20. 'M*A*S*H' (1970)

War Time: "Korean War"
What It's Good for: It ain't easy finding humor in war, which is exactly why Robert Altman's Vietnam satire (he avoided any references to Korea) is such a classic work. Only miles from madness, the doctors are more concerned with booze and skirts than the bloody soldiers they operate on.

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19. 'In Harm's Way' (1965)

War Time: World War II
What It's Good for: John Wayne may have been King of the Western, but he knew how to command a war picture just as well. His understated performance (filmed just before he was diagnosed with lung cancer) as a renegade Naval officer given another chance after a botched mission is one of the genre's greatest tales of self-redemption.

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18. 'Patton' (1970)

War Time: World War II
What It's Good for: The most complete and fascinating biopic in the military movie ranks (yes, it bests 'Major Payne'), it's an unforgettable journey through the eyes of General Patton (George C. Scott), a man who lived for war. Scott would've made Patton proud by refusing that horse-dung Oscar.

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17. 'All Quiet on the Western Front' (1930)

War Time: World War I
What It's Good for: Though most modern war films are considered "anti-war films," this adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's classic novel was the first prominent movie to take such a stance. It's an utterly heartbreaking, disturbing illustration of the horrors of combat.

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16. 'Letters from Iwo Jima' (2006)

War Time: World War II
What It's Good for: 'Flags' is powerful, but Eastwood's companion piece is a masterpiece -- an ambitious counterpoint that displays the absurd resistance of a prideful army facing inevitable death. The "grenades" scene rivals 'Deer Hunter's' roulette in its haunting resonance.

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