WWII Comedy Films...by LlllPppp | created - 16 Feb 2013 | updated - 3 months ago | Public
WWII related films with comedy and/or humour; in no particular order after 11…
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1. How I Unleashed World War II (1970)
224 min | Comedy, War
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.
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]
2. Mediterraneo (1991)
R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, War
In WW2, an Italian Army unit of misfits occupies an isolated non-strategic Greek island for the duration of the war.
Votes: 12,599 | Gross: $4.53M
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]
3. The Cuckoo (2002)
PG-13 | 99 min | Drama, War, Comedy
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.
Votes: 6,980 | Gross: $0.24M
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]
4. Dr. Akagi (1998)
Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama, History
At the end of WWII, Japanese doctor Akagi searches for the cure for hepatitis in the prisoner-of-war camp.
Votes: 1,378 | Gross: $0.07M
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]
5. Operation Snatch (1962)
83 min | Comedy, War
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. During World War II, a British officer is put in charge of ... See full summary »
Nearly impossible to find, but well worth the effort if you do...
6. Operation Petticoat (1959)
Approved | 124 min | Comedy, Romance, War
During World War II, a commander finds himself stuck with a decrepit (and pink) submarine, a con man executive officer, and a group of army nurses.
Votes: 11,273 | Gross: $23.30M
Great cast and script in light action film woven with comedy and romance; highly recommended.
7. La Grande Vadrouille (1966)
G | 132 min | Adventure, Comedy, War
Several ordinary Frenchmen, helping British pilots avoid Nazi captivity, goes on an epic voyage through the occupied country to the Swiss border.
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]
8. 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.
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...
9. Only Old Men Are Going to Battle (1974)
92 min | Comedy, Drama, War
During World War II, a Soviet veteran pilot teaches to newcomers that war is transient, and music is eternal.
Dramatic action film, with comedic moments, following lives of Russian wartime pilots. [available on Amzn as of 02/13]
10. 1941 (1979)
PG | 118 min | Action, Comedy, War
Hysterical Californians prepare for a Japanese invasion in the days after Pearl Harbor.
Votes: 29,388 | Gross: $31.76M
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!]
11. How I Won the War (1967)
Approved | 109 min | Comedy, War
An inept British WWII commander leads his troops to a series of misadventures in North Africa and Europe.
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.
12. The Best of 'Allo 'Allo! (1994 TV Movie)
50 min | Comedy, War
Whilst celebrating her birthday, Edith and René reminisce about their adventures during World War II.
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...
13. Situation Hopeless -- But Not Serious (1965)
Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, War
During World War II, two Americans are forced to bail out and parachute into a small German town. Herr Frick, being equal parts patriotic and lonely, keeps them as prisoners of war in his ... See full summary »
Another nearly impossible to find film, but well worth the effort if you do...
14. Life Is Beautiful (1997)
PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 558,134 | Gross: $57.60M
Hauntingly beautiful and dramatic, if not tragic, comedy of the Holocaust in Italy; Roberto Benigni at his finest...
15. Closely Watched Trains (1966)
Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
An apprentice train dispatcher at a village station seeks his first sexual encounter and becomes despondent when he is unable to perform.
A unique narrative for the WWII comedy genre with a brilliant blend of light comedic, and dramatically poignant moments...highly recommended!
16. Devils on the Doorstep (2000)
139 min | Comedy, Drama, War
During the Japanese occupation of China, two prisoners are dumped in a peasant's home in a small town. The owner is bullied into keeping the prisoners until the next New Year, at which time... See full summary »
Votes: 6,095 | Gross: $0.02M
Riveting dramedy...highly recommended!
18. The Corporal and Others (1965)
111 min | Comedy, War
PFC Molnár decides his WWII services are over, and with serious money hidden in his hand grenades, he heads to an abandoned mansion where he encounters not only the sour butler but a bunch ... See full summary »
19. The Raid (1991)
100 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
In WW2 Japanese-occupied Manchuria, a group of Chinese nationalists sets out to destroy a Japanese poison gas factory against a Japanese military officer and his girlfriend, who has built up a false public image as a Chinese glamour girl.
20. What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (1966)
Approved | 116 min | Comedy, War
In World War II, 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.
A very light, comedic film infused with some action and romance; once difficult to find, but now readily available...highly recommended!
21. Island Rescue (1951)
Approved | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, War
During WW2, British Major Valentine Moreland is tasked with rescuing a prized pedigree cow from the German-occupied Channel Island of Armorel.
AKA "Appointment with Venus"; the first of at least four [five & six if you want count the hilarious bull run of "Jak rozpetalem druga wojne swiatowa" (1970), and the bull chase in 'Dad's Army' (2016)!] WWII comedies about a bovine:
"La vache et le prisonnier"  "Venus fra Vestø"  "Cow" 
22. Father Goose (1964)
Approved | 118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance
During World War II, a man persuaded to live on an isolated island and spot aircraft finds himself responsible for a teacher and several students, all female.
Votes: 8,813 | Gross: $12.50M
Cary Grant classic...
23. Two Men Went to War (2002)
PG | 109 min | Comedy, War, Drama
Comedy drama based on the true story of two British Army dentists who in 1942, eager to see action, go A.W.O.L. and invade occupied France on their own.
Votes: 812 | Gross: $0.15M
Modern day "Invasion Quartet", but built for two...recommended!
