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Best War Movies of the 80's


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I'd like to hear your opinion of what were the best war movies of the 80's?

My top two are Good Morning Vietnam & Platoon.

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Rakkasan187

Hamburger Hill (1987)

 

Das Boot (1981)

 

Glory (1989)

 

Empire of the Sun (1987)

 

Hamburger Hill is especially significant for me as I was assigned to 3/187 Infantry, 101st Airborne Division in the 80s and I met many veterans from that battle at Rakkasan Reunions in the 80's..

 

Leigh  

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Salvage Sailor

Good picks Leigh...

 

Gallipoli (& The Lighthorsemen), Breaker Morant, Eye of the Needle, Triumph of the Spirit, & Full Metal Jacket

 

Plus, The Killing Fields, Attack Force Z & Come and See

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All great picks for sure! One that I would like to add and is very under rated and also hard to get on dvd is "Farewell to the King" with Nick Nolte. A great story about WWII in Borneo and the Z-Force operators. 1988 I think.     Scott

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Dune Panther

I am partial to The Dogs of War that was released in 1980 and stars Christopher Walken. About a mercenary operation in the fictional West African country of Zangaro, what it lacks in accuracy (in certain respects) is more than made up for by an undercurrent of dark humor that is hilarious, to my twisted sense of humor at least.

 

Also, the government corruption and baksheesh so central to how life works in lots of Third World places like this in real life is spot-on accurate in the film.

 

"You can't leave Zangaro without your passport, a__hole!🤪   

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Skysoldier80

Not to repeat some already posted:

 

Full Metal Jacket, Final Countdown, Gardens of Stone, Hamburger Hill, Red Dawn.

 

these are just some, but I loved 80’s War Movies

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Dune Panther

Have a few more...

 

Red Scorpion, starring Dolph Lundgren as a Soviet Spetsnaz operator sent to an unnamed African country under Communist rule, to help put down an insurgency there. Gets more than he bargained for and lots of action in this one. 

 

The Lords of Discipline, based on the novel of the same name by Pat Conroy. While this is not a war movie, there is quite a war in it that takes place at the fictional Carolina Military Institute (in some respects a stand-in for The Citadel that Conroy himself attended as a cadet), between a group of tight cadet friends and a shadowy, ruthless & covert organization known as "The Ten."

 

The Beast, about a Soviet Russian tank crew becoming lost in Afghanistan. In a hell of their own making. Especially brutal and action packed. 

 

 

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