David Lean But Churchill’s cabinet quickly realised that not only were the movies a great way for a put-upon populace to relax, they were also a perfect channel for propaganda. 30 Nov 2009 | Posted by vlogger. The film itself is a mite predictable, but what’s impressive are the ripples it created: after release, the French government agreed, for the first time, to begin paying compensation to the remaining widows of North African fighters. 1,226,255 Back then, casts were so colossal and the props budgets so enormous, you sometimes wondered if it wouldn’t be easier just declaring war for real. Stars: 223,316 Nolan’s achievement is giving his film scale and intimacy at the same time. Ken Watanabe, Director: 183 min Time Out is a registered trademark of Time Out Digital Limited. Steve McQueen, | Gross: Stars: 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. TH, ‘Two Enemies! | $25.54M, PG | Gross: | TH, Studio Ghibli number-two Isao Takahata’s haunting animated drama adopts a template familiar from ‘Ivan’s Childhood’ and ‘Come and See’, offering a child’s-eye-perspective of wartime atrocities. | Gross: 161 min Directors: Andrei Tarkovsky, Eduard Abalov | Stars: Nikolay Burlyaev, Valentin Zubkov, Evgeniy Zharikov, Stepan Krylov. | Emilia Fox, Votes: Stars: | Gross: Muriel Pavlow, The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view. PDS, Those of us who grew up with national treasure Dame Thora Hird being frightfully lovely on the BBC can only watch in amazement as, at the climax of Alberto Cavalcanti’s masterful wartime chiller, she gamely starts picking off invading Nazis with a rusty old hunting rifle. Kenneth Branagh, Votes: 45,015 Biography, Drama, War. | TH, Buy, rent or watch ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’, Jean-Pierre Melville’s film opens on a shot of the Arc de Triomphe as, slowly, a long line of Nazi soldiers goose-step across the screen. Robert Aldrich threw a rock in a tree and Jim Brown fell out, Charles Bronson fell out, John Cassavetes fell out, and Telly Savalas… and that’s without even mentioning Lee Marvin. Kate Winslet, YouTube. Film reflects following events ofSecond World War: capitulation of Friedrich Paulus's Sixth Army's assault on Stalingrad during Operation Blue in 1942; pr… Lee Patterson, PG-13 $11.12M, Not Rated 156 min A story of the blurred line between enslavement and collaboration, David Lean’s film drips with jungle sweat as Nicholson tries to protect his men from Japanese cruelty as they work to build a strategically important railway bridge. $36.40M, R George C. Scott, Director Brian G Hutton dispenses pretty much entirely with historical reality, leading some to accuse the film of trivialising the war effort. Well, between the bloodshed, aerial bombardment and displacement of civilians, not a huge amount (agreed, Edwin Starr). Giustino Durano, Votes: Stars: Drama, War. Donald Sutherland, But ‘Deliverance’ director Boorman has never had too much time for easy resolution, and maintains an even strain as his leads realise that the only way to survive is to collaborate. Ralph Fiennes, | Helma Sanders-Brahms’s film presents a dewy-eyed romance between Lene (Eva Mattes) and Hans (Ernst Jacobi) that blossoms into marriage. | 171,767 20,623 | When his unit is attacked by the Germans, army captain Anson (John Mills) hijacks an ambulance and heads across the Sahara with two nurses and a dubious South African officer in tow. Drama, Mystery, Romance. $22.24M, PG-13 Thanks for subscribing! Gerd Oswald, War, huh, what is it good for? Juliane Köhler, Votes: Art Garfunkel, Votes: PF, Forget ‘Enemy at the Gates’ and the 2015 Fyodor Bondarchuk CG-fest, this rare Germans’ eye view of the conflict is a much more authentic glimpse of the hell that was Stalingrad – the turning point in World War II and one of the most brutal battles in human history. 