Top 25 World War II Movies

2010s

1 Into The White

Into The White (2013)

Published on August 21st, 2014 | by Chris

Into The White puts us into the Scandinavian winter desert during WWII.  Two planes, German and English, have just been shot down in the same vicinity.  The survivors each come across a small hunting cabin, and... Read More


2000s

3 City of Life and Death (2009)

City of Life and Death (2009)

Published on November 1st, 2011 | by Chris

Quite frankly, this is the best, most brutal, most gut-wrenching war movie I've seen in a long, long time.  City of Life and Death is everything Schindler's List could have been, should have been, and more... Read More


2010s

4 Memorial Day (2011)

Memorial Day (2011)

Published on July 20th, 2012 | by Chris

"It's Memorial Day, isn't it? What are we supposed to remember?" I didn't recall this film being promoted in any significant way, and its a damn shame.  Because Memorial Day has got to be one of... Read More


1980s

5 Das Boot (1981, Director's Cut)

Das Boot (1981, Director’s Cut)

Published on January 8th, 2008 | by Chris

Oh man, I can't believe I've never found the time to see Das Boot until now.  I mean, what was I thinking?!  If ever there was the definitive "submarine" war movie, this is it, hands down. ... Read More


1960s

6 The Dirty Dozen (1967)

The Dirty Dozen (1967)

Published on January 9th, 2007 | by Chris

When you think of war movies, there are a few movies that should immediately pop into your mind. Tora, Tora, Tora. Saving Private Ryan. Platoon. And of course, The Dirty Dozen. The story of twelve convicted... Read More


1940s

8 The Great Dictator (1940)

The Great Dictator (1940)

Published on April 17th, 2007 | by Chris

Man, all I can say about this one is this. Excellent stuff. This gem from 1940 pits master comedian Charlie Chaplin absolutely tearing apart the European dictatorships of the time. Before the US even got involved.... Read More


1960s

9 Hell In The Pacific (1968)

Hell In The Pacific (1968)

Published on June 22nd, 2007 | by Chris

I would have liked to have been a fly on the wall when they pitched this movie.  "What? A cast of *two*? With very little dialog? And only one of them speaks English and we won't... Read More


1960s

11 The Great Escape (1963)

The Great Escape (1963)

Published on August 29th, 2007 | by Chris

I almost hate to say this, but The Great Escape is actuallly a *fun* movie.  It's loosely based on a series of real events from the Paul Brickhill book of the same name.   The story follows... Read More


2000s

12 The War (2007)

The War (2007)

Published on October 5th, 2007 | by Chris

There have been a ton of World War II documentaries made over the last, what, 62 years?  Some range from absurd, but still interesting (like the SS/Occult stuff) to pure masterpieces such as Ken Burns' The... Read More


1970s

13 The Road to World War II (1978, 2011)

The Road to World War II (1978, 2011)

Published on October 14th, 2011 | by Chris

Questar's new DVD box-set, The Road to World War II, is an overdue re-release (with additions) of a 1970's television series which explored the time period between World War I, and World War II, with the... Read More


2000s

14 Saints and Soldiers (2003)

Saints and Soldiers (2003)

Published on March 25th, 2008 | by Chris

Saints and Soldiers is by far the best war movie I've never heard of before.  Yes, it really is that good.  Starting off with a frank depiction of the Malmedy massacre of Allied soldiers by the... Read More


1990s

16

Saving Private Ryan (1998, Blu Ray)

Published on May 7th, 2010 | by Chris

Well, its finally happened!! Saving Private Ryan is available on Blu Ray! Awesome! I'm going to leave the gist of things to my other review of Saving Private Ryan, based on the DVD, and stick to... Read More


1950s

17 The Dam Busters (1955)

The Dam Busters (1955)

Published on June 24th, 2009 | by Chris

You'd think that a film about developing a one-off weapon that defies all logic would be incredibly un-interesting, right?  Wrong!! The Dam Busters takes a look at one of the more ingenious weapons devised and implemented... Read More


1950s

18 Halls of Montezuma (1950)

Halls of Montezuma (1950)

Published on June 15th, 2007 | by Chris

Wow.  Talk about a movie that was ahead of its time in its message.  Well, mostly anyway.  Halls of Montezuma follows the journey of a squad of US Marines as they storm an anonymous Japanese held... Read More


1960s

20 The Guns of Navarone (1961)

The Guns of Navarone (1961)

Published on April 23rd, 2007 | by Chris

If ever there was a film that would belong in a "top ten war movies of all time" list, this would be it. Starring legends Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn, and more stellar players, it... Read More


2010s

21 The Monuments Men (2014)

The Monuments Men (2014)

Published on May 19th, 2014 | by Chris

The Monuments Men (in case you were living in a cave for the last several months) is a fictionalized re-telling of the story of the "Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives" division of the US Army in... Read More


1940s

22 Private Snafu

Private SNAFU – Booby Traps (1944)

Published on January 1st, 2007 | by Chris

Happy New Year from the WarMovieBlog! This'll be the first look at Private SNAFU. Of course you all know what SNAFU means (and if you don't I've heard that its German...) Private SNAFU was a character... Read More


1940s

23 They Were Expendable (1945)

They Were Expendable (1945)

Published on November 3rd, 2008 | by Chris

From landmark director John Ford comes the classic They Were Expendable, starring none other than John Wayne as Lt. "Rusty" Ryan.  One of the cool things about WWII movies is that there's just so many of... Read More


1940s

24 Dive Bomber (1941)

Dive Bomber (1941)

Published on December 10th, 2008 | by Chris

Call me a sucker for some good old-fashioned old-time military aviation, but 1941's Dive Bomber is a superb and often overlooked gem of a movie.  I can't say it any other way. It's full of that... Read More


1970s

25 Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

Published on February 6th, 2007 | by Chris

Tora! is the quintessential model for a pseudo-documentary war movie, painstakingly attempting to chronicle the events (on both sides) leading up to the infamous 1941 sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. Is this an action-packed thriller that... Read More


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