Movies related to WWII you should watch*****

by samratnigam | created - 02 Jan 2011 | updated - 22 Aug 2011 | Public

WWII movies you must see***

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1. The Longest Day (1962)

G | 178 min | Action, Drama, History

The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view.

Directors: Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki, Gerd Oswald, Darryl F. Zanuck | Stars: John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Richard Burton, Henry Fonda

Votes: 46,922 | Gross: $39.10M

2. Cross of Iron (1977)

R | 119 min | Drama, War

A German commander places a squad in extreme danger after its Sergeant refuses to lie for him.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: James Coburn, Maximilian Schell, James Mason, David Warner

Votes: 22,391

3. Summer of '42 (1971)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

During his summer vacation on Nantucket Island in 1942, a youth eagerly awaiting his first sexual encounter finds himself developing an innocent love for a young woman awaiting news on her soldier husband's fate in WWII.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Jennifer O'Neill, Gary Grimes, Jerry Houser, Oliver Conant

Votes: 5,979

4. Islands in the Stream (1977)

PG | 104 min | Drama

An isolated sculptor is visited by his three sons just before the start of WWII.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: George C. Scott, David Hemmings, Gilbert Roland, Hart Bochner

Votes: 1,099

5. One Against the Wind (1991 TV Movie)

PG | 96 min | Biography, Drama

Mary Lindell works for the French Red Cross in Occupied France during World War II and helps allied soldiers who have been shot down to escape to the unoccupied side. Her activities are ... See full summary »

Director: Larry Elikann | Stars: Judy Davis, Sam Neill, Anthony Higgins, Christien Anholt

Votes: 433

6. Jenny's War (1985)

PG | 198 min | Drama, War

This fact-based story follows a woman who launches a rescue of her Royal Air Force pilot son, who was shot down over Germany in 1941. Getting no help from the underground, she sets up her own rescue mission.

Stars: Dyan Cannon, Elke Sommer, Robert Hardy, Patrick Ryecart

Votes: 132

7. A Bridge Too Far (1977)

PG | 175 min | Drama, History, War

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.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Sean Connery, Ryan O'Neal, Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier

Votes: 44,573 | Gross: $50.80M

8. 633 Squadron (1964)

Approved | 102 min | War, Drama

An RAF squadron is assigned to knock out a German rocket fuel factory in Norway. The factory supplies fuel for the Nazi effort to launch rockets on England during D-Day.

Director: Walter Grauman | Stars: Cliff Robertson, George Chakiris, Maria Perschy, Harry Andrews

Votes: 2,882

9. Battle of Britain (1969)

G | 132 min | Action, Drama, History

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.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Michael Caine, Trevor Howard, Harry Andrews, Curd Jürgens

Votes: 17,925

10. Hanna's War (1988)

PG-13 | 148 min | Biography, Drama, War

During WW2 Hanna Szenes, a Hungarian Jew living in British Palestine, volunteers to go behind enemy lines to rescue Jews from deportation to death camps.

Director: Menahem Golan | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Maruschka Detmers, Anthony Andrews, Donald Pleasence

Votes: 322 | Gross: $0.14M

11. The Big Red One (1980)

R | 113 min | Drama, War

77 Metascore

The story of a sergeant and the inner core members of his unit as they try to serve in and survive World War II.

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Lee Marvin, Mark Hamill, Robert Carradine, Bobby Di Cicco

Votes: 16,736

12. Schindler's List (1993)

R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

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: 1,002,342 | Gross: $96.07M

13. God afton, Herr Wallenberg (1990)

Not Rated | 115 min | Biography, Drama, War

Swedish national Raoul Wallenberg, newcomer to politics and international machinations, travels to German-occupied Budapest during WWII in order to effectively intervene in the fate of ... See full summary »

Director: Kjell Grede | Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Katharina Thalbach, Károly Eperjes, Miklós B. Székely

Votes: 866

14. Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

Not Rated | 186 min | Drama, War

60 Metascore

In 1948, an American court in occupied Germany tries four Nazi judges for war crimes.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, Marlene Dietrich

Votes: 56,591

15. Kelly's Heroes (1970)

GP | 144 min | Adventure, Comedy, War

A group of U.S. soldiers sneaks across enemy lines to get their hands on a secret stash of Nazi treasure.

Director: Brian G. Hutton | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas, Don Rickles, Carroll O'Connor

Votes: 38,971

16. The Winds of War (1983– )

883 min | Drama, Romance, War

The trials of the Henry and Jastrow families in the early years of World War II.

Stars: Robert Mitchum, Ali MacGraw, Jan-Michael Vincent, John Houseman

Votes: 3,104

17. Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973)

PG | 108 min | Biography, Drama, History

A dramatization based on eye witness accounts of Hitler's final days in an underground bunker, his military henchmen, and his stormy relationship with Eva Braun.

