world history The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time  

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List Rules 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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Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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2,750 771
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The Great Escape Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner

3,207 723
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Patton George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees

2,372 699
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The Bridge on the River Kwai Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins

4,275 408
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Band of Brothers Donnie Wahlberg, Damian Lewis, Dexter Fletcher

2,132 815
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The Dirty Dozen Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson

2,661 426
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The Longest Day Sean Connery, John Wayne, Richard Burton

2,877 763
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Schindler's List Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

2,166 589
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Das Boot Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Uwe Ochsenknecht

1,807 463
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Tora! Tora! Tora! Jason Robards Jr., Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten

2,014 433
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A Bridge Too Far Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins, Robert Redford

1,575 633
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The Guns of Navarone Olivia de Havilland, Gregory Peck, David Niven

1,958 685
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Enemy at the Gates Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Ed Harris

1,375 470
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Stalag 17 William Holden, Peter Graves, Otto Preminger

1,494 558
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Letters from Iwo Jima Ken Watanabe, Ryan Kelley, Kazunari Ninomiya

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1,356 383
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Sands of Iwo Jima John Wayne, Forrest Tucker, Richard Jaeckel

1,596 421
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Midway Tom Selleck, Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda

1,454 671
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Casablanca Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

1,502 501
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Where Eagles Dare Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton, Michael Hordern

1,697 513
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Kelly's Heroes Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland, Don Rickles

1,443 445
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Memphis Belle John Lithgow, Sean Astin, Harry Connick

1,330 530
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The Big Red One Mark Hamill, Lee Marvin, Robert Carradine

1,126 363
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Run Silent, Run Deep Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, Don Rickles

1,412 389
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Battle of the Bulge Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Robert Shaw

1,265 352
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KimBruce added The Pacific

1,134 351
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The Battle of Britain Walter Huston, Frieda Inescort, Anthony Veiller

977 431
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Trioxin245 added Flags of Our Fathers Paul Walker, Ryan Phillippe, Jamie Bell

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Inglourious Basterds Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger

999 218
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Twelve O'Clock High Gregory Peck, Dean Jagger, Richard Anderson

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1,018 324
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To Hell and Back Audie Murphy, Denver Pyle, David Janssen

838 463
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Von Ryan's Express Frank Sinatra, James Brolin, Trevor Howard

914 380
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They Were Expendable John Wayne, Donna Reed, Robert Montgomery

959 605
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The Thin Red Line George Clooney, John Travolta, Sean Penn

817 306
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Sink the Bismarck! Kenneth More, Dana Wynter, Michael Hordern

747 445
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The Caine Mutiny Humphrey Bogart, Lee Marvin, José Ferrer

701 329
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Stalingrad Thomas Kretschmann, Sylvester Groth, Dana Vávrová

772 469
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Downfall Alexandra Lara, Bruno Ganz, Thomas Kretschmann

739 459
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Cross of Iron James Coburn, David Warner, Senta Berger

753 295
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The Devil's Brigade William Holden, Richard Dawson, Richard Jaeckel

936 616
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U-571 Matthew McConaughey, Jon Bon Jovi, Bill Paxton

725 355
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Flying Leathernecks John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Milburn Stone

873 580
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The Pianist Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox

825 324
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All Quiet on the Western Front Fred Zinnemann, Lew Ayres, ZaSu Pitts

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596 327
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The Dam Busters Robert Shaw, Patrick McGoohan, Michael Redgrave

570 196
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Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo Robert Mitchum, Spencer Tracy, Van Johnson

630 254
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The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel Jessica Tandy, Cedric Hardwicke, Leo G. Carroll

1,069 360
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We Were Soldiers Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson, Jon Hamm

587 238
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The Bridge at Remagen Robert Vaughn, George Segal, Ben Gazzara

656 302
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Bataan Robert Taylor, Desi Arnaz, George Murphy

697 333
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Battleground Ricardo Montalbán, James Arness, James Whitmore