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. 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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    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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    Donnie Wahlberg, Damian Lewis, Dexter Fletcher

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    Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson

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    Sean Connery, John Wayne, Henry Fonda

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    Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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    Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Uwe Ochsenknecht

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    Jason Robards Jr., Martin Balsam, James Whitmore

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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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    Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Ed Harris

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    William Holden, Peter Graves, Otto Preminger

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    Tom Selleck, Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 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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    ranked low on reranks Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland, Don Rickles

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    John Wayne, Forrest Tucker, Richard Jaeckel

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    Sean Astin, John Lithgow, Billy Zane

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    Walter Huston, Anthony Veiller, Frieda Inescort

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    Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Robert Shaw

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

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    Audie Murphy, Denver Pyle, David Janssen

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    John Wayne, Donna Reed, Robert Montgomery

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    Frank Sinatra, Trevor Howard, James Brolin

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    James Coburn, James Mason, David Warner

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    Humphrey Bogart, Lee Marvin, José Ferrer

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    The Pacific

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    Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Lara, Thomas Kretschmann

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

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    Thomas Kretschmann, Sylvester Groth, Dana Vávrová

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    Flags of Our Fathers

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    Matthew McConaughey, Jon Bon Jovi, Harvey Keitel

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    John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Milburn Stone

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    George Clooney, John Travolta, Sean Penn

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    Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay

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    William Holden, Cliff Robertson, Richard Dawson

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

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    Ricardo Montalbán, James Arness, James Whitmore

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    Fred Zinnemann, Lew Ayres, ZaSu Pitts

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    James Mason, Jessica Tandy, Cedric Hardwicke

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    Robert Shaw, Patrick McGoohan, Michael Redgrave

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    Robert Taylor, Desi Arnaz, George Murphy

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

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