Top 10 Modern War Movies [Video]

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What's up flick connection this is Darren and today I want to talk about the best movies depicting modern warfare
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[Music] more movies have been around since the beginning of cinema some of them are
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just fantastic some of the best movies ever made some of them not so much but today we're going to talk about the best
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ones that depict modern warfare and that means anything that took place from the 1980s to modern day there's some great
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movies not just film during that time but they actually take place and are based on real events during that time
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and so we're gonna talk about those today now as always is a top 10 list so number 10 is the weakest one on the list
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we're gonna go right on through to number one which is going to be the strongest in my opinion but number 10
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I'm gonna go with tears of the Sun now this one could have been a lot better I say it's the weakest because it really
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was a little too serious to actually be pg-13 there's a lot of violence in this movie it's it's got a very very serious
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tone but with a pg-13 rating that weren't really able to convey the seriousness of the situation and that
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the dire need of the people depicted in the movie so for that I feel like it was basically just a little bit of an
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overblown action movie with Bruce Willis and it really could have been a much more some more serious film had they've
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been a little more gravity to it and for that I think they needed a little bit more blood and gore not to make it gir
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to it is but just to make it more real and more gripping so I felt like the movie lacked for that reason number 9
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similar case here I actually picked behind enemy lines which may seem like an odd choice it's got Owen Wilson in it
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and it is basically just an action movie but this one was a very well-done uh you know it's a little cheesy at times it
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gets a little a little heavy on the shaky-cam stuff towards the end but it still was a very interesting compelling
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story and it and it kind of keeps you engaged from beginning in so for that I felt like it was good storytelling and
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it takes place in modern day it is a fictional story it's one of the few fictional stories on this list but still
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for a pg-13 I thought it was a solid way to go it's actually the last 13 movie on the list because just for
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war movies I feel like realism is really you know what counts so we're gonna go ahead and
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move on number eight I actually really like this one it should be a little higher up on the
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list but it's a little odd it's got some unrealistic elements to it so I didn't want to put it above some things that
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really are more true to real-life events and that's three kings this was just a cool Desert Storm movie with George
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Clooney Mark Wahlberg early early Mark Wahlberg but a really cool style on this movie it's really interesting from
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beginning and if you somehow never saw this definitely watch it it's got some quirky things in it but that's kind of
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what makes it cool as well I just felt like it didn't deserve to be above some more realistic things I really like this
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though it's got a lot of cool lines in it it's just it's an interesting story and it kind of reminds me of some older
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movies like uncommon valor they just kind of have like an odd quirkiness to them so that that's really fun with it
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but I love this one it'll probably make some other lists in the future just because it is a cool kind of 90s movie
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it was it was filmed late 90s but it really takes place like in I believe in 1990 so it's got that cool vibe going on
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so I like it for that reason so we're gonna go ahead and move on the number seven with a movie called active valor
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now this came out not too long ago and it did okay and the reason it's not higher up on the list is because it's
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it's fairly poorly acted and the reason it's poorly acted is a reason it even made the list at all and that's because
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it actually features real live Navy SEALs people that actually do this stuff for a living so for that reason this is
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a very interesting pick it was fun to watch it was interesting from beginning to end
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again there's a little bit of cheesiness there not just cuz that the acting just is flat I'm not gonna say it's bad it's
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just flat it's just kind of non-existent but it's still a cool thing to watch the production behind this movie was really
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interesting is completely independently done with real people and it was sold for you know like 15 million dollars I
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think is what it sold for and you know they put a big marketing budget behind it
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and a wide release in theaters and it is a good modern warfare moving number six for me is American sniper I'm sure some
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of you would probably put this higher on the list I felt like this movie was really good it was really well done but
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it did have some odd elements to it there's a weird thing with the fake baby I felt like Eastwood kind of dropped the
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ball storytelling wise a couple of times with this one and really that only happens because he's so quick in his
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filmmaking process they only do one or two takes and so that's kind of why you get some odd things and some Clint
