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1. Unbroken (I) (2014)

PG-13 | 137 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.2
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59 Metascore

After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he's caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

Director: Angelina Jolie | Stars: Jack O'Connell, Miyavi, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund

Votes: 135,333 | Gross: $115.64M

2. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

PG | 161 min | Adventure, Drama, War

8.1
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87 Metascore

British POWs build a railway bridge across the river Kwai for their Japanese captors, oblivious of the Allies' plans to destroy it.

Director: David Lean | Stars: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa

Votes: 192,021 | Gross: $44.91M

3. The Great Raid (2005)

R | 132 min | Action, Drama, War

6.7
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48 Metascore

Taking place towards the end of WWII, 500 American Soldiers have been entrapped in a camp for 3 years. Beginning to give up hope they will ever be rescued, a group of Rangers goes on a dangerous mission to try and save them.

Director: John Dahl | Stars: Benjamin Bratt, Joseph Fiennes, James Franco, Robert Mammone

Votes: 20,694 | Gross: $10.17M

4. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)

R | 123 min | Drama, War

7.3
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During WWII, a British colonel tries to bridge the cultural divides between a British POW and the Japanese camp commander in order to avoid bloodshed.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: David Bowie, Tom Conti, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Takeshi Kitano

Votes: 13,996 | Gross: $2.31M

5. To End All Wars (2001)

R | 117 min | Action, Drama, War

7.0
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A true story about four Allied POWs who endure harsh treatment from their Japanese captors during World War II while being forced to build a railroad through the Burmese jungle. Ultimately ... See full summary »

Director: David L. Cunningham | Stars: Robert Carlyle, Kiefer Sutherland, Ciarán McMenamin, Mark Strong

Votes: 9,922

6. 7 Women from Hell (1961)

Approved | 88 min | Drama, War

5.1
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Seven women from different backgrounds, nationality, age, class, and marital status find themselves in New Guinea, February 1942 - when the Japanese army takes over unexpectedly, and sends them into a war camp in the jungle.

Director: Robert D. Webb | Stars: Patricia Owens, Denise Darcel, Cesar Romero, Margia Dean

Votes: 92

7. Seven Were Saved (1947)

Approved | 73 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

5.9
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Shortly after WW2, a military transport plane carrying an assortment of passengers crashes into the South China Sea forcing the survivors to await their rescue into a life-raft.

Director: William H. Pine | Stars: Richard Denning, Catherine Craig, Russell Hayden, Ann Doran

Votes: 115

8. My Grandparents' War (2019– )
Episode: Mark Rylance (2019)

47 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.7
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Mark follows his grandfather's POW story, talks to the people whose families were also sent to the Japanese interment camps in Hong Kong and learns about the horrific devastation caused by the fire and atom bombs dropped on Japan.

Director: Leo Burley | Stars: Mark Rylance, Caroline Catz

Votes: 6



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