World War I & II Recommended Movies

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1. Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)

R | 141 min | Drama, History, War

7.9
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89 Metascore

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.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Ryo Kase

Votes: 140,400 | Gross: $13.76M

2. Days of Glory (2006)

R | 120 min | Drama, War

7.1
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82 Metascore

During WWII, four North African men enlist in the French army to liberate that country from Nazi oppression, and to fight French discrimination.

Director: Rachid Bouchareb | Stars: Samy Naceri, Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila, Jamel Debbouze

Votes: 12,791 | Gross: $0.32M

3. In Darkness (2011)

R | 145 min | Drama, War

7.3
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74 Metascore

A dramatization of one man's rescue of Jewish refugees in the German-occupied Polish city of Lvov.

Director: Agnieszka Holland | Stars: Robert Wieckiewicz, Benno Fürmann, Agnieszka Grochowska, Maria Schrader

Votes: 8,776 | Gross: $1.04M

4. John Rabe (2009)

134 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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57 Metascore

A true-story account of a German businessman who saved more than 200,000 Chinese during the Nanjing massacre in 1937-38.

Director: Florian Gallenberger | Stars: Ulrich Tukur, Daniel Brühl, Steve Buscemi, Anne Consigny

Votes: 5,451 | Gross: $0.07M

5. Jin ling shi san chai (2011)

R | 146 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.6
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46 Metascore

An American finds refuge during the 1937 Japanese invasion of Nanking in a church with a group of women. Posing as a priest, he attempts to lead the women to safety.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Christian Bale, Ni Ni, Xinyi Zhang, Tianyuan Huang

Votes: 42,558 | Gross: $0.01M

6. War Horse (2011)

PG-13 | 146 min | Drama, War

7.2
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72 Metascore

Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch

Votes: 127,403 | Gross: $79.88M

7. Mai wei (2011)

R | 137 min | Action, Drama, War

7.8
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30 Metascore

In World War II-era Korea, rival runners, one Korean (Jang Dong-gun) and one Japanese (Joe Odagiri), go to war together against the Soviets.

Director: Je-kyu Kang | Stars: Dong-gun Jang, Joe Odagiri, Bingbing Fan, In-kwon Kim

Votes: 8,322 | Gross: $0.07M

8. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

R | 169 min | Drama, War

8.6
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90 Metascore

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.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns

Votes: 1,001,130 | Gross: $216.54M

9. The Great Escape (1963)

Not Rated | 172 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.2
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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.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson

Votes: 185,424

10. The Pianist (2002)

R | 150 min | Biography, Drama, Music

8.5
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85 Metascore

A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Emilia Fox

Votes: 572,077 | Gross: $32.57M

11. Enemy at the Gates (2001)

R | 131 min | Drama, History, War

7.6
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53 Metascore

A Russian and a German sniper play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Jude Law, Ed Harris, Joseph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz

Votes: 209,257 | Gross: $51.40M

12. Pearl Harbor (2001)

PG-13 | 183 min | Action, Drama, History

6.1
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44 Metascore

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.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale, Josh Hartnett, William Lee Scott

Votes: 276,644 | Gross: $198.54M

13. Windtalkers (2002)

R | 134 min | Action, Drama, War

6.0
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51 Metascore

Two U.S. Marines in World War II are assigned to protect Navajo Marines, who use their native language as an unbreakable radio cypher.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Adam Beach, Peter Stormare, Noah Emmerich

Votes: 59,536 | Gross: $40.91M

14. Downfall (2004)

R | 156 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.2
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82 Metascore

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.

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel | Stars: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Ulrich Matthes, Juliane Köhler

Votes: 278,092 | Gross: $5.51M

15. Schindler's List (1993)

R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.9
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93 Metascore

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.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

Votes: 978,421 | Gross: $96.07M

16. The Great Raid (2005)

R | 132 min | Action, Drama, War

6.7
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48 Metascore

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.

Director: John Dahl | Stars: Benjamin Bratt, Joseph Fiennes, James Franco, Robert Mammone

Votes: 19,520 | Gross: $10.17M

17. Flags of our Fathers (2006)

R | 135 min | Drama, History, War

7.1
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79 Metascore

The life stories of the six men who raised the flag at the Battle of Iwo Jima, a turning point in World War II.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Ryan Phillippe, Barry Pepper, Joseph Cross, Jesse Bradford

Votes: 107,308 | Gross: $33.60M

18. Defiance (I) (2008)

R | 137 min | Action, Drama, History

7.2
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58 Metascore

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.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell, Alexa Davalos

Votes: 124,685 | Gross: $28.64M

19. Oorlogswinter (2008)

R | 103 min | Drama, History, War

7.0
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66 Metascore

In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands, a teenage boy gets involved in the Dutch Resistance after coming to the aid of a wounded RAF pilot.

