There’s an entire genre dedicated to war movies — and we all know that some of the best movies of all time fall into that category: Saving Private Ryan, Platoon, Apocalypse Now, Black Hawk Down . . . the list goes on and on.
However, there’s another genre of what I would call “military service movies” that is also remarkable. These films might not have the action of movies in their category counterpart, but they are memorable all the same.
Here are 3 of my favorites:
Last Flag Flying – This one is new to the Box and stars Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne as Vietnam War buddies who reunite after tragedy strikes. It’s written and directed by Richard Linklater of Boyhood and Before Sunset/Sunrise/Midnight trilogy fame, so it’s dialogue-heavy . . . but it sure is great dialogue as the friends come to terms with the effects the war had on each of their lives — and their family’s lives. And you can’t beat that leading trio!
Brothers – Here’s another one with three outstanding, A-list leads: Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Tobey Maguire. It’s about what happens when Maguire’s character Sam — who was forced to perform horrific acts while held captive in Afghanistan — returns homes with PTSD years after his family had been told he should be presumed dead. His wife (Portman) had grown close to Sam’s brother (Gyllenhaal) in the meantime, and soon the tension between the siblings reaches a breaking point.
Megan Leavey – Attention animal lovers: this one’s an incredible true story about soldier Megan Leavey (Kate Mara) who is assigned to Military Police K9 duty during the Iraq War, and the bond she builds with an initially aggressive dog Rex. They eventually serve in over 100 missions together and develop a special bond that will have you in tears by the end, unless you are some sort of heartless robot.
What other movies can you think of that revolve around military service?