My Top 10 Second World War Films

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1.
The Guns of Navarone (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A British team is sent to cross occupied Greek territory and destroy the massive German gun emplacement that commands a key sea channel. (158 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
“ Watched this film so many times as a kid and admired Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn and Anthony Quayle from the moment I first watched their performaces. ” - j-turner92
 
2.
Battle of the Bulge (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A dramatization of Nazi Germany's final Western Front counterattack of World War II. (167 mins.)
Director: Ken Annakin
“ Alongside The Guns of Navarone, The Battle of the Buldge was the other war film I would watch over and over again as a kid. I had recently watched it again on DVD (after getting it on VHS back in the 90s) for the first time in at least 7 years and noticed A LOT of continuity, but having grown up with it and still loving every minute of it, its my number two. It also has some of Hollywoods finest actors at the time including Henry Fonda and Charles Bronson. But I will always remember Robert Shaws performace as Colonel Hessler. ” - j-turner92
 
3.
The Longest Day (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view. (178 mins.)
“ Whos never seen The Longest Day? One of the most famous war films (and best) ever and with such a great Hollywood cast (Henry Fonda, John Wayne and Robert Mitchum to name a few) its a must see! No other film has showen the full scale of the D-Day landings. ” - j-turner92
 
4.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same. (153 mins.)
“ This film stood out to me in such a way, that it was instantly one of my favorites. A diffrent take on the war (Something Tarantino could only do in my opinion) and awesome to see on the big screen. I recommend the Blu-Ray. ” - j-turner92
 
5.
Max Manus: Man of War (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The true story about one of the most brilliant saboteurs during World War II and his battle to overcome his inner demons. (118 mins.)
“ Max Manus is one of the recent ones but when I first watched it, it had an effect on me that no other recent war film I watched had. Its the biggest budget any Norwegian film has had and tells an amazing true story. ” - j-turner92
 
6.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action. (169 mins.)
“ Steven Spielbergs version of The Longest day (Well, the first half hour anyway) has got to be one of the most famous world war 2 films ever made (and one of the best war films). This film always scared me as a kid because it was compleatly different to my other childhood war films such as The Longest Day or Battle of the Buldge. From the start at Omaha beach to the epic town battle towards the end, Saving Private Ryan is a MUST see for any war film fan. ” - j-turner92
 
7.
The Great Escape (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II. (172 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
“ I love watching this film at christmas! Come on! everyone should have seen it! The Great Escape is one of the most (if not, the most) famous war films ever made. A great all round cast and beautifully filmed. You cant beat Steve Mcqueens bike chase. ” - j-turner92
 
8.
Stalingrad (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The story follows a group of German soldiers, from their Italian R&R in the summer of 1942 to the frozen steppes of Soviet Russia and ending with the battle for Stalingrad. (134 mins.)
“ Stalingrad is a war film that im glad to say Hollywood never touched. It follows a group of German Soldiers who fight their way through Stalingrad on the eastern front during the second world war. It has one of the saddest endings I have ever seen in a war film and leaves one of the most haunting images in your mind as the last shot plays while the credits role. ” - j-turner92
 
9.
Kelly's Heroes (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A group of U.S. soldiers sneaks across enemy lines to get their hands on a secret stash of Nazi treasure. (144 mins.)
Director: Brian G. Hutton
“ Kellys Heroes is a great film (which Inglourious Bastards draws inspiration from) featuring Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas and Donald Sutherland on a Dirty Dozen style raid on a german held bank behind enamy lines in France. Great battle scenes and an awesome western style stand off at the end (as a hommage to Eastwoods spaghetti westerns) ” - j-turner92
 
10.
Flame and Citron (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A drama centered on two fighters in the Holger Danske World War II resistance group. (130 mins.)
“ Like Max Manus, Flame and Citron follows two of Denmarks most famous resistance fighters battling the Nazi occupying forces that have brought terror and suffering to their country. The cinematography brings 1940s Denmark to life and at points, looks like a 1930s gangster film. ” - j-turner92