War movies may not be the light-hearted thrill you’re looking for to relax on the weekend, but truth be told, this genre produces some of the best films to hit the big screen. Often based on historical battles or conflicts, they recount actual events and travesties that other generations have faced. In the ones where the ending is unbearably heartbreaking, we are reminded of the sacrifice and loss of those gone before us, and in the one’s that end with uplifting victory, we are reminded of the resilient spirit of mankind. So, raise your glasses to our top ten picks for this decade’s best war movies.
- Flags of Our Fathers (2006): Directed by Clint Eastwood, this WWII film tells the story of the 6 service men who raised the flag on Mt. Suribachi, an act which was photographed and became one of the most famous pictures in America. Only three of the six survived the rest of the battle and went on to become American heroes.
- 300 (2006): Reaching a little farther back in the history books, this is the story of the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BC when a small, but courageous army of 300 Spartans and 700 Thespians are met by a Persian fleet of over 100,000 soldiers with the orders to take Greece. Though their defeat is inevitable, the Spartans wage one of the most heroic and determined fights in history, which happens to make for an incredible movie plot. Read the rest of this entry »