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Movies That Should Be Required Viewing for Any True Grognard
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An homage to Blott's recent GeekList, Movies that should be required viewing for any true geek:


So you want to really call yourself a grognard? Then you've got some work to do. So get these movies and watch them, you'll be one step closer to true grognardom.


Please add your own favorite grognard movies. Remember that these are not necessarily the "best" movies for anyone to see, but movies that have a grognard-factor to them and therefore require grognard viewing. Also add a YouTube video of the movie trailer if you can.
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76. Board Game: Break the Bank [Average Rating:5.28 Unranked]
Stephen Brewbacker
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Long Island
New York
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Kelly's Heroes

By far my favorite 'feel good' movie set in and about WWII.

Nothing will put you in the mood to play a WWII wargame better than Kelly's Heroes. It's got it all: a great cast, great action scenes, and the funniest lines in a war movie eva.

But most of all, Kelly's Heroes serves as a reminder to all about how profitable a war can (and should) be.

This 10 minute youtube clip doesn't even scratch the surface. For a 'best lines' you need about 90 minutes.

Crapgame: "A mine, I found a mine!"
Big Joe: "What kind of mine is it?"
Crapgame: "I don't know - the EXPLODING kind..."




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77. Board Game: Algeria: The War of Independence 1954-1962 [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:6619]
Jean-Pierre Maurais
Canada
Quebec city
Quebec
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The Battle of Algier
One of the best movie I seen. Ultra tense.



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78. Board Game: Aliens [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:1229]
Red Scare
Spain
Madrid
Madrid
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And what about the poor sci-fi grognards?

Very good action movie, and the best of the Alien saga IMHO.




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79. Board Game: Battle of the Bulge [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:2836]
Jean-Pierre Maurais
Canada
Quebec city
Quebec
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I saw that movie at the age of 12. Bought Avalon Hill Battle of the Bulge right after.

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80. Board Game: Second Front [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:4137]
Jean-Pierre Maurais
Canada
Quebec city
Quebec
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Another classic. Read the book at the primary school.

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81. Board Game: Operation Apocalypse [Average Rating:5.66 Overall Rank:8791]
David Edwards Jr
United States
Wilmette
Illinois
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Modern Classic!

 
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82. Board Game: This Accursed Civil War [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:1803]
Tim P.
United States
Thousand Oaks
CA
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Cromwell with Richard Harris and Alec Guinness

(no clips on youtube)
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83. Board Game: Spanish Civil War [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Tim P.
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The Spanish Civil War is an oft forgotten conflict on the 20 century, yet has some powerful and moving films made about that tragic clash of ideology and modern warfare.

"From whom the bell tolls" is probably the best known, but my favourite is the sad and moving "Land and Freedom" by Ken Loach.

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84. Board Game: Nuclear War [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:1776]
Wendell
United States
Twin Cities
Minnesota
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Dr Strangeglove

Ends with the famous scene of Slim Pickens riding a nuclear bomb in the USSR. Funny and chilling. An absurdist reminder of the many absurdities of war.
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85. Board Game: Cold War: CIA vs KGB [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:792]
Jean-Pierre Maurais
Canada
Quebec city
Quebec
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THE SUM OF ALL FEARS
The what if scenario is awesome. The military scenes are excellent.



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86. Board Game: Pearl Harbor [Average Rating:6.80 Unranked]
Jean-Pierre Maurais
Canada
Quebec city
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PEARL HARBOR

Big budget. Big scenes. Interesting to see all that in color.

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87. Board Game: Duel [Average Rating:5.91 Unranked]
Lloyd Krassner
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Palm Coast
Florida
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I love this geeklist! I'd like to add this great little Napoleonic period piece:
"The Duellists" by Ridley Scott, starring Keith Carradine and Harvey Keitel. No large scale battles, but everything else is wonderful. If you like this, I would also recommend the Horatio Hornblower and Sharpe Mini-series.
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88. Board Game: Red Storm over the Reich [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:3411]
Jean-Pierre Maurais
Canada
Quebec city
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THE BUNKER (1981)

Interesting old movie. Anthony Hopkins as Hitler.

DO NOT CONFUSE THAT MOVIE WITH DOWNFALL.

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89. Board Game: The Christmas Game [Average Rating:4.25 Unranked]
Thumis Dalidalisa
United States
Falls Church
Virginia
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With due respect to Paths of Glory, the best WWI movie is "Joyeux Noel"
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90. Board Game: Attack [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
Mark Crocker
United States
Westland
Michigan
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Nobody in the history of film, portrayed a corpse better than Jack Palance, in this film.
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91. Board Game: Romance of the Three Kingdoms [Average Rating:4.56 Unranked]
Thumis Dalidalisa
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Falls Church
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Three Kings

An excellent movie on the first Iraq war that well conveys the chaos and betrayal of war.
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92. Board Game: Shooting Stars [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:7269]
 
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The Night of the Shooting Stars (1983) Italian: "La Notte di San Lorenzo."

An excellent film about the last days of World War II in Italy.
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93. Board Game: Britain Stands Alone [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:4474]
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How I won the war



(Has been completely uploaded to youtube. Part one here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKzi_JlrdEY)

British Anti-War movie with John Lennon
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94. Board Game: Warlords [Average Rating:4.15 Overall Rank:10470]
Dave Dubin
United States
Champaign
Illinois
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The War Lord (1965)

Anyone curious about the connection between old veterans and grumbling can watch Mr. Boone's performance.



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95. Board Game: Grand Illusion: Mirage of Glory, 1914 [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:2538]
Tom Grant
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Washington
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Grand Illusion is a "everyone lost WWI" movie, but not from the perspective of the trenches. (For that story, see All Quiet On The Western Front.) Instead, Grand Illusion is about the death of an age, and the end of the European aristocracy.

(Sorry, couldn't find a clip with subtitles.)

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96. Board Game: BattleLore [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:148]
Tom Grant
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Washington
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Aleksandr Nevsky

Great battle scenes (particularly the one on the ice), and a truly scary portrayal of the Teutonic Knights. (I mean it. They're really, REALLY frighteningly evil.) Plus, one of the best soundtracks ever, which Sergei Prokofiev composed for the movie.

Recommended if you want inspiration before playing a medieval wargame.

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97. Board Game: Charge! [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
Steve Bishop
United Kingdom
Lytham St. Annes
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Charge of the light Brigade (1968 version)

A superb British cast including David Hemmings and Trevor Howard at his best; an absolute classic.
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98. Board Game: Midway [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1995]
Jean-Pierre Maurais
Canada
Quebec city
Quebec
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99. Board Game: Verdun 1916 [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:8217]
Jean-Pierre Maurais
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A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT

Some interesting WW1 scenes.



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100. Board Game: Insurgency [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
Paul Dunne
Germany
Leipzig
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The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0460989/

http://thepiratebay.org/tor/3611599/The_Wind_That_Shakes_The...

The IRA at war, first against the Brits, then against the Irish Free State. The best film on the topic, surprisingly good in fact, though somewhat marred by a Procrustean attempt to portray the events mainly as a class struggle, á la "Land and Freedom" from the same director.

The linked game is the closest thing to one covering the actual war I could find, and isn't so irrelevant, especially given that the Irish war provided inspiration for many subsequent anti-colonial struggles.

There is a work in progress on the Tan War:

http://talk.consimworld.com/WebX?13@17.G6RtdF6QPz0.3@.ee6ec3...

I've half a mind to design one covering 1916-23 myself, come to think of it.
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