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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The Great Escape Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner

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Patton George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees

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

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Band of Brothers Donnie Wahlberg, Damian Lewis, Dexter Fletcher

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The Dirty Dozen Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson

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The Longest Day Sean Connery, John Wayne, Richard Burton

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

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Das Boot Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Uwe Ochsenknecht

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Tora! Tora! Tora! Jason Robards Jr., Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten

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

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

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

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Stalag 17 William Holden, Peter Graves, Otto Preminger

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

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Sands of Iwo Jima John Wayne, Forrest Tucker, Richard Jaeckel

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Midway Tom Selleck, Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda

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Casablanca Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

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Where Eagles Dare Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton, Michael Hordern

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

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

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Memphis Belle John Lithgow, Sean Astin, Harry Connick

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Run Silent, Run Deep Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, Don Rickles

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

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The Battle of Britain Walter Huston, Frieda Inescort, Anthony Veiller

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Inglourious Basterds Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger

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

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

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

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

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They Were Expendable John Wayne, Donna Reed, Robert Montgomery

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

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Downfall Alexandra Lara, Bruno Ganz, Thomas Kretschmann

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Cross of Iron James Coburn, David Warner, Senta Berger

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

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Stalingrad Thomas Kretschmann, Sylvester Groth, Dana Vávrová

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The Caine Mutiny Humphrey Bogart, Lee Marvin, José Ferrer

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

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

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Flying Leathernecks John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Milburn Stone

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

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The Pianist Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox

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The Dam Busters Robert Shaw, Patrick McGoohan, Michael Redgrave

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

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

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Bataan Robert Taylor, Desi Arnaz, George Murphy

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

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Force 10 from Navarone Harrison Ford, Barbara Bach, Robert Shaw

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Battleground Ricardo Montalbán, James Arness, James Whitmore