World War II Movies Part 1

by samnigam20 | created - 22 Oct 2012 | updated - 04 Mar 2017 | Public

Genre: Military War Action Drama & love during Wartime

The world at War (1939 - 1945)



'Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind - JFK

'If we dont end war, it will end us' - HG Wells

'All war is a symptom of man's failure as a thinking animal'


'War is an organised mass murder and nothing else'

'In peace time man saves lives , but during war time he wastes life in worthless glory of killing'
  • A quote by myself

'War brings misery, pain and suffering to mankind' - A quote by myself

'WAR is nothing but barbarianism on humanity' - A quote by myself

'During peace time sons bury their fathers but during Wartime's fathers bury their sons'. - CNN International

“Remember that all through history, there have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they seem invincible. But in the end, they always fall. Always.”

  • Mahatma Gandhi, The Story of My Experiments With Truth and also shown in the last scene of the movie Gandhi 1982.

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1. First to Fight (1967)

92 min | Drama, War

In WW2, highly decorated Marine Sgt. Jack Connell comes home to the USA from the Pacific War and trains recruits for the army until his fighting spirit prods him to request a return to active duty on the front lines.

Director: Christian Nyby | Stars: Chad Everett, Marilyn Devin, Dean Jagger, Bobby Troup

Votes: 254

2. The Battle of El Alamein (1969)

PG | 96 min | Action, Drama, History

World war two drama about the 1942 North Africa battle at El Alamein between the Allies and the Axis forces.

Director: Giorgio Ferroni | Stars: Frederick Stafford, George Hilton, Michael Rennie, Marco Guglielmi

Votes: 534

3. Commandos (1968)

PG | 98 min | Action, Drama, War

During WW2, an Italian-American commando outfit, disguised as an Italian Army unit, is parachuted behind Axis lines in North Africa.

Director: Armando Crispino | Stars: Lee Van Cleef, Jack Kelly, Giampiero Albertini, Marino Masé

Votes: 589

5. The Password Is Courage (1962)

Approved | 116 min | War, Comedy, Drama

British N.C.O. Sergeant Major Charles Coward (Sir Dirk Bogarde) escapes from the Stalag VIII-B P.O.W. camp, and is mistakenly awarded with the Iron Cross by the Germans.

Director: Andrew L. Stone | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Maria Perschy, Alfred Lynch, Nigel Stock

Votes: 1,032

6. Twist of Fate (1989– )

240 min | Drama

An attempted assassination plot against Hitler sends one of his trusted SS officers into hiding as a Jew (thanks to plastic surgery and false papers) in a concentration camp. After the camp... See full summary »

Stars: Branko Blace, Mirko Boman, Trevor Byfield, Ben Cross

Votes: 302

7. The Heroes (1989 TV Movie)

208 min | Drama, War

In 1943 a group of Australian and British Commandos used a captured Japanese fishing boat to sail from Australia to Singapore to attack Japanese shipping in Singapore harbour. Using canoes ... See full summary »

Director: Donald Crombie | Stars: Paul Rhys, John Bach, John Hargreaves, Bill Kerr

Votes: 147

8. Heroes II: The Return (1991 TV Movie)

240 min | Drama, War

The true and tragic story of Operation Rimau, one of the most daring raids of WW2. In September 1944 Ivan Lyon and 22 Australian and British troops attempted to blow up Japanese ships in ... See full summary »

Director: Donald Crombie | Stars: Nathaniel Parker, Christopher Morsley, John Bach, Simon Burke

Votes: 76

9. Return from the River Kwai (1989)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, War

A group of war prisoners from the Kwai bridge building camp undertake a harsh journey to Japan.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: Timothy Bottoms, Nick Tate, George Takei, Edward Fox

Votes: 862

10. Blood and Honor: Youth Under Hitler (1982– )

300 min | Drama

Follows a German boys involvement in the Hitler Youth during the pre WWII years.

