Band of Brothers Recommendations
March 18, 2011 9:51 AM   Subscribe

I loved the HBO mini series Band of Brothers, John Adams, The Pacific and Rome. Can you guys recommend any movies or TV shows that are similar. Thanks
posted by Peeekay to Media & Arts (26 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
 
The Tudors?
posted by Leon at 9:54 AM on March 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


What do you like about them? They're all historical dramas, so if that's what's appealing, check out Boardwalk Empire.
posted by oinopaponton at 9:55 AM on March 18, 2011


Have you seen Generation Kill? It's also an HBO miniseries that is based on the war in Iraq. Very good. Much like all HBO series...
posted by Quincy at 9:56 AM on March 18, 2011 [2 favorites]


Generation Kill was pretty good. True story and it had that Iggy Sobotka kid from The Wire playing an equally annoying character.

From The Earth To The Moon was excellent. One of the best things I've ever seen.

I've just read Matterhorn, and I'm really hoping someone like Hanks gives it the Band of Brothers treatment. It would make a bad movie but a great miniseries.
posted by bondcliff at 9:56 AM on March 18, 2011


Deadwood is one of the best series I've seen in years. It has lots of bad language, but don't let that deter you. It's brilliant.
posted by Gusaroo at 10:10 AM on March 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


Yeah, just keep plugging away at the HBO stuff. I marathoned "Boardwalk Empire" a few weekends ago and really enjoyed it. They take some license with history, but the general arc is truthful. Just FYI it would be NC-17 if released in theaters as there's no shortage of graphic violence (exploding heads and such) and soft porn.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:13 AM on March 18, 2011


Was about to come and suggest Deadwood, Gusaroo beat me to it.
posted by Megami at 10:18 AM on March 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm watching the four-part series Lonesome Dove on Netflix now. It's fantastic, and unflinching in a way I really didn't expect. They treat the audience like adults, just like the other series you mentioned.
posted by letitrain at 10:19 AM on March 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


If you liked Band of Brothers, you may well enjoy The Pacific.
posted by joelhunt at 10:23 AM on March 18, 2011


I, Claudius is the direct ancestor of Rome, and includes an awesome line-up of British actors either in their heyday (Sian Phillips, Derek Jacobi, BRIAN BLESSED) or up-and-coming at the time (Patrick Stewart, John Hurt, John Ryhs-Davies). You could try the Starz Spartacus series and prequel, but they're lower-budget, quick-cut/slow-mo, LOLBOOBIES copycats.

Similarly, Saving Private Ryan is the father of Band of Brothers, down to the same production team(s). I would also suggest films like Tae Guk Gi, which is a South Korean film about the Korean War, or Clint Eastwood's WW2 duology of Flags of our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima. If you haven't already seen Full Metal Jacket, you could add that to your list as well.

Also, nthing suggestions of Deadwood and Boardwalk Empire.
posted by zombieflanders at 10:33 AM on March 18, 2011


Pillars of the Earth is a great historical fiction miniseries.
posted by rhapsodie at 10:38 AM on March 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


If you liked "Rome," you'd probably love "I, Claudius."
posted by Marky at 10:39 AM on March 18, 2011


Generation Kill, The Tudors, and Boardwalk Empire for sure. You might also like both Spartacus serieses on Starz, if you don't mind epic campiness and egregious nude orgy madness.
posted by elizardbits at 10:56 AM on March 18, 2011


Second, From the Earth to the Moon. Excellent!
posted by KneeDeep at 11:02 AM on March 18, 2011


Adding my voice to above: Generation Kill and From the Earth to the Moon are excellent.

As for movies, you may enjoy Ike: Countdown to D-Day (with Tom Selleck, I kid you not, and he's really good), Defiance (the one with Daniel Craig), Flame and Citron (a great danish film) and a favorite of mine, Conspiracy (about the Wannsee Conference, with a terrifying Kenneth Brannagh as Heydrich). Also, have you seen The Iron Cross (Peckinpah's)?
posted by Iosephus at 11:24 AM on March 18, 2011


The Wire
posted by jchaw at 11:28 AM on March 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Must. See. Deadwood.
posted by eas98 at 12:56 PM on March 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Oh, man. I was assuming that you've seen The Wire. Do that first.
posted by Burhanistan at 12:59 PM on March 18, 2011


Not a series, but the movie The Right Stuff.
posted by Gungho at 2:24 PM on March 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Just a quick word of warning: I, Claudius is fantastic television, but as a 1976 BBC production, it has no where near of the production value of a modern HBO series. Think of it more like a filmed stage production. Timeline wise, it starts up around where Rome leaves off.

But yeah, Deadwood should be at the top of your list.
posted by fings at 5:37 PM on March 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Definitely the wire and generation kill.
posted by tremspeed at 8:45 PM on March 18, 2011


The Wire
posted by PaulBGoode at 10:04 PM on March 18, 2011


Thanks for all the suggestions. I've already seen the wire and it was one of my favorite shows of all time. I've also seen Boardwalk Empire and like that too.

Thanks everyone
posted by Peeekay at 6:58 AM on March 19, 2011


Maybe the BBC adaptions of Wallander?
posted by Nice Guy Mike at 9:06 AM on March 19, 2011


Check out the 2007 movie "There Will be Blood" starring Daniel Day Lewis.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:09 AM on March 19, 2011


You might try the movie Downfall, and also Das Boot/The Boat.
posted by gudrun at 10:27 AM on March 19, 2011


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