WWII Comedy Films...

WWII related films with comedy, or humour; in no particular order after 11…

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1.
How I Unleashed World War II (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The adventures of unlucky Polish soldier Franek Dolas during world war II. In September he escapes from Stalag and goes to France. After that he fights in Africa and Europe. (224 mins.)
“ Polish, comedic epic that [arguably spanning nearly every genre of comedy] follows a Polish soldier across a great portion of the European and North African theatres of war; highly recommended for brilliantly delivered comedic content and original narrative! [available on NF, in three parts, as of 02/13] ” - L P
 
2.
Mediterraneo (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In WW2, an Italian Army unit of misfits occupies an isolated non-strategic Greek island for the duration of the war. (96 mins.)
“ Italian comedy on greek isle that has its dramatic and romantic moments infused with light, comedic moments; while light on action, it is highly recommended for its rich narrative and beautiful location! [somewhat difficult to find; no longer available on NF as of 02/13] ” - L P
 
3.
The Cuckoo (2002)
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The beauty of this movie is that you, as the reader of the subtitles, are the only one who knows what is going on. The woman and the two men all speak different languages. It is a comedy of errors up until the end. (99 mins.)
“ A richly dramatic and romantic Russian film infused with humorous moments, light on action, but beautiful production; very highly recommended! [available on BB as of 03/13; no longer available on NF as of 02/13] ” - L P
 
4.
Dr. Akagi (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
At the end of WWII, Japanese doctor Akagi searches for the cure for hepatitis in the prisoner-of-war camp. (129 mins.)
Director: Shôhei Imamura
“ Heartwarming Japanese drama with comedic moments and good production values, about a doctor's wartime search for hepatitis cure [available on BB as of 03/13; no longer available on NF as of 02/13] ” - L P
 
5.
Operation Snatch (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Legend has it that if the famous Barbary Apes leave the Rock of Gibraltar, it's a sign that the British will lose control of it... (87 mins.)
Director: Robert Day
“ Nearly impossible to find, but well worth the effort if you do... ” - L P
 
6.
Operation Petticoat (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
World War 2 comedy about a submarine commander who finds himself stuck with a decrepit (and pink) sub, a con-man executive officer and a group of army nurses. (124 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
“ Great cast and script in light action film woven with comedy and romance; highly recommended. ” - L P
 
7.
The Great Promenade (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A RAF Bomber is shot down over Paris by the Germans. Its crew (Terry Thomas as a flight captain) land there by parachute... (132 mins.)
Director: Gérard Oury
“ Hilarious French-British comedic romp of RAF crew shot down over France and attempting to reach friendly lines; all comedy! [slightly more difficult to find with English subtitles for French and German speech; available on Amzn] ” - L P
 
8.
Kelly's Heroes (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A group of U.S. soldiers sneaks across enemy lines to get their hands on a secret stash of Nazi treasure. (144 mins.)
Director: Brian G. Hutton
“ Originally intended as an antiwar film, 'KH' views as a heist film heavy on action & adventure, but with great, if not light, comedic moments... [sadly, currently available VHS/DVD appear to be heavily cut/edited; original, opening theatrical (roadshow?) cut may be impossible to find]

No WWII genre film beckons an extended/director's-type cut/release more than this film, IMO [if it's even possible?]; particularly, timely for the upcoming 75th anniversary of the end of the war [coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the film (2020)]...

With the passing of Master Director Brian Hutton [2014; RIP...], the much anticipated director's cut will never be...

If Hutton and Eastwood could have had their original release without the studio demanded cuts/edits, this would likely be No. 1 on the list... ” - L P
 
9.
Only Old Men Are Going to Battle (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Stunning WWII flying sequences as the Soviet Air Force battles the Luftwaffe. Veteran Russian pilots teach their new recruits about life... (92 mins.)
Director: Leonid Bykov
“ Dramatic action film, with comedic moments, following lives of Russian wartime pilots. [available on Amzn as of 02/13] ” - L P
 
10.
1941 (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Hysterical Californians prepare for a Japanese invasion in the days after Pearl Harbor. (118 mins.)
“ Christopher Lee, Toshiro Mifune, John Belushi, John Candy, & Slim Pickens!!!, all sharing the screen [particularly Lee, Mifune, Pickens, & Belushi all on the same sub!!!] in a comedic, action romp with moments of romance and drama; largely panned by critics [and sadly, to some extent, by its own director], but with growing cult followings worldwide.

