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Paths Of Glory (1957)
Drama, War

Paths Of Glory (1957)

The futility and irony of the war in the trenches in WWI is shown as a unit commander in the French army must deal with the mutiny of his men and a glory-seeking general after part of his force falls back under fire in an impossible attack.

Themes:military,  drunkenness
Locations:france,  courtroom
Characters:catholic,  lawyer,  soldier
Period:1910s
Story:judicial system,  trench warfare,  general,  bolt action rifle,  military leadership,  military leader,  french military,  military officer,  dead soldier,  french soldier,  kangaroo court martial,  refusing to obey orders,  deep focus,  suicide attack,  cannon fodder,  shooting party,  ideal,  infantryman,  prison brawl,  title based on poem,  la marseillaise,  music hall,  literary adaptation,  judicial,  judiciary,  idealist,  french army,  court martial,  private,  bombardment,  comrade,  ballroom dancing,  fear of death,  epic battle,  cowardice,  prison fight,  trench,  main character shot,  firing squad,  infantry,  death penalty,  behind enemy lines,  head injury,  bayonet,  idealism,  whistle,  confessional,  major,  cockroach,  anti war,  arrogance,  lieutenant,  despair,  colonel,  helmet,  world war one,  blindfold,  long take,  uniform,  confession,  controversy,  execution,  revolver,  rifle,  face slap,  fistfight,  shot to death,  pistol,  surprise ending,  three word title,  singing,  independent film,  based on novel

The Longest Day (1962)
Action, Drama, History, War

The Longest Day (1962)

Tells the story of the D-Day invasion of Normandy in WWII. There are dozens of characters, some seen only briefly, who together weave the story of five separate invasion points that made up the operation.

Locations:france
Characters:catholic
Story:bolt action rifle,  military leadership,  dead soldier,  french soldier,  private,  bombardment,  infantry,  behind enemy lines,  bayonet,  major,  lieutenant,  colonel,  helmet,  general,  long take,  uniform

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Gallipoli (1981)
Adventure, Drama, History, War

Gallipoli (1981)

The story of a group of young Australian men who leave their various backgrounds behind and sign up to join the ANZACs in World War I. They are sent to Gallipoli, where they encounter the resolute Turkish army.

Themes:military
Characters:catholic
Period:1910s
Story:trench warfare,  dead soldier,  kangaroo court martial,  cannon fodder,  idealist,  trench,  infantry,  bayonet,  anti war,  world war one,  uniform,  rifle,  shot to death,  pistol,  singing,  independent film,  based on novel

All Quiet On The Western Front (1930)
Drama, War

All Quiet On The Western Front (1930)

This is an English language film (made in America) adapted from a novel by German author Erich Maria Remarque. The film follows a group of German schoolboys, talked into enlisting at the beginning of World War 1 by their jingoistic teacher. The story is told entirely through the experiences of the young German recruits and highlights the tragedy of war through the eyes of individuals. As the boys witness death and mutilation all around them, any preconceptions about "the enemy" and the "rights and wrongs" of the conflict disappear, leaving them angry and bewildered. This is highlighted in the scene where Paul mortally wounds a French soldier and then weeps bitterly as he fights to save his life while trapped in a shell crater with the body. The film is not about heroism but about drudgery and futility and the gulf between the concept of war and the actuality. (Read More)

Locations:france
Characters:soldier
Period:1910s
Story:trench warfare,  bolt action rifle,  dead soldier,  french soldier,  cannon fodder,  bombardment,  fear of death,  main character shot,  trench,  behind enemy lines,  bayonet,  helmet,  world war one,  shot to death,  pistol,  singing,  based on novel

The Thin Red Line (1998) is one of the best movies like Paths Of Glory (1957)
Drama, War

The Thin Red Line (1998)

U.S. Army Private Witt (AWOL) is found and imprisoned on a troop carrier by his company First Sergeant, Welsh.The men of C Company,1st Battalion,27th Infantry Regiment,25th Infantry Division have been brought to Guadalcanal as reinforcements in the campaign to secure Henderson Field and seize the island from the Japanese. They arrive near Hill 210, a key Japanese position. Their task is to capture the hill at all cost. What happens next is a story developing about redemption and the meaningless of war. Regardless the outcome. (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:lawyer,  soldier
Story:private,  dead soldier,  refusing to obey orders,  fear of death,  infantry,  bayonet,  major,  lieutenant,  colonel,  general,  uniform,  rifle,  shot to death,  pistol,  based on novel

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Where Eagles Dare (1968)
Action, Adventure, War

Where Eagles Dare (1968)

