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The Western Front

1939 - 1945

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1. Band of Brothers (2001)
Closely follows the story of the men of Easy Company (US 101st Airbourne infantry) featuring the main events they went through during the war.

What hasn't already been said about this series, a must watch if you even have the slightest of interest in World War Two, outstanding series giving recognition to true heroes.

2nd Lt. George Rice: "Looks like you guys are going to be surrounded."

Maj. Winters: "We're paratroopers, Lieutenant. We're supposed to be surrounded."




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2. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
A modern day classic and the standard any Hollywood war film must now strive for, also an excellent companion piece for Band of Brothers.

Corporal Upham: "Theirs is not to reason why, theirs is but to do or die."





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3. Downfall (2004)
A very accurate German film about the downfall of Hitler and the Nazi's. Bruno Ganz's performance as Hitler is first class, one of the best WWII films for sure.





'Generation War' (2013) is another solid media piece worthy of a mention that is from the co-producers of Downfall, it is a three part series that follows the experiences of five friends through the war. Although at times some of the situations in which they end up in and meet are highly unlikely it is nonetheless a very well made and captivating watch.



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4. Schindler's List (1993)
A very accurate German film about the downfall of Hitler and the Nazi's. Bruno Ganz's performance as Hitler is first class, one of the best WWII films for sure.





'Generation War' (2013) is another solid media piece worthy of a mention that is from the co-producers of Downfall, it is a three part series that follows the experiences of five friends through the war. Although at times some of the situations in which they end up in and meet are highly unlikely it is nonetheless a very well made and captivating watch.



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5. The Pianist (2002)
True story about a Jewish Pianist who survived the holocaust, first class.



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6. Das Boot (1981)
The bench mark for all Sub movies, destroys the insulting Hollywood film U-571 that attempted to copy it and re-write history.



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7. The Longest Day (1962)
Film about the D-Day landings. A real classic, much like A Bridge Too Far it tells the story from various Allied perspectives, not just the Americans ;)
(B & W)



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8. A Bridge Too Far (1977)
Unusually this film is about a failed Allied mission to take Arnhem bridge in the Netherlands (Opertation Market Garden). It's one of my favorites due to the great cast and direction. A classic and a good companion piece to The Longest Day.



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9. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Tarantino back to his best with this fictional story set in World War Two, I'm not normally the biggest fan of fictional stories set in WW2 (due to there being so many untold factural stories) but he pulls this off very well.



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10. The Imitation Game (2014)
A simply brilliant biopic about the great Alan Turing who helped break the "unbreakable" German enigma machine, a fitting tribute to one of the great minds of the 20th century



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11. Patton (1970)
Docu-drama/biopic about the military career of George S. Patton, very informative and a well made movie.



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12. The Great Escape (1963)
Classic story of Allied POW's escaping a German camp, the ultimate Sunday afternoon flick.



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13. Battle of Britain (1969)
Another British classic, a tribute to those in the RAF and other allied forces (e.g Canada) who battled the German Luftwaffe to prevent the German forces taking Great Britain, features some great dog fights.



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14. The Dam Busters (1955)
Outstanding invention (the bouncing bomb), Great movie for the time. I believe a remake is on the way as well which is good news... I hope.
(B & W)





Another great classic British WW2 film is 'The Cruel Sea' (1953). This movie follows a British Naval Officer as he deals with life at sea protecting Allied convoys and hunting German U-boats.




People who added this item 358  Average listal rating (243 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.7 
15. Where Eagles Dare (1968)
Despite the Helicopter (what were they thinking) this is really enjoyable WW2 spy movie, one of Clint's earlier works.



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16. Kelly's Heroes (1970)
Eastwood again and enjoyable again, like Inglorious it will give you a few laughs but the mission itself is also fiction.



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17. The Dirty Dozen (1967)
A US Army Major (Lee Marvin) is assigned a dozen convicted murderers to train and lead them into a mass assassination mission of German officers. Lee Marvin is excellent, vintage American WW2 film.



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18. Fury (2014)
A very brutal and realistic (apart from the Hollywood ending) take on the twilight days of WWII taken from the perspective of a bruised and battered tank crew with a new recruit amongst their ranks.
The battle scenes are top draw and Brad Pitt makes for a great tank commander, make sure you check it out, you may just have to suspend your belief for the last 20mins thoug.



