War: what is it good for? Well, despite its dubious real-life applications, it certainly produces fantastic movies, a perennial grab bag of drama and emotion. You’ve got your vicious villains (All Quiet on the Western Front) and suicide missions (The Dirty Dozen), alongside the glorious war paint (Braveheart) and rock-star casts lining up for a chance to play hero (The Thin Red Line). There’s a real-life (and terrifying) drill sergeant screaming in your face (Full Metal Jacket) and a heartbreaking fight for a country that enslaves men (Glory). It’s more than one could ask for from a single genre, let alone a single movie. Which war movie offers the most?
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