During WW2 a British aircraft is shot down and crashes in Nazi held territory. The Germans capture the only survivor, an American General, and take him to the nearest SS headquarters. Unknown to the Germans the General has full knowledge of the D-Day operation. The British decide that the General must not be allowed to divulge any details of the Normandy landing at all cost and order Major John Smith to lead a crack commando team to rescue him. Amongst the team is an American Ranger, Lieutenant Schaffer, who is puzzled by his inclusion in an all British operation. When one of the team dies after the parachute drop, Schaffer suspects that Smith's mission has a much more secret objective. This is why Where Eagles Dare (1968) is one of the best movies like Paths Of Glory (1957). (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:france
Characters:soldier
Story:major,  lieutenant,  general,  bolt action rifle,  dead soldier,  behind enemy lines,  colonel,  helmet,  uniform,  rifle,  face slap,  fistfight,  shot to death,  pistol,  surprise ending,  three word title,  based on novel

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
Drama, History, War

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)

The island of Iwo Jima stands between the American military force and the home islands of Japan. Therefore the Imperial Japanese Army is desperate to prevent it from falling into American hands and providing a launching point for an invasion of Japan. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi is given command of the forces on the island and sets out to prepare for the imminent attack. General Kuribayashi, however, does not favor the rigid traditional approach recommended by his subordinates, and resentment and resistance fester among his staff. In the lower echelons, a young soldier, Saigo, a poor baker in civilian life, strives with his friends to survive the harsh regime of the Japanese army itself, all the while knowing that a fierce battle looms. When the American invasion begins, both Kuribayashi and Saigo find strength, honor, courage, and horrors beyond imagination. (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:soldier
Story:military officer,  dead soldier,  suicide attack,  trench,  bayonet,  lieutenant,  despair,  colonel,  helmet,  general,  uniform,  rifle,  shot to death,  pistol,  singing

Fury (2014)
Action, Drama, War

Fury (2014)

1945, in World War II Germany, the tough Sergeant Don 'Wardaddy' Collier commands a tank and survives a German attack with his veteran crew composed of Boyd 'Bible' Swan, Trini 'Gordo' Garcia and Grady 'Coon-Ass' Travis. He receives a rookie soldier Norman Ellison as the substitute for his deceased gunner and he tries to harden the youth along the way. (Read More)

Themes:military,  drunkenness
Characters:soldier
Story:bolt action rifle,  main character shot,  behind enemy lines,  whistle,  lieutenant,  uniform,  execution,  revolver,  rifle,  face slap,  fistfight,  shot to death,  pistol,  singing

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La Grande Illusion (1937) is one of the best movies like Paths Of Glory (1957)
Drama, War

La Grande Illusion (1937)

During 1st WW, two French officers are captured. Captain De Boeldieu is an aristocrat while Lieutenant Marechal was a mechanic in civilian life. They meet other prisoners from various backgrounds, as Rosenthal, son of wealthy Jewish bankers. They are separated from Rosenthal before managing to escape. A few months later, they meet again in a fortress commanded by the aristocrat Van Rauffenstein. De Boeldieu strikes up a friendship with him but Marechal and Rosenthal still want to escape... (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:soldier
Period:1910s
Story:lieutenant,  french military,  military officer,  french soldier,  la marseillaise,  french army,  bayonet,  anti war,  despair,  general,  world war one,  controversy,  rifle,  shot to death,  pistol,  three word title,  singing

Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Drama, War

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Opening with the Allied invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944, members of the 2nd Ranger Battalion under Cpt. Miller fight ashore to secure a beachhead. Amidst the fighting, two brothers are killed in action. Earlier in New Guinea, a third brother is KIA. Their mother, Mrs. Ryan, is to receive all three of the grave telegrams on the same day. The United States Army Chief of Staff, George C. Marshall, is given an opportunity to alleviate some of her grief when he learns of a fourth brother, Private James Ryan, and decides to send out 8 men (Cpt. Miller and select members from 2nd Rangers) to find him and bring him back home to his mother... (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:france
Characters:soldier
Story:private,  general,  military officer,  dead soldier,  infantryman,  fear of death,  cowardice,  trench,  infantry,  helmet,  blindfold,  uniform,  controversy,  shot to death,  three word title

Rules Of Engagement (2000)
Drama, Thriller, War

Rules Of Engagement (2000)

Hayes Hodges finds his career aspirations dashed when he's wounded in Vietnam combat. He then returns to America and becomes a disillusioned lawyer who goes up against the service to defend Colonel Terry Childers, who is accused of inciting an incident that leaves many demonstrators dead. Hodges in no position to decline: Childers heroically saved his life back in Vietnam. This is why Rules Of Engagement (2000) is one of the best movies like Paths Of Glory (1957). (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer,  soldier
Story:colonel,  judicial system,  judicial,  judiciary,  court martial,  comrade,  major,  general,  fistfight,  pistol,  independent film

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'71 (2014)
Action, Drama, Thriller, War

'71 (2014)

A young British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a terrifying riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. Unable to tell friend from foe, the raw recruit must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorienting, alien and deadly landscape.

