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This is a list of the best World War 1 movies ever made with pictures. The following WW1 films list can be sorted by cast, year, director, or more. The list of movies about World War 1 films includes American and foreign titles, and ranges from "All Quiet on the Western Front" to "Lawrence of Arabia." This list also has WW1 movie titles you can click on for more information on the films. You can even rerank this World War 1 films list in order to start your own. This is one of many kinds of war movies.

The list might not have all the World War 1 movies, but they are considered the best.
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All Quiet on the Western Front Fred Zinnemann, Lew Ayres, ZaSu Pitts All Quiet on the Western Front is a 1930 American epic war film based on the Erich Maria Remarque novel of the same name. It was directed by Lewis Milestone, and stars Louis Wolheim, Lew Ayres, ...more

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Paths of Glory Kirk Douglas, Adolphe Menjou, Richard Anderson Paths of Glory is a 1957 American anti-war film by Stanley Kubrick based on the novel of the same name by Humphrey Cobb. Set during World War I, the film stars Kirk Douglas as Colonel Dax, the ...more

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Lawrence of Arabia Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness Lawrence of Arabia is a 1962 British epic adventure drama film based on the life of T. E. Lawrence. It was directed by David Lean and produced by Sam Spiegel through his British company, Horizon ...more

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Sergeant York Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie Sergeant York is a 1941 biographical film about the life of Alvin York, one of the most-decorated American soldiers of World War I. It was directed by Howard Hawks and was the highest-grossing ...more

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The African Queen Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Robert Morley The African Queen is a 1951 adventure film adapted from the 1935 novel of the same name by C. S. Forester. The film was directed by John Huston and produced by Sam Spiegel and John Woolf. The ...more

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The Blue Max Ursula Andress, George Peppard, Peter Woodthorpe The Blue Max is a 1966 British war film in DeLuxe Color and filmed in CinemaScope, about a German fighter pilot on the Western Front during World War I. It was directed by John Guillermin, stars ...more

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RichardLeslie added Gallipoli Mel Gibson, Bill Hunter, Robert Grubb Gallipoli is a 1981 Australian film directed by Peter Weir and starring Mel Gibson and Mark Lee, about several young men from rural Western Australia who enlist in the Australian Army during the ...more

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The Lost Battalion Charles White Whittlesey, Gaston Glass, Robert Alexander The Lost Battalion is a 1919 American silent war film about units of the 77th Infantry Division penetrating deep into the Argonne Forest of France during World War I. The film was directed by ...more

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mr.shaw123 added Beneath Hill 60 Bella Heathcote, Jacqueline McKenzie, Aden Young Beneath Hill 60 is a 2010 Australian war film directed by Jeremy Sims and written by David Roach. Set during World War I, the film tells the story of the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company’s ...more

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MichaelBeltran added The Red Baron Lena Headey, Joseph Fiennes, Til Schweiger The Red Baron is a 2008 German biopic directed by Nikolai Müllerschön about the World War I fighter pilot Manfred von Richthofen, known as the "Red Baron". It was filmed in ...more

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FrankGutt added The Lost Battalion Ricky Schroder, Jay Rodan, Jamie Harris The Lost Battalion is a true 2001 made-for-television film about the Lost Battalion of World War I, which was cut off and surrounded by German forces in the Argonne Forest during the ...more

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War Horse Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Emily Watson War Horse is a 2011 American war drama film directed by Steven Spielberg. It is an adaptation of British author Michael Morpurgo's 1982 children's novel of the same name set before and during ...more

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Trioxin245 added The Grand Illusion Erich von Stroheim, Jean Gabin, Marcel Dalio La Grande Illusion is a 1937 French war film directed by Jean Renoir, who co-wrote the screenplay with Charles Spaak. The story concerns class relationships among a small group of French ...more

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KathleenSzczepaniak added Yankee Doodle Dandy James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston This is about life in America prior to WWI.  It includes the isolationism in the USA and how the sinking of the Lusitania changed that. Then George M Cohan tries to join up and instead he wrote songs like "Over There" and "Grand Ole Flag" that he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor because they were" as powerful a weapon during the war as any gun or tank," according to FD Roosevelt. The movie also shows the 2 million soldiers getting on ships, liberating Paris, fighting in trenches, and then coming home. It also discusses post-war reactions.
Yankee Doodle Dandy is a 1942 American biographical musical film about George M. Cohan, known as "The Man Who Owned Broadway". It stars James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, and ...more

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sebbzor added Joyeux Noël Daniel Brühl, Ian Richardson, Guillaume Canet Joyeux Noël is a 2005 French film about the World War I Christmas truce of December 1914, depicted through the eyes of French, Scottish and German soldiers. It was written and directed by ...more

