As Memorial Day Weekend approaches here is a list of the 10 top war films. Watch them if you want, to honor our vets and all of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

This list is according to USA Today, you might have your own favorites.

#10 They Were Expendable (1945) John Ford directed this movie about a squadron of PT-boat crews defending the Philippines from the invading Japanese.

#9 Full Metal Jacket (1987) Stanley Kubrick directed this violent, unsettling film about a Marine bullied into a mental breakdown.

#8 Patton (1970) This movie won seven Academy Awards, including best actor for George C. Scotts who had the staring role.

#7 Platoon (1986) Oliver Stone directed this Vietnam War film and won an Oscar for best director and the Oscar for best picture. Stone was a Vietnam Vet.

#6 The Messenger (2009) In this film Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster play soldiers who must preform the grim duty of informing families that their loved one had died. I  don't even remember hearing about this film, but critics say the Harrelson put in an amazing performance.

#5 Saving Private Ryan (1998) Steven Spielberg directed. Probably one of the most amazing movies I have ever seen. The terror and confusion of the D-day invasion of Normandy..was so disturbing and horrific, its no wonder so many soldiers  never would speak of it.

#4 The Thin Red Line (1998) Directed by Terrence Malick, this is another World War II film.

#3 The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) Another World War II movie, but this one deals with the aftermath of war.  The Best Supporting Actor award went to Harold Russell.

#2 Born On The Forth Of July (1989) Oliver Stone directed and won an Oscar, Tom Cruise stared in this film and got his first Oscar Nomination.

#1 The Deer Hunter (1978) The cast of this Vietnam War drama is pretty amazing: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and Meryl Streep. The acting in this film is great, but it is a very disturbing one to watch.

I plan to spend my Memorial Day at home, not getting the COVID-19 virus. if that is your plan as well, here are some excellent movies you should be watching as you stay safe and stay home. If you are going to watch some amazing movies this holiday weekend, you will need some amazing popcorn to go with it. NCG Eastwood Theater has popcorn to go on Fridays. You need to call in advance so go to their website and order their popcorn to go.

Remember to thank any veterans you see; thank them for their service. The lives we live today, we owe that freedom to them. God Bless them all.

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