Themes:military
Characters:soldier
Story:dead soldier,  behind enemy lines,  bayonet,  lieutenant,  long take,  uniform,  revolver,  shot to death,  pistol,  independent film

The Last Castle (2001) is one of the best movies like Paths Of Glory (1957)
Action, Drama, Thriller

The Last Castle (2001)

When three star General Irwin is transferred to a maximum security military prison, its warden, Colonel Winter, can't hide his admiration towards the highly decorated and experienced soldier. Irwin has been stripped of his rank for disobedience in a mission, but not of fame. Colonel Winter, who runs the prison with an iron fist, deeply admires the General, but works with completely different methods in order to keep up discipline. After a short while, Irwin can feel Winter's unjust treatment of the inmates. He decides to teach Winter a lesson by taking over command of the facility and thus depriving him of his smug attitude. When Winter decides to participate in what he still thinks of as a game, it may already be too late to win. (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:soldier
Story:colonel,  general,  military officer,  court martial,  private,  prison fight,  rifle,  shot to death,  pistol

Un Long Dimanche De Fiancailles (2004)
Drama, Mystery, Romance, War

Un Long Dimanche De Fiancailles (2004)

Five desperate French soldiers during The Battle of the Somme shoot themselves, either by accident or with purpose, in order to be invalided back home. Having been "caught" a court-martial convenes and determines punishment to be banishment to No Man's Land with the objective of having the Germans finish them off. In the process of telling this tale each man's life is briefly explored along with their next of kin as Methilde, fiancee to one of the men, tries to determine the circumstances of her lover's death. This task is not made any easier for her due to a bout with polio as a child. Along the way she discovers the heights and depths of the human soul. (Read More)

Locations:france
Characters:soldier
Period:1910s
Story:trench warfare,  court martial,  military officer,  infantryman,  french army,  trench,  death penalty,  bayonet,  lieutenant,  helmet,  world war one,  execution,  rifle,  face slap,  pistol,  singing,  based on novel

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We Were Soldiers (2002)
Action, Drama, History, War

We Were Soldiers (2002)

A telling of the 1st Battalion, 7 Cavalry Regiment, 1st Calvary Division's battle against overwhelming odds in the La Drang valley of Vietnam in 1965. Seen through the eyes of the battalion's commander, Lt. Col. Hal Moore (played by Mel Gibson), we see him take command of the battalion and its preparations to go into Vietnam. We also see how the French had, years earlier, been defeated in the same area. The battle was to be the first major engagement between US and NVA forces in Vietnam and showed the use of helicopters as mobility providers and assault support aircraft. (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:soldier
Story:dead soldier,  french army,  private,  infantry,  bayonet,  major,  colonel,  general,  uniform,  shot to death,  pistol,  based on novel

Jonah Hex (2010)
Action, Drama, Fantasy, Thriller, Western

Jonah Hex (2010)

During Grant's presidency, Jonah Hex is a remorseless bounty hunter. In the Civil War, he was a rebel whose honor put him afoul of a Confederate general, Quentin Turnbull, who murdered Jonah's family while Jonah watched. As a result of the ordeal, Jonah's face is disfigured and he can talk with the dead. After staging his own death, Turnbull, with a group of rebel stalwarts, hatches a plan to bring the Union to its knees. Grant wants Hex to stop it. While the nation readies to celebrate Independence Day, Hex and an unlikely ally have little time to stop Turnbull and his weapon of mass destruction. This is why Jonah Hex (2010) is one of the best movies like Paths Of Glory (1957). (Read More)

Themes:military,  drunkenness
Characters:soldier
Story:military officer,  firing squad,  lieutenant,  colonel,  general,  execution,  revolver,  rifle,  face slap,  fistfight,  shot to death,  pistol

Glory (1989) is one of the best movies like Paths Of Glory (1957)
Biography, Drama, History, War

Glory (1989)

Shaw was an officer in the Federal Army during the American Civil War who volunteered to lead the first company of black soldiers. Shaw was forced to deal with the prejudices of both the enemy (who had orders to kill commanding officers of blacks), and of his own fellow officers.

Themes:military
Characters:soldier
Story:military officer,  infantry,  bayonet,  colonel,  general,  uniform,  revolver,  shot to death,  pistol

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Courage Under Fire (1996)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, War

Courage Under Fire (1996)

The pilot of a rescue copter, Captain Karen Walden, died shortly before her helicopter crew was rescued after it crashed in Desert Storm. It first appears that she made a spectacular rescue of a downed helicopter crew, then held her own crew together to fight off the Iraqis after her copter crashed. Lt. Colonel Serling, who is struggling with his own demons from Desert Storm, is assigned to investigate her worthiness for the Medal of Honor. But some conflicting accounts, from her crew and soldiers in the area, cause him to question whether she deserves it. (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:soldier
Story:colonel,  refusing to obey orders,  cowardice,  main character shot,  behind enemy lines,  lieutenant,  general,  pistol

Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War

Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)

Due to his knowledge of the native Bedouin tribes, British Lieutenant 'T.E. Lawrence' (qv) is sent to Arabia to find Prince Faisal and serve as a liaison between the Arabs and the British in their fight against the Turks. With the aid of native Sherif Ali, Lawrence rebels against the orders of his superior officer and strikes out on a daring camel journey across the harsh desert to attack a well-guarded Turkish port. (Read More)

Characters:soldier
Period:1910s
Story:military officer,  dead soldier,  major,  lieutenant,  colonel,  world war one,  general,  uniform,  execution,  rifle,  face slap,  pistol,  singing

Wonder Woman (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi, War

Wonder Woman (2017)

Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when a pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers and her true destiny. (Read More)

Themes:military,  drunkenness
Characters:soldier
Period:1910s
Story:trench warfare,  epic battle,  trench,  behind enemy lines,  bayonet,  idealism,  anti war,  helmet,  world war one,  general,  revolver,  rifle,  fistfight,  shot to death,  pistol,  surprise ending,  singing

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A Bridge Too Far (1977) is one of the best movies like Paths Of Glory (1957)
Drama, History, War

A Bridge Too Far (1977)

The true story of Operation Market Garden, the Allies attempt, in September 1944, to hasten the end of WW2 by driving through Belgium and Holland into Germany. The idea was for US airborne divisions to take the towns of Eindhoven and Nijmegen and a British airborne division, reinforced by a Polish airborne brigade, to take the town of Arnhem. They would be reinforced, in due course and in turn, by the British XXX Corps, land-based and driving up from the British lines in the south. The key to the operation was the bridges, as if the Germans held or blew them, the paratroopers could not be relieved. Faulty intelligence, Allied high command hubris and stubborn German resistance would ensure that Arnhem was a bridge too far. This is why A Bridge Too Far (1977) is one of the best movies like Paths Of Glory (1957). (Read More)

Locations:france
Story:bolt action rifle,  dead soldier,  bombardment,  epic battle,  infantry,  behind enemy lines,  bayonet,  major,  lieutenant,  helmet,  uniform,  pistol,  independent film,  based on novel

Kelly's Heroes (1970)
Adventure, Comedy, War

Kelly's Heroes (1970)

During World War II a German Colonel is captured by the Americans but before he can be interrogated an artillery barrage hits the camp. However, Ex-Lieutenant Kelly manages to reach the Colonel, get him drunk and learn that he is on a secret mission to ship $16,000,000 of gold to a base in France. Kelly is determined to get the gold and plans for himself and a few of his fellow soldiers to slip into enemy territory and steal the bullion. (Read More)

Locations:france
Story:lieutenant,  private,  bombardment,  infantry,  behind enemy lines,  whistle,  colonel,  general

Flyboys (2006)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War

Flyboys (2006)

Before the United States enters World War I, some American youths volunteer for the French military. Subsequently, they become the first U.S. fighter pilots and form a squadron known as the Lafayette Escadrille, whose exploits and heroism become the stuff of legend. This fictional version follows a laconic Texas rancher, an eager Nebraska kid, a Black boxer already in France, and a New York swell, as they arrive green for training, get their baptism by fire when German planes ambush them on their first mission, and graduate to heroics. Rawlings, the Texan, falls in love with a young woman he meets at a brothel. (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:france
Period:1910s
Story:french military,  military officer,  world war one,  rifle,  pistol

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Patton (1970)
Biography, Drama, War

Patton (1970)

"Patton" tells the tale of General 'George S. Patton (I)' (qv), famous tank commander of World War II. The film begins with Patton's career in North Africa and progresses through the invasion of Europe and the fall of the Third Reich. Side plots also speak of Patton's numerous faults such his temper and tendency toward insubordination, faults that would prevent him from becoming the lead American general in the Normandy Invasion as well as to his being relieved as Occupation Commander of Germany. (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:france
Characters:soldier
Story:general,  military leadership,  dead soldier,  bombardment,  infantry,  uniform,  face slap,  pistol

