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Stephen Jacobsen
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WWII gets all the spotlight on film (and cardboard for that matter).

I've been on a WWI kick recently, reading books, watching a documentary series with a friend, researching (but not yet playing cry) WWI games.

What are the best WWI films?

Ones I can list off the top of my head:

The Grand Illusion (Renoir)
All Quiet on the Western Front
Paths of Glory

I'm interested in productions about the war, or even just about that time period in general.
What else is out there? Which are the most accurate (or fun)?
TV Shows are welcome too!
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Top of my head:

The Lost Battalion
Gallipoli
Flyboys
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For the air war:

Dawn Patrol
The Blue Max
Red Baron
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Joyeux Noël is an interesting film.
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All Quiet on the Western Front

Both versions are good. The "modern" adaptation with Ernest Borgnine is probably my favorite, but I can't really explain why...
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Old Ironsides being overflown by the Blue Angels
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War Horse
Sergeant York
Lawrence of Arabia
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Keep 'em coming!

DownriverRick wrote:

Lawrence of Arabia


How could I forget to list one of my favorites movies of all time?!
I was lucky enough to see this on 70mm big screen a couple months ago! Epic film.
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Westfront 1918
Big Parade
Wings
Shoulder Arms
Civilization
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Wings was directed by William Wellman who was a combat pilot in WWI and had three confirmed kills before being shot down himself. He managed to walk away from the crash, but with a bad limp that stayed with him the rest of his years.

The film is from 1927 and the planes were actual former warplanes from several countries/makers.

Clara Bow was in it, and Gary Cooper made a 2-minute screen appearance early in his career.

It was the first film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.





If you are interested in WWI aviation - especially Zeppelins, you MUST check out a bit of the Howard Hughes film Hell's Angels from 1930.

This is the entire movie in spanish HOWEVER, the Zeppelin scenes were spoken in German so the subtitles for this section are in English -- they start at 40:05 minutes in where you see the interior of a zeppelin on a bombing run to London with great detail - like what the pilot was doing, and how crews kept the engines running and armaments.

44:12 minutes in shows a 'cloud car' lowered from the zeppelin and in use in order to defend against British bi-planes attacking the vessel.

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"Capitaine Conan," by Roger Vercel (1934).
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some more recent titles...

Gallipoli (1981)

Capitaine Conan (1996)

Regeneration (Behind the Lines US title) (1997)

Under Hill 60 (2010)

The Long Way Home (2013)

Gallipoli (2015)

and an all time classic...

Les Croix de Bois (1932) (Available on DVD, English subtitles)
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One of the best TV shows - Wings.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wings_(BBC_TV_series)
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Hattusilis_III wrote:


Ah, fond memories...
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Not a movie but BBC produced "Our World War", three episodes about three different British experiences in the war. The first was on Mons, the second was about Pals battalion on the Somme and the last was about a tank crew in 1918. I saw it on Netflix but it's not available anymore there. Highly recommended about true events and the action and sets were done very well.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p022twsy
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Wow, I have quite the list to work through! Thanks, everyone.

I live near one of the best (and last?) video rental places in the US, so finding most of these shouldn't be a problem.
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FWIW: If you include films about personal aftereffects of WWI, I remember liking The Razor's Edge when I saw it long ago.
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The Lost Battalion
The Blue Max
All Quiet on the Western Front (both versions)
Black Adder (British comedy, somehow)
Sgt. York

I just wish someone would do a true story about the 94th Aerosquadron, or Belleau Wood.
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The OP must be referring to Movie Madness in Portland, Oregon.

russ wrote:
FWIW: If you include films about personal aftereffects of WWI, I remember liking The Razor's Edge when I saw it long ago.


I also liked "The Razor's Edge."

"The Lighthorsemen" 1987 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093416/

"Anzacs" 1985 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088479/?ref_=tt_rec_tti

"Beneath Hill 60" 2010 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1418646/?ref_=tt_rec_tti

"The Lost Battalion" 2001 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0287535/?ref_=tt_rec_tti (I think this got cited above, but there's the imdb link for you.)

"All the King's Men" 1999 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0220969/?ref_=tt_rec_tti

"Trench" 1999 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0161010/?ref_=tt_rec_tti

"Passchendaele" 2008 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1092082/?ref_=tt_rec_tti

"Battleground" 2013 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2186783/?ref_=tt_rec_tti

"Life and Nothing But" 1989 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098596/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 (Original title: "La vie et rien d'autre" - French)

"A Very Long Engagement" 2004 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0344510/?ref_=nv_sr_1 (Note: this one stars Audrey Tatou! - French)

"Black and White in Color" 1976 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074972/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 (Original title: "La victoire en chantant" - French - won an Oscar in USA for Best Foreign Language Film in 1977 - and I know Movie Madness in Portland has a copy of this one)

"Capitaine Conan" 1996 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0115822/ (I think this was also cited above, but I wanted to give you the imdb link.)

"Admiral" 2008 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1101026/ (Russian Admiral Kolchak)

"120" 2008 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1166085/?ref_=tt_rec_tti (Turkish)

"The Last Ottoman: Knockout Ali" 2007 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0845537/ (Turkish - aftermath of war)

"Doctor Zhivago" 1965 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059113/

"Fort Saganne" 1984 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087284/ (French)

"Many Wars Ago" 1970 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066511/ (Italian, orignal title: "Uomini contro")

"Fraulein Doktor" 1969 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064350/

"Reilly: Ace of Spies" 1983 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085077/ (TV mini-series which stars Sam Neill)

"Shout at the Devil" 1976 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075214/?ref_=nv_sr_1 (Lee Marvin and Roger Moore)

"The African Queen" 1951 - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043265/?ref_=nv_sr_1 (Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn)

OK, that's enough...
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What Price Glory ,Zeppelin, Suckerpunch ww1 scene
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