Paths of Glory (1957)
Thirty years before he made Full Metal Jacket, Stanley Kubrick directed this blistering rebuke of war and the men who command men to their deaths. During World War I, a French general condemns three men to die by firing squad in an effort to save face after a poorly planned assault goes predictably awry. Kirk Douglas plays a French colonel willing to stand up to the general, albeit fruitlessly. "That’s a really strong anti-war [film]," says Detweiler — it's a World War I film that was made after World War II, "but it has a little of Vietnam’s spectre over it."