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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2,773 780
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The Great Escape Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner

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3,231 739
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Patton George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees

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2,387 711
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The Bridge on the River Kwai Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins

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4,313 413
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Band of Brothers Donnie Wahlberg, Damian Lewis, Dexter Fletcher

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2,146 825
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The Dirty Dozen Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson

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2,682 431
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The Longest Day Sean Connery, John Wayne, Richard Burton

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2,895 773
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Schindler's List Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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2,183 592
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Das Boot Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Uwe Ochsenknecht

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2,029 435
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A Bridge Too Far Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins, Robert Redford

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1,821 471
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Tora! Tora! Tora! Jason Robards Jr., Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten

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1,588 639
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The Guns of Navarone Olivia de Havilland, Gregory Peck, David Niven

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1,975 690
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Enemy at the Gates Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Ed Harris

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1,384 473
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Stalag 17 William Holden, Peter Graves, Otto Preminger

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1,504 563
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Letters from Iwo Jima Ken Watanabe, Ryan Kelley, Kazunari Ninomiya

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1,364 389
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Sands of Iwo Jima John Wayne, Forrest Tucker, Richard Jaeckel

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1,602 427
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Midway Tom Selleck, Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda

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1,469 673
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Casablanca Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

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1,510 504
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Where Eagles Dare Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton, Michael Hordern

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1,711 517
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Kelly's Heroes Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland, Don Rickles

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1,454 448
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Memphis Belle John Lithgow, Sean Astin, Harry Connick

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1,335 535
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The Big Red One Mark Hamill, Lee Marvin, Robert Carradine

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1,133 366
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Run Silent, Run Deep Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, Don Rickles

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1,424 394
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Battle of the Bulge Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Robert Shaw

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1,277 357
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KimBruce added The Pacific

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1,143 356
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The Battle of Britain Walter Huston, Frieda Inescort, Anthony Veiller

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983 437
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Trioxin245 added Flags of Our Fathers Paul Walker, Ryan Phillippe, Jamie Bell

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1,348 1,374
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Inglourious Basterds Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger

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1,007 219
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Twelve O'Clock High Gregory Peck, Dean Jagger, Richard Anderson

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1,028 326
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To Hell and Back Audie Murphy, Denver Pyle, David Janssen

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843 465
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Von Ryan's Express Frank Sinatra, James Brolin, Trevor Howard

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921 382
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They Were Expendable John Wayne, Donna Reed, Robert Montgomery

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966 609
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The Thin Red Line George Clooney, John Travolta, Sean Penn

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824 308
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Sink the Bismarck! Kenneth More, Dana Wynter, Michael Hordern

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753 447
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The Caine Mutiny Humphrey Bogart, Lee Marvin, José Ferrer

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707 332
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Stalingrad Thomas Kretschmann, Sylvester Groth, Dana Vávrová

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783 471
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Downfall Alexandra Lara, Bruno Ganz, Thomas Kretschmann

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741 462
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Cross of Iron James Coburn, David Warner, Senta Berger

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758 295
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The Devil's Brigade William Holden, Richard Dawson, Richard Jaeckel

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937 624
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U-571 Matthew McConaughey, Jon Bon Jovi, Bill Paxton

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732 358
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Flying Leathernecks John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Milburn Stone

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881 582
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The Pianist Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox

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833 324
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All Quiet on the Western Front Fred Zinnemann, Lew Ayres, ZaSu Pitts

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601 329
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The Dam Busters Robert Shaw, Patrick McGoohan, Michael Redgrave

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576 198
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Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo Robert Mitchum, Spencer Tracy, Van Johnson

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1,078 361
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We Were Soldiers Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson, Jon Hamm

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632 257
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The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel Jessica Tandy, Cedric Hardwicke, Leo G. Carroll

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593 239
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The Bridge at Remagen Robert Vaughn, George Segal, Ben Gazzara

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659 304
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Bataan Robert Taylor, Desi Arnaz, George Murphy

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699 334
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Battleground Ricardo Montalbán, James Arness, James Whitmore