all quiet on the western front

All Quiet On The Western Front (1930)

  • Posted on: 7 March 2016
  • By: Noah Brand

This is the earliest Best Picture winner that doesn’t require any apology or explanation before showing it to contemporary friends. It holds up perfectly, a stark and even angry look at the pointless, brutal cost of war. Its characters join the German army as teenagers full of idealism and hope and all that dulce et decorum est crap, and everything goes downhill for them from there.