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The Fighting 69th James Cagney, George Reeves, Joseph Crehan The Fighting 69th is an American war film starring James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, and George Brent. The plot is based upon the actual exploits of New York City's 69th Infantry Regiment during World ...more

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MichaelBeltran added Flyboys James Franco, Jean Reno, Philip Winchester Flyboys is a 2006 British-American war drama film set during World War I, starring James Franco, Martin Henderson, Jean Reno, Jennifer Decker, David Ellison, Abdul Salis, Philip Winchester, and ...more

The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time

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Trioxin245 added Wings Gary Cooper, Clara Bow, Hedda Hopper Wings is a 1927 American silent war film set during the First World War produced by Lucien Hubbard, directed by William A. Wellman and released by Paramount Pictures. It stars Clara Bow, Charles ...more

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SusanStoltze added A Very Long Engagement Jodie Foster, Marion Cotillard, Audrey Tautou A Very Long Engagement is a 2004 French romantic war film, co-written and directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and starring Audrey Tautou. It is a fictional tale about a young woman's desperate search ...more

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Hell's Angels. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best World War 1 Movies
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elcid86 added My Boy Jack Daniel Radcliffe, Carey Mulligan, Kim Cattrall My Boy Jack is a 2007 television drama based on David Haig's 1997 play My Boy Jack. It was filmed in August 2007, with Haig as Rudyard Kipling and Daniel Radcliffe as John Kipling. It does not ...more

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Tom Webb added A Farewell to Arms Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes, Adolphe Menjou A Farewell to Arms is a 1932 American romance drama film directed by Frank Borzage and starring Helen Hayes, Gary Cooper, and Adolphe Menjou. Based on the 1929 semi-autobiographical novel A ...more

23 Powerful Colorized Photographs From World War II

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RobertThomas added The Light Horsemen Simon Wincer 1988

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Jan Spoor added The Dawn Patrol Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Frank McHugh The Dawn Patrol is a 1930 World War I film starring Richard Barthelmess and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. It was directed by Howard Hawks, a former World War I flight instructor, who even flew in the ...more

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Jan Spoor added The Dawn Patrol David Niven, Errol Flynn, Basil Rathbone The Dawn Patrol is a 1938 American war film, a remake of the pre-Code 1930 film of the same name. Both were based on the short story "The Flight Commander" by John Monk Saunders, an ...more

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What Price Glory? Dolores del Río, Victor McLaglen, Edmund Lowe What Price Glory is a 1926 American silent comedy-drama war film produced and distributed by Fox Film Corporation and directed by Raoul Walsh. The film is based on the 1924 play What Price Glory ...more

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taichungcanuck added Regeneration James McAvoy, Jonny Lee Miller, Dougray Scott Lt. Seigfried Sassoon is sent to a military psychiatric hospital after his open letter criticizing the conduct of the war is published by The Times.  There he meets fellow patient and poet Wilfred Owen. Regeneration is a 1997 film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Pat Barker. The film is directed by Gillies MacKinnon. It was released as Behind the Lines in the USA in 1998. The film ...more

The Best Fantasy Movies

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Waterloo Bridge is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best World War 1 Movies
Tom Webb added Waterloo Bridge Vivien Leigh, Robert Taylor, C. Aubrey Smith Waterloo Bridge is a 1940 remake of the 1931 American drama film also called Waterloo Bridge, adapted from the 1930 play Waterloo Bridge. In an extended flashback narration, it recounts the ...more

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Testament of Youth is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best World War 1 Movies
MejaEhrenström added Testament of Youth Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton Testament of Youth is a 2014 British drama film directed by James Kent, based on the the First World War memoir by Vera Brittain. An independent young woman (Alicia Vikander) abandons her Oxford ...more

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PaulBischof added Shout at the Devil Roger Moore, Ian Holm, Lee Marvin Shout at the Devil is a 1976 British war adventure film directed by Peter R. Hunt and starring Lee Marvin and Roger Moore. The film, set in Zanzibar and German East Africa in 1913–1915, is based ...more

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Tom Webb added Westfront 1918 Vladimir Sokoloff, Gustav Diessl, Aribert Mog Westfront 1918 is a German film, set mostly in the trenches of the Western Front during World War I. It was directed in 1930 by Georg Wilhelm Pabst, from the novel Vier von der Infanterie by ...more

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LaurencePeery added The Big Parade Karl Dane, Renée Adorée, John Gilbert The Big Parade is a 1925 American silent film directed by King Vidor and starring John Gilbert, Renée Adorée, Hobart Bosworth, and Claire McDowell. Adapted by Harry Behn from the ...more

Behind The Scenes Stories From Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

