Live Poll: Greatest U.S. Military Themed Popular Movie?

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On special holidays, Americans "officially" honor, celebrate and remember the everyday heroes of the U.S. military at least three times every year. The third Saturday in May each year marks Armed Forces Day, when its citizens honor and think of those currently serving in the U.S. Military. On Memorial Day, which falls on the last Monday of May each year, they honor and remember those who have died while serving in the various branches of the U.S. military. While every year on November 11th, Veterans Day, Americans pay tribute to its military veterans, those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces throughout the world. In honor of all those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, a poll featuring the greatest and most popular U.S. military movies ever made.

In your opinion, which of these popular U.S. military movies* is the greatest one of them all? *minimum 100,000+ IMDb votes, 6.9+ IMDb rated and has a U.S. military theme

See the partial list of combined great and popular U.S. military themed movies here: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls044494042/

Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/Ql-J05_6Qic/
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A very impressive list but Deer Hunter has been a favorite of mine for a long time
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I hope you don't take your fandom so far, as to re-enact the scenes. I am a big fan of the movie too. I would have liked to have seen Michael Cimino could have done, if his career hadn't gotten sidetracked.
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Memorial Day 2019 bump
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American Sniper.

FYC: The Hunt for Red October
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Thanks, great suggestion.

I wanted to include The Hunt for Red October (1990) badly. But, ultimately decided against it, as it fell outside the scope, as the story follows Jack Ryan, a CIA analyst. The U.S. military theme is probably third following a secondary Soviet military theme. The main U.S. military personnel, Captain Bart Mancuso and Admiral James Greer are supporting actors. I thought an argument could be made for its inclusion along with a few others. I decided against including all of them, as there were far too many U.S. military movies that didn't have any issues at all. 

I also excluded the following popular films for scope or rating reasons: The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957),  Letters from Iwo Jima (2006),  The Last Samurai (2003),  The Last of the Mohicans (1992), First Blood (1982), The Predator (2018), Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), Green Zone (2010),  Pearl Harbor (2001), Independence Day (1996), Battle Los Angeles (2011), Tears of the Sun (2003), 13 Hours (2016), and  Outbreak (1995) among others.

I decided to include these U.S. military movies for combined theme or lead role (top 3 roles) reasons: Wonder Woman (2017), Arrival (II) (2016), The Deer Hunter (1978), The Great Escape (1963) and Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964).
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Congrats UM
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Congratulations.

On this 6th of June I want to thank the still living veterans of world war II for freeing Germany.
I only know from school education, a little from my family, & some older people I met, documentations, and movies, what an awful and burning nightmare world war II was. I'm grateful that I never had to experience that myself. I hope such things will never repeat in sake of peace and harmony. We all have a responsibility for our environment, for the planet.
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Wonder Woman & Captain America in, but no Schindler's List? Really? Wonder Woman? That's amazing. That's some world class reaching right there.
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I do not remember seeing the United States military depicted in Schindler's List. I suppose, it would have been at the tail end, though.
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I think it was for about 5 minutes or less that you saw the U.S. Military in Schindler's, and it was a squad or less men. That's no theme!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And while the other 2 are a stretch the military parts are at least 10 minutes of run-time.
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The requirements are simple: at least one of the main character (top 3) has to be a U.S. military member and the movie has to have a U.S.military theme, (ie US military organization, U.S. military operation, U.S. military mission or part of U.S. allied organization/operation/mission). This seems like a reasonable bar to qualify as U.S. military themed. Honestly, the time to challenge these requirements or the answer options that qualify is before the poll goes live.

In both, First Avenger and Wonder Woman, the lead character and the entire movie is dedicated to following a U.S. military mission/operation, as part of the allied efforts in World War I and World War II.

In Captain America: First Avenger, the lead is Captain Steve Rogers, who is a World War II-era U.S. Army soldier, who is given enhanced physical and mental capabilities with a "super soldier" serum developed by the military at a secret location in Brooklyn, N.Y.. The serum is developed by the Strategic Scientific Reserve commanded by U.S. Army colonel Chester Phillips, The mission of the Strategic Scientific Reserve, as a top-secret Allied war agency during World War II is to battle the Nazi special weapons division, HYDRA. The Howling Commandos, a multi-national elite combat unit comprised mostly of U.S. Army soldiers carried out most of the WWII attacks on HYDRA led by Captain America.

In Wonder Woman, the co-lead is Captain Steve Trevor, who is a World War I-era U.S. Army Air Service 94th Aero Squadron pilot with the American Expeditionary Forces and an Allied spy in World War I. He stole information from a weapons facility in the Ottoman Empire run by German general Erich Ludendorff. Captain Trevor's mission throughout the movie is to stop bomb scientist Doctor Isabel Maru and thwart her deadlier form of mustard gas bombs from being deployed on the Wetsern Front.

Those hardly seem like reaches to me, when both movies feature U.S. military personnel on U.S. sanctioned and supported operations, carrying out and accomplishing U.S.military missions.
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I missed the U.S. & I'd just been on the D-Day poll so I thought it was Military themed, but even still. Wonder Woman?
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Sorry, there was simply NO (!) U.S. force seen in 'Schindlers List'.
At the end, they faced a single soldier of the red army on horse, who told them they
were freed by the red army. They asked him where to go, he told them "not there,
they hate you! But also not there, they hate you, too." 
So in deed, 'Schindlers List' is not to be on the list!
This movie has no single connection to the U.S. Army, except the news on the radio,
they all heard at Schindlers's factory at war's end.

And that makes all sense. Auschwitz is in Poland. The red army came from the east.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auschwitz_concentration_camp
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I might remember not proper, but didn't Ben Gurion make some deals with the Palastinians to buy land at (for) Israel after the war? The Ashkenazi jews (I was told Ashkenazi are jews of and around Europe and Russia) had a new home, but also new problems, we all know. The problems last till today. I hope the conflict will not escalate. In war no one wins. If I'm wrong about Ben Gurion and Israel, please correct me. I know some jewish Germans still live in G, but very lesser than in other of the bigger countries of Europe.

In the early 90's, I traveled to Belgium for visiting the Diamond Museum in Antwerp. It was totally new for me to watch rabbies walk around the street with long black curls, their black dresses and the typical hats. I've never seen these outfit live before, specially not in G.
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P.S.:
From 6th of June 1944 (D-Day) to the world war II's end (8th of may 1945), 9 month passed. After D-Day, the war still lasted 9 month. But on 27th January of 1945 Auschwitz was freed. That shows up the dimensions of time, in which all this things in Europe happened. We live in such a fast time with Internet and Mobiles and clouds and Gazebook here and Foogle there - so the feeling for dimensions of time get lost insidiously.

Sorry, an error happened - The original last concentration camp where Oscar Schindler had his factory was not in Auschwitz, but in Brünnlitz, Zwittau (Czechia), which is still near to Russia. It was freed on 8th of may 1945.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Br%C3%BCnnlitz_labor_camp
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