WAR FILMS : TOP 50

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1.
Downfall (2004)
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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. (156 mins.)
 
2.
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.)
 
3.
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
 
4.
Das Boot (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror. (149 mins.)
 
5.
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.)
 
6.
Cross of Iron (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In 1943, in the Russian front, the decorated leader Rolf Steiner is promoted to Sergeant after another successful mission... (132 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
 
7.
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
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A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I. (136 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
 
8.
The Great Escape (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Allied P.O.W.s plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II. (172 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
 
9.
Operation: Daybreak (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In 1942, Britain sends a group of British-trained Czech commandos to Prague to assassinate SS-General Reinhard Heydrich, head of the Nazi security services. (118 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
 
10.
Valkyrie (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A dramatization of the 20 July assassination and political coup plot by desperate renegade German Army officers against Hitler during World War II. (121 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
 
11.
The Dirty Dozen (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A US Army Major is assigned a dozen convicted murderers to train and lead them into a mass assassination mission of German officers in World War II. (150 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
 
12.
The Bridge at Remagen (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
As the Allied armies close in, the Nazis decide to blow up the last Rhine bridge, trapping their own men on the wrong side. But will it happen? (115 mins.)
Director: John Guillermin
 
13.
Von Ryan's Express (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An American POW leads a group of mainly British prisoners to escape from the Germans in WWII. (117 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
 
14.
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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
 
15.
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In 1942 British soldier Jack Celliers comes to a Japanese prison camp. The camp is run by Yonoi, who has a firm belief in discipline... (123 mins.)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
 
16.
Up from the Beach (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
After the D-Day landings in June 1944, a US squadron liberates a small village in Normandy from German occupation. (99 mins.)
Director: Robert Parrish
 
17.
A Bridge Too Far (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Operation Market Garden, September 1944: The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines. However, mismanagement and poor planning result in its failure. (175 mins.)
 
18.
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
 
19.
Too Late the Hero (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A reluctant hero, American Lt. Sam Lawson, is secunded to a motley British unit tasked with destroying a Japanese radio on a Philippine island. (145 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
 
20.
The Colditz Story (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Allied prisoners of various nationalities pool their resources to plan numerous escapes from an "escape-proof" German POW camp housed in a Medieval castle. (94 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
 
21.
The Eagle Has Landed (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A German plot to kidnap Winston Churchill unfolds at the height of World War II. (135 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
 
22.
Patton (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, George S. Patton. (172 mins.)
 
23.
The McKenzie Break (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
During WW2, German POWs in Britain plot to escape from their prison camp in Scotland. (108 mins.)
Director: Lamont Johnson
 
24.
King Rat (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A fast-taking wheeler-dealer corporal in a Malaysian POW camp during WWII uses bribery and larceny to take de facto control of the camp from his senior officers. (134 mins.)
Director: Bryan Forbes
 
25.
The Train (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In 1944, a German colonel loads a train with French art treasures to send to Germany. The Resistance must stop it without damaging the cargo. (133 mins.)
 
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 Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The story of the final years of the respected World War II German general, Erwin Rommel. (88 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
28.
Ice Cold in Alex (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
During WW2 in North Africa, a medical field unit must cross the desert in their ambulance in order to reach the British lines in Alexandria. (130 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
 
29.
The One That Got Away (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A cocky German flight officer is shot down over England and makes numerous attempts to escape to fight again. (106 mins.)
Director: Roy Baker
 
30.
Breakout (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Drama set in an Italian prisoner of war camp during World War 2, where a group of British soldiers find... (101 mins.)
Director: Don Chaffey
 
31.
Hell in the Pacific (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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
 
32.
Where Eagles Dare (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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
 
33.
Carve Her Name with Pride (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Violette Bushell is the daughter of an English father and a French mother, living in London in the early years of World War 2... (119 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
 
34.
The Cruel Sea (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The World War II adventures of a British convoy escort ship and its officers. (126 mins.)
Director: Charles Frend
 
35.
Sahara (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Sergeant Joe Gunn and his tank crew pick up five British soldiers, a Frenchman and a Sudanese man with... (97 mins.)
Director: Zoltan Korda
 
36.
Yanks (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
During WWII, the United States set up army bases in Great Britain as part of the war effort. Against their proper sensibilities... (138 mins.)
 
37.
Operation Crossbow (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Allied agents attempt to infiltrate the Nazis' rocket research site. (115 mins.)
 
38.
Attack (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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
 
39.
The Heroes of Telemark (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Norwegian resistance tries to stop German efforts to produce an atomic bomb component during World War II. (131 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
40.
Battle of Britain (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In 1940, the British Royal Air Force fights a desperate battle to prevent the Luftwaffe from gaining air superiority over the English Channel as a prelude to a possible German invasion of the UK. (132 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
 
41.
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
 
42.
A Bridge Too Far (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Operation Market Garden, September 1944: The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines. However, mismanagement and poor planning result in its failure. (175 mins.)
 
43.
Stalingrad (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A depiction of the brutal battle of Stalingrad, the Third Reich's 'high water mark', as seen through... (134 mins.)
 
44.
Objective, Burma! (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A platoon of special ops are tasked to parachute into the remote Burmese jungle and destroy a strategic Japanese radar station, but getting out isn't as easy. (142 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
45.
Pursuit of the Graf Spee (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A true WW2 story: the British Navy must find and destroy a powerful German warship. (119 mins.)
 
46.
The Wooden Horse (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
True story of three British POWs and their attempt to escape from Nazi Germany. (101 mins.)
Director: Jack Lee
 
47.
The Cockleshell Heroes (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
During WW2, German ships are "safely" docked upriver at Bordeaux, but the British send a team of kayakers to attack them. (97 mins.)
Director: José Ferrer
 
48.
The Man Who Never Was (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
True story of a British attempt to trick the enemy into weakening Sicily's defenses before the 1943 attack, using a dead man with faked papers. (103 mins.)
Director: Ronald Neame
 
49.
Defiance (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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 1,000 Jewish non-combatants. (137 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
 
50.
Hannibal Brooks (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A prisoner of war working at a zoo gets the chance to escape from the Germans, so he does and he takes with him the elephant that he's been caring for. Together they head for the Swiss border and freedom. (101 mins.)
Director: Michael Winner
 
51.
Sink the Bismarck! (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The World War II story of the British Navy's effort to defeat Nazi Germany's most powerful warship. (97 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
 
52.
The Dam Busters (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The story of how the British attacked German dams in WWII by using an ingenious technique to drop bombs where they would be most effective. (124 mins.)