1989. dir. Edward Zwick, starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, Morgan Freeman, Andre Braugher.
Seen it before? Yes.
I think they made us watch this in U.S. History in high school...
It's the story of the first company of black soldiers in the Civil War. Matthew Broderick plays the commanding officer Robert Gould Shaw - the movie is largely adapted from his letters. The first obstacle to overcome is prejudice; the army doesn't even want to give them guns at first, because they didn't think black soldiers could be trusted with them. But eventually they get guns and uniforms, and Morgan Freeman gets to be a non-commissioned officer (side note: Is it just me, or has Morgan Freeman been the same age for the last 25 years?) and they go fight in real battles.
I have nothing, really, to say about this one. Performances are great, battle scenes look realistic, it's all pretty well done.
Position on the list: 240
Hey! It's that guy!: Bob Gunton, who was the Warden from The Shawshank Redemption, and a whole bunch of other parts.