There is nothing great about wars, but if there’s anything good they left behind, it is the stories of the heroes, the legends and the never changing victories that will forever remain etched in our history. War doesn’t stop time nor does it leave others to find a safe corner. It is not just the soldiers and leaders that had a story to tell but each person goes through their own story, have their own accounts to share and they are not dull in the least.
So for those who like action and heroes, who want to know about the blasts, gunfire, attacks and the hidden political agendas that happened in real life, here’s a list of the four best war time movies ever made:
1. All Quiet on the western front:
Released in 1930, this movie is old yet timeless. All Quiet on the Western Front was based upon a book by a German soldier who witnessed all the horrors of the wars up-close. The epicness of the movie is only amplified by the fact that it was made in the times when sound movies were just new, when technology back then was not what it is now, yet not even the grainy black and white picture could undermine the skillfully cinematized battle scenes.
It also took many by surprise because it was made soon after the Great War ended. The memories were fresh and this movie did it part in making people feel. 86 years later and you’ll still feel this movie touching your heart. All Quiet on the Western Front is about the physical and mental stress a soldier goes through after coming back from a war.
2. The bridge on the River Kwai:
Released in 1957, this movie is a story about the British prisoner of wars who were forced to take part in the construction of a railway bridge. After much ado one officer named Alec Guinness became interested in the work and later become obsessed with its constructions and making sure that it meets the highest demand of quality unaware of the Allies’ plans to destroy it.
3. Apocalypse Now:
Released in 1979, Apocalypse Now is a masterpiece that depicted the disorder, violence, fear, and horrendous madness of the Vietnam War with an almost perfection. The movie shows how the Vietnam War and its follies will forever have the effects on America for years to come. In order to get the message across, the movie showed the horrors and the moral dilemmas of the war with utmost clarity.
4. Inglorious Basterds:
Released in 2009, this World War II Tarantino movie shows the plans of Jewish U.S soldiers to assassinate all the Nazi leaders one by one. Things gets a lot more interesting when the Jewish’s plan coincide with the plans of a theater owner who wish to do the same. At the center of it all is the Nazi colonel and the famous Jew hunter Hans Landa whose character (and awesome acting) combined with the Tarantino effects, gave this movie that X factor.
So if you feel like going back in time and see what a war looks like, you know which movies to see.
A Selection of War Quotes
“God created war so that Americans would learn geography.” ~ Mark Twain
“War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.” ~ George Orwell, 1984
“War is what happens when language fails.” ~ Margaret Atwood
“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” ~ Albert Einstein
“There are perhaps many causes worth dying for, but to me, certainly, there are none worth killing for.” ~ Albert Dietrich, Army GI, Pacifist CO: The World War II Letters of Frank and Albert Dietrich
“Only the dead have seen the end of war.” ~ Plato
“Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.” ~ Sun Tzu, The Art of War
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