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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.

The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time Films
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    Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner

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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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    Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson

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    Sean Connery, John Wayne, Richard Burton Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    Donnie Wahlberg, Damian Lewis, Dexter Fletcher

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    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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    Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Uwe Ochsenknecht

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    Olivia de Havilland, Gregory Peck, David Niven

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    Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins, Robert Redford

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    Jason Robards Jr., Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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    William Holden, Peter Graves, Otto Preminger

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    Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Ed Harris

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    Tom Selleck, Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda

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    Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton, Michael Hordern

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    Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

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    Ken Watanabe, Ryan Kelley, Kazunari Ninomiya

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    Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland, Don Rickles

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    Mark Hamill, Lee Marvin, Robert Carradine

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    John Lithgow, Sean Astin, Harry Connick

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    Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, Don Rickles

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    Walter Huston, Frieda Inescort, Anthony Veiller

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    Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Robert Shaw

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    Audie Murphy, Denver Pyle, David Janssen

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    Paul Walker, Ryan Phillippe, Jamie Bell

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    Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger

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    James Coburn, David Warner, Senta Berger

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    John Wayne, Donna Reed, Robert Montgomery

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    Humphrey Bogart, Lee Marvin, José Ferrer

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    Matthew McConaughey, Jon Bon Jovi, Bill Paxton

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    Alexandra Lara, Bruno Ganz, Thomas Kretschmann

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    William Holden, Richard Dawson, Richard Jaeckel

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    Thomas Kretschmann, Sylvester Groth, Dana Vávrová

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    George Clooney, John Travolta, Sean Penn

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    Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox

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    Jessica Tandy, Cedric Hardwicke, Leo G. Carroll

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    Robert Shaw, Patrick McGoohan, Michael Redgrave

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    Robert Taylor, Desi Arnaz, George Murphy

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