history The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time  

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List Rules 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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Saving Private Ryan Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

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2,779 782
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The Great Escape Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner

3,234 743
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Patton George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees

2,390 712
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The Bridge on the River Kwai Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins

4,318 417
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Band of Brothers Donnie Wahlberg, Damian Lewis, Dexter Fletcher

2,149 828
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The Dirty Dozen Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson

2,686 433
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The Longest Day Sean Connery, John Wayne, Richard Burton

2,902 773
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Schindler's List Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

2,187 594
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Das Boot Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Uwe Ochsenknecht

2,033 435
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A Bridge Too Far Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins, Robert Redford

1,824 472
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Tora! Tora! Tora! Jason Robards Jr., Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten

1,593 639
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The Guns of Navarone Olivia de Havilland, Gregory Peck, David Niven

1,977 692
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Enemy at the Gates Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Ed Harris

1,386 474
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Stalag 17 William Holden, Peter Graves, Otto Preminger

1,506 563
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Letters from Iwo Jima Ken Watanabe, Ryan Kelley, Kazunari Ninomiya

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1,366 389
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Sands of Iwo Jima John Wayne, Forrest Tucker, Richard Jaeckel

1,603 428
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Midway Tom Selleck, Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda

1,470 674
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Casablanca Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

1,512 505
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Where Eagles Dare Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton, Michael Hordern

1,712 519
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Kelly's Heroes Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland, Don Rickles

1,456 449
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Memphis Belle John Lithgow, Sean Astin, Harry Connick

1,337 535
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The Big Red One Mark Hamill, Lee Marvin, Robert Carradine

1,135 366
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Run Silent, Run Deep Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, Don Rickles

1,428 394
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Battle of the Bulge Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Robert Shaw

1,279 357
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KimBruce added The Pacific

1,144 356
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The Battle of Britain Walter Huston, Frieda Inescort, Anthony Veiller

985 437
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Trioxin245 added Flags of Our Fathers Paul Walker, Ryan Phillippe, Jamie Bell

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Inglourious Basterds Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger

1,009 219
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Twelve O'Clock High Gregory Peck, Dean Jagger, Richard Anderson

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1,030 326
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To Hell and Back Audie Murphy, Denver Pyle, David Janssen

845 465
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Von Ryan's Express Frank Sinatra, James Brolin, Trevor Howard

924 382
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They Were Expendable John Wayne, Donna Reed, Robert Montgomery

969 609
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The Thin Red Line George Clooney, John Travolta, Sean Penn

825 308
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Sink the Bismarck! Kenneth More, Dana Wynter, Michael Hordern

754 447
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The Caine Mutiny Humphrey Bogart, Lee Marvin, José Ferrer

708 332
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Stalingrad Thomas Kretschmann, Sylvester Groth, Dana Vávrová

784 471
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Downfall Alexandra Lara, Bruno Ganz, Thomas Kretschmann

743 462
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Cross of Iron James Coburn, David Warner, Senta Berger

760 295
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The Devil's Brigade William Holden, Richard Dawson, Richard Jaeckel

938 624
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U-571 Matthew McConaughey, Jon Bon Jovi, Bill Paxton

734 359
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Flying Leathernecks John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Milburn Stone

881 583
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The Pianist Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox

835 324
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All Quiet on the Western Front Fred Zinnemann, Lew Ayres, ZaSu Pitts

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603 329
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The Dam Busters Robert Shaw, Patrick McGoohan, Michael Redgrave

578 199
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Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo Robert Mitchum, Spencer Tracy, Van Johnson

634 257
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The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel Jessica Tandy, Cedric Hardwicke, Leo G. Carroll

1,079 362
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We Were Soldiers Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson, Jon Hamm

595 239
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The Bridge at Remagen Robert Vaughn, George Segal, Ben Gazzara

660 305
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Bataan Robert Taylor, Desi Arnaz, George Murphy

700 335
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Battleground Ricardo Montalbán, James Arness, James Whitmore