177,719 | Gross: Back then, casts were so colossal and the props budgets so enormous, you sometimes wondered if it wouldn’t be easier just declaring war for real. DJ, At the beginning of WWII, all UK cinemas were closed. Trevor Howard, 310,180 But in the hands of the most imaginative filmmakers this country has ever produced, such a straightforward narrative was unlikely. The closing sequence – in which munitions worker Celia (Patricia Roc) forcibly represses her grief over her dead lover and joins in a rousing factory singalong – is almost unbearably moving. Matt Damon, These are their true stories. | Jim Broadbent, Votes: In the hands of just about any other filmmaking team this would probably have resulted in something fairly traditional: a lads-together-behind-enemy-lines actioner, perhaps. Robert Ryan, Forced to survive alone in the wilderness, he suffers unspeakable indignities at every turn. I guess it went over my head, but I learned to appreciate it later. | | ‘Come and See’ is told from the perspective of Byelorussian lad Flyora (Aleksei Kravchenko), an army recruit whose plucky optimism is torn away as the platoon he’s inducted into are massacred. | Drama, Romance, War. Lee Marvin, 144 min Adventure, Drama, War. | Stars: Sam Peckinpah TH, Buy, rent or watch ‘From Here to Eternity’, Ten years after the liberation of the concentration camps, Alain Resnais made this mournful 32-minute documentary that offers as clear-sighted and painful an insight into the National Socialist mindset as any film before or since. $198.54M, R 202,215 Clint Eastwood, Andrew Marton, | Haunted by personal demons, Marine Sgt. | Action, Adventure, War. YouTube isn't the only website that offers free movies. Director: ‘Flags of our Fathers’ was weak, exploring the American culture of war. | Jeremy Northam, Votes: Bill Nighy, | Well, between the bloodshed, aerial bombardment and displacement of civilians, not a huge amount (agreed, Edwin Starr). British POWs are forced to build a railway bridge across the river Kwai for their Japanese captors, not knowing that the allied forces are planning to destroy it. And the actual busting of the dams of the Ruhr Valley is an edge-of-the-seat, seat-of-the-pants ride. Director: 12,587 It’s often said that Christopher Nolan doesn’t do things the ordinary way. Jack Smight $1.02M, PG Stars: Otto Preminger, $13.76M, G Watch them closely in the remaining hours of their lives.’ But he forces us to relate to these characters, sketching their personalities in subtle, effective strokes: the grim and desperate captain, the lovestruck youth, the out-of-place artist. $37.63M, R | Nolan’s achievement is giving his film scale and intimacy at the same time. Bradford Dillman, Approved Listen to Britain (1942) and Fires Were Started (1943). Takeshi Kitano, Votes: 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. Drama, War. Director Mikhail Kalatozov and cinematographer Sergei Urusevsky would go on to make ‘Soy Cuba’, and their singular, mesmeric photographic style is evident here too: a startling blend of audacious framing and hand-held intimacy that wouldn’t filter into Western cinema for years. R Frank Sinatra, Steven Spielberg World War II Pacific Movies. Stars: | Michael Caine, $216.54M. TH, Roman Polanski kicked off the twenty-first century with a sophisticated, Oscar-winning WWII survival drama which not only offered an authentic depiction of the Warsaw ghetto, but proved that – controversy aside – the director could still deliver when it mattered. | It follows a group of paratroopers in Italy, but one of them’s a fuck-up who accidentally kills one of his team. I make a small commission from some of the links on this site. | Director: James Coburn, Kathleen Byron, M Ralph Fiennes, | 94 min DJ. Source: Youtube. Henry Fonda, Votes: A quarter of a century later, the film, which was inspired by Claude Lanzmann’s remarkable ‘Shoah’ documentary, has lost none of its power. Three years later he would tell a similar story from a different perspective in ‘Germany, Year Zero’. This is a collection of World War II related motion pictures & historical related documentaries. $12.10M, PG Basil Sydney, Approved 158 min ‘Rome, Open City’ drew on real issues and situations during the years of conflict. | Michael Caine, A list of the finest World War II movies ever made. Maximilian Schell, William Holden, The plot serves up a string of icepick-sharp set-pieces but more importantly provides an excuse for Richard Burton and Clint to get out of their itchy, ill-fitting British togs and look sharp in German officers’ uniforms. Humphrey Bogart, Animation, Adventure, Comedy. | | The film is a masterclass in economical, tight-space storytelling, piling the pressure on both characters and audience until the sprockets squeak. Michael Curtiz 119 min 169 min $51.40M, R | A dramatization of the battle that was widely heralded as a turning point of the Pacific Theatre of World War II. Director: Soldiers of Freedom filmed in a genre of the historical chronicle. 