The Movie: Full Metal Jacket (1987)
What Is It?: Stanley Kubrick constructs a horrifying before-and-after portrait of the military as young recruits are turned into mindless machines of war by a cruel drill sergeant before being set loose in Vietnam to put their programming to work. The first half is impossible to top, but the second half ends with satisfying dread and awesome use of "Paint It Black".
Why Today?: On this day in 1973, Nixon announces the end of America’s offensive action in Vietnam.