Legendary Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman once said, "War is hell!" Maybe, but a good war movie is as close to heaven as a film buff can get. Most of us will never experience combat firsthand, but living it vicariously from a safe distance through a director's lens is a truly awesome cinematic experience. War has been the topic of movies since the dawn of the motion picture. Out of the enormous haystack, a few needles stand out.