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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    Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time

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    Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    The Great Escape is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time


    The Great Escape Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner

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    Patton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time


    George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees

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    The Bridge on the River Kwai is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time


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

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    The Dirty Dozen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time


    The Dirty Dozen Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson

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    Band of Brothers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time


    Band of Brothers Donnie Wahlberg, Damian Lewis, Dexter Fletcher

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    The Longest Day is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time

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    The Longest Day Sean Connery, John Wayne, Richard Burton

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    Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time


    Schindler's List Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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    Das Boot is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time


    Das Boot Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Uwe Ochsenknecht

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    A Bridge Too Far is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time


    A Bridge Too Far Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins, Robert Redford

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    The Guns of Navarone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time


    Olivia de Havilland, Gregory Peck, David Niven

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    Tora! Tora! Tora! is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time


    Jason Robards Jr., Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten

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    Stalag 17 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time


    Stalag 17 William Holden, Peter Graves, Otto Preminger

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    Enemy at the Gates is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time


    Enemy at the Gates Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Ed Harris

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    Letters from Iwo Jima is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time


    Letters from Iwo Jima Ken Watanabe, Ryan Kelley, Kazunari Ninomiya

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    Midway is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time


    Midway Tom Selleck, Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda

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    Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time

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    Casablanca Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

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    Where Eagles Dare is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time


    Where Eagles Dare Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton, Michael Hordern

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    Kelly's Heroes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time


    Kelly's Heroes Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland, Don Rickles

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    The Big Red One is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time


    The Big Red One Mark Hamill, Lee Marvin, Robert Carradine

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    Sands of Iwo Jima is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time


    John Wayne, Forrest Tucker, Richard Jaeckel

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    Memphis Belle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time


    Memphis Belle John Lithgow, Sean Astin, Harry Connick

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    Battle of the Bulge is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time


    Battle of the Bulge Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Robert Shaw

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    Run Silent, Run Deep is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time


    Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, Don Rickles

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    The Battle of Britain is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time


    Walter Huston, Frieda Inescort, Anthony Veiller

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    Von Ryan's Express is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time

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    Frank Sinatra, James Brolin, Trevor Howard

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    Inglourious Basterds is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time

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    Inglourious Basterds Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger

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    The Pacific is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time

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    The Pacific

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    Flags of Our Fathers is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time

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    Flags of Our Fathers Paul Walker, Ryan Phillippe, Jamie Bell

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    To Hell and Back is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time


    To Hell and Back Audie Murphy, Denver Pyle, David Janssen

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    Twelve O'Clock High is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time

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

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    Cross of Iron is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time

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    Cross of Iron James Coburn, David Warner, Senta Berger

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    They Were Expendable is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time


    John Wayne, Donna Reed, Robert Montgomery

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    The Caine Mutiny is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time


    The Caine Mutiny Humphrey Bogart, Lee Marvin, José Ferrer

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    Sink the Bismarck! is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time

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    Kenneth More, Dana Wynter, Michael Hordern

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    The Thin Red Line is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time


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

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    Downfall is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time


    Downfall Alexandra Lara, Bruno Ganz, Thomas Kretschmann

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    U-571 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time


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

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    The Devil's Brigade is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time


    William Holden, Richard Dawson, Richard Jaeckel

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    Stalingrad is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time


    Stalingrad Thomas Kretschmann, Sylvester Groth, Dana Vávrová

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    Flying Leathernecks is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time


    John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Milburn Stone

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    Bataan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time


    Robert Taylor, Desi Arnaz, George Murphy

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    The Desert Fox: The Story of R... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time


    Jessica Tandy, Cedric Hardwicke, Leo G. Carroll

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    Force 10 from Navarone is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time

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    Harrison Ford, Barbara Bach, Robert Shaw

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    All Quiet on the Western Front is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time


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

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    The Pianist is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time


    The Pianist Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox

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    The Dam Busters is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time


    Robert Shaw, Patrick McGoohan, Michael Redgrave

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    The Best Years of Our Lives is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time

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    The Best Years of Our Lives Myrna Loy, Teresa Wright, Fredric March

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    Battleground is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time


    Ricardo Montalbán, James Arness, James Whitmore

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    The Tuskegee Airmen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time

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    John Lithgow, Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne

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