’s master direction ensured its legacy as a memorable war movie and probably one of the greatest films ever made.
Platoon is one war film that separates himself from the rest of the list since the writer and director Oliver Stone actually served in the Vietnam War. His scenes were based on real battles and soldiers. His commitment to realism went that far that he put them through an actual military training. Stone even launched surprise night time attacks, with complete with staged explosions, in order to leave the performers scared and tired as possible. In the end, the movie focused on a single soldier’s abrupt growing up and loss of innocence and it spoke to an entire generation. The character of Sgt. Barnes is absolutely not a type person you want to search on military dating sites.
3. Full Metal Jacket
This masterpiece by Stanley Kubrick captures the nature of a war perfectly. We follow a company of US Marines from their basic training to the heat of battle with great fixation. Director’s talent for disturbingly dark humor put the madness of war in the spotlight, unveiling how much suffering war can inflict even on those lucky survivors. Soon enough, new generations picked up a film motto that not every (if any) war is glorious and especially not rational. “Full Metal Jacket” became a counterpoint to any military film that was before and that came after.
4. Saving Private Ryan
This movie is considered a true epic in every sense of the word. Following a squad of soldiers heading through WWII France to find a single private and bring him home may look like a small story, at first. Yet as the narrative progresses we begin to recognize the genius of Steven Spielberg that keeps us on the edge of our seat through the entire movie. The opening scene of the film gives us a monumental re-enactment of the Omaha Beach, featured with over 1000 extras, is almost too real to watch. This warm story will definitely inspire you to contact your old military pen pals. “Saving Private Ryan” made a tremendous impact on the way war movies are made nowadays and even became the cornerstone for modern war-based video games.