Skip to comments.Worst War Movies Ever Made
Posted on 11/11/2011 4:18:37 PM PST by PJ-Comix
Today is Veterans Day so I guess it is also a day to discuss the WORST war movies ever made. Here is my list of a few of the WORST movies IMHO:
1. Battle of the Bulge---This movie was so bad and inaccurate that Former President Eisenhower held a press conference just to denounce it. Not only was it historically inaccurate with an absurd plot (a Boston police detective piecing together battlefield clues to help defeat the Germans) but the geographic locale was all wrong with the dense Ardennes forrest at times appearing to be a large western prairie. Okay, the Panzer Lied scene was kind of interesting but the rest of it was ridiculous.
2. Starship Troopers---Okay this was science fiction but did why did they insult the viewer's intelligence by using obsolete WWI battlefield tactics a couple of hundred years in the future? Drone rockets could have nuked those bugs without sending troopers in with machine guns.
3. Naked and the Dead---Painful to watch.
4. Thin Red Line---Hollywood attempted two versions of James Jones brilliant novel which was probably the best such book written in modern times and failed miserably both times. A tragedy since the book was incredible.
5. Pearl Harbor---Did anybody else wish that a stray Japanese bullet would have put Ben Affleck out of his, and our, misery? And the scene with President Franklin D. Roosevelt rising out of his wheelchair to walk was both painful to watch as well as laughable.
6. The Alamo---I wanted to like this movie but Frankie Avalon as the most unconvincing frontiersman ever, Smitty from Tennessee, ruined my usual suspension of disbelief while watching a movie. Frankie was way too urban for the role. Whenever I started getting into the movie, Frankie as Smitty kept ruining it for me. I kept seeing the Alamo but I kept thinking of South Philly. Also I kept thinking about Alamo eye candy, Linda Cristal, but that's another story.
Good list and well-stated crticisms. I would add the pondersous and dull MacArthur bio-pic.
Any film the actor recites: Over and Out
Heartbreak Ridge and Death Before Dishonor have to break the top 10.
‘Force Five From Navarone’
I really like sub movies but U-571 really took artistic license to new heights.
Pearl Harbor was vomit worthy.
Hell in the Pacific with Lee Marvin
Starship Troopers is just horrible! I actually felt shame for the human race after seeing it.
I wasnt really into Jarhead either even though it had its moments.
Where does one even see “Inchon?” Is it in DVD? Maybe MST3000 could do a show about it.
Namely having Jon Bon Jovi in it.
My nominations would be U-571, for inaccurately giving Americans more credit in the process of cracking the enigma than they actually deserve. The real story of our codebreaking, which you would need to break with political correctness about, was the fact that we did crack the codes in use by the Japanese in the Pacific, that is what the Americans deserve credit for. What also is true, is that Japanese-Americans were consulted and drafted into the war effort as well. America did play the dominant role in intelligence against the Japanese fleets by cracking the code, however, the political correctness, and Bill Clinton, actually argued in favor of the film, and argued that Europe protested too much, and that the film was just fiction. As for me, I plain-out won’t buy the film, because while plenty of films like John Wayne’s Sands of Iwo Jima have fictional characters, they don’t distort the big historical picture anywhere as much as U-571 did.
Pearl Harbor sucked.
I saw part of “The Green Zone” on HBO. It is a political movie about Iraq starring Brad Pitt. The movie was so fake I could not believe a movie could be that bad.
Heartbreak Ridge had some great lines in it, though.
Lady in the Water
force ten fron naverone
there just woulndn’t be a black soldier there (NOTE the guns of naverone is almost as good as the book and a top ren.)
His death was spectactular though. lol
Oh, Saints and Soldiers was kind of weak. But I did like A Midnight Clear.
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