Director: Ennio De Concini | Stars: Alec Guinness, Simon Ward, Adolfo Celi, Diane Cilento

Votes: 1,145

18. Go for Broke! (1951)

Passed | 92 min | Drama, History, War

The story of Japanese-American soldiers who fought in Europe during World War II.

Director: Robert Pirosh | Stars: Van Johnson, Lane Nakano, George Miki, Akira Fukunaga

Votes: 1,019

19. Battleground (1949)

Approved | 118 min | Action, Drama, War

A squad of the 101st Airborne Division copes with being trapped in the besieged city of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Van Johnson, John Hodiak, Ricardo Montalban, George Murphy

Votes: 5,741 | Gross: $10.29M

20. Patton (1970)

GP | 172 min | Biography, Drama, War

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: 84,079 | Gross: $61.70M

21. Hanover Street (1979)

PG | 109 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

32 Metascore

Margaret is a nurse in England during WW2, and married to a secret agent. Things get complicated when she falls for David, an American pilot.

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Harrison Ford, Lesley-Anne Down, Christopher Plummer, Alec McCowen

Votes: 3,938 | Gross: $3.00M

22. Yanks (1979)

R | 138 min | Drama, War

During WWII, the United States set up army bases in Great Britain as part of the war effort. Against their proper sensibilities, many of the Brits don't much like the brash Yanks, ... See full summary »

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Richard Gere, Lisa Eichhorn, Vanessa Redgrave, William Devane

Votes: 2,778

23. The Thousand Plane Raid (1969)

G | 93 min | Adventure, War

A U.S. Air Force colonel convinces the Allies during World War II that a daylight bombing raid of Germany will bring a quick end to the war.

Director: Boris Sagal | Stars: Christopher George, Laraine Stephens, J.D. Cannon, Gary Marshal

Votes: 204

24. The Mediterranean in Flames (1970)

102 min | Action, Drama, War

In 1941 the Germans invaded in Greece and two childhood friends, one a Greek naval officer and the other German is forced to fight each other and collide in battle, each defending his homeland.

Director: Dimis Dadiras | Stars: Kostas Prekas, Kostas Karras, Olga Politou, Sofia Roubou

Votes: 68

25. The Last Warrior (1989)

R | 94 min | Action, Drama, War

The biggest Japanese destroyer "Yamato" is badly damaged in a battle and shall be repaired at a small island in the Pacific which is inhabited only by Gibb, an US American observation post,... See full summary »

Director: Martin Wragge | Stars: Gary Graham, Maria Holvoe, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, John Carson

Votes: 131

26. Casablanca (1942)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

100 Metascore

A cynical nightclub owner protects an old flame and her husband from Nazis in Morocco.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

Votes: 444,491 | Gross: $1.02M

27. The Bridge (1959)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, War

In 1945, Germany is being overrun, and nobody is left to fight but teenagers.

Director: Bernhard Wicki | Stars: Folker Bohnet, Fritz Wepper, Michael Hinz, Frank Glaubrecht

Votes: 5,959

28. Breakthrough (1950)

91 min | Drama, War

An American infantry unit, from its pre-invasion training to combat in Europe.

Director: Lewis Seiler | Stars: David Brian, John Agar, Frank Lovejoy, William Campbell

Votes: 215

29. Breakthrough (1979)

PG | 115 min | Drama, War

In 1944 a German sergeant gets involved in an anti-Hitler conspiracy, and saves the life of an American colonel.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: Richard Burton, Rod Steiger, Helmut Griem, Klaus Löwitsch

Votes: 840

30. Dragon Seed (1944)

Passed | 148 min | Drama, History, War

The lives of a small Chinese village are turned Upside down when the Japanese invade it. And heroic young Chinese woman leads her fellow villagers in an uprising against Japanese Invaders.

Directors: Harold S. Bucquet, Jack Conway | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Walter Huston, Aline MacMahon, Akim Tamiroff

Votes: 955

31. Sailor of the King (1953)

Approved | 83 min | Action, Drama, Romance

In 1940, Canadian sailor Andrew Brown is prisoner on a battle damaged German raider and he plans to delay the raider's at-sea repairs until a British naval task-force can destroy it.

Director: Roy Boulting | Stars: Jeffrey Hunter, Michael Rennie, Wendy Hiller, Bernard Lee

Votes: 440

32. Pursuit of the Graf Spee (1956)

Not Rated | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A true WW2 story: the British Navy must find and destroy a powerful German warship.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: John Gregson, Anthony Quayle, Peter Finch, Ian Hunter

Votes: 3,224

33. Sink the Bismarck! (1960)

Approved | 97 min | Action, Drama, History

The World War II story of the British Navy's effort to defeat Nazi Germany's most powerful warship.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Kenneth More, Dana Wynter, Carl Möhner, Laurence Naismith

Votes: 5,958

34. The Enemy Below (1957)

Approved | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

During World War II, an American destroyer meets a German U-Boat. Both captains are experts, and so begins a deadly game of cat-and-mouse.

