Nah, I highly doubt any other film has ever encouraged the same amount of military recruitment, unless maybe there was some film that came out during WWII that inspired a wave of people to sign up to go fight the Nazis.
Like I said, Top Gun just makes the life of a fighter pilot seem SO. FUCKING. COOL. You can get to be a war hero, ride around on motorcycles, engage in beach-side sporting activities, and pick up hot ladies. Oh, and you just look cool. All the time.
BTW, as a tank guy, I assume you've seen Fury?
I got so many "don't see it, it sucks!" from people I know that I skipped it. About a year ago I wised up and decided I had to see for myself but keep forgetting. What's you opinion of it? I believed the hate mostly because I usually only like Pitt when he is crazy (12 Monkeys, Snatch, Fight Club, etc) and not so much in his serious roles.
I can't imagine anyone saying it sucks. I thought it was one of the best WWII films I had ever seen. It really drives home the horrors of war and it's also unique in the way that it focuses entirely on a tank crew.
Like yourself, I avoided it for a while because it just didn't seem that interesting, but when I finally watched it I was kind of like, "Holy shit."
This endorsement will aid my memory. Thank you. Now I feel some measure of excitement about seeing it.
I love WWII movies but not all. I was underwhelmed by Dunkirk.
I actually agree on Dunkirk. It was a little dull and I also found it hard to follow due to some editing decisions that were made.
I'd definitely say that Fury is better than Dunkirk. When you check it out, I'd be curious to hear what you think about it.