World War II Movies I've Seen so Far

Dan Stefansson's list of Movies depicting the period 1939-1945, the years of WWII. The list is arranged chronologically, by the year the movie was released, and not by rating. The list is updated continuously.
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1.
The Cranes Are Flying (1957)
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Veronica plans a rendezvous with her lover, Boris, at the bank of river, only for him to be drafted into World War II shortly thereafter. (95 mins.)
 
2.
Ivan's Childhood (1962)
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In WW2, twelve year old Soviet orphan Ivan Bondarev works for the Soviet army as a scout behind the German lines and strikes a friendship with three sympathetic Soviet officers. (95 mins.)
 
3.
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.)
 
4.
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
 
5.
Back Door to Hell (1964)
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During WWII, a three-man commando team places its trust in the hands of a band of Filipino resistants, as they try to knock out a Japanese communication center. (75 mins.)
Director: Monte Hellman
 
6.
Von Ryan's Express (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An American POW leads a group of mainly British prisoners to escape from the Germans in WWII. (117 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
 
7.
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
 
8.
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.)
 
9.
The Conformist (1970)
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A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident. (113 mins.)
 
10.
Kelly's Heroes (1970)
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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
 
11.
Murphy's War (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A lone survivor from a British naval ship is obsessed with getting revenge on a German U-boat crew that massacred his shipmates in the water. (107 mins.)
Director: Peter Yates
 
12.
Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A man named Billy Pilgrim tells the story of how he became unstuck in time and was abducted by aliens. (104 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
 
13.
Massacre in Rome (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In the Nazi occupied city of Rome, an assault on an SS brigade draws retaliation from the military governship... (110 mins.)
 
14.
Lacombe, Lucien (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A small town in the south-west of France, summer of 1944. Having failed to join the resistance, the 18 year old Lucien Lacombe... (138 mins.)
Director: Louis Malle
 
15.
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
 
16.
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
 
17.
The Big Red One (1980)
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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
 
18.
The Final Countdown (1980)
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A modern aircraft carrier is thrown back in time to 1941 near Hawaii, just hours before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. (103 mins.)
Director: Don Taylor
 
19.
Das Boot (1985 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
A World War II German U-Boat crew have a terrifying patrol mission in the early days of the war. (293 mins.)
 
20.
Come and See (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
After finding an old rifle, a young boy joins the Soviet resistance movement against ruthless German forces and experiences the horrors of World War II. (142 mins.)
Director: E. Klimov
 
21.
Empire of the Sun (1987)
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A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation during World War II. (153 mins.)
 
22.
The Winter War (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Set during World War 2. After Nazi Germany invaded Poland in September 1939, Russia attacked Finland in November 1939... (199 mins.)
Director: Pekka Parikka
 
23.
Good Evening, Mr. Wallenberg (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Swedish national Raoul Wallenberg, newcomer to politics and international machinations, travels to German-occupied... (118 mins.)
Director: Kjell Grede
 
24.
Schindler's List (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
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.)
 
25.
Stalingrad (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The story follows a group of German soldiers, from their Italian R&R in the summer of 1942 to the frozen steppes of Soviet Russia and ending with the battle for Stalingrad. (134 mins.)
 
26.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
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.)
 
27.
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
 
28.
Enemy at the Gates (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A Russian and a German sniper play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad. (131 mins.)
 
29.
Windtalkers (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
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
 
30.
The Pianist (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II. (150 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
31.
Saints and Soldiers (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
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. (90 mins.)
Director: Ryan Little
 
32.
Before the Fall (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In 1942, Friedrich Weimer's boxing skills get him an appointment to a National Political Academy (NaPolA) - high schools that produce Nazi elite... (117 mins.)
Director: Dennis Gansel
 
33.
Fateless (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
14-year-old György's life is torn apart in World War II Hungary as he is sent to a concentration camp where he is forced to become a man, and learns to find happiness in the midst of hatred, and what it really means to be Jewish. (140 mins.)
Director: Lajos Koltai
 
34.
Flags of our Fathers (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The life stories of the six men who raised the flag at the Battle of Iwo Jima, a turning point in World War II. (135 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
35.
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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. (141 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
36.
Katyn (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An examination of the Soviet slaughter of thousands of Polish officers and citizens in the Katyn forest in 1940. (122 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
37.
The Counterfeiters (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The story of the Operation Bernhard, the largest counterfeiting operation in history, carried out by Germany during WWII. (98 mins.)
 
38.
The Bridge (2008 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
In this TV remake of the classic German war film, 16-year-old Walter and his friends are recruited to help defend a bridge near their town... (103 mins.)
Director: Wolfgang Panzer
 
39.
Good (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
The rise of national socialism in Germany should not be regarded as a conspiracy of madmen. Millions of "good" people found themselves in a society spiralling into terrible chaos. A film about then, which illuminates the terrors of now. (92 mins.)
Director: Vicente Amorim
 
40.
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
 
41.
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
 
42.
Max Manus: Man of War (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The true story about one of the most brilliant saboteurs during World War II and his battle to overcome his inner demons. (118 mins.)
 
43.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same. (153 mins.)
 
44.
Shanghai (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A '40s period piece which revolves around an American expat who returns to Shanghai in the months before Pearl Harbor due to the death of his friend. (105 mins.)
 
45.
Fortress of War (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A war drama set during the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, in which Soviet troops held on to a border stronghold for nine days. (138 mins.)
Director: Aleksandr Kott
 
46.
Simon & the Oaks (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Two boys come of age in Sweden during World War II. (122 mins.)
Director: Lisa Ohlin
 
47.
Beyond the Border (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
December 1942. Two young soldiers leave their post at check-point 83 in Northern Värmland, Sweden, and... (120 mins.)
Director: Richard Holm
 
48.
Into the White (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Norway, WWII: A group of British and German soldiers find themselves stranded in the wilderness after an aircraft battle. Finding shelter in the same cabin, they realize the only way to survive the winter is to place the rules of war aside. (104 mins.)
Director: Petter Næss
 
49.
An Enemy to Die For (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A German expedition with a international crew is in the remote Arctic ice when the 2nd world war starts, and they are commanded to take active part in the war. Soon they find themselves in a fight of life and death. (106 mins.)
Director: Peter Dalle
 
50.
Rommel (2012 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The story of the final seven months in the life of German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel. (120 mins.)
 
51.
Generation War (2013 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Five friends go out to war and promise each other to be back for Christmas. (270 mins.)