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1. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

PG-13 | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.9
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66 Metascore

Steve Rogers, a rejected military soldier transforms into Captain America after taking a dose of a "Super-Soldier serum". But being Captain America comes at a price as he attempts to take down a war monger and a terrorist organization.

Director: Joe Johnston | Stars: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Samuel L. Jackson, Hayley Atwell

Votes: 678,863 | Gross: $176.65M

2. A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)

R | 98 min | Action, Thriller

5.3
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28 Metascore

John McClane travels to Russia to help out his seemingly wayward son, Jack, only to discover that Jack is a CIA operative working undercover, causing the father and son to team up against underworld forces.

Director: John Moore | Stars: Bruce Willis, Jai Courtney, Sebastian Koch, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Votes: 189,646 | Gross: $67.35M

3. The World at War (1973–1976)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

9.2
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A groundbreaking 26-part documentary series narrated by the actor Laurence Olivier about the deadliest conflict in history, World War II.

Stars: Laurence Olivier, Anthony Eden, Averell Harriman, Albert Speer

Votes: 19,123

4. The Iron Lady (2011)

PG-13 | 105 min | Biography, Drama

6.4
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54 Metascore

An elderly Margaret Thatcher talks to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British prime minister, intervene.

Director: Phyllida Lloyd | Stars: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Richard E. Grant, Susan Brown

Votes: 96,958 | Gross: $30.02M

5. Heartbreak Ridge (1986)

R | 130 min | Drama, War

6.9
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53 Metascore

A hard-nosed, hard-living Marine gunnery sergeant clashes with his superiors and his ex-wife as he takes command of a spoiled recon platoon with a bad attitude.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Marsha Mason, Everett McGill, Moses Gunn

Votes: 36,585 | Gross: $42.72M

6. Sergeant York (1941)

Not Rated | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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A marksman is drafted in World War I and ends up becoming one of the most celebrated war heroes.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie, George Tobias

Votes: 14,241 | Gross: $16.40M

7. The Green Berets (1968)

G | 142 min | Drama, War

5.8
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Col. Mike Kirby picks two teams of crack Green Berets for a mission in South Vietnam. First off is to build and control a camp that is trying to be taken by the enemy the second mission is to kidnap a North Vietnamese General.

Directors: Ray Kellogg, John Wayne, Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: John Wayne, David Janssen, Jim Hutton, Aldo Ray

Votes: 11,371 | Gross: $21.71M

8. For Me and My Gal (1942)

Not Rated | 104 min | Musical, Romance, War

7.1
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Two vaudeville performers fall in love, but find their relationship tested by the arrival of WWI.

Director: Busby Berkeley | Stars: Judy Garland, George Murphy, Gene Kelly, Mártha Eggerth

Votes: 2,835 | Gross: $4.37M

9. The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003)

PG-13 | 107 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.1
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87 Metascore

The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense under President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon Baines Johnson, Robert McNamara.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Robert McNamara, John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro, Richard Nixon

Votes: 21,868 | Gross: $4.20M

10. Come What May (2015)

R | 114 min | Drama, War

6.7
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45 Metascore

In may 1940, the German troops enter France. Frightened by the progress of the enemy, the people of a small village of Pas-de-Calais decide on the recommendations of the prefecture, to give... See full summary »

Director: Christian Carion | Stars: August Diehl, Olivier Gourmet, Mathilde Seigner, Alice Isaaz

Votes: 797 | Gross: $0.03M

11. Bataan (1943)

Approved | 114 min | War

6.9
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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: 2,106

12. Hearts and Minds (1974)

R | 112 min | Documentary, History, War

8.2
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68 Metascore

An examination of the conflicting attitudes of the opponents of the Vietnam War.

Director: Peter Davis | Stars: Tin Chan, Chau Diem, Ngo Dinh Diem, John Foster Dulles

Votes: 4,959 | Gross: $0.03M

13. Why We Fight (2005)

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

8.0
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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: 9,574 | Gross: $1.44M

14. Retreat, Hell! (1952)

Approved | 95 min | Drama, War

6.6
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The saga of a battalion of U.S. Marines during the Korean War, starting with their training, landing at Inchon in 1950, advance into North Korea and their subsequent retreat back to the 38th parallel.