'Jak rozpetalem druga wojne swiatowa' [at the top of this list] is epic in its ambitious approach to its narrative, while '1941' was epic in most every other way [production, cast, etc.]...but its nothing that a smart director's cut couldn't address...

Highly recommended! [impossible to find a good un-cropped, non-laserdisc, print; BluRay someday? If there readily existed a better print, this would easily rate higher...paging Mr. Spielberg!] ” - L P
 
11.
How I Won the War (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
An inept British WWII commander leads his troops to a series of misadventures in North Africa and Europe. (109 mins.)
Director: Richard Lester
“ War narrative with British humor/slapstick makes for a challenging, but greatly rewarding/entertaining film. Marked by biting satire, brilliant performances, & excellent cinematography [shot in Andalucia, Spain], it's likely to be a unique film viewing experience without the gritty/gory realism of modern day war genre films, but no less poignant.

An oft maligned film that may have the unique distinction of being both an 'Anti-war Film' film & an 'Anti-war' film, and unfolds in an unconventional plot structure formed by a series of narrated episodes/vignettes that are franticly-paced, dark, stirring, & above all surrealistic. [available on NF instant as of 02/13]

Recommended for the WWII comedy genre fan and fans of "Catch-22", "Closely Watched Trains", "Life is Beautiful", "Devils on the Doorstep", "The Secret of Santa Vittoria", "Dr. Akagi", etc. ” - L P
 
12.
The Best of 'Allo 'Allo! (1994 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
(50 mins.)
Director: John B. Hobbs
“ This is actually an extended episode/special from the end of British comedy series depicting some highlights from its nine-year run; viewing the developing narrative over the entire series from the beginning is recommended over watching this episodic synopsis that inappropriately places the brilliant genius of its humour out of context.

This entire series [1–9] is highly recommended, with series three [the POW camp, etc] likely delivering its best... ” - L P
 
13.
Life Is Beautiful (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp. (116 mins.)
Director: Roberto Benigni
“ Hauntingly beautiful and dramatic, if not tragic, comedy of the Holocaust in Italy; Roberto Benigni at his finest... ” - L P
 
14.
Closely Watched Trains (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
An apprentice train dispatcher at a village station seeks his first sexual encounter and becomes despondent when he is unable to perform. (93 mins.)
Director: Jirí Menzel
“ A unique narrative for the WWII comedy genre with a brilliant blend of light comedic, and dramatically poignant moments...highly recommended! ” - L P
 
15.
Devils on the Doorstep (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
During the Japanese occupation of China, two prisoners are dumped in a peasant's home in a small town... (139 mins.)
Director: Wen Jiang
“ Riveting dramedy...highly recommended! ” - L P
 
16.
Situation Hopeless... But Not Serious (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
During World War II, two Americans are forced to bail out and parachute into a small German town. Herr Frick... (97 mins.)
“ Another nearly impossible to find film, but well worth the effort if you do... ” - L P
 
17.
The Admiral Was a Lady (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Ex-WAVE encounters four fun-loving, work-hating men, all of whom want to marry her. (87 mins.)
 
18.
The Corporal and Others (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
PFC Molnár decides his WWII services are over, and with serious money hidden in his hand grenades, he... (111 mins.)
Director: Márton Keleti
 
19.
Cai shu zhi heng sao qian jun (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
(100 mins.)
 
20.
What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In WW2, a strategic Italian village agrees to surrender to the Allies only if it's allowed to organize a celebratory festival while giving aerial reconnaissance the false impression of fierce ground fighting. (116 mins.)
Director: Blake Edwards
“ A very light, comedic film infused with some action and romance; once difficult to find, but now readily available...highly recommended! ” - L P
 
