WWII Watchlist (fiction)

by magnum98 | created - 9 months ago | updated - 1 month ago | Public

World War 2 films I must watch in preparation for "Honour and Purity".

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1. The Great Dictator (1940)

Passed | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, War

Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie, Reginald Gardiner

Votes: 178,155

2. Life Is Beautiful (1997)

PG-13 | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

When an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust, he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor, and imagination to protect his son from the dangers around their camp.

Director: Roberto Benigni | Stars: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini, Giustino Durano

Votes: 546,330 | Gross: $57.60M

3. Das Boot (1981)

R | 149 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth and sheer terror.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch

Votes: 207,336 | Gross: $11.49M

4. Allied (2016)

R | 124 min | Action, Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

In 1942, a Canadian intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris, Vincent Ebrahim

Votes: 124,097 | Gross: $40.07M

5. Flags of our Fathers (2006)

R | 135 min | Drama, History, War

79 Metascore

The life stories of the six men who raised the flag at the Battle of Iwo Jima, a turning point in World War II.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Ryan Phillippe, Barry Pepper, Joseph Cross, Jesse Bradford

Votes: 111,163 | Gross: $33.60M

6. Patton (1970)

GP | 172 min | Biography, Drama, War

91 Metascore

The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, George S. Patton.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Stephen Young, Michael Strong

Votes: 87,581 | Gross: $61.70M

7. Enemy at the Gates (2001)

R | 131 min | Drama, History, War

53 Metascore

A Russian and a German sniper play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Jude Law, Ed Harris, Joseph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz

Votes: 223,352 | Gross: $51.40M

8. April 9th (2015)

93 min | Drama, History, War

On April 9, 1940 Germany invaded Denmark. Based on real events - in Southern Jutland a military unit on bicycles was sent south to help hold back the Germans until reinforcement.

Director: Roni Ezra | Stars: Pilou Asbæk, Lars Mikkelsen, Elliott Crosset Hove, Simon Sears

Votes: 3,822

9. Empire of the Sun (1987)

PG | 153 min | Drama, History, War

62 Metascore

A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation during World War II.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson, Nigel Havers

Votes: 105,262 | Gross: $22.24M

10. Hamsun (1996)

Not Rated | 159 min | Biography, Drama, War

Norwegian Nobel Laureate Knut Hamsun's controversial support for the Nazi regime during WW2 and its consequences for the Hamsun family after the war.

Director: Jan Troell | Stars: Max von Sydow, Ghita Nørby, Anette Hoff, Gard B. Eidsvold

Votes: 1,345

11. The Devil's Mistress (2016)

TV-14 | 106 min | Biography, Drama, History

A film about the black-and-white era actress Lída Baarová and her doomed love affair.

Director: Filip Renc | Stars: Tatiana Pauhofová, Karl Markovics, Gedeon Burkhard, Simona Stasová

Votes: 1,252

12. Black Book (2006)

R | 145 min | Drama, Thriller, War

71 Metascore

In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, a Jewish singer infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch, Thom Hoffman, Halina Reijn

Votes: 68,078 | Gross: $4.40M

13. The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)

Approved | 180 min | Biography, Drama, Family

During World War II, a teenage Jewish girl named Anne Frank and her family are forced into hiding in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Millie Perkins, Shelley Winters, Joseph Schildkraut, Richard Beymer

Votes: 10,971 | Gross: $5.01M

14. Stalingrad (2013)

R | 131 min | Action, Drama, War

49 Metascore

A group of Russian soldiers fight to hold a strategic building in their devastated city against a ruthless German army, and in the process become deeply connected to two Russian women who have been living there.

Director: Fedor Bondarchuk | Stars: Mariya Smolnikova, Yanina Studilina, Pyotr Fyodorov, Thomas Kretschmann

Votes: 14,588 | Gross: $1.01M

15. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

Approved | 170 min | Drama, Romance, War

92 Metascore

Three World War II veterans return home to small-town America to discover that they and their families have been irreparably changed.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, Fredric March, Teresa Wright

Votes: 52,943 | Gross: $23.65M

16. Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)

R | 141 min | Drama, History, War

89 Metascore

The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Ryo Kase

Votes: 145,851 | Gross: $13.76M

17. The Heroes of Telemark (1965)

Approved | 131 min | Action, Drama, History

Norwegian resistance tries to stop German efforts to produce an atomic bomb component during World War II.

