Great War Films

Some unmissable films about or set in The Second World War
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1.
Schindler's List (1993)
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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. (195 mins.)
 
2.
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.)
 
3.
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
 
4.
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
 
5.
Operation Crossbow (1965)
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Allied agents attempt to infiltrate the Nazis' rocket research site. (115 mins.)
 
6.
Battle of Britain (1969)
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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 Axis invasion of the UK. (132 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
 
7.
Battle of the Bulge (1965)
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A dramatization of Nazi Germany's final Western Front counterattack of World War II. (167 mins.)
Director: Ken Annakin
 
8.
Sink the Bismarck! (1960)
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The World War II story of the British Navy's effort to defeat Nazi Germany's most powerful warship. (97 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
 
9.
Pursuit of the Graf Spee (1956)
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A true WW2 story: the British Navy must find and destroy a powerful German warship. (119 mins.)
 
10.
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.)
 
11.
Malta Story (1953)
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In WW2, the island of Malta, strategically located and vital to supply lines in the Mediterranean Sea, is fiercely attacked by the Germans but staunchly defended by the British. (103 mins.)
 
12.
Conspiracy of Hearts (1960)
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Catholic nuns risk their lives to help Jewish children in an Italian internment camp escape to Palestine during World War II. (113 mins.)
Director: Ralph Thomas
 
13.
Operation: Daybreak (1975)
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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
 
14.
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.)
 
15.
The Dam Busters (1955)
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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.)
 
16.
Enigma (2001)
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A young genius frantically races against time to crack an enemy code and solve the mystery surrounding the woman he loves. (119 mins.)
Director: Michael Apted
 
17.
Hope and Glory (1987)
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A semi-autobiographical project by John Boorman about a nine year old boy called Bill as he grows up in London during the blitz of World War 2... (113 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
 
18.
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
 
19.
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
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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. (216 mins.)
Director: David Lean
 
20.
Went the Day Well? (1942)
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An English village is occupied by disguised German paratroopers as an advance post for a planned invasion. (92 mins.)
Director: Cavalcanti
 
21.
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.)
 
22.
U-571 (2000)
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A German submarine is boarded by disguised American submariners trying to capture their Enigma cipher machine. (116 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Mostow
 
23.
Enemy at the Gates (2001)
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A Russian and a German sniper play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad. (131 mins.)
 
24.
Charlotte Gray (2001)
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A young Scottish woman joins the French Resistance during World War II to rescue her Royal Air Force boyfriend who is lost in France. (121 mins.)
 
25.
Flags of our Fathers (2006)
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The life stories of the six men who raised the flag at The Battle of Iwo Jima, a turning point in WWII. (135 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
26.
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
 
27.
The Colditz Story (1955)
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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
 
28.
The Heroes of Telemark (1965)
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Norwegian resistance tries to stop German efforts to produce an atomic bomb component during World War II. (131 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
29.
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.)
 
30.
The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951)
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The story of the final years of the respected World War II German general, Erwin Rommel. (88 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway