The World War Two is generally accepted to have begun on 1 September 1939, with the invasion of Poland by Germany and subsequent declarations of war on Germany by France and most of the countries of the British Empire and Commonwealth.
So, seventy-one years past, we can learn the most widespread and horrifying war throughout the history of mankind through films and television programs. However, picking the best, top-notch World War II movies was no easy task – there are so many excellent films to choose from, from old classics to newer movies about this war. Hera are the selected 15 Greatest WW2 Movies of All Time, and while we know you won’t agree 100%, you should find some of your favorites on the list.
15. Enemy at the Gates (2001)
Enemy at the Gates features an amazing cast in Jude Law, Ed Harris, Rachel Weisz, Joseph Fiennes and Bob Hoskins. While not loved by all, this World War II entry is an interesting story about the conflict between two snipers – a tense war drama that just barely makes our list because 1) Jude Law is a bit too pretty and 2) the accents need a little more work.
14. The Thin Red Line (1998)
John C. Reilly
The Thin Red Line, Terrence Malick’s excellent adaptation of James Jones’ fictionalized memoir, brings to life the story of young soldiers during the battle for Guadalcanal. While The Thin Red Line may be lighter on action than other war films, (and some argue a bit of a snoozefest), it still manages to masterfully tell the story with stunning performances by the often overlooked James Caviezel and always-brilliant Sean Penn as Private Witt and Sergeant Welsh. This war movie makes our list for the emotional connection between the soldiers who form the bonds of family while fighting for their survival.
13. The Guns of Navarone (1961)
The Guns of Navarone is an action film at its best, with Gregory Peck leading his ragtag crew on a mission most impossible. With a cast that includes heavy weights Anthony Quinn and David Niven, Guns of Navarone’s caper includes action and suspense – and never falls short on the entertainment spectrum.
12. Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
E. G. Marshall
More than just fun to say, Tora! Tora! Tora! is a much more competent retelling of the events of Pearl Harbor than that crapfest 2001 film starring Ben Affleck and Kate Beckinsale (don’t get us started on that mess). Tora! Tora! Tora! does justice to the history of this World War II event by giving both an American and Japanese viewpoint to the story.
11. Catch-22 (1970)
Purists will argue that the film version of Catch-22 can’t hold a candle to the Joseph Heller novel it’s based on, but the movie still holds a place on our top 15 WWII movie list. Alan Arkin, Jon Voight, Buck Henry, Anthony Perkins, Martin Sheen, and Orson Welles star in this tale of a guy who pretends he’s insane to get out of the war. Only, as the title of this black comedy tells, it’s a no-win situation.
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