[–] tph890 (206) a year ago
Haven’t seen ‘Hamburger Hill’ or ‘Casualties of War’, but I’m gonna rate the others:
SPR: one of the greatest accomplishments in filmmaking, heart-wrenching and poignant, watch it at least once a year—usually around Memorial Day.
TTRL: a personal favorite, moody and ambient, gets better with every rewatch (much like most of these films on your list), filmatic poetry...and I also recommend the novel if you like reading.
WWS: I love the structure of this film, the unrelenting pace once the battle begins, and how human the characters are portrayed and developed—on both sides of the battle. Also heart-wrenching.
Platoon: brutal, visceral, entertaining, depressing, enlightening, great film that starts great conversations.
FMJ: Another personal favorite, but its very disturbing and odd...like two movies in one. Super philosophical, like most Kubrick work, and I enjoy reading critical analysis pertaining to the film. Also I just love how Kubrick films are shot—the framing makes scenes feel like paintings at times.
Apocalypse Now: simply a classic. A manic classic barbarian war film...madness incarnate. A must see.
BHD: high octane, intense, entertaining and harrowing. A rough but satisfying war film.
THL: really enjoy this movie. First viewing was very suspenseful, still good to rewatch, an interesting take on that particular war.
A side note/suggestion to the op: maybe this question should have been posted in the war movies section of MC?...