21.
Island Rescue (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
During WW2, British Major Valentine Moreland is tasked with rescuing a prized pedigree cow from the German-occupied Channel Island of Armorel. (90 mins.)
Director: Ralph Thomas
“ AKA "Appointment with Venus"; the first of at least four [five if you want count the hilarious bull run of "Jak rozpetalem druga wojne swiatowa"!] WWII comedies about a cow:

"La vache et le prisonnier" [1959]
"Venus fra Vestø" [1962]
"Cow" [2009] ” - L P
 
22.
Father Goose (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
During WW2, a man persuaded to live on an isolated island and spot aircraft finds himself responsible for a teacher and several students, all female. (118 mins.)
Director: Ralph Nelson
“ Cary Grant classic... ” - L P
 
23.
Two Men Went to War (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Comedy drama based on the true story of two British Army dentists who in 1942, eager to see action, go AWOL and invade occupied France on their own. (109 mins.)
Director: John Henderson
“ Modern day "Invasion Quartet", but built for two...recommended! ” - L P
 
24.
Papy fait de la résistance (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Bourdelle, a family of musicians, refuse to play for Germans during the war. They would like to liberate France using all possible means. (102 mins.)
 
25.
Catch-22 (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A man is trying desperately to be certified insane during World War II, so he can stop flying missions. (122 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
“ A richly dramatic and dark comedy on the ludicrousness of war...[available on NF as of 02/13] ” - L P
 
26.
Malèna (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A woman provokes sensual awakenings in a group of adolescent boys. (109 mins.)
“ Coming of age Italian dramedy with unique narrative...recommended! ” - L P
 
27.
The Elusive Corporal (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An upper-class corporal from Paris is captured by the Germans when they invade France in 1940. Assisted... (90 mins.)
Director: Jean Renoir
“ Classic late Renoir...recommended! ” - L P
 
28.
To Be or Not to Be (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A bad Polish actor is just trying to make a living when what should intrude but World War II in the form of an invasion... (107 mins.)
Director: Alan Johnson
“ MB sticking it to the Nazis in this farcical remake...highly recommended for MB and AB fans! ” - L P
 
29.
Mrs Henderson Presents (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Laura Henderson buys an old London theater and opens it up as the Windmill, a performance hall which goes down in history for, among other things, its all-nude revues. (103 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
“ Highly recommended film on British homefront... ” - L P
 
30.
The Secret War of Harry Frigg (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
When 5 allied generals are captured in Italy in WW II, it is a propaganda nightmare for the Allies.... (110 mins.)
Director: Jack Smight
“ 'Stalag 17', 'Hogan's Heroes', 'What Did you Do During the War, Daddy' -esque amalgamation, highlighting PN's lighter [& rom-com] side...

Slightly difficult to find, but highly recommended! ” - L P
 
31.
All the Queen's Men (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
A mismatched team of British Special Services agents led by an American must infiltrate, in disguise, a female-run Enigma factory in Berlin and bring back the decoding device that will end the war. (99 mins.)
“ Haven't been totally crazy about MLb on film [although, I thoroughly enjoyed 'Lost in Space'!], but he's at his finest here with a great cast and original narrative delivering blended doses of action, comedy, romance, and drama...recommended [particularly, if you like the 'hand-picked group on a mission behind enemy lines' sub-genre]! ” - L P
 
32.
The Roses of the Desert (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A sanitary battalion of Italian Army is sent to Sorman oasis in Lybia during the Africa campaign in 1940... (102 mins.)
Director: Mario Monicelli
“ Beautifully shot comedic film woven with poignant moments, it is available on a brilliant Italian language only [and Italian subtitle only] DVD, but is highly recommended for those who may have enjoyed "Mediterraneo", "Life is Beautiful", "Seven Beauties", "The Secret of Santa Vittoria", or "Night of the Shooting Stars"... ” - L P
 
33.
Atlantic Wall (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
(107 mins.)
Director: Marcel Camus
“ Narratively unrelated follow-up to "La Grande Vadrouille"; largely European DVD production nearly impossible to find with English subtitles, but highly recommended if you can find it! ” - L P
 
34.
Don't Go Near the Water (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
On a small South Pacific island during WW2, various US Navy P.R. personnel pass the time romancing the nurses and the native girls while trying to avoid front line Sea Duty. (107 mins.)
Director: Charles Walters
 
