Must-See Memorial Day Movies


If you haven't seen them, rent them, stream them, buy them. You won't regret it.

(In no particular order)

1. Flags of Our Fathers

2. We Were Soldiers

3. The Longest Day

4. My Boy Jack

5. Glory

There are plenty of others out there. List your favorites in comments.

UPDATE by Rusty:

Let me add three to DMartyr's list:

1) Saving Private Ryan

2) Band of Brothers -- Not a "movie" per se, but it's still a must watch. And if you have Amazon Prime you can watch it for free. Which I do and I'm actually watching the whole series over the weekend. I'm up to episode 11.

3) The Pacific -- I haven't seen this series yet but I plan on watching it after I'm done with Band of Brothers. It's also available for free to Amazon Prime members. Given that my maternal grandfather died in the Pacific Theater, this one's a must and I can't believe I haven't taken the time to watch it yet.

Posted by: DMartyr at 08:58 PM


1 I would absolutely include "GETTYSBURG" at the top.
Also add "Band of Brothers" and "The Pacific", and maybe the AE movie "Ike: Countdown to D:Day"

Posted by: RobertM at May 25, 2014 11:22 PM

2 -Patton
-Gods and Generals
-The Crossing (A&E)

Posted by: shadowofashade at May 26, 2014 12:18 AM

3 The Great Escape
Battle Of Britain
Battle Of The Bulge
The Longest Day
Stalag 17
They Were Expendable
Flying Tigers
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
A Walk In The Sun
Sands of Iwo Jima
Bridge Too Far

Posted by: ScreamingInfidelPiglet at May 26, 2014 06:09 AM

4 Go Tell the Spartans

Posted by: Bill Cook at May 26, 2014 07:54 AM

5 In Harm's Way
Tora Tora Tora

Posted by: Fox2! at May 26, 2014 03:55 PM

"What price Glory?"
Paths of Glory.
The Red Badge of courage >Audie Murphy version<
Darby's Rangers.
To Hell and back.
Hell and High water.
Operation Pacific.
Twelve o'clock high
The Bridges at Toko Ri.

Posted by: obsidian at May 26, 2014 04:59 PM

7 The Horse soldiers.

Posted by: obsidian at May 26, 2014 05:04 PM

8 Memorial Day (the movie)
Tears of the Sun
Black Hawk Down
Act of Valor
Hamburger Hill
Murph: The Protector
Lone Survivor

Posted by: MtTB at May 26, 2014 05:06 PM

9 I would add Glory, Midway, and 30 Seconds Over Tokyo.

Posted by: ed at May 26, 2014 06:11 PM

For anyone who watches Band of Brothers, make sure you watch the "bonus materials" that come with the DVD set. It has an 80 minute documentary titled "We Stand Alone Together: The Men of Easy Company". In it, they interview the surviving men of Easy Company, including the late Richard Winters, and the late William "Wild Bill" Guarnere.

Those men are the very definition of integrity and courage.

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