Top Ten Movies That Honor Veterans

Top Ten Movies That Honor Veterans

Also, consider watching: THE PURPLE HEART, WINGS, WHERE EAGLES DARE, THE GUNS OF NAVARONE, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, STALAG 17, U-571, and GODS AND GENERALS.

ACT OF VALOR

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Discretion advised for adults.
ACT OF VALOR is a riveting, realistic war movie about a Navy Seal team trying to stop a Muslim terrorist from entering the country via evil drug smugglers. ACT OF VALOR is an intense, explosive war movie with very strong patriotic values, but it has very strong war violence and some strong foul language. So, extreme caution is advised.

THE LONG ROAD HOME

Quality:
****
Content:
-1 Discretion advised for older children.
THE LONG ROAD HOME is a dramatic TV miniseries from the National Geographic Channel that follows American forces in Sadr, Iraq in 2004 who are ambushed by Islamic militants and face extreme odds to survive. THE LONG ROAD HOME is an intense war series, but the first two episodes have a very strong Christian, moral, patriotic worldview. Caution is advised for some strong war violence and foul language.

THE PATRIOT

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Discretion advised for adults.
THE PATRIOT stars Mel Gibson as a family man who wrestles with his desire for revenge and the just cause of the American War for Independence in the late 1700s. The violent battle scenes may concern older moviegoers, while younger moviegoers might chafe at the soul-searching, but at the heart of this movie is faith.

GETTYSBURG

Quality:
****
Content:
-1 Discretion advised for older children.
Ron Maxwell's epic film GETTYSBURG, based on Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel THE KILLER ANGELS, dramatically depicts the three most courageous days in American history when North and South were arrayed against each other in the decisive battle fought on the Gettysburg, Pennsylvania plains. GETTYSBURG is a magnificent movie that should be viewed by every American.

GREYHOUND

Quality:
****
Content:
-1 Discretion advised for older children.
GREYHOUND is a war movie starring Tom Hanks as the first-time captain of an American Destroyer protecting a convoy of merchant ships and troop ships heading for England in February 1942 during World War II. GREYHOUND is a satisfying, suspenseful, inspiring war drama, and Tom Hanks portrays a Christian hero who prays throughout the movie, but there’s some brief foul language and action violence involving sea battles with submarines.

SERGEANT YORK

Quality:
****
Content:
+4 Biblical worldview, with no questionable elements whatsoever.
SERGEANT YORK stars Gary Cooper in a movie based on the true story of a conscientious objector who became the greatest American hero in World War I. SERGEANT YORK is a profoundly Christian movie, with a brilliant performance by Gary Cooper. It powerfully explores the role Christians should play in times of war.

THEY WERE EXPENDABLE

Quality:
+3
Content:
****
THEY WERE EXPENDABLE is John Ford’s stirring and patriotic, but thoughtful, tribute to the men who proved the need for PT boats in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Robert Montgomery plays their leader, Brick, and John Wayne plays Brick’s right-hand man, Rusty. THEY WERE EXPENDABLE is brilliantly made. It features an early role by Donna Reed as a nurse who falls in love with John Wayne’s lieutenant, only to be parted from him when the Japanese invade the Philippines. A funeral scene where Wayne gives a moving eulogy to two fallen comrades in arms is very poignant and patriotic. The ending delivers another sober, poignant message about the different kinds of sacrifice that occur in wartime.

1917

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Discretion advised for adults.
1917 is a powerful, patriotic, moral war movie set at the western front in France and Belgium during World War I about two British soldiers sent by their commander on a suicide mission to warn the British frontlines that they’re rushing into a German trap. Not only is it an entertaining movie, with a strong moral worldview about courage under fire, but it has about 36 obscenities and profanities and significant wartime violence. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution

UNBROKEN

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Discretion advised for adults.
UNBROKEN is a harrowing story of the Christian Olympic athlete and World War II POW Louis Zamperini, who endured unimaginable hardship. UNBROKEN is an immensely powerful story filled with faith, hope and forgiveness. Extreme caution is due to some intense, brutal war elements and foul language.

HACKSAW RIDGE

Quality:
****
Content:
-2 Discretion advised for adults.
HACKSAW RIDGE is a great, emotive, powerful, touching Christian war movie about Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield), a courageous conscientious objector who serves as an unarmed medic during the brutal battle of Okinawa in World War II. Brilliantly directed by Mel Gibson, HACKSAW RIDGE is a captivating, emotional movie about uncompromising faith and miraculous courage. It will make you laugh and cry, but strong caution is advised because of bloody violence and some foul language.