35.
The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
During WWII in Italy, a wine producing village hide a million bottles from the Germans (139 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kramer
“ Highly recommended for "Life is Beautiful" and/or "Seven Beauties" fans! ” - L P
 
36.
Seven Beauties (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The defense of honor, a strong value in Neapolitan society, and his effects on the life of everyman Pasquale Frafuso. (115 mins.)
“ Highly recommended for "Life is Beautiful" fans! ” - L P
 
37.
The Cow and I (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In 1942, a French prisonner of war in Germany decide to escape to France using a cow hold by a lunge as a decoy. He cross all Germany in this way. (118 mins.)
Director: Henri Verneuil
“ Based on English film, "Island Rescue" [1951]...

One of at least four [five if you count the hilarious bull run of "Jak rozpetalem druga wojne swiatowa"!] WWII 'cow' comedies... ” - L P
 
38.
For All: Springboard to Victory (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
During the Second World War, the U.S.A. established a military base in Natal, Brazil, changing in many ways people's lives and behavior. (95 mins.)
“ Unique narrative and perspective...recommended! ” - L P
 
39.
Biloxi Blues (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A group of young recruits go through boot camp during the Second World War in Biloxi Mississippi. From the play by Neil Simon. (106 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
“ Wartime basic training and coming of age film...recommended! ” - L P
 
40.
The Americanization of Emily (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An American naval officer's talent for living the good life in wartime is challenged when he falls in love and is sent on a dangerous mission. (115 mins.)
Director: Arthur Hiller
“ Highly recommended, light on action, with poignant moments, rom-com; particularly, for JA or JG fans! ” - L P
 
41.
Now Where Did the Seventh Company Get to? (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
1940: During the chaotic running fights of the French army the 7th company disappears - nobody knows they've been taken captive... (95 mins.)
“ Part one of French action and comedic farce trilogy [somewhat difficult to find; had a short, R1-DVD run (no Eng subtitles) on Amzn]... ” - L P
 
42.
The Fascist (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The quest of a fascist soldier whose mission is to catch a political enemy during the end of the WWII. (100 mins.)
Director: Luciano Salce
 
43.
Deserter's Gold (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
(123 mins.)
Director: Janusz Majewski
“ Light comedy and WWII sequel to "CK Dezerterzy" (1986, comedy) about WWI (recommend viewing it first!); once available on NF, but no longer as of 02/13); makes a great double feature! Only sequel is available on NF as of 02/13... ” - L P
 
44.
On the Double (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
At the time of the Invasion of Normandy, an American soldier is asked to impersonate a British General in order to confuse the Nazi spies and assassins in London. (92 mins.)
“ Highly recommended light on action, rom-com; particularly, for DK fans! ” - L P
 
45.
Jakob the Liar (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In 1944 Poland, a Jewish shop keeper named Jakob is summoned to ghetto headquarters after being caught out near curfew... (120 mins.)
Director: Peter Kassovitz
“ Highly recommended for "Life is Beautiful" and RW fans! ” - L P
 
46.
The Best of Enemies (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In 1941 during the desert war in Abyssinia the Italian captain Blasi and the British major Richardson alternate between being bitter enemies or best friends depending on the circumstances. (104 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
“ Niven & Sordi headline with great comedic checmistry...recommended! ” - L P
 
47.
Dad's Army (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The misadventures of a ragtag group of elderly Home Guard local defense volunteers at the onset of WW2. (95 mins.)
Director: Norman Cohen
“ Actually more like a mini-series... ” - L P
 
48.
Venus fra Vestø (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
(116 mins.)
“ Based on English film, "Island Rescue" [1951]...

One of at least four [five if you count the hilarious bull run of "Jak rozpetalem druga wojne swiatowa"!] WWII 'cow' comedies... ” - L P
 
49.
“ Nearly impossible to find, but well worth the effort if you do... ” - L P
 
50.
Whisky Galore (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Scottish islanders try to plunder 50,000 cases of whisky from a stranded ship. (82 mins.)
“ Too much fun; recommended! ” - L P
 
51.
Balkan ekspres (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Group of petty criminals is trying to make some money under the disguise of musical band in Nazi-occupied Serbia. (102 mins.)
Director: Branko Baletic
 
52.
Giuseppe w Warszawie (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Adventures of the Italian soldier in a rebellious Warsaw in 1943, between Germans and the Polish resistance. (99 mins.)
 