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19. Valkyrie (2008)
A great true story about the German Officers who made a stand against Hitler. A story that has been told before, but not to this scale, I really enjoyed this, I feel it's important that people realise not all German soldiers were Nazis, many were merely patriots.



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20. Black Book (2006)
Dutch resistance movement
Features Carice van Houton as an undercover agent, top class Dutch WW2 film, full of action and suspence.





An older film about the Dutch resistance that makes a great companion piece is 'Soldier of Orange' (1977)



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21. Defiance (2008)
Jewish resistance movement
Although advertised as "a true story", it has been criticised for not following the true story of the Bielski partisans accurately. I nonetheless really enjoyed it.




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22. Max Manus: Man of War (2008)
Norwegian resistance movement
Little known movie about Max Manus and the actions of the Norwegian resistance movement in WW2, top draw.



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23. Flame and Citron (2008)
Danish resistance movement
Similar to Man of War in many respects, one of them being that it is also very good, follows the legendary resistance fighters code named Flame and Citron. Hidden gem.



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24. Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)
German resistance movement
Well told and acted, true story of a genuine hero of the German White Rose Resistance Movement - Sophie Scholl.



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25. The Big Red One (1980)
Solid WW2 flick that details the experiences of several US soldiers from The Big Red One lead by the Sergeant who is played by Lee Marvin, also features Mark Hamill.



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26. The Bridge (1959)
A German film based on a true story of German teenagers defending a bridge in their home town in the final days of Nazi Germany. A great film for its time, with some well worked cinematography, not a great deal of action. Nevertheless it is not an action film, it is a hard hitting film showing the absurdities of war.
(B & W)





There has been a 2008 TV re-make of the film, though many reviews have been unfavorable.
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27. The Caine Mutiny (1954)
About a mutiny and power struggle aboard a navy ship serving during World War II, 1950's classic.



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28. The Enemy Below (1957)
A German U-boat and a US Destroyer play cat and mouse, another excellent 1950's WWII movie.




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29. Von Ryan's Express (1965)
A fast paced WWII classic featuring Allied soldiers (mainly British) attempting to escape an Italian POW camp with the Germans in hot pursuit. Gripping get away action film, well worth a watch.





Another WWII classic with a very similar theme is 'The Train' (1964) Based on non-fiction book Le front de l'art. A German Colonel has loaded a train with stolen French artwork that he wishes to take to Germany. However the French resistance aren't too happy about this and attempt to recapture the masterpieces.
(B & W)



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30. The Counterfeiters (2007)
True story of how Nazi Germany forged money on concentration camps to fund the war effort. Deserved Winner of Best Foreign Picture Oscar at the 2008 Academy Awards.




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31. Saints and Soldiers (2003)
Set during The Battle of the Bulge, Saints and Soldiers follows the story of a group of soldiers who escape the Malmedy Massacre and have desperately try to get back to Allied lines not only in order to survive but to also inform their commanders of important intelligence they have gathered. Considering the budget of this movie I was very impressed and I'm glad that many seem to have given it the credit it deserves.

The second movie in the trilogy 'Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed' has recently come out but did not receive the same plaudits as its predecessor.





If you like this, a good WWII movie also set during The Battle of the Bulge is the underrated 'A Midnight Clear' (1992).



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32. Days of Glory (2006)
Follows a group of four Algerian (part of colonial France at the time) men who join the French First Army along with many other North Africans, to free France from Nazi oppression. However they find they also have to fight against discrimination from the French as well.

The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and deserves your attention.



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33. Life Is Beautiful (1997)
Historical drama with a comical feel, Life is Beautiful is different to many on this list but is a touching film about a family trying their best to cope in desperate times and during WWII and well worthy of a mention.



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34. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
Following along similar lines to Life is Beautiful, this movie follows a young German boy who makes an unlikely friend in the form of Jewish boy. However the camp his friend is in is also run by his father.

This is a very different take on the war from the eyes of children and for that alone is well worth a watch.




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The African, Mediterranean & Middle East Theatre

1940 - 1945

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35. Ice-Cold in Alex (1958)
A British classic that follows a transport unit and army nurses as they trek across the German occupied North African desert dreaming of an ice cold beer.




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36. The Guns of Navarone (1961)
Although it appears somewhat dated now, still a classic WW2 sabotage film.
(The mission takes place in Navarone a small island off the coast off of Greece).





Has a follow up staring Harrison Ford named 'Force 10 from Navarone' (1978)
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The Eastern Front

1941 - 1945

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37. Come and See (1985)
A movie that focuses on the horrors of war and what it was like to be around during the German invasion of Russia, very hard hitting.



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38. Stalingrad (1993)
Follws German officer Hans von Witzland and his battalion through the horrible battle fo Stalingrad. Harrowing and far more accurate than most war films.





There is another film also named 'Stalingrad' released in 2013 made by the Russians (from the director of 9th Company - Fedor Bondarchuk) and is Russia's first IMAX film:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1966566/


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39. The Cross of Iron (1977)
Raw and gritty war film and a rarity in that it is told from the perspective of German soldiers on the Russian front during WW2.



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40. The Brest Fortress (2010)
This impressive Russian film focuses on a true story of a group of Soviets who hold a last stand in Brest fortress (Belarus) against the invading German forces. Great battle scenes, what some might call a 'true' war movie.



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41. The Star (2002)
If you are looking for lots of good action in a WWII film then this is it. Based on a true story, a group of Soviet soldiers go behind enemy lines on a reconnaissance mission to gather information on the occupying German forces during Operation Bagration. Very unknown & underrated film, easily a 7.5/10.



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42. Enemy at the Gates (2001)
If you are looking for lots of good action in a WWII film then this is it. Based on a true story, a group of Soviet soldiers go behind enemy lines on a reconnaissance mission to gather information on the occupying German forces during Operation Bagration. Very unknown & underrated film, easily a 7.5/10.



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43. The Winter War (1989)
Both set during the 'Winter War' which occured in 1939-1940 between Finland and the Soviet Union (it was essentially a campaign of WW2). 'The Winter War (Talvisota)' (1989) is a little known Finnish film that has a great scale and accuracy to it.





I brought The Winter War in a DVD set with another Finish World War Two film (set in the Continuation War which followed the Winter War) named 'Ambush' (Rukajärven Tie) (1999) also well worth seeing, Ambush I feel has a stronger narrative behind it with an officer seeking revenge for the death of his partner who was killed by the Soviets. The film however does not meet the scale and full on battle scenes of Talvisota.





Other Finish WWII Movies Include:

Tali-Ihantala 1944 (2007)
Beyond Enemy Lines (2004)
The Unknown Soldier (1985)
The Unknown Soldier (1955)

Ville has complied a good list of Finnish war movies you may also want to look at:
http://www.listal.com/list/finnish-war-movies
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44. Katyn (2007)
Depicts the little known Katyn massacre that was covered up for many years after the war, an important and well made film.

Is set in Poland, essentially in the middle of the Eastern and Western fronts, due to the massacre being committed by the Soviets I've put this film under the Eastern Front.



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The Pacific Theatre

1941 - 1945

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45. The Pacific (2010)
Many of the men this series focuses on had passed away, therefore it doesn't have the character depth of Band of Brothers, but it still is breath taking at times with first rate battle scenes and is a fantastic portrayal of what some of the men went through fighting in the pacfic. It once again features a first class score like BoB and I would strongly recommend it if you haven't seeen it yet.





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46. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Another British WW2 film, it is technically fictional, but is roughly based around the construction of the Burma railway by Allied POWs. Winner of numerous awards and rightly so, dispite being an old film now it stands up well, great story.



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47. The Thin Red Line (1998)
Over shadowed at the time of release due to it being out at the same time as Saving Private Ryan, but nevertheless an excellent WW2 film featuring many big name cameos. One of my favorites.



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48. Flags of Our Fathers / Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
Clint Eastwood gives directing a go and does a good job here. Letters from Iwo Jima is widely regarded as the better of the two but both films are good and it's good to see the battle from both perspectives.

Both films focus around the Battle of Iwo Jima, Flags of Our Fathers however has a clear focus on those who lifted the flag (or did'nt as the case may be) in the famous WWII photo (also seen on the cover) and the impact this had on their lives.





Letters from Iwo Jima is not just Flags of our fathers without the flag, it gives you a deep insight into the Japanese army's culture at the time. The Japanese are not simply painted as the evil ones, Eastwood does a great job of showing how good and evil were on both sides.



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49. Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
An accurate and well made portrayal of the events of Pearl Harbour seen from the perspective of both sides.




