TCM June 2019 WWII

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1. In Which We Serve (1942)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, War

This "story of a ship", the British destroyer H.M.S. Torrin, is told in flashbacks by survivors as they cling to a life raft.

Directors: Noël Coward, David Lean | Stars: Noël Coward, John Mills, Bernard Miles, Celia Johnson

Votes: 4,705 | Gross: $0.45M

2. Screaming Eagles (1956)

Approved | 79 min | Drama, War

"Screaming Eagles" is a historical drama about paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division fighting during the D-Day Invasion in June of 1944. The title was the Division's nickname.

Director: Charles F. Haas | Stars: Tom Tryon, Jan Merlin, Alvy Moore, Martin Milner

Votes: 188

3. Breakthrough (1950)

Approved | 91 min | Drama, War

An American infantry unit, from its pre-invasion training to combat in Europe.

Director: Lewis Seiler | Stars: David Brian, John Agar, Frank Lovejoy, William Campbell

Votes: 316

4. Fighter Squadron (1948)

Approved | 96 min | Action, War

During World War II, an insubordinate fighter pilot finds the shoe on the other foot when he's promoted.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Robert Stack, John Rodney, Tom D'Andrea

Votes: 598

5. 36 Hours (1964)

Approved | 115 min | Thriller, War

Germans kidnap an American major and try to convince him that World War II is over, so that they can get details about the Allied invasion of Europe out of him.

Director: George Seaton | Stars: James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Taylor, Werner Peters

Votes: 3,387

6. Dunkirk (1958)

Approved | 135 min | Action, Drama, History

A dramatization of the British Expeditionary Force's 1940 retreat to the beaches of France and the extraordinary seaborne evacuation that saved it from utter destruction by Nazi Germany.

Director: Leslie Norman | Stars: John Mills, Richard Attenborough, Bernard Lee, Robert Urquhart

Votes: 2,371

7. The Longest Day (1962)

G | 178 min | Action, Drama, History

75 Metascore

The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view.

Directors: Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki, Gerd Oswald, Darryl F. Zanuck | Stars: John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Richard Burton, Henry Fonda

Votes: 49,625 | Gross: $39.10M

8. Overlord (1975)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama, History, War

88 Metascore

During the Second World War a young lad is called up and, with an increasing sense of foreboding, undertakes his army training ready for D-day.

Director: Stuart Cooper | Stars: Brian Stirner, Davyd Harries, Nicholas Ball, Julie Neesam

Votes: 2,372

9. A Bridge Too Far (1977)

PG | 175 min | Drama, History, War

Operation Market Garden, September 1944: The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Sean Connery, Ryan O'Neal, Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier

Votes: 47,880 | Gross: $50.80M

10. Battleground (1949)

Approved | 118 min | Action, Drama, History

True tale about a squad of the 101st Airborne Division coping with being trapped by the Germans in the besieged city of Bastogne, Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge in December of 1944.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Van Johnson, John Hodiak, Ricardo Montalban, George Murphy

Votes: 6,157 | Gross: $10.29M

11. Attack (1956)

Approved | 107 min | Action, Drama, War

In 1945, an American Infantry company sets up an artillery observation post but tensions between Captain Cooney and Lieutenant Costa run high.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Jack Palance, Lee Marvin, Eddie Albert, Robert Strauss

Votes: 4,326

12. December 7th (1943)

Unrated | 82 min | Action, History, War

"Docudrama" about the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941 and its results, the recovering of the ships, the improving of defense in Hawaii and the US efforts to beat back the Japanese reinforcements.

Directors: John Ford, Gregg Toland | Stars: Walter Huston, Harry Davenport, Dana Andrews, Paul Hurst

Votes: 669

13. Objective, Burma! (1945)

Approved | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A platoon of special ops are tasked to parachute into the remote Burmese jungle and destroy a strategic Japanese radar station, but getting out isn't as easy.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Errol Flynn, James Brown, William Prince, George Tobias

Votes: 4,123

14. Air Force (1943)

Approved | 124 min | Action, Drama, History

The crew of an Air Force bomber arrives in Pearl Harbor in the aftermath of the Japanese attack and is sent on to Manila to help with the defense of the Philippines.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: John Garfield, John Ridgely, Gig Young, Arthur Kennedy

Votes: 2,699

15. Bataan (1943)

Approved | 114 min | War

In 1942, in the Bataan peninsula of the Philippines, a ragtag American unit commanded by Sergeant Bill Dane attempts to blow-up a bridge in order to slow the Japanese advance.