The Day Of The Jackal (1973) is one of the best movies like Paths Of Glory (1957)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Day Of The Jackal (1973)

It is the early 60s in France. The remaining survivors of the aborted French Foreign Legion have made repeated attempts to kill DeGaulle. The result is that he is the most closely guarded man in the world. As a desperate act, they hire The Jackal, the code name for a hired killer who agrees to kill French President De Gaulle for half a million dollars. We watch his preparations which are so thorough we wonder how he could possibly fail even as we watch the French police attempt to pick up his trail. The situation is historically accurate. There were many such attempts and the film closely follows the plot of the book. (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:france
Characters:soldier
Story:military officer,  french army,  main character shot,  firing squad,  death penalty,  colonel,  general,  uniform,  execution,  revolver,  rifle,  shot to death,  pistol,  surprise ending,  based on novel

Eye In The Sky (2015)
Drama, Thriller, War

Eye In The Sky (2015)

Colonel Katherine Powell is a UK-based military officer in command of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. Through remote surveillance and on-the-ground intel, Powell discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing and the mission escalates from "capture" to "kill." But as American pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) is about to engage, a nine-year old girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute, reaching the highest levels of US and British government, over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare. This is why Eye In The Sky (2015) is one of the best movies like Paths Of Glory (1957). (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:lawyer,  soldier
Story:military officer,  colonel,  major,  lieutenant,  general,  surprise ending,  independent film

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The Four Feathers (2002)
Adventure, Drama, Romance, War

The Four Feathers (2002)

Set in 1884 Sudan, this fifth film to be adapted from the A.E.W. Mason novel follows a British officer who resigns his post right before his regiment ships out to battle the rebels. Perceiving his resignation as cowardice, his friends and fiancee give him four white feathers, the symbol of cowardice, but little do they know he's actually going undercover and plans to redeem his honor. (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:soldier
Story:comrade,  fear of death,  cowardice,  bayonet,  arrogance,  general,  rifle,  based on novel

Valkyrie (2008)
Drama, History, Thriller, War

Valkyrie (2008)

In Nazi Germany during World War II, as the tide turned in favor of The Allies, a cadre of senior German officers and politicians desperately plot to topple the Nazi regime before the nation is crushed in a near-inevitable defeat. To this end, Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, an Army officer convinced he must save Germany from Hitler, is recruited to mastermind a real plan. To do so, he arranges for the internal emergency measure, Operation: Valkyrie, to be changed to enable his fellows to seize control of Berlin after the assassination of the Fuhrer. However, even as the plan is put into action, a combination of bad luck and human failings conspire on their own to create a tragedy that would prolong the greater one gripping Europe. (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:courtroom
Story:military officer,  court martial,  firing squad,  major,  lieutenant,  colonel,  general,  execution,  rifle,  shot to death,  pistol,  singing

La Battaglia Di Algeri (1966) is one of the best movies like Paths Of Glory (1957)
Drama, War

La Battaglia Di Algeri (1966)

A film commissioned by the Algerian government that shows the Algerian revolution from both sides. The French foreign legion has left Vietnam in defeat and has something to prove. The Algerians are seeking independence. The two clash. The torture used by the French is contrasted with the Algerian's use of bombs in soda shops. A look at war as a nasty thing that harms and sullies everyone who participates in it. (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:france
Characters:soldier
Story:colonel,  french military,  french soldier,  french army,  epic battle,  whistle,  general,  uniform,  execution,  revolver,  rifle

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The Dirty Dozen (1967)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Thriller, War

The Dirty Dozen (1967)

A Major with an attitude problem and a history of getting things done is told to interview military prisoners with death sentences or long terms for a dangerous mission; To parachute behind enemy lines and cause havoc for the German Generals at a rest house on the eve of D-Day.

Themes:military
Characters:soldier
Story:major,  colonel,  general,  behind enemy lines,  bayonet,  uniform,  fistfight,  pistol,  three word title,  based on novel

From Here To Eternity (1953)
Drama, Romance, War

From Here To Eternity (1953)

It's 1941. Robert E. Lee Prewitt has requested Army transfer and has ended up at Schofield in Hawaii. His new captain, Dana Holmes, has heard of his boxing prowess and is keen to get him to represent the company. However, 'Prew' is adamant that he doesn't box anymore, so Captain Holmes gets his subordinates to make his life a living hell. Meanwhile Sergeant Warden starts seeing the captain's wife, who has a history of seeking external relief from a troubled marriage. Prew's friend Maggio has a few altercations with the sadistic stockade Sergeant 'Fatso' Judson, and Prew begins falling in love with social club employee Lorene. Unbeknownst to anyone, the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor looms in the distance. This is why From Here To Eternity (1953) is one of the best movies like Paths Of Glory (1957). (Read More)

