The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time Films

The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time

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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.

List Criteria: Movies must take place during World War II

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    Saving Private Ryan

    1998 More
    100
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    1970 More
    95
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    1963 More
    93
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    The Bridge on the River Kwai

    1957 More
    90
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    The Dirty Dozen

    1967 More
    85
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    Schindler's List

    1993 More
    82
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    2001 More
    81
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    The Longest Day

    1962 More
    80
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    The Guns of Navarone

    1961 More
    78
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    1981 More
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    A Bridge Too Far

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    72
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    Enemy at the Gates

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    Stalag 17

    1953 More
    70
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    Tora! Tora! Tora!

    1970 More
    68
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    1976 More
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    Kelly's Heroes

    1970 More
    67
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    Letters from Iwo Jima

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    Casablanca

    1942 More
    66
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    Where Eagles Dare

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    The Big Red One

    1980 More
    65
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    Sands of Iwo Jima

    1949 More
    63
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    1990 More
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    1965 More
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    1958, 1956 More
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    Inglourious Basterds

    2009 More
    58
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    1945 More
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    The Caine Mutiny

    1954 More
    56
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    1965 More
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    To Hell and Back

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    1977 More
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    The Battle of Britain

    1943 More
    55
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    1949 More
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    2000 More
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    1978 More
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    2002 More
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    Downfall

    2004 More
    51
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    Flying Leathernecks

    1951 More
    50
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    1930 More
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    The Best Years of Our Lives

    1946 More
    49
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    Flags of Our Fathers

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    The Thin Red Line

    1998 More
    49
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    Sink the Bismarck!

    1960 More
    48
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    The Devil's Brigade

    1968 More
    48
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    1954 More
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    The Tuskegee Airmen

    1995 More
    47
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    Bataan

    1943 More
    47
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    The Great Dictator

    1940 More
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    The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel

    1951 More
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    1981 More
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    The Pacific

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