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The Best World War 1 Movies

Updated August 28, 2020 13.5k votes 4.0k voters 863.5k views74 items

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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. There are some good action WW1 movies on this list as well.

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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best World War 1 Movies
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    All Quiet on the Western Front

    Fred Zinnemann, Lew Ayres

    Released1930

    Directed byLewis Milestone

    All Quiet on the Western Front is a 1930 American epic film based on the Erich Maria Remarque... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Lawrence of Arabia is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best World War 1 Movies
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    Lawrence of Arabia

    Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole

    Released1962

    Directed byDavid Lean

    Lawrence of Arabia is a 1962 British epic adventure drama film based on the life of T. E.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Paths of Glory is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best World War 1 Movies
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    Paths of Glory

    Kirk Douglas, Adolphe Menjou

    Released1957

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

    Paths of Glory is a 1957 American film by Stanley Kubrick based on the novel of the same name... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Gallipoli is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best World War 1 Movies
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    Gallipoli

    Mel Gibson, Bill Hunter

    Released1981

    Directed byPeter Weir

    Gallipoli is a 1981 Australian film directed by Peter Weir and starring Mel Gibson and Mark... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Sergeant York is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best World War 1 Movies
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    Sergeant York

    Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan

    Released1941

    Directed byHoward Hawks

    Sergeant York is a 1941 biographical film about the life of Alvin York, one of the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    War Horse is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best World War 1 Movies
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    War Horse

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston

    Released2011

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    This film is a 2011 American drama film directed by Steven Spielberg based on British author... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Blue Max is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best World War 1 Movies
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    The Blue Max

    Ursula Andress, George Peppard

    Released1966

    Directed byJohn Guillermin

    The Blue Max is a 1966 British war film in DeLuxe Color and filmed in CinemaScope, about a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The African Queen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best World War 1 Movies
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    The African Queen

    Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart

    Released1951

    Directed byJohn Huston

    The African Queen is a 1951 adventure film adapted from the 1935 novel of the same name by C.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Grand Illusion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best World War 1 Movies
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    The Grand Illusion

    Erich von Stroheim, Jean Gabin

    Released1937

    Directed byJean Renoir

    La Grande Illusion is a 1937 French war film directed by Jean Renoir, who co-wrote the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    1917 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best World War 1 Movies
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    1917

    George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman

    Released2019

    Directed bySam Mendes

    1917 is a 2019 British war film directed by Sam Mendes. Two British soldiers are tasked with... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Lost Battalion is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best World War 1 Movies
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    The Lost Battalion

    Ricky Schroder, Jay Rodan

    Released2001

    Directed byRussell Mulcahy

    The Lost Battalion is a true 2001 made-for-television film about the Lost Battalion of World... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 12
    Beneath Hill 60 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best World War 1 Movies
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    Beneath Hill 60

    Bella Heathcote, Jacqueline McKenzie

    Released2010

    Directed byJeremy Sims

    Beneath Hill 60 is a 2010 Australian war film directed by Jeremy Sims and written by David... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Lost Battalion is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best World War 1 Movies
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    The Lost Battalion

    Charles White Whittlesey, Gaston Glass

    Released1919

    Directed byBurton L. King

    The Lost Battalion is a 1919 American silent war film about units of the 77th Infantry... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 14
    Joyeux Noël is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best World War 1 Movies
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    Joyeux Noël

    Daniel Brühl, Ian Richardson

    Released2005

    Directed byChristian Carion

    Joyeux Noël is a 2005 French film about the World War I Christmas truce of December 1914,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Dawn Patrol is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best World War 1 Movies
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    The Dawn Patrol

    David Niven, Errol Flynn

    Released1938

    Directed byEdmund Goulding

    The Dawn Patrol is a 1938 American war film, a remake of the pre-Code 1930 film of the same... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Light Horsemen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best World War 1 Movies
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    The Light Horsemen

    Simon Wincer 1988
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  • 17
    The Fighting 69th is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best World War 1 Movies
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    The Fighting 69th

    James Cagney, George Reeves

    Released1940

    Directed byWilliam Keighley

    The Fighting 69th is an American war film starring James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, and George... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    A Very Long Engagement is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best World War 1 Movies
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    A Very Long Engagement

    Jodie Foster, Marion Cotillard

    Released2004

    Directed byJean-Pierre Jeunet

    A Very Long Engagement is a 2004 French romantic film, co-written and directed by Jean-Pierre... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Red Baron is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best World War 1 Movies
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    The Red Baron

    Lena Headey, Joseph Fiennes

    Released2008

    Directed byNikolai Müllerschön

    The Red Baron is a 2008 German biopic directed by Nikolai Müllerschön about the World War I... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    A Farewell to Arms is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best World War 1 Movies
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    A Farewell to Arms

    Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes

    Released1932

    Directed byFrank Borzage

    A Farewell to Arms is a 1932 American romance drama film directed by Frank Borzage and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Dawn Patrol is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best World War 1 Movies
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    The Dawn Patrol

    Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

    Released1930

    Directed byHoward Hawks

    The Dawn Patrol is a 1930 World War I film starring Richard Barthelmess and Douglas Fairbanks,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    They Shall Not Grow Old is listed (or ranked) 22 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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 23
    Wings is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best World War 1 Movies
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    Wings

    Gary Cooper, Clara Bow

    Released1927

    Directed byWilliam A. Wellman

    Wings is a 1927 American silent war film set during the First World War produced by Lucien... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Aces High is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best World War 1 Movies
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    Aces High

    Christopher Plummer, Malcolm McDowell

    Released1976

    Directed byJack Gold

    Aces High is a 1976 British-French war film directed by Jack Gold and starring Malcolm... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Flyboys is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best World War 1 Movies
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    Flyboys

    James Franco, Jean Reno

    Released2006

    Directed byTony Bill

    Flyboys is a 2006 British-American drama film set during WWI, starring James Franco, Martin... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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