24. Papy fait de la résistance (1983)
102 min | Comedy, Music, War
Bourdelle, a family of musicians, refuse to play for Germans during the war. They would like to liberate France using all possible means.
25. Catch-22 (1970)
R | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, War
A man is trying desperately to be certified insane during World War II, so he can stop flying missions.
Votes: 20,229 | Gross: $24.91M
A richly dramatic and dark comedy on the ludicrousness of war...[available on NF as of 02/13]
26. Malèna (2000)
R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Amidst the war climate, a teenage boy discovering himself becomes love-stricken by Malèna, a sensual woman living in a small, narrow-minded Italian town.
Votes: 80,622 | Gross: $3.43M
Coming of age Italian dramedy with unique narrative...recommended!
27. The Elusive Corporal (1962)
TV-PG | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, War
An upper-class corporal from Paris is captured by the Germans when they invade France in 1940. Assisted and accompanied by characters as diverse as a morose dairy farmer, a waiter, a myopic... See full summary »
Classic late Renoir...recommended!
28. To Be or Not to Be (1983)
PG | 107 min | Comedy
At the onset of WW2, a Polish actor's family and the Polish Resistance help the troupe of a theatre escape Poland and the invading Nazis.
Votes: 9,509 | Gross: $13.03M
MB sticking it to the Nazis in this farcical remake...highly recommended for MB and AB fans!
29. Mrs Henderson Presents (2005)
R | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
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.
Votes: 14,639 | Gross: $11.03M
Highly recommended film on British homefront...
30. The Secret War of Harry Frigg (1968)
Unrated | 110 min | Comedy, War
In 1943, when 5 captured Allied one-star generals cannot agree on an escape plan, the HQ promotes an escape-savvy private to 2-star general and sends him to coordinate the captive VIPs.
'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!
31. All the Queen's Men (2001)
PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 2,380 | Gross: $0.02M
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]!
32. The Roses of the Desert (2006)
Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, War
A sanitary battalion of Italian Army is sent to Sorman oasis in Lybia during the Africa campaign in 1940. Soon an Italian missionary, living nearby, succeed to transform the occupation by ... See full summary »
Description says, "sanitary battalion", but don't be deterred, as this is an WWII Italian "MASH" unit...
Beautifully shot comedic film woven with poignant moments, that is [up 'til now] only 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"...
33. Dad's Army (2016)
Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, War
The Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard platoon deal with a visiting female journalist and a German spy as World War II draws to its conclusion.
Thoroughly enjoyable... Yet another [one of six!] WWII comedy with a bovine bit...
34. Atlantic Wall (1970)
107 min | War, Comedy
A gentle restaurant owner inadvertently got involved in World War II after delivering a confidential document to an English pilot.
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!
35. Don't Go Near the Water (1957)
Approved | 107 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance
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.
36. The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969)
PG-13 | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, War
During WWII in Italy, a wine producing village hide a million bottles from the Germans
Highly recommended for "Life is Beautiful" and/or "Seven Beauties" fans!
37. Seven Beauties (1975)
R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, War
The defense of honor, a strong value in Neapolitan society, and his effects on the life of everyman Pasquale Frafuso.
Votes: 4,397 | Gross: $0.01M
Highly recommended for "Life is Beautiful" fans!
38. The Cow and I (1959)
TV-PG | 118 min | Comedy
In 1942, a French prisoner of war in Germany decides to escape to France using a cow held by a lunge as a decoy. He crosses all Germany in this way.
Based on English film, "Island Rescue" ...
One of at least four [five & six if you want count the hilarious bull run of "Jak rozpetalem druga wojne swiatowa" (1970), and the bull chase in 'Dad's Army' (2016)!] WWII 'bovine' comedies...
39. Biloxi Blues (1988)
PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama
A group of young recruits go through boot camp during the Second World War in Biloxi, Mississippi. From the play by Neil Simon.
Votes: 13,458 | Gross: $43.18M
Wartime basic training and coming of age film [no action]...highly recommended!
40. The Americanization of Emily (1964)
Approved | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, War
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.
Highly recommended, light on action, with poignant moments, rom-com; particularly, for JA or JG fans!
41. For All: Springboard to Victory (1997)
95 min | Comedy, Romance, War
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.
Unique narrative and perspective...recommended!
42. Now Where Did the Seventh Company Get to? (1973)
95 min | War, Action, Comedy
1940: During the chaotic running fights of the French army the 7th company disappears - nobody knows they've been taken captive. Only their scouting patrol, three witty but lazy guys, can ... See full summary »
Part one of epic French action and comedic farce trilogy [somewhat difficult to find; had a short, R1-DVD run (no Eng subtitles) on Amzn]...
44. On the Double (1961)
Approved | 92 min | Adventure, Comedy, War
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.
Highly recommended light on action, spy rom-com; particularly, for DK fans!
45. Deserter's Gold (1998)
123 min | Action, Comedy, War
During World War II a group of safe-crackers sets off on a mission to steal gold from a Nazi bank.
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...
46. Jakob the Liar (1999)
PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, War
During World War II, an ordinary inhabitant of a ghetto fakes news about Allied offensives to inspire hope for other victims of the Nazi regime.
Votes: 14,253 | Gross: $4.96M
Highly recommended for "Life is Beautiful" and RW fans!
47. Dad's Army (1971)
G | 95 min | Comedy, War