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Robert Taylor, George Murphy, Lloyd Nolan, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 2,113

16. Back to Bataan (1945)

Approved | 95 min | Drama, War

In 1942, after the fall of the Philippines to the Japanese, U.S. Army Col. Joseph Madden stays behind to organize the local resistance against the Japanese invaders.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: John Wayne, Anthony Quinn, Beulah Bondi, Fely Franquelli

Votes: 3,383

17. Flying Leathernecks (1951)

Approved | 102 min | Action, Drama, War

Major Kirby leads The Wildcats squadron into the historic WWII battle of Guadalcanal.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Don Taylor, Janis Carter

Votes: 4,158

18. Operation Pacific (1951)

Approved | 111 min | Drama, War

During WWII, a submarine's second in command inherits the problem of torpedoes that don't explode. When on shore, he is eager to win back his ex-wife.

Director: George Waggner | Stars: John Wayne, Patricia Neal, Ward Bond, Scott Forbes

Votes: 2,936

19. Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)

Approved | 100 min | Action, Drama, Romance

A dramatization of the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: John Wayne, John Agar, Adele Mara, Forrest Tucker

Votes: 8,780

20. Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)

Passed | 138 min | Drama, History, War

In the wake of Pearl Harbor, a young lieutenant leaves his expectant wife to volunteer for a secret bombing mission which will take the war to the Japanese homeland.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Van Johnson, Robert Walker, Tim Murdock

Votes: 4,990

21. Destination Tokyo (1943)

Approved | 135 min | Adventure, History, War

In order to provide information for the first air raid over Tokyo, a U.S. submarine sneaks into Tokyo Bay and places a spy team ashore.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Cary Grant, John Garfield, Alan Hale, John Ridgely

Votes: 4,310

22. They Were Expendable (1945)

Approved | 135 min | Drama, War

The PT boat unit Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron Three defends the Philippines from Japanese invasion during World War II.

Directors: John Ford, Robert Montgomery | Stars: Robert Montgomery, John Wayne, Donna Reed, Jack Holt

Votes: 7,035

23. Attack on the Iron Coast (1968)

G | 89 min | Action, Drama, War

During World War II, a commando leader named Major Jamie Wilson leads a group of soldiers on a suicide mission to destroy a Nazi naval stronghold on the French coast.

Director: Paul Wendkos | Stars: Lloyd Bridges, Andrew Keir, Sue Lloyd, Mark Eden

Votes: 557

24. They Who Dare (1954)

107 min | Drama, History, War

During World War II, British commandos are sent to destroy a Luftwaffe airfield on a Greek island.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Denholm Elliott, Akim Tamiroff, Gérard Oury

Votes: 535

25. Darby's Rangers (1958)

Approved | 121 min | Action, Drama, War

The lives, loves, and battles of fictional characters in the Army's First Ranger Battalion during WWII.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: James Garner, Etchika Choureau, Jack Warden, Edd Byrnes

Votes: 1,099

26. Merrill's Marauders (1962)

Approved | 98 min | Adventure, Drama, War

During WW2, a 3000-strong American unit, known as Merrill's Marauders, battles the Japanese forces in Burma.

Director: Samuel Fuller | Stars: Jeff Chandler, Ty Hardin, Peter Brown, Andrew Duggan

Votes: 1,873

27. Counter-Attack (1945)

Approved | 90 min | Drama, War

This drama centers on a Red Army officer (Paul Muni), a Russian woman (Lisa Elenko), and seven German soldiers who have been trapped in the ruined cellar of a bombed out factory in a ... See full summary »

Director: Zoltan Korda | Stars: Paul Muni, Marguerite Chapman, Larry Parks, Harro Meller

Votes: 366

28. The Purple Plain (1954)

100 min | Adventure, Drama, War

In WW2 Burma, a Canadian bomber pilot becomes reckless after losing his bride in a Luftwaffe air-raid.

Director: Robert Parrish | Stars: Gregory Peck, Bernard Lee, Win Min Than, Brenda de Banzie

Votes: 1,735

29. Cry Havoc (1947 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama, War

Women are trapped behind enemy lines in Bataan province during WWII. These brave nurses train to try to save hospital wounded in Corregidor prior to Douglas MacArthur's return before the ... See full summary »

Stars: Aletha Orr, Joyce Heron, Sally Rogers, Elizabeth Hunt

Votes: 22

30. The Great Escape (1963)

Not Rated | 172 min | Adventure, Drama, History

87 Metascore

Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson

Votes: 207,699 | Gross: $12.10M

31. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

PG | 161 min | Adventure, Drama, War

87 Metascore

After settling his differences with a Japanese P.O.W. camp commander, a British Colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors, while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.

