A thoughtful commenter named Richard S. Webster added some superb suggestions to the list I published for Memorial Day, and I wanted to post them for families to have as they salute the courage and sacrifice of our armed forces.
1. “The Sands of Iwo Jima” This film both shows the sacrifice and hardship involved in war but also the personal toll it takes on the men. [I would also add Clint Eastwood’s “Flags of Our Fathers” — NM]
2. “Bataan” War costs lives to win and this one does so in a hauntingly morose way.
3. “The Guns of Naverone” Perhaps the best behind the lines war film ever. The cast could never be duplicated.
4. “Battleground” Captures the suffering of the common soldier during the Battle of the Bulge.
5. “To Hell and Back” I love “Sergeant York” but Audie Murphy was even more extraordinary. [Note from NM: And the most decorated soldier of WWII plays himself in this story of his accomplishments.]
6. “From Here to Eternity” Captures the disorganization and problems the military had just prior to the onset of WW2.
7. “Flyboys” This extremely underrated WW1 film presents the American volunteer forces known as the Lafayette Escadrille who took to the skies early in WW1.
8. “We Were Soldiers” Despite many who will argue against this statement this is possibly the best Vietnam War film ever made. It certainly captures the feel of the early days of the war when America still had faith that we were doing the right thing.
9. “Midway” Realistically captures the most important naval battle in history…fought entirely in the air.
10. “The Court Marshall of Billy Mitchell” Your list has military court cases and here is one back at you but a better one and a real one. 16 years prior to WW2 Billy Mitchell realized what the Japanese plan of attack in the Pacific would be but nobody wanted to hear it…check this one out.