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1. In the Name of the Emperor (1998)

50 min | Documentary, War

A matter-of-fact documentary of the massacre of over 300,000 Chinese civilians by the Japanese in the so-called 'Rape of Nanjing' in 1937. In the name of the Japanese emperor Hirohito, the ... See full summary »

Directors: Christine Choy, Nancy Tong | Stars: Robin Brentano, Ted Hannon, Matthew Myers, Lamar Sanders

Votes: 26

2. Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport (2000)

PG | 122 min | Documentary, History, War

79 Metascore

The secret smuggling of 9,300 Jewish children out of Nazi-occupied Germany in the late 1930s.

Director: Mark Jonathan Harris | Stars: Judi Dench, Lory Cahn, Kurt Fuchel, Eva Hayman

Votes: 1,507 | Gross: $0.37M

3. Why We Fight (2005)

PG-13 | 98 min | Documentary, History, War

68 Metascore

Is American foreign policy dominated by the idea of military supremacy? Has the military become too important in American life? Jarecki's shrewd and intelligent polemic would seem to give an affirmative answer to each of these questions.

Director: Eugene Jarecki | Stars: Gore Vidal, John McCain, Ken Adelman, John Ashcroft

Votes: 9,575 | Gross: $1.44M

4. 1914-1918 (1996– )

Documentary, Biography, History

A unique first-person narrative, sewn together from genuine testimonies of frontline soldiers.

Stars: Judi Dench, Salome Jens, Jürgen Prochnow, Michael York

Votes: 293

5. The Fighting Lady (1944)

Approved | 61 min | Documentary, History, War

The film follows the WWII exploits of the Essex-class aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-10) (unidentified in the film), in its first major operations following its commissioning in 1943. ... See full summary »

Directors: Edward Steichen, William Wyler | Stars: Robert Taylor, Charles Boyer, Joseph J. Clark, Dixie Kiefer

Votes: 342

6. The Last Days (1998)

PG-13 | 87 min | Documentary, War

In late 1944, even as they faced imminent defeat, the Nazis expended enormous resources to kill or deport over 425,000 Jews during the "cleansing" of Hungary. This Oscar-winning documentary... See full summary »

Director: James Moll | Stars: Bill Basch, Martin Basch, Randolph Braham, Alice Lok Cahana

Votes: 1,781 | Gross: $0.42M

7. The Nazis: A Warning from History (1997– )

292 min | Documentary, History, War

An examination of how a cultured people could have allowed Adolf Hitler's rise to power.

Stars: Samuel West, Adolf Buchner, Jutta Rüdiger, Günther Ruschin

Votes: 1,472

8. Purple Mountain (2008)

Drama, History

Personal accounts from the Japanese occupation of Eastern China during the 1930s when many innocent civilians were slaughtered by the Japanese military. Based on Iris Chang's "The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II".

Star: Michelle Yeoh

Votes: 44

9. Victory at Sea (1952–1953)

30 min | Documentary, Action, War

Twenty-six episode series about naval combat during World War Two. Famous for its music score, eloquent narration and combat footage.

Stars: Leonard Graves, Karl Dönitz, Winston Churchill, Andrew Cunningham

Votes: 525

10. American Experience (1988– )

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

A series showcasing documentaries on American history.

Stars: David McCullough, David Ogden Stiers, Oliver Platt, Michael Murphy

Votes: 1,396

11. D-Day: The Total Story (1994 TV Movie)

Documentary, History, War

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Director: Rob Lihani | Stars: Gerald McRaney, Stephen Ambrose, John Keegan

Votes: 73

12. Secrets of World War II (1998– )

Documentary

Rarely has a war produced such clear cut reasons to fight as World War II. Suddenly, ordinary men and women found themselves thrown into fearsome, situations worthy of any Hollywood movie. ... See full summary »

Star: Robert Powell

Votes: 111

14. Battlefield (1995– )

Documentary, History, War

Major battles of World War II are recounted in depth.

Stars: Jonathan Booth, Tim Pigott-Smith

Votes: 401

15. Victory at Sea (1954)

Approved | 98 min | Documentary, War

A feature-length condensed version of the documentary TV series Victory at Sea (1952).

