The Best World War Moviesby Grace_from_Dogville | created - 05 Feb 2011 | updated - 27 Jan 2017 | Public
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1. Black Book (2006)
R | 145 min | Drama, Thriller, War
In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, a Jewish singer infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance.
Votes: 65,331 | Gross: $4.40M
2. Atonement (2007)
R | 123 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a thirteen-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit.
Votes: 214,439 | Gross: $50.93M
3. Schindler's List (1993)
R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History
In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.
Votes: 994,788 | Gross: $96.07M
4. Life Is Beautiful (1997)
PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, War
When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor, and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.
Votes: 499,669 | Gross: $57.60M
5. Jariskatsis mama (1965)
83 min | Drama, War
During World War II, Georgy Makharashvili, an old peasant wine-grower, leaves his Georgian village and goes off to the front lines to find his son, a wounded soldier. But before the father ... See full summary »
6. A Very Long Engagement (2004)
R | 133 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
Tells the story of a young woman's relentless search for her fiancé, who has disappeared from the trenches of the Somme during World War One.
Votes: 66,303 | Gross: $6.17M
7. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
R | 153 min | Adventure, Drama, War
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.
Votes: 1,028,615 | Gross: $120.54M
8. Max Manus: Man of War (2008)
Not Rated | 118 min | Action, Biography, Drama
The true story about one of the most brilliant saboteurs during World War II and his battle to overcome his inner demons.
9. The Reader (2008)
R | 124 min | Drama, Romance
Post-WWII Germany: Nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, law student Michael Berg re-encounters his former lover as she defends herself in a war-crime trial.
Votes: 207,687 | Gross: $34.19M
10. Oorlogswinter (2008)
R | 103 min | Drama, History, War
In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands, a teenage boy gets involved in the Dutch Resistance after coming to the aid of a wounded RAF pilot.
Votes: 11,096 | Gross: $0.54M
11. Defiance (I) (2008)
R | 137 min | Action, Drama, History
Jewish brothers in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe escape into the Belarussian forests, where they join Russian resistance fighters, and endeavor to build a village, in order to protect themselves and about one thousand Jewish non-combatants.
Votes: 125,546 | Gross: $28.64M
13. Les femmes de l'ombre (2008)
TV-MA | 117 min | Drama, War
In 1944, in London, Lieutenant Pierre Desfontaines assigns his sister Louise Desfontaines to convince three other women to form a five-woman task force under his command to rescue a British... See full summary »
14. Downfall (2004)
R | 156 min | Biography, Drama, History
Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, tells of the Nazi dictator's final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII.
Votes: 283,746 | Gross: $5.51M
15. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
R | 169 min | Drama, War
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.
Votes: 1,016,992 | Gross: $216.54M
17. Valkyrie (2008)
PG-13 | 121 min | Drama, History, Thriller
A dramatization of the 20 July assassination and political coup plot by desperate renegade German Army officers against Hitler during World War II.
Votes: 202,414 | Gross: $83.08M
18. The English Patient (1996)
R | 162 min | Drama, Romance, War
At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.
Votes: 156,982 | Gross: $78.65M
21. Anonyma - Eine Frau in Berlin (2008)
Unrated | 131 min | Biography, Drama, History
A woman tries to survive the invasion of Berlin by the Soviet troops during the last days of World War II.
Votes: 5,268 | Gross: $0.29M
24. Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
R | 141 min | Drama, History, War
The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.
Votes: 141,365 | Gross: $13.76M
25. Flags of our Fathers (2006)
R | 135 min | Drama, History, War
The life stories of the six men who raised the flag at the Battle of Iwo Jima, a turning point in World War II.
Votes: 107,996 | Gross: $33.60M
26. Amen. (2002)
Not Rated | 132 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
During WWII SS officer Kurt Gerstein tries to inform Pope Pius XII about Jews being sent to extermination camps. Young Jesuit priest Riccardo Fontana helps him in the difficult mission to inform the world.
Votes: 12,050 | Gross: $0.27M
27. Underground (1995)
Not Rated | 167 min | Comedy, Drama, War
A group of serbian socialists prepares for the war in a surreal underground filled by parties, tragedies, love and hate.
28. Baarìa (2009)
Not Rated | 163 min | Comedy, Drama
Baaria is Sicilian slang for Bagheria where Tornatore was born and this is an autobiographic epic of three generations in the Sicilian village where he was born.
Votes: 6,010 | Gross: $0.00M
29. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
PG-13 | 94 min | Drama, War
Set during WWII, a story seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a German concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences.
Votes: 155,573 | Gross: $9.03M
30. Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)
Not Rated | 120 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A dramatization of the final days of Sophie Scholl, one of the most famous members of the German World War II anti-Nazi resistance movement, The White Rose.
Votes: 24,008 | Gross: $0.68M
31. Tea with Mussolini (1999)
PG | 117 min | Drama, Comedy, War
An orphaned Italian boy is raised among a circle of British and American women living in Mussolini's Italy before and during the Second World War.
