Movies on Memorial Day

Memorial Day is the annual occassion to pay a tribute to all those brave men and women of America who perished in the battlefield to protect the honour and interests of their nation. TheHolidaySpot picks some movies that salute the courage, grit and sacrifices of American soldiers. Watch any of these highly acclaimed films on Memorial Day and recount your days of pride and pain. If you like our list of Memorial Day Movies, click here and share it with your friends and dear ones. Happy Memorial Day!

Memorial Day Movies

TheHolidaySpot recommends you the following movies for some nice Memorial Day entertainment.


1) Platoon

Director: Oliver Stone
Genre: War/Drama
Run Time: 113 minutes
Main Cast: Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen, Forest Whitaker, Francesco Quinn and others.
Release Year: 1986
Country: US
MPAA Rating: R.

Movie Synopsis:
A gritty tale about Chris Taylor (Charlie Sheen) is a patriotic college student who quits school and volunteers to fight in the Vietnamese War in the late '60s. But his views change when he is sent to serve in Vietnam and fight as part of a platoon led by Sgt. Barnes (Tom Berenger) and Sgt. Elias (Willem Dafoe). Oliver Stone's breakthrough as a director, "Platoon" touches on serious moral issues and provides the viewers with a brutally realistic depiction of the horrors of war. The movie won four Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director, and is one of the most critically acclaimed modern war films.

The Last of the Mohicans

2)The Last of the Mohicans

Director: Michael Mann.
Genre: Action Adventure/Romance/Drama.
Run Time: 114 minutes.
Main Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Russell Means and others.
Release Year: 1992.
Country: US.
MPAA Rating: R.

Movie Synopsis:
When Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis), a white trapper raised by the ill-fated Mohican tribe, saves Cora (Madeleine Stowe) from a savage attack by the Huron tribe, an epic adventure of love and war begins. Set in the 1750s, this Michael Mann classic is a romantic version of the famous James Fenimore Cooper novel of the same name. This hit flick makes for a highly entertaining Memorial Day watch.

Saving Private Ryan

3) Saving Private Ryan

Director: Steven Spielberg
Genre: War Epic/Drama
Run Time: 170 minutes.
Main Cast: Matt Damon, Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel and others.
Release Year: 1998.
Country: US.
MPAA Rating: R.

Movie Synopsis: Army Chief of Staff Gen. George C. Marshall (Harve Presnell) requests that Pvt. James Ryan (Matt Damon), be located and sent back to the U.S. when he learns that the latter's three other brothers have all died in combat in a single week.
The rescue mission joins Capt. John Miller (Tom Hanks) and several other soldiers with extraordinary consequences. This powerful WWII epic by Steven Spielberg depicts war as it is and is based on a true occurence as recorded in the 1994 bestseller "D-Day" by Ambrose.

Apocalypse Now

4) Apocalypse Now

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Genre: War Epic, Adventure Drama.
Run Time: 153 minutes.
Main Cast: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Laurence Fishburne, Harrison Ford, Dennis Hopper and others.
Release Year: 1979
Country: US
MPAA Rating: R.

Movie Synopsis:
Loosely based on Joseph Conrad's novel "The Heart of Darkness", this war classic by Francis Ford Coppola depicts war as a descent into primeval madness and stars Martin Sheen as Captain Willard, a man assigned to get into the Cambodian jungle to assassinate a renegade American Col. Kurtz (Marlon Brando) at the height of the Vietnam conflict. But what happens when Willard comes face to face with Col. Kurtz? This deep, dark tale makes a journey into the abysmal depths of human mind and depicts its propensity for evil. This crically acclaimed hit was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won two for sound and for cinematography.

Sergeant York

5) Sergeant York

Director: Howard Hawks.
Genre: War Dram/Biopic.
Run Time: 140 minutes.
Main Cast: Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie, Ward Bond, Stanley Ridges and others.
Release Year: 1941.
Country: US.
MPAA Rating: NR (not rated).

Movie Synopsis:
Based on the life of America’s best-known World War I hero, the film traces the change of heart that the religious farmer Alvin York (Cooper) undergoes during WWI when he sees some of his fellow soldiers including his Bronxite best pal Pusher Ross (George Tobias) killed in combat. An angry York sets aside his personal reservations against killing human beings and single-handedly mows down 25 German soldiers and captures 132 prisoners to be honoured by General John J. Pershing as "the greatest civilian soldier" of the war. The film won Gary Cooper an Oscar his first Academy Award for his portrayal of the title character and also got an Oscar for Best Film Editing.

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