1960-1975 saw the Vietnam war, which I'd rather not describe in too much detail. The movies have taught us that the Vietnam War was a shapeless quagmire of death, fought for still-unclear reasons, and leading to the unneeded deaths of millions. Many, many films were made about Vietnam during Vietnam. One of the best war films of all time is probably Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 epic Apocalypse Now. Based not-so-loosely on a Joseph Conrad novel, Apocalypse Now presented the Vietnam war as a psychedelic phantasmagoria of freewheeling and unknowable war actions that led to jungle cults and insanity. All notions of the soldier-as-hero were gone. The soldier was now a government-created killbot that glorified in death, but had torturous pangs from the place where its soul had been removed. It was made a few years after the fact, but Stanley Kubrick's brilliant 1987 film was devoted mostly to the process that American marines must go through in order to be trained for combat. That film argues that boot camp is not for training. It's for conditioning. Many films followed in the immediate wake of Vietnam showing the trauma that soldiers suffered. Anything from Rolling Thunder to Coming Home to The Deer Hunter. War, it turns out, is not healthy.
The best war film of all time is the seven-part documentary series Why We Fight, made from 1942 to 1945. Many of the parts were made by famed Americana master . Why We Fight was most certainly a propaganda film intended to boost support for American involvement in WWII, but it seemed to be thoughtful, almost maudlin, about the need for war at all. Capra was a pacifist at heart, I think, and seemed torn between the need to win the war, and the need to dismiss it and shoot instead for a prevailing peace. The films are bold and heart-warming and stridently patriotic, but seem to be couched in a difficult-to-define ambivalence. If you want to know how Americans really felt about WWII, Why We Fight may be your clearest view.
Full Metal Jacket (1987) - Perhaps the the most realistic Vietnam war movie of all time. Stanley Kubrick powerfully captures the horrors of Marine basic training. Vincent d'Nofrio delivers a career performance.
The Time Lords resurrected , believing him an excellent soldier for a Time War, due to his savagery. The Master was at the , but when the took control of it, he ran in fear from the battlefield to the end of the universe, remaining unaware of the Time War's conclusion until told by the Doctor many years later. (: ) The Doctor was sent to carry out a mission to find the Master once he had fled the Time War, but could not find him. (: )