Best of War Classics

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1.
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
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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. (161 mins.)
Director: David Lean
 
2.
The Big Red One (1980)
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The story of a sergeant and the inner core members of his unit as they try to serve in and survive World War II. (113 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
 
3.
Hell in the Pacific (1968)
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During World War II, an American pilot and a marooned Japanese navy captain are deserted on a small uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean. There, they must cease their hostility and cooperate if they want to survive, but will they? (103 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
 
4.
The Pacific (2010 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The Pacific Theatre of World War 2, as seen through the eyes of several young Marines. (530 mins.)
 
5.
The Great Escape (1963)
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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
 
6.
Platoon (1986)
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A young recruit in Vietnam faces a moral crisis when confronted with the horrors of war and the duality of man. (120 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
 
7.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
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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.)
 
8.
The Hill (1965)
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In a North African military prison during World War II, five new prisoners struggle to survive in the face of brutal punishment and sadistic guards. (123 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
9.
Twelve O'Clock High (1949)
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A hard-as-nails general takes over a bomber unit suffering from low morale and whips them into fighting shape. (132 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
10.
The English Patient (1996)
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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. (162 mins.)
 
11.
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
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Three World War II veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed. (172 mins.)
Director: William Wyler
 
12.
The Guns of Navarone (1961)
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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
 
13.
Patton (1970)
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The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, George S. Patton. (172 mins.)
 
14.
The Longest Day (1962)
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The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view. (178 mins.)
 
15.
Where Eagles Dare (1968)
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Allied agents stage a daring raid on a castle where the Nazis are holding an American General prisoner... but that's not all that's really going on. (158 mins.)
Director: Brian G. Hutton
 
16.
They Were Expendable (1945)
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A dramatized account of the role of the American PT Boats in the defense of the Philippines in World War II. (135 mins.)
 
17.
The Dirty Dozen (1967)
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During World War II, a rebellious U.S. Army Major is assigned a dozen convicted murderers to train and lead them into a mass assassination mission of German officers. (150 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
 
18.
From Here to Eternity (1953)
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In Hawaii in 1941, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit's team, while his captain's wife and second-in-command are falling in love. (118 mins.)
Director: Fred Zinnemann
 
19.
The Great Raid (2005)
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Taking place towards the end of WWII, 500 American Soldiers have been entrapped in a camp for 3 years. Beginning to give up hope they will ever be rescued, a group of Rangers goes on a dangerous mission to try and save them. (132 mins.)
Director: John Dahl
 
20.
Come and See (1985)
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After finding an old rifle, a young boy joins the Soviet resistance movement against ruthless German forces and experiences the horrors of World War II. (142 mins.)
Director: E. Klimov
 
21.
Stalingrad (1993)
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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.)
 
22.
Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)
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A dramatization of the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima. (100 mins.)
Director: Allan Dwan
 
23.
Stalag 17 (1953)
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When two escaping American World War II prisoners are killed, the German POW camp barracks black marketeer, J.J. Sefton, is suspected of being an informer. (120 mins.)
Director: Billy Wilder
 
24.
Max Manus: Man of War (2008)
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The true story about one of the most brilliant saboteurs during World War II and his battle to overcome his inner demons. (118 mins.)
 
25.
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
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In 1948, an American court in occupied Germany tries four Nazi judges for war crimes. (186 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kramer
 
26.
The Big Red One (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The story of a sergeant and the inner core members of his unit as they try to serve in and survive World War II. (113 mins.)
Director: Samuel Fuller
 
27.
The Winds of War (1983 Mini-Series)
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The trials of the Henry and Jastrow families in the early years of World War II. (883 mins.)
 
28.
War and Remembrance (1988 Mini-Series)
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The trials of the Henry and the Jastrow families amid the events after the USA's entry into World War II. (1620 mins.)
 
29.
Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)
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A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret. (104 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
30.
The Caine Mutiny (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
When a U.S. Naval captain shows signs of mental instability that jeopardizes the ship, the first officer relieves him of command and faces court martial for mutiny. (124 mins.)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
 
31.
The World at War (1973 Mini-Series)
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A series of documentaries about World War II. (52 mins.)
 
32.
Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
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The biography of Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam war, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for. (145 mins.)
Director: Oliver Stone
 
33.
Battleground (1949)
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A squad of the 101st Airborne Division copes with being trapped in the besieged city of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge. (118 mins.)
 
34.
Attack (1956)
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In 1945, an American Infantry company sets up an artillery observation post but tensions between captain Cooney and lieutenant Costa run high. (107 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
 
35.
Kanal (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In 1944, during the Warsaw uprising against the Nazis, Polish Lieutenant Zadra and his resistance fighters use Warsaw's sewer system to escape the German encirclement. (91 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
36.
Paisan (1946)
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Six vignettes follow the Allied invasion from July 1943 to winter 1944, from Sicily north to Venice... (126 mins.)
 
37.
Germany Year Zero (1948)
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A young German boy faces the problems of the tough life in the immediate post WWII Berlin. (78 mins.)
 
38.
Rome, Open City (1945)
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During the Nazi occupation of Rome in 1944, resistance leader Giorgio Manfredi is chased by Nazis and he seeks refuge and escape. (103 mins.)
 
39.
Two Women (1960)
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In the Italy of WWII, a widow and her lonely daughter seek for distance between them and the horrors of war. (100 mins.)
 
40.
Das Boot (1981)
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The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror. (149 mins.)
 
41.
The Thin Red Line (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Terrence Malick's adaptation of James Jones' autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War. (170 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
 
42.
Empire of the Sun (1987)
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A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation during World War II. (153 mins.)
 
43.
MASH (1970)
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The staff of a Korean War field hospital use humor and high jinks to keep their sanity in the face of the horror of war. (116 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
44.
Army of Shadows (1969)
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An account of underground resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied France. (145 mins.)
 
45.
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue. (116 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
46.
Paths of Glory (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
After refusing to attack an enemy position, a general accuses the soldiers of cowardice and their commanding officer must defend them. (88 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
47.
Casablanca (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
In Casablanca in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate encounters a former lover, with unforeseen complications. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
48.
Gettysburg (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In 1863, the Northern and Southern forces fight at Gettysburg in the decisive battle of the American Civil War. (271 mins.)
 
49.
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A dramatization of the Japanese attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor and the series of American blunders that allowed it to happen. (144 mins.)
 
50.
Zulu (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Outnumbered British soldiers do battle with Zulu warriors at Rorke's Drift. (138 mins.)
Director: Cy Endfield