Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the latest in a long and proud tradition of suicide mission movies. Not to be confused with "men on a mission" films, these flicks aren't just about a group of people trying to accomplish a goal. No, these movies are about people going out... and they're not expected to come back. Whether it's in ancient Greece or World War II, there have been plenty of impossible situations that people have conquered in real life, so of course there's going to be films about it.
It's no coincidence that most suicide mission films are set during the second World War. It's the perfect venue for setting up missions with impossible odds. Given that Star Wars was directly inspired by parts of World War II, expect to see a lot of influence from the following films in Rogue One. Curious which films are the best of the lot? Check out the list below!
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The Characters: A group of 300 battle-hardened Spartans led by King Leonidas (Gerard Butler).
The Mission: The Spartans have to hold a pass against a vast army of thousands of Persians bent on conquering Greece.
Who Survived: Poor Dilios, who lost an eye in an earlier engagement, is sent away to convince other Spartans to join the battle and defend Greece. Everyone who remained was slaughtered, though they do succeed in delaying the Persians for three days.Agree or disagree?
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The Characters: Military tactician Rafer Janders (Richard Harris), smuggler Shawn Fynn (Roger Moore), British mercenary Allen Faulkner (Richard Burton), and a group of hired soldiers.
The Mission: The group needs to rescue Julius Limbani, an imprisoned South African leader, before he is executed.
Who Survived: The soldiers easily rescue Limbani, but are betrayed by their superiors and are not extracted. While trying to fight their way out of Bush country, most of the mercenaries are killed and Limbani dies from the strain of the journey. Only Faulkner, Fynn, and a handful of mercenaries survive.Agree or disagree?
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The Characters: Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), a criminal recruited by the Rebellion, Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), a morally compromised intelligence officer for the Rebellion, Chirrut Îmwe (Donnie Yen), a blind warrior with a strong belief in the Force, K-2SO (Alan Tudyk), a reprogrammed Imperial droid, Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed), an Imperial pilot who defects to the Rebellion, and Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen), a heavy weapons specialist and best friend to Chirrut.
The Mission: Jyn Erso's team must steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire's planet-destroying superweapon.
Who Survived: No one. Not a single one of them, not even the droid. They do, however, manage to get the Death Star plans to the Rebel Alliance before being killed.Agree or disagree?
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The Characters: Seven Ronin eagerly looking for work: Kambei Shimada (Takashi Shimura), Gorobei Katayama (Yoshio Inaba), Shichiroji (Daisuke Katō), Kyuzo (Seiji Miyaguchi), Heihachi Hayashida (Minoru Chiaki), Katsushiro (Isao Kamura), Kikuchiyo (Toshiro Mifune).
The Mission: The Ronin are hired by a poor village to defend them against bandits.
Who Survived: Katsushiro, Kambei, and Shichiroji survive. They manage to defend the villagers and defeat the bandits.Agree or disagree?