Themes:military,  drunkenness
Characters:soldier
Story:dead soldier,  infantryman,  private,  court martial,  infantry,  major,  colonel,  helmet,  general,  uniform,  rifle,  fistfight,  shot to death,  singing,  based on novel

The Monuments Men (2014)
Drama, History, War

The Monuments Men (2014)

Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys - seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 - possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind's greatest achievements. (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:france
Characters:soldier
Story:military officer,  behind enemy lines,  major,  lieutenant,  colonel,  helmet,  general,  uniform,  revolver,  rifle,  shot to death,  pistol,  surprise ending

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Primal Fear (1996) is one of the best movies like Paths Of Glory (1957)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Primal Fear (1996)

Courtroom thriller about a slick, hotshot lawyer who takes the seemingly unwinnable case of a young altar boy accused of murdering an eminent catholic priest.

Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer,  catholic
Story:judicial system,  judicial,  judiciary,  death penalty,  major,  general,  confession,  revolver,  surprise ending,  singing,  based on novel

Der Untergang (2004)
Biography, Drama, History, War

Der Untergang (2004)

In April of 1945, Germany stands at the brink of defeat with the Soviet Armies closing in from the west and south. In Berlin, capital of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler proclaims that Germany will still achieve victory and orders his Generals and advisers to fight to the last man. "Downfall" explores these final days of the Reich, where senior German leaders (such as Himmler and Goring) began defecting from their beloved Fuhrer, in an effort to save their own lives, while still others (Joseph Goebbels) pledge to die with Hitler. Hitler, himself, degenerates into a paranoid shell of a man, full of optimism one moment and suicidal depression the next. When the end finally does comes, and Hitler lies dead by his own hand, what is left of his military must find a way to end the killing that is the Battle of Berlin, and lay down their arms in surrender. (Read More)

Themes:military,  drunkenness
Characters:soldier
Story:dead soldier,  court martial,  private,  bombardment,  comrade,  cowardice,  despair,  colonel,  helmet,  general,  execution,  rifle,  singing

Dunkirk (2017)
Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War

Dunkirk (2017)

Evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, and France, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbor of Dunkirk, France, between May 26- June 04, 1940, during Battle of France in World War II.

Themes:military
Locations:france
Characters:soldier
Story:french military,  military officer,  dead soldier,  french soldier,  french army,  private,  bombardment,  colonel,  helmet,  general,  rifle,  surprise ending

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Zulu (1964)
Drama, History, War

Zulu (1964)

Zululand, South Africa, 1879. The British are fighting the Zulus and one of their columns has just been wiped out at Isandlwana. The Zulus next fix their sights on the small British outpost at Rorke's Drift. At the outpost are 150 British troops under the command of Lieutenants Bromhead and Chard. In the next few days these 150 troops will fight about 4,000 Zulus in one of the most courageous battles in history. This is why Zulu (1964) is one of the best movies like Paths Of Glory (1957). (Read More)

Themes:military,  drunkenness
Characters:soldier
Story:military officer,  infantry,  bayonet,  major,  uniform,  revolver,  rifle,  face slap,  pistol,  singing,  independent film

The Lost City Of Z (2016) is one of the best movies like Paths Of Glory (1957)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, History

The Lost City Of Z (2016)

The Lost City of Z tells the incredible true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who journeys into the Amazon at the dawn of the 20th century and discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment who regard indigenous populations as "savages," the determined Fawcett - supported by his devoted wife, son and aide de camp returns time and again to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case, culminating in his mysterious disappearance in 1925. (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:soldier
Period:1910s
Story:cowardice,  trench,  bayonet,  whistle,  major,  despair,  colonel,  world war one,  rifle,  face slap,  pistol,  singing

Black Hawk Down (2001)
Drama, History, War

Black Hawk Down (2001)

Action/war drama based on the best-selling book detailing a near-disastrous mission in Somalia on October 3, 1993. On this date nearly 100 U.S. Army Rangers, commanded by Capt. Mike Steele, were dropped by helicopter deep into the capital city of Mogadishu to capture two top lieutenants of a Somali warlord. This led to a large and drawn-out firefight between the Army Ranges, US Special Forces, and hundreds of Somali gunmen; resulting in the destruction of two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters. The film focuses on the heroic efforts of various Rangers to get to the downed black hawks, centering on SSG Eversmann, leading the Ranger unit Chalk Four to the first black hawk crash site, Chief Warrant Officer Durant who was captured after being the only survivor of the second black hawk crash, as well as many others who were involved. (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:soldier
Story:dead soldier,  idealist,  epic battle,  infantry,  anti war,  colonel,  general,  uniform,  rifle,  shot to death,  based on novel