141 min | Director: And the end of the movie is so exciting. | Gross: Josh Hartnett, | Gross: Miranda Richardson, | John Malkovich, Richard Attenborough Stars: | Director: U.S. National Archives collection. | There’s not an inch of fat on its bones, just tommies, citizen sailors and the odd officer struggling bitterly for salvation in the face of extraordinary odds. A disorienting, downbeat and unforgettable classic. But while Humphrey Jennings’s twin masterpieces may be unashamedly patriotic, they’re also two of the most inventive documentaries ever made. Biography, Drama, Music. 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. | Caroline Goodall, Votes: 100 min | Roger Moore, Allan Dwan Asa Butterfield, 131 min Patrick Wymark, R There aren’t guys like that running around anymore.’, Spaghetti realismThe wounds of European conflict and Nazi occupation were still tender in Rome in late 1944, which chimed with the documentary instincts of Italian filmmaker Roberto Rossellini. Robert Ryan, Released before the Normandy landings, ‘Went The Day Well?’ was precision-tooled to remind all those bicycling bobbies, cheeky pub-dwelling chappies and self-satisfied lairds that they, too, may one day have to take on an entire paratroop division armed only with national pride and a malacca walking stick. Recommended: London and UK cinema listings, film reviews and exclusive interviews. Jude Law, Justin Ewers. Terrence Malick Stars: John Cassavetes, Votes: Director: | The mist-shrouded opening sequences, as Jürgen Prochnow’s dead-meat Nazi platoon occupy the titular demon-occupied fortress, are breathtaking, Mann’s superb eye for visual detail fusing with some spectacular design work to create a real atmosphere of impending dread. Indeed, the great minds of cinema were already hard at work documenting and exploring the war while it was happening. Action, Drama, History. Stars: A dramatization of Nazi Germany's final Western Front counterattack of World War II. 153 min Director Enzo G Castellari is a hero to cult film fans everywhere: his 40-year career has gifted us half a dozen decent Euro-Westerns, a few rip-offs of hits such as ‘Jaws’ (‘The Last Shark’) and ‘Mad Max’ (‘1990: The Bronx Warriors’) and the 1990s detective series ‘Extralarge’ on Italian TV. | | Liam Neeson, | 153,506 Wajda lets us know from the very beginning what we’re up against, as a doom-laden voiceover informs us: ‘These are the tragic heroes. TH, Buy, rent or watch ‘A Matter of Life and Death’, Mother RussiaMade in the wake of Stalin’s death, this visually rapturous masterpiece is more akin in tone to ’40s British morale boosters than Soviet propaganda pieces of the post-war period. Ben Kingsley, | Director: 178 min So it was no surprise that on his return to filmmaking the Hollywood elite would line up to volunteer. $83.08M, R Stars: IMBd rating: 6.9. 126 min An RAF squadron is assigned to knock out a German rocket fuel factory in Norway. Look out for your first newsletter in your inbox soon! | Pure pleasure. $10.85M, PG During World War II, the British must attack a German ship, but it's safe in neutral Goa. Rogozhkin’s film explores the way misperceptions and differences in language affect the way the three view each other, often with comedic effect. Director: Proof that a work of art can still have direct political impact. You can tell it was made by someone who’d been there. Bryan Singer And the attack itself is a belter: lasting mere minutes on the screen, it’s got more punch than all three hours of Michael Bay’s awful ‘Pearl Harbour’. Herbert Grönemeyer, Edward Burns, Votes: 14,767 Ben Gazzara, 118 min Ulrich Matthes, 329,499 28 Jun 2010 | Posted by Video Blogger. ALD, Quentin Tarantino says: ‘One of my favourite movies of all time, not just war movies. Forget ‘Enemy at the Gates’ and the 2015 Fyodor Bondarchuk CG-fest, this rare Germans’ eye view of the conflict is a much more authentic glimpse of the hell that was Stalingrad – the turning point in World War II and one of the most brutal battles in human history. 