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Celebrate Veterans Day with the Media Resources Collection!

Check out movies from our collection that celebrate the contributions of veterans in the United States

Posted 11.10.11 by Jodi Hoover

Commemorate Veterans Day by watching a good movie. Here are a few suggestions from the MRC Staff!



Lethal Landscapes (54262)

Soldier specialists are still trained to paint, sketch and draw the intense moments of battle, as well as record the more mundane moments of day-to-day military life. At the Defense Information School (DINFOS) located at Fort Meade, Maryland, soldiers learn to apply observation and a keen eye for detail to create realistic, moving compositions that accurately reflect a soldiers life. Lethal Landscapes introduces several combat artists, including retired and active duty service members who talk about their poignant experiences in a number of conflicts, including Vietnam, Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. And hear firsthand from a female Marine artist, who, after graduating from DINFOS, went to Iraq to capture on canvas what our troops were experiencing there. In the course of her tour, she had to put down her sketch pad and return fire.

The Searchers (51358)

A Civil War veteran spends five years on the trail of a Comanche raiding party that kidnapped his dead brother's daughters. Breathtaking scenery gives a picture of frontier families separated by miles of emptiness.

The Fog of War (51523)

The story of American politics and military policies as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense, under President Kennedy and President Johnson, Robert S. McNamara. McNamara is a controversial and influential political figure. He offers a candid journey through some of the most seminal events in contemporary American history. He offers insights into the 1945 fire bombing of Tokyo, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the effects of the Vietnam War.

Forrest Gump (54193)

Forrest Gump is not a "smart" man. But the young Alabaman with an IQ of 75 is a thoroughly decent man, who manages to become involved in every major event in American history. And he survives them all with only honesty and niceness as his shields. Thanks to his where-there's-a-will-there's-a-way Mama, Forrest believes in himself. This sees him through being taunted by bullies, playing college football, the army, a business, and -- amazingly -- many of the touchstone events of the Sixties and Seventies: civil rights battles, the Vietnam War, anti-war protests, opening relations with China. The story's extraordinary conceit is that this man, equal parts Candide and Winnie-the-Pooh, was there whenever something big happened to America in those years, meeting Presidents and pop stars, influencing thinkers and trends, his story being our story as a nation.

Slaughterhouse-5 (53995)

Billy Pilgrim has become unstuck in time. An otherwise typical soldier in WWII, without warning, he jumps back and forth in his life with no control over where he is going next. Sometimes he is an ophthalmologist at home in suburbia; deep in World War II Europe, surviving the Allied bombing of Dresden; on the planet Tralfamadore, being held captive by aliens in an intergalactic zoo--accompanied by a porn star. In the end, he learns that the many tragic and sometimes funny ironies of life--the randomness of tragedy, the cruelty and senselessness of war, and man's complete lack of control over his fate--remain constant.

Saving Private Ryan (51254)

Captain John Miller must take his men behind enemy lines to find Private Ryan, whose three brothers have been killed in combat. Faced with impossible odds, the men question their orders. Why are eight men risking their lives to save just one? Surrounded by the brutal realities of war, each man searches for his own answer and the strength to triumph over uncertain future with honor, decency and courage.

Why We Fight, Discs 1-4 (50685-50688)

A propaganda series of seven information films shown to the American G.I. in the 1940's. Originally produced by the United States government for the Morale Services Division which documents the causes and events leading up to World War II and exhorts Americans to support the war effort.

The Thin Red Line (52041)

A group of young soldiers fight in the battle of Guadalcanal during World War II.

A Bridge Too Far (50091)

A dramatic recreation of an Allied airdrop behind German lines in Holland, and the subsequent disastrous Battle of Arnhem.

Catch-22 (54256)

The story of a group of flyers in the Mediterranean in 1944.

Cold Mountain (51949)

Inman, a young Confederate soldier, is struggling to make his way home to Cold Mountain, NC, where his beloved Ada awaits him. In Inman's absence, Ada befriends Ruby, who helps her keep up her late father's farm. Meanwhile, in his travels, Inman encounters a menagerie of interesting and colorful characters.


Images from the Cinema Image Gallery: A Bridge Too Far