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The Best World War 1 Movies

Updated January 10, 2021 14.1k votes 4.0k voters 864.8k views108 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 Front1
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    All Quiet on the Western Front

    Fred Zinnemann, Lew Ayres

    Released1930

    Directed byLewis Milestone

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  • Lawrence of Arabia2
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    Lawrence of Arabia

    Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole

    Released1962

    Directed byDavid Lean

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    #10 of 46 Movies That Won Best Picture at the Oscars and Golden Globes#1174 of 1,540 The Most Rewatchable Movies

  • Paths of Glory3
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    Paths of Glory

    Kirk Douglas, Adolphe Menjou

    Released1957

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

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    #79 of 224 The Best Black and White Movies Ever Made#32 of 340 The Best Political Films Ever Made

  • Gallipoli4
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    Gallipoli

    Mel Gibson, Bill Hunter

    Released1981

    Directed byPeter Weir

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    #444 of 522 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked#7 of 75 The Best Movies About Historical Battles

  • Sergeant York5
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    Sergeant York

    Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan

    Released1941

    Directed byHoward Hawks

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  • War Horse6
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    War Horse

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston

    Released2011

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    #82 of 277 The Top Tearjerker Movies That Make Men Cry#68 of 96 The Best Film Adaptations of Young Adult Novels

  • The African Queen7
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    The African Queen

    Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart

    Released1951

    Directed byJohn Huston

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    #43 of 75 50+ Quirky Romance Movies That Are Unique in Their Own Way#11 of 43 The Best Adventure Movies That Take Place in the Jungle

  • The Blue Max8
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    The Blue Max

    Ursula Andress, George Peppard

    Released1966

    Directed byJohn Guillermin

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    1917

    George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman

    Released2019

    Directed bySam Mendes

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  • The Grand Illusion10
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    The Grand Illusion

    Erich von Stroheim, Jean Gabin

    Released1937

    Directed byJean Renoir

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    #11 of 106 The Best French Movies That Are Absolute Masterpieces#62 of 114 The Best Prison Movies

  • Beneath Hill 6011
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    Beneath Hill 60

    Bella Heathcote, Jacqueline McKenzie

    Released2010

    Directed byJeremy Sims

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  • The Dawn Patrol12
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    The Dawn Patrol

    David Niven, Errol Flynn

    Released1938

    Directed byEdmund Goulding

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  • The Lost Battalion13
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    The Lost Battalion

    Ricky Schroder, Jay Rodan

    Released2001

    Directed byRussell Mulcahy

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  • The Lost Battalion14
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    The Lost Battalion

    Charles White Whittlesey, Gaston Glass

    Released1919

    Directed byBurton L. King

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  • Joyeux Noël15
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    Joyeux Noël

    Daniel Brühl, Ian Richardson

    Released2005

    Directed byChristian Carion

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    #74 of 118 The Greatest Army Movies Ever Made#11 of 36 The Best PG-13 Christmas Movies

  • A Very Long Engagement16
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    A Very Long Engagement

    Jodie Foster, Marion Cotillard

    Released2004

    Directed byJean-Pierre Jeunet

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    #717 of 836 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made#43 of 78 The Best Period Romance Movies

  • The Light Horsemen17
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    The Light Horsemen

    Peter Phelps, Nick Waters

    Released1988

    Directed bySimon Wincer

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    #23 of 41 The Best Movies Set in Australia#179 of 315 The Best Military Movies Ever Made

  • The Fighting 69th18
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    The Fighting 69th

    James Cagney, George Reeves

    Released1940

    Directed byWilliam Keighley

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  • A Farewell to Arms19
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    A Farewell to Arms

    Gary Cooper, Helen Hayes

    Released1932

    Directed byFrank Borzage

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    #273 of 1,189 Every Oscar Winning Film Ever#58 of 75 The Greatest Classic Romance Movies

  • Aces High20
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    Aces High

    Christopher Plummer, Malcolm McDowell

    Released1976

    Directed byJack Gold

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  • The Red Baron21
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    The Red Baron

    Lena Headey, Joseph Fiennes

    Released2008

    Directed byNikolai Müllerschön

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  • Wings22
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    Wings

    Gary Cooper, Clara Bow

    Released1927

    Directed byWilliam A. Wellman

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  • Testament of Youth23
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    Testament of Youth

    Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington

    Released2014

    Directed byJames Kent

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  • Flyboys24
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    Flyboys

    James Franco, Jean Reno

    Released2006

    Directed byTony Bill

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    #203 of 374 The 50+ Best War Movies Ever Made, Ranked#155 of 206 The Best Adventure Movies

  • The Dawn Patrol25
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    The Dawn Patrol

    Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

    Released1930

    Directed byHoward Hawks

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