What are the best Movies about World War II?

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    #1Rome: Open City

    Rome: Open City

    Rome: Open City is one of the best films of all time, not only about war. This neo-realistic movie by the Italian Roberto Rosellini is set in the Rome of 1944 where the resistance tries to fight against the Nazis while in the south of Italy the allies are moving forward. One of the leaders of the resistance is tracked down by the Nazis and goes to her fiancee's friend looking for help to escape.

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    Deborah Brewer
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "Subtitled World War 2 movie taking place in Rome. It is a French classic and many say the one film to watch. The film does a good job depicting the war and the resistance who fought against the the Nazi's. It is over sixty years old, but still available, that should tell you something about the quality of the movie. It isn't enhanced so it is not as glamorous as today's movies but it is still good. "
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    #2Schindler's List

    Schindler's List

    Schindler's List, a work of Steven Spielberg, is about the story of Oskar Schindler, a German industrialist that puts his life and his family's lives at risk by helping 1,100 Jews survive the extermination camps.

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    Janice James
    Written on February 18, 2017
    "Schindler's list is the winner of 7 academy awards and honors a man who saved many Jews, risking his own life over and over again to do so. The images are haunting, and the story true, of one man's courage to help fellow human beings, no matter the cost. The movie will never leave you, once seen and everyone should view it, at least once. "
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    #3Army of Shadows

    Army of Shadows
    Army of Shadows by the French director Jean Pierre Melville, one of the best movie filmmakers from France. This masterwork, released for the first time in the USA in 2006, tells the story iof the French resistance during the World War II.
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    Carl Cunningham
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "there are better movies out there "
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    #4Saving Private Ryan

    Saving Private Ryan

    Saving Private Ryan is a war and drama movie directed by Steven Spielberg which follows the story of the rescue of Private Ryan, the only survivor of a family by a commando of American soldiers that infiltrates in Nazi territory.

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    Deborah Kelley
    Written on January 29, 2017
    "There's a reason this movie won a shelf full of Oscars. It's a star about war, family, and honor."
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    #5Enemy at the Gates

    Enemy at the Gates

    Enemy at the Gates by Jean Jacques Annaud is the story of two snipers, a German and a Soviet that fight against each other during the siege of Stalingrad.

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    #6Das Boot

    Das Boot
    Das Boot, directed by the German filmmaker Wolfgang Petersen is the story of a U-boat crew from the days before they will be sent to duty to their participation in the Battle of the Atlantic. The movie shows war from the perspective of the German soldiers and shows life in the narrow space of a war submarine.
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    Han Yao
    Written on April 17, 2017
    "Das boot is a wonderful WWII movie that shows a different perspective than normal. Often times WWII movies are written from the viewpoint of an American soldier. Das Boot, however, is written from the perspective of a German solider aboard a submarine and is a very captivating and thrilling film that will really bring WWII to life for you."
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    #7The Big Red One

    The Big Red One
    The Big Red One is a movie directed by Samuel Fuller with Lee Marvin and Mark Hamill. It mixes personal story by the director itself with a story about how war changes man turning them into killers pledging alliance to false idols.
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    Heather Alexander
    Written on January 3, 2017
    "I'm not surprised to see this movie on the list. It might seem a bit dated and low budget but it really reflects on the effects of war on soldiers later in life. It gave a fresh perspective to war movies that really make you think. "
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    #8Patton

    Patton

    Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner, Patton is a biography, drama, and war movie about the famous general. Released on April 2, 1970, the movie shows the life and actions of this charismatic general feared by the Nazis during World War II.

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    Hannah Hamilton
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "This is one of the best movies about World War II and follows the life of one of the most feared Nazi generals of the time. The movie is a bit long, close to three hours and is highly rated for its storyline, excellent acting and direction. The content is a bit sensitive for younger audiences, considering that this is a war movie and has its share of sensitive scenes. It is a good movie to own and is available in a variety of formats."
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    #9Cross of Iron

    Cross of Iron
    This movie directed by Sam Peckinpah with James Coburn and Max Schell tells the story of a veteran German group of soldiers on the Russian front. Captain Stransky takes the leadership of this group of soldier with a fixed idea in his mind: To receive the Iron Cross.
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    Jonathan Garrett
    Written on June 9, 2017
    "I wanted to read actually more about the world war II but this Cross of Iron dvd portrays it in a movie which is very clear."
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    #10The Dirty Dozen

    The Dirty Dozen

    The Dirty Dozen is an American war film released on 1967. It was directed by Robert Aldrich and stars Lee Marvin. It was filmed in the United Kingdom and features supporting casts including Ernest Borgnine and Charles Bronson.

