best movie genres 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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2,790 784
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The Great Escape Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner

3,242 746
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Patton George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees

2,399 715
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The Bridge on the River Kwai Alec Guinness, William Holden, Jack Hawkins

4,333 419
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Band of Brothers Donnie Wahlberg, Damian Lewis, Dexter Fletcher

2,156 832
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The Dirty Dozen Jim Brown, Donald Sutherland, Charles Bronson

2,692 437
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The Longest Day Sean Connery, John Wayne, Richard Burton

2,913 776
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Schindler's List Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

2,194 596
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Das Boot Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Uwe Ochsenknecht

2,036 440
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A Bridge Too Far Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins, Robert Redford

1,827 477
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Tora! Tora! Tora! Jason Robards Jr., Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten

1,596 644
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The Guns of Navarone Olivia de Havilland, Gregory Peck, David Niven

1,981 697
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Enemy at the Gates Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Ed Harris

1,393 476
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Stalag 17 William Holden, Peter Graves, Otto Preminger

1,511 565
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Letters from Iwo Jima Ken Watanabe, Ryan Kelley, Kazunari Ninomiya

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1,370 393
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Sands of Iwo Jima John Wayne, Forrest Tucker, Richard Jaeckel

1,608 431
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Midway Tom Selleck, Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda

1,473 678
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Casablanca Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

1,515 508
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Where Eagles Dare Clint Eastwood, Richard Burton, Michael Hordern

1,716 524
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Kelly's Heroes Clint Eastwood, Donald Sutherland, Don Rickles

1,462 451
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Memphis Belle John Lithgow, Sean Astin, Harry Connick

1,340 539
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The Big Red One Mark Hamill, Lee Marvin, Robert Carradine

1,138 368
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Run Silent, Run Deep Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, Don Rickles

1,433 399
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Battle of the Bulge Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson, Robert Shaw

1,284 359
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1,147 357
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The Battle of Britain Walter Huston, Frieda Inescort, Anthony Veiller

989 438
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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

1,012 220
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Twelve O'Clock High Gregory Peck, Dean Jagger, Richard Anderson

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To Hell and Back Audie Murphy, Denver Pyle, David Janssen

848 468
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Von Ryan's Express Frank Sinatra, James Brolin, Trevor Howard

928 383
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They Were Expendable John Wayne, Donna Reed, Robert Montgomery

974 611
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The Thin Red Line George Clooney, John Travolta, Sean Penn

829 309
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Sink the Bismarck! Kenneth More, Dana Wynter, Michael Hordern

757 447
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The Caine Mutiny Humphrey Bogart, Lee Marvin, José Ferrer

711 332
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Stalingrad Thomas Kretschmann, Sylvester Groth, Dana Vávrová

787 473
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Downfall Alexandra Lara, Bruno Ganz, Thomas Kretschmann

745 464
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Cross of Iron James Coburn, David Warner, Senta Berger

761 296
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The Devil's Brigade William Holden, Richard Dawson, Richard Jaeckel

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

736 361
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Flying Leathernecks John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Milburn Stone

884 585
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The Pianist Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox

838 327
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All Quiet on the Western Front Fred Zinnemann, Lew Ayres, ZaSu Pitts

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The Dam Busters Robert Shaw, Patrick McGoohan, Michael Redgrave

581 200
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Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo Robert Mitchum, Spencer Tracy, Van Johnson

636 258
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The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel Jessica Tandy, Cedric Hardwicke, Leo G. Carroll

1,080 366
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We Were Soldiers Mel Gibson, Lyndon B. Johnson, Jon Hamm

596 242
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The Bridge at Remagen Robert Vaughn, George Segal, Ben Gazzara

661 306
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Bataan Robert Taylor, Desi Arnaz, George Murphy

701 338
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Battleground Ricardo Montalbán, James Arness, James Whitmore