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50. Empire of the Sun (1987)
Focuses on a young English boy growing up in Japanese occupation during WWII - Christian Bale's talents were clear from the start.





 



Most of these are 'War' films per say, some however lean more towards the period drama side, but all are based around the World War II era.

Placed in a rough order of the best at the top of each theater of war.

The flags denote the the countries that the films perspective is taken from. Please inform me if you feel a flag is missing or wrongly placed (I have used the flag used by the country at the time of the war).

I'm trying to keep the limit of around 50 - adding worthy mentions on at the end.

The majority are traditional feature films, however it also features two TV mini-series. The list does not feature documentaries or comedies and I've left out romance based films like From Here to Eternity and Casablanca

Have mainly used modern coloured films, but have included some black & white classics and these have been denoted with B & W.

I've seen quite a lot of WW2 films, but not all of them,
so feel free to make any suggestions, I am always prepared to add in films I haven't seen.

Well Received WWII Period/Romantic Dramas Not Included in the List:

-Casablanca


-From Here to Eternity


-Atonement


-The English Patient




Well Known Movies that Didn't Make the Cut:

-U-571 (Disapointingly attempts to re-write history, just watch Das Boot instead).




-Pearl Harbor (this isn't a list of the worlds most melodramatic & corny films, just watch Tora Tora Tora).







WWII Movie Watch List:

Empire of the Sun
Unbroken
Army of Shadows
The Monuments Men
The Downfall Of Berlin - Anonyma
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
Amen
In Darkness
Before the Fall
The Heroes of Telemark
My Best Enemy
Mosquito Squadron
The Devils Brigade
The Last Bullet
Sisters of War
The Army of Crime
Operation: Daybreak
Battle of Neretva
Hope & Glory
Catch 22
Europa Europa
Napola
Lacombe Lucien
Conspiracy
Hell in the Pacific
Play Dirty
Murphy's War
In Tranzit
Black Sheep
The Unknown Soldier (1955 & 1985)

The Bomber (TV series)
Holocaust (TV series)
Colditz (TV series)

Grave of the Fireflies (Anime)

Black & White Classics:

The Train
Attack
Battleground
Reach for the Sky
In Which We Serve
Ashes and Diamonds
Went the Day Well?
Overlord
Stalag 17
Carve Her Name with Pride
To Hell and Back
In Harms Way
Run Silent, Run Deep
The Young Lions
Sands of Iwo Jima
A Matter of Life and Death
Ballad Of A Soldier
The First of the Few (aka Spitfire)
Stalingrad - Dogs Do You Want to Live Forever?



Thanks for viewing

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Comments

Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Apr 3 11:19
IMO Sophie Scholl - The Final Days should be where Valkyrie (2008) is... :) Still have to watch Valkyrie
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Apr 3 11:21
You forgot Atonement (2007)
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Apr 3 11:24
Yeah, it's difficult, it's in a rough order, but many of them are quite different films, it's so hard to order them! Thanks for the comment and vote.
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Apr 3 11:43
I've got Atonement and Charlotte Gray on my pile of DVDs to watch at home, so should be able to pass judgement on them soon, is Female Agents good then? And thanks for the feedback
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Apr 3 15:38
Nice work! You should put some pics for every movie and maybe more comments.

- I'm not so sure about Charlotte Gray since it is a rather weak movie. In this case, you could add any mediocre flick such as Pearl Harbor or Windtalkers.

My suggestions :

- Amen ( http://www.listal.com/dvd/amen-155766 )
- La grande vadrouille ( http://www.listal.com/dvd/la-grande-vadrouille )
- Lacombe Lucien( http://www.listal.com/dvd/lacombe-lucien )
- Au revoir les enfants ( http://www.listal.com/dvd/au-revoir-les-enfants-criterion-collection )
- Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence ( http://www.listal.com/dvd/merry-christmas-mr-lawrence-272186 )
- Catch 22 ( http://www.listal.com/dvd/catch-22 )
- Soldier of Orange ( http://www.listal.com/dvd/soldier-orange-203028 )
- Hope and glory ( http://www.listal.com/dvd/hope-and-glory )
Edit: 2 years, 8 months ago
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Apr 3 19:28
That is sound advice and thank you for the suggestions, been meaning to watch a lot of them, will add them to the watch list.

Cheers for the vote!
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Apr 4 16:52
I've seen most of them... good job here!

