Set during a time of global unrest, the best World War II movies deal with life-or-death scenarios at every turn. The top World War II dramas feature complex characters fighting for humanity and often falling in love during this turbulent era. This is a list of the greatest WWII drama movies including everything from The Bridge on the River Kwai to In Another Lifetime to The Pianist.
What films will you find on this list of the best movies set during World War II? The timeless classic Casablanca focuses on the relationship between Rick Blaine and Ilsa Lund as they reconnect after many years apart. The only problem is Ilsa is now married to a Czech Resistance leader who is wanted by German forces. The English Patient is another good romantic movie set during the Second World War. The 2016 film Allied follows a pair of spies as they fall in love and play mental games with one another. Other good films featured on this list include Flags of Our Fathers, The Railway Man, and Sunshine.
Which World War 2 dramas are your favorites? Give the best films a thumbs up to move them to the number-one spot on the list, and please add any movies that are missing.
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