"Courage Under Fire" is truly moving. It was actually the first movie made about the Gulf War. The always likable Denzel Washington character is conflicted and drinking heavily, and has to see if a female Sergeant (Meg Ryan) is worthy of the Congressional Medal. His only witnesses? The troops in the helicopter attack. And all everybody wanted to do was lie.
The action was great, and this was beautifully acted. The scene where Lou Diamond Phillips (the traitor) kills himself is especially haunting.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Oh man, was this better than I remembered it. Yes, the Jack Nicholson performance carries the movie a lot. But the movie had a lot of good, dark comedy. Especially when Jack takes the inmates on a boat trip, and tells people they're all doctors. He gave those crazies just what they needed: go fishing. Get drunk. Get laid.
The real mystery about this film still lies in the villain, Nurse Fletcher. Yes, she is ice cold. But was she just doing her job?