Memorial Day Marathon
Civil War dramas range from the silent The Coward (1915), with Charles Ray as a timid Southerner forced by his father to enlist in the Confederate army, to Glory (1989), the story of the first African-American unit of the Union Army, with Oscar® winner Denzel Washington as a heroic ex-slave. World War I is represented by the classics The Big Parade (1925), an American silent directed by King Vidor, and Grand Illusion (1937), a French film by Jean Renoir.
The many WWII films include several that were made contemporaneously with the war, such as Dive Bomber (1941), Across the Pacific (1942), Destination Tokyo (1943), Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944) and The Story of G.I. Joe (1945). Those looking back from later years include Twelve O'Clock High (1949), Flying Leathernecks (1951), From Here to Eternity (1953), Battle of the Bulge (1965), The Dirty Dozen (1967) and Patton (1970).
Stories of the Korean Conflict include The Steel Helmet (1951), Men in War (1957) and M*A*S*H (1970), Robert Altman's iconic black comedy about irreverent medical personnel at a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital. The Vietnam War is represented by John Wayne's The Green Berets (1968), a salute to U.S. Special Forces co-directed by its star and intended as an antidote to the anti-war, anti-military sentiments of its day.