Movie Recommendation Monday (5) The Memorial Day Edition

Today in the U.S. were celebrating Memorial Day so naturally that means it is time yet again for another Movie Recommendation Monday! This week all my recommendations will be focused on the men and women who have bravely fought and sometimes sadly even lost their lives defending this great nation of ours. This week the movies range mostly in the serious range as war is very rarely a pleasant experience but for those of you wanted some more lighthearted fare I threw in a couple for you as well.

Zero Dark Thirty is a 2012 Action Thriller starring James Gandolfini and Kyle Chandler. Zero Dark Thirty dramatizes the decade-long manhunt for al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States. This search eventually leads to the discovery of his compound in Pakistan, and the military raid on it that resulted in his death on May 2, 2011.

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The Hurt Locker is a 2008 War Film starring Jeremy Renner and Ralph Fiennes. The Hurt Locker follows the story of Sergeant First Class William James a damaged soldier whose unable to love anything but the hellish battle of war.The Hurt Locker is based on accounts of Mark Boal, a freelance journalist who was embedded with an American bomb squad in Iraq for two weeks in 2004.

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Inglourious Basterds is a 2009  Satire War Film starring Brad Pitt, Eli Roth, Mike Meyers and Michael Fassbender. Inglorious Basterds tells the fictional alternate history story of two plots to assassinate Nazi Germany's political leadership, one planned by a young French Jewish cinema proprietor, and the other by a team of Jewish-American soldiers led by First Lieutenant Aldo Raine played by Brad Pitt.

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The Monuments Men is a 2014 Action Drama starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman and Cate Blanchett. The Monuments Men follows an allied group, made up of Museum curators, directors and art historians who are tasked with finding and saving pieces of art and other culturally important items before their destruction by Hitler during World War II. The Monuments Men is loosely based on the non-fiction book, The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel.

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Pearl Harbor is a 2001 epic starring Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale and Cuba Gooding Jr. Pearl Harbor follows the story of two best friends, Rafe and Danny, and their love lives as they go off to join the war.

*OK I admit, this isn't the greatest film ever made as it focuses way too much on the love lives of the main characters. However, once the action starts this film is wonderful and if Michael Bay does anything right it is big, explosive, action sequences. 

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Rescue Dawn is a 2006 Adventure Drama starring Christian Bale and Steve Zahn. Rescue Dawn  is based on the true story of German-American pilot Dieter Dengler, who was shot down and captured by villagers sympathetic to the Pathet Lao during an American military campaign in the Vietnam War.

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Also check out The Thin Red Line starring Sean Penn and Nick Nolte, The Patriot starring Mel Gibson and Heath Ledger, Courage Under Fire starring Denzel Washington and Meg Ryan and lastly, K-19: The Widowmaker starring Harrison Ford.

I hope you enjoyed some of my Memorial Day movie recommendations.

Have you seen any of the films listed above?
If so, which one(s)?
Any not listed you recommend I watch?

Leave your answers in the comments below! I love to read your responses.


  1. I loved Pearl Harbor! And I really want to read The Hurt Locker and Monument men! I hope they get on Netflix soon-ish >.<


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