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War movies are one of the best tools of historical reflection we have. They give us perspective on periods of history steeped in emotion and oftentimes controversy, they entertain us, and they usually reflect the climate of the period in which they were made.
Is there any form of entertainment that so closely defines for us the meaning of heroism, leadership, and teamwork; is there any form that so readily reminds us of where we've been, and where we're headed?
For my money, the title of "Best War Movie" is between Glory, Schindler's List, and Apocalypse Now. Out of those three, I think Glory embodies the most classic sense of the war movie, illustrating perfectly all the values I listed above. Schindler's List I think is one of the most well-made movies of the century. And Apocalypse Now perfectly illustrates the ability to take a classic tale, Conrad's Heart of Darkness, and use the metaphor of a "modern" war to make it relevant.
What do you think? What is your favorite war movie?