While our favorite war movies are set in the past, many of them leave clues about what will happen in the future - that is, the future of their own stories. These impressive foreshadowing details make classics like Full Metal Jacket and Saving Private Ryan even more compelling, whether you're seeing them for the first time or on a rewatch. Settings and props provide glimpses into future battles. Subtle clues set up disastrous events to come. Casual dialogue winds up telling the future. All of these foreshadowing elements play out in tremendously satisfying ways in these great war movies.
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