In a nutshell... This Oscar-winning war epic chronicles World War II's harrowing D-Day invasion. Shot on the beaches of Normandy, France, the ambitious film attempts to cover the historic day from all perspectives, focusing on both sides of the conflict.
A great deal of my childhood (too much, probably) was spent playing WWII strategy games, so I have a special appreciation for a movie that succeeds like no other in conveying the strategic and logistical challenges of war, while painting a vivid picture of what the men involved must have gone through. Furthermore, in contrast to many war movies before and since, The Longest Day gives full credit to the many nationalities that took part, and is remarkably even-handed in its portrayal of the Germans.
One of the greatest all-star casts ever helps you to identify with their characters even though most are cameo appearances, which is perhaps the only way to tackle a story this monumental in scope.
You avoid movies that are in black and white or subtitled. Or three hours long.