In among all those Ryans and Zulus and Longest Days lies the largely overlooked Glory, Ed Zwick's based-on-fact historical war movie, which easily deserves to be counted among the classics. Matthew Broderick stars as Colonel Robert G Shaw, a young Yankee officer charged with leading the Civil War's first all-black regiment. Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington and Andre Braugher fill the ranks as his passionate men, offering a clutch of undeniably moving performances, while the battle scenes are easily as harrowing as anything Spielberg ever chucked at the screen.

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