Director: Joseph H. Lewis | Stars: Frank Lovejoy, Richard Carlson, Anita Louise, Russ Tamblyn

Votes: 345

15. Mission to Moscow (1943)

Approved | 124 min | Drama, History, War

5.4
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Ambassador Joseph Davies is sent by FDR to Russia to learn about the Soviet system and returns to America as an advocate of Stalinism.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Walter Huston, Ann Harding, Oskar Homolka, George Tobias

Votes: 794

16. The Fighting Lady (1944)

Approved | 61 min | Documentary, History, War

7.2
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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

17. The Fighting Rats of Tobruk (1944)

68 min | Action, War, Drama

5.9
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Tells the story of three men--Bluey, a tough two fisted drover (Taylor), Milo, a laconic dingo trapper (Rafferty), and Pete, an intellectual English "new chum" (Finch). Together they serve ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Chauvel | Stars: Grant Taylor, Peter Finch, Chips Rafferty, Pauline Garrick

Votes: 151

18. All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone (2016)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary

7.2
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63 Metascore

A look at the life and work of American journalist, I.F. Stone, who leads a one-man crusade against government deception.

Director: Fred Peabody | Stars: I.F. Stone, Chris Hedges, Leslie Moonves, Jeff Cohen

Votes: 405

19. Commandos Strike at Dawn (1942)

Approved | 98 min | Drama, History, War

6.6
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A gentle widower, enraged at Nazi atrocities against his peaceful Norwegian fishing village, escapes to Britain and returns leading a commando force against the oppressors.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: Paul Muni, Anna Lee, Lillian Gish, Cedric Hardwicke

Votes: 605 | Gross: $1.30M

20. Know Your Enemy - Japan (1945)

Not Rated | 63 min | Documentary, History, War

5.8
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A comprehensive look at the war in the Pacific during World War II. Shot as a propaganda film by acclaimed Hollywood director Frank Capra

Directors: Frank Capra, Joris Ivens | Stars: John Beal, Howard Duff, Walter Huston, Knox Manning

Votes: 557

21. Air Raid Wardens (1943)

Passed | 67 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.3
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Two bumblers, failures as businessmen and air raid wardens, stumble across a nest of Nazi saboteurs bent on blowing up the local magnesium plant.

Director: Edward Sedgwick | Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Edgar Kennedy, Jacqueline White

Votes: 880

22. Aventure malgache (1944)

Not Rated | 32 min | Short, War

5.5
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While preparing backstage, an actor tells his castmates about an adventure he had during World War II in the Axis-controlled French colony of Madagascar working for the Resistance and clashing with the collaborationist local police chief.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Paul Bonifas, Paul Clarus, Jean Dattas, Andre Frere

Votes: 1,356

23. Thunder Birds: Soldiers of the Air (1942)

Approved | 78 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.3
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A veteran American flyer trains new recruits, including the acrophobic son of his dead war buddy. Complications arise when the younger man falls in love with his mentor's girl.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Gene Tierney, Preston Foster, John Sutton, Jack Holt

Votes: 377

24. The Occupation of the American Mind (2016 Video)

82 min | Documentary

8.5
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Israel's ongoing military occupation of Palestinian territory and repeated invasions of the Gaza strip have triggered a fierce backlash against Israeli policies virtually everywhere in the ... See full summary »

Directors: Loretta Alper, Jeremy Earp | Stars: Phyllis Bennis, Max Blumenthal, Noam Chomsky, Norman Finkelstein

Votes: 120

25. The Negro Soldier (1944)

43 min | Documentary, Drama, War

5.9
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Documentary focusing on the contributions to the American war effort of African-American soldiers.

Director: Stuart Heisler | Stars: Gertrude Elise Ayer, Richmond Barthé, Erich Borchmeyer, William Broadus

Votes: 487

26. The Panama Deception (1992)

91 min | Documentary, History, War

7.6
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A film about the true reasons for the 1989 US invasion of Panama and big media complicity in these activities.

