#5. “The Longest Day” (1962)
Smart Rating: 93.78Genre: War, historical dramaStarring: John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Henry FondaIn 1944, the U.S. Army and Allied forces plan a huge invasion landing in Normandy, France. Despite bad weather, Gen. Eisenhower gives the okay and the Allies land at Normandy. Gen. Norman Cota (Robert Mitchum) travels with his men onto Omaha Beach. With much effort, and lost life, they get off the beach, traveling deep into French territory. The German military, due to arrogance, ignorance and a sleeping Adolf Hitler, delay their response to the Allied landing, with crippling results.