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The Greatest WWII Movies of All Time

Allie Gemmill is an avid writer, cinephile, Ravenclaw, and pizza enthusiast. She regularly writes on film and television with a special focus on women’s involvement & influence in Hollywood. Additionally, she has bylines at Bustle, Keyfr...

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These are worth the watch

Dreamworks/Paramount Pictures
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These are worth the watch

We may not have been alive during World War II but that doesn't mean we can't remember it through the movies.

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'The Bridge on the River Kwai'

Columbia Pictures
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'The Bridge on the River Kwai'

A seriously great classic you can watch with your family about working with your enemy during wartime.

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'Inglourious Basterds'

Universal Pictures/The Weinstein Company
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'Inglourious Basterds'

Who doesn't want to see a pulpy, bloody re-imagining of history where Brad Pitt helps destroy Nazi Germany?

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'Schindler's List'

Universal Pictures
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'Schindler's List'

This epic and beautiful story about a German man secretly saving thousands of Jews in World War II will stay with you. 

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'The Thin Red Line'

Fox 2000 Pictures
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'The Thin Red Line'

This impressionistic interpretation of the Pacific theater in World War II is as haunting as it is gritty and beautifully shot. 

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'Pearl Harbor'

Touchstone Pictures
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'Pearl Harbor'

Combine a romantic love triangle with the thrilling wartime sequences, add in a little Ben Affleck and you get Pearl Harbor.

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'Patton'

20th Century Fox
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'Patton'

George C. Scott's ferocious performance as the controversial World War II general is a big reason to watch.

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'The Great Escape'

United Artists
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'The Great Escape'

Hollywood legends James Garner and Steve McQueen come together to escape a German POW camp. 

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'Where Eagles Dare'

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
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'Where Eagles Dare'

Clint Eastwood breaks from Westerns to play a soldier in this film about Allied troops raiding a Nazi-held castle.

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'A Walk in the Sun'

20th Century Fox
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'A Walk in the Sun'

This slow-paced film about Allied troops ordered to destroy a bridge in Italy is a contemplative take on World War II.

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'Fury'

Columbia Pictures
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'Fury'

Brad Pitt stars in a film focused on a group on men living in a tank and fighting off Nazis with it. Epic. 

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'Downfall'

Constantin Film
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'Downfall'

The script gets flipped in the World War II film genre as you watch Hitler's final, paranoia-ridden days during the war.

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'From Here to Eternity'

Columbia Pictures
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'From Here to Eternity'

Known for its epic beach kissing scene, From Here to Eternity also features a star-making performance by Frank Sinatra.

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'The Guns of Navarone'

Columbia Pictures
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'The Guns of Navarone'

Gregory Peck leads a team of Allied and Greek soldiers against the Nazis in this classic World War II picture.

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'The Dirty Dozen'

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
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'The Dirty Dozen'

Don't miss this: A motley crew of convicted killers is led by a renegade Army captain to take out German officers.

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'Das Boot'

Neue Constantin Film
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'Das Boot'

This epic German follows a German U-boat crew during the war, and it's an exercise in claustrophobic terror.

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'White Christmas'

Paramount Pictures
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'White Christmas'

Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye star as soldiers turned singers who help their old commander revive his Vermont inn. 

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'Phoenix'

Schramm Film Koerner & Weber
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'Phoenix'

This morally complex story follows a Holocaust survivor who tries to find out if her lover sold her out to the Nazis.

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'The Pianist'

StudioCanal/Canal +
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'The Pianist'

Adrien Brody won an Oscar for his performance as a celebrated pianist who also happens to be a Polish Jew during WWII.

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'Atonement'

Universal Pictures/StudioCanal
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'Atonement'

A haunting examination of life's choices and their ripple effects, Atonement is a must-see if only for its Dunkirk sequence.

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'Unbroken'

3 Arts/Jolie Pas/Legendary Entertainment
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'Unbroken'

Angelina Jolie directs this moving and deeply patriotic WWII biopic about Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini.

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'Sands of Iwo Jima'

Republic Pictures
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'Sands of Iwo Jima'

American film great John Wayne stars in a harrowing yet classic WWII film about the Battle of Iwo Jima.

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