Stars: Marlies Engel, Rolf Becker, Gila von Weitershausen, Karlheinz Lemken

Votes: 105

11. Too Young the Hero (1988 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Biography, Drama, War

The true story of Calvin Graham who at the age of twelve, but looking quite a lot older, succeeded in joining the navy during World War II. In spite of his young age, he received a purple ... See full summary »

Director: Buzz Kulik | Stars: Ricky Schroder, Jon DeVries, Debra Mooney, Rick Warner

Votes: 364

12. The Snow Goose (1971 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama

An aging artist who lives a solitary life as a lighthouse keeper in an Essex fishing village assists a young orphan girl in caring for a wounded snow goose.

Director: Patrick Garland | Stars: Richard Harris, Jenny Agutter, Graham Crowden, Freda Bamford

Votes: 337

13. The Long Day's Dying (1968)

R | 95 min | Drama, War

The saga of three British soldiers and their German captive as they trek through the European countryside.

Director: Peter Collinson | Stars: David Hemmings, Tony Beckley, Tom Bell, Alan Dobie

Votes: 404

14. Death Race (1973 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Drama, War

In the North African desert in World War II, a damaged American fighter plane that is unable to take off tries to evade and destroy a pursuing Nazi tank.

Director: David Lowell Rich | Stars: Lloyd Bridges, Roy Thinnes, Eric Braeden, Doug McClure

Votes: 217

15. The Hitler Gang (1944)

101 min | Biography, Drama, History

This movie shows us the rise of Adolf Hitler from a small radical political adventurer to the dictator of Germany in the way of a gangster film. Exept for some minor inaccuracies the ... See full summary »

Director: John Farrow | Stars: Bobby Watson, Roman Bohnen, Martin Kosleck, Victor Varconi

Votes: 101

16. Jenny's War (1985)

PG | 198 min | Drama, War

This fact-based story follows a woman who launches a rescue of her Royal Air Force pilot son, who was shot down over Germany in 1941. Getting no help from the underground, she sets up her own rescue mission.

Stars: Dyan Cannon, Elke Sommer, Robert Hardy, Patrick Ryecart

Votes: 139

17. Hanna's War (1988)

PG-13 | 148 min | Biography, Drama, War

During WW2 Hanna Szenes, a Hungarian Jew living in British Palestine, volunteers to go behind enemy lines to rescue Jews from deportation to death camps.

Director: Menahem Golan | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Maruschka Detmers, Anthony Andrews, Donald Pleasence

Votes: 349 | Gross: $0.14M

18. Murphy's War (1971)

GP | 107 min | Drama, War

A lone survivor from a British naval ship is obsessed with getting revenge on a German U-boat crew that massacred his shipmates in the water.

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Siân Phillips, Philippe Noiret, Horst Janson

Votes: 2,808

19. Hart's War (2002)

R | 125 min | Drama, War

49 Metascore

A law student becomes a lieutenant during World War II, is captured and asked to defend a black prisoner of war falsely accused of murder.

Director: Gregory Hoblit | Stars: Bruce Willis, Colin Farrell, Terrence Howard, Cole Hauser

Votes: 49,086 | Gross: $19.08M

20. Nancy Wake (1987– )

PG-13 | 140 min | Drama, War

Nancy Wake tells the true story of Australia's greatest war heroine - the woman the Gestapo dubbed the 'White Mouse'. This miniseries event begins in 1939 when Nancy meets Henri Fiocca, ... See full summary »

Stars: Noni Hazlehurst, John Waters, Randall Berger, Richard Boué

Votes: 75

21. A Man Called Intrepid (1979– )

360 min | Adventure, Drama, War

During World War II, a wealthy Canadian uses his own money to help the Allies form an espionage network.