Director: Barbara Trent | Stars: Elizabeth Montgomery, Carlos Cantú, Diviana Ingravallo, Abraham Alvarez

Votes: 962 | Gross: $0.31M

27. Nazi Titanic (2012 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 120 min | Documentary, History, War

7.1
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Nazi Titanic is the amazing and unknown story of one of the most bizarre chapters of WWII. In the middle of the war, Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, who was fascinated by the ... See full summary »

Director: Oscar Chan | Stars: Lee Williams, Adolf Hitler, Steve Luckert, Andy Webb

Votes: 86

28. Tonight We Raid Calais (1943)

Passed | 70 min | Action, Drama, Romance

6.4
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British Intellengence dispatches Commando Geoffrey Carter on a one-man raid to destroy a munitions plant that manufactures bombs in Nazi-occupied France. He enlists the aid of a patriotic ... See full summary »

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Annabella, John Sutton, Lee J. Cobb, Beulah Bondi

Votes: 168

29. Stukas (1941)

101 min | Drama, War

5.5
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This Nazi propaganda film details the exploits of a group of German Luftwaffe pilots flying Stukas--fighter-bombers--in the Battle of France in the early days of World War II.

Director: Karl Ritter | Stars: Carl Raddatz, Hannes Stelzer, Ernst von Klipstein, Albert Hehn

Votes: 125

30. Divide and Conquer (1943)

Not Rated | 57 min | Documentary, History, War

7.2
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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: 636

31. Desert Victory (1943)

62 min | Documentary, War

6.4
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The Allied campaign to drive Germany and Italy from North Africa is analysed, with the major portion of the film examining the battles at El Alamein, including a re-enactment.

Directors: Roy Boulting, David MacDonald | Stars: Harold Alexander, Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler, Bernard L. Montgomery

Votes: 220

32. Atlantic Convoy (1942)

Approved | 66 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.0
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American naval forces are using a port in Iceland as a base for anti-submarine patrols to protect North Atlantic convoys from German subs. The Germans send undercover agents into the port ... See full summary »

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Bruce Bennett, Virginia Field, John Beal, Clifford Severn

Votes: 67

33. Super-Rabbit (1943)

8 min | Animation, Family, Short

7.5
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Bugs Bunny becomes a superhero who does battle with a rabbit-hating cowboy and his horse.

Director: Chuck Jones | Stars: Mel Blanc, Tedd Pierce, Kent Rogers

Votes: 692

34. Al-asfour (1972)

105 min | Drama

6.8
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Set shortly before and during the Six Day War in June of 1967, The Sparrow follows a young police officer stationed in a small village in Upper Egypt whose inhabitants suffer from the harassment of a corrupt businessman.

Director: Youssef Chahine | Stars: Salah Qabil, Ali El Sherif, Mahmoud Al Meleji, Seif Abdelrahman

Votes: 235

35. Stand By All Networks (1942)

Passed | 65 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

5.6
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An intrepid radio reporter sets out to track down and expose Nazi agents.

Director: Lew Landers | Stars: Florence Rice, John Beal, Margaret Hayes, Alan Baxter

Votes: 59

36. Winning Your Wings (1942)

Approved | 18 min | Short, History, War

6.4
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Inspirational short film designed to encourage recruits for the American Army Air Forces.

Directors: John Huston, Owen Crump | Stars: James Stewart, Jean Ames, Leah Baird, Don DeFore

Votes: 265

37. Not Just a Game (2010 Video)

62 min | Documentary, History, Sport

8.4
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This critique of U.S. sports culture shows how 20th-century sports has consistently reflected the hegemonic political discourse of the day, specifically, elite narratives about nationalism, war, gender, race, homosexuality and capitalism.