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    Shirley Garza
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "Have always bee na fan of war movies and The Dirty Dozen is a great choice. A good movie in that genre"
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    #11From Here to Eternity

    From Here to Eternity

    Fred Zinnemann directs Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr and Frank Sinatra in this classic war movie that explains the story of the soldiers in Hawai in the moments previous to Pearl Harbor attack. The film was released on August 28, 1953. 

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    #12Ivan's Childhood

    Ivan's Childhood
    The debut film by Andrei Tarkovsky one of the most emblematic Russian directors tells the story of Ivan a boy whose childhood has been torn apart by the Nazi Invasion of Russia during the Operation Barbarossa. The movie moves back and forward between the period previous to war to the moments of the Nazi invasion.
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    Ryan Gutierrez
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "What are the best movies about World War 11? Look on Amazon demand video and you will find your answer in the movie Ivan's Childhood."
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    #13The Steel Helmet

    The Steel Helmet

    The Steel Helmet by Samuel Fuller is a drama action, war movies. It is a portrait of the Korean War soldiers. This movie is one of the first that treats about the morality and the racist component of war and the blood and guts of war. 

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    Kelly Ortiz
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "A classic, of the now-forgotten variety. I had never heard of that movie before, and I pride myself on being more knowledgeable than average about movies. So I stumbled upon this one on a slow evening and decided to give it a try. And I loved it. It's a pretty atypical movie that seems to refuse all the easy crowdpleasers that most will go for. It offers very negative and somber vision of war and is short on spectacular scenes, but digs way deeper than most when portraying the racism and prejudice between soldiers of the same side. Sobering and really thought provoking."
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    #14Come and See

    Come and See

    Come and See is a 1985 Soviet movie directed by Aleksey Kravchenko that tells the story of a boy during the Nazi invasion of Belarus. The movie is a perfect display of the horrors and slaughtering committed by the Nazis.

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    Austin Howard
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "A very harrowing look at the brutalities of which the Nazis and there collaborators did to the peasant population of Eastern Europe during World War II. A very surreal picture that is almost a nightmare acted out. The information revealed later on as to the making of this film clearly shows how much the director and film crew strove for authenticity regarding the type of images seen here. Of course, it's not a documentary, but as close to one as anyone could get from a dramatized picture. There are scenes in this movie that will haunt everyone familiar with the true incidents of that time and place in history. Any true WW II buff should see this film."
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    #15A Bridge Too Far

    A Bridge Too Far

    A Bridge Too Far is a 1977 epic war film based on the 1974 book of the same name by Cornelius Ryan. It was adapted by William Goldman and directed by Richard Attenborough. It stars actors Dirk Bogarde, James Caan, and Michael Caine.

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    Joshua Watkins
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "A Bridge Too Far is one of the best world war 2 movies ever it changed my outlook on life when i watched it. It's just so great I highly recommend it!"
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    #16Downfall

    Downfall
    Downfall is the story of the last days of Hitler in his bunker. Germany is about to fall with the Soviet army coming from the East and the Allied Forces from the west, but Adolf Hitler still thinks that he can survive and counterattack. Little by little reality emerges and the downfall of Hitler and Nazis is inevitable. Bruno Ganz stars in one of his best roles ever.
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    Ralph Reyes
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "i can't watch things dealing with hitler, but a friend watched this and said it was really good. If you like ww2 movies, watch this one."
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    #17The Great Escape

    The Great Escape
    The Great Escape is an action adventure film directed by John Sturges, released on July 4, 1963. This historical film follows the story of the planning, execution, and resolution of the great escape of a large group of prisoners of war from a Nazi prison camp in WWII.
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    Jose Ramos
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "Definitely fits the mark. Features an iconic actor and based on a historical event. If you can get over the period of the vintage film look, it's a great choice."
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    #18The Bridge on the River Kwai

    The Bridge on the River Kwai
    The Bridge on the River Kwai apart from its iconic whistling melody is a classic war movie about a group of British POWS that are forced by the Japanese to build a bridge over the river Kwai to allow their troops to move. 
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    Megan Guerrero
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "The Bridge on the River Kwai is a movie you should check out. It is set during World War 2 and is about the bridge some Japanese soldiers forced some British POWs to build for them."
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    #19Letters From Iwo Jima

    Letters From Iwo Jima

    Letters From Iwo Jima is a historical war, and drama movie directed by Clint Eastwood. Released on February 2, 2007, this tells the story of the battle of Iwo Jima from the Japanese point of view.

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    Bryan Walsh
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "a good movie directed by Clint Eastwood offering a different perspective "
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    #20Kelly's Heroes

    Kelly's Heroes

    Kelly's Heroes is an American war comedy film released in 1970, directed by Brian G. Hutton. The movie stars Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, and Donald Sutherland as a group of World War II soldiers who decide to go AWOL to rob a bank behind enemy lines.