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Eastwood movies but this one was good there's some people that hated it because I felt like it glorified things
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a little too much I I don't agree I don't feel like it did do that I felt like it was a really good honest story
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there's also some people that say that the real guy was a jerk and lied about some things and and whether or not
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that's true the movie itself is compelling it's well-done so this is really one of the better ones
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but there's just there's there's some really good ones getting ready to come up on this list number 5 I'm actually
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going with a documentary called Restrepo now this one's kind of hard to pronounce but I believe I've heard the director
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pronounce it that way if I'm not mistaken so I'm gonna go with that but this is a documentary about soldiers in
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Afghanistan that have to stay in this small outpost they basically have to hold down this outpost and they named it
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Restrepo which is the name of one of the fallen soldiers that fought there with them and it essentially is one of the
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most dangerous areas of Afghanistan and that their job is to hold this place down and the camera crew gets in there
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they're there with them so it's very interesting they talk about what happens to these guys when they come back things
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that are difficult for them to adjust to it just it covers a whole lot of things this is a really really good movie you
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know I feel like this is one a lot of young men should watch whether they are in the military or not and just the fact
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that they made it is I think kind of a praise to servicemen and women so for that reason I think everyone should see
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it and I think you know servicemen and women should see it in particular so definitely check this one out
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it comes on and off of streaming services but it's a really saw Documentary so if you were to pay a
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couple of bucks to rent it you wouldn't be going wrong number four is jarhead I really felt like this was kind of our
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generations Full Metal Jacket in fact it was kind of billed as that when it came out and I think that's true it could be
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subliminal that I think that now because it was suggested to me when the movie came out and its marketing but I really
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feel like it did a good job of capturing what soldiers go through outside of battle leading up to battle the
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anticipation of battle it it really dealt with not just what soldiers go through but with what a lot of young men
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at that stage in their lives go through and then throw them into the middle of the desert and and it just makes
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everything worse so I thought it was a really interesting take on the modern military number three I'm actually going
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with The Hurt Locker this won an Academy Award for Best Picture I really don't think it's that good of a movie but it's
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solid it's it's an interesting story it's a compelling story it's well acted it's well directed well produced
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I liked it from beginning to end so for that I give it a lot of points but that said it's not as good as lone survivor
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which I thought was fantastic I thought that was an incredible movie so that's why that's my number to pick this one
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really just pushes and drives from beginning to end that tells a true story a story that we did not know when it had
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actually occurred we just heard about the helicopter crash that's all that was told to us in the news but we had some
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soldiers that were hunted down and killed one by one during this whole ordeal one of them makes it out alive I
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think it's a fantastic story it's it's you know the the book was written by the lone survivor so it's a very true
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account but I felt like this was very not just well done but I felt like it respected not just the men that were
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there but it kind of respected what happened it didn't glorify it too much it didn't really it didn't really turn
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the enemy into these kind of mustache twisting villains I felt like it was a very true
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telling its graphic there are graphic graphic consequences to the actions and decisions that different people enemies
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and the soldiers you know decide to take and for that reason it it has a lot of weight a lot of gravity that's why it's
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my number to pick number one it's been a long time favorite of mine because just the way I felt when I left the theater
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and that's Black Hawk Down well the cinematography is incredible the acting is great they invented new
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technology when making this movie that's used all the time now where they could essentially add in bullet you know
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fragments and holes into different materials in post and it looks real and allowed them to really sort of tell the
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story with the gunfire which is just constant constant in this movie but this movie just has an edge to it you feel
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nervous for the men going in it feels like you're there which i think is really important for this type of
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storytelling they go a little over the top towards the end you know they make some things up which I wish they hadn't
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have done because it's such a compelling story to begin with but that said it's my favorite Modern Warfare movie what's
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yours let me know in the comments below but thanks for watching and you will see me next time

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