Director: Isaac Kleinerman | Stars: Alexander Scourby, Harold Alexander, Alan Brooke, Winston Churchill

Votes: 134

16. Let There Be Light (1946)

Not Rated | 58 min | Documentary, War

A group of mentally traumatized veteran patients is followed as they go through psychiatric treatment.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Walter Huston, Benjamin Simon

Votes: 1,323

17. The Last Days of World War II (1995 TV Movie)

50 min | Documentary, History, War

The end of the Second World War in Europe, and the aftermath: war criminals to be brought to trial, stolen art treasures to be returned to their rightful owners.

Stars: Bill Ratner, Konstantin Akinsha, Kenneth Alford, Tom Allen

Votes: 77

18. Genocide (1982)

PG | 90 min | Documentary, Drama, History

A chilling, heartbreaking testament to the strength and suffering of the Jewish people and the courage and heroism of those who came to their aid. With beautiful narration by Orson Welles ... See full summary »

Director: Arnold Schwartzman | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Orson Welles, Simon Wiesenthal, Neville Chamberlain

Votes: 394

19. The Century of Warfare

50 min | Documentary, History, War

Through the use of archived films and photos, major conflicts are chronicled from early WW1 (1914) through current day.

Stars: Robert Powell, Dai Bao, Fulgencio Batista, David Beatty

20. To the Shores of Iwo Jima (1945)

PG | 20 min | Documentary, Short, War

Documentary short film depicting the American assault on the Japanese-held island of Iwo Jima and the massive battle that raged on that key island in the Allied advance on Japan.

Stars: Harlon Block, John H. Bradley, Rene A. Gagnon, Ira H. Hayes

Votes: 103

21. Heroes of Iwo Jima (2001 TV Special)

94 min | Documentary, War

This heartrending documentary tells the story behind the most famous war photograph ever taken.

Director: Lauren Lexton | Stars: Gene Hackman, James Bradley

Votes: 64

22. Hôtel Terminus (1988)

Unrated | 267 min | Documentary, Biography, History

A documentary about Klaus Barbie, the Gestapo chief of Lyon, and his life after the war.

Director: Marcel Ophüls | Stars: Klaus Barbie, Claude Lanzmann, Marcel Ophüls, Johannes Schneider-Merck

Votes: 1,166 | Gross: $0.34M

23. The Battle of Britain (1943)

Not Rated | 54 min | Documentary, History, War

The official World War II US government account of Great Britain's stand against the Nazi war machine after the Dunkirk evacuation.

Directors: Frank Capra, Anthony Veiller | Stars: Douglas Bader, Arno Breker, Winston Churchill, Hermann Göring

Votes: 791

24. The Battle of Russia (1943)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, History, War

Documentary revealing the nature and process of the fight between the Soviet Union and Germany in the Second World War.

Directors: Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak | Stars: Anthony Veiller, Ion Antonescu, Nikolay Cherkasov, Anthony Eden

Votes: 1,070

25. The Battle of China (1944)

Not Rated | 65 min | Documentary, History, War

The Official World War II US Government account of Chinese defense against Japanese aggression.

Directors: Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak | Stars: Claire Chennault, Kai-Shek Chiang, Madame Chiang, Teh Chu

Votes: 596

26. The Nazis Strike (1943)

Not Rated | 41 min | Documentary, Short, War

The official World War II US government account of Nazi international aggression leading up to the British and French declarations of war.

Directors: Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak | Stars: Eduard Benes, Neville Chamberlain, Clementine Churchill, Winston Churchill

Votes: 707

27. War Comes to America (1945)

Not Rated | 70 min | Documentary, War

Part VII of the "Why We Fight" series of wartime documentaries. This entry attempts to describe the factors leading up to America's entry into the Second World War.

Directors: Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak | Stars: Dean Acheson, General Bergeret, A.A. Berle, Arno Breker

Votes: 638

28. Divide and Conquer (1943)

Not Rated | 57 min | Documentary, History, War

The World War II US Government account of the European theatre of the war from after the English and French entry to the fall of France.

Directors: Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak | Stars: General Bergeret, Karl Brandt, Winston Churchill, Warren J. Clear

Votes: 637

29. World War Two: Behind Closed Doors (2008– )

300 min | Documentary, History, War

A story showing the 3 allied leader's, Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin's actions and relationships behind the scenes during World War 2. It isn't as friendly as it seems. Shows how close ... See full summary »

Stars: Aleksey Petrenko, Bob Gunton, Paul Humpoletz, Samuel West

Votes: 447

30. The Sorrow and the Pity (1969)

PG | 251 min | Documentary, History, War

An in-depth exploration of the various reactions by the French people to the Vichy government's acceptance of Nazi invasion.