Director: Martin Koolhoven | Stars: Martijn Lakemeier, Jamie Campbell Bower, Yorick van Wageningen, Raymond Thiry

Votes: 10,999 | Gross: $0.54M

20. Valkyrie (2008)

PG-13 | 121 min | Drama, History, Thriller

7.1
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56 Metascore

A dramatization of the 20 July assassination and political coup plot by desperate renegade German Army officers against Hitler during World War II.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy, Carice van Houten, Kenneth Branagh

Votes: 200,552 | Gross: $83.08M

21. Red Tails (2012)

PG-13 | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.9
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46 Metascore

A crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program, having faced segregation while kept mostly on the ground during World War II, are called into duty under the guidance of Col. A.J. Bullard.

Director: Anthony Hemingway | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Gerald McRaney, David Oyelowo, Andre Royo

Votes: 30,425 | Gross: $49.88M

22. The Way Back (I) (2010)

PG-13 | 133 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.3
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66 Metascore

Siberian gulag escapees travel 4,000 miles by foot to freedom in India.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Colin Farrell, Dragos Bucur

Votes: 95,877 | Gross: $2.70M

23. The Thin Red Line (1998)

R | 170 min | Drama, War

7.6
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78 Metascore

Adaptation of James Jones' autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Elias Koteas

Votes: 151,081 | Gross: $36.40M

24. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

PG | 161 min | Adventure, Drama, War

8.2
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87 Metascore

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.

Director: David Lean | Stars: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa

Votes: 167,628 | Gross: $44.91M

25. Patton (1970)

GP | 172 min | Biography, Drama, War

8.0
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91 Metascore

The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, George S. Patton.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Stephen Young, Michael Strong

Votes: 82,990 | Gross: $61.70M

26. Flyboys (2006)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.5
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47 Metascore

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.

Director: Tony Bill | Stars: James Franco, Jean Reno, Jennifer Decker, Scott Hazell

Votes: 37,739 | Gross: $13.08M

27. Saints and Soldiers (2003)

PG-13 | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.8
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56 Metascore

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.

Director: Ryan Little | Stars: Corbin Allred, Alexander Polinsky, Kirby Heyborne, Larry Bagby

Votes: 18,672 | Gross: $1.31M

28. The Guns of Navarone (1961)

158 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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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.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: David Niven, Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, Anthony Quayle

Votes: 39,191 | Gross: $28.90M

29. Mein bester Feind (2011)

Unrated | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, War

6.8
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43 Metascore

A dark WWII comedy about two friends, stolen artwork and an unfortunate case of mistaken identities, as a Jewish man switches places with his Nazi best friend in order to survive

Director: Wolfgang Murnberger | Stars: Moritz Bleibtreu, Georg Friedrich, Ursula Strauss, Marthe Keller

Votes: 1,295

30. The Dirty Dozen (1967)

Not Rated | 150 min | Action, Adventure, War

7.8
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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.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, John Cassavetes

Votes: 57,715 | Gross: $45.30M

31. Max Manus: Man of War (2008)

Not Rated | 118 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.3
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60 Metascore

The true story about one of the most brilliant saboteurs during World War II and his battle to overcome his inner demons.

Directors: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg | Stars: Aksel Hennie, Agnes Kittelsen, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Ken Duken

Votes: 23,758

32. The Counterfeiters (2007)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, War

7.6
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78 Metascore

The story of the Operation Bernhard, the largest counterfeiting operation in history, carried out by Germany during WWII.

Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky | Stars: Karl Markovics, August Diehl, Devid Striesow, Martin Brambach

Votes: 39,028 | Gross: $5.48M

33. Flame & Citron (2008)

Not Rated | 130 min | Action, Drama, History

7.3
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74 Metascore

A drama centered on two fighters in the Holger Danske World War II resistance group.

Director: Ole Christian Madsen | Stars: Thure Lindhardt, Mads Mikkelsen, Stine Stengade, Peter Mygind

Votes: 15,563 | Gross: $0.15M