With American Sniper comes controversy and conversation about war movies

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Deputy Ryan Painter, an Army veteran who served in Iraq and Col.Hugh Mills, Under Sheriff and Vietnam veteran were our guests on the FOX 4 Morning Show on Thursday. Mark Alford had an interesting conversation with them when he asked the following questions and got their perspective:

* How do you feel about bringing war to the big screen?
* What do you look for when watching war movies?
* What's your favorite war movie and why?

We asked FOX 4 film critics Shawn Edwards and Russ Simmons their favorite war movies, as well. Here's their lists:

SHAWN'S Top 5 list of the most war movies:
1. Apocalypse Now
2. All Quiet on the Western Front
3. Deer Hunter
4. Three Kings
5. Full Metal Jacket

RUSS' list of the most controversial war movies:
1) BIRTH OF A NATION (1915)
Although it's a movie classic about the US Civil War, it portrays the KKK as heroic and the African American characters are portrayed by white men in blackface.

2) ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930)
It's a great movie, but the German soldiers were NOT depicted as bad guys. It was sympathetic and anti-war...and a LOT of people didn't like that at the time.

3) THE DEER HUNTER (1978)
This Oscar-winner was greatly criticized because of its infamous scenes where the Vietnamese officials forced US soldiers to play Russian Roulette. According to historians, these incidents never occurred.

4) PLATOON (1986)
Another Oscar winning film, "Platoon" depicted scenes of US soldiers committing murderous acts against innocent civilians. Writer/director Oliver Stone, a Vietnam vet, claimed he'd seen similar things happen during his stint there. Veterans groups demanded he retract the accusations and wondered why he never reported such atrocities...as required.