''The Big Parade'' is a 1925 silent film directed by King Vidor.

The story follows Jim Apperson, an idle rich boy who joins the US Army's Rainbow Division and is sent to France to fight in World War I, becomes friends with two working class men, [[WarIsHell experiences the horrors of trench warfare]], and finds love with a French girl.

The movie was considered ground breaking for removing the propaganda and glorification of war present in other wars, especially those representing World War I being produced at the time. It won the Photoplay Medal of Honor Award (a precursor to the Oscars) in 1925, and is believed to be the highest-grossing film of the 1920s. In 1992 The Big Parade was selected for preservation in the United States NationalFilmRegistry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
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!!Tropes associated with this work:

* AnArmAndALeg
* EarnYourHappyEnding: They sure do.
* EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench: Though rather mild.
* ExecutiveMeddling: MGM bosses forced Vidor to tone down what was an even more overtly anti-war film.
* GentlemenRankers: Jim is clearly upper-class. His family lives in a mansion and owns a factory. Yet he gets swept up in the patriotic fervor of a parade and enlists to fight UsefulNotes/WorldWarI as a soldier in the ranks.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The intertitles contain a peculiar variant of lyrics for "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gtvILZ-Kw8 You're in the Army Now]]":
-->You're in the army now,\\
You're not behind a plow;\\
You'll never get rich,\\
You son-of-a-[[SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion gun]],\\
You're in the army now!
* InsigniaRipOffRitual: Jim's buddy loses his stripes.
* MoodWhiplash: Light romantic comedy and soldier hijinx turns to a grim, harrowing battle sequence.
* OutdoorBathPeeping: Gender-reversed.
* PatrioticFervor: A parade at the beginning inspires Jim to sign up. It's not The Big Parade, though...
* {{Plunder}}: Jim's buddies raid a wine cellar.
* PrecisionFStrike: "They got him! They got him! GOD DAMN THEIR SOULS!" Quite daring for 1925.
* ShellShockedVeteran: The guy screaming in delirium in the hospital.
* StrangerInAFamiliarLand: Jim when he comes home.
* TitleDrop
* TrainStationGoodbye: Or rather, a troop transport goodbye, but the dynamic is the same.
* UpperClassTwit: Jim, pre-war.
* WarIsHell: Considered to be one of the depiction of this at the time; making it groundbreaking.
* WorldWarOne