Whether you prefer a quiet night in or to be the first one at the midnight showing, movies have been a source of entertainment for generations upon generations. Film production began in the 1890’s, but because of technology, films were typically one minute long or less. The film industry continued to grow and in 1927 when the first film with sound, “The Jazz Singer,” was released to audiences. The industry continues to evolve even today with the adaptation of color, 3D, Blu-Ray and now IMAX. One thing that hasn’t changed is movie night.
Movie night is a staple for families, friends and significant others, so pop some popcorn, grab your seat and tune in to some of the best military-themed movies for your next movie night.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
On June 6, 1944, members of the 2nd Ranger Battalion fight ashore to secure a beachhead at Normandy. When two brothers are killed in action after another had been killed earlier, their mother is to receive all three of the grave telegrams on the same day. One man is given an opportunity to take away some of her grief when he learns of the fourth brother, Private James Ryan, and decides to send out men to find him and bring him back home to his mother.
A young man decides to leave his college life and volunteer for combat in Vietnam where he faces a moral crisis confronted with the horrors of war and the conflict within the platoon.
Black Hawk Down (2001)
160 elite U.S. soldiers drop into Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord and find themselves in a battle with a large force of heavily-armed Somalis with two downed helicopters.
The Hurt Locker (2008)
This film follows elite soldiers who have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world: disarming bombs in the heat of combat. When a new sergeant takes over a highly trained team during violent conflict, he shocks his two subordinates with his reckless behavior. As the men struggle to work together each one is changed forever.
Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
World War II Army medic Desmond T. Doss was a pacifist who wanted nothing more than to serve his country in the war. Doss completes training and is sent into the Battle of Okinawa where he becomes the first man in American History to earn the Medal of Honor without firing a single shot.
American Sniper (2014)
Chris Kyle was a Navy S.E.A.L. sniper with incredible accuracy who saved countless lives on the battlefield. The film American Sniper follows Kyle’s return home where he struggles with life away from the battlefield.
Based on her book of the same name, Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken follows the story of Olympian Louis Zamperini who spent 47 days in a raft in the middle of the ocean with two fellow crewmen before being caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp during World War II.
Dunkirk (July 21, 2017)
Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk depicts the evacuation of Allied soldiers who were surrounded by the German army on the beaches of Dunkirk, France from May 26 to June 4, 1940 during World War II.
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