The 25 Best WWII Movies, Series & Documentaries

by User_ID_idontknow | created - 31 May 2017 | updated - 7 months ago | Public

**WARNING**

***THIS LIST IS IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER***

RECENTLY SEEN AND ADDED -

WWII IN HD (2009) APOCALYPSE - THE SECOND WORLD WAR (2009) WWII IN COLOUR (2009) DUNKIRK (2017) APOCALYPSE - THE RISE OF HITLER (2011) APOCALYPSE - STALIN (2015)



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P.S I'm always looking for more suggestions, please feel free to link me to your lists!

Thanks, AB.

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1. Band of Brothers (2001)

TV-MA | 594 min | Action, Drama, History

The story of Easy Company of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division, and their mission in World War II Europe, from Operation Overlord, through V-J Day.

Stars: Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, Shane Taylor

Votes: 384,106

2. Stalingrad (1993)

Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, War

The story follows a group of German soldiers, from their Italian R&R in the summer of 1942 to the frozen steppes of Soviet Russia and ending with the battle for Stalingrad.

Director: Joseph Vilsmaier | Stars: Dominique Horwitz, Thomas Kretschmann, Jochen Nickel, Sebastian Rudolph

Votes: 31,341 | Gross: $0.08M

3. Schindler's List (1993)

R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

94 Metascore

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, industrialist Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

Votes: 1,232,952 | Gross: $96.90M

4. Come and See (1985)

Not Rated | 142 min | Drama, Thriller, War

After finding an old rifle, a young boy joins the Soviet resistance movement against ruthless German forces and experiences the horrors of World War II.

Director: Elem Klimov | Stars: Aleksey Kravchenko, Olga Mironova, Liubomiras Laucevicius, Vladas Bagdonas

Votes: 62,166

5. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

R | 169 min | Drama, War

91 Metascore

Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns

Votes: 1,258,494 | Gross: $216.54M

6. The Pacific (2010)

TV-MA | 530 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The Pacific Theatre of World War II, as seen through the eyes of several young Marines.

Stars: James Badge Dale, Joseph Mazzello, Jon Seda, Ashton Holmes

Votes: 101,571

7. The Pianist (2002)

R | 150 min | Biography, Drama, Music

85 Metascore

A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Emilia Fox

Votes: 745,934 | Gross: $32.57M

8. Downfall (2004)

R | 156 min | Biography, Drama, History

82 Metascore

Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, tells of the Nazi dictator's final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII.

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel | Stars: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Ulrich Matthes, Juliane Köhler

Votes: 335,453 | Gross: $5.51M

9. Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)

R | 141 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

89 Metascore

The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Ryô Kase

Votes: 155,207 | Gross: $13.76M

10. Empire of the Sun (1987)

PG | 153 min | Action, Drama, History

62 Metascore

A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation of China during World War II.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson, Nigel Havers

Votes: 117,461 | Gross: $22.24M

11. Inglourious Basterds (2009)

R | 153 min | Adventure, Drama, War

69 Metascore

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Mélanie Laurent

Votes: 1,293,254 | Gross: $120.54M

12. The Thin Red Line (1998)

R | 170 min | Drama, War

78 Metascore

Adaptation of James Jones' autobiographical 1962 novel, focusing on the conflict at Guadalcanal during the second World War.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Kirk Acevedo

Votes: 175,206 | Gross: $36.40M

13. The Great Escape (1963)

Approved | 172 min | Adventure, Drama, History

86 Metascore

Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson

Votes: 227,907 | Gross: $12.10M

14. A Bridge Too Far (1977)

PG | 175 min | Drama, History, War

63 Metascore

Operation Market Garden, September 1944: The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Sean Connery, Ryan O'Neal, Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier

Votes: 52,969 | Gross: $50.80M

15. Cross of Iron (1977)

R | 119 min | Drama, War

German commander Hauptmann Stransky (Maximilian Schell) places a squad in extreme danger after Sergeant Rolf Steiner (James Coburn) refuses to lie for him.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: James Coburn, Maximilian Schell, James Mason, David Warner

Votes: 25,329

16. We Stand Alone Together (2001 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 78 min | Documentary

Compiled over two years, an 'on-camera oral history' of Easy Company, told by the veterans themselves. Accompanies the mini-series Band of Brothers.

Director: Mark Cowen | Stars: James Alley Jr., Roderick Bain, Lynn 'Buck' Compton, Antonio García de Pedro

Votes: 1,505

17. Generation War (2013)

TV-MA | 270 min | Action, Drama, History

57 Metascore

Five friends go out to war and promise each other to be back for Christmas.

Stars: Volker Bruch, Tom Schilling, Katharina Schüttler, Miriam Stein

Votes: 26,729 | Gross: $0.09M

18. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

R | 139 min | Biography, Drama, History

71 Metascore

World War II American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer

Votes: 448,241 | Gross: $67.21M

19. The World at War (1973–1974)

TV-PG | 52 min | Documentary, History, War

A groundbreaking 26-part documentary series narrated by the actor Laurence Olivier about the deadliest conflict in history, World War II.

Stars: Laurence Olivier, Anthony Eden, Averell Harriman, Albert Speer

Votes: 22,642

20. The Winter War (1989)

199 min | Drama, History, War

In 1939, two Finnish brothers are conscripted in the army to fight in the war between Finland and the Soviet Union.

Director: Pekka Parikka | Stars: Taneli Mäkelä, Vesa Vierikko, Timo Torikka, Heikki Paavilainen

Votes: 7,728

21. WWII in HD (2009– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, History, War

Follow the lives of soldiers who lived World War II, through previously unseen color footage.

Stars: Gary Sinise, Charles Scheffel, Justin Bartha, Ron Livingston

Votes: 2,026

22. World War II in Colour (2009)

TV-MA | 663 min | Documentary, History, War

Recounts the events of world War II in color.

