Top 10 WW2 Movies Ever Made

Even today, there’s no shortage of World War Two movies being produced that continue to reveal specific corners of one of history’s darkest chapters from war-torn comedies to bloody battles. Here are the top ten WW2 Movies made after 1980.

#10. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

We start off with one of the more recent World War Two movies featuring Andrew Garfield, who tells the true story of Private Desmond T. Doss, an American soldier who won the Congressional Medal of Honor for risking his life to save 75 men in the Battle of Okinawa.

Dos refused to bear arms during World War II on religious grounds and was ostracized by his fellow comrades for his pacifism, but eventually went on to earn respect and adoration for his bravery and selflessness. A must-watch if you ask us.

#9. Downfall (2004)

Downfall (2004)

This claustrophobic account of the last days of Nazi Germany takes place within the dank corridors of Hitler’s personal bunker. The sense of impending doom is palpable throughout, and because much of it is based on the recounts of Hitler’s Secretary, many scenes in this movie ring wildly true.

 

And surely we must not forget the excellent portrayal of Adolf Hitler by Bruno Ganz.

#8. Come and See (1985)

Come and See (1985)

If he thought Saving Private Ryan got close to reproducing a real-life terrifying atmosphere, then buckle up. Because Come and See blows your favorite World War Two movie right out of the water.

 

Elem Klimov’s 1985 Hallucinatory masterpiece feels like the nearest cinema has ever come to recreating the ruthless sensory experience of War Seven.

#7. Das Boot (1981)

Das Boot (1981)

Das Boot which directly translates as The Boat was originally filmed to be a five-hour miniseries for German TV, but eventually cut down to movie length for the world to see.

 

This terrifying Uboat drama is the most claustrophobic of all World War II movies and a masterclass in economical, tight space storytelling piling the pressure on both characters and the audience.

#6. Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

 

As you’d expect, Quentin Tarantino’s war drama is filled with blood, brutality, and dark humor. The movie takes place in German-occupied France, where a young Jewish refugee witnesses the slaughter of her family by a nasty German Colonel.

 

Narrowly escaping with her life. She plots her revenge several years later at an illustrious movie premiere that’s expecting the attendance of every major Nazi officer in attendance, including the fuel himself.

#5. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Similar to the Come and See, this animated World War Two drama offers us a child’s perspective of wartime monstrosities. However, it also touches on methods like daydreaming and unrealistic optimism used by children to block out the horrors of the world during such tough times.

 

It can’t be said enough just how heartbreaking and painful it is to watch a Japanese boy and his toddler’s sister as they are forced into the wilderness all on their own while US bombers lay waste to their hometown.

#4. Life Is Beautiful (1997)

Life Is Beautiful (1997)

Both heartwarming and sorrowful. This war movie, set in 1930s Italy, is yet another depiction of the effects of World War II and the Holocaust on children.

 

However, the star of this show is a Jewish father who uses humor to shield his young son from the grim realities of war while living in a hostile environment.

 

During their stay at the Jewish concentration camp, the boy’s father, Guido, has his son imagine that the Holocaust is a game and tells him that the grand prize for winning is a tank.

#3. The Pianist (2002)

The Pianist (2002)

This Oscar-winning World War II survival drama offers an authentic depiction of the Warsaw ghetto during the German invasion of Poland, after the death of his family at the hands of the Germans.

 

Adrien Brody plays a muted Jewish conservationist named Wladyslaw Szpilman, whose mission is to stay alive against insurmountable odds during the German occupation of his country.

#2. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and Matt Damon all collaborated on this five-time Oscar-winning ww2 movie depiction of DDay. In this movie, a group of US soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper by the name of Ryan, whose three brothers have been killed in action. The brutal Normandy Landing scenes were so close to reality that several veterans reportedly broke down to tears and Cinemas.

 

#1. Schindler’s List (1993)

Schindler's List (1993)

Steven Spielberg has a few more World War II movies up his sleeve, with Schindler’s List being our number one pick.

It is based on the true story of Oskar Schindler, a greedy German businessman who saved the lives of hundreds of Jewish people by letting them hide in his factory.

This movie clearly shows us that good things hide in even the worst type of people. The movie was rated in eight, nine on a scale of ten on the IMDb website, and received a meta score of 94 on Metacritic.


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