The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time Films

The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time

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List Criteria: Movies must take place during World War II

The best World War 2 movies remind us that perhaps no single event has had a greater impact on the future of filmmaking than World War II. It arrived at the dawn of a new era in glossy, professional mainstream filmmaking, and it affected literally every facet of daily life in North America, Europe and Asia, where most of the world's films were being produced. World War 2 has remained a constant subject of fascination for filmmakers from the 1940s to the present day. If you're interested in more movies you can watch right now on Netflix then check out our lists on the best action movies on Netflix, best drama movies and best comedies on Netflix.

Though "WWII Films" could be classified as a separate genre from the general heading of "War Movies," they take on a lot of different styles, forms and tones. There are authentic WWII recreations, epic takes on the history of the entire period, personal stories about the soldiers, spies, revolutionaries and resistance fighters who fought the war and, naturally, sagas about the civilians of the time whose lives were forever changed by the conflict.

Many of the WW2 films on this list - from "Patton" to "Casablanca" to "Saving Private Ryan" - have secured their place among the most iconic films of all time. Which of these good films are the best? Rerank your own list to nominate your favorites for this CrowdRanked collection of the best WWII films, and then be sure to vote on your favorites. Also check out this list of the best war movies ever.


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  1. 1
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    Saving Private Ryan

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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  2. 2
    + 1960
    - 424
    The Great Escape


    Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner

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  3. 3
    + 2334
    - 443
    Patton


    George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees

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  4. 4
    + 1671
    - 426
    The Bridge on the River Kwai


    Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins

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  5. 5
    + 1511
    - 489
    The Dirty Dozen


    Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson

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  6. 6
    + 1802
    - 262
    The Longest Day


    Sean Connery, John Wayne, Richard Burton

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  7. 7
    + 2621
    - 243
    Band of Brothers


    Donnie Wahlberg, Damian Lewis, Dexter Fletcher

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  8. 8
    + 1900
    - 519
    Schindler's List


    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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  9. 9
    + 1460
    - 389
    Das Boot


    Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Uwe Ochsenknecht

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  10. 10
    + 1367
    - 276
    A Bridge Too Far


    Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins, Robert Redford

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  11. 11
    + 1120
    - 417
    The Guns of Navarone

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Olivia de Havilland, Gregory Peck, David Niven

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  12. 12
    + 1198
    - 263
    Tora! Tora! Tora!


    Jason Robards Jr., Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten

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    + 1336
    - 428
    Enemy at the Gates


    Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Ed Harris

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    + 954
    - 309
    Stalag 17


    William Holden, Peter Graves, Otto Preminger

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  15. 15
    + 1077
    - 254
    Midway


    Tom Selleck, Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda

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    + 1061
    - 322
    Where Eagles Dare


    Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton, Michael Hordern

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  17. 17
    + 993
    - 453
    Casablanca

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

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    + 984
    - 389
    Letters from Iwo Jima


    Ken Watanabe, Ryan Kelley, Kazunari Ninomiya

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    + 1150
    - 353
    Kelly's Heroes


    Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland, Don Rickles

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    + 899
    - 363
    The Big Red One

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Mark Hamill, Lee Marvin, Robert Carradine

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    + 933
    - 223
    Sands of Iwo Jima

    ranked low on reranks
    John Wayne, Forrest Tucker, Richard Jaeckel

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    + 1000
    - 290
    Memphis Belle


    John Lithgow, Sean Astin, Harry Connick

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    + 786
    - 235
    Run Silent, Run Deep


    Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, Don Rickles

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    + 940
    - 229
    Battle of the Bulge


    Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Robert Shaw

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    + 769
    - 230
    The Battle of Britain


    Walter Huston, Frieda Inescort, Anthony Veiller

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    + 590
    - 294
    Von Ryan's Express

    often listed
    Frank Sinatra, James Brolin, Trevor Howard

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    + 601
    - 259
    Flags of Our Fathers

    often listed & added by Trioxin245
    Paul Walker, Ryan Phillippe, Jamie Bell

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  28. 28
    + 689
    - 217
    To Hell and Back


    Audie Murphy, Denver Pyle, David Janssen

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    + 719
    - 213
    The Pacific

    added by KimBruce

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  30. 30
    + 909
    - 905
    Inglourious Basterds

    often listed
    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger

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  31. 31
    + 612
    - 127
    Twelve O'Clock High

    ranked low on reranks
    Gregory Peck, Dean Jagger, Richard Anderson

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  32. 32
    + 527
    - 319
    Cross of Iron

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    James Coburn, David Warner, Senta Berger

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  33. 33
    + 611
    - 263
    They Were Expendable


    John Wayne, Donna Reed, Robert Montgomery

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    + 541
    - 192
    Sink the Bismarck!

    ranked low on reranks
    Kenneth More, Dana Wynter, Michael Hordern

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    + 505
    - 312
    The Caine Mutiny


    Humphrey Bogart, Lee Marvin, José Ferrer

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  36. 36
    + 634
    - 384
    The Thin Red Line


    George Clooney, John Travolta, Sean Penn

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    + 535
    - 314
    Downfall


    Alexandra Lara, Bruno Ganz, Thomas Kretschmann

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  38. 38
    + 654
    - 394
    U-571


    Matthew McConaughey, Jon Bon Jovi, Bill Paxton

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  39. 39
    + 488
    - 191
    The Devil's Brigade


    William Holden, Richard Dawson, Richard Jaeckel

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  40. 40
    + 432
    - 204
    Stalingrad


    Thomas Kretschmann, Sylvester Groth, Dana Vávrová

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  41. 41
    + 499
    - 241
    Flying Leathernecks


    John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Milburn Stone

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  42. 42
    + 470
    - 199
    Bataan


    Robert Taylor, Desi Arnaz, George Murphy

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  43. 43
    + 435
    - 380
    Force 10 from Navarone

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Harrison Ford, Barbara Bach, Robert Shaw

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  44. 44
    + 386
    - 174
    The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel


    Jessica Tandy, Cedric Hardwicke, Leo G. Carroll

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  45. 45
    + 499
    - 209
    All Quiet on the Western Front


    Fred Zinnemann, Lew Ayres, ZaSu Pitts

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  46. 46
    + 607
    - 402
    The Pianist


    Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox

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  47. 47
    + 403
    - 225
    The Dam Busters


    Robert Shaw, Patrick McGoohan, Michael Redgrave

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  48. 48
    + 400
    - 295
    The Best Years of Our Lives

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Myrna Loy, Teresa Wright, Fredric March

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  49. 49
    + 472
    - 243
    Battleground


    Ricardo Montalbán, James Arness, James Whitmore

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  50. 50
    + 469
    - 333
    The Tuskegee Airmen

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    John Lithgow, Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne

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