One of the most important holidays in the U.S. is tomorrow, and that holiday is Veteran's Day.
There are so many great films that have been produced based on the courage and strength of our veterans and the sacrifices they've made for us so that we have our freedom today.
We can't say which films are better than others because they all tell stories of brave men and women who've risked their lives to keep our country safe.
What we can do is recommend 3 great films that are all truly incredible cinematic versions of veterans' stories and what they've had to endure.
Saving Private Ryan
As far as war movies go, you're bound to see this flick near the top of almost every list, and as far as greatest movies of all time go, it's probably on that list as well. The story follows Captain John H. Miller (played by Tom Hanks) and seven of his men who are given the order to secure the sole-surviving son of the Ryan family, Private First Class James F. Ryan (played by Matt Damon). Private Ryan had three brothers who were all killed in WWII within only a few months of each other, which means he's the last son in his family. Captain Miller and his unit are called on to retrieve him for his mother's sake. The selfless and perilous journey that the men embark on for the safety of one man is so commendable that it makes sense why this war movie, directed by Steven Spielberg, is considered one of the best ever.
Saving Private Ryan
War / 1998 / R
Synopsis: Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) takes his men behind enemy lines to find Private James Ryan, whose three brothers have been killed in combat. Surrounded by the brutal realties of war, while searching for Ryan, each man embarks upon a personal journey and discovers their own strength to triumph over an uncertain future with honor, decency and courage.
Our next pick is definitely one to take note of as it's actually a biographical war film about a man named Desmond Doss (played by Andrew Garfield) who enlists in the U.S. Army as a combat medic, but controversially refuses to carry any firearms as it goes against his beliefs. Though his own unit is initially against him and consider his request to be "cowardice," he sticks to his convictions and perseveres, ultimately winning the men's respect when he saves several of them on the battlefield.
War / 2016 / R
Synopsis: The true story of Pfc. Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield), who won the Congressional Medal of Honor despite refusing to bear arms during WWII on religious grounds. Doss was drafted and ostracized by fellow soldiers for his pacifist stance but went on to earn respect and adoration for his bravery, selflessness and compassion after he risked his life -- without firing a shot -- to save 75 men in the Battle of Okinawa.
Black Hawk Down
Our final pick is another war film based on a true story about a Black Hawk helicopter that is shot down during a U.S. military operation in Mogadishu in 1993. The group of soldiers on the ground are rerouted to save anyone they can from the wreckage. Upon entering the warzone, they are surrounded by the Somali militia and must do whatever it takes to get in and get out alive. The ensemble cast in director Ridley Scott's intense film includes Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Eric Bana, Tom Sizemore, William Fichtner, Sam Shepard, and Tom Hardy (in his first movie role).
Black Hawk Down
War / 2001 / R
Synopsis: The film takes place in 1993 when the U.S. sent special forces into Somalia to destabilize the government and bring food and humanitarian aid to the starving population. Using Black Hawk helicopters to lower the soldiers onto the ground, an unexpected attack by Somalian forces brings two of the helicopters down immediately. From there, the U.S. soldiers must struggle to regain their balance while enduring heavy gunfire.