War is hell — but the movies are fun.
With Memorial Day upon us, we reached out to fellow Americans from the entertainment world asking them to share their favorite war movies.
“The Comedian” writer and insult comic Jeffrey Ross had a bleak pick, but put a darkly funny spin on it.
“My favorite war film is ‘Schindler’s List,” Ross told us. “Sometimes I even watch it backwards so it has a happy ending.”
“The View” host Joy Behar likes the way Quentin Tarantino’s 2009 war flick ended — and suggested a double feature.
“ ‘Inglorious Basterds,’ because I was gleeful watching Nazis destroyed,” she said. “For even more fun, watch ‘Downfall,’ and enjoy the self-destruction of Hitler. It will make your weekend.”
Behar’s ABC colleague, meteorologist, Ginger Zee, has a sunnier reason for her favorite war flick.
“Stripes,” she said, citing Bill Murray as the main reason. “It’s one of my dad’s go-to movies and I’ve always loved watching it with him. My sister is joining the Navy this year, so I feel even more connected to our service members.”
Rapper Nelly, SiriusXM host Nick DiPaolo and Fox News host Geraldo Rivera all went with “Saving Private Ryan” as their fave.
“The first 20 minutes might be the greatest 20 minutes in the history of film,” said DiPaolo. Rivera likes that Steven Spielberg’s 1998 classic “portrayed the absolute courage necessary to face the grinding slaughter machine on D-Day.”
Nelly, whose dad and uncle served their country, says the film’s search for a soldier whose brothers were killed in combat is something military families can appreciate. He also calls it “a dope-ass flick.”
Comic book author and rapper Daryl McDaniels, also known as DMC, went to a galaxy far, far away for his selection.
“ ‘Star Wars’ is the perfect representation of all war movies!” he argued. “The battle between good and evil. Every war has the dark side versus the light.”
SiriusXM DJ Robin Quivers sent us a list of her 10 favorites, which was topped by 1960’s “Two Women.”
“When I was a young girl, I was a big fan of Sophia Loren,” she recalled. “I saw that she was starring in a movie coming on that afternoon and of course I decided to watch. I had no idea what I was in for. It was horrific. Amazing acting, but I was completely unaware until that movie, what war did to men and how war affected women left behind.”