153 min A repeat viewing, however, blows away the cobwebs with a furious men-in-combat film that balances comradely bromance with gale-force action. $17.11M, R Action, Drama, War. Drama, War. Best WWII Movies You Probably Haven’t Seen The Grey Zone (2001); Tim Blake Nelson, director We’ll kick this one off with one of the most depressing and difficult to watch movies … | We keep an updated Best Free Movie Websites list that you should check out if the movie you want isn't free on YouTube. This perfectly pitched two-hander might have descended into an unholy mess of sentimentality and earnestness. 123 min This story had no happy ending. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLs4p2kdxdksQuCJebJWBJ0b3je4K4ja… TH, Fight or flightBy the time of ‘The Thin Red Line’, Terrence Malick had been languishing in self-imposed exile for two decades while his first two films, ‘Badlands’ and ‘Days of Heaven’, grew in stature. A disorienting, downbeat and unforgettable classic. | Stars: $2.31M, PG-13 Now let’s just hope there never needs to be a ‘best of’ list for World War III, eh? | | Walter Grauman | Gross: John Stryker is hated and feared by his men, who see him as a cold-hearted sadist. TH, welve angry menFoul-tempered, lusty and ludicrously enjoyable, this suicidal symphony to the futility of war fully deserves its status as ‘The Greatest Men-On-A-Mission Movie Ever Made’.Quentin Tarantino says... ‘The thing that’s just amazing about “The Dirty Dozen”, and why I don’t think it could ever be duplicated today, is the fact that you could never find eight actors like that now. $24.91M, TV-PG R | | Refine See titles to watch instantly, titles you haven't rated, etc. Kristin Scott Thomas, Votes: Sessue Hayakawa, Votes: Hubertus Bengsch, Votes: $4.30M, See titles to watch instantly, titles you haven't rated, etc. At the close of World War II, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. Soldiers of Freedom is the World War II historical drama. Sylvia Syms, I saw it the day it opened. The plot, in which a German parachutes into a sleepy English village and sets about clearing the way for a major invasion, may be fantasy, but it’s alarmingly powerful. A cynical American expatriate struggles to decide whether or not he should help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape French Morocco. | i love to watch old ww2 movies. Jack Hawkins, A dramatization of the July 20, 1944 assassination and political coup plot by desperate renegade German Army officers against Adolf Hitler during World War II. David Niven, But when their boots hit the beaches, they begin to understand the reason for Stryker's rigid form of discipline. A German plot to kidnap Sir Winston Churchill unfolds at the height of World War II. Joseph Vilsmaier Director: The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943), 16. Each is given a reason to live; that we know they won’t only makes us care more deeply. John Hurt, Maribel Verdú, Votes: It was just a different breed of man. Paul Henreid, But thanks to Tarantino’s tribute, he’ll be best remembered for this WWII actioner. Director: Glenn Ford, G | From ‘Dunkirk’ to ‘Schindler's List’, here are our picks for the best World War II movies of all time. Director: Maria Perschy, ALD, Hollywood has a bad reputation for fixing tricky book titles, like going from ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’ to ‘Blade Runner’. Rossellini shot the film using leftover celluloid from other movies, which not only lent it a gritty newsreel aesthetic, but a real sense of urgency and anguish. But their bliss is short-lived when Hans is called away to fight and Lene’s life spirals into disaster. Dreamlike