Director: David Lean | Stars: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa

Votes: 188,564 | Gross: $44.91M

32. The Guns of Navarone (1961)

TV-PG | 158 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A British team is sent to cross occupied Greek territory and destroy the massive German gun emplacement that commands a key sea channel.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: David Niven, Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, Anthony Quayle

Votes: 42,513 | Gross: $28.90M

33. Eight Iron Men (1952)

Approved | 80 min | Drama, War

During WW2 in Italy, Sergeant Joe Mooney is leading his small squad on the front-lines but is ordered to avoid rescuing a soldier trapped in no man's land.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Bonar Colleano, Arthur Franz, Lee Marvin, Richard Kiley

Votes: 466

34. Task Force (1949)

Approved | 116 min | Drama, War

As he is retiring, Jonathon Scott reminisces about his long Navy career and the development of the role of the aircraft carrier from the early 20s.

Director: Delmer Daves | Stars: Gary Cooper, Jane Wyatt, Wayne Morris, Walter Brennan

Votes: 837

35. Bitter Victory (1957)

Approved | 82 min | Drama, War

A Commander receives a citation for an attack on General Erwin Rommel's headquarters, which is actually undeserved, as the Commander is unfit for his job. On top of that, unbeknownst to him, his wife is having an affair with one of his officers.

Director: Nicholas Ray | Stars: Richard Burton, Curd Jürgens, Ruth Roman, Raymond Pellegrin

Votes: 1,624

36. The Hill (1965)

Approved | 123 min | Drama, War

81 Metascore

In a North African military prison during World War II, five new prisoners struggle to survive in the face of brutal punishment and sadistic guards.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Sean Connery, Harry Andrews, Ian Bannen, Alfred Lynch

Votes: 11,200

37. The Way Ahead (1944)

Approved | 91 min | Drama, War

World War II drama that follows a group of British draftees, starting with their rigorous basic training, and ending with their deployment in North Africa.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: David Niven, Stanley Holloway, James Donald, John Laurie

Votes: 1,596

38. Sahara (I) (1943)

Approved | 97 min | Action, Drama, War

After the fall of Tobruk in 1942, during the Allied retreat in the Libyan desert, an American tank picks-up a motley group of survivors but they face advancing Germans and a lack of water.

Director: Zoltan Korda | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Bruce Bennett, J. Carrol Naish, Lloyd Bridges

Votes: 7,420

39. The Gallant Hours (1960)

Approved | 115 min | Biography, Drama, War

A semi-documentary dramatization of five weeks in the life of Vice Admiral William F. "Bull" Halsey, Jr., from his assignment to command the U.S. naval operations in the South Pacific to the Allied victory at Guadalcanal.

Director: Robert Montgomery | Stars: James Cagney, Dennis Weaver, Ward Costello, Vaughn Taylor

Votes: 1,277

40. The Wings of Eagles (1957)

Approved | 110 min | Biography, Drama, War

A biography of Navy flier-turned-screenwriter Frank W. "Spig" Wead.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Dan Dailey, Ward Bond

Votes: 3,451

41. To Hell and Back (1955)

Approved | 106 min | Action, Biography, Drama

The true WWII story of Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier in U.S. history. Based on the autobiography of Audie Murphy who stars as himself in the film.

Director: Jesse Hibbs | Stars: Audie Murphy, Marshall Thompson, Charles Drake, Jack Kelly

Votes: 4,514

42. Story of G.I. Joe (1945)

Approved | 108 min | Biography, Drama, War

During WW2, Pulitzer prize winner and war correspondent Ernie Pyle joins the army and writes articles about his comrades in his daily columns.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Burgess Meredith, Robert Mitchum, Freddie Steele, Wally Cassell

Votes: 2,815

43. Hell to Eternity (1960)

Approved | 131 min | Biography, Drama, War

When his adoptive Japanese-American family is sent to Manzanar after Pearl Harbor, a young Chicano enlists in the marines to become a hero in the Battle of Saipan.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Jeffrey Hunter, David Janssen, Vic Damone, Patricia Owens

Votes: 939

44. PT 109 (1963)

Approved | 140 min | Biography, Drama, War

During WW2, Lieut. John F. Kennedy takes command of PT 109 to fight the Japanese in the Solomon Islands.

Director: Leslie H. Martinson | Stars: Cliff Robertson, Robert Culp, Ty Hardin, James Gregory

Votes: 2,092

45. Above and Beyond (1952)

Approved | 122 min | Action, Biography, Drama

Col. Paul Tibbetts piloted the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in World War 2.

Directors: Melvin Frank, Norman Panama | Stars: Robert Taylor, Eleanor Parker, James Whitmore, Larry Keating

Votes: 977



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