WWII

Films with WWII as their main topic
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1.
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.)
 
2.
The Young Lions (1958)
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The destiny of three soldiers during World War II. The German officer Christian Diestl approves less and less of the war... (167 mins.)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
 
3.
Castle Keep (1969)
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During the Battle of the Bulge, an anachronistic count shelters a ragtag squad of Americans in his isolated castle hoping they will defend it against the advancing Germans. (105 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
 
4.
Mother Night (1996)
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An American spy behind the lines during WWII serves as a Nazi propagandist, a role he cannot escape in his future life as he can never reveal his real role in the war. (114 mins.)
Director: Keith Gordon
 
5.
Mister Roberts (1955)
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Comedy-drama about life on a not particularly important ship of the US Navy during WW2. (123 mins.)
 
6.
Midway (1976)
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A dramatization of the battle that was widely heralded as a turning point of the Pacific Theatre of World War II. (132 mins.)
Director: Jack Smight
“ “ See page 69 of War Cinema: Hollywood on the Front Line, by Guy Westwell (2006) for contextualization.
Witht he return of Vietnam to the screens throught he first Vietnam War movie cycle after the end of the war (1975), a significantly revised version of the Second World War also appeared, including this film, which was the sixth-largest grossing film that year. ” - laradagast
 
7.
A Bridge Too Far (1977)
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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.)
“ “ See page 69 of War Cinema: Hollywood on the Front Line, by Guy Westwell (2006) for contextualization.
Witht he return of Vietnam to the screens throught he first Vietnam War movie cycle after the end of the war (1975), a significantly revised version of the Second World War also appeared, including this film. ” - laradagast
 
8.
MacArthur (1977)
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Biopic of General Douglas MacArthur covering his war exploits during WW2 and the Korean War. (130 mins.)
Director: Joseph Sargent
“ “ See page 69 of War Cinema: Hollywood on the Front Line, by Guy Westwell (2006) for contextualization.
Witht he return of Vietnam to the screens throught he first Vietnam War movie cycle after the end of the war (1975), a significantly revised version of the Second World War also appeared, including this film. ” - laradagast
 
9.
Cross of Iron (1977)
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A German commander places a squad in extreme danger after its Sergeant refuses to lie for him. (132 mins.)
Director: Sam Peckinpah
“ “ See page 69 of War Cinema: Hollywood on the Front Line, by Guy Westwell (2006) for contextualization.
Witht he return of Vietnam to the screens throught he first Vietnam War movie cycle after the end of the war (1975), a significantly revised version of the Second World War also appeared, including this film. ” - laradagast
 
10.
Bataan (1943)
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Japan has just invaded the Phillipines and the US Army attempts a desperate defence. Thirteen men are... (114 mins.)
Director: Tay Garnett
 
11.
Pearl Harbor (2001)
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A tale of war and romance mixed in with history. The story follows two lifelong friends and a beautiful nurse who are caught up in the horror of an infamous Sunday morning in 1941. (183 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
 
12.
December 7th: The Movie (1943)
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"Docudrama" about the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941 and its results, the recovering of the ships, the improving of defense in Hawaii and the US efforts to beat back the Japanese reinforcements. (82 mins.)
 
13.
So Proudly We Hail! (1943)
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A group of nurses returning from the war in the Phillippines recall their experiences in combat and in love. (126 mins.)
Director: Mark Sandrich
 
14.
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
 
15.
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
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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.)
 
16.
The Tuskegee Airmen (1995 TV Movie)
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The true story of how a group of African American pilots overcame racist opposition to become one of the finest US fighter groups in World War II (106 mins.)
 
17.
The Thin Red Line (1998)
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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
 
18.
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
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During WWII, a British colonel tries to bridge the cultural divides between a British POW and the Japanese camp commander in order to avoid bloodshed. (123 mins.)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
 
19.
A Walk in the Sun (1945)
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During WWII, a platoon of American soldiers trudge through the Italian countryside in search of a bridge they have been ordered to blow up, encountering danger and destruction along the way. (117 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
 
20.
Windtalkers (2002)
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Two U.S. Marines in WWII are assigned to protect Navajo Marines who use their native language as an unbreakable radio cypher. (134 mins.)
Director: John Woo
 
21.
A Woman in Berlin (2008)
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A woman tries to survive the invasion of Berlin by the Soviet troops during the last days of World War II. (131 mins.)