5 Best Movies to Watch Memorial Day Weekend

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gloryBy Bob Palmer

Each year war movies dominate the viewing lineup on Turner Classic Movies around Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day. Sometimes there is a hidden gem you’ve never seen. Most likely, you have the dialogue memorized.

TCM plans 72 hours of war movies in a marathon binge. You can choose between Kelly’s Heroes, They Were Expendable and A Bridge Too Far to name but a few. Here are our five best picks.

Mr. Roberts features a cast that stars Henry T, James Cagney and Jack Lemmon in a story about a World War II naval officer [Fonda] who yearns for action but is trapped on a supply ship in the backwaters of the war. His commanding officer [Cagney] won’t allow his best officer to transfer. It’s a comedy when it’s not deadly serious and particularly fitting for Memorial Day.

You can not have a war movie binge without The Longest Day, based on Cornelius Ryan’s 1959 non-fiction of the same name about the D-Day landings at Normandy on June 6, 1944. The film was produced by Darryl F. Zanuck, and features virtually every name in Hollywood and Picadilly. It is a classic you will not want to miss.

Glory features Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman at their best in an American Civil War tale of an all-black regiment’s moment of truth outside Charleston, South Carolina. Matthew Broderick plays the commanding officer, Col. Robert Shaw, in an understated but telling performance. It is a most fitting Memorial Day tribute.

The War to End All Wars did not end up in the history books that way. Sgt. York is a great American tale of a great American in World War I. Gary Cooper captures the crisis of conscience a person of faith must face in combat in this classic Medal of Honor story.

The Best Years of Our Lives deservedly won the Academy Award for Best Picture as it tells the story of four men returning from World War II. They come from different backgrounds and have different dreams, but share a bond that defies explanation.

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