Best World War II Movie List

Introduction

The alphabetical list of movies that follows is my own suggested viewing list of World War II films. It is intended for somebody that is curious about World War II films but is not sure where to start, or as a handy reference guide for anyone wanting to start a collection of DVD’s.

This is not an ‘all time best’ sort of list although there certainly is some overlap, because I avoided the worst films of the genre. However, while it is hard to compare big budget postwar blockbusters with smaller propaganda films made during the war, both are important to include on this list and watch in order to get an overview of the film type. But for the most part the list does represent the best World War II movies available based on my own subjective opinion.

With thanks to C. Bernard Doyle, for the many recommendations he made for additions to this list.

World War II Movie Viewing List ver. 1.6

A

Anzio

Assignment in Brittany

B

Bataan

Battleground (1949)

The Battle of Britain*

Battle of the Bulge

The Best Years of Our Lives (suggest watching this last)

The Big Red One

Bombadier

The Bridge at Remagen

The Bridge on the River Kwai

A Bridge To Far*

C

Catch-22

Come and See

Command Decision

Cross of Iron

The Cruel Sea

D

Das Boot

Decision Before Dawn

Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel

The Desert Rats

Destination Tokyo*

The Devil’s Brigade

The Dirty Dozen

Don’t Go Near the Water (1957)

E

The Eagle Has Landed

Enemy at the Gates

The Enemy Below

Eye of the Needle

F

Five Graves to Cairo

G

Go for Broke (1951)

The Great Escape*

The Guns of Navarone

H

Hell in the Pacific

The Heros of Telemark

I

In Harm’s Way

J

Judgment at Nuremberg

K

Kelly’s Heroes

L

Lifeboat

The Longest Day

M

The Malta Story

Midway

Mister Roberts

Mrs. Miniver*

O

Objective, Burma!

P

Patton

Play Dirty

PT-109

Purple Heart

The Purple Plain (1954)

S

Sahara*

Sands of Iwo Jima

Saving Private Ryan

Schindler’s List

Sink the Bismarck*

Soldier of Orange

Stalag 17

Stalingrad

T

They Were Expendable*

The Thin Red Line (1998)

Tora! Tora! Tora!*

Twelve O’Clock High

U

Up Periscope

V

Von Ryan’s Express

W

Wake Island

Where Eagles Dare

Wind Talkers

While not a feature film the following mini-series are also suggested:

Band of Brothers

Danger UXB

 

Have a favorite World War II movie? Feel free to tell me about it in the comments below.

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