Stars: David Niven, Michael York, Barbara Hershey, Paul Harding

Votes: 143

22. Catch-22 (1970)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, War

70 Metascore

A man is trying desperately to be certified insane during World War II, so he can stop flying missions.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Alan Arkin, Martin Balsam, Richard Benjamin, Art Garfunkel

Votes: 20,716 | Gross: $24.91M

23. The Longest Hundred Miles (1967)

Approved | 100 min | Drama, War

During the Japanese invasion of the Philippines, an assorted group of refugees, including an American soldier, an Army nurse, a priest and a group of local children, try to make their getaway aboard a rattletrap, creaky bus.

Director: Don Weis | Stars: Doug McClure, Katharine Ross, Ricardo Montalban, Ronald Remy

Votes: 160

24. A Town Like Alice (1981)

301 min | Drama, Romance, War

Set against the brutal chaos of World War II, a love story begins that will take two lovers through a living nightmare of captivity, across three continents and two decades. From the steamy... See full summary »

Stars: Helen Morse, Bryan Brown, Gordon Jackson, Dorothy Alison

Votes: 820

25. A Town Like Alice (1956)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Romance, War

A newly wealthy English woman returns to Malaya to build a well for the villagers who helped her during war. Thinking back, she recalls the Australian man who made a great sacrifice to aid her and her fellow prisoners of war.

Director: Jack Lee | Stars: Virginia McKenna, Peter Finch, Kenji Takaki, Tran Van Khe

Votes: 1,262

26. 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: 48,790

27. The Great Escape II: The Untold Story (1988 TV Movie)

R | 178 min | Drama, Action, Adventure

Allied prisoners tunnel out of a stalag, then return to avenge fellow escapees executed by the Nazis.

Directors: Jud Taylor, Paul Wendkos | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Judd Hirsch, Tony Denison, Charles Haid

Votes: 337

28. Hitler's Madman (1943)

84 min | Drama, War

Story of the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, Nazi SS commander, by Czech partisans and the reprisals inflicted by the Nazis on the Czechs.

Director: Douglas Sirk | Stars: Patricia Morison, John Carradine, Alan Curtis, Howard Freeman

Votes: 643

29. Hitler's Children (1943)

Approved | 82 min | Drama, Romance

This lurid exposé of the Hitler Youth follows the woes of an American girl declared legally German by the Nazi government.

Directors: Edward Dmytryk, Irving Reis | Stars: Tim Holt, Bonita Granville, Kent Smith, Otto Kruger

Votes: 793 | Gross: $3.36M

30. The Last Bridge (1954)

102 min | Drama, War

A German nurse gets sent to the front because she gives medical aid to a wounded Serbian partisan during World War II.

Director: Helmut Käutner | Stars: Maria Schell, Bernhard Wicki, Barbara Rütting, Carl Möhner

Votes: 318

31. The Bridge (1959)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, War

In 1945, Germany is being overrun, and nobody is left to fight but teenagers.

Director: Bernhard Wicki | Stars: Folker Bohnet, Fritz Wepper, Michael Hinz, Frank Glaubrecht

Votes: 6,505

32. Screaming Eagles (1956)

Approved | 79 min | Drama, War

"Screaming Eagles" is a historical drama about paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division fighting during the D-Day Invasion in June of 1944. The title was the Division's nickname.

Director: Charles F. Haas | Stars: Tom Tryon, Jan Merlin, Alvy Moore, Martin Milner

Votes: 191

33. Under Ten Flags (1960)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, War

German raider, using various disguises, forces British ship to surrender. Story told from German point of view.

Director: Duilio Coletti | Stars: Van Heflin, Charles Laughton, Mylène Demongeot, John Ericson

Votes: 405

34. Flat Top (1952)

Approved | 83 min | Drama, War

During the Korean War, aboard the U.S.S. Princeton, Navy Commander Dan Collier reminisces about his first assignment on the same aircraft carrier in the war against Japan.

