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Every year, many Americans gather with their loved ones to celebrate Memorial Day. On the last Monday of May, many celebrate the federal holiday that honors those who have passed during the nation’s wars. Many show their support through lavish pool parties, wearing the nation’s colors in some way, and some even do an on-theme movie night. While movie nights are usually reserved for horror films for date night or family-friendly flicks on Disney, you can change it up this holiday by watching some of the most powerful films based around World War II.
While World War II was one of the most devastating events in the entire world’s history, many filmmakers have made stunning films around it. Many show the devastation from different points of view, illuminating the audience from different perspectives.
These war films have dashes of romance, horror, and drama for the ages. So for Memorial Day, sit down and watch one (and more) of these stellar films that’ll probably bring you to tears.
Check out the best films to watch if you’re itching for a moving World War II movie below.
A version of this article was originally posted in June 2017.