What are the films that you grew up watching? The ones your dad drooled over on a wet Sunday afternoon? Exactly, war films – or perhaps Westerns, but that’s for another time.
War films, and by that we mean those motion pictures that - generally - favour action sequences over narrative (for that reason there was no place for Schindler’s List, The Pianist etc) are a formative experience for young boys. Their depiction of heroism, friendship and adventure speak to our hardwired sense of magical escapades and vicarious thrills and spills.
The reality of war, of course, is completely different, which is why the war films that we learn to love and cherish differ over time. But, no matter what your vantage point, we can all agree that a brilliant war film is one to rave about uncontrollably.
Here are the best 30 ever made. No arguments. Unless you want to chip in below of course…