Nam was a perfect canvas for the new school of 70s and 80s directors to get political themes across, it was also the rock n roll war, when I hear the word Vietnam I instantly picture lush jungles being turned into a carpet of napalm to the sweets sounds of Jimi Hendrix, Motown and the End by the Doors. all these movies have great soundtracks. So Im thinkin...
Essentials, top tier - Full Metal Jacket, Deer Hunter, Apocalypse Now
also great - Platoon, Killing Fields
flawed but worth a look - Casualties of War, Heaven and Earth, Tigerland, Born on 4th july
and then a bonus 'coming home' from war few - First Blood, Coming Home, Jacobs Ladder
Ive never seen Hamburger Hill or We Were Soldiers and cant think of any others
one of these days I might get around to a complete WAR movie megapost, can think of a few from most conflicts.
Does Army In The Shadows count as a war movie? Because if it does then it's way up there.
Does Army of Darkness count?
When I think war movies, it has to either have war in the actual movie; or be about a specific war. I don't consider Schindler's list a war movie, even though it wouldn't have happened without the war (I don't know what I consider it actually). Otherwise that would probably be it.
Winter in Wartime
Thin Red Line
Saving Private Ryan
Letters From Iwo Jima
Are all better movies than those two. Zero Dark Thirty is a good movie but not one of my favorite war movies.
Valkyrie is a very good flick. Too bad Tom Cruise still was leaving a sour taste in audiences' mouths around then.
My personal fav is Kelly's Heroes.
And Zero Dark Thirty isn't a war movie in the traditional sense. Ironic since it's about how unorthodox and against the norm the war on terror really is. I wouldn't shoot anyone down who either said it is a war movie or it isn't.
This and Paths of Glory. Nothing else I've seen comes close to these two films. There are lots of good war films but many of them have some sort of agenda or they're too sentimental or they overfilm everything in order to encapsulate the wide ranging emotion.