War is Hell, and living with it both on the front lines and back at home has become the fodder for several successful film and TV takes on the subject. Here our are 10 favorites.
In some ways, it's a natural subject for cinema. It has scope. It packs inherent drama. It has all the swagger, the allure, and the blood-spattered spectacle that makes the visual medium so viable. Yet the war film or TV series -- an indirect derivation of the thriller, action effort, and (sometimes) critical commentary -- is often foiled by the very elements it has to cater to. Offer up too much realism and the audience looks away in dismay. Play up the arrogance or the attraction and your motives are questioned. Human conflict is a tricky concept to completely nail down. In fact, the war at home is often is as intriguing both during and within the aftermath, than the depraved acts that brought us to the point of battle. In fact, some of the best material in this regard occurs not on the front lines, but in the front rooms of those left behind.
So coming up with a list of the Greatest Movies and TV Offerings About War is tough, especially in light of the divergent approaches taken. Want nothing more than flag waving and enemy annihilation? Go for the '50s combat conceit, a time when John Wayne, Clark Gable, and Burt Lancaster would steer the stars and stripes course. Or maybe your prefer the '70s, with its stark cynicism and attempt to grapple with the bigger issues involved. From something as sobering as Schindler's List to the over the top casting that carries The Longest Day, one's decision has to balance the message with the media. In that regard -- and in recognition of today's release of the latest collection of episodes from the stellar British series Foyle's War (a detective series set during WWII) on Blu-ray - SE&L offers up its list of the 10 Best looks at how human conflict affects us, either before, during, or after it commences.