I'm just wondering if there's anyone else out there who watch old war movies, like the movies made about WWII or Korea while they were going on. I was raised on these movies, so I might have a special regard for them, but a lot of them have a surprising feel of gritty authenticity that can't be replicated in movies made after the fact. I can't list them all, but here are some of my favorites:
Sahara (1943): One of my top favorites, seems to embody the spirit and sacrifice of the war very well.
Guadalcanal Diary (1943): Great story about the fight for *surprise* Guadalcanal.
Battleground (1949): A good look at the Battle of the Bulge, balances firefights with the personal side of combat well.
A Walk in the Sun (1945): A day in the life of one infantry squad during the invasion of Italy. Decent tactics portrayed in the climax.
Bataan (1943): Good portrayal of the sacrifice our guys made early on in the war, before the big victories in the Pacific came.
Pork Chop Hill (1959): Set in Korea, the message of this movie is that if it's worth spending a man's single life on, its worth staying the course to secure. Good combat scenes.
There are dozens more I don't have time to name or think of. Has anyone else had a good experience with classics like these?