Stars: Robert Powell, Swaylee Loughnane, Mamoru Shigemitsu, Erich von Manstein

Votes: 5,990

23. Dunkirk (2017)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Drama, History

94 Metascore

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Commonwealth and Empire, and France are surrounded by the German Army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy

Votes: 570,278 | Gross: $188.37M

24. Apocalypse: The Rise of Hitler (2011)

108 min | Documentary, History, War

Chronicles Hitler's life as a failed painter and far-right activist up to his election as Chancellor of Germany, leading to his relentless rise to power, culminating in the beginning of World War II.

Stars: Mathieu Kassovitz, Doug Rand

Votes: 1,740

25. APOCALYPSE Stalin (2015)

157 min | Documentary, History, War

The rise of Stalin, from his early beginning as a bankrobber to the cold-blooded leader of the Soviet Union.

Stars: Mathieu Kassovitz, Doug Rand

Votes: 847

26. Das Boot (1985–1987)

TV-MA | 293 min | Drama, Thriller, War

A World War II German U-Boat crew have a terrifying patrol mission in the early days of the war.

Stars: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch

Votes: 26,951

27. Five Came Back (2017)

TV-14 | 60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The wartime contributions of five prominent Hollywood film directors during World War II are profiled.

Stars: Francis Ford Coppola, Guillermo del Toro, Paul Greengrass, Lawrence Kasdan

Votes: 4,093

28. Apocalypse: The Second World War (2009)

TV-MA | 312 min | Documentary, History, War

Apocalypse: The Second World War(2009) is a six-part French documentary about the Second World War. The documentary is composed exclusively of actual footage of the war as filmed by war ... See full summary »

Stars: Mathieu Kassovitz, Martin Sheen, Rudolf Hess

Votes: 10,418

29. Hitler's Last Year (2015)

88 min | Documentary, History, War

11 brutal months had passed between the invasion of Normandy to Hitler's fall, until the allies successfully defeated the Reich. This was the deadliest year of WW2.

Star: Jack Fortune

Votes: 217

30. History Specials (2010– )
Episode: WWII from Space (2012)

TV-14 | 89 min | Documentary, History, War

This spectacular two-hour special delivers the tipping points of World War II as you ve never seen them before. The key editorial feature of the program is an all-seeing CGI eye; bringing a... See full summary »

Votes: 80

31. The Pacific War in Color (2018)

TV-14 | History, War

The Pacific War in Color immerses viewers in a graphic and dramatic look through an unfiltered lens.

Stars: Tim Barker, Jeff Wilburn, Jamie Muffett

Votes: 97

32. Catch-22 (2019)

TV-MA | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Limited series adaptation of the classic Joseph Heller novel. Follows Captain John Yossarian and airmen in World War II.

Stars: Christopher Abbott, Kyle Chandler, Daniel David Stewart, Rafi Gavron

Votes: 15,464

33. History's Verdict (2013– )
Episode: Stalin (2013)

60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Joseph Stalin was the leader of the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953. Under Stalin's rule, the concept of "socialism in one's country" became a central tenet of Soviet society.

Director: José Delgado | Star: Jonathan D. Mellor

Votes: 7

34. World War II: The Last Heroes (2011– )

Documentary

Accounts of World War II events, as told by those that were actually there.

Star: Jeremy Llewellyn-Jones

Votes: 131

35. Adolf Hitler: The Greatest Story Never Told (2013)

350 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Adolf Hitler, born in Braunau, one man who will change the history of the world forever. It follows his childhood to the death of his mother and his broken ambition to become an artist, ... See full summary »

Director: Dennis Wise | Stars: Eva Braun, Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle, Adolf Galland

Votes: 5,333

36. Europa: The Last Battle (2017)

746 min | Documentary, History, War

The TRUE HISTORY of the World. Who didn't learn from the mistakes of the past, is condamned to repeat them. And HERE we described those mistakes. We learned from them. This is how it was: ... See full synopsis »

Director: Tobias B. | Stars: Muhammad Ali, Winston Churchill, Henry Ford, Joseph Goebbels

Votes: 517

37. David Cole Interviews Dr. Franciszek Piper (1992)

Not Rated | 62 min | Documentary, History

Video documentary by Holocaust-denier David Cole made in support of the discredited claim that the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland was actually built after the war for propaganda purposes.

Director: David Abravanel Stein | Stars: David Abravanel Stein, Franciszek Piper

Votes: 79

38. Hellstorm (2015)

90 min | Documentary, History, War

A documentary that tells the tale that the victors still do not want you to know. Learn the terrible truth about the rape, torture, slavery, and mass murder inflicted upon the German people by the Allied victors of World Word II.

Director: Kyle Hunt | Stars: Gerhard Ausmeier, John DeNugent, Thomas Goodrich, Paul Hickman

Votes: 2,582

39. The Soviet Story (2008)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, History, War

The Soviet Story offers an alternative history of an Allied power, which helped the Nazis to fight Jews and which slaughtered its own people on an industrial scale.

Director: Edvins Snore | Stars: Jon Strickland, Vladimir Bukovsky, V.I. Lenin, Norman Davies

Votes: 3,104

40. War of the Century (1999– )

200 min | Documentary, History, War

Documentary examining Operation Barbarossa, Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941.

Stars: Samuel West, Israel Abelesz, Viktor Anfilov, Vladlen Antsishkin

Votes: 430

41. The War (2007)

TV-14 | 124 min | Documentary, History, War

A seven-part series focusing on the many ways in which the Second World War impacted the lives of American families.

Stars: Keith David, Katharine Phillips, Tom Hanks, Paul Fussell

Votes: 4,851



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