Military Times magazine staff writer C. Mark Brinkley has come up with a list of the ten best Hollywood war movies, in reaction to the fact that the American Film Institute’s list of 100 best movies has a dearth of such films.
The list, called “The Military Times top 10 American war movies that should have made the AFI’s Top 100,” includes only one Vietnam War film, Stanley Kubrick’s masterful Full Metal Jacket (featuring the amazing Lee Ermey as the drill sergeant from hell–above, center).
Here it is:
10. A Bridge Too Far (1977)
9. The Dirty Dozen (1967)
8. The Great Escape (1963)
7. Top Gun (1986)
6. Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
5. The Caine Mutiny (1954)
4. Glory (1989)
3. Black Hawk Down (2001)
2. Patton (1970)
1. Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Brinkley calls FMJ “the best war movie of the past 20 years, if not all time,” and notes that “it didn’t even crack the [AFI] Top 400 ballot.”
The list is on line, and is interactive, so you can add your comments. My two cents: I’d take out Top Gun and The Great Escape, and add include Platoon and Apocalypse Now, both of which did make the original AFI Top 100 list.