Director: Dick Powell | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Curd Jürgens, David Hedison, Theodore Bikel

Votes: 8,432

35. Das Boot (1981)

R | 149 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch

Votes: 195,052 | Gross: $11.49M

36. Das Boot (1985–1986)

TV-MA | 293 min | Drama, Thriller, War

A World War II German U-Boat crew have a terrifying patrol mission in the early days of the war.

Stars: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch

Votes: 17,505

37. Force of Arms (1951)

Approved | 99 min | Drama, Romance, War

During World War II in Italy, an American sergeant and WAC lieutenant take time out for romance.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: William Holden, Nancy Olson, Frank Lovejoy, Gene Evans

Votes: 426

38. Raid on Rommel (1971)

GP | 99 min | Drama, War

In 1942 Libya, a German-speaking British Intelligence officer uses former British POWs, some dressed in German uniforms, to fulfill a secret sabotage mission inside German-captured Tobruk.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Richard Burton, John Colicos, Clinton Greyn, Wolfgang Preiss

Votes: 1,703

39. The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951)

Approved | 88 min | Biography, Drama, War

The story of the final years of the respected World War II German general, Erwin Rommel.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: James Mason, Cedric Hardwicke, Jessica Tandy, Luther Adler

Votes: 4,816

40. The Desert Rats (1953)

Approved | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Richard Burton plays a Scottish Army officer put in charge of a disparate band of ANZAC troops on the perimeter of Tobruk with the German Army doing their best to dislodge them.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Richard Burton, James Mason, Robert Newton, Robert Douglas

Votes: 4,033

41. Red Ball Express (1952)

Approved | 83 min | Action, Drama, War

Story of the military truck drivers who kept the Allied armies supplied in Europe during WW2.

Director: Budd Boetticher | Stars: Jeff Chandler, Alex Nicol, Charles Drake, Judith Braun

Votes: 416

42. Where Eagles Dare (1968)

PG | 158 min | Action, Adventure, War

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.

Director: Brian G. Hutton | Stars: Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood, Mary Ure, Patrick Wymark

Votes: 44,741

43. The Heroes of Telemark (1965)

Approved | 131 min | Action, Drama, History

Norwegian resistance tries to stop German efforts to produce an atomic bomb component during World War II.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Richard Harris, Ulla Jacobsson, Michael Redgrave

Votes: 5,488

44. The Cockleshell Heroes (1955)

Approved | 97 min | Action, War, Drama

During WW2, German ships are "safely" docked upriver at Bordeaux, but the British send a team of kayakers to attack them.

Director: José Ferrer | Stars: José Ferrer, Trevor Howard, Dora Bryan, Victor Maddern

Votes: 1,325

45. Glorious 39 (2009)

R | 129 min | Drama, History, Thriller

The adopted daughter of a privileged British politician uncovers a family secret in the weeks leading up to World War II.

Director: Stephen Poliakoff | Stars: Romola Garai, Eddie Redmayne, Juno Temple, Toby Regbo

Votes: 4,709

46. Odette (1950)

105 min | Drama, History, War

This is the story of a brave woman who volunteered to join SOE (Special Operations Executive) during WWII. She was flown into occupied France where she fought with the French resistance. ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Wilcox | Stars: Anna Neagle, Trevor Howard, Marius Goring, Peter Ustinov

Votes: 475

47. Les femmes de l'ombre (2008)

TV-MA | 117 min | Drama, War

In 1944, in London, Lieutenant Pierre Desfontaines assigns his sister Louise Desfontaines to convince three other women to form a five-woman task force under his command to rescue a British... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Paul Salomé | Stars: Sophie Marceau, Julie Depardieu, Moritz Bleibtreu, Marie Gillain

Votes: 6,281

48. Brother's War (2009)

R | 100 min | History, War

The story is set in the latter days of World War 2, against the backdrop of fierce combat on the eastern front. Brother's War is based on real events. The western Allies push into Germany ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Buteyn | Stars: Tino Struckmann, Michael Berryman, Olivier Gruner, Hayley Carr

Votes: 718

49. The Fallen (2004)

Not Rated | 112 min | Action, Drama, War

62 Metascore

The story of ordinary men during WWII as seen from three different points of View.

Director: Ari Taub | Stars: Christopher R Swanson, Daniel Asher, Brian Bancale, C.J. Barkus

Votes: 848

50. A Walk in the Sun (1945)

Approved | 117 min | Drama, War

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.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Dana Andrews, Richard Conte, George Tyne, John Ireland

Votes: 2,952

51. Silent Night (2002 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 100 min | Biography, Drama, War

7.7