I'm interested in WW2 too but I mostly read books because they're more detailed... anyway, great selections here!

Also, I see you're missing Battleground 1949
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Apr 4 17:00
Ah yeah, thanks man, been meaning to check that out, you might be interested in my other two lists I'm working on too...

http://www.listal.com/list/top-vietnam-war-films
http://www.listal.com/list/iraq-afghanistan-war-terror

would appreciate any feedback, thanks
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Apr 4 18:01
The 2002 John Woo film Windtalkers, which is based around the Pacific Theatre, about the Navajo Codetalkers' involvement in the war.

Also Miracle at St. Anna, Hart's War, The Great Raid, and When Trumpets Fade.
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Apr 4 20:32
The only ones that I can think of right now are

Europa Europa
http://www.listal.com/dvd/europa-europa-101392
Lancombe Lucien - Which I haven't seen the Criterion cut of this film but if it is Criterion... you know it is packed with features.
http://www.listal.com/dvd/lacombe-lucien
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Apr 4 20:54
Cheers T-Pulla, I've seen all of them but they're pretty average to be honest, at the moment its just the so called top war films, was gonna make just a list of anything decent but I think it may just end up going on forever if I did that
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Apr 4 20:55
Thanks Jaytoast, been meaning to check those two out, on the 'to watch' pile, cheers for the vote, thin kit's 9 or 10 I need to get promoted to the front page right?
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Apr 5 13:28
Windtalkers, Hart's War, The Great Raid are all average/mediocre movies and shouldn't be on this list. My own opinion...
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Apr 5 23:28
Atonement is fantastic. And I think johanlefourbe is right when he says that Charlotte Gray is weak
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Apr 5 23:33
Cheers for your thoughts guys
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Apr 7 1:49
Ahh yes, totally overlooked the word "top" in the list's title. This is a pretty complete list then. Good to see someone else knows about Stalingrad. The Saving Private Ryan of it's time in terms of how pervasive the on-screen violence is. A very overlooked film.
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Apr 7 1:53
Also wanted to mention I've always liked Enemy at the Gates, I just wish Jean-Jacques Annaud wouldn't have included the trite love story on what is one of the more interesting WWII films what with its focus on the Russian perspective and snipers as opposed to front-line infantry.
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Apr 7 11:24
Totally agree T-Pulla, hopefully the Russians will make a good Stalingrad movie soon with a really large scale and focus on the close combat. They've been making some good ones lately so fingers crossed.

Hopefully this will be it... http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1966566/
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Apr 8 15:32
Love this list, very good choices and like your descriptions - which I had to keep reading
Posted: 2 years, 8 months ago at Apr 18 16:06
a cracking list of war films,got most on dvd
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Sep 25 17:52
Fantastic list! Great choices.
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Sep 27 19:14
You got most that I could think of and mentioned others that aren't on the list.
Only thing I can think of is Run Silent, Run Deep.
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Sep 27 20:24
Thanks Uber.
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Sep 28 17:50
brilliant list
Posted: 2 years, 1 month ago at Nov 15 18:49
Good taste Phil!
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Jan 25 17:03
Hi! Great list. You've pretty much mentioned all the memorable movies. Here are a few suggestions: "The Flowers of War", "Vincere".
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Jan 31 18:18
The Guns of Navarone....(The mission takes place in Navarone a small island off the coast off Turkey).Wrong that. The name of island is Rhodos also known as Rhode, is an island in Greece, located in the eastern Aegean Sea. It is the largest of the Dodecanese islands.
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Feb 18 19:09
Thanks for the correction (put so nicely might I add). I think you'll find that the island is off the coast of Turkey however, though it is a Greek island.
Posted: 1 year, 4 months ago at Jul 25 4:58
Hi,I think maybe there're some mistakes in your list.The 48th movie is directed by China only,not with others.Then,the flag picture you added (next to the Japan flag) is Tai Wan's.you should replace it with the China flag.Thank you.
Posted: 1 year, 4 months ago at Jul 26 10:04
I'm afraid you are wrong, that is the flag of the Republic of China which was used at that time in history, the current Chinese flag only came into effect in 1949. Taiwan however still use the old Republican flag.
Posted: 1 year, 4 months ago at Jul 30 10:16