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    Christian Wallace
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "I was trying to pick a move to watch with some friends of mine and we came up with Kelly's Heroes. Originally we did not think to much of it but after watching it we thought it was an interesting funny and great movie that i would definetely watch again."
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    #21A Walk in the Sun

    A Walk in the Sun
    A Walk in the Sun by Lewis Milestone is the story of a little Infantry division in Italy during the Anglo-American invasion of the country to release it from the Nazis. The movie tries to be the most realistic depiction of the troops during the battle at the time when the movie was made.
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    Rishika Singh
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "The solution to this topic is overall a good fit. The customer reviews were more positive than anything else, and readers felt the book gave a very good view of history from World War II."
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    #22The Battle of Britain

    The Battle of Britain
    This movie directed by Guy Hamilton and starring Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine, Robert Shaw and Christopher Plummer among others is an accurate depiction of the aerial battle that took place in 1940 in the British Sky between the Luftwaffe and the RAF that was the first defeat for the Nazi forces.
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    Amy May
    Written on March 22, 2017
    "This Michael Cane movie is a total classic when it comes to WWII flicks. It's got a great love story and the war scenes are very realistic and make you feel as if you're there!"
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    #23The Longest Day

    The Longest Day

    The Longest Day is a 1962 production based on the book by Cornelius Ryan. The film was directed by Ken Annakin and Andrew Marton, and it stars John Wayne, Robert Mitchum, Sean Connery, Richard Burton, Henry Fonda, and more. 

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    Enrique Beltrán
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "I am a war movie fan loving the story that these types of movies tell. This movie I remember seeing this movie when I was a kid and too me it is one of the best movies I have ever seen. So if you're looking for a war movie this would be one of the topic movies in the genre that is a must watch. Clear your schedule and watch this movie."
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    #24Black Book

    Black Book

    Black Book by Paul Verhoeven is a movie about the times in which Holland was occupied by Nazis and the Jewish population. The film was directed by Paul Verhoeven and it stars Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch, and more. 

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    Christine Estrada
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "I remember when I first watched Black Book, I fell in love with it. It's takes the same approach as Basic Instinct, by making a female the lead in this film, but it is a much deeper, more poised story."
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    #25Dunkirk

    Dunkirk
    The epic war movie by Christopher Nolan follows the story of the Battle of Dunkirk, in which allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, and France were evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.
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    Evelyn Estrada
    Written on January 10, 2017
    "Dunkirk is, hands down, one of the best WWII movies out there! It has plenty of action but that wasn't always the best part of the movie; the internal struggles of the characters give another perspective on what it was really like for anyone trying to make it out alive. "
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    #26The Dam Busters

    The Dam Busters
    The Dam Busters is an English movie that is set in the aerial battle for destroying the Ruhr Dams. Directed by Michael Anderson the movie is divided into two different parts. One that shows the building of a new weapon and the second is about the aerial battle in itself. A movie about fight, heroism and the cost on human lives. 
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    Fabiola Enríquez
    Written on August 10, 2017
    "This is a fantastic movie, the graphics are great and the story line really pulls you in and hits you in the "feels" If you love War movies especially WWII this is the movie for you"
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    #27Casablanca

    Casablanca

    Casablanca is a 1943 American romantic drama film set during World War II in the Vichy-controlled Moroccan city of Casablanca. The film was directed by Michael Curtiz and starred Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

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    Tammy Henry
    Written on September 21, 2017
    "What a long and boring movie! I thought I was going to see a great movie, the way people talk about it, but there was nothing but a bunch of talking. What's worse, the whole thing is in black and white!"
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    #28The Outsider

    The Outsider

    The Outsider is a Netflix-exclusive film in 2018. Set during World War II, the film follows a captive American G.I. Nick Lowell who joins the yakuza to pay a debt from his fellow inmate.

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    Jessica May
    Written on June 5, 2018
    "The Outsider doesn't take place during World War II. It takes place in a recovering Japan after the end of the war, but makes passing mentions to characters that fought. You'll be disappointed if you want battle reenactments in this film. You'll also be disappointed if you expect Jared Leto or the plot to be any good either."

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Best What are the best Movies about World War II
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Rome: Open CityMovies 40 Paid
2Schindler's ListMovies 38 Paid
3Army of ShadowsMovies 37 Paid
4Saving Private RyanMovies 37 Paid
5Enemy at the GatesMovies 34 Paid
6Das BootMovies 32 Paid
7The Big Red OneMovies 29 Paid
8PattonMovies 28 Paid
9Cross of IronMovies 27 Paid
10The Dirty DozenMovies 25 Paid
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