And movies for any patriotic day dedicated to remembering Vets. There are others that aren't mentioned that are every bit as essential. Tora, Tora, Tora leaps to mind, but I typically keep that for December 7th. Stalag 17 and even the historically over the top The Battle of the Bulge have always had a 'Christmas feel' to them. But the following are ones that are shown, or to me are worth watching, whenever the flag goes up and our thoughts turn toward those who gave that last measure of devotion.
|The Longest Day|
|HBO's Band of Brothers|
|The Bridge on the River Kwai|
|The Guns of Navarone|
|Charles Kuralt's The Revolutionary War|
|The Dirty Dozen|
|The Best Years of Our Lives|
There are others. Some as I said are watched at specific times because of historical accuracy or that's just how I remember them. Many, like All Quiet on the Western Front, Paths of Glory, The Lost Battalion, The Blue Max, From Here to Eternity, Twelve O'Clock High, Apocalypse Now, My Boy Jack, and First Blood, among others, are worth their weight, and have a place, though maybe not in a day that's supposed to be a day to remember the fallen, those who went before, those who died in some faraway land so that we could do what we do best, and that's sit around and complain about the country we inherited. But then that's why I didn't list such things as the Deer Hunter or Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket. After all, why watch those movies when I could watch a modern Stone movie instead?