53.
For the Boys (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
With the help of the singer and dancer Dixie Leonhard US-Entertainer Eddie Sparks wants to bring some fun to the soldiers during World War II... (138 mins.)
Director: Mark Rydell
“ BM entertains...recommended! ” - L P
 
54.
Tea with Mussolini (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In 1935 a group of elderly British women, whom the Italians have named the Scorpioni, have chosen Italy... (117 mins.)
“ Dames and divas, oh my!; recommended! ” - L P
 
55.
Which Way to the Front? (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.0/10 X  
Brendan Byers III, one of the richest men in America, has been pronounced 4-F and can't serve his country in it's fight against Hitler... (96 mins.)
Director: Jerry Lewis
“ Highly recommended for JL and screwball comedy fans! ” - L P
 
56.
Train of Life (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In 1941, the inhabitants of a small Jewish village in Central Europe organize a fake deportation train so that they can escape the Nazis and flee to Palestine. (103 mins.)
Director: Radu Mihaileanu
“ One of a handful of WWII 'train' films ['The Train', 'Von Ryan's Express', 'Night Train to Munich', etc.]; along with an episode of 'Hogan's Heroes' [season 5's 'The Klink Commandos'], episodes of 'Allo, Allo!' [Season 5's 'All Aboard' & 'Geneva Express'], and portions of the epic, 'Ja rozpetalem druga wojne swiatowa', this is one of the few WWII 'train' productions with comedic/humorous moments [see also, 'That Kind of Woman', 'Potpisani 03 - Voz', 'The Hoodlum Soldier', & 'Closely Watched Trains']...recommended! ” - L P
 
57.
The Pigeon That Took Rome (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
In 1944, two American spies, posing as priests, infiltrate German occupied Rome to relay information to HQ but can only communicate via pigeons due to the imposed radio silence. (103 mins.)
“ Highly recommended, light on action, rom-com; particularly, for CH fans! ” - L P
 
58.
Waiting for Dublin (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
On New Year's Eve 1944, American pilot Mike Clarke inadvertently bets Al Capone's nephew $10,000.00 that he can shoot down five enemy aircraft... (83 mins.)
Director: Roger Tucker
“ A poorly cast lead here [sadly, must have been doing someone a favor? it could have been a classic otherwise!] doesn't ruin an otherwise brilliant narrative and solid production; highly recommended! ” - L P
 
59.
Cow (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A Chinese peasant is given the responsibility of protecting his village's special dairy cow during a particularly harsh winter in 1940. (105 mins.)
Director: Hu Guan
“ One of at least four [five if you count the hilarious bull run of "Jak rozpetalem druga wojne swiatowa"!] WWII 'cow' comedies...

"La vache et le prisonnier" [1959]
"Venus fra Vestø" [1962]
"Island Rescue" [1951] ” - L P
 
60.
Imitation General (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Sergeant Murphy Savage impersonates a dead general in order to inspire the demoralized troops in fighting their way out of Nazi encirclement. (88 mins.)
Director: George Marshall
“ Highly recommended action, rom-com; particularly, for GF fans!

Somewhat difficult to find... ” - L P
 
61.
Général... nous voilà! (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(100 mins.)
Director: Jacques Besnard
 
62.
The Horizontal Lieutenant (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A military comedy about a luckless army intelligence lieutenant who finds himself stationed on a remote island army outpost during World War II, where all the action is between the sheets. (90 mins.)
Director: Richard Thorpe
“ Highly recommended light on action rom-com; particularly, for JH fans! ” - L P
 
63.
Bon voyage (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
An actress, a writer, a student, and a government worker band together in an effort to escape Paris as the Nazis move into the city. (114 mins.)
 
