The Plugged In Show, Episode 35: The Enduring Appeal of War Movies


War is among the most terrible of human experiences. And yet, the struggles that vast armies and individual soldiers face in combat has been the stuff of epic stories as far back as we have written records. War is horrible, yet we cannot look away from it.

Perhaps that helps to explain appeal of war movies. It’s a genre that shows no signs of fading, with new cinematic stories coming out continually. Whether they chronicle conflicts from long ago or skirmishes as current as our headlines, war movies document critical historical moments and explore themes of courage and fear, sacrifice and loss. These stories poignantly—at times graphically—remind us of the price paid by the men and women who fight for their country.

So in this episode of The Plugged In Show, our staff unpacks these themes a bit more as we talk about the enduring appeal of this unavoidably violent genre of film.

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Anonymous 14 days ago
By the way my favorite war movie of all time is easily letters from Iwo Jima but other films like Schindler's list, saving private Ryan, windtalkers, we were soldiers, flags of our fathers, 13 hours, hotel Rwanda, and All quiet on the western front are quite awesome as well.
Anonymous 14 days ago
I love war movies and movies about true life events in general.  If it wasn't for them I wouldn't know anything about iwo Jima, the miracle on the Hudson, the bengazi, or even Nelson Mandela. I do remember learning about the Holocaust and D-Day in school as well as the civil war and maybe a slight mention of the Vietnam and Korea wars but that's about it. Movies teach me about history and for that I'm grateful.
Nicholas Rozikes 16 days ago
The best years of our lives (1946) is one of my favorites in this genre. It's not really violent since it's more of a story of soldiers returning home from WW2 and the struggles they faced trying to readjust to civilian life.
Edna Konrad 22 days ago
To each their own I guess. Personally war movies do nothing for me. I prefer stories about the civilians, like Jojo Rabbit.
Sparklemuffin 21 days ago
That was a good movie! Personally, I don't like most war movies, but I guess I could probably become engaged by one if it's well done, with fleshed-out emotional conflicts rather than pure violence.
The Kenosha Kid 21 days ago
Sparklemuffin, Shame and Grave of the Fireflies are two great war movies that focus on characters, not combat. But they're both heartbreaking, so be ready. 
Sparklemuffin 20 days ago
 @The Kenosha Kid 

Thanks for the recommendation! I'll tried to find out more about those two
Miss Priss 18 days ago
To Hell and Back starring Audie Murphy. If you haven't seen that movie, you don't know what you're missing.