The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time Films
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The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time

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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    Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Charles Bronson

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    George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees

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    Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins

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    Donnie Wahlberg, Damian Lewis, Dexter Fletcher

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    Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson

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    Sean Connery, John Wayne, Henry Fonda

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    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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    Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Uwe Ochsenknecht

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    Gregory Peck, Olivia de Havilland, Richard Harris

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    Jason Robards Jr., Martin Balsam, James Whitmore

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    Sean Connery, Robert Redford, Anthony Hopkins

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    Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Ed Harris

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    William Holden, Peter Graves, Otto Preminger

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    Tom Selleck, Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda

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    Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Ryan Kelley

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    Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

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    Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton, Michael Hordern

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    Mark Hamill, Lee Marvin, Robert Carradine

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    Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland, Don Rickles

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    John Wayne, Forrest Tucker, Richard Jaeckel

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    Sean Astin, John Lithgow, Billy Zane

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    Walter Huston, Anthony Veiller, Frieda Inescort

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    Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Robert Shaw

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    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger

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    John Wayne, Donna Reed, Robert Montgomery

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    Audie Murphy, Denver Pyle, David Janssen

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    The Pacific

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    Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Lara, Thomas Kretschmann

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    Frank Sinatra, Trevor Howard, James Brolin

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    Humphrey Bogart, Lee Marvin, José Ferrer

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    James Coburn, James Mason, David Warner

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    Flags of Our Fathers

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    Matthew McConaughey, Jon Bon Jovi, Harvey Keitel

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    Kenneth More, Dana Wynter, Michael Hordern

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    Thomas Kretschmann, Sylvester Groth, Dana Vávrová

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    John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Milburn Stone

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    Myrna Loy, Teresa Wright, Fredric March

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    George Clooney, John Travolta, Sean Penn

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    William Holden, Cliff Robertson, Richard Dawson

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    Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay

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    Gregory Peck, Dean Jagger, Richard Anderson

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    Harrison Ford, Barbara Bach, Robert Shaw

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    Ricardo Montalbán, James Arness, James Whitmore

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    Fred Zinnemann, Lew Ayres, ZaSu Pitts

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    James Mason, Jessica Tandy, Cedric Hardwicke

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    Cuba Gooding, Jr., Vivica A. Fox, Laurence Fishburne

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    Robert Shaw, Patrick McGoohan, Michael Redgrave

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    Robert Taylor, Desi Arnaz, George Murphy

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