Here Are the 12 Best War Movies to Watch on Memorial Day | Digital Trends
Fictionalizing war can be controversial; after all, lionizing participants in bloody conflict seems to go against the notion that violence is bad — that it should not be remembered romantically, but regretfully. And yet we remember wars, not just for their death tolls, but also for the bravery of those involved and those who worked to end them.
Memorial Day originated in 1868 as “Decoration Day,” an opportunity for Americans to mourn soldiers that perished in the Civil War. Today, the holiday celebrates the service of those enlisted in the U.S. military — past and present — honoring their commitment to the country and its ideals, and their sacrifices in its name. Depictions of war on the big screen tend to do the same, often remembering real-life heroes who gave all they had to protect their nation. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the best and most inspirational war movies for you to watch this Memorial Day.