Top 15 World War II Films

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2020 Episode 19: Top 15 World War II Films

Following on from our World War I video, we’re moving on to take a look at the best World War II films. Now, we previously made this list before back in 2014, however, we felt that it was heavily outdated and quite lacking, so here we have a more thorough and more expansive look at the 15 best World War II films. Bear in mind we’re only looking at movies, so miniseries such as ‘Band of Brothers’ and ‘Generation War’ won’t be included.

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  1. Please bear in mind that we’re only looking at movies in this video, so miniseries such as 'Band of Brothers' and 'Generation War' won’t be included.

  2. Some of my favorite world war 2 movies are Dunkirk, the pianists, saving private Ryan, stalingrad (90s version), flags of our fathers, letters from iwo Jima, Midway (70s version), and the Memphis belle even though it's a little cheese.

  3. I found the Thin Red Line to not only be a bad war film, but also one of the worst films I have ever had to endure. The Great Escape is a good movie, but Stalag 17 is a better movie in my opinion and should have been on the list as well or in preference.

  4. Where's The Dambusters? That's a great film, and hugely influential. (Come to think of it, no aviation based films at all? Memphis Belle, Battl Of Britain, 633 squadron, Tora! Tora!Tora!?)

  5. all great movies, some the best films you can set and watch. i dunno why but i love das boot it's so fuckin good. excuse the f bomb but i used it to convey my opinion as strongly i can.

  6. On the Hon Mention list, I'd nix "The Dirty Dozen", "Where Eagles Dare", "Inglorious Bastards" and "The Guns of Navarone" None is particularly realistic. While "The Great Escape" is a classic of sorts, it's not a great WWII movie. How about "Hacksaw Ridge", "Fury", "Flame and Citron", "T-34". "White Tiger", "Stalingrad" (German version).

  7. I would add “The Battle of Britain”, “Tora, Tora, Tora”, “The Longest Day”, “Ike: Countdown to D-Day”, “Midway” 1976 and a fictional but fairly realistic movie, “The Enemy Below”

  8. Come and see has been a masterpiece from when the soviet union was still seen as the enemy and we won the war err no the Soviets did. Movies you have missed out is the longest day from 1962, battle of britain from 1969, stalingrad german movie from 1983, empire of the sun, Tora Tora Tora and an excellent soviet movie called White tiger. Recently there was a good Russian movie called The last stand about the true story of Soviet Army cadets fighting to the last in front of moscow 41, Son of saul is an excellent recent movie about the holocaust. A bridge too far and battle of britain did those huge set pieces long before the advent of CGI. Another excellent movie is called Indidgenes ( days of glory 2006) tells the story of French North Africa soldiers, the Moroccans are called Goumiers in their no prisoners battles with the germans in Italy in 44 and Germany and the unspeakable discrimination they got from their own side. other possibilities could have been 633 squadron for the music and star wars inspiring raid, kellys heroes which is 1960s tripping silly, Is paris burning? the memphis belle, sink the bismarck, the cruel sea, the colditz story, cross of Iron, Anzio, ice cold in alex, 1939 battle of westerplatte, the brest fortress, the dambusters which can't be shown due to now unfortunate name of gibsons dog and Hacksaw Ridge.

  9. Guns of Navarone gets an Honorable Mention but Stalag 17 and The Longest Day don't? Even Fury is better than some of those Honorable Mentions.

  10. Come and See is a masterpiece and shows the Russian experience during WW2 – the other films are eye candy in comparison.

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