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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    the people's #1 & most listed Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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    George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees

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    Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Charles Bronson

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    Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins

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    Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson

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    Donnie Wahlberg, Damian Lewis, Dexter Fletcher

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    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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    ranked low on reranks Sean Connery, John Wayne, Henry Fonda

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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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    Sean Connery, Robert Redford, Anthony Hopkins

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    Jason Robards Jr., Martin Balsam, James Whitmore

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    Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Ed Harris

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    Tom Selleck, Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda

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    William Holden, Peter Graves, Otto Preminger

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

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    Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Ryan Kelley

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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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    Sean Astin, John Lithgow, Billy Zane

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    John Wayne, Forrest Tucker, Richard Jaeckel

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    Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Robert Shaw

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    Walter Huston, Anthony Veiller, Frieda Inescort

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    Humphrey Bogart, Lee Marvin, José Ferrer

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger

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    James Coburn, James Mason, David Warner

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    Frank Sinatra, Trevor Howard, James Brolin

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    John Wayne, Donna Reed, Robert Montgomery

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    ranked low on reranks Audie Murphy, Denver Pyle, David Janssen

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    Matthew McConaughey, Jon Bon Jovi, Harvey Keitel

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    George Clooney, John Travolta, Sean Penn

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    ranked low on reranks Kenneth More, Dana Wynter, Michael Hordern

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Harrison Ford, Barbara Bach, Robert Shaw

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    Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Lara, Thomas Kretschmann

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    Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay

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    John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Milburn Stone

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    Flags of Our Fathers

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    Thomas Kretschmann, Sylvester Groth, Dana Vávrová

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    Ricardo Montalbán, James Arness, James Whitmore

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Myrna Loy, Teresa Wright, Fredric March

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    ranked low on reranks Gregory Peck, Dean Jagger, Richard Anderson

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    William Holden, Cliff Robertson, Richard Dawson

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    Robert Shaw, Patrick McGoohan, Michael Redgrave

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    James Mason, Jessica Tandy, Cedric Hardwicke

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Cuba Gooding, Jr., Vivica A. Fox, Laurence Fishburne

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    Fred Zinnemann, Lew Ayres, ZaSu Pitts

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    Robert Taylor, Desi Arnaz, George Murphy

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