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.

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 films on this list - from "Patton" to "Casablanca" to "Saving Private Ryan" - have secured their place among the most iconic films of all time. 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

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    100
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    1970 More
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    1963 More
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    1957 More
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    1967 More
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    1993 More
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    The Longest Day

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    The Guns of Navarone

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    77
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    1981 More
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    Casablanca

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    Letters from Iwo Jima

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    Inglourious Basterds

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    1945 More
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    The Battle of Britain

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    Force 10 from Navarone

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    Flags of Our Fathers

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    The Pacific

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    1954 More
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    1951 More
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    Twelve O'Clock High

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    The Great Dictator

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    42
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