WW2 Movies

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1. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

PG | 161 min | Adventure, Drama, War

87 Metascore

British POWs build a railway bridge across the river Kwai for their Japanese captors, oblivious of the Allies' plans to destroy it.

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

Votes: 190,095 | Gross: $44.91M

2. Casablanca (1942)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

100 Metascore

A cynical American expatriate struggles to decide whether or not he should help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape French Morocco.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

Votes: 487,906 | Gross: $1.02M

3. Yellow Canary (1943)

Approved | 84 min | Drama, Thriller

A woman wrongfully accused of being a Nazi sympathizer is forced to move to Halifax, a city in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia.

Director: Herbert Wilcox | Stars: Anna Neagle, Richard Greene, Nova Pilbeam, Albert Lieven

Votes: 417

4. From Here to Eternity (1953)

Passed | 118 min | Drama, Romance, War

85 Metascore

In Hawaii in 1941, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit's team, while his captain's wife and second-in-command are falling in love.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed

Votes: 40,229 | Gross: $30.50M

5. Stalag 17 (1953)

Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, War

84 Metascore

When two escaping American World War II prisoners are killed, the German P.O.W. camp barracks black marketeer, J.J. Sefton, is suspected of being an informer.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger, Robert Strauss

Votes: 48,786

6. The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951)

Approved | 88 min | Biography, Drama, War

The story of the final years of the respected World War II German general, Erwin Rommel.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: James Mason, Cedric Hardwicke, Jessica Tandy, Luther Adler

Votes: 5,254

7. The Desert Rats (1953)

Approved | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Richard Burton plays a Scottish Army officer put in charge of a disparate band of ANZAC troops on the perimeter of Tobruk with the German Army doing their best to dislodge them.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Richard Burton, James Mason, Robert Newton, Robert Douglas

Votes: 4,322

8. The Caine Mutiny (1954)

Not Rated | 124 min | Drama, War

63 Metascore

When a U.S. Naval captain shows signs of mental instability that jeopardizes the ship, the first officer relieves him of command and faces court martial for mutiny.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, José Ferrer, Van Johnson, Fred MacMurray

Votes: 23,105 | Gross: $21.75M

9. 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: 2,130

10. Guadalcanal Diary (1943)

Approved | 93 min | Drama, War

The story of a large U.S. Marines invasion task force bound for Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands in 1942.

Director: Lewis Seiler | Stars: Preston Foster, Lloyd Nolan, William Bendix, Richard Conte

Votes: 1,914

11. 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: 7,476

12. The Young Lions (1958)

Approved | 167 min | Action, Drama, War

WW2 drama that follows the lives of three young men, one German and two Americans, during wartime.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, Dean Martin, Hope Lange

Votes: 6,827 | Gross: $9.96M

13. Battle Cry (1955)

Approved | 149 min | Drama, Romance, War

A group of young Marines have adventures in love and war.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Van Heflin, Aldo Ray, Mona Freeman, Nancy Olson

Votes: 1,971 | Gross: $17.44M

14. Halls of Montezuma (1951)

Approved | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A company of Marines races against the clock to find a Japanese rocket base.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Richard Widmark, Jack Palance, Reginald Gardiner, Robert Wagner

Votes: 2,342

15. The Sullivans (1944)

Approved | 112 min | Biography, Drama, History

The lives of a close-knit group of brothers growing up in Iowa during the days of the Great Depression and of World War II and their eventual deaths in action in the Pacific theater are ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Anne Baxter, Thomas Mitchell, Selena Royle, Edward Ryan

Votes: 2,021

16. 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: 4,332

17. 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: 8,840

18. 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: 4,566

19. Wake Island (1942)

Approved | 88 min | Action, Drama, War

December, 1941. With no hope of relief or re-supply, a small band of United States Marines tries to keep the Japanese Navy from capturing their island base.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: Brian Donlevy, Robert Preston, Macdonald Carey, William Bendix

Votes: 1,670

20. 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: 4,139

21. Operation Petticoat (1959)

Approved | 124 min | Comedy, Romance, War

During World War II, a commander finds himself stuck with a decrepit (and pink) submarine, a con man executive officer, and a group of army nurses.

