Memorial Day: Our Favorite War Movies to Binge

Happy Memorial Day everyone. To commemorate those who fought bravely for us on the battlefield, we wanted to present some of the best movies to watch on Memorial day from the Geekly Goods team. 

Here are six of our favorite war films: 

Full Metal Jacket

Written, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick, Full Metal Jacket is an essential viewing for any war movie marathon. Vincent D’Onofrio has a breakthrough performance as Gomer Pyle, the overweight recruit who slowly loses his sanity. The movie features a band of brothers who fight their way through the harsh booby traps and tricks of the Vietnam War. 

– Leo Rydel


Christopher Nolan has some of the most mind-bending movies in modern cinema. Dunkirk focuses on several storylines during World War II. This movie combines brilliant sound editing, mixing, and cinematography, and editing into different stories that hold your attention steadily. Also, Harry Styles, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, with a cast like that who can complain? 

– Leo Rydel


1917 is a film that follows the two British soldiers during World War I. The cinematography is revolutionary, as it features a one-take look throughout most of the film. Shockingly enough, 1917 is only the second oscar for cinematographer Roger Deakins. Must watch war movie with a brilliant cast including not only George MacKay and Dean Charles-Chapman, but also Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong, Colin Firth, Richard Madden, and many more. 

– Leo Rydel


Fury is a 2014 war film written and directed by David Ayer. The film portrays U.S. tank crews fighting in Nazi Germany during the final weeks of World War 2. The film is linear and it is a pretty simple story but the cast, which consists of Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena and Jon Bernthal, elevate the story to a very emotional level. It’s intense and brutal in every way that a warzone can be imagined.

– Amanda from Candid Cinema

Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan is one of the best Steven Spielberg films ever made. The runtime clocks in at 2 hours and 49 minutes but it never makes you lose interest. The story is well written and there are some of the best battle scenes to date. Tom Hanks leads the way in this genre altering war film and he’s on his way to find Private Ryan, who is played by a young Matt Damon. 

– Amanda from Candid Cinema

Top Gun 

Now, if you want something fun to watch this Memorial Day, Top Gun directed by Tony Scott is always the way to go. Tom Cruise and Anthony Edwards as Maverick and Goose fly high as fighter pilots in one of the best films from the 80s. It has a killer soundtrack and those dogfights in the air will always leave you at the edge of your seat. So buckle up and head into the Danger Zone with this film tonight. 

– Amanda from Candid Cinema

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