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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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Fred Zinnemann, Lew Ayres, ZaSu Pitts
All Quiet on the Western Front is a 1930 American epic film based on the Erich Maria Remarque novel of the same name. It was directed by Lewis Milestone, and stars Louis Wolheim, Lew Ayres, John ...more
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Kirk Douglas, Adolphe Menjou, Richard Anderson
Paths of Glory is a 1957 American film by Stanley Kubrick based on the novel of the same name by Humphrey Cobb. Set during WWI, the film stars Kirk Douglas as Colonel Dax, the commanding officer ...more
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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. The film stars Peter O'Toole in the ...more
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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 WWI. It was directed by Howard Hawks and was the highest-grossing film of ...more
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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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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 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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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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FrankGutt added 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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mr.shaw123 added 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 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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Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Emily Watson
This film is a 2011 American 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 the ...more
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Trioxin245 added 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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sebbzor added 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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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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KathleenSzczepaniak added 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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SusanStoltze added Jodie Foster, Marion Cotillard, Audrey Tautou
A Very Long Engagement is a 2004 French romantic 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 for ...more
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MichaelBeltran added James Franco, Jean Reno, Philip Winchester
Flyboys is a 2006 British-American drama film set during WWI, starring James Franco, Martin Henderson, Jean Reno, Jennifer Decker, David Ellison, Abdul Salis, Philip Winchester, and Tyler ...more
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Trioxin245 added 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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Tom Webb added 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
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elcid86 added 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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They Shall Not Grow Old is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best World War 1 Movies
They Shall Not Grow Old is a 2018 British documentary film directed by Peter Jackson. The film was created using original footage of World War I from the Imperial War Museums' archives, most of ...more
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Jan Spoor added 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