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Posted: 1 year, 3 months ago at Sep 17 19:16
Great list, but I can't believe you all missed mentioning the best pair of WWII mini-series of all time...LOL... Herman Wouks "Winds of War" and "War and Remembrance". MUST SEE CLASSICS!!!
Some others off the top of my head would be "The World at War", "Battle of the Bulge", "Colditz", "Destination Tokyo", "Beautiful Dreamer", "They Were Expendable" starring John Wayne. As well as any other WWII movie with either John Wayne or Robert Mitchum in it.
If you can't find these, let me know. I'll see what I can do. There are many other great movies that are missing but I'll need to look through my rather large library and get back to you if you're interested. I realize it's hard to narrow the list to just 50 when there are so many more great movies than that, but narrowing = missing some good ones.
Posted: 1 year, 2 months ago at Oct 8 1:17
Awesome list Phil, some I never heard of and will be watching. I am hoping maybe you or someone viewing this can help me with something that is driving me crazy. I saw a WWII film a few years ago, it had to have been made within the last 10 years as I remember it being very high quality. The location is Germany and towards the end, after a huge amount of destruction in some kind of factory complex, mostly outdoors with industrial buildings scattered about, the main characters have just escaped being killed and are leaving, they stop on a dirt road before leaving the complex, I believe one on a motorcycle maybe with a side car, and the others in a German jeep like vehicle and have a conversation and go their separate ways. I know this is not enough info but I remember it being a great movie, want to see it again but can not remember much more about it and it is driving me crazy!!! if anyone thinks they know what I am talking about please reply!
Posted: 1 year ago at Nov 29 21:22
A definitive list! Great job! I would add as "honorable Mention" "In Harm's Way" It's a little soapy perhaps, but a suspenseful look into Pacific naval battles. Really good list.
Posted: 11 months, 1 week ago at Jan 13 3:42
Another excellent movie is "To Hell and Back". The true story about, and starring Audie Murphy. He was the most decorated US soldier fighting in Europe during WW11.
Posted: 10 months, 1 week ago at Feb 11 14:28
Thanks, I've heard about it but never seen it, I will make sure I take a look at it.
Posted: 9 months, 4 weeks ago at Feb 24 9:22
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Posted: 9 months, 3 weeks ago at Feb 28 5:36
You Miss some good ones U571,[Link removed - login to see] One of the most watched WW2 movie of all the time "Walter Defends Sarajevo" (very popular in China, India, Former USSR and eastern block) [Link removed - login to see] IMdB rating 8.2 then "Povratak Otpisanih" [Link removed - login to see] and "Shining Trough" [Link removed - login to see] Bu the way there is lots of Russian movies like new "Stalingrad" then "August 1944" "Battle of Kursk" (the biggest battle of WW2 ) and "Battle of Moscow"
Posted: 7 months, 1 week ago at May 17 10:37
Outstanding your list! I have just download some great films of it. I've bought some DVDs recently which aren't in your list. They are: Counterpoint; the bridge at Remagen; Europa Europa; Escape from Sobibor; and a great TV series named Holocausto starring James Woods and Meryl Streep. What do you think about them?
Posted: 5 months, 1 week ago at Jul 15 14:37
The Blue Max with George Peppard, James Mason & Ursula Andress
YANKS with Richard Gere
A Guy Named Joe - Spencer Tracy
Posted: 5 months, 1 week ago at Jul 15 15:26
Thanks for the suggestions, The Blue Max is a WWI movie, but I'll have to check out the other two some time.
Posted: 3 months, 1 week ago at Sep 8 21:44
great list always looking for foreign gem's.
i would add
First of the Few.. starring David Niven.
Play Dirty... Michael Caine
Posted: 1 month, 3 weeks ago at Oct 30 21:35
Just wondering why you have the DVD's as the list choices and not the movies themselves. For instance Midway (2005) did not come out in 2005 but the DVD did.
Posted: 1 month, 3 weeks ago at Oct 30 21:56
How about The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), Grave of the Fireflies (1988), Fat Man and Little Boy (1989) or Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)?
Posted: 1 month, 2 weeks ago at Oct 31 19:32
Cheers Shaun, It started out as a DVD list a while a go, it's then evolved, I plan to change them all to movies now that Listal allows you to change the type
Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago at Dec 10 12:39
Brilliant list Phil.I also find "Operation Daybreak" to be underrated.It has a great soundtrack aswell.Stalag 17 could also be worthy of your list.

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