Band of Brothers (2001) - created by Stephen E. Ambrose, Tom Hanks & Steven Spielberg
Band of Brothers is a ten-part mini-series that plays out like a collection of essays, following Easy Company from boot camp to the end of WWII. While the cast is constantly revolving, Dick Winters (Damian Lewis) and Lewis Nixon (Ron Livingston) are always at the center. The series is broken up into ten complete stories. It’s an interesting technique, though, with those ten parts, the mini-series still follows the basic storytelling formula. You’ll see gorgeous cinematography, terrific bits of acting, frightening action sequences, trying imagery, and a very young and handsome Michael Fassbender (also: Tom Hardy, James McAvoy).
Band of Brothers is an experience, and it’s not one to be binge-watched as so many things are these days. From the power of “Currahee” you understand how heavy the material is. The pinnacle of the series comes towards the end of “The Last Patrol” after a terrific performance from Colin Hanks - that’s when Damian Lewis (Dick Winters) steps in and truly becomes the hero the series needed. It’s everything you want from cinema.
Top 10 Characters
1. Lewis Nixon (Ron Livingtson)
2. Dick Winters (Damian Lewis)
3. Herbert Sobel (David Schwimmer)
4. Denver Randleman (Michael Cudlitz)
5. Frank Perconte (James Madio)
6. Henry Jones (Colin Hanks)
7. Lynn Compton (Neal McDonough)
8. Alton More (Doug Allen)
9. John Janovec (Tom Hardy)
10. Donald Malarkey (Scott Grimes)