4 Times Hollywood Saluted Modern War Heroes
For a while Hollywood couldn't stop insulting or flat-out attacking U.S. soldiers. The period coincided, not accidentally, with President George W. Bush's war on terror.
Movies like "Stop-Loss," "Lions for Lambs" and, most dramatically, director Brian De Palma's "Redacted" showed soldiers as pawns to crooked politicians or much worse.
That isn't always the case.
Some recent films have depicted the men and women in the armed forces in a far more positive light. These weren't always puff pieces. One, in particular, can be seen as both anti-war and pro-U.S. troops.
The new film "12 Strong" falls squarely in the pro-military folder. Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon play Green Berets striking the first U.S. blow against the Taliban in 2011 -- on horses. It's a remarkable story that, while enhanced by Hollywood magic, is essentially true.
Here are four other recent films that showcased the best of the U.S. military.
Clint Eastwood's 2014 smash took us into the world of a lethal U.S. sniper. We saw his roots, his family life and the way he conducted himself on the battlefield. It was mesmerizing, partly thanks to Bradley Cooper's Oscar-nominated turn as Chris Kyle. Eastwood shrewdly left the "rah-rah" theatrics behind for a more nuanced look at a true hero.