64.
Gli eroi (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
Four soldiers and a beautiful Greek nurse, thrown together in North Africa during World War II, team up to pull off a heist of two-million pounds in boxes marked "plasma." (105 mins.)
Director: Duccio Tessari
“ Recommended but difficult to find film. Recently saw this for the first time on YTb in thirteen parts...deserves a better print and DVD release... ” - L P
 
65.
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
“ Film score doesn't hold up nearly as well as narrative...still recommended! This 'elephant' centric film has similarities to animal-related films, "Operation Snatch', 'The Incredible Mr. Limpet', 'Francis', as well as the handful of 'cow' films on this list ["La vache et le prisonnier" (1959), "Venus fra Vestø" (1962),"Cow" (2009), "Island Rescue" (1951)... ” - L P
 
66.
Private's Progress (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In WW2, a failed British officer is selected by his uncle, a Brigadier with the War Office, to participate in a secret operation to "recover" looted artworks from the Nazis. (102 mins.)
Director: John Boulting
 
67.
A Coming-Out Party (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A somewhat happy-go-lucky bunch of Brits in a German POW camp find their new acerbic fellow prisoner is a key officer who must be got out at all cost. (98 mins.)
Director: Ken Annakin
 
68.
The Two of Us (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Claude is a Jew. Because of the risks of an arrest (France is occupied by the Nazis), his parents send him away to an elderly couple in the country... (90 mins.)
Director: Claude Berri
 
69.
Rosie the Riveter (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In wartime 1944 in California,defense plant workers Rosalind "Rosie" Warren and her friend Vera Watson must share... (75 mins.)
Director: Joseph Santley
 
70.
Xiang Gang lun xian (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A family suffers at the hands of the Japanese during the occupation of Hong Kong. (91 mins.)
Director: Man Kei Chin
 
71.
The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Sgt. O'Farrell an Army soldier on an island in the South Pacific during World War II is trying to bring... (92 mins.)
Director: Frank Tashlin
“ Recommended for BH and PD fans! ” - L P
 
72.
See Here, Private Hargrove (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Journalist Marion Hargrove enters the Army intending to supplement his income by writing about his training experiences... (101 mins.)
Director: Wesley Ruggles
 
73.
Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
London, 1940. Aspiring jazz musician and future comedy legend Terence "Spike" Milligan reluctantly obeys... (102 mins.)
Director: Norman Cohen
 
74.
Bright Young Things (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's novel "Vile Bodies," is a look into the lives of a young novelist, his would-be lover, and a host of young people who beautified London in the 1930s. (102 mins.)
Director: Stephen Fry
 
75.
The Seventh Company Has Been Found (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
French army's seventh company experiences severe setback during world war 2 when it gets separated from other members of the army.They disguise as army officers to escape death when they are caught by German soldiers. (90 mins.)
“ Part II of comedic trilogy... ” - L P
 
76.
MacArthur's Children (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In this drama at the end of World War II, the inhabitants of a small Japanese fishing village must come... (125 mins.)
 
77.
Captain Newman, M.D. (1972 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Sitcom pilot film depicting comic adventures of an unorthodox military psychiatrist based on the 1962 movie starring Gregory Peck (30 mins.)
 
78.
Nebesnyy tikhokhod (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
About three Russian pilots falling in love during the WWII. (83 mins.)
 
79.
Tomorrow I'll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Jan is a decent, boring man, living a decent, boring life as a rocket designer. When his adventurous twin brother dies in a breakfast accident, Jan decides to impersonate him, unwittingly becoming a part of a Nazi time travel conspiracy. (93 mins.)
Director: Jindrich Polák
 
80.
Ensign Pulver (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Life becomes so harried after Ensign Pulver's prank, he and the Captain are swept off deck during a storm, ending up on a tropical island, a group of ship wrecked nurses, dancing natives and 1 very big case of appendicitis. (104 mins.)
Director: Joshua Logan
“ Sequel to 'Mister Roberts' [1955], sans HF...recommended! ” - L P
 
81.
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Film noir parody with a detective uncovering a sinister plot. Characters from real noirs appear as scenes from various films are intercut. (88 mins.)
Director: Carl Reiner
 
82.
Gdzie jest general... (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Waclaw Orzeszko is unlucky soldier. Nobody from the platoon likes him. One day he decided to go away from platoon... (92 mins.)
 