Director: Anthony Mann | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Richard Harris, Ulla Jacobsson, Michael Redgrave

Votes: 5,840

18. Where Eagles Dare (1968)

PG | 158 min | Action, Adventure, War

Allied agents stage a daring raid on a castle where the Nazis are holding an American General prisoner... but that's not all that's really going on.

Director: Brian G. Hutton | Stars: Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood, Mary Ure, Patrick Wymark

Votes: 47,172

19. Kampen om tungtvannet (1948)

Not Rated | 107 min | Action, Drama, War

A factual reconstruction of the sabotage events which took place to prevent Hitler's Germany in getting the heavy water needed to make an atomic bomb during WW2.

Directors: Jean Dréville, Titus Vibe-Müller | Stars: Raoul Dautry, Frédéric Joliot-Curie, Lew Kowarski, H.H. Halban

Votes: 509

20. USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (2016)

R | 128 min | Action, Drama, History

30 Metascore

During World War II, an American navy ship is sunk by a Japanese submarine leaving 890 crewmen stranded in shark infested waters.

Director: Mario Van Peebles | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Tom Sizemore, Thomas Jane, Matt Lanter

Votes: 9,350

21. My Honor Was Loyalty (2016)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, War

Untersharführer Ludwig Herckel (Leone Frisa), is a devoted and patriotic soldier of the elite 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler. As the action begins, we follow a small ... See full summary »

Director: Alessandro Pepe | Stars: Leone Frisa, Francesco Migliore, Paolo Vaccarino, Albrecht Weimer

Votes: 823

22. Naked Among Wolves (2015 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, History, War

Taking place at the Concentration camp Buchenwald at the end of March 1945, prisoner Hans Pippig discovers in a carrying case of an incoming prisoner a Jewish child. If reported the ... See full summary »

Director: Philipp Kadelbach | Stars: Florian Stetter, Peter Schneider, Sylvester Groth, Sabin Tambrea

Votes: 3,284

23. Atonement (2007)

R | 123 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

85 Metascore

Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a thirteen-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Brenda Blethyn, Saoirse Ronan

Votes: 227,122 | Gross: $50.93M

24. The Battle of Algiers (1966)

Not Rated | 121 min | Drama, War

95 Metascore

In the 1950s, fear and violence escalate as the people of Algiers fight for independence from the French government.

Director: Gillo Pontecorvo | Stars: Brahim Hadjadj, Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi, Tommaso Neri

Votes: 46,816 | Gross: $0.06M

25. The Counterfeiters (2007)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, War

78 Metascore

The story of the Operation Bernhard, the largest counterfeiting operation in history, carried out by Germany during WWII.

Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky | Stars: Karl Markovics, August Diehl, Devid Striesow, Martin Brambach

Votes: 40,840 | Gross: $5.48M

26. The Thin Red Line (1998)

R | 170 min | Drama, War

78 Metascore

Adaptation of James Jones' autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Kirk Acevedo

Votes: 159,735 | Gross: $36.40M

27. The 12th Man (2017)

Unrated | 135 min | Drama, History, Thriller

70 Metascore

They were 12 saboteurs. The Nazis killed 11 of them. This is the true story of the one who got away...

Director: Harald Zwart | Stars: Thomas Gullestad, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Marie Blokhus, Mads Sjøgård Pettersen

Votes: 11,018

28. Unknown Soldier (2017)

132 min | Drama, War

A film adaptation of Väinö Linna's best selling novel The Unknown Soldier (1954) and the novel's unedited manuscript version, Sotaromaani.

Director: Aku Louhimies | Stars: Eero Aho, Johannes Holopainen, Jussi Vatanen, Aku Hirviniemi

Votes: 6,320



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