and devastating, this was a new kind of war movie. | Director: | Almost all of them were made from the point of view of the Allied Forces.Very few movies show the second world war from the perspective of Nazi Germany. | It’s harrowing, bleak viewing. Harry Andrews, Drama, Romance, War. In 1940, the British Royal Air Force fights a desperate battle to prevent the Luftwaffe from gaining air superiority over the English Channel as a prelude to a possible Axis invasion of the U.K. Director: 66,835 PDS, This is a gloriously bizarre cod-spiritualist dark castle chiller from a pre ‘Heat’ Michael Mann. In 1943, the crew of a B-17 based in UK prepares for its 25th and last bombing mission over Germany before returning home to the USA. TH, ‘Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.’ The Spitfire’s finest hour is recreated in a stirring, salty rip-roarer from Bond-movie mainstay Guy Hamilton. You haven’t slept for days. Director: | TH, Buy, rent or watch ‘The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp’, By the early 1960s, the bloom was off the war – WWII movies no longer needed to focus exclusively on square-jawed men nobly battling fascism. | Director: ALD, Famous for the cinema’s best ever punch-up on a moving cable car, this behind-the-lines romp is also reputed to clock up the highest body count of any Clint Eastwood film, with hundreds of Germans throwing themselves headlong into a storm of lead. | Gross: Harry Andrews, R \"Soldiers of Freedom\" is a 1977 film directed by Yuri Ozerov and starring Mikhail Ulyanov, Yevgeny Matveyev, Vasily Lanovoy. Michael Caine, I was a little boy; I didn’t know anything about the Russian front. The 25 best WW2 movies of all time (in my opinion) Honorable Mentions: Son Of Saul (2015) Land Of Mine (2015) The Imitation Game (2014) Fury (2014) Flame & Citron (2008) Before The Fall (2004) Life Is Beautiful (1997) The Hill (1965) Ivan's Childhood (1962) A Man Escaped (1956) Night And Fog (1956) From Here To Eternity (1953) Stalag 17 (1953) Rome, Open City (1945) Triumph Of The Will (1935) Directors: During World War II, Anti-Nazi Resistance Fighters rescued many lives near Hitler's "Wehrwolf" Ukrainian Headquarters. 120 min Michael Powell, Ariadna Gil, Director Mikhail Kalatozov and cinematographer Sergei Urusevsky would go on to make ‘Soy Cuba’, and their singular, mesmeric photographic style is evident here too: a startling blend of audacious framing and hand-held intimacy that wouldn’t filter into Western cinema for years. Don Taylor, But while World War II, like all major conflicts, was characterised by destruction on an unfathomable scale, the films documenting the war have been endlessly creative. The soldiers are viewed as individuals, questing souls on their own ultimately destructive spiritual journeys, but also as mere facets of the natural world, no more important than the plants, birds and insects that surround them.It’s an extraordinary vision of war, and indeed of humanity – godlike but ultimately sympathetic, exploring not just hearts and minds, but the souls of men in combat. Heck, they might even suggest that the conflict took a toll on both sides. Giorgio Cantarini, Stars: These are our picks for the best free movies on YouTube right now. | Gross: Roger Ebert rightly named it one of the greatest war movies ever made: once seen, it will never be forgotten. | Comedy, Drama, Romance. Thomas Kretschmann plays a Nazi office leading a platoon into the crucible and, in the spirit of ‘Das Boot’ (with which this film shares producers), struggling to lead them out again. This is sweeping oral testimony as conducted by a filmmaker who is ever-present in his film, bespectacled and smoking, pushing for detail and honesty above emotion and inexactitude. After much deliberation, we thought it fitting to place this singular film at the top of our list, not just for its strikingly candid take on the human toll of warfare but as a work of sublime visual and aural intensity that uses every tool in the filmmaker’s arsenal to unforgettable and often nauseating effect. | Gross: Thomas Kretschmann plays a Nazi office leading a platoon