83.
Private Angelo (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Private Angelo has been conscripted into the Italian Army in WWII. The trouble is that Private Angelo... (106 mins.)
 
84.
Rosolino Paternò, soldato... (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
In WWII, a commando was sent in a secret mission in Sicily. They had a reluctant Italian prisoner of war to help them. (95 mins.)
Director: Nanni Loy
 
85.
 
86.
The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Meek and mild mannered bookkeeper Henry Limpet has few passions in life. It's mid-1941 and he would love to join the Navy but has been rated 4F... (99 mins.)
Director: Arthur Lubin
“ Classic DK role in this mix of live-action and animated rom-com, light on action...recommended for DK and LA/animation fans. ” - L P
 
87.
U-900 (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.0/10 X  
It is the year 1944 and World War II is not over yet. The Germans want to send their last available submarine... (99 mins.)
“ Has a German [by WB no less!?] and Mandarin language DVD production, but deserves a wider distribution. I can get by with those two, but I'd prefer English subtitles; I'll keep my fingers crossed, but I won't hold my breath. Highly recommended, if you can find it... ” - L P
 
88.
Divided We Fall (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia, a childless couple agree to hide a Jewish friend at great personal risk of discovery and execution. (120 mins.)
Director: Jan Hrebejk
 
89.
A noi piace freddo...! (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A farcical account of the happenings in Rome in 1943 when the allied army and the partisans fight the nazis. (110 mins.)
Director: Steno
 
90.
My Uncle Napoleon (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
An uproarious adoption of a popular novel by Iraj Pezeshkzad set in and around the family compound in early 1940s Tehran... (770 mins.)
Director: Naser Taghvai
 
91.
Under the Rainbow (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
A visiting dignitary, a CIA agent, a Nazi spy, Japanese tourists, an assassin and a group of "midget" actors from The Wizard of Oz all check into an elite Los Angeles hotel called Under the Rainbow. (98 mins.)
Director: Steve Rash
“ This might make a nice first feature companion with a '1941' double feature... ” - L P
 
92.
The Wackiest Ship in the Army (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Lieutenant Rip Crandall is hoodwinked into taking command of the "Wackiest Ship in the Navy" - a real... (99 mins.)
Director: Richard Murphy
 
93.
Four Jills in a Jeep (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Reenactments of actual USO experiences of its female stars entertaining troops overseas. (89 mins.)
 
94.
The Seventh Company Outdoors (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Les 3 compères de la 7ème compagnie poursuivent leurs mésaventures. Cette fois-ci, ils tombent par inadvertance...
“ Part III of comedic trilogy... ” - L P
 
95.
Me and the Colonel (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Jacobowsky, a Jewish refugee, flees from the Nazis with an aristocratic, anti-semitic Polish officer trying to get papers to England... (109 mins.)
Director: Peter Glenville
 
96.
Underground (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The story follows an underground weapons manufacturer in Belgrade during WWII and evolves into fairly surreal situations... (170 mins.)
Director: Emir Kusturica
 
97.
Before Winter Comes (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
After WW2, in an Austrian camp for displaced persons, an interpreter mediates between the British and the Soviets regarding the fate of various refugees. (107 mins.)
Director: J. Lee Thompson
“ Actually, more a post-war themed [displaced persons / refugees] dramedy set in allied-zoned Austrian camp, that is highly recommended...particularly for DN and Topol fans! ” - L P
 
98.
Undercovers Hero (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
In this comedy, set during the Nazi occupation of France, Peter Sellers plays most major male parts... (107 mins.)
Director: Roy Boulting
 
99.
Invasion Quartet (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Spike Milligan and his friends decide to go to occupied France to silence a large German gun that is firing across the channel... (91 mins.)
Director: Jay Lewis
“ Also consider the modern version built for two, "Two Men Went to War"... ” - L P
 
100.
Stalag Luft (1993 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
During World War II, some Commonwealth prisoners are trying to escape from a German prison camp. Because they are old and weak... (103 mins.)
Director: Adrian Shergold
“ Mediocre production values do not detract from a great cast and narrative that make this a simple and fun film [has great remake potential!]...recommended! ” - L P