In honor of those who have served in the military, we've compiled a list of films to commemorate Veterans Day. These movies aren't necessarily about war per se, but rather focus on the hardships and sacrifices servicemen and women face, be it on the battlefield or back home in civilian life.So, all you broken, near (or soon-to-be ) crazed veterans will enjoy knowing that your family and friends will learn about your hardships, etc through this list:
- "Coming Home" with Jane Fonda as an unfaithful military wife;
- "Born on the Fourth of July";
- "The Best Years of Our Lives";
- "The Deer Hunter";
- "The Messenger" featuring yet another unfaithful military wife;
- "Flags of Our Fathers";
- "The Hurt Locker";
- "Legends of the Fall"
- "Saving Private Ryan";
- and, of course, "Forrest Gump" because it " emphasize[s] the camaraderie among those who serve."
Of all of the CBS choices, for Veterans Day I would recommend only "The Best Years of Our Lives" because it is a great movie as it works through the confusion and frustration of the returning veterans attempting to readjust to "normal" life after having lived on the edge for years.
My personal Veterans Day flick selections would include:
- "The Great Escape";
- "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon";
- "We Were Soldiers"
- "In Harms Way";
- "The Longest Day";
- "They Were Expendable";
- "Black Hawk Down";
- "Sergeant York"
- "Twelve O'Clock High";
- "The Dawn Patrol";
- "MASH" and
- "Mister Roberts"
Is war hell? Is it madness? Does it bring out the best in some of us? I think my selection of movies helps answer those questions.
Feel free to suggest others in the comments.