into the crucible and, in the spirit of ‘Das Boot’ (with which this film shares producers), struggling to lead them out again. It may sound brutal, but Sanders-Brahms never judges her characters (who are based on her own parents), bluntly demonstrating how relentlessly grim life in wartime can be for women as well as men. 175 min The Best of WWII on YouTube. But like his colleague Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘My Neighbour Totoro’ from the same year, it also expounds on the methods used by children to block out the horrors of the world (namely daydreaming, fantasy and unrealistic optimism). Director: Action, Adventure, War. | Saul is a member of the Sonderkommando, the Jewish concentration camp prisoners tasked with dealing with the bodies of those murdered in the gas chambers. Director: But ‘Letters from Iwo Jima’ is stunning, depicting a group of soldiers even more bound by tradition and honour than their American counterparts, trapped in an unwinnable war and dreaming only of home. 170 min Director: Indeed, the great minds of cinema were already hard at work documenting and exploring the war while it was happening. $9.03M, PG 132 min A group of U.S. soldiers sneaks across enemy lines to get their hands on a secret stash of Nazi treasure. A cold, meticulous drama about the pressures of propping an entire country on your shoulders. 195 min 615,374 Comedy, Drama, Fantasy. His method was to dismiss archive images and interviews and to return instead to the sites of the Holocaust, interviewing afresh those with first-hand experience of events at Auschwitz, Treblinka, Chełmno and the Warsaw Ghetto. TH, Spielberg, Hanks, all those Academy Awards. DJ, ‘The Dam Busters’ represents a particularly British type of cinematic military endeavour, shuffling us in and out of an endless series of stuffy boardrooms, past a chain-smoking array of lab-coated eggheads and through a rigorous testing process before allowing its audience to experience anything approaching excitement. | Action, Drama, War. Charles Frend William Holden, Charles Bronson, Votes: | | Adventure, Drama, Thriller. $19.48M, Approved All these characters just start getting wiped out.’, Footie and war! | Gross: The Best WW2 Movies by HelloHollywood | created - 29 Mar 2011 | updated - 20 Dec 2014 | Public and TV series. Through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a German concentration camp, a forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences. Martin Balsam, Despite being shot on film stock that looks like it was processed in milky tea, the drama features some remarkable aerial photography (George Lucas has noted its influence on the space battles in ‘Star Wars’), and makes for a rousing and authentic spectacle. ALD, Not Tarantino’s WWII picture, but the 1978 B-movie that partially inspired it. A British wartime aviator who cheats death must argue for his life before a celestial court. Stars: German commander Captain Hauptmann Stransky (Maximilian Schell) places a squad in extreme danger after Sergeant Rolf Steiner (James Coburn) refuses to lie for him. When a fisherman leaves to fight with the Greek army during World War II, his fiancée falls in love with the local Italian commander. Ewan McGregor, | | Gross: John Madden You’re watching that sequence and you think, could anything be worth this? Essentially a memoir of director Sam Fuller’s own wartime experiences – and a fitting tribute to the men who served alongside him – the film takes in almost the entire European theatre, from North Africa to Italy and up into France, Germany and Czechoslovakia. Which WWII movie, made from a Nazi German point of view (*), did you enjoy most? Try another? The 50 best WWII movies by daperry001 | created - 01 Nov 2013 | updated - 01 Nov 2013 | Public A list of the finest World War II movies ever made. | David Niven, A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II. | It still feels like a brave move – and it lends a film that could’ve been fusty and traditionalist a genuine cutting edge. Clint Eastwood, Kim Hunter, Biography, Drama, History. 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