Veterans Day Movie Recommendations

Today (11/11/11) was Veterans Day, a time to recognize and honor all of those men and women in the military who sacrificed and dedicated their lives to serving our country to protect all of those liberties that we often take for granted.  If you're relaxing now as the weekend begins after a long week of work and are trying to pick a good movie to watch, either alone or with friends, family, and other loved ones, a bunch of places online have offered recommendations for films that fit the Veterans Day theme.

Click on the links to read details and commentary about each of the recommended films. recommends Casablanca, Flying Tigers, Midway, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Caine Mutiny, The Dirty Dozen, Flying Leathernecks, From Here to Eternity, The Great Escape, Mister Roberts, Patton, Stalag 17, Where Eagles Dare, Run Silent Run Deep, The Guns of Navarone, and Tora! Tora! Tora!

The Moviefone Blog lists some documentaries: Arlington: Field of Honor, Baghdad Bound: Devil Dog Diaries, Battle for Midway, East L.A. Marine, Occupation: Dreamland, On Common Ground, Red White Black and Blue, Return to Tarawa, Vietnam: Long Time Coming, and When I Came Home. highlights: The Hurt Locker, The Great Escape, Saving Private Ryan, Glory, Platoon, and Black Hawk Down.

MovieMom offers the following recommendations: The Messenger, Gardens of Stone, and Taking Chance.

WarMovieBlog suggests some films that are airing on television: Stars and Stripes Forever, The Desert Fox, Destination Gobi, House of Bamboo, A Farewell to Arms, Heaven Knows Mr. Allison, We Were Soldiers, Apocalypse Now, A Walk in the Sun, Never So Few, God Is My Co-Pilot, The Fighting 69th, The Pacific, and more.

Film School Rejects has some additional suggestions of its own: The General, Battleship Potemkin, The Miracle of Morgan's Creek, To Hell and Back, Operation Petticoat, Beau Geste, Miracle at St. Anna, Stop-Loss, Sir! No Sir!, Waltz with Bashir, Jarhead, Flags of Our Fathers, 300, Lions for Lambs, Atonement, Inglourious Basterds, The Patriot, Forrest Gump, Rescue Dawn, The Men Who Stare at Goats, and more.

If you have some movie recommendations that aren't mentioned on any of those lists, please share them in the comments sections.  Thank you again to all those who served.