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PaulBischof added Zeppelin Elke Sommer, Michael York, Anton Diffring Zeppelin is a 1971 British World War I action-drama directed by Étienne Périer. The film stars Michael York, Elke Sommer and Anton Diffring. Zeppelin depicts a fictitious German ...more

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Trioxin245 added The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp Deborah Kerr, Anton Walbrook, John Laurie The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp is a 1943 romantic drama war film written, produced and directed by the British film making team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger under the production ...more

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Trioxin245 added The White Ribbon Rainer Bock, Birgit Minichmayr, Susanne Lothar The White Ribbon is a 2009 black-and-white German-language drama film written and directed by Michael Haneke. Das weiße Band, Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte darkly depicts society and ...more

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Tom Webb added Wooden Crosses Charles Vanel, Pierre Blanchar, Harry Baur Wooden Crosses is a 1932 French war film by Raymond Bernard, based upon a novel by Roland Dorgelès.

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Jan Spoor added Capitaine Conan Samuel Le Bihan, Philippe Torreton, Catherine Rich Capitaine Conan is a 1996 French film directed by Bertrand Tavernier. It is based on the 1934 Prix Goncourt-winning novel Captain Conan by Roger Vercel.

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Tom Webb added Waterloo Bridge Bette Davis, Doris Lloyd, Douglass Montgomery Waterloo Bridge is a 1931 American drama film directed by James Whale. The screenplay by Benn Levy and Tom Reed is based on the 1930 play of the same title by Robert E. Sherwood. The film was ...more

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Tom Webb added The Eagle and the Hawk Cary Grant, Carole Lombard, Fredric March The Eagle and the Hawk is an aerial war film directed by Stuart Walker and based on an original story by John Monk Saunders. The film stars Fredric March and Cary Grant as World War I Royal Air ...more

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Darling Lili Julie Andrews, Rock Hudson, Lance Percival Darling Lili is a 1970 American musical film. The screenplay was written by William Peter Blatty and Blake Edwards, who also directed. It starred Julie Andrews, Rock Hudson, and Jeremy Kemp. It ...more

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Tom Webb added Journey's End Colin Clive, Billy Bevan, Anthony Bushell Journey's End is a 1930 British-American war film directed by James Whale. Based on the play of the same name by R. C. Sherriff, the film tells the story of several British army officers ...more

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Life and Nothing But is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best World War 1 Movies
stubb added Life and Nothing But Philippe Noiret, Sabine Azéma, Michel Duchaussoy Life and Nothing But is a 1989 French film directed by Bertrand Tavernier.

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The Four Horsemen of the Apoca... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best World War 1 Movies
stubb added The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Rudolph Valentino, Ramon Novarro, Wallace Beery The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is a 1921 American silent epic war film produced by Metro Pictures Corporation and directed by Rex Ingram. Based on the Spanish novel The Four Horsemen of the ...more

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The Officers' Ward is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best World War 1 Movies
DavidBrumpton added The Officers' Ward André Dussollier, Éric Caravaca, Jean-Michel Portal The Officers' Ward, is a 2001 French film, directed by François Dupeyron and starring Eric Caravaca as the central character. It based on the novel by Marc Dugain. It is supposedly based ...more

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CaralynTelfer added Passchendaele Caroline Dhavernas, Paul Gross, Landon Liboiron Passchendaele is a 2008 Canadian war film, written, co-produced, directed by, and starring Paul Gross. The film, which was shot in Calgary, Alberta, Fort Macleod, Alberta, and in Belgium, ...more

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Tom Webb added Broken Lullaby Lionel Barrymore, ZaSu Pitts, Phillips Holmes Broken Lullaby is an American drama film directed by Ernst Lubitsch and released by Paramount Pictures. The screenplay by Samson Raphaelson and Ernest Vajda is based on the 1930 play L'homme que ...more

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rocky 35 added The Trench Daniel Craig, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw The Trench is a 1999 independent war film directed by William Boyd that portrays a group of young British soldiers on the eve of the Battle of the Somme in the last 48 hours. The film stars Paul ...more

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1519232093569 added Aces High Christopher Plummer, Malcolm McDowell, John Gielgud Aces High is a 1976 British-French war film directed by Jack Gold and starring Malcolm McDowell, Peter Firth, Christopher Plummer and Simon Ward. The screenplay was written by Howard Barker. As ...more

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Valdave added Johnny Got His Gun Donald Sutherland, Jason Robards Jr., Timothy Bottoms Johnny Got His Gun is a 1971 drama anti-war film written and directed by Dalton Trumbo based on his novel of the same name and starring Timothy Bottoms, Jason Robards and Donald Sutherland, with ...more