Director: Jeremy Earp | Star: Dave Zirin

Votes: 73

38. Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press (1996)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

8.3
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The profile of controversial journalist George Seldes and a piercing examination of America's news media. Narrated by Susan Sarandon, with readings of writings by Ed Asner, this Academy ... See full summary »

Director: Rick Goldsmith | Stars: Susan Sarandon, Edward Asner, Ben Bagdikian, Jeff Cohen

Votes: 96

39. The Kaiser, the Beast of Berlin (1918)

70 min | Drama, History, War

6.1
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A propagandistic view of the First World War, showing the political greed of the German Kaiser Wilhelm, the resistance of some of his own soldiers, and fanciful prediction of the nature of ... See full summary »

Director: Rupert Julian | Stars: Rupert Julian, Elmo Lincoln, Nigel De Brulier, Lon Chaney

Votes: 20

40. David Cole Interviews Dr. Franciszek Piper (1992)

Not Rated | 62 min | Documentary, History

8.7
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Video documentary by Holocaust-denier David Cole made in support of the discredited claim that the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland was actually built after the war for propaganda purposes.

Director: David Abravanel Stein | Stars: David Abravanel Stein, Franciszek Piper

Votes: 67

41. This England (1941)

Approved | 84 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.0
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This British- National-Anglo American production reinforces the theme that whoever assails the land of Britain only succeeds in uniting and cementing the landowner, the peasantry and the ... See full summary »

Director: David MacDonald | Stars: Emlyn Williams, John Clements, Constance Cummings, Frank Pettingell

Votes: 18

42. U-Boat, Course West! (1941)

100 min | Drama, War

7.0
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This Nazi propaganda film follows the exploits of a German submarine as it prowls the North Atlantic.

Director: Günther Rittau | Stars: Herbert Wilk, Heinz Engelmann, Joachim Brennecke, Wilhelm Borchert

Votes: 44

43. Great Raids of World War II (2006 Video)

139 min | Documentary, History, War

7.3
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Showcases a series of daring raid made by various sections of the British military during World War II. The raids highlighted are "Stopping Hitler's A-Bomb", "Prison Busters", Radar Beam ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Martin | Star: Robert Powell

Votes: 85

44. Attack in the Pacific (1944)

Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

6.6
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Crusade in the Pacific is a video series that documents the fighting between the United States and Imperial Japan during and immediately after World War II.

Stars: Henry H. Arnold, Alan Brooke, Kai-Shek Chiang, Winston Churchill

Votes: 44

45. Afghanistan pourquoi? (1983)

Action, War

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Add a Plot

Director: Abdellah Masbahi | Stars: Giuliano Gemma, Chuck Connors, Irene Papas, Telly Savalas

Votes: 6

46. The Crew of the Dora (1943)

91 min | Drama, History, War

7.2
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Depicts a love triangle involving two Luftwaffe pilots being overcome by their participation in battle together. While on leave one of the pilots inspires a girl with hopes of settling in the east, a dream that no longer appeared possible.

Director: Karl Ritter | Stars: Hannes Stelzer, Hubert Kiurina, Josef Dahmen, Georg Thomalla

Votes: 36

47. Battle Squadron Lützow (1941)

97 min | War

6.7
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German propaganda film, telling a story of a bomber crew, taking part in invasion on Poland and attacks on the British shipping.

Director: Hans Bertram | Stars: Christian Kayßler, Hermann Braun, Heinz Welzel, Hannes Keppler

Votes: 24

48. Feuertaufe (1940)

90 min | Documentary

5.9
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Poland was the first victim of Hitler's infamous blitzkrieg. Combat cameramen filmed the aerial campaign, showing preparations for flight, massive air strikes, and the appalling devastation... See full summary »

Director: Hans Bertram | Stars: Herbert Gernot, Hermann Göring, Adolf Hitler

Votes: 28

49. Sign of the Beast (1981)

120 min | Drama, War

5.7
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Follows several Finnish officers and soldiers during World War II, mainly in the Finnish headquarters.

Director: Jaakko Pakkasvirta | Stars: Esko Salminen, Irina Milan, Tom Wentzel, Hannu Lauri

Votes: 124

50. The Thrifty Pig (1941)

4 min | Animation, Short

5.2
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A re-telling of the classic "Three Little Pigs" story with an emphasis on War Savings Certificates.

Director: Ford Beebe | Stars: Billy Bletcher, Pinto Colvig, Mary Moder

Votes: 224



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