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The Best World War 1 Movies 

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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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Fred Zinnemann, Lew Ayres, ZaSu Pitts

Released: 1930

Directed by: Lewis Milestone

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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#11 of 378 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #215 of 553 The Greatest Epic Movies Ever Madelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness

Released: 1962

Directed by: David Lean

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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#10 of 378 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #1,109 of 1,646 The Most Rewatchable Movieslisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Kirk Douglas, Adolphe Menjou, Richard Anderson

Released: 1957

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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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#48 of 378 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #224 of 276 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry #88 of 232 The Best Black and White Movies Ever Made

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Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie

Released: 1941

Directed by: Howard Hawks

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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#34 of 378 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #230 of 276 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Crylisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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RichardLeslie added Mel Gibson, Bill Hunter, Robert Grubb

Released: 1981

Directed by: Peter Weir

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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#56 of 378 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #445 of 522 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #204 of 334 The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Emily Watson

Released: 2011

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

This film is a 2011 American drama film directed by Steven Spielberg based on British author Michael Morpurgo's 1982 children's novel of the same name. After his beloved horse is sold to the ...more

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#109 of 378 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #51 of 76 The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels #87 of 276 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry

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Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Robert Morley

Released: 1951

Directed by: John Huston

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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#65 of 203 The Best Adventure Movies #10 of 43 The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Junglelisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Ursula Andress, George Peppard, Peter Woodthorpe

Released: 1966

Directed by: John Guillermin

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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#101 of 378 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #135 of 304 The Best Military Movies Ever Made #13 of 111 The Best Aviation Movies

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Trioxin245 added Erich von Stroheim, Jean Gabin, Marcel Dalio

Released: 1937

Directed by: Jean Renoir

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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#178 of 378 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #175 of 334 The Greatest Movies in World Cinema History #10 of 100 The Best French Movies That Are Absolute Masterpieces

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Charles White Whittlesey, Gaston Glass, Robert Alexander

Released: 1919

Directed by: Burton L. King

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

Released: 2010

Directed by: Jeremy Sims

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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SusanStoltze added Jodie Foster, Marion Cotillard, Audrey Tautou

Released: 2004

Directed by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

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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James Cagney, George Reeves, Joseph Crehan

Released: 1940

Directed by: William Keighley

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 James Franco, Jean Reno, Philip Winchester

Released: 2006

Directed by: Tony Bill

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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#197 of 378 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #151 of 203 The Best Adventure Movies #142 of 179 The Best Historical Drama Movies Of All Time, Ranked

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FrankGutt added Ricky Schroder, Jay Rodan, Jamie Harris

Released: 2001

Directed by: Russell Mulcahy

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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sebbzor added Daniel Brühl, Ian Richardson, Guillaume Canet

Released: 2005

Directed by: Christian Carion

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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MichaelBeltran added Lena Headey, Joseph Fiennes, Til Schweiger

Released: 2008

Directed by: Nikolai Müllerschön

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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#211 of 378 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #63 of 179 The Best Historical Drama Movies Of All Time, Ranked

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Trioxin245 added Gary Cooper, Clara Bow, Hedda Hopper

Released: 1927

Directed by: William A. Wellman

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

Released: 1932

Directed by: Frank Borzage

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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#173 of 378 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #19 of 51 Free Movies! The Best Films in the Public Domainlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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Jan Spoor added David Niven, Errol Flynn, Basil Rathbone

Released: 1938

Directed by: Edmund Goulding

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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George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Mark Strong

Released: 2019

Directed by: Sam Mendes

1917 is a 2019 British war film directed by Sam Mendes. Two British soldiers are tasked with delivering a message to the frontlines and experience a particularly harrowing day during World War

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#98 of 378 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked #22 of 24 Brutal War Movies That Absolutely Got It Rightlisted on Every Oscar Winning Film Ever

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elcid86 added Daniel Radcliffe, Carey Mulligan, Kim Cattrall

Released: 2007

Directed by: Brian Kirk

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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Jan Spoor added Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Frank McHugh

Released: 1930

Directed by: Howard Hawks

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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MejaEhrenström added Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton

Released: 2014

Directed by: James Kent

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