The Great Escape (1963)
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Absolutely fantastic movie, very entertaining! And boy what a great cast.
A war movie classic, it is quite long and a true story to boot. Despite the length, you're never quite sure who will make it out alive and the various escape plans are quite entertaining.
Having just read the Paul Brickhill's book it was based on, I have new found love for this movie. It is surprisingly accurate, and on rewatch I found a lot of fascinating details I hadn't noticed before. Not only is The Great Escape a thrilling and insanely fun movie (with one of the best casts ever), it is also a tribute to the men in Stalag Luft III.
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This movie ranks #9 in IMDb's History Top 50
This movie ranks #19 in IMDb's 1960s Top 50
This movie ranks #19 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills
This movie ranks #24 in IMDb's War Top 50
This movie ranks #35 in IMDb's Thriller Top 50
This movie ranks #38 in IMDb's Adventure Top 50
This movie ranks #40 in 101 War Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #82 in Empire's The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time
This movie ranks #143 in IMDb's Top 250
This movie ranks #168 in FOK!'s Film Top 250
This movie ranks #399 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
This movie ranks #403 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #425 in Emma Beare's 501 Must-See Movies
This movie ranks #693 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #1235 in The Criterion Collection