Votes: 9,910 | Gross: $14.35M
32. Charlotte Gray (2001)
PG-13 | 121 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
A young Scottish woman joins the French Resistance during World War II to rescue her Royal Air Force boyfriend who is lost in France.
Votes: 9,624 | Gross: $0.67M
34. Before the Rain (1994)
Not Rated | 113 min | Drama, War
In the republic of Macedonia, amid war in Bosnia, an Albanian girl being hunted by Christians is offered protection by a monk who has taken a vow of silence.
Votes: 12,277 | Gross: $0.76M
37. The White Countess (2005)
PG-13 | 135 min | Drama, History, Romance
Set in 1930s Shanghai, where a blind American diplomat develops a curious relationship with a young Russian refugee who works odd -- and sometimes illicit -- jobs to support members of her dead husband's aristocratic family.
Votes: 5,675 | Gross: $1.67M
40. Malèna (2000)
R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Amidst the war climate, a teenage boy discovering himself becomes love-stricken by Malèna, a sensual woman living in a small, narrow-minded Italian town.
Votes: 74,086 | Gross: $3.43M
43. Jakob the Liar (1999)
PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, War
In 1944 Poland, a Jewish shop keeper named Jakob is summoned to ghetto headquarters after being caught out near curfew. While waiting for the German Kommondant, Jakob overhears a German ... See full summary »
Votes: 13,616 | Gross: $4.96M
44. Youth Without Youth (2007)
R | 124 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
A love story wrapped in a mystery. Set in World War II Europe, a professor is changed by a cataclysmic event and explores the mysteries of life.
Votes: 12,048 | Gross: $0.24M
45. Head in the Clouds (2004)
R | 132 min | Drama, Romance, War
HEAD IN THE CLOUDS is a sweeping romantic drama set in 1930's England, Paris, and Spain. Gilda Bessé shares her Paris apartment with an Irish schoolteacher, Guy Malyon, and Mia, a refugee ... See full summary »
Votes: 13,351 | Gross: $0.40M
46. The Good German (2006)
R | 105 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
While in post-war Berlin to cover the Potsdam Conference, an American military journalist is drawn into a murder investigation which involves his former mistress and his driver.
Votes: 22,512 | Gross: $1.31M
48. Rosenstrasse (2003)
PG-13 | 136 min | Drama, War
After the death of her father, Hannah becomes concerned with the strange behavior of her mother. As her mother's troubled childhood is revealed, Hannah realizes how little she ever knew.
Votes: 2,112 | Gross: $0.73M
50. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
PG | 216 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.
Votes: 222,046 | Gross: $44.82M
53. Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)
R | 131 min | Drama, Music, Romance
When a fisherman leaves to fight with the Greek army during World War II, his fiancée falls in love with the local Italian commander.
Votes: 29,980 | Gross: $25.54M
54. Joyeux Noel (2005)
PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, History, Music
In December 1914, an unofficial Christmas truce on the Western Front allows soldiers from opposing sides of the First World War to gain insight into each other's way of life.
Votes: 24,298 | Gross: $1.05M
55. The Monuments Men (2014)
PG-13 | 118 min | Drama, History, War
An unlikely World War II platoon is tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners.
Votes: 112,398 | Gross: $78.03M
56. The Book Thief (2013)
PG-13 | 131 min | Drama, War
While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. In the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is being protected by her adoptive parents.
Votes: 112,628 | Gross: $21.49M
57. The Great Escape (1963)
Approved | 172 min | Adventure, Drama, History
Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.
Votes: 189,699 | Gross: $12.10M
58. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
PG | 161 min | Adventure, Drama, War
After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.
Votes: 171,793 | Gross: $44.91M
59. Der rote Baron (2008)
PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Biography
German biopic loosely based on the World War I fighter ace Manfred Von Richthofen, nicknamed the Red Baron by friend and foe alike.
Votes: 10,540 | Gross: $0.04M
60. Flyboys (2006)
PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
The adventures of the Lafayette Escadrille, young Americans who volunteered for the French military before the U.S. entered World War I, and became the country's first fighter pilots.
Votes: 37,956 | Gross: $13.08M
61. Saints and Soldiers (2003)
PG-13 | 90 min | Action, Drama, War
Four American soldiers and one Brit fighting in Europe during World War II struggle to return to Allied territory after being separated from U.S. forces during the historic Malmedy Massacre.
Votes: 18,765 | Gross: $1.31M
63. Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
G | 144 min | Action, Drama, History
In 1941, following months of economic embargo, Japan prepares to open its war against the United States with a preventive strike on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor.
Votes: 27,512 | Gross: $29.55M
65. Private Peaceful (2012)
Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, War
Set in the fields of Devon and the WW1 battlefields of Flanders, two brothers fall for the same girl while contending with the pressures of their feudal family life, the war, and the price of courage and cowardice.