World War 2 Movies

Because of the scale of tragedy in the Second World War, there have been many films made around the events of 1939-45. Some have the Holocaust as their main subject; others follow the progress of the soldiers. Many are based to various degrees on real stories, and some use the war as the basis for fictional accounts; not all of them will be 100% historically accurate. Here is a list of some that may be of interest:

  • Atonement. 2007.

  • Au Revoir les Enfants. 1987.

  • Battle of Britain. 1969.

  • The Big Red One. 1980.

  • Black Book. 2006.

  • The Bridge on the River Kwai. 1957.

  • A Bridge Too Far. 1977.

  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. 2008.

  • Cabaret. 1972.

  • Casablanca. 1942.

  • Cross of Iron. 1977.

  • The Dam Busters. 1954.

  • Das Boot. 1981.

  • Defiance. 2008.

  • The Dirty Dozen. 1967.

  • Downfall. 2004.

  • Empire of the Sun. 1987.

  • Europa Europa. 1990.

  • The Great Dictator. 1940.

  • The Great Escape. 1963.

  • The Human Condition I, II, III. 1959-61.

  • Inglorious B-stards. 2009.

  • Judgement at Nuremburg. 1961.

  • Letters from Iwo Jima. 2006.

  • Life is Beautiful. 1997.

  • The Longest Day. 1962.

  • Patton. 1970.

  • The Pianist. 2002.

  • Pearl Harbour. 2001.

  • The Reader. 2008.

  • Saving Private Ryan. 1998.

  • Schindler’s List. 1993.

  • Shoah. 1985.

  • Sophie’s Choice. 1982.

  • Soldier of Orange. 1977.

  • Stalingrad. 1993.

  • The Thin Red Line. 1998.

  • The Tin Drum. 1979.

  • Tora! Tora! Tora! 1970.

  • Valkyrie. 2008.

  • Where Eagles Dare. 1969.

Although not a film, the 2001 series Band of Brothers may also be of interest.