FAVORITE MILITARY MOVIES

I'm retired from the military, so I love me a good military movie. Here are just a few of my faves, in no particular order.
  1. The Caine Mutiny
    From the Herman Wouk novel. Best military movie ever. So many things about this story apply even in today's military. Bogart as Captain Queeg - amazing. Jose Ferrer's takedown of Fred MacMurray at the end - oh my god.
  2. Catch-22
    From the Joseph Heller novel. Not as good as the book, but still awesome. M&M Enterprises -- everybody's got a share!
  3. The Last Detail
    Jack Nicholson and Otis Young play a couple of Navy "brig chasers" detailed to escort newly-convicted prisoner Randy Quaid from Norfolk o the Naval Prison in Rhode Island. They decide to make the trip in half the time so they can pocket the per diem. It doesn't work out that way, but not for lack of trying.
  4. A Few Good Men
    I'm a retired JAG, and I still practice military law, so movies involving military justice are particularly fun for me. Tom Cruise's opening statement is short but spot on. So many great one liners that might be of interest only to military justice geeks (I'm not Markinson. Are you Markinson?).
  5. Town Without Pity
    Story takes place in post-war occupied Germany. Four American soldiers are court-martialed for the gang-rape of a local girl (they're guilty -- you see it in the first scene). Story is still particularly relevant today, even if some changes in military law would prevent the defense from putting the victim on trial, as happened in the movie (today they're allowed to show she's a liar, but they're not allowed to show that she's a slut.)
  6. Mister Roberts
    Based on the Thomas Heggen novel. Henry Fonda plays Lieutenant Junior Grade Roberts, assigned to the USS Reluctant, a cargo ship that sees no action, under the command of Captain Morton (James Cagney). Roberts seeks transfer to combat unit, and also tries to protect the crew from Morton. Jack Lemmon is hilarious as Ensign Pulver. It's billed as a comedy, but anyone who's served in the military will recognize some of the more deppessing aspects of Morton's personality.
  7. Gettysburg
    Based on the book The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, which was itself based on actual events. So, so awesome.