Director: Blake Edwards | Stars: Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Joan O'Brien, Dina Merrill

Votes: 11,530 | Gross: $23.30M

22. 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: 2,956

23. 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: 4,183

24. Run Silent Run Deep (1958)

Approved | 93 min | Action, Drama, War

A U.S. sub commander, obsessed with sinking a certain Japanese ship, butts heads with his first officer and crew.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, Jack Warden, Brad Dexter

Votes: 9,405

25. Kanal (1957)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, War

In 1944, during the Warsaw uprising against the Nazis, Polish Lieutenant Zadra and his resistance fighters use Warsaw's sewer system to escape the German encirclement.

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Teresa Izewska, Tadeusz Janczar, Wienczyslaw Glinski, Tadeusz Gwiazdowski

Votes: 6,080

26. 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: 2,390

27. The Naked and the Dead (1958)

Approved | 131 min | Drama, War

Set during the Pacific War against the Japanese, this WW2 drama discerns between achieving one's mission at any cost versus preserving the lives under one's command and enforcing discipline through fear as opposed to mutual respect.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: Aldo Ray, Cliff Robertson, Raymond Massey, Lili St. Cyr

Votes: 1,141

28. Torpedo Run (1958)

Approved | 98 min | Drama, War

A submarine commander is forced to blow up a Japanese ship with prisoners.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: Glenn Ford, Ernest Borgnine, Diane Brewster, Dean Jones

Votes: 1,711

29. Go for Broke! (1951)

Passed | 92 min | Drama, History, War

The story of Japanese-American soldiers who fought in Europe during World War II.

Director: Robert Pirosh | Stars: Van Johnson, Lane Nakano, George Miki, Akira Fukunaga

Votes: 1,128

30. The Dam Busters (1955)

Approved | 105 min | Drama, History, War

The story of how the British attacked German dams in World War II by using an ingenious technique to drop bombs where they would be most effective.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Richard Todd, Michael Redgrave, Ursula Jeans, Basil Sydney

Votes: 8,953

31. 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: 54,253 | Gross: $23.65M

32. Went the Day Well? (1942)

Approved | 92 min | Thriller, War

An English village is occupied by disguised German paratroopers as an advance post for a planned invasion.

Director: Alberto Cavalcanti | Stars: Leslie Banks, C.V. France, Valerie Taylor, Marie Lohr

Votes: 2,882 | Gross: $0.02M

34. Concentration Camp (1938)

Approved | 69 min | Drama, War

This story of the Nazi prison camps in the 1930s deals with the attempts of the Nazi guards to break the spirit of the Communists in concentration camps. The film ends with a large worker's... See full summary »

Director: Aleksandr Macheret | Stars: Oleg Zhakov, Semyon Mezhinsky, S. Shirokova, Ivan Kudryavtsev

Votes: 15

35. It Happened in Gibraltar (1938)

92 min | Drama, Romance, War

Off Gibraltar ,British ships blow up;there might be a mole among the British officers .

Director: Fyodor Otsep | Stars: Viviane Romance, Roger Duchesne, Abel Jacquin, Erich von Stroheim

Votes: 63

36. Luciano Serra, Pilot (1938)

102 min | Drama, War

Successful WWI pilot Luciano Serra has problems adjusting to an ordinary life in peace, so he leaves his family and becomes a pilot in America. In the 30s, his son in Italy wants also to ... See full summary »

Director: Goffredo Alessandrini | Stars: Amedeo Nazzari, Germana Paolieri, Roberto Villa, Mario Ferrari

Votes: 65

37. Men with Wings (1938)

105 min | Action, Drama, War

Plot #1 is the love triangle between two guys and one girl as they grow into adults and affiliate themselves in the new aircraft industry. Plot #2 is aircraft evolution from the days of Wilbur and Orville Wright to just prior to WWII.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Ray Milland, Louise Campbell, Andy Devine

Votes: 117

40. Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939)

Approved | 104 min | Drama, War

FBI agent Ed Renard investigates the pre-War espionage activities of the German-American Bund.

Director: Anatole Litvak | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, George Sanders, Francis Lederer, Paul Lukas

Votes: 1,357

41. Hitler - Beast of Berlin (1939)

Approved | 87 min | Drama, War

Hans Memling, a young intellectual, patriotic German, is secretly opposed to the Nazi regime. With the aid of Gustav Schultz, Father Pommer, Anna Wahl and others, he is gleaning accurate ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Newfield | Stars: Roland Drew, Steffi Duna, Greta Granstedt, Alan Ladd

Votes: 77