Director: Stanley Kubrick
Stars: Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D’Onofrio, R. Lee Erney, Dorian Harewood
You’ll notice that although all of the movies on this list revolve around a war (lol duh), the vast majority focus on what happens just before or soon after an army invades its enemy. Full Metal Jacket is no different, as the entire first half of the film depicts the training of a U.S. Marine platoon about to head to Vietnam, focusing on Joker and Pyle, two new recruits who have significantly different experiences during training and, later on, during the war itself. Not unlike Kubrick’s other great war movie, Dr. Strangelove, the takeaway message here is not one of hope or empowerment, but of the demoralizing meaninglessness of war.