Director: Marcel Ophüls | Stars: Georges Bidault, Matthäus Bleibinger, Charles Braun, Maurice Buckmaster

Votes: 3,290

31. The Human Face (2001– )

200 min | Documentary, Comedy, History

This 4 part BBC series examines the science behind facial beauty, expression, and fame in an entertaining fashion.

Stars: John Cleese, David Attenborough, Elizabeth Hurley, Pierce Brosnan

Votes: 528

32. The Civil War (1990)

TV-14 | 680 min | Documentary, History, War

A comprehensive survey of the American Civil War.

Stars: David McCullough, Sam Waterston, Julie Harris, Jason Robards

Votes: 11,428

33. Apocalypse: The Second World War (2009)

312 min | Documentary, History, War

Apocalypse: The Second World War(2009) is a six-part French documentary about the Second World War. The documentary is composed exclusively of actual footage of the war as filmed by war ... See full summary »

Stars: Mathieu Kassovitz, Martin Sheen

Votes: 7,290

34. Apocalypse la 1ère Guerre mondiale (2014– )

260 min | Documentary, History, War

Colorized historical footage in ascending order of World War 1. Not only the relatively known Flanders and France battles, but also the generally unknown Italian-Austrian, ... See full summary »

Stars: Mathieu Kassovitz, François Arnaud, Ferdinand Foch, V.I. Lenin

Votes: 1,759

35. Gold Fever (2013– )

Documentary, Western

History documentary about the discovery of gold in the west. The hardships and hardwork which was put into building San Franscisco.

Stars: Ryan Wesley Gilreath, Brian Ibsen, Cameron Asay, Jared Shipley

Votes: 91

36. Storming Juno (2010 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 88 min | History, War

Docudrama retelling the Canadian assault of Juno Beach on D-Day, as told via reenactment and through interviews with those who were there.

Director: Tim Wolochatiuk | Stars: Benjamin Muir, Kevin Walker, Craig Cyr, Anthony Rella

Votes: 459

37. Mifune: The Last Samurai (2015)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

64 Metascore

A feature-length documentary about the life and films of legendary actor Toshiro Mifune, weaving together film clips, archival stills, and interviews with such luminaries as Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese. Narrated by Keanu Reeves.

Director: Steven Okazaki | Stars: Wataru Akashi, Kyôko Kagawa, Takeshi Katô, Hisao Kurosawa

Votes: 721 | Gross: $0.06M

38. Watani: My Homeland (2016)

40 min | Documentary, Short

Watani - My Homeland is the story of one family's fight and struggle to survive the Syrian Civil War. Having lost her husband, the mother makes the heart achingly painful decision to leave ... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Mettelsiefen

Votes: 224

39. Children on the Frontline: The Escape (2016 TV Movie)

48 min | Documentary

In this follow-up to his award-winning documentary "Syria: Children on the Frontline", filmmaker Marcel Mettelsiefen follows Hala and her four children as they flee the war in Syria by seeking refuge in Germany.

Director: Marcel Mettelsiefen | Star: Kate Buffery

Votes: 11

40. Genius by Stephen Hawking (2016– )

54 min | Documentary

This series helps ordinary people understand the science behind the big questions ,of life the universe and time travel .

Stars: Stephen Hawking, Alex Filippenko, Marisol Ferra, Sian Proctor

Votes: 323

41. Guy Martin's Spitfire (2014 TV Movie)

73 min | Documentary

Guy Martin joins the two-year restoration of a Spitfire that was buried in a French beach for decades, and tells the Boy's Own-style story of its pilot, Squadron Leader Geoffrey Stephenson.

Director: James Woodroffe | Stars: Iain Glen, Guy Martin, Martin Overall, Peggy Sugden

Votes: 128

42. Guy Martin: The Last Flight of the Vulcan Bomber (2015 TV Movie)

72 min | Documentary

Guy Martin helps restore XH558, the last airworthy Avro Vulcan bomber, to prepare it for its last ever flight, a 1000-mile farewell tour of Great Britain, before it is grounded.

Director: James Woodroffe | Stars: Guy Martin, Shaun Dooley, Kevin Stone, Ray Watts

Votes: 170



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