Director: Lesley Selander | Stars: Sterling Hayden, Richard Carlson, William Phipps, John Bromfield

Votes: 392

35. Fighter Attack (1953)

Approved | 80 min | War

World War II action in Italy involving fighter pilot's last sortie, and the help he receives from Italian partisans in an effort to complete it.

Director: Lesley Selander | Stars: Sterling Hayden, J. Carrol Naish, Joy Page, Kenneth Tobey

Votes: 104

36. Rome, Open City (1945)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Thriller, War

During the Nazi occupation of Rome in 1944, the Resistance leader, Giorgio Manfredi, is chased by the Nazis as he seeks refuge and a way to escape.

Director: Roberto Rossellini | Stars: Anna Magnani, Aldo Fabrizi, Marcello Pagliero, Vito Annichiarico

Votes: 21,075

37. 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: 6,081

38. Orzel (1959)

104 min | Drama, War

Based on a true story of Polish submarine "Orzel" (The Eagle): September 1939, "Orzel" is coming to Estonian neutral harbor in Tallin. Under pressure from Germany Estonians have intern the ... See full summary »

Director: Leonard Buczkowski | Stars: Wienczyslaw Glinski, Aleksander Sewruk, Jan Machulski, Roland Glowacki

Votes: 122

39. In Enemy Hands (2004)

R | 94 min | Drama, Thriller, War

When American submarine Swordfish is torpedoed the survivors are picked up by a passing German U-boat but an outbreak of meningitis threatens all aboard.

Director: Tony Giglio | Stars: William H. Macy, Til Schweiger, Thomas Kretschmann, Clark Gregg

Votes: 3,683

40. The Unknown Soldier (1955)

177 min | Drama, War

The tale of a platoon of soldiers during the Continuation War. Based on Väinö Linna's book of the same name.

Director: Edvin Laine | Stars: Kosti Klemelä, Heikki Savolainen, Reino Tolvanen, Veikko Sinisalo

Votes: 6,719

41. A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958)

Not Rated | 132 min | Drama, Romance, War

On the Russian front in 1944 German Private Ernst Graeber receives a leave and visits his family in Germany but Germany isn't the same country he left behind.

Director: Douglas Sirk | Stars: John Gavin, Liselotte Pulver, Jock Mahoney, Don DeFore

Votes: 2,601

42. Miracle of the White Stallions (1963)

93 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

In 1945 the fate of Vienna's famous Lipizzaner stallions hangs into balance.American general Patton could save them but first he asks to see them perform.

Director: Arthur Hiller | Stars: Robert Taylor, Lilli Palmer, Curd Jürgens, Eddie Albert

Votes: 514

43. The Counterfeit Traitor (1962)

Not Rated | 140 min | Drama, Thriller, War

Blacklisted in modern day WW2, a Swedish oil trader opts to assist British Allies, by means of infiltrating and surveying Nazi Germany.

Director: George Seaton | Stars: William Holden, Lilli Palmer, Hugh Griffith, Carl Raddatz

Votes: 2,177

44. Mystery Submarine (1950)

Approved | 78 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

Posing as an ex-German medical officer, a U.S. Navy Intelligence Officer sets out to rescue a kidnapped scientist, and sink a Nazi submarine, hiding off the coast of South America.

Director: Douglas Sirk | Stars: Macdonald Carey, Märta Torén, Robert Douglas, Carl Esmond

Votes: 104

45. Mystery Submarine (1962)

92 min | Adventure, Drama, War

During WWII, the British Royal Navy uses a captured German submarine to trick the enemy and protect their supply convoy.

Director: C.M. Pennington-Richards | Stars: Edward Judd, James Robertson Justice, Laurence Payne, Joachim Fuchsberger

Votes: 55

46. Sharks and Little Fish (1957)

120 min | War, Drama

Four young German naval cadets begin their military service in 1940; only one of them will survive.

Director: Frank Wisbar | Stars: Hansjörg Felmy, Sabine Bethmann, Wolfgang Preiss, Mady Rahl

Votes: 138