Top 10: Best Memorial Day Movies To Date

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Memorial Day is a time for reflection, more so than a time for celebration. Obviously, nowadays it’s a date for barbecues and the beach, but that wasn’t always the case. Going back to the days of the Civil War, Memorial Day was always intended just to pay tribute to United States servicemen and servicewomen who have lost their lives in combat.  I do want to look at some films that honor the spirit of this holiday. The cineplex might currently have escapism like Captain America: Civil War playing, but these titles I’ll be listing are modern classics and a bit more somber, if nothing else.

Recent titles like American Sniper and Lone Survivor have worked, with varying degrees of success, as tributes to fallen U.S. soldiers, so while they’re not on this list, the aspect of honoring fallen soldiers or those killed in acts of war stays true here. Focusing on those we’ve lost, as is the intention of this holiday, is a clear goal, but I’m also honoring the living as well.

I’ve excluded some classics in order to present a bit of a more unique, expansive list than those others out you might have seen before.

Click through the slideshow to see the list and include your own in the comments section below: 

  • Joey Magidson

    Best wishes to all of you on Memorial Day!

  • Tee

    I wonder if Billy Lynn’s Halftime Walk will grow to have a legacy like these films. Considering the character’s youth and the, for me personally, haunting line “It’s weird, being honored for the worst day of your life.”, the film should fit the themes of Memorial Day quite well.

    On a side note, I seriously miss Robin Williams. How dare you remind me of that pain.

    • Joey Magidson

      There’s a chance. The source material is strong enough. We shall see…

      Trust me, I got a good cry out of him last night arranging the article, so you’re not alone.

  • James Hart

    Black Hawk Down and Jarhead – both excellent choices. And Saving Private Ryan, a classic.

    • Joey Magidson

      Agreed, obviously.

  • Luke McGowan

    Saving Private Ryan, Good Morning Vietnam, Platoon – all would have made easy number one spots. Good on you for picking a film without the reputation. Films like that deserve to be recognised and now I’m going to seek out The Messenger and watch it. Lists like this give exposure to these films.

    • Joey Magidson

      Much obliged.