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Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Drama, War

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

A two-segment look at the effect of the military mindset and war itself on Vietnam era Marines. The first half follows a group of recruits in boot camp under the command of the punishing Gunnery Sergeant Hartman. The second half shows one of those recruits, Joker, covering the war as a correspondent for Stars and Stripes, focusing on the Tet offensive. (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:soldier
Story:dead soldier,  private,  comrade,  infantry,  anti war,  colonel,  long take,  uniform,  rifle,  face slap,  fistfight,  shot to death,  three word title,  based on novel

Heartbreak Ridge (1986)
Action, Comedy, Drama, War

Heartbreak Ridge (1986)

1983. Tom Highway is a well-decorated career military man in the United States Marine Corps, he who has seen action in Korea and Vietnam. His current rank is Gunnery Sergeant. His experiences have led him to become an opinionated, no nonsense man, who is prone to bursts of violence, especially when he's drunk, if the situation does not suit him, regardless of the specifics or people involved. Because of these actions, he has spent his fair share of overnighters behind bars. Close to retirement, one of his last assignments, one he requested, is back at his old unit at Cherry Point, North Carolina, from where he was transferred for insubordination. He is to train a reconnaissance platoon. His superior officer, the much younger and combat inexperienced Major Malcolm Powers, sees Highway as a relic of an old styled military. Highway's commanding officer, Lieutenant Ring, the platoon leader, is also a younger man who has no combat experience, but is academically inclined and happy-go-lucky. Highway finds that his team is a rag-tag bunch of slackers, who includes wannabe rock musician Stitch Jones, with who Highway had an inauspicious earlier meeting. The men in the platoon, who truly believe Highway is crazy, hate him, and don't understand why they have to follow his harsh training regimen when the United States is not currently at war. The major, who is all about efficiency regardless of combat readiness, has the same views of Highway. He is clear that he sees Highway's platoon solely as a training mechanism for his own elite squad trained by Highway's nemesis, Staff Sergeant Webster. Things for Highway and his platoon change when the United States enters into war in Grenada. Through it all, Highway tries to reconnect with his bar waitress ex-wife Aggie, he even clandestinely reading women's magazines to understand her better. Two primary obstacles stand in his way: Roy Jennings, Aggie's boss and current suitor who hates Marines, and Aggie's own remembrance of how dysfunctional their marriage was. (Read More)

Themes:military,  drunkenness
Locations:courtroom
Characters:soldier
Story:major,  military officer,  prison fight,  lieutenant,  general,  uniform,  face slap,  fistfight,  shot to death,  pistol,  singing

Inglourious Basterds (2009) is one of the best movies like Paths Of Glory (1957)
Adventure, Drama, War

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

In German-occupied France, young Jewish refugee Shosanna Dreyfus witnesses the slaughter of her family by Colonel Hans Landa. Narrowly escaping with her life, she plots her revenge several years later when German war hero Fredrick Zoller takes a rapid interest in her and arranges an illustrious movie premiere at the theater she now runs. With the promise of every major Nazi officer in attendance, the event catches the attention of the "Basterds", a group of Jewish-American guerrilla soldiers led by the ruthless Lt. Aldo Raine. As the relentless executioners advance and the conspiring young girl's plans are set in motion, their paths will cross for a fateful evening that will shake the very annals of history. This is why Inglourious Basterds (2009) is one of the best movies like Paths Of Glory (1957). (Read More)

Themes:military
Locations:france
Characters:soldier
Story:colonel,  ideal,  private,  bayonet,  major,  lieutenant,  general,  fistfight,  pistol

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The General's Daughter (1999)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The General's Daughter (1999)

The naked corpse of Captain Elisabeth Campbell, daughter of Lieutenant General "Fighting Joe" Campbell, is found staked out on the urban warfare range of Fort MacCallum. Army CID detectives and ex-lovers Paul Brenner and Sara Sunhill are called in to investigate, and find themselves wrapped up in a maelstrom of sexual impropriety and misguided face-saving. (Read More)

Themes:military
Story:general,  military officer,  lieutenant,  colonel,  uniform,  surprise ending,  three word title,  based on novel

Runaway Jury (2003)
Drama, Thriller

Runaway Jury (2003)

Wendell Rohr is a torts lawyer taking on the gun lobby. Rankin Fitch is the jury consultant for the Defendants and between them the battle is for the hearts and minds of the jury. But there is someone on the inside. Nicholas Easter is a juror with a girlfriend, Marlee, on the outside. they have a past ..... and their own agenda. (Read More)

Locations:courtroom
Characters:lawyer
Story:judicial system,  judiciary,  judicial,  major,  cockroach,  rifle,  fistfight,  surprise ending,  singing,  based on novel

Born On The Fourth Of July (1989)
Biography, Drama, War

Born On The Fourth Of July (1989)

The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.

Themes:military,  drunkenness
Characters:catholic
Story:military officer,  infantry,  anti war,  uniform,  face slap

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War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017) is one of the best movies like Paths Of Glory (1957)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:soldier
Story:colonel,  epic battle,  behind enemy lines,  helmet,  rifle,  fistfight,  shot to death,  pistol,  surprise ending

The Last Samurai (2003)
Action, Drama, History, War

The Last Samurai (2003)

In the 1870s, Captain Nathan Algren, a cynical veteran of the American Civil war who will work for anyone, is hired by Americans who want lucrative contracts with the Emperor of Japan to train the peasant conscripts for the first standing imperial army in modern warfare using firearms. The imperial Omura cabinet's first priority is to repress a rebellion of traditionalist Samurai -hereditary warriors- who remain devoted to the sacred dynasty but reject the Westernizing policy and even refuse firearms. Yet when his ill-prepared superior force sets out too soon, their panic allows the sword-wielding samurai to crush them. Badly wounded Algren's courageous stand makes the samurai leader Katsumoto spare his life; once nursed to health he learns to know and respect the old Japanese way, and participates as advisor in Katsumoto's failed attempt to save the Bushido tradition, but Omura gets repressive laws enacted- he must now choose to honor his loyalty to one of the embittered sides when the conflict returns to the battlefield... This is why The Last Samurai (2003) is one of the best movies like Paths Of Glory (1957). (Read More)

Themes:military,  drunkenness
Characters:soldier
Story:military officer,  bayonet,  idealism,  arrogance,  colonel,  general,  execution,  rifle,  shot to death,  pistol

Taegukgi Hwinalrimyeo (2004)
Action, Drama, War

Taegukgi Hwinalrimyeo (2004)

In 1950, in South Korea, shoe-shiner Jin-tae Lee and his 18-year-old old student brother, Jin-seok Lee, form a poor but happy family with their mother, Jin-tae's fiance Young-shin Kim, and her young sisters. Jin-tae and his mother are tough workers, who sacrifice themselves to send Jin-seok to the university. When North Korea invades the South, the family escapes to a relative's house in the country, but along their journey, Jin-seok is forced to join the army to fight in the front, and Jin-tae enlists too to protect his young brother. The commander promises Jin-tae that if he gets a medal he would release his brother, and Jin-tae becomes the braver soldier in the company. Along the bloody war between brothers, the relationship of Jin-seok with his older brother deteriorates leading to a dramatic and tragic end. (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:soldier
Story:trench,  firing squad,  bayonet,  anti war,  controversy,  execution,  fistfight,  shot to death

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War Horse (2011)
Drama, War

War Horse (2011)

Locations:france
Story:trench,  firing squad,  whistle,  lieutenant,  world war one,  execution,  based on novel

Platoon (1986) is one of the best movies like Paths Of Glory (1957)
Drama, War

Platoon (1986)

Chris Taylor is a young, naive American who gives up college and volunteers for combat in Vietnam. Upon arrival, he quickly discovers that his presence is quite nonessential, and is considered insignificant to the other soldiers, as he has not fought for as long as the rest of them and felt the effects of combat. Chris has two non-commissioned officers, the ill-tempered and indestructible Staff Sergeant Robert Barnes and the more pleasant and cooperative Sergeant Elias Grodin. A line is drawn between the two NCOs and a number of men in the platoon when an illegal killing occurs during a village raid. As the war continues, Chris himself draws towards psychological meltdown. And as he struggles for survival, he soon realizes he is fighting two battles, the conflict with the enemy and the conflict between the men within his platoon. (Read More)

Themes:military
Characters:soldier
Story:suicide attack,  bombardment,  main character shot,  infantry,  bayonet,  anti war,  helmet,  fistfight,  independent film

Dances With Wolves (1990)
Adventure, Drama, Western

Dances With Wolves (1990)

Lt. John Dunbar is dubbed a hero after he accidentally leads Union troops to a victory during the Civil War. He requests a position on the western frontier, but finds it deserted. He soon finds out he is not alone, but meets a wolf he dubs "Two-socks" and a curious Indian tribe. Dunbar quickly makes friends with the tribe, and discovers a white woman who was raised by the Indians. He gradually earns the respect of these native people, and sheds his white-man's ways. (Read More)

Characters:soldier
Story:military officer,  bayonet,  lieutenant,  general,  controversy,